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Finding a Niche for Your Internet Project

Finding a Niche for Your Internet Project

ShareLet me preface this post with this, your very first internet project needs to be about something you really enjoy. In fact all of your projects should revolve around things that don’t bore you to death. There’s a ton of money to be made in FOREX affiliate programs, but if you have little to no interest in investments and foreign currency exchanges, chances are you will burn out quickly and never make a dime. With that out of the way, lets talk about why building a website or other internet projects around specific niches is important. First, it keeps you focused on one topic and forces you to really evaluate each idea instead of just jumping in and worrying about how you are going to build and monetize it later. Yes, I’m all about “just do it” but you do have to have a plan, otherwise you’ll get three posts into your new venture, get stuck or bored, and let it meet a slow and unproductive fate. With that said, you probably have a ton of ideas flowing around in that mind of yours, how do you find the ones that will give you the best chance of success? Before you get started, you’ll need to sign up for Google Adwords here, even if you don’t plan on using Adwords as an advertising platform, there are a some great free tools that will help you along the way. So let’s get to the steps: 1. Brainstorm Grab an old fashioned piece of paper and start writing down everything you are remotely interested in. Seriously, nothing is to outlandish. What we...
Establish Your Web Presence

Establish Your Web Presence

ShareWhen starting any new internet based project you need to know a couple of things: One, what is it’s purpose and Two, how are you going to fulfill that purpose. For me, my projects’ purposes are about building passive income channels that over time will begin to add to up to a certain amount. Will it be easy, no. A lot of people dream about making a money online, but rarely do many people start the journey and even fewer stick with it. For this post’s sake, lets say that you took the dive. You went out, bought a shiny new domain, and have even visited your local Ferrari dealer’s website to start shopping. But before you can purchase that shiny new private jet, you need to build a foundation for your project. This way, as you move forward, you have an established web presence to build and present your content from. So what is a web presence? I would say it is all of the ways you can connect to your audience. Whether it be through Facebook, Twitter, message boards or anywhere else people can find and interact with your project. Even if you are running an idea that isn’t full of consistent fresh content, you still want a way to reach your potential clients or followers. Now there is a such thing as overkill, you don’t need to sign up for every social media platform under the sun. Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Tumblr have over 1.5 billion active total accounts together, with tons of ways to drill down and find the right people for your niche. Find what’s...
10 Ways to Start Making Money Online

10 Ways to Start Making Money Online

ShareThe very premise of this entire blog is making money online or “internet marketing” as some would call it. I am going to cover more than just internet marketing, but I want to make sure that I provide the proper seeds for those who are here for it. As I move forward there will be more in depth posts on each of these with basic blue prints on getting started. Read this list with the correct mindset: you will have to learn, constantly adapt, and work hard to build a sustaining online business of any type. My suggestion is picking two or three from the list and get familiar with them. My first big tip to anyone wanting to start making money online is to diversify your knowledge and revenue streams. The point is that over time as you build your internet empire, make sure to earn from more than just one method. That way if something happens during a month and you lose one revenue stream, you don’t lose 100% of your income. With that, let’s get to the list, which is in no particular order. 1. Blogging You’ve heard of it, you may even have friends with blogs. You’re actually reading a blog right now. You can write about pretty much anything and once you start getting people to visit your blog you can begin monetizing it. From ads to selling things, there are many ways to make money from one. The big key to blogging is creating unique content and regularly. Also, pick subjects you are interested in as you’ll get burned out very quickly on subjects and...
Time to Start Doing and Stop Thinking

Time to Start Doing and Stop Thinking

ShareAt first, I decided to start Grind Not Mind as a way to remain accountable to myself and my goals of becoming an independent internet marketing kung fu master. As I began to brainstorm and build, I quickly realized that I wanted GNM to become more than that. Yes, it could serve me in my original intent, but my documenting process could serve as a guide for others interested in internet marketing. I found that I wanted to inspire others to stop thinking about improving themselves and their lives and actually do it! Not just in internet marketing, but in whatever area of life you want to improve, because tomorrow will never change unless you do something different today. To start, I have been reading about and dabbling in internet marketing since 2006. Along the way I have also met some incredibly inspiring people and a little later I plan on having them do some guest posts about what they do and their individual stories. For me, the big change came in 2012 when I experienced a huge career change and was given a great opportunity to finally turn my internet marketing hobby into a real paid position. In the two years that I have now been doing this professionally I have learned two things about myself: 1. I absolutely love what I do and 2. Working Monday through Friday, nine-to-five, and living the cubicle life everyday, is not the life I want live. So I decided it was time to get things rolling. I’ve started several businesses before, so I created an LLC or Limited Liability Corporation as it is one...