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Stop The Background Noise And Start Making Money Online

February 26, 2009

If you want to make money online, you’re going to run into a lot of background noise.

It’ll be something along the lines of “My program is the best,” followed by “No, my program is the best,” and “Really, we’re not a scam. Plus, we’re the best.” After a while, you become seasoned enough to filter it out and go on about your business without jumping at it. In the meantime, you’re saturated by background noise.

Plus, we have that whole recession thing going on, or so everyone tells me. Everyone is saying everything is so bad, and as far as I’m concerned, it’s just more background noise. Something else that gets in my way, and what good comes of it? None.

Now, this isn’t to say you should deny reality if it’s staring you in the face. If there’s a downturn, things might get a little trickier for your business. There really is a problem if no one wants to spend as much as they did before. But I’m not telling you to ignore the truth, just the noise.

Why is that?

  • Background noise will cause you an emotional reaction which will interfere with your problem solving ability.
  • One of those emotional reactions could well be panic, which solves nothing. No matter how bad things get, it’s nothing panic can’t make worse. That gets you nowhere.
  • Reality is what it is, and you have to handle it. Background noise, however, does not clarify that reality. It makes it seem worse or more impossible to overcome than it may actually be. Again, that’s of no use to you.

That’s why you should learn to filter through the noise. Much of it isn’t helpful, and at best, is merely irrelevant to what you should be doing to make your business grow. Handle your business based on conditions as they actually are, and don’t succumb to the noise.

Seriously, how do you make a beautiful, sellable ebook? Find your answers today with The Ebook Walkthrough!

My name is Ryan Ambrose, and I’m one of the co-authors of Can I Make Big Money Online.

25 Random Things About Me

February 19, 2009

So earlier this year my wife Jill tagged me with this Facebook note (similar to a blog meme) that had the following rules:

Rules: Once you’ve been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it’s because I want to know more about you.

(To do this, go to “notes” under tabs on your profile page, paste these instructions in the body of the note, type your 25 random things, tag 25 people (in the right hand corner of the app) then click publish.)

Well the first time she tagged me, my response was:

1. I don’t like to follow rules ūüôā

Apparently that WAS NOT the answer she was looking for… I think here exact words were “YOU DIDN’T EVEN TRY!” So in the interest of marital harmony I have decided to write a list of 25 random things about me. I hope you enjoy them… and yes they are all true.

1. My first love was football. When I was old enough to write I wrote “When I grow up I want to be a football player for the Miami Dolfins”. Hey I was five. I didn’t spell dolphins right.

2. I grew up in South Florida (most of which was in Lake Park, Florida).

3. I attended the following schools (all in Florida), Lake Park Baptist Elementary School, The Kings Academy, Suncoast High School, Palm Beach Junior College, Florida State University.

4. I now live in Texas.

5. One of my dreams growing up was to be a professional athlete (basketball player).

6. I was really good at basketball.

7. My brother was really good at tennis.

8. I have Bachelors degree in computer science.

9. When I was a baby I fell asleep to the Beatles and Beach Boys music.

10. I still like the Beatles and Beach Boys.

11. In my teen years I was a headbanger.

12. My first rock concert was in Hollywood, Florida with Ozzy Osbourne and Motley Crue.

13. I love basketball, football and tennis.

14. I have been happily married for 10 1/2 years to my wife.

15. When I was a teenager, my friend and I formed a two person heavy metal ban called Krum. It didn’t last very long… I was the lead singer and bass player. I can’t sing (not that it matters with heavy metal), and I wasn’t very good at bass.

16. I can’t believe I am actually telling you this stuff.

17. I am very sleepy (it’s after midnight).

18. I should go to bed.

19. I have lived in the following places in Florida: Lake Park, North Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Tallahassee, and Delray Beach.

20. I currently live in Cypress,Texas.

21. I love Texas, but I miss Florida.

22. I LOVE the beach.

23. My first summer off from college I went to Singer Island beach every single day with a friend of mine. I was a beach bum that summer. It was great!

24. In the middle of seventh grade, I skipped to eighth. I should have just skipped to college.

25. I should write children’s stories because I make up funny stories for my kids ALL the time.

26. I think I mentioned earlier that I don’t like to follow the rules…

27. Ok, the fact that it is so late must be getting to me…

28. I didn’t think I would make it to 25

29. Ok, seriously I need to stop.

30. But I just can’t stop…

31. Sometimes I am a little goofy… err… ok sometimes I am real goofy.

If you would like to tell people 25 things about yourself, just refer back to this post on your blog with your list of 25 things and I will link to your 25 random things about you in this post (as long as it’s family friendly of course)...

WARNING: Don’t Try To Game Google’s Search Wiki

February 11, 2009

A little while back Google released what is now known as the Google Search Wiki. Anyone who is logged into their Google account can search Google and vote on the website results that Google displays. It’s very similar to the voting that takes place on most social media sites.

Since announcing the Search Wiki many bloggers have speculated that Google will use it to alter Search Engine rankings. The theory is that sites that get more votes will rank higher then those that don’t get many votes. It makes a lot of sense, but I have a different view about what Google will do with the voting results…

I think Google will use the voting to LOWER rankings of websites that get voted on too much. And here’s why…

Google doesn’t want webmasters to manipulate it’s Search Engine! The Google Search Wiki provides a great opportunity for Google to catch webmasters manipulating it’s results. Most webmasters have a Google account either for Adsense or Adwords or both. Google can easily monitor those people most likely to abuse the Search Wiki (webmasters with Adsense and/or Adwords accounts) to see what sites they are voting up and down. Since Google has made it known on many occasions that they don’t want webmasters to abuse their system, my guess is that Google is monitoring Adsense and Adwords users voting and lowering the rank of the sites they vote on.

Do I have any evidence of this?

Not really, it’s just a hunch. However, when the Search Wiki first came out I voted for a few sites and the only change I saw was a slightly lower ranking for those sites that I voted up. It seemed temporary though because the rankings returned very quickly.

Another thing that makes me suspicious is that when Google Knol first came out, I tried it, and the next day the site I promoted on a Google Knol dropped from being in the top 10 for a REALLY good keyword to being on page 10. This could have been a coincidence, but I doubt it.

This is just my personal speculation on the Search Wiki, but based on my experience I suggest that you don’t try to game the Google Search Wiki. If you are going to try to rank high in Google stick to getting quality links with relevant anchor text to your website. That’s still the best way to do it.

How Not to Get a Customer’s Attention

February 5, 2009

Here’s the most basic fact about making money online.

If you want to get buyers, the first thing you have to do it get a potential customer’s attention. And as I’ve done this for a couple of years now, I’ve seen a whole lot of ways not to do it by email lists I was unfortunate enough to join.

For those of you that are just beginning your journey into making money online, here are some methods that you should avoid when trying to attract customers.

  • Hype doesn’t really work. Seriously. You’ll blend in with the trillions of other exaggerated emails or pitches online. Take it from the greatest blog post ever written my mortal man, hype will repel every population on every world in the whole universe in no time flat. It will get old faster than anything has ever gotten old, ever.
  • Don’t even get me started on exclamation points. Yes, one or two properly placed exclamation points are good for conversions, but I’ve seen them overused. It’s like someone drank an entire six-pack of Red Bull before writing their copy!!
  • In many instances, standing out is a matter of being different or clever, and not loud. Furthermore, brevity is the source of wit, so not only should you be good at making your point, but you should do so quickly. Subject lines in emails are a great example of when this works well. Just don’t hype your email IN ALL CAPS!!

You can see examples of things that just don’t work in ads you might come across online, because they don’t work on you. And fortunately, you can put that annoying stream of emails you get to use by swiping the headlines that actually got you to open one or two of them. Just avoid the spammy stuff, and for goodness sake, don’t use the caps lock.

Seriously, how do you make a beautiful, sellable ebook? Find your answers today with The Ebook Walkthrough!

My name is Ryan Ambrose, and I’m one of the co-authors of Can I Make Big Money Online.

More Affiliate Programs To Emulate To Make Money Online

February 3, 2009

A little while back I wrote about emulating StomperNet’s marketing to sell your products and services with affiliate marketing.

But I do affiliate marketing and I don’t sell products or services. Anything for me to emulate?

If you are an affiliate marketer then I recommend you look at the way top affiliates sell other people’s products. There are many affiliate programs that make it easy for affiliates to promote their products. However, in the Internet marketing industry the two that stand out most in my mind are:

Ken Envoy’s SiteSell and the Affiliate Classroom.

I suggest that you sign up for both of them (as affiliates). They provide great resources for affiliates to market their products. Unlike many other top Internet marketing products, these two products don’t rely on big launches to make money. They rely on consistent marketing by their affiliates and on retaining their current customers by providing a great product.

Ken Envoy’s SiteSell offers free tools, free ebooks and great promotional materials for promoting their program. I highly recommend that you check them out to learn how to make money with affiliate marketing.

Affiliate classroom is great for affiliates because they provide you with lessons to teach you how to promote their program. In other words, they give their affiliate free affiliate marketing training (very cool).

If you are looking for more free advice on affiliate marketing, then I suggest reading SiteSell’s affiliate master’s course. It is one of the best affiliate guides I have ever read and it’s free!

I am sure these resources will prove helpful to any of you planning on making money from affiliate programs.