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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:

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 Grow Your Internet Marketing Business Like A Guru

Posted on January 25th, 2010 in Advice, Customers, Simple, Strategies, Videos | No Comments »


John just made this video for everyone earlier today…I watched it and was impressed. John clearly lays out why you should be investing high amounts of your profits into growing your business.

Go watch the free video, How To Grow Your Internet Marketing Business Like A Guru.

John talks about this in the video, but I just want to stress it as well…

It’s absolutely imperative that you are constantly taking action and growing your business. Businesses cannot grow without your help at it’s early stages…and that’s why you must start to invest now.

You’re either growing or you’re dying. What will you decide?

Your investments will most likely pay off tenfold over the next several years if you invest in content and other materials that will increase your bottom line.

Don’t spend another minute waiting…take your business to the next level. John’s video will show you how to do it for free:

Grow Your Internet Marketing Business Like A Guru

Set Up An Online Business

Posted on June 3rd, 2009 in Advice, Customers, Simple, Strategies, Videos | No Comments »

I’ve been thinking a lot about what it really takes to set up an online business. It came up because I was talking to a guru friend of mine a couple of days ago and the subject of “getting started” came up.

He made the point that it’s actually pretty easy to make a few hundred bucks per month online. But, it’s much harder to make thousands per month. Much, much harder. I agreed with his points but something else has been bugging me…

There are many people, perhaps you, who can’t get started due to technical issues. There are many people who just decide to give up before they even start — before they even make their first $1 online.

I’ve been thinking about why this happens. And, I’ve done some research for you about this:

“What stops people from setting up an online business?”

Rather than just go with my gut or based on a hunch, I really started looking at the data The Rhodes Brothers have. It’s really amazing stuff.

Before I reveal my findings let me say this…

Many folks reading this blog posting own one of our products. In fact, you might own several of them. I am proud of what we’ve accomplished. But more importantly, I’m proud that our techniques and tactics have made some of you a lot of money.

In any case, we get a lot of excellent feedback from our clients and customers. I read this feedback very closely. I tell my brother (Matt) to forward all emails to me when customers are talking to us. It doesn’t matter if the feedback is good or bad, I want it.

Well, I’ve kept all of these emails, and I’ve done some informal surveys with our customers and close business partners. One thing keeps coming up again and again. Let me share it with you…

There is a huge gap between what we offer and what it takes to set up an online business. Yes, we do offer some outstanding strategies. Our material is excellent and the feedback is 99% positive. (You can’t make everyone happy.) But, there’s still a big gap…

The “huge gap” is TECHNOLOGY.

Note: I grilled our close business partners (other guys making over $100K per year) and they totally agreed. Technology is stopping people.

Setting up an internet business requires more than time and money. It requires technical expertise.

Now, hold on. I do strongly feel that our products and services are comprehensive, and even complete. Is it possible that I missed the boat? It is possible we’re leaving people in the dust?

Well, not really.

But the truth is that The Rhodes Brothers have built several online businesses. I’m kind of shocked about this but we kind of find it easy to set up entire online business systems over a weekend. So, when we talk about a marketing system we kind of just skim over the technical details.

I think back to when we started. Wow, it really was difficult setting up all the pieces in exactly the right order. It really wasn’t easy when I first started. It took time and effort. It was an investment.

The specifics of setting up blogs and cash pulling web sites is pretty much second nature to me now. I have the experience. So, stuff like domain names, hosting, DNS, email, squeeze pages… My brother and I just blast right through it now. No problem!

The more I think about it, the more I remember how insanely frustrating it was when I first tried setting up my first couple of business systems online. I had no clue what I was doing and it was painful.

  • I beat my head against the wall.
  • I hired programmers who soaked me for hundreds of dollars.
  • I bought software I couldn’t understand, and books I couldn’t lift with both hands.
  • I beat my head against the wall again… and AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN!

So, I want to be clear. I know you’re having a tough time. It’s painful and I know it.

That’s exactly why I started putting together a “Set Up Your Online Business” video series. I had a great outline and I was ready to shoot all the videos.

But just 2 days before I started putting those vidoes together for you, I met Erik Stafford. Everything changed…

He has discovered a way to completely eliminate the technical pain. The scary technical stuff couldn’t be easier. He’s made it “paint-by-numbers” simple. I love it.

It really doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned pro or just getting started today — you will be amazed at how Erik cuts through the fluff. You’ll be on the path to online profits in just minutes.

That’s what really matters. Picture $487 coming into your PayPal account this weekend simply because you FINALLY got your web site up and running with Erik’s help. Feels good, doesn’t it!

If you’re excited, I don’t blame you. This is the kind of thing that can transform your life. When the technology is easy — even second nature — money can finally pour into your bank account.

(Often on autopilot.)

Here’s exactly what you need to do right now…

Simply start with Session #1 and move through each step at your own pace — and don’t be shocked if you have your website running in a day or two. (His stuff is that good.)

Set Up Your Online Business

I strongly encourage you to check it out because it will end your technical headaches.


~ John

p.s. Erik gives you 15 minutes of technical training free. There’s literally no obligation. Put away your credit card. Take a deep breath. Eliminate the technical issues with your online business … today.

p.p.s. By the way, I did some quick calculations just a minute ago. If I had Erik’s training 3 years ago, I would have saved myself over $12,000 of technical pain.

Make Money Online NOW

Posted on May 28th, 2009 in 10x, Advice, Affiliate Program, General, Offline, Simple Cash Blog, Strategies, Videos | 2 Comments »

A question that we frequently get asked is “How can I make money online NOW?” The problem is that it takes quite a bit of time to build a real long-term business online. It’s like the “real world” in a lot of ways: you can’t open a new store and expect to be flooded with customers on opening day.

It just doesn’t work that way.

But, you CAN make money online now and build a long-term business at the same time, if you’re smart about it and you have the right skillset. First, we need to figure out what kind of marketable skills you have. Here are some ideas…

1.) Do you have a knack for programming? You can go to eLance or and find jobs appropriate for you.

2.) Are you a graphics designer? Start advertising your services using Google Adwords and the Warrior Forum. People need new graphics all the time.

3.) Can you write well? With just a little bit of practice and experience, you can charge $10 to $20 for a 400 to 500 word article. Start off by pricing your articles low, and then move up the chain as you get more and more testimonials and experience.

4.) Do you have a lot of connections to “important people?” Find people who are having problems or need a service, and then connect them to the people you know. Charge a royalty!

5.) Do you know how to build websites? Build websites for local businesses, or even setup simple blogs using Blogger.

6.) Does a local business need help moving inventory? Become a salesperson and sell it on eBay for them. (Become a consignment expert!)

There are a number of ways to get started and make money online now, but they *do* require a little bit of work on your part. If you want to build a long term business, though, you have the opportunity to earn between $2,000 to $6,000 per month in your part time.

For more information and a free video about building a long-term online business, click here now. (No experience or skills required – 100% free.)

Strategic Internet Marketing

Posted on April 23rd, 2009 in Affiliate Program, Clickbank, Free Business Model, Links, listbuilding, Simple, Simple Cash Blog, Strategies, Videos, Web Traffic | 1 Comment »

John and I hosted our first public teleseminar last night about how to get traffic to membership sites and how to make money online. One of the big things we talked about was strategic internet marketing – having a STRATEGY in place for your websites.

When trying to create traffic to their websites, a lot of people fail to look at the bigger picture. You can keep each piece of your traffic system simple, but when they combine, you have an EXTREMELY deadly force.

Let me show you a traffic strategy we have in place for one of our websites. It should give you some context what we’re talking about when we say “strategic internet marketing”…

We have, which is a reverse squeeze page. We deliver a high quality video on the front-end which “hooks” in our visitors and convinces them to enter their name and e-mail address to watch a second video.

After they watch our second video, they are redirected to, our $27 per month membership that gives away a wealth of business models. So, we immediately have the potential to make money from the traffic that we drive to

That means we can spend more money investing in driving traffic to that funnel. So, we hire out people to write articles and create videos for us, linking to, and also advertise that site.

Cool, right?

Well, that’s not even the half of it. Here’s where it gets really good…

After someone opts in to our lists from watching the free video on, we then send messages to them promoting not only Simple Cash Blog, BUT…

The ability to promote and make money online from it. If you’re not following, we have an affiliate program built in to, which means everytime that someone sends traffic to that site with an affiliate link that they create, they make a monthly commission from Simple Cash Blog (70% of the sale, to be exact.)

So, the more people that watch the videos at and opt-in, the more traffic we get going to that site.

Are you following? — IT GROWS ITSELF!

Now *that* is strategic internet marketing. It’s not complicated to setup, it’s a bunch of extremely basic “building blocks” combined together to make one seriously kick-ass system.

That system will continue to churn money for us for years. We won’t be able to stop it even if we wanted to.

So, do you “do” strategic internet marketing like us? All it takes is a good idea and a few minutes of combining a few simple systems and you could have all of the traffic and cash flowing in that you can handle.

Check out and see how our system works for yourself…