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Where To Get A Logo For Your Business

A logo is a direct reflection of your business; it is a visual mark that connects your brand with consumers and depending on the quality of the logo – it can either help your business or hinder it. Of course I want you to succeed, in fact, it’s so important for me to help other businesses grow that I want to help you find the resources you need to create a logo that is not only visually appealing, but also benefits your brand.

This is something that is often overlooked but when you start a brand this should be done once you know what your brand represents and what the theme of your brand is.

Consider this for a moment; what brands can you easily identify just by their logo?  My guess is that most big brands are easy to spot.

I.e the Starbucks mermaid, the golden arches of Mcdonalds and the Nike swoosh are all easily recognizable even if you were to remove the words.

Here are several resources that you can look to for the creation of a logo and depending on your business objective and budget we have several options for you:

Design the logo yourself

If time isn’t an issue and you are a creative soul (or perhaps on a tight budget), consider creating a temporary logo yourself until you have the means to hire a professional.  If you have any artistic talent this will work for you.  However, if you’re anything like me this is not even an option.

Using a FREE online website called Pic Monkey anyone can create a basic logo without spending a pretty penny. While the website is 100% free to use, you can have access to supreme fonts, designs and various other effects by opting for their Royale package.

Outsource the logo

Don’t have the time or enough creative juice to come up with your own logo? Go to Fiverr.com and get someone to design it for you; with everything starting at just $5, you’ve really got nothing to lose. Do not feel shy about outsourcing some small labour; while it may take you hours and even days to come up with something decent, someone on Fiverr could do it for you.

Fiverr is a cheap way to get this done and it’s a place I’ve used several times.

Hire the help of an expert

The internet brims with many talented and artistic folks who can help you design a logo of your liking. For instance, If you’re looking for something more personalized and best suited for your taste; Sarah Decker Design is amazingly talented and provides exceptional customer service. By reaching out for help from a professional, you can be assured that the job will be done to your satisfaction. Less time worrying about your logo and brand means more time you will have to strategize on ways to make your business successful. It’s a win-win situation.

Keep in mind that as you grow your business, your logo and brand, too, will naturally change and evolve with the flow of things. While you will want to put some thought into it, you don’t want to spend too much time stressing about a logo. For now, create something visually appealing that speaks to your style and you can (and probably will) change it later on in the game.

This is typically a more expensive option and you’re likely not going to want to with an expert.

Use these tips to get a good logo made.  Remember image is important and you need to make sure that whatever design you select for your logo ultimately fits your brand.

Drop Shipping VS Affiliate Marketing: How To Figure Out What Is Best For You

I’ve been asked several times before what the major differences between drop shipping and affiliate marketing are. Having ran both types of businesses and being currently active in both I feel that I am more than qualified to answer this question.

Experience certainly helps as there is quite a bit of information that you should know about each type of business.

When we look at affiliate marketing vs drop shipping it’ll become clear that both have similar positives and negatives.  These two businesses types also have some wide differences as well.

So we’ll look at drop shipping vs affiliate marketing to see which one is better for you.

What Is Drop Shipping?

Drop shipping is a method of building a business in which you order products in various quantities and sell them on various platforms. Many people opt to create their own brand this way.

There are numerous online platforms to sell on including, Amazon, eBay, Jet.com, Etsy and of course your very own website. Of course, ultimately everyone should own their own website and never fully depend on third party platforms but third party platforms can certainly help give you a start.

With drop shipping you ultimately own all of the products you buy.

What Is Affiliate Marketing?

Affiliate marketing is simply promoting someone else’s products or services and earning a commission anytime you generate sales.

You do not own the products so you’re limited to where and how you can promote. I.e. you cannot list products on Amazon, eBay and so on. However, there is no customer service in affiliate marketing because you do not own the products and the company you’re promoting handles these things.

If you’re interested in affiliate marketing I have entire systems dedicated to teaching this.

Now let me break down the pros of each of these business models.

Pros Of Drop Shipping

pros of drop shippingYou own the products and brand. This means that you’re able to build a brand that people can only buy from you. Unlike affiliate marketing where people can sometimes get around going through your affiliate links. This is also why I think it’s a good idea to build a brand and create your own unique products over just ordering resalable products.

It’s a viable business model that can be built from home. Since you can build a business website easily and list your products on various other third party platforms (again: Amazon, eBay, Etsy etc…) it’s not super-expensive to get started in like building a retail shop in a physical location is.

Work your own hours (usually). You can set this business model up to work your own hours. This is critical if you’re already working another job and you need to work in your off time. The reason I say you can usually work in your own hours is because there are times where you might need to fulfil orders in times you’re not expecting it. I have taught people this business model that simply order products and work on packaging and shipping them while they sit on the couch, watching TV.

Easy to understand business model. Most people understand the process of buying and selling. It’s at the heart of every society. When you have a tangible good that someone wants/needs they’ll simple buy it from you to fulfill that want/need. Some people I’ve taught to run a dropship business have had better success at this model than affiliate marketing because they grasp the concepts easier.

Feels “more real” than certain other ways to make money. I’ve had numerous people tell me that drop shipping felt like more of a real business than affiliate marketing or even digital product creation. Again, as I mentioned above for many it’s an easier to understand business model that other methods because it’s more familiar.

Sometimes much faster to see results. Because you have the ability to list on 3rd party platforms and bank sales on someone else’s traffic it’s sometimes easier to see faster profits in drop shipping than affiliate marketing. Though I will throw out some caution here because most people fail to account for their expenses that it took to get those sales rolling in.

Can easily run advertisements. Because you are selling physical products you’re able to run Google Adwords or Bing Ad Campaigns for your website unless you’re in a prohibited market.

Pros Of Affiliate Marketing

Just like drop shipping affiliate marketing has numerous pros and benefits. Let’s take a closer look together and this will allow you to better compare affiliate marketing vs drop shipping.pros of affiliate marketing

Low entry cost. Affiliate marketing is a cheap business model to start with. For about $20 you can start up a website and start putting out content. This still holds true today. When I first started in affiliate marketing I started at a minimum cost and was able to generate quite a bit of money before I ever thought about buying anything extra for my business.

Easy learning curve. Though this business model is not as familiar as simple buying and selling, it’s easy to understand. The basic premise is build a website in a niche, write or pay someone to write good content for you, recommend products to your readers, build your audience and make commissioned sales.

Work at home. Just like drop shipping this business model allows you to work at home and work your own hours. Unlike drop shipping, you’ll have nothing to ship so there are not the unexpected shipping issues you might have there.

The ability to work at home and at my own pace was great for me when I first started in affiliate marketing. When I first started I was still working a fulltime job as a drugstore manager and usually worked well above 45 hours per week.

No customer service. This is a huge draw to many in affiliate marketing. Because you do not own the products there is no customer service to handle. The company you’re promoting for takes care of all the heavy lifting here.

Cons Of Drop Shipping

Medium level expenses to get started. Depending on what market you get into, the costs to start can be a lot higher than affiliate marketing. You’ll need to buy products and some companies won’t let you start with a small MOQ (minimum order quantity). Because of this, it’s not uncommon to have startup costs of more than $500-$1000.

It’s also usually more expensive at first because even if you accept a company’s MOQ you’re going to pay more money for their lowest tier than if you were to order more units. Many times a company will charge you a lot more if you order 100 units as opposed to 10,000 units. There is nothing wrong with this but it’s just something to be on the lookout for.

Sourcing products. Some people hate this part of drop shipping or growing their brand. You’re going to want to carefully source your products to find a great price so you’ll be able to make money in your industry. You don’t need to be the cheapest, but you need to be able to compete.

Research times can be high. I personally spend a lot of time in research. I want to find my potential competitors weaknesses and strengths and then try to produce something better. If I really feel like I can’t do something better, I usually skip the product. Having a better product than your competitor gives you an uncanny value proposition that is hard to compete against.

But because of the extensive research, it’s hard to just dive in. In fact, many products I have sourced have taken me months before releasing. I actually see this as a great thing, though many would see this as a con.

Actually takes work. This is probably not a true con but I am going to put this in here anyway because people have a tendency to believe that everything that involves making money online means that “If you build it”, sales just magically pour in. Far from it. Everything you do to build a business online or offline takes work and effort, including drop shipping.

Be ready to have some drive and determination for success. I can’t teach you drive, you’ve got to want it.

Shipping and customer interactivity. You will need to handle shipping and customer service issues in drop shipping. It’s not bad; it’s just what needs to be done. If a customer has a problem, you’ll need to handle that too. If you hate handling your own products, customer service and shipping then this is not the model for you.

Outreach. Now that you’re creating a brand you will need to find your audience, share your products with people and let the world know who you are. It’s time consuming and not really all that uncommon compared to what you’re going to need to do in affiliate marketing. However, I think sometimes it’s easy to forget that once you get everything built you need to “go knock on some doors” so to speak to generate some attention.

Cons Of Affiliate Marketing

Slow sales at first. This can drive some people nuts because in this day and age people expect immediate results. The problem is that nothing is immediate.

Affiliate marketing can be a little slower to see your first sales than drop shipping but usually the first few sales actually pay off your expenses unlike drop shipping.

Takes work to continue growth. Once you start seeing sales, you’re going to need to continue working at getting more. Sure you can switch nearly everything on autopilot but over time sales will dip or never increase if you fail to continue growing your audience.

Can have a lot of writing or content creation. Because affiliate marketing is more about creating content to connect and recommend things to your audience you’ll probably need to do some writing. If you hate writing, it can be outsourced easily but it will add to your expenses. I usually teach people to learn to write or create content on their own first before outsourcing it so they can teach their ghostwriter or content creator exactly what they want. If you’re not familiar I actually show you how to outsource writing that actually looks professional with this technique.

Finding your audience. Just like drop shipping you can’t just sit around once you have things built. You’re going to need to build an audience of people that want to hear from you and love the products that you recommend. Obviously, the larger you can grow your audience the more money you’re likely going to make.

This can be mundane and boring so you need to attack it with vigor. Think of every action you take as a building block to your business and it makes every action 100% worth it.

Again, this may not really be a con because I think to build any business this is a must!

Harder to run ads. Most of the ad networks are not affiliate friendly. It’s not a horrible thing but it does give an advantage if you own your own products. Since affiliate marketing doesn’t allow you to own the products it makes it harder, but not impossible to run ads.

Drop Shipping Vs Affiliate Marketing – A Final Look

Hopefully I have painted a realistic picture for you about running a drop shipping business or an affiliate marketing business.

Most people only give you one part of the equation but I wanted to make sure you realize that no matter what route you choose you’ll have work to do. However, do not let work scare you, because everything worthwhile takes work and practice.

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3 Ways To Free Up More Time To Get More Done and Make More Money

I hope you’re doing well out there today!  Before I begin, yes, I am alive and well!  I have had several people ask me why I haven’t been active on Facebook and in email recently.

The reason is simple:  I am in full expansion mode and have been very busy creating, developing some new (awesome) stuff, leading a couple great study groups including one with some students I am extremely proud of and of course as always, in the trenches practicing and doing what I preach.

Besides I am not the “This is what I ate for breakfast, here’s a pic of that” type of guy.  No offense to those who are, it’s just not me.

Me aside… Let’s get busy.

I am writing today to give you some tips that will help you overcome the complete busy cycle of life.  I’ve written extensively in the past on this topic several times.  But, instead of a 50 point list I thought it’d be beneficial for you to read just 3 little tips.

This will allow you to make more money and be more productive to help increase your success.

You can look at these as simple useless tips or life changing ones.  The choice really comes down to what you want to get out of it.

Productivity Tip #1:  Learn, Learn & Act

No, that’s not a typo.  I mean LEARN, LEARN and then act.

So what does it mean?  Well let’s say you’re learning to do something new i.e. www.niche60.com and you’re going through a lesson and you watch/read it and then take notes.

What I highly suggest is that you watch/read the lesson again shortly afterwards.

This will firmly plant the information into your brain and you can look over the notes you took as well to continue to refresh when you’re implementing what you’ve leaned.  This is the “act” part I was speaking of.

I can’t stress this enough and it will also save you time in the long run, because, if you’re like me you’ll want to read it several times anyway to make sure you’re learning properly.

Productivity Tip #2: Most Important Task Wins

A habit (one in which I am guilty of) is too do simple mundane tasks first (like checking email) because they are easy and brainless which take less effort and work.

This is a mistake.  What we should all be doing is doing the single most important task FIRST.  This forces you to focus and get something done.

The mundane tasks can be done at the end of your day because they are simple and easy.

Forcing yourself out of your comfort zone for a little bit will increase your productivity and profitability.

John Cleese, who is a brilliant writer and overall extremely creative man, has a fantastic saying about this, which is:

“It’s easier to do trivial things that are urgent than it is to do important things that are not urgent; like thinking.  It’s also easier to do little things we know we can do than to start on big things that we’re not so sure about.”

What a great quote with a light bit of cheekiness as well!

Productivity #3: Just Freaking Do It!

Procrastination is a business killer and I am willing to bet that every great business leader has suffered from it at one point or another.  The difference is the ability to be aware and correct it.

If you don’t attempt to make money online, it’s not going to happen.  Sure, it’s not going to be perfect (it still isn’t for me) but by not doing, you’re wasting time.

So first, stop procrastinating on your learning and then take all of that knowledge that you’ve learned and apply it and you’re already 90% ahead of the crowd.  Perfect it all later.

A few years ago I sent out an email to my email list and I had a grammatical error in the title.  One of my readers gasped in horror and couldn’t believe that someone “so intelligent” (her words) would make such a horrible spelling error.

I kindly wrote back and asked her if she was here for a grammatical lesson or if she would like to make money online, because I can only teach one and I admit I am not a school-book smart individual.

In hindsight I probably should have just let it go, but that mindset drives me nuts.  If you’re perfectionist you WILL struggle to meet your goals.

My disdain for that mindset might stem from a teacher I had in school who used to circle spelling and grammatical mistakes in the local newspapers and mail them back to the HQ highlighting their complete incompetence.   As a side note, I didn’t do well in that class.

In any event I guarantee spelling and grammar errors will always be present in my work, somewhere.

But, I won’t apologize for it and neither should you.  You’re going to make mistakes and making a mistake is better than not doing something at all.  Learning is centered around errors and I welcome them.

Finally…..

A fact that every man, woman and child will face is that we all only have 24 hours in a day to do everything we need to do.

Yes, that includes those people we like to idolize and put up on a pedestal.  They have the same time dilemma that we all do – it’s how you handle it that makes a difference.

Put these 3 productivity tips to use and I guarantee that you’ll start getting better results.

I have some great new stuff on the horizon and some new teaching that will make a huge difference in the lives of those willing to work and DO IT.

Have a great one my friends and I’ll be writing again soon.

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My Niche Site: Over $14,500 Now

Ok guys, I’m back after the holidays here to share my niche results.

The niche is growing and I am going to sit down and chart it’s future sometime this week.  This is again, modeled after what I teach in Niche Blitzkrieg and In Niche 60.  Coming up soon I’ll be adding more to both courses to expand on the stuff I am teaching.

If you haven’t read my previous writes-ups on the subject here they are.  They explain exactly what I did to find my search terms and how I built the site.

Here are the lifetime stats for the site.  Pardon screen shot 2 as it’s hard t get a great overall shot from that account because of the way it’s setup.

jan stats part 1

Now add in the other product I am promoting on the site:

jan stats pr 2

You can see that the site has come a long way since it’s inception.

Traffic has increased month after month and continues to climb.

I now rank for 3,050 keywords (most of which were unplanned).

I had a question come in a couple of weeks ago asking me what I did to get so many keywords ranked with a limited amount of posts.  The truth is some of the posts I planned to include a few keywords to rank for, but, the bulk of the rankings just came from writing detailed write-ups on the subject.

Let me give you an example:  Let’s say you are going to verbally teach someone how to do something.  If you simply said step 1, do this, step 2 do that but didn’t detail it, you’d have less words in the conversation.  The person you were teaching would probably not understand what to do as well.

However, if you said; step 1 do this and then explained exactly how to do it down to the finest detail you would have spoken many words.  This same concept applies to your writing.  Not only does it help make more sense for your audience, but, the search engines see all of those juicy terms and phrases that get searched that even tools (including keyword planner) do not pick up.  I explain this concept in detail at my post about creating a good blog post.

I have been slowly adding new posts as I mentioned in the past.  The detailed ones I am writing, but, I am also using Iwriter for the basic stuff and tweaking their work to sound better, look better and include my touch.

Going Social

I haven’t fully decided yet, but, I am likely going to build a small Facebook community on the subject soon.  Like I said, I am not 100% on board with going social in it right now, but, I might.

I have found in many experiments that social is good, but more money comes from search.  The reason is, is because it’s much more targeted.  1000 clicks from the search engines are always going to make you more money than 1000 clicks from Facebook and it’s not even close.

However, Facebook, Google Plus and Twitter allow you to build communities which help overall success and can just be a nice supplemental source for traffic.

I’ll let you guys know in the next update what route I take the site.  Right now I am leaning towards getting social on it.

Continued Growth

I plan to use Keyword Snatcher again to uncover more terms that I am probably missing (there are thousands) and as I mentioned in the past, these terms are generally easy to rank for without a shred of link building.

I will add a minimum of 1-3 posts per month to the site going forward (more if I have time).

Other Plans

I am sitting down this week to do an update on Niche Blitzkrieg and sketch out new additions to Niche 60 so these 2 things will take some time.  So I will be very limited in my current work on the niche site.  Again, hiring a writer will help with that issue and since it doesn’t cost much, it’s more than worth it.

I am also going to start another niche site (already started actually), which I may actually share with you guys once it’s ranking.  Part of me is still saying not to do this, because it just brings in the people who can’t think for themselves and purposely harm other people’s hard work.  We’ll see, as I am not sure it’s something I want to share, but, I haven’t ruled it out.

I might take a small study group only who I give access to it and break down everything in detail for them if hat is something people are interested in.  Again, I have to think deeply about it though.

I created an affiliate theme, with an AWESOME crew, that I am putting the final touches on.  These guys can code like beasts.

I simply got tired of changing themes constantly so I wanted one that works everywhere and right out of the box and be extremely versatile but newbie friendly.  I’ll be releasing that soon — trust me, you’ll hear about it.

I have the designs sketched out for a product conversion tool as well and I’ll have it created and marketed sometime during 2014.

My biggest focus right now is on what I said I few days ago (you can read that here).  I am having some mind blowing life changes right now and I thank God daily for the ability to seek peace on the stormy seas we all face.

Hard Work

Again, as I always point out in these posts, none of this is to brag.  I am simply just a man and all of the talents that I have are learn-able.  Apply yourself, go after what YOU want, not what I want.

Go in the direction that you feel you should go and build it and keep going.

Building niche sites might come easy for some or hard for some.  As time goes by, no matter what you do, you’ll get better and grow more if you simply strive to do it.

Repetition grows success, skills and a closer walk to perfection.

I came into the world of niche creation with none of the skills needed and have learned and applied and grown.

Not every project is awesome or perfect and I’ve failed countless times.

Not every niche turns out the way you want, whether by chance or by poor planing.  If a niche fails learn why.

  • Not enough planning?
  • No traffic?
  • Poor conversions?

Figure out what went wrong and try again.

Work hard and then learn to work smart, but, continue to work hard, smartly?  Make sense?  😉

Just go after it today and build the site that YOU want to build, but do it!

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My New Niche Site Update – Over $5000 Now

Sorry for the delay on doing the update.  I am trying to put my niche marketing demo results up by the 20th of each month.  However, I am eternally behind schedule.  But, I believe if your schedule is ever empty for more than an evening, you’re not working enough.

I’ve had a few requests about how he niche was doing this week, so I thought I’d post my update here.

Let’s get to it.

If you haven’t read Post 1 and Post 2 on this subject, make sure to do so.  It will give you the overview of what I am doing in this niche and how I am making it happen.

I also teach these things and more inside of Niche 60 if you’re not a member consider joining it for a one time low cost.

In the first 2 updates the site had made $280.41 in the first 54 days and $2323.79 within 3 months respectively.  That total has now exceeded $5000.

In fact here is the exact amount as of Nov 21: $5633.75

Here are the screens of that: (add up both amounts for the total).

4 month niche results total

12-20 nov

New affiliate program I added Nov 12

As you can see from my last update I’ve added a new affiliate program on the site that is doing decently for me.  In fact, it’s much better than the 2 others I removed (bottom 2 with low conversions).

In just 8 days it has pulled me in almost $250 on top of my sales from the other affiliate products still converting well.  It looks like a sure keeper.

I got rid of the 2 affiliate program that you can see in screenshot 1 that only had a couple of sales each as they were converting at an abysmal pace.

Digging Deeper

I recently fired up Keyword Snatcher again (I review it here by the way) and found a flurry of little ranked and known keywords that I can easily rank for.  The keywords aren’t exactly perfect but close enough that I can do same great stuff with them.

It’s leading me to believe it’s time for a spin-off site based on the same industry.  I really want $20,000/month from the niche and I am now approaching over $3,000/monthly.  I haven’t fully decided if I want to build a second site in the same niche or not yet, but, I am leaning that way.  Plus, I never like putting all of my eggs in one basket.

I know my goal of $20,000 monthly isn’t far fetched, it’s just going to take time, more writing and just a little more work.  Basically from the traffic I am getting now I can assess how much more traffic I’d need to get to increase conversions.  I need about 7 times more traffic to reach my goals.

Traffic+conversions = sales.  Never forget that.  You need both.  You need to be ranking for keywords you want to rank for and you need to convert those rankings into sales.

Again, more writing , more keyword rankings and simply improving any keyword rankings that I have that are not quite where I want them.

You can see my results for November alone:

novemberresults

So the $2451.79 plus $ 247.88 =$2699.67 in November so far.  With 8 days left I should far exceed $3,000/month in this niche market.

The Current Writing & The Future

I’m pretty busy with many other things right now so I hired a writer who is going to start cranking out about 10-15 additional articles for me per week.  I am currently up to 54 posts of which I wrote some and again I hired out some from Iwriter & Fiverr, cheaply.

As far as converting the sales I wrote this the other day teaching you how to convert more of your traffic into sales.

Overall

Overall I feel pretty happy in the niche.  Sometimes I wish could clone myself though as I’d hit these goals much faster.

The hardest part with this project for me so far has been two-fold.  Time and control.

I like to do everything myself and I hate outsourcing.  But, I am learning to outsource to get more done.  I am really learning to love letting writers do more of my work and I can always just go back and tweak and proof read.

As far as time goes, the summer and up until now has been CRAZY.  I broke my foot as many of you know and at the same time we just moved into a new home.  The combo has been somewhat  brutal.  But, we’re in now and I am getting my stuff back on track.

It’s life, it’s the way it is sometimes and we just have to adapt and make things happen.

A Special Note To You

Look, this niche has been good to me.  Many haven’t been in the past, I dropped them and moved on.  This isn’t setup to brag, to discourage or to be negative in anyway.  I am putting this out there to show you that simple niche markets still and always will have money in them.  I am doing this to uplift you and help motivate you to do more.  If you’re willing to work at it and grow you can do this.

Don’t expect overnight riches, this site took 54 days to earn just under $300.  However since then it’s gone up nicely.  In order to make more money with this market I will need to put in some more time and work and yes, effort.  Any niche you get into will need to be scaled up this way as well.

You can do this.

In the near future I’ll release another update of the site plus I’ll keep you notified of any changes I make as I go forward.

Enjoy and go get your niche sites going!

If you loved the post, why not share it on Twitter, Facebook and Google+ with your friends?  I’d appreciate it it and it would put a smile on my face.

O.K. and you’ll be helping someone else out who is looking for this information.

Thoughts?  Comments?  You getting killer results in a niche?  Share below.

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My Niche Blog Update — Now: $2323.79

A month ago I put out a report on a site of mine I created that started cranking out some nice profit for me (you can read about that here and I’ll show you what I did step by step).

The nice news is my results have increased exponentially.  The site has now brought in $2323.79 in under 3 full months.

Here are the stat shots: (Sorry for the watermarks but I’ve had people steal my images before…)

results

Clicks: 4190

Commissions: $2323.79

Conversion Rate: 6.85%

Here Is October’s Outlook So Far:

resultsfromoctober

Clicks: 3,100

Commissions: $1778.78

Conversions: 6.74%

As you can see the bulk of my sales occurred in October.  This is great news as it means the site is getting more popular.  I also added  3rd affiliate program to the site in late September.

The only bad result is that the 3rd affiliate program I’ve added isn’t converting very well so I’ll probably get rid of it at the end of the month.

My conversions have been pretty good (over 6%) as anything over 2% is considered good in my book.  The reason I have such high conversions is because I am following my own tips on conversions here.  I am not sure I can improve those numbers but I am going to try to do so by adding some more large click-able images and by adding more sales type posts rather than informative.

Let’s take a peek at my traffic stats for the site.  Keep in mind nearly all of my traffic is organic from search.

trafficstats

As you can see I am ranking for about 1240 keywords.  Most of these are not by design, it’s just from making sure that my posts are on topic and that I am fully explaining the subject to my audience as I teach here.  Each post I made focused on 1 main keyword phrase and I did this knowing full well that if I explain my subject I’ll rank for those additional keywords.

At the end of the graph you can see I have a small dip in traffic.  This is due to some of my keywords fluctuating as normally happens in search especially for young sites.

I added only 6 posts since September 20th even though I have many more planned.  Adding more posts will greatly help increase my traffic and sales.

I also plan to rank better in Bing.  Currently the site isn’t ranking very well in Bing.  The reason?  I don’t have a ton of backlinks built to it so far.  Bing loves links and lots of them and until I ramp up the link building I’ll b a bit lower in Bing.  I am not sure when I’ll do my next round of link building, but, for now I am enjoying the sites success.

For keyword research I again used Keyword Snatcher to find several low volume but easily rank-able search terms in my niche.

Again, my link building was done using Rank Crew and getting a few additional links outside for indexing purposes early on.  I could have done all of this manually as I teach in Niche Blitzkrieg, but I wanted to save myself some time.

My Disappointments

I do have one disappointment with the site.

I haven’t worked on it as much as I would have liked.  Between the broken ankle, which is now finally about 80% and preparing to move, this has kept me busy and from making the money I want out of this niche.  I know the $2300+ is still good and I’m not complaining by any means, but I always strive for better results and I WILL get them.

My Success

I think overall the site is pretty successful and I think that anyone who puts their mind to building their site and ranking it can do this!  I am creating some training over at www.niche60.com that will help anyone who wants it.

I feel good about the content of the site.  I feel as though I accomplished making a very nice site in the niche.

My Goals

I want to take this niche up to $20,000/month or more.  I fully believe it’s possible.  I plan to do this by simply increasing my traffic.  The site is currently averaging around $85 per day which equates to around $2550 per month.  So I’ll need to significantly increase my traffic to hit my goals.

Again, I fully believe it’s possible and I’ll be buckling down to hit those goals.

This post is short and sweet but I simply wanted to update you on how the sit is doing and offer you some encouragement.  If you put your mind to it, you can do whatever you want — so do it!

Personal Note: In December I’ll be starting a brand new podcast and maybe have some other surprises for you guys/gals.  You asked for moire of me and darn it you’re going to get it 🙂

Again, all of this teaching and more is inside Niche 60 in fact, it’s even better.

Like this post?  Share it with your friends on social media!  If you have any questions ask below.  Keep in mind many of the EXACT things I am doing on the site are already answered here.

Are you working on your niche?  What are your plans?  Need some advice?  Ask….

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How I Made An Extra $280.41 In 54 Days In A Brand New Niche & With A Brand New Website

Like the headline says, this post is about how I made an extra $280.41 in 54 days in a brand new niche market… but… there’s a twist here — I built back links to only 2 pages on the entire site.

Quick Update: 10/2: The site is now climbing at a much faster pace and has earned $677.44 and the pace at which is makes money is on a huge uptick.

Sites always make money slower in the very beginning but once they become established and ranking well the money comes in at a much faster pace.

Here’s a screen shot:

commission update

I am also going to show you how you can do it too.

Before I dig into this,  showing you how I did it and how you can too; I want to go into a couple of details.

In the last couple of months I’ve been slowly piecing together a new training course for people and you can find it here at Niche 60.

However, it’s going to be a great learning center for people who are working on building an online income.  It will be doubly awesome for all of my current Niche Blitzkrieg members because it will help supplement their current learning and reinforce ideas taught.

The Idea Behind This Experiment…

Aside from just wanting to make more money I wanted to build a new website to demonstrate how you can do the same thing, using the same techniques I am.

About 5 Weeks ago I was helping one of my family members move some things around and unfortunately I stepped in a hole in the yard and my ankle rolled up on me.

I limped around thinking it would heal up over about a week long period…

…The result?

My first broken bone!

While it seems like a better thing to break than say, my hands, it really hasn’t been a picnic and has caused me several delays in the project.  I have to basically keep it elevated 24/7 right now.

I really believe had this not happened a higher amount of income would have followed in this niche much faster.  That said, the cash will come in soon enough.

Anyway, I have at least another week off, in a boot, so after that I’ll probably put some hardcore focus into this niche market because I think it has the potential to make $20,000 per month or more if I really work on the traffic.

The truth is, most niche markets can pull money like that if you’re willing to focus on it and commit to it.

Here Are My Results From The Niche So Far

sales

  • Clicks: 493
  • Sales: 44
  • Commissions: $280.41

I have 2 different affiliate programs on this site.  The first one is pays around 35% and the second one pays around 6%.

While the first affiliate program had 8 less sales it made substantially more money.

Just, something to keep in mind when you’re choosing an affiliate program.

However, any affiliate program would work.

The price of the products promoted on the site are anywhere between $6-$60, nothing higher.

Here Are My Traffic Stats:

search queries

900 clicks on 391 search terms.  I do not have 391 posts on this website.  In fact, I only currently have 28 posts on the site!

So my posts are ranking for several different keywords.

Up until a week ago I wasn’t even on page 1 for my main keyword phrase.  I am not even in the top 6 currently, but, I am working on improving this.

But, I’ll show you in a few moments why it doesn’t even matter or not if I am ranking in the top 10 for my main keywords right now anyway.

So Here’s What I Am Doing

First, I spent a few good hours doing keyword research.  I used two tools.

You can of course do all of this manually, but, this saved me days of research and made it easier to know how strong the keyword phrase I wanted to rank for was.

Since I know the question will come up; if you need to select one tool over the other, right now I’d select Keyword Canine because of the easy to follow color codes. Keyword Snatcher can wait until later if you need to wait on a tool.

I found my main keyword by brainstorming a niche and then doing keyword research to find a keyword I liked.

Do not neglect keyword research, it’s vital to your success.

How Strong Was My Keyword Competition?

Using Keyword Canine I found a keyword that I really liked that had MEDIUM COMPETITION and about 1900 searches per month (this has increased to about 2400 recently).

Here is a shot of how it looked in Keyword Canine.

keywordcanineuse

As you can see in Keyword Canine it tells me how easy the keyword phrase is to rank for by listing it as 45/100. This is in the medium range.

For faster success medium to low keyword competition strength is important!

Again, you can do this manually as I teach in Niche Blitzkrieg, but, using Keyword Canine will save you several hours of work.

What Am I Building The Site With?

I am not building the site with anything special.  For a domain I bought a new partial match domain.  Partial match means it contains my keyword phrase but also additional keywords.

i.e. if your keywords were dog bath technique and your domain was dog bath technique tutorials.

I of course used WordPress as using the techniques taught inside of Niche 60.com.

Making It Pretty

While I could have used a free theme I went with a really nice looking paid theme from Studio Press.

Any of their themes would work and give the site an nice professional feel.

Of course, as I mentioned you could use a free theme if you want to save some money.  Just use a nice looking theme that screams professionalism.

Additional Keyword Research

I am building the site around the main keyword phrase.  That means all additional post will be built based on the same topic.

So when you do additional keyword research you want to use your main keywords as a base to start from.

Remember earlier when I mentioned that it wasn’t until a week ago that I started ranking in the top 10 for my main keyword phrase?

Well, you’ll remember that I mentioned that it didn’t matter as well.

The reason is because I found a series of keywords that most people in the niche were neglecting — because they simply didn’t know about them!

Using Keyword Snatcher I typed in my keyword phrase and it gave me a list of keywords that were in my niche that were getting searches but no other tool (including Google’s Keyword Planner) was showing me existed.

Again, read my review of Keyword Snatcher here, as this will show you how it works and how to use it for keyword research.

Anyway, using this tool I compiled about 20 additional keywords that I wanted to rank for.  Many of these I ranked for without doing a single shred of link building.

I will likely do another round of keyword research soon using Keyword Snatcher and probably pick another 20-30 keywords to rank for.

So use the tool and do the same for yourself.

The Content

The next part I simply needed to write the content or order the content.

I wrote about 40% of the content and the other 60% I ordered.  It saved me a ton of time.  I ordered it through Iwriter.  I spent around $50 on the content.

To save money you can always write the content yourself.  Most of my posts are 500-1500 words.  The long detailed ones that are 1000 words plus, I wrote, including the homepage.

Optionally, you can order 300 word articles at Iwriter and then add more content to them yourself.

I tried to put out around 1 post every 1-2 days.  I was really relaxed with this.  You can, of course, move faster or slower than this.  What I suggest to NOT do is to put all 20+ posts on your site in 1 day.

Spreading it out will allow you to come up with several days of fresh content.

Also, not every post on the site is promoting something.  About 20% of my posts are informative only.  These types of posts are simply designed to pull traffic and give my site an authority feel.

As far as promoting products I leave this to my posts themselves and I only have one add in my sidebar widget.  I don’t want to scare people off with ads everywhere.

By adding this content over a 40-50 day period I slowly started ranking for the keywords I chose.  Within about 10 days of adding content I actually score my first sale.  It grew from there.

Getting Top 10 Ranks

As I mentioned earlier, I haven’t done much link building on this site.  I built a few links from a press release site, a few articles and blog commenting on about 10 sites early on.  This was it until about a month into the project.

I used my 45 day plan to rank in the search engines to get ranked.  I have a walk-through there.

However, since I was limited on time I didn’t even do any 2nd tier link building.

Instead I simply ordered the Link Building Package for new sites from Rank Crew.

I show you how to use Rank Crew here and you can setup a free account here.

I didn’t do any guest posting or search for link partners or anything like that.  Though I agree with those tactics I simply didn’t have the time I wanted.

When you are time strapped it’s best to pay someone a cheap price to have this done for you.  Some link building is better than absolutely no link building at all.

Over time I will add more links and get this site ranking #1 for the main keywords.

From the little bit of link building I had done, I am now ranking in the top 10.  Again, not top 5 yet, but I plan to get it there soon.

Eventually, I’ll do more link building for additional posts that I want to boost higher in search.

Bing and Google

I didn’t submit a sitemap to Google until about 3 days ago and I didn’t add my site to Bing until a few days ago as well.

These are things I typically like to do early on.  I didn’t get a chance to do this and I believe it will increase my traffic and sales even more in the near future.

In fact, checking Bing I am getting very few clicks from Bing so far.  This will explode soon by simply submitting my sitemap to Bing and joining their webmasters tools.  I show you how to use Bing here.

Final Thoughts

I am going to keep putting out content each month.  I am not sure how much for this niche.  It might be 1-2 posts or it might be 10 or more.  I haven’t fully decided yet.

As I continue growing in rank, adding new content and working on optimizing the site I fully expect to get this site up to at least $1500 per month.  However, I am not limiting it’s growth to that as I mentioned before I believe there is massive potential here.

In fact, I am now on pace for about $1200 in the next 30 days from this site.  If I can maintain my search engine rank for my current keywords, this shouldn’t be a problem.

I just wanted to show you guys/gals that even with limited time you can do this stuff!

You just have to do it and stick it out.

It doesn’t happen over night.

Practice will make you better and the repetition will make you great.  Master keyword research and it gets even easier.

I am not sure how much time I’ll be putting into this site coming up.

Chances are it’ll be limited due to my injury and the fact that my family is moving in about a month.  Our builder is almost done with the construction of our home so I’ve been busy all around!

I also plan on finding a better 2nd affiliate program.  I have one in mind right now that pays 15% instead of 6% and I’ll likely work on that soon.  This would more than double the sales from the 2nd affiliate program on the site.

I will say, if you’re interested in doing this, then do it!  Go after a niche.  Strive for something that you want to achieve and go get it done.

Anyone can do this stuff.  It just takes dedication and time.

There are millions of niche markets and there is a ton of money out there.

Questions?  Thoughts?  Have some good results to share too?

If you like this content I’d appreciate it if you’d share it with a friend on Facebook or Google+ as well.  It means a lot to me and would make my day.

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14 Easy Ways For Converting Sales From Your Blog Post On A Regular Basis

easier conversionsI wanted to take some time out today to share with you some ways to convert sales from your blog or in many cases more sales if you're probably already making some sales.

The reason for this posts stems from a conversation I had recently in one of my forums and I thought it'd be a good time to shed some light on this extremely important subject.

This post is for anyone who is getting at least some traffic to their site, but, not making many sales yet.

Here Are 14 Easy Ways For Converting Sales From Your Blog Posts

#1.  Stop "Just" Promoting In Your Sidebar.

I know a lot of my readers like to use Adsense so this one is especially for you.

If you have ads on your blog and they are just in your sidebar you're missing out out on clicks and sales.

Let me show you Adsense click through heat map briefly.

google adsense heatmap and placement

Now, notice the darker orange spots.  You'll notice the center left, focused around content is typically the best spot.  Well, your sidebar can handle one of these for you but the rest need to go in your content.  That can be a pain to implement without a plugin.  Luckily, you can use a plugin like Ads Within Content to instantly add ads to your content area.

You can also use the above mentioned plugins to insert any type of ad, not just Adsense.  This is good for people, like me, who do not use Adsense much.

#2.  Don't Just Use Adsense

One of the common mistakes is believing you'll make fortune with Adsense.  The problem is to make a lot with Adsense you'll need to have a lot of clicks or you'll need extremely high paying Adsense keywords.  By the way you can use tools like Market Samurai or Keyword Canine to find high paying Adsense keywords.

However, one thing I like more are using affiliate programs that pay very well.  Even if you're just using ads in content it should ultimately help increase your sales.

#3.  Optimize What You're Promoting

When you get traffic to your individual posts people are coming there for a reason; they want to read what you have to say on the subject. 

The problem I see with many sites is that they are driving people to their site whether through social media or the search engines and they aren't really promoting anything to the reader based on what they are being sent there for.

Let me give you an example.  Let's say you have a post on "Preventing Joint Pain" and none of the ads on your site are based on helping solve joint pain, you're losing sales.

This can sometimes be a problem with Adsense as well if they are not showing extremely relevant ads.  Make sure your ads are in tune with what you want people to buy.

One thing that greatly helps with this is to not put ads in your content at all.  However, manually placing an affiliate product that you recommend in that post is much better.

#4.  Remove Ads Altogetherremove ads to increase sales

You might be thinking "What!?"

But, let me explain.  Instead of having ads all over the place why not only promote things in individual posts based exclusively on what your post is about. 

So if you're discussing a "Anti Dandruff Dog Shampoo" in your post, offer your audience some choices to buy it, right there in your post.  Don't let an ad on the side of yur screen make the sale, show them right in the post.

#5.  Use Images

I know it's not always possible but if you want more attention to your affiliate links embed the links into an image.  Images draw attention and break up text, so use them over just plain affiliate links when you can. 

I'm not saying plain affiliate links are useless, they are still good, but it's a fact that images are easier to see and you want things that are easier to see to make you money.

#6. Reduce Sidebar Clutter.

If your site looks like one big ad, you're probably losing sales because you're distracting your audience.  Instead, select a couple of great products to ad to your sidebar site wide.  This also can increase the sales for a particular product you'd like to promote above all others.  I teach this tacticin The Review Formula and I call it the #1 product recommendation.

#7.  Buyer Keywords

Create some of your posts around buyer keywords that help promote products.  Here are some of my favorite buyer keywords:

buy xxxxx

order xxxxx

purchase xxxxx

reviews xxxxx

review xxxxx

where to find xxxxx

xxxxx Discount

Deals On xxxxx

If you put your mind to it you can probably think of even more. So when you're doing keyword research focus on using some of these.

#8.  Speaking Of Reviews….

Review products and services for your audience to help increase sales.  I've done this frequently in the recent past you might remember my Niche Jet, Keyword Snatcher, or even my Accurank Tracker reviews.  These reviews were written to help my audience who is interested in these types of products.

Likewise, your audience might be interested in reviews in your niche.  Not every post has to be a review style post but, if you give a good detailed review of something it can help make sales!

You can even build full sites based on reviews in case you were not aware of this.

#9.  Build An Email Listbuild a email list

This could be seen as a way to get more traffic as well and I highly suggest it.  You should build an email list at some point.  An email list allows you to market to not only help your audience, but, market things to them as well.

I also don't want to leave out the fact that you can set much of your email marketing to auto-pilot.  Not all of it but, many aspects of it.  This will save you time while you work on other things. 

Out of all the tweaks on the page, this one probably takes the longest as a whole because you'll need to actually grow your email list, but it's a worthwhile because it will pay off.

#10.  White Space

I want to go back to my point about using images again.  When you use images they can help break up space and of course drive the click, as I just mentioned.  But, if you put a little bit of space around the image and the text that can help as well.

When you are adding an image to your site you can make this easy clicking the image once you've added it to your blog post and the editing to add a little bit of padding.

Optionally, you can add a buy button near the image or even a visit site button.  It's easy to do and you can also get buttons from sites like Fotolia.com for $1.

Anyway, an image, a button and some white space will draw attention and break up simple typed texted and increase sales in the process.

#11.  Test What You're Promoting

Most people never do this, but, you should.  Simply test different types of ads and offers on your sites.  Maybe Adsense isn't making you much money but an affiliate program is making you a lot more?  Maybe what you're promoting is too expesive and your audience needs some cheaper stuff?  You won't know unless you test.  Of course, if you have traffic and your site is producing sales you might be fine to leave it alone.  If sales are slow or non existent, change.

I actually did this on a site of mine that converts very low.  I noticed that not a lot of sales were coming in from this site.  So I added some smaller ticket items on there as well as Adsense and then magically I was making acouple bucks per day from this site as well as now selling a few smaller ticket items per month and one big sale per month.

If you're using Amazon as your affilite program you'll definately want a mix between smaller tickt and high ticket items to maximize your sales %.

#12.  Promote Deals

This one works extremely well when you have an email list with your site.  You can promote deals to them.  People love deals and will buy when things are on sale, so promote deals to them.

Optionally, once you've made some sales from a product you can ask the vendor for a coupon code to give to your audience.  I did this with Article Builder and was able to get my list a special $100 discount from the owner.  Sure, I lose some comissions doing this but it helps make my audience happy and increases my sales overall.

If the vendor says no to your request for a deal for your audience, don't sweat it, in time they might.

#13.  Ask For A Raise

Another thing that not many people do is ask for a raise.  If you're making a bunch of sales for a particular vedor you can as for an payout increase.  Sometimes they will, other times they won't.  They may also ask for more sales before considering this. 

#14. Teach Someone How To Do Something

If you're in a niche where you can teach something, do it!

Let me give you an example.  Let's say you were running a website on "How To Lanscape The Yard" and one of your posts was titled "How To Build A Retaining Wall – Step-By-Step".

Wouldn't it be cool to guide people through how to build a retaining wall and at the same time make money?  You better say yes to that!

Well, when you demonstrate how to do something you can recommend the products on how to do it.  So for building a retaining wall a you could say first, you need a shovel and show them where to get one.  Next, you need sand, here is where you get one online and so on.  If they need X The may need Y and also Z.

It's a great tactic that can help your audience, increase your sales and works in any niche.

2 Final Unumbered Tips

One thing I see happening a lot as well is people will assume they are not getting sales which may be true.  But, the main reason may be lack of traffic or maybe they have no traffic at all, rather than conversions. Obviously, without traffic all the conversion tips in the world won't help.

Make sure you are working on traffic before you even worry about conversions!  It doesn't matter if it's social or search engine traffic, you need it to make sales.  Also be sure you're writing a good blog post.  If you just take 300 words and slap it up online and don't take the time to make sure it even makes sense fr your audience you're simply wasting your resources.

Take everything you do day by day and implement things that will help convert those sales.  Even 1-2 small tweaks mentioned above can help greatly!

What about you?  Are you already implementing these are seeing improvement?  Doing something different that I didn't mention above?  Have questions?  Ask below.

Plus, it'd be really cool if you found this helpful, to share it with someone on Facebook, Google+ or even Twitter today.

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Gmail Promotion Tab To Hurt Email Marketing Campaigns?

gmail eating email marketing for lunch now?Recently Google started rolling out their new Gmail layout.  This includes an out-of-the-box Gmail promotions tab, social tab and primary.  As someone who just created a new email marketing course for bloggers I know I'll have many students asking me what it all means. 

Primary will be all of your personal connections.  Social will feature anything involving social media and promotions is for anything promotional. 

This started a few weeks ago and is making it's rounds into the entire database of Gmail users.  In fact, mine finally updated, just earlier today and I've known others who were upgraded weeks go.

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Here is what this looks like:

gmail promotions tab

 

Notice the settings?

I would be slightly more worried if Google decided to make it to where the promotions tab doesn't show when you get an email.  But, here is acually what happens when you have an email in your promotional area.

gmail promotions in inbox

 

So the green light lights up to let people know that new promotions are in the inbox.  Not bad.

So on a standard desktop or laptop computer it's not too bad and we should still be able to see that we have emails over there.

Here is a quick view under the promotions tab.

 

 

 

 

My Initial Take On The Potential Impact To Harm Email Marketing

From a marketer's perspective it can certainly be scary wondering what is going to happen.

Will people see my emails far less?

Will people even know about the new tab?

Will people be confused?

These are all good questions!  My early thoughts are that we'll see open rates decline from our Gmail subscribers for awhile,but, they will increase back up over a small amount of time as people get adapted to the new settings.

One Thing That Will Hurt Open Rates

Mobile.  I decied to see what happens when a promotional email comes into my email inbox on my Android phone.

You know the little blinky green light that notifies you when you get an email?  It works fine for your primary emails, but, promotional and Social emails are getting absolutely no green blinky light love.

However, when I do log into my email inbox to check my emails on my Android I do see a social and promotional setting is atually right on top.

Check it out:

gmail promo tab on android phone

This is a screen shot I took from my wife's phone using my phone.  So I had to mark out her email account address and some of the promotions that she recieved for privacy.  Not that she wouldn't want to have some of my readers email her, I am sure she would love that!

Notice on top they have the promotion and social tabs.  When something is in either box the number of unread emails will appear there.  So while I think open rates will go down from an initial send to mobile devices I don't think it will kill the campaign so much.  However, that said, time sensitive campaigns MIGHT suffer some setbacks.

Think about this.  Let's say Macy's is having a sale and sends out a promotional email the night before.  Many of their customers might not see that intial email right away.

This is obviously not good for the advertiser or the reciever who obviously signed up forpromotional offers from the company.

One solution is to offer longer advertisement periods to get around this.  Optionally, send a couple additional emails to promote as well.

Still one of my hopes is that Google will realize this isn't helpful and turn the blinky light thing on for promotional emails as well.  But, who knows what the will decide to do.

So As An Email Marketer What Can You Do?

Well a few things.

#1.  Make sure you are always mailing relevant offers and not taking advantage of your list.  I mean, this one is common sense, but, with some of the shady junk I've seen go on, it had to be stated.  People will be more likely to look for your emails if they actually like you.

#2.  Ask them to add you to their Gmail contacts list.  This will get you included into the Primary list and likely get your offers seen more.  Like the next thing I'll mention, do this in your welcome email, not the confirmed opt in page.

#3.  Ask them to STAR your email address.  But, ask them to do this in your first email, not on the confirmed "opt-in" page.  Putting it on your confirmed opt-in page could cause some confusion resulting in the person not even confirmng their subscription to your email list (bad obviously).

Inside of Gmail this is what it shows when you're reading about the tabs.

starred gmail promotions

Notice the little check box near the save button?  It says "include starred in primary" and it's also checked by default. 

So encouraging your readers to do this will be helpful to your email marketing campaigns.  This way your messages end up in the Primary section.

#4.  Finally, get people into other channels that you own.  This can be social media like Facebook, Twitter and especially Google+, membership sites, Facebook Groups and anywhere else you have accounts.

So What Are Google's Motives?

It's hard to say right now.  It's being touted as a way to clean up the email inbox for the folks. 

Some believe Google has far more sinister goals; citing possible ads all over the promotional area.  Other's believe it's going to force advertisers to buy more ad spots with Google.

At this point, we don't know.

I for one am looking forward to what the large email companies have to say about this.  I also am looking forward to some large scale tests by these large email companies. 

In time we'll see how much this new Gmail layout will impact us email marketers but, like always, we'll adapt.

One thing I will tell you though, is to NOT give up on your email marketing campaigns.  Just be smart about how you go about it.

Questions, thoughts? Having an impact on your already?

Also, if you like this write-up would you mind sharing this with the world?  It means lot to me that you would share this information.  After all, isn't that what the Internet is for?

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12 Reasons You’re Not Making The Money You Want Online & How To Fix It

Do you remember when you first started looking for how to make money online?  Do you remember why you wanted to do it?

Freedom?  Lifestyle?  Being your own boss?  Working whatever hours you want?

Whatever the reason is, you had one and if you’re reading this you probably still have one. 

Today I am going to shed some light on why you will probably never make any significant amount of money online and what you can do to fix it now!

On a personal note:  Before putting this post out I paced around my living room like a caged tiger.  I know this post might ruffle some feathers, anger someone or even possibly offend you.  However, with a 95% fail rate in this type of business there are some things that I notice that typically lead to failure.

I also know that by addressing these issues you greatly increase your chances of success –- guaranteed.

Here are 12 reasons you’re not making the money you want.

1: Lack Patience

You’ve probably read all of those crazy sales pages that say crazy things like “Make $50,000 In 14 Easy Clicks” or “Work-Free Way To Get Rich In 2 Months!”

It’s easy to see how after reading hundreds of sales pages that say that kind of junk you’d get confused and completely bewildered when you’re not rich by laying out in your hammock with your laptop and a 6 pack of Corona Light.

Ultimately, it takes patience to start seeing income online.  If you do the work, ask questions and hang onto every positive result eventually you’ll start making money and then you can continue growing it.  You'll also notice that over at Niche Blitzkrieg and Niche Optimizer we DO NOT promote with that sort of language.

2: No Motivation

Do you really want an online income?  I mean, do you really?  When I first got started it’s true that I had to make money in my spare time.  The reason?  Because I used to work as a drugstore manager and I was gone 10-12 hours daily 5-6 days per week.

At night I’d come home from work and work on my online business and usually staying up half the night rocking our newborn son to sleep.  It’s simply a sacrifice I had to make.    I’d create niche sites, rank them in the search engines and I worked on them quite a bit.

Was what I did perfect?  Heck no!  It’s still not perfect and sadly, like everyone I am not remotely god-like.  You must motivate yourself for any type of success.

Smack yourself around today if you’re lacking motivation (figuratively not literally).  Think about the prize and not the sacrifice, that you need to make while you are working a job and working on your online business to the same time.

3: You Hate To Do Any Type Of Worksmashing your computer

If you refuse to do any type of work to make money online and you think by sitting at your computer while doing nothing or watching Youtube videos is going to make you money, I want you to do something for me really quick….

……….Yank the computer cord out of the wall and throw your computer out of the window (safely please — look out for small animals and children).

If you want to drink the milk before milking the cow you’re most likely going to fail.

Milk the cow and don’t stop. 

4: Chronic Stat-Checking

I once heard a saying that stuck with me.

“If it’s time to smell the roses then it’s time to water the garden.” 

I assume this means that if you’re going to take the time to applaud your work, it’s really time to get back to work.

If it doesn’t mean that, it still sounds cool and I am going to continue to believe that is what it means.

It’s OK to check your stats and it’s OK to be excited when you start making money.  But, don’t rest on your success because life throws us curve balls all of the time. 

Check your stats in the morning or night and get stuff done the rest of the time.

deep throught brain tree5: No Deep Thought

Sometimes you need to be completely alone for a few minutes so you can think about what you want to do.  Some days I’ll take a scratch pad out in the sun and just think and scribble down ideas.

This had led to some of my best breakthroughs and some of my most creative thoughts.  If you need help stirring your creativity check out my post on becoming more creative.

It doesn’t matter where you are and honestly it can be on the toilet if that is the only place you can get quiet time – just do it!

6:  You Really Hate It

Have you ever thought about that?  Maybe you don’t like to work from home?  Is it possible?

Most people would say “not possible” but, there are some who might actually need to be around other people constantly.

Make sure it’s something you really like to do.  If you hate writing don’t panic as there are always ways around it with services that do your writing for you.

I do however suggest that if you’re going to get serious that you try to write your own stuff.  If you’re terrible, you’ll get better.  I only use services as a supplement for some of my work and anything that is important, like the post you’re reading, I do myself.

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7:  Everything Else Is More Important

If you can’t take your business seriously then you have absolutely no chance.  Is watching all of your favorite TV shows nightly more important than earning your online living?

Yea?  It is?  Then I have some unfortunate news for you; you’re setting yourself up for eminent failure.

Yes, certain things are extremely important in life i.e. if you have a court date you should probably show up to that!  But, some of the things we pretend are important are actually not.  Until we can convince ourselves that they are not, we are set-up for failure.

In my youth, around age 20, I made the awesome decision to get married.  Shortly after (less than a year) I found myself divorced and working a job that I made $9 an hour doing.  I didn’t want to be making $9 an hour and I knew at the time that I could work my butt off learning, training and trying to do something bigger of my life.

Instead I’d spend my nights drinking with my buddies, wasting time and trying to fill my life with things what I thought were important; but they weren’t.

To this day I kick myself for the advances I could have made at an earlier point in my life.  But, then again, had I not went the path I did I wouldn’t be here sharing this with you today.  I didn’t figure this stuff out until I was 27 in case you’re wondering.

Finally, I am not saying that having fun is a waste of time or watching your favorite show won’t provide you with some good entertainment.  I am simply saying that you need to prioritize and know when you are just stubbornly putting your future on hold for your own enjoyment.

Sacrificing some of our entertainment for more success is a very good thing in my opinion.

8:  You’re Distracted

Not getting anything done?  Could it be you’re distracted?  How many times do you check your cell phone while you are trying to get something done?

How many times do you check Twitter, Youtube or Facebook during the time where you know you have to get something done?

Stop it!

Set up times when you check that stuff.  If you have no practical reason to check them, don’t.  Those places can be a huge waste of time, trust me, I’ve done it!

Do yourself a favor, unless it’s urgent, turn your cell phone or TV off while you’re in “get stuff done mode.”

9: Drama Queen (or King!)

One thing I hate in life is drama.  Look, I don’t toss around the word hate very often but I want to say, Dear Drama, I hate you.

Don’t be a drama queen or king.  Do not invite or invent drama.

At one point in my life I realized everything around me had drama in it.  Someone would do something to tick me off and then I’d go out of my way to be a jerk or vice versa. 

Then I realized with every piece of drama we have it takes us that much further away from the prize.

So now when someone brings drama into my life, they are quickly removed from my life (and no I don’t mean Sopranos style.  I’m not talking about every situation because we can’t control it all but; let me give you an example.

Let’s say you have a family member or friend and every time they come around they cause problems, chaos or need you for something chronically.  This person then needs you to bail them out, or just causes you complete ill-will on a routine basis.  This is drama. 

This person needs to be gone from your path or you’re on a road to pain and heartache that will take you away from your business.  It sounds harsh, but understand, it must happen.

If you’re the person causing drama – stop!  You still have time to change.  Get along with others and grow yourself.

You need to cut drama off or it will doom you.

Look, I'm not the first person to speak out against drama…..

10: Refusal To Learn More (or Enough)

It's easy to get caught up in the "I know enough to do anything" mode when it comes to being a blogger, product creator or an affiliate marketer.  The truth is when it comes down to it, we never know enough and we never will.  Everyday we should strive to learn more and grow in our business.

Things that were working perfectly yesterday may not be working the same today.  So the only way around this dilema is to learn, apply and adapt whenever you need to.  I can guarantee you that I learn something new almost daily.

You will always need to keep learning.  Remember when Twitter and Facebook first came out?  When they first arrived on the scene marketers didn't know exactly how to use them.  But, by paying attention, testing and learning they figured it out.  Now those type of social networks are marketing havens that it'd be hard to imagine not using.

11. You Won't Spend Any Money To Learn or Build

I hate to break the news to you, but if you can't even spend $20-$100 to learn or even build a business, good luck to you.  I can teach you things that you won't learn in college, that cost far less and make you far more.  But, if you can't see the value in that, you're going to lose out.

So you don't want to build a blog because you'll spend $10/month in hosting or $19/month building an email list?  Those are pennies on the dollar of what you can make back.  But, of course, if you don't follow examples, even spending money won't help you.

I just never understood that "spend no money" mindset; maybe because I think diferently than that.  I know that to build a business you're going to need to put out a tiny bit of money.  I am not saying that you should borrow against your house to do this or drain your kid's college fund.  I'm also no saying to fork out $2000 on the guru of the month seminar. 

But, I am saying that you need a couple things for certain; a doman ($10), hosting($10/month) and some good training.  Those are the staples for making money online and adding anything else is going to be helpful, optional, but helpful.

12: Stuck Between The Demons and Rainbows
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When you are just starting to make money online it’s easy to see the big giant rainbow at the other end.  That rainbow looks good, that’s where you want to be.

But, between where you’re standing and where that rainbow is lies a big nasty army of monsters, demons and all kinds of other evil junk you need to fight through to get there.

As you start wading into the army of evil you realize that the guy laying out in his hammock on the beach, promising you riches with absolutely no problems or work, just lied all the way to the bank.

No matter what you do there are always going to be speed bumps and snags in the road and you’re going to get stuck.  But, if you work at it, you’ll get through it and that army of evil will crumble around you.

But, you know what?  Once you get to the rainbow there are still going to be challenges.  Once you quit your job there are going to be challenges.  But, you know what else? 

That’s a darn good thing!

Could you imagine life without any obstacles?  We’d probably end up like the Gambler from that one episode of The Twilight Zone (I credit Ray Kurzweil for the Gambler reference).  Life would probably cease to have meaning.

Fight through the chaos, claim your prize and keep fighting. 

One way to make your life even better is to share your experiences with other people who are doing what you’re doing.  This could be right here at this site or in a community like Niche Optimizer.  By the way I have some great start-up material here if you've yet to start making money online.

Just discussing your struggles, trials and accomplishments is a good thing!  Never be afraid.

In closing I want to just state that this writing isn’t to ridicule, laugh at or spit on anyone.  This is to simply show you that you can do this, I did, and trust me I am no one special.

I am a regular guy, a husband, a father and a friend. 

That’s right I am the guy who used to look for the easy way and ran from every problem.  Until I reformed my mind, I was stuck in every trap I just mentioned above.

I’ve been through a lot, just like you and the guy or girl next to you and I am here to tell you that if you can just avoid the pitfalls and use the list I provided above on a daily basis, your success is already in the making.

Be strong, block out the junk and get stuff done.

If you liked this writing it would be completely awesome of you to share it on Twitter or Facebook with your friends. 

Plus, I’d feel completely humble and would truly appreciate it if you did.

If you have any question or experiences you want to share I’d love that!  I will answer every person personally below.

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