I’ve already taught you how to buy a website in 5 steps and because I like to teach by example I’m documenting what I do after I purchase a website in a case study. In the first part of this case study I talked about my plan to first focus on increasing the income on one of my recently acquired websites called CopyCatCrafts.com. Here is the list of items that I planned to do:
The fifth podcast episode is now live on iTunes. In this podcast episode I chat with Brian Jones who I first interviewed earlier this year about his interesting internet business. He runs several niche movie memorabilia websites (i.e. Red Rider Leg Lamps and A Christmas Story House) surrounding the popular Christmas movies “A Christmas Story” and “Christmas Vacation.”
We also cover how he took a big risk and bought the actual Christmas Story house from the movie on eBay (pictured right) and ultimately grew his business to a point that he needed a huge 10,000 square foot warehouse just to house the movie merchandise. This is a truly awesome story of a passionate internet entrepreneur who was able to build a successful business from scratch.
I am a huge fan of both of these Christmas movies and it’s been a family tradition that we watch them every year so this conversation in particular was very exciting for me to participate in. I hope you enjoy it.
Items Discussed In This Episode:
Geo Surf is a tool that is great to use for online marketers that deal with geo targeting (where you target people in specific areas of the world / parts of the united states).
The service allows you to see what users from 80+ countries and locations around the US see using their in house proxy servers. This is a service I could have used when I was testing the EasyAzon WordPress plugin’s geo targeting features but instead I had to get beta testers from around the world to test the geo targeting functionality which took a lot of time, coordination and a bunch of emails back and forth. [click to continue…]
I finally completed a major change to my blog about a week ago. The primary change was to make my home page more focused on my recently released free 10 day course on how to create an income generating website.
I’ve been meaning to finish the free course since last year’s blog world (wow I’m slow) but because I planned to release the course for free other income producing projects kept getting in the way. I finally had some time in late July and early August to finish the course and I’m very pleased with what I was able to put together.
Why Did I Make This Change?
The fourth podcast episode is now live on iTunes. In this podcast episode I speak to Wendy Piersall who just released Mom Blogging For Dummies about how she used what was happening in her everyday life and translated it into a huge and profitable blog network of kids activity websites.
We talk about how she first got started earning money online and what projects she’s working on right now. The conversation we had as a whole was great, because I often hear from people that complain about not knowing what niches to build websites in and what Wendy has done by translating the activities she first put together for her kids and migrated onto the web is a terrific example of turning passion into profits.
Items Discussed In This Episode:
Advertising is everywhere, from the logo on the computer you are using to view this post to the sidebar of this blog. Back in March 2006 when Twitter was launched it was a misunderstood product but, that did not stop it from rapidly gaining prominence by helping promote presidential campaigns to making bloggers “digital celebrities”. Most importantly it was advertisement and, to a certain extent, spam free.
That is not the case today.
While Twitter itself was late to its own party, by not launching any revenue generation scheme till mid 2010, this did not deter others to enter, at the time, this highly lucrative market.
Sponsored Tweets was perhaps the first company to offer a platform to advertisers to pay twitter users for a tweet. The concept has since then evolved to include a myriad of segmentation options, advertising models and even custom campaigns featuring celebrities.
But is it all really worth it to the advertiser?