Who Wants To Make Money Right Now?...Yes, Right NOW!

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Okay, if you're bored, have nothing else to do and want to make some quick
cash without a ton of work, and WITHOUT having to wait for EZA to approve
your article...give this a shot. And the beauty of this little money maker is
that there are so many niches to choose from that nobody will get in another
person's way...not really.

Here it is...step by step. It shouldn't take you longer than an hour...tops.

Step 1 - Go to Google Hot Trends.

Here is the URL:

Google Trends: Oct 12, 2008

You will notice a TON of hot trends there, so there is plenty to choose
from. These are keywords, things and people that are getting mass
searches RIGHT NOW. It will tell you the last time it was updated. Right
now, as I am writing this, it was updated about 50 minutes ago.

Step 2 - This is the part that takes a little research and most of your
hour. Look for items that you can monetize, either through selling a related
affiliate product (preferably Clickbank as it's easy to sign up) or through
Adsense.

You have to use a little imagination for the monetization part. For example,
right now, one of the hot trends is nascar results. Now, a lot of people
into nascar are into stuff like hats and shirts and other memorabilia. You
can monetize this either through Adsense ads that sell this stuff, or, if
you can find an affiliate program that sells this stuff (won't be Clickbank)
you can sell a few items yourself. Take your time on this part of it because
if you don't monetize this carefully, the next steps are going to be for
nothing.

You also want to do a little keyword research for this to make sure you're
not going up against a million sites. The newest hot trends, especially if
they've never been hot before, will have very few competing sites.

These are the ones you can cash in on quickly.

Step 3 - Get a blogger blog and name it something that fits the niche. It
isn't the best choice but waiting for your own domain and hosting will
not get you up and running quickly. So start with a blogger blog and if
you see it's taking off, you can always move everything to your own
domain later.

Step 4 - Write an article on the subject matter and put it on your blog.
If you are selling an affiliate product, make sure you have a link to it at
the end of the article.

Step 5 - Go to sites like Digg and dig your article. Do this with as many
sites as you can.

That's it.

Total time for this whole thing is one hour, more or less.

They don't all come up winners, but I have hit on some big money makers
when I picked JUST the right hot trend.

It's kind of like playing hit and run at the stock market. Yes, it's risky, but
it's the quickest way I've ever seen of making money when it works, which
for me is about 40% of the time.

Like I said, if you've got nothing to do (and that's the key) and you can
blow an hour in your day, or just want to take an hour to have some fun
(yes, this can be a real thrill ride looking to see if your site takes off) then
I don't see the harm.

Are there better ways to make money for your business? Of course there
are, but as I said, this is for when you want to kill some time and still
make a few bucks besides.

My best blog earned me over $500 in one day for a hot trend that lasted
for almost 24 hours. It was a very big news story from about a year ago.

Anyway, thought I'd throw this out there for a Sunday afternoon for those
of you who aren't into football and are tired of BSing with their Aunt
Matilda.
#internet marketing #make #money #nowyes
  • Profile picture of the author Danielle_B
    That is sheer craziness.

    I like it.


    ~D, Livin' on the Edge...
    • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
      Originally Posted by Danielle_B View Post

      That is sheer craziness.

      I like it.


      ~D, Livin' on the Edge...
      It's crazy and it's a lot of fun.

      I do it expecting nothing but when it takes off, it's wild to see the money
      start coming in on stuff that, quite honestly, I don't understand what all
      the fuss is about.

      Half the stuff that these people are searching for I don't even know what
      it is and can't for the life of me figure out why they even give a rat's ass.

      But the point is, they do, so why not capitalize on it?
    • Profile picture of the author websitemoneynow
      great blog , capatalizing on current events and trends is a great way to go
    • Profile picture of the author Dick Doe
      Originally Posted by Danielle_B View Post

      That is sheer craziness.

      I like it.


      ~D, Livin' on the Edge...
      Right, we should buy more and more beer for Steven so that he continues to spill all the 'secrets' for free like this

      I have gone the Digg route many times but never thought Google trends could be such a great money maker!
  • Profile picture of the author Razvan Rovinaru
    Thanks for sharing, will give this a try

    Actually I've used a variation of this method before, but I chose the PPC way because there usually isn't any competition for hot trends keywords and the bids are low - it converted pretty well, so I'll try the free route too - should be fun.

    Cheers!
  • Profile picture of the author Steven Fullman
    I'm thinking of changing my sig to:

    "Thanks Waggers!"

    ...seems to be all I write these days anyway.

    Steve
  • Profile picture of the author ahuddy
    Awesome Idea, thanks for sharing with us all!
  • Profile picture of the author itblogger
    Thank you for sharing. A great post.
    But that will be better if you give more examples about what you have done with this method.
    • Profile picture of the author nichewebstrategies
      Thanks for the great idea, Steve. Curious though, at what rate does your blog page you setup get indexed in Google so that folks can find you when they do a search for these keywords?

      Is the premise of the idea to use social bookmarking to drive traffic rather than search results?

      You have peaked my interest. Can you elaborate a little more?
  • Profile picture of the author Clare Moser
    Great Tips Steven. Thanks for sharing!
    • Profile picture of the author kcgeorge
      Thanks Steve, i can't remember not clicking on your threads or posts whenever i see it. You are just one in a million Internet marketers...
  • Profile picture of the author Terry Brazil
    Nice post Steve. I have done some things like this in the past however I did not do to much with digg and social networking sites. Instead I wrote press releases. There are quite a few places that allow you to submit press releases for free some of which will even get you on Google News.

    If you can put yourself in the right frame of mind and think like a reporter you can do rather well. Of course your press releases do not get approved right away and can sometimes take you a day or so.

    A few years back I had a press release that was about Satellite TV For PC Pro and the possible effects that it could have on the cable / satellite industry. It made me thousands in affiliate sales within a week or so.

    The best part about doing press releases or even digg, etc... is that you do not need to write about a hot trend it simply has to be controversial.
  • Profile picture of the author darrenw
    Great info...Your a star sharing this
  • Profile picture of the author Dan Grossman
    Or spend the hour developing a real business. Use that research to identify a problem people have where there are no good solutions in the marketplace, and solve that problem.

    Spending your time like this just guarantees you'll always be working 12 hours a day trying to make enough to pay your bills.
    • Profile picture of the author Hamida Harland
      Originally Posted by Dan Grossman View Post

      Or spend the hour developing a real business. Use that research to identify a problem people have where there are no good solutions in the marketplace, and solve that problem.

      Spending your time like this just guarantees you'll always be working 12 hours a day trying to make enough to pay your bills.
      You can use this strategy to add to your existing business as well though. I check Google trends nearly every day and if there happens to be a weight loss trend I write about it on my weight loss blog. My post usually gets indexed within the hour and I get alot of extra traffic, which means I get more subscribers as well as a few sales.
    • Profile picture of the author Ricky Parker
      Another idea for what Steve posted.

      Try this also. I've done it time and time again. And it works all the time. I used it over the past 2 weeks and grabbed a shit ton of traffic from people looking for VP debate times. And connected the traffic with a nice converting voting CPA offer.

      Take some time and build up a decent self-hosted WP site. Create one that covers a wide range of topics. Like a "current events" themed site.

      Slowly build links to it and use the usual social linking techniques too.

      Give this site about a month and post unique content here and there.

      Then have fun with stalking long-tail words from Google Trends and other sites.

      Connect those terms with things that can pay you and you WILL make some $$$.


      The traffic for each phrase you target usually only comes in for a short time. Since the term is usually hot and then slows. But if you get on a term early and connect it with a good offer. You can sit back and watch some nice little chunks of $$$ come in.

      This technique takes a little more time than what Steve posted. But works just as good too. Because once the site has brewed you can use the same site over and over for all the long-tail Trend words you want to profit on.
    • Profile picture of the author Headhunting55
      Originally Posted by Dan Grossman View Post

      Or spend the hour developing a real business. Use that research to identify a problem people have where there are no good solutions in the marketplace, and solve that problem.

      Spending your time like this just guarantees you'll always be working 12 hours a day trying to make enough to pay your bills.
      Maybe, but this is a GREAT exercise for those of us just starting out. It's a simple process that involves many of the elements of more complex Affiliate marketing, such as picking a market, picking a product, writing an article, etc.

      I just now went through the steps as Steven described them, and although I may not make a nickel from it, it was certainly not a waste of time. It's just a simple and condensed version of the more complec stuff.

      And, having done it once, my confidence has increased. In fact, I will probably do this several times today and tomorrow.

      Thanks, Steven.....!!

      DJ
  • Profile picture of the author Dave777
    Thanks Steve for the excellent tips and ideas! Think also about applying Google insights into the idea and in case some haven't heard... First major upgrade ever, Google Blogsearch...
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    Dave
  • Profile picture of the author Chris Hunter
    You especially can make money Right Now if you choose products to promote that are based on the $7 Dollar or the Rapid Action Profits script, that way you get paid directly to your PayPal account.

    Or, if you have any PLR material based on the subject, go through and edit it, add affiliate links, and sell it directly to the traffic coming from the site. This may not be possible because of the urgency of the trend, but it's not impossible.

    Do it! Do it now!!
  • Profile picture of the author Bishop81
    That's also a great way to pull in a little income to use for funding your projects. If you spend a few hours each week on this, you could hopefully have at least a good $100 or $200 to use for buying domains, sites, hosting, etc...
    • Profile picture of the author AndrewCavanagh
      You know you could make this excellent strategy far more powerful if you did it in niches where you already have sites, you're collecting email addresses etc.

      That way you could be driving traffic to adsense or monetizing your site in these ways but also be picking up new prospects and clients for the sites you're running.

      Ultimately in your online marketing you want the effort you put in to pay you in multiple ways.

      Kindest regards,
      Andrew Cavanagh
  • Profile picture of the author Skribblez
    Great advice, Steven. Thanks for sharing!
  • Profile picture of the author Tina Williams
    Steve-

    Thanks for the fun idea on a Sunday! It's a great idea for pretty much any day of the week too. Whenever I look at Google Trends there are always some tings that I have to wonder "what were they thinking" when they were searching? But your point is well taken...who cares if you can capitalize on it and have some fun at the same time?

    Tina
    @bestreflections
  • Profile picture of the author Alex Sol
    Hey, Steve! Great post!
    I imagine you recommend DIGG because usually it could rank on the 1st page of a SE within few minutes (if competition is low), right?

    So it makes me think... I think I might do a 24h challenge, meaning I'll do that for 24 hours straight, doing a new hot trend every 2 hours or so
    Could be a great blog post...

    Alex
    • Profile picture of the author Chris Hunter
      Originally Posted by kiev View Post

      Hey, Steve! Great post!
      I imagine you recommend DIGG because usually it could rank on the 1st page of a SE within few minutes (if competition is low), right?

      So it makes me think... I think I might do a 24h challenge, meaning I'll do that for 24 hours straight, doing a new hot trend every 2 hours or so
      Could be a great blog post...

      Alex
      That...seems like a good idea!

      I'd like to know your results.
  • Profile picture of the author zimbie
    I did this earlier today shortly after you posted this. My Digg post is number one for the keyword - my blog is nowhere to be found though. I am also seeing a few twitter posts on the first two pages for that keyword, so Twittering might be something to consider too.
  • Profile picture of the author Rich Rollend
    Thanks Steven, this a great idea. I already started working on it.

    Rich
  • Profile picture of the author GeorgR.
    Good Tips!

    Don't forget Squidoo also
    • Profile picture of the author dclodge
      Originally Posted by GeorgR. View Post

      Good Tips!

      Don't forget Squidoo also
      Good point. I created the blog and then went over to squidoo and create a lens there.

      Thanks Steve for yet another great and valuable posting.
    • Profile picture of the author JayXtreme
      As much as I see Dan's point.. I have to say that I am guilty of testing this a few times and having some pretty sexy results on a sunday afternoon..

      It's fun to test your game a little like this...

      Peace

      Jay

      p.s. Alex.. that 24h things seems like we could have a ball... Ustream -> some beers -> Google Trends.. and DIGG.... that'd be cool to put on ya know..
    • Profile picture of the author traces2757
      Originally Posted by GeorgR. View Post

      Good Tips!

      Don't forget Squidoo also

      I've been wondering about Squidoo. I've noticed that lenses aren't coming up in Google like they used to. Not in the first 2 or 3 pages, anyway. I wasn't sure if I should keep putting any time into Squidoo or not.
  • Profile picture of the author Matt Hoey
    Great post, but can you go into a little more detail onh ow you implemented the content so you made money?

    Cheers for the idea, will certainly use it if i can spin an idea into money in my ehad through the blog.

    This is always the sticking point for me, i have a great diea but never feel like i can spin money from it properly through implementation.
  • Profile picture of the author Matt Hoey
    Jay could you give me a few pointers on implementing this idea?
    • Profile picture of the author JayXtreme
      Originally Posted by Matt Hoey View Post

      Jay could you give me a few pointers on implementing this idea?
      Matt...

      Go to socialmarker.com and register with some of the bigger sites

      DIGG, Propellor etc.. the bigger named ones...

      Then hit Blogger.com and create an account, this way you can have unlimited free blogs in all manner of niches as and when you need them...

      Then follow Steve's link to Google trends above... get used to the feel of GTrends, it will become your best friend whilst doing this little game....

      Then pick a monetizable (is that even a word??) HOT Trend... and fire up a blogger blog in your new account with an URL with the trend in the name,

      I just looked over there at GTrends and saw Watch Entourage episode 5... so hit up an URL like entourageepisode5.blogspot.com...

      Now write an article (or 3 if you are feeling creative)... plug in your adsense code or some CPA offers around entourage merchandise or fun things...

      Then use Socialmarker to bookmark that badboy with DIGG, propellor etc...

      Watch it ride and do another if you are feeling lucky...

      Sometimes it will end up a complete waste of time... other times you will have a laugh seeing the profits off such a simple task.. it's fun to do and you can test your game a little by experimenting with new trends...

      I've hunted in full niches before as a result of this simple little play around

      Peace

      Jay

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