Archives for April 2010

Do You Outsource?

This is something I’ve been thinking about quite a bit recently.  As my portfolio of sites increases, I find that I have a really hard time keeping up with content creation.  Sure, if I had about 4 more hours in the day, I might be able to keep up.  But, I don’t, so I don’t.  Which is where the idea of outsourcing comes in.

It’s pretty simple (in theory) really.  You just hire someone else to write a couple of your blog posts for you.  You get the content, they get money.  Everybody is happy.  Of course, the biggest problem here, is that you have to pay them.  So, if all you’re doing is running a few hobby sites, that aren’t really monetized, it doesn’t make any sense to do it.  But, if you have a site that is monetized and that traffic converts for, you almost can’t go wrong.

Don’t believe me?  Maybe a short video by John Reese will convince you.  He’s an uber-marketer.  One of the truly big boys.  He’s got a new program coming up that he’s calling OutsourceForce.  I have no idea what it will all entail as he hasn’t really given out much detail yet.  But, he did release a video on the basics of outsourcing and why you would want to do it.  Go take a look.  You only have to give up an email address to watch it and it’s pretty inspiring.

In fact, I think I might do a little more work on getting some outsourcing set up.

Disclaimer: In case you didn’t figure it out, the links to the OutsourceForce website are affiliate links.  If you sign up and then end up purchasing the program, I will receive a cut of that.  That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go watch the video though.  It really is that good.


From a post by Danny of Dad Gone Mad entitled Normal:

As a parent I have learned to despise the term “it’s normal.” Nothing’s normal when I’m experiencing it for the first time. Nothing’s normal when it involves the health of my children. When I’m scared.

Nail on the head.  If you’re a parent, you really should go read the rest of that article.  I was moved tremendously.  I’ve been there and done that.  Our first born spent several days in a hospital on two occasions.  Scared doesn’t even begin to cover that.  Our second, spend the first 8 days of her life in the hospital.  Scared shitless.  When you are told that you have to go home, but her?  She has to stay here for a few more days.  You can come visit though.  There is nothing more wrenching.

At least when our son was in the hospital, he had a room so we could pull up the roll away bed and sleep there.

Our children become our lives the moment they begin theirs.  Suddenly, the rest of the world fades into a semi-important state, it’s importance maintained only by the need to provide for our children.  When they are sick or injured, our lives pause.  Only to restart when we get the all clear from their doctor, or they recover.

You’re right, Danny.  There’s not such thing as normal.  Not when you’re a parent, anyways.

Business Cards Giveaway Winners!

It’s time to announce the winners of the Business Card Giveaway!  The cards are furnished by PrintRunner.  We had three total entrants, with a total of 6 entry points.  Because you can only win once, and because PrintRunner was nice enough to give me three codes for the free business cards, everybody was a winner!

So, Jake, Jason, and Hannah, you win!  I’ll email you your code and you can start printing your business cards!

Thanks to everyone for participating!

ShoemoneyX Open Again

The beginners affiliate program that Shoemoney started (ShoemoneyX) has been opened back up for fresh subscribers.  It’s a 12 week course that consists of a weekly email from Jeremy.  Each of the emails has a lesson and then some “homework” to do that relates to the lesson.

  1. Week 1 – The Beginner’s Guide To Internet Marketing
  2. Week 2 – Affiliate Marketing 101: Everything You Need To Know To Start Promoting Products
  3. Week 3 – Market Research: How To Crush Your Competitors And Discover Hot Niches
  4. Week 4 – Introduction to Pay Per Click
  5. Week 5 – Advanced Pay Per Click
  6. Week 6 – SEO Tips, Tricks, and Tactics
  7. Week 7 – Content Creation: How To Create Articles That Attract Users And Increase Sales
  8. Week 8 – Marketing: How To Use Social Media To Spread Your Brand
  9. Week 9 – Make That Cash: 10 Ways To Monetize Your Site And Increase Profitability
  10. Week 10 – Testing & Tracking: How To Optimize Your Site & Make Sense Of The Figures
  11. Week 11 – Building Your Team: How To Network With Others And Find Long Term Partners
  12. Week 12 – Launch Day: How To Kick Start Your Business And Manage Your Projects

When Jeremy first started this program, I signed up for ShoeMoneyX immediately.  It’s well worth the time, and at the price (Free), you really shouldn’t pass on the opportunity to have one of the leading affiliate marketers teach you a little bit about the profession.  It certainly is aimed at beginners, but even many of you veterans will likely learn something.  Even if it’s just what some of your fellow marketers are thinking about things.  I know I didn’t regret signing up for the program.  Jeremy is a trustworthy sorta guy, so you don’t receive a whole bunch of spam once the program ends either.  Give it a try.  It’s pretty easy to unsubscribe if you don’t find it valuable.

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