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How To Create Profit Machines With WordPress

Posted on June 28th, 2010 in Adsense, Advice, blogging, Clickbank, eBay, EzineArticles, Free Business Model, Links, listbuilding, Membership Blueprints, Offline, Simple, Simple Cash Blog, Strategies, Videos, Web Traffic | 5 Comments »

ATMOver the past few years, blogging has become extremely popular. Nearly everyone who tries to make money online usually creates a blog very early in their Internet Marketing career, and for a very good reason – blogs alone can put serious cash into your bank account.

The big problem is that a lot of folks don’t use blogs properly. There was a time where you could have thrown up a simple Blogger blog, write a couple short articles, put up some Google AdSense ads, attract some web traffic, and then watch the money roll in.

That doesn’t work any longer.

Sure, you might make enough to pay for a few beers, but it’s not going to put a roof over your head. The good news is that blogs are still extremely lucrative and can put thousands of dollars into your pocket every single month – if you know what you’re doing.

The premier blogging tool, hands down, is WordPress. It’s free, works well, and is easy to use. The only requirement is that you have a hosting account such as BlueHost (who we use to host our websites and recommended) to host your website. In your hosting account control panel, you can automatically install WordPress on your website in less than a minute by using Fantastico or Simple Scripts.

However, the key to making real money with blogs is to get creative. Yes, it’s a huge cliché…but you have to think out of the box. That’s why I use these 6 simple profit machines to maximize my income potential with WordPress…feel free to steal them and build your own blogging empire:

Profit Machine #1: Authority Sites

Setting up simple Niche Authority Sites is one of the easiest ways to start making a profit online, but it’s also the most time consuming. I wrote out an extensive step-by-step guide to building your first simple blog in a post I made over a year ago: Make Money Online – Step-By-Step Method

Note: If you have no money to your name, you can use a Blogger blog to build your first authority site (as I recommend in the above guide), but I do recommend upgrading to WordPress as soon as possible. It is far more customizable and offers you more opportunity to expand. WordPress also provides a free blogs via their website, but you want the self-hosted option so you can upload your own themes and plugins.

It takes serious commitment to start one of these and stick to it – and you won’t see any immediate returns. However, if you post daily for 2 to 3 months, have a professional design and monetize it properly, you’ll be light years ahead of competing websites and you will able to pull in at least a few hundred dollars per month.

The real trick to becoming an authority site (rather than a boring “blog”) is to either position your company, your brand or yourself as an expert. This is a big stumbling block for a lot of people – most feel like they’re not an expert in any particular area. That’s simply not true. When I asked my Dad if he was an expert in anything, he said no…but that’s definitely not the case. He’s a perfect example…

My Dad spent 30+ years as a police officer and learned some extremely valuable skills that you wouldn’t expect. One of them was the ability to write grants that generated millions of dollars for equipment and additional personnel for his department. His success rate was incredibly high – over 90% of the grants he submitted were approved. That’s unheard of and it’s a skill that companies, organizations and individuals would pay thousands of dollars to learn. Starting an authority site about grants would be perfect for him.

You really need to think about your experiences and your interests. Even if you truly don’t feel like an expert on a topic, you can do research to become one. Spend an afternoon learning the basic “rules” of your niche and you’ll know more than 80%+ of the population, and that qualifies you as an expert.

Once you’ve established a topic for your authority site, spend some time doing research on the types of phrases people are searching for using a free tool such as Google’s Keyword Tool or a premium tool such as Micro Niche Finder. (MNF is highly recommended – it makes it very easy for you to find profitable long-tail keywords and to quickly assess your competition.)

Once you’ve found several keyword phrases that people are searching for, you focus your site’s content around those keywords and post to it daily. You build momentum for your new website by talking about your authority site on other blogs and niche forums, then offer to be a guest blogger for other popular blogs.

You make money via Google AdSense ads and affiliate links to start, but you will want to begin building an e-mail list using a provider such as AWeber as soon as you start seeing a significant number of visitors pour in. They visit your blog and you offer exclusive content as a “bribe” for signing up. With an e-mail list, you’ll be able to launch your own products or services at anytime. (I like to think of this as writing my own check.)

The potential with an authority blog alone is extremely high. It’s a very flexible model that can be expanded almost indefinitely, but it’s just one way to make money with blogs. Here’s a method that’s a little less conventional…

Profit Machine #2: Niche Storefronts

A lot of people don’t know that you can actually setup an entire online store using WordPress. Whether you want to sell items directly from your blog, or appear as a third-party store and simply refer customers to Amazon as an affiliate, WordPress can help you establish these profit machines easily.

There are a couple of different ways you can do it…

a.) You can download a theme that converts your blog into a storefront. Some of these themes are fairly advanced and require a fee to download, but you may be able to find some for free. Once you have your website established, you can use Paypal to accept payments. Some of the more advanced themes even have an “Add to Cart” feature built in.

b.) You can download a plugin that automatically pulls in products from websites such as Amazon or eBay. These plugins can automatically include a picture and short description from those sites, integrated with your affiliate link. There are free and premium options for these types of plugins, but the premium options typically provide more options and flexibility.

If you decide to establish a store, you will want to make sure that you add some unique content (as the content you add will be from Amazon or eBay and won’t boost your search engine rankings) and also implement a professional design. This is effectively a type of authority site, but you will providing direct links to products or services rather than information. It’s harder to get traffic to these types of sites, but the quality of customers is often higher as they’re looking to buy a particular type of product.

Profit Machine #3: Membership Sites

Membership sites are a tried-and-true method for generating long-term cash. There’s so much to say about memberships that we created an entire course called Membership Blueprints. With that said, using WordPress to power and protect a membership site is a very smart way to go.

In fact, we use WordPress for our Simple Cash Blog Membership, our most popular resource. It’s extremely easy for anyone to do. First, install WordPress in the location you want your member’s area. For example, you’ll want to install WordPress in a location such as: http://yourdomain.com/members/

After you’ve installed it, you simply need to password protect either individual posts or the entire member’s area. For the Simple Cash Blog, we password protected the entire member’s directory in under 2 minutes using a tool called the Instant Membership Site Creator, which we sell for less than $20. If you want to password protect individual posts or provide different levels of access, you can use a plugin such as s2Member.

The best part about using WordPress for a membership site is that you can actually create content for the membership site in advance and schedule it to be posted at a future date. Your membership site could have a full year’s worth of content in queue without you ever having to touch it. (Of course, this might not be possible depending on the type of membership or the support you need to provide.)

The toughest part of the membership creation process is that you need to write an extremely powerful sales letter and provide “addictive” videos, articles and resources to your members. It’s significantly harder to get someone to subscribe to a $99 per month membership than to purchase a $99 product. Plus, if your content isn’t compelling enough, people will drop out. It happens all the time and some folks will even drop out immediately after joining.

The key for the membership site model is to provide an ongoing service or educational material to a very specific market, and to expose your membership to as many of those people as possible by partnering with others, advertising, article marketing and more.

Profit Machine #4:
Local Businesses

This is a rapidly growing opportunity that nearly every internet marketer can take advantage of. Most small, local businesses do not have a website, but most are rapidly realizing that they need to have one. It adds an immense amount of professionalism to a business if they have a well-designed website, and younger generations use internet search as their first resource to find out reviews or more information about a business.

As a 23 year old living in Toronto, I can tell you that I have only tried out new restaurants if I was able to read their menu online. There is a fantastic fish and chips restaurant 5 minutes down the road that I would have never found if they did not have a website. The website wasn’t even that fancy – it was simply professional enough that it gave me confidence that it was a good business.

The potential here is HUGE. There are a nearly endless list of services you can provide to offline businesses…

* Setup their site using WordPress, then design it using a related theme (there are a lot of great themes available for restaurants, professional firms, and much more.)

* Charge a yearly fee to host their domain and website for them

* Sell them on Search Engine Optimization services – it’s extremely easy to rank for search terms in small towns

* Charge a monthly fee to update their website for them as needed – news, updates, new products or services and more.

* Charge firms to update their website design or ways to make money directly from their website

* Charge businesses for the ability to sell products directly via their site or to accept online ordering

That’s really just the tip of the iceberg. It’s easy to sell these types of services to small businesses. Provide a guarantee and legitimate recommendations to improve their business and you’ll be able to find a lot of customers who are willing to pay for monthly services.

WordPress is an extremely powerful tool, but you have to remember that it’s only a tool – you need to think out of the box and apply the techniques above to create a profitable website that produces residual income for months and years to come.

Private Label Rights Quick Cash System

Posted on January 27th, 2010 in Advice, blogging, Clickbank, EzineArticles, PLR, PLR Club, Reports, Simple, Strategies, Web Traffic | 6 Comments »

Hey guys,

I just finished this off and wanted you guys to see it first.

No one else in the world has seen this. I’ve been calling it
my little secret private label rights project. It’s a totally
free, downloadable system called the “PLR Quick Cash System.”

Inside the PLR Quick Cash System, I reveal…

* Tips for accelerating your Internet Marketing income with Private Label Rights content

* Simple marketing techniques to use PLR to make quick cash

* How to build a super-profitable blog (step-by-step help for beginner’s, too!)

* Our simple criteria for finding profitable markets

* Our quick traffic system that always jumpstarts our website’s search engine rankings

…and much, much more.

Private Label Rights and Blogs have made us a LOT of
money. Let us show you how we do it.

Download the PLR Quick Cash System for free…

How to Start Making Money Online

Posted on May 16th, 2009 in Adsense, Affiliate Program, Clickbank, Free Business Model, Links, Really Simple Method, RSS, Strategies, Traffic Drill, Twitter, Web Traffic | 1 Comment »

ArticlesPeople are always asking us how to start making money online. The answer surprises most people: pick anything and take action.

I created an 18 minute audio to help you get started today. I talk about how to get started, what to promote and how to get traffic. It’s the perfect overview and I highly recommend you listen to it.

What to know what I talk about? Here’s the simple formula…

You start by doing some niche research, looking at trends, following smart people or just taking a complete guess.

Next, you need to decide what you’re going to sell or promote. You can be an affiliate marketer, you can sell your own products or you can start your own membership. Almost anything will work.

And lastly, you need to drive traffic using pay per click (PPC), writing blog entries, and writing articles. There’s a lot more you can do as well.

This formula is so simple but … IT WORKS. Of course, there is more to learn. There is a “secret” in the audio I created. When you hear me say it — and clearly explain it — you’ll see why the process I’ve outlined above is so powerful.

I’m not trying to scare you but you will FAIL if you don’t take my advice. You can pick the perfect niche, create the perfect product to sell or promote, and drive tons of traffic — but still fail. It’s important you listen to the audio succeed: How to Start Making Money Online (FREE).

By the way, if you like that audio, then you will love this stuff…

And, if you’re looking for other fantastic (very popular) blog entries, read these…

Cheers,

~ John

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Make Extra Money Online

Posted on May 4th, 2009 in Advice, Clickbank, Really Simple Method, Web Traffic | 4 Comments »

My brother wrote a very clear step-by-step guide about how to make money online. When I first saw it, I thought it was awesome. However, I’m thinking that it needs some love.

My brother’s step-by-step plan to make money is powerful but it’s scary because it is long. I want to remove any fear, right here and right now.

If you want to make extra money online you do not need to build an entire empire. You do not need a big system, you do not need special software and you don’t even need seed money. In fact, you should start small. Start by making some extra cash online.

I’m going to show you how simple his plan really is…

1. Pick a topic.
2. Set up a blog.
3. Post great content.
4. Set up backlinks.
5. Get traffic, make money.

That’s really all there is to it. It’s very straightforward. What matters is that you execute each step with effort and passion.

You also need to have a clear vision. Don’t just try to make extra money online. Instead, plan to make money and pay off your credit card debt. Or, invest the extra cash in a small business, or grow your little online business into a bigger business. They key is that you have a plan for the money.

Let’s look at each piece of the plan quickly. Again, I want to keep this simple.

1. Pick a topic. You just need some place to start. Most people get stuck right at this step. They simply don’t take action. They just keep reading and thinking. Stop researching and start taking action right now.

2. Set up a blog. This is very, very simple. Don’t let the technology scare you. Simply head over to Blogger or WordPress and set up your blog for free. It’s very, very easy. If you get stuck, experiment a little. Or, do some research and fix the problem. You CAN do it. Millions of people have done this so you’re not alone.

3. Post great content. Some folks will pick a topic and set up a blog, but they will never post ANY content to it. This is silly. You’re so close to success at this point. You just need to start posting content to build up your blog. That valuable content will attract attention and links. That means traffic to your web site. Making extra money isn’t far off.

4. Set up backlinks. You can build backlinks in a million ways. Personally, I think investing a few bucks in Easy Backlink Builder is the way to go. If you’re not ready to invest any money you can simply find blogs in your niche and start posting great content, with a link back to your site. Or, you can post in forums in your niche. This is easy, fast, and fun. It grows your business too.

5. Get traffic, make money. The traffic will start to flow. If you do the work, people will start to find you. It does happen. You’ll want to slap some Adsense on your site or visit Clickbank and get some affiliate links on your blog. There are better ways to make money online but this will get your started.

Two more tips…

First, be sure that you install some sort of web traffic analysis tool such as Google Analytics. You want to measure and test what you’re doing. The only way is with data.

Second, be sure to grow and evolve. You will make mistakes and you will get down from time to time. But, if you stick to it, you’ll start making money. Before long you can make a lot of money online just following the simple tips above.

If you’re looking for more great advice like this you might want to take a look at the Really Simple Method. I promise to give you something more advanced than what I’ve explained above. It’ll move you to the next level.

~ John

Internet Marketing Affiliate Program Tips

Posted on April 26th, 2009 in Advice, Affiliate Program, Clickbank, General, Membership Blueprints, PLR, PLR Club, Reports, Reselling, Strategies, Traffic Drill, Web Traffic | No Comments »

Finding a great internet marketing affiliate program is a daunting task. There are literally tens of thousands of internet marketing products available on the market, many of which have affiliate programs. So, how do you find the best one for your website or list?

The best internet marketing affiliate programs have the following characteristics:

* They track multiple sales. If you send a visitor to a merchant’s products, is your affiliate ID cookied (attached to that particular visitor) for future sales? A smart merchant will always follow up with visitors about upsells and offers, and you should be getting the credit for all of those sales.

* Sales are tracked for months, not days. Your affiliate tag on a customer shouldn’t expire for at least 30 days. Many merchants set a limit on how long a customer is “tagged” for, and if they purchase after this tag runs out, you no longer make any commissions from sales of that customer. The best internet marketing affiliate programs last for 60 days or more.

* You’re making a significant amount per sale. There’s no sense promoting a product if you’re not making at least $10 to $15 per sale. It’s barely worth your time. You should also be making at least 50% of the sale price. Some merchants offer 70% commissions or more.

* High conversion rates. If a product doesn’t convert, there’s no sense in promoting it. Also remember that lower priced products should convert much better than higher priced products. Track your numbers to make sure that you’re maximizing the value of each visitor you send.

* Pre-sales funnel built in. Many great internet marketing affiliate programs have a follow-up system built on that drastically increase conversion rates. This means more money in your pocket. It is also easier to promote these products because you’re offering “free content” to your website or list, not a sales pitch.

* Recurring commissions. Only a small percentage of programs out there offer recurring commissions, but getting customers into a recurring billing membership is invaluable because many customers will pay you for years to come, month after month. However, conversion rates for memberships are typically lower. Be sure to track your results carefully!

The Rhodes Brothers Affiliate Program offers multiple product affiliate tracking, high conversion rates, and pre-sales funnels ready to sell YOUR website customers or list. Click here to check it out.

Don’t have a website or a list yet? Check out my make money online post to get a step-by-step plan to make your first $1,000 online. (It’s 100% free.)