I took time out while ringing in the new year with family and friends to assess what’s been working (and not working) in my online businesses. I wrote up my reflection in this post to share it with all of you in the awesome Power Achievers community, in hopes that it will help you all on your journey as well in the coming year.
- 1 Implementing the 80/20 Rule
- 2 Lessons from Six Years of Marketing Online
- 3 Online Business Models We’ve Tried
- 4 Passive Income From Display Advertising
- 5 Flipping Your Income Earning Website
- 6 Make Money From OPP: Affiliate Marketing
- 7 Ease Into E-commerce with Amazon FBA
- 8 Make Fast Money with Local Lead Generation
- 9 Generate Recurring Income with a Membership Site/Software as a Service
- 10 Making Passive Income with Print on Demand
- 11 Create a Radio Station
- 12 Other Random Online Ventures
Implementing the 80/20 Rule
One of my big goals this year is to apply the Pareto principle (the 80/20 rule) to everything I do. Most of you are probably familiar with it but it bears repeating in this context: Focus on the 20% of activities that actually bring the majority (80%) of results. This can be in every area of your life and business. For example, the majority of your sales will come from a handful of your customers or affiliates or traffic generating efforts. Instead of spending time on everything, only spend time on things that bring a return to your business or further your goals.
Lessons from Six Years of Marketing Online
This is going to be a pretty big post that will be divided into several parts, as this is something I’ve always wanted to do, to try to get everything down in one place in terms of what the past six or so years has been like in the online marketing space. It won’t be exhaustive, as that would take maybe an e-book to get through, but more geared towards the things that have really worked. It’s more of an overview of critical components of my online money making efforts that I will break down in much more detail in future posts and go in depth. (For example, I will write a guide about how I built up a site to earn a monthly income from AdSense in the $500-$1000 Per month range then sold it for just under $20,000).
Another reason that I am doing this post is because I realize now that the key to success is all about systems. This is something that one of the online marketers I like to follow, Glendon Cameron, creator of Hustler’s Kung Fu, talks about. Speaking of the modest success I had with that one site I just mentioned, I have not yet replicated that same success even though I know the steps. Instead of spending time to figure out what worked, I decided, unfortunately, to switch gears and pursue a number of different business models (and purchase some shiny objects along the way). Some of these new ventures are beginning to earn a return and are promising. However, in 2017 my plan is to decide on which business model I want to focus on and really put my effort into that and until I see a significant ROI.
Online Business Models We’ve Tried
I’m going to organize this guide by first talking about business models that have made me money, then the next part will cover the tools that produce results (i.e. software, plugins, themes, training), while a third and final part will focus on truly useful resources (for example where to find expired domains to jump start a new site, where to sell your sites, how to get links, tools for onsite SEO,) and the sites, people and groups I consider sources of really helpful online business information for internet marketers.
Passive Income From Display Advertising
So, let’s get started! First is building a content-driven site that makes money from clicks on advertising banners or per thousands of impressions.
Building a B2B or B2C Site
B2B stands for business to business. In this model, you create a niche website that is designed to help specific business owners (vs. a site that caters to the masses, like weight loss, diet, relationships, hobbies, etc.). My most successful site to date was a business to business site, a central site of helpful information for small businesses in a particular niche. It grew into an authority site over time, ranking for thousands of keywords organically and attracting natural backlinks.
I kind of modeled it on Pat Flynn‘s security guard training headquarters site. Like this site, the majority of income on mine came from AdSense. It’s a great model for creating an authority website in a niche where people are actively looking for information about how to accomplish something (e.g. how to become a security guard). If you can present what people need better than current sites (e.g. more organized, better layout, more comprehensive, more detailed, etc.) you can win even against sites that seem very authoritative or have been around a lot longer–that was my experience.
I did not realize until I read Jon Dykstra‘s Fat Stacks Entrepreneur blog and purchased his Niche Tycoon course, that I was monetizing the site in the wrong way. Maybe I shouldn’t say wrong because I did earn money, but I probably could’ve earned a lot more if I had focused more on affiliate marketing, as he recommends for B2B sites instead of display advertising.
However monetizing with Google AdSense worked for me and was pretty intensely passive which I really liked. I got regular deposits from Google to my bank account each month like clockwork, and eventually would add a new article about once every 1-2 months (after the initial launch of about 60 informational articles). I didn’t really think much about the site until it came time to sell it. As I was preparing it for sale (more to come later!) I began to realize all of the potential earnings the site could’ve had (which also would have made the site sell for a LOT more, something I think my buyer realized right away).
That said your site might either be business to consumer (B2C) or business to business (B2B) or both! Dykstra’s updated course now talks about a hybrid website model he is pursuing that combines elements of both types of models. Business to Business has a smaller audience obviously, but you can make significant money from sales of affiliate products, especially software for businesses. With B2C sites, traffic is really important, especially if you want to monetize with ad networks beyond AdSense. Some require a minimum amount of traffic, e.g. 20,000 visitors a month. There is actually a wide range of networks that offer good revenue from placing ad banners on your site like Media.net or Bidvertiser, among others. Even Amazon has banner style ads that I’ve found work really well.
On B2C information or media style sites, you need traffic to monetize because the CPC is lower. With respect to business to consumer websites, I’ve had the most success with sites that either incorporate celebrities and are regularly updated, e.g. news coming out frequently.
The interesting thing about monetizing a B2B site with AdSense is that you get higher cost per click because the products are being marketed to business owners. Specialized software products tend to cost more as companies will spend money to improve their business. I didn’t make the connection that the companies in the ads on my sites also had affiliate programs. Companies that pay top dollar to put ads in slots on your blog through a contextual ad network also to tend to have affiliate programs for their software and services that you could promote and profit from directly. Learn from my mistake! The good thing though is that if you do decide to use AdSense to monetize a B2B site you don’t need as much traffic as you typically would if you focus on a mass audience to get a return from display advertising.
I eventually built up a mailing list on my B2B website rather late in its existence. I didn’t really try very hard to do it. I literally used a WordPress plugin and made sign up forms for my newsletter with opt-in boxes in the sidebar and at the bottom of every article, with no ethical bribe (a free gift offered in exchange for the sign up). The forms were pretty effective, driving about 5 to 6 sign-ups a day. If I had really put some effort into it (and created the lead magnet) I’m sure I would’ve gotten more people to join the mailing list. Of course, if I had aggressively worked on building a list, I also would’ve also been doing affiliate marketing, which I did very little of.
Increasing Your Site’s Earnings
To increase your revenue with these kinds of sites, you should play with different advertising companies. Especially because you don’t want to put all of your eggs in one basket. One of my sites got banned from AdSense. One day I logged in and one of my (B2C) with celebrity-driven frequently updated content site that was earning over 100 a month suddenly had 0 earnings and I had a message from Google saying my site violated AdSense TOR. I did have automatically updated content, which i removed and foolishly allowed ads to show on tag archive pages, which are inherently thin on content. Despite fixing these missteps, nothing I’ve been able to do since has been able to get my site back in Google’s good graces.
One positive thing though is that when a site gets banned, AdSense only penalizes the site and NOT your whole account (which I was kind of freaked about at first).
Life After AdSense?
I switched to InfoLinks and Chitika for my banned site. I haven’t earned as much with them as with AdSense, but I admit I haven’t really taken the time to figure out how to optimize those networks and how they differ from AdSense. I would like to add more of the higher paying ad networks, but the best ones require minimum traffic amounts (thousands of page views a month) that the site doesn’t reach yet. I’ll have to get back into the site to increase its traffic in order to qualify for some of the higher paid ad networks that actually compete with AdSense.
Interestingly, the site never got penalized or de-indexed in Google. All I can say is stay away from automation on websites with AdSense and make sure you’re not indexing tags and archive pages and make sure your site map and no index/no follow is set up correctly on your website so it’s not getting duplicate content.
Flipping Your Income Earning Website
I sold my B2B site on Empire Flippers. They are excellent. First of all, if your site passes their vetting process you are going to get a much higher return once it sells then on a marketplace like Flippa. The Empire Flippers staff is great at patiently walking you through the process. It helps that you are assigned dedicated team members to help you through every step of the process from vetting through listing through sale and post sale support. They also help with transferring the site between buyer and seller, and facilitate communications, handle payment transfer, escrow and much more. They also have really good guides for how to make your site more profitable. Their fees are not cheap (there is a $297 listing fee for first time sellers, which drops to $97 for subsequent sites and a 15% commission off the selling price), but the concierge like service and higher selling price (minimum 20x average monthly earnings for 1 year) for my site was well worth it.
If you’re thinking about selling your site, you can get a site valuation using their free tool here.
Make Money From OPP: Affiliate Marketing
OPP stands for other people’s products (see what I did there?) The most success I’ve had with affiliate marketing has been with Amazon. The range of products that they have is mind blowing plus you get commissions not only for the links you have on your website but for everything the buyer puts in their cart. Yes, commissions are low at 4% to 8.5% (with differing commissions for some categories e.g. you can only earn $25 max for personal computers while televisions and game consoles only bring 1-2%). However, getting commissions for the cart makes up for it. The other tricky thing with Amazon is that the regular cookie only lasts 24 hours (which is very different than most affiliate programs where a cookie can last 30 days or more). There is a special kind of affiliate link you can make that changes it to a 90-day cookie. In part 2 of this guide, I’ll talk about the software you can use to make the affiliate links with the longer cookie duration.
In terms of the types of links that work really well for Amazon: Contextual in text links work the best. Although inside your Associates account there are lots of tools to make banners and carousels, the best way to earn is to make quality, helpful product reviews and embed your links in those reviews. The next best are images with your embedded affiliate links. Place one at the start and middle and possible end of your review. I’ve heard review tables work really well — I haven’t used them myself, but I plan to this year. I’ve been really impressed with the new Native Shopping Ads, which work really well too. I like the Search Ads. These are a smarter version of banner ads, that let you specify the categories and keywords you want to show to display really relevant ads to your site visitors. You can even choose custom and select specific products to display. The ads are clean, not busy and blend into your content, inviting customers to search for what they want in an unobtrusive way.
Tips for Amazon: Make sure you create tracking IDs at a minimum for each website you will run ads on. Even better would be to make IDs for each section of your website so you can really track where your clicks are coming from. Amazon gives you a limit of 500 I think to start out with, but you can always request more. Remember to use a plug-in that will let you create a 90-day cookie by adding the products people click on your site directly to their shopping cart (recommendations coming in part two) The big drawback with being an affiliate for Amazon is that you have to wait two months to get paid!
Properly Monetizing an Amazon Site
One thing I realized recently that I was doing wrong with my Amazon site was trying to put Amazon links on an information site. It’s really important that your site focus on products if you’re going to promote Amazon and you’ll do a lot better. You can get pre-made Amazon designed sites from a site called Human Proof Designs. The sites cost about $600 but they come ready with target product niche, articles and a getting started guide.Every month they come out with new designs and they provide a link to a calculator where you can estimate your site’s profitability based on the total product keywords and search volume. Again, even if you don’t buy one of their sites, they have lots of good information on how to best set up your website for traffic and conversions that is well worth the time to read and apply to your own site.
I’ve had a little bit of success with affiliate marketing with major networks like Share a Sale and Commission Junction now CJ Affiliate by Conversant. I’ve never done CPA or other networks like PeerFly or JV Zoo, but I plan to in 2017! On the AdSense site I did have some success with independent affiliate networks, which is another good way to find earning opportunities. Depending on your niche, just go to Google and type “niche’ + affiliate program and you can find programs that are not part of the major affiliate networks. Many companies run their own affiliate programs.
Ease Into E-commerce with Amazon FBA
E-commerce with Seller Central and fulfillment by Amazon (FBA). We have sold on Amazon in different ways that have been successful. Selling things on Amazon is free. You just head over and create an Individual Plan account at Seller Central on Amazon. You can list items that you sell for free and Amazon takes a set of fees and commissions and a .99 per item fee once the item sells. Amazon also gives you 3.99 for shipping. You then take care of order fulfillment and mail the item to the customer. Knowing your total cost of goods sold and operating costs are really critical to make a profit on Amazon and there are apps to help you (including Amazon’s own free app for sellers). All communications and tracking are handled through Amazon. If you have more inventory, you can also send items into Amazon’s warehouses and let them handle fulfillment and customer service. There are also options to pay for packing if you don’t want to pack items yourself. Selling on Amazon also allows you to do multi-channel fulfillment (e.g. use Amazon as a fulfillment channel for other online platforms like Ebay).
However, if you sell over 40 items a month, you should definitely upgrade to a Professional Selling Plan. You have to pay a 39.99 monthly fee but it eliminates the .99 per item fee. That means if you sell 200 items, instead of paying $200 in per item fees on top of commissions and other closing fees charged by Amazon, you only pay 39.99 plus those other fees no matter how many items you sell, making it a very good deal. You also get other benefits like being able to upload inventory in bulk and using multi-channel fulfillment without having to list hte items for sell on Amazon (yes you can use Amazon as your own personal warehouse and become a global supplier!)
Retail Arbitrage: Buy Low, Sell High
The primary way we’ve used Amazon FBA is retail arbitrage. That means buying low in one marketplace and selling high in another. For example, we’ll buy things that are discounted or on clearance at Walgreens or Target then resell them on Amazon. The key is having the Amazon seller app to look at the bestseller rank of the item, how many offers are already listed, your seller fees and how much it sells for on Amazon (usually things you send into FBA can fetch a higher price because customers like the two-day shipping option, especially Prime customers, for whom such shipping is free).
For new items, pet items, baby items, new toys that are in demand that you can get at a discount tend to sell well. In case you are wondering why would people buy things you can easily get at a Target or a Walgreens or even a $.99 store, remember not every city or town in America has those stores and for some, the drive to get there is too far or a rare event so the convenience of having those items delivered is very valuable. One thing to keep in mind is that for some categories on Amazon you need special approval (e.g. groceries, clothing, jewelry). Different categories have different levels of difficulty but it’s all straight forward with Amazon providing directions on how to request approval. We haven’t sold in those categories but we understand that people who do, for example, groceries do really well.
Selling Used Books and Collectibles
We’ve also found used items such as books, CDs, videos and other items like stuffed animals that can be listed as collectible on Amazon and sent in. To find books, we’ve gone to book sales using the website book sale finder to find library sales and friends of the library sales near us and to buy huge quantities of books to pack up and send into FBA. The key is to buy in-demand books (generally, ones that have a rank lower than 1 million over the past 3 months on CamelCamelCamel) unless they are worth a lot. But you don’t really make money trying to focus on high-end rare or collectible books per se. Another book strategy we recently tried is book arbitrage on Amazon itself. This involves buying used books from merchants and sell directly and then sending them into Amazon warehouses for FBA where they fetch mutch higher prices.
There is no restriction against this. However, you absolutely cannot buy from Amazon using your Prime account and send it back into Amazon FBA or buy from Amazon warehouses and send it back in. Amazon does not allow this so please don’t do it.
The strategy is tedious and a little risky without good software. The only software we recommend is Zen Arbitrage by Peter Valley. There are some B.S. imitators out there (including one that tried to illegally scrape the data from Zen Arbitrage but were fed garbage data). Peter Valley is an absolute gold mine of information on making money buying and selling books on Amazon. We made money from the advice he gives away for free and a few of his information products so I felt like the software was a good investment and it really has been. They even have a marketplace now where you can sell the good online book arbitrage deals you find to other buyers without having to actually purchase inventory.
Thrift Stores: Hidden Treasures
We’ve also sent into FBA used items from thrift stores. These have been an eclectic mix. I can tell you that collectible stuffed animals sell really well and so do puzzles–just make sure they’re complete! Board games and dolls also sell well. I’ve heard on Ebay, old (vintage) electronics like VCRs and other old technology sell well (I know this is the Amazon section, but thought I’d mention it!)
Retail Drop Shipping (High Risk, High Reward)
There’s another version of selling on Amazon that we were quite successful with but that is more risky, which is retail drop shipping with Amazon. Now how does this work? This is when you list items on Amazon that are in stock at another store and you don’t buy them until someone places an order that way your cash flow is not tied up in things that may or may not sell. As soon as an order is placed you quickly order the item from the online retailer and have it sent directly to the Amazon buyer. We still do this manually with several online retailers. You need a good spreadsheet to track the price you listed the item for on Amazon, shipping price, any discount you have (coupons are great) and the taxes to make sure you’re actually earning a profit. Software to find coupons, rebates, and find fast selling products is essential. You also need good cash flow so an open credit card is useful (that’s why we had to slow down on this tactic but we may revisit it in the coming year. You have about a two-week cash flow gap with Amazon because you have to buy the items and Amazon doesn’t release the funds from sellers for two weeks on FBA) If you start doing really big volume on Amazon or other online retailers there are places where you can get loans based on your online sales. These are called working capital loans and some, like PayPal’s program, don’t require a credit check. We never did high enough volume to get one of those loans but if you make regular sales and have outstanding receivables on Amazon or AdSense or Shopify etc., you could be a good candidate for getting a working capital or business loan.
I may do some training about online retail arbitrage during the year. The secret to success is not to list too many items and to check several times a day to make sure the items you have listed are still in stock if you don’t want to cancel an order or have a delayed as that could affect your seller rating.
Tip: More Amazon Sales from Buyer Feedback
Speaking of seller ratings the other important thing on Amazon is to begin to collect buyer ratings. Just as with any other online retailer, people prefer to buy from sellers with higher ratings. We use the Feedback Genius software (there are others) to automate this process and it continues to follow up with people until they get their order and ensure that they are happy and asks for them to leave a review. While you’re never going to get a flood of reviews (people just don’t do that do you?) it does work overtime and we have built up a number of five-star reviews with this tool whereas before we did not have any. That may seem low but we don’t have a huge inventory on Amazon. The more items you sell of course the more reviews you will get as well, but the tool really helps to boost the maximum number of reviews you can get for how many items you sell.
Make Fast Money with Local Lead Generation
Yes, we got caught up in the local Internet marketing craze and started a business to sell SEO services to local businesses. We had some success with this and it’s a quick way to make money, but we just didn’t put full-time effort and stopped with low-level leads from Craigslist (a good source to start with, but you need a way to generate quality leads on a regular basis, e.g. from a site that already ranks or Google Adwords or Facebook Ads or offline marketing). The problem was we got into a situation where our client was asking for discounts and exceptions if the leads didn’t convert well. This is a no-no as you want to have a set up where you get paid for every valid lead. In general, a valid lead is a call that lasts over 30 seconds. That’s enough time for the potential customer and your client to talk and see if they’ll do business. Why would they pay you a lot for these leads? It depends on their need for new customers (e.g. service-based professionals like lawyers or trades), how they acquire customers and their cost of acquisition. For example, if a company uses Adwords (and most don’t optimize their Adwords spend) they might have to pay $15 per click depending on the competition. That $15 to get someone to click does not guarantee they will even get the person on the phone or to fill out a lead. Many times a person will click and then click away. How many $15 clicks would your client have to pay for to get a potential customer on the phone. On the other hand, you are charging for guaranteed calls directly to them. How do you do it? You just need an online property to advertise your lead generation phone number. You get the phone number from a service like CallFire. CallFire lets you forward leads to one or more numbers, keeps a record of each call and even lets you record the calls for quality control (e.g. you want to make sure your client is answering the phone, verifying valid leads, is handling their business when it comes to making the sale, etc.)
Another potential bonus, I just remembered after finishing this guide that I wanted to add is that lead generation often leads to other opportunities to make money. Our client was interested in web design and was thinking about having us manage his Adwords campaign. We didn’t want to get bogged down in web design or Adwords and didn’t pursue it, but in retrospect we could have outsourced these with a quality vendor. If I had been more focused (see my conclusions at the end of this guide) there was more money to be made from this business model.
In hindsight, we should’ve set up the CallFire phone number to multiple businesses and let the first business to answer get the lead. It’s also better if you have an already established, ranked site (easier to show clients how you will get leads). Clients might also simply rent a ranked page or a whole site from you if it’s bringing in a few leads a month (this works really well where each lead is highly valuable, like sugery or roofing or renovation).
In any case, lead generation is a pretty awesome way to get quick money and you bill and get paid every week. There’s no risk for the client as they don’t pay unless you send leads and there are ways to send leads without having to spend money (e.g. Craig’s List). We walked away from it for now because of the hassle with the client we had, which made it not as passive as we wanted. But it’s always something we could return we still have our call fire numbers after all!
Generate Recurring Income with a Membership Site/Software as a Service
We do have one model that I’m really itching to ramp up in the coming year. I’ve struggled with how to expand the business because it seems we got our first customers by accident and I haven’t been able to figure out how to grow the site organically. I plan to try paid ads this year to see if I can grow clients that way. However, the original base offering was too low to justify paid ads. We reworked the site for tiered membership and a higher premium service, which would justify the ad spend. How does this work? We have a site that we programmed to collect information automatically from across the web and regularly publish the information behind a pay wall along with other premium content to help people in this niche acquire what they want. The fact that we have subscribers means there’s a demand and our Facebook page is growing regularly and popular. I changed the website design several times to try to attract more people, and I’ve also changed the pricing strategy several times to attract more people but it has not grown it from the original version of the site. It’s like I should go back to the original version but I just haven’t had the energy to do that so that is a site that needs tinkering but if it comes into fruition it would be a beautiful thing because content is automatic and subscriptions happen automatically. The only thing we handle is customer service. The new thing we did do was add a services for much higher price that were willing to do for customers that want more manual help, but no one has taken us up on those yet. I’d like to market those in the coming year along with the service itself and see if we can expand our subscriber base. Stay tuned!
Making Passive Income with Print on Demand
The other area we’ve made money online with is print on demand products. Not a ton of dough, but it’s always thrilling to get notifications of new sales because it is completely passive once your design is set up for print on demand sales. We primarily use Zazzle to put designs on mugs, stickers, postcards, note cards, posters, canvas prints, and more. We used to use CafePress but the money for designers kept going down. Now we use Zazzle and the marketplace seems to be healthy as we regularly get new sales each month. The key to Zazzle is to create stores for each theme of designs that you sell. Also invest the time in good product names and descriptions and to remember that you can promote Zazzle products on your own websites and web properties (and even earn a commission on your own designs and designs of others).
The cool thing is that often times people will order multiple items of something as a gift. Our biggest sellers so far have been puzzles, stickers, greeting cards, and the occasional canvas print. If you yourself are artistic this can be a great way to make passive income, or you can outsource creations, or look into using public domain although that is a whole topic that is beyond the scope of this blog post. (Another future blog post!) As you may know, I am also an artist and graphic designer with another site where I feature and sell my artwork and offer my services. I am planning to explore several other online venues for selling art that others have had success with, some even more than Zazzle. these include blank.
Create a Radio Station
One last area I’ll mention that’s really eclectic that I has only made a tiny bit of money has involved a ton of effort but is it a passion area is to create your own radio station. We use this incredible and relatively little known service based out of France called Radionimy. If you have your own massive collection of CDs and music you can actually upload it to their servers and they will digitally identify the recording and seek out the permission so that they can pay pay artist royalties that’s what allows you to create a free radio station. You have a limited amount of time I different milestones three months six months nine months to build up your listeners to a certain level in order to keep your station active. There’s a great forum with lots of tips on how to publicize your radio station apps mobile apps you can use to increase your radio president and other marketing opportunities. Also a great way to get great new music as new artist reps regularly send us new samples and asked that we put them in our rotation! After your station is established and has met all the thresholds to remain a station Radion we will begin to air ads and you make a tiny bit of revenue from the ads that air of course if you have a ton of listeners you’ll make a lot more revenue so if you I somebody that’s really creative and of ever thought about creating your own radio station I you can even create a podcast around this idea and put your podcast on your radio station this could be a great opportunity Yetty for you. Our station is Afrobeats nation! Check it out below!
Other Random Online Ventures
So those are what have made money for us in the past. The list of online activities is not exhaustive, as we’ve dabbled in other online ventures in the past several years, from setting up a Shopify store and listing dropship products from China via Alibaba to self-publishing on CreateSpace and Kindle to working on setting up a local SEO agency to freelancing. None has made any significant money yet. I’m thinking the plan this year will be to put my efforts into one or two ventures that have already made some money and put the rest on hold. That includes other ventures I’ve been tempted to pursue, such as online course creation, YouTube marketing, CPA marketing, creating software or plugins to sell, coaching/consulting and the like. Writing this article has been an eye opener. It really tripped me out to see how many
Writing this article has been an eye opener. It really worried me out to see how many pots I’ve dipped my hand into and the realization is strong that I must now focus if I hope to repeat and scale up from past success.
What are we prioritizing?
What are we doing now at the current moment? Well taking over this site is new and I figured that since I’m doing all of these things in the online space and I am part of several groups and have built up a large amount of know-how that is just sitting on my hard drive or only documented in conversations with my partner.
Power Achievers is a way both to document and track what I’ve been working on but also to share it with others and hopefully create a community together of ideas and strategies to build successful online passive income streams that help us live more fulfilling lives with our loved ones! This site will primarily be monetized through affiliate marketing as I will talk about products that have actually been useful and helpful in my business like I do in this post (in fact, reviews based on your personal experience are at the core of affiliate marketing).
If you join our mailing list, then occasionally when there’s a really great deal or a great product that I love I will also promote that and as you can see on the product page here. I do also have several products for sale to help you take your business to the next level. Once you know the direction you are going in online and just need a little something extra, like a tool, some advice or a blueprint.
I think I’ll stop there. If you got this far, congratulations! Here’s a free guide for your trouble (no opt-in required). In the comments below, it would be great if you would share what you plan to do differently this year. how will you approach your business or marketing in new ways to make 2017 your most profitable year!
What’s coming next in this series
In part 2 of this series, I will talk about a couple of new experiments we are trying to see if they work as well as the best tools (software, plugins, themes training, sites) we use that have helped us achieve our online goals.
In part 3 of this series, I will share the best resources, the sites, people and groups I consider sources of really helpful online business information for internet marketers.
So wishing everyone a blessed prosperous joyful new year! To your success in 2017!