How My Persistence Turned Into a $12k/Month Online Business

Today I have a special treat for you – a guest post that should inspire you.  As I’ve said before, I rarely ever publish guest posts on my blog.  In fact, today’s is only the second one I’ve ever published (you can find the first one, Maren Kate’s, here).  The only time I’m really open to publishing guest posts is when they’re written by people I follow and admire – Spencer is no exception.

Like me, Spencer was also a participant in Pat Flynn’s niche site duel.  The only difference is, Spencer has been wildly successful with his niche sites, and has a large inventory of them too (I believe he owns over 200 niche sites!).  I think it’ll be better if I let Spencer explain.

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Let’s Experiment with Laser Focus

In the interest of extreme productivity, I’ve decided to perform an experiment for the next week (starting today and ending a week from today).  I’ve come to the conclusion that there is far too much noise in my life – I don’t mean this literally of course, but there are far too many distractions.

There are so many things going on, too many blogs to read, too many e-mails to respond to, etc.  I’m not overwhelmed emotionally, because none of it directly impacts my immediate well-being.  I still go to my 9 to 5 job every day, do a good job, and get my paycheck every two weeks, so it’s not like I’m in any sort of immediate danger.

Every day that goes by where I’m unproductive outside of work, however, probably has a larger impact on my future.  I’m a believer that hard work today will pay off in multiples at some point in the future, so each day’s lack of productivity is probably more detrimental than it seems.

Keep reading for the details of the experiment…

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Online Passive Income & Blog Update [March '11]

Wow, March went by really quickly, didn’t it?  Overall, it felt like a pretty stable month – nothing great happened, yet I don’t think I fell short in any areas.  I guess when you want to be growing, “stable” isn’t necessarily a good thing, but it’s certainly better than a decline!

Let’s dig into the details…

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How I Put My Amazon Niche Site Content Creation on Autopilot

Ever since I read Tim Ferriss’s The 4-Hour Workweek, I’ve known about virtual assistants (“VAs”).  For whatever reason, even after being constantly reminded about VAs from various blogs that I read, it’s always been something I haven’t fully utilized.  Sure, I wrote all about how to create a niche site in 0 hours.  Unfortunately, writing about something and actually doing it are two completely different things.

I’ve outsourced a few tasks before – in particular, article writing and backlink building.  My results have been mixed.  The backlink quality isn’t always great.  And the articles, even if they’re decent quality, still take time to format and publish on your niche site.  Adding images, formatting, affiliate links, and other miscellaneous things take time.

I complain a lot about not having enough time to get my projects to where they want to be. Maybe Maren Kate’s guest post here about the 80/20 principle and delegation was the kick in the rear that I needed to finally execute on some more advanced outsourcing ideas. Let me tell you about what I did.

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Applying the 80/20 Principle through Delegation

I’ve never published a guest post before on this blog – I’m not entirely against them, but I generally believe those who follow my blog do so because they want to read what I write, not what someone else writes.

With that said, I’ll always make an exception if one of my favorite bloggers wants to write a guest post for me (especially if they’ve let me write a guest post for them before).  This is a guest post by Maren Kate – if you’re not familiar with her, you need to become familiar with her, because she’s nothing short of an inspiring entrepreneur who currently has big plans within the virtual assistant industry.

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7 Deadly Sins of Entrepreneurship, Part 2: Indecisiveness

“What should I do next?”  ”What project should I focus on?” “What color should the font be on my blog?” We’ve all been there before – faced with decisions – some critical, many insignificant.

There are plenty of decisions in life that require deep analysis and thoughtful decision-making: Buying a home, choosing a college to attend, figuring out where to raise your kids, etc.

Running your own business is not unlike the aforementioned life-altering scenarios.  Certain decisions will make or break your business, so it’s important for all decisions to be based on solid logic and reasoning, with a little bit of your own gut and emotion mixed in.

Most of your day-to-day business decisions, however, are not critical.  If you make the wrong decision, you can adapt and correct your mistake.  In fact, bad decisions are often valuable because they give us solid information about what not to do in the future.

In most cases, I believe the only thing worse than a bad decision is no decision at all.

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