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Can You Really Make Money Blogging?

People are constantly talking about making money blogging.  I’ve seen moms who want to stay at home with their children out there religiously blogging about their day.  Blogging about their kids….about their lives.  People blogging about gardening…about anything and everything.

Then they come to me and say “I’m writing these blog posts daily and not making any money.  WHY??” 

Here’s a secret….

You can blog all day long and get to page one of the search engines every time, but if you don’t have any way to MONETIZE your blog, you are wasting time.  It’s just a hobby blog.

You must have something to sell.  Some way for your readers to pay you for something. 

Many bloggers sell affiliate products from places like clickbank.  Others run ads in the sidebar of their blogs from google or amazon, etc…

Here’s the problem with that…  You sell a $100 product, you might make anywhere from $5 to $25.  Rarely do you find affiliate products that pay you more than 25%.  Some of these people join a network marketing company and promote their products on the blog.  Rarely do you find a network marketing company that pays you more than 40%.  The average is around 20% to 30% on what you sell.  Even though those are good numbers, you can do better.

I help people who want to blog earn 70% to 80% EVERY time they make a sale!  That’s the absolute best payout I’ve ever seen.

FIRST…Think about something you love.  Maybe a hobby.  Maybe parenting.  Maybe traveling.  Maybe…  You get the picture.  It can be ANYTHING that others might enjoy reading about.

SECOND…Click here…watch the video and find out how you can have your own blogging system all set up for you for just $25 and make money when others sign up for the same system.

THIRD…Sign up for your blogging system today

FOURTH…Start blogging about whatever YOU want and share your posts on social spaces

FIFTH…Make money!

It’s that simple.  Notice I said simple and not effortless.  You have to put in the time and effort to write about what you love.  You have to share those posts with others.  That’s it!

Go watch the video and sign up for your system today!  I look forward to helping you get started!

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Empower Network…Scam? Ripoff? Find Out Here

I recently joined Empower Network after over 2 months of EXTENSIVE research on them. I had to weed through all of the trash and BS all over the internet to find the truth. Yesterday one of my facebook friends posted a link in response to a blog post I did about Empower. I am not going to give that blog backlinks, so I won’t link to it here, but I did screen shot part of that post and would like to address every point of it here. The reason I’m doing this on this blog and only linking to it on my Empower Network blog and not the other way around is because this blog is well established and posts from it get indexed in the search engines within minutes. I just began my EN blog a few days ago and it’s not yet indexed as well as this blog.

So…here goes. Here’s the screen shot, then I’ll address each point:

Let’s look at this one point at a time because, UNFORTUNATELY, anyone can say anything on the internet and there are gullible people who think if it’s on the internet, it must be true and they do no research.

  • Has all of the common attributes of a PYRAMID Scheme

This one is very interesting to me.  (BTW…CAPITALIZING a word emphasizes it but does not make it true.)  Let’s look at the definition of a pyramid scheme – This screen shot was taken from the FTC  (Federal Trade Commission) website:

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I only earn a commission with Empower when I sell a product (a retail sale).  We will cover Empower Network’s PRODUCTS (see…I can use capitals too) in another bullet.  😉  the people I sell these products to do not have to become affiliates of Empower Network in order for me to make money.  If they WANT to, they certainly can, but they are not required to be affiliates.  They are, however, required to pay a monthly fee for maintaining and hosting the blog (just like any other company that sets up and hosts a blog for you).  There is no inventory loading because you can not buy more than one of each of Empower’s products (except the monthly blog fees and monthly training).

  • No clear description of what the business is about, what you will be doing or what kind of interests you need for success.

I’m not sure where they got this one.  On my PUBLIC (See…I did it again 😉 ) Empower affiliate blog (different from my personal Empower blog) there is a TON of info available to the public.  You just have to take some initiative and go through the posts.   😉

  • If you join, you have to become a ruthless sales person promoting Empower Network to others

This is a huge fallacy.  Many people DO promote EN and…just like in any other opportunity…there are always some who are over zealous and go out there screaming and hollering all over the internet.  EN actually encourages you to use their SYSTEM to promote YOUR opportunity and/or products.  They encourage you to NOT go screaming like a lunatic all over the place and simply use your blog to educate and entertain your readers based on what YOU are blogging about…whether that be EN or something else.

  • Riddled with “upsells”

Interesting…there are way less products than most affiliate or multi level opportunities.  Yes…these are products!  I’ve been making and selling courses for years.  Online universities sell courses.  Most of what I’ve learned and teach and what David Wood and David Sharpe teach is a culmination of our years of “failing forward”.  Instead of purchasing our knowledge, people are certainly welcome to spend years to learn it themselves.  No one is forced to purchase anything.  Every business needs to sell products and/or services in order to sustain itself.  Can you imagine McDonalds not asking “Do you want fries with that?”.  That is an UPSELL.  I get affiliate commissions when I sell HostGator products like hosting (see…that’s my AFFILIATE link) AND any upsells.  You can’t physically see or touch that product.  OMG…must be HostGator is a SCAM!!  Well…according to some anyway.

  • If you want to succeed, you have to invest minimum $140/mth
  • You have to PAY $20 per month just so you can get paid

I’ve been in MLM companies where you had to invest a minimum of over $200 up to $500 per month if you want to get paid.  So…??  The monthly amount is to help cover the cost of Empower hosting and maintaining your affiliate pages, back office, etc…  Again…I’ve been in MLM companies where you have to pay up to $50 per month for the company replicated websites. SO…??

  • One of the owners is located in Costa Rica (and in my opinion to avoid the FTC)

That is YOUR opinion and you are entitled to it.  MY opinion is that Costa Rica looks like a beautiful place and I just might move there some day myself.  Fortunately, people are able to do business all over the world with the internet connecting everyone.  PLUS…if they are “avoiding” the FTC, why would they put income disclaimers everywhere in writing and in video.

  • Widespread COMPLAINTS online about Empower Network

There are complaints about almost every company out there…even eBay and PayPal and Amazon and facebook, etc…  You can never please everyone.  Most of these “complaints” are from people who signed up, thought they could do nothing and expected to get paid.  That is NOT the way this works.  They obviously did not read what they signed or watch the videos that they agreed they watched.  Otherwise they would know that this is a BUSINESS and takes real effort to build.

  • No access to the owners

They are at every event just like any company owner.  Not sure how much more “access” you want…

  • No free trial

AAHHHGGGG…you got me on that one.  Darn!!  I have to give you that one.

 

 

 

SEO – Set it and Forget It?

What most people do not realize is that Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is not a “set it and forget it” type of thing.   You have to be constantly doing the right things to rank in the search engines.

It’s also important to note that the results you get today and the results you get a week down the road will be different.  I can do a keyword test today and do another test a week from now on the same keywords and will not get the same results.  That’s why the only time I mention what specific search I did is when I include a screen shot at the time.  If I’m doing research, I document my findings, but do not screen shot it.  That would take up way too much space on my computer and cloud storage.  I am constantly doing research.  However, if I were to provide you with my results from two weeks ago, they would not be the same results today.  When I talk about the search engine results I received, they are current at the time and I screen shot them if I am going to use specifics.

Bottom line, there are many, many factors that go into getting your blog ranked in the search engine results.  This is an ongoing process and is not a “set it and forget it” thing.

 

Empower Network vs Level One Network

I’ve been approached by reps of both Empower Network and Level One Network recently.  I see a lot of Empower and Level One reps posting on facebook, twitter, pinterest, etc…

I decided to take a glance at both companies.  They both claim to have a blogging system that gets indexed into the search engines quickly and easily.  So…me being me…I tested that theory.  I went to Level One Network’s home page and picked a couple of the bloggers on page one to test with.  I also went to Empower Network’s facebook page and couple of the more interactive people there and went to their blogs.

So, at this point, I’m using two random blogs from Level One and two random blogs from Empower.  This should be a fair test.  I looked for posts on each blog where the titles had nothing to do with either company.  I know that when I write a post, I can generally google the title within hours and have it show up on page one of the results.  When searching for the titles of these four blogs, I found something very interesting.

NEITHER the Empower blogs nor the Level One blogs were showing up on page one of the results.  What I did find is a bunch of Level One reps bashing Empower on their blogs and on social spaces.  I also found that every blog from each company looks just like the other.  I always say “Brand YOURSELF…not some company”.  With these companies, however, in order to take advantage of their search engine positioning (if they really have any) you must have your blog be TheirCompayURL.yourusername.com  You are not really branding yourself, you are branding THEM.

What is looks like to me is the reps from each company are competing with other reps from that company for the search engine results when people search for the company name.  However, posts about something OTHER than the companies aren’t even on the radar.  Maybe later down the road I will be able to do more research and have something concrete to report for those of you who want a blogging company like this that works.  SEO is not a “set it and forget it” thing.  It takes work to get your blog to page one of the search engine results.  It doesn’t happen overnight.  Whether you are using a blog from one of these companies or your own blog, you need to do the work.  Just like I taught in my blogging courses, there are a number of things you need to do to get listed in the search engines and maintain those listings.

Maybe one of these companies can make it a bit easier, but I don’t see it at this time.  I was actually hoping that I could promote one or the other of these systems to my readers who don’t want to start from scratch.

The opinions here are MINE.  They are opinions and my personal conclusions.  I did not do an in depth study, just took a cursory look based on the claims of both companies.

I will review more when I have more time.

UPDATE – 7 minutes later, MY blog post (THIS ONE) was listed first on page two of a google search.  Very interesting.  Page 2 of about 5,530,000 results. (Click the image below to see full size.)

Just 7 minutes after writing my post, I was ranking high for my post.

Get Your Business In the Search Engines

I’ve been running a test for the past two weeks and I’m VERY EXCITED!!  I set up a blog, threw a few posts up and went to an online site that pays you to write blog posts.  They pay $10 per post and only accept your blog if they can find it in the search engines.  I’ve made $60 so far.

Think about that for a minute.  I set the blog up just two weeks ago and it needs to appear in the search engines before they will even consider offering you payment for a post.  THEN you need to write the post, THEN get it approved, THEN get paid.

In the Blogging with WordPress class I showed you exactly what I do to set up a blog and get it search engine ready.  These are the same steps I took to get my blog up and appearing in the search engines.

In the Advanced Blogging with WordPress class I will show you more about getting those posts into the search engines, what to write about, how to optimize everything, etc…

What will this mean to you?  If you write a post about your product or service and it ends up on the first or second page when someone is searching for that type of product or service, how much more money do you think you could make?  Bloggers are showing up on news programs, talk shows, getting their own TV shows, and more.  Blogging is the information wave of the future.  Learn how to position your blog so YOU are the one your target market finds before anyone else.  Learn how to write so you are the trusted one and not just someone they pass by and forget about.

The basic Blogging with WordPress class is done and the recordings are available now.  3 full hours.  The Advanced class will be taking place on March 10 and the recording will be made available to all who register.  Grab one or both now and get YOUR place in the search engines.