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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.

How to Earn $5,000+ Per Month With Your Own Autopilot Membership

Posted on February 18th, 2010 in Advice, Customers, EzineArticles, listbuilding, Membership Blueprints, PLR Club, Really Simple Method, Reports, Simple Cash Blog, Strategies, Traffic Drill, Web Traffic | No Comments »

It’s been an insanely brutal couple of days. My team
and I ran into a wall of technical problems, and I’ve
grown at least a dozen new gray hairs (note: I’m 22)
but it’s finally ready…

John and I have just officially re-launched the Simple
Cash Blog. We want to let you know what it’s all about
by giving you a report directly from our member’s area.
This is just one simple business model that pumps out
cash for us every month. It takes us 5 hours to create.

I hope you use it:

>> http://simplecashblog.com/5kpermonth.pdf

It’s a powerful membership that reveals our extremely
simple money-making business models (we have dozens)
in the form of short reports, checklists and templates.
In other words, you can flat-out COPY our money makers.

Here’s the best part though…

If you are an active member of a Rhodes Brothers
membership, you may be eligible for several months
of complimentary access to the Simple Cash Blog.

Just send this information in to our help desk:

1.) Your name
2.) Name of the membership you’re subscribed to
3.) Your Paypal e-mail address
4.) Your Paypal transaction ID

Our help desk is located at RhodesHelpDesk.com. Just
submit your request and we’ll try to get back to you
within 24 to 48 hours with your link for complimentary
access to the Simple Cash Blog and let you know how
many months of access you will be given.

Also, don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any
questions. We’d love to help you out.

How We Made An Extra $54,000 This Year

Posted on June 14th, 2009 in Advice, Customers, listbuilding, Membership Blueprints, News, Offline, Really Simple Method, Reports, Reselling, Strategies, Web Traffic | 1 Comment »

One of the coolest parts about being an Internet Marketer is the fact that you can quickly implement new ideas and concepts into your business and start measuring the results instantly.

So far this year, we’ve made an extra $54,000 directly due to attending a high-end Internet Marketing seminar – the Earn1KaDay IM Summit. (We expect that we’ll make an extra 6 figures by the end of the year.)

The networking was invaluable, of course, but what was really cool were the different ideas that we pulled out of the seminar. All of the speakers were people (including ourselves) who are making a significant amount of money every single month.

What really interested us, though, was the fact that so many people are making money online in different ways. For example, one of the speakers, Gene Pimentel, researches high quality domain names and then sells them (some to the tune of 5 figures.)

He doesn’t do any backlink building, he just puts a 200 word snippet on his website that says he’s accepting offers, and that’s IT. It’s working out like gangbusters for him.

He includes a step-by-step process of EXACTLY how he did it. We taught a couple people the system (they’ve never made money online before) and it REALLY “sunk in” for them. It’s great if you only have a few minutes per day, and it provides huge income if you do it right.

One of our buddies, Michael Gunn, who also spoke at the Earn1KaDay seminar, is making a killing online, too. If I remember right, he was making a couple thousand per month using his niche domination techniques at the time of the seminar. Fast forward about 5 months, and now he’s dangerously close to the 6 figure mark. VERY cool.

His presentation was absolutely awesome for anyone interested in truly “crushing it” in niche marketing. The really cool part is that he gives you the exact e-mail templates he’s using to make that much money during his presentation, so you can almost just copy and paste.

We applied a couple of these techniques to one of our niche businesses and saw an instant increase in the number of opt-ins and money flowing in.

There were a LOT of other speakers there with great strategies and techniques, but those two really “hit home” for us.

So here’s the deal…Dennis Becker, the owner of Earn1KaDay and the “father” of the Earn1KaDay IM Summit, just put the recording of the summit up for sale. It’s two days of money-making material. John and I got a copy and we’ve both watched it through twice, and some of the presentations we’ve watched 3 or 4 times (Gene’s and Michael’s).

It’s that good.

These are step-by-step techniques you can directly apply to your business, whether you’ve made $0 online or you’re making 6 figures. It WILL take you to the next level.

Go here now and buy it. There’s a couple “special bonus” on the page from John and I, too.

After you buy it, watch the DVDs first and THEN look at the “data disc” that Dennis provides. It’s better than many of the $3,000 DVD home study courses out there.

Read more about the Earn1KaDay IM Summit…

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.)

Membership Web Site Survey (Free Download)

Posted on February 28th, 2009 in Advice, Links, Membership Blueprints | No Comments »

Instantly Download This One-Of-A-Kind, 21 Page PDF Based On
8 Laser Targeted Questions About Membership Websites

Hey Blog Reader,

We recently set out a survey to our lists asking
them their most pressing questions with membership
sites.

We were just FLOODED with responses. We were
stunned … it’s hard to believe how many people
responded to that survey.

Here are the results. Instantly download them here:

http://IMsimple.com/mb/

I can tell you one thing is really clear — there are
a lot of people that are looking for reliable cash,
month after month. Many people, perhaps you,
want to know how to do niche research and find
fresh content for memberships too. They want to
know what works before investing their time.

But really, the biggest thing is that people just
want help getting started because they know that
with a membership, there is consistent cash. I’m
going to talk more about that in a few minutes.
First, I need to tell you how big companies are
secretly killing jobs. It’s important…

— — —

I live in what’s known as Upstate New York. It’s
not even close to New York City. In fact, we’re
about 3 hours away. But, despite being in a small
town, we’re very close to a major IBM plant. It’s
actually known as the birthplace of IBM.

Obviously the local newspaper follows IBM very
closely. In the last few months, they haven’t
really written anything about IBM — Despite the
fact that IBM has been laying people off. A lot of
people. But it’s not showing up.

See, what they’re doing is letting people go in
small batches. There’s this loophole they’re using
that allows them to keep the announcement out of
the paper by getting rid of people in very small
batches so no news is reported — Yes, the local
newspaper is blind.

Think of how many other companies are laying off
using these submarine tactics. Even government
jobs are at serious risk these days.

If you’re working for someone else, the risk is higher
than ever. Unfortunately, other people control your
ability to stay above water. I know how this feels
and it’s not pleasant.

And now I’ll bring things back full circle. The
reason that so many people want memberships is
because they offer reliable cash. It’s that month
to month cash flow that really matters…

Allow me to tell you a little secret.

— — —

Some people are NOT in pain. They always have
extra money. There’s always a lifeline for them.

The people who are suffering the least right now
have membership web sites. Even if their product
sales drop they still have a consistent flow of
cash coming in from their … memberships.

In other words, those people with memberships
aren’t very worried about layoffs. They have a
lot of stability and control. They have comfort.

(A membership is like a warm, fuzzy blanket in
the dead of a cold winter. It’s what you want.)

Now, I know from our survey that many people do
not know how to set up a membership. It seems
like it’s a serious challenge, right?

But the truth is that there are actually many
membership models. Some are easy enough to set
up in just 3-4 hours. Others take more time, but
the payoff is just huge. Anyone can feel confident
about setting up a membership because there are
many simple paths. And, you can “upgrade” and
move to more powerful (cash pulling) memberships.

You would think that with all the brilliant minds
out there that this information would be right
out there, ready to grab and use. But, it’s hidden.

That’s not right. So, we’re going to help you. Here’s
how we’re going to make a difference, today…

— — —

We thought you would be interested to see a list of
the top things people need to know about memberships.
This is a gift without any hassles … because the
Warrior Forum has really helped us.

Just go to this web site and download your copy
of the Membership Survey Results.

http://IMsimple.com/mb/

We’ve also set up a Priority Notification List for
people who might be interested in all our membership
systems. Obviously we will be covering absolutely
everything there. Once we open this thing up to the

public, the number we can accept will be limited. That’s
because we’re taking our time to personally work
with each person.

So, the best way to get a chance at getting one of
the limited spots is to jump on the that Priority
Notification List. Here’s the link again:

http://IMsimple.com/mb/

The one thing that I want you to remember today
is that memberships are recession proof. We have
recently seen an *increase* in the number of new
subscribers to our memberships.

It’s this kind of consistent cash flow that makes
memberships so powerful. And fortunately, it is
possible to set up a membership even if you lack
technical knowledge.

We’ll be talking with you very soon once you join
the Priority Notification List.

All the best,

~ John S. Rhodes of “The Rhodes Brothers”

p.s. Many people want over-the-shoulder help. And,
they want videos. That makes sense. Imagine having
us right there for you, providing step-by-step
instructions. Imagine having the blueprint in your
hands … for your first membership.