I wanted to specifically call out one particular strategy within equity investing that bears mentioning – dividend growth investing is when you focus on stocks that not only pay a dividend but have a history of strong dividend growth. When I was first building my portfolio of individual stocks, I focused on buying companies with a history of dividends, a history of strong growth, and financials that supported a continuation of both.
Now that you’ve made it into the novice stage and started trying some initial experiments, it’s time to see what else you could be testing and experimenting with. The goal here is to keep expanding your understanding of the areas of marketing you want to get better at, and again, the only way to do that is to try to apply it yourself as you’re going.
I wouldn't think of a high yield savings account as a source of passive income but your savings should be getting something (less like Seinfeld syndication residuals and more like a commercial jingle residuals!). It won't make you rich but it's nice if your baseline, risk-free rate of return on cash is 1% or more. The best high yield savings accounts (or money market accounts) offer higher interest rate and there is absolutely no risk. CIT Bank currently leads the pack with the highest interest rate.
In general, technology and gadgets is a highly competitive industry that doesn’t leave much room for the smaller guys (and gals) to make their way in and compete against the big dogs. However, there is one subsection of the technology industry that is taking off, with plenty of room for smaller competitors to make their way in and take a piece of the pie.
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As each state is different, I can only tell you about federal requirements in general. A limited liability company (LLC) is composed of members. When an LLC is composed of only one member, by default, it is disregarded for federal income tax purposes. This means the member will report all the activities of the LLC in Schedule C, just as a sole proprietor would, and attach Schedule C to the member’s personal income tax return, or Form 1040.
Udemy is an online platform that lets its user take video courses on a wide array of subjects. Instead of being a consumer on Udemy you can instead be a producer, create your own video course, and allow users to purchase it. This is a fantastic option if you are highly knowledgeable in a specific subject matter. This can also be a great way to turn traditional tutoring into a passive income stream!
I want to close this post by talking about how I learn marketing now. I have an app on my phone, it’s called Nuzzel, and it will tell me what the people that I follow on Twitter are sharing. So if seven people are sharing something, it’s going to pop to the top of my feed, and I follow a lot of different Internet marketers, so I can see what’s trending and then I can save it to Pocket so I can read it later. And if I’m lazy, I can have Pocket dictate it for me so I don’t even have to read it.
How to monetize the site: Monetization on a site like this is somewhat tougher. The problem is that the VAST majority of people who go to a tiny homes website are just lurkers. They are just fascinated by the idea but will never ACTUALLY build a tiny home. Thus, they’ll never buy an online course showing them how to build their tiny home, or use your Amazon affiliate links to buy products for their tiny home. Realistically, the best monetization strategy for this website is ads. Ad revenue is very small for sites with under 30k pageviews/month so your first year will likely be pretty dry. HOWEVER, ad revenue builds up quickly when you can get to a private media seller like Adthrive (requires 80k pageviews/month) or MediaVine (requires 30k pageviews/month). Ad revenue is very consistent and passive, so it could be a very nice site.
Why We Buy What We Can Get For Free – Many people feel uncomfortable selling something online because of the nonsensical “I can find it anywhere on the internet, why would I buy it from you?” argument. In this post, Derek explains why it’s okay to sell stuff on your blog, what to do with people who complain about it and interviews Dan Ariely, who is a professor of psychology and behavioral economics at Duke, as well as NYT best-selling author of “Predictably Irrational”.
You’ve launched an amazing product or service. Now what? Now, you need to get the word out. When done well, good PR can be much more effective and less expensive than advertising. Regardless of whether you want to hire a fancy agency or awesome consultant, make sure that you know what you’re doing and what types of ROI to expect. Relationships are the heart and soul of PR. This chapter will teach you how to ignore the noise and focus on substantive, measurable results.
Came here with a preconceived notion but left with totally different mindset. Was wondering when looking at searches per month what would be the minimum you would consider? I feel you are going to say depends on niche. Second question, I have never thought of a directory site, how do you go about monetizing? Simply charging for a link? I have a bunch of decent domain but not enough time in the day it seems. Any advice greatly appreciated
I really like that Danny has set the bar high for the content quality. On Firepole Marketing, you won’t find fluff that the internet is full of: instead, there’s a constant flow of well written articles with practical ideas that you can apply to your business. Also, there are a lot of guest posts on Firepole Marketing, which provide many different perspectives and fresh ideas.
Todd Mumford is Principal and Founder of Riverbed Marketing - an inbound marketing agency located in Vancouver, Canada. Todd has 11 years of experience in digital marketing and advertising, inbound marketing and content across a plethora of verticals. Recognized for excellence and leadership in marketing and management and execution of successful marketing initiatives in the digital space with a focus on on social, search and content.
Find the right tenants. As a landlord, you'll want to make sure your tenants are responsible. You don't know these people and are trusting them with your property, so it's a good idea to try and get to know your prospective tenants a little bit before signing a lease. However, you'll want to avoid the opposite extreme and avoid renting to people you actually know. Renting to a friend or relative can create a lot of tension that could dissolve your friendship.
I just wanted to say how nice it is to see such a positive exchange between strangers on the Internet. Seriously, not only was this article (list) motivating and well-drafted, the tiny little community of readers truly were a pleasant crescendo I found to be the cause of an inward smile. Thank you, everyone, and good luck to you all with your passive income efforts!! 🙂
Ashley Madison is a dating site with a twist. Of course, you’ve probably already heard about it, as the company has received plenty of media attention over the years. Basically, Ashley Madison offers a discreet dating service for people who are married. I’m not personally sure about the income potential, but there is clearly demand for the service.
A few months ago I was in the market for a new desktop computer that could handle editing 1080p video. I didn’t want a computer that could handle 1080p video. I wanted a computer that could eat, chew, and spit out 1080p video. I was tired of waiting for things to render. So, I set out to find good computers for video editing. What a mess! Thousands of articles, thousands of opinions from computer nerds, and nobody simply told me the answer. I just wanted a page that has good, better, best and then to SHOW ME in a practical sense what it is like editing video on that machine. I spent days researching whether I should build my own computer (which would be a good topic in and of itself) or if I could find one for a decent price that did what I wanted it to do.
Blogging is still going to take work starting out. That path to $5,000 a month didn’t happen overnight but just like real estate development, it build up an asset that now creates constant cash flow whether I work or not. I get over 30,000 visitors a month from Google search rankings, rankings that will continue to send traffic even if I take a little time off.
Excellent list. Shareasale has been my best performing from the list. Another strategy I’ve used is to contact individual companies and ask about their affiliate programs. Some companies run in-house affiliate programs, which means they have a select few affiliates that they work with. Such companies can be quite profitable to work with as you’ll be competing with way less affiliates.
Udemy also offers exceptional affiliate marketing courses on their platform. For instance, the “Affiliate marketing course for beginners to start & succeed“ on Udemy is one of the most powerful affiliate marketing courses on the internet. It will teach everything about affiliate marketing from the beginner level to an expert affiliate marketing level that earns thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars monthly.
Appeal to a target audience through offering regular newsletters about the service or product only you can provide. Offer some free advice on marketing or tips on business-related tools. Offer the first part of a how-to e-course free to generate traffic. Through brief, yet constant contact, your blog becomes invaluable to your audience. Don’t be timid in offering a bit of free advice to build a dedicated audience.
Since online marketing is really all about the digital aspects, if in-depth learning on topics such as web analytics, conversion optimization, email marketing or pay-per-click advertising is what you’re looking for, then Market Motive (@MarketMotive) might be your alma mater. The courses cost anywhere from $49 a month for self-paced learning, up to $1995 per year for coached marketing tutorials with fixed schedules.
Wix is a visual website builder, with a hosting component. The builder mostly works through drag and drop, allowing people to create websites without any technical background or knowledge. The tool provides more freedom and flexibility than a WordPress-based site. There is also a free version of Wix. This gives members the ability to try out the tool without stress.
Content marketing is the probably the most important aspect of inbound marketing, according to Seth Godin (@ThisIsSethsBlog). It might seem like rocket science, what with all the intricacies involved in producing “quality” content, but the training available from the Content Marketing Institute (@CMIContent) founded (and headed) by Joe Pulizzi (@JoePulizzi) has marketers covered. It offers more than 46 lessons spread over 19 hours of learning and focused on seven key areas, which are:
Okay, so technically this isn’t a free course, but if you are new to LinkedIn’s online marketing training, you can sign up for a free month and take this handy course in social media marketing. Analyze what’s working via SWOT analysis, discover how to create a strong social presence that highlights your strengths, and gain inspiration by exploring the most cutting edge opportunities for social media to achieve even greater reach.
I’ve been into home décor lately and I had to turn to Etsy to find exactly what I wanted. I ended up purchasing digital files of the artwork I wanted printed out! The seller had made a bunch of wall art, digitized, and listed it on Etsy for instant download. There are other popular digital files on Etsy as well such as monthly planners. If you’re into graphic design this could be an amazing passive income idea for you.
You need to decide which machines you want to run, get the necessary licenses to operate them (you're selling items so you need to get sales licenses and whatnot from your state), buy the machines and a truck for the items in the machines, find a supplier of the products, and then finally you can secure locations. Finally, you need to service them periodically or hire someone to service them.
Udemy, you will find, provides a number of different online courses, both free and paid. Some of the paid courses will be a little more in-depth, but for those who are here for free courses (I know I am), then they have more than enough for you, too. They offer free courses in Google AdWords, Zero Cost Marketing Strategies, Content Marketing, and Social Media Marketing, and even provide a course on SEO, or Search Engine Optimization, so you can learn how to utilize keywords in your marketing and reach a wider audience.
ie first you need to haul ass and do something crazy, eg write a quality 20,000 word ebook (insanely not passive hahahah), but then you get to sit back and enjoy seeing PayPal sale messages pop up on your iPhone each morning as sale after sale after sale is made…on an ongoing basis and without any additional work. That’s some seriously Pina Colada flavored passive goodness!
Affiliate networks offer you access to multiple (and by multiple, we mean hundreds if not thousands) of individual affiliate programs. They basically work by simplifying the signup process - instead of applying to become an affiliate for a each product you want to promote, you simply apply to join the network and instantly have access to hundreds of different affiliate offers.
Active income, on the other hand, involves earning money in exchange for a service. It could be a salary, an hourly wage, commissions, or tips. It’s essentially a trade of your time for a fixed dollar amount. Most people choose to live this way, and there’s nothing inherently wrong with that, as long as you understand that there will be a limit to how much money you can realistically earn.
great read as always glen, congrats on sharing your research. although i believe strongly in the “rank & rent” concept for local seo marketing, it is interesting that i watched an entire video today by a prominent local seo guru who says r&r sites are the worst possible business. i’m having trouble wrapping my head around that as it goes against what my gut believes but then again, he’s “been there done that” and i haven’t. anyway, i digress big time, great article.
We’re going to slightly modify their approach, though. The Bullseye Framework is an excellent tool for finding certain channels to try for your product, but it’s also useful for running experiments within a certain channel. For now, you want to stay focused on your stack, so you can use the Bullseye Framework to run certain experiments within those skills.
8. Affiliate Partners Ltd. Affiliate Partners Ltd. is one of the first affiliate networks in the financial industry and is known as the affiliate network with the highest payouts (CPA) up to $600 for niches like trading, gaming, casino, sales funnels and many more. Working with them makes affiliate marketing much easier for you because of their very professional team which is always reachable in skype and by email. This network assures you the best affiliate network experience in the world with extra fast payouts and a 24/7 support.
I think one thing to be careful of – for those planning to monetise via Amazon (which isn’t the best option in a lot of cases) – is that while logic dictates that going for premium product ($500+) makes more sense (due to a higher commission per purchase), I found this isn’t the case. I had an “Amazon affiliate site” in this price range a while back and I think I sold like 3 things the whole time. People seem quick to part with their cash online when something is £300 mark, they seem a lot more hesitant in my experience.
Third-Party Fulfillment: With third-party fulfillment, you own the inventory, but do not store it. You purchase the product from a manufacturer and store it at a third-party fulfillment center. Once a purchase is made, they will ship the product to the customer for you. A great example of a third-party logistics company (3PL) is Amazon FBA. Using a 3PL is convenient and offers higher profit margins than dropshipping, but quality can decrease and become compromised when entrusting fulfillment to a third party.
Although there are a lot of social marketing channels, you need to focus on the top six, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Pinterest, Instagram and Google Plus (just because you don’t want Google to hate you!). Initially you should limit yourself to building profile pages, understanding how each network works and what are best practices. Every platform is unique in some way and following guides will be a good start.
WARNING!!! BE CAREFUL in choosing your site idea! While I think there are millions of ideas that can work, I’ve also had the sad experience dozens and dozens of times of seeing someone who poured 6 months of effort into a site that really stood very little chance of succeeding. The idea just wasn’t sound. If you’d like some help with your niche site idea before you start, check out Project 24 where I teach you exactly how to build your site and use it to earn a living. I’ve covered “picking a niche and domain name” in great detail.
Obviously with such a hugely valuable niche where people will be spending on average around $30,000 to $60,000 on a boat, there will be tons of information and reviews available, right? Wrong! In fact, MOST of the boats that I was interested in had zero reviews to be found anywhere on the internet. Zero. And all the manufacturers showed was a few pictures, sometimes a sales video, and an abbreviated spec sheet. That’s it. I scoured the internet for unbiased reviews of boats and did not find anything helpful at all.