Online Passive Income & Blog Update [February '11]

Well, this is officially the longest it’s taken me to post an income report for the previous month! For whatever reason, I don’t like February.  It always feels like my least productive month.  Maybe that’s because it’s usually always (thanks Lyndsy!) the shortest month of the year. And the weather is terrible.  And tax season is right around the corner (which no longer affects me from a professional standpoint, thankfully).

With that said, there were a lot of good things this February – mostly non-internet business related, however.  January was a month of change – February continued that trend, although things are beginning to stabilize.  Keep reading, and I’ll explain.

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For All of You Hostgator Affiliates Out There…Hostgator Responds

Recently, I wrote a post titled “Getting Screwed Out of Hostgator Affiliate Commissions?” where I discussed my frustration as a Hostgator affiliate, because it seemed as though all of my affiliate sales were being labeled “invalid” for one reason or another, causing them to never be paid out.  As it turns out (based on the comments the post received), many of you had a similar issue.

Well, to my surprise today, someone from Hostgator just responded to these concerns in the comments of that post.  I figured this affects enough of you that it warrants its own post here, especially because many of you won’t go and look back at the comments from that post.  Here’s what he said…

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Google’s Recent Algorithm Change: Game Changer for Niche Sites?

You’ve no doubt heard by now about Google’s recent algorithm change that has been responsible for a significant drop in traffic/rankings for some of the largest article/content collection sites on the internet.  I can’t say I’m shocked.  While there are a lot of well-written articles out there deserving high rankings within Google, there is also a lot of garbage – duplicate, scraped content, poorly spun content, etc.

What’s the true impact of this change?  How is it affecting us right now, and how will it affect us going forward, especially with niche sites?  Let’s try to figure it out…

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7 Deadly Sins of Entrepreneurship, Part 1: Impatience

There’s a lot that can go wrong when you’re trying to start a business – and it doesn’t matter if you own Subway franchise, a multi-million dollar consulting business, or a collection of niche websites that aim to earn you money passively.  Businesses large and small, simple and complex, all suffer from the same core problems with varying magnitudes.

To cover these issues (as I see them), I’ve decided to write a short series: The 7 Deadly Sins of Entrepreneurship.  This is not meant to be a comprehensive list of “sins” nor are they issues that ever entrepreneur will face.  Ideally, if you’re doing everything 100% perfectly (which no one does), you won’t experience any of these.  Today, I’ll start with the first one:  Impatience.

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Getting Screwed Out of Hostgator Affiliate Commissions?

We’re all pretty familiar with website hosting services and the affiliate programs that go along with them.  After all, if you’re going to make money online, you probably need to buy a hosting account.  Their affiliate commissions are usually pretty lucrative ($50+ per sale!), which is why you’ll see affiliate links and banners for hosting services on most blogs.  Hostgator and BlueHost are two of the more common ones.

I don’t heavily promote hosting at all – I have a couple links on my resources page, but beyond that, I’m not really working hard for hosting affiliate commissions.  Because I suspect many of you promote hosting either actively or passively (through banners, etc.), I thought I’d bring this finding to your attention, specifically if you promote Hostgator.

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Online Passive Income & Blog Update [January '11]

The first month of 2011 is in the books, and winter is here in Chicago.  The blizzard this week wreaked havoc on nearby businesses, but fortunately the internet world is somewhat immune to weather conditions.

I have mixed feelings about January.  It was definitely a month of change – as I detailed in my 2011 goals, I changed jobs (and careers) this past month.  As is usually the case, I didn’t spend enough time (or as much time as I wanted) on my internet business(es).  My results were still positive, but growth has been slower than I’d like.

Anyway, I’ll let you read about it and decide.

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