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Welcome Discovery Channel and American Chopper Viewers

by on Aug.30, 2011, under Make Money Online

How one lazy bum made $176,697.50

I want to send a warm welcome to all the viewers from Discovery Channel and American Chopper. Like you, I’m a big fan of the show and never miss an episode. No doubt you came here because of this post. I invited you to discover more about what my blog has to offers. If you take my advice and do as I say, you can own an American Chopper someday. :)

What’s with The Shout Out?

For my regular readers, this shout out is because I’m being flooded by American Chopper viewers thanks the premier of season 3 and Discovery running an American Chopper marathon leading up to the premier. This has resulted in a wave of traffic from Google searches related to American Chopper.

How does a blog that writes mostly about making money online rank number 1 on Google for American Chopper? You can read my post on how to SEO your blog post, and check out this video I did about the on page SEO for my American Chopper post, for the answer. Since writing it, Google has sent over 86,000 views to the post. That is the power of on page SEO done right!



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CPAOffers.com Goes On Flippa Auction Block

by on Aug.30, 2011, under Make Money Online

Linka from PR9 Sites

My friend Richard Kershaw has decided to put one of his best sites for sale on Flippa. CPAoffers.com is a CPA network directory that generates residual income by referring affiliates and subaffiliates to affiliate networks like MaxBounty, NeverBlue, PeerFly, etc.

What makes the site attractive is the domain name. The site ranks number 1 for “CPA Networks” and number 2 for “CPA Offers.” Another attractive feature is the site pretty much run itself and all the income is passive. In addition to getting the site and top level domain name, the buyer will also receive these defensive domain registrations:

  • CPAOffer.net
  • CPAOffers.net
  • CPAOffer.org
  • CPAOffers.org
  • CPAoffers.co.uk
  • Nooti.com [former URL]
  • WebmasterEyes.com [former URL]

I personally feel the site has far more potential than what Richard is using it for. Right now, all the site income is from referring affiliates to networks. Adding a blog about affiliate marketing would surely increase the traffic and SEO rankings. The ultimate would be to develop an affiliate training program and sell it on the site. Richard would love to do all of this, but he doesn’t have the time because he just started a new e-commerce business. Therefore, CPAOffers.com is up for sale!

The current high bid is $20,000 and there’s three days until the auction close. It’ll be interesting to see what the site ends up going for. Good luck with the sale, Richard.



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5 Tips to Help You Gain and Retain Readers

by on Aug.30, 2011, under Make Money Online

Getting traffic to a site nowadays has become relatively achievable for those that put the necessary time and effort in it. If you’re just starting out, build your site on a good, search engine optimizable platform (like WordPress, Joomla, Drupal or OS Commerce for small and medium sites), add great content that people will find interesting, useful and entertaining, and the users and search engines will take care of the rest (you could also buy some links, but Google doesn’t endorse this and you risk dropping in their rankings).

Most of the times, people will tell others about your site and will link to it, so you’ll start getting traffic from a wide variety of blogs/sites and social networks, in addition to search engines. This is enough to get to a steady few thousand visitors per month in about 3-6 months, and if you continue posting only good unique content, your site will start being recognized as “trusted” and your traffic will increase exponentially.

Now, the biggest problem for every website (especially online shops, as they are made to sell, and this naturally make people think that the information on the accompanying blog may not be trustful) is keeping the visitors and making them buy or subscribe AND want to come back. Afterall, this is how you make money, right?

Fortunately, people have been trying to optimize their sites since the beginning of the web boom, and there are a few surefire way to increase the odds of your visitors liking your site, buying what you sell and remembering it for all their future needs.

1 – Keep your site’s design simple and to the point

Sure, you may want your brand new online shop to look slick and modern, but there is a limit on how many banners, pictures and videos you can put on it before it becomes unusable, slow and confusing. When designing it, make up your mind about what the site needs to do (provide useful information, make the users want to buy, subscribe or click on your affiliate links) and don’t insert more stuff than needed. By following this rule, you’ll save your users’ screen space (which is always limited), bandwidth (images slow them down a lot) and brain cells (as they won’t have to get pissed off because they don’t know what to do next, especially if they are pressed by time).

2 – Tell your new visitors what your business does

Visitors that come across a new site nowadays are very impatient if they don’t see what exactly does it do. And unless they really want something rare, they’ll stay for only about 10-15 seconds, then go to other sites (your competitors) if there is nothing to explain what exactly does your site provide. This is a bad thing that can be easily avoided: just write a good, short description that you can use in the headline (for example “We sell the best food for your pet dogs and cats”), beside your slogan, if you have one, and have a detailed, yet easy to read “About” page which is clearly visible from any other page on the site.

3 – Clearly tell your users what’s in it for them

They don’t care if you say you’re the best expert in the world on cats, dogs and other pets. The first thing your visitors will ask is how are you different from all other online shops? Just a few years ago, everyone was using discounts and lower prices to differentiate themselves, but it’s just not feasible to lower the prices any more. So you should give them something else, like overnight delivery, free vet checks (not as expensive as it sounds) or satisfaction guarantees. And write it clearly in the header or at least above the fold (“We sell the best food for your pets… and deliver it overnight with a free vet check coupon and a satisfaction guarantee!” or something like that).

4 – Make the navigation as easy and simple as possible.

Don’t make it confusing and frustrating to navigate your site and buy your products. Clearly label the buttons so that anyone can see them and know what to do next. Make the checkout fast and easy and don’t make it a requirement for users to register (instead, you could just ask for their email next to the billing/shipping address, then send them a message saying “Hey, thanks for your order! It would be better for you to register if you plan on buying from us in the future as it will save you time and possible mistakes. It’s quick and easy. Check it out when you have time!). I saw this only on a few sites, and it was so much better to be able to register when you’re reading your email (and have free time) than in the middle of an order (worrying that your information might be lost).

5 – Write in a language that your customers understand

If you’re selling general products, you want to use simple words that anyone can understand, but if you’re selling to a niche like doctors or bikers, it would be better to have the site written in their jargon. This way, you’ll give the impression that you know your stuff and are one of them (i.e. can be trusted). If you don’t know anything about bikes, just write the general text, then ask or pay someone to make it better by using words specific to the niche.

These are only the basic tips that will surely help you make your blog or website “sticky”, so that your customers like it and want to come back. If you want to get the most of it, the only way to go is further customization, experimentation and improving upon the above techniques.

Thomas Alling writes about how you can utilize internet marketing to make money online with your blog. You can visit his blog at MakeMoneyHelper.com



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Dot Com Pho – We’re Millionaires Edition

by on Aug.30, 2011, under Make Money Online

With Stephen Fung and Michael Kwan in Seattle for PAX and Ed Lau on a cruise with his parents, Dot Com Pho Vancouver wasn’t it’s normal full house self. We had five showed up for the millionaires edition – everyone who came got a $1 million bill.

Even with the lower turnout, it was still a great time. We discussed the pressing issues of the week and tried to paid Brian for Pho with funny money (it didn’t work). The stuff we did get on camera included the super hot pot, democracy actually working, and cracking the code to the game of Life.

Anyone is welcome to join us for Dot Com Pho. Follow me on Twitter to find the time and location of the next one.

Happy Pho

I'm Rich!



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Penthouse One At The Fairmont Estates Pacific Rim

by on Aug.30, 2011, under Make Money Online

Penthouse One at the Fairmont Estates Pacific Rim in downtown Vancouver is a waterfront penthouse offering 6,459 square feet of living space on two spacious levels with a large walk out roof top deck. With an asking price of $28.8 million, it is currently the most expensive condo offered for sale in Vancouver.

For $28.8 million, the Asian buyer (that’s why there are two 8′s in the price) of the 3-bedroom Penthouse One will get one prime piece of properties with quite possibly the best view in the world. Everything is top of the line, and no expense was spared to create a sky home that represents the ultimate in luxury penthouse living.

Like the Living Shangri-la Penthouse, Penthouse One at the Fairmont Estates is built on top of a hotel – the Fairmont Pacific Rim in this case. Estates owners can take advantage of all the services the five-star hotel offers, including spa, maid, valet, etc. I would like to say that those extras are included for free, but if you can afford $28.8 million, you can afford the valet, and the driver.

Enjoy drooling on the photos.

Penthouse One - The Fairmont Estates Pacific Rim

Penthouse One - The Fairmont Estates Pacific Rim

Penthouse One - The Fairmont Estates Pacific Rim

Penthouse One - The Fairmont Estates Pacific Rim

Penthouse One - The Fairmont Estates Pacific Rim

Penthouse One - The Fairmont Estates Pacific Rim

Penthouse One - The Fairmont Estates Pacific Rim

Penthouse One - The Fairmont Estates Pacific Rim

Penthouse One - The Fairmont Estates Pacific Rim

Penthouse One - The Fairmont Estates Pacific Rim

Penthouse One - The Fairmont Estates Pacific Rim

Penthouse One - The Fairmont Estates Pacific Rim

Penthouse One - The Fairmont Estates Pacific Rim



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