New Course: Achieve Financial Independence And Retire Early!

If you’ve visited the blog recently, you may have noticed that I haven’t been extremely active. I’ve been here just as much as always, but I’ve been slower to respond to comments, haven’t been as active on social networks, and haven’t visited other people’s blogs as much as I usually like to.

This is very strange of me, because usually those things are some of my top priorities. However, I have been extremely busy these past few weeks working on a brand new course. Achieve Financial Independence And Retire Early is finally out!  [Read more…]

5 Automation Tools Every Blogger Should Be Using

I’m a real big fan of automation when it makes sense.

There’s a lot that goes into successful blogging, far beyond just writing great posts. There are a million and one tasks bloggers seem to have to do to keep up, and doing it all on your own can be tedious, intimidating, and exhausting.

Unfortunately, we are not all big companies with teams of employees to delegate tasks to. We do not have email lists greater than the population of the cities we live in. We don’t have a ton of crazy fans willing to do our work for us.

That’s fine. We don’t need to.

There are so many incredible tools available today that can do a lot of the work for us that we used to have to do manually. Let’s take a look at some automation tools I’m using personally that I think you should check out too!

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How Do I Sell My Niche Website? Q&A With FE International

I’ve been asked a few times why I don’t tend to publish guest posts here on Help Start My Site. The truth is, I’m very selective with who’s content I publish on here.

A few weeks ago Thomas Smale, the co-founder of FE International, contacted me for an expert round-up post on FE International’s blog called “How To Make Money Online With A Niche Website.

A few email exchanges later, Thomas asked me if I’d be interested in a guest post for my site. Knowing the quality behind his work, I couldn’t refuse. So without any further ado, here’s Thomas!

Q&A With FE International

So, you want to sell your website? At FE International we have years of successful transaction experience selling both large and small websites in a variety of niches such as health, writing, photography, fashion and travel to name a few. Here are some of the common questions asked by individuals wanting to sell their websites. [Read more…]

The Ultimate MemberPress WordPress Plugin Review

I recently stumbled upon a new WordPress plugin called MemberPress that would end up becoming an integral part of my website.

This plugin would not only provide the basis of my future membership website, but is also being currently used to host both of my products – my book, and my video course.

I have spent a lot of time with the plugin so far and while I still have a lot to learn, I know enough to give a fair review of MemberPress.

If you’ve been sitting on the fence with MemberPress or you just want to know more about it, read on. There’s a lot to cover!

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Are Online Educational Courses The Next Big Thing?

I’ve been wondering for a while now what the ‘next big thing’ is in terms of internet marketing and product creation, and how us bloggers / entrepreneurs can get in early.

7 years ago, it was smartphones. Big app developers became millionaires overnight as the mobile app market grew into a 10 billion dollar a year industry. A few years ago, Kindle and other eBook platforms took off and are still growing rapidly today. What’s next?

I think e-Learning is going to be the next big thing, specifically with video courses. Why do I say this? [Read more…]

Blogging For Money: Starting Your Very Own Web Business!

I’m excited to announce that I’ll be releasing my first video course this week, Blogging For Money: Starting Your Very Own Web Business!

This course is loosely based off of my first book on blogging for profit, which has since been pulled off the shelves as I wasn’t satisfied with its quality. Blogging For Money: Starting Your Very Own Web Business has improved upon the book, adding additional detail and covering more topics.

The course will cost $97 and contains ~2 hours of video content. The version that will be published on this site will contain a number of additional bonuses, which I am still developing.

An alternate version will be available on Udemy and other similar e-Learning websites.

The various sections and videos are as follows: [Read more…]

Why Building A Business Around AdSense May Be A Bad Idea

I remember it like it was yesterday…

“Build up a site, throw Google AdSense on it, and collect checks every month!”

The funny thing was, that sort of idea was actually feasible not so long ago. If you had great content and could get people on your site, you actually could make thousands of dollars a month with AdSense alone.

If somebody told me the same thing today, I’d have to wonder what it is they’re going to try and sell me shortly afterwards, because making money from AdSense is not quite as easy as it was just a few years ago. Here are four reasons why building a business around AdSense may be a bad idea, and what I’d do instead if I were starting out today.  [Read more…]

HSMS 04: Can Blogging Bring Financial Freedom?

Summary:

In this episode of the Help Start My Site podcast, we discuss whether or not blogging can bring financial freedom, and if so, how we can realistically make it happen. Later, we talk discuss people’s concerns over privacy issues, and compare .com to other domain extensions when it comes to click-throughs on the search engine results pages.

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Whether or not blogging can bring you financial freedom.
  • If so, how to realistically make that happen!
  • How you can get rich slowly but surely – even on minimum wage.
  • How to retire as soon as possible.
  • Why Google is being sued (again.)
  • How .com compares to other domain extensions in the search engine results pages.
  • The growth of Pinterest.

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What Does The Future Of Internet Marketing Look Like?

When you look back at how things have changed in the internet marketing world over the past 10 years, it’s pretty incredible.

I wasn’t making a living online in 2005, but I have spoken with many marketers who have made it clear that the game was entirely different back then. The internet was still relatively new, it was easier to reach people, and those who started content-rich websites could do well much easier.

Today, it’s completely different. On one hand, people are spending more time and money online than ever before. On the other, everyone and their dog is starting up a website and trying to earn a living from it.

This trend is set to continue, and as technology continues to advance, it’s interesting to see where we’ll be at in 10, or even just 5 years from now. Let’s take a look at what the future of internet marketing has in store for us, and how we can prepare for it now. [Read more…]

HSMS 03: Why Most Blogs Don’t Make Money + Keeping Control Of Your Business

Summary:

In this episode of the Help Start My Site podcast, we discuss why most blogs do not make money and where to focus your attention if you want to turn visitors into buyers. We also discuss how taking advantage of an update to YouTube this week will allow you to get more views on your YouTube videos, as well as the importance of keeping control of your own business.

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Why most bloggers focus their attention in the wrong area.
  • What causes people to buy.
  • How you can make more money doing less work by taking advantage of automation tools.
  • How to retain your visitors and develop a relationship with them.
  • How to increase the number of views your videos receive.
  • The importance of keeping your business in your own hands.

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