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Exactly How I Built My List From Scratch

List BuildingThere is a lot of misinformation in internet marketing but the number one biggest universal truth is this:

“The money is in the list.”

I’m sure you’ve heard it many times and I can’t stress how important and how valuable having a list is.

Unfortunately, there are too many people who have been interested in making money online for many months (or sometimes) years but have STILL not built a list!

One of the most frequent questions I get asked is, “Rob, how did you build your list?”.

So I thought I’d answer that in this post…

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My Top 11 Sources Of Web Traffic

Top Sources Of TrafficIf there’s one topic that I get asked about time and time again it is traffic.

It’s subject that we dedicate a huge amount of time to it in GHG Membership.

However, it’s always worth recapping in summary so let’s take a look at some of the strategies that you can use to get more visitors to your websites.

In no particular order…

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How To Get Proven Buyers Passively And For Free

How To Get Proven Buyers Passively And For FreeIf you’ve been a subscriber of mine for a while you’ll know that I always say building a list of subscribers is hands down the easiest and fastest way to make money from the internet.

That’s because, well, quite honestly, it is!

But here’s the thing: Not all subscribers are created equal.

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FAIL. The Biggest Mistake In Internet Marketing?

One Of The Biggest Mistakes In Internet MarketingA few days ago I had a phone call with my accountant.

He was telling me that it was time for me to start preparing my accounts for company year end and so I needed to prepare a list of expenses and revenues that matched the transactions in my business bank accountant.

As you can imagine, I was elated at this news and couldn’t wait to get started.

Yeah, right! 😉

But that wasn’t the interesting part… Without revealing names, he went on to tell me about a couple of other web-businesses that he looks after which were still making losses even though they were in their second or third year of trading.

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14 Ways To Drive Traffic (That Actually Work!)

14 ways to drive traffic to your websiteGenerating traffic to your website can be one of the most overwhelming parts of doing business online.

When I started online I got stuck in what I like to call the “SEO Trap” which is the mindset that getting to number one on Google (or at least the first page) is the only way of generating traffic.

SEO can be very appealing to newcomers because it feels like a free and passive traffic strategy.

However, the truth is that SEO is getting harder, more long term and more competitive. In many cases it can become more expensive (when you consider the paid tools and services you need to do it effectively) than many paid traffic methods!

So what are the alternatives?

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A Great Vista From Hampstead Heath & The Make Money Online Checklist

Something a little different for you today!

Please click play on the video below:


(Click HERE to see where I filmed the view of London on Google Maps!)

To recap, here is the Make Money Online Checklist:

1. Find A Niche

dummies.com (Click on “Shop The Bookstore”)
101 Profitable Niches Analyzed – And How To Make Money From Them (Sign up for free here)

2. Create A Website

My step-by-step tutorial on how to get this done – Click Here.

3. Create A Free Gift

Don’t know what people in your niche are interested in? Go to Google, type in <Name of Niche> “free report”, click search and then on “Images” on the left hand side. You can even click through on the images and sign up for a copy of the reports yourself to get inspiration for your own report (just don’t copy outright!).

4. Set Up Your List

I recommend Aweber. It’s cheap, fast and very intuitive to use. That’s my affiliate link.

5. Find Affiliate Products To Promote

Keep the quality high (look after your subscribers and they’ll look after you!) . Try Clickbank.com (click on the Marketplace link at the top) or type in <Name Of Niche> “affiliate program” to find other people’s products and services that you can promote in return for a commission.

6. Get Traffic

Guest posting: One way to do this is to Google and type in <Name Of Niche> “write for us”

Blog Commenting: Focus on high traffic blogs (look to see how many Facebook likes, Tweets and blog comments they have), and do this consistently (e.g., leave 5 quality comments per day).

Forum Marketing: Google: <Name Of Niche> Forums. Check to make sure these forums are active and have a lot of members otherwise you won’t get much (if any) traffic. Insert a link back to your website in the signature (that’s the bit that gets published below every forum post you make).

Meetups: To see how you can find a meetup group in your local area check out my tutorial here.

Don’t forget to create a schedule, focus and most of all, take action!

Right, that’s it!

Did you find this useful?

Please leave your thoughts in the comments section below…. 🙂

How I Doubled My Email Opt-In Conversions

how I doubled my conversionsIf you’ve followed me for any length of time then you’ll know that I’m a huge believer in building an email list of subscribers.

Of course, there are many other ways to make money online aside from building a list. For example, advertising and e-commerce.

In fact, I have an old niche website that I built in 2010 that still to this day generates a (very!) small amount of passive income from both Amazon’s affiliate program and Adsense (that is, where you place Google ads on your website and get paid when somebody clicks on them).

This said, I believe that in the vast majority of niches taking the trouble to build a list and develop trust with your subscribers is extremely powerful and the best way forward.

This discussion could go on for several blog posts but what I would really like to share with you today is how I recently managed to more than double my opt conversions here at Gain Higher Ground.

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Internet Business And RV Road Tripping With Ralph Burns

Full Time RV Family - Jen Ralph Alex EliI was super excited to hook up with Ralph Burns from FullTimeRVFamily.Com recently via Skype.

Together with his wife and two sons, Ralph has embarked on a year long road trip across the US and Canada.

What is even more impressive than that is that the trip is being funded in part by Ralph’s online business which he’s operating out of the Recreational Vehicle (RV) that the whole family is travelling in!

Hit PLAY below to listen in to our call (me in London and Ralph in the back of the RV in Springfield, Illinois!)…

Please right click here to download the MP3 and here to download the PDF transcript.

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Here’s an outline of the main topics:

00:00 Intro
01:01 The transition from 9-5 job to RV Road Trip
06:38 How Ralph selected his online niche
09:05 Did Ralph start with creating products or affiliate marketing?
15:22 What are the next steps for a beginner after they’ve chosen their niche?
22:29 Combining different traffic sources
24:01 How did Ralph conquer the technical challenges of setting up his business?
26:25 Outsourcing & hiring a virtual assistant
31:00 Why did Ralph choose a membership site rather than a regular product?
36:21 Ralph’s road trip itinerary
39:24 Wrapping up

…and here are some links to the websites mentioned in the audio….

The 4-Hour Workweek – A MUST read!
InternetBusinessMastery.com – Sterling and Jay’s online business training
SalesManagementMastery.com – One of Ralph’s first websites
Jeff Walker – Creator of Product Launch Formula
Joseph Archbald – Creator of the 40 Day Challenge E-Book

I loved chatting to Ralph, not least because I’m a huge fan of road trips myself. I think what he is doing is an inspiration to all of us!

Don’t forget to follow Ralph’s journey over at Full Time RV Family.

So, what do you think? Please drop a comment below with your thoughts… 🙂

Michelle Champion Interview: Making Money With Adsense, Clickbank And Amazon

Michelle Champion Of PassiveIncomeOnlineBlog.ComMichelle Champion of Passive Income Online Blog started earning money online in 2009 as a freelance writer and quickly progressed to setting up and monetizing her own websites using Google Adsense, Clickbank and Amazon.

In this revealing interview Michelle talks about her internet marketing journey, her 3 sources of online income, generating traffic, overcoming technical challenges, outsourcing and her top tips for people starting out!

Just hit PLAY to start listening now…

You can download the MP3 here and a PDF of the transcript here. Click the toggle below to show/hide the transcript!

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Here are the topics that we discussed:

00:00 Introduction
01:05 How Michelle got started making money online
06:49 Michelle’s 3 sources of online income: Adsense, Clickbank & Amazon
09:50 Start earning with Adsense
12:49 The importance of quick wins and having the right mindset
16:49 Overcoming technical challenges
24:12 Goals for 2011
27:44 Traffic: Ezine, Hubpages, Squidoo, Amazon Mechanical Turk, profile links
41:52 Guest posting & blog commenting
49:59 Michelle’s free PDF report & Wrapping up

Don’t forget that you can access Michelle’s free step-by-step “how I backlink” report by signing up here :-)).

Did you enjoy the interview? Please click LIKE and leave a comment below with your thoughts…

Patricia Jones Interview: Making Money Online With Yorkshire Pudding Recipes!

UK-based internet marketer Patricia Jones really has got an incredible range of niche websites!

In this session of the Gain Higher Ground audio podcast, I interview Patricia and talk about how she makes money online from Yorkshire pudding recipes, doll’s house furniture and electric toothbushes, amongst other things!

We talk about the inspiration behind her ideas, how she builds her websites, drives traffic and, of course, how the sites actually make money.

Click PLAY below to start listening now…

Right click here to download the MP3 file to your computer.

And here is the PDF transcript…

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Here is an overview of our discussion:

00:00 Intro
01:08 How Patricia got started with internet marketing
04:38 Patricia’s niches: Dolls house’s  & Yorkshire puddings…
10:13 How the sites make money with product overviews & advertising
15:00 Traffic: Stumbleupon & Google search
16:49 Search Engine Optimization (SEO): building links
22:20 Advice for newbies
25:00 What Patricia likes about internet marketing and enjoying the learning curve
29:40 Using Google Shopping & Amazon to discover new niche opportunities
32:21 Wrapping up and where to find Patricia

Here are links to some of the sites discussed in the interview:

PatriciaJones.Org – Patricia’s personal blog
BB Article Directory – Article directory owned by Patricia
The Challenge – Ed Dale’s free niche site course
Market Samurai (affiliate link) – Excellent keyword research tool
How To Create Your First Website In Less Than 24 Hours – A recent post by me

Did you enjoy listening? Let me know what you think in the comments section below…