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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

What A Difference A Year Makes

In November 2004, I earned a total of $24.56 for the whole month. This November (1st -> 29th) my daily average is $25.06... Same for October: 2004: $24.09 for the month. 2005: $18.68 daily. As you can see from October to November I increased my daily income from $18.68 to $25.06 - in other words, a raise of $6.38 daily (or 34% increase!). Of course, these figures are peanuts compared to what some people are earning, but I am pleased that I managed to increase my bottom-line on my Adsense AIS Income.

Some more comments I found ...

I sold an e-book from a site I bought from Burt. (Adsense total is $56 for November - the first full month - surprised how much - already paid for the site!).
and then goes on to say:
I just checked clickbank and I've got a further $71 credit on my account there! I had better take a closer look at this cash cow business...
It's great to see people having good success with these AIS sites I provided - makes me feel happier to know that the problems some people are experiencing with these sites is not all my fault :D

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

The Niche Creator Program

I recently posted about the Niche Creator, a program used to create AIS-style websites in a short amount of time... I've read in a couple of places that the price goes up from $299 to $499 tomorrow (November 30th). If you are thinking about buying the program, save yourself $200 by buying it ASAP! Sales Link: Niche Creator Sales Page

Best Adsense Day Ever Yesterday

Yesterday was my best Adsense day ever at $37.79 earned from just a handful of sites. Yesterday was sort of weird as I wrote that short eBook and made a few sales, as well as that I had 1 order via my PayDotCom affiliation to the Niche Creator product. Along with a couple of new AIS Site product sales I did good at almost $400 AIS earned...

Dragons Den Tonight (UK)

BBC2 at 8pm. This is the episode with Canada Bob in it, whom Rachel Elnough calls "a complete fantasist" - ironic that this comes from the Dragon whose company spectacularly crashed this past summer.

How I made $1200 selling an eBook yesterday...

I'm joking ;-) International Adsensers can now promote Firefox and get upto $1 per referral. My usual browser is Firefox and it is the best browser available in my opinion, so I'm 100% happy to promote this product. If you don't have Firefox yet, then click the button in the side bar, download and test it out - you won't go back to your old Browser.

Monday, November 28, 2005

Tale of a Web Entrepreneur - $40 to $952 in 48 hours

I am a serial web entrepreneur. I enjoy making new businesses and seeing whether they sink or swim – if they sink, then they get abandoned and left to rot, sometimes making the occasional sale and if they do well, then I run them for a while and sell them off when I get an interesting offer... What I like to do is set up websites; these websites sell products that can be paid for and downloaded by my customer without intervention from me. I call these my Automated Income Streams (AIS) – some work great, some work not so great. As of this moment in time, I have about 15 AIS websites which produce viable income. I'm going to explain to you in this short eBook, the exact steps I took when creating my latest AIS Website which in it's first 48 hours earned $952.40 from an initial outlay of just $40 plus a couple of hours of my time.

Click the Buy Now Button to purchase and download the eBook telling my story of the first 48 hours of my latest AIS Site...I've priced it low at $9.97 (about £5.00) :-) Bear in mind, that this is my abridged story about the first 48 hours of my newest AIS - it doesn't really contain any great tips for creating your own AIS...it's just a diarised rundown of the what's and where's of how I made $952 in 48 hours. Cheers, Gary

A nice comment :-)

Your blog has inspired me to try some AIS income...
That's what this Blog is all about - anyone can give an AIS a go - if it doesn't work out at least you cannot say "what if...". He Who Dares, Wins!

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Excellent Blog for Budding Entrepreneurs

I've had this blog in my bookmarks for quite a while but have never gotten around to reading it in-depth, as opposed to a quick skim of each article. Today I read more than a few of his articles and found to be very good - quite close in ethos to how I like to make money on the 'net. Check it out: Yaro Starak's Entrepreneurs Journey

Saturday, November 26, 2005

New AIS launched

Today at 5pm I launched my latest AIS. Costs so far amount to about $25 (domain name), hosting was free of charge as I put it onto one of my reseller accounts. Also around 2 hours of my time to create the actual product, so the AIS does not owe me too much, all things considered. If it raises $200 or so, then I'll be straight into profit (taking into account the costs so far + my time). I'll keep you updated on it's progress!

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Another Record Day!

I recently corrected a dumb mistake on one of my sites. Yesterday was another record day for that site! I'm now wondering how much income I've missed out on over the past 6 months! It's probably somewhere near to $2000 on Adsense alone! In addition the site sold it's first eBook! Hurrah!

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Make Me A Million Update (Part 4)

In Part 3 I brought you up-to-date briefly on the first 9 months of the entrpreneurs journey. This update will be the last one as the competition is now over... Couple #1: "Freshbed" - managed to turn around the personal problems and start concentrating once again on business matters. Managed to get the bed manufacturers to produce more beds to go into shops around the country for customer to try out before buying. Secured a deal with a company that supplies beds to chains of hotels - which is a big sea-change in the way Freshbed does business. Rather than concentrate on on end user sales, concentrate on B2B sales and let them deal with the end user...one member of the team quit in order to get his personal life back on track - good luck to Fergus. Couple #2: The LEAN Team - launched the website 12 days before the end of the competition and managed to get around 1100 paying subscribers to the service, 700 of which came from one corporate client. Again, rather than concentrate the sales focus on the end user, they concentrated on the one corporate client. Couple #3: Halos n Horns - signed up many more chains of supermarkets to stick their goods. Rather than sell to end customers, these guys concentrated on selling to big businesses who would then sell on to their customers. The Decision: I was incredibly disappointed that Halo n Horns won the whole competition, as the mentor did most of the work and seemed to be using the programme as a vehicle for his own propoganda. Of course this may be the way that the show was edited, but I can only comment on what I see, and what I saw was 2 teams working hard who came up with their own plans and ideas and 1 who relied on her mentor way too much. I'd have thought that the judges would have seen through this, I believe that Goldsmith (one of the judges) did mention about Ivan Massow' (over) involvement, but that was immediately glossed over. Burts thoughts: We can clearly see that the way to success is not to sell to the individual end client. It's better to concentrate on 1 "big" client who will then expend their time , energy and money to sell onto their own clients. A very good series. Interesting to see the different roles taken up by the Mentors, particularly the difference between the three "business styles".

I have invited both Halos'n'Horns and Freshbed to take part in a 10 questions profile - hopefully they will be able to take a few moments to help us with our budding entrepreneurship, just as Brayley & Todd have.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

10 Questions: Stuart Morrison of Littler Britain

Hi Stuart, can you tell us a little about your business background? Hi Gary, I originally started out training as an engineer at the RAE in Farnborough, it was a full indentured apprenticeship something which doesn't really exist now. After I left I went on to several engineering firms but my heart was really in the theatre, which was something I had done from the age of 5. Eventually, I left engineering and created a company with a friend to sell our creative skills. We started out trying to make TV and ended up selling poster designs, which was very enjoyable and financially worthwhile. The poster designs went crazy, GB Posters have now sold in excess of 1/4 million posters with my designs on them. I then came up with a novelty gadget called "The Girlfriend Remote" which was licensed globally and led on to other novelty items, such as the Inflatable Ashtray and The Inflatable Dartboard (with puncture repair kit). Again, it was mutually financially rewarding with the licensing companies. I then moved on and started providing packaging designs for the company who licensed my products and before long I was producing most of their packaging and was getting requests to do other design work. I then moved into website design when someone asked me about it and I said, sure, I'll give it a go for you. This was a site with a database attached and so I partnered up with a chap who knew ASP and away I went. In the early days I had very little idea of what I was doing, but read loads, bought software used it, evaluated it, recommended it to people. All of this was on a 33 600 modem, Broadband was a dream when it came and I just so happened to be in the NTL catchments area for beta testers, being already a net user they asked me to help them and away I went. I have not really looked back. Whilst I was doing this I was also keeping my hand in with acting, and had performed at the Edinburgh Fringe and then helped to put on a local "Fringe" festival. I kept going with the acting and although it never went huge I had roles in various TV shows and films, not massive but enough to keep the dream alive. But I had to make a decision about acting and the business I started, so I stopped the acting as the business was where I earned most of my money. It was a purely business decision but it tore my heart out as I felt the dream had died. Fast forward a few years and the business had suffered a catastrophic collapse, mainly due to a big mistake I made (another time perhaps...). So I was left with no business but loads of time on my hands, so I went back to what I wanted to do, acting. A friend of mine asked me if I would help her with her Madonna Tribute act, I said sure and helped her to market it. I then, for a laugh, dressed up as Ali G for some of the publicity shots. We sent the shots off and a week later I got a call asking to book both acts. I was a bit shocked but thought, "I'll give it a go", and never looked back. When Ali G's star started to wane I looked about for another lookalike, and then had the idea for Little Britain Lookalikes, due to an amazing co-incidence I ended up on the Richard and Judy show, winning the title Best Little Britain Lookalike in early 2005. I have travelled extensively, and made all sorts of acquaintances whilst doing lookalike work, which now that I am doing Littler Britain has only got better. I think the underlying factor is I always wnated to be the driver not a passenger! Can you tell us more about your Littler Britain Act? We are available for Mix n Mingle, Meet n Greet, which is working up close and personal with party guests, conference delegates, shoppers etc... It's interactive stand-up comedy and we never fail to get people laughing, thanks in large part to the characters we impersonate. We have been mistaken for the real deal on a number of occasions and it seems to be widely accepted that we are as close as you can get to the real thing. We have concentrated on selecting the right costumes, wigs, teeth and makeup, working closely with industry professionals who worked on the authentic Little Britain productions. Performing on stage is a great challenge, but one which we always love, the audience is always so appreciative. We have travelled the UK from Aberdeen to Plymouth, from Swansea to Norwich and most points in between. Also being a double act means we can faithfully re-create the best loved characters, the wheelchair bound Andy and hapless helper Lou, who always go down a storm. How did you meet Gavin, your Littler Britain partner? We met on the Richard and Judy show, he managed to say the word "Cock" on national live TV at about 5:50pm in the afternoon. What was better was that Judy nearly repeated the word as she was so flabbergasted. Then fate stepped in and we just so happened to be leaving at the same time and shared a cab to the station. Since then we have not really looked back. What ongoing marketing strategies do you use to promote your Littler Britain Act? We have a number of strategies, both online and offline, but the online ones include PPC marketing, which basically pre-qualifies sales opportunities as you know that the person calling is calling for one reason, a potential booking so it makes the sales job easier. We also have a well optimised busy website with lots of updates. Our offline activities include charity work, a good source of contacts, radio appearances, podcasts (not strictly offline) basically you name it we do it. What is the one thing that sets you apart from the competition? There is no competition. There is no other Little Britain Lookalike Tribute Double Act. So like I said if you want the real thing you can't they are touring for the next 8 months! If you are talking about other entertainers, then again, there is no competition. The hottest show for years, with two funny guys and loads of catchphrases and characters, which can be tailored to fit most situations, it's win, win, win. Do you "do" any characters other than Little Britain? I've heard you do a mean Ali G! Holla! Ere me now! Dis be Ali G For Real innit, and I iz not mean, but I iz well buff, fly and da mac daddy pimpstar. G'wan. Yes I do do the leader of the Staines Massive, who again is a really popular character globally as I get enquiries from all over the world. In fact I get fan mail for Sacha Baron Cohen and even when I write to tell them I am not they won't believe me. I am also working on other characters right now as Gav and I are working on a full on multi character Tribute Show. Are you involved in any other businesses, or is your "lookalike" act the only job you have? No, I also do online marketing, web design and have a few other lucrative niches, which I don't need the competition for, thanks! Do you believe the ability to make money/be an entrepreneur is some sort of talent you're born with, or simply a set of skills that can be learnt? Hmmm, there is an old saying that goes: Luck is where preparation meets opportunity. I think the preparation can be achieved by anyone who sets their mind to it. You can study, learn, digest and understand a subject totally, however to spot an opportunity, well that takes years to hone. You may have it as a raw talent, but to really make the most of it you need to practise it, as with any skill, repetition of rewarding tasks is always going to lead to an improvement. The ability to make money is easy, buy low, sell high or income should exceed expenditure anyone can do that, accountants even! But to be an entrepreneur is a different set of skills. It's the ability to fly without any discernable talent or aptitude to do so on a pair of borrowed wings sometimes. It's the ability to think laterally, creatively and "outside the box". Many people think they are entrepreneurs just because they run their own business, but a real entrepreneur is someone who never stops looking for the next challenge, the next deal, the next opportunity. Stelios, Richard Branson, Alan Sugar, Clive Sinclair all went into markets and redefined them, how? Well I think it was their ability to see through the accumulated years of "Tradition" in any one industry and realise potential for change, I mean truly realise it monetarily. But they had one thing that made them different from the competition, specific product knowledge, Stelios had worked in his Father's shipping line and branched into his own before starting EasyJet but that again was international travel, shipping people instead of freight. Richard Branson loved music and set up a Student Magazine, then branched out into a record mail order business in 1970, starting a record shop in London shortly afterwards, by all accounts he used the local phone box as a customer mail order hotline to him. Sir Clive was into technology, Alan Sugar loved putting together a deal and did from an early age and knows how to cut one just right. All of these people have one thing in common a passion realised through their work, all love the cut n thrust of business and most of all enjoy the next challenge and never seem to accept complacency either within themselves or in other people and continue to grow as people. I identify a lot with this type of person, they make their own rules and don't just accept tradition, which is just another way of saying we have done it this way round here for so long that we can't think of any other way of doing it. I like the fact my two streams of income seem so disparate, but that gives me a competitive edge as I can think, hmmm, how would I do that in this industry and then just go ahead and try it. It may not succeed, but as long as I learn from the process then I can take that and add it to the success I have already experienced. However I think anyone with the right attitude and commitment could start their own online business, catch-up and outstrip even the like of Google if they had the right idea. It's all about information and the net is the one place where that abounds. I would recommend people getting a computer/broadband/web space and a few programmes to help maintain their websites and they could be earning online in a matter of minutes, seriously, minutes. I set up a niche website the other day, no inbound links, one page and just a bit of Google Adsense on it and within 2 hours it had made $0.07c, not a huge amount and it certainly didn't cover the cost of buying the domain name, but that site will now sit their getting clicks every day so I have to do "nothing" for the money. Anyone can do this, literally, anyone. What plans do you have for the future - where do you see yourself in 5 years time? I would love to be as recognized as the real Little Britain, scrub that I would love to be half as recognizable as them. I am currently talking to a few agencies who are interested in developing our act into something a bit more original but maybe still impersonation orientated to start with. I will continue to grow my website portfolio and my online affiliate activities will still be a focus. Of course I may get offered a million pound TV contract tomorrow so who knows! It would be nice, realistically I know that success comes to those who want it, so I will continue to put my work out there in all formats and see where it takes me, I think the key to it is that I never really stopped believing in my own ability to achieve something if I truly put my mind to it. Corny, old fashioned but true. And finally, for a bit of fun, what is your favourite movie? If you're talking all time, have to watch it over and over then it's easy, Bladerunner, great atmosphere, brilliant score and Darryl Hannah in a jump suit! My favourite comedy movie is anything with Laurel and Hardy, they wrote the rulebook on physical comedy. Last movie I saw was Chaplin, which was really good. Last movie I bought was four actually, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen with Sean Connery, I, Robot with Will Smith, the Forgotten (which is excellent) and Bill Bailey Part Troll. I think the person producing the most interesting movies at the moment is M. Night Shyamalan - The Village, Signs, Unbreakable, Sixth Sense best actor is Johnny Depp or Geoffery Rush.

Stuart is the "Lou" half of the LittlerBritain Tribute Act. As well as being the best Ali G for real, innit. You can subscribe to Stuarts newsletter for Self Employed people or those thinking of starting their own company, business or sideline by emailing newsletter@beingselfemployed.com Links: LittlerBritain Tribute Act Ali G Tribute Act
Many thanks to Stuart for taking part in our 10 questions profile!

Adsense Stat Attack

~ average for the last 7 days is $23.92 ~ average for the month is $23.48 ~ top day: $35.99 ~ worst day: $10.34 ~ 1 signup on the Adsense Referral Scheme ~ On the site I changed that page on, it came in at it's highest ever Adsense daily total, as well as being double it's average. I'm hopeful it'll stay at that level... This came from 9 AIS sites.

Tuesday Television...

Dragons Den (2nd in series) @ 8pm on BBC2. Make Me A Million (final episode) @ 9pm on Channel 4. I've heard on the grapevine that there is an interesting twist at the end of Make Me A Million. I reckon; Halos n Horns will be declared the winner, as they'll have reached and exceeded the £1M target easily. But they will not be the winners as Ivan has done most of the work, which I believe was not the point of the program...

Monday, November 21, 2005

New kid on the block...

If you are into creating Niche Websites, as I am, then you need to know about the newest Auto Site Creator: Niche Creator. This one is slightly different to the rest as it does not use "scraped content", what it does use is: Adsense, Amazon, Random Text and Random Links, Chitika, Clickbank, RSS and more to create each requested page "on the fly". The scripts are very small and a few of the ideas in the overall package is from ideas that I have come up with in one of the "private" forums that I belong to. So it's gotta be good ;-) I was the one of the very earliest purchasers, the 5th or 6th person to buy this script; though I have not yet tested it fully I can say for certain that it's going to be a very useful resource. It's also templatable if that's your bag (it is mine) - so you could be making some really nice niche sites with good content in very short time. The lead developer is working very hard on releasing new scripts all the time (which add into the core code as modules). Now, please note that not many people know about this particular tool yet so now is the time to purchase. Because I was one of the first to purchase I paid just $149, but I do know that the intended price is $499 for end users. At this moment the price is $299 because it is in pre-launch status, and there are still a few bugs that are being worked on. Please try to disregard the crap sales page for this product, I can tell you that the actual product is coded very well and is being worked on daily to perfect it. If you are serious about wanting to create useful sites, this is good weapon to have in your armoury. Link: Niche Creator from Steve Oliphant.

Fruit Machines

I love fruit machnine arcades - I go in at least 2 or 3 times a week. Usually end up about evens so it's not a bad way to pass a few hours. And with free coffee and biccies it can't be bad. Today I was in town, but didn't have much time as I needed to do other stuff, so I just popped in for 5 minutes. £2 in and a jackpot repeater! £75! That makes me £73 up for the day already, can I count this as AIS ? ;)

Moaning Bar Stewards

I notice one particular person moaning about an AIS site that he purchased - linking to comments of mine where I say that these AIS sites need some time to bed in and that I no longer make any for myself. In a post, I mention standard NPB sites - he has linked to this with a subtle comment about his own AIS site. If only this person knew what a standard NPB site is, he would be in a better position to pass comment. They are nothing like the AIS sites that I provided to a very select few people. I'm probably not going to bother helping people get onto the AIS track again, as there is too much negativity going on. I made it quite clear that these sites need promotion, promotion, promotion in order to get a sufficient flow of traffic to make money. Getting a sufficient flow of traffic takes at least 3 months - all I've asked for is that amount of time for people to decide if AIS is viable for them. If it's not I give a 50% refund on the cost of their site build - thus the absolute maximum they can lose is $23.50 *less* whatever they've earned in 3 months. In addition to this, after 3 months and they have their refund, the buyers get to keep the site(s) they purchased anyway! Absolute quids in. And yet, some people will still moan and groan! Maybe I will just continue to build my own special sites for myself, and sell them off after they are established money-makers, at a much increased price. Maybe it's me? To me, $47 (with the promise of a 50% refund) is no money. Beer money at most, with the chance of earning a good income over the coming months. To others, I guess it's enough to worry about. If you got this far, thanks for listening to this moan ;-) Maybe in the morning I will feel more with it - and take these people with a pinch of salt.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

I'm so dumb...

Today, I got around to looking at one of my content websites. It produces about $5 per day on average via Adsense (it's my 3rd best Adsense producer), and I wanted to increase that upto $10 per day by monetizing it in other ways. So I got a freelancer to write an eBook based on the site subject and have added it for sale & instant download (basically the perfect AIS). This eBook cost me £90 to have written (about $165), but was worth it as I do not really know much about the subject. Anyway, whilst I was adding in the new sales page, I took a look at the site stats and saw hundreds of 404 errors. It turns out that when I originally monetized the site (this was a site I purchased from someone else), I had missed a page. This page is getting at least 40 hits daily from Search Engines! What a fool! I've now made that all better so would hope to see increased Adsense Revenue on the site now, as well as some sales of the eBook. I'll give it a month, and if it doesn't take off as I expect it to, I will probably end up selling the site (as said, I know nothing about the subject)... Anyway, moral of the story - check your webstats regularly - make sure to keep a close eye on any 404s that are produced! You could be losing out on a nice little income!

Friday, November 18, 2005

Right then, New AIS

OK guys, I now know what my next (big) AIS is going to be. I'm going to promote it via PayDotCom, so anyone wanting to become an affiliate (and earn 50% commissions!) will need to be a member of PayDotCom. Note, that becoming a member of PayDotCom is totally free and takes less than 1 minute. Only members can promote products of other members! PayDotCom is a little like ClickBank, but better in terms of Payout and Customer Service. Have a nice weekend!

BlinkingEck, it's cold!

I managed to get out on my bike for a 15 mile shakedown. Though it looks nice outside, the sun is shining, the wind-chill brings the temperature right down. Good job I bought my cycling gimp-suit! Anyway, nothing much to report today - I still have not yet replaced my lost AIS income - though I do have a few things on the starting line raring to go - just a case of getting everything in place before the starters pistol goes off. More news on that next week, I expect. My 18 day average for this month is going down whilst I am debating the right AIS move, it now stands at $104.85 daily - still not too shabby, all things considered.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

10 Questions: Brayley & Todd of The Lean Team

Hi Brayley, Hi Todd, can you tell us a little about your business background before you embarked on The Lean Team Project? Brayley; I have worked in many different corporate businesses - some in the UK and several in Holland - however they were always working for someone else... Mostly in presentation, customer service and promotions. Strong on customer interaction. Todd finished college in 2004 and has worked as a fitness instructor for 7 years. Do you have a personal interest in the health market? For example, did it start as a hobby? Or was it more of a pure business ("this'll make us money!") decision ? Brayley; Todd was overweight as a teenager and so has a personal interest - I have always been interested in health. Todd is a qualified nutritionist - having gained his degree in 2004 from Kings College in London. We could not have been as dedicated or as passionate as we have been if we were not personally interested in the business we set up. How many false starts did you have before you hit on the Lean Team idea? Brayley; Well - none really - but we tried many different ways to get to the service we have now - even today we have found a new way to deliver the service - so we are always looking at ways to improve it - however that does not mean that the other ways were 'wrong'... What are some of the challenges you have personally experienced building and growing the Lean Team Service ? Brayley; ...being in a relationship has had its pluses and minuses - we have no free time, never apart and can find it hard to switch off – in fact it's near impossible to switch off... challenges, personally, pushing yourself to do things you didn't think you could do and shaking off old belief systems of - 'I cant do that' or 'it's not possible'... What ongoing marketing strategies do you use to promote your Lean Team Service? Brayley; Many – we are finding (because of the TV exposure) companies coming to us – of course SEO is important, affiliates, links, sponsorship, advertising (on the site from other companies) – corporate introductions… but most of all personal referrals and introductions. How long from the start of the Lean Team Project did it take for you to be 'financially comfortable' ? Brayley; We take a nominal wage and are far from drawing a true wage from it – and profit from the first 2 years will be ploughed straight back in. If people go into business thinking they can earn good money early – think again… ! With regards to the Lean Team project, could you tell us about a "light bulb moment" that you've had ? A moment when you've thought to yourself, "If only we'd known that earlier"... Brayley; ... so many things!!! That’s the point of learning… one thing that stands out is making sure when people give you a quote for work is that you go through it and double check everything they say is included – there are a lot of people out there willing to rip you off… Do you feel that your Mentor Chris took the right approach with you by being very "hands off"? Did seeing Chris Gorman's "trappings of wealth" (eg, the Spanish Villa, the Scottish estate etc) motivate you to work harder? Brayley; ...his hands off approach was great – we all had our roles to play – his ‘trappings’ are great and yes it was great to experience them… Todd and I have different aspirations – money would be great to give us free time to do other things… (and a jag XK8 would be great!!!) Do you believe the ability to make money/be an entrepreneur is some sort of talent you're born with, or simply a set of skills that can be learnt? Brayley; It’s a state of mind, a passion, a desire – its to do with relationships...if you want to learn you will, if you want to succeed enough you’ll find a way...skills can be taught but ambition and attitude can not. And finally, what was the most recent book that each of you read? Brayley; I read 3 - breakfast book – train/travel book and night book… I’m reading ‘who to win friends and influence people (again) and so is Todd – Awaken the Giant Within – Anthony Robbins and for fun – The Lion The Witch & the Wardrobe (again!)

Brayley and Todd are the driving force behind The LEAN Team, and are presently starring in the Channel 4 series "Make Me A Million". The LEAN Team service provides a virtual team of dietitians, nutritionists, health psychologists and fitness professionals all working just for you - for weight loss, nutrition & fitness...
Many thanks to Brayley and Todd for taking part in this question and answer profile! And best of luck to them for the LEAN Team Project!

ContextCash - the next big thing?

Anyone who is into Adsense or the Marketing World, will probably get your inbox filled with adverts for a new service over the next day or two. I've already had more than 10 emails about it! It's called ContextCash and it's another way to promote ClickBank products by replacing selected words with affiliate links "automatically". I already do this on a couple of my sites and see OK results. The cost for this new service is an up-front fee of $97 plus a recurring fee of $37. Which, OK is not so bad, but of course it takes money out of your bottom line and means you have to sell at least on ClickBank product to pay for the service. I like keeping as much of my sales as I can, so if you want to implement this, there's a free alternative that's been around for a while. PHPGiggle (Freshmeat) or PHPGiggle (SourceForge). This program works in almost the same way. You load up a [money earning] URL for one or more keywords. Call this file in each webapge, and those keywords are "magically" changed into PPP links (that's PPP Pay Per Purchase, not PPC like Adsense) - in other words, you don't get money from those links unless someone clicks and purchases. So, don't get sucked into the hype of ContextCash - there are free alternatives! There ya go - a nice money saving, and income raising tip all in one!

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

10 Questions ...

10 Questions is a new idea [at least, new to this Blog!] that I've had to try to interview interesting people by asking just 10 questions. It might be interesting, it might not... Hopefully we (as budding entrepreneurs) will be able to learn something from these 10 Questions profiles! Watch out for the first "10 Questions" profile tomorrow :-) These profiles will not allow comments - but please feel free to provide any feedback in this thread!

AIS Update

As regular readers will know my target is $137 per day (equivalent to approx $50k per annum). I recently sold my top AIS earner (oscBook eBooks) to Paul, which means I am about 40% down per month. I've been thinking of ways to replace that income, I have some ideas but have not yet put any of them into practice. Anyway, as at this moment, my daily average for this month is $111.86; I am quite pleased about this (relatively high) amount as I have made no eBook sales (obviously!) since transferring the site a week ago. My Adsense Revenue continues to increase, yesterday I made just over $35. Template sales are still going well, and I think that templates is an area that I should concentrate on. At the moment the marketing world is all about using different programs (eg NPB, CPB, NC, TE, DG, XSP and so on) to make sites so this is an area where I can possibly provide a service. I'll have to think about it some more - I do own quite a lot of related "template" domains so this is an avenue that I can explore...

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Make Me A Million Update (Part 3)

Couple #1: The mite-free bed experience AKA "Freshbed". Struggling to find buyers of the bed after taking their eyes off the business. Seem to have a real lack of business sense. Couple #2: The LeanTeam. Still plugging away at getting the website up and running. Have split the responsibilities somewhat, one guy is in charge of finding clients for the business pre-launch, and the other is in charge of getting the website processes upto scratch. Couple #3: Halo n Horns Shampoo. Secured a deal with Tesco's - it's interesting to note that they get only 15p profit per bottle from a £2.26 selling price. The Mentor is still working on this business 100% - if I was cynical I would say that Ivan Massow (the Mentor) is taking the piss out of the show, the viewers and his protégé - it's quite obviously his project...oh wait, I am cynical enough to say that ;) My view: Halo n Horns seem to have won the 100 yard sprint, but this is a Marathon. I shouldn't say this, but I really do not want them to win this competition. The idea was the Mentors, the Mentor is working full time on the project etc etc - is this the point of the program? Fresh Bed have not got out of the starting blocks yet - mostly due to the relationships between the Mentor and the two protégés, and the protégés themselves. Never mix business with pleasure! The LeanTeam are trailing in the 100 yard sprint, but I think that they could possibly win the marathon...they have not yet secured any corporate clients, but once the website goes online (next episode) I think it'll take off quite well. In the next episode, we see the final quarter of the year-long challenge as well as the judges sorting out who has won. If it goes solely on "money earned", I think that Halo n Horns will take it - but what's the point of an already successful multi-millionaire winning this program? Hopefully the judges will be able to see through the BS and look at which team has worked for themselves amassing business knowledge and profit - in which case I think that The LeanTeam will win. My money is on The LeanTeam. Burts Gossip: Watch out for an Interesting Twist at the end of the next programme - more details to be revealed!

Monday, November 14, 2005

I'm off to Rio ;)

With the proceeds of my oscbooks sale, I'm off to Rio de Janeiro. Hurrah! Not really, I wish though! I have to go over to west Wales for a few days, so will be without Interweb access unless I can find an Internet Caff somewhere. Unlikely, I know. So, this Blog won't be updated until Wednesday evening most likely.

Heads Up for tomorrow night (UK)

Just a quick heads up for tomorrow night; Dragons Den: BBC2 @ 8pm. New series, should be good! and Make Me A Million: Channel 4 @ 9pm. 3rd episode of 4. Unmissable TV for any budding entrepreneurs.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

AIS Idea = sell posters & movie merchandise

Last night I hired Sahara on DVD - don't bother, it is totally awful. A real turkey. While at teh Video Store I asked if they ever have any spare merchandise that they don't want. They told me that they throw loads of merchandise away *including* cardboard life sized stand up figures... I've written about this idea before in my previous blog, but never really took it forward. All you need to do is ask your local video store or cinema to save all the "throwaway" merchandise for you. Then sell it on eBay. I reckon that posters should go for a minimum of a few pounds each and those lifer size figures should go for quite a lot! If you can get it all for free, then surely there is good money to be made. Of course, it's not an AIS really as there is work involved in sourcing the products, eBaying and posting them. but even so, I think it could be well worthwhile to do this.

Saturday, November 12, 2005

From Little Acorns

I managed to get out for a 3 hour bike-ride today, which gave me a good amount of time to tihnk about a new AIS. I have a little acorn of an idea, but need to do some more research first... More Details to follow :D

Friday, November 11, 2005

PayDotCom - better than Clickbank? Yes!

PayDotCom is a new alternative to Clickbank, and it's very good. I've been road testing it for a few weeks. Put bluntly it's an Affilaite Network where you can either be a Vendor (so affiliates sell your products), or an Affiliate (you sell someone else products). Or, of course, you can be both! The main differences to Clickbank are quite obvious: lower fee & quicker payouts (with paydotcom you get paid immediately, rather than waiting 6 weeks for clickbank). As said, I signed up to road test it, and I have to say that it looks great. The reporting feature is very good, and it is so much easier to find products to sell than it is at Clickbank. The only downside that I can see is that the number of products is relatively small as it is quite a new service - but as time goes on I'm sure that'll change. I will definately be using this service (as a Vendor) for my forthcoming AIS that I'm working on now. I particularly like the fact that they give the ability for Vendors to sell 1 product without a sign up fee (as opposed to $49.99 at Clickbank) and they have no limit on the selling price like Clickbank does. This will really suit my AIS perfectly! Summary: As a Vendor, you (and an army of PayDotCom Affiliates) sell your products. As an Affiliate, you find products to sell on your website(s), and get commission for doing so. Instant Payments also! Have a look at PayDotCom, it's totally free to join up (even if you never use the service), and I recommend it highly.

Spam Blog. Blogger made me sad :(

For some reason, my Blog has been tagged at Blogger as a Spam Blog. This means that my blog is kept out of certain services like Next Blog and I think probably the Blogger Search Engine. Basically, they're saying that the Blog looks like it is using automated blogging (eg Instant Blog & Ping, or RSStoBlog etc etc). Blogger people - you made me sad :( I just applied to Blogger for someone to come and view the Blog to see it is written by a human (well, just about human ;) :D I'll let you know what the result is, when Blogger get back to me...

MIcro-Niche Marketing

I talk a lot about niches - these are highly targeted areas where people are more likely to spend money and spend big. What if I told you there is an even better market? Well there is, it's call "Micro-Niche" marketing. Here's an example. You want to start a gadget website all about those new High Definition TV's. Fine. You could have hundreds of pages on loads of different TV's...this would be fairly untargetted, you'd get lots of visitors and little sales. Now think about having 1 site all about a particular TV, let's say the Panasonic TC-32LX50 32" 16:9 VIERA LCD TV. So long as you set your website out correctly you'll get many highly targetted visitors. This would be classed as a Niche of the TV idea. Now think about a site that only sells Remote Controls for the TC-32LX50 <- there's your Micro-Niche. How many people are going to be looking for a remote control only? Not many that is for sure, but almost every one will be a HOT prospect. And why not another Niche for the TC-32LX50 that deals with people who are looking for a Wall Mount for their TV? That's another Micro-Niche... Micro-Niches are fantastic selling tools - almost every visitor to your website will be a buyer. Have a think about Micro-Niches and see what you can come up with...

Thursday, November 10, 2005

The End of an Era

Today I sold my osCommerce eBooks site. I received a very fair offer and after weighing up my options I decided to accept. What does this mean in terms of AIS ? Well, I'll be down about 40%, so I need to raise that much from my other AIS adventures. It'll be quite difficult to replace the AIS earnings from a well-known and popular 2 year old site, but that's my new challenge. It'll be interesting to see just how much I miss the old site, as it's been very good to me. Recently I've become a bit disillusioned with osCommerce, Harald and his Moderators so this is a good way for me to go some way towards making a clean break. This was probably one of the main reasons for selling - what's the point in running a site that you just don't enjoy? I wish the new buyer the very best of luck! And hope that the site goes from strength to strength under the new owners!

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Monetizing websites for Javascript Disabled Browsers

I was thinking about the number of people who browse with JavaScript disabled. I'd estimate that it's 5% to 20% of your websites visitors... Remembering that most Contextual Ads rely on the use of javaScript, these simply won't show for that portion of your visitors that have JS turned off. What can be done about these? The answer is to find an Affiliate Scheme that is related to your site where you can use normal HTML to produce an Affiliate Link. Ally this to a

<noscript></noscript>
tag and these will show for anyone with JS turned off. I've been experimenting with this on one of my sites and can say that it does create sales... The other option (and wouyldn't this be fantastic is to find an Ad provider that provides a feed using RSS. Then it would be a snap to use that full time, or to use that when JS is turned off. I do remember reading about such a provider, but did not bookmark the link and cannot now find it! So:
<script type="text/javascript">
google_ad_client = "";
etc etc
</script>
<script type="text/javascript"
src="http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js">
</script>
<noscript>The content here will show when JS is turned off
and the normal Adsense Ads will show when JS is on</noscript>
Of course, this does mean extra effort, but can be worth doing in some circumstances, I think.

Best Adsense Day in a long time!

Yesterday I had my best Adsense Day in a long time: $35.99 - I have not checked but I think this is my 2nd highest daily total ever (for Adsense). A couple of my sites got better rankings on the (Google) Jagger update, and MSN is sending oodles of traffic to most of my sites. It's all good. With that said, a few of my sites have not made anything yet, but I'm not stressing over it - these'll start bearing fruit in time, and if they don't then I'll take them down and re-jig them.

Only 27 spots left at KW Forum

For anyone who is serious about earning online, the Forum that I have found to be the best is the Keyword Avalanche. Full of good people, both "oldies" & "newbies" who share ideas, techniques and strategies. I have just had notice from Scott (owner of the KW Forum) that he is limiting membership to 500 members. At the time of writing this message, there are 27 spots available. The cost is a recurring $57 per month. In my opinion it is worth at least twice that much - I know for a fact that I have increased my AIS income substantially by this small outlay. Highly Recommended. If at all possible, check it out, look at the sales page and go from there.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

AIS Report: 1st - 7th Nov

This 7 day period went OK. I actually came in under target at 89.45% - which is not so bad I suppose. I had a nice mix of AIS income across a number of different areas including eBooks, Templates, Adsense, Affiliate Schemes - I think that my idea of spreading my AIS's around is a good one, as keeping all your eggs in one basket could go drastically wrong. Screenshot: Adsense this week... My question to you is: If Adsense stopped tomorrow, would you still be able to earn AIS ? Have a think about it, and see what you can do to widen your AIS horizon a little...

Heads Up - Channel 4 @ 9pm tonight (UK)

The second episode of 'Make Me A Million' is on tonight at 9pm. Channel 4. Set your videos as it is quite interesting!

Chitika Ads

I signed up for Chitika Ads. I've been running them for a week and am seeing quite good success...if you have any niche sites or websites that you want to monetize in addition to Adsense, you should check Chitika out: Get Chitika eMiniMalls Running Chitika in non contextual mode is allowable under the Adsense ToS - so don't be afraid to give them a go. The main problem with Chitika is the Reporting - the clickthru and earnings report is not instantly updated. It's done only once a day - a little annoying, but I understnad this is being worked upon. All in all, it seems like a good addition to my marketing armoury. Maybe you can give it a go too?

Support Your Local Traders (NOT)

If possible I always buy my stuff from smaller shops, rather than purchase from the larger chain stores or multinationals. Sometimes it works out a bit more expensive, but I feel that I'm hlpeing the local community and that I get better Customer Service. However, in some cases, buying locally can be a real Pain In The A*se. I recently (about 3 months ago) purchased a relatively expensive pair of cycling shorts - really great shorts, very "bikey", very technical etc. About a week after I purchased one of the zipped pockets broke, but that's no big deal as I didn't use the pockets anyway. A little while later the padded insert ripped across one of the seams, making the shorts unwearable. I took them back to my local bike-shop, expecting to get a replacement pair. Unfortunately for me, the shop did not have any in stock and so took my ripped pair of shorts from me and would send them back to the manufacturer for a replacement pair. The shop did not even offer a refund, and I didn't ask as I really liked these shorts and wanted a new pair. In the meantime I'm without cycling shorts :( It's now been five, yes FIVE !!! weeks. I'm really angry to be let down like this, so will be getting this sorted this week. Had I purchased via one of the larger bike stores (eg Halfords) I would have gotten a replacement immediately - this is what makes me angry, the Customer Service with a small store should be much better!

Monday, November 07, 2005

False Invoices Scam

I'm pretty sure that most people know about the Domain Name Registry of America people - these are the ones who send renewal notices for .com domains that are really not renewal notices. People mistakenly pay for something that they neither want nor need as the documents sent look ike an Invoice. Anyway, I get loads of these. But today I got the same type of thing (a false invoice) from a Search Engine Optimisation Company - I'm not going to divulge their URL as I don't want them getting any business! What I will say is that if you receive any Invoice from anyone, make sure that it is for goods/services that you have ordered. I know of too many people who are taken in by these false invoices.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Apologies to regular readers/posters

Whilst playing with the setting in Blogger, I seem to have turned on "Comment moderation". Which is why a couple of posts from you great people have not showed until today. I've now turned it off! Apols.

Different Types Of Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing programs has never been as popular before as they are today. Why? There can be a number of reasons. The most probable reason, however, could be the fact that the benefits of affiliate marketing have become clearer to a lot of people now than they were before. Today, both the merchants and the affiliates can see clearly that affiliate marketing can work for both of them. The merchant sees affiliate marketing today as the chance to advertise their products at a lower cost. The affiliates, on the other hand, sees affiliate marketing as an easy way of earning profits online by doing what they like most, and that is by creating websites. Just as the popularity of affiliate marketing has shifted into greater heights, so has the people's outlook about it changed. No longer is affiliate marketing considered today as an alternative method for the merchant to advertise his products, or as a source of additional income for the affiliates. For merchants and affiliates alike, affiliate marketing is now considered as a main source of profits and revenues. So the question now is what type of affiliate marketing will work best for you? Are all affiliate marketing programs the same? Are the benefits the same? Or are there affiliate marketing programs that work better than the others? There are actually different types or classes of affiliate marketing, and the number of types will depend on how one will classify them. The most basic affiliate marketing programs, however, falls under two categories: pay-per-click (PPC), and pay-per-performance (PPP). Pay Per Click (PPC) PPC is the most popular type of affiliate marketing for affiliates with small websites, and probably the easiest way for them to earn money. In this affiliate marketing type, the merchant pays his affiliate whenever a visitor is referred to his site, that is whenever someone clicks through the merchant's banner or text ads. The affiliate gets paid a certain amount even if the visitor he referred does not purchase anything from the merchant's site. However, typical fees for PPC affiliate programs are small, usually not exceeding a dollar for every click. Pay Per Performance (PPP) PPP affiliate marketing is the most popular among merchant and is also the most lucrative type for the affiliates. In this type of affiliate program, the merchant only pays the affiliate whenever his referral translates into an action—that is whenever the visitor he has referred actually buys something from the merchant's site or when the visitor becomes a lead. This means a lot of savings for the merchant. On the other hand, it becomes the most lucrative type for the dedicated affiliate, for commissions in PPP affiliate marketing usually comes in the range of 15% to 20% of the actual product sales. Pay-per-performance affiliate marketing can be further classified into two popular types: pay-per-sales (PPS) and pay-per-lead (PPL). Pay Per Sale (PPS) In a pay-per-sale type of affiliate marketing, the merchants pay the affiliate a certain fee whenever the visitor he has referred to the merchant's site actually buys something from the merchant's site. Affiliates are often paid on commission basis, although other merchants would opt to pay a fixed fee. But no matter what the basis of the fee is, it is generally higher than the fee paid to affiliates in a pay-per-click affiliate program. Pay Per Lead (PPL) The pay-per-lead type of affiliate marketing is a slight variation of the PPS type and is often used by insurance and finance companies and other companies who rely on leads for their company to grow. In this type of affiliate marketing, the affiliate is paid whenever the visitor he referred to the merchant's site fills up an application form or any similar form related to the business of the company. Compensation for this type of affiliate marketing is based on a fixed fee whose rates approximate that of the fixed fee in the PPS type. Aside from these three specific types of affiliate marketing, a lot of other affiliate marketing types exist. If the classification is based on the depth of the affiliate network, it can be classified as single-tier, two-tier, and multi-tier affiliate marketing. There is also another type of affiliate marketing that pays the affiliate each time the customer he has referred purchases something from the merchant's site. Single-Tier, Two-Tier, and Multi-Tier Affiliate Marketing These types of affiliate marketing are based on the different levels or tiers in the affiliate network by which payments are made. In a single-tier affiliate marketing program, the affiliates are only paid based on the direct sales or traffic he has referred to the merchant. All the previously mentioned affiliate marketing types (i.e. PPS< PPL, and PPC) fall under the single-tier classification. In two-tier affiliate marketing programs, the affiliate is not only paid for the direct traffic or sales that he refers to the merchant's site, but also on every traffic or sales referred by various other affiliates who joined the affiliate program through his recommendation. Multi-tier affiliate marketing works the same way, although the affiliate gets additional commission for a wider number of affiliates in different tiers in the affiliate network. Residual Income Affiliate Marketing In residual income affiliate marketing, the affiliate gets paid not only once for every customer he has referred to the merchant's site. Rather, the affiliate is also paid whenever the customer he has referred returns to the site and purchase another product. Compensation for such type of affiliate marketing is based on either sales percentage commission or fixed fee basis. The different affiliate marketing types would virtually work differently for merchants and affiliates alike, and each would generally have their own list of benefits. Which type of affiliate marketing will work best for you? It is not really for me to tell. Rather, it is for you to choose which type of affiliate marketing program will suit your needs and characteristics best...

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Google Adsense Referrals

Google have just launched a new referral scheme for Adsense. You can find more details by logging into your Adsense Account and choosing the new "Referrals" tabbed link.

Referrals offer you a new revenue opportunity while increasing your users' awareness of useful products and services. Adding a referral button to your website enables you to generate additional earnings by directing users to download or sign up for products such as AdSense.
You can see an example referral button: and there are another 9 or 10 that you can choose. It seems that to be eligible for payment, the new Adsense Aff needs to have earned $100 in "commission", then you (as the referrer) get an Adsense Credit. I think that this could be quite interesting to increase the ranks of the Adsense Army. Google had to do something like this to combat the growing threat of other contextual Ads, such as Chitika, YPN etc etc...

Friday, November 04, 2005

Updated Value of my Blog !


My blog is worth $9,032.64.
How much is your blog worth?

My Blog increased in value from $4k to just over $9k in the last 10 days! Cool ;-) I just need to find a insane person to buy it :-D Re-take the test and see if your Blogs value has gone up or down, it's just a bit of fun!

Amazon Affiliateship

I never really looked at Amazon as a godd sales opportunity as the commission rate is so low, typically 5% or so. However, I notice that a few people do use it. Is Amazon worthwhile to add into the mix for these AIS sites? In other words, is the extra effort involved in creating scripts etc worth the likely return? I'd be interested to know your thoughts (particularly if you do already use Amazon). Thanks!

Thursday, November 03, 2005

What Is Niche Marketing, and Do You Need It?

In ecology, a niche refers to the place or position occupied by an organism or a population within an ecological community called the ecosystem. It is the term which defines the role the organism or the population plays in the general scheme of things. The niche an organism or a population holds is the one responsible for dictating the ability of the species to survive. It is the one which spells whether an organism or a population will perish or thrive. In marketing, a niche refers to a service or a product that occupies a special area of demand. It is that small corner in the market that accounts for a certain kind of specialty concerning an unmet customer need. To be able to attract a strong, solid market, the choice of a niche product should ultimately complement the website one owns. It is through this scheme that he is able to generate a specific market for the niche product he is trying to sell. Niches are involved in niche marketing, the process of finding market segments that are small but potentially profitable nonetheless. To maintain a profitable quantity of sales, this marketing strategy relies on increasing the loyalty of customers so that their corporate objectives will be met or surpassed. Illustrative of this is the fact that the quality of the product or service sold will generate customer satisfaction and, consequently, customer loyalty. The result is profitability garnered through a solid market base that trusts in the ability of the product or service to really deliver. One of the great things about niche marketing is that it encourages those who indulge in it to be unique and one-of-a-kind. Here one is not forced into the lion’s den and made to compete against established marketers. He is made to occupy a strong and secure position that ultimately wins him a real place in the market. Niche marketing differs from other online marketing strategies because this particular quality allows it to operate almost autonomously and without having to contend with corporate sharks that tear each other to pieces. One of the most important things that should be thought over by those involved in this type of business is the niche business that is going to be involved in the process. It is important to consider the type of business that one is going to work on to be able to ensure himself of the success that he hopes to have. It is also important for him to know everything about the niche business at hand. Learning the tricks of the trade in is one of the things that one could do to make a niche business prosper tremendously. Being able to reach the niche market is another consideration to make. In doing so, one should know the exact phrases that people are searching for. The use of tools can help a lot in knowing the type of keywords that should be used to make the business profitable. Targeting the right keywords does a lot in making this type of business soar. Those who engage in niche marketing know that determining the potential of a niche before doing everything else is a must if one wants to save all the time and effort that might be wasted if he plunges into everything head on. Building a niche marketing site that proves to be profitable should be done after an unsatisfied customer demand is identified, and marketing the site appropriately by reaching out to customers the best possible way is what niche marketers should consider if they want their business to reach skyrocketing success. Is niche marketing needed in a world teeming with a hundred like systems designed for people to make money online? Those who know how the system works will answer in the affirmative, because niche marketing is the only system capable of filling up a gaping hole in the market by catering to the unsatisfied needs of customers - needs that are usually not given notice by those in the big league.

That's a lot of double-speak, but Niche Marketing basically boils down to providing a product or service that is aimed at a small, yet profitable portion of a given market. In other words, instead of trying to provide a one-site-fits-all, make many sites each catering to a tiny portion of the market. There are other benefits to running many sites also, notably SEO. Look at my own personal example: E-Commerce is a very large market, but osCommerce is a small niche (or compartment) of it. I've aimed many of my sites [2 large sites and myriad small sites] at the osCommerce niche and for me it's worked great.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

SEO or No SEO

Having worked at one time in the SEO industry, I can tell you that most SEO practitioners are absolutely full of BS. To get your site to the top of the Search Engines, all you need (in my opinion) is good content, and cleanly coded HTML. I've been doing a little experiment. 3 weeks ago I posted about my experiences with eBays VeRO Program. Today I looked to see if I could find my post in any of the search engines, here are the results: MSN: Position 5, search term: ebay vero Google: Position 27, search term: ebay vero From this we can see that MSN & Google are really quite quick to get new pages listed in their index. I must admit to being surprised to be placed so high for that search phrase, particularly on the MSN search. It's all good though. I couldn't find the post in Yahoo at all, but I'll keep on checking on a weekly basis...

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Make Me A Million

A new reality TV show starts tonight on Channel 4 (UK)...Make Me A Million - looks interesting as it seems that each entrepreneur will be tracked for one year.

Make Me a Million looks at what it takes to turn a business idea into a company worth millions in just one year, and with nothing more than £60,000 start up capital. The series follows three businesses to show what it is like to be a true entrepreneur, and what it takes to make as much money as possible in business in one year. But each business has a secret weapon: a successful multi-millionaire mentor to guide them through the peaks and troughs of making their business dream happen.
Of course, I won't be watching tonight as my beloved Liverpool FC are playing, but I'll set the Video and try to watch it in the next few days.

October Round Up AIS

Stat Attack Best Day: 16th - $310.60 earned Worst Day: 20th - $23.22 earned 31 Day Average: $135.20 per day Best performing day of the Week: Mondays Worst performing day of the Week: Thursdays Breakdown Adsense: 13.81% eBooks: 34.48% Templates: 36.70% Other (aff earnings etc): 15.01% Sales/Commission Largest Sale/Commission: $125 (multiple times) Smallest Sale/Commission: $0.30 I worked for 2 hours and 18 minutes to earn $4191.09, which entailed answering a few questions by email and on my forum. Not half bad! I know that most readers are interested more in the Adsense side of things than my other online adventures, so: Screenshot of October Adsense (some areas blanked out to comply with Adsense ToS) Consider that just a few months ago I was earning $30 a month on Adsense, this is some jump! Just two months ago (August) I earned less than 1/3 of Octobers Adsense Income... The only secret to building to an Adsense Income is to keep on churning out sites. Target for November 1/ Get Adsense up to 20% of overall AIS earnings 2/ Use a couple more methods outlined in the Rich Jerk Book to start more revenue streams. 3/ Start on my super-secret new project which will be AIS, but will take around 3 months of work before it is available for release.

I would like to read about your October Adventures on your blog or site!