6 SEO Myths That Prove We’re All Idiots





Humans will do anything to look smart and competent. Comedians like Jimmy Kimmel feed off of this propensity for hubris. And then we all benefit from it. Try it for yourself sometime. Go up to a random stranger and ask, “Do you think Bill Clinton gets enough credit for ending the Korean War?” (HINT: He wasn’t old enough to be President of the United States during the Korean War.)



Ironically, this behavior often exposes our ineptitude.

SEOs and bloggers are no different. We want to look like experts so bad we bullshit our way into corners all the time

Here are a few ways SEOs B.S. themselves all the time and really make themselves look like idiots.

1. Do What These Massive Brands Are Doing

When I was a kid, I played the game Lemmings. Often, I’d get bored with a particularly difficult level and just set up traps for my lemmings rather than rescue them. I’d watch them all follow the digger to hell and then hit the nuke button.

The fact a lemming is bigger and healthier looking than the other lemmings doesn’t change the fact it’s a lemming. That lemming still might be heading for a cliff.

Big brands aren’t always wise sages, especially when it comes to SEO. Think of it this way: a bigger brand has a much wider margin of error than you do. If they make a mistake, they can bounce back when you might splat at the bottom.

You’re also assuming their HR department knows what they’re doing when they hire SEOs and web designers. Often the philosophy of “throw money at it to make it grow” doesn’t work. And that’s exactly how some big brands function once they get the big cash.



Don’t be a lemming, seek real advice.

2. SEO is Snake Oil

Ok, SEOs typically don’t say this. They wouldn’t make any money this way.

But I’ve heard it from Google employees, bloggers, and anyone who just doesn’t want to do the work of ranking well. I even had a friend from YouTube tell me this, backpedal, and then say, “well, it’s just that the target is constantly shifting.”

There’s a lot of surface-level SEO information out there. And while it’s not exactly snake oil, it’s often not enough to have any real impact on your SERPs.

SEO is like psychology. It’s a soft science.

We can’t peak into the box and know what’s going on but we can observe the effects. Sometimes Google will give us a heads-up, but often we’re scrambling to patch holes after the fact.

This can make it seem like SEOs are behind the curve, but they’re more in the know than anyone else. It’s not an exact science, but it’s not snake oil either.

3. Worry About Keyword Stuffing

Seriously? What year is this? 2012?

Can we be done with the keyword stuffing thing yet? No? Well, I guess we gotta slay this beast while we’re here.

Sure, keywords still matter a *little* bit. But here’s the bite: they gotta be so natural, even you don’t see them as keywords.



Google’s RankBrain is now all about user intent. It’s so important to give users what they’re looking for that keywords almost don’t matter anymore.

Where Then Are Keywords Relevant?

Until our language goes fully pictographic, search engines will continue to take keywords into account. And you should definitely research a keyword to put in your title tag.

Otherwise, just be natural (grammatically correct, and concise, and…well, content is king, right?).

4. Content is King

Aw, what? Didn’t I just say content is king? Yeah, yeah, I know, plot-holes, right?

But this myth is just like the “write what you know” rule in writing. People take it, run with it and have no clue what the hell they’re even doing. And then they end up writing boring crap because their life is so boring.

Novice bloggers do the same thing with content. If you write it, they will come, right?

Wrong. You need more than just content (even great content) to make the SEO wheels turn. We’re looking at links, tags, design, usability, speed…

Yeah, content is just an important piece of the puzzle, one you can’t do without. But it’s not the end-all of SEO.

5. Links Are a Dead Horse

I’ve said this before, but the internet is — drumroll please — a network! Without links, you are just a powerless tool in a sea of well-connected and well-dressed geniuses.

It’s just that, like keywords, and content, links are only one step in many to get you to the SERP prize. No, don’t put a billion links in, but don’t ignore them either.

Don’t go buying links for cheap either. Negotiate for access to high ranking sites instead. And again, be natural.

6. Google is Penalizing You

I only cried once in Hockey. I’d just come back after time off from a broken ankle and I was reckless on the ice. I almost whacked someone in the throat with my stick. I ended up in the penalty box a teenage mess because I had lost skill.

Google’s algorithms aren’t referees. They’re a content elevator. When one site drops in the rankings, it’s because of a change in the algorithm they weren’t ready for. It also means another site was ready (knowingly or not).

There is no Google algo penalty box. There are referees at Google, but Google actually notifies you on the Google Search Console when you’ve violated their Webmaster Guidelines.

Talking about SERP rank changes like hockey penalties only serves to malign Google and cause confusion.

Don’t Be an Idiot

Humility is an underrated quality in our society. I’ve found that when you admit ignorance, you’re rewarded with knowledge.

Only idiots pretend to know eveything. If you’re on the SEO struggle bus, seek help. Your SERPs will thank you.

 

5 Ways to Make More Money with Your Next Webinar





Webinars are still one of the best ways to build a mailing, engage with a live audience, and convert users into sales. While we aren’t seeing the massive influx of webinars everywhere like we were a couple of years ago, they are still being used by some of the top marketers and brands in the world today. However, running a webinar and being able to make a full-time living off them are two completely different things. If you want to find success with online marketing and running webinars of your own, you need to use all of the same webinar services and methods the big players are using.



By implementing the following five tips for your next webinar and marketing efforts, there is no doubt you will see improved engagement, conversions, and ROI across the board.

 

1 – Create ONE Really Great Webinar and Use it Over and Over Again

If you’ve ever had to speak at a conference or create a PowerPoint slide for a class or work project, you can start to imagine how much work it takes to create a great webinar. In addition to having amazing visual content, you also need to keep the attention of your audience and know all of your speaking points as well.

Knowing all of this, you should also realize the importance of having ONE really great webinar template and message that you can continually use time and time again. Not only will this save you time, it will also make you a better speaker and presenter in the process. The more webinars you run, the better user engagement and conversions you will continue to see.



2 – Automate and Replicate Whenever Possible

As great as webinars are, they definitely can take a lot of time to create, schedule, run, and market. The good news is that there are ways to automate and replicate the process.

Also, take note that LIVE webinars with real Q&A at the end of the session will almost always perform better. However, with time being an issue for everyone, if you can record one of your best webinars and set it up for automation and renewing for new attendees daily, this is a great way to multiply your earnings and lead generation, without having to dedicate 2+ hours per day to running live webinars time and time again.

3 – Make Sure You have a High Ticket Item to Sell

If you’ve ever attended a webinar before, the process is usually the same. It will start off with the webinar host sharing their personal story and going over a problem or obstacle they’ve had to deal with. At the same time, it’s important for the host to relate to the audience and their common obstacles as well.

The majority of the webinar will cover these topics and different success stories as well. The remainder (or closing) of the webinar will then show a solution, and then follow up with a salesy promotion on how to get access to such a solution.

Webinars are great for selling high-ticket items, because anyone who has spent the past 30-60 minutes attending and listening, are more likely to take action than anyone else who might randomly come across your $997+ product. Once you’ve mastered the process, webinars are simply one of the best ways to make the most of your site content, over and over again.

With all of this in mind, it’s also important to make sure you price your offer right. The most effective webinars and online marketers will usually offer something in the $497 to $1997 range, as this will allow them to invest a decent amount of money in the webinar promotion process. If you have a product that is priced too high or too low, you could end up losing money.



4 – Have a Separate Mailing List Just for Webinar Attendees

In addition to making money from a webinar, they are also great for building mailing lists and collecting leads as well. Whether you are generating new attendees through site content, SEO, social media or paid advertising, this is going to provide you with a fresh list of data that really wants what you have to offer.

Many webinar solutions will also make it easier for you to send out mailings to your attendees, and reminding them of your upcoming event. At the same time, these lists can also be used for future promotional mailings, updates, and upcoming webinars as well.

Even if you only convert a small percentage of your webinar attendees into paying customers, you will still have a nice list of subscribers to follow up with and nurture over time.

5 – Remarket to Your Webinar Subscriber on Social and Display

The best marketers and brand in the world today know how to effectively market their products and services. We’ve already gone through the many different ways to get users to subscribe to your list and joining your upcoming webinar, but what about after your event takes place?

There is still plenty of money left on the table at this point as well. After your webinar is done, make sure you send out a few more mailings to your subscribers and see if you can get them to take action. This can all be done by taking your current email list and importing them into another third-party advertising platform.

Remarketing is also a huge factor in grabbing additional sales as well. Before your webinar goes live, you can set up a remarketing campaign through Facebook Ads or Google Adwords, reminding users of your upcoming event. Then you can also run another after the event takes place. Remarketing is one of the most effective ways to increase sales, while only spending a few dollars in the process.

Webinars are Still Huge Cash Cows. Get Started with Your Today!

Now that we’ve broken down the key points on how to create a successful webinar campaign and make some serious money, the ball is now in your corner.

Do you currently have a product or service to sell through an online webinar? If not, start thinking about the different ways you can implement webinars into your marketing strategy — whether that be through improved branding, pre-sales information, or any of the methods we highlighted above.

The bottom line here is that webinars are extremely effective and they are here to stay.

 

To PPC or Not to PPC





Many marketers think SEO is better than PPC. Is it really? No. They’re just different. Each piece of your search marketing strategy should have a different goal. It should hit people in different parts of the sales funnel, as I’ve mentioned before. What I didn’t go into detail on was where in the funnel they would hit.



So today, I’m going to clear this up. Let’s get started.

PPC

Search engine marketing usually refers to PPC. At least it does these days. Originally, it referred to both SEO and PPC together. So PPC + SEO = SEM.

So anytime you see a piece of content mentioning SEM, it could mean PPC or both PPC and SEO. Confusing, isn’t it?



Where does PPC fit into your campaign? Statistics show that only somewhere between five and ten percent of searchers click on PPC ads. Yet these ads in the SERPs have a higher conversion rate.

For many marketers, this probably doesn’t make much sense. And once I explain it, you’ll have a better understanding of why PPC is so important.

New businesses don’t need to focus on PPC. This strategy is all about sales and less about brand awareness. If you want brand awareness, which as a new company you definitely should, stick with social media to get eyes on your content.

PPC is for the big boys. The brands that have an audience and a trusted product. Once you have that, people will immediately click on your link. They know it and they trust it. No one hesitates to click on a PPC ad from Nike. If they’re clicking on a Nike link, they’re looking to buy shoes right then and there.

The same goes for any major brand. So if you have a trusted, household name product, then PPC needs to be a major part of your strategy if you’re looking to increase sales.



SEO

To build a brand and show potential customers that you’re an authority in your industry, use social media first and on-page SEO.

It takes months to see results of a proper campaign.

Social media is pretty much instantaneous, which is why it’s so effective. You can get your content in front of millions of eyeballs in a matter of minutes.

As your company grows and people know your logo and what it means, you can use all three strategies in tandem. This is why new businesses struggle with inbound marketing. They simply don’t know where to start and where to put their marketing dollars.

The Bottom Line

PPC should be last but it should also be a large part of the budget. A social media specialist, especially an independent contractor, will be some of the best money you ever spend.

It will help to increase brand awareness, show you are bringing value to customers, and help build an early online reputation.

Your SEO game is somewhere in the middle. I’m going to spend some time writing about that in my next post. Thanks for reading and I hope you look forward to my next post.

 

Arbitraging.co Crypto Arbitrage Platform Concerns, Tutorials, and Results with the Abot





A little while ago a friend told me about an arbitraging platform that was, “too good to be true.  Just put money in and watch it grow”.   He put $60,000 dollars into the platform and in only 2 months it was now worth $100,000 dollars.  I called bullshit and threw out everything at him but he said he could withdraw at any time and it was “risk-free”.  I still called bullshit.



But I tried it out with a small amount…  to my surprise it does “just work”.

Arbitrage is not new or rocket science.  By definition, arbitrage it is the profit from a market imbalance.

In the crypto-coin world, there are many exchanges where the same coins are exchanged (bitcoin, ethereum, etc).  This platform has a bot and it simply looks for differences in prices in these exchanges and then makes a trade to make a profit.



Think of it like this.  You see in the newspapers that 2 different places are selling & buying bananas.  At groceryA the banana is $1.00 and at groceryB the banana is $1.10.   You can simply purchase at A and sell to B and profit 10%.  That is all arbitrage is.

The stock market has been traded by bots for more than 20 years.  The crypto coin world is in its infancy and it makes sense there is such a huge opportunity.

If a system is only buying and selling for a profit than it is risk-free.  In theory at least.

So I have been using arbitrage.io and telling all my friends about it.  For newbies and even people familiar with the crypto world, it’s not very easy to set up.  And I am very tired of walking people through it.  So I decided to make videos and direct people here.

These videos are simply about the abot.  They have many other features that I will include as I learn.



I will start with my concerns about the platform:

Now for my tutorial:

 

And the results so far (I will update this once a month or more):

 

How to Choose Affiliate Products





In one of my recent posts, I touched on picking a product or service to use for affiliate marketing. It should be something that you have both used to your personal satisfaction and believe it can help your readers solve some of their problems. This is ideal, but there are many other factors to consider. The first thing you want to do is choose a niche. Then build out your site to see how it looks. Write some starter content and build your readership. Only then should you start to consider what kind of products you can or should offer.



If you’re on the fence about what kind of products or services you want to use on your blog or niche website, here are a few tips for you to consider.

Choose a Network, Not a Product

Individual companies don’t really care if you get paid. In fact, I personally know some affiliate marketers who have been ripped off by companies.

When you choose a network, such as Shareasale or Amazon, you get paid all the time. There is no argument. If you sell the product, you are compensated according to the terms and conditions of the program.



Many people think that money is guaranteed when you get into this hustle, and then they find out there is no such thing. Picking a solid network with a decent reputation can help keep you from getting burnt.

Sell Less, Make More

It’s easier to tell a hat than a lawnmower.

Let’s say you get a 5% commission on the hat. Each hat retails for $12.99. This puts your cut at $.65 per hat. To make $100 a week, you need to sell 154 hats. Sounds like a lot of work to me.

What if you also get 5% commission on a lawnmower. It’s one of those real spiffy zero-turn things that cost about $4,000. Selling just one mower will get you $200.

Do you see the point I’m trying to make?



The best affiliate marketers are selling a mix of items. Some cost thousands of dollars and others cost less than twenty bucks. Blending in the quick selling and the big-ticket items together on the same site can keep income rolling in consistently.

Make Multiple Sites

My mentor, who taught me almost everything I know, has over two dozen affiliate sites. He’s semi-retired, hasn’t made a site in years, and still pulls in over $100k per year from his sites.

He doesn’t worry about things like SEO. He outsources it to a company like Register It.

While I always tell people to make multiple sites, I don’t recommend making them all at once. You need to find that winning formula. Build sites until one sticks and then take some time to research and find out why it is successful and your other sites are not.

Then you can start cranking out site after site. Find that winning formula, then duplicate. It’s as simple as that.

The Takeaway

Picking the right affiliate offers is one of the hardest parts of affiliate marketing.

At some point, I’m going to write a post to talk about how to properly interlink to your content that contains these offers without looking spammy.

But for now, go out there and do some research. I definitely recommend starting with Shareasale or Amazon. They’re good networks, you always get paid, and they offer a wide selection of merchandise.

 

Cities Where Millennial Entrepreneurs Are Likely to Thrive





Being originally from farm-town USA, I understand the woes of being a connection-less entrepreneur. People don’t understand your mindset. They don’t get why you don’t want to marry your high school sweetheart and take over the family business. Why would you ever leave these fields of dreams? Don’t you want to be buried here? While I went through a Country phase in high school, tractors and cow shit aren’t really my thing. I prefer mountain trails and artsy cafes. Which is why I’m a freelance writer and not a farmer.



This is why the Northwest United States is now my home. I get the beauty of the Cascades and the opportunities to network all in one place.

If you’re looking for a city where opportunities abound, I’ve got the goods. It may not be my city (although two PNW cities are on this list), but I guarantee that any one of these cities will give you ample opportunity to network and enhance your career.

What Makes a Great City for Young Entrepreneurs?

I’ve lived in various small cities around the country and one thing I’ve realized, they all wish for young leadership while pushing young people out of their cities. Where do young people migrate to when small town USA decides they’re not welcome? Cities.

These cities are full of fellow young Entrepreneurs aged 25-35. More young people in these cities have at least a bachelor’s degree and many of them have gone on to earn professional or graduate degrees.

The Millennial unemployment rate is atrocious at 12.8 percent. The unemployment rate for Millennials in each of these cities sits at 10% or lower.

Another metric to consider when looking at entrepreneur-friendly cities is the income to rent ratio. If you’re just starting out as an entrepreneur, you may not have much money. Even the show Silicon Valley overinflates what small band of entrepreneurs could afford in the valley.

You want a city where rent and bills don’t eat up all your income.

The last metric to consider is the number of start-ups recently born in the area. One of the first cities on the list is prime to be the next Silicon Valley.



1. St. Petersburg, Florida

Home to MoneyHoarder.com and a host of other online startups, St. Petersburg is a growing and hip metropolis. With Tampa and some lower-priced suburbs nearby, rent is fairly cheap compared to Silicon Valley.

The greater Tampa Bay Area is listed as one of the top places for women to start a business. In our current culture of misogyny, this is an important aspect to consider.

St. Pete’s is still small enough to create an easier atmosphere in which to network and yet it’s growing at a phenomenal rate.  It’s the fourth fastest growing job market in the U.S.

On top of all, you get to hang out in a hip downtown full fo grunge and hipster bars and cafes. The beaches are chill and the party almost never stops.

2. Alexandria, Virginia

Just across the river from D.C., Alexandria recently became the place entrepreneurs fled to after realizing D.C. was too expensive. All the power brokers are there.

Alexandria is in the top ten in unemployment rates in the country. And they earned a top-20 spot for small business loans and diversity.

Property prices are cheaper than across the river in the District.

Biggest downside? If the nation’s capital gets hit by a nuclear attack, you’re screwed. Other than that, the small city feel of Alexandria will attract Millennials who are sick of city congestion and expense.

3. Austin, Texas

Austin once tried to outlaw Uber. They succeeded for a while, but Texas said no. And yet Austin is known as a Millennial haven.

It’s the 11th most populous city in the United States. Almost 20% of that population is between the ages of 25 and 34. This is one of the most Millennial-populated cities in the United States.

Known just as much as Portland, Oregon for their brunches (with a Southwest touch — hot sauce, anyone?), you’ll leave your office and encounter food carts and hip bars galore.

Why else would you want to move to Austin? Well, Texas is one of the few U.S. states that don’t charge personal or corporate income tax. This means you will only have to worry about Federal income tax come April.



4. Boulder, Colorado

Once known as yuppy capital of the U.S. and the birthplace of 4/20, Boulder has grown up a little bit. Often when you have a major research University nearby, things look up for local entrepreneurs.

If you move to Boulder, you’ll find a Techstars accelerator, and an entrepreneurship and innovation center. Median household income is around $70k and the average rent for a single family home (not an apartment like in the Bay Area, mind you) is $2,204. And unemployment is at an all-time low.

You’re only 30 minutes from Denver and just an hour from some of the best skiing in the world. And if Boulder is too big for your liking, you could move to Lyons and commute 30 minutes.

If you love trails, you’ll have your fill and find plenty of people who just love the outdoors. And it’s one of the most educated cities in the state with 60% of people owning a bachelor’s degree or higher.

5. Ann Arbor, Michigan

Having grown up in Indiana and Michigan, I always thought of the east side of Michigan as the ghetto. And Flint hasn’t done much to bolster that image. But Ann Arbor is worlds apart from Detroit and all it’s famous for.

While I’m biased toward several cities on the west side, Ann Arbor is still ranked #1 in Michigan for entrepreneurial achievement. And my love of Notre Dame doesn’t dampen the fact that the University of Michigan has helped change the landscape in Ann Arbor for local residents.

6. San Diego, California

A major U.S. port that features a massive Naval Base and the San Diego Zoo, San Diego is mainly known for it’s tourism and mild weather. The latter is a major perk for anyone wanting a great place to chill. But what makes San Diego so great for Millennial entrepreneurs?

Tijuana. Across the border is a less regulated world of tech startups where you can get your app or program developed for a third the price. Plus, you’ll learn some Spanish just by being near Mexico.

And if you’re looking for a more affordable place to live in California, San Diego hit the spot. While places like La Jolla and Del Mar might be prime for luxury real estate, you can find cheaper land out by the North Park and South Park neighborhoods in San Diego for a fraction of the price.

San Diego isn’t up there with Austin as far as the rent to income ratio, but it’s nowhere near the insanity of Silicon Valley.

7. Ames, Iowa

If you’re one to get vertigo just looking at mountains and cliff-side villas, then Iowa might be your destination city. It’s home to Iowa State, the first land-grant university in the United States.

About 60k residents (half of which are students), Ames, Iowa features a population of 20-35-year-olds in the 30% percent range.

Almost 50% of the population owns a bachelors degree or higher making their children of the corn possibly the most likely to succeed. And the town itself features the Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship.

The Papajohn Center calls their entrepreneur network the Entrebold network. They believe correctly you need to be bold to be an entrepreneur and they want the people in their network to act boldly.

They feature weekly and monthly events for entrepreneurs, bringing in speakers and putting on workshops.

8. Seattle, Washington

While possibly more young people live in Portland, Oregon, Seattle still takes the cake when it comes to entrepreneurship. While only 16% of this buzzing metropolis is between the ages of 25-34, the number of young people who’ve earned a bachelor’s or higher wins over Portland, Oregon.

And with major corporations like Microsoft and Amazon nearby, there’s plenty of opportunity for seed money for virtually any tech venture.

As far as environment goes, you’re only a 30-minute drive from the Cascades and world-class trails. Just go west and you’re in the Olympic National Park on the Olympic Penninsula.

The People Make the Place

Really, it’s not the city or the location but the people who make a place entrepreneur-friendly. If the entrepreneurs in a city aren’t already working together to attract more business, then a city won’t be attractive.

Where have you found success in bringing entrepreneurs together? Let me know in the comments below.

 

6 Things Small Businesses Should Outsource





There is a freelancer for almost every industry in the world. In this country alone, they make up about one-third of the workforce and that number is expected to increase to more than 50% in the next ten years. There are dozens of platforms online to help you find these workers. All it takes to find the right person for the job is a few clicks of your computer mouse. As an entrepreneur, you likely want to try to do everything. But with this horde of independent contractors all looking for work, why not focus your time and talents on your skill set? Which of course, is growing your business.



Delegation is part of the process of owning a business and growing it. You can’t scale if you’re trying to do everything yourself. Here are 6 things that small businesses can and should outsource to make their lives easier.

1. Accounting and Payroll

Taxes, invoices, and time sheets, oh my! Does this sound like a good time to you?

It shouldn’t. Because it isn’t a good time. You’re a busy person trying to get a startup off the ground and you’re going to try to do the accounting and payroll work yourself? Don’t be silly. There is only so much work one person can handle.

Accounting firms are really good at what they do. They know about tax laws, write-offs, and all sorts of ways around red tape. Sure, they’re going to cost you some cash. But in the end, they’ll end up saving you a ton of money and you’ll be thankful you made this move early on in the game.

2. Web Design and Development

Websites are a big deal. You can’t really open or operate a business without one. This is the digital age. If it doesn’t exist on the internet, it might as well not exist at all.



And if you’ve been doing your research, you probably know you can make a WordPress site with relative ease. You pick a host, a theme, and then you just create some content. Easy, peazy, right?

Not so much. If you’re taking your new company seriously, you want the best website you can buy. Luckily for you, finding a freelance WordPress developer who is out there building really nice websites at a reasonable rate can be relatively easy. You just need to know where to find them.

3. Content

Writing blog posts can be fun. But do you really want to spend your Friday and Saturday nights sitting in your office and racking your brain trying to think of headlines?

Proper outsourcing is all about delegating your weaknesses. Unless you’ve done a lot of writing in the past, know a ton about keyword research, and know how to properly do internal and external linking, you might want to leave it to a pro.

Finding a content writer is likely one of the easiest contractors to find. Sites like Problogger and Blogging Pro have job boards that are specialized. They are just for clients who are looking for writers. And writers know about them. In fact, most pro writers check these boards daily. Problogger and Blogging Pro aren’t the only ones around, but they’re definitely two of the most popular. I recommend giving them a shot. You’ll probably have a writer working for you in less than a week.

4. Administrative

Scheduling your own meetings and appointments isn’t just a hassle. These are the kind of tedious tasks that can make or break a new company.

Before you try to do some hiring, check out sites like Upwork, where you can find a Virtual Assistant. No more dealing with an assistant who isn’t getting the work done. These folks only get paid for time spent actually working. Expect to pay about $15-$20 per hour, but the bright side is that you don’t have to cover any benefits.



Some Virtual Assistants are so good you will wonder why you’re not having to pay them more. Interview your candidate just like you would a normal employee and find the person who’s right for your business. Ask for a portfolio and references and try to get a feel if they are actually interested in what your company is doing.

5. Marketing

Digital marketing agencies are all over the place. You probably never realized just how many are in your area until you started your company.

The reason they’re so abundant is no one wants to know about marketing. It’s one of the hardest parts of any business, not just new or small ones. Trying to do this all on your own, especially if you don’t have any experience, can cost you tens of thousands of dollars a year in lost revenue.

A great agency will be able to handle your email promotion, your social media, as well as your SEO.

Some even offer content packages.

Before you make a decision, you definitely want to spend some time vetting and researching agencies. Scammers pretending to be legitimate marketing agencies is a real problem. Start with tapping into your personal and professional networks to see if anyone has any recommendations. Then go online to look at reviews to help narrow down your list.

6. IT

More than half of all companies outsource their IT. The reason for this is based around cost. It’s way more effective to outsource your IT because many firms can scale as your company grows. The cost of hiring IT professionals for a startup is usually going to be higher than it’s worth.

But you do need someone to watch over you like an angel. This is what IT firms are all about. They help protect you from hackers and will help deal with technical difficulties.

Conclusion

I know this feels overwhelming. It was probably not too long ago that you were developing your app or prototype late at night in your basement while your family slept soundly. You worked into the wee hours of the morning and then had to go to a day job with hardly any sleep.

If you can make it through that phase, you can make it through anything. But you shouldn’t try to do it alone.

Hire the best and brightest people you have ever met, but outsource the tasks that are outside of your skill set. In the end, you will save money, have fewer headaches and stress, and have a small army of independent contracts that will have your back when you need them.

 

Thinking About Affiliate Marketing? Read This First





Anyone who reads blogs on a regular basis probably knows about affiliate marketing. If you’re a new blogger, you’ve probably considered becoming an affiliate marketer. Ads, especially if you’re just starting out, aren’t going to bring in much income. You could build a digital product, but without any traffic, you won’t make any sales.



So for new sites and people just getting into the hustle, affiliate marketing is definitely the way to go as you build trust and authority in your niche. Here are a few quick tips for those of you who have yet to get started but are tinkering with the idea of building a niche website or you want to monetize your blog.

Focus on the Audience

If you’re all about sales, your readers will pick up on it. Instead, put your focus on helping people. Affiliate sales are all about quality products that you have personally used and recommend to readers. This is really the purpose of affiliate marketing and why so many bloggers have had success over the years.

As a blogger or website owner, you are an influencer. People trust other people more than they trust companies. Just be real.



Play the Long Game

This is not a get-rich-quick scheme. Google has seen to this over the years. They no longer let people create and promote “churn and burn” websites to make a quick buck.

The best case scenario is your site will see some Google rankings in about 6 months. This gives you plenty of time to create amazing content and research the right products for your website.

If you want to speed up the process a little, you can spend some time on social media. Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter are great resources that can get early traffic to your new website if used properly.

Outsource Your SEO

Many website owners have fallen victim to themselves. You can research SEO all you want but if you aren’t an expert, you are playing with fire.



Building the wrong links can get your whole site de-indexed by search engines. If you want success with Google, then you need to play their game. And no one knows the game more than the pros. Reputable businesses like CloudRock SEO Agency can make all the difference.

A great agency will take a lot of hassle off of your plate. This will allow you time to focus on building out your site, researching products, and writing great content.

The Takeaway

I can spit out affiliate marketing tips all day long. But these three are all near the top of the list.

Building out your site or blog requires a ton of work and patience. I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to sit back and take a deep breath on occasion.

It’s tempting to check your sales and traffic a hundred times a day and honestly, it’s normal. We all did this for the first few months. But the sooner you get yourself out of this habit, the better.

Find your niche, find your groove, and be prepared to work hard.

 

Scam or Totally Legit Business? What You Need to Know About Multi-Level Marketing





I grew up watching my mom jump from one multi-level marketing business to the next. She was a stay-at-home mom who needed a hobby. It began with blocky 90’s jewelry and ended with Longaberger Baskets. I saw various things fill my parent’s shelves from candles and stamps to useless cooking utensils. My mom recently tried to give me some Longaberger baskets when I complained my shelves were empty.



For my mom, MLM was a social opportunity. She had friends who wanted to buy stuff from her. And she got to throw parties at their houses (more fun cause you don’t have to clean up after).

But if you’re actually trying to make money, is multi-level marketing really worth it? Or is it a “pyramid” scheme like so many claim? Let’s take a closer look.

The Basics of Multi-Level Marketing

Alright, let’s banish the idea of the pyramid scheme. A pyramid scheme is illegal in the United States. A pyramid scheme relies on investment rather than product sales. The Ponzi Scheme is a good example.

While some multi-level marketing businesses have a history of shady practices, they aren’t usually intentional scams. And, as long as a company is selling a legitimate product to the public, in the U.S. they are a legit business.

Where Does the Name Come From?

The biggest incentive to get others to join you in an MLM business? You get some of their money.



When you recruit someone into an MLM business, the company often awards you a percentage of their profits. This is the multi-level aspect of MLM. The money flows upward and the lower you are on the totem pole, the less you make.

But the more people you have under you, the more you make. You get a higher percentage of overall profits the more people you have below you.

The higher you are on the totem pole, the more you make as well. It’s pretty easy to see why people might get this mixed up with a pyramid scheme. The structure still mimics a pyramid.

Benefits of Multi-Level Marketing

Most MLM businesses draw people in by pointing out how little they need to invest. Get started for only x dollars, they say. They’ll point out that you become your own boss and you make your own schedule.

And it’s all true.

The Entry Bar is Comparatively Low

But the biggest benefit of MLM is the low cost of entry. Even the most expensive businesses like Lularoe ($5,000 worth of merchandise? No thanks…) don’t require much compared to the overhead of a typical small business. A franchise itself could cost upwards of $100,000 and you might need a net worth of over $500,000.

There are a ton of MLM businesses who charge way less than Lularoe. Some have an entry fee of $500 or less.

The Mentorship is Inherent in the Program Itself

Just because the person above you is profiting off your sales doesn’t mean they don’t care. In fact, the better you do the better they do. It’s a win-win scenario if they want it to be.

It’s how the best MLMs grow rapidly at first. If the product is a great one, they then remain stable after a time.



Those above you can help you set up your marketing, answer questions, and even some companies feature regular meetings for their sellers.

You will succeed only if you have the best support from above in an MLM. You don’t want to be caught out alone not knowing anything about marketing.

The Marketing is Social and Simple

My wife bought into the Lularoe craze for a while. She didn’t sell, but she bought…a lot. One of her favorite sellers had the best marketing strategy out of most Lularoe consultants.

She had two platforms and kept them simple. She built a blog and she created a Facebook page. She put all her efforts into these two platforms. And it yielded results.

She is still strong and selling two years on when many consultants have fallen away.

If you enter an MLM, be sure to learn how to build a blog. Getting your storefront to the top spot on Google will help you immensely in attracting customers.

Then focus on one social media platform. With Facebook’s live video platform, it’s easy to attract customers there. But you could use Instagram’s similar features.

My wife’s consultant would use Facebook’s live video feature to host online “parties.” She would showcase clothing live and people could live-claim the clothes as she went along.

You can make quite a small living from MLM marketing if you’re willing to treat it like a business.

A Few MLM Negatives

Unfortunately, some MLMs begin as a fad and then fade away if they don’t pivot. Lularoe is a great example of this. They rode the wave of popularity until they couldn’t. Then they shrank and many sellers went out of business.

Only the sellers with the biggest audience continued once Lularoe pivoted away from cartoonish prints. The rest were stuck with inventory they couldn’t sell for full price. They ended up discounting their wares drastically just to get back some of what they gambled.

Most people don’t turn a profit in MLM because they treat it as a hobby rather than a business.

My advice for success in an MLM? Create a business plan and stick to it as much as you can. Pay for good marketing. Build a blog. Then build an audience.

 

Top 3 Reasons Local SEO Should Be Your Focus





Lately I discussed SEO and why you need it for your small business. Brick and mortar shops need SEO, sure, but more than anything they need to think about what kind of SEO they need. It’s just three letters but it’s a broad term, with dozens of different strategies and methods to get the best results, which of course vary from business to business and city to city.



The answer for most of you is going to be local SEO. Here are my top 3 reasons why local SEO should be the focus for new and small businesses trying to get noticed on the web.

1. Least Time-Consuming

I did local SEO for a small business last year. With just three hours of work, I managed to have them ranking number one for their brand name in less than a week. Not bad for a brand-spanking-new business that was being run out of a guy’s apartment, eh?

If your greatest resource, time, is severely limited, then put your focus on the local rankings. This will save you a ton of time and you can outsource the rest of it.



You can spend all day researching and implementing SEO. I know because I’ve done it. If you’ve got a local business and you’re trying to get your name out there quickly, local SEO is what you want to focus on in the here and now.

2. Local Eyeballs

For new businesses, you should value and cater to your community.

You go to church with these folks. You shop at the same grocery stores. Your kids are on the same sports teams.

These are the people who will help to support your new company the most, especially in the beginning. You want their eyes on your site and your content.

3. Get Mobile

The number one rule of marketing is to hit the right person with the right offer at the right time, right?



Making sure your business is at the top of Google rankings in 2018 is how we’re hitting people at the right time.

Your local SEO is going to dictate just how well you rank on mobile. One of the biggest ranking factors is going to be your site speed. If you want to get a leg up on the competition, that’s a good place to start.

Getting to the top of Google’s rankings is just one of the major benefits of local SEO for brick and mortar businesses.

Unfortunately, this isn’t really an option anymore. Google has already rolled out this plan. Mobile marketing and local SEO working together can be what puts you where you want to be and help to make you and your business a ton of money. Play Google’s game and you will likely be rewarded.

Conclusion

The above reasons should be more than enough for you to place local SEO high on your to-do list.

If you don’t have the time to do it yourself, you can outsource it to a reputable agency for probably just a few hundred bucks a month. If you do have the time, then get on it.

If you have any questions, feel free to leave some comments below and I’ll do what I can to help out. Thanks for reading.

 

How to Deal With Entrepreneurial Debt





According to everyone around you, debt is normal. The average American household owns $139.5 thousand in debt. School and housing loans make up a large chunk of that number for each person.



Even if you’re not among the highly indebted, as an entrepreneur, you’re told to spend. Even if you don’t have the money, you’re supposed to miraculously attract customers with outbound marketing, SEO services, and expensive video production equipment.

At every turn is the temptation to go into even more debt. While some debt might be unavoidable, there are ways to handle your debts in such a way as not to drown.

1. Destroy Any Other Previous Debt

If you’re already drowning in debt, it may not be the time to invest money in a business. If you’re hoping for a business loan, you need to have good credit.



Most people are only in the “fair” range (on average, a 695 credit score) when it comes to their credit. You’re not going to get a business loan if your credit isn’t excellent.

The first step? Check your credit score. Most banks give you a running estimate of your credit score. And you can get an official credit report from two agencies once a year.

This report is detailed. You will understand where you have the most debt and how to fix your score.

Create a plan to start paying down debt as fast as possible.

2. Be Wise About Your Loans

In 2008, foolishness got a lot of homeowners in trouble. They bought into variable loans because the interest rate was so low. But once rate skyrocketed, they could no longer afford their homes.



If you don’t do your research before going into entrepreneurial debt, you could lose all you’ve worked for. It’s easy to settle in a decision. You go to a lender, they say “yes,” you feel you’ve won, and you come away with a crummy loan.

There is a reason nearly half of all businesses fail. They take on too much debt or they take on the wrong debt. And even if your business fails, guess what? You’re liable for that debt no matter what.

It’s like if you take your pet to a veterinarian for an emergency and your pet dies. Do you think the vet is going to just forgive your debt? Nope. Same with the bank.

3. Always Consider Other Options

Ask yourself, do you really need to start your business this very moment? If the answer is “no” then why not save up the money rather than have to pay it back?

Some might say, “well, I’m miserable in my job and I want to launch out in a venture.” That’s fine, and if you’re miserable, please quit. There is no reason you should feel trapped in a job ever.

But in the meantime, between when you quit your job and when you launch your venture, there are ways to stay happy, motivated, and avoid massive amounts of debt.

I have a friend who quit his job and started a game design business. He found people willing to fund his passion without string attached. Eventually, he launched a successful Kickstarter. He’s now traveling the country and going to conferences.

It’s entirely possible to start a business without debt. You just have to be creative and patient.

 

Not Getting Any Bites? Try These Five Marketing Hook Tactics





Fishing without the right bait is pointless. You’ll sit there on the shore or rocking back and forth in your boat all day hoping for some action. Marketing isn’t much different. If you put the wrong bit of content or information for the wrong niche, no lead is going to follow. What is a marketing hook? It’s a sample, something to give your leads a taste of what they’re missing if they don’t click.



For fish, this means the food they already consume on a daily basis yet better looking. For leads, it means the media they consume on a daily basis yet more entertaining or interesting.

Here are some tactics that might help you reel in those leads.

1. Command Their Attention

Babies and marketing campaigns are killed by passive voice. You don’t want either to happen to you, do you?

This is why it’s crucial you use a commanding and active voice in your marketing hooks. If your hooks sound like they rolled off the tongue of an academic, you’re in the wrong field.



57% of leads have already made up their minds before reaching your hook. The other 43% need a nudge.

Commands such as “Try!” “Do!” “Feel!”  compel people to act.

Here are a few examples:

Give in to your cravings and buy [insert delicious sale item]

Watch this!

Stop wasting your money!

2. Show Them a Better Future

Dissatisfaction is your friend. In 2017, only 33% of Americans said they were happy.



If over 75% of the population is dissatisfied, then it’s your responsibility to satisfy them. You merely need to find out what better future they crave.

What does your product or content do that will improve someone’s life? Hook them with a tutorial or an entertaining look at what they could be if they bought your product or clicked on your link.

3. Find That Pain Point

Sometimes people need to feel uncomfortable before they decide to make a change. Often they’ve been uncomfortable for a while and the solution just hadn’t presented itself.

This is where your hook comes in. You remind the lead of a problem they have. It needs to be fixed immediately.

Create a video that speaks to this. Write an article that solves their problem in part. And if they click the link, they could solve their problem permanently.

4. Show Off What Others Have Said

90% of consumers claim that a positive review will influence their buying decisions. A sincere, positive, and voluntary testimonial or review could be the perfect hook to bring in leads.

But be careful with this one. Your testimonials need to sound and be genuine. Otherwise, your leads will pass you by with nary a glance.

5. Show Them Value Upfront

You want to avoid sounding “salesy.” There are ways to present value and there are ways to present value.

When spouting off dollar amounts, you sound like a car salesman. Instead, show them what they could have if they clicked through to your product or content.

Ask yourself, how can you help your customers? That’s where the value of your product or content lies. Don’t sell specs or even the product. But hook them with how the product will solve a problem in their lives.

 

What Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Shakespeare





William Shakespeare — king-killer, gender-bender, master of pun — ran one of the most lucrative businesses in the British Isles. Playcraft. It is a miracle that he (or she if you believe certain theories) did not wind up hung by the neck for roasting the king on multiple occasions. But he made a pretty penny doing so. To understand Shakespeare’s attitude toward business, you merely have to look into his plays. He wasn’t big on the leadership at the time and he said much about ambition. Yet the overall themes prove quite useful in guiding a young entrepreneur in his path toward success.



1. Don’t Assume You Know All the Facts Before Making a Decision

When you’re young and in love and the world seems to be against you, you’re stupid. You may not realize there is a Friar meddling in the affairs of your family. You may not see his scheme to use you as a pawn.

When you first start out as an entrepreneur, you have all the force of passion found in Romeo and Juliet’s relationship. Instead of a woman, you’re in love with an idea. That idea is success.

Be careful. Your passion may blind you. You may not see those hidden fees attached to funding. You may not fully understand the contract you’re signing.



2. (Mis)Communication is Everything

I know what you’re thinking. Literally, every play in the history of mankind hinges on communication. And you’d be right.

But something about how the Bard crafted his narratives gave them the power to endure for 400 years. And there is much ado about communication in his plays.

In the play, Much Ado About Nothing, the characters understood how to wield (mis)communication effectively.  Don John uses miscommunication to (attempt to) undo the marriage of Claudio and Hero. Hero’s father uses miscommunication to shame Claudio after he disgraces Hero. And Don Pedro and company use (mis)communication to convince Beatrice and Benedick they (love)don’t hate each other.

If you’re a wise leader in your newly minted company, you can use both communication and miscommunication to influence others. All truly successful entrepreneurs are masters of communication and influence.



3. Beware Hidden Influences

As you can see, Shakespeare creates characters wise and dumb in the ways of human emotion. Both Beatrice and Benedick in their hatred (love) for each other are mildly dumb in the ways of human emotion and thus easily susceptible to outside, hidden influences.

Don’t be Beatrice and Benedick when it comes to your business. The excitement of a new venture could make you blind to events, factors, or even malicious actors trying to take advantage of your emotions.

4. Always Fix Your Mistakes or Else

Don’t Puck up. But when you do, don’t Puck up again. Fix your mistakes the right way.

Oberon meant the love potion for Demetrius and not Lysander, but Puck couldn’t keep the two straight in his head. Oberon tried to rectify the mistake by giving Demetrius the love potion too and this created a true comedy of errors.  Both characters fell in love with Helena and fought.

This is a comedy. Of course, Oberon fully rectifies the situation in the end.

Relying on others is a must in most business situations. Sometimes they will fail you. Perhaps they’ll mess up your SEO. Plan for this or even avoid it completely by hiring a reliable SEO company.

Don’t let other people’s messes become your messes. Plan ahead for eventualities.

 

If Your Head is in the Cloud Don’t Get Hacked





Al Gore didn’t invent the internet, but he did create Google’s secret Al-Gore-Rhythm. All jokes aside, ever since Al Gore didn’t invent the internet, network technology accelerated at light speed. We went from 56k dial-up to fiber quicker than the industrial revolution invented cars. This also means that network security needed to evolve just as fast. At times, it didn’t stay in step with the revolution. The cost of cybercrime rose and everyone freaked out. This is not an overstatement. Cybercrime cost businesses in the United States over $17 million in the fiscal year 2017.



If you’re jumping onto the cloud bandwagon late (better late than never!), it’s time to make a budget for security and keep your data safe. Here are a few tips.

1. Is [Your Password] Secret? Is it Safe?

Roaming half-hobbits might not be around to steal your passwords (or your rings of power), but cybercriminals might be. The first step in keeping any network secure is creating a strong password.

It’s the end of the second decade of the 21st century and people still use passwords like “123456” or even *gasp* “password.” Don’t be a 21st-century idiot. Create a strong password and be sure anyone with access to your cloud server does the same.



Use an encryption key and make your passwords extremely strong. If you need to remember your password, encrypt something you can remember well. Yes, it takes an extra minute to encrypt the password, but your cloud data will be more secure this way.

Multi-factor Authentication for Added Security

The second bastion of cybersecurity is multi-factor authentication. How does the network know you are you? By something you know and something, you would have on your person and sometimes something that’s a part of your person.

Companies like PayPal and Google and most online banking systems use multi-factor authentication. It’s becoming the bread and butter of cybersecurity.

Your password is the thing you know that you should not have on your person. Your phone is the thing on your person. And your fingerprint is the thing that’s a part of your person.



The most secure cybersecurity would involve all three. But to save time, companies like PayPal have gone to full biometrics thanks to advances in mobile versions of this technology. And be assured, no one is coming for your fingertips. They would need a living finger to unlock your PayPal account.

If your cloud service doesn’t use biometrics, that’s ok. Like most bank accounts, if your service does have two-factor authentication, you will give them your phone number. They will text you a code and you will enter the code to access the cloud.

Often, this happens randomly. Sometimes you will use a password, other times you will use the text system.

2. Backup! We Need Backup!

As my computer engineer friends tell me, there is no way to completely secure your data from catastrophe. Choosing the cloud over physical hard drives won’t save your data in the case of an asteroid strike or a massive solar flare from the sun.  But you can at least backup your cloud data and keep it accessible in case of a network blackout or a smaller disaster.

Backup your cloud data on several physical drives and keep in them in several secure locations. This will ensure that most of the time you’ll have access to your data as long as the world doesn’t end or the entire technological human infrastructure doesn’t collapse.

As you adopt cloud technology, stay wise. Do your research and keep abreast of cybersecurity trends.

 

5 Great Ideas for Making Money with Bitcoin





 

Unless you’ve been living under a rock lately, then you have likely heard about Bitcoin and how a lot of people have made big bucks off it. And I mean big, with some people turning a couple hundred dollars invested a few years ago into hundreds of thousands recently. Not a bad return, right?



So, you are probably wondering how you can do the same thing? Well, you might have heard people saying that the only way to make money with bitcoin is to get in early. As it happens, those people are both right and wrong – but luckily, they are mostly wrong.

What people mean when they say this is that it’s too late now to invest in bitcoin at a shockingly low sum – say, like, just pennies or a few dollars. However, that doesn’t mean you’re out of options for earning money with bitcoin, even if you don’t want to invest in it exactly! Read on to learn more about bitcoin and how you can use the spike in bitcoin to your advantage.

What Is Bitcoin?

Let’s start with the absolute basics…



You’ve likely heard bitcoin being referred to as cryptocurrency or digital currency. As it happens, there are other types of cryptocurrencies that have cropped up, especially in the wake of bitcoin’s popularity. However, bitcoin so far remains the most successful and the most powerful. Still, that hasn’t stopped people from investing in other types of crypto in hopes that they will turn into the next bitcoin and yield equally big – or even bigger – returns.

Bitcoin comes from a process called mining – a complex algorithm that requires a powerful computer to complete. It takes a lot of time, effort, and power to even mine a single bitcoin. It truly depends on the computational power being used – and a lot is needed. Still, there are numerous bitcoins gained through mining every day.

There are certain things that distinguish bitcoin from other, more traditional, forms of currency. This includes its decentralization, limited supply, immutability, divisibility, and more. But of course, what most people reading this will be most interested in is how it can make you money!

Ways to Make Money with Bitcoin

Now, let’s get to the real reason you are probably reading this post in the first place – You are wanting ideas and tips for how to start making money with bitcoin!

Okay, here you go:



You’ve probably heard of people investing in bitcoin as this is one the most well-known and discussed ways to earn bitcoins. As mentioned earlier – there are those who got into the currency for not much more than the spare cash in their pocket and hit it big. However, the time for that has largely passed. It’s far more expensive to get into bitcoin this late in the game and you aren’t likely to see those massive returns like the people who invested years ago. This makes buying and holding a non-option for many people, but this is absolutely still a very viable way to make money from bitcoin. Relatively speaking, we are still very early in the whole evolution of crypto, so there is still plenty of room to get in now and cash out big later. Remember, you don’t have to buy an entire bitcoin at a time. You can buy a portion of one to start, make a little money, and continue investing your profits back in to buying more.

  • Build and Manage a Bitcoin Faucet of Your Own

By building and managing a bitcoin faucet of your own, you could earn up to several hundred dollars monthly, which could be multiplied by who knows how much if you continued to invest that back into BTC. The process involves paying out small amounts of your bitcoin to users (which is done automatically). However, you will be gaining a lot more revenue by ads that you can place on your website. Interest piqued? Here’s everything you need to know to get started.

  • Start a Website Explaining Bitcoin

For most people, bitcoin (and digital currency in general) is a difficult concept to understand – but just about everybody and their dog is asking about it right now, how it works, and how they can get in on it. Well, why not answer their questions? Start a bitcoin information site and explain the basics of the elusive cryptocurrency to your users. At the same time, generate your income from affiliate offers and ads you place on your website!

Getting started on this method will only cost you a little bit of money in startup costs, but it will pay off in the long run!

The internet is filled with a seemingly infinite amount of opportunities to post content and people who need writers. Many companies will pay you (quite well) to write content that promotes services and products. Believe it or not, you can even find websites that will pay you in bitcoin to write things for them, such as blog posts and articles. Another option is to start your own blog, which sort of ties into the option above, and place ads on it. You can accept bitcoin as payment for those ads. Basically, if you know how to write well, then you have opportunities to earn bitcoins via writing.

This is what you might call the “holy grail” of making money through bitcoin and is the oldest way of doing so that I know of. There’s no doubt that many people have achieved immense success with bitcoin mining. Remember, bitcoins are created by solving complicated algorithms. Miners are awarded with new bitcoins as they are created and transactions completed. At first, bitcoins could be mined using a home PC.

Nowadays, it’s not even nearly as easy as it used to be. Mining has grown to be quite difficult, and the algorithms have exponentially increased in difficulty. Now, miners need a specially built mining rig, usually more than one, and/or they must join a bitcoin mining pool to harness the computing power of several devices in order to make it worthwhile. Even then, the returns are not as great as you might expect – certainly not what they once were, but it can still be a good option if done correctly.

Get Earning!

As you can see, there are plenty of ways to make money using bitcoin – and these are just a few of them – there are many more. But remember, the profitability of bitcoin was at its greatest if you got into it early on, so the longer you wait, the less your return will likely be! It is rising quickly and becoming more mainstream every day. So, what are you waiting for? Get started on making money with bitcoin today!