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

money printerFirst of all, sorry for the delay on this month’s update post – I realize we’re already 10 days into September!

With August in the books, it’s time to recap how well I did in my quest for online passive income this past month.  As a CPA/tax consultant, August is typically a very busy work month, because most extended tax returns (for partnerships and corporations) are due September 15th.  Therefore, this past month I spent the least amount of time on my passive income projects since I began tracking my progress a few months ago.

Here’s the crazy thing though: This was my best month to date. I spent hardly any time on my projects, yet the power of passive income made it possible for my earnings to grow without additional work.  Unfortunately, “not doing work” isn’t a sustainable way to grow.  I’m going to need to work hard if I want continued growth (and work really hard if I want to accelerate that growth).

In case you haven’t been following this blog for long,  I originally focused my monthly reports on my passive income income status only, but I’ve broadened the scope to include 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 August…

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Will Google Instant Kill Long-Tail Keywords for SEO?

Google certainly made a big splash in the news today with its implementation of “Google Instant,” a new Google search feature that instantly displays search results as you type your search query.  This was such a big story that I decided to postpone my monthly passive income update until tomorrow (or Friday).

I am by no means an SEO expert, but as someone who dabbles in website creation and affiliate marketing, I wanted to weigh in on how I think this drastic change to the way people search could effect SEO and affiliate marketing, especially with respect to long-tail keywords.

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Revisiting Passive Income With Lending Club

UPDATE (11/16/2010): Lending Club has ended their “free $25″ promotion, however I still recommend signing up, depositing a little bit of money, and trying it out.  It’s really a nice source of true passive income.

It’s been a long time since I’ve written about Lending Club (aside from reporting my performance metrics in my monthly passive income updates), so I thought it deserved a revisit.  Since I originally wrote my review, Lending Club has made a lot of really nice changes to their website, making it more user friendly and visually appealing.  In addition, they’ve introduced some new types of loans that you can invest in, which I’ll explain further in this article.

The bottom line for me is that this income is pure passive income. Yes, creating a niche website is eventually passive income, but still requires a good amount of upfront work.  Investing with Lending Club is very much a “set it and forget it” type of passive income, where you probably only need to revisit it monthly to check on your performance and invest in additional loans.  Best of all, you can try it risk free (no deposit needed) because they will give you $25 free if you sign up with this link.  Keep reading and I’ll get into the nitty gritty details.

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Finding Hidden Passive Income: How to Empower Your High Traffic Content

A lot of times when you write an article (or a page/post on a blog), you put yourself in a “set it and forget it” mindset.  Sure, you’ll do some backlinking and you’ll monitor your Google AdSense and Analytics websites, but beyond that, you’re waiting around for the cash to come pouring in.  While this approach works, it’s safe to say that if you do this, you’re leaving money on the table.  The passive income potential of your content is likely higher than what you’re currently earning.  This article is going to show you how to find that “hidden” potential.

I consider this article to be an unofficial “part 4″ of the InfoBarrel Earnings Challenge series, because it fits well with the other three parts (part 1, part 2, and part 3).  Just to reemphasize what I’ve said before, however: The usefulness of this information has applications well beyond InfoBarrelYou can apply this thinking to any article site or any website in general.

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Bill The Affiliate Marketer – Episode 1: Talking With A Girl

I rarely post anything on the blog “for fun” or just to be humorous.  Lately though, I’ve been having a ton of fun with this site called Xtranormal.  I thought it might be fun to put together a series of funny videos related to blogging, passive income, and affiliate marketing.

Hopefully you guys can appreciate me poking fun at the “making money online” game.  I definitely don’t mean to offend anyone!  It’s a pretty short video (just over a minute).  Continue reading to actually see the video!

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The Secret to Uncovering Your Competition’s Backlinks

Have you ever wanted to see exactly what your competition’s backlinks look like?  You’re trying to get on page 1 of Google and you know the #1 ranked site has 180 backlinks, but you really don’t know much about them.  You certainly don’t want to go through and check each one of them manually.

In the comments section of my article about increasing search engine ranking, one reader (Eric Greene), pointed out this awesome feature of Market Samurai that I completely overlooked.  Sure enough, I was blown away by it and decided that I absolutely had to share it here because of how powerful I think it is.

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