The Dot Com Lifestyle Is on FIRE

Perhaps second only to love, money is the subject of so many popular sayings. Money can’t buy happiness, they tell you. Money is the root of all evil, they’ll say. Money makes the world go ’round. At the end of the day, our relationship with money is complicated at best. It can provide us with so much joy, just as concerns about money can cripple us with so much sorrow. But money is just a tool. It’s what you choose to do with it that matters the most. You may have come across an increasingly popular trend, especially among young professionals who are reasonably well educated and have more of an entrepreneurial spirit, even if they work at a more traditional 9-to-5 kind of job. It’s called FIRE and it stands for “financial independence, retire early.” Those four deceptively simple words really do sum up the movement. The goal is […]

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A Simple Guide to Facebook Branded Content Tool

It’s become obvious enough that influencer marketing is an increasingly big deal online. Brands are eager to reach out to audiences (and potential customers) in new and innovative ways. They want to tap into those engaged readers and followers that these so-called “influencers” have on the web, because traditional advertising just isn’t as effective as it used to be. That’s all good news for those of those who make money online, but just as it is important to treat your online business as a business, you should also be equally vigilant in regards to compliance and legal concerns. It’s true that FTC guidelines and recommendations are targeted at social media influencers located in the United States with readers and followers who are also presumably within the U.S., but it is a good idea for influencers all around the world to follow these guidelines too. The biggest recommendation that the FTC […]

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Tips and Tricks to Free Up Google Drive Storage Space

One of the best things about living the dot com lifestyle — whether you’re a freelancer like me or you’re an Internet marketer, blogger, website developer, e-commerce professional or anything else — is that you can effectively work from anywhere in the world so long as you have reasonable access to the Internet. This level of freedom is truly empowering. It doesn’t matter if you’re set up in the comforts of your home office or you’re hanging out in a luxury hotel in Singapore or you’re overlooking the beautiful beaches of Bali. As long as you can open up that laptop and get online, you can earn your living. You just have to make sure that you’ve set up your online business to support this kind of lifestyle. If you’re a blogger, for instance, then you’ll already know that you can access WordPress from any web browser without having to […]

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4 Awesome Apps for Great Social Images

It’s said that a picture is worth a thousand words, but you don’t want those thousand words to be incredibly negative because you shared a low-quality image! The Internet can be awfully unforgiving and the backlash on social media can be remarkably harsh. We’re not all professional graphic designers — I know I’m not — but we should all be paying closer attention to the images we use on our blogs, in our marketing materials and on social media too. Yes, it is absolutely true that you can invest in more professionally-geared programs like Lightroom, PhotoShop and InDesign to handle visual tasks like this. It’s also true that these tools can be too complex, too confusing and ultimately too overwhelming for a lot of people. You want to have the powerful of these types of solutions without the unneeded frustration. Thankfully, there are some great options that you can access […]

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Why You’re Not Making Money on YouTube

Many of us are at least somewhat familiar with big-time YouTubers like Lilly Singh, PewDiePie, Philip DeFranco, Casey Neistat, iJustine, and Logan and Jake Paul. Some of us see that their videos consistently get over a million views each. We see that they have millions of enthusiastic subscribers and they’ve definitely achieved some level of “Internet celebrity status” among certain circles. Some of us may aspire to be like them, earning what we think is a glamorous living by “simply” posting videos on YouTube. But that’s only part of the picture and it’s a very small part of the picture. Let’s put all of that into a little bit of perspective. Just like with any other business venture, you’re going to have your winners and you’re going to have your losers. You’re going to have tons of people on YouTube who have no ambitions to make any money from their […]

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How You Should Really Compare Yourself

As you make your way through life in general and through this journey of making money online in particular, you will inevitably encounter people who are doing better than you are. Maybe you quit your day job so you could pursue blogging and Internet marketing on a full-time basis. And then you see your old classmate from college who took a more traditional career path and he just got a promotion at work. He’s raking in six figures and recently moved in a beautiful new home in the suburbs to raise his young family. You’re jealous. You begin to second-guess all the life decisions you’ve made recently (like quitting your day job), thinking that maybe you should have taken that path instead. You look at the spreadsheets you put together to track your online earnings — because it is absolutely paramount that you stay on top of the numbers, just […]

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How Much Money Can I Make From Blogging?

It’s a very common question and what you’ll find, at least from people who aren’t actively involved in the business themselves, is that you’ll get two very disparate set of answers. How much money can you really make from blogging? Some people will tell you that earning a comfortable living from blogging alone is little more than a pipe dream and there are far greater opportunities worth exploring. Other people will tell you that with the right content, the right audience and the right strategy, the possibilities are literally boundless. As you might suspect, the truth can be found somewhere in the middle. From the outside looking in, the life of the professional blogger sounds awfully attractive. You get to work from the comfort of your home, at the schedule that works best for you, working on subject matter that you’re really passionate about. You get all kinds of “cool […]

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What Internet Marketers Can Learn from Snapchat Spectacles

To be brutally honest, business is far from easy and the Internet can be an incredibly fickle mistress. She can be a tough nut to crack, even when you think that you’re currently king of the hill. That’s exactly what has happened to Snap, the company that we once knew by the name of its hugely popular social networking app Snapchat. Here was this crazy idea that actually worked. Everyone thought they were nuts. If you asked someone several years ago whether people would want a picture and video messaging app where the messages automatically self-destructed after being seen, they’d think you were out of your mind. Why would anyone want that? Don’t you want records of your conversations so you can refer to them later? But it worked. And more importantly, it tapped into the wildly elusive and hugely lucrative demographic of millennials and other young people. Up until […]

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What Is the Instagram Shadowban?

When it comes to building your brand online and growing your online presence, one of the most powerful tools in your arsenal is going to be social media. I’m not exactly saying anything groundbreaking here. You already knew that. Whether you’re in e-commerce, you’re an affiliate marketer, you’re a blogger or you’re an “influencer,” it pays to have terrific reach and engagement on such platforms as Twitter and Facebook. That all goes without saying. And one of the platforms where the most successful marketers and brands are enjoying the greatest engagement is on Instagram. Instagram users are much more likely to “like” and comment on your content than on many of the other social networks out there, so while there may be some challenges in turning that engagement into conversions, the potential is certainly there and Instagram is a great way to extend your reach. But in the past several […]

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Tap Into Top Nutra Offer Payouts with Everad

Some niches and topic areas tend to be more profitable than others on the Internet. That’s partly because the advertisers in that space compete more aggressively with one another because the potential profitability is that much greater. One such vertical is the health and beauty space. If you’ve been looking for an excellent affiliate network to focus on nutra offers, Everad seems to be that network. What’s the Deal with Everad? Positioned as a global direct advertiser and CPA network targeting the health and beauty industry, Everad positions itself as one of the biggest and most experienced affiliate networks in the space. They offer six years of expertise, producing converting offers for practically any country. Because you can work with traffic from just about anywhere and because Everad works on providing the best possible CPA offers, you as the affiliate end up reaping the benefits of the highest EPC (earnings […]

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Is It Smart to Be Stubborn?

When you choose to go into business for yourself, especially when you’re thinking about making money online, it is absolutely necessary to shift away from more conventional or traditional mindsets. You need to stop thinking in terms of trading hours for dollars, for example, because you should really be thinking about time as an investment. That’s not how a conventional employee approaches his or her job. The transition may not come easily for some people. It takes a certain kind of personality (and work ethic) to make it as an entrepreneur, but not all entrepreneurs are made alike and there are an infinite number of paths you can take to be successful. More to the point, is it in your best interest to be absolutely obstinate or is it a better idea to be as adaptable and opportunistic as possible? Making the Case for Stubbornness Generally speaking, society doesn’t like […]

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Products and Services You May Have Forgotten For Your Home Office

So, you’re ready to quit your day job for good and to start pursuing your online business full time. Congratulations. Welcome to the club. Someone will show you the secret handshake a little later on and your membership card is in the mail. Are you ready to get started? When setting up your home office, most of the basic requirements are pretty obvious and straightforward. You’ll want to have a halfway decent computer and a reliable Internet connection. You might invest in some software or you’ll probably want some web hosting. A nice coffee maker probably isn’t a bad idea either. The thing that most people don’t get about the dot com lifestyle and working from home, however, is that you’re not necessarily working from home all the time. You’re flexing that time and location freedom with the best of them, so outfitting your home office means figuring out what […]

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Fleeting Wants and Long-Term Goals

Let’s say that you are on a diet and you want to lose some weight. This is a very common goal and you can go about it in a myriad of different ways. Generally speaking, if you want to lose weight, you should be paying attention to both your diet and your exercise. You’ll want to be more selective about what you eat and you’ll want to be more disciplined about staying active. Maybe you go running twice a week. Maybe you sign up for a gym membership. The specifics here don’t matter. You have a long-term objective in mind that you want to lose a certain amount of weight and you’ve carefully put together a plan for how you want to achieve that goal. That’s all great and it’s exactly the same way you would go about approaching any major objective you might have, whether that’s quitting smoking or […]

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Mandatory Characteristics for Making Money Online

What does it take to be a successful Internet entrepreneur, let alone a self-described dot com mogul? Even if you don’t have the bold ambition to earn a six-figure monthly income like John, even if you’d be terribly pleased to earn a comfortable middle-class living with your online endeavors, you need to start with a basic core set of characteristics and competencies. And these might not be what you expect. You might think that if you want to make it as a professional blogger, for example, that you need to start with a healthy foundation of technical knowledge. You might think that you should have a basic understanding of HTML or that you need to know how WordPress works or that you need to have a fundamental grasp of search engine optimization. All of those things can be learned along the way. You don’t need them to get started. You […]

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Knowledge Is Power (But It’s Not Enough)

The popular idiom “knowledge is power” is most commonly attributed to Sir Francis Bacon, an English philosopher and author from the late 16th and early 17 century. He was a big proponent of the scientific method and is often viewed as the father of empiricism, the theory that knowledge comes only from sensory experience. Seeing is believing, so to speak. What’s interesting is that the exact phrase “knowledge is power” doesn’t seem to appear in any of Bacon’s English or Latin writings, but he does use the Latin expression “ipsa scientia potestas est” in a 1597 work called Meditationes Sacrae. This loosely translates to “knowledge itself is power,” which we can safely assume means fundamentally the same thing. Some people argue that it should be translated as “knowledge is His power,” referring to the omnipotence of God, but I digress. How does this relate to the world of professional blogging, […]

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Leveraging the Synergy of Integrated Content Platforms

One of the biggest and most profound changes that you’ll need to make if you want to be successful online is you’ll need to shift your mindset. You’ll need to remove yourself from the more traditional line of thinking that tells you a certain number of hours worked results in a certain amount of money earned. That’s how an hourly wage works. That’s how a salary works. That’s now how working for yourself and running your own business works. That’s not how making money online works. It’s not about trading hours for dollars, as John said over a decade ago. It’s about figuring out how you can put in fewer hours and yet bring in more dollars. This is completely counter-intuitive, but it is precisely the kind of questions you should be asking yourself. For my part, I’ve found great value in synergy and cross-pollination. A One-Track Mind Let’s put […]

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5 Simple Tips for Better YouTube Videos

I’ve been on YouTube for more than ten years. When I started, it wasn’t quite the dominating force that it is today and I still published some of my videos on Vimeo, Viddler or Google Video. At the time, YouTube was just a convenient place for me to share some of my videos and I did so in a rather sporadic and unplanned manner. For 2017, I decided to make a big change and I committed myself to uploading a new vlog each and every Monday. I didn’t have any real expectations for what sort of success I’d be able to enjoy on the platform. Instead, it was more of a creative exercise and it was an effort to develop a better presence on the platform. We all know that consistency plays a huge role on YouTube, just like with so many other online efforts, so I wanted to have […]

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Don’t Chase Your Passion

In modern society, particularly in the western world though the culture is undeniably influencing people from just about every country, we are offered two very contradictory perspectives on what we should be doing with our lives. On the one hand, we are encouraged to pursue a lifestyle of “hustle.” Get in there, give it 110%, put in the hours, and you’ll reap the benefits. There’s no shame in doing it for the money, because it’s the money that will buy you the newest iPhone and the fancy sports car. And then we are offered the completely opposite viewpoint when we are told to do what we love. “Don’t worry about the money,” they say. “Do what you love and the money will follow.” But of course it doesn’t. And this is also based on the false pretense that you should be chasing your passion in the first place. That’s how […]

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Reframe Your Defects Into Your Strengths

Come in a little closer. I’m going to let you in on a little secret. It’s a bit of a doozy, so are you ready? Okay, here it goes. I’m not perfect. Whew! That was a big load off my chest! And did you know that John isn’t perfect either? And neither are Elon Musk, Gary Vaynerchuk, Richard Branson or Bill Gates. We all have our flaws, just as much as we all have our strengths. And while so many people are ashamed of their flaws and view these weaknesses as character defects that need to be eliminated, you can leverage who you truly are and use these “defects” to your advantage. You just need to re-frame your mindset and adjust your actions accordingly. “I Have a Habit of Daydreaming” Were you the type of student who would longingly stare out the window while your chemistry teacher droned on about […]

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Get Paid with the BetAdvert Affiliate Program

You may have once come across the old story of the Gold Rush. The big lesson that we’re supposed to learn is that the biggest winners from that situation were not the people who went out in search of gold; the biggest winners were the people selling shovels and pickaxes. It’s with that frame of mind that I approached today’s review as we take a closer look at the BetAdvert affiliate program. Place Your Bets Who is going to win the big game this weekend? Team “Red” might win, but Team “Blue” might win too. From the perspective of the person placing a wager on the game, they might win and they might not. And even from the perspective of whoever it is that is taking the bet, winning isn’t absolutely certain either. But you, as an affiliate with BetAdvert, can practically guarantee your victory and pocket the cash almost […]

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