660. Blood sugar not too bad, but will be good after walking this morning downtown. It’s cold outside - near freezing. I should burn the calories.
661. Modified Artist’s Way
One habit I’ve abandoned is the morning pages a la Julia Cameron. Bad me.
As a major component of The Artist’s Way, you start your day by turning out 3 handwritten pages of stream-of-consciousness words/rant. I call them snot pages. It’s about getting the junk out of your system.
I want to use the junk to lay an outline for more serious work instead of putting the words aside.
662. My AAI System
663. My Take - Money Blog
If you have done any affiliate marketing, much of this is old hat, but valuable. Why? Because he dismisses gimmicks and tricks to help you create an authority blog.
1. Learn how one guy earns a full time income through a Wordpress blog.
2. Forget cheats and tricks and work within the Google rules.
3. Not a job, quick money, or a passive income.
4. He uses a go-slow approach with content creation as a focus and getting organic traffic from Google.
5. You want to be the expert or authority in your niche.
6. You will have to build a website (Wordpress blog).
7. The value you provide is unique content.
8. Affiliate marketing process:
9. The author covers the usual setup topics which I will ignore here. Look online at YouTube for anything you could ever want to know about setting up Wordpress, choosing a niche, and joining affiliate programs.
10. While there are free options for everything, even domain names, you will want a .com domain and professional hosting. (I have tried many - Hostgator, Hostmonster, iPage, 1&1, and more - but find A2 the best for the money.)
11. Any website can be made profitable.
12. For any of the tech needs of setting up Wordpress, YouTube has thousands of videos that will save you time. I know book writers want to include everything, but YouTube works best for me.
14. Core plugins (my recommendations):
15. Keyword research is also better left to YouTube. I recommend getting to know how to use the Google Keyword Planner. It’s free.
16. On page optimization best practices to rank your pages higher in the SERPs:
17. Article structure for a basic article:
18. The best way to brand your authority blog is by creating excellent content. Create unique, interesting, and insightful articles.
664. Native Advertising
One thing you may have noticed is that virtually all major websites, from news organizations to entertainment, use native advertising as a way to monetize their sites in an unobtrusive way.
A long tradition developed by classic direct marketers is the advertorial, either in print, online, or an online video.
Taboola is the king of the hill in native advertising. I used it years ago, but it is no longer available for small publishers. Both Taboola and Outbrain only work with very big sites that get a ton of traffic. You won't get approved unless you have 500k visitors a month.
665. New Business Strategy
I am returning to my roots - content marketing.
All of the shiny IM objects and shortcuts have taken me away from my favored marketing strategies.
VA - Vietnam:
666. A quick note about the reviews on this site: I am an affiliate for every product I review. The vendors of these products give me them without charge in order for me to test them. However all my reviews are done as honestly as possible and I make no promises to the vendor prior to writing my review. Should you click a link on this site that takes you to a paid product this link will be an affiliate link and I will be paid a percentage of the sales price should you decide to purchase that product.
667. Article Marketing:
1. write base article 500 to 1000 words saved as a page
2. post on your main blog or in an appropriate one
3. find a YT video to insert into the article
4. use Linkify to add affiliate links to text
5. use add to any on page to promote
6. load article into Content Professor
7. spin sentences
8. spin words and phrases
Reboot Your Life With A Stoic Blueprint
Three main areas of life: health, wealth, and relationships.
All three areas are intertwined. Improvements you make in any one area will improve your life in the others.
Rebooting your life is where positive thinking can be detrimental to your wellbeing. All of your life you have been told that positive thinking will get you through any hardships on the way to personal nirvana
IBMs may not have enough years left on this Earth to fall victim to pollyanna thinking. In the words of Ronald Reagan, “Trust, but verify.”
As with New Year’s Resolution, we all tend to be overly optimistic when making goals, and we downplay possible obstacles. You may not have the right mindset to succeed. You may not being managing your life. You might be focusing on the future instead of what you can do today.
Stoicism as a philosophy is all about action. What can I do now? What is the next action I need to take to advance my life theme?
To rebuild your self-image takes action.
You must resist the people in your life - relatives, spouse, co-workers - who take pleasure in destroying your image. Critics are seldom right beyond the surface. What they attempt to do is modify your behavior to meet their needs, not yours.
Our struggle with self-image revolves around our juggling of hundreds of negative emotions. Identifying where a lifetime of these emotions has left you is the first step to change.
You have to see yourself as you truly are, then visualize how you want to be in your remaining life.
Many IBMs are stuck. We can analyze where we are in life. Old subconscious messages keep you in fear.
You have been kept in place and failed to construct the life theme you desired because somebody (authority figure) decided you didn’t deserve it. And we all swallowed that turd whole.
Your self-image is in need of a reboot. As IBMs, we are victims no more. And, we’re not done yet.
An IBM Reboot is more than about self-image. It’s about Stoic reality. Action.
A good place to start is with honesty for yourself, and transparency and compassion for others. Stay true to what you know is right. Accept that you have flaws and you are doing all you can to move beyond them.
Critical Steps For Reboot
1. keep changing
2. take responsibility
4. take risks
5. be kind to yourself
6. create beneficial relationships
7. get rid of negative influencers
Building Your Life Theme
1. visualize your path
2. What is it that you want?
3. How would you live each day if you knew it was your last?
4. What self-beliefs are holding you back?
5. What’s on your bucket list?
6. What kind of person do you have to be to fulfill your life theme?
7. What are your life theme values?
8. What obstacles do you need to overcome?
9. What would you have done differently?
10. What will you do differently from this day forward?
11. What primary character defect has been holding you back?
12. What character trait must you develop to achieve your dream?
13. Where would you like to spend the rest of your life?
14. Who would you like by your side during this journey?
15. What interests are you compelled to continue?
As an IBM (Introvert Boomer Male), I am dedicated to maximizing my health, wealth, and relationships while enjoying life. Before the end of the year, I will return to the life of perpetual travel.
My “goal” is to be on the road by my birthday - September 14th. I’m laying my plans online to give me social media accountability. I have started many reboots without success, and I’m getting too near the end of life to keep giving up.
Like many people, I suffer from best laid plans syndrome. Most people limit it to New Year’s Resolutions, but I prefer starting on my birthday as my fiscal year. I am giving myself until my next fiscal year begins to clean up my blood sugar, get back to walking and the gym, and to create an online recurring income.
Therein lies the problem. Too many goals. The problem is the list. Each of these objectives are hurt by not concentrating on one objective.
Without creating a full-time recurring income, I cannot pursue perpetual travel except on a Peace Corps subsistence level. My one big thing for 123 days will be to master affiliate marketing.
Now, that will mean many things. Review sites. Mailing lists. SEO. Video marketing.
I find myself in a situation where I am a less than adequate caregiver. My time gets usurped by the needs of others. What this means for me is that I am shifting my most productive work hours to early morning.
As long as I awake sometime between 3:30 a.m. and 5:30 a.m., I can muster 3 to 5 hours of work time without being interrupted.
Most corporations get about a 5-6 hours of actual production each day out of employees. I plan to have that under my belt way before lunch. This way, no matter what life throws at me, it’s already been a good day.
I do a ton of reading in local bookstores - Barnes and Noble and Books-a-Million. I consider them the public libraries. (I do have coffee to pay “rent” on the books I scan.)
A number of recent reads focus on the one thing that should guide your life. Multitasking does not work, and dreaming about 10 major goals is like chasing 10 rabbits at one time. You won’t catch any.
My life theme is to become a perpetual traveler again. My preferred lifestyle is waking up in a new city every few days. With any luck, there’s a new woman waking up with me.
The one thing this requires is a full-time online income. You need to be able to work from anywhere in the world with a wifi connection. Another priority is building a recurring income with a membership site of my own, or as an affiliate promoting membership sites of others. Or both.
Any health and relationship goals are not ignored, but without the income, those are severely hampered.
Streams of Income That Appeal to Me:
1. affiliate marketing
2. article marketing
3. review sites
5. writing books
6. list marketing
7. membership sites
Developing full-time anywhere, anytime income usually requires multiple streams of income, but I need to develop them one at a time to not lose focus. Also, if you want to be a blogger, you have to monetize with selling your own products or those of others.
I’m not saying don’t develop multiple streams, but just develop additional streams for now as needed to contribute to the main job.
Technically, you don’t need a list to sell affiliate products, but a stupid mistake is to not create a list from day one. You don’t have to sell anything until you are ready. What you do is find like-minded fellow travelers to share information in your niche.
I have been creating too many blogs and not developing what needs to be my personal focus: iPerpetualTraveler
That one blog should be enough to keep me busy forever. For the next 123 days, I will put my other blogs on curated growth so they don’t go stale.
Affiliate marketing is the ideal way to start your journey to perpetual travel. Eventually, you want to create your own products - books and membership sites - to gain control over your own destiny. But you want to learn online marketing by promoting other people’s goods and services. Make your mistakes on someone else’s dime.
Knowing what to do is important. Knowing what not to do is maybe even more important.
What I should avoid:
1. creating unrealistic “hard” goals that concentrate on results instead of the process
2. not including breaks and fun in the routine
For example, as a writer, I would sometime put a minimum target of writing 2,000 words per day minimum. Some days, it’s not going to happen. Suddenly, you’re a “failure” instead of missing an artificial number.
If instead, your goal is to improve your main blog or website every day, you will keep the search engines coming back to index the changes.
Introvert Boomer Male Reboot
I sat down and wrote about everything going wrong in my life. I was unhappy with my career. I felt like I should be doing something I loved every day.
So I reinvented myself as a person who creates new sources of income.
All my life, I had tried to be creative, but I kept trying to force that creativity into something that would generate money instead of just being creative just for the sake of it.
And, as I was writing things down, I realized I had forgotten to be grateful for the good things in my life.
It was as if my brain had been exiled from all the wonderful things that had happened to me to make me who I was.
From that day I started to change. I realized that I was an amateur. I had spent my life pretending to be something I wasn’t.
“As a result of the inescapable forces of automation, paid labor is in decline everywhere.” ~ Charles Hugh Smith
The number of jobs created by technology is miniscule compared to the number of jobs being lost.
For example, driverless trucks will lead to a loss of over 750,000 long haul truckers within 10 years.
In the past, think of classified ads. How many print jobs at countless newspapers have been eliminated by ebay, CraigsList, and Monster.com?
And today I'll show you one of the easiest (and quickest) ways I've seen to create new income.
"You can be flexible in the hours you work, the services you provide, where you work from, and the clients you choose to work with.
Emphasis on the words "you choose."
I chose this lifestyle three years ago when I realized that my core personal values were having the ability to travel, immersing myself in new cultures, and surrounding myself with people who inspire me.
I left behind a life of misery to pursue my dreams.
As a natural helper, I found that this "job" offered me the freedom and flexibility I needed to turn my life around. (I may have been inspired by James' book, too.)
After three years, I have honed my skills and become successful at what I do. My first year I netted $23,000 (part time). My second year: $37,000. My third year closed at $47,000.
My fourth year is a few months in and I have already surpassed last year's income. It's set to be a good one."
Relying on a single income stream didn't work for me.
Every day, be creative. Creativity is a muscle.
Only be around people you love and who inspire you.
Health is the most important thing, else your body today won’t let you enjoy tomorrow.
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