How to Build an Email List Fast – Review of Free List Hack

Product: Free List Hack

Creators: Taylor Rizer, Tina Kane


Price: Varies (Dime Sale)

Rating: 4.4 Stars (Very Good)


Overall, this is a very good product that has potential to increase you mailing list using totally free traffic.​

Claims Made​ From Sales Page

  • Buyers Easily Added to Your List
  • Free Traffic
  • Implement in 20 Minutes

Buyers Easily Added to Your List

I believe that if you follow the steps in the case study and implement it, you will have the means to easily get buyers onto your list. The product creators also differentiate why this is important (as compared to getting freebie seekers on your list).

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Free Traffic

Getting traffic for free has always been a challenge for any that has a website. But the method that the author shows in this case study has a pretty good chance of working.

Not only that, but the types of people that you will get to sign up on your list will be ones more likely to buy. You will be shown one tweak to make in your squeeze page that will catapult these types of buyers onto your list.

At the time of this writing I am currently in the process of going through the steps of the training and applying the techniques. So I have not yet seen results from this tweak. However, it made perfect sense when the product creators spelled it out for me and I really don't see any reason why it won't work!​

Implement in 20 Minutes

I touch upon this a bit below. Whether or not that actually happens is dependent upon your skills with respect to websites. If you are proficient at making changes or additions to web pages then this could be feasible.

Even if you aren't skilled at making up pages on a website, it is something you could easily get someone else to do for a little amount of money. Doing this, it will take you even less time than the 20 minutes as someone else will be doing all the work.

Features taken directly from the sales page:

As you can see from the graphic on the left, these features are what the authors believe you will get from the training.

Everything is true as specified although two of the items need some clarification:

Setting up in 20 minutes will probably only happen if you are fairly experienced with squeeze pages, etc. It is likely to take you longer if not. It shouldn't take more than an hour or two, however.

The other is the reference to the EXACT high-converting "squeeze page" which I did not find (other than referenced in the PDF document). So it's unclear how this could be copied and pasted.


There are some upsells, a.k.a., one time offers. The first is for a video of the entire process. It wasn't overly expensive at the time so if you feel like you want the additional video, feel free to go for it.

The next upsell was for coaching. Anytime I have picked up the coaching session on products like these, I have been disappointed and have asked for my money back. I can't say whether this one is any good or not because I simply don't buy coaching programs from unknown people any more.

One gripe I often have about these is that the initial system that you bought in the first place was supposed to have everything you need to be successful. Why do you need this coaching?

The last upsell was intriguing and I decided to evaluate it as well (future post). It's called the Six Figure Formula. It is training on how to find the right niche, create products to sell to that niche, how to automate the process and getting unlimited traffic for free.

If you want to find out when I have completed my review of this as well as read my review, be sure to use the form above!

Bottom Line

I believe this system has all the necessary components needed to actually make you money. It does take some work but it's work that I feel will likely be rewarded. Also, as I mentioned above, I plan on implementing the system myself and then reporting back on my progress with implementing the techniques taught in the training.

The product is reasonably priced (as of this writing) and you will likely find it to be beneficial to your money making efforts if you too decide to implement what is taught!

How to Speed Up a Website Dramatically

Do you think the speed of your website is important? If you do, this article on how to speed up a website dramatically was written for you.

Disclosure: Purchasing via the links or banners included in this article may result in a commission generated to the website owner.

Prerequisites: this article is specific to websites that have WordPress installed!

If on the other hand you don't feel that having your website load fast, you probably won't get much out of this. But if this is the case, let me ask you this:

What was the longest amount of time you waited for a website to load?

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If you made it past that last sentence, then you were either already convinced that the speed of your website is important or I managed to convince you. Good Job! It is important.

I had actually ignored speed for the longest time. But today that all changed when I came across a training session (free) that showed the exact steps to take to speed up my website significantly.

Bottom Line: It Truly Worked!

If you'd like to get started immediately without me telling you about the training, then by all means feel free to bypass this article. Otherwise, here is a summary of the training and how it made the difference that it made.

The trainer, whose name is Marcus, gives an overview why it's important to speed up your website - but I've already convinced you of that right? :)

Then he shows you a great utility that you can use to test your website. The website asks for the URL of your website and then runs a series of tests that takes about 30 seconds or more to run.

If you have never done any optimization for your website speed before you are likely to score badly from the tests. That's not a problem however because Marcus will continue with how to fix this to make your website much faster.

Marcus then proceeds describe how to install and run the P3 Profiler plugin to test which of your installed plugins may be causing bottlenecks. He goes onto explain that you should really evaluate which plugins you need and which ones you can deactivate and even delete.

After you have cleaned up your plugins and run the P3 profiler scan again to check for improvements, it's probably a good idea to run the utility that tests the speed of your website once again. You can check to see if there has been any significant difference from that.

For me, that particular step did help a little. But this was not as dramatic as the results from the rest of the training.

The training will then explain various plugins that you can install and activate on your website that will give you the gains in optimization or speed that you are looking for. But it's not just the installation that is important. Marcus goes over the correct settings for each of the plugins to ensure that they are working the way they were intended.

My suggestion is to retest your website after installing and setting each of the plugins. This way, you can see which plugins had the most improvement in speed. I believe all of them helped. The results you get may be different than my results due to the theme you have installed as well as the differences in plugins used.

Overall, I highly recommend going through the training and doing all of the tasks that are given. I truly believe you will see tremendous improvements in the speed of your website. That could be all the difference in the world in converting your website visitors to customers!


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How to Make a Passive Income

There are two ways to earn money, trade hours for dollars or learn how to make a passive income. Of the two, passive income money makers are tougher to accomplish. But once achieved, the rewards can last for long periods of time thereafter.

Trading Time (Hours) for Dollars

Most of us are all to familiar with this method of generating income. It typically entails finding a job where your work a bunch of hours for a negotiated amount of pay per hour. Most complain that it is always too many hours and never enough money.

But there are newer ways to exchange hours for income using the internet. You could post on job boards and forums that you are willing to perform certain online tasks (like graphic design or website creation, etc.) You either specify your rate up front or you allow whoever contacts you to tell you how much they are willing to pay for your service.

There are also websites dedicated to help people looking for these types of jobs as well as people willing to perform them. The following are some of the bigger sites:


There are several others and more seem to be popping up all the time. Each of these sites have differences in how they operate but the general idea is that they match people looking for jobs to be done with workers/freelancers willing to carry out the jobs.

These types of websites can be a great way to earn money without having to be a slave to a corporate job. But they are not without their own pitfalls. Some of the pitfalls people often complain with this type of working arrangement are:

  • The rates are too low for the workers
  • The work is too much
  • The client asking for work is too demand for the low rates offered
  • The clients complain that the work was not done the way they wanted
  • The rate that the websites take from the freelancer are usually very steep

And so on...

Consider Passive Income Instead

Passive income is a great way to earn money. Imagine that even as you sleep or on your leisure time you can be earning income. It just doesn't get better than that.

Some examples of ways to earn money passively are:

  • Buy Stocks that Pay Dividends
  • Membership Websites
  • Book Publishing on Amazon and Other Distributions
  • Magazine Publishing on iTunes, Amazon, Google
  • Affiliate Sales that Offer Recurring Income Programs

I am sure I can come up with several others but these are some of the major ways people earn money on a consistent basis, i.e., passively.

You probably figured out that earning money in this capacity is a bit more difficult to accomplish than the trading hours for dollars way. There is truth to that. But it is not impossible. You simply have to choose a method, learn how to implement it and continue until you start earning money.

How to Make a Passive Income

I have been successful with each of the different passive income mechanisms listed above. I have written several books, I am the editor of a magazine on iTunes, I have dividend stocks that pay me either monthly or quarterly, have several membership sites, and make a consistent income from a recurring affiliate program.

Of all the mechanisms, I think the easiest to start is an affiliate program that supports recurring income. All the others are lucrative but require a much bigger learning curve to start earning on a consistent basis.

There is a learning curve associated with the affiliate business too, but it is significantly smaller than the others. This is why I would suggest starting with this method of earning passive income.

What Exactly is an Affiliate Business?

Before I get into what an affiliate business is, let me take you through the traditional method of starting a business. Let's say you wanted to open up a retail store. You would need:

  • To buy or rent the store (land and building)
  • Buy the necessary fixtures and other supporting equipment and supplies
  • Find suppliers of the items you want to sell and negotiate pricing and terms
  • Hire workers if needed
  • Advertise to bring customers in
  • Implement customer service to deal with unhappy customers, returns, etc.
  • Run sales to bring in more customers
  • Pay Sales Taxes and Other Government Fees

I'm sure I could come up with other items to add to this list but this is good for reference.

With an affiliate business, you don't have to deal with any of those items. You essentially can participate in the sales of products and/or services without all of the overhead. The companies that you affiliate with is responsible for those tasks/items.

As an example, suppose you wanted to sell items that Walmart is selling. You would enter into an arrangement with Walmart and they would give you links or banners encoded with your affiliate link.

Then you would set up a page (or pages) on your website that contained those affiliate links. When visitors to your website clicked on those links and purchased something from Walmart, Walmart credits you with the sale and gives you an previously agreed upon percentage of the sale.

Obviously, this is an oversimplification of the process. If it truly were this easy, everyone would be doing it and making millions of dollars. I will give you links on how to set this all up the correct way below.

As you can see, by not having to deal with the order processing, fulfillment, distribution, customer handling, etc., you can see how the affiliate model is much easier than the traditional brick-and-mortar. Yet, you still get to participate in the selling of products which is really cool!

How Exactly is this Passive Income?

The Walmart example from above is not a passive income structure. You would have to continually drive visitors (both new and previous) to your website. Even if people have bought from you the first time doesn't mean they will do so again.

I used the Walmart example as a way to describe the affiliate marketing process. It would be necessary to find companies that support recurring incomes.

The type of program you choose is going to be largely dependent on the type of market you are targeting. For example, if your hobby is playing piano and you have a website dedicated to teaching others to play, you would want to find affiliate programs that charge customers for monthly memberships. Those do exist on the likes of, etc.

Niche Selection 101

In order to determine what kind of affiliate products or services to promote, you will need to define what niche you are going to target. You can think of a niche as a more narrowly defined scope within a particular market.

It's usually a good idea to get more narrow in your focus as the highest level within a particular market tends to be too competitive to effectively market to it. For instance, it would be extremely difficult to get any kind of traction from a market such as fishing. But if you were to refine your focus to fishing boats or lures for bass fishing, you would have a much better chance of breaking through that sub market or niche.

It's way beyond the scope of this article to get into the finer details of niche selection. I will include (below) a link to a free resource that shows you exactly how to do this as well as how to set up your affiliate website in a way that you can start earning income from it.

Tying it All Back to Passive Income

You choose your niche and you are all set to go. Now what? If your goal is to earn passive income than you will want to ensure that your niche has affiliate programs that support recurring income programs. That is the key to making this method passive.

If you don't find any programs that support recurring commissions and you still want to pursue the niche you chose, you always have the option of starting your own recurring income program. This is quite a bit more involved but is not impossible. However, the focus of this article is to get you started easily. That's why focusing on niches that already have affiliate programs is important.

The first place to look for recurring income programs is a website called This website allows anyone who has a digital information product to sell using their platform. The biggest draw for this website is that any member can sell any other product as an affiliate.

To get started, you'll need to sign up for a free account on ClickBank:

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Once you have that created, sign in and look for the market place link:

Note: you may need to confirm your account by clicking on the link that they send you to the email that you used to sign up.

In the search box, search on the niche that you selected:

Alternatively, you could scroll down and choose categories on the left hand side of the screen:

As an example, let's suppose our niche is in the Green Products category. Select that category:

To find the recurring income products, change the Sort button from Popularity to Avg Rebill Total:

This will present you with all of the vendors whose products support recurring billing. You can also look at some of the other statistics which gives you a rough estimate of how well the product sells.

Getting into an advanced coverage of the inner workings of ClickBank are beyond the scope of this article. The resource that I will direct you to below will give you greater understanding of how to choose an affiliate program!

Next Steps...

This article was intended to help you see the power contained within recurring income programs and how they can help you develop a passive income by using them. The next steps to take are to learn about the various components needed to make them work to generate that income. These include:

  • Refining and Verifying Niche Selection
  • In Depth Coverage of Affiliate Selection
  • Website Selection
  • Installing WordPress on your Website
  • Tweaking WordPress for Maximum Optimization
  • Creating Valuable Content to Generate Traffic
  • What to Do When You Get Stuck

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Get Paid to Post Ads

Are you aware that you can get paid to posts ads?

Is it a good idea?

There are several ways that you can use your blog to get paid by posting ads. Some are better than others. But with the concept itself, you should weigh the consequences of doing so.

Here are some of the major ways to earn from ads on your website​:

  • Google Adsense Ads
  • Sponsored Blog Post
  • Custom Media Sells
  • Banner Ads

Google Adsense Ads

If you have a blog or website, you can apply for Google's advertising program called Adsense. If you get accepted (it's not too difficult), you can create custom ad sizes that can be incorporated into your blog.

The ad earns simply by someone clicking on it. The amount that you earn depends on the bid amount from the advertiser. The more popular the search term bid the higher the price for that bid will be. There have been instances where a click can earn several dollars on up.

Google shares the revenue with the Adsense client (you) and gives the client a higher percentage.

The following are some negatives to the program:​

  • Web viewers increasingly ignore ads, a concept called Ad Blindness
  • The traffic is diverted away from your website to the site of the targeted ad
  • Having too many ads loaded on a page can be a real turn off for visitors

Sponsored Blog Posts

There are networks that exist that match up people that want posts containing back links to people that want to get paid to display them on their blogs. The sponsors will indicate to the bloggers how much they are willing to spend for the post as well as any requirements, such as length of post, disclosure placements, etc. If the blogger accepts, he will need to meet the requirements in order to get paid.

This can be a way to generate some nice cash quickly. But there are some considerations with this type of advertising too:​

  • The content of the sponsored post may not be related to the topic of the blog
  • Having too many of these types of blog posts can be viewed negatively by both viewers and search engines (penalties can be incurred)
  • Overly sponsoring posts can bring down the perceived value of the blog itself and the authority of the blogger

Custom Media Buys/Sells

Advertisers often reach out to bloggers to have an ad displayed on their blogs. You may have noticed a message "Place Your Ad Here" in a small box (usually on the upper right of blogs). The fee for the privilege to advertise is negotiated and terms can be monthly or one time payouts.

There are networks that act as intermediaries between the buyers and the sellers but it's not unheard of for bloggers and advertisers to come up with their own arrangements outside of these networks.

Some of the downsides to this type of advertising:​

  • Your blog has to get a lot of traffic, otherwise you won't get many sponsors
  • Unless you deal with a network, you will need to handle billing the clients and collecting
  • You will want to make sure you have strict oversight as to the types of ads displayed

Banner Ads

You may be thinking that this is the same as the Media Buys/Sells but it really isn't. In this type of advertising, the blogger is the one that places the banners on his/her website. The way that this person gets paid is usually by the visitor purchasing something after clicking on the banner ad. The most popular method to accomplish this is using affiliate marketing.

This technique also has its share of pitfalls:​

  • Ad Blindness is at play here as well
  • Payment usually only occurs if the visitors buy products after the click
  • Often, if a purchase is made and later the product is returned, the commissions need to be paid back
  • Plastering your website with a bunch of banners is going to diminish the perceived value of the viewer (and possibly search engine rankings)

Should You Ever Advertise?

By the tone of this article, you are probably thinking that I am down on advertising. While there is some truth to this, I do believe advertising has its place as long as its incorporated strategically. In most cases, advertising should not be the focus of a blogs strategy. It should compliment the strategy and be seen as a way of helping the readers get products or services they find useful as a result of the incredible value that they derive from your content.

Giving valuable information to your readers will go a long way in establishing trust and giving you and your blog authority. In fact, when I start a new blog, I don't do any advertising at all until my blog starts to gain in rankings and traffic. Nothing is lost by doing this because blogs don't typically get too much traffic in the beginning anyways. It also removes any doubt from search engines that your blog is not overly promotional. I can't be when nothing is being promoted.

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ShoeMoney Network: Get Paid 15 Minutes From Now!

Product: ShoeMoney Network

Owner: Jeremy Schoemaker​


Description: Step-by-step process that shows you exactly how to set up a website and procedures on how to make money from it.​

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars​

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In reading my past reviews, you will know that I don't give out five stars very easily. But with the Shoe Money Network, I have no reservations about doing so whatsoever.

It is an extremely ​innovative approach on showing people the exact steps to create a website that has the capability to earn money.

It's all done through video demonstration and nothing is left to the imagination.

An Interesting Twist...

The reason this program is so innovative is that Jeremy actually pays you to complete the steps. Each time you complete a task, you get one dollar. You may think that a dollar isn't much but name another program that does this! There are more than one steps involved too!

Each Task Must Be Completed to Advance to the Next Level

Another great aspect of the program is that you need to complete each task before you are allowed to advance to the next level.

A fun aspect of the system is that the levels that you progress through are belts like you would find in a martial arts program (white, blue, black, etc.)​

What's the Catch?

I can imagine what you are thinking by now, there's got to be a catch, right? Seriously, who is going to pay you to complete steps that when finished you have created your own website which is going set up to earn you money (and not Jeremy)?

There is no catch. As Jeremy points out in the training, he gets paid from the companies that are part of the program. You will need to host your website which is done via BlueHost. If you were to create your own website apart from the ShoeMoney system you would need to do that anyway.

You will also need to sign up for an email autoresponder system, which offers a free 30 day trial and does not require you to use your credit card to sign up. This too you would need to do had you created a website on your own. Although, if you are new to this type of business, you probably wouldn't have known that you needed something like this.​

Advertising using Facebook is another component to the the system although this is not required but is recommended.

These companies are responsible for paying Jeremy so that you don't have to. In fact, throughout the entire system there is never a time that Jeremy asks you for any money!​

The Bottom Line

If nothing else, by the time you accomplish your black belt, you will be at least $14 richer (see image below) and will have a working website ready to make you some money. Your website will be capable of capturing leads (emails) where you can continue to earn from the people that subscribe to your list.


You will also have the knowledge that takes most others months to acquire and usually they don't learn the proper ways to set up an online business. They typically do it incorrectly and spend lots of money on useless programs.

If you work diligently you can get to your black belt level in about 8 hours as the videos are usually about 10 minutes long and the tasks take about 15 minutes or more to complete.

It's up to you whether you want to knock it out in one sitting or spread it out over a couple of days.
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How to Get Paid From Your Blogs

Do you want to know how to get paid from your blogs? There are thousands upon thousands of blogs in existence but the truth is most people don't know how to set them up right to get paid. This post is going to change that for you. Essentially, this will be a high level road map on the entire process.

I am trying a bit of an experiment with this post. I am going to describe a process that is very successful for many to get paid from their blogs. But instead of going into all the finer details of the process, as that would bloat this post, I am going to describe the process at a somewhat high level.

At the end of this post, I will ask whether you would like me to create a video tutorial on the process and to leave your email so that I can alert you when it's ready. If I get enough interest, I will create the video training and alert all those expressed interest via email.

Getting paid from your blogs boils down to these factors:

  • Find the Right Kind of Market, a.k.a. Niche
  • Target the Right Keywords that Attract Buyers
  • Find Products to Sell
  • Obtain Your Website and Set It Up With Your Hosting Company
  • Install WordPress on Your Website
  • Writing Great Content Capable of Driving Traffic
  • Set up Your Website To Accept Leads and Build Your List
  • Get Paid From Your List
  • Social Media Traffic
This is not an exhaustive list but by following these series of steps, you will be well on your way to getting paid from your efforts.

Let's take a look at each item in further detail:

Find the Right Kind of Market

What do I mean by the right kind of market? You want to find a market (niche) that is popular enough to profit from but not too popular so as to be overly competitive.

While that can be easier said than done, the key is to narrow the focus of your niche. As example, suppose you are into fishing. This would clearly be too competitive as can be gauged by doing a simple Google search and seeing how many results are returned.

This is a very crude method of determining how much competition exists for a particular market but it's a good starting point.

Target the Right Keywords that Attracts Buyers

Many bloggers get keyword research wrong. They find keywords that seemingly have low competition and good search volume and target that keyword only to find that they get some traffic but often no buyers.

You need to be able to choose keywords that searches used when they are at the buying stage, not the tire kickers or freebie seekers.

It's always better to get 100 people that are ready, willing, and able to buy than 10,000 people that could be a crap shoot.​

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Find Products to Sell

This boils down to figuring out the best products to sell. There are many techniques that can help you determine the demand of many the products and there are even ways to tell which demographic groups to go after for those products.​

If you start to approach your product selection with these key factors, your chances of selling will increase dramatically.​

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Obtain Your Website and Set It Up With Your Hosting Company

You want to obtain a domain name that is related to your niche. This can be done at places like or After you secure your domain name, you'll need to find hosting (,, etc.)

If you leave your email at the end of this post, I will send you a way to get a domain and hosting for free!

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Install WordPress on Your Website

While this is not difficult to do, there are some preliminary measures to perform to make sure that your website is compliant with the law as well as ready to start earning money. You also will need to learn why you shouldn't load up your WordPress site with a whole bunch of extra functionality.​

The Training Videos will show you exactly how to properly set up your WordPress installation!

Writing Great Content Capable of Driving Traffic to Your Website

Bloggers are erroneously advised to constantly create content for their blogs. This used to be the correct way to go about blogging several years ago.

Back then, you wrote anything you could think of just to get as much content onto your blog. If you do that today, your website will get ignored or worse, penalized by the search engines.

The problem is web users are much more sophisticated these days. They want answers and they want websites to be relevant to topics they are searching for.

If you have a website about fishing and you start talking about how your kid made the honor role, you are going to lose visitors quicker than multiplying rabbits.​

Your topics should always be related to the what your niche is about. While it is possible to create a personal blog, post topics about any old topic, and still be successful. But this is getting much harder to do. If your website is about a specific market, keep it tightly focused to that market.

Also, make sure what you create as far as content is concerned is the best you can do. Don't just create a blog post for the sake of having something that you can post. Create a post that people will find useful and relevant.​

Gone are the days of posting as much content to your website and seeing what sticks!

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Set Up Your Website to Accept Leads and Build Your List

When you first start your blog, it will not get much traffic just due to the fact that it is unknown. However, if you do create excellent content and do so frequently, people will start to read your blog and your traffic will grow.

Never Miss an Opportunity to Capture Leads or Ask for an Email

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Get Paid From Your List

There are several ways to get paid from your list. But the one thing you want to avoid is to bombard them with offer after offer. This can work in the short term. But in the long term your unsubscribe rate will continue to increase. This is counter intuitive to the purpose of having a list.

You want to develop a trust with your list. You want to make it such that when you eventually do send them some kind of offer (affiliate link, product purchase, etc.) they will have little reservation buying from you because they know you.

This is done by adding extreme value to your list. Give lots of your best content to your trusted list and give it to them for free. Do this way more than the offers that you send.​

A Well Trusted Email List Can Provide a Lifetime of Recurring Buyers!

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Social Media Traffic

I am amazed how often bloggers skip over taking advantage of sharing their posts on social media. Since after reading this post, your new goal is to create fantastic content (you are going to do that now, no?) you should share it to the world.

In fact, if many of your friends find out you didn't share this fantastic morsel of information with them, they will get upset with you!

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Top 10 Tips to Increase Social Media Traffic

Use the following 10 tips to increase social media traffic. This is a four part series that begins with basic tips that you should use to increase the reach from your social media efforts.

What Does Social Media Have to Do With Getting Paid?

As this is a website about helping my loyal followers find the right programs to get paid online, it may seem like this topic doesn't really fit in with that overall theme. But in reality, any increase in social media activity has the potential to help when you apply that toward your programs geared towards getting you paid.​

Here Are the Top 10 Tips...​

What’s your social media goal? If you don’t know where you want to go, it’s pretty hard to get there.

Promote your most popular posts – and that goes for blog posts as well as social media posts.

If you hate tracking, at least track with Facebook Insights. It’ll show you a lot about your Page progress.

How do you get the conversation going on social media? Try humor and controversy. They’re very powerful. Humor is better for longer term relationships, however.

Social media is a powerful thing, but never mistake fooling around with being productive. Stay focused!

Click FB Insights’ “Posts>When Your Fans are Online” to see your audience’s peak posting times. (Post during these times!)

Look for questions repeated over and over on your chosen social networks. Provide the definitive answer.

Analyze your own tweets. Which types got most retweeting? Most Interaction? Questions, graphics or ?

Don’t be shy with your social media presence. Go for it – but be authentic – and be social!

Still trying to be everyone’s “friend”? Each connection counts – and speaks loudly about who you are to your other connections.

Have a Tip You'd Like to Share?

Hey, do you have a social media tip that has worked for you and you'd love to let others know about it? Simply leave the tip in the comment. It may even be included in the next list of social media tips along with a back link to your website (if you have one).

Why is it Difficult Finding Work After 50?

People have been asking lately, why is it difficult finding work after 50? I see it all the time in forums and blogs. I see it of my fellow members within Wealthy Affiliate on their profiles. The truth is companies want younger (and less expensive) workers.

I know you may be thinking to yourself that it is illegal to discriminate based on age. However, it is very easy for companies to use just about any excuse other than age as to why they don't want to hire someone over the age of 50.

It is Short Sighted on the Part of Companies

My take is that it is extremely short sighted on the part of companies. That knowledge that an older employee has accumulated is worth more than companies value it. Sure, they may be getting what they think is a bargain in hiring younger workers, it will take many years for those inexperienced workers to gain the knowledge that older workers possess.​

What Can Be Done?​

Prior to the internet there wasn't much someone over the age of 50 could do other than start a traditional brick-and-mortar type of business. Today that is all changed. The power is within anyone's reach to earn income on online. Just about any skill can be offered on the internet. The chances that people are looking for what you offered is pretty high.

Offering services is not the only thing that can be done on the internet to earn money. It has become easier than ever to start up an online business with the capability to earn a decent life sustaining income.

Not Everyone Succeeds

Unfortunately, most people that start up an online business are not familiar with the techniques needed to make it successful. It's not that it's overly difficult, it's just that there are correct ways to go about it. My advice to anyone going down this road is to learn it the right way.

I can help you learn the right way to start an online business.​

The way I can help you is I will work with you (one on one, if necessary) to help you figure which market to tackle. Then after you determine that, I will help you set up a website that is geared towards earning money within your market, a.k.a. niche.

The great part is, at any point in the process you feel stuck, you simply reach out to me and ask whatever questions you may have. And if I can't answer, I can reach out to my network to someone who can.

What This is Not

Just to be clear, this has nothing to do with network marketing or multilevel marketing. These types of schemes often require you to pay hefty monthly fees. What I am proposing you never have to spend a dime to learn how to do this.​

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What If You Can't Find a Niche?

The techniques that I teach you for finding the right niche are quite effective so it would surprise me if I was not able to teach you how to find a market you would excel with. But I also can show you how to build up an affiliate marketing business that helps others do the same.

Many people will actually build an outside niche (fishing, ice skating, etc.) and also build out website that teaches others how to do all this. While I wouldn't suggesting starting out that way (stick with one market initially until you learn how) this is certainly feasible and common.​

Your Age is No Longer a Limiting Factor

The beauty of the techniques I teach you is that it gives you more options with respect to earning money where you won't have to depend on the whims of large corporations. Let them continue on their idiotic downsizing efforts. By taking matters into your own hands you hold the power to ignore whatever negatives they happen to come up with.

Use the sign up form below and I will send you information on how to get started in creating a life sustaining income with my help:​

How to Start a Blog for Profit

If you want to learn how to start a blog for profit, you may have come up against several barriers. Many people try to go it alone. This can be a large reason why many people fail.

How to Start Your Blog the Right Way

Learning how to do things right from the start is going to not only get you to profitability faster, but is going to cost much less in the long run. This is because you won't have to spend your money on a whole bunch of programs that will do little towards your success.

The following are challenges that several people face when starting a blog:​

  • Unfamiliarity with the necessary technologies
  • Lack of a cohesive plan that defines the purpose of the blog
  • Unclear about the constituent components needed to include in a blog
  • No strategy to keep the blog legal and compliant
  • Not sure what to write about (that infamous writer's block!)
  • Unable to Effectively Get Traffic (Visitors) to the Blog
  • Earnings Expectations

I could come up with more, but you get the general idea. These are the major challenges that bloggers are often confronted with.

Technologies Required for Blogging

The first challenge is which technologies to implement when setting up your blog. Prior to the blogging craze, people had to construct a website from scratch. They tried and then discovered that was much more difficult than imagined and ended up having to pay designers to revamp the website. It was not uncommon for budgets to be in the high four figures for this.

Content Management Systems

When the Content Management Systems (CMS) were introduced, this leveled the playing field for everyone.​ These CMS solutions made it much simpler for non technology people to set up blogs and maintain them.

Although there are several CMS solutions that exist on the market, the biggest by far is WordPress. It's usually best to stick with the industry leader as you will have many more choices available to you with respect to customizing your installation with themes, plugins, etc. Those that aren't at the top are either going to eventually go away (due to lack of popularity) or they are simply going to be ignored.​

If you are unfamiliar with CMS or WordPress, no worries! I will include in the resources how to set up a blog in less than 30 seconds. Yes, this is not only possible, people do it all the time!

Other Technologies

​I am going to go out on a limb and state that you will spend 95% of your technology efforts within WordPress. It is a self contained system that has a majority of the necessary items to get your work complete.

But there will be times when you'll need to perform other tasks, like sending files up to your blog. For example, suppose you created a PDF document that you want people to be able to download. The technology needed to accomplish this is File Transfer Protocol (FTP).​

If you are new to blogging, then it isn't necessary to worry about this component right now. It only serves to confuse and frustrate people. Therefore, it's best to ignore this technology for now.​

​Planning Your Site and Choosing a Focus

How many times have you read a blog and the content of the blog had nothing much to do with the title of the blog? Blogs that have any chance of profitability must stick to narrowly focused topic. Readers get lost when a blogger that runs a fishing blog starts talking about his kids going to college or how his dog learned a neat new trick.

Now, there are instances when you can go off topic. For instance, with a fishing blog, it could make sense to start discussing fishing boats or licenses for boating and even regulations that need to be followed could have a place. But even here, it's important to try and keep the focus as close to the topic of fishing as possible.

Relevant Content

People are busy. When they are looking for something online, they want what they find to be relevant. And so does search engines like Google. Within Google's​ search algorithm exists the ability to determine which blogs serve relevant content and tends to reward those blogs. They do it via how well engaged the readers are to blog.

What Components Need to Be Included in Your Blog?

Knowing which components to include in your blog is a critical piece in the blogging equation. CMS solutions have features that allow you to extend the capabilities of your website. In WordPress this is done using themes, plugins, and widgets, etc. But new bloggers are not aware of which are the right components to include. They load up on a bunch of these extensions and their blog either slows down to a crawl or worse, ​disables the blog.

Also in the resources section below, I will include training modules that tell you exactly which components to include in your blog. This will help you keep your blog running smoothly.

​Many countries are requiring blog and website owners to comply with newly formed laws and guidelines. In the United States, the Federal Trade Commission outlines procedures that must be followed in order to stay within the legal constraints required by bloggers.

Google and other search engines also require certain disclosures. While you are not required to adhere to search engines requirements, failure to do so will probably lead to penalties and possible black listings.​

What To Write About

It's important to create high quality content for your blog. This is another crucial component of the blogging equation. This content not only has to be high quality but there needs to be a lot of it on a consistent basis.

But many people struggle with developing this content. Often, they start out strong and then hit a barrier commonly known as writer's block. They either give up and stop writing, or they start drifting from the topic of the website and writing content that is not relevant. Readers will move on when this happens.

There are techniques that you can learn that will help you continually write content that is highly relevant, as well as high quality. Once you learn these techniques, you will find that creating your content is no longer an issue.​ You will be well on your way to formulate your blog and earn income from it.

Getting Traffic to Your Blog

This is arguably one of the biggest hurdles that bloggers face. With an increase in competition among bloggers along with rules that search engines are imposing, it is becoming a growing concern to get traffic to your blog.

Website visitors are becoming more discerning too. They have the upper hand because there are many blogs and websites. If they come to your website and don't see what they are looking for, it's adios from that visitor.

Traffic is a complicated subject and I've included a resource (below) for you that can help improve how you approach your traffic generation.​

Earnings Expectations

We hear about people who earn a full time living from their blogs and we get excited. We are led to believe that we can repeat. It is possible. That is the purpose of this article. But what is often not said is how long it took these bloggers to become self sufficient via their blogs. Although there are cases of people that have made money within a few months or even a few weeks, the truth is you should set your expectations that it is going to be much longer than that. For several people it can even take years.

What this means is you will need to have a buffer with respect to income. Whether that means continue working while you build your business, or start something on the side in a freelance capacity, is something you may want to consider.

The great aspect of blogging is that you can do it part time and you can even outsource much of the work if you find you don't have time. If you have a full time job, utilizing outsourcing can make a lot of sense.​

Many bloggers when they start making money, pour that money back in to their business and outsource much of the work. Other bloggers choose to do everything themselves. While others yet will do a mix. It's completely up to you how you want to go about it.​


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