How my 6 year old son started an internet business by mistake...

by ewen
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Hey warriors,

I seldom post but I want to share a very simple case study with you today.

I even gave away a free step-by-step plan which can virtually earn guaranteed income in any niche :-)

Anyway this was just posted on my blog and you can read the whole story here:

InternetWealth.com :: How To Make Money On The Internet

It will absolutely blow your mind. This could be the SIMPLEST ever way of starting an internet business.

I also reveal exactly how I got #1 position on Google out of 944,000 competitors for a
keyword with 90,000+ searches per month...without doing anything. Seriously!

Here's the post again:

InternetWealth.com :: How To Make Money On The Internet

Happy Thanksgiving!
#business #ewen chia #internet #mistake #son #started #year
  • Profile picture of the author Will Edwards
    Ewen - that's a great blog post my friend. And I hope Clayden and Coen start making some pocket money soon!

    Will
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    • Profile picture of the author Pete223
      Hi Ewen,

      Maybe your sons will "un-title" you as the world no.1 affiliate... Before they're 10

      Thanks for the blog post... just one thing...

      Have you noticed if your, or maybe I should say their, visitors view more then 1 page?

      I'm asking because I have a site that gets quite a bit of "images" hits from Google and
      I noticed that people don't Break from the frame that Google displays once they
      click the image in the SERP's...

      Any thoughts?

      Regards, Pete
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  • Profile picture of the author candoit2
    That is a cool story. Where do you find free pictures?
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  • Profile picture of the author ewen
    Thanks Will, I hope so too :-)

    In fact I'm pretty sure if I add some adsense and affiliate links, they will.

    Aaron, you simply search in Google and click on images results.

    Pete, that's true lol.

    I think the reason for the multiple views is simple - there are many characters in the Ben 10 cartoon and each one has a different picture. So visitors who are extremely targeted wants to see all.

    Ewen
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  • Profile picture of the author ewen
    Well I've got to check, but adsense should work well.

    Anyway the importance is NOT about the toys, it's the principle behind the strategy and how you can use it for other niches.

    Make sense?
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  • Profile picture of the author talfighel
    Great info Ewen but I just wish that you would pay your affilaites their owed commissions.

    I am not trying to be negative here but I did promote your product through SuperAffiliate Lab and I have not gotten paid nor did you guys email me back.

    I am a full time interent marketer myself and I hate it when someone sells other people's products with out them paying their affilaites and ignoring them.

    Tal
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  • Profile picture of the author candoit2
    Thank Ewen, I didn''t realize I could use those images.
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  • Profile picture of the author ewen
    Hey Tal, I think you're confusing me with some other guy. Super Affiliate Lab is NOT my product.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gaurav Gandhi
    Thanks a lot. I'm starting some research right away. I'll post results soon.
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  • Profile picture of the author ewen
    Go for it :-)
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    • Profile picture of the author clint48
      ewen, I don't think you can just take pictures off of Google Images with out permission, please correct me if I am wrong, because I would like to be able to get pictures that easily.

      Thanks
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      • Profile picture of the author Mark Brock
        That was great Ewen. Old news to me though... I checked it out from the email you sent out to your list this morning!

        This sort of thing is the reason why I am happy to be subscribed to your list!

        Keep up the good work,

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  • Profile picture of the author Kelly Verge
    My personal blog gets 40-60 hits a day due to a single image - completely unrelated to any content.
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    • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
      Hey Ewen, you gotta stop by more often. This place could certainly use
      another great mind like yours sharing what you know with other Warriors.

      Don't be a stranger.
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  • Profile picture of the author ewen
    Kelly, that's cool, show it works.

    Steven, thanks. I'll try!
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  • Profile picture of the author ewen
    Clint, I believe it's ok. However Google doesn't really say. I mean they are using mostly OTHER people's info and content too.

    Anyone here can clarify?
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    • Profile picture of the author Scot Standke
      Originally Posted by ewen View Post

      Clint, I believe it's ok. However Google doesn't really say. I mean they are using mostly OTHER people's info and content too.

      Anyone here can clarify?
      Google's whole business model is based in using other peoples content, but they have 16 layers of attorney's sitting around twiddling their thumbs, something most folks don't have.

      Great story Ewen, but please make sure you can use those images before diving head first into this model. If I had to bet, I would say it's not legal.

      I'm not a lawyer and I don't play one on TV either, that's just my opinion.

      Great to see you here Ewen, please stop in more often.

      Scot
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      • Profile picture of the author Pete223
        Originally Posted by Scot Standke View Post

        Google's whole business model is based in using other peoples content, but they have 16 layers of attorney's sitting around twiddling their thumbs, something most folks don't have.

        Great story Ewen, but please make sure you can use those images before diving head first into this model. If I had to bet, I would say it's not legal.

        I'm not a lawyer and I don't play one on TV either, that's just my opinion.

        Great to see you here Ewen, please stop in more often.

        Scot
        Here is what Google says about the images copyright:

        "The images identified by the Google Image Search service may be protected by copyrights. Although you can locate and access the images through our service, we cannot grant you any rights to use them for any purpose other than viewing them on the web. Accordingly, if you would like to use any images you have found through our service, we advise you to contact the site owner to obtain the requisite permissions."

        Regards, Pete
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        • Profile picture of the author Chris Lockwood
          Originally Posted by Pete223 View Post

          Here is what Google says about the images copyright:

          "The images identified by the Google Image Search service may be protected by copyrights. Although you can locate and access the images through our service, we cannot grant you any rights to use them for any purpose other than viewing them on the web. Accordingly, if you would like to use any images you have found through our service, we advise you to contact the site owner to obtain the requisite permissions."
          Isn't it interesting that they say that, yet don't seek permission themselves?
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          • Profile picture of the author melanied
            Originally Posted by Chris Lockwood View Post

            Isn't it interesting that they say that, yet don't seek permission themselves?
            Google imposes a lot of rules on the masses that they don't abide by themselves! But it's their ballgame, so c'est la vie.
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          • Profile picture of the author davezan
            Originally Posted by Chris Lockwood View Post

            Isn't it interesting that they say that, yet don't seek permission themselves?
            Chris, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said this in their opinion on the Perfect
            10 v Google case on this issue:

            We conclude that Perfect 10 is unlikely to be able to overcome Google's fair use defense and, accordingly, we vacate the preliminary injunction regarding Google's use of thumbnail images.
            Google argued fair use, which the 9th Circuit seemingly agreed with. The case
            is still pending, but various lawyers I know opine it's good for Google.

            Not that it won't stop others from trying. But Google now has an arrow in their
            quiver if need be.
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            • Profile picture of the author robseko
              Ewen,

              This is amazing.

              With all the talk about great content to rank high in search engines and promoting your blog, does this mean that we have all along got it wrong regarding the use of pictures on blogs? No back links required?
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    • Profile picture of the author rosetrees
      Originally Posted by ewen View Post

      Clint, I believe it's ok. However Google doesn't really say. I mean they are using mostly OTHER people's info and content too.

      Anyone here can clarify?
      A page on one of my sites gets most of its visitors from Google images. But it uses my own photo of a physical product, made using the instructions.

      No-one else has permission to use the photo. They are, however, welcome to read the page, purchase the ebook, make their own product, and then upload their own photos!
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      • Profile picture of the author Dave777
        Originally Posted by rosetrees View Post

        A page on one of my sites gets most of its visitors from Google images. But it uses my own photo of a physical product, made using the instructions.

        No-one else has permission to use the photo. They are, however, welcome to read the page, purchase the ebook, make their own product, and then upload their own photos!
        Correct according to Google...
        Google Image Search: Help
        Although as mentioned earlier in the thread, Google doesn't seem to follow their own advice as they have been doing their own copying & pasting along the way! I guess unfortunately, the Google boys sometimes make their own copyright rulings...

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  • Profile picture of the author Joe Giannetti
    Great Post Ewen.....

    Just goes to show what little effort it takes.....
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  • Profile picture of the author ewen
    Thanks Mark :-)

    True Joe!

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  • Profile picture of the author Amy Bass
    Very great ideas! I need to concentrate more on images.
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  • Profile picture of the author mmurtha
    Hey Ewen,

    Good to see you posting. It's been sometime since I've seen you in print in this forum.

    That's a very cool story about your son and the blog. Lol it's even better because it caught you off guard, and you were pleasantly surpirsed.

    I think I find my best discoveries by accident anymore because the SEs have been changing so much.

    Thanks a ton for the share, and wish your son the very best for me.

    All the best ...


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  • Profile picture of the author ewen
    Nice to hear from you too Mary.

    Sometimes it makes sense to just do what you want and let the SE work naturally or you're go crazy!

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  • Profile picture of the author ewen
    Hey Scot, good to see you buddy.

    You're right, I bet Google uses our content too lol.

    Ewen
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  • Profile picture of the author Kate Carpenter
    As far as Google images, although I, too, have used them, I believe there probably is a copyright infringement problem.

    I can say this because I had some of my original artwork on some cafepress products a couple of years ago. When I did a google image search for the subject of my graphic, my artwork popped up, free for anyone to use I suppose. It is copyrighted, so my guess is goolge simply searches the web and categorizes various images for "informational purposes" only. But someone would have to find you first to lodge an infringement complaint.
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  • Profile picture of the author marshallbailey
    Great post.. I know this is a little off subject.. but I really like your kids blog theme..

    I have 4 kids myself and wondered if the theme you use was a public wordpress theme??
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  • Profile picture of the author zeppb
    Wow that's a very interesting method to use. It's funny how we can find simple but effective ways to do things just by doing simple things.
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    • Profile picture of the author melanied
      I get huge traffic to some of my sites that are built around datafeeds from image searches for the product names. And those images aren't even hosted on my server, they show up in Google Image Search because the photo is IN CONTEXT on my site! Google images can be a powerful traffic source.

      Which brings up a good point about using images that you find on Google images - if it's a product blog like this, you shouldn't have to. Amazon or whoever you are affiliating with provides you with images.
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  • Profile picture of the author spressnell
    Very interesting information. Thank you.

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    • Profile picture of the author jinmin
      Hey Ewen,

      I am really amazed how can a blog with just pictures and titles and drive over 3000 unique visitors in a month ! Can't believe it

      I have also share this story with others in my blog...

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  • Profile picture of the author Li Weng
    That's amazing! Definitely a real Secret as you said.

    Great to see you here Ewen.

    You don't like doing updates twitter do you?
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  • Profile picture of the author xlfutur1
    I have recently noticed visitors to some of my sites just from pictures on google.

    It would be interesting to see who the youngest affiliate marketer is on this forum and what kind of money they make.

    We are seeing 6 year olds get recording contracts now from these reality shows, maybe we will see 6 year old internet marketing gurus soon. that would be pretty cool. A 6 year old speaking at the next Armand Morin Big Seminar? Sounds funny but nothing would surprise me any more.
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  • Profile picture of the author Cindy Battye
    Hey Guys (and yeah.. good to see ya here Ewen)

    I don't know if this helps - but when you are using images on any website etc you need to have permission to use them, so going and grabbing them from google images probably isn't the best - unless you are using the 'use now, ask later' philosophy.

    One of my favorite sites for free stock images (ie. ones that you can LEGALLY use on your websites) is here: stock.xchng - the leading free stock photography site

    Hope you like it!

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    • Profile picture of the author Li Weng
      Originally Posted by Cindy Battye View Post

      Hey Guys (and yeah.. good to see ya here Ewen)

      I don't know if this helps - but when you are using images on any website etc you need to have permission to use them, so going and grabbing them from google images probably isn't the best - unless you are using the 'use now, ask later' philosophy.

      One of my favorite sites for free stock images (ie. ones that you can LEGALLY use on your websites) is here: stock.xchng - the leading free stock photography site

      Hope you like it!

      Cindy

      Awesome! Was just about to grab some random images... lol
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  • Profile picture of the author Ebbi
    hehehe.... That's just funny man!

    Now the only thing this site needs is ebay and amazon products on
    the side and your making few hundred every month

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  • Profile picture of the author multimastery
    Yeah I got your ezine email about this that's Super clever!
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  • Profile picture of the author ewen
    As I've said the principle here's not about getting photos from google, as long as you've your own images or photos, it's ok too. Even the typical ebook graphics or affiliate banners should also work.

    Cindy said:

    One of my favorite sites for free stock images (ie. ones that you can LEGALLY use on your websites) is here: stock.xchng - the leading free stock photography site

    Exactly. that's a good tip!

    Apart from sharing the strategy, I also wanted to point out that you do NOT have to overcomplicate things when it comes to the internet business.

    Glad you guys like the post!

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    • Profile picture of the author Dave777
      Originally Posted by ewen View Post

      As I've said the principle here's not about getting photos from google, as long as you've your own images or photos, it's ok too. Even the typical ebook graphics or affiliate banners should also work.

      Cindy said:

      One of my favorite sites for free stock images (ie. ones that you can LEGALLY use on your websites) is here: stock.xchng - the leading free stock photography site

      Exactly. that's a good tip!

      Apart from sharing the strategy, I also wanted to point out that you do NOT have to overcomplicate things when it comes to the internet business.

      Glad you guys like the post!

      Ewen
      Ewen,

      Thanks! As mentioned, the key in this thread is the niche possibilities are really Unlimited. A few ideas in the following but keep in mind Image brainstorming is never ending!

      Just add the following resource regularly recommended on the warrior forum into the equation...
      Wikipediaublic domain image resources - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Thanks for the great add on Dave!
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  • Profile picture of the author Treece
    I can't believe that using images from Google is still so misunderstood here. You CANNOT use someone else's images without permission! Even if you find it on Google images! It's no different than stealing someone else's content or music.

    There are plenty of places to get free or inexpensive images, and certainly manufacturers of toys and such are happy to have you use and promote their products, so no one will likely be hurt in this example.

    But suppose some "Ben 10" entrepreneur hired a photographer to take a nice picture for his site? He didn't want to use the manufacturer's stock images because he wanted to have his own unique look? You can't just take it for your own use.

    I know this because it happens to us on a regular basis.

    This is not to take away from the spirit of this thread. Using images to gain traffic is a fantastic method to get visitors. Please don't take things that don't belong to you. It's just wrong.
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  • Profile picture of the author NewBeing
    I'm asking because I have a site that gets quite a bit of "images" hits from Google and
    I noticed that people don't Break from the frame that Google displays once they
    click the image in the SERP's...

    Any thoughts?
    Pete223,

    There's a Wordpress plugin called 'Break-Out-Of-Frames' which may be of help to you...

    Break-Out-Of-Frames WordPress Plugin

    Ewen, what a great find... you're the man!

    Just to help newbies, remember to select the 'Enhance Image Search' in Google Webmaster Tools for your site which you want to show up in Google Images.

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  • Profile picture of the author Joe Giannetti
    Yes Ewen.....I am also a big fan of yours.......

    Try to stop by the forum more often.....

    We can really use your expertise....
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  • Profile picture of the author mudmat
    Wow! Thats great..

    I didn't know that you can get traffic from images.. That is a new way to get traffic to my site..
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  • Profile picture of the author StoneCS
    I just read this over on your blog when I was picking up that report, perfect timing by the way, that's just what I'm focusing on right now. I read a little of this story, and got caught up in it. I was really getting some good ideas by the end, same as you listed, Ewen. The traffic is there, might as well monetize it.

    So I thought I'd leave a comment, until I got to reading some others comments. They started out great, until I saw a full article on ethics, by "Jan". I mean making a point is one thing, running it into the ground is much more than was needed. It's not like there was any intent here.

    I have even more respect for Ewen now, for not having to defend anything or argue with this guy over wrong or right. I didn't even think of this angle until Jan brought it up, over and over. I just thought it was good story with a little ingenuity on the kids part.

    I mean how many copyright infringements do you think you could find between myspace and youtube alone? Go try and post 10 times on each of those. That should keep busy for awhile, Jan.

    I do see you point. If someone was doing this in excess and strictly for the purpose of stealing some juice, and had a post similar to this. I'm sure there would be a lot more protesters. If this were Howie Schwartz's kids, I'd think, maybe they had done it for the SEO. B)>
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    Thanks for the good read.
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  • Profile picture of the author George Wright
    Hi Ewen,

    Thanks much. Great Idea. Copyright is no problem for me. I've got a camera and enough malls and stores in my area to take all the pictures I need. With the store owner's permission of course!

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    • Profile picture of the author Siko
      This really is an easy way to bring traffic to your website.
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  • Profile picture of the author Charann Miller
    Ewen your boys are gorgeous, I love their site. All I can say is that they're fast becoming mini moguls. Nice work. Great lesson that rapid traffic generation doesn't have to be such a mystery.
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  • Profile picture of the author ewen
    Thanks guys! Glad you found it useful :-)
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