Hey, I recently watched a great little video series from IBM – InternetBusiness Mastery.com explaining the overall concept of creating micro-niche websites that bring in profit. Of course, this is some free and basic info to entice you to buy their course which I just picked up and is top notch. I’ve been following these guys for quite some time now and everything they put out is really good quality stuff. I made my first $100 online just by following their free podcasts, now they have all this info in a simple to follow system
I wanted to share this inspiring motivating video. This young man is doing it and living the life. We have an opportunity available to us now that wasn’t available when I was 19. The internet, online marketing, and affiliate products have created an opportunity that anyone can do. Take advantage you’re not getting any younger.
Teen Retires At 19 Years Old!
Is this inspiring or what? Let us know what you think in the comments below…
I did a little bookmark scrub this morning and thought I would share the remaining content of my “Online Money” folder. To warn you, there are certain things that I don’t like and never bookmark so:
What’s NOT included: Taking Paid Surveys, Getting Paid to Surf the Internet, MLM, Contest Sites, “Buy my DVD, CD, Audiobook”, etc.
What IS included: Things you can use to legitimately make money online – Everything from Getting Paid to review software to good ole’ Adsense.
Infolinks – Infolinks is probably the highest paying option for your in-text advertising. On DLM, you will see underlined links scattered throughout articles. Those are a function of Infolinks and without disclosing too much, it’s been a great source of income. Best is that they accept all sizes of websites and blogs. Just sign up and begin.
Build a Niche Store – This is a simple store development platform which enables you to create content based sites that generate income through the eBay affiliate programs. Pretty darn simple and increasingly popular.
Adbrite – Sell space on your site for text ads. This would work like the DLM Marketplace you see on the right of my pages although I chose to manage it myself.
Amazon Affiliate Program – Easily create a store or shopping section on your site instead of sending your visitors to Amazon. Amazon handles the shopping cart and fulfillment.
Azoogleads – Another ad program. They do have some decent companies lined up as advertisers. You provide space, they’ll provide an ad.
BidVertiser – PPC (pay per click) program with a low $10 payout amount.
Blog – Start a blog and consistently write excellent content. With good ad placement, you may make some money. I detail my process here: Simply Said, How to Blog.
Cafepress– You provide a design, they’ll toss it on a T-Shirt, Hat, etc. No upfront costs. Get a free online shop and promote your products on your website.
Chitika – Their eMiniMalls service has shown great results for many Bloggers and site owners. You choose a keyword and they show relevant products on your site using a pretty unique interface.
Clickbank – Quickly becoming my favorite affiliate program. They have thousands of things for you to advertise on your site.
ClicknWork – Get paid $5-$150 per hour for basically doing freelance work on a per-assignment basis. You have to pass a pretty tough test to get in.
Clicksor – These are the guys that generate contextual ads on sites that show up when you hover over a double-underlined word.
Commission Junction – If you have a site, you can join Commission Junction. Once enrolled for free, you can choose companies whose ads are pertinent to your site. Companies have the ultimate say on working with you. There are easily over 1,000 companies to choose from here.
CreamAid – For blogs only, advertisers provide you with a topic and you write about it on your site. To do this, you have to install a flash widget into your blog post. The more people you bring into the conversation through the widget, the more you get paid. It’s difficult to explain.
eefoof – Think of it as YouTube + Flickr + Music. You add original content and they pay you based on the visitors you attract.
Ether – If you are an expert on something, Ether provides a way for people to pay you to talk about it in a one-on-one setting. If you want to charge $250/hr, that’s fine. You have to do all the advertising so you should have a blog or site already established.
eBay– Come on, you know what this is. Gather your junk and sell it!
eBay Stores – If you have a real store and want to sell your stuff online, this is a decent option to get you started.
ELance – Name gives it away. Programmers, Codes, Web Designers, Writers, Editors, can look for freelance opportunities.
Feedvertising – This is an arm of Text Link Ads and is currently only good for WordPress users. This does me no good currently, but as you can guess, they place ads in your feed(s).
Feedburner / Google – Not only are they the best place to house your feeds, they will also add ads to your feed and website. You get paid per impression and if you implement Google Adsense to your feed, you are paid per click.
Google Adsense – Come on, you don’t need an explanation; these ads are all over the place. Google displays relevant ads based on your site’s content
Google Adwords – Create simple text ads and choose keywords that determine when they are displayed. This is where the Adsense Content comes from. You do not need a site for this.
H3.com – Get paid to fill jobs. Commissions range from $50-$5,000. It all depends on how tough the job is to fill and how desperate the hiring company is. This is another one that’s tough to explain.
Indeed.com – Add their job board to your site. They then post jobs based on the geographic location of visitors and the position types you pre-select. I tried it and I they continually report that I sent 0 visitors and I know that’s not right. Nevertheless, I may have an isolated problem so they make the list.
InnerSell – If you have a customer that wants to buy something you cannot sell, you can sell the lead here.
Jigsaw – It’s a pretty flaky model but if you have a Rolodex full of good contacts, you can sell them here. I can’t make sense of it but it looks like you get $0.10 per profile.
LinkShare.com – If you have a site, you can join Linkshare. Once enrolled for free, you can choose companies whose ads are pertinent to your site. Companies have the ultimate say on working with you. Like Commission Junction, there are a ton of companies waiting to evaluate your site.
Microsoft Adcenter – Bid on keywords and Microsoft places your created ads then they are searched for. This is similar to Google Adwords. You do not need a site for this.
Pay Per Post – I don’t agree with this model entirely but they have advertisers that will pay you to write about their products on your blog.
Pheedo – If you have an RSS feed, run it through Pheedo. Like Feedburner, they can include ads into your feed and if you really become large, advertisers will pay a premium for you to show their ads.
Shareasale.com – I’ve used them for a couple years for some banner advertising. They are similar to Commission Junction and Linkshare however they seem to have lower tiered companies with advertising offers.
Shoemoney – This is a blog that can teach you a ton on making money online. I’ve spent hours reading his old stuff.
Text Link Ads – I have never made a dime here but I know people that have. You can earn by sending advertisers to them or by selling spots on your site. You must have a real site or blog to do this – nothing on a shared domain (i.e. /blogspot).
Vibrant Media – Don’t bother unless your site has 500,000 page views of text based content a month. If you have that readership, these are the guys that display bubble box ads to underlined words on your site.
West Work At Home Agent – Not entirely online but this is worth a mention because it’s won awards and is very legitimate. If you are an at-home Mom or free-lancer without work, you should check this out.
Last night the founders of the Empower Network hosted a Members Only Video Call with 7 of the top producers from the Empower Network. I, being a Member, was fortunate enough to be invited to attend. Although I missed the first 30 minutes of the 3 hour session I was able to take away some mind opening advice from these people that I would like to share with y’all.
I wrote this a few months ago, sent it in an email to myself, and forgot to post it to my blog. I came across it today and since I’ve had additional related experiences of late I thought I would add to it and post it, so here you go…
The Original Post, (Updates in Blue)
I was bumpin around my up-line’s Facebook Group page today and came across a post from Phil Squires about the Empower Network Facebook Slap so I thought I’d let you know about a few things I’ve encountered. For whatever reason (At the time I wrote this I didn’t know why…) if you try to advertise Empower Network on Facebook or create a link to your Empower Network blog (in any way) you get a message stating Facebook doesn’t like your links. (All the big social media and advertising sites don’t like advertising for MLM businesses, I’ll explain why below.) Funny, the first thing I tried when I joined Empower Network was to put an ad on Facebook, because I’m familiar with advertising there, and Facebook gave me a big ol’ slap to the back of the head. Though I haven’t tried it, Phil recommends the IBO ToolBox, looks like a good all-in-one type of solution. (This comes at a reasonable fee for their marketing system, at the moment many people like myself are just using Social Media Bar it’s free and all it does is allow you to post links to your Empower Network blog on social media sites like Facebook, YouTube, Google+ etc. It does some sort of cloaking/redirecting type of thing.) One thing I noticed about people who are in Empower Netwok and utilizing their Facebook profile is they all have a Personal Blog of their own and their Empower Network blog is a category or page link in their Personal Blog. So a link to your Personal Blog posts from Facebook, is accepted and will get people interested in you or what you do and they’ll check out your Empower Network blog thru your Personal Blog pages and posts. I have a Personal Blog in the works and will be doing the same, I’ll announce it here once I get it up and running, still deciding on a URL name. (It’s up and running now! Check it out at PunkTheSystem.com).
After learning Facebook wouldn’t let me run Ads or put links on my profile I tried other avenues that I was familiar with like Craigslist, I wrote up an Ad hit post and was DENIED. So I hit up my Google Adwords account put together an ad and put a link to one of my Empower Network landing pages, DENIED. I changed the link to go to my Empower Network Blog, DENIED. I tried cloaking the URL, DENIED! So I decided I’d give up going that route and focus on creating my Personal Blog and I would drive traffic there once it was all set up. Well, I made the mistake of leaving my ads set to ON in my Adwords account, they had been denied and weren’t running so I didn’t think anything of it. Well apparently the all mighty Google did think something of it, when I went back into my account a few months later there it was The Big Red Band Of Death across the top, saying my account had been SUSPENDED. Oh No! When I tried to contact Google Support all I got was an automated recording saying my account was suspended and I should contact Google Support. Uh Oh, it was the old support system run around trick. I sent them an email, same thing, an automated run around response. I was screwed, it clearly said, my account, any accounts associated with it, and any new account I create, has been suspended for violating Googles “Terms”. I didn’t know what to do… So, I’m looking at my Adwords account unable to use it, thinking about the fact that my Adsense account is probably shutdown too, I won’t be able to use Youtube or Google+… Well weeks went by, all the Ads in my account had been turned off for a while now so I decided to just delete them all and then I delete the campaigns I had labeled as Empower Network, this cleaned my account of all my ads, I even went to the History page and tried to delete that… I logged out of my account for the last time and was totally down in the dumps about it, I even went to my upline’s Facebook Group page and posted about it to see if anyone had any advice for me or if anyone had the same problem. Suddenly about 2 hours after I cleaned out my Adwords account an email comes in from Google saying “Your Adwords Account is now active…” Woohoo! Man I thought it was done for.
So why is it that Google, Youtube, Craigslist, Facebook, and all the big social media advertising venues don’t like MLM businesses?
Well, it’s simple actually, and makes total sense. If they allowed an MLM business to advertise through one of their channels, the person advertising, would most likely have some form of success. Then, everyone and their mom would start advertising MLM businesses through those channels, flooding the advertising channel and any channel similar to it, causing all kinds of problems for the people who are searching the web, the people using the websites, or the people trying to advertise something else through those same channels. It wouldn’t be fair to anyone but the advertiser. So to keep the advertising channels balanced and fair, to give the searchers quality search results, and to give users a quality website experience, they put an end to MLM advertising on their sites. Simple and Logical. Now why couldn’t I realize that before I went thru all that trouble? Well it’s just part of the business, lucky for you, you read this article and didn’t run into any of these problems right?
The video below is what I would consider the perfect example of why you should make YouTube videos.
The man in the video is Mike The Scrapper he is a “Scrapper”, he collects free junk items, takes them apart and sells them as scrap to a scrap yard for a profit. In the process he records a video and throws it on YouTube.
Now your probably thinking, who is gonna sit there and watch a video of a guy taking apart a weed wacker and selling the metal scraps for a few dollars to a scrap yard? This guy! (I’m pointing at myself right now).
I was surfing for info on how to take apart my old computer and sell the parts on ebay, I stumbled across a Mike The Scrapper video and next thing I know I’m watching him take apart computers, weed wackers, grills, etc.
Now aside from showing you a very basic simple way of making some money scrapping, in the process “Mike The Scrapper” has created a couple hundred videos and put them on YouTube.
Some videos barely have a hundred views, others hundreds, and others thousands. Add them all together and this guys has hundreds of thousands of views and might even have millions of views by now, its just a matter of time before he does.
Once you reach a certain amount of views (500 I think) you are able to tie your Google Adsense account to your YouTube account and Google will run ads on your videos and banner ads along side them. If someone clicks on the ad you make a little spare change. Which overtime becomes a residual stream of internet income.
Even if you only get clicks from 1% of the people who view your videos, which is probably the lowest you could ever get, 1% of say 100,000 views = 1000 clicks with click payouts ranging from a few pennies to a few dollars that adds up pretty quick even at just 1% but you are more likely to see 10% because the traffic is targeted.
That’s a nice little side income especially considering the fact that you only have to make a video and post it once and it does all the work for you.
Don’t forget that a large percentage of that delicious google targeted traffic going to his videos will likely click the links he put below the video and go to his blog/website and will likely be interested in what he has going on there as well.
This is not only a great side income it is a great way to drive targeted traffic to your site and make sales on what you have there.
This is a next step for me, I need to focus on marketing and driving traffic to my blogs through large marketing channels like YouTube…
In this video Mike The Scrapper goes over the basics of posting videos on YouTube and making money this way. Enjoy!
I wrote a new post on my Empower Blog today that you should check out. It’s about some important time management strategies, focusing on income producing activities in other words blog and promote the crap out of it!
As of December 1, 2009, the FTC requires bloggers to provide disclosures whenever there could be hidden interests or unspoken biases related to recommendations.
I finished the Disclosure page today. It was pretty simple, I recommend doing what I did. I went to a few blogs by some fellow bloggers that I follow on a regular basis, these sites and the people who created them are my inspiration for creating PunkTheSystem. I found a couple of disclosures that were very similar to each other and had a relaxed vibe to it, what they had wasn’t full of legal terminology and jargon which fit my style. I look up to these bloggers and feel this is fitting for my site. So I copied their disclosure statements, combined them, reworded it to fit my writing style and there you have it. These guys did the same thing for their’s and recommended to me that I do the same, as should you.
Why have a disclosure statement you ask?
First of all it is required if you’re planning on receiving some type of compensation from your blog. Second, I want to be completely open, honest, and sincere so I feel it is the dignified thing to do. I don’t want people coming to my site and feeling like they’ve been duped or that I’ve created this site just to impose a sale upon them. Yes, I do this because I make money doing it, but I only recommend the products I use and know. Which in turn is the best and easiest way to make a sale, but remember, I do this because of the location independent lifestyle I am allowed to live by making money this way, how I make money from this, allows me to live this way. I also do this because sharing my knowledge and teaching others is beneficial to me and the people who learn from me. How many jobs allow you to do things that benefit other people and yourself? Not too many…
So, that being said, go make yourself a disclosure page, explain to the people coming to your site your true intentions.