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The Associated Press Smears Me, I Hit Back

April 25th, 2017   |   By Tom Woods

I was giving a lecture at a university in Wisconsin when I got the news: the AP was out with a hit piece on me, inspired by the Democratic Party of Idaho.

It was 2010. My book Nullification had come out that year. It called on states to take Thomas Jefferson’s advice and refuse to enforce unconstitutional laws.

After speaking to a packed auditorium (450+) at Boise State University the previous night, I had a private breakfast with the governor of Idaho to discuss the idea. He had read the book, as had key people in the state legislature.

The book became such a sensation in the Idaho government, in fact, that ABC News even did a segment on it.

Then the Associated Press came after me.

You can imagine the things they say about somebody who thinks the states have a role to play in determining constitutionality. The usual career-destroying smears.

I knew instinctively that a blog post wouldn’t be enough to defend myself. When I got back home I’d have to get on camera.

The trouble was, I knew zero about making videos.

So if you watch the first video that I made myself on my YouTube channel, you’ll see it’s a mess: the lighting is wrong, it’s pixelated, awful.

Bad video is slightly better than no video, but ugh.

For months afterward, I struggled to get the lighting right. The lighting is all over the place in my early videos.

A professional-looking video gives you instant credibility. A lousy one does the opposite.

And man, can it bring in traffic: I got maybe 12,000-15,000 downloads of my eBook on Bernie Sanders, but over 56,000 views of a short, simple video about him.

And Facebook loves video.

But it’s scary, it seems impossible, and you don’t know where to begin. Yet at some point you will have to figure this out. It WILL generate more traffic for you, and that means more dough — sometimes a lot more.

Don’t wait until the AP is dragging your name through the mud all over the country.

Grab this free PDF cheat sheet (it’s available for only the next 36 14 hours) and live training:

Here’s What Humiliation Looks Like

April 17th, 2017   |   By Tom Woods

Whether or not you like Pink Floyd’s music, you’ll be interested in this story.

After bassist and principal writer Roger Waters left Pink Floyd after The Final Cut (1983), he embarked on a solo career with mixed success.

Pink Floyd’s music deteriorated without him, but they still had the lucrative brand, so they attracted the fans.

Waters recalls, from 1987:

“I will never forget being in Cincinnati playing to 1,500 people in an 8,000-seat arena and my ex-colleagues playing the next night in a sold-out football stadium.”

I actually saw both Pink Floyd and Roger Waters that year. (I was 15.) For my money, Waters had by far the better concert. Pink Floyd had lasers. Waters’ show had genuine heart and soul.

He had something great, in other words, but nobody knew about it.

That’s the trouble everyone who struggles online faces: I’ve got something people will love, but how do I get them to check it out?

I made you a short video to answer this, the most agonizing question in the history of the Internet.

Try to guess what I’m going to suggest.

Whatever it is, you’re wrong.

It’s this:

How to Claim Your Commission Machine Bonuses

April 2nd, 2017   |   By Tom Woods

For everyone who purchases Michael Cheney’s The Commission Machine through my link, I’m giving away two free bonuses:

(1) Email List Building Explained, an eBook and mini-course on how to build a profitable email list. You don’t need an email list for Michael’s program, but it certainly wouldn’t hurt.

(2) Internet Marketing for Newbies. This video course cuts your learning curve way down as you enter this glorious new world.

To get your bonuses, simply sign in to the JVZoo account that will be created for you when you buy The Commission Machine, and just below the button marked “Access Your Purchase” you’ll see a button to access my bonuses.

When I bought The Commission Machine myself, I bought it through an affiliate named Richard Legg. As you can see in the below graphic, there’s a blue button I can click to get Richard’s bonus.

In your case, that blue button will have my name on it and will furnish you with my bonuses.

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Check out The Commission Machine!

Stupid Things People Say When You Have Lots of Kids

April 1st, 2017   |   By Tom Woods

We have five daughters and man, have we heard it all.

“Hey, you do know what causes that, right?”

“You sure have your hands full! I can barely handle two!”

“Man, I feel for you!”

“Wow, good luck, man. You’re going to need it.”

(Bear in mind that these things, which make them sound like burdens, are being said right in front of them.)

I’ve developed some snappy answers to these. Maybe I’ll share them in another email.

My daughters have enriched my life beyond words, and the world is a much better place with them in it.

So to people who think they could have lived my life better than I have, particularly when it comes to my family size, it’s my turn to give some advice: go jump in a #%@& lake. 🙂

Same goes for unsolicited advice about my business.

It almost always comes from people who know nothing about it, and their advice would cut my income in half, if not more. Like people who lecture me on how many kids I have, they’re sure they’re helping, but believe me, they’re really not.

Trust me, there’s always a method behind what I’m doing.

I’m absolutely crushing it in the affiliate marketing world right now, and it’s not because I have a huge email list, because I don’t.

It’s because I really do know what I’m doing.

I’m doing _exactly_ what Michael Cheney — one of the top affiliates in the whole world — teaches in his program The Commission Machine. I own it myself, because I own all of Michael’s products.

Cheney earns seven figures in commissions every year selling other people’s stuff. He’s #$%@& good at it (I’m enjoying using those symbols).

In The Commission Machine, he takes you from how to find products that (1) sell well and (2) pay you well, all the way to advanced tactics that actually make people eager to buy through you.

The affiliate marketing world is an insane place with almost mind-boggling dough to be made. People who know nothing about it are left speechless when they first discover it.

So I decided to jump in. And man, the water’s beautiful.

You may not like Michael’s pitch style on this: “Earn $X per day,” or “learn my secret method.” That’s only because you may be unfamiliar with Michael, who in fact earns much more than $X per day, and he sure does have a secret method, which he does in fact teach you.

I’m using it right now. 🙂

With the price (a mere 20 smackers, which is a steal) on the verge of more than doubling, now’s the time:

P.S. And I’m throwing in bonuses, too: (1) my Email List Building Explained eBook and video course (you don’t need an email list for Michael’s method, but it doesn’t hurt), and (2) Internet Marketing for Newbies, a great video series that will help get you situated in this glorious new world you’re entering. You’ll find them inside the JVZoo members area.

Why Musicians and Actors Are Leftists

March 31st, 2017   |   By Tom Woods

Ever wonder what it must be like to be someone like Mick Jagger?

You just sit there, and dough keeps on rolling in — and this has gone on for over 50 years.

Now don’t get me wrong: Mick Jagger works hard. A lot of actors work hard, too. But when they compare their physical effort with the vastly disproportionate monetary compensation they receive, I think they don’t know how to handle it. I think they feel guilty.

This guilt, in turn, warps their brains. It makes them say nonsensical things and support inane causes that assuage their guilt.

I’m neither a musician nor an actor. But I have first-hand experience with another field where the top people rake in dough that would make your head spin.

That’s affiliate marketing, and Internet marketing in general.

I myself sell a homeschool curriculum as an affiliate, as well as web hosting services, and many other things. That just means that if I bring in a sale, I earn a commission. That’s all. Nothing weird or underhanded about it.

And if you know what you’re doing, those commissions can add up fast.

I personally know people who have earned six figures after a single webinar — and they don’t even have to provide product support, process refunds, or whatever. That’s up to the product creator. They just collect the dough.

In my book, the master is Michael Cheney. That’s why I own every single one of his products.

I just went through his Commission Machine program for a second time. I cannot get over how good it is.

It’s ideal for a stone-cold newbie who doesn’t even know how to find products to promote, much less how to promote them.

For a couple of more days, it’s just 20 smackers. When you add in my bonuses (see the P.S. below), it’s ridiculous to the point that you should send Michael a donation.

I remind you: his pitch is strong medicine. You may not like his “Earn up to $X per day!” or his “learn my secret method” stuff.

But unlike the swamp dwellers, Michael really does earn $X (actually more) per day, and he sure does have a secret method, which fast-forwarded my progress by about five years.

When you start earning the big dough, though, don’t feel guilty and make a fool of yourself like Barbra Streisand.

Just send me a postcard from the Bahamas.

If you’re not curious yet, I stink at this:

P.S. My bonuses if you choose to pick up The Commission Machine: our eBook and video course Email List Building Explained (Michael doesn’t cover how to build an email list; you don’t need one for his program, but it doesn’t hurt), and our video course Internet Marketing for Newbies, which will cut way down on your learning curve as you enter this wondrous new world.

My Secret Method for Kicking My Competition All Over the Field

March 30th, 2017   |   By Tom Woods

“Woods, you may already have become one of the top affiliates in the entire world.”

Whoa. I wasn’t expecting him to say that.

“You’re blowing past people who’ve been at this for 15-20 years.”

On Monday, I Skyped with the guy who runs one of the top sites for Internet marketers. It’s a site we go to in order to find out what products are coming out when, etc.

And he told me: Woods, whatever the heck it is you’re doing, keep doing it, because you’re trouncing established people who have far bigger email lists than you do.

So what is it I’m doing?

I’m following Michael Cheney’s method. That’s really it.

I own every single product Michael has ever created. And I guess it’s paying off, because one of the best-known guys in the industry just told me I’m fast becoming one of the top dogs.

Michael earns seven figures per year online, much of that in affiliate marketing. So — duh — he’s a pretty good guy to learn from.

He recently created a video series called The Commission Machine in which he explains his strategies for making lots of sales as an affiliate.

If you’ve ever been even slightly curious about how someone pulls in that much cash just by sending emails or posting on Facebook, your questions will be answered.

Plus, you’ll love the guy.

Maybe you’ll be put off by his “Earn up to $X per day!” pitch. Or the “use my secret method” message in his sales letter. If it were anyone other than Michael, I’d be skeptical.

When you’re as successful an affiliate as Michael, who’s been at this for 17 years, you’re entitled to a little boasting.

And yes, he does have his own unique method.

I’m using it right now. 🙂

It’s this way:

P.S. By the way, I’ve just added two bonuses: my Email List Building Explained mini-course, about how to build an email list (Michael doesn’t cover this), and Internet Marketing for Newbies, which gets you up to speed quickly on lots of basic stuff online earners should know about.

(You’ll see the link for my bonuses right inside your JVZoo account that will be created for you if you get The Commission Machine.)

The One Time You Should Ignore My Advice

March 28th, 2017   |   By Tom Woods

Last night I took Elizabeth, my 7-year-old, to gymnastics, where she’s just been bumped up to the group that preps for the gymnastics team. They think she has natural talent.

I’m really proud of this little dynamo. She’s smart, sweet, and turns out to have this talent we hadn’t known about.

I wouldn’t be surprised if she did really well at this. But she’s not interested in a career in that field. It’s just something she likes to do.

It’s like me and chess. I’m a pretty good player, and I can blow any casual player off the board. But I don’t have the desire to put in the work necessary to be a world-class player (and I might lack the natural talent anyway).

This is true of plenty of people online, too. They make a little side income as affiliates (meaning they earn commissions selling other people’s products), for instance, but that’s as far as they’re interested in taking it.

But then, as in all fields, you have the people who take something way, way past the hobby stage.

Enter the guy I’m introducing you to today.

(1) You’ve probably heard me mention him.
(2) I own every product he’s ever released.
(3) He’s one of the best affiliates in the world.
(4) He earns seven figures online every year.
(5) Although there must be others, he and I are the only affiliates I’m aware of who consistently use his method.

Note: lots of sales pages for Internet marketing info products are like self-parodies: I was broke, and then I stumbled upon this *secret method* for online riches, and now I take fancy vacations with beautiful women!

This guy is having a bit of fun with that genre at the link below. This is not the kind of page I normally send you to.

In any other situation, I cringe at and steer you away from “learn my secret method to earn commissions.” Secret method my you-know-what.

Or “Earn up to $X per day!”

But this guy really does have his own method (and you’re darn right he earns at least $X per day). And when he explains it to you, you’ll say: “Wait a minute, Woods does this!”

Correct. Where do you think I learned it from?

Check it out:

The Embarrassing Things I Did to Earn Money in College

March 18th, 2017   |   By Tom Woods

If you’re a longtime reader, you already know I literally cleaned bathrooms during my freshman year.

Then, years later (1993), my friends played probably the best and most elaborate practical joke on me I’ve ever heard of. I’ll spare you the details except to say it involved a fake experiment in the college psychology department, a urine sample, and $15.

I told a friend at the Mises Institute that I’d fallen for this trick because I’d wanted the $15 that was advertised. He responded: why are you wasting your time for $15, when you could write a quick article and earn $150?

I’m not kidding: that was literally the beginning of my writing career. My first-ever article was published in 1993.

I just needed someone to point out the obvious to me.

Let me be that guy for you.

The other night I got some of the best feedback I’ve ever seen for any of the live presentations I’ve arranged for my readers.

Rachel Rofe is an expert at using print-on-demand services, coupled with sites like Amazon, to sell simple but in-demand items (like coffee mugs with funny sayings that appeal to particular niches). No design skills necessary — or believe me, I wouldn’t be promoting it.

Here’s the replay of that webinar:

Someone wrote to say:

“That was the BEST webinar for this type of stuff that you’re always promoting. I’ve seen many of the others but she was awesome and unbelievably useful!!! I was up for hours last night creating products and marketing ideas on gearbubble, etc…. Thanks to you and her for the webinar!”

Real testimony from a real person.
If you hate it, no harm done. But you won’t. You’ll say: Woods, maybe there’s something to this Internet thing after all — and this actually seems fun.

The replay comes down tomorrow. Even though it’s free, it’s highly valuable info. You are going to be impressed.

Make the time to watch before it’s gone forever:

A Miracle Has Occurred: An Online Workshop Actually Teaches You Something

March 17th, 2017   |   By Tom Woods

Here’s how a lot of online workshops run:

Hey, everyone, here’s five percent of what you need to know. For the rest, that’ll be $4997.

I’m personally fine with that. But I get that it can be frustrating.

Not last night. We got step-by-step training, including the exact free tools to use, and where to find ideas, to create products to list for sale on eCommerce sites.

And yes, although that sounds technical and kind of awesome, you also learned it’s not brain surgery.

Now it’s true: Rachel is not a registered charity, and she does have an offer for you at the end. I think folks on this list are OK with that.

But before getting there, she walked us through a whole lot of immediately actionable stuff. I’m new to eCommerce, so I definitely learned a lot.

Judging from the comments, you guys loved it, and I’m glad. What she’s describing is newbie-friendly, and something you can spend as much or as little time on as you like.

Lots of people already do this: with zero artistic ability, they use online platforms to create print-on-demand products. No outlay of cash, no inventory to hold, and definitely not difficult to learn.

Newbie-friendly, in other words.

There’s a countdown clock above the replay, so be sure you find the time to watch:

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