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How to Make Money on the Internet and Not Go Broke!

How to make money on the internet, earn extra income and not lose money - real honest answers about chasing the dream of making money online through blogging, home based business and network marketing and affiliate marketing.

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Stop Throwing Your Money Away on A Home Based Business That Doesn't t Help Build Your Downline

Wed, 14 Jul 2010 23:17:00 +0000

The Problem with Network Marketing and a Home Based Business

I joined a couple of really nice Network Marketing programs so that I could work from home with a home based business to earn extra income.  They all sounded great upfront, great sign up bonuses once I got someone to sign up under me and great products.  The problem was trying to get people to join under me.  You know the old saying, "once burned, twice shy."  Well many of these people had been burned by a home based business that wound up costly them more then they made.  Never able to earn extra income that was promised.  Sound familiar?

What is the good of a lucrative sign up bonus, if you can't get anyone to sign up under you?  What is the good of a superior product line, when the products are too darn expensive?

These are important questions, any home based business or network marketing entrepreneur must ask themselves if they expect to make money in their business.

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I had put out a lot of money trying to advertise and promote one particular business and made none of it back.  The compensation plan changed and then it was down hill from there.  I joined another home based business and had problems selling their expensive juice.  Then a couple of months later, they went up on the price; I was done.

And what about all the promises to help me build my downline?

Promises, Promises - Home Based Business - The Promise to help Build Your Downline

Wed, 14 Jul 2010 23:04:00 +0000

Home Based Business - The Downline Building PromiseEver heard of a matrix?  Basically, once your in your home based business, any overflow from the top is supposed to spill under you and any one else on the bottom to build a downline.  So basically when a new person comes in under your sponsor, they spill down to those people under your sponsor including you.  Sounds great, at least for generating residual income in your network marketing program.  The problem I experienced was that it never happened until now.While this concept is truly your upline or sponsor helping you to build your downline, each one helps someone at the bottom.  Until now, I never really thought it was possible, just another "promise" to get you in the network marketing business.  In a true "downline" building scenario every time someone new comes in your group, they go directly under the last person that came in your group. &amp;lt;a HREF=";amp;ServiceVersion=20070822&amp;amp;MarketPlace=US&amp;amp;ID=V20070822%2FUS%2Fdogcomrevtipa-20%2F8003%2F40b3331a-7f98-464c-9c34-9be568cb7952&amp;amp;Operation=NoScript"&amp;gt; Widgets&amp;lt;/A&amp;gt;In my 1st week with my work from home company, I sat back and watched 3 people being added to my downline.  Now I didn't get signup bonuses because I did not sponsor them personally but each person that is added to my downline helps me get closer to a team bonus which can go up to $30,000.  This is for doing nothing more than maintaining my autoship (which is less than half of what the other programs charge).Now how would you feel if you looked into your work from home website's back office and found new people in your downline?  How do you think those that you bring into your home based business would feel if they found new people in their downline?  Yes, it is pretty cool!Wanna see how a home based business should work? Work From Home - Great Earning Potential, until the Compensation Plan Gets Changed On YouAs I mentioned, I have been part of some great home based business opportunities that had great compensation plans with complicated earning structures; sound familiar?  Or once I got a handle on the compensation plan - BAM it got changed.Then I found a company that enables me to have 6 different income streams.Retail profits up to 40% per saleFast Start or sign up bonuses up to $150 for each new distributor signedTeam commissions earn up to $1,000 a dayMatching bonuses up to 100% a weekLifestyle bonus up to $2,000 a monthLife Points credit accumulated for free giftsDetailed overview of the compensation plan Get a Detailed video overview of the amazing nutritional supplement that has been featured on LifeTime TV's Balancing Act Program and also featured in the news.Want to find out more about this incredible home based business? Content Property of[...]

Network Affiliate Programs

Tue, 23 Feb 2010 05:04:00 +0000

There are a ton of Network Affiliate Programs on the web.  If you are interested in marketing a particular product, software or service try looking directly on the vendor's website for their in-house affiliate program if they have one.  Usually in-house affiliate programs have better terms then an outside network affiliate program.  For instance, as part of an in-house affiliate program, you may get life-time commissions whenever a returning customer makes a purchase - whereas an outside network program will usually have a 30 - 45 day expiration date on recurring customer purchases.

Recommended Affiliate Programs

One such in-house affiliate program for natural home remedies for people and pets is Native RemediesNative Remedies pays 25% commission on sales (which is extremely high), with 2-tier life-time commissions.  So when you refer a new affiliate and they make a sale, they make 25% commission and you also make 5% commission off their sale.


Chitika pays 10% of what your referrals earn, the more people sign up under you the more you make. Click below for details, terms and conditions of the Chitika program and to sign up for free.  Looking for an alternative to the restrictive program of Adsense?  Chitika is a great Adsense alternative.



Squidoo is a mini Web 2.0 website. Basically it is a mini website (called a Lens) that has a great deal of traffic. You can earn money by getting a share of sales from eBay, Amazon and other ads that are on your Squidoo Lens.  Squidoo is free to join and you earn everytime someone joins under you and earns money.  Check below for details.

While there are many network affiliate programs out there, you should always check out current affiliates experiences to determine whether or not it is worth joining.

Research a Niche and Keywords using Market Samurai

Mon, 22 Feb 2010 05:05:00 +0000

When I first started, I had no plan.  I did no research into my niche market, nor did I do any keyword research.  I just started blogging about something that was near and dear to me.  I still have that same blog today, but as I have learned new methods my blog has evolved.

It is always best to start your blog about something that you know, that you can earn money from and write about easily.  For instance if you are into cooking, start a cooking blog - there you can add Amazon widgets to sell cookbooks and kitchen appliances.

Researching your Niche Market and Finding Profitable Keywords

Now that you have a free way to get online and a great resource to help you start blogging, you need to know what your niche market is and if it is over saturated.  If the niche market you choose is over saturated you will have little chance of making money.

My program of choice is Market Samurai.  In researching Market Samurai in Google you will rarely find anything negative on it.  It is an awesome multi-function product that works.  The customer support is top notch.  They have training videos (in the Do Jo) and a forum to help you get started on the right foot.

Some of the functions of Market Samurai are:  Keyword/niche research, rank tracking and Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Competition.  The cool thing is you put in a term - market samurai goes out and finds keywords related to your term and then lets you know how profitable the keywords are by tracking many factors like organic searches, SEO Traffic, SEO Competition, SEO Title Competition, Trends and more.

I have seen programs like Market Samurai that are not only expensive to purchase but have hefty monthly fees.  Market Samurai a real bargain because there is only a one time cost and no monthly (subscription) fees.  For anyone serious about making money online, Market Samurai is a must.  Read more about the features of the paid version of Market Samurai

Google Blogger Account Setup and Resources

Sun, 21 Feb 2010 05:04:00 +0000

Get Online for Free with Google Blogger/Blogspot

Get a free website at Blogger
Did you know that the search engines, especially Google loves Blogs?  Why?  Because blogs are constantly being updated with new and fresh content.  You also have visitors that interact by leaving comments on your blog (if enabled) - a dialogue takes place - adding more content. Even if you have your own website, it is very easy to add a blog to it by adding "/blog" to the subdomain of your website. 

Many of my affiliate blogs were created for free on Blogger.  Creating an account is easy, especially if you already have a GMail account. I find that the interface is very user friendly and simple to use.  Blogger has widgets or custom made applications that you can easily install to enhance your blog.  In addition, you can customize (or hack) your blog by editing the HTML coding.

A Free Resource for Customizing your Blog

I found a wonderful and free resource for applying hacks and/or customizing my Blogger blogs.

Divya Sai is the ingenious webmaster of Bloggerstop.Net.  Divya is extremely patient, knowledgeable and responsive.  I ask him a ton of questions and it seems like he gets back to me before I hit the send button.  Divya has me spoiled. has an abundance of articles on creating widgets, templates, hacks and ways to make your blog search engine friendly.  A list of help topics can be found here at

A Word about using WordPress for Blogs

WordPress is another free and very popular blogging platform.  I even have one of my blogs in WordPress, but when I first started out I found WordPress harder to get acclimated to and less user friendly than Blogger.   There are, however, a ton of fantastic (advanced) plugins for WordPress.  So as you advance in your blogging skill and knowledge, you will definitely want to dive into using WordPress as a blogging platform.

Getting your blogs seen - SEO and Backlinks

Sun, 21 Feb 2010 05:02:00 +0000

If Content is King - SEO is Master of the UniverseYou have probably heard the saying, 'content is king.' This is because Google hates duplicate content. Google wants search results to be original, fresh and relevant. But content alone is not enough to ensure that you will be seen and receive a lot of visitors or paying customers. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and BacklinksWithout a well optimized website or blog your page will just sit out there among the millions of other pages on the web. What good is it if in a search of 15,000,000 pages your blog is on page 599 of the search results; will anybody see it?Welcome Tim and Anthony Buchalka the guys behind The New Web Traffic and Marketing Blueprint v2.0. This system provides step by step methods of achieving rapid Google page one positions to generate a massive dramatic increase in targeted web traffic and sales conversions.  After all you want to be on page one of Google, right?You get detailed videos, ebooks, audios and webinars that show you how to start getting dramatic, rapid and sustained Google listings without using Black Hat (stuff that will get you banned by Google) techniques!  You will receive a lot of great information and I have personally emailed them and gotten back a personal response!When you become a customer, you get access to the private member's area, were you can download and watch over 47 quality videos, 6 software programs, (personally designed and built by Anthony and Tim) seven ebooks, including a newbie guide, quick start guide, and web traffic ebook.Here's just some of the items included:Niche and detailed keyword researchBasic and advanced SEO (for "raw" Newbies through to "hard core" internet marketers).Marketplace Detective - affiliate software programRSS Backlink and Web Traffic Genius software programSearch Position Detective software programWeb 2.0 techniques for rapid Page One on Google results.Beginner to advanced backlinking strategiesAdvanced article marketing strategiesVideo marketing tips and tricksPowerful Monetization strategiesCopywriting and autoresponder writing techniquesTwitter strategies for marketing successUsing Google AdWords for online successStart your free 7 day trial now!They even offer an absolutely excellent free web video secrets course; I was blown away with the amount of relevant and fresh information included in this course and it doesn't cost you a cent!Give your Site Authority with Quality BacklinksGoogle has a page ranking system - the amount and quality of the backlinks that your website or blog has, the higher its pagerank or 'authority' in Google. Getting backlinks is a long tedious job; I have spent many nights going from website to website trying to get backlinks.Once again, Anthony and Tim have another great creation called, The Web Traffic Genius Software, automatically and rapidly builds targeted web traffic by generating powerful backlinks and building page rank.There is the Web Traffic Genius "Wordpress" version PLUS the Web Traffic Genius "standalone" version. One version is for Wordpress blogs and one is for stand alone websites. You also great 3 additional BONUS software programs. Easy to install and set up with detailed videos. Includes premium free software upgrades. Content Property of[...]

Making money online by Blogging - Guest Spot - Radio Interview 2/23/2010

Sun, 21 Feb 2010 05:01:00 +0000

Radio Interview on Wendy's Animal Talk on Healthylife.Net

On Tuesday, February 23, 2010, I had privilege and extreme pleasure to be interviewed by Wendy Nan Rees about, 'How to make money on the internet by blogging about your pet(s) or interests.' 

Wendy Nan Rees is an entrepreneur, inventor and renowned author (her latest book is, 'A Dog Lover's Daily Companion').  Wendy's Animal Talk airs every Tuesday, 1-2 PST.

A while ago, I mentioned to Wendy that I have been blogging now for over ten years and making money from it and she asked me to share my story and tips with her listeners.  I discussed free and low cost ways to get started on the internet by blogging and using affiliate products.

My interview with Wendy is available for listening

I also wrote a post on her Blog discussing my tips on how to start an income by blogging and using affiliate programs at Wendy's Animal Talk Blog