A Crazy Success Story That Should Motivate You

It’s amazing how “fluid” motivation can be.  One minute, you’re pumped and ready to dominate every challenge on your path, and the next minute, you’re demotivated, discouraged, and feeling like you just want to lay down and watch TV.  It comes and goes.  As aspiring entrepreneurs, we need to do whatever we can to keep that motivation around as long as possible.  It’s easier for some than others.

How do we create motivation?  There’s probably no easy answer to that, but one thing that has always motivated me (and I’ve probably mentioned this several times before) is the success story.  There’s something compelling about reading a real-life story or interview about how someone has overcome failure or some other obstacle to ultimately find success.  It somehow lights the fire in you and gets your motivational juices flowing (at least, it does so for me).

With that in mind, there’s a success story I came across on the internet recently that I want to share  with you, in case you haven’t seen it already.

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The Secret to Dominating Search Engine Rankings of Your Articles & Websites – InfoBarrel Earnings Challenge, Part 3

Increase Search Engine RankingNote: The methods described in this massive article are definitely not just applicable to InfoBarrel articles – you can use these same methods for any website.

I’ve already covered how to make $2,000 a month writing articles for InfoBarrel as well as how to come up with unlimited article ideas.  If you’ve been following along with me, you are probably starting to build up a nice base of articles.  However, maybe you’ve noticed that some of your articles don’t rank highly on Google, and you want to fix that.  After all, if people can’t find your articles via search engines, you aren’t going to earn any AdSense revenue.

This article is going to take a detailed look at different ways to build backlinks for your articles so that you can get them onto page one of Google’s search results, for your desired keywords.

Warning: This is a long article that goes into a ton of detail. You may want to bookmark it and revisit it as needed.

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Wednesday Morning Bits & Pieces: Interview at Smart Income Blog and What’s Upcoming On The Blog

coffeeHey everyone, I hope your week is going well!  We’re halfway through, and the weekend is right around the corner.  I just wanted to make a post with two very quick notes that might be of interest to you:

  • I was interviewed by Kevin over at Smart Income Blog for his “Bloggers You Should Follow” series, which has already featured other bloggers like Maren Kate from Escaping the 9 to 5.  In the interview, I answer questions about what inspired me to pursue entrepreneurship in general, what gadgets I can’t live without, and what my biggest challenge is in my passive income quest.  It’s a fairly short interview, but I definitely recommend checking it out.  And thanks, Kevin, it was an honor to be a part of your series!
  • I’m almost ready to unleash part 3 of the Info Barrel Earnings Challenge. It’s going to be all about how to get your articles (and any websites) to rank higher in Google.  I’m going to go through a ton of great options and sites that can help you accomplish that.  Look for that later this week.

Have a great Wednesday!

Wisdom From The Comments: A Cautious Argument Against Starting A Business

Every once in awhile, I’m blown away by a comment someone leaves to one of my posts, and it’s a shame that most people probably don’t get the chance to read it.  Well, I’m putting a stop to that today.  Whenever I come across a truly awesome comment that I think everyone should read, I’m going to post it and address it in an actual blog post.

This particular comment was left in response to my post about why I decided not to quit my job yet.  The comment was anonymous (no website URL included, and the name was input as “Not So Fast”), but that doesn’t take away from the depth and insight contained within it.

Essentially, it’s a an argument against why most people should NOT quit their “9 to 5″ jobs to pursue their own businesses.  While I may not agree with all of it (more like, I don’t necessarily think it all applies to my situation), I definitely think it’s a comment everyone should read.

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My Blog and Passive Income Experiments Update [July '10]

moneyWow, I can’t believe how quickly July flew by.  Between July 4th festivities and my week-long fishing trip in Canada, the month felt entirely too short!

In case you haven’t been following this blog for long, I started publishing the results of my passive income experiments a few months ago.  I originally focused on only my passive income income status, but I’m going to broaden the scope of these monthly updates to include really anything related to this blog.

While I’m certainly not making enough money to quit my day job, I think people generally enjoy reading about others’ success and failure, so I’ve decided to share this information.

Let’s see what happened in July…

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7 Great Things Blogging Has Done For Me (My 100th Blog Post)

It’s crazy for me to look back and realize that I only started blogging earlier this year.  I started the blog in late January, but I didn’t blog regularly, with full content articles, until April.  I also can’t believe that this is my 100th blog post.  While it feels like I’ve been blogging for years, it doesn’t feel like I’ve written this much.

At any rate, my decision to start blogging is probably one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.  I am by no means a writer (though I find myself writing a lot these days between this blog and my InfoBarrel Earnings Challenge), but I’ve found a way to make it work for me.  When I look back at day one and see the progression across only 4-6 months, I realize that a lot can happen in a short amount of time.  Everything moves so quickly on the internet (and I mean that both literally and figuratively).  I decided it would be appropriate to recap what blogging has done for me over these 100 posts, and maybe offer some inspiration to you if you’ve been thinking about starting a blog.

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