Making Money Online – Information, Ideas, and Reviews

Sep 19,2007

How’s that for a catchy headlline?

A new site launched today that is doubly good for those of you out there wanting to make money online. The site is called DealDotCom. DealDotCom is a site that features a new product each day at incredible discount prices. However, the products are all focused on the topic of Internet Marketing and making money online. They sell items that will help you save time and money during your ventures.

The second benefit is that they also offer an affiliate program. This means if someone signs up under your affiliate link, you earn 35% of the sale! Even better is that it is a 2-tier system, so if your friends refer people you also profit from their sales!

Either way there are great deals to be had. Today deal features Easy Member Pro – Unlimited Site Licenses for only $148.50. This is a huge discount considering they are selling their product at their site for $297.

The catch is that deals only last one day, or until the inventory has been sold out. So you have to decide quick if you want or need the daily product!

Sep 18,2007

Free Traffic for your BlogHow do you make a blog (or any other website for that matter) successful? Well, it all starts with traffic. Driving traffic to your site is the most important element of securing customers (or readers) and making money online.

Yesterday a new service was just released that helps blog owners get free traffic. The service is called BlogRush. BlogRush works by adding a widget to your blog that shows headlines of other blogs. The benefit is that for every impression your blog shows of these headlines, one of your blog headlines gets shown on another blog. It’s a win win for most bloggers!

What else is great about this is that it is an affiliate program too. For every person you sign up, you get second tier impressions. This means that if the person you refer shows the widget x number of times on their blog, you receive even that much more exposure to your blog!

You can see it in action on the sidebar to the right. So sign up today . . . . it’s free!

Sep 17,2007

Text Link Ads Free $100 in Links

Want to promote your site so that people will come and buy your products? One great way to do this is to buy text link ads on other sites to drive traffic. Purchasing text links has a great impact not only from the people that click on the link and visit your site, but also from the benefits you receive in search engine rankings.

Text Links Ads is the best place to find relevant sites to place your advertising. They have a huge database that you can browse by topic to purchase advertising. They are better than the rest because when you purchase an ad, your actual URL appears on the publishers page as opposed to an encrypted link like other publishing systems. This ensures you get the benefit of the link for search engine rankings.

Text Links Ads is running a promotion which gives you $100 in free links. Sign up for an account (It’s free and only takes a couple of minutes) and check out their listings.

If you already have a website, then you may be able to sell links yourself and make some great money on your site! I will cover in another post how to use Text Links Ads on your site to make more money.

Sep 16,2007

You may have heard me mention AuctionAds a few times already in the posts I have made, and you might be wondering what it is exactly. Well, to describe it simply, it is a way to post dynamic listings from eBay on your site. Why would you want to do this? To make money of course!

You make money as an affiliate to eBay. For every sale that is completed through an item that was clicked on via one of your AuctionAds, you receive a percentage of the fees eBay charges.

Below is an example of AuctionAds in action. I used the keywords “iPod Touch” when setting it up so it should display relevant ads.

If you would like to set up an account of your own, you can get $25 deposited into your account instantly when signing up! Sign up today and start making more money on your site!

Sep 15,2007

Today I discovered a kit you can buy that will help you make money if you decide to start your own blog. It is called Blogging For Dollars. If you are looking for a way to earn some extra income from home, while you are going to college, or if you are still living at home this is a great resource! Best of all, for a limited time this offer is free!

Blogging for Dollars Blogging Kit

This offer includes the BlogToolKit 4-Step Success Program, Instant Traffic and Writers Guide, Make Money With Google Set, and Your Own Blogger Website!  The initial kit is free, plus shipping and handling.  Shipping and handling is $1.97, but I can tell you a quick trick to get the shipping and handling for only $.99.  Here is what you do, when you are on the site, simply try and close the window.  A little box will pop up asking you if you really want to leave, say no and stay on the site and they will automatically reduce the offer to you to $.99. Enjoy!

Sep 14,2007

As if AuctionAds hasn’t had enough bad press lately with disappointed customers.  It seems that they had a PHP leak recently that could have exposed their whole system.  You can see a writeup about it over at adClustr who experienced this first hand.

Sep 14,2007

As you know from my previous post, I recently purchased the site for $10 with the hopes of turning it into a revenue producing site for me.

Step one in this process was to redesign the site. The purpose of redesigning the site is to 1) make it more visually appealing, and 2) to blend in more advertisements that will hopefully make me money. Here is what the Tiger Army site looked like when I bought it. And this is the Tiger Army site now with the redesign. However, I did not reinvent the wheel here, I used the design I had for another site of mine about Secondhand Serenade.

So, the real question is how are we going to make money? For starters we are going to include Google Adsense on the pages. I have also included an affiliate link to Amazon for various Tiger Army Albums. And lastly, I am using AuctionAds to display some eBay auctions on the Music page. I will be discussing AuctionAds in more detail in a later post.

The next part of this case study will involve linking the site, discussing SEO, and submitting to search engines.

Sep 13,2007

I have been thinking about this blog for a long time. And during that time I have read numerous other blogs that have inspired me. One day I read a great motivational tip that I am going to share with you. Research suggests that if you discipline yourself to follow a regimen for 20 days that it will become habit. No longer will it seem like work or effort since it is now simply part of what you do. This applies to dieting, exercising, and in my case blogging about making money online.

I have decided to commit to myself and my readers that I will post at least once per day for the next 20 days to form this great habit. Here we are on day 3!

Sep 12,2007

Ok, I am not just going to write about how to do things online that can make you money, I am going to give you real world examples and allow you to follow along with me and my techniques to see if they are successful. This is not only going to be my journey, but hopefully yours too!

Today is my first example. One of the ways I have learned over the past year and a half to make money off of sites is to purchase an existing website and retool it with a better design, better ad placement, and a little promotion to try and make my investment worthwhile.

There are various places to purchase sites online which I will blog about in a later post. However, the place I found this particular site is the V7N Websites for Sale forum.

The site I bought is a site about the Psychobilly Rock Band Tiger Army . Here is what the site looked like when I bought it: Tiger Army website – I bought the site (including the domain name) for only $10! I couldn’t resist even though I really don’t have that much time to work on it. However, blogging about my progress will motivate me to report back to you the steps I will take to retool the site and try to get it to make me some money. Stay tuned for updates, and please feel free to ask any questions in the comments!

Sep 11,2007


I am very excited that you have chosen to read my blog. And I am very excited to be able to write for you. In case you don’t know me, I am going to give a brief history of who I am, what I do, and the purpose of this blog!

First off, my name is Sean. I have been designing websites for 12 years now and have been in the “business” of web design for 10 years. My web design company is called Darwin Studios. You can view a sampling of my Atlanta web design portfolio if you wish to see some of my work. This has been a very successful venture for me the last couple of years, but it has still not gotten to the point where I can quit my day job and support my family.

This brings me to the reason I am starting this blog. I have learned over the years that I can make a decent living designing sites for other people, but I don’t know if this path will ever lead me to financial independence. Because of this, I have been on a quest for knowledge about how to create sites for MYSELF that can make ME money too instead of just my customers. All the while I will continue to design and develop for businesses.

This blog will focus on my journey to achieve financial independence by making money online using my own websites. This includes creating sites that use Google Adsense, Text-Link-Ads, Commission Junction, and other affiliate publishers.

I have already been doing this sort of thing for about a year and a half and have already come a long way (for me anyway). I plan to share with you my successes, secrets, and ambitions on this topic as well give you hard numbers as to what I am making on certain ventures to help you along with yours. In particular, I will tell you monthly how much I am making on this blog and how it was earned. As of today, I have earned $0.00!! In fact, I am $8.95 in the hole for registering my domain name 😉

Please feel free to comment on any article. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. And if there is anything in particular you would like me to discuss please let me know!