Internet Business Mastery Videos On Money Making Micro Niche Sites

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

Check out the videos here:

Video 1: The Critical Milestone That Will Skyrocket Your Success

Video 2: The Fastest Way To Make Money Online

Video 3: How To Uncover Secret Money Making Micro Niches

Video 4: A Quick Start Guide To Making Your First $500 Online

I highly recommend you try out their system.

– Matt B.

 

Mark Twain Said It Best

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”

– Mark Twain

 

Indeed, I like you I had found myself comfortable with working 9 to 5 in a cubicle at a corporate job doing the exact same thing day in and day out with the same exact outcome but expecting a better outcome would come my way eventually or I would stumble upon something that would change my outcome.  Well nothing changes if you don’t change first.  I was comfortable, I paused and reflected, I realized my comfort was actually discomfort.  I needed to change so I did.  I changed how I thought, I changed what I was doing, I made steps in a new direction, I wanted to go away from the monotony, away from the majority.  I dedicate all my spare time to becoming a part of the minority to going against the grain of the majority…

– Matt

On Using Your iPhone Abroad Without Getting Totally Screwed Article

Hey Readers,

Whether you have an iPhone or not I came across an interesting article on Gizmodo by Adam Clark Estes called “On Using Your iPhone Abroad Without Getting Totally Screwed”, I thought it had some good insights and definitely brings up some issues you can encounter while traveling abroad.  No one wants to come home to a 4 digit phone bill…

On Using Your iPhone Abroad Without Getting Totally Screwed

When I stepped off the plane in Mexico I got that sinking feeling. My iPhone wasn’t going to work.

I mean it was, but, you know, it’s expensive to use a cell phone abroad. It’s even more expensive to use a smartphone abroad. A few years ago, I took a work trip to Paris and did a dumb thing. Long story short, I get off the plane, forget that both my voice and data plans are standard and end up with a four-figure phone bill. AT&T was actually really great about getting the number down to around $50, but they told me very clearly that this was my one get out of jail free card.

I’ve not been back to jail. Every year, at least once a year, I try to leave the country. I like traveling and have spent a decent amount of time living abroad. So when I go now, I still don’t get the data plan. I either forget or can’t be bothered. This is more or less what happened when I went to Mexico. It was a hastily planned trip, and I was on my own. I was even thinking about quitting the Internet the whole time I was there. “You’re just gonna wanna lay on the beach and read books made of paper,” my friends said. My friends were wrong. I love technology*.

So after one expensive phone call to sort out a rental car situation (Pro tip: Don’t buy the insurance, through Kayak. It’s a ripoff.), the iPhone went into airplane mode. It was the only time I used my data plan, and I didn’t miss it one bit.

My first survival instinct was also probably the most obvious: I basically spent every free minute I had hunting down Wi-Fi hotspots. Luckily and quite surprisingly, the tiny beach town where I was vacationing was pretty damn wired. So Internet wasn’t hard to find, and it was almost always free.

It was not, though, available on the beach, or in my rustic little cabana. But that’s where a little ingenuity—and a few handy apps—came in.

I developed a nice little routine of using Wi-Fi at the bar and loading up things to do offline when I went wandering. If I really needed to call someone, I would take the phone off airplane mode and try to talk fast. If I really needed to check my email, I couldn’t because my carrier is Sprint (don’t ask) and Sprint is horrible. Data wouldn’t work at all.

So when I was out of Wi-Fi zones, my life was full of offline playlists and preloaded longreads. Spotify is buggy lately, but it’s still the best music app, in my humble opinion. Pocket, my go-to save for later app, fixes everything you find frustrating about Instapaper. And it’s free.

There are obviously other apps that work great offline.

If you’re going to a city, you’re definitely going to want a map, especially one that includes public transit. (Google Maps doesn’t work very well abroad, even if you have a data plan, and Apple Maps, well, don’t get me started.) Try the iTrans family for transit maps. There’s a handy offline app for most major American cities, and they cost between $0.99 and $3.99 each.

If you like words—who doesn’t!—download Dictionary.com’s fantastic app. It’s handy if you’ll be somewhere that you don’t know the language (you can get a translation upgrade for a buck), but dictionaries also make for surprisingly entertaining beach reading. If you need a straight-up translator, go with Jibbigo. It’s slick, and ten times better than the lame Lonely Planet translator apps that cost $7.99. Jibbigo is free free free.

If you’re going abroad, you’ll also want a currency convertor. Get XE Currency. It comes in a free version and an ad-free pro version. Don’t waste your money on the pro version unless you really really hate ads, in which case, you should probably not have an iPhone.

If you get all of these apps, there’s really no need to buy and expensive data plan. I met a couple from Los Angeles, while I was down in Mexico and one of them had gotten the data plan and the other hadn’t. We had a fun debate about the perks and perils of staying totally connected while on vacation. Basically what we ended up agreeing on was that it depends on your personality. The man was a total surfer and said he like unplugging because, well, it is really relaxing. The woman used to work in the media, so she liked to be able to keep up with what was going on. In a way it would’ve been more stressful for her not to have a phone. (I’m the same way.) If you plan ahead, it’s not that expensive either.

Oh and one last thing. Get Star Walk. Whether you’re picnicking in Paris or lying down on the powdered sugar sand in Tulúm, stars are still amazing, and it’s really such a blast to use. It’s best on a retina iPad, but the iPhone version is excellent.

When I stepped of the plane at JFK, it was raining. I flipped the Airplane mode off, dropped my phone into my pocket laughed as it rattled with all the missed calls and texts that I didn’t let myself see while I was away. It felt good.

Let us know of any Apps you find useful when traveling that work offline or tricks for staying online, etc.  Leave a comment below.

– Matthew Steven

Teen Retires At 19 Years Old!

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…


Shutting Down Google Reader Alternatives For Blog Tasks With Feedly

Waddup People,

Recently one of the production guys at work was online while between projects, on a website that I noticed he always seems to be on.

I asked him, “You’re always on that website what is it?”

He said, “It’s my Google Reader page.”

I replied, “Oh, that’s the site that gives you feeds from different websites and stuff right?”

He said, “Yea different websites and blogs that I follow.”

I said, “Oh ok that’s pretty cool…”

He showed me his main page and the list of feeds he had.

When he said blog it rang a bell in my head.  I had heard about Reader but didn’t put two and two together when I had begun blogging that this can be a really great tool for me to use…

I don’t know about you, but I’m a Bookmarks nerd.  Across the top of my browser are a bunch of bookmark categories and in the drop down menus of those categories are long lists of websites, blogs, and articles I’ve bookmarked over the years.  I seriously have hundreds of bookmarks I’ve added to the different categories.

I thought to myself, hey this Google Reader thing could be awesome for me, I can get updates when there’s new info on the sites and blogs I like to follow, and I can organize them by category, like I’m doing already… Nice.

Well later that week I run into my buddy Chad who I work with as well.  He’s one of those die hard PC guys whose forced to use a Mac all day at work.  Chad was on his android phone in the break room reading something when I walked in.  I started talking to him about going out this upcoming weekend, and he pretty much ignored me because he’s so preoccupied with whatever he’s reading.  All I got for a response was Uh huh, ya, uh huh.

So I say, “Did you even hear a word that I just said?”

and casually he says, “No…”

So I said, “What’re you reading a novel on there?”

And he goes, “No I’m reading stuff in my Feedly App, I just downloaded it, and it’s pretty sweet.”

Then he proceeds to show me all his categories and all the features and gets all giddy about it.

So I go, “Oh that’s just like that Reader thing?”

And he says – “Yea… but Google is Shutting down Reader, so I started to use this instead.”  And we then proceeded to bitch about how Google always ends up shutting down some of the most useful things they create, like, the Real Estate Search feature they used to have in Google Maps, it was Zillow long before Zillow even existed.

Well, today I had some down time at my jobby job and was doing a little research about the eminent Google Reader Shutdown.  Yup it was gonna happen in June, Google announced it on March 13th and of course there isn’t a whole lot of info about it from Google, but there are plenty of articles floating around about it.

In my research I came across this article called 4 Legitimate Google Reader Alternatives

From Marketer and Blogger Nate Long

An insightful article of some Legit Google Reader Alternatives.  Well, based on this and some info from my friends, Feedly seems like the way to go.  So now that I’ve opened a Google Reader account, and am following a bunch of feeds, I’ll be opening an account with Feedly.  At the moment, Feedly is only usable by importing your Reader account in a kind of Beta version.  Once Google Reader does it’s official Shut Down, which Feedly refers to as Normandie…  Feedly will become the official replacement and will function in it’s own right, so, for the time being, go create a Google Reader account and migrate it to Feedly.  I’m suggesting looking at one of these Alternatives to my readers because it can save you a lot of time and make your reading tasks very easy to manage.

For example, I found an article on the Feedly Blog page, from a guy doing something very similar to myself and PunkTheSystem.com he explains how he uses Feedly to manage his goals and blogging tasks…

Check out his article here: What Feeds Them? Daniel Dipiazza, writer.

Daniel describes a great technique for utilizing Feedly.

He is also doing something similar with his blog as I am with PunkTheSystem.

Check out Daniel’s Blog here: Rich20Something.com

If you are in the Empower Network this is a great way to follow all the leaders blogs and stay up to date in a very efficient way.  You can follow the EN blogs and personal blogs for all those guys this way.

Matt

The Mastermind And What I Should Have Done In The Dark

Hey Errybody,

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.

Go to my Empower Blog to check it out: http://www.empowernetwork.com/msteven/index.php/masterminding-what-i-should-have-done-in-the-dark/

Flying High And Listening To Marketing And Promotion Crap

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!

Check it out here: http://www.empowernetwork.com/msteven/index.php/flying-high-while-listening-to-marketing-and-promotion-crap/

Getting Some Header… Image

If any of you are wondering what I use to edit my images, it’s Photoshop, I’ve been using photoshop daily since its inception.  Every image on this site goes thru Photoshop before I post it even if it’s a Google Images snag, it gets manipulated in some way…  If you have any questions about Photoshop feel free to ask.

Update 5/8/13:  Just added a few little touch ups to incorporate the header image into the  new Twenty Eleven Theme design.  Dropped the site name from the image since the fonts just weren’t doing it for me anymore, I’ll keep it at the top in a simple font for now but coming up with a proper logo is next.  I added some blur to the image to give it some depth and threw on a white fade to incorporate it into the blog design

Update 3/19/13:  Just wasn’t feelin it again.  I changed the header design again, I just wasn’t feeling the 2nd design, although I liked it and how I tied the whole site together with it, it just always felt a little too dark and gloomy.  The other day I decided I’d consider switching things up again and while scouring Google Image Search, I came across the image of a mouse escaping what looks like a cubicle maze and it spoke to me, it was just so fitting, so I worked it into a header design.  I like the bright colors, it’s funny, and visually says the concept of this site, I love it, I’ll get to adjusting the theme design to go with it but wanted to get it up there right away it looks great.

Update 3/4/13:  Just wasn’t feelin it.  I not only changed my header design, I just wasn’t feeling the first design and the whole feel of the site, so I did a full make over.  After sitting on it for a while it just didn’t have that polished look I wanted, so I’m still fiddling around with the whole look and feel of the site.  I used some elements from a worn out record sleeve, trying to give it that Punk look but I’m wondering if the Punk look will just turn people away maybe it’s too much, I don’t know, but I like it… for now.

11/18/12: After about 4 attempts, I’ve come up with a Header design I like that I think fits the name and feel I’m trying to achieve with this blog. Of course when I finished the new header image the other day it was the wrong size to fit this WordPress Asteroids theme I am currently using.  I had to redo it’s layout to fit to the correct size, I honestly liked the original version much better, it had a better flow to it but it didn’t fit at all and what I’ve posted is a “commercially acceptable” version of it.  I’m happy with it for now, I’m sure I’ll be changing it little by little over time.  The other versions I created are pretty cool too and I will look into the possibility of a header image that changes or putting in a slide show into the layout, but for now this will do, besides I need to get to finishing all the pages and getting content on here.  I’m the creative type so this will be something I will likely change and update regularly just for shits and giggles.  FYI, most people keep it the same and it definitely isn’t necessary to change at all, I’m just entertaining myself with it.  If you’re not creatively or technically inclined to do this, don’t bother just go with the default theme it will not hinder your blogging success.

For those of you that will get creative what will you do for your header image?  A design, a photo, simple text?  Let me know what you think of my design and what you’re planning on doing for your blog header in the comments below.

 

Peace!

Matthew Steven