October 2010

How My Phone Helped Me Land on the First Page of Google

In my last post, I announced that the niche site I created 2 months ago just landed on the first page of Google. Yay! Although I reveal the entire process from start to finish on the niche site duel hub, I still saw a number of comments and emails asking specific follow-up questions about the [...]

Niche Site Duel 009: I’m On the First Page of Google!

Yep! That's right! In almost exactly 2 months since the creation of my niche site for the niche site duel with Tyrone Shum, my site is now sitting at the #6 spot in Google for my primary keyword, as shown below in Market Samurai. August 25th: Site went live. Not ranked. August 29th: #184 September [...]

The No-Fail Approach to Product Creation

Market research, surveys, focus groups, middlemen, test markets—these are all things that people (and companies) spend a ton of money on to ensure that a new product they create with will become a winning product. You can I—the bloggers, internet entrepreneurs and small online businesses owners of this world, can utilize many of the above [...]

Niche Site Duel 008: My Monetization Strategy

When I started my security guard training site for this niche site duel, a lot of people had asked me how I planned to monetize it. In this post, I will answer that question for you. Because the niche I chose is an education & career driven niche, I plan to follow a similar progression [...]

SPI 008: How to Get More Traffic with Corbett Barr from ThinkTraffic.net

Note: Corbett has been back on the podcast since this episode, on episode 023 and on episode 147 with the whole Fizzle team. Check the Related Podcasts section at the bottom of this post. In this session of the Smart Passive Income Podcast, I welcome Corbett Barr from ThinkTraffic.net as a co-host, and we discuss [...]

The Freebie Myth: Should You Include an Opt-In Bonus When Building Your Email List?

I was always taught to include some kind of freebie when building an email list. Whether it’s an eBook, a course, a report or something else, a freebie will capture people’s attention and grab new subscribers. I mean, who doesn’t love something for free, right? Well, at Blog World Expo last week, an interesting discussion [...]

Goodbye Vegas—It Was Fun!

My time in Vegas for Blog World Expo is already over! I guess time flies when you're having fun. The family and I drove in on Tuesday, and we're headed back today. Although BWE runs through the entire weekend, I don't think my family could last that long in Vegas. This was our first "long" [...]

How to Be a Business Card Ninja

Today I'm in Las Vegas getting ready for Blog World Expo. I can't wait to meet everyone I've been friends with online who I have yet to meet in person, and everyone else who I've never even networked with before. While I was going through my "list of things to bring to BWE", the thought [...]

Hiring a Virtual Assistant—Everything You Need to Know

I have quite a bit of experience hiring help for my online businesses, but only on a project to project basis. iPhone applications, copywriting and web design are usually what I hire out for. Lately, however, I've been incurring a lot of daily tasks in some of my businesses (mostly geared around the Niche Site [...]

How to Pick the Right Business Partners

This excellent piece of writing is a guest post by Sathvik Tantry of TheresMoneyEverywhere.com. It’s hard to run a business by yourself. After all, no one is good at everything, and it’s great to have people who can keep you motivated and give you new ideas. Business partners can also provide valuable skills and business [...]