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New Press Release for our Wiki

August 31, 2006

We released a new press release yesterday for our homeschooling wiki. You can see it on our homeschooling wiki by clicking here.

The press release announces the winner of our homeschooling contest. (Note: I plan on writing a post on the things I learned from running the contest in the near future)

We have had mixed results with our press releases, but we did get at least one new link out of it and some extra traffic.

We submitted it both to PRWEB and to a few homeschooling news sites and blogs. According to our PRWEB statistics it was read 13,781 times and their estimated number of pickups is 107. In other words, they estimate that 107 sites picked up the story.

I recommend you try releasing a press release for your online business every now and then to boost your traffic and spark more interest in your site. It has worked for me, it will work for you too.

Be patient though, not every press release will get the same amount of attention. I also highly recommend that if you submit the release to PRWEB you spend at least 10 dollars to upgrade the release. I believe it is well worth it.

The Bottom Line – End of the Make Money Online Series

August 28, 2006

Originally, in this series I planned on reviewing various ways of making money online. I was going to include surveys, selling on ebay, selling products and services, using Adsense, blogging, forums, informational sites, drop shipping, ecommerce, affiliate programs, and the like.

I have decided to cut this series short, because what most of you have told me in a previous poll is that you are interested in making Big Money.

You can’t expect to make big money online with some of these things. In fact, making big money online almost always takes hard work and a unique business idea. So with that said, I am going to drop this series and instead focus on other things like reviewing products that will help get both you and I to the point where we are making Big Money.

To start things off, here is my list of the top 10 things that I believe you and I need to do to make Big Money Online:

1. Be Remarkable!
2. Be Remarkable!
3. Be Remarkable!
4. Be Remarkable!
5. Be Remarkable!
6. Be Remarkable!
7. Be Remarkable!
8. Be Remarkable!
9. Be Remarkable!
10. Be Remarkable!

I have mentioned in the past Seth Godin’s book, the Purple Cow and how important it is to be remarkable. While there are many ways to monetize a site:

1. Adsense
2. Affiliate Links
3. Products (Software, ebooks, etc.)
4. Services
5. Various Pay Per Click services like Chitika, etc.
6. Selling advertising

The way I see it, you have to find a way to make your online business stand out over the long haul to make big money online. Whether you create a blog, website, wiki, etc. The bottom line is that to make Big Money online you have to be remarkable.

Start thinking of ways to make your current website or a new website remarkable, make it stand out from the crowd. That’s my current plan for making big money online. I will let you know how it goes…

My New Short Term Business Plan – The First Step

August 23, 2006

As you may know, I have been working on creating new goals for our business and on an overall vision for our business. Jill and I had a lot of ideas for a long term business plan. We chose to start with the simplest idea that came to us, which is going to be our short term business plan. Our long term vision and long term business plan is yet to be decided on.

I have listed many of the general goals that I have for my online business in the past (here , here, and here). We decided that any plans we made had to fit our long term business goals. I am going to list some of our long term business goals that are playing a big part in our short term plans. Here they are:

1. The business has to leverage our strengths (outsource and/or barter the rest).

2. Have Fun – do things we enjoy.

3. Help Others.

4. Needs to be able to provide Big Money.

5. Something that allows us to make a living without requiring too much time. For me that means an online business that long term only takes up to a maximum of 30 hours a week. Which means it needs to almost run on auto-pilot.

6. While Jill will be involved, Jill has no intention of being involved the amount of time I am involved. So the bulk of the income has to come by leveraging my strengths (see #1).

With those overall goals in mind, we came up with a list of ideas. We chose the following idea as our short term plan:

For now, just pick about 4 of our websites to revamp. Turn them into Purple Cows and decide where to go from there with the extra money this creates.

So, now we are at the stage of picking our top few websites to revamp. We may revamp all of them during this process and/or decide to dump one or two. On the top of both of our lists is our homeschooling wiki. Jill and I are both happy with the vision we have created for it and we both love it’s potential, are both involved in the community it targets, and in general have a really good feeling about it. So our primary business focus over the coming months will be promoting and working on our homeschooling wiki.

Next, on my list is this blog. I really enjoy writing on the topic of Internet Marketing and really enjoy discussing this journey. I am just starting to work on the new vision for this blog. I am going to make use of the feedback you have provided in my current poll. When I have completed the plan, I will let you know.

Third on our list is our Summer Olympics blog and Winter Olympics blog. We have a lot vested in them and have already made big plans for the upcoming olympics with them. We have a strong vision for them. It’s mostly an issue of implementation now.

Fourth, we have some things we will be doing for Jill and her friend’s Delightful Child site. Some of these changes will come sooner and some later. Some of the changes to their site are likely to be outsourced to a web designer. While I enjoy web design, ultimately I have to cut some of my tasks to focus on the strengths of mine that will bring us the most long term money.

During this process, we will continue to write posts on our blogs and to generaly maintain our sites, but we will be changing our focus to focus on what we enjoy the most and what fits with our long term goals.

Our long term business plans are yet to be determined. Some of the ideas we have for long term business plans will be affected by the results of our short term plans. I will keep you updated on our progress.

BTW - I am going to start going through the process of goal setting with other areas of my life in order to keep a good balance between my business and my life outside of my business.

No Vision Yet – Business Update for First Week of August

August 3, 2006

This has been another very busy week outside of my business. So I didn’t get a lot of time to work on my business this week.

I am still working on creating a compelling vision for our business. I will let you know what we decide, once we make a decision about that. The one thing I do know is that I will be asking for help from other people whose strengths are different than ours.

Also, an affiliate manager for a fairly underground Internet Marketer contacted me last week, and I have been looking through their products. So far I am very impressed and will tell you more about them in the near future.

One last thing, our $500 dollar giveaway on our homeschooling wiki ends in a week (August 10th). So if you want to contribute or know of any homeschoolers who would be interested in contributing to the wiki and be entered into the drawing, please forward this on to them.

Ipods – Manifestos – Business Deals – July 14th Weekly Update

July 14, 2006

This past Monday (July 10) Jll and I celebrated our 8 year wedding anniversery. Jill surprised me with an IPOD. I love it, it is so cool!

I listened to part of Rick Schefren’s interview with Mike Filsame on my ipod on my way into work this morning. It’s a very interesting interview so far.

This week, my brother-in-law’s attempt at buying the sealing business went south. So it looks like the extreme sealers business might be on again. It’s a bit of a roller coast, not exactly the best start of a business I have been involved with.

I also worked on my wife and her friend’s baby site. I am preparing to move it to a new web host. Once I move it to the new web host, I will be redesigning it. After reading the Internet Manifesto I am starting to think we should just hire a different web designer to do the work of updating it. While I enjoy web design, I am not sure my time is best utilized desiging web sites.

Internet Manifesto – One word – AWESOME!

With my wedding anniversery, business discussions, my 9-5 job, my oldest son having science camp this week, and reading the Internet Manifesto, I have been very busy. Next week, I plan on re-organizing my business and coming up with new business goals. I also plan on putting more time into promoting our new homeschooling wiki.

That’s it for this week, hope everyone has an excellent weekend!

Our Homeschooling Contest Has Begun

July 9, 2006

Well, our know homeschooling contest has officially started. If you are a homeschooling mom or dad of if you know a little something about homeschooling and would like to enter our 500 dollar drawing, then head on over to and check out the details of our contest.

I will let you know how succesful our contest turns out to be, both from the standpoint of generating new content and more traffic.

Now, it’s time for me to head to bed…

Cha-cha-cha-changes July 7th week in review

July 7, 2006

Didn’t do a whole lot of work on any of the businesses this week, but there were a few changes for me this week.

The website for the business my wife and brother-in-law were creating is on hold, beause my brother-in-law is in negotiations to by the entire sealer business from the person we were going to be drop shipping from. So that business is on hold for us. This frees up some time for me over the next couple of weeks (which is a good thing).

We had a problem with the homeschooling wiki yesterday. Our web host changed something that made it so that we couldn’t edit pages. They fixed the problem quickly. I have been very happy with them for web hosting, because they always respond quickly to our questions.

It was interesting to see how Joel Comm launched his Instant Adsense Templates. He sold out of them in about 24 hours. I learned a few things about launching a new product from watching what he did. I don’t particularly like the limited supply (scaricity) hook he used, but it makes sense from both a customer point of view and a marketing point of view. From a customer point of view, you don’t want to have the web saturated with your template and similar content. From a marketing point of view, it helps you make sales if your customers have an incentive to buy now. Yanik Silver taught me that you will lose a lot of sales if your customers don’t have a reason to buy your product immediately. This is why so many businesses have limited offers, time sensitive offers, various sales, etc. It gives you a reason to buy now.

Anyway, next week I will probably spend most of the week working on promoting our homeschool wiki. Have a nice weekend…

Quick Business Update for The Last Week in June 2006

June 29, 2006

With a long fourth of July weekend fast approaching for me (at my 9-5 job we have to take the third off as vacation and get the 4th off as a holiday), I thought it would be a good idea to go ahead and post about this past business week.

This week has been busy from the start. I have been working on our new wiki, our concrete sealer site. Not to mention, the other day Joel Comm of Adsense Secrets fame, gave me the chance to sneak preview his new Instant Adsense Templates. How could I say no to that? Sure I was busy, but I had to take a look at them.

Anyway, things have been very busy this week. I plan on focusing most of my attention on the new homeschooling wiki and the concrete sealer site for the next couple of weeks.

That’s it for now, for those of you in the US I hope you have a Happy Fourth!

500 Dollar Contest on Our New Wiki

June 26, 2006

We just started a contest for our new Homeschool wiki.

Starting July 10th 2006 12:01am CST and ending August 10th 2006 11:59pm CST our new homeschool wiki will be holding a contest to give away $500 in a random drawing.

To enter the 500 dollar drawing an individual must visit, register, and submit a major edit. More details are available here.

The site has already recieved a lot of attention from the homeschooling community (of which we are part). It has been a very eye-opening experience.

What is great about this drawing/contest is that it will:

1. Drive a good amount of viral traffic to the site.
2. Add content to our wiki.
3. Allow us to give back to the community by awarding someone 500 dollars.

It’s a win/win/win situation for all in invloved.

The homeschooling community seems very excited to have a homeschooling wiki and we are very excited to be helping out the homeschooling community. Plus we get the side benefit of making money with Google Adsense along the way.

I can see now why so many people say “Do what you love, the money will follow.”

I will let you know how things go as the contest progresses. I really think the 500 dollars will turn out to be a great investment. Time will tell…

Homeschooling and Web 2.0

June 7, 2006

Last week I mentioned how Jill and I brainstormed some really COOL ideas for web businesses. Even though I am working on getting her and Paul’s website up and running, both of us were so excited by one of the ideas that we knew we just had to start working on it.

What we did was create a Homeschooling wiki called Know Home Schooling.

The new website fits the list of online business goals that I wrote in April. This new site also fits most (not all) of the criteria set up by Markus Frind (the guy who makes 10,000 dollars a day from Adsense).

Jill and I are both really excited by this new homeschooling site. Jill has been wanting to do something like this for years, but we were always looking at it as a site that we would write all the content for. Last week, when we came up with the idea of creating a wiki, it made the website seem much less overwhelming.

Some of the things that I expect will help the website succeed are:

  1. It is about a topic that both Jill and I are passionate about.

  2. We are very involved in the community that the website targets.
  3. Other people will create a lot of the content for the website.
  4. It really fills a need in the homeschooling community.

Because our new site is a wiki it fits under the web 2.0 umbrella (community based site). We used MediaWiki a wiki system to create it. I made quite a few modifications to the standard template to make it look the way we wanted it to look. I also changed some of the default settings (like turning off the nofollow tag for links).

Anyway, I will keep you updated on how it does traffic wise and if it makes money for us or not. Go check out our new homeschooling wiki by clicking here. If you are in the homeschooling community and want to help build the most comprehensive resource on homeschooling, then please feel to contribute to it.

Oh, and one last comment on the new site. The name kind of sounds like “no homeschooling”, which we thought was funny. Just in case people hear it that way by word of mouth we went ahead and bought “”, and made it redirect to This way we won’t lose any word mouth of traffic.

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