Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Blogging for Cash!

Blogging is one of the "latest, greatest" things on the web nowadays. The beauty of it is that it's easy. You can even start a free blog in a matter of minutes, using Blogger (which, by the way, is owned by Google and indexed rather quickly :) ). All you need to do is pick a topic that you are knowlegeable about and start putting in content and Blogger does alot of the work for you.

Well, I found a nice 13 page, free report written by Michael Green of the *famous* "How to" series of books and forum. The report is called How to Blog for Cash and it's a quick, interesting and useful read. I downloaded and went through the book and I highly recommend it for anyone who wants a good way to get in to the blogging scene. Blogging is a great way to move into internet marketing and it is the vehicle through which I started out. It is possible to upgrade to a complete "How to Blog for Cash" toolkit but it is optional. Should you decide to upgrade, there is a special discount available if you get it through my link.

Here's to good blogging!

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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Mike Filsaime's Free Advertising Blog

As you know some of the best ways to get traffic to your site is through the search engines. And as you know search engines love blogs.

If you know how to use blogs you can easily get more traffic to your website just by posting your keywords in the title and having your blogs indexed.

Other ways to get traffic to your site is to use popular free traffic exchanges. They come in many forms such as start (homepage) exchanges, safelists (opt in email ads), toolbar ads such as and forums such as the free advertising forum.

If you are looking to kill 2 birds with one stone, you can advertise for free on a new BLOG that actually allows you to place your ads for free on their site.

The reason this is good because you get all the benefits of placing your ads on a BLOG and you all get to advertise for free.

Most people would look at this as a no brainer. Although most webmaster do not like people to advertise on the blogs, this site was made just for that.

It is free to join and thousands are flocking to this service to drive huge traffic to their sites in ju8st days by simply posting one little ad on their home page.

Anyone looking to increase their profits should look in to Mike Filsaime's Free Advertising Blog.

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Thursday, February 22, 2007

God and Internet Marketing

In Whom Do You Trust?

When do you become spiritual? At the end of your time when you're standing in front of the pearly gates. The door to hell is wide open. The note tacked onto the pearly path says, "You didn't care about us while you lived. Why should we care about you, now that you're dead?

If there's one great trait amongst all great people, it has been their faith. From King Solomon, to Benjamin Franklin, Winston Churchill, Napoleon Hill, to modern icons like Tony Robbins and Zig Ziglar. They all believe in a higher power. They all have faith.

When you believe in God, it's easy to give up control. You ask everything according to his will. You no longer have to trust in your own strength, you can trust in his.

If you trust in your own strength, you have every reason to be anxious, apprehensive and fearful. But with the power of God that is in you, not of you, there's nothing that you cannot do.

Becoming spiritual takes time, study and practice. But when you invite the great divine powers to lead you, life becomes a lot easier.

What does this have to do with marketing? Everything. Because everything you do, becomes infused with the energy behind it. It's the message you are delivering to your prospects. If it's a positive mental attitude, it's a blessing, it's contagious and it leads to success.

Internet Marketing Secret: Find your God and find your path. For he will lead you along the path of least resistance, in your life, in your career, and with your family... and you'll know it, when you feel at peace. Ask for that peace and let him lead you there.

Taken from Michael Campbell's Free Marketing Secrets Newsletter

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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Make Money Blogging!

You know how I get excited when I find a good deal?

Well I found another one.

A while back I signed up to the mailing list of one Geoff Shaw. He's an Aussie whose specialty is blogging and how to make money doing it. He has sent me some interesting offers and I even whipped out the credit card and purchased one or two of them. He always manages to bring low priced offers to his readers. I like that.

Anyway, to make a long story short, this week I joined his FREE membership site Super Blogging and it's amazing. He's got a free ebook there teaching everything you need to know in order to make money from blogging.

Some of the topics covered in the book:

  • What's better - Blogger or Wordpress?
  • How to set up Blogger on your Domain
  • How to remove the Blogger bar
  • Automation
  • How to monetize your blog
  • How to monetize your blog with affiliate programs
  • Researching the programs
  • Writing reviews
  • Creating content
  • Getting Google, Yahoo, MSN to visit your blog
  • RSS Feeds
  • Duplication
  • Getting good links
I have started making my way through this book. It's pure content and good content at that.
There are also a couple of videos for the newbie who wants to start a blog on blogger.

For the more advanced blogger who wishes to take blogging to the next level there are purschasable products available on the site.

If you have any desire whatsoever to blog this is the site for you. Pure, unadulterated content.
Geoff Shaw rocks!

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Sunday, February 11, 2007

Holly Mann - Not a Scam!!

In a previous post I wrote a review of Holly Mann's book Honest Riches and I gave it a thumbs up. Today, Holly emailed me an updated version of her book- Honest Riches 2007 - and I feel compelled to write about it here.

Holly has done a wonderful job of revamping her book. It is now 95 pages long and is just loaded with valuable content. The spacing is also pretty tight in the book and there is alot of content on each page (sometimes you get ebooks where the authors space them out to make them seem longer). I first purchased Holly's book about 6 months ago and her book is what gave me my start on the web. At the time I felt that it was a really worthwhile acquisition. Well, now the book is even better!

Now the book starts off with a chapter on how to start a business on the internet, where she talks about self employment and tax issues. This is important information for anyone starting their own business.

She's got a full chapter all about affiliate marketing - a really nice, robust chapter which outlines the differences between Affiliate Networks vs. Independent Affiliate Programs. She also discusses programs for people outside the U.S. and how to research affiliate programs.

Next is a chapter on how to research: brainstorming ideas, seasonal opportunities, mass media and niche finding tools.

How to make money without a website gets its own fat chapter which includes forum marketing, writing product reviews and lots more.

Wesite design, content management systems (with lots of attention to Joomla), blog websites, turnkey websites, a Free Website Offer and tons of other information are in the next chapter.

A chapter is devoted to Open Source Ideas ( I never read about this anywhere else!). She talks about how she used to purchase all kinds of specialty software until she discovered places on the web to get it all for free!

Adsense has a chapter; SEO gets alot of attention from Holly in this book as does Pay Per Click advertising. There's a chapter on list building, creating your own e-book and a bonus section with Ebay advertising snippets and dropshipping tips.

Her style of writing is such that you feel that you are sitting across the table from a good friend who is "spilling their guts" about how to go about making a living on the internet. You can tell that Holly has a wealth of experience doing internet marketing (and by the way, I think that most of what she does is in niche marketing and not internet marketing). She knows lots of tips and techniques and happily shares them with her readers. I do feel that there is a bit missing of the "how" to do certain things for beginners. But I feel that it's not so terrible, because she's very clear on the "what" to do.

In general, I must add that every time I have ever sent Holly an email I have received a courteous and prompt response from her. I can honestly say that I bought this book because reading her sales page inspired trust in me. Now that I am her customer I can attest to the fact that I am a very, very happy customer and recommend her book, from the bottom of my heart, to any newbie and more advanced internet marketer.

The price has gone up since the last version but she is giving so much more now that I sincerely feel that it's worth the price. Maybe this review is too positive. I dunno. All I know is that I can't believe the value she gives for the price she charges. Holly Mann is one of the "good guys"!!!

Honest Riches 2007

p.s. I welcome comments from anyone who read Holly's book. Did you find it as helpful as I did?

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Friday, February 02, 2007

101 Ways to Drive Traffic

Doug from posted this article on the Warrior Forum today. It's just loaded with good information about driving traffic to your site.
Here it is:

1.Write and submit articles :). It is a classic, but it works. This will be indefinite traffic stuck in the search engines for you. Write quality unique articles, not articles that are rehashed or provide no insight to readers, which is a huge problem these days.
2.Write and submit press releases, think prweb after you do one.
3.Write and ping blog entries. Always make sure to link back to your website with your blog posts. Try making multiple blogs and have them all link back to one main site.
4.Make sure your website is listed in DMOZ:
5.Advertise your website in the appropriate categories at Craigslist. Try posting your ads in the most populated cities in the world.
6.If a niche related forum that you frequently visit allows signatures, then make sure to add your website url in there.
7.Make sure to view related products on You can try and take some customers from your competitors here by providing your own url if the product is similar.
8.Review websites in your niche on Alexa to try to take some of their traffic by including a reference back to your site.
9.Review some related products on epinion.
10.If you purchase a product that you actually like, then feel free to give an individual respect when respect is due and leave a testimonial. You should be able to get some traffic from that website if your testimonial is left with a url.
11.Whenever you send an email to someone, always add your website url as a signature.
12.Keep updating content on your websites/blogs� try at least once per week.
13.Tag blog posts at social bookmarking sites, especially at
14.Add photos to your blog with appropriate keywords.
15.Tag blog photos at Flickr.
16.Politely ask your readers to subscribe to your rss feeds.
17.Try coining your own term. Might want to trademark it if you smell that it will become popular.
18.Encourage readers to comment on your blogs.
19.Include translation for your websites/blogs, especially in Chinese.
20.Do not be boring, write about something that a wide select of people would want to know about.
21.Make sure to edit your writing (unlike what im doing :D).
22.Comment on other related blogs.
23.Make a custom 404-error page for your website. You can provide a link back to your main website or even try to monetize it by offering a related affiliate program within your niche.
24.Sponsor a charity, most charities will link back to your website, and you are also doing a good deed :).
25.Sell an item on eBay as a charity auction. Most charities will link back to both your auction and your main website.
26.Start a publicity campaign, do something that individuals in your niche will take note of.
27.Brand your website with a logo and a slogan/catch phrase. Think IBM.
28.Hold a crazy contest that people in your niche will talk about. This will equal more links and traffic to your website.
29.Build a tool that individuals in your niche will love and enjoy. Then give it away for free. If the tool is helpful, then you will get quality one-way links to your website.
30.Contact small newsletters sources offline and submit articles to them.
31.Become friends with editors of an offline publication.
32.Give speeches offline. Start small and local. Also, do not forget to participate in toastmasters meetings in your area.
33.Have a GREAT product. All of the marketing/advertising in the world will do you NO good if your product is sub par.
34.Make something innovative. If you are selling information, what makes your content something you cannot get from the local bookstore, Barnes and noble or even eBay for that matter?
35.Is your product groundbreaking? Will you leave individuals with no choice but to talk about your product or service?
36.Are you selling something that wide groups of people want to know about but there is limited/scarce knowledge?
37.Write good content, if your writing is good then people will share it with their friends. In addition, webmasters will use it as content on their website with a reference back to your article, or at least they should.
38.Spark emotions. If you get people emotional about something then they will most likely talk about it.
39.Get a custom t-shirt made with your website url on it, and wear it often.
40.Build a list of subscribers. Your list is like a golden asset to you if utilized correctly.
41.Write tip articles, such as �Ten easy tips to blank-blank-blank.�
42.Buy traffic from the search engines by utilizing one of their PPC campaigns.
43.Open up a myspace account and find targeted friends so that you can promote your services to them. Do not spam people, myspace is cracking down on spammers and are starting to sue people.
44.Solicit a link from your local chamber of commerce.
45.Have an easy to remember domain name. If your domain name is too long or not memorable then people may forget your site.
46.Add a bookmark option to your website/blogs.
47.Purchase the misspelled versions of your domain name and have it redirect to your main one.
48.Use keywords in your image alt tags. For example, keywords go head
49.Make sure to include appropriate keywords in your title tag, search engines show more prominence or importance to keywords here.
50.Place appropriate keywords in your anchor text when linking.
51.If you have a profile anywhere online, always include appropriate keywords and link back to your website.
52.Try to get links from websites within your niche with a high pr (pagerank). Some The more one-way links (inbound links/backlinks) you have to your website, the higher your pr will become. Pagerank is important because websites with higher prs tend to have a higher search results in Google. It is a no brainier that if you can get number one for a competitive keyword then you will have enough traffic that you can handle� oh by the way its all free targeted traffic to remind you.
53.Outsource grunt work. Time is in essence money�. you can hire individuals at freelance services to send emails, request JV proposals, or to answer questions from prospective or current customers.
54.Offer something for FREE. Abracadabra is not the magic word, FREE is. It is like a worm on a pole for a fish in the water�. its bait! Offer a free mini course or free ebook to help collect more subscribers. You can always offer a backend to monetize on this opportunity, such as an affiliate product for example.
55.After someone orders from you offer a one-time offer that compliments your product. For example, if I offered a traffic ebook, then after the individual purchase it would make sense for me to offer a traffic conversion bonus for a limited time only.
56.Become the virus within your niche. Make yourself the bug and have people talking about your product. When people talk about your product then you can induce the viral effect. However, you must give people a reason to talk about you, and being like everyone else is not one.
57.Do your research and find expensive niches to tap into. A good way to do this is to find how expensive someone is paying for a keyword on a PPC search engine. If you can sell items that are more expensive more often then it is a quicker way to get rich :D.
58.Become an active respected member of niche related forums. You can do this by offering quality posts. Hint Hint, it is not the number of posts you make, it is the quality. Remember, quality or quantity. Many useless or negative posts will have people looking at you funny.
59.Test, test, test. Your flushing money down the toilet if your not testing to see what campaigns are bringing you in the most money compared to which ones are costing you money. When you test, you can eliminate the campaigns that are costing you dollars so that you can properly maximize your marketing efforts. Without proper testing, you are pretty much lost and can�t improve. You can only guess to what has or what is working. With proper testing, you do not guess, you know.
60.Stay up to date on what is going on in the world, you can monetize off hot topic trends.
61.Network, when you know more people you can find people that can help you get what you need.
62.Offer an affiliate program for your product or service. Make sure to let your satisfied customers know that you have one, if they like your product then they will be even more delighted to know that they will get money for referring you.
63.Write and give away a free ebook or report. It does not have to be long as long as its quality information neatly formatted and put together. You can also make a brandable ebook or report and allow affiliates the opportunity to brand their affiliate links in there to pass on to the next individual. You can then send this ebook to your subscribers or submit it to ebook directories.
64.Add viral components to your blog such as social bookmarking options, and a refer a friend option.
65.Be funny, people like something that will make them laugh and they will spread it for you if it is a genius idea.
66.Syndicate your content by using an RSS feeds on your website.
67.Answer people�s questions on Yahoo! answers with a link to your website in the sources area.
68.Put a link in the �about me� section of your eBay profile.
69.Make and upload a viral video to you tube. Use appropriate keywords in the video description for your target audience.
70.Record an informative podcast and submit them to poplar podcast directories.
71.Provide helpful answers for Google adsense on their help forum with a link back to your website. Go here to check it out:
72.Get people to comment and add content to your site. When they do this, they will provide you unique content, no need to pay for ghostwritten articles.
73.If you cannot get JVs, then try to bribe webmasters for sponsored advertising space on their newsletters.
74.Include a media section on your website so that you will give the media an easy way to stay up to date on what your company is doing.
75.Try to teach a class at your local community college or university. The more exposure you get in the public, the more credibility you will receive.
76.Make a screensaver and make it easy for individuals in your niche to download it. Have eye candy graphics combined with your company logo to brand yourself.
77.Write something controversial and spread it freely to your target market. It can be something as idiotic as the Da Vinci code, but as long people talk about it, its a successful campaign. A few hints, something controversial is something that goes against established beliefs in your market.
78.Write and publish a book. Having your own book is a quick way to gain credibility.
79.Take a guru in your niche out to lunch, and pay for it.
80.Start an organization or club about something. This can be done online through Yahoo! or Google groups.
81.Volunteer. Donate your time to a good clause�you can always network with people and form connections at the same time.
82.Get involved in your community and try to run some type of outreach program.
83.Offer good customer service, you may be surprised on how many referrals you get just be having a reliable one.
84.Consider adding a direct mail marketing campaign to your marketing arsenal.
85.Put an ad in your local yellow pages to get some local customers. Yellow pages tend to be more successful then newspaper ads because individuals are looking for a particular service when they are browsing through the yellow pages as opposed to newspapers.
86.Post bulletins in your local supermarket. However, since not everyone may carry a pen or pencil, place your contact information and url on strips on the bottom so that individuals can rip it off and take it with them.
87.Host your own commercial so you can put �as seen on TV� on your products.
88.Conduct surveys and publish them. These make you appear as an expert in your field of study.
89.Break a record or shoot to be in the Guinness world records for something.
90.Make a sitemap for your website.
91.Use a favicon for your site.
92.Make your visitors more involved in your website. You can help accomplish this by adding CGI scripts to your site.
93.Make sure you have no broken links on your site, and make sure that your website shows clearly in all browsers.
94.Find domain names that get traffic, purchase them, and have them redirect to your website.
95.Spell correctly whenever using keywords in writing.
96.Look at sites related to your niche to try to figure out how they get their traffic.
97.Properly optimize your website for the right keywords.
98.Try to avoid java scripts on your website as much as possible.
99.Do not use frames on your website.
100. If your website becomes popular and starts getting lots of traffic, try switching to a dedicated server. The longer you site is down equals the more lost visitors you will have.
101. Write a quality 101 article about a steamy topic that people want to know more about in your niche ;).

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