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I want to help you guys convert more sales, so I'm offering up free copywriting to three users.

👋 Hey, I write sales copy that makes you more money.

I sell using words that persuade your visitors to take an action, whether it's buying a product/service, signing up in a squeeze page, or clicking a button on your site.

I also turn your sales funnels into "well oiled machines" that pump out conversions faster than the actual friggin speed of light. (Disclaimer: I didn't actually test that)

Now, for many of you, I am going to make your day. I suspect what I am going to write next is going to put smiles on the faces of people all over Reddit....

I'm going to make you smile by telling you that the above sentence secretly manipulated you!

It's called a "Slippery Slope" transition statement. It's designed to make you read the next sentence!

That's why people hire me! I get people to read one sentence, and then the next... and the next...

I could go on and on, but here's what you need to know right now...

It just worked on you again! Another slippery slope transition statement. 😎

Okay, I'm done..but there are a couple psychological reasons you're still reading this I want to share with you:





If even YOU are surprised that you just read 364 words by the end of this sentence.

Then let me do the same for your emails or website for FREE!

(Also, sorry for the weird sentence stop, I wanted to make a point)

I'm offering to do the following copy work for 3 users, 100% free (more would be too large a workload)

If you want me to write copy to increase your sales toss me a message with the details of the work you'd like.


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PS: I'm doing this because I have some down-time this week, and I LOVE Copywriting. I seriously just enjoy writing good copy and seeing the results roll in. I don't think I could take on more than three, because I have client work coming up.
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LATEST STRATEGIES FOR AFFILIATE MARKETERS IN 2020

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CASE STUDY. Month Zero: Attempting to start, and build, a PROFITABLE website with ZERO experience or knowledge.

Alright, let’s do this!

...but I’ve never done anything like this before. I mean, I’m not even starting from ground zero,
I’m levels below that.
I have limited computer knowledge. I can fumble my way through an excel document and help my mom make an occasional post on Facebook—it’s been over a decade and she still can’t figure it out.
I fear I’m gonna be a lot more like my mom going forward. This is all new to me.
But! I have an idea, I have a dream, I have free time...
...and I even have a little bit of money.
I can spend countless hours obsessing, learning, researching, thinking, and dreaming... or I can take action right now and learn as I go.
If History has told me anything, it’s that I’m the King of Inaction. I’m 32 years old, and I’ve let many opportunities pass me by. No more. Time to do this shit.
Alright, let’s get to the nitty gritty of Month Zero, The Birth.

The Niche

I thought about what niche I wanted to tackle for less than two days before I made my decision. The blessing (and the curse) is that I have a lot of hobbies. A lot of interests.
I regularly partake in five-or-so outdoor activities that seem to be rather profitable niches, at least to my untrained eye. A couple are rather obscure, the rest far more popular. I have personal interest in the big niches too—weight loss, fitness, supplements, diets, self improvement... like, I really enjoy those topics already.
My suggestion for anyone searching for, and struggling to find, a niche is this:
Just look at things you do in your daily life, your hobbies, and google them. See what’s out there. Find one that you already partake in at some level. It will make the whole process more enjoyable if you have an interest in the niche yourself (at least that’s what I’m banking on).
There are niches everywhere! My “9-5 career” is, actually, rather fucking niche. Hell, my life style, in and of itself, is a niche.
I made a list of 10 niches, I like most of them and will tackle the rest if the one I picked works out.
Without giving you too many details, here’s a pro’s and con’s list I came up with for the niche:
PROS
CONS
Needless to say, I’m rather excited about this niche and that’s definitely a good thing.

The Goal

I would like the website to become profitable in 9 months. I believe that is an extremely tall order considering my lack of experience, but I like to aim high. I am prepared to sink some money into the project (more on that in The Budget section).

The Plan

I’m going to create an affiliate market based website, mainly focusing on amazon and eBay, and try to become an authority in the niche.
After doing further research I have discovered that Amazon Affiliates might not be the best option so I will begin to identify other options. I have found two affiliate programs specific to this niche.
I will try and build a strong email list through some sort of opt in program. Most likely I will create a short “how-to” e-book about a specific common problem in this niche.
If all goes as planned I will then use the email list to help market a much more detailed ebook down the road.
Outside of affiliate links, I also plan on running specific/targeted ad’s on the page. I will have to do more research on this, and it won’t come until later.
As I’ve stated multiple times, I have zero experience in the following: website creation/design, content creation, affiliate marketing, SEO/keywords, pretty much anything outside of browsing reddit and watching endless YouTube videos. This leads me to a very keystone concept to my business model...
I’m going to outsource... as much as possible. I will focus my energy and time on creating systems and models for my freelancers to follow. In addition, I will learn as much as I can about SEO and keywords in the following months.
This is my general timeline, broken down in 3 main phases.

Phase 1: “The Birth” Month 0-1 

Phase 2: “The Growth” Month 2-3 

Phase 3: “The Takeover” Month 4-9 

Hiring the Freelancers

I will be doing all the initial website creation. After exactly one hour of research, I have decided that it doesn’t seem too difficult to figure it out and get it at least up and running.
I will hire 2 content writers and I’m planning on paying them (no more than) $30 / article. These will typically be simple 1500-2000 word articles. Mainly focused on product reviews and buyer-like “best x-product” type lists, and general informative content. I will write 1-2 lengthy and informative how-to articles (4000+ words) each month, but that’s about all the time I’m willing to commit to content creation.
I have two possibilities for the hiring outlet for these writers.
  1. Use a third party freelance network like Upwork.
  2. Reach out to the four online communities I am a part of that are in this niche. There are a lot of people out of work right now that are looking for extra side income. Although they probably won’t have any experience in content writing, they would be very knowledgeable about the niche and that would allow me to give them more involved and informative content to create.
Either way I go, I will have to properly vet the potential freelancers. I will ask them to either provide an example of their work or write a 500 word story about a specific topic. I will ask them to put [insert random word here] in the title of the email to screen out anybody that didn’t follow the directions.
If I like the writing, I will pick 4 and give them a trial article to write, which I will pay them for. Then, I will pick my two favorite and draft up some sort of contract for them to sign relating to the content usage and pay. I will let them know what to expect and how to submit their work, probably using something like Trello.
At first I think I’m just going to cap them out at one article per week each. I will do very brief google/amazon research to identify a topic. Then I will assign it to a writer along with a general and rough idea of what I’m looking for and a few keywords to use (although I’d only be guessing at this point). They will have the rest of the week to turn in the article.
Virtual assistant... not sure if I need one at first, or if I will have enough work to even warrant one. However, there are just some tasks I don’t want to and don’t like to do. If the VA could take the content and format it properly, upload it to the website, and add the affiliate links... that would be great! But, with only two articles coming in a week, how much time would that take? 1-2 hours?
I do have a personal project that would be perfect for a VA. It’s something that I have been putting off for over a year and would take approximately 5-8 hours of work. I figure I could hire a VA for this, and for the website, to test the waters.
Whatever I end up doing, I plan to find a VA for no more than $10/hr. They would have to be familiar with Excel for the personal project and Trello and Wordpress for the website. I would eventually like to have him/her do some basic research on competition and possible content topics for the writers.
I will have to hire a freelance graphic designer for a headebanner and logo design. I will use fivver and I’m looking to spend no more than $50 for this service.
By phase 2, I plan on starting the social media campaigns. I think I can manage those myself, at first. Facebook and Instagram are the two biggest social platforms for my niche, and I am very familiar with those. The third big one, however, is Pinterest... and I know NOTHING about that. I will evaluate the need for hiring a Pinterest social media VA in Phase 2.
If I can’t figure out SEO and keywords by Phase 3, I will have to hire a SEO guy... I don’t know exactly what that entails or how much that will cost me. I’ve read that I can get a VA experienced in SEA and keywords, which is probably what I will do if I need to.
Website design... same as the SEO shit. If I can’t figure it out I am fully prepared to outsource or at least hire a one time consultant to optimize the site. I will evaluate this need during Phase 3.

The Budget

Now I don’t even know if it is crazy or not to drop a chunk of money on starting a website when you have no clue what you are doing, but I’m prepared to do it.
I’m only going to focus on the budget for the first two phases. I don’t expect to make a single cent in revenue from the website during (at least) the first three months. That means it will be all out of pocket.
disclaimer: I am fully aware that I have no clue what I’m doing. These numbers are just my best guess. I will adjust accordingly as it plays out.
1) Phase 1: Month 0-1 “The Birth” (This phase will have a lot of up-front costs
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Cost Notes
BlueHost $125 (for 1 year) Choice Plus plan 1 year. The 3 year plan is cheaper, but I’ve heard bad things about BlueHost and I don’t want to commit that much in case I decide to switch.
WordPress** $120 Premium plan 1 year. I don’t know if this is the plan I need or not. They offer a free plan, is that sufficient? Or, do I need the even more expensive business plan for the plug-ins and themes?
Content Writers $240 2 articles a week, $30/article. This will give me 10 articles the first month (8 + the two I write)
Virtual Assistant $120 $10/hr x 3hwk I didn’t include the personal project and I don’t actually know how much (or if I even will) hire a VA, but this would be my budget for one if I did.
Graphic Designer $50 One time fee
Total $535
^(\*i was informed that I do not need to pay for Wordpress, so I will be cutting this out of my budget)*

2) Phase 2: Month 2-3 “The Growth”
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Cost Notes
Content Writers $240 /mo x 2mo = $480 Same as before, which will give me a total of 30 articles by the end of month 3.
Virtual Assistant $160/mo x 2mo = $320 $10/hr x 4hwk Might start ramping up the work (adding some search reports) if I end up hiring a VA.
Pinterest social media campaign $240/mo x 2mo = $420 (hehe) I didn’t know how much a Pinterest VA cost, but a quick google search showed me $15/hr. I didn’t know how much a Pinterest VA would work, so I guessed about 30 minutes a day, 7 days a week, rounded up to 4 hours /week. After looking at this cost, I don’t know if it would be worth it.
Total $610/ mo = $1220
Like I said, I don't know if I will spend the $420 on a Pinterest VA at this stage. I think it would be best put towards the writers and generating more content. The overall budget will stay the same, however.
This means, over three months, I will plan on spending $1755

Additional Costs

Shit, I almost forgot.
A lot of those SEO and keyword tools cost money. If I was to allocate $100 total to this category, what would your suggestions for tools be? What would get me the most BANG for my buck?

In Conclusion

Thank you so much for reading this.
I know it’s been a long, long write up. It was mostly for my benefit to hash out the idea and create a plan, but I hope somebody might get some use out of my thought process.
And please...
If you have ANY opinions or suggestions, I welcome them with open arms (just maintain that 6 feet).
Cheers.
ps, I tried to format the best I could.
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Reliable Ways To Make Money On The Internet

Become a freelancer
What is sometimes referred to as an irreverent hourly invoice is in reality a great way to earn money via the internet.
In the meantime, there are even many employers who do not mind if you carry out your work remotely. Don't have a skill that you can perform online and remotely?
You can learn to become a copywriter, but there are of course plenty of other specialties that lend themselves to freelancing: programmer, virtual assistant, web designer, accountant , and so on.
Become an online coach
If you are an expert in a certain transferable skill such as writing, productivity, but also a physical form of training or sport, consider transferring your knowledge to others through a coaching program or individual coaching sessions.
If you are a psychologist, therapist or addiction expert, you can also offer your service in this way. The difference between 'coach' and 'therapist' (both broadly speaking) is:
A coach helps a person to become better at a certain skill and does not always have qualifications in training itself outside the skill that is transferred. A therapist helps a person to deal with emotions, other people and situations (from the past) and is often formally trained and can demonstrate this.
The way in which you earn money as a coach or therapist is, for example, by:
€ 150 - € 1,500 per month as a copywriting coach for a weekly Skype meeting and giving and checking homework € 75 per Skype session of 60 minutes to be asked as a psychologist € 100 per month as a remote personal trainer and daily reminders send via Whatsapp or SMS and call weekly to discuss progress
You can offer your services via:
You can also offer your services in this way as a (business) consultant or advisor.
Earn commission (with affiliate marketing)
Webshops, travel organizations, insurers and many more parties pay your commission if you receive a quotation request or sale. Affiliate networks such as clickbank you quickly find partners in the relevant categories.
By the way, you don't need a website to get people to click on affiliate links. For example, you can review products or services on YouTube and encourage viewers to click through to the provider's site. Or create a list of email addresses and email an offer or review. The affiliate marketing revolution course takes a closer look at this.

Sell products with dropshipping
With dropshipping you are a trader with, for example, a webshop where orders come in. As soon as an order arrives, it is (automatically) passed on to the supplier who takes care of the handling and shipping of the product. If contact with the customer is required, the supplier often arranges this, but this depends on the appointment you made as a dropshipper with the supplier.
The customer pays the dropshipper and the dropshipper pays the supplier.
A big advantage of dropshipping is that you do not have to make any investments yourself and you do not have to have any stock. Therefore, there is little risk. Your only job is actually to bring in new customers.
What is the difference between affiliate marketing and dropshipping?
Dropshipping is similar to, but different from, affiliate marketing. The big difference is that in affiliate marketing you send the customer to the supplier and therefore do not receive contact details or payment from the customer. However, you do not have to pay the supplier and you will be paid in commission for every customer that you forward. Affiliate marketing is therefore even more accessible, because you will never have anything to do with the customer.

Play online poker
No Limit Texas Hold'em
My first big (well, it was a lot) online money I made with poker. No Limit Texas Hold'em poker is a game that is often seen as a game of chance and certainly has a chance element, but is actually a skill game. If you are better than the players at the price level you are playing on and keep playing well, for example with the help of certain support programs, then you can make a lot of profit from it.
For example, I played on Pokerstars and used PokerOffice as statistics software and TableNinja for hotkeys.
However, there are 3 main reasons why I recommend you not to pursue a career as an online poker player.
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Become a daytrader
Day traders are people who buy stocks or options during the day and try to sell them at a profit before the end of the day.
They do this via a trading platform of their stockbroker, a specialized trading software company or via a platform that they have developed for this themselves.
To do this successfully they need multiple monitors and a very fast internet connection to immediately see and seize opportunities that pass by.
How do they make money?
The most common strategy is for these traders to grab a stock, index (a specific part of the stock market) or currency that is volatile enough. This means that the price fluctuates quite a bit and that chances are that if you buy when an object is at its lowest point in its usual fluctuation, it will quickly peak again. There is of course no guarantee for that, but there are mathematical models with which you can calculate the probability that a share will reach a certain price within a certain period. If according to such a model the investment is favorable, then you buy that object (share, currency, index, etc.). You sell this as soon as the price has gone up again.
Day traders do not do this with large price shifts, but really with small percentages, but on a large scale. For example, they may invest € 10,000 and earn € 100 one day because the share has increased in value by 1% that day. However, traders often go long or short with a particular object, which allows them to leverage. This means that they enter, for example, a 5: 1 payout structure for the increase in value (long) or decrease (short) of a certain share. If this prediction is correct and they cash out, the € 10,000 they have invested is considered to be € 50,000. That is the leverage effect. The disadvantage of this is that if the price of the object falls below or above (depending on whether you go long or short), you lose your entire investment.
Are you considering becoming a day trader?
Think again.
“10% of the day traders are successful. You could say that other 90% pays for that 10% ”
You need a lot of knowledge, discipline and analytical skills to trade profitably. You should also be able to completely leave your emotions and ego out. As soon as you start trading emotionally, you will lose, just like with poker. Many people overestimate themselves and their own skills. You may get away with that in other fields, but not in day trading. You will sooner or later be the spool. If you want to know more about investing, check out this link

Build your own software
This option is not for everyone and is by far the hardest way to make money online, especially if you are just starting out and have no technical skills. Also, this is often an expensive option and one that involves (and continues to bring) a lot of work.
That said, it may be one of the most lucrative options. Here are some examples of companies (that often started as sole proprietorships) that have released successful software in the internet marketing market:
  1. https://ahrefs.com/ (SEO tool for backlink and competition analysis, $ 99 p / m /)
  2. https://www.leadpages.net/ (Landingpage builder $ 25 p / m)
  3. https://moz.com/ (SEO tool for eg backlink analysis $ 99 p / m)
  4. https://www.crazyegg.com/ (Website analysis tool $ 99 p / m)
  5. https://www.semrush.com/ (SEO tool for competition analysis $ 99.95 p / m)
As you can see, 4 of these 5 examples are priced at $ 99 per month. This is not a coincidence. This is a very nice earnings model because you can accurately predict how much money will come in the next month. You know, in the worst case scenario, you will lose 5% of your customers per month (there are models for this) and that if you have 10,000 paying users, you will receive about $ 1 million in cash the next month.
If you offer software against a monthly revenue model, then you only need to focus on improving 2 figures:
  1. the churn rate: how many people stop their membership per month?
  2. the number of new customers you acquire per month
Make sure your churn is as low as possible through a good onboarding process. This means that you do everything to ensure that your customers actually use your software and get value from it. Only in this way will they remain members in the long term.

Publish books
Writing or having books written and then publishing them means that you earn passive income : you invest your time once and afterwards you can become dormant, so to speak. On this page you can read how André went from $ 200 to almost $ 1000 per month in ebook royalties within six months. Stores where you can publish ebooks include those from iBooks, Barnes & Noble and Bol.com and Amazon Kindle Store.
Create an online course
To create a video course you will need:
  1. Camera Gear
  2. A good microphone
  3. Video editing software I can really recommend this microphone from RØDE Microphones
  4. Adequate lights / natural light
  5. Learning environment to use the videos
  6. A planning
  7. Very valuable content to share

Membership site
Positive Psychology Program
In my personal experience, having a membership site is the finest revenue model there is. I have probably made money in more than 50 different ways during my life (no, not that way, dirty butt) until I finally ended up creating a membership site: Positive Psychology Program.
Now that I get recurring income from it, just like with the revenue model of the software, it is a matter of bringing in more people and ensuring that they stay as long as possible. My business partner builds our information product and ensures that existing members commit to us and I ensure that as many new members as possible are added. This is how we guarantee the growth of our business.
A very common way to create value is to offer information products in an online environment (built with, for example, Wishlist or Woocommerce subscriptions if you work with WordPress).
Then consider:
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The corona case study | Month 1: set up the machine

Hello Just Start lurkers!
A month ago I shared with you my experience selling my travel blog, aka my first attempt in affiliate marketing in order to pick a niche that would be more recession-friendly. After everything that happened on April regarding the pandemic I am super glad about what I did, even if I could have sold it for a couple bucks more.
During April, I created my new website in the home niche so I decided to share with you the whole process so you can understand more about me and my plans. I don't know how this site will turn out a year from now but I want to have everything documented, first, because it is a way of keeping myself accountable and motivated, but also because if I make something great you will see the process and if I am a total failure I guess you can enjoy the lesson with me.

About me
I think it's essential to share more about ourselves on case studies because who we are defines what is a hit and what is a miss. For a New Yorker, a website earning $800 can be a nice thing but not a life changer, for an Indian, it might be a once in a lifetime opportunity.
I am 23, from a third world country and I make $550 per month. In my country and industry standards, my salary is pretty good and I am even earning quite a lot for my age. However, my country was in a financial crisis way before the coronavirus pandemic and things are going to get worse from now on, so I am looking to secure my full time salary with """affiliate marketing"""" (more about this later)
I hate to put monetary goals because I believe that business goals should be targeted as actions (ex, write xxxx posts, generate xxx solid relations) instead of money. But I will tell you how much money will change my life and how, so you can understand more about where I am heading:
- $550 USD: this will be my salary, it is OK money but not enough to be financially independent from my parents (at least not for the lifestyle that I like)
-$1K USD: with this amount of money I will be able to move out from my parent's house and have a nice lifestyle (dining out with friends, renting in an upscale neighborhood, travel abroad once per year)
-$5K USD: with this, I will also be able to save money to buy an apartment for myself. Something that with this crisis its impossible in my country if you don't have the support of your parents (no, not even with a bank loan)
-$10K - $20K: more money than I can spend in my country, this will give me long term financial freedom and allow me to invest in my future

So basically I will be happy if a year from now I can replace my income, but $1000 seems pretty doable if I play my cards right and can totally change my life. If I end up making this site an authority one I will hit the jackpot

About the site & monetization plans:
The website is in the home niche and I plan to make it an authoritative one. For me, that is creating the go-to place to solve the problem that my site solves, and being a media platform that generates content in many different ways (podcast, newsletter, youtube channel, ebooks, and all) so people can choose their favorite format.
I hate with all my heart writing "money posts" so way before the Amazon update I was already planning to focus on informational content and monetize it with ads and sponsored content (there are some service companies in my niche that I think I can build good relationships). Affiliate marketing will be used but not as a priority and I will focus mainly on Wayfair's program since I believe that for my target product a 7-day cookie is more efficient.
I have only one competitor covering my exact niche, the have been around for 10 years, have a DA of 40 and according to google they have 3K pages indexed. However, they only get 40k pageviews per month (that's 10 per post!), their articles are less than 700 words and not always solve the keyword intent. Because of this I think that if I can make a couple backlinks I will totally able to outperform them.
What do I need to make $500 per month?
While I know this not an "if I do this I receive this" type of work, I like to breakdown my milestones and how I can achieve them in order to be more goal-focused. In order to achieve $500 per month I need to:

- Option A. Hit 33K pageviews (estimating a RPM of $15)
- Option B. Hit 17K pageviews and sell 28 products thru affiliates ($250 usd is an average cost for my niche and Wayfair offers 7% commissions)

What I did during April
- Payed for ahrefs trial and downloaded a couple of keywords. My mistake was focusing on only doing KW research during those 7 days since once I started researching information for my articles I ended up finding great keywords that would have been great to check at ahrefs. Either way, I have a big list to have fun with and I also in favor of doing the alphabet soup trick and go with my guts.
- Wrote 7 articles, two of them "money posts". I wasn't going to focus on money posts but while writing the informational ones I found two underserved keywords and went for them. I started writing on April 15th so 7 articles shouldn't be a bad thing, but I am unhappy with the results, I hope I can write more in may
-Set up the website. I used Neve free them by themeisle and I really want to recommend it for people who are trying to invest as low as they can. I customized and it looks super professional (way better than my competitor's one) and it is easy to understand for people who aren't that tech savvy.

Expenses: $19.28
Domain: $7.28
Host: $5
Ahref: $7

Lessons of the month
I love this sub and I want to provide value, even if I am a newbie and can't share much information based on my experience, that is why I want to share every month the resources that I have been consuming:
- Ahref's blogging for business course: I highly recommend watching this before buying the ahref trial. I will give you a better overview of keyword research and will allow you to be more productive with your short free period with the platform
- Side hustle podcast: most of the episodes that I played where from a couple years ago, however what I find useful in this podcast is how many people you have using different strategies, it is great if you don't want to solely rely on affiliate marketing (specially amazon) and want to learn how to think outside the box monetization methods.

Plans for may:
My main focus is going to be content, content, content. I aim to write at least 15 posts this month but I am not sure how that will turn out. I am in a total lockdown due to coronavirus so I definitely have the time and I want to take advantage of that, however I also have to admit that my mental health hasn't been the best during the isolation times so sometimes I find difficult to do any work at all (not even my real one)

That's all folks! sorry for my bad English and I hope you are staying safe and inside
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LEVERAGE PRODUCT REVIEWS: If you have good writing skills, start writing Product Reviews under any Niche, and Publish.
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The Rich Jerk is exactly that, very rich and obnoxious but a well respected affiliate marketer and a close contender for our top product.
The Rich Jerk’s eBook is a clever, well written, and very informative book detailing internet marketing strategies that really work. It covers everything from creating successful affiliate websites, search engine optimization, unique search engine strategies, selling info products and buying wholesale and selling on eBay. Also included is a chapter highlighting a list of programs, books and tools recommended by The Rich Jerk many of which can be beneficial in optimising your profits. The eBook is not a get rich quick program, neither is it a scam. Thousands of people are making a susbstantial income from following the strategies outlined. This is a great product and well worth the purchase price.
No 3 - Forex Enterprise
A fairly new marketing course set up by its creator Nick Parks with ideas that can create an opportunity to start earning multiple streams of income from a variety of sources.
The program details amongst other things how anyone can create a guaranteed stream of income using Google AdWords and Clickbank, how to buy cheap targeted traffic with great effect and, if on a tight budget an alternative to pay per click advertising.
Included in the package is a website with free web hosting where you could sell over 1000 products. This is well worth the purchase price with the potential to set up a virtual online superstore.
The Forex Enterprise program offers, like the others, a 100% money back guarantee which you have up to 3 months to try out to see if it works. Another great product that can really deliver.
Summary
The key to making money online is knowing how and where to start. Without the right starting point you will waste a great deal of precious time and money. In our opinion, with a little thought and application, all 3 products discussed in our review will guarantee your online success.
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6,000 Word guide on Local biz SEO + list of 2,190 websites that accept guest blog posts + 800 SEO terms mapped out on a HUGE infographic, + other SEO templates.

Reddit Intro
This is an intermediate SEO guide. It's not super vague, but I'm also not trying to go into great detail on the more advanced techniques used for highly competitive keywords. The only thing really missing here is more information on Silos and the super basic shit you can find LITERALLY anywhere.
My goal with this guide was to provide SEO guidance for any local business as it grows and evolves. For example, you don't need a full-blown SEO strategy when you've been in business for 4 days--you can, however, benefit from having a GMB listing or single-page website.
If you want basic stuff:
Ahrefs blog post on local SEO
Moz Local SEO checklist
How is it laid out?
It starts with the most important stuff someone should be doing right from the start. Then it grows and expands with the needs of the business. It also tells you the exact pages you need to link to and where you should put the keywords to "optimize" them.
Quick note:
For the most part, any SEO optimization that is not located in this guide can easily be done through the Yoast SEO plugins. They don't give the greatest advice, but it's better than paying someone $1,300/mo to do everything Yoast tells them to do.

Intro

This is the ultimate guide to building and ranking a website. We don’t just want a website to rank though, we want to turn it into a lean, mean, lead-generating machine. My personal philosophy around business and marketing is to pick the low hanging fruit first. I start every effort as close to the sale as possible and build processes to take advantage of as many sales as I can as I move further away from the sale. What I mean, is that I always try to focus on the smallest efforts with the biggest results.
I have a feeling this is still going to confuse a lot of people. Let me give you an example: my cabinet painting company’s content.
Most people in the small business space are focusing on writing how-to guides because they think this makes them seem like an “authority” in their industry, I create case-studies. I take before and after pictures and write little stories about the projects. When someone is looking for a how-to guide, they’re looking to do it themselves. That’s not the type of traffic I want to bring to my website. That type of traffic isn’t going to convert for months--maybe even years!
Someone looking to see if you’re the right fit, on the other hand, they’re going to be looking for proof that you can do what they’re looking for. They want to see that you’re in the trenches providing the services that they’re wanting to eventually purchase. They want proof. This is why I write little case-studies about our projects and not “how to paint cabinet guides”. This isn’t the only reason I do this either. Think about it. How often do you go to a small business website to read a how-to guide? Never. You always big the big, well-known, brands with huge nationally/internationally ranking websites that you could never compete against.
So, why in the world would you want to spend time and effort making something that no one will read? That’s the question every business owner should be asking themselves. Now, I don’t want to say that it’s a totally useless effort. I’m mostly just pointing out that it shouldn’t be your main focus until the time comes when you need to make that type of content. Always start with the sale, and move backward to create a process that helps turn traffic into sales.
Now, let the fun begin.

Content

Intro

I break all content into 3 different types: conversion, engagement, and trust. Conversion content, focuses on the immediate goal of turning visitors into sales. Engagement content focuses on drawing the customer in--to read more, click more, and dive deeper into the website. Trust content focuses on showing that you’re a credible resource of information, products, and services.
Content is a huge part of your SEO as well as your ability to turn traffic into sales. Now, the problem is that these 3 content types all interweave between themselves to support and improve each other’s ability to convert website visitors. Many businesses become confused and unsure about where their priorities are when it comes to website content. They read lots of guides online, but most of those guides cater to affiliate marketers or bigger companies that have a much bigger audience.
SEO will bring traffic to your website, but it’s not an automatic sales machine. People don’t just instantly buy whatever you tell them to buy at the drop of a hat. You need to create processes that gently lead them down the path that you would like them to take. This path consists of several different stages, but those stages aren’t definite. Some people move to one stage at one moment in their decision-making process, then move right back to the very beginning.
This part of the guide will go over those processes that help convert traffic. However you will find that throughout the entire guide I will be explaining how to bring traffic to the website so it gets converted.

Google My Business

GMB comes first

Your Google My Business listing is the single most important web asset that you can own as a small business owner. This should always come first. Before you have a website, before you advertise, before ANYTHING. Why? Because it contains all of the most important content elements in a 3rd party system (more trustworthy) AND it brings visitors to your business.
I would say that the biggest reason for getting this set up first though, is because you want to start getting reviews as quickly as possible. Your reviews are a huge part of being able to convert traffic into sales. Typically anyone that finds you through online advertising via Facebook or Google ads, will go look at your reviews and website before contacting you. I call this the background check. People want to feel like they’re making the right decision. They don’t want a bad experience and they don’t want to be scammed.
It’s also probably one of the single most important factors in local business SEO. Without your GMB listing, it will be very difficult--dare I say--impossible to rank without it. I guess it’s not impossible, but it would really fucking stupid not to have it.
There’s already plenty of guides out there on how to set up your Google my business listing, so I’m not going to go into very much detail on the basics. What I will say, is that you need a cheap option for reminding people to give you a review. SMS (texting) has been proven to have an increased ability to get people to write reviews. The problem with this is that a lot of review or public relations software services that provide text reminders cost a lot of fucking money. Instead of paying $400/mo on Podio or Birdeye, use Hopfu.

Home Page

Home page comes second

EVERY business needs a homepage, and you can get away with a lot more than most marketers are willing to admit--with a single-page website. So don’t ever think it’s an all-or-nothing type of situation. This simply isn’t true.
This also doesn’t mean that you should forever have a single-page website. As you start growing, so should the number of pages on your website. If you don’t have the time or money to build a formal website, just stick to this. I would say that it’s good to have a website though. You shouldn’t try and skimp on this. If you want to be seen as credible and charge higher prices than your competitors, a website will go a long way in making this happen.
Here is everything you should have on your website to not only improve your ability to convert traffic but to start a good foundation for your SEO efforts.
Here’s a list of everything you need. Below you will find descriptions.
-Condensed information
-Core offer
-Small contact form
-Sticky phone #
-Clear USP
-Logos/badges
-Real images
-No more than 3 reviews
-3 step process
Use this image for reference:
What is condensed information?
What do I mean by this? I mean that you should really only have blocks of text with no more than 100 words. Brief descriptions or explanations of anything that’s important for people to know. People have short attention spans and despite what everyone says, content length does not dictate a website’s ability to rank on Google. Context is key in ranking and too much content CAN destroy your ability to rank for the specific keywords you’re trying to rank. Not only that, but no one fucking cares and won’t read any of it. Remember the goal is to convert--not just have people visit your website. If you create small bite size chunks of information, then people are more likely to actually read the information. If they’re reading, then they’re engaging. If they’re engaging, they’re more likely to convert. Keep it stupid fucking simple. Make sure you have condensed information about the services you offer on this page.
-100 word chunks of information.
-Have a hierarchical tag (H2 or H3) on top of the information chunk with a topical keyword.
-If you have more than 1 page, link to the other pages that the info chunks talk about.
-1 link per information chunk.
-Copywriting is not an informational chunk.
What is a Core offer?
Your core offer is the offer someone accepts right before a sale. If you’re a smaller business, keep it to this. As your business and website grow, you can add a supplementary offer for anyone that isn’t quite ready to take the leap on your core offer. For most service businesses, your core offer is consultation/assessment/audit/etc. For a product based business, this is a “visit us”, or a “see our products” page, if they can make purchases online.
-Offer closest to the sale. Ie. Estimate, consultation, visit us, etc.
-If a bigger website/business, then create an offer for traffic that isn’t ready for the core offer. Ie. ebook, newsletter sign up, etc.
What is a sticky phone #?
A sticky phone number is a sticky bar that has your phone number on it. A sticky bar is a very small banner that follows the user as they scroll up or down on a website. Phone calls are proven to sell (literally--it’s been proven) 1000% better than forms. So getting phone calls should always be top of mind. It’s even better if you have a cute little picture of yourself next to the phone number with your name. This makes them feel more comfortable by thinking they know who they’re calling when they dial that number. Also, local phone numbers are TWICE as likely to convert than 800 numbers. It also goes without saying that you should make your phone numbers clickable on mobile. This is done with a tel:123-456-7890 link.
-Sticky bar with phone #.
-Put a cute little picture of yourself with your name next to the phone number.
-Local phone numbers convert better.
-Make your phone numbers clickable on mobile.
What is a small contact form?
For the love of all things holy, quit making your contact form super fucking difficult to fill out. You don’t need people’s zip codes, street addresses, blood types, or their mother’s maiden name. If you’re using Neuro-linguistic programming or compliance psychology to improve your conversion rate with a multi-step form, then you can start with a less threatening ask and end with their contact information. Compliance psychology has seen increased conversions of up to 76%, this however does not mean that your small business will benefit that much. The idea behind compliance psychology is if you can get someone to take small actions, they’re increasingly more likely to take big actions. If you want a multi-step form, you can use Leadformly or Jotform.
-Keep it super fucking simple. Name, number, email--nothing else.
-You can increase conversions with multi-step form with less threatening questions to qualify traffic before you get to the core ask (contact info).
What is a unique selling point (USP)?
You should always try and have a unique selling point, but when you’re a small business that isn’t making innovative wakes in your industry--this can be pretty fucking difficult. You can usually find a unique selling point by learning about your target audience. You can read good/bad reviews and learn what your target audience likes/dislikes, then take it to the fucking extreme. Do they complain about a project taking too long? Offer the “Holy hell done in just one hour” package. A company by the name WOW-1-day painting did this. Not everyone is that creative or capable of creating a unique selling point though. So what do you do if you’re one the unlucky majority? Just clearly state what you do or how you benefit others. Best place to do this is the headline.
-Can you come up with a usp? Put it in the headline.
-Not sure if you can? Read reviews of likes/dislikes, then take it to the fucking extreme.
-Least creative person in existence? Benefit or “We do X” in your headline.
What are Logos/badges?
Logos and badges are used for social proof. Social proof is used to build trust and credibility. It shows people you’re trusted by other people and companies, so you should be worthy of your traffic’s trust. The more credible your logos and badges, the better. Use Facebook and Google reviews over Homeadvisor’s, because they’re more credible. However, if you have a Homeadvisor or Upcity badge that shows how awesome you are, then use that too. If you’re a business to business company, then use the companies you’ve worked with. If you’re not solely business to business but offer commercial services, then add the logos of the businesses that you’ve helped on your commercial service page.
-Review badges/logos for social proof.
-Use awards/badges when you can.
-The more credible, the more betterer.
Why shouldn’t you use stock images?
Don’t sacrifice your looks for your ability to convert. Stock images do not promote trust, in fact they do quite the opposite--ESPECIALLY for local businesses. You want to be real and tangible, not fake and unreal. There’s often this saying that many marketers use, “ugly websites convert”. It’s true to a certain point. Huge businesses have nice looking websites and they convert really fucking well. There shouldn’t be any question that a good looking website can convert. BUT they can look good and still be real/tangible. If you want stock images, go hire a photographer and take real photos of yourself and your store. If not, do the best you can to make it look good and still use real photos. Real photos might look ugly, but they convert.
-You want to instill trust. Stock images instill distrust.
-You can still have a good looking website with real photos.
-Ugly real photos will still convert better than good looking stock images.
Why only 3 reviews?
Because people don’t trust narcissists. The more you talk yourself up, the less people will believe you. It’s well known that businesses buy fake reviews. The better it makes you sound, the less people are going to believe it because they think it’s fake. Use clear and concise reviews that preferably talk about your unique selling points or the benefits that you offer people. If you’re advertising, it’s even better if you can get reviews that specifically talk about your core offer. Also, use real people images, not that fake stock image shit. That’s the biggest way to turn people off after having read your awesome review.
-Less is more.
-The more it’s tailored to your audience or offer, the better.
-DON’T USE STOCK IMAGES
What is a 3 step process?
3 step process, uses iconography to explain your process moving forward. The less mystery that people have to experience the more comfortable they feel taking action. If you have a 3 step process for your core offer or for your service, the better people will feel about taking you up on the offer or buying your service. This follows Miller’s law. I don’t want to go into too much detail, but less is more. Keep the steps concise.
Internal linking in this order:
-link to each core service page
-link to each service area/location page
-link to your blog
-link to pricing
-link to link to about us
Keyword in Title:
Not applicable.
Keyword in link:
Not applicable.
Yoast:
You’ll want to get the Yoast SEO for everything else I’m about to tell you to do.
Keyword in SEO title:
This is what appears on Google when someone searches for a keyword and sees your page in the results. Can’t think of a good SEO title? “{Arizona or Descriptor} {Service} | {Company name}”
Keyword in Meta Description:
This is the description that shows up in search results under your SEO title. Keep the keyword to the left as possible. Can’t think of a good description? “Looking for a {service} in {State}? {Unique selling points/benefits}”
-Your service process, ordering process, core offer process, etc.
-Less mystery = more confidence
-More confidence = higher conversion.

Product or service pages

Product or service pages come 3rd.

As your company grows and expands, you need to grow your website. Product or service pages are normally for engagement content. They answer many of the questions that your website traffic has about, well, your products or services. This is not true for any e-commerce businesses, but this guide isn’t for e-commerce--it’s for local businesses. Again, this is why so many business owners get confused. There’s so much information out there for e-commerce and affiliate marketing, but nothing for the local biz.
Your product or service pages should be organized under a /services/ or /products/ parent page. If you don’t know how to do this--Google it. You also shouldn’t have any more than 3-4 core services. Too many times do I see local businesses put every single possible service in the navigation and that’s literally the dumbest thing you can do. There’s a little something called decision fatigue. This is why landing pages don’t have navigation and they only have one offer, instead of many offers. It’s also why salesmen limit the amount of options they give you by saying things like, “are you available this afternoon or evening?”.
It works.
It also works for SEO. Too many stupid supplementary services confuses Google and can causes it to choose the wrong things to rank. Instead, you should have supplementary services under their closest related core service. What exactly do I mean by this? Okay let’s do an example. Let’s say you’re a painter. If you’re doing it wrong, your service pages will look like this:
Services
-Door painting
-Interior painting
-Face painting
-Murals
-Wall painting
-Metal trim painting
-kitchen painting
-Fence painting
Your URLs for sake of explanation will look like this: Website.com/services/face-painting
Instead of doing that, do this:
Services
-Interior painting (h1)
--Doors (h2)
--Kitchens (h2)
--Indoor Murals (h2)
-Exterior painting (h1)
--Fence (h2)
--Metal trim (h2)
The reason this works is it adds more context to your core services and helps Google to understand what you offer. It’s also better for the customer experience. You can add small descriptions for each supplementary service with before and after pictures. You can also compare and contrast the supplementary services, level offers (good, better, best qualities), FAQs, etc.
Your /Services/ parent page should have descriptions of your core services, FAQs, and all the other important stuff that your customers need to know.
Your product and services pages are also a really good opportunity to add some story-telling and branding to your website for added kick of conversion probability. Give people an inside look of your shop and show pictures of you performing the services or making the products.
Internal linking
-link to pricing
-link to portfolio
Keyword in Title:
Just the service/product.
Keyword in link:
Just the service/product.
Yoast:
You’ll want to get the Yoast SEO for everything else I’m about to tell you to do.
Keyword in SEO title:
This is what appears on Google when someone searches for a keyword and sees your page in the results. Can’t think of a good SEO title? “{Descriptor ie. Affordable/cheap/professional} {Service} | {Company name}”
Keyword in Meta Description:
This is the description that shows up in search results under your SEO title. Keep the keyword to the left as possible. Can’t think of a good description? “Looking for a {Descriptor} {Service}? {Unique selling points/benefits}”
Takeaways
-AGAIN keep everything simple.
-Less is more.
-Write content that helps them make a decision. FAQs, Comparisons, Before/Afters, case studies, etc...
-Nothing shady with a clear ulterior motive like, “why you need to hire a X”. That’s fucking stupid and no one believes you.
-Link to relevant information. Pricing, portfolios, and service areas/locations are relevant to your product or service.

Service area/location pages

Service area/location pages are 4th

This is when you start doing SEO. Going to keep this super simple. Do NOT put your service area/location pages under a parent page, unless you’re in multiple states/countries.
Just do this: website.com/city/
Don’t be a trasy wanna-be SEO expert and use: website.com/service-in-city/
Content:
Typically these are going to be like your homepage, but they need to double down on material that converts. These pages SHOULD be attracting people that are the most likely to convert, therefore, you should treat them as such.
-Core CTA
-USP
-Before/After
-Real photos of real people
-Skimmable service points (that link to service pages)
-Logos/badges
-3 step process
-3 reviews
The big thing here is you should try and tailor everything to that specific city as much as possible. Use pictures you took in that city, use advertising copy that relates to that city’s audience more than others, etc…
A lot of people think the content can’t be the same between the city pages. That’s a fucking lie. You can just switch out the city and you’re good. Not recommended, but it’s not going to kill your SEO. In fact, all of my city pages have the same exact meta description, content, anchor-text, keywords, etc-- and they’re all on the first page. I even changed things up on 2 pages, just to see if there would be a difference. NOPE. No difference in ranking AT ALL. In fact, there’s a lot of myths in SEO and I’ll cover some of them later.
Internal linking:
-Service pages
Keyword in Title:
Service + city name or city name + service.
Keyword in link:
Just the city name.
Yoast:
You’ll want to get the Yoast SEO for everything else I’m about to tell you to do.
Keyword in SEO title:
This is what appears on Google when someone searches for a keyword and sees your page in the results. Can’t think of a good SEO title? “{City} {Servicer ie. house painter} | {Company name}”
Keyword in Meta Description:
This is the description that shows up in search results under your SEO title. Keep the keyword to the left as possible. Can’t think of a good description? “Looking for a {servicer} in {city}? {Unique selling points/benefits}”

About Us page

About Us comes fifth.

Your About Us page really only supplements everything that we’ve covered up until this point. If you have all the other stuff and don’t have this page, you’ll do just fine. The same goes for only having another page’s preceding page if you’re a smaller business. Again, as the business grows, then you should add more to improve your ability to convert. The bigger you are, the more the smaller nuance stuff is going to matter. The smaller you are, the less effect it will have.
Your about us should have the following:
-Our team with pics and bios
-Credentials with PDF link to your proof of license, insurance, and/or certifications. No one does this, they just say they have it--this will set you apart.
-Company story (what inspired you to run the business)
-Company Mission (why you continue to run the business)
Why is About Us important?
The about us section is important because of a little psychological phenomenon called familiarity or tribalism. People who feel like they know you, tend to like or approve of you. They’re less likely to discredit you, which is why so many parents have a hard time believing their kids turned into criminals. If they’re less likely to try and discredit you and they like you, they will buy from you. Especially if you have some kick ass content on your About page.
I’d quickly like to address hypocrisy
Don’t be a fucking hypocrite when you’re writing your mission statement. If you aren’t about customer service, serving people, making the world better--don’t lie about it. It’s only going to hurt your brand. If you’re really that much of an asshole that this stuff doesn’t actually apply to you, then spin it differently--just be honest.
Easy to follow framework for a mission statement
A lot of people know this idea, but haven’t read the book. This is Simon Sinek’s company mission framework. Start with why (your core moral/value). Next, explain how you benefit your customers. Finally, end with what you do.
Here’s an example:
I believe most content sucks ass and I want to change that. I’m not a great writer, but I can still do this by going into great detail AND explaining why you should do the things I’m telling you to do. Above all else, I’m just a badass content marketer.
How to write your business’ story?
If you want to go all out, then do this: start with your hero (you) going on a journey, that finds a guide, faces a big decision, then triumphs over evil by doing good. You don’t necessarily need to do this, but it definitely won’t hurt if you do.
Here’s an example:
I’ve always wanted to be an entrepreneur, but didn’t have the confidence to really go through with it (relatable hero on a journey). One day came across an opportunity like no other--my friend was selling his business (the guide)! I bought it from him in hopes of getting my feet wet in the business world. It was a steep learning curve to say the least and I faced a lot of adversity like quitting my job without a single dollar in my savings account (big decision). In the end, despite all my obstacles, I’m here today. The owner of a wonderful business that I can call my own.
It’s even better if you can really make pain palpable.
Why you should use your real credentials
Don’t just say you’re licensed, bonded, and insured. Whip it out and slam it on the table. Show them that you actually are. Not a lot of people will even look at this stuff, but anyone that does will be impressed. You’re different, you’re real, you have nothing to hide. With proof comes confidence and with confidence comes spending. Upload the PDFs to your websites media storage, then link from the about us page to your certificates and licenses.
Internal linking:
-Link to contact page
Keyword in Title:
Not applicable.
Keyword in link:
Not applicable.
Yoast:
You’ll want to get the Yoast SEO for everything else I’m about to tell you to do.
Keyword in SEO title: Not applicable
This is what appears on Google when someone searches for a keyword and sees your page in the results. Can’t think of a good SEO title? “About Us | {Company name}”
Keyword in Meta Description:
This is the description that shows up in search results under your SEO title. Keep the keyword to the left as possible. Can’t think of a good description? “Hear about our story, read our mission statement, and see what makes us a credible business.”
Takeaways
-Keep it real.
-Keep it short, but take them for a wild ride.
-Start with your why, explain how you benefit the customer, end with your what.
-Tell your story like a fucking boss.

Blog

Blog comes last

Your blog is for SEO. However, you can also use it for case studies and other content that affects SEO less, but converts more. You should definitely focus on the content that converts more when you’re first starting out. As you’re building your business and expanding your reach, maxing out your other marketing channels and moving into the SEO space, then you can start building other content that builds your topic relevance. No one is going to write your how-to guides if you’re a local business. Even if you’re a B2B business like a web designer or whatever, what ends up happening is you attract business owners that want to do everything themselves or will let you do all the hard work, then fire you.
Silo-ing
The architecture of your website is super important for bigger businesses, but as a small business owner, you probably hear how imperative it is for you to do the same. The thing is that the more information your website has, the more you need to put into files and categorize it in order for Google to make a quick understanding of what your website is all about. The smaller the website and the more niche it is, the less important this becomes. However, we’re still going to go over proper silo-ing.
The silo set up
The smaller the business, the smaller the silo--which is good for you! First, you’re going to make categories out of your core products or services. Then, you want to make subcategories with your supplemental services and other related topics. You should have at least 5 posts for every category or sub-category, so make it count.
Example:
Smaller Site example:
Category: /Interior-painting/
Blog Post: /kitchen-painting-guide/
Link: website.com/interior-painting/kitchen-painting-guide/
Bigger Site example:
Category: /Residential-painting/
Subcategory: /Interio
Blog Post: /kitchen-painting-guide/
link: website.com/residential-painting/interiokitchen-painting-guide/
Don’t do this:
Category: /guides/
Sub-category: /how-to/
Why shouldn’t I do that??
You don’t want to use words that are too broad and aren’t immediately relevant to your main category topics. Having the main category as a random, not immediately relevant, the keyword will throw Google for a curveball and tank your rankings. Basically any main category you make tells google that your website is about that category. So if you have Interior painting and exterior painting categories, that tells Google that you have a local painting business. If your main category is "guides", then that tells Google that your website is about guides. But which guides? How to make margaritas? How to make guides?
It's better if you have the main category as /painting/ then have /guides/ as a subcategory, but it's even better to use a word that's more relevant to the topic such as interior painting or exterior painting.
If you’re an affiliate website, then you would turn a page into a category page and add it to your head navigation. For example: /monitors/gaming/best-gaming-monitors-review
Physical silo
When you separate words into folders /like/this/ it's called a physical silo. It's not enough to just tag your posts with categories. You need to put them into folders by going in and adding the categories into the perma-link.
Internal linking:
-Link categories to subcategories
-Link subcategories to individual blog posts.
-Link where applicable.
Keyword in Title:
Not applicable.
Keyword in link:
Not applicable.
Yoast:
You’ll want to get the Yoast SEO for everything else I’m about to tell you to do.
Keyword in SEO title:
This is what appears on Google when someone searches for a keyword and sees your page in the results. Can’t think of a good SEO title? “Blog | {Company name}”
Keyword in Meta Description:
This is the description that shows up in search results under your SEO title. Keep the keyword to the left as possible. Can’t think of a good description? “Looking for helpful guides? We have everything you need here to learn about {service}.”

Link building

Content isn’t king, link building is.
Backlinks have the single biggest effect on your SEO ranking. 99% of technical SEO I just spelled out for you. Backlink building is just as simple and will create 80% of your results in SEO.
This is what appears on Google when someone searches for a keyword and sees your page in the results. Can’t think of a good SEO title? “Looking for a X in Y?
Download SEO Edge to keep track of your rankings in real time. This app will do a literal google search for your keywords and let you know exactly where you stand.

Dispelling a few SEO myths right of the bat

SEO is full of myths. I think this is because people watch like 3 youtube videos and become experts in their fields. It really is that bad. The other reason for this is people who are actually pretty good at what they do--affiliate marketers/black hat SEOs. Black hatters are people who try to manipulate Google to try and rank with little to no effort. Google is always trying to get rid of them, so black hatters come up with all kinds of ridiculous rules that they think apply to SEO.
Speed optimization
It's seriously not as important as all these nerds make it seem. Divi theme is notoriously hated by SEOs because it's slow. Jokes on them, because websites built with Divi still out-rank them. One of the world's biggest advertising agencies, Strawberry Frog, uses it--as well as many other large companies. Just cache your page with WP Rocket and optimize images with Imagify.
That's literally like 99% of speed optimization. The other stuff doesn't do anything. Google only uses your 'time to first paint' as the only speed metric used in its algorithm. I've literally halved my speed and waited a couple of months of not touching NO INCREASE IN RANKING.
Natural/Diversity
The word ‘natural’ is one of the most overused terms in SEO. So is ‘diversity’. Google is a series of algorithms. It’s not some human closely looking for ‘natural’ links. It would need a really sophisticated algorithm to determine what is and isn’t natural. The hilarious thing is, what most SEO’s call ‘natural’ is a million miles from what naturally really is.
Anchor Text
For starters, diversity is not natural. Neither are exact anchors, LSI anchors and certainly not anchors like “click here”. Legitimate sites have an overwhelming number of brand anchors, followed by url, with a few lsi mixed in. When have you ever been reading a blog post, and you see a link to an external site as “click here”? Or “visit this”? “Click here” is a CTA on sales pages. Not an anchor for external pages.
The only time you’ll see diversity, is where there’s been SEOs at work.
Natural Link Profile
The next thing is, there is NO such thing as “a natural link profile”. What’s natural for a news site, is not natural for a local plumbing business, or a forum, or a blog. So saying you need comments, and nofollow this and that to diversify and look natural is gross over-thinking.
Every type of site is different. Natural links for blogs will include comments. Although these aren’t “natural”, as such, they’re “natural” in that the blog owner isn’t trying to get backlinks by commenting, but rather build their brand.
Basically, there is no overall “natural” link profile. The closest thing you’ll find to natural is that most big sites have 50 to 90% brand/url anchors. Usually brand is the dominant one, but sometimes url.
Google would have to build some sort of topic/site based link profile heuristics and try to determine what’s natural for say “blogs about insurance”, and “forums about insurance”, then “insurance companies”. Then the problem is how does it get the seed lists for all those categories? What if it starts with seeds that had SEOs working on them?
Any SEOs want to argue with me? Argue with Ahrefs instead.
How Google REALLY Works
People grossly over-complicate SEO and what Google is capable of. In a small test environment some interesting things can be achieved, but to roll out such sophisticated algorithms worldwide on their index would be chaos. Look at how much trouble they had with penguin and panda. It’s taken them years to improve, and panda/penguin aren’t that complex.
Google only looks for simple triggers. 1000 new backlinks a day on a fresh site? 80% exact anchors? Penalized.. Extreme cases of things.
The SEO industry is full of hogwash. While the SEOs who spread this ideology have no hidden agendas, they’ve been brainwashed by the industry into thinking all this crap needs to be done. It doesn’t. It’s all crap.

What DOES Work (the only backlinks you need)

Want to know what works? Contextual do-follow backlinks from relevant, powerful pages. You could build 100’s of links, all contextual do-follow, 100% do-follow, no comments, no social, no directory, no article marketing, none of that shit. You’ll rank.
As for anchors. Exact match keywords aren’t needed. Why? Contextual backlinks. Context. Google knows what the page is about. Want to rank for “best hamster wheels”? Do a brand link from an article entitled “Best Hamster Wheels”. I’ve tested this. I’ve seen jumps from page 9 to page 3 from 1 brand link from an expired site. Which keyword went up the most? The one in the title of the article with the brand link.
Want to rank on google? Just create contextual do-follow brand links from articles targeted to the keywords you want to rank for.
The other thing you’ll need as a small business are local listings/citations. You can get these from websites like bright local or Yext.
The truth is. If everyone knew this then all the SEO sellers providing big complicated services with a billion tiers and supreme ultimate diversification would go out of business.
Ranking is simple, but it’s not easy.
These are all Google drive links:
List of US business listings
List of niche business listings
Citations workbook
Google Stack template
2,000+ guest post opportunities
800 SEO terms all mapped out
Content Pillatopic cluster template for more advance SEOs
Reddit posts:
My Reddit post on finding guest posts
Shameless Plug: I recently started a Google ads/Facebook ads agency working with small to mid-size businesses. Prices are very cheap and negotiable at the moment. I will also do some industries free. Just send me a PM.
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The ladders of wealth creation: a step-by-step roadmap to building wealth

This summer I wrote a post on growing my software company to $15M ARR (reddit thread) that you all seemed to enjoy. So I thought I'd share my latest writing.
Back when I did web design people would often pitch me an idea for a business that would be "Uber for X" or "Facebook, but for Y" and I always struggled to explain how what they chose was an insanely difficult business and all the skills they would need to learn in the process.
This article is my first draft of an attempt to lay out the roadmap to building wealth and the pitfalls and principles you'll encounter along the way.
I'd love to hear what you think in the comments!
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In college I first heard Jason Fried from Basecamp talk about how making money is a skill—like playing the drums or piano—that you can get better at over time. That resonated with me immediately. I wouldn’t expect to be able to sit down at a piano for the first time and immediately play a concerto.
We could outline the progression to mastering a musical instrument, so we should also be able to do the same with earning a living.
What lessons do you need to learn to go from odd jobs around the neighborhood to owning a real estate empire? From working as a freelancer to selling your own digital products? What about from working at Wendy’s to owning a SaaS company earning over $1 million per month? That last one is my own path.
There’s a reliable progression that anyone can take to earn more and build wealth. In fact, I like to think of it as a series of ladders side by side. Each one can climb to different heights in both the quality of business and potential earnings.
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Ladders of Wealth Creation Diagram
(this is important and explains the concept visually)
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In this model the potential earnings increase the higher up each ladder you climb. They also increase as you move left to right to more advanced ladders. But the difficulty increases with each move as well.
Each step requires that you learn new skills to overcome those new challenges. Let’s break down a few of those skills and opportunities at each stage:

TIME FOR MONEY

Our first ladder is trading time for money. This is how most people you know earn a living. It may start with an hourly job working for Starbucks, but then transition into a salaried position working at a company.
At the most basic level you need the skills of:
Every job, even the most entry level, require those three things.
Then in order to take the next step up the ladder you will need to specialize in certain skills (design, copywriting, legal, becoming a nurse, etc) to gain a salaried position.

YOUR OWN SERVICE BUSINESS

If you choose to make the jump to the next ladder of running your own services business there’s an entirely new set of skills you need to learn that build on the last step. Things like:
Looking back there are so many things that seem easy and intuitive now (such as filing for an LLC with the Secretary of State) that were daunting to me at the time.
This is also where many business owners expand beyond their ability and start to lose the lessons they should have mastered from the previous ladder like being reliable and showing up consistently. Which is how a friend of mine with no plumbing experience bought a small plumbing company and doubled revenue in the first year with two simple changes:
  1. Following up with customers
  2. Doing what he said he was going to do
As business owners we underestimate just how much there is to learn so we get overwhelmed and start dropping the ball on the basics.

PRODUCTIZED SERVICES

Up until now each sale has been made by talking to customers or an employer directly in person or over the phone or email. But to truly reach new levels of income you need to learn a different lesson: how to sell without ever talking to the customer.
Our goal is to scale sales to new levels. That means removing every possible bottleneck. On the productized service we’ll remove the sales bottleneck, then on the next ladder we’ll remove the product delivery bottleneck.
A productized service is when we take a set offering (e.g. search engine consulting) and bundle it up as a set offering with a fixed price (an SEO site audit for $1,000).
A few examples include:
Because the project scope and price are fixed the service provider will make more on some projects than others, but the profits will average out.
On this ladder we need to learn:
If you choose to move further up this ladder you can add recurring revenue and employees to scale further and add predictability. For example, my brother-in-law Daniel used to edit any video for $30 per hour, but now he’s launched a recurring productized service to edit up to four vlog episodes per month for $1,000.
First he answered the question, “how many hours will this take?” by moving from hourly to a fixed per video cost. Then he clarified exactly who it is for by specifying vlogs, rather than just any video. And finally he made it recurring by moving to a monthly price, rather than a per video price.
Now he has a predictable income stream from a handful of clients and a waiting list for those who want to sign up when he has more availability.

SELLING PRODUCTS

A productized service works to remove the manual work from making the sale and selling a full product continues that trend by also removing the manual work from delivering the product.
Physical products fall into two categories: handmade and manufactured.
A product takes far more work to create up front, but then each individual sale and the fulfillment of that sale happens without much (or any) additional effort from the business owner.
Examples include:
At this stage there are an entirely new set of skills you have to learn in order to sell products in bulk:
That’s just a few of dozens of skills you’ll need. With that intro to the ladders of wealth covered, let’s turn to principles that will help you navigate this new concept.

8 principles to grow your wealth and income over time

  1. Extra time and money need to be reinvested
  2. You can skip ahead, but you still have to learn the lessons from each step
  3. Apply your existing skills in a new way to build wealth
  4. There’s a difference between working for a better wage and truly building wealth
  5. Using an earlier rung on the ladder to fund the next one
  6. Moving between ladders often means a decrease in income
  7. Each step is easier with an audience
  8. It takes longer than you think, but the results can be incredible

1. EXTRA TIME AND MONEY NEED TO BE REINVESTED

On a recent trip to Seattle I talked to my Uber driver between SeaTac and downtown Seattle. The conversation ranged from travel, our favorite islands in Hawaii, his love for music and gadgets, what he does for work, and why he’s driving for Uber on the side.
He has a solid career working downtown for the City of Seattle and Uber allows him to earn a little extra on the side driving a couple mornings a week. It’s fantastic that services like Airbnb and Uber allow those on with a set salary to earn more on the side.
So what was he spending this extra money on? Well, he loves gadgets and wants two things:
  1. To replace a broken speaker in his home theatre system.
  2. To buy a DJI Mavic drone.
Those are both super fun purchases and it’s great he’s able to work extra to make those happen. But it reminded me of why most people don’t build wealth: increased earnings never go into wealth.
All across society extra money—whether from a raise or working extra—disappears into lifestyle inflation or temporary purchases, when it could be put to work so much more effectively.
The drone would be really fun, but there are so many small parts and fancy electronics that it’s bound to break after a couple years—and that’s if you don’t fly it into a tree before then.
If you want to build wealth that thousand dollars should be spent on new skills or invested in the stock market, retirement accounts, or another business, rather than burned on the latest gadget.

2. YOU CAN SKIP AHEAD, BUT YOU STILL HAVE TO LEARN THE LESSONS FROM EACH STEP

At ConvertKit we run one of the largest affiliate marketing programs of any SaaS company, bringing in nearly half a million dollars in revenue each month. But it’s a pain. None of the software available to manage these systems works well and as a result we spend at least one day a month doing manual work.
My brother-in-law, Philip, saw this manual work and decided to build a better platform for SaaS companies to run affiliate programs. His new tool, called LinkMink, is gaining traction, but still early. After working on it for nearly two years he can’t help but feel frustrated he and his co-founder are only at a couple thousand a month in revenue.
I can relate to this. 2 years into starting ConvertKit we were at the same level. It sucks how slow SaaS can be.
But then I started thinking about Philip’s path. He’s got a bachelor’s degree in business, has worked as a designer, then as a software developer. Then he started working on LinkMink.
His path has been:
Okay, so far this is great. On our income-earning ladder he has gone from the first rung to the second and done it quite quickly. In just four years going from an entry-level position to a fantastic salary.
Somewhere in there he also did a little bit of contract design work, so he picked up the basics of invoicing, finding clients, and marketing your services.
So let’s look at his next step, which was too… Start LinkMink.
Starting a software-as-a-service app isn’t the next step on the spectrum. Hell, it’s not even in the next 10 steps!
Running a SaaS company is incredibly hard with so many moving pieces: development, servers, customer support, legal, payment processing, etc. No wonder it’s taking a while!
It’s not that he can’t do this or that he even made a poor choice in jumping to this step: simply that he has a lot of lessons to learn and he chose to learn them all here, rather than slowly in incremental steps throughout the journey.
Because of that, he should set his expectations that this will take longer and feel harder than it does for other people.
Those downsides are balanced by the fact that it can also have an incredible reward because recurring software is one of the greatest business models on the planet, which is why acquiring companies and investors will pay an incredible premium to own them.

3. APPLY YOUR EXISTING SKILLS IN A NEW WAY TO BUILD WEALTH

My friend Patrick bought a house that needed plenty of work and immediately dove into renovating it himself. Since he works construction full-time he was well equipped with the skills to transform this fixer-upper.
But the real magic and value wasn’t in the main house, which he is remodeling for his family, but in a detached 1-car garage that is accessible from the back alley. Originally this building was so run down that you wouldn’t even park a car in it, but after 6 months of work on nights and weekends Patrick renovated it into a beautiful little 300 square foot studio apartment.
Just a couple hours after listing it for rent on Airbnb he had his first booking. His first month booked up immediately generating over $1,800 in revenue. When combined with his job working on a construction crew, this new revenue stream was a 50% increase in his monthly earnings.
Because Airbnb already exists he has a product to sell (a cozy place to stay), in an existing marketplace, to a steady stream of buyers.
The best part is that not only is this making him money while he works construction, and that the extra work he put in will raise the resale value of his house, but really that for as long as he holds on to it, he has steady cashflow to more than cover his mortgage no matter what job he does.

4. THERE’S A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WORKING FOR A HIGHER WAGE AND TRULY BUILDING WEALTH

While I love working on the computer and creating digitally, often I want an escape from that and to see projects come together in real life. Like many people I’ve been fascinated by tiny houses for years, so this year I decided to pull the trigger and build one myself. While it’s been a lot of learning and quite challenging at times, the break from sitting in front of a computer to start creating in real life has been so rewarding.
Since I’m a complete novice when it comes to home building, I’ve relied on experienced friends like Patrick for the trickier parts, such as installing a double-swing french door.
After finishing his own tiny studio and helping me build my tiny house Patrick said, “Maybe I should quit my construction job”—which is something he’s wanted to do for a long time—”and build tiny houses for other people.”
While it’s a solid idea, and would certainly be more fun than working for a construction company, I talked Patrick out of it. Not because I want to crush someone’s dream, but because it would be a step backwards on our earning a living ladder.
Patrick was on the first ladder of hourly or salaried work for a company. The next logical step would be to start his own company doing similar work. That actually takes him to the next ladder.
Then if he were building tiny houses specifically he could specialize and sell them more as a product—not just labor for x dollars per hour, but actually selling the completed tiny house for a fixed price. Which would mean any efficiencies gained would be his to keep.
Wait, those all sound like good things and steps forward, so why discourage it?
Because Patrick actually has a solid footing on a much more advanced ladder: selling products. His Airbnb is selling a product into an existing marketplace. He’s making money while he sleeps! So instead of using his time and skills to create another hourly or project based income source, he should build a tiny house for himself, put it on Airbnb, and double his product revenue.

5. USE AN EARLIER RUNG ON THE LADDER TO FUND THE NEXT ONE

The one downside to jumping ahead is that it often costs money before you will get money back. Because he did all the work himself, Patrick’s studio renovation only cost about $10,000. While it’s a great return, $10,000 is a lot to come up with!
In the same way Patrick’s biggest obstacle to running another airbnb unit is actually initial capital to get started through buying land and building materials.
That’s where the early rung on the ladders can help. You might stay at your software job longer to stockpile savings to fund your living expenses longer, or you might pick up extra shifts as a bartender to help save for your next set of building materials (which is what Patrick did). Often it requires extra work on one rung of the ladder to fund the jump to the next one.

WHEN IS IT WORTH IT TO WORK FOR A WAGE?

You may have heard the quote, “you shouldn’t trade time for money.” While true that there are better ways to build wealth, early in my career I found that advice quite discouraging. That was the only way I knew how to make money and apparently it was wrong!
You should trade time for money, especially early in your career when it’s the only option available with your current skill set. So rather than writing off entire methods for earning a living, let’s break down five examples of when you should trade time for money:
  1. When you are just getting started. Early in your career, the important thing is to make enough to pay rent and buy groceries. Don’t look down on any job that allows you to do that. Once you have a stable foundation you can start to pursue better opportunities.
  2. When you are learning a new skill. If you can get paid to learn a new skill that will grow your earning potential you absolutely should! Let’s say I want to be a YouTuber and are just getting started. Working as a camera assistant for an ad agency would be a great way to learn more about cameras and video while still paying rent.
  3. As a step in getting to a higher rung or on to the next ladder. It always takes time, money, or both to move to a higher rung on the ladder. If you spend conservatively and save any extra money you can have enough to buy the tools, training, or time necessary to get to the next level.
  4. To build relationships and find mentors. The right people will shape your mindset and opportunities. You should absolutely trade time for money if it means expanding your network to people who can help you jump to the next ladder.
  5. When the work is rewarding and meaningful in its own right. If you found work that you find meaningful and fulfilling, you should do that. Even if some expert says you shouldn’t trade time for money. A lot of money is far from the only kind of wealth.
The most important thing is that you aren’t just treading water as you work for a wage. As much of that money as possible should be saved and invested to help you jump to the next ladder.

6. MOVING BETWEEN LADDERS OFTEN MEANS A DECREASE IN INCOME

I hope this has been helpful and inspiring so far, because I’m about to hit you with some bad news: while income increases as you move up any one ladder, it often decreases when you jump between ladders. Sometimes that drop may be only for a few months, other times it could be a few years. Let me give you an extreme example.
In 2013 I earned over $250,000 from selling books and courses on design. My income head been steadily increasing for the last few years and I was damn proud of my blog and business. But then I decided to make the leap and switch from selling ebooks to starting a software company—one of the most difficult rungs on the product ladder.
My income immediately and substantially dropped as I focused on ConvertKit. So how long do you think it took to set a new one year income record? A year? Two years?
Nope. I didn’t earn over $250,000 in a year again until…2018. 5 years later!
Software can take a long time to get going and for years after we got traction I still reinvested everything. Now, because of the exponential growth of ConvertKit (more on that later), I’m now earning far more than my previous record of $250,000.
As you eye the next ladder to make the leap from a stable job to freelancing, or from a successful freelancing business to your next product, plan for a valley to follow your current revenue peak.
This is especially hard when you’re used to being successful in one area and then you start over in a new area and lose the signs of progress and forward momentum.

IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE ALL OR NOTHING

You can start your blog while still helping freelance clients. Build the habit of writing while you still have your full-time job. Or do what I did and use book and course revenue to help fund building a software company.
A side project is an incredible way to bridge the gap and cover the dip as you move between ladders. Just one note: I said, “a side project” not “side projects.”
It’s so easy to get carried away with dozens of exciting ideas, working on each one as motivation and inspiration are there. But if you keep that cycle going it’s so easy to be spread thin between so many projects that will prevent you from making any one of them actually successful.

7. EACH STEP IS EASIER WITH AN AUDIENCE.

While the dip is always going to be frustrating, imagine that instead of making the leap alone you had dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of people cheering you on at each stage. Each person enjoying hearing about your journey and eager to help you make the next step.
Sound too good to be true?
It’s not. It’s called an audience.
By sharing your journey publicly—and inviting friends, family, and complete strangers along for the ride—you will create your own fan club who are actively rooting for your success.
That’s exactly what I did when I made the jump from selling ebooks about design to starting a software company: I talked about the entire journey through what I called The Web App Challenge. A public challenge to build a customer-funded SaaS product from scratch to $5,000 in recurring revenue in six months.
While I didn’t hit the goal—only achieving just over $2,000 per month—the people who rallied around to support my public journey were incredible.
That next endeavor that you launch, whether it’s creating handcrafted products for the farmers market, starting a new coffee shop, if you share your story and give people a way to follow your journey, they will. Some will buy your products, others will tell their friends, and still more will cheer you on.
An audience is actually easier to build than we make it seem:
  1. Have a goal. The goal could be to make your first sale at a farmers market, write a book, renovate an airbnb, pay off your debt, landing your first four design clients, or just about anything else. The point is for it to be clear who you are and what you are trying to accomplish.
  2. Document your progress. This next step is a little harder—not because it’s difficult to document progress, but because it’s difficult to do consistently. Choose a cadence and write updates reminding people of what you are trying to accomplish and sharing your progress, learnings, and challenges on that journey. That could be through a monthly blog post or even just through more regular Instagram posts.
  3. Ask for help. Finally, understand that everyone wants to help, so let them! If you need advice on how to price your products or how to setup your business, just ask. If someone in your small audience doesn’t know, they most likely know someone who does. Throughout my journey I’ve been blown away by how many people step up with advice, introductions, and support whenever I’ve asked.
So as you plan your next big step to build wealth I encourage you to set a clear goal, share it publicly, and give your community the opportunity to rally behind you and make it happen.

8. IT TAKES LONGER THAN YOU THINK, BUT THE RESULTS CAN BE INCREDIBLE

A few years ago my friend James’ grandmother passed away in her 90’s. She had grown up in the small town of Council in central Idaho. When she was 60 years old her husband, my friend’s grandfather, passed away. Leaving her alone. She was financially secure through two paid off houses, one in Boise, the other in Council, but she still had a long life ahead of her.
She always loved cute little houses and decided to buy one to rent out as a new hobby to fill her time. A couple years later she bought another and rented it out as well. Then another and another.
By the time I met her she was 80 years old and in the 20 years since she started, she had acquired more than 25 cute little homes throughout Southwest Idaho. None were very expensive, probably around $100,000 each, but combined they turned into quite the real estate empire. Each returning a great monthly cashflow that she rolled into buying the next property.
In addition to this she bought a one hundred acre ranch on the Boise river outside of town.
What had started as a hobby to pass her time and distract from loneliness turned into a real estate empire worth over $5 million.
The takeaway is not necessarily to buy more houses (though that has been a great path to wealth for many), but that consistently reinvesting time and money into wealth creation rather than lifestyle inflation can have incredible results if allowed to play out for long enough.

The unique shapes of increasing income

I mentioned earlier that the further to the right on the income ladders you go the more difficult they become, but also the greater the upside. It may be hard to understand exactly why that is, so let’s explain it with three visuals:

STAIR STEP

Stair step diagram
Most people will experience a stair step approach to income in their life. As they move from an hourly position to a salary that comes with a raise, which would be a step up in income. Then each additional salary increase will be another step. In some careers these may be small and often, in others they may be spaced out over more time and be quite large (residency to a full doctor or making partner at a law firm).
You can also supplement a salary with an additional project (a rental property, buying an e-commerce site, a recurring consulting agreement) that will result in another stair step in your income.
While this model isn’t the best possible, it is how nearly all wealthy people built their wealth. You won’t have unlimited upside, but over 40+ years it is one of the most reliable paths to wealth.

LINEAR

Linear diagram
Enough stair steps that are close together will simply look like a linear growth curve when you zoom out. So while a raise every few years will look like a stair step, a freelancer steadily able to increase her rate will look linear. In the same way that adding a rental property once is a worthwhile stair step, adding one per year is linear.
The most common linear growth that I see in my work is in selling digital products: as traffic increases, so do sales. It isn’t exponential because traffic is still the bottleneck, but each new blog post or search engine ranking brings a few hundred more people to the site each month. Over time that drives more sales and income increases.

EXPONENTIAL

Exponential diagram
Exponential growth comes from when each sale of a product truly makes the next sale come more easily. It requires a product that you can sell repeatedly (whether physical or digital) that can be created at a large scale. Meaning you can’t be selling your time.
Exponential growth often starts slowly, taking months or years to reach any kind of meaningful revenue. But fast forward a few years or a decade and the growth can be absolutely astounding.
Software companies, marketplaces, and large e-commerce companies have an incredibly high ceiling and can grow insanely fast in their prime. But that usually takes time, significant skill, and meaningful capital.

My own journey to building wealth

The one thing I can guarantee is that your journey won’t be linear. Mine own journey involved jumping all over the place. Let me show you:
  1. Woodworking (2003 — 13 years old). The very first way I made money—other than my parents paying me for work around the house—was making wood carvings on a scroll saw a family friend had given me, and selling them around the neighborhood. Each one making between $10-$40, depending on the complexity. While after that it would be a few years before I would revisit products, I still find it interesting that I had such an early foray into products. Most important skill acquired: the courage to knock on a stranger’s door and sell them something.
  2. Wendy’s (2005 — 15 years old). I was in a hurry to grow up and wanted to start taking college classes. I needed money in order to pay tuition. So I picked up the phonebook and started calling businesses asking how old you had to be to work there. Most said 16. Wendy’s was the first to say they’d hire at 15. Working the drive through we would compete with other local stores to set the fastest drive through services times. I worked the cash register and learned to type on it without looking in order to make sure I wasn’t the bottleneck. Most important skill acquired: how to work very fast.
  3. Freelance web design (2006 — 16 years old). I learned web design in high school and started to make money designing websites and logos. In 2007 I dropped out of college to do it full time. My biggest success was building a web application for $10,000. Most important skill acquired: how to find, work with, and charge clients.
  4. Lead designer in a startup (2009 — 19 years old). In 2009 I was hired on full time by one of my clients (a 14 person venture backed startup). I stayed for nearly three years, growing to lead their product design team. I spent my time designing in Photoshop, learning to code iOS apps, and working with a large team as the company eventually grew to over 80 team members. Most important skill acquired: an introduction to leading a team.
  5. Building and selling iOS apps (2011 — 21 years old). While working for the software startup I started building iOS apps on the side. Then I went out on my own to freelance and continue to build my own apps. As my first venture back into products since the days of selling handmade goods door to door, I had to learn to write a sales page, code apps, market products, and launch into the iOS app ecosystem. Most important skill acquired: building a product and selling into an existing marketplace.
  6. Selling my first book (2012 — 22 years old). After building quite a few iOS apps I turned to writing a blog and then eventually writing a book teaching how to design apps. The book was quite successful, selling nearly $20,000 worth in the first week! This launched my entire journey with building an audience and self-publishing. Most important skill acquired: how to build an audience.
  7. Building a software company (2013 — 23 years old). My next—and final—venture was to focus on software again and build the email marketing company I wish I had when I started growing an audience. Today ConvertKit earns over $18 million per year. Nearly seven years after starting ConvertKit it is what I’m still doing and plan to do for at least the next decade. Most important skill acquired: how to work relentlessly on one idea for long enough to reach its full potential.
Over the years I’ve done so many different things, but each one was a step towards learning the skills required to earn a living and build wealth.

Considering leveling up your income and wealth?

As you’re considering making the jump to the next level, ask yourself these questions:
These aren’t meant to discourage you from making a move. Instead, the answers to these questions will give you awareness to make you more likely to succeed in the journey ahead.
Let’s close with one final example.

The Patel Motel Cartel

Did you know that 50% of motels in the United States are owned and operated by people of Indian origin? One of my favorite articles I’ve read in the last year was in the New York Times and was actually written back in 1999, it’s titled, A Patel Motel Cartel?
In the 1950s families from India started to immigrate to the United States. Because it was so expensive they often relied on money from family to help them get settled.
Once in the United States they got jobs, earned more, and paid it forward to others in their family to help them make the same move. The money was never repaid, but always paid forward.
But the real magic came with what they did next. Instead of pursuing normal jobs a family would pull together all the money they could (from their own savings and from extended family) and use it as a down payment on a small motel. The family would then move into it and run it full time. Spending their days and weekends working the front desk, cleaning rooms, and making beds.
Over time as it grew into a meaningful business they would have some free capital to pay forward to another relative who would do the same thing.
They worked hard hosting thousands of guests and carefully stockpiling money. Whenever the stockpile grew large enough it didn’t go into increasing their lifestyle, but instead into the next opportunity, which was nearly always another motel.
By 2003, when the article was written, Indian immigrants owned half of all the motels in the United States. Not only were they continue to earn great revenue from each booking, but the land has appreciated over the decades to become incredibly valuable, making these families rich.
My three favorite things are that they:
  1. Rallied together to make one family succeed, and in doing so raised the tide for everyone.
  2. Never paid back the money, but instead paid it forward to the next family member to create opportunity for them.
  3. Always poured the money into the next revenue generating asset (another motel) rather than inflating their lifestyle.
While he doesn’t come from a culture where that kind of assistance and collaboration is common, my friend Patrick is well on his way to creating wealth through following the same model as he leverages his construction skills to build more Airbnbs.
Philip is doing the hard work to launch a SaaS company—learning all the skills necessary to jump 3 ladders in a single move. His company, LinkMink, is now growing quickly and we even switched ConvertKit to their platform a few months ago.
And I’ve used the skills I learned from each ladder to build a company to nearly $20 million in revenue.
No matter where you are in your journey, whether you are searching for a job, living paycheck to paycheck, launching your first business, growing an audience, starting a side project, scaling your company, or looking for the next venture to invest in, I hope this article helps to serve as a roadmap of what’s possible.
Building wealth is a skill. A skill anyone can master given enough time and a relentless desire to learn and work hard.
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Your Own Web Based Home Business

Tired of working the nine-to-five job? Tired of your boss? Tired of working to make someone else rich? Want to work at home so you can be with your family more? Do you like the Internet?
Some of those questions are the titles to spam emails you get. They offer get rich schemes, just fill out surveys and get paid, get paid just to surf the web, get paid to shop, etc. etc.
But what is the real scoop about starting my own Internet Business from home? In this article we will help you learn some of the facts about owning your own home business based on the web. We will tell you how to avoid the hype and tell you the straight facts about how to start and maintain your own Internet Business. Are you ready?
You have all probably read many stories about how people with nothing have become millionaires on the web. You have no doubt received tons of spam email promising you that the same thing can happen to you, all you have to do is buy this ebook, this software, sign up as a member, etc. etc.
Multi-Level-Marketing or MLM programs were around before the Internet was in everyone’s home, but since then they have boomed. There are many programs that offer to “get you in on the ground floor”. All you have to do is sign up and those who sign up after you will make you rich.
Most of these are actually pyramid schemes. If the primary goal is to recruit new members and not to sell products, then it is likely a scam, so beware of those.
The first thing you should know about starting any business is that it is hard work. You think your boss was bad? Wait until you are your boss.
For some reason many people think that while starting an offline business is hard work, starting one on the web is easy. I really don’t understand that philosophy, except for the fact we get so many emails promising to make you rich with little or no work at all.
Let me tell you this. When you start any business, whether it’s a store, a gas station, or whatever, you know you will have to go in everyday, put in long hours and be smart if you are going to become successful. It is no different when starting an online or home business. If you are not prepared to put in the hours and the work, you will not be any more successful online than you would be offline.
There are no shortcuts, no magic pills, no marketing plans that can make you rich online without hard work. If you are not prepared to put in the time and the work necessary to any successful business, don’t quit your day job and just continue to be a consumer surfing the web instead of trying to find a way to get rich without work.
That may sound harsh to you, but the web is full of people trying to get something for nothing and we don’t need any more of those. However, if you are a person who is willing to put in the time and effort, the web can be a great place to make your living.
How do you get started? Well, first of all, what are your interests? If you choose a business you don’t have a lot of interest in, you will find it very difficult to stay motivated. Look at things that interest you when deciding what type of online business you want to have.
Not all online businesses require having a website, but most do, so we are going to start there. Lets say you have chosen what you are going to sell, whether it is products, services, or promoting affiliate programs.
You will need a domain name. The first thing people think is that they should have a catchy name that equals the name of their business and that it should be their domain name. Not true. Generic domain names that contain keywords that describe your products or services are best. Your company name will be on the front page of your website, but the domain name is what people will remember and what will help people find you through the search engines.
Where do I register my domain name? There are many cheap registrars out there for registering domain names, but don’t go with the cheap ones. You get what you pay for. Go with the ones that provide you the most service. Do you really think saving $20 per YEAR on your domain name is going to make or break your business? If so, stop now, do not pass go, go back to your day job.
Now you have a domain name, now what? You will need hosting for the new website you are going to build or have built. Again, look for the hosting that provides you the most service. You want 24-hour tech support. You want a lot of space, but most of all you want a lot of bandwidth. You want easy access to your files and a control panel, not just ftp access.
You also want a host who provides a lot of extras like “instant install” of gallery managers, content managers, calendar programs, and other scripts for forums, blogs, and more. The more they offer, the better, because you don’t know where your business might lead you. A cheap host is just that, a cheap host.
Now you will need a website to put up on the host. You can buy a website on Ebay or from others that are already built and ready to go or you can have one built to your specifications. You can also learn to build your own website and save money, but make sure you research how to do this very well before you choose that option.
Building a website that is not optimized for the search engines or one that does not function or navigate easily will hurt your business, so if you are not ready to build one you are sure will work, have the work done or buy one.
Also, people have the perception that their website must be beautiful in order to be successful. They think they must have flashy introductions, databases, dynamic content, great graphics, etc. etc.
None of those things I just mentioned will help you become successful on the web. They are great to have, but do not put undue importance on the dressing. Promoting your website will be the key to it’s success along with the content that is in your website. Those are the things you will focus on if you wish to have a successful online business.
On building your website or buying one, make sure that it has a lot of text content rich with keywords that apply to the products or services you will be selling. You want it to have a professional look and feel, but you don’t need it to be too flashy.
There are a lot of freelance websites out there where you can post the job you want done and people will bid on doing the job for you. That is a good way to find a web designer that wants to do a good job for a competitive price.
Now you have your domain name, your hosting, and your new website. What now? Well, it’s not like in the movie Field of Dreams, where If you build it, they will come. That doesn’t apply to websites unfortunately.
You will need to promote your website. This is where the work starts. This is what will demand the most of your time, because if you do not promote your website, the customers will never come buy anything. They won’t be able to find you out of the millions of websites that are out there.
You have to be better than the next guy. You have to be willing to promote your website for more hours than the next guy. And you have to beat the next guy to the latest and greatest methods of website promotion.
There are several things you will be doing with your new website. First and foremost, you will be writing articles like this one about the products and services you sell and topics related to them. You will also spend time submitting these articles to websites that offer free content to webmasters.
A lot of website owners are hungry for good original content. They go to these content providers and pull articles related to their products and services and put those articles into their websites. Since your article, like the one I am writing here, has an author bio section at the bottom with links to your website, every website owner that inserts your article into their website is now another website that links to you.
That increases your link popularity, which in turn helps you get better listings in search engine results for your keywords. Writing at least one article everyday will move you up in the search engine rankings before you know it. This is my fourth article for the day, just to give you an idea of how much I’m willing to promote my website.
You can also post a lot on blogs and forums that are related to your products or services. In the signature line you put a link to your website. In this subtle way you not only create another website that has a link to your website, but by participating in the forum or blog you may just have users there want to see your website and might want to buy your product or services.
You also want to put your link in your email, on your business cards, on your letterhead, and anywhere else you can. Having your own business, whether online or offline is a way of life, not a nine to five job. So be sure you are ready to do whatever it takes to be successful. Because if you are not ready to work harder than you ever have before, having your own business is not for you. https://saleresorts.com/articles/article/57/4/Travel-MLM-Opportunity-to-See-the-World
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