My BetterHelp Experience – 11% Growth In 10 weeks

(advertorial – affiliate links included.) I was pacing the floor. Again. The clock on the wall chirped. Why I ever thought it was a good idea to buy a clock that sings like a bird, I’ll never know. And right now it was a painful reminder that it was 3 am, my business was failing, family life was overwhelming, I was failing in my relationships as a father, husband and friend and I had lost all confidence in my ability to make decisions. Worst of all, I was alone. Just me and my demons. I poured a finger of whiskey and took two more melatonin. I had always sworn that I would never self-medicate. But this was the third night of little sleep. As the bird lock chirped again I stumbled into bed and collapse in an angry, sweaty sleep. Someone was chasing me. And I was being forced to jump to my death from this bridge to the shallow river below. There was no way out. They were closing in. Demons. The other day while driving past Yakov’s show in Branson, I joked that if my generation of artists don’t stop killing themselves, there won’t be anyone for me to watch in Branson when I’m an old fart. It’s so true it hurts. Every second of every day we interact with a growing number of individuals. Our every decision weighs in their judgemental balance. The pressure of being a celebrity has killed many a person. And now, the average individual lives out their lives as a “mini celebrity” in front of hundreds of people. It’s unnatural. And just...
Interview With An Escape Artist 002: Mike Malas

Interview With An Escape Artist 002: Mike Malas

[Scroll down For Interview] Youtube Podcast Today we interview another local entrepreneur who supports himself (and his parents) by selling handmade soap.   I love how he looked at his skillset and said “I know how to sell stuff. I’m really good at sales.” And then looked for something that would synergize with that.   All too often, we have talents that we forget about because it is second nature to us. It’s like being trapped in the bottom of a well, but because we forgot that we have a personal jetpack. Or we refuse to try out the jetpack because we think “Oh, I’m not good enough”.   Mike bet big, and it’s paying off for not only him, but also his parents.   Don’t forget to stop by the show notes below the video and give his Facebook page a like. I personally use his soaps and find them to be an excellent alternative to the chemicals I used to bathe in.   Also pay attention to how his belief in their product fuels his actions. You can have the biggest opportunity in the world, but if it doesn’t thoroughly excite you, it is extremely hard to find the motivation to move forward.   It’s clear that Mike gets energy from his work, and that would be hard to do if his persona values didn’t line up with the product. I hope you enjoyed the Interview With An Escape Artist! Don’t forget to tune in Mondays for our Monday Morning Mocha Series! I escaped my day job with blogging. Start your escape with my system for...

A New Look At Content Creation For Affiliate Sites

For three years now, my method of generating content has been very straightforward: Find 5-6 Products. Review Those Products. Write the next page. It is an extremely robust system that continues to rank in the search engines and makes me money. It helps users decide what to buy, saves them time on their research, and delivers dollars into my pockets. However, as we come into the second quarter of 2016, I’m re-evaluating the entire business. Am I on the best footing? Here’s the shift I’m deploying in my on-site content creation — and the reasons behind it. Approval For Affiliate Programs Affiliate managers keep getting pickier. I’ve seen several people not approved for Amazon recently and their reason for denial basically says “if all of the advertising content was removed from your site, there would be no content left”. So — especially for the new people getting into the game — it is going to be critical that your sites are appealing to the product owners you will be applying to. Virality We have to ask WHAT DOES GOOGLE WANT? And, let’s face it. Google wants to be Facebook.  In fact, they recently partnered with Twitter. They want to have fun, fluffy pieces that people like, follow, share, tweet and blather over.  They want people to spend hours on their properties. But more importantly, they want pieces that people ENGAGE WITH and SPEND TIME ON. Now is this the best thing for our customers? I think so. Because, unlike that really cool piece on gun control that you shared and forgot about, when people actually spend 2-3 minutes on...

Top 5 Ways To Make An Extra $50 Per Day From Home This Week

If you read my previous article about avoiding online business scams, you might be feeling quite disheartened right now.   So, I wanted to take a brief moment and discuss five opportunities that virtually anyone should be able to tap into to begin making extra money this week.   One of the first things you need to do when starting a business – such as Internet marketing – is you will need to  come up with some seed money.   Even an extra $50 can make a difference. But where could you get an extra $50? $100?   I often play a mental game with myself. It goes something like this: if there was a gun held to my head and I needed to come up with an extra thousand dollars by the end of the month, could I do it? How?     Here are some ideas that I would try. All of these are areas that I have either had success with in the past, or have personally known folks who have succeeded with them.   Check them out!   LeapForce At Home   Leapforce At Home makes it to the top of the list because they are one of the only online job opportunities I know of that lets you work from home, and actually treats their employees with some respect.   The job premise is simple, you perform Google searches that they provide and rate the quality of the results. In exchange, they pay about $12 per hour (with pay raises after certain quality metrics and length of tenure are met) You basicaly help Google...

Don’t Get Scammed! The 4 Business Principles That Will Always Keep You Safe

I actually started my Internet marketing journey by looking for ways to “make money from home”. In all honesty, making money online has been an obsession for me since I was about 15. I’ve tried so many of the “opportunities”. Weirdly enough, the same “opportunities” that were being pitched when I was a kid are still being pitched today. Oh, they’ve changed the titles, and added new testimonials. But they are basically the same thing that they were 22 years ago.         I’ve Split These Scams Into 3 Categories For You: The Time Stealers     Something that blows my mind is how little we Americans value our time.   Let me demonstrate: yesterday was National Doughnut Day (Which, ironically is the day before the anniversary of D-Day). I made the mistake of stopping by Krispy Kreme.       There were people waiting 20 minutes for a free doughnut.     Assuming that their most expensive doughnut – with tax – costs $ 1.50, these rabid donut fans were exchanging 20 minutes of their time for a buck-fifty.   That’s $4.50 per hour. Now, tell me, who in their right mind would agree to work for $4.50 per hour? And I see folks do this all the time — in fact I’ve done it. We are so anxious to grasp at any little thing that promises us some sort of future, that we are willing to trade our time – the most precious thing we have – for minuscule amounts of money or pleasure. And these opportunity-sellers know that. They know they can get us...
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