Server Change & Viruses

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Last weekend I moved this blog to a new server. I know I lost a few comments so if yours was one of them I apologize.

Not long after the change I got a virus on my computer. That’s why I’ve been gone for the past week. And it made me have a big realization…

I had all of my business stuff saved on that computer and didn’t have it backed up.

Luckily I didn’t lose everything on the hard drive. I’m getting all of the stuff I need off of it and then it needs to be completely erased.

I was about due for a new computer anyway so I ended up just buying a new one. This time I installed DeepFreeze on it so I don’t have to worry about viruses anymore.

DeepFreeze is a program that a lot of corporations/schools and other public places use to keep their computers safe.

Thanks James!

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James Brausch never ceases to amaze me. Recently he had a 24 hour special for resellers on one of his products. In his post he mentioned that their would be a surprise included with each order.

“Big deal. He’ll just throw in some useless PLR ebook like everyone else does”, I thought to myself.

But I was wrong…

I should have known better. I’ve done business with him before and I know he’s a stand up guy. I’ve just been conditioned to not care about bonuses anymore after dealing with all the “gurus”.

Sometimes it feels like you’re a small fish swimming in a pond full of sharks. All anybody wants is your money.

I’ve been scammed just as many times as anybody else. Probably more than most. But that’s not the way James does business.

An Ounce Of Protection Is Worth A Pound Of Cure

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I just got done listening to an excellent interview Willie Crawford did with my friend Tom Brownsword. Willie was interviewing him about computer and internet security. I picked up quite a few tips on how to make my blog more secure.

Tom has been working for 15 years in the computer security field so he really knows his stuff.

He’s having a 24 hour special tomorrow on the call and a video training series on how to better secure your wordpress blog. But it’s only for people who are on his blog announcement list. I don’t get any money for recommending this to you it’s just something that’s helped me out and something most people overlook.

Regardless of whether you’re considering taking advantage of his special or not you should probably sign up for his blog announcement list. He offers some great security tips there. As the saying goes… an ounce of protection is worth a pound of cure.

Friday, Saturday, Someday: The Day That Never Comes

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“Someday, I’m going to have like a gazillion dollars. And I’m going to live in a castle. And I’m going to have my own army. Just like if I was the King of England.”

“That would be so cool. Okay how’s this one? Someday I’m going to live in a mansion soooo big that it’s going to have its own theme park in it. And I’m going to ride roller coasters all day. And eat cotton candy.”

Remember doing that when you were younger? Seeing who could come up with the coolest fantasy life. Some adults still do it. But of course their expectations are a lot lower now. Maybe you’re one of them.

A few days ago I went out to lunch with a couple friends from high school. And one of them was telling us how he’s going to open an online business “someday”. Sound familiar?

Top 100k In 30 Days!

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Today is exactly one month from the day I started this blog. The growth rate of my online business has been soaring. The results have been far better than even I imagined.

It’s now ranked in Alexa’s top 100,000 websites (according to the daily and weekly averages anyway), Google has 249 pages indexed for this blog, and according to the SEO for Firefox toolbar Yahoo reports 338 links pointing to it.

Now I’m not just saying this to brag. I want to thank you for reading this blog. You are the reason it’s a success.

I also want to thank everyone who has helped promote it in any way (whether it be a link from your blog or submitting it to various web 2.0 sites). If I have your email address check your email. I sent you a little thank you note.

What A Tripod Can Teach You About Online Business

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A tripod is defined as a “three-legged stand” in the Webster dictionary. Kick one of those legs out and what happens? It falls.

This isn’t exactly rocket science but failing to recognize this can have a devastating effect on your business.

Similarly an online business is held up by three “legs”. Knock one of those legs out and you’ll be part of the 98% of people who fail at making money online.

Anyone familiar with James Brausch already knows his magical formula to success. In fact, he has it in the header of his blog. Here it is:

traffic + copywriting + products = successful internet business

Now let’s go into detail in each one so you understand why each one is so important. The first “leg” we’ll go over is the most controversial one.

Products

The Best Blogs You’ve Never Heard Of

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In my post about Entrecard I mentioned that they have some great blogs there. I wanted to highlight a few that really stood out to me. So here they are:

Collin LaHay’s Mixed Market Arts - He has an interesting case study on the effects of being on the first page of Digg. He also has some tips on how to get there.

Sam Freedom’s Internet Marketing Controversy Blog - He has his own controversial version of the SEMMYS. If you like controversial marketing you love this.

Marco Richter’s MarcoRichter.net - He has a 25 post series on the 25 best ways to increase traffic to your blog. This is an awesome series. I picked up some great tips from this one.

Walt’s Walt Wide Web - He highlights the Ten Differences Between Those Who Dream And Those Who Act. If you’re business is not yet were you want it to be this is worthwhile to read.

How To Get One Way Links

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Targeted traffic is the lifeblood of any online business. One way link building is an important strategy to increase link popularity and therefore search engine page rank. A high search engine page rank is essential if you want to benefit from free search engine traffic.

The Importance Of Authoritative Sites

To increase link popularity, it is important to get one-way online links from older, authoritative sites that have content relevant to your website’s content. One of the easiest ways to do this is to research the highest traffic, most credible sites that deal with related issues or which have a similar theme and find those which have online communities.

This strategy immediately gives you back links from an authoritative site. You can generally encourage other members to visit your site as long as you are not marketing products or services to them. You may be able to link to a helpful article on your site or to offer free downloads of helpful website tools.

Traffic Experiment Results: 308 Visitors In 6 Days

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For the past 6 days I have been doing a traffic experiment. I’m very pleased with the results so far. My blog received 308 new visitors. My RSS readership increased. I’ve been getting more comments on my blog. And I have advertisements that will be running on 20 other blogs over the next few days.

Where Is All This Traffic Coming From?

You’ve may noticed that small advertisement over in my sidebar. It’s and advertisement for some other blogs.

It’s for people who are part of Entrecard. Entrecard is a place were blog owners exchange business card like thing called entrecards.

This is the way it works. You visit blogs in the network and you get one credit for each card that you drop their site. You also get one credit for each card that someone drops on your site. Then you use those credits to buy adds on other peoples blogs (like the one on here).

You Comment I Follow

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I want to thank you for commenting here the past couple days. And as a reward I decided to remove the nofollow from my comments.

So post a comment or send a trackback. I dofollow.

Thanks

- Aaron Anderson

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Most Online Businesses Fail For a Few Very Good Reasons

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Want to know the exact formula I used to waste 2 years of my time and about $10,000 on my so called business. Check out James Brausch’s article How to Feel Successful.

- Aaron Anderson

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rssHugger: Increase RSS Subscribers?

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Let me start this post off by saying that I have NOT used rssHugger yet. If you’re interested in hearing what it is keep reading. But if not then this post isn’t for you. Normally I wouldn’t make a post about something I haven’t tried but in this case I had to. You’ll have to keep reading to find out why.

rssHugger is an RSS directory. It was created to help blogger promote their blogs.

The way it works is after you get your account all set up you are listed in their directory in a few categories. But what makes this directory different is that there is also a top 100 list. The feeds are ranked by whoever sends the most traffic to rssHugger and it is reset each month.

Concerned Someone Is Scraping Your Content?

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Are you sick and tired of all the automated software that scrapes content from your blog and posts it on their own without linking back to you?

Wish there was a way to prevent this?

Well there is. And Collin LaHay shows you how.

- Aaron Anderson

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