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This guide is going to reveal the concept of Email Blogging, a strategy which I personally think is one of the easiest and most profitable ways to make money online. The idea behind Email Blogging actually came to me by mistake. A total accident.
It was email marketing (or, a friend of mine who uses email marketing) that led to my accidental discovery. The friend – who just gotten into internet marketing 12 months earlier – came to stay with me for a couple of weeks. He was previously self-employed, though the reason is unrelated, and wanted to get into the industry.
In the late 1800′s, Kaiser Wilhelm wanted to get rid of a number of his associates in the German government. Since many of them were old, he decided to set the age of retirement to 65 and successfully forced them out of their positions. To this day, we still use the same retirement age around the world.
If you’re wondering what the point of sharing that was then let me say this: There was no point. My headline led you to read the post introduction, and my first paragraph was good enough to get you to read the second. Since I have your attention, let me tell you one more thing: You have to keep people hooked on your content if you want to get links. People don’t share things they don’t read.
Since I no longer write monthly updates, I don’t really have a section here where I get to share the personal goings on in my life. Whilst thinking about this, I realised that unless you’ve purchased a product from me, you have no idea what I did to get to where I am today.
The bullet points on my about page tell a little bit about my story, but they definitely don’t give you the full picture. I decided that now would be a good a time as any to share my journey in the hope that it will inspire, motivate, and show you what is possible when you really want to succeed in this industry badly enough.
Blog posts here at ViperChill generally receive a large number of comments. Within just a couple of hours, there’s a good chance I’ll have 30 or 40 in need of reply. The discussion really picks up when my post goes out to readers who have subscribed via email. Though less than a third of the audience here opts for email updates, I get more comments from these readers than anyone else.
Why? Quite simply, email subscribers are more engaged than anyone else. People can ignore your Tweets, Facebook udpates and even RSS updates, but they can’t ignore an email. Even if they simply delete it, they have to engage with you in some way. If you want tips on growing the most valuable readership of all, then this post is for you.
When I write a blog post about WordPress, I don’t just post a link to a few of my favourite plugins, but instead write a 3,000+ word resource post. When I release a plugin like I did on Reputation Management, I don’t charge for it but instead give it away for free to the masses. So, when I have an announcement to make, you should know that I’m going to have some very big things to say.
The most noticeable change to ViperChill, is the introduction of a brand new redesign which makes its debut today. Though it’s the most noticeable, it’s not the biggest news I have to share with you all. If you’re anything like me, you probably want to see what the site looks like before you continue reading, so check it out if you’re currently seeing this in your inbox or feed reader.
For some reason, I clicked on a link in a spam email today. As with about 20 other emails I receive each day, the offer promised to guarantee me thousands of backlinks and top rankings in Google. When the site opened, I saw a video and recognised a familiar face. Clicking play revealed a woman giving a glowing review on the services the website offered. The site suddenly seemed far more legitimate.
Her face was familiar, because I had just paid her $5 to say the exact words “Only the coolest people use ViperChill.com” on video. In fact, I got about 10 other women to do the same thing. $5 was also enough to convince a 20-something male in the States to tell the world that his name was Barbara Streisand and that Glen Allsopp is the coolest guy in the world. Welcome to the world of Fiverr.
Now and then I’ll have an idea which I just know is going to be a success. Sometimes though, I’m just plain wrong. Like the time I decided to email every single Technorati Top 100 blogger asking for their ‘secrets to success’. It took me longer than I would like to admit, and of the few replies (12 to be exact) I did receive, pretty much all said the same thing. An entire day wasted.
Thankfully, sometimes I’m right. My experiments with taking Facebook Fan pages to the next level is one example where my intuition has been spot on. Many of you know I’ve worked with some of the largest companies in the world (Nissan, Hewlett Packard, Land Rover) as there social media manager, and still consult with a few companies now and then. I had some ideas to increase the conversion rates on their Fan page, and the results blew me away.
I feel bad that I haven’t updated you all on my million dollar case study. For those of you who missed the project, I’m aiming to build an affiliate site which makes $30,000 per month, that could theoretically be sold for $1M. Though this goal is difficult enough, I also challenged myself to do it in just 12 months. You can view the earlier posts on my case study here, here, and here.
My project relied heavily on an exact-match domain for my targetted keyphrase, which set me back $550. This reliance was my downfall, but it’s not the only hurdle I’ve faced along the way. As a quick update: The site is currently on page 2 of Google for a keyphrase which gets 100,000+ exact searches per month.