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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How to Make It Easy

Posted on November 22nd, 2008 in 10x, Advice, Customers, Free Business Model, Reselling, Simple, Simple Cash Blog, Traffic Drill, Twitter, Web Traffic | 2 Comments »

Make It EasyIf you want to make money you need to know how to make it easy for people to help you. It’s very difficult to build a strong business without getting some assistance from others.

In this article, I’ll show you exactly how to make it easy to get people to help you. First, I’ll talk about setting up affiliate support web pages. Second, I’ll talk about getting traffic to your niche web site or blog. Third, I’ll explain the importance of back scratching and helping other people ahead of time.

One of the best ways to make money online and drive traffic is to enlist the help of affiliate marketers. Internet marketing affiliate programs can lead to incredible traffic if you offer 100% commissions on big ticket products and services, which is exactly what we do with the 10x Method affiliate program. What affiliate marketer doesn’t want to promote a $47 product with 100% commissions?

But wait, you’re only going to get affiliates to promote your service if you make it easy. So, you need to take the time to provide easy affiliate link building tools, instant marketing set up tools, targeted keyword lists, free promotional images, email message templates, and so on.

Here’s the Rhodes Brothers affiliate product link creation page. As you can see, we make it easy to create links but also quickly access the sales pages. This is the kind of at-a-glance reference affiliates want.

As another reference, you should look at the Traffic Drill reseller sign up page. On that page, we explain reselling, we explain the benefits of being a Traffic Drill reseller, we explain the set process using simple language, and most important we make it easy to make money as a reseller. We maintain everything from the sales page to the sign up page to the member maintenance. Literally, we give you the power to own a membership without any hassle.

Here’s another example. I like how Kevin Riley does affiliate marketing because he spends money on tools and processes that make my life easier. We don’t promote for many people, but Kevin makes it easy. For example, when he sends out emails to his affiliates he includes their specific affiliate URLs. I do a simple cut-n-paste and I’m done. There’s no effort and very little thinking, except for the marketing. I can focus and make money because it’s easy to work with Kevin.

Here’s a bit of business advice. If you’re serious about getting affiliates to help you, then spend the time and money to make it simple and make it easy for others to help you. The less “friction” you generate the better.

Bonus! If you’ve read this far I want to give you a gift. Please download Cracking The Code: Earn $20 Per Day With Free Blogs — Did you notice how easy I made that for you? It’s a simple click and you benefit without any more effort. The more you can do like that, the more loyalty and goodwill you’ll generate. This is the power of making life easy for others.

Let’s change gears now and talk about generating traffic to your niche web sites and blogs. What I’m going to cover is simple but effective. Don’t be fooled by how easy these things are to do.

If you look above, you will see that I talk about Kevin Riley for an entire paragraph (lucky guy). I’m doing that because now Kevin might link to me or help me. I would never demand traffic or links from Kevin, but I will ask very nicely. I’ll send him a note or I’ll send him a direct message on Twitter. (Hey, are you Following me on Twitter?) If I’m lucky, I’ll get some link love which translates to short and long term traffic.

Another thing you can do to easily drive traffic is build relationships with others via JVs and giveaways. Here’s an example. I did 90% of the work on the Simple Giveaway. I bought the domain, set up the page, and emailed everyone about everything. I coordinated the launch and I made it easy for my partners to do business with me. I was rewarded with tons of traffic and hundreds of sign ups to Free Business Model.

How else can you help others help you? Well, if you have a blog, do you have web 2.0 social bookmarking widgets installed? (Hint: I like Sociable.) At the bottom of this blog posting there are several buttons you can click to Digg, Stumble and otherwise bookmark this posting. (Please take action. Click-n-save!)

The last thing I’ll talk about is back scratching, both formal and informal. I’ll also talk about helping people ahead of time.

So, what’s formal back scratching? The idea is simple. You work within a membership or system with a group of other like-minded people. For example, maybe you work with the Rhodes Brothers via our coaching program. You can also find that kind of support inside Traffic Drill, which is dedicated to driving traffic to your web site. Plainly speaking, the idea is that you pay a small fee to help other people and have them help you. It’s simple but deadly effective.

Now, how about informal back scratching? The concept is straightforward. You would go out of your way to help other people via social web sites like Twitter. For example, just today I asked about 7-8 trusted Twitter colleagues to take a look at a new blog entry I wrote in a special niche. If they like the page and it’s valuable, they will likely Stumble or Digg that page. If it’s not good, they’ll give me feedback so I can improve it. Importantly, I make it easy to Stumble and Digg, but also provide me with feedback via Twitter. That’s key.

What works better, formal back scratching or informal back scratching? Honestly, they both work well. However, if you’re looking for guaranteed help or traffic, then services like Traffic Drill are your best bet.

What I want you to understand is that you will build up goodwill and karma over time if you know how to make it easy for other people to make money. Think about it. If someone is making it easy for you to make money, you’ll be loyal. You’ll drive traffic for them. You’ll praise them and help them. This karma and goodwill leads to joint ventures and revenue multipliers.

Do good unto others and it will return to you many times. It’s not only the “right thing” it’s the way of profits and a satisfying life.

One Million Dollars?

Posted on October 27th, 2008 in 10x, 7.77 Club, Adsense, EzineArticles, PLR Club, Strategies, Traffic Drill, Web Traffic | 15 Comments »

Want One Million Dollars?Do you really want one million dollars? Here’s a plan that will work…

Out of necessity, I will make some assumptions. You can very easily put this entire plan into a spreadsheet and work the numbers. That is, you can create a speadsheet that has plenty of simple variables in it and adjust as you want.

Here’s what you need to do first: Generate $1 of profit. It doesn’t matter how you generate that first $1 but you need to do it. Try article marketing, affiliate marketing, or freelancing. Write a report and WSO it. It simply doesn’t matter. Just generate that first $1.

Next, focus like crazy (see: 10x Method) until you reach $100. If you can make $1 you can make $100. Do the same thing that worked again and again. Get to $100 cash in your account.

Third, invest the $100. This $100 is not for fun and games. It’s seed cash for your $1,000,000 empire. You can only spend this money to make more money. If you spend it on that caramel macchiato, then don’t ever plan on doing a JV with me. Don’t ever plan on hitting the $1,000,000 because you’re wasting your opportunity. You are just a consumer not a producer — you need to produce and invest like a wild animal on wild animal crack cocaine. Insane focus to win…

So, what do you invest in? I don’t care as long as it throws off cash every single month. You need to buy assets. For our little $1,000,000 journey let’s stick with something I love dearly: CONTENT. You really can’t own too much content. Used correctly, content is money. It’s always possible to generate cash from lot’s of content. You can sell content. You can re-sell it (think: PLR, MRR). You can use it for pulling in eyeballs; customers with a burning want or need and they have cash.

What kind of content should you buy? For this journey, let’s talk about straight up articles. The kind you’d use for a high quality blog entry or a submission to EzineArticles.

Hint: You can set up review sites in various niches quite easily. You can follow any number of methods and use any style of marketing. There’s no magic here.

Fourth, we’re going to do some math. We’re going to assume that you can buy a smashing good article (high quality and 500+ words) for $10. (This is something you can adjust up or down. I can buy content for $4-5, but that’s a topic for another day.)

So, take your $100 and buy 10 articles. That’s about 1/3 to 1/2 of a pretty decent web site. Note: You can easily set up a blog or a nice static web site using a free blogging tool and free HTML/CSS templates. This is baby food stuff you can figure out. Got it?

Hint: You’re going to set everything up as fast as possible. You might need to burn $10-20 of your first $100 on hosting and a domain. Don’t fight this. Just do it. Or, again, forget about hitting $1,000,000.

Fifth, you’re going to get your site indexed by Google. You’re going to submit your RSS feed. You going to use free services to get higher rankings. You’re going to submit some good comments on niche-related blogs. You’re going to consider generating a little more cash and joining traffic generation memberships and services, e.g., Traffic Drill. Again, this is all Internet Marketing 101.

Sixth, you’re going to repeat all of the early steps again. You’re going to generate another $100-300 and you’re going to buy more content for your site. The key is reinvesting and focusing to grow, grow, grow.

Note: These 6 steps should only take you 3-4 weeks at most. The truth is that you can do it in 3-4 days. Simply do some work for some other internet marketers. Some freelance work will get you all the seed cash you need. You can generate the seed cash offline too if you really want…

====== TAKE A DEEP BREATH

At this point you’ve done what seems like a lot of work and you’re not rich. Well, get used to it. Getting to $1,000,000 takes time. Some folks can do it extremely fast, but they are in the top 1% and mostly lucky. You’re in for a battle. It’s one you can win, but you have to be ready for a serious uphill fight. If you’re *sincere* about wanting $1,000,000 then keep reading. If not, then pack up and go home.

Listen up. There is plenty of opportunity to make $100 to $5,000 per month for part-timers. You can generate $10-100K per year without being too deadly serious. But, if you want that $1,000,000 there’s some punishment ahead. I’m just warning you.

Note: Some internet marketers will disagree with what I just said. Great! I’ll leave it at that. I welcome disagreement and logical discourse.

====== EXHALE AND GET READY

Seventh, now your niche site is fully operational. Time to really focus on the monetization and working the numbers. Sure, you could have already pulled some cash from your site, but if you haven’t this is how it works. (Note: Replace “niche site” with “blog”. It doesn’t matter.)

I’m going to assume that you know something about Google Adsense. (Experienced folks: Don’t groan. I don’t want to hear it. Just replace “Google Adsense” with Clickbank, pay per lead, eBay affiliate program, or whatever money-making special juice you use. I’m going to use Google Adsense because it’s so monkey simple.)

Assuming you put a couple of ads on each of your pages or on your blog entries, you can do something AMAZING.

What’s this amazing thing? Well, you can easily track and monitor your investment and success. (See why Google Adsense makes sense Mr. Advanced Marketing Pro? Sales metrics right at your finger tips.) You can see exactly how well you’re doing or not.

* How much does each page, on average generate?
* How much money am I making per day?
* What days are better than other days?
* How am I doing from month to month?

Eighth, you’re going to figure out what each page is worth re: Adsense. For example, let’s say that one page, on average, is worth $5 per month in Adsense revenue. This is achievable. But, again, you can manipulate this in your spreadsheet.

Your 30 page niche site generates $150 per month. ($5 per page x 30 pages, got it?) Now, I want you to think about that…

In just 2 months you’ll earn back your initial seed investment of $300. Remember that you struggled to hit the $300 mark, but now eyeballs are paying you back in just 2 months.

From the very start of your $1,000,000 quest, in just about 3 months you’ll be 100% EVEN in terms of your investment. Plus, you now have an asset that throws off, on average, $150 every single month.

Doesn’t that feel pretty good? I mean, really, that’s getting pretty close to a car payment. Do 3 months of work and you can get a FREE CAR.

Yes yes yes yes yes, I hear you. That’s not exactly how things work. It’s not “reality” but listen to me, it’s damn close. This is how internet marketing really works folks…

FREE CAR (with just 3 months of work)

You’ve got to love this game.

====== SIDEBAR START

Here’s something you must learn from this posting. Throw out all of my advice. All of it. But remember this…

I bet you would be willing to buy something from me right now. You are officially sold, my Marketing Friend. Go on, you can admit it.

The lesson? Provide the right value the right way to the right people and they will kill to buy from you.

I’m not selling anything here. Put your wallet away. But never forget the lesson I just taught you. This posting had a hidden lesson that I exposed for nothing. I just put it out there for you to devour…

====== SIDEBAR END

Where were we?

Oh yes, back to your $1,000,000. Here’s what’s next.

Ninth, you’re going to keep working and investing as if your very life depends on it. You’ll sacrifice and work like a beaten dog. You’ll smile and wake up every day ready to pound through any obstacle.

The End.

Just kidding. You’re going to take the $150 you generate each month and you’re going to re-invest in more content. And, you’re going to still work to continue to add more to the “pool” of money for buying even more content on top.

Let’s do the math…

Month 4 (remember, we’ve put in about 3 months of work at this point.)
30 pages of content –> $150 in Adsense per month –> buy 15 more pages = 45 total pages

Month 5
45 pages of content –> $225 –> 22 more pages = 67 total pages

Month 6
67 pages of content –> $335 –> 33 more pages = 100 pages (wow)

Month 7
100 pages of content –> $500 –> 50 more pages = 150 pages

Month 8
150 pages of content –> $750 –> 75 more pages = 225 pages

Month 9
225 pages of content –> $1,125 –> 112 more pages = 337 pages

Month 10
337 pages of content –> $1,685 –> 112 more pages = 449 pages

Month 11
449 pages of content –> $2,245 –> 224 more pages = 673 pages

Month 12
673 pages of content –> $3,365 –> 336 more pages = 1,009 pages (wow)

Month 13
1,009 pages of content –> $5,045 –> 505 more pages = 1,514 pages

Month 14
1,514 pages of content –> $7,570 –> 757 more pages = 2,271 pages

Month 15
2,271 pages of content –> $11,355 –> 1,135 more pages = 3,406 pages

Month 16
3,406 pages of content –> $17,030 –> 1,703 more pages = 5,109 pages

Next month you generate $25,545 from those pages. That’s right…

After 1.5 years of intense work you now generate a staggering $25K per month. Just from content, advertising, and reinvesting your profits. The power of compounding is obvious.

========= PAUSE

Now, before any Experienced Marketers bite my head off please understand that I know the limitations here. This is an idealistic model. Issues include:

1. Finding that many writers and coordinating them.
2. Editing, updating, and posting the content.
3. Potential fall off in advertising
4. Technical issues and downtime.
5. Competition or death-by-Google-exclusion or sandboxin’

There are plenty of reasons why this is complete hogwash. But, you can adjust this in any way that you want. The basic principles apply. This is a model that makes sense and folks can follow it.

========= PLAY

To make everyone happy, let’s do this. Let’s assume that you simply cannot grow beyond 5,000 pages. Fair enough, right? You just can’t. It makes this more fun…

Now you’re generating $25,000 per month. It takes work, but you’re doing it. Bravo!

Now it’s time to end the story…

Take $25K and simply divide it by $1,000,000. (I’m ignoring the fact that you’ve made money along the way, for a moment.)

$1,000,000 / $25,000 is 40. What’s the “40” really mean? That’s 40 months. $25K per month x 40 months is $1,000,000.

To cut to the end, that’s less than 4 years — START TO FINISH — to hit $1,000,000 in profit.

Now, you can talk about taxes, cost of living, and anything else. I will simply respond with a “So what?” and tell you to squeeze out more profits or outsource better or do something else clever.

The point is that, roughly speaking, you can hit $1,000,000 in about 4-5 years if you’re deadly serious.

My advice? Print this out and tear it apart. Figure out why I am right and why I’m wrong. Take notes on what YOU can do. Make a plan to hit $1,000,000 starting today — knowing with full confidence that you can do it. The numbers simply don’t lie.

Hint: Keep in mind that there are many “wealth accelerators” such as JVs, spending money on high quality traffic generation services, smart outsourcing, under-exploited niches and keywords, and more.

I’m assuming plug-n-chug “take the hill” actions that aren’t very risky or interesting. It’s your job to improve on my model and get rich a lot faster, ethically and responsibly.

The best way to pay me back for this posting is to write something even better. Improve my model and tell every single marketer how you would do it. Pass this knowledge around to those people that deserve and desire success.

(My friend, this is not a dream.)

I sincerely wish that you hit one million dollars in 3-4 years, or less.

~ John

Kevin Riley Products and Reports

Posted on August 31st, 2008 in 10x, Advice, Links, Reports, Simple, Strategies, Videos, Web Traffic | No Comments »

Our friend Kevin Riley creates great information products. His reports are simple and easy to follow. This is because he generates “recipes” which are step-by-step formulas. Great stuff, works like magic. (We love simple.)

Just a couple of days ago I went looking for all of Kevin’s information products and reports. I could only find a few with each search that I did. So, I decided to create a list of every single product from Kevin Riley and post it here for you.

I’ve also added a rating next to each product based on my own experience. I haven’t bought all of his stuff, so I’ll just say “N/A” next to those. I’m sure they’re fine, but I can’t give you my recommendation.

FULL LIST OF KEVIN RILEY PRODUCTS

As you can see from my ratings, most of Riley’s products are excellent. All of them are at least “good” and there’s real value. He doesn’t pump out fluff reports.

By the way, keep in mind that you can easily apply the 10x Method to Kevin Riley’s products. Find something that works for you then make a killing online.

10 Simple Twitter Secrets

Posted on August 5th, 2007 in Advice, Customers, General, Links, News, Twitter, Videos | 3 Comments »

If you’re trying to find John S. Rhodes on Twitter, start here:

http://twitter.com/webword

If you’re trying to get started, simply join Twitter then start asking me questions. Honestly, that’s going to be easy for you than anything else. You’ll want to follow me because I write about, and follow, the smartest UX, usability and internet marketing folks on Twitter. I also generate some good stuff.

Here are some commands and tips that will help you:

1. @username (for example, @webword) will create link to a user’s profile. It’s a great way to find someone too. If you create a twittering using the @username method, you can then click on that link and easily visit their Twitter page. Works like magic.

2. If you use a smart mobile phone, then direct your browser to: http://m.twitter.com which is the Twitter site optimized for mobile devices. (It’s an open secret, I swear.) If you’re on the go, this is a great way to post and track your Twitter page. For on-the-go internet marketers, it’s very convenient.

3. If you’re a Mac fan, consider grabbing Twitterrific. Here’s what it is:

“Twitterrific is a fun little application that lets you both read and publish posts or “tweets” to the Twittercommunity website. The application’s user interface is clean, concise and designed to take up a minimum of real estate on your Mac’s desktop.”

4. If you’re a Windows guy or gal, consider Twitteroo. Here’s the scoop: Twitteroo allows you to send and receive updates from Twitter on your Windows desktop. It has some limitations, but it works great. Don’t miss this Twitter secret tool.

5. Do not miss this “inside look” at Twitter. It’s a 37 minute video by Robert Scoble. He’s actually inside the Twitter offices talking to the folks behind the scenes. You won’t get anything better than this. You will really *learn* a lot about Twitter. I promise. If you’re an internet marketer, you know that this Twitter secret is like having a handful of gold.

6. Make sure that you update your Twitter profile. Here’s the link to your profile:

http://twitter.com/account/settings

Probably the most important field is the More Info URL. If people are looking at your profile, it’s a direct link to any URL you want. For internet marketers, this is obviously really smart to update.

7. You can send Twitter your tweets from an instant messenger. Here’s the mobile devices page, which you should take a look at. If you use GTalk, you can’t go wrong. So, to be clear, you can update Twitter via the Twitter web site, your phone, or instant messenger client. Cool, eh?

8. If you’re looking for new people to follow there are two easy things you can do. First, you can view the Twitter public timeline. I do this about once per day for just a few minutes. The second, more effective method, is to view the “Following” link on the pages of people that you really like. Then you can just subscribe to who they follow. It’s reverse logic, but it works.

For example, let’s say that you like what I write at http://twitter.com/webword All you need to do is click the Following link on my profile and you’ll see who I’m following. Then, you can just follow them.

Aside: The link will look like this “twitter.com/friends” — Notice that it says friends. That’s a carry over from previous coding they did.

9. Crazy Delicious Secret: If you want more followers, start following more people. Many people will follow anyone that follows them. Sometimes there are even bots that automatically reciprocate the following relationship.

This doesn’t mean you should go nuts and follow any old person, but if you want to get people following you, then you really ought to start following. It’s a give and take relationship.

10. If you’re nutty about showing up first on Follower lists, you should consider setting your screenname to something that starts with the letter A or maybe even a number. Twitter lists followers in alphabetical order. This is kind of a silly recommendation, but if you’re serious about showing up at the top, it is a consideration for you.

Aside: Twitter needs to add better sort and filter tools for Followers.

Bonus Twitter Secret #1 — Learn all about Twitter Replies. The smartest folks use these like crazy to network and respond. It’s really quite impressive if you do it right.

Bonus Twitter Secret #2 — Show multiple Twitters on your blog. It’s a great way to connect your Twitter updates to your blog. It’s free, it’s easy, it’s smart, especially for internet marketers.

Bonus Twitter Secret #3 — Find your Twitter RSS feed. If you’d like to see my Twitter RSS feed, simply add this RSS feed to your favorite RSS reader:

http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/7787032.rss

You will see all of my Twitter updates with no mess, no fuss. I encourage you to subscribe to that feed, especially if you care about usability, UX and marketing.

Bonus Twitter Secret #4 — Use Twitterholicto find out the Top 100 Twitterholics. It’s based on number of Followers.

Won’t you follow me? http://twitter.com/webword

UPDATED!

Based on more research that I’ve done as well as IMsimple.com reader feedback, I’m updating this entry with more Twitter Secrets. Enjoy!

Twitter Secret #15 — If you’re a WordPress user, don’t miss the Twitter WordPress Plugin(that’s a README). Directly download the WordPress plugin.

Twitter Secret #16 — Use Twitter while inside Second Life. “Twitterbox is an object which enables one to post to and receive updates from Twitter, when inside Second Life.”

Twitter Secret #17 — Post to Twitter directly from Firefox. “…allows you to quickly post statuses to your Twitter account from the Firefox search bar. It is not an extension — it is a Firefox Search Engine. This means you can activate and install it in about five seconds, and start using it straight away without having to restart Firefox.”

Twitter Secret #18 — Serious Linux geek using Twitter? Try out gtwitter. “gTwitter is a Linux client for reading and posting to twitter.com web service.”

Keep those tips coming in and I’ll keep updating…