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What Makes You Click in 2019? Giveaway Rules & Guidelines

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Insider Trading? Zuckerberg Began Dumping Stock Before Data Breaches Became Public

Elder Patriot – Mark Zuckerberg is using the same defense as Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton used to rely on whenever they faced a crisis of their own making.  He is contending that he only learned of the massive data breach when you did, and only through the media.  Don’t be gullible.

Zuckerberg claims that he was the genius behind Facebook:

“I started Facebook, and at the end of the day I’m responsible for what happens on our platform. I’m serious about doing what it takes to protect our community.”

So far the only things we know he is serious about are – weaponing Facebook against patriots, libertarians, and conservatives by censoring them, and, making sure he protects as much of his wealth as possible.

In September of 2017 Mark Zuckerberg announced his intention to sell 75 million shares that had, at that time, a share price of $170.  That’s a cool $12.7 billion.

Since the announcement that Cambridge Analytica breached the data of 50 million users – that’s since been increased to 87 million users – the stock has taken a 10% hit.  It’s going to get worse, a lot worse and Zuckerberg certainly knows this. The question is when did he know it?

According to David Barda, an attorney expert in protecting the rights of those whose personal data has been breached, this can bankrupt Facebook.

Law professor Maureen Papp informs us that the maximum compensation the law provides to each user in the UK  who was violated is $17,500. *

Barda says it’s likely that each user would receive a maximum of $700.  While that might not make every user whose data was breached whole, it works out to $61 billion enough to put a very serious hit on the value of Facebook… and to Zuckerberg’s stock.

This is just the tip of the iceberg.  We have since learned that Facebook willingly stood aside while the Obama campaign was allowed to harvest every user’s personal data in 2012.  You have to naive to think that even this was the extent of Facebook’s violations.

Facebook achieved a total valuation approaching half a trillion dollars without charging their consumers a penny.  They were selling something. And they were compiling massive personal profiles on each user to increase the value of that data.

There’s a lot that will be discovered about Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg’s nefarious use of the platform that violated the confidence that the public placed in them.

Buckle up. There’s a lot brewing in the law offices representing damaged users, and at the DOJ, that Zuckerberg would rather you not know about.  Expect Congress to ask Zuck why he decided to dump his stock when he appears before it next week.

Also, expect Sandberg to come under a lot more scrutiny as her role in promoting Hillary Clinton’s campaign (Sandberg had been prominently mentioned to become Clinton’s treasury secretary) – and possibly her own 2020 candidacy – becomes more widely understood.

*UPDATE: The Inquisitor has published this article  which attempts to debunk “Rumors fly around social media about Facebook paying users $17,500 each for lawsuit damages for Cambridge Analytica data breach.”  Please note our report does not claim Facebook has agreed to the payment, rather that UK laws could make them liable for these damages.

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Announcing JVZoo’s 2018 Top Performing Users

“People of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and made things happen.”
~ Leonardo da Vinci

Actions speak louder than words…

That’s why we brought you 4 huge announcements last week about improvements we made to the platform. And most importantly, we introduced our first solution (more to come) to help with the recent payment processor issues.

It’s been a busy time here at the JVZoo offices as you can imagine. But, we are fueled by plenty of coffee and even more so, by the positive actions of our users who continue to grow their businesses and support each other. After all, this platform exists because of YOU the users! That’s why, even now with all the busy work going on… no, especially now, we NEED to ensure we celebrate the achievements of JVZoo’s Top Performers of 2018.

I think we can all agree that reaching the Top of the JVZoo Leaderboard takes an incredible amount of hard work. There’s no sitting back and letting things happen. The Sellers and Affiliates who earned their place at the Top certainly worked for it.

Late nights…

Stressful moments…

Disappointments…

Plenty of coffee…

And lots of patient persistence…

These some of the ingredients it takes to taste the sweet victory of success!

At JVZoo, we often say “Our success is a direct reflection of Yours” and today, we’re honoring the HIGHEST PERFORMERS in our network for 2018.

These Top Users are The Best of The Best!

They absolutely CRUSHED it in 2018!!

Drum roll please….

*Here are the 2018 Winners *

TOP TEN SELLERS:

Paul Ponna
Michael Cheney
Ankur Shukla
Victory Akpomedaye
Dr. Amit Pareek
Adeel Chowdhry and Ali S. Chowdhry
Luke Maguire
Brett Ingram | Mo Latif
AnimationStudio
Joshua Zamora

TOP TEN AFFILIATES:

Todd Gross
Sorin Asaftei
Sam Bakker
Promote Labs Inc
Jono Armstrong
Paul Ponna
Igor Kheifets
Dr. Amit Pareek
Ben Murray
Martin Crumlish

As we celebrate the close of our 7th year, we honor both our TOP PERFORMERS and ALL of our users at JVZoo.

We are proud to have the *THE BEST AFFILIATES & SELLERS IN THE WORLD!* You will always be our better half. We can’t do it without YOU.

Honorees for Top Sellers:

Billy | David | Justin, Abhi Dwivedi [Vega6], Brett Rutecky, Daniel Anton, Dan Cumberland, Jamie Ohler, Mario Brown, Tom Yevsikov, Cyril Gupta, VILINOX LLC, Ben Murray, Chad Nicely, Richard Madison, Viddyoze, Explaindio LLC

Honorees for Top Affiliates:

Mike Mckay, Richard Fairbairn, Brett Rutecky, Joshua Zamora, Sd Akram Hyd, Jaime Ohler, Matt Bush, Mike from Maine, Igor Burban, Simon Warner, Venkata Ramana, Brett Ingram, Karthik Ramani, Viddyoze, Ankur Shukla

Stay tuned for MORE announcements from Your JVZoo Team that are sure to enhance YOUR success in 2019!

Celebrating YOUR Success,

Your JVZoo Team

 

Wondering HOW these Winners did it?

Grab Your Copy of JVZoo’s Rise of the JVZoo Superheroes to read some of their stories.

Just getting started or need some help getting to the next level?

Check out JVZoo’s Free Training Course:

 

NOTE: Winners and Honorees can expect an email with directions on how to redeem your awards within the next 7-10 days at the contact address listed on your JVZoo account.

 

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How To Handle Complainers And Rude Emails To Support

This article was originally published in 2008, then totally rewritten and re-published in 2019. Which explains some of the dates on the comments below. 😉 Enjoy!

There is a simple fact of life when you run a blog or online business. Heck, this is just a part of simply being alive. And that is…

You’re going to have people complain.

The things people complain about can vary from legit concerns to trivial matters that you can’t believe they just bothered to email you about. Things like:

Typos and grammar errors
People taking offense on something you said, or a word you used.
People ripping you to shreds over trying to sell something.
People jumping to conclusions and calling you a scammer over the smallest things, or because you didn’t reply back to them fast enough.

I don’t list these things as an attempt to make fun of them. Not at all. However, these are some of the kinds of complaints I’ve seen over the years.

Sometimes they’ll email you privately or email your support address. Other times they might post it publicly on social media, in a blog comment or elsewhere.

So, how do you handle these things? What do you do about it?

Should You Let It Bother You?

Fast answer = NO.

In some cases, it may be hard to take. Sometimes you’ll have people really tear into you. It can be hard to be called a scammer or to have somebody tell you they’re offended by something you said. Not everybody can take the criticism.

It is important to maintain perspective. Always remember:

Most people are good, decent people.
Many times, a complaint was sent to you “in the heat of the moment” and the moment you reply back to them they will apologize. I’ve had it happen more times than I can count.
There is always a small percentage of people who will find a way to be upset by something. Life is a big confrontation to them. It is sad, but the problem most definitely isn’t you.

Working with a lot of students over the years, I have found that beginning entrepreneurs who are making their first attempts at sales with their blog can be the most sensitive to negative comments. The moment somebody calls them a scammer, they just wilt. If you’ve ever felt that way, please check yourself.

When you stand up in this world and do anything out of the ordinary (and putting up a blog and/or selling something online is out of the ordinary), you’re more likely to get an arrow in your back. This is part of having an online presence… and it could get more common the more popular your site gets.

So, definitely don’t let a complaint bother you or get to you personally. This is simply part of life online.

How To Handle Typo And Grammar Complaints
How do you handle it when you get people complaining about typos and grammar errors on your blog? Like so…Click To Tweet

Guess what?

When you create a lot of content online, you’re going to make some typos and grammar errors. This just goes with the territory of doing something a lot.

Also, sometimes the way we type isn’t exactly grammatically correct. When I create content, I do so in a conversational way. I write in a conversational way. This is because my purpose is to effectively communicate ideas to you and to get understanding. My purpose is NOT to impress an English teacher! Truth is, when you are communicating effectively online, not everything you say or write is going to pass a grammar check.

And so, you have to take these kinds of complaints with the proper perspective. There are certain kinds of people who are just sticklers for proper word structure. To each their own, but just because they are that way doesn’t mean you have to change the way you wish to communicate on your own blog. In the end, words are meant to communicate IDEAS. And it is the IDEAS that are more important than some of the nitty-gritty rules of grammar.

So, how do you handle people who point out typos and grammar errors?

You handle it politely, of course. 🙂

Here’s what I do:

Read the email and see what the error is that they’re pointing out.
Reply back and thank them. That’s it. You really don’t need to comment any further on it. Just thank them for reaching out on the issue.
Review the actual issue and decide whether it needs to be corrected. If so, do it.

If it is a legit typo, go fix it. If it is a gross grammar error, go fix it. If, however, it is just conversational speak, works just fine despite the fact that it might earn a red mark from an English teacher, feel free to ignore it.

How To Handle Rude Comments And Emails

What do you do if the person is just being rude? What if they’re calling you names? Should you even respond?

As I said before, don’t let this kind of thing get to you. In more cases than not, they emailed you in the heat of the moment and aren’t actually like that. In some cases, they’ve just got issues. 🙂 Either way, don’t take it personally.

First, always look at whether there is merit to what they say. Even despite the unfortunate tone and even if it is highly inappropriate, there might be a legitimate concern behind that email. Did you fail to deliver on a promise? Did something not get delivered? Did you go too long without replying to them and they felt ignored? Always look. Always look at any complaint as a potential symptom of a breakdown in how you are managing things. If there is something you need to fix, fix it and make it right.

Sometimes nothing is actually wrong, but they think it is. Perhaps they misunderstood something. If that’s the case, clarify it to them. Realize, however, that if they misunderstood or missed something, others might have as well and just didn’t bother to tell you. So, look and see if there’s something you need to change to make it simpler to avoid the situation again.

In some cases, you’ll just have people complaining for little to no reason. Well, like I said… sometimes people just do that. Not every such complaint has to be actionable on your part.

Now, do you reply?

In almost all cases, yes. In fact, often you’ll just make the situation worse if you ignore them. One of the worst things you can do online is to fail to acknowledge somebody’s communication.

Now, do you get defensive? Do you tell them where to shove it? 😉

I wouldn’t. I always look at whether I’m in the right or not. If something needs to be corrected, I always do. However, if I evaluate things and determine the person is being rude and unfair incorrectly, I will put them in their place. I never respond in kind, but I remain firm.

In that rare case where a person is just being rude for the sake of being so, you can make a decision on whether you choose to do business with them anymore. For instance, in the last several years, I’ve probably had a couple of people who emailed into support and just ripped into my virtual assistant. Called her names, etc. I have zero tolerance for such things and will ban a person from my business for doing it.

In the end, you are the owner of your business and nobody is forcing you to do business with anybody. If I don’t want to deal with a person, I don’t. The good thing is, as I said, I think I’ve only had to do this a couple of times in my many years in business.

How To Handle Threats

It does happen (again, in rare cases) that you may get rude emails to you which threaten to do certain things. I’ve had people threaten to call the attorney general on me for a bad review of their product, for instance.

Ah, good times. 😉

Sometimes, people will express dissatisfaction with something you send on your email list and they’ll threaten to unsubscribe. My response? Help them do it. 🙂 Honestly, that just tells you they’re not the right person for your business anyway. It isn’t as if they’re doing you a favor by being on your list. If they don’t want to be there, show them the exit.

Sometimes, people will express dissatisfaction with something you send on your email list and they’ll threaten to unsubscribe. My response? Help them do it.Click To Tweet

If you get threats about calling the news media, reporting to the BBB, or some other agency, you can pretty much ignore it. In almost every case, they’re just blowing smoke in order to try to get a response. It doesn’t mean that you ignore the fact that they emailed you and they’re mad. You treat it like any other complaint. When people are mad, they often say irrational things. So, just look past it and evaluate it with an even keel.

What If The Negative Comment Is Out In Public?

This is often when people get the most worried about complaints is when it is out in the open. Will it hurt business? Will it affect what people think about you? Should you just delete it and go private with it?

As a general rule, you will make things worse if you delete the comment. For instance, a company I work with recently got themselves into a little PR jam because they handled a price increase pretty poorly. In the resulting reaction, they ended up banning one of the figureheads of their Facebook group from the group because he tweeted his dissatisfaction. The fact that he was banned caused even further PR damage and ultimately they reversed it, re-joined him to the group, complete with a pretty lame excuse for what happened that likely wasn’t even true. In the end, it just looked really bad.

People will usually make assumptions to fill in what they don’t know. And often those assumptions will be against you. They’ll assume the worst.

So, when a negative comment is in public, I say leave it there and respond to it in public. Be honest and transparent.

Did they say something snotty in a blog comment? Well, if it is a real comment from a real person, leave it there and reply to them.

Did they say something snotty on Facebook, Twitter or some other public forum? Leave it there and reply to them.

If what they say is incorrect, then correct them. If it is a customer complaint, handle it. Be polite and write your response knowing that others may read it that aren’t part of the transaction. Use it as an opportunity.

One Last Thing…

You are the owner and founder of your own blog and your own business. And guess what… you get to run it the way you please. You get to say things the way that you please. You get to do business with who you please.

Own it. Be confident in that. You always want to be fair and treat people well, but never lose sight of the fact that you are in charge.

There’s the old saying that says “The customer is always right.” Well, guess what… sometimes the customer is just plain wrong.

There’s the old saying that says ‘The customer is always right.’ Well, guess what… sometimes the customer is just plain wrong.Click To Tweet

The idea that “the customer is always right” carries with it the connotation that you must do whatever it takes to please them, to placate them…. no matter how unreasonable it may be. And that’s a rather large load of BS, to be frank.

All transactions are voluntarily. They can choose to read your blog, interact with you, or do business with you. Likewise, you get to choose who you work with. If you get yourself into a mindset where you feel you need to grovel for whatever you can get, then that’s not a mindset that will lend itself to success.

Always do what is right in your business.

Always treat people fairly and seek to over-deliver.

Always create the best content that you can and try to help others find meaningful solutions.

And, be willing to correct course if you got something wrong.

If you do all that, you’re in the right and you’ll do just fine. And for those rare cases where you might get yourself a person with a chip on their shoulder, you just let it roll off and treat it accordingly.

Besides… the fact that you even get complaints at all means they’re paying attention. So, well done! 🙂

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RightMessage Versus ConvertFlow: Onsite Retargeting To Personalize The Marketing On Your Blog

What if your blog actually changed to suit individual visitors based on who they are and what they might be ready to act upon?

Rather than showing the same calls to action across your blog in a static fashion, you could custom tailor everything to specific visitors.

You might get more opt-ins? More sales?

That’s the idea. It is called onsite retargeting.

Since the perfect blog would be set up, from top to bottom, to be a strategic content marketing environment, then ideally your blog would react according to who they are. For instance:

Show different calls to action for people who are already subscribed than those who are not.
Show different calls to action based on information you know about a visitor, including interests, demographics, etc.
If a person has already bought a certain product, avoid showing CTAs for that product and instead show something else.
Show targeted offers to people based on what they’ve already purchased so that your blog actually helps move people along in your sales funnel.

For many bloggers who are moving into more developed marketing strategies, it is a major step up to move from a newsletter-oriented email list provider like Mailchimp or Aweber… and move into a marketing automation platform like Drip or ActiveCampaign.

In a similar fashion, it would be a step up for a blogger to move from a general opt-in form manager plugin like Thrive Leads or OptinMonster… and step into an onsite retargeting platform. In essence, it turns your blog into a marketing automation platform.

By presenting the right offers, to the right person, at the right time, you are increasing conversions.

And yes, you can do this with your blog by using the right add-on to your blog marketing tech stack.

Two tools we’re going to look at this comparison are RightMessage and ConvertFlow. Both are powerful tools for onsite retargeting. Both accomplish the same things, although in pretty different ways.

Let’s start off with RightMessage…

RightMessage

RightMessage is a powerful tool for onsite retargeting. The real beauty of this tool is that it allows you to edit actual elements on your site rather than simply adding elements to the site.

The tool is broken down into 2 main sections:

Segment – This is where you set up the various ways you can segment your audience, including sets of questions you can ask to collect information from them.
Personalize – This is where you can put that segmentation information to use by changing your website depending on the data.

The first thing you do under the “Segment” section is set up your various funnel stages so you can track where people are in the sales cycle. Here’s mine…

One thing that I like is how granular you can get with how you define this stuff. I can tap into my CRM (Drip, in my case) and access the data in there to define where they are in the sales cycle. And while accessing tags within the CRM is something that any tool of this caliber would be able to do, RightMessage also has the ability to work with custom field data.

In my case, the whole sales end of this website is handled by MemberMouse. And MemberMouse integrates directly with Drip and tracks people’s member levels via custom fields. With RightMessage, I can then tap into that data to segment them.

Moving beyond the funnel stages, you can begin to set up questions that will allow you to segment your audience in any number of ways.

You can, of course, totally control who sees these questions as well as where they appear on your site. But, every time a visitor answers one of these questions, you are collecting more information about them. It can all be synced back to your CRM, thereby allowing you to trigger certain email campaigns and automations based on their answers.

In the “Personalize” section of the tool is where you begin to USE this data to do actual onsite retargeting.

One of the basic tools they have is called RightBar. It is a simple sticky bar at the top of your site which you can customize depending on what stage of the funnel they are in. So, in my case, I could show a different RightBar to monthly Lab members than I do to annual or lifetime members. One handy use of this, for me, would be to show a RightBar to monthly members providing them an upgrade offer to annual.

RightBar is cool, but honestly it is a little limited. There’s very little customization available and you only have one set of bars to use. Word is that the company is soon going to be radically expanding this into something called RightCTA. It will move beyond simply top bars into various other kinds of calls to action with much more flexibility, thereby putting RightMessage more on par with ConvertFlow in terms of what it can do.

However, one area where RightMessage indeed shines is it’s ability to personalize your actual website. While other tools (like ConvertFlow) work with forms and widgets of various types, RightMessage can manipulate your actual website. For instance, you could change the headline on a landing page or your homepage based on the personalized information on that visitor.

Do to this, you use Campaigns. Rather than try to walk you through this in text and images, it might be better if I just show it to you. Here’s a video…

That kind of website personalization is pretty awesome. Keep in mind that it isn’t actually editing your website. These changes are simply modifying the HTML in-browser “on the fly” based on who the visitor is. Nothing about your site is being changed. The moment you removed the RightMessage javascript off your site, none of your personalizations will have any impact.

RightMessage is very powerful. At the time of this writing, the differences between it and ConvertFlow are rather stark. ConvertFlow will control sections and widgets on your site while RightMessage is quite limited in that. On the flip side, RightMessage can alter your actual website and ConvertFlow cannot do that. Once RightMessage officially comes out with their full RightCTA suite, there will be greater overlap.

RightMessage pricing is dependent on site traffic. You can start as low as $19/month, however that’s for the Survey plan at under 10,000 uniques monthly. The Survey plan would only give you the ability to ask questions and learn more about your audience. There are other ways to do that, however, and I can’t see any need for their Survey Plan.

To get all the good stuff, you’d need their Personalization Plan. That starts at $79/month. At the traffic level of the Blog Marketing Academy as of this writing, it would cost me $149/month.

PROS:

Very granular integration with CRM, including use of custom field data and not only tags.
Ability to personalize your actual website (not just widgets and sections)

CONS:

Currently limited to RightBar in terms of actual widgets. That’s highly limited compared to ConvertFlow, however RightCTA will eventually close the gap.
Stat reporting is delayed 24 hours.
There seemed to be a real lack of onboarding to help a new person get started. The tool isn’t very difficult, and the help documentation is really great. But, I was on my own without any guidance.

I see RightMessage as a powerful tool that is, on the whole, pretty easy to use. However, I run a pretty large blog with a lot of content. The Blog Marketing Academy isn’t some small company site. I wanted to manage personalization across the entire library of blog posts here at the Academy. It became clear to me that RightMessage wasn’t really geared toward this end. RightMessage’s strength is personalization of site pages, but how I am going to effectively use something like that across a site this big?

So, I moved onto ConvertFlow…

ConvertFlow

As of this writing, the truth is that ConvertFlow is a different kind of tool than RightMessage. Both tools are aimed at the same goal of site personalization and onsite retargeting, however how they go about it is pretty different.

While RightMessage is aimed primarily at changing your actual website based on who the visitor is, ConvertFlow does it via the use of embedded widgets. In other words, RightMessages changes the site and ConvertFlow adds to the site.

RightMessage is going to expand their feature set with RightCTA to infringe more on the territory of ConvertFlow, however even then there are some things ConvertFlow does that RightMessage simply does not.

When you’re inside the tool, it is broken down into the following sections:

Calls to Action. This is where you build and manage all the various calls to action across your site.
Flows. A unique feature that allows you to set up CTAs into structured campaigns that walk the prospect through to certain goals. It bears some similarity to other tools that allow you to design workflows, such as Drip.
Broadcasts. Allows you to send out high-priority CTAs that override all else.
Insights. Reporting on how everything is converting.
Contacts. Real records of all contacts on your site, their information, their avatar photo, and even data collected from public channels like social media accounts.

When you create a call to action, you have several options:

Right off, you see that ConvertFlow has way more flexibility. RM only has the “sticky bar” while CF has way more options.

A very cool feature is that Embedded CTA. This allows you to target specific areas of your site with CTAs. You set those areas up using DIV code with specific Classes, then you set the call to action up to display in that area.

So, if you choose to display a call to action in your blog post footer, you choose that area. Then, whenever your criteria are met to display the call to action, it will show up in the post footer. To set this up, you would need to modify your theme just enough to put that DIV HTML into those spots of your site.

Speaking of display criteria, you have a lot of options, including:

Page URLs, device types (desktop or mobile), geographic location (city, country), etc.
Visitor history (including CTAs completed, tags, segmenting information, etc.)
Tags in your CRM (So, in my case, I can control CTAs based on the tags inside of Drip)
WordPress targeting (by post, page, category, logged in status, etc.)

Given the options you have, you can get quite granular with how you control calls to action. For instance, you could display a targeted lead magnet on all blog posts in a certain category of your blog. Then, if they already opted in for it, show them a different CTA. And, if they already purchased a certain product (according to your CRM), show them a targeted offer related to that category.

As things develop, you could end up with a whole lot of various calls to action for various things. So, you have Campaign Flows where you can organize them all at once as well as track performance globally.

Using Flows, you can organize groups of CTAs into various stages of your prospect lead cycle. Typically, it’d go something like this:

Anonymous visitor.
Email subscriber
Become a qualified lead (either on a webinar, viewing pricing page, sales page, etc.)
Buy some product.
Buy more expensive upsells, or join a membership.

Pretty simple sales funnel structure. But, by setting goals up in your flow in ConvertFlow, you can track what stage of the cycle your visitors are in and therefore control what CTAs they see.

Flows is a powerful feature, but definitely requires some planning to put it to use. As I was playing with it, I did find myself a little paralyzed with it at first. Their documentation did a good job of explaining how it works, however I think they could add several more real-world scenarios and examples of Flows from other businesses to help make more clear how to use this feature. I ended up having to have a chat with Ethan (founder of ConvertFlow) to clarify some things before it sort of “clicked”.

In terms of pricing, ConvertFlow starts out for free. If you have under 500 visits per month and only want to do lead generation, you can use it for free. Of course, 500 visits isn’t much, so the next level up is $29/month… and then $99/month. Only at the $99/month level do you get the retargeting options.

At my traffic levels, ConvertFlow is a better deal than RightMessage. RM would come in at $149/month while CF allows way more traffic for only $99/month. As I said before, however, one must take into account that the two tools do have a different set of capabilities.

PROS

A lot of flexibility in terms of the types of calls to action you can use on your site.
Granular integration with WordPress, important for those of us who use WordPress as a big part of our business.
Ability to manage groups of CTAs into organized flows
Stat reporting is real-time, whereas RightMessage has a 24-hour delay.

CONS

No ability to edit on-site content for personalization. This is an exclusive feature of RightMessage at this time.
Editing interface for CTAs is powerful, however a bit on the clunky side.
Also suffers from a lack of guided onboarding. There is a guided tool which walks you though the interface, but I think they could have more real-world case studies to help guide how to set things up. RightMessage has the same problem.

The One I Prefer…

Both of these tools are quite powerful. While both allow onsite retargeting and personalization, they do it in different ways. I even found one guy who said he was using both tools simultaneously, although I think that would be totally unnecessary (and expensive).

Between the tools, I prefer ConvertFlow. Here’s why…

For blog-based marketing, I think the widget model of personalization is better than actually modifying the content. There are just too many pages on a site like mine. I think on-site personalization would be more suitable to a smaller site with a handful of landing pages.
ConvertFlow integrates with WordPress to help target specific sections with CTAs.

Since I’m all about blog-based marketing, I think ConvertFlow is the better choice.

ConvertFlow Vs Thrive Leads

As a person who is pretty public with my love for Thrive Themes tools, one must ask the question…

Would ConvertFlow be worth using over something like Thrive Leads?

Certainly, Thrive Leads specializes in managing opt-ins and calls to action across your WordPress blog. And certainly, the pricing is far more favorable. 🙂

You can duplicate a lot of what ConvertFlow does using Thrive Leads. Aside from just call to action design, there’s also that…

Thrive Leads Smartlinks gives you the ability to show specific CTAs to a person if they click through that link.
Thrive Leads form States also gives the ability to show a different state if the person is already subscribed.

Using these features, you do have some ability to customize CTAs using Thrive Leads as well, rather than showing the exact same thing to everybody.

Where a solution like ConvertFlow surpasses Thrive Leads is…

The ability to segment visitors and treat each one individually.
The ability to pull data from your CRM and act accordingly. While Thrive can push data to the CRM, it cannot pull it and react.

To a large degree, ConvertFlow is a big step up from Thrive Leads. Of course, it is also a big step up in terms of pricing, so you would need to weigh the potential return to you for having this level of personalization on your blog.

As I said at the outset, the use of onsite retargeting is an advanced strategy that brings your blog closer to “perfection” in terms of it’s ability to be a major driver of sales. That said, there are many online businesses making very good money using basic opt-in forms without fancy tools like ConvertFlow or RightMessage. As with any such tool, these are meant to be sales magnifiers, but are no replacement for having awesome offers that convert. In the end, basics are basics and onsite retargeting is not suddenly going to make offers that don’t sell convert.

Summary

Using an onsite retargeting tool of this caliber isn’t a necessity. It is certainly something that more advanced businesses could look into using. Most new business or solo bloggers don’t need something like ConvertFlow or RightMessage.

However, if we’re putting together the “perfect” marketing stack for blog marketing, then certainly a tool like ConvertFlow will give your blog the same kind of marketing automation capability that you could expect from a tool like Drip or Infusionsoft.

Doing this kind of thing in email is nothing new. Having your blog set up to move people through the funnel individually is a whole new layer for blog-based marketing that few people have actually done..

This is why I have been looking into these solutions.

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19 Legitimate Ways to Make Money Online

As long as you have an internet connection, you can legitimately earn money online from anywhere in the world. In this article, we’re sharing all of our best ideas to help you do just that.

Instead of using the internet to browse Facebook, stalk your ex on Instagram, or discover what type of bread you are via a Buzzfeed quiz, you can do something more productive with your time!

Whether you’re a stay at home mom, a college student, or merely working part-time, you can leverage even the smallest window of opportunity to earn money online.

Our team scoured the web, wracked our brains, and consulted other side hustle experts to put together this genius list of ideas so you can make money online starting today.

Table of Contents

Take Advantage of Quick Wins

Low effort and low commitment. The ideas in this section are all about making money online fast without too much work!

1. Participate in Market Research (Up to $100+ Per Month)

Participating in market research studies is an easy way to earn money onlineMarket research companies like to collect data on consumer interests, and spending habits, so brands can learn how to better market their products. They primarily do this research this via online questionnaires, and they’re always on the lookout for new survey participants. And yes, they’ll pay you.

If you’ve ever spent time taking paid online surveys, you know that you can earn money online every month while sitting at home in your PJs. If you’re a first-time survey taker, we recommend starting out with Survey Junkie.

Here’s how Survey Junkie works:

Take Surveys: Build your profile (takes less than 5 mins) and you’ll be matched with surveys.
Earn Rewards: Complete surveys and earn virtual points.
Get Paid: Redeem virtual points for Paypal cash deposits or e-Gift cards.
DollarSprout’s Survey Junkie Review

Other survey sites we like: Swagbucks ($5 signup bonus), Vindale Research ($2 signup bonus), InboxDollars ($5 signup bonus).

2. Take Advantage of Cash Back Signup Bonuses

Get $15 from Ebates and DOSH if you need money todayWant $15 for a few minutes of your time? Of course you do! Lucky for you, there are sites like Ebates and DOSH that are offering cash incentives for people like you to join their sites.

What’s the catch? None, really. Cash back apps act as affiliates for many online merchants, which means that whenever you make a purchase through one of the apps, they get a small commission — but then, they give you a portion of that commission as “cash back”. For example, if I buy a pair of Nike shoes through the Ebates app (or website) and spend $75, Ebates may get a $10 commission but then they’ll pass $7 back to me. It’s basically a way to get sale prices on stuff that isn’t on sale!

Ebates: $10 signup bonus after making $25 of qualifying purchases within 90 days.

DOSH: $5 bonus issued instantly after you link a credit or debit card to the app. (Note: Sometimes they bump the signup bonus to $10)

Since they’re free, we recommend signing up for both. Whenever you are online shopping, just compare deals between the apps to find the best one.

3. Open a High-Yield Online Savings Account

Use to power of compound interest to your advantage! Whether via a high yield savings account or some other investment, this is a great way to grow you moneyDo you have money sitting in a savings account that’s paying .05% interest?

If so (or if you don’t have a savings account at all), it’s worth your time to spend a few minutes opening an online savings account.

Here’s why:

Online savings accounts usually come with crazy good interest rates to help you grow your money faster (regular in-person banks can’t offer rates as high). We’re fans of CIT Bank and Discover Bank (among others) because their interest rates are often over 25 times the national average. That means the money in your savings account will grow 25 times faster than the pace it’s most likely growing at now. Really, though, you can’t go wrong with pretty much any online savings account that offers over 1.50% APY 🙂

Online Savings Account Comparison:

Savings Account
Opening Balance
Monthly Fees
APY

cit bank logoOpen Account
$100 with $100 monthly deposit
$0
2.15%

Discover Bank logo

Open Account
$0
$0
1.90%

ally logoOpen Account
$0
$0
1.90%

Barclays Bank LogoOpen Account
$0
$0
1.90%

If you want to go after higher returns, be sure to check out our best apps for investing money online.

Related: Swell Investing Review: A Socially Conscious Way to Invest Your Money in 2018

4. Earn Money by Watching Videos on Your Phone

Watch videos on your phone with Swagbucks is one of the easiest ways to earn money on the internetI mentioned Swagbucks earlier as a reputable survey site, but it turns out that’s not the only thing they’ll pay you for.
You can also earn money online with Swagbucks by watching short videos in whatever category you choose, like entertainment, news, or fitness.

$5 Signup Bonus for new users.
Select videos to watch on your computer, tablet, or mobile phone.
Hundreds of great videos from leading content sites.
DollarSprout’s Swagbucks Review

5. Download the Nielsen App and Collect $50 Per Year

earn fifty dollars per year online with nielsenHave you heard of Nielsen, the company that tracks TV ratings? Turns out they collect data on a lot more than just TV. One area they’re really into is internet usage research.

What does that mean for you? It means Nielsen will pay you $50 a year to keep their app on your favorite internet browsing device. The app itself collects statistics on your internet usage anonymously, so you never have to worry about any data being linked to you. And the best part is, the app takes up barely any space and doesn’t slow down your phone or tablet at all!

Here’s how Nielsen Computer & Mobile Panel works:

It is noninvasive and won’t impact device performance.
After you’ve installed the app, just use the internet as normal.
You’ll earn $50 for the first year you have the app installed.

6. Earn Money Online by Surfing the Web

Get paid to surf the webInboxDollars is another market research company that pays you to use their search engine instead of some of the more prominent ones like Google and Bing. The idea here is that they will learn more about people search habits and uncover patterns that may be valuable to companies trying to better understand consumers.

InboxDollars isn’t a get-rich-quick scheme, but if you’re wondering how to make money online for free, you may as well make a few extra bucks for searching the web like you normally would.

Here’s how InboxDollars works:

$5 Signup Bonus for new users.
You get $0.15 for every 4 qualified searches you complete.
Get $0.05 each time you complete 4 or more searches in a week.
See our full InboxDollars review

7. Get Paid to Test Websites

earn money online by testing websitesWebsite testers give their opinions on websites, including the design, quality, and ease of use of a site. This allows companies to make changes to their websites in order to provide a better experience for their users (and hopefully increase sales).

Of course, they are willing to pay for your feedback, which makes this one of the easiest ways to make money online without paying anything yourself.

UserTesting: $10 for every 10-15 minute test completed. No webcam needed.
WhatUsersDo: $8+ for 15-20 minute tests. You’ll need a microphone.
UserTest: $10.50 per study. Get started in as little as 5 minutes.

Earn Money Online as a Freelancer

We’re picking up the pace now. These side hustles require a bit more effort, but your income potential is also higher.

8. Freelance Writer

The term “starving artist” definitely does not apply here. There are many successful freelance writers out there who’ve used their business to replace their full-time job.

You don’t need a background in English or writing to make it as a successful freelance writer. For instance, Holly Johnson from Club Thrifty started doing freelance writing on the side with no real background, and now makes over $200,000 per year from her writing!

She recently put together a free workshop where she teaches others how to get started earning money online with writing. See below:

How to Build a Six-Figure Writing Career [Workshop]:

Learn the techniques Holly’s used to build her writing income to over $200,000/yr.
Tips to get your foot in the door and increase your income over time.
Register here for free

9. Freelance Proofreader

Put your eagle eyes to good use by earning money as a proofreader.

Caitlin Pyle of Proofread Anywhere made $43,000 in her first year proofreading while working part time studying abroad. Impressive, right?

Once she realized the demand was so high for proofreaders – far too high for one proofreader to fill – she created an online course to help others start their own proofreading business.

She also has free workshops almost every day.

In Caitlin’s Free Workshop, you’ll learn:

What a successful proofreader does (and doesn’t do)!
How to elevate your skills to become a GREAT proofreader.
How to use one of the most popular proofreading tools out there…and where to a find clients!

10. Virtual Assistant (VA)

Writing and proofreading aren’t for everyone. Some people prefer more administrative or data-oriented tasks, which is exactly the role of a virtual assistant.

Businesses use virtual assistants for things like booking travel, answering emails, social media management, email management, and more.

As a virtual assistant, you can choose which services to offer clients and at what rates. The more value you can provide, the more you can charge.

Some stats about VAs:

The average North American virtual assistant earns $35 to $50 per hour.
There has been a 95% increase in demand for VAs in the last three years.
There are over 150 different services you can offer as a VA.

11. Online English Teacher

Have you heard of VIPKID? Here’s a snippet from their site:

VIPKID provides an international learning experience to children in China between the ages 4-12. Headquartered in Beijing, the company offers fully immersive one-on-one English language instruction provided online by highly qualified teachers. The curriculum is based on the U.S. Common Core State Standards and uses a flipped-classroom approach to foster creativity and critical thinking skills.

For just 90 minutes a day, you can easily make over $500 per month. All you need is a Bachelor’s degree and English classroom experience.

More information on VIPKID:

VIPKID teachers make $14-22/hr.
All classes are taught online via webcam.
Bachelor’s degree required for all teachers.

There is a five step application process to become a teacher.

12. Website Designer

If you have a knack for computers and an eye for design, you can easily make $1,000 or more a month by building websites for businesses.

Want proof? We paid a designer over $6,000 to custom design our theme! There is serious money to be made in freelance web design work.

If you aren’t quite sure where to start, check out this article by Creative Market on how to become a web designer.

Start an Online Business

If you are looking to earn serious income online, you might want to consider going all out and starting your own online business.

In most cases, owning an online business won’t help you get rich overnight —  it’ll require real skills as well as a significant time investment (and probably some cash investment, too).

Here are a few options that can eventually lead to a full time income online.

13. Start a Blog

Start a blogDo you feel like you have a message to the world, but you don’t have a platform to deliver it? Maybe it’s time for you to start a blog.

DollarSprout started out just as two college buddies who liked to talk about money. A couple years later, and now we have a growing team of entrepreneurial money-nerds on board to help spread our message. What started as an online side hustle has turned into a full-blown business!

Here are some ways that bloggers make money online:

Selling advertising space on their blog
Promoting affiliate products and earning commissions
Selling their own products and courses
and more!

Starting a blog is easy, but turning your blog into a successful business – that’s hard! If blogging is the side hustle OR full-time business of your dreams, we’ve put together a helpful guide to help you get started.

Here’s a quick rundown of the process:

-Find your niche: something you are interested in writing about (you do not need to be a world class expert).

-Set up your blog: We recommend Hostgator for new bloggers (costs as little as $2.75/mo).

-Start writing content that helps readers solve a problem.

-Build an audience. Pinterest is a great starting point.

-Monetize. Ads, affiliate marketing, products — it’s up to you!

14. Start a Drop Shipping Website

The drop shipping business model is taking the internet by storm right now, and for good reason. It’s a legitimate way to make money online, and requires very little startup cost.

What is drop shipping?

In the words of Shopify,

Dropshipping is a retail fulfillment method where a store doesn’t keep the products it sells in stock. Instead, when a store sells a product, it purchases the item from a third party and has it shipped directly to the customer. As a result, the merchant never sees or handles the product.

If blogging isn’t your thing but you still want to start an online business, starting an e-commerce site might be your best bet.

As with any new business, there is a lot to learn. Shopify offers free workshops all the time that are designed to teach you all the basics.

15. Create and Sell How-To Courses

If you have expertise in a certain area, package up your knowledge into an online course and sell it.

This has become a popular business model for online entrepreneurs over the past several years, and will probably just continue to grow in popularity. The best thing about selling online courses is that once you do the up-front work in creating the course and setting up your marketing strategy, you can get paid over and over again for work you do once.

Earn Passive Income Online

The items in this section all require an up-front cash investment, but offer the opportunity for your money to make you even more money — all online. If you are financially able to, building up passive streams of income is a key part of accumulating wealth.

16. Rent Out Your Car While You’re Not Using It

How much downtime would you say your car has each week while you’re traveling, at work, sleeping, or just hanging out at home?

According to Getaround, most cars in the U.S. sit idle for up to 22 hours per day. Now, you can use that time to put your car to work and make extra cash by sharing your ride.

As a Getaround car owner, you get access to premium parking as well as a $50 monthly rental credit. And with $1 million insurance coverage, you can rest assured your property is in good hands.

Not to mention, fewer cars on the road means less pollution, less traffic, and more parking for everyone. That means you’ll earn money online while contributing to a greener planet.

It only takes a few clicks to put your car to work with Getaround. Just register for a free account, name your car, set the location and availability, and enter a description.

If you decide to stick with Getaround after the 30-day free trial, you’ll be charged a one-time fee of $99 for a Connect™ installation as well as a flat fee of $20 per month.

The Connect™ allows renters to locate and unlock your car straight from the app so you don’t have to deal with lost or stolen keys. It also comes with added security features like tamper detection, GPS tracking, and engine lock.

Of course, you get a digital key so you can access your car any time and unlock it from your phone. If you ever have issues, Getaround is there for you with 24/7 roadside assistance and customer support.

Rental earnings accrue on a monthly basis and are paid on the 15th of the following month. Getaround keeps 40% of all earnings to cover the costs of insurance, 24/7 support, and other perks.

Click here to try Getaround free for 30 days.

17. Peer-to-Peer Lending

If you’ve got some cash on hand and are looking for a high interest rate investment (more than an online bank), consider putting some money into peer-to-peer lending (aka P2P Lending).

What is peer-to-peer lending?

It’s a financial system that matches prospective borrowers with investors that are willing to fund their loans. It’s like traditional lending, but without a bank as the middle man. As an investor, essentially you are acting as the bank (and collecting interest payments in the process).

How much money can you make?

It depends on what types of loans you invest in and how much money you invest with. If you play it safe, you can expect to make 2-5% per year, whereas riskier loans can pay as high as 12% or more.

Lending Club is one of the largest online P2P Lending marketplaces: 

Open an account and transfer as little as a $0.01 minimum initial deposit.
Build your portfolio: Invest in a range of loans in increments as little as $25.
Get paid: Receive monthly payments as borrowers repay their loans.
99% of Lending Club investors with a 100+ note portfolios earn positive returns.

18. Invest in Crowdfunded Real Estate

Many people consider real estate investing as one of the best ways to accumulate wealth. The problem is, it usually takes a lot of money to get started, which puts it out of reach for many people.

Luckily, there’s a way to invest in real estate without buying entire properties yourself.

Introducing: Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITS)

A REIT is a pool of money, managed by financial professionals, that goes towards investing in real estate. Investors put money into the REIT, the REIT buys properties, and the returns are disbursed back to investors. The best part? You don’t have to worry about handling the landlord duties.

Most REITS still require a hefty investment to get in, but we found a place that has just a $500 minimum investment. With Fundrise you can get access to dozens of solid, value-producing assets.

Here’s how Fundrise works:

Invest directly in a real estate portfolio that a team of professionals identifies, acquires, and manages on your behalf.
8 – 11% expected annual returns.
Read our Fundrise Review here.

19. Earn Money as an Airbnb Host

earn passive income with airbnbIf you want to get your feet wet in the renting business, Airbnb is a great website to get started. If you own your home or your landlord permits it, you can earn money online by sharing your home with others.

Here’s how it works:

Create your free listing: Describe your space, how many guests you can accommodate, and add photos and details.
Pick your price: What you charge is always up to you.
Get paid: You can be paid via PayPal, direct deposit, or wire, among other ways.
DollarSprout’s Complete Guide to Profitable Airbnb Hosting

20. Invest in Dividend Paying Stocks

It’s been said that the average millionaire has seven streams of income. Dividend stocks are usually one of them.

What are dividend stocks?

Usually when you buy stocks, you do it with the intent to buy low and sell high. Dividend stocks work the same way, but with one other benefit: just for owning the stock, you are paid a small portion of the company’s earnings. So with dividend stocks, you get paid when the stock goes up in value, and when dividends are paid out.

If you are looking to get started with dividend investing (or any type of stock market investing), consider checking out Acorns. This is a beginner-friendly app that can help you get started with investing using just your smartphone. You can read our full Acorns Review here.

Five dollar signup bonusUPDATE: $5 Signup Bonus

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It’s Up to You

It’s a new age, and there’s never been more opportunities to work from home and earn money online. But you can’t just leave your laptop in the corner of your room and expect your bank account to explode. Unless you have money to invest, you’re going to have to put in some old-fashioned hard work.

One last thing to keep in mind: If you are trying to make money on the internet, chances are you won’t get it right on your first try. That’s okay.

Keep experimenting, keep learning, keep putting yourself out there, and eventually you will find the right online money making opportunity for you.

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Reality Check: A Blog Is Not A Business

This post was originally written in 2010, but was updated in 2019 to freshen it up… because it is still a point which I find needs to be hammered home.

Today, I’m going to be the ultimate straight-shooter with you. Because this is something a lot of bloggers need to hear BADLY.

There are so many bloggers out there who’ve got it all wrong. I see posts from people complaining about how hard it is to make money with a blog. I see dead blogs from people who’ve given up. And I feel like I hammer this point time and time again, yet it is a one-man battle against a raging sea of entrepreneurial ignorance.

Here is the blunt honest truth about blogging for money:

Blogs don’t make money. Businesses make money.

A blog is not a business. All those bloggers who have failed to make money, who have been trying desperately to make more than a few bucks from all their quality blog posts… they all fail because they’ve missed one VITAL point.

… that blogging is not a business model.

Here are the steps most bloggers seem to take:

Get an idea that sounds fun.
Start a blog.
Write a bunch.
Scratch head because few people have seen what you’ve written.
Get the bright idea to make some money with it.
Throw Google Adsense all over the damn place, plus any other ad you can possibly scrape up. Use up all available white space and just PACK it with ads and affiliate links.
Read blogs by people like me, get some ideas, never implement them, keep dreaming about making money from blogging, rinse, repeat.
Write some more.
Check Adsense. Wow, you made a dime. Let’s celebrate.
F**k this. This is too much work for no pay. The gurus are lying, they’re all scammers, and everything sucks.

Sound familiar?

Here is the mistake: That blogger thought that the blog was the business. That if you build it, they will come. No, sir. That just isn’t true.

The days of chucking banners all over your blog and sitting back while the checks roll in are OVER. They’ve been over a long time. Very few people who start out today will get to that position because the whole world is trying. Even some of the big sites are looking a little desperate, if you ask me.

You might think I’m shooting myself in the foot with this post. After all, I blog about making money as a blogger, right? Why would I say it is so damn hard?

Because blogging can be the foundation of a VERY solid online business. The trick (if you even want to call it such a thing) is simple: Have a business backend to the blog.

A blog with a business backend (i.e. products to sell and a method to sell them) is the key to a six-figure income as a blogger.Click To Tweet
I Don’t Make Money By Blogging!

Nope. I don’t. I actually don’t blog very often. I only published 15 blog posts last year. Most of them weren’t even original and were revised and updated posts written earlier. Clearly, blogging isn’t the focus of my actions.

And while I don’t get into income reports for these reasons, I will say that the Blog Marketing Academy has generated over six-figures per year for almost every year it has existed (over 10 years now). And last year, gross income grew by 10% over the year previously. This is despite me publishing only 15 posts.

Clearly, I don’t make my money via blogging.

It is the business machine which sits under this blog which does all the work. All of it based on a business which provides solutions to a market who wants it in exchange for money. For me, my underlying business model is online training and coaching on top of a membership site model.

Blogging – this blog – is merely a marketing medium. But, much takes place that wouldn’t be very visible if one merely looked at this blog.

You will find that this is the case with most blogs that are generating good revenue. In most cases, they have a real business back there, selling real solutions. Sure, they may make some money with affiliate marketing (I myself generate about 25% of my income that way). Others may use banner advertising, but that’s not much of a business model.

If you’re not selling something, you don’t have a business.

If you’re already generating income online, then you already know this.

If you’re trying to use a blog to make money and aren’t selling anything there, then this message is primarily for you. It is 2019 now and it is time to stop playing by the old set of rules.

When you’re first starting out, we’re not “finding a niche”. We’re finding a MARKET and we’re establishing a product/market fit. For more on that, I highly suggest my guide on choosing a niche the right way. You can also grab a spot in my free workshop on niche selection.

When you’re first starting out, you don’t immediately launch into building a blog. No, instead you work on the foundation first. You can catch my 14 step plan to launch a brand new blog here. Building the blog isn’t until step 12 for a reason. 😉

You can also learn about the mechanics of the business machine which sits behind the blog… by seeing the exact business model.

If you’re not selling something, you don’t have a business.

Blogging is not a business by itself. It is only a promotional platform. And as long as we understand that at the beginning, you’ll be a-OK. 🙂

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10 Ways You Can Make Major Money Online In 2018

Making money online has never been easier than it is now.  With more companies focusing on remote opportunities, the freelance market is on fire.  With unlimited resources, contacts, and platforms .. 2018 is your time to break out in the online world.

Whether you want extra spending money or a whole new career, I go through the ten best ways you can make a money online this year (and they aren’t surveys!)

*This post may contain affiliates. See my disclosure for more

1. FREELANCE WRITING

Freelance writing is one of the BEST ways you can make money online.

When I started out, I made hundreds on the side freelance writing.  It was something I enjoyed and could do on my own time. It can also pay very well.  It’s not uncommon for quality writers to get between 100$ – 300$ per 1,000 word post, some even get more.

To get started, you need to create a digital portfolio.  To learn more about this, I’ve included my completely FREE freelance email course you can enroll in below.

2. BEING A VIRTUAL ASSISTANT

Being an online VA is one of the most underrated methods for making money online.  Not to mention, it has one of the largest job markets, Why?  Because every business, blogger, and industry needs someone to help them with their everyday tasks.  This means opportunities are endless.

Examples of virtual assistant jobs include:

Data Entry
Call Service Support
Social Media Assistants
Pinterest Assistants
Chat Representatives
Executive Assistants
And more!

There are tremendous training opportunities for people looking to be a VA.  To get a better idea of job availability, you can check this Virtual Assistant Website, where you can take online training courses, apply for jobs, and get a better idea of the market.

3. TEACH ENGLISH ONLINE

How would you like to teach English to kids in China? While making $17 – $22 an hour to do so?

VIPKID already has 20,000 teachers working with them and they are looking to add more! The best part?

They provide all of the training
You get to work at home
You work on your OWN time

All you need to do is fill out this simple application.   Many teachers are currently making over $2,000 a month from their efforts.

Teach Kids English

4. STARTING A BLOG

 10 ways to make REAL money online in 2018. Making money online has never been easier than it is now.  With more companies focusing on remote opportunities, the freelance market growing, and unlimited resources teaching you how to profit from the internet... 2018 is your time to breakout in the online world. #makemoney #profit #income #finance #workfromhome

Blogging is a fantastic way to make an extra 100/mo or an extra 100,000/mo.  It just depends on how much effort you want to put into it.    My favorite “rich” blogger of all time makes over 100,000 a month, with over 50,000 of it being from affiliate sales alone (which we will go over next).  That is a lot of passive income.

You can find out exactly how she did it here.

Other ways blogger’s make money is through ads, sponsorships, products, services… you name it!

If it’s something you’d like to learn more about, my post: How Blogger’s Make Money, will walk you through all of the details.

Start your blog today (It’s one of the ways I make money!)

5. UTILIZING AFFILIATES

So what exactly is affiliate marketing? Well, you simply get a commission every time you recommend a sale.

Affiliate marketing goes hand in hand with blogging. However, you don’t need to be a blogger to make an income from affiliates.  Social media, word of mouth, and email are all fantastic ways to gain affiliate income as well.

In fact, many Youtuber’s make significant money from affiliate marketing without ever having to make a website.  They simply leverage the benefit of video to make the sales.  And the reality is, video has higher a chance of converting than writing.  So, if video is your thing (and writing long, lengthy posts are not) your just as well off in the affiliate world.

You can also learn how Michelle make 50,000 a month from affiliates right here. She also offers a course where she teaches you exactly how to do it for yourself.  I took it and I highly recommend you do too!

Check out her affiliate course here

6. SELLING ON AMAZON

Anybody can sell on Amazon if they are willing to find an “in demand” product at wholesale price. If that product can appeal to the amazon market, they can set themselves up to make an incredible profit.

Creator’s can also make profit if they can find a large enough market (with low enough competition) for their creations. Although, I found choice number one to be the more popular of the two choices.

There are numerous Amazon FBA courses available that can help you navigate the process.

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I posted the video above for entertainment purposes, but it’s actually quite motivating.

Now, I’m not saying that every video on Youtube is legit because that’s definitely not the case. However, common sense says the platform wouldn’t work if there wasn’t significant profit to be made. These two also sound like they know their stuff. You can learn a lot about the process if you give it a listen.

If you like the idea of creating or simply redistributing, products on the side, then Amazon might be right for you.

7. SELLING ON ETSY

Etsy is a popular platform for creators.  If you are into crafting or art, it’s a perfect platform to try out the eCommerce world.  You simply list your items in the Etsy store and use the site’s audience to make sales (which is easier than trying to start your own online store).

I’m not an Etsy expert, but I’ve heard of many women making a killing with their products.  This article by around.io does a good job listing the items you can profit on with Etsy.

8.  FLIPPING WEBSITES

Have you ever heard of Flippa? Well, it’s this nifty site where you can buy and sell websites.

Obviously, you have to have a decent knowledge of marketing and SEO to make this profitable. However, there is a huge benefit to using aged domains over new ones: they rank better in Google.

Some of the websites on the platform are junk, while others are diamonds in the rough.  They simply need someone to shine them up for a new audience.

If you are good with marketing and have a decent knowledge of WordPress (the most common platform on the site) you will do well flipping sites.

You can find out more at flippa.com.

9. DROP SHIPPING

Drop shipping is like having a retail store without all of the physical headaches.

Essentially, drop shipping is where you get to sell items without stocking them yourself.  It’s almost like a hybrid between affiliate marketing and Amazon sales.  You do the marketing, promotion, sales, etc… but the wholesaler does the shipping.  This saves you both money and space.

The best part is that you can sell your favorite retail products from anywhere.  All you need is an internet connection.

To find out more about drop shipping, watch the video below and check out this article by Shopify.

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10. CONSULTING

If you have knowledge where people need it, you can profit from it. That’s right, selling your knowledge is the real deal.

There are so many different topics you can consult on.  All you need is a platform to selly our knowledge and an audience to buy it.

Examples of online consulting services include:

Fitness/health
Life Skills
Business
Finance
Marketing
Tech
Real Estate
And many more!

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO NOW

So what is the one requirement for all of these opportunities? Having an online presence.  You should be active on social media, you should have some sort of medium for people to view your brand, and you need to build people’s trust.

Below I included my FREE online writing class. It’s not only geared at writers, but also anyone looking to build an online presence and portfolio.

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Brave Payments: Could This Be The Future Of Monetization For Content Creators?

If you’ve visited almost any news site lately, you’ve likely experienced first hand just how broken the online advertising industry is today. We’re talking numerous banner ads, auto-play videos, instream video ads, sponsored posts with somewhat questionable preview images, and more.

Visiting most modern news sites today is basically like stabbing yourself in the eye socket. Your web browser isn’t too happy about it, either, as it usually drives up memory usage on your computer, causing that CPU fan to speed up or even crash your browser.

Visiting most modern news sites today is basically like stabbing yourself in the eye socket. Too many ads!Click To Tweet

These sites didn’t use to be this bad. But, the truth is that they’ve become more and more desperate to drive adequate revenue in an increasingly competitive landscape. Since their entire business model is reliant on ads, the only way to increase revenue is to pack the site with more ads.

Here’s a quick shot of a random visit to CNN:

If you scroll down on CNN, a huge chunk of the bottom of every story is full of sponsored placement.

And, have you ever been to a blog and been sucker-punched with crap like this?

I mean, there’s some quality stuff that just makes your blog seem really reputable. You must be so freakin’ proud.

You’ve also got a whole swath of more independent news sites coming up. Some of them are more questionable than others, of course. 🙂 But, they find themselves in the same situation. So, they just jam-pack their sites with every ad they can find. Many of them are just embarrassing for the owners of those sites.

Not only is it not a good look, but you’re basically just assaulting your visitors.

The Ad Industry Is Broken

There’s no doubt that the online advertising industry is big. In fact, estimates are that around $160 billion will have been spent on digital advertising in 2018. We’ll see where those numbers come in, but there’s certainly a lot of money sloshing around. And publishers want their share.

There is also a LOT of fraud, though. Juniper Research estimates that about 9% of all revenue generated in online advertising is due to fraud. That’s over $19 billion annually in fraud alone. Things like click fraud are rampant.

There’s also a thousand middlemen in this space. For every ad you might see online, there is a whole patchwork of middlemen between you and the original advertiser. All these middleman need their share of the revenue, and all of them do their own tracking. Before you know it, your web browser is being sent MULTIPLE tracking cookies from companies you’ve never even heard of… all to load down a couple of banners on some blog you’re visiting. And, of course, track your activity.

And two of the biggest middlemen of them all are Google and Facebook. Estimates are that these two companies alone take about 73% of all ad dollars… and about 99% of all growth. They’re monopolizing it… and your data.

So, what’s going on is that the ad industry is growing, but it is also on a flawed course that will need to be corrected.

There is a massive amount of fraud.
It is being overly centralized by Google and Facebook.
All these advertising companies and the middlemen need data. YOUR data. So, they do whatever they have to do to gather as much data about YOU as possible.
Publishers are held hostage. If they want to increase revenue, they have to jam more ads onto their sites, accept questionable ads, and stuff more and more tracking cookies onto visitor web browsers.

The course that the industry is on isn’t really sustainable. That’s because people are punching back…

The Rise In Demand For Privacy

In the end, the consumer is always in control. And, come to find out, most people aren’t huge fans of their information being used for advertising purposes, or in having their browser smashed by ads and tracking cookies.

There’s a war on.

It is a war between this hungry industry of online advertising, and the end user who just wants to be left alone.

There’s a war on. It is a war between the hungry industry of online advertising, and the end user who just wants to be left alone.Click To Tweet

One survey in 2017 showed that as much as 40% of all US users use ad blocking. Another survey showed about 31% use ad blocking. Whatever the real number is, that’s quite a lot of people who are just throwing up the hand and blocking ads.

Some news sites fight back against this. If they detect an ad blocker, they will just block you from viewing the content unless you allow the ads.

In some cases, they offer subscription options to exempt you from the ads. I don’t envy their position. I fully understand that they need to make money, but I also understand why many consumers are blocking those ads and likewise might not be willing to pay for their content.

So, there is indeed a war on. And there are 3 parties either being incentivized by their own motives:

Advertisers and the army of middlemen are incentivized to be as interruptive as possible as well as track everything you do so as to make the ads more effective.
Publishers are incentivized to pack their sites with more ads so as to increase revenue
End users are incentivized to block ads in order to safeguard themselves from the increasing onslaught

This isn’t a war which is solvable without a different model. We’ll get to that.

But, there’s another issue on top of all that…

The Dangers of Centralization (And Google And Facebook Controlling Most Advertising)

Another huge problem in this industry is that Google and Facebook have become absolute behemoths in terms of gatekeepers. They take about 73% of all ad revenue. This means that publishers feel forced to play by their rules if they want to make any money.

This kind of centralization is dangerous, though.

When either Google or Facebook changes their ad rules or even makes a tweak to their algorithm, it can potentially have a very large impact on site traffic and, hence, site revenue. This leads to a lot of publishers who totally change their content strategy specifically to tailor to these networks.

One of the dangers to this is in the world of news. Since they need Facebook to survive, they have to create content that is designed to perform well on Facebook and other social networks. What gets the clicks? Sensationalism, clickbait, headlines that are designed to spark anger and emotion. And so we get “news” that isn’t really news, but is instead supposed to piss you off or get you entrenched into some emotional battle. The goal is that you’ll hit the share button and drive up their ad views.

What gets the clicks? Sensationalism, clickbait, headlines that are designed to spark anger and emotion. Fake news is a business model.Click To Tweet

If you want to know why news seems more polarized, why fake news sites have become a thing, and why memes and clickbait headlines seem to be the norm… this is why. It is a business model. The truth can be boring sometimes. Controversy makes more money and “us vs them” battles motivate people like nothing else.

Content quality drops as a result… and it becomes harder and harder to find good, solid information online.

Another danger is de-platforming. There have been many sites out there that Google and/or Facebook just deemed inappropriate and they just get banned. Unfortunately, this seems to be more common in sites that lean politically conservative. It has also happened to some sites that discuss health topics.

When the major gatekeepers of traffic these days just collectively BAN you from their networks due to your content, that is called de-platforming. Sure, your site still exists, but it is much harder for anybody to find you. And you can’t make money with ads and, for many publishers that would be a death knell.

It is a very dangerous situation. It would be easy to turn a blind eye to it… or just to accept the patent excuse that such sites were engaging in “fake news” or “hate speech”. But, in many cases, they were doing no such thing.

So, do we have freedom of speech online or do we not?

The centralization of the internet around a handful of companies is very dangerous to the future of the internet.Click To Tweet

Truthfully, no. The centralization of the internet around a handful of companies is very dangerous to the future of the internet. And these companies are basically black boxes as we don’t really know why they make some of the moves they do.

We need a better way.

Decentralizing the Internet. And An Intriguing Solution…

One thing is for sure…

The internet will be undergoing a transformation. While the trend has been toward more and more centralization and more middlemen, there are huge waves happening that I believe will radically transform and decentralize the internet.

The technology that will spur these very large changes is known as blockchain.

If “blockchain” isn’t a term you’ve heard, then you’ve probably heard of Bitcoin. Blockchain is the technology behind Bitcoin, however the applications of blockchain go way beyond a cryptocurrency like Bitcoin.

It is basically a distributed database that is immune to being hacked because it is distributed everywhere. Remember the scene in the movie “V for Vendetta” where all those people were wearing the same mask so they couldn’t get the person? It’s like that. It’s everywhere, so it can’t be taken down. It’d be like a game of whack-a-mole.

That’s blockchain, in an uber-simple version. Plus, it takes care of the issue of trust. It is verifiable trust without a third party.

Blockchain isn’t just about currency like Bitcoin. It is also about applications. Ethereum is all about decentralized apps. You’ve got apps like Storj, which is distributed storage that could rival Amazon S3 (while not being controlled by a middleman like Amazon).

On top of all this, you’ve got the currencies and token that are part of the whole crypto-scene. What it does is puts INCENTIVE into the system. It was (and still is) that the Facebooks, Googles and Amazons could out-incentive the smaller companies. This is what led to things becoming so centralized to begin with.

But, the tokens in these various blockchain-powered systems provide economic incentive to DECENTRALIZE. In many of these systems, the tokens are required to use the system. So, to power an app on the Ethereum network, you need some ETH (the token of the network).

Now, add to all this the exchangeability of these tokens. Where you can move one token into another, via a decentralized exchange. It all becomes economically viable. The incentive to decentralize outweighs the value that the big juggernauts like Google can provide. It is a new internet of value, with trust built-in.

If you’ve ever used BitTorrent, what I’m talking about is kinda like that. It is distributed, so it can’t be shut down.

But, in the case of these various blockchains, there will be a built-in incentive. And human nature is to use that which provides the greatest award.

You’re also going to see technologies come in which allow these various blockchains to communicate to one another easily. Sort of like how TCP/IP protocol enabled the internet to blossom. The “internet” was a bunch of separated bulletin boards before the TCP/IP protocol came around and gave everything a common “language”. The internet, as we know it today, began with that. It will happen in the world of blockchain, too.

It will dethrone Google and Facebook and those big corporations currently in control. Not out of any force… but just simple economic incentive.

I don’t know what the whole thing will look like. But, I think the writing is on the wall.

I think, eventually, we’ll be selling our stuff online for cryptocurrency much more commonly.

I think the current domain-name system which is controlled by ICANN is going to be replaced with a de-centralized system.

I think the current model of centralized hosting resources is going to be replaced by one, distributed cloud. Perhaps powered by an internet of things, decentralized storage, and decentralized computing power. The days of denial of service attacks will be over because it’d be a useless game of whack-a-mole. No point to attack.

Issues of censorship become a moot point because no single company controls the pipeline.

But, what does any of this have to do with privacy and online advertising?

A Blockchain Solution To Privacy And Ad Overload

I recently came across a project that I think could be quite promising as a way out of the invasions of privacy and being assaulted with too many ads. It was created by the co-founder of the Mozilla Foundation and the creator of the javascript programming language. In other words, this isn’t some fly-by-night thing.

It is called Brave. 

On the surface, Brave is a web browser. One that respects your privacy and puts you in control of the tracking that websites are able to do on you. The browser is also quite fast and it is a real pleasure to use.

It is insanely effective at blocking the crap, too. Since I used CNN as an example above, look at what happens when I pull up CNN inside of Brave:

30 damn ads and trackers being blocked just from visiting the CNN homepage. Amazing!

But, what does Brave have to do with banner ads? Well, Brave is about much more than merely a web browser. It is about an entirely different structure to the internet advertising economy. It removes the middleman between the end user and the publisher.

At the core is a cryptocurrency known as Basic Attention Token (BAT).

As an end user, you would have BAT in your wallet. Then, you have the option to reward those publishers who you want to support and who you pay attention to. Soon, you will also earn BAT by viewing ads.

Essentially, this is a network designed around ATTENTION. One that rewards publishers who do a good job because you are paying attention to them. One that rewards users for viewing advertising. But, all of it is in YOUR control. If you don’t want to look at ads or pay any publishers, that’s your call. And nowhere in the transaction is your personal data exposed.

Basic Attention Token is a way out. It removes the middlemen and puts YOU in control of your own “attention dollars”.

In many ways, it is similar to the U.S. Healthcare market. Our costs here are utterly ridiculous because of a thousand middlemen between us and medical providers. And on top of that, you have law coming in and enforcing this screwed-up system under the threat of penalty. Talk about removing all choice! If we could de-centralize the whole healthcare model and re-connect providers with consumers, costs would drop substantially.

This is what BAT – and the Brave browser – is attempting to do to online advertising.

How To (Potentially) Make Money With Brave And BAT?

Now, I want to be clear…

We’re still quite early in the lifecycle of Brave and the Basic Attention Token. So, I wouldn’t expect this to make you a millionaire right now. 🙂 However, I think it is a good idea to get started with this early as I do think there’s a lot of growth ahead for BAT.

To get started, you need to register as a publisher on Brave Payments network. This will allow you to accept funds into your own wallet which is tied to your site’s domain. You will need to enter your email address.

Once you’re in, you’ll want to “Add Channel” so that you can add your blog.

You can add a website, a Youtube channel, and a Twitch channel. This means that not only can you potentially earn BAT from your blog, but you can also earn BAT with your Youtube account or Twitch.

Choose “Website” then enter the domain of your blog. Next, you’ll need to verify that you’re the owner of the site.

For most, the “trusted file” option is probably going to be easiest. It is kind of an odd process, but easy to pull off. Hit the button there to download a file called “brave-payments-verification.text” to your computer.

Then, using an FTP program of your choice, create a folder in the top-level directory of your website called “.well-known”. If you don’t want to use FTP, you could use the File Manager of your web host (such as cPanel).

Upload that TXT file into the “.well-known” folder.

Then, hit the “Verify” button on the Brave website. It will look in that folder on your site for the file. If it sees it, you’ll be verified. You can see here that I’ve verified both this website as well as my Youtube account:

The last thing you need to do is create a wallet on Uphold. This wallet will be so that you can actually accept payments from other Brave users. Here’s what your Uphold dashboard will look like:

Uphold is basically a big currency exchange. You can take in money in one currency and transform it to another currency. This includes various cryptocurrencies as well as government currencies.

Once you have enrolled in Uphold and verified your account, you can hook it up to your Brave Payments account. You will also be able to choose which currency you want to be paid in.

So, basically, if you end up getting paid in BAT, you can take the money in via Bitcoin or even US dollars. It isn’t as if you’re stuck with BAT tokens.

These BAT tokens will be exchangeable for other currencies at whatever the going market rate is. As of this particular writing, a BAT token is worth $0.13. Like any other marketplace, the BAT token goes up and down. During the height of the most recent cryptocurrency bubble in late 2017, the BAT token climbed to as high as $0.88.

One may wonder if the BAT token will again climb in value… possibly even surpassing the market high of 88 cents. Personally, I think it will. But, like any cryptocurrency, there will be ebbs and flows and they can be rather drastic.

How To Earn BAT

As a publisher on the Brave network, you have 2 ways to earn BAT:

Create awesome content that people pay attention to.
Refer more people to Brave using referral links.

The referral marketing just helps expand the network, of course. But, outside of that, you just do what it is bloggers and content creators do. You create awesome stuff that draws people in and makes them want to be a regular reader.

When people visit your site using the Brave browser, you go into the rotation in terms of BAT payments. The browser will automatically propose a monthly distribution of BAT tokens to the sites they pay most attention to. The end user can take control, too, and decide exactly who gets paid and who doesn’t. If you are providing value and they dig what you’re doing, they will reward you with BAT. Users can also tip publishers anytime they want by sending them BAT tokens.

As an end user of Brave, you will also have the opportunity to earn BAT.

When you first install Brave, they currently have a program where you are basically given 30 BAT as a way to get started. The purpose is to pay publishers and see how it is distributed and how you can control it. Your wallet for this BAT is held right inside your browser.

As an end user, soon you will be able to earn BAT by viewing and interacting with ads from the Brave network. As of this writing, this is still in the testing phase. The way it will work is that the browser itself will control what ads you see so that you remain in full control. Neither publishers or advertisers will get your information nor will there be a ton of tracking cookies involved. As you interact/view these ads, you will get paid BAT. In turn, you can then reward publishers based on who you want to support or who you pay attention to.

Right now, the BAT wallet within the Brave browser is uni-directional. This means that you can transfer funds into the wallet, but not back out again. For instance, if you purchased BAT on the open market in any exchange, you could transfer some of them to your Brave wallet so as to participate in the network. The whole purpose of this is to jump start this network so that it reaches some critical mass.

In the future, they will remove the uni-directional nature of the Brave wallet and you will be able to earn funds on the network as well as transfer them back out again. They will implement a “Know Your Customer” (KYC) process (necessary for legal reasons) then you will be able to have full control over the wallet.

So, here’s an overview of how BATs operate in this economic scenario based around attention.

Now, if you compare this to the 3 parties I mentioned above in the current wars, you can see how it re-defined everything.

Instead of having these 3 parties incentivized by things which are inherently in conflict, you have a new structure where all 3 parties are getting something they want and the BAT token is the medium of exchange.

This is an arrangement that has the potential to change the way monetization based on ads works.

The Future Of Ad Revenue Online?

If all goes well, Brave and the Basic Attention Token represents an entirely new infrastructure to the economics of attention online.

It removes the natural war between end users and advertisers and it puts the end user fully in control of the transaction. It will also be good for publishers because no longer will there be a need to satisfy monopolistic middlemen, risk being de-platformed, or feeling the pressure to pack your site with embarrassing and overbearing ads.

It isn’t as if BAT and Brave, alone, solves the problem. It will be in conjunction with other de-centralization efforts going on, from de-centralized social networks, de-centralized video content sites and more.

We’re still in the very early days. I think Brave has a lot of growth ahead for it. I also think that you’re likely to see competitors. The beauty of it, however, is that all these various tokens will be exchangeable with each other on the open market. So, I say bring on the competition. 🙂

An internet which isn’t controlled by big middlemen like Google and Facebook?

The end user in control of what companies can track and what ads they see?

But, all of it incentivized by real economics?

A world of potential currency competition and an internet of VALUE, not just information.

It’s a world pretty different from what we’re used to now. But, I think it is coming. I don’t think blockchain is a technology genie you can bottle back up again. And being that it is backed by real incentive, I think the growth of all this will happen much faster than you might think.

And if all goes well with a decentralized attention-based economy, it could be a very interesting – and profitable – new way to monetize your website.

To download the Brave Browser, click here.Yes, that is a Brave referral link. But, it costs you nothing (since it is free, anyway). And I’ll earn $5 in BAT tokens for each referral so I can go around and reward good publishers using the Brave browser.

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