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I’m VP of a Fortune 500 Company, and I Hate My Life

January 18th, 2018   |   By Tom Woods

I’ll bet a lot of less wealthy people think: man, that guy works for a Fortune 500 company. He’s living the dream!

Well, not always.

“I was so, so miserable,” recalls Steve Clayton, former VP of LabCorp. “After five years of being vice president of a Fortune 500 company, I just said, ‘I need to be happy. It’s not enough just to make money. I’ve got to find a way to have some happiness and some freedom, and to be able to travel, and all that good stuff.'”

Leaving the security of that job was scary, he said. “I was supporting two kids, and my wife hadn’t worked since the kids arrived.”

But his father asked him: is that security real? Which is really more risky? Working for a faceless corporation, where your fate is decided in some boardroom somewhere, or working for yourself?

So Steve made the decision to go out on his own.

He says, “I didn’t realize how incredibly miserable I was until I quit, and didn’t have to do it anymore.”

He went on to be even more successful in eCommerce, to the point that he’s now laid out arguably the most newbie-friendly online business model out there.

Steve has an excellent reputation as an eCommerce specialist and a teacher.

If you’re looking to make a change, or at least build in some insurance against the unforeseen, I cannot recommend strongly enough that you sign up for Steve’s presentation. Steve will run you through a newbie-friendly approach to eCommerce that doesn’t require a website, or handling merchandise, or even the need to drive traffic.

Sure beats digging ditches.

I’ll be there, too, because if you decide to do this, we’ll do it together.

Reserve your seat:

P.S. Should you have any trouble with my redirect link, the direct link is

Bluehost Deal for Woods Listeners Ends Tonight

December 14th, 2017   |   By Tom Woods

Before I get to that: I made an appearance on somebody else’s podcast the other day. The host asked: after 1000 episodes, is there anything you’ve learned?

I said the key things weren’t economic or historical. They’re life lessons. (I hate that term, and I am filled with self-loathing for having used it just now.)

First: persistence pays off. More on that another time.

Second: if you want to do something, do it now.

It will never be just the right time. You’ll always be able to find an excuse not to start.

I was that way with my podcast. But if I’d just gone ahead and started even a year or two earlier, I’d be in much better shape today.

Every day I didn’t act was a audience-building day I’ll never get back.


What does this have to do with you?

That blog.

You want to do it, but the time is never right.

It’s more right than you think.

And it’s really right today, because until midnight, Bluehost is holding a special event for my readers only: web hosting for just $2.95 per month for 12 months.

Normally, to get a monthly price that low you have to pay in advance for 36 months.

But today my readers (and mine only — nobody else will have access to this deal) can get that ridiculous rate for just a 12-month commitment.

Ends at midnight:

P.S. Once you grab the deal, here’s how to get all my bonuses, including a burst of free traffic:

Exclusive Goodness for Tom Woods Show Listeners

December 13th, 2017   |   By Tom Woods

Today and tomorrow only, Bluehost is holding a special event for my folks: web hosting for just $2.95 per month for 12 months.

Normally, to get a monthly price that low you have to pay in advance for 36 months.

But on these two days my followers (and mine only — nobody else will have access to this deal) can lock in that ridiculous rate for just a 12-month commitment.
Here’s how I’ll get you started with a burst of free traffic, plus my video showing you how to be up and running in about five minutes:

And here’s the hosting deal:

The Lazy Man’s Method

December 4th, 2017   |   By Tom Woods

Sometimes I see the great Eric July make a video while he’s driving.

I’m too scared I’ll crash into something. (Hence my scaredy video at the end.)

With that emasculating admission out of the way, today’s message involves a regular guy who’s gotten pretty good at affiliate marketing. (He sells other people’s products and earns commissions.)

This guy ain’t no millionaire. But you know what? Screw them. They’re 117 steps and ten years ahead of you.

How about a guy who’s only about six months ahead, but they’ve been a great, successful six months?

(OK, I shouldn’t have said that thing about millionaires. My point is: you don’t always want to learn Physics 101 from the top researcher at MIT. He’ll be speaking ten levels above you without even realizing it.)

First of all, no matter what your interest is, there are affiliate programs waiting for you to join and earn commissions from.

Maybe it’s wine. There are wine affiliate programs. There are wine rack affiliate programs. There are wine cellar affiliate programs.

Even gazebo companies have affiliate programs. (The commission rate doesn’t exceed 10%, but since gazebos can cost 25K and above, that ain’t too shabby.)

(Why do I call it the lazy man’s method? Because you don’t have to create the products, hold inventory, manage customer service, etc. Just send some clicks and collect the dough, which companies with affiliate programs are only too happy to send you.)

And although you can build an email list and promote these programs that way (and I do recommend that), relative newcomer Tim Verdouw has a much faster way to build up an audience to whom you can pitch affiliate offers.

(It’s in video #3 under “My Success Secrets” in his Affiliate Secrets program.)

Now Tim focuses on Internet marketing products only (though his strategies of course work for any niche, and I strongly recommend them).

So I created a bonus for you in case that’s not your niche.

Pick up Tim’s Affiliate Secrets program (it’s a ridiculous 9 smackers for the time being, for crying out loud) and one of my three bonuses is a screencast video in which I walk you through how to find affiliate programs in more niches than you knew existed.

My bonus page, featuring my in-the-car-but-not-driving scaredy-cat video:

The thing to get, to get my bonuses:

Pouring Scalding Water on Myself, and Other Acts of Cluelessness

November 29th, 2017   |   By Tom Woods

I was so busy in graduate school that I was always looking for ways to save time.

I swear to you this really happened:

I was cooking pasta. I thought: rather than bring the pot to the sink and then pour the boiling contents into the colander, I’ll be more efficient and pour it into the colander on my way to the sink.

Of course, the boiling water went right through the colander onto my legs, scalding me.

This is Mr. Prestigious Ph.D., I remind you.

Or this: when I had to provide a urine sample for an insurance company, I somehow let my friends trick me into taking it to the wrong building. (Sorry — you never know what you’re going to get when you read my emails.)

Or this: despite being Mr. Online Earning Man over here, I was completely unaware of this, which can change your financial outlook darn fast:

Your Aha Moment for Today

November 28th, 2017   |   By Tom Woods

At first, Friedrich Frankenstein refused to believe any of the nonsense about his grandfather, Victor. There’s no way dead tissue could be reanimated!

But then, in the classic Mel Brooks film, he comes across, and studies, his grandfather’s private papers.

He thinks it all over.

He declares, “It…could…work!!”

(And indeed it does.)

Here’s how this involves you.

Let me propose a model for you.

You will reject it at first.

But you’ll consider the logic, and you’ll have a Friedrich Frankenstein moment.

I know a guy named Sam Bakker.

I’ve watched him release a really neat (and profitable) piece of software several times a year.

I thought: wow, this guy really knows how to create software!

Ah, naive little Tom.

It turns out, Sam has zero programming skills.

But he’s very good at the very thing programmers stink at: marketing.

(I love all you programmers and coders out there, but when I listen to you try to sell something I start looking around for an object to bludgeon myself with.)

Here’s Sam’s basic model:

(1) He develops an idea, based on a perceived need among his market;
(2) He hires a developer, at a fixed price (much less than you think) to create software to meet that need;
(3) He then sells the software, keeping all the profits.

Now unless you have That-Sounds-Like-Something-Other-People-Do Syndrome, you’re intrigued.

But Woods, you say, how would I find people who would buy my software?

Answer: you don’t have to.

Affiliates will find them.

Offer a 50% commission, and people with big email lists full of hungry buyers will gladly do the work for you.

Meanwhile, every buyer in turn becomes an entry on your own email list, which you can use in the future to sell more stuff.

This proposition is not debatable: people no different from you are making fantastic livings doing precisely this.

“It…could…work” indeed.


Sign up right now to watch Sam walk you through it tomorrow morning:

P.S. Yes, he’ll pitch you something, but his guide is very inexpensive (less than $20 if you grab it tomorrow morning), and even if you don’t spring for it, I’ve never known anyone to listen to Sam and not learn something.

Save your spot:

Cyber Monday: Cheapest Day of the Year to Start Your Website

November 27th, 2017   |   By Tom Woods

Today’s the day Bluehost offers its lowest hosting price of the whole year — a measly $2.65 per month.

On a site like this, if I didn’t tell you about the cheapest hosting day of the entire year you should want to smack me in the face.

Anyway, that’s a pretty darn good price to lock in.

Oh, and did I mention I offer bonuses to help get you up and running, and to send you a wave of free traffic (so your big launch won’t just consist of tumbleweeds blowing by)?

Details on my bonuses:

Grab that Cyber Monday deal (just freaking $2.65 per month, for crying out loud) before it turns into a pumpkin:

The Woods Method of Avoiding Insane Relatives at Thanksgiving

November 21st, 2017   |   By Tom Woods

Sure, I’ll admit this is a little unusual.

I’m inviting you to a webinar on Thanksgiving night (9pm Eastern).

“Woods,” you say, “can’t you give it a rest even on Thanksgiving?”


But I assure you: I wouldn’t be doing this if it weren’t important.

Not to mention: it gives you a good excuse to remove yourself from awkward family situations. “I know it’s Thanksgiving, but I’m afraid I need to hop on a webinar.”

Here’s the deal.

Omar Martin was a paramedic for the NYFD until 9/11, when he lost his partner in the attack and simply could no longer continue in that line of work.

He made a radical career change. He eventually figured out the online game, and is now one of the best teachers we have.

He and his wife, Melinda, are today considered the power couple of Internet marketing.

Their flagship product, the My Unfair Advantage program, opens to the public for only a few days every year.

Their members rave about it — the testimonials are truly out of this world — and love Omar and Melinda.

If you just can’t figure out what step one is, and you’re not convinced you can make this online thing work, My Unfair Advantage is tailor made for you.

Every week they walk you through something important you need to know, and take your questions.

Their members area contains a whole suite of software, courses, and reports to accelerate you on your path.

I cannot urge you strongly enough to set aside the time to attend. I truly believe this will help you, a lot. Omar and Melinda are the real thing.

I know for a fact some of you will be writing to me about your success stories as a result of this one thing.

I’m so convinced it will help you, in fact, that I’ll be rolling out by far the best collection of bonuses I’ve ever given away, in order to make joining My Unfair Advantage irresistible.

One of those bonuses involves spending time with me in person, if that’s something that interests you.

More on that in the days to come.

For now, register for this freaking webinar already:

How My Teenager Can Be Set by the Time She’s 18: Lesson for Us All

November 18th, 2017   |   By Tom Woods

OK, so I guess I’ve been going about this wrong.

For at least two years I’ve been urging my now 14-year-old daughter, Regina, to think about launching her own podcast. She has an area she’s very knowledgeable and passionate about, and there are few podcasts about it.

It’s the perfect combination: something she loves, plus something she could probably monetize (I have ideas aplenty, believe me).

I kept emphasizing the monetization angle. I said that if she started now, by the time she’s 18 she’ll actually have a decent income from this side hustle of hers. And that would mean she could, in her professional life, do whatever she wanted without worrying about salary.

Her side income from podcasting, in other words, would free her to do what she loves.

A persuasive argument!

Yet I could never quite get her to go ahead with it.

So that was Dad’s effort, spread out intermittently over two years.

Mom spoke to her for 20 minutes the other day and persuaded her to do it (!).

We haven’t yet had the full family discussion, but I rather suspect Mom focused on the passion side of things.

Maybe 14-year-olds aren’t as worried about finances as I thought.

But it’s still a good point: the sooner you start, the faster you’ll get to where you want to be.

That’s the subtext of all my good-natured emails to you.

I’ve made it even easier for you to start cashing in online the way countless knuckleheads are already doing, by snagging you a free membership at Affiliate Profits Club, which has a bunch of step-by-step videos on how to earn commissions via affiliate marketing, which I myself love dearly.

It’s also got a section full of resources that will help you get started and be successful.

It’s $27 for other people, but FOT (Friends of Tom) get in for $0.

Now there truly is no excuse….

Tom Woods

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