Posts tagged ‘Money-making blogs’

New FTC Guidelines for Bloggers, Others

December 1st, 2009

Today — December 1 —  new Federal Trade Commission guidelines for endorsements and testimonials went into effect — guidelines that apply to bloggers and others who endorse products and get paid for it, ie through affiliate links.  The guidelines are broad but it’s basically all about disclosure and being honest. While officially you should seek your own counsel, here is a link that lists a variety of reactions and opinions to the guidelines. Our opinion — and it’s just an non-legal opinion of course — is that if you practice disclosure and you’re honest about why you are recommending a product, you won’t be a target.  See our Disclosure Statement in our “About” Page.

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Amazon Offering Up to 15% Commission on Black Friday Sale

November 20th, 2009

Amazon is reminding its Associates (aka affiliates) to link to its Black Friday deals and earn up to 15% . An important reminder: Don’t forget to take down the links after the sale ends.

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How to Turn WordPress into an Online Store

April 11th, 2009

We have just come across something we love and recommend: Market Theme for WordPress — it basically turns your WordPress blog into an online store. As we said in our popular post, WordPress: Making Other Websites Obsolete, the free open-source WordPress  “is making other website-building options, or the need for those options, nearly obsolete… With the right themes and the necessary plug-ins and widgets, your “blog” can look like, and operate as, just about any kind of site.” And here is a perfect, usable example. One of our team members has been planning on building an online store. He has looked into many options, including Yahoo Stores and Amazon Services. Both are good, but our buddy has already been using WordPress — he knows it, he loves it, so why change. Also, instead of paying the monthly Yahoo and Amazon fees, you download the Market Theme for a one-time license fee of $55 (or a $150 fee for a developer license).

So if you already use WordPress, this is a no-brainer. If you haven’t tried WordPress before, we highly recommend you start, for just about all your internet entrepreneurial needs.

Click here to view more details on the Market “Online Store” Theme.

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How to Blog Like Hugh Hefner, Or Build an Internet Business Like That

April 11th, 2009

One of us just finished the biography of Hugh Hefner, Mr Playboy: Hugh Hefner and the American Dream. The key take-way — that kept coming back again and again — is that, Hefner was not only the Editor and Publisher — he was also the demographic. In other words, he was putting together a magazine that HE would want to read. In MORE other words, he built a business that he was passionate about. And THAT is the key to success. Look at McDonald’s: Ray Kroc was not passionate about hamburgers; he was passionate about franchising, and one of his executives was passionate about real estate — the result: a $40 billion business.

What we’re saying is, you need to build a business around something you are passionate about. “Naked girls, sounds good!” Yes, grasshoppers, but look at the situation, Hefner saw the opportunity in 1953 — in a world of Esquire-type mags — for nudity, in a cool, sophisticated way. He wrote a whole Playboy philosophy about it. So what are you passionate about? Yes, it can be sexual, but what opportunity can you find today, in 2009? If you blog about your passion — or if you build an e-retail site about your passion — you are automatically WAY AHEAD of your competition, if they are just thinking of it as a way to make bucks. You will eventually make more bucks because you will attract those who have the same passion as you. You will have no problem blogging about your topic late at night, after work (or adding another product to your online store) because you like — love — doing it, just like your readers/customers love it.

Expertise — and eventual success — is simply, ultimately, the result of passion.

(original content by www.richdogmillionaire.com)

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We’re Just Asking: What is the Best Way to Grab 10,000 Visitors/Day

April 7th, 2009

Let’s say your goal is to get 10,000 unique visitors to your website every day. Is it best to have one website, and concentrate all your efforts on that one website to get those 10,000 visitors? Or is it better to have two websites, with the goal of 5,000 visitors each; is that less work overall than 10,000 for one site?… OR how about having five websites? Surely grabbing 2,000 visitors per site is almost automatic — that would give you your 10,000 total. OORR what if you had five websites that each did just 3,000 — suddenly you’ve got 15,000 instead of 10,000… Welcome to our new segment, WE’RE JUST ASKING. Sometimes it’s important to simply ask the question… You may assume one way is the most profitable…but is it?

(original content by www.richdogmillionaire.com)

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Book Review: “Internet Riches” by Scott Fox

March 14th, 2009

“The Simple Money-Making Secrets of Online Millionaires”

This is really the best time to start up an internet business. This past Friday was the 20th birthday of the internet and, after two decades, the world wide web has matured into a technology that has changed the way we live.  Between 2006 (when this book was originally published) and 2010, online retail sales will have doubled (from $172 billion to $329 billion per year). The internet is — at this moment — the single, best opportunity for business success.

Writer Scott Fox, an e-commerce consultant, shows you how relatively easy — and inexpensive — it can be. In the beginning of the book, he lists the difference between the first-year startup costs of a traditional “brick and mortar” retail business and an online retail business. The traditional retail business would cost you between $35,000 and $250,000. How much for an online retail startup? Less than $1,000.

“Internet Riches” reminds us of the big opportunity on the internet: niche marketing. Fox interviews many e-commerce entrepreneurs “from all walks of life”:

** “How Matt makes six figures a year selling top-quality products without owning any inventory or even leaving his house in Spartanburg, South Carolina.”

** “How Geneviere, a recent college graduate, has built a nationwide company by simply creating a website that matches parents and babysitters.”

**”Sid, a former grocery-store meat department manager in a small Midwestern town, who built a major international web-based business around his favorite game: shooting pool.”

Fox has several great examples like these (including some folks who blog for a living). The rest of the book includes good, basic information on how to start up your online business, from acquiring domain names to building easy, basic websites. He also writes about various opportunities, such as CafePress, which we wrote about here.

This book will get your wheels turning, with real ways of turning your expertise or passion into a money-making online business. Check it out: Internet Riches: The Simple Money-making Secrets of Online Millionaires

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Buzz Bin: Submit Articles to Over 200 Directories With 1 Click (UPDATE)

March 6th, 2009

This product caught our eye. If you are a blogger, you know the value of getting your articles picked up and spread throughout the world wide web.  Here are a couple of the main directories: www.ezinearticles.com and www.goarticles.com. But if you want to cover the universe with a click, check this out.

UPDATE: Here’s another product for submitting articles: Article Submission Wizard.

 

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“Blogging to the Bank”

March 2nd, 2009

As bloggers, we’ve been asked if there’s any product — ebooks, videos, etc — we’d recommend for how to make money blogging. One of us recently got Rob Benwell’s “Blogging to the Bank.” The package includes several e-books that focus on specific, singular things you can do to maximize the profitability of your blog, step by step. He has some cool ideas that will jump-start your blog. We like that he focuses on the marketing of blogs, and it costs only $37. We’ll let you know about some other resources as we come across them. BTW, if your blogging for dollars, you definitely need to bookmark Problogger.net — where the professional bloggers go. Darren Rowse has built a fantastic site for learning how to add income streams to your blog.

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