The Motivation Vault

Today’s post is short and sweet (this has been a really busy week for me), and I’d like to get your feedback.  I’ll start by saying: I shouldn’t be doing this.  I have too much work to do, too many side projects, and too many “challenges.”  Nevertheless, I’m not one to pass by an idea that I think I can implement fairly easily.

It’s hard to stay motivated as we try to escape our jobs, start our muses and businesses, and really reach the life we desire.  Wouldn’t it be great to have a place you can go to that is almost guaranteed to motivate you, even if it’s only for a short while?  Here’s the idea. There will be a new feature/page on My4HWW called The Motivation Vault. This page will feature (over time) a massive collection of links to articles, interviews, blog posts, etc. that motivate you.

Here’s what I need from you:

1) Your feedback. Do you like this idea?

2) Your submissions. If I go through with this, I want to know all about what you read online that really motivates you.  I’ll have a lot of my own things to list, but it’ll be a lot better if I get contributions from other people!  If you have ideas now, you can submit them via the Contact page, however I’ll also set up a contact form on the actual Motivation Vault page once that’s set up.

Sound good?  Head to the comments!

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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