Making $100K or More in 2009 - The Easy Way...

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Hey guys,

Just thought I'd take a moment to share something...

What you're about to read is going to sound a little "backwards". Especially considering the title of this thread. But bear with me, because it all makes sense in the end...

The year is drawing to a close, and times are desperate for a lot of folks.

Discretionary spending on the web IS down in several niches.

But in other markets -and for other purposes - it's up. Because desperation is a double-edged sword.

(Remember that in a different business climate, money SHIFTS. It doesn't just disappear).

And the beauty of the web is that, unlike brick and mortar, we can effectively set up shop in ANY market in a matter of days.

So really - what's ahead of us in 2009 and beyond is a time of opportunity, for those who actually decide to work WITH the recession, rather than trying to "beat" it, somehow - or otherwise compensate for it.

There will be some emerging niches (on a mass scale) that anyone who simply OBSERVES what's going on in general will be able to see - and act on. Foreclosure help services is an obvious one, but there's a series of other inter-connected niches relating to unemployment, job security, debt relief, insurance, etc. that are all just as apparent.

And making extra money (or saving it) will become a necessity for a lot of people as well, and this market extends well beyond the familiarity we have with "making money online".

Example: There's still millions of people out there who really have no idea that they can sell a bunch of crap in storage that they no longer want on Ebay. Teach them how. You could whip up a $30+ product in an evening just using Camtasia alone showing how to list items, choosing keywords on ebay, etc. One example of hundreds.

So the opportunity is everywhere. Just like it was in 2006 and 2007, and just like how it will be in 2010 and 2011. Unless the internet melts one day, and/or the earth explodes. (At which point the "Move to Mars" niche will become hugely popular. Just imagine those Clickbank gravities...)

ANYWAY...

That's just basically an intro to what I really want to say.

So I'll get to the point.


Making $100K Or More in 2009 - The Easy Way
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I said "easy", but that's not what this is initially going to look like.

That's because "easy" implies that there's some kind of short-cut or "trick" being used to get results that would normally require hard work. And there's nothing wrong with doing that kind of stuff.

It's just that in most cases, you simply can't DEPEND on "tricks".

And that's because "tricks" typically circumvent or defeat the overall purpose of whatever it is you're awkwardly tapping into.

An obvious example is blackhat SEO. The whole appeal of going the "BH" route is that you can get results that you don't earn. You cheat the system. You can be "lazy".

However - and listen carefully to this - what's both ironic AND powerful is that it takes far more effort to be "lazy" than it does to simply create something that Google's users actually want to find in the first place.

So while the BH guy is constantly monitoring rankings, rolling out new sites to replace the ones that get knocked out, dealing with spam complaints, etc...

...the guy who's simply doing what Google LIKES is the one who's truly reaping the "easy" rewards. All he has to do is just provide good, relevant content on his site, and over time, the links happen naturally and the rankings (and traffic) just "magically" take care of themselves.

I've been in both camps.

I've mastered several ways of EXPLOITING the web, and I saw some good returns at the time. However, the life-span of my efforts was continually becoming less, less and less as time went on.

I was having to scale my operations faster and faster (and put out more volume) just to see the same results I had first seen by doing far less.

And what's funny is that simultaneously, I was also building real assets and working on a couple of "real" sites/projects.

Guess which activities are STILL paying off?

Hint: It's not the "exploiting" activities...

In fact, in 2008 I made literally more than triple the revenues from my "real" assets than I did from the trailing, ever-decreasing results of my "tricks" and "exploits". (And my actual assets - in 2 different niches - are still in their infancy and majorly under-developed. I have a long way to go...)

It also took far less effort to see triple the results of trying to "beat the system".

It's so funny how we all look for an easy way in, or some kind of loophole or exploit. For any project, and in any area of life.

But not only is it actually EASIER to swim with the current - it's also far more effective.

So here's some tips for doing great in 2009, regardless of the recession...

1. Don't Fight The Recession. Just Find Out What People Want During It.

If sales or traffic is unusually low, or if the recession is obviously taking a toll on your industry, then now may be the time to launch a side-project OR use a new "angle" that specifically taps into the current demand of your customers.

If you're working 3 times as hard right now to see the same results you were pre-recession, then it's well worth your time to follow the "shift" your customer's money is making - and then create an offer in THAT direction.

It may also be time to re-evaluate just how "evergreen" your current niches really are.

2. Provide What's Wanted - Instead of Trying to "Beat" the System

This applies to so many things.

Selling what sells, giving the search engines what they REALLY want, using business models that are fundamentally strong, asking customers what THEY want from you, etc.

This way you're not always "fighting" to stay afloat. You're simply reacting to the conditions and using them.

You can either paddle against the wind continuously... or set up a sail and let the wind do the work.

Your call...

3. Building Something That Lasts

There's a lot of people I know right now that are desperate. Not just online, either. People in my family, friends, and otherwise people I know in the "real" world.

It pains me to see someone who's worked so hard just have the rug pulled up from under them in the blink of an eye.

One friend of ours recently bought a new condo with his wife because he landed a great, good paying job.

He just got laid off a few days ago, and jobs that pay that kind of income are simply not available these days in his field. He was very lucky to get in with that initial position.

Times are tough, for him and several others I know.

But in terms of finances - I haven't really had worries for a couple years now. I'd be lying if I didn't say that it's NICE to know that you can simply leverage things that you own to create an influx of profit, any time you want.

Not to mention the consistent passive income that rolls in month in and month out from a network of sites that "fit" with what Google actually wants. Good, unique content.

I know full-well that things could change for me as well. Nobody is above hard times.

BUT - it's a hell of a lot more stable than relying on ONE source of income. That's for damned sure.

So once again, it really pays off to build and structure your web business so that you have some form of leverage. And this means doing things like:

* Building a responsive email list

* Creating products that solve or address HOT issues (and recruiting affiliates)

* Creating GOOD content that impacts your readership

* Creating demand-based items. Let your feedback and keyword research tell you what to "answer".

* Forming friendships with others in your market. This is leverage as well.

And so on.

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That's not the "easiest" way to make money online.

But it IS the easiest way to make REAL money online, and for a long time to come.

And if your goal is reaching $100K and beyond in a tough economic climate - your very best bet is to simply ADAPT to what people want right now, and deliver it in a way that goes along with what your available traffic sources actually want.

$100K a year is only $274 a day.

That's just 10 product sales or commissions of about $27, on a daily basis. With your own network of quality content, opt-in lists and products, this is NOT hard.

Harness the flow of your market, and the web. Embrace it.

Work with it.

Don't try to "force" money out of it.

Not only is this actually easier and more effective on time vs. money scale - it's also less competitive. Everyone else will be going for the "lazy" approach.

That's how to make real money.

This year, next year or in 10 years from now.

And I know it might not make much sense right now - and I'm not even sure if I explained it well enough for this to leave an impact.

But it really is EASIER to use the system than it is to beat it.


-Chris


Disclaimer: I can confidently guarantee you that your results will vary and that potentially making $100K+ in 2009 will completely depend on a variety of variables that are different and unique to everyone who reads this, including circumstances that may be beyond your control.

So take this with a 900 lb grain of salt and for legal purposes - this article is for entertainment use only.
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  • Profile picture of the author aistores01
    Originally Posted by chris_surfrider View Post

    .......It's so funny how we all look for an easy way in, or some kind of loophole or exploit. For any project, and in any area of life.....
    Hi Chris,

    I hope your comments do not include the MSN Loophole project. I have already invested quite a bit of time and money in that.

    Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.
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  • Profile picture of the author chris_surfrider
    I know it sounds like a contradiction.

    The MSN Loophole, along with article submissions, PPC and even other things like black-hat stuff are simply a TRAFFIC strategy.

    If you're using that traffic to:

    * Test markets

    * Build a list

    * Test a layout, idea or monetization method

    Then it's useful to you.

    Because it shows you WHAT to focus on building the "right" way.

    And anyone who's making real money here will tell you that THAT research (knowing what works well and what doesn't) is golden information.

    That's the whole point of using small mini-sites, conduit sites, loophole sites and so on.

    They're basically a "Free" form of PPC, which you use to test things before building a business around it.

    Cheers,

    -Chris
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  • Profile picture of the author Leanne King
    Thanks Chris In my old job as a lawyer, we used to love a downturn in economy because people sued more I'm sure that there will be a huge amount of online opportunities for people with new niche markets to be explored in this recession as well.


    Leanne
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  • Chris,

    Your posts are always filled to the brim with useful knowledge. Always a pleasure to read.

    Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author JoshuaGM
    Thanks Chris.

    Before I got into Online marketing, just like anyone else, there was this mountain of information. Lots of them useless scams. Many of them are like what you were talking about - how to beat this, how to beat that, how to tweak this etc. Frankly it became too confusing and yes, like you said too, while they promote "being lazy", I quickly discovered, thankfully without spending a dime, that it wasn't really being lazy.

    So, after months of relentless research, I discovered how to build an online marketing business right from the start. Thankfully I didn't have to waste lots of time & money. My only regret is that I didn't get to know all this from eons ago!

    This is great information from you as I hold true to what you just have said.

    Honesty & Integrity reaps great rewards. That's the way to go!

    God bless,
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  • Profile picture of the author JayXtreme
    You're a star Chris..

    Thank you.. for much more than you know dude.... the majority of my entry portals to my business are now conduit sites that I use to gather data and front end sales..In ALL niches..

    You changed my whole business and made my life a breeze... seriously.

    I used to do the same but with BANS site's and about 100x the effort and time taken to tweak and maintain etc.. My income has increased, and the time I put into my business has decreased..

    Thank you

    Peace

    Jay
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    • Profile picture of the author chris_surfrider
      Originally Posted by JayXtreme View Post

      You're a star Chris..

      Thank you.. for much more than you know dude.... the majority of my entry portals to my business are now conduit sites that I use to gather data and front end sales..In ALL niches..

      You changed my whole business and made my life a breeze... seriously.

      I used to do the same but with BANS site's and about 100x the effort and time taken to tweak and maintain etc.. My income has increased, and the time I put into my business has decreased..

      Thank you

      Peace

      Jay
      That's awesome Jay

      You're obviously on the right path.

      I'm sure you're already doing this, but you'll want to eventually dive in full-swing to some of your markets and begin to build an active client-base.

      The conduit/affiliate sites are great for kind of laying a nice monthly foundation of affiliate rev, but the big money (and the reliable revenue) is in the fundamentals.

      Cheers!

      -Chris
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    • Profile picture of the author Neil S
      Originally Posted by JayXtreme View Post

      You're a star Chris..

      Thank you.. for much more than you know dude.... the majority of my entry portals to my business are now conduit sites that I use to gather data and front end sales..In ALL niches..

      You changed my whole business and made my life a breeze... seriously.

      I used to do the same but with BANS site's and about 100x the effort and time taken to tweak and maintain etc.. My income has increased, and the time I put into my business has decreased..

      Thank you

      Peace

      Jay
      I'll echo exactly what Jay just said. 7 months ago I knew nothing about internet marketing, web design, or sales. Now I am well on my way to building a 6 figure business in the next year or two.

      It is really is quite amazing when I look back, I thought I was going to be stuck working an office job for the rest of my life scraping to get by.

      And I have you to thank most of all Chris. I just did what you said to do and it WORKS. Plain and simple. Keep it up man, you are really helping people.
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    • Profile picture of the author dexthor
      Originally Posted by JayXtreme View Post

      You're a star Chris..

      Thank you.. for much more than you know dude.... the majority of my entry portals to my business are now conduit sites that I use to gather data and front end sales..In ALL niches..

      You changed my whole business and made my life a breeze... seriously.

      I used to do the same but with BANS site's and about 100x the effort and time taken to tweak and maintain etc.. My income has increased, and the time I put into my business has decreased..

      Thank you

      Peace

      Jay
      Can you explain what a "conduit site" means, please?

      ("Move To Mars" niche! Now, that's something to think about. I bet first WSO to be written around that one will be "Move To Mars Made Easy".)
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  • Profile picture of the author Daniel Scott
    I know I'm an idiot, but I'm wondering here...

    What is a "conduit" site and what are the advantages of using them over other kinds of sites?

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  • Profile picture of the author Ken Preuss
    Chris,

    With less than two weeks left in 2008 I can safely say this is among the best if not THE best post I've read here all year.

    Ken

    P.S. The gravity pun made me a bit sick, but other than that...
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  • Profile picture of the author webwise66
    That's a great end to 2008. Newbies need less info, not more. If I can make $50'000 next year I'll be chuffed. My view is that unless one knows all the tricks and is comfortable using many different ways of IM, the "how to teach newbies" niche is probably the most over-run and difficult one to get into. And I'm saying that despite what's in my signature. In 2009 I'm gonna try something different.
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  • Profile picture of the author ovengex
    pls i need sites for free internet market articles
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  • Profile picture of the author freedom25
    I'm new to this forum and this is one of the first posts I have read. Now, I know I have come to the right place. I think I will have to read back through Chris' older posts.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jon Alexander
      The line between black and white hat gets thinner every day.

      For example, if you built a few blogs by hand on a particular niche and used them to drive traffic to your 'money' sites, would that be 'black hat'?

      No.

      What if you outsourced the building and maintenance of those blogs? Would that be 'black hat'?

      No.

      What if you had some software that did it for you and the results were IDENTICAL to either of the above? Would THAT be 'black hat'?

      How you answer this question determines (a) what world you live in and (b) how much money you'll make in your IM career.
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  • Profile picture of the author sweetanahita
    hey Chris,
    Though merely two weeks are left in 2008 I will say that this post has made entrance to my best-posts list...

    Anahita all urs...
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  • Profile picture of the author ericchoo18
    As a newbie, I found your post do clear some of my doubt on how to make money online. Thanks for sharing this information.
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    • Profile picture of the author Himore
      Here's something else I found...

      I was over in Dublin, Ireland the other week and had a copy of "The Dubliner" magazine in my hotel room.

      There was an article about how sales of mid-range luxury items tend to go up during an economic downturn.

      Things such as expensive ice-creams, chocolates, and even luxury lipsticks (go figure! They had evidence)

      The reasoning was that when the chips are down, people still manage to find that little bit of extra money to buy things to cheer themselves up.

      It went on to say that a lot of people shy away from starting up a business in these tough times, BUT, if you can start and run a successful business NOW, then you're really going to take off when the economy picks up again!
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