Here are a few amazingly comprehensive resources that I have discovered that are important to anyone trying to build a blog or online business. All are completely free and will have a huge impact in your life and business.
Pat is sharing, in incredible detail, exactly all the steps in finding a niche business idea and turning it into a profitable business. He already has a six figure passive income and is proving that his success is replicable.
Follow his progress right from choosing a topic. He shows how he got to the number one listing in Google in less than 3 months. His site made $151 from Google Adsense in November and $62 in October. This is after 4 months of part time effort. Pat has plans to sell ebooks and other advertising that will definitely deliver much higher earnings. Start from the beginning and check out this series of posts. It really is amazing content that is completely free.
- Niche Site Duel: I’ve Been Challenged, and I Accept!
- Niche Site Duel 002 – Finding a Profitable Niche: My Process Revealed
- Oops. The Niche I Selected is Bad, and Here’s Why
- Niche Site Duel 003 – How to Setup a Niche Site: Before You Add Content
- Niche Site Duel 004: My Content Strategy
- Niche Site Duel 005: My Backlinking Boo Boo
- Niche Site Duel 006: My Backlink Strategy
- Niche Site Duel 007: Ranking and Traffic (and Earnings!) Update
- Niche Site Duel 008: My Monetization Strategy
- Niche Site Duel 009: I’m On The First Page of Google!
- Niche Site Duel 010: I’m Ranked Number One in Google!!
- Niche Site Duel 011: THE Backlinking Strategy That Works
- Niche Site Duel 01 2 – An Experiment and Income Update
SEO Advice: How to get to the Top 5 in Google within 40 Days
Joseph Archibald wrote a series of detail posts titled, “40 Day Challenge “Top 5 in Google within 40 days!”” It is a little hard to follow because it is written in a discussion forum with other commentors contributing, however it is first rate SEO advice. (Pat Flynn references the 40 day challenge in the niche site duel.)
Both Pat Flynn’s and Joseph Archibald’s series of posts are generating huge traffic. There are some good lessons here about how to attract people to your site with quality content.
How to Build an Internet Business
Karol Gajda of RidiculouslyExtraordinary.com has a great email newsletter, The Freedom Fighters that walks you through the steps of finding a niche, affiliate marketing, writing an ebook, getting traffic to your blog and more. It is a concise and motivational series that I recommend to anyone trying to build a blogging based business.
If you read this post within two days of posting you might also want to check out Karol’s Only72.com deal. “23 Business Courses From 23 Successful Entrepreneurs, Normally $1,052, On Sale For $97.” It is only available for 72 hours. (Again, the idea of packaging many ebooks from different authors into one discounted offering is a fantastic idea that other bloggers can learn from.)
Ramit Sethi of Iwillteachyoutoberich.com also offers a great email newsletter of content that doesn’t get published on his blog. Some of the emails are incredibly in-depth offering case studies and practical advice to earning extra money online. There is a sales pitch for his training program which I haven’t purchased, but the free content is first rate. Pay close attention to how Ramit sells his program, even if you are not intereseted. He is definitely someone who knows what he is doing.
If you read this blog you probably know that I am a big fan of interviews. I particularly like interviews that get into juicy details with practical lessons on how you can build your business or improve your life. Two great sites that I highly recommend are:
GreatWorkInterviews with Michael Bungay Stanier
There are many fantastic interviews with some huge names from all types of backgrounds like Seth Godin, Leo Babauta, Gretchen Rubin and Chris Guillebeau.
Srinivas Rao and Sid Savara interview several bloggers every week. This is a great source of ideas and inspiration for all of us struggling to grow a blogging audience.
If you know of any other resources that I have missed, please let me know in the comments.