Thanksgiving – Gratitude Is Powerful

Thanksgiving, this year has been especially dramatic but we should always pause & reflect on the good things we have already in our lives!

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The Horn Of Plenty -Be Grateful For What You Have Already Got

Cornucopia, I have always liked this word! It is one of those ancient words that is not widely used these days, it means literally a ‘Horn of Plenty’ it has many origins and there are a lot of myths and stories as to how it became to be associated with abundance, good times prosperity.

We don’t really need to explore the precise nature of this symbol, it is enough that we agree about its meaning. To me the Internet is our horn of plenty, it quite literally provides us all with the means to make ourselves much larger, to amplify our talent, to promote our causes and messages.

Call me a nerd if you like, I just feel gratitude to have been born into these times – despite all the chaos, war, terrorism & political conflict we have a remarkable planet to live on, and we can all participate with a global network that enables us to make very comfortable livings if we put the effort in.

To celebrate the time of year, and to mark the occasion of giving thanks for what we all have I am giving away  4 very valuable eBooks along with the ‘High Ticket Affiliate Data Base’ to all people who sign up in the sidebar. You will receive these goodies immediately on signing up, in your Inbox as my gift. You will get a newsletter occasionally also, with some of the latest eWriting information which I reserve for subscribers, inside tips & tricks, valuable tools, software, sources of powerful information.

Grab your Thanksgiving bundle of goodness and plenty, simply by signing up in that boring looking applet in the sidebar! (I don’t like those pop ups everyone seems to be using!)

 

Ethics, Honesty And Doing A Good Job

The tricksters and bullshit artists online should never put you off, there is such an enormous opportunity waiting for you to explore and use-truly.

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The doorway to incredible opportunity

I’m Sick Of All The Crap

One thing has really prevented me from fully embracing the online community, has made me very angry at times and continues to piss me off- and that is the amount of people online who adopt this sly, slick confidence trickster approach to their internet marketing business.

It has become very fashionable to speak of ‘passion’, ‘education’ and ‘story telling’ – well for a lot of people the entire basis of their online work it is a total ‘Story’; it really is time to ‘drain the swamp’ of the digital community and identify those people who persist in exploiting the inexperience of others!

I don’t wish to get carried away with a rant here, I simply want to present the true picture. It is no longer acceptable, on today’s internet, to deceive and trick people out of their hard earned resources by presenting products and services which do not help anyone but the seller!

I know it can be difficult when you are beginning to understand the opportunity of selling online, who can you trust and what are the real opportunities and which are the outright scams? Obviously there is no simple answer to this, you just have to read and research widely, not just the first few search results in Google.

But the rule of thumb still stands, if something just looks too good to be true – it nearly always is a trap, a way for someone to profit at your great expense.

The fact is that these days you can do very well by being upfront and genuine. The tools and resources available to us all enable you to present good quality information, and a high quality experience for your customers.

It is just flat out true that you can learn and develop skills without great expense if you invest the time and effort to research and look for good quality digital information. I have several degrees and I worked in the corporate space for a long time.  

I made my living from teaching and showing others valuable skills, solving weird problems, setting up equipment costing millions of dollars & keeping it all functioning; I tell you this not to brag, but to say: I have learned considerably more, and have been able to achieve way more than all of this ‘mainstream’ education and employment allowed me to do – how? By investing my time and energy into learning online, from YouTube, Udemy.com, and by careful ‘Google’ & “Dark Web” research – it cost me very little but my time. I am grateful and I do not take it for granted.

Too many people these days take it all for granted and have this very casual, ‘who cares’ attitude! It’s true, but if you go against this trend, and focus, actually give a fu#k about what you are doing you will be streets ahead of your buddies and friends – while they are bragging about everything and saying it is all a scam and online rubbish YOU will be learning how to build websites, how to write more effectively, how do things online, valuable practical skills you can translate into money and a better life.

Even if you are simply looking for a better job, this online stuff is what the world is now all about, you can learn just about anything – truly, and you can offer your new skills to employers who will be incredibly grateful that you can help them, they will pay you more!

I know it is difficult, I know there are a lot of crap merchants and big talkers online – because the digital world offers us all a huge opportunity there will always be those who decide to exploit the inexperience of others, it is just the way human beings are – anywhere you look there are clever tricksters who will always opt for the short-cuts; it is a lot easier to steal than it is to build your own.

But there is the real deal, and it is right in front of you, look a little deeper, spend a little more time, practice – take a gamble on yourself and decide to learn how to install WordPress on a cheap hosting account, then take it a step further and search for a nice theme to install, chip away at it, build your website, add a PayPal button on a post to sell a PDF you have compiled on a topic. Incrementally (bit by bit) you will build something impressive and valuable.

Don’t be distracted or put off by negative people – just quietly and steadily add to your knowledge and skills, nobody even needs to be aware of your ambitions. Never mind about the noise, the egos, the bullshit, just carry on and learn, develop. The internet is available and it is yours, it is valuable beyond measure-but most people do not appreciate what it can offer, they are consumers and wasters, you however are different, and you know it! This is my post of encouragement to all the sincere adventurers, to those who are like myself curious, insatiably thirsting for more knowledge and the means to extend yourself.  If you have read up to this point, I congratulate you and invite you to be more!

 

 

How ReSale-Rights Books Can Make You Serious Cash

Re-Sale Rights products can enable ordinary people without lots of digital skills to make serious money-but what is it all about and where can you get these products?

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Re-Sale Rights Revolution What Is It?

No matter what people say, there’s nothing more important than money.

Money makes the world go round. It is what powers the internet and drives your car. It is what puts food on your plate and police on your streets. It is the reason we go to work and it is often the source of many arguments. In this new millennium, money is the god and if you serve her well, you’ll be better off.

Sad, isn’t it? Despite thousands of years of evolution, we’re still reduced to one simple material desire.

Your fist instinct should be to fight it, to live out in a commune, or prepper homestead- and touch nature, but that’s hardly a realistic plan. Even living out in the woods, you still need to buy the essentials that you need to live, so once again, your life will be controlled by money.

The only way to conquer this system is to rise above it and play the game to win. What I mean to say is that the only way to prevent money from controlling your life is to have enough of it that you don’t need to think about it ever again.

That’s a nice thought, huh? Never having to think about money again. But you probably think that like the commune idea, it’s completely impractical, and that there’s little realistic chance of you making enough money to live your life the way you dream.

Did you know that more money was made online last year by novices than by seasoned internet veterans? It’s true – there is a good reason for this, novices tend to put more honest energy into their presentations, people tend to respond better to this.

A slow revolution is taking place online and for once, it’s in the best interests of people like you. Amazingly!

There was a time when the only people making money online were those people who knew exactly what they were doing. These people, gurus as they were called, were recognizable and knowledgeable. People bought what they were selling because they had a reputation for providing quality.

But slowly, that quality diminished and people became annoyed with the gurus. The market was still there, but there was a huge sales void. People wanted to buy, but had no where and no-one to buy from.

This is how resale rights products became successful. People understood that there were quality products being created, and that they were being sold by ordinary people like you. People stopped buying from those bigger than life internet personalities and started trusting real people.

This is why resale rights products have been the biggest booming industry in the past five years. Resale rights products are created, marketed and then sold by honest, hard-working, regular people. If you’ve been scared off of the prospect of making money online because you don’t think there’s room in the market for you, then you couldn’t be more wrong.

To learn more about resale rights products and how you can start making money in just seven days, or less check it out:

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Arbitrage From Craigslist

Arbitrage is the ancient ‘buy low sell high’ but this is a very high tech way of gaining some very healthy profit without doing the work yourself

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Arbitrage, you may have come across this word and wondered what it means – it is used quite a lot in business circles because what it refers to is one of the oldest concepts of business known to man – buy at a low price, then sell for a higher price and pocket the difference, or profit. People who run shops buy goods at wholesale prices and then sell them to customers for a higher price-we are all very familiar with this concept. So ‘Arbitrage’ is simply a fancy term for this basic approach.

Now, gaining the arbitrage, or profit potential on services is a novel idea. What if you were able to access a lot of people who are very keen to get things done, so keen in fact that they are willing to pay you a handsome fee- AND you also had access to a large market of highly skilled people who are willing to get these same tasks completed, and completed with high quality results, for a very cheap rate, much lower than the first group are used to paying for them?

Well this almost sounds too good to be true, I mean why are these people not aware of the existence of these skilled people – and why would they be willing to pay a lot more than they have to?

Why Don’t They Know?

Good questions, and really it is a case of simply not being aware of what is out there. Everyday we see people who may not be aware of the options, folks who pay over the odds for things simply because they are in a hurry or unaware there may be much better offers – it happens all the time. People are funny like that, they have all kinds of assumptions and beliefs. For example someone may pay $100 for an item on Amazon that is available for $25 in Walmart, it happens all the time-they enjoy the convenience of getting the item delivered without needing to go shopping.

OK Arbitrage is pretty easy to understand, and Craigslist is a very popular site where certain types of people advertise their requirements for getting all kinds of things done, from business websites to designing flyers, to logos, to writing letters-all kinds of modern business tasks.

The folks posting jobs on Craigslist would not be doing so if they knew there were much cheaper options elsewhere – would they? It is not your responsibility how people choose to advertise their requirements now is it? 

 

Fiverr.com, this is a pretty huge site where skilled people from all over the world offer digital services – there are web designers, writers, graphics people, voice over artists-literally everything you can think of.

Many of them are based in countries such as India, the Philippines and so forth – and a lot of these services are offered for as little as $5, although the prices can reach a lot higher many of them can be got for $10-20. You can have a very decent website built in WordPress for as little as $80.  This creates an opportunity, if you could take the order for a guy on Craigslist wanting a website for $500, you could get it built for $80 and keep the $420. Potentially.

The Craigslist Poster

The people who tend to post these jobs on Craigslist are simply not familiar with Fiverr, there are millions of people out there and not all of them are savvy about what is available – this is simply the case, so it is up to you to offer your services and tell the Craigslist people all about how you can help them. Trouble is it takes a lot of time, who wants to sift through all the jobs on Craigslist, and then try to find a seller on Fiverr to fulfill the job?

Well this is the answer, a piece of software I came across enables you to put any search term in and find all the jobs available on Craigslist-PLUS it has the same search function for Fiverr. This is magic software, and it is called Arbitrage Underdog. This is legitimate and a lot of people have been making gangbuster money from the profit.

21st Century business concepts like this are making a huge impact. If you put a few hours per day into this you can start taking orders. The software allows you to download graphics from the Fiverr seller’s advert to show the Craigslist job poster your ‘work’. This software does it all for you.

Here is a testimonial from ‘Kenster’ a highly trusted dude – he thinks this software is killer, because it is!

This is one of those opportunities that the modern internet allows us to take advantage of, being able to reach different markets and bring them together-this is being clever, this is using your brains.

I would say anyone with average intelligence, and a few spare hours per week can make an extra 500-1000 bucks per week; it is all down to how much effort you put in, but really it does not get much easier than this, it takes a bit of work, but heck, Arbitrage was never so crafty! Check it out for yourself, start making some high tech money from home, you could even make this your full time gig if you work at it-a lot of people have.

I have to say I use this software myself, and it is not like a walk in the park, I like it though, and it has a heck of a lot of potential. Like a lot of things in life, it is really down to how you approach it yourself. Yes you can make money from it, but you have to put the time and work into it, but it beats a lot of other scammy rubbish out there!

Live Long And Prosper!

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Star Trek What It Teaches Us About Marketing

I am a ‘Trekkie’ from way back. I was 11 years old when the first episode was broadcast in July of 1969 on the BBC in the U.K. From that first episode I was enthralled – I had been a Dr Who fan for years prior to this, and I loved Science Fiction books, I was a complete Nerd as a kid!

But Star Trek had a different quality to all of the other offerings, it had superb technology and accurate science, but it also had a style and sense of humor, often making ironic fun of itself; it was totally believable, as though someone had actually reached into our future and brought back footage to show everyone, perhaps not every episode but the ‘vision’ was powerful in total effect.

Very quickly the language from Star Trek began to diffuse into popular culture, people quoted ‘Beam me up Scottie’ when they were in trying circumstances, or ‘Sir, the engines canny take much morre!’, ‘Fascinating’ & ‘That is not logical’, ‘Warp Drive’ were widely adopted-when the language of a show becomes widely adopted it enters the public arena and becomes culturally assimilated.

But the Star Trek universe seemed to have an influence beyond the usual blatantly commercial off-spins and merchandising.  This was no ephemeral fad, the position Star Trek now occupies in western culture goes well beyond mere entertainment- it is a true phenomenon; the technology and even the values of the Federation have become serious influences.

Other Science Fiction productions have been popular, and have also influenced society in ways that are often surprising when you look more closely at them. There is a valid sociological idea that we build our own future by imagining and creating the shape of new technologies, and importantly the character and details of how we could live into the future.

We are all familiar with ‘1984’ by George Orwell & ‘Brave New World’ by Aldous Huxley as projections of a future that is not so grand – in fact they are dreadful, frightening and downright disturbing – not at all what we would wish for our future descendants!

Conspiracy Theorists?

There are current social commentators and philosophers who regularly alert us to the alarming similarity of what is now happening, and what is definitely developing towards the realization of these dark visions of our world. Too often the mainstream machinery dismisses these people as ‘crackpots’ and ‘conspiracy theorists’; all too often this is way too convenient and lazy minded – we would do well to consider exactly what is taking place in our time which is not matching the positive vision of Gene Roddenberry.

Star Trek as a positive affirmation of humanity is certainly a large part of its general appeal. We like to imagine human beings as being noble, striving for the well being ‘of the many’ – the Vulcan aphorism:  “Logic clearly dictates that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.” is in-fact one of the primary concepts underpinning democracy, you might say it is the essence of it.

The ‘will of the people’ is taken from holding elections; but those who control the choices, who actually determine what we can choose from are the real holders of power!

We as collective groups of people living in our different countries often fail to understand that the few who actually provide the options we select from, do not necessarily operate in our favor, nor do they have to be democratic!

The enormous power of the financial groups who control global currencies, glimpsed in the institutions such as the IMF, The Federal Reserve, The City of London – here we can clearly see great power being wielded that is completely independent of our legal and political structures.

We are oblivious, for the most part, of the covert world behind financial institutions; the people who wield the true power of our society are not visible, or talked about in magazines, talk-shows and gossip blogs. The vast majority of people could not care less about politics, or the lives of others-we are essentially a narcissistic, selfish and shallow society whose only true ambition is to make more money and indulge our fantasies, fulfill our dreams of avarice.

In the universe of Star Trek money has completely disappeared, humanity has developed fusion technology which removes the need to purchase energy, which is the basis of ‘money’ – money represents quanta of energy, which we know is the ‘capacity to do work’ from our high school physics. Money simply represents the ability to wield resources and mobilize ideas – the billionaire invests in other companies so that they can enact their projects, this is the way that energy is transacted.

It was in the early 1900’s that Nicola Tesla developed a means for sourcing electrical energy from the space around the planet, and then transmitting it to people through the air, like radio waves! Don’t believe it? 

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This is the famous transmission tower Tesla built, but he encountered problems with funding, always he was betrayed and misunderstood and very badly treated; his ideas were just too advanced for the times he lived (they still are!). His being Croatian, and English not being a strong language for him, his natural sense of playfulness and humor, the myopic financiers and investors-all of this conspired to defeat his efforts.

Really a very sad story. But Star Trek is very closely related to Tesla, this same sense of vision and possibility, together with enormous intelligence and technical ability is the world Star Trek presents.

If Tesla had developed a more entrepreneurial approach perhaps our world would be very different today. As it is he gave us the technology of Alternating Current which is the mode of electrical power generation and delivery in use around the world. Edison hated ‘AC’ and pushed for his Direct Current model – but it was Tesla’s work which gained favor, despite Edison staging all kinds of demonstrations of the perils of AC. Edison was a complete fraud, but he is the ‘genius’ that kids get taught about in high schools – Tesla barely rates a mention and only because it is obvious he gave us ‘AC’!

What About Star Trek And Us?

So how does the writing of an ex L.A cop, Gene Roddenberry, and the emergence of Star Trek with it’s ‘good guys in space’ theme, faster-than-light propulsion and its world of the ‘Federation of Planets’ relate to internet marketing and being an entrepreneur?

Just look at it, a global community of fans who meet at conventions, spin offs everywhere, film franchises lasting into our own time-and beyond; even a satirical spoof movie ‘Galaxy Quest’: it is a multi-billion dollar enterprise (pun intended!).

If you can build an appealing concept, and attract people you have a business. Not all of us can be as creative as Mr Roddenberry, or as fortunate in being understood. We can however present our ideas, products and services to a huge market. We no longer require the middle men, the agents and producers – we have WordPress, graphics, video and the WWW!

Just think for a second what this provides, a little SEO, a little promotion on social media and there you have it. Of course it is never that easy! But when you consider the obstacles people faced prior to the internet, it is a walk-in-the-park by comparison.

The mass market of 4+ billion people can be reached through using multiple channels. Facebook alone is enormous, people simply do not understand the opportunity it represents because of its superficial role as a social media content platform.  The advertising spend needed to reach 10,000 people is insignificant compared with the cost of Television, or Radio, Newspaper advertising – somebody with modest means can indeed launch their message, use YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and genuinely reach specific demographic groups.

If you can understand what this means, you will be able to commence leveraging the opportunity – THIS is what eWriting is all about.

 

 

 

 

The Directory Of Ezines – A Comprehensive Review

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Evergreen Internet Resources

The internet as a publicly available resource is not very old, in relative terms it depends how old you are as to whether this rings true. To someone born in 1995 for instance the internet is as familiar and ‘every day’ as a toaster is to all of us! But for those of us who have a few years behind us, to those of us who knew the world prior to the internet being cheaply available, a mere 20 years has elapsed; those two decades have seen changes which many of us do not fully appreciate, because ‘perspective requires distance’.

To the average internet user of 1997 the idea that you can build a business entirely online would have been pretty foreign – the talk of those times centered around just how long this ‘fad’ would hold out, believe it or not. You can discover the history of the internet, from 1969 onwards on this site 🙂

So we are all still carrying on with this ‘Fad’ here in 2016, and things have really stepped up a few notches, very few of us could imagine life without the internet, without Facebook, YouTube, Email, Smartphones, Websites, Apps…our entire global culture has assimilated and adapted internet technology out of all recognition to those early days. An aspect of the early internet was the development of something called an ‘Ezine’.

Ezines are online magazines, simply put – a publication based around a particular topic which is designed to present news, information and links, for people interested in that topic. You can think of Ezines as types of Blogs, but they are nearly always presented in a simple format, with text using fonts like this:

Financial News & The Stockmarket

Mr Pawnbroker of money street San Francisco is offering a new way to buy stocks and profit from them…

You have no doubt seen such Ezines, they remain popular especially among keenly interested people-something they all offer is advertising, and being able to reach a very interested group of readers is extremely powerful. This is one of those less well known aspects of internet culture, but is very familiar to many people who often pay a subscription fee to these Ezines, they have a strong relationship with publications that were available well before the internet was widely used, back in the days of ‘Direct Response Marketing’.

You can search for Ezines in directories such as this one and get a feel for what they are if you don’t know much about them. Why are they of interest to entrepreneurs and eWriters? Because they are significant sources of traffic, and means to access highly targeted people who are likely to respond to your ‘niche’ site, or product. Yes, there are other avenues to get traffic besides JVZoo, The Warrior Forum, Blackhatworld or Clickbank – Ezines are like a hidden resource, if you can get your advert in the right Ezine you can build substantial traffic, and the advertising is normally very reasonable in cost.

You will recall that ‘Targeting’ is what all successful online business is about, and the more you can focus your targeting the more likely you will attain success, and income. There are literally thousands of Ezines being published out there, and they are extremely effective. Even in these times Ezines are still very popular.

One of the earliest websites to deal with Ezines, and Ezine advertising is The Directory of Ezines, and this is owned by a gentleman by the name of Charlie Page. This site is very different to the standard directory sites because it offers very much more. Knowledge is power, it is said because what you know can make a huge difference. You can go through life not finding very much out, just following the same path as everyone else, but you know what? You will not attain very much, and your life will be a stunted, dull little event. The difference in knowing how to do different things can mean your life will be a fabulous ride, one that you will look back on and smile with satisfaction of a full life, lived to the hilt – or you can just be dimly aware that it could have been better.

Ezines Are Alive & Very Well!

The Directory of Ezines is not widely known about, it is not like JVZoo, or Clickbank – but it offers something these over used places cannot: a unique opportunity and education. This site provides training, information, insights into how to build an online business from a guy who has been in the business since the early days. Charlie Page is a genuine person, not a ‘guru’ but a teacher. If you seek something a little different, but powerful and genuine then you should check out The DOE. I am a lifetime member, and it has provided me with substantial traffic I would not normally be able to generate.

So the Directory of Ezines provides a very detailed list of Ezines that all offer us advertising space, all organized into topics, so it does not matter what you wind up working with, Health, B2B, Muscle Building, Technology, Music, Web Writing, Keeping Pet Lizards…there is an Ezine for you. The training and bonus features of the DOE offer you additional value, the training alone is worth the price of admission, this site really is unique and valuable!

If you are online for any length of time you tend to look around and it is amazing what is out there, one person cannot possibly explore everything, and that is why it is worthwhile sharing your discoveries. Evergreen sites like The DOE is a classic example, and I notice Charlie Page has now completely re-vamped his well established site, to bring it into line with our current times…

If you are interested in any kind of affiliate marketing, blogging, niche-based marketing you will find something to help you on The DOE, Charlie Page is one of the gentlemen of the online space, he is no youngster, his experience and insight is generously given in all that he does – plus his health is not so good these days, but he keeps giving. I am not trying to soft sell anyone here, some sites are worthwhile, there really is a lot of crap out there, so when quality is discovered, it is worth promoting.

Ezines are one of those ‘evergreen’ aspects of the internet, much like article marketing which everyone thinks is dead but is in fact even more effective today, SEO and link building is greatly enhanced by syndicating content – and what are articles other than ‘Content’?

Take a look for yourself, no pressure – I have got a ton of value from my membership, chances are you will too. And yes I might get a little if you decide to sign up I am completely transparent about that – isn’t this what we do online provide our experiences of different products which you would not otherwise be aware of? If you think being a member of The Warrior Forum is of value, you will get a lot more out The DOE and it has been in operation much longer; check it out for yourself and get an inside advantage!

 

 

 

Can You Really Get Started For Free?

How To Build An Online Business If You Are Broke

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How Can You Make Money Online Without Spending Money?

 You know one of the most often asked questions I have seen in forums and social media groups over the years is: ‘Is it possible to build an online business even if you don’t have money to invest in it?’ I am always tempted to say “NO!” And in all honesty I would have to say it is definitely ‘better’ if you have a few bucks for hosting and a decent WordPress theme at least.But from my own experience the answer is yes!

You can definitely launch and grow an entire Internet-based business without having to spend a single penny for any tools. No Cost Income Stream can help you learn all of the details, but let’s look at a few valuable lessons, and approaches right now.

Choose a No Cost Business Model

You can make money without spending money by promoting products and services. Affiliate marketing allows you to earn money several different ways. Most people are familiar with the more well-known affiliate sites like Amazon, ClickBank and Commission Junction. But there are some profitable sites that you might not be aware of yet. You can look for PLR affiliate programs. This is where you promote content packs for other marketers. You can find them by doing an Internet search for PLR sites and see if they have an affiliate program. You can also become a WordPress theme affiliate. StudioPress, Elegant Themes & WooThemes create WordPress themes and they all have affiliate programs that are free to join.

eCommerce is really huge these days, it seems nearly everyone wants to set up a ‘Dropshipping’ site or to sell physical goods, and you can do this really cheaply with a program like ‘Shopify’, which also has an affiliate program. Woocommerce is one of the better shoppingcarts for WordPress, and it is free, but not everyone wants to build their own!

If you’re part of their affiliate program, you can promote them. If someone buys a theme through your link, you get a percentage of that sale. You’re not just limited to digital products – you can also promote actual physical goods.

You’ll find many of these online. But you can also find them offline. Any store that you can physically walk into could possibly have an affiliate program. Walmart has one! What they pay their affiliates depends on the product category that you promote. Zappos also has an affiliate program. You can promote anything from clothing to home goods. Sears has an affiliate program, too – but they’re picky about who they allow to promote. You have to have a certain amount of traffic each month for your site before they’ll consider letting you sign up.

Here’s a tip for you: if you do decide to promote for a store that has an affiliate program – use contextual links in the body of your blog posts. Don’t just use the banners provided by the store- there is ‘banner blindness’ and folks think  they are adverts. If you use pictures of the product on your site, make sure the picture is an affiliate link for you.

So-called ‘High Ticket’ affiliate programs enable you to make fat commissions from highly targeted traffic – this is the big secret behind all affiliate marketing, the more specialized and unique the ‘niche’ the easier it is to make sales IF you go about it the right way. Getting 500 targeted visitors per month on a high ticket affiliate site, with one or two sales can be well worth it; certainly better than 10,000 visitors who all click away after 5 seconds! People worry about the numbers, when they should be concerned with ‘Targeting’ and conversion.

Many site visitors click on pictures and you don’t want to miss out on that commission. Besides affiliate marketing, you can make money online through ‘ghostwriting’.

You can ghostwrite for business clients, for other marketers and for other bloggers. You can write articles, reports and text for web pages. Many of these people who need this kind of work done started out online the same way you are. When they first started, they looked for ways to earn without having to spend money. But now that their business has grown, they have a lot of need for product output without having a lot of time to keep up with the demand of people who want to learn from them.

So they hire ghostwriters. You can help by offering your services to give them more elbow room. You can write everything, from a blog post to a book for a marketer. You’ll be earning money while you’re growing your own business, until one day, it will be you who has the need to hire a ghostwriter. When you ghostwrite, you’re working on products that someone else created through their expertise. You can do the same. You can create products that are your own and actively promote those items.

What you can create will depend on what niche you select, what you have knowledge about, or what you learn about. If you’re into lawns and gardening, you could create a report on how to deal with the most common pest problems associated with lawns and gardening. Anything that successful marketers create, you can create, too. If they’re creating eBooks, you can do the same. It’s wise to study what the competition is doing to see how they’re making their money.

Everyone has something that they’re good at. For some, that’s helping other people make life changes. You may be the type of person who instinctively knows how to guide people to help them see the direction they really want to go in life.

You could get into coaching people.

The type of coaching you can do will depend on whatever it is that you’re good at. If you’re good at knowing how to handle affiliate marketing, then you could turn around and sell your services as a coach in that area. If knowing how to get a lot of site traffic is your area of expertise, then you can do that. Whatever skills you have that help you meet goals in your life, you can bet that someone else may be able to benefit from your insight – and they’d be willing to pay for your knowledge.

You could become a coach based on your expertise in an area that’s a hobby of yours. If you’re good at training dogs, you can coach others on how to do that. Think about all of the skills that you have in your life that you can use to make money. You probably have more skills that others can use than you may think. Another route that you can go to earn money online without spending money is to become a virtual assistant.

As a virtual assistant, you can earn by leveraging skills that you probably already have. Though many people hire a virtual assistant for help in their personal lives, others hire one to handle various tasks associated with running a business.

They use a VA to answer their email and handle running their social media sites. Sometimes they might want to hire a VA to do the research involved with a certain project.

You could be hired to perform one big task or several smaller ones. A virtual assistant keeps others organized and accomplishes what has to be done. Many virtual assistants got their start simply because they put the skills that they had in marketing to good use. No Cost Income Stream is a good guide that can help you learn how to use affiliate sites.  

 

Make the Most of Free Tools Available to You

MailChimp allows you to build your own email list for free. You can have up to two thousand subscribers on your list and you can email them throughout the month with information about your business. When you sign up for an account with MailChimp, you get to create a mailing list. After you do that, take the sign up code and add it to your widgets section in WordPress or Blogger – or Wix/Weebly e.t.c

Having an email list filled with subscribers is important for the success of your online business because a list can help you grow your customer base. When you’re first starting your list, you should email your subscribers with useful tools and information.

MailChimp will even let you split test your emails. You can use the A/B testing to determine important things like what time of day is best for sending, which subject lines convert best, and what type of campaigns are the most productive. There are some other free Email platforms, with autoresponder tools- InInBox is a good one I have used in the past.

If you are a WordPress site builder there are some excellent free Email systems available in the form of plugins: Mailpoet is one I have used to great effect, it has an ‘Autoresponder’ module that you can use with either your own Cpanel hosting, OR a third party delivering service. Free plugin.

 

There is a long list of free digital business tools on this site, keep this in mind.

By tweaking one thing at a time, you’ll learn what types of content your audience responds to. You’ll want to make sure that you have good keywords in everything that you write because keywords help your potential customers be able to find you online. It’s important to use short tail and long tail keywords. You don’t have to rely on your own expertise to be able to figure out which words to use. You can get help from a keyword tool – and there are some good free ones.

Ubersuggest.org is one of them. You simply type your word into the query box and you’ll get a list of keywords broken down by some random suggestions the site pulled from the alphabetical list and the rest will be listed under the alphabetical letter.

For example, if you type in ‘gardening’, you might get “gardening tips” at the top, but if you scroll down to the “t” section, you’ll see not only “gardening tips” but “gardening tool set”.  If you click on “gardening tool set” the keywords are broken down even more.

The Google Keyword Planner will allow you to see the volume of people searching for certain keywords. But it will also let you know what kind of competition you’ll be facing by choosing certain keywords. For example, if you choose to use “gardening,” you’ll see the monthly searches and you’ll see that the competition for that word is fairly high.  But if you add the word “organic” to make it “organic gardening,” then you’ll see that the competition is lower.

The reason that using a keyword tool is important is because you’ll be able to see what kind of website traffic is estimated for those keywords and you can choose the ones that will bring visitors to your site.

Graphics are an important part of an online business owner’s arsenal. The right graphics can help you promote your product or services and make you look like a professional.

There are plenty of resources to help you grab professional graphics for free. SmashingMagazine offers a freebies section. This section frequently features graphics like icons, social media buttons, and vectors. You also have the option of creating your own graphics using a range of Saas graphic platforms-see that free list on this site.

You’ll be able to use many of these freebies in both personal and commercial projects – including services you offer or products you create. But you’ll have to read the guidelines carefully because there are a few icon sets that have restrictions.

The site pixabay.com is really great for license free photos and images,and this one Pexels.com is also fantastic for web developers and bloggers.  But photos aren’t all you can download for free. There are also free audio clips, free video clips, and free illustrations.

You can use these images for free, provided you credit the photographer. If you can’t credit the creator, then you can purchase the image for a few dollars and use it freely. Next, you want to make sure that you have a blog for whatever business you have. Many businesses use free blogging sites when they’re first starting out so that they can save on the cost. 

Which blog service you choose should depend on how you plan to use it. If you plan to do affiliate marketing, don’t use WordPress.com. Their terms of service prevent you from including affiliate links in your posts. You’re also not allowed to sell any type of product using a blog from WordPress.com.

Blogger is a better choice if you’re interested in affiliate marketing. Many people have successfully used Blogger to earn money through affiliate programs. You’re even allowed to include ads on your Blogger site through AdSense.

If you’re looking to have a shopping cart on your blog, then you should try Weebly instead of Blogger. Weebly has its own blog structure and comes with a shopping cart option.

Using a free Weebly account, you can sell up to ten products. These can be digital or tangible products or a mix of both. If your site grows beyond ten products, you can always upgrade your account later.

 

Promote Your Products and Services for FREE on the ‘Net’

 

Thanks to social media, advertising has gotten easier than ever. Social media can allow you to connect with customers in other countries that never would have heard of your business otherwise. There are several popular social media sites that you can use to promote your online business. Facebook is one of the most popular social media networking sites.

For your online business, you should set up a fan page. When a Facebook user likes your fan page, they’ll get updates from you in their feed. You can also use it to interact with your customers and build a fan base.

You are allowed to have a targeted domain on Facebook. Instead of having a random URL, you can have one that’s specific for your business. If you sold chocolates, you could have that in your URL by having something like Facebook.com/JanesChocolates.

Twitter is a social media service that lets you share updates in 140 characters or less. These updates are called tweets. You can embed media like videos and photos in your tweets.

Providing a steady mix of content will keep your followers interested in what you have to say. But don’t constantly use it to get into someone’s face with a BUY NOW type of tweet. Interact, but don’t be pushy.

YouTube is a social media site that’s centered around videos (no shit Sherlock). Users can post videos, comment on other users’ videos, and create playlists. This may surprise you, but YouTube is a popular search engine. Many visitors go to YouTube and type in a keyword like “dog training.” If you have a video on dog training that has a good description, your video might appear in the search results. YouTube is in fact a free ‘University’ where you can learn how to do a crazy amount of things.

You can use YouTube to drive traffic to your website, or you can use it to promote your services. Again, make sure you follow their rules or you might find your video account shut down. Produce videos which actually provide value, don’t expect people to respond to blatant sales messages because they just won’t!

The social network site Pinterest is an easy way to share pictures. Users ‘pin’ images to various boards. This allows users to find their favorite products or website again.

It’s a great social networking opportunity – especially if you’re in a field that relies heavily upon design such as an artist or web designer.  Infographics go over well here, and users often Share pins, helping your posts go viral.

Don’t forget to join Google Plus. This is the social media network that the search engine, Google created. Google Plus allows you to add users in circles. These circles allow you to choose which of your followers see your status.

You could have a circle for family and one for marketing. Your status about your cat’s antics could be restricted to family while your blog post about a new product could be viewable only to your marketing followers.

 

Prep Yourself to Level Up By Investing in Your Business

 

Once you’ve learned the tips found in No Cost Income Stream, you can leverage that into a bigger financial turnaround for your business. The more money that you invest in your business, the more money you’ll be able to earn. While all of the free tools that are available can be a big help when you’re first starting out, many of them do have limitations and you certainly don’t want to limit your earning potential.

If you start out using MailChimp, eventually, as your business grows, you’re going to outgrow the amount of subscribers you can have on there. So you’ll need to switch to another autoresponder and you’re going to want to pay to get a good one. Aweber is an autoresponder that – while it’s a paid one – is still pretty inexpensive, and you get a lot of features with them. You get customizable templates for crafting email or to use on your website.

If I’m honest though I have to say I prefer Get Response as a paid email platform, I have used both and Get Response has a much higher ‘open rate’, is easier to use and has much more modern templates and graphics to use. But either are good – you will have to decide!

But you also get email tracking with the use of their analytics programs. This lets you see what’s happening to the email you send out. You’ll get follow up tools and tools that allow you to specifically target subscribers with information that’s relevant to them.

After you can afford it, you’ll want to invest in paid keyword tools because you’ll be able to access more information that will help you draw in more traffic and build a bigger customer base.

Market Samurai is one of the paid keyword tools that is actually very good. Among the features that it offers is the ability to identify the best places to promote your website. It also teaches users how to monetize your website.

With keyword use, it’s one of the best programs you can buy. It shows users how valuable a keyword is – both through organic use as well as with paying venues. There are many paid tools that each deliver valuable keyword insights.

You can use graphics on your minisites for different tasks – such as to help you sell a product or to get someone to subscribe to a list. These graphics are used to get the customer to take a specific action.

For example, like a big, red sign up arrow with a Buy Now button. You can start out free and then upgrade to paid graphics using a professional site designer.

Your lowest paid graphics might come from Fiverr, but then as you make more money, you’ll be able to invest with a professional designer who has complete packages.

When you want to put money into your business, you’ll want to look at paid traffic, too. This is traffic that comes to your sites through the use of means you pay for-such as Facebook ads (the best paid traffic on the planet for many business areas), or Google Adwords, or YouTube paid ads.

Facebook, while it’s a free social networking site, also has paid ads. So you might post to your Fan Page for free, you also have the ability to “Boost” that post using a paid advertisement, but I always use the ‘power editor’ and craft a ‘Dark Post’ – this is a post which is linked to one of your Facebook pages, so it looks like an ordinary post, people respond to it like an item of interest. The big trick here is to put together a ‘funnel’ once your dark post has captured the visitor’s interest you need to go to work and provide value – a video/ebook/article which creates even more interest and impresses your customer. Direct your traffic, use the opportunity.

According to Gary Vaynerchuk, Dark Posts are the best value for advertising money currently available. I happen to agree.

Starting out on a shoestring budget (or no budget at all) is nothing to be ashamed of. Many people have done it and gone on to create thriving Internet-based businesses – this is completely true, look I would not lie to you, read up on Google about them, just type in:’ people who have internet businesses who started with no money’. You can do this, you just need to try and keep on trying.

Contact me with any questions, Good luck!

 

 

 

The Wisdom Of Gary Vaynerchuk

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Examples of currently successful digital entrepreneurs are never very far away, we see them being presented and consume their messages and content all the time. We might change our ‘heroes’ according to what we experience, and if we receive valuable information and inspiration from them, or not.

In these often crazy times we all live in, the cult of personality seems to have grown larger with the internet – it is now much easier for individuals to reach us, to focus their message and build their audiences in vast numbers. Media is abundant and cheap to use, it seems there is a personality figurehead to lead just about any ‘flavor’ of ideas, opinion, movement, disease, genre, art, sport. It seems we all love to follow our heroes!

Certainly one of my favorite personalities that represents the successful ‘little guy makes good’ story has to be Gary Vaynerchuk. You might know of ‘GaryVee’ or have heard of him, perhaps you have never heard of him. For those who are not familiar this is a very condensed biography:

Gary Vaynerchuk was born in the Soviet Union (when there was such a place) in Belarus – his family left and emigrated to the USA when Gary was very young 2 years old. So Gary grew up in New York, his father gained employment in the liquor industry and eventually saved enough to buy a small liquor store of his own. As Gary developed it was pretty obvious he had an entrepreneurial flair – selling collector sports cards on weekends making several thousand dollars per week(!) Gary’s dad put him through college, but he was not an academically inclined student, he scraped through. On graduating Gary came to work in the family liquor store, taking a pay cut from his own side businesses. Gary had the idea of running a video-based weekly wine show, demonstrating varieties of wine being stocked, discussing local & international wines; he published the ‘Wine Library T.V’ on YouTube 10 years ago when YouTube had only just got started.

You can read the story in much greater detail online if you want, but the upshot of all this is that Gary Vaynerchuk was able to boost the sales of his family’s liquor store from an annual 3 million dollars in sales to 56 million through promoting the business using this revolutionary ‘new’ social media platform.

From being able to massively improve the family liquor store business, Gary gained the insight and confidence to invest in emerging social media platforms, and then set up his own digital media company ‘Vaynermedia’ with his brother. The acclaim and reputation that Gary Vaynerchuk built from 2006 from harnessing the WWW platforms demonstrated very powerfully just how much the business world was changing, and the crucial need to adapt and leverage this emerging technology, and importantly the culture online

He was so successful in doing all of this that Fortune 500 business owners began seeking him out for guidance and help in transitioning their 20th Century marketing into the 21st Century. Vaynermedia now has many prestigious clients that invest millions with the agency to promote their business. Gary is also a keynote speaker who is much in demand, his entire business is built on the integrity and genuine quality of his own clear sighted awareness of the changing nature of the business world.

A truly spectacular success story, one that I cannot help but admire and learn from myself. Gary’s message and teaching is appreciated by a great many ‘Start Up’ dreamers and entrepreneurs – the great thing about Gary’s content is that he is not selling you anything, he does not need to, he is not selling training courses or eBooks, or membership sites. Occasionally Gary writes a book, and he promotes this but this is not the central plank of his business. His last book: Jab Jab Jab, Right-Hook’ is all about the approach of providing value before you ask for a sale. Simple right? You provide genuine value and actionable information, and only after you have built trust and authentic relationships do you then ‘right hook’ with your sale message.

Here is a classic piece of GaryVee inspiration, you will either get it, or completely not get it 😉

Truth right? We will all die one day, it might be in 80 years or today – we never know this date but you can count on it so you need to do something about it, get your dreams and your desire going on the road. Stop whining, stop messing around, stop being afraid, stop procrastinating. All of your time will run out anyway, the time will elapse it will pass, so you may as well get some value out of your time-stop hoping and start doing!

So yeah, this is what I like about Gary Vaynerchuk he is actually a real person not a ‘personality’, not a bullshit poser, he cares about people and is not afraid to reveal this – he loves business, he loves observing what is taking place and then leveraging this. Social media is interesting, but more importantly people use it in huge quantities, you can make this work for you- it is plain practical reality. Get to work and stop worrying about perfection, get something published, build your business, blog or app, whatever it is that takes your fancy. But just start and keep going!

Affiliate Marketing What Is The Real Story?

Affiliate marketing combined with niche marketing is a dynamite way to commence your online business career. Why not learn 100% free from a legitimate organization that offers you also free website resources-it helped me a lot when I first began.

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The Real Facts About Affiliate Marketing

If there is one particular area of digital marketing which attracts the most attention, and also where many new players get their start, it has to be Affiliate Marketing.

There are literally thousands of eBooks, membership sites, training packages and products all aimed at educating people to ‘make money online’ via being an affiliate.

What exactly is it? It is as old as the hills, ‘middle man marketing’ is another term for it – at its most basic level being an affiliate simply means you are encouraging people to purchase products or services that you do not own, but you have a special relationship with the product manufacturer/creator, or service provider to receive a percentage of the sale value; a commission

When applied to the internet, this can be a very easy way to earn money. Well this is the theory anyway. Because you do not have to be a product creator, or supplier of services many new players in the ‘internet marketing’ game can participate fairly quickly.

Some reckon you do not need to build a website, or possess technical skills to succeed; however you greatly increase your potential for success if you do have a few resources to use.Plus if you really want to make some serious money, building your own affiliate empire is the way to go!

The main requirement for any kind of affiliate marketing is being able to present the product, or service to the most relevant audiences.

This is where an awful lot of people go wrong, this is where most of the ‘spam’ originates. Spam messages are the natural result of inexperienced people attempting to get people to buy something – but they do not know what they are doing, and they just throw ‘mud against the wall’ and hope some of it sticks(!)

 

 

The main difference between failed affiliate marketers, and those who make lots of money, is all in how they go about ‘targeting‘ their audience. This is the entire difference- if you can present the right product/service to the right people you will have a much better chance of making sales.

It makes sense doesn’t it? What is the difference between all of the messages in your ‘Junk’ folder, and those messages you actually click on to read?

Chances are those messages you choose to actually read are from people you either know, or you are aware of through some other process. Even if the message is asking you to consider buying something, you do not mind because you have established some kind of link or relationship with the sender. This basic difference is highly significant.

Those people who take the time and effort to think through how they will present their affiliate materials tend to do better. This is common sense, but it is astounding how quickly common sense is abandoned when it comes to online marketing!

Among the first successes I experienced in affiliate sales gave me a taste of just how powerful this can be. I happened to come across a site called ‘Affilorama‘ – this is put together by a chap from New Zealand named Mark Ling.

Mark is a genuine bloke, he is one of the better online ‘guru’ types out there. Mark’s approach is so honest and effective that his own father was able to retire early and enjoy a lifestyle without worry! This is true, you can read about it for yourself-(Google Mark Ling)

This is a legitimate product, it teaches you how to build simple product websites, use Google to build organic traffic and then semi-passively get commissions. I was impressed with the product and I had some success by following what it taught me. Plus Affilorama provide their own WordPress theme which you can use to compile niche sites. Free. That’s right this course and all the resources are 100% free and legitimate. What’s the catch? Well they offer you a ‘done-for-you’ version where Affilorama build out your affiliate sites and give you an almost guaranteed online income-this you pay for! 

I understand that this is still available, and it has been updated to suit today’s online conditions. I had no problem recommending Affilorama because these guys offer you the real deal, not hype or bullcrap. 

Prior to this first experience with internet-based affiliate malarky I was much like everyone else – I was deeply skeptical. It is entirely natural to resist hype, and to consider all of the banners and flashing text as being rubbish, of course! And much of it is to be avoided, but there is a genuine and much deeper level to all of this. I resolved to only speak the truth based on my own research and results. It is the only way to fly.

Oscar The Flying Dog Agrees With Me!

 

 

It was supremely satisfying seeing actual money come in from affiliate niche sites I built using Affilorama free WordPress tools, and following their instructions on their website. Hey if you put the work in and learn from the free course, you can make money. Simple as that.

So what is the ‘right way’? Like a lot of things in life if you approach it with good intentions and with the aim to help people it usually means you benefit-does that sound too ‘Kumbya’?, Well all it means is you put some effort into what you do.

It takes a bit of time to set things up, write some decent articles, build reasonable quality websites (WordPress), you can even use the free blog platforms like ‘Blogger’ & ‘Blogspot’.

If it takes a few months to do this, well that time is going to pass anyway, so you may as well fill it with doing profitable things, and put a little effort into learning new skills

If you inform people about information that is not widely known, and they also benefit from it, at some point you are going to generate good will, you will earn the trust of people. If you set about trying to impress or trick people, make false claims you will not succeed and you will also ruin your reputation. It simply isn’t worth it.

Always consider the ‘long game’, the internet is not going anywhere, there are plenty of opportunities for all-there is no panic! So approach affiliate marketing from the desire to help someone discover a good quality experience, none of us are ‘saints’ – in fact most of us aren’t!

Digital marketing can be a grubby, dog-eat-dog industry, but you do not have to play it like that. Those that succeed the most and for the longest are all good people who go out of their way to help. It’s true-the scam artists may have a few wins and succeed for a while, but eventually it bottoms out, I’ve seen this time and again. Resolve to be one of the good guys, and you will succeed in time!

If you have any specific questions, go ahead and drop me a line, I am happy to assist and shed light on anything you might be unsure of, remember niche marketing is just about putting some research into what you might already be familiar with, and like to do already. Find a niche you like and build a website, produce some good quality content.

Look, find out for yourself if you like – Affilorama offer a 100% free training program and you can get all the tools for free, even the hosting!

You don’t come across much that is free AND of high quality these days, and I can recommend Affilorama, they are a good bunch of people-if you want to take it further you can and pay for their ‘done for you’ options, but this is entirely up to you. I have done my duty and given you a 100% FREE resource that can change your life, the rest is up to you.