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My Friends and I Laughed at This Kid’s Dream. Then He Reached It

July 20th, 2017   |   By Tom Woods

A guy I knew in my high school class — and who came to my wedding, too, now that I think of it — had a ridiculous dream as a kid.

He was going to be a TV weatherman.

Sure you are, we said.

There are about five openings in the whole country. Good luck with that! I’m sure we’ll see you on TV.

We were nasty little snots.

Well, if you happen to live in Nashville, you may know meteorologist Dan Thomas of NBC’s WSMV channel 4. The SOB did it after all.

Before working in Nashville, by the way, Dan was stationed in New Orleans, where he reported on Hurricane Katrina, before having to be evacuated from New Orleans.

Dan and I, in turn, grew up with Todd Gross as our weatherman, on channel 5 in Boston.

Todd Gross, though, evacuated the entire profession. He now works completely online, making massive sales of his own products and affiliate products.

This week he’s releasing Video Builder, a rather amazing video app none of your friends will have, and which will impress the you-know-what out of them, and your prospects.

Video is king online, and Todd’s software gives you an unfair advantage over the mass of wannabes out there.

Todd’s mastery of video has been central to his insane success online.

He’s giving a sneak peak of Video Builder tomorrow night, and giving away ten free copies. Plus 100 smackers to each of three lucky people.

It takes 10 seconds to sign up to win.

Woo hoo:
http://www.happyearner.com/videobuilder


How to Look Like a Tech Whiz and Build an Audience

July 19th, 2017   |   By Tom Woods

Know what’s fun?

Looking like a whiz.

Looking like a (the?) leader in your niche.

Leaving the impression that you must have a big team behind you.

Sometimes it’s something trivial, but even those things can leave impressions.

Little example: on my other (libertarian) email list, I sometimes include embedded videos in my emails. Yet everyone knows you can’t embed a video in an email. Yet somehow I do it….

Heh.

Here’s why I’m telling you this.

When I was a kid, my weatherman was Todd Gross, on ABC Channel 5 in Boston.

He’s not a weatherman anymore.

Why? Well, let’s just say he found his calling elsewhere.

In 2015 he did $160,000,000 in affiliate sales, and sales of his own products.

So yeah, now he gets his weather reports by checking an app on his phone, like the rest of us.

In particular, Todd is a whiz when it comes to video.

I’ve probably built 75% of my following out of my videos. So yeah, video works, and you’re leaving a lot of dough and a big audience on the table without it.

But it’s a pain, or it costs $$, or it looks crappy, or you just don’t want to do it.

Todd is just about to release some very inexpensive, user-friendly software that creates videos for you that’ll look like you spent a fortune on them.

Sign up for the sneak peak he’s giving, and you could be one of 10 people to win a copy for free.

I really want someone on my list to win.

All 10, now that’s just greedy.

But just one? Totally doable.

Click, and make me proud:

http://www.happyearner.com/videobuilder

P.S. If you’re from Boston, like me, you’ll recognize Todd Gross at the link!


The Three Steps to the Smackers

July 8th, 2017   |   By Tom Woods

No sweeping generalities here. Here, step by step, is what you as an aspiring online earner should do.

(One error: when I start discussing sites where you can find affiliate products, I say JVZoo specializes in affiliate marketing products, when I meant to say Internet marketing products.)

In the video I mention Aweber and Leadpages, as well as BenSettle.com.

The key tool you need is Builderall, since it has everything you’ll want under one roof: a website builder, an optin page builder, a mobile app builder, an email marketing service, and a ton more.

And all for less than what I pay every month for just my email service alone. That’s insane.

It’s without a doubt the biggest steal I’ve seen since getting into Internet marketing, and it’s going away in a few days. So if you have not taken leave of your senses, go and grab (they’ve already withdrawn the annual offer, but the monthly one is still there):

http://www.happyearner.com/builderall


Letter From an Insane Asylum

July 7th, 2017   |   By Tom Woods

I started my podcast in the days of the horse and buggy, technology-wise.

I had a website created by one service.

I have my episodes hosted by another service.

I have podcast tech support from yet another service.

I have my email list (that my podcast helps me build) run by another service.

I generate the opt-in forms I send people to with still another service.

It’s enough to make you insane.

Now forget podcasting for a minute, since you’re probably not a podcaster.

Suppose you just want to start your online business, or you want to earn some dough online, and you prefer not to lose your mental health.

Bare minimum would be an opt-in page builder and an email service, so you can collect email addresses and then send affiliate offers to that list.

Beyond those things, you might also want: a website builder; a membership site creator (so you can earn recurring income and/or sell courses); a mobile app builder (for added awesomeness); a design service to create eBook covers, videos, and info products; a heat map to find out where most of the activity on your site is; etc.

I can think of a bunch of ninja tools you might also want to have, too.

Now imagine not having to integrate 27 different products from 27 different companies, and instead getting all of this in a single place, on a single platform, for one smacker a day.

It’s too late for me. Save yourself:

http://www.happyearner.com/thisdoeseverything


Three Affiliate Programs That Pay My Bills

July 5th, 2017   |   By Tom Woods

Here are three affiliate programs I’ve had a lot of success promoting (and therefore earning commissions from):

(1) The Ron Paul Curriculum. Well, duh: I created hundreds of videos for this K-12 homeschool program. I’m a natural to promote it. But it’s an excellent product for you, too — the retention rate is 95%, and you keep earning that $125 commission every year a family who joins through your link stays subscribed.

(2) Bluehost. Anyone you interact with online is at least potentially in the market for a website, and they’ll need hosting. Bluehost is a provider you can promote with confidence.

(3) Rocket Languages. Promote them only when they have sales, which they notify affiliates about in advance. Commissions are a generous 60%, and it’s a great product.

These are three high-quality, high-converting affiliate programs.

Beyond that, you’ll have to look around.

Good news: there’s a directory of some of the best affiliate programs around. You should have it in your arsenal.

Better news: pick up this directory and I’ll throw in as a bonus my video series helping you get started as an affiliate.

Price is leaping up within 48 hours tonight (July 7), so check it out:
http://www.happyearner.com/directory


Extreme Couponers Are Chumps

June 30th, 2017   |   By Tom Woods

You know those extreme couponers — they clip coupons for a full-time living, and they get practically their entire grocery order for free.

What most people do only casually, they do strategically and deliberately. So instead of getting 5 cents off a box of Cream of Wheat, they pay 3 cents for an entire cart of food.

Problem: you spend 40 hours a week collecting coupons, and you get a $500-$600 return.

Meh.

Being what’s known in the industry as a “super affiliate” is analogous to being an extreme couponer. What others do casually, you’ve got down to a science.

(As an affiliate, you earn commissions on other people’s products when people order them through your link.)

Typical affiliates sit and wait for people to come and click on their links, and are happy to earn their $40 monthly commission.

You, as a super affiliate, know where to find people, how to interest them in the offer, how to make that offer irresistible, and how to get people to click and buy.

A super affiliate, by definition, is someone who earns at least five figures per month as an affiliate.

Mark Ling, who’s been at this for 18 years, earns 6 or sometimes 7 figures per month.

In the video we did together, he takes us on a trip through cyberspace to show us the different things he’s doing to have that kind of success. (It turns out Mark is the founder of Rocket Languages, a program I’ve promoted for years!)

That video comes down at midnight PST — just hours from now. And Mark’s extremely systematic teaching program, which gets started next week, also closes down.

Curious to pull back the curtain on this crazy and fascinating world?

Watch:

http://www.happyearner.com/affiliatereplay


It Felt Awesome Crushing That 10-Year-Old in a Chess Tournament

June 30th, 2017   |   By Tom Woods

I made every move with patience and care.

He made his moves the very instant after I played mine.

As I thought about my next move, he would wander around the tournament room watching other people’s games.

Nice kid.

I’m not letting some 10-year-old rattle me, I thought. I’m going to play as methodically as I always do, and I won’t be thrown by contemptuous behavior.

Little by little, I started gaining advantages.

By around move 15, he stopped wandering around.

He began to take more time on his moves.

By move 25, it was all over. I had completely crushed him.

Woods, you beat a 10-year-old?

You’re darn right. Some of these kids are incredible prodigies, so you have to play them like adults.

More to the point: this arrogant kid needed to get beaten, to jolt him out of his unhealthy and unwarranted superiority complex.

In chess I would describe myself as a very strong amateur. I’ll blow any casual player off the board, but a grandmaster would crush me like a bug.

When it comes to affiliate marketing — my favorite (and I think the easiest) way to prosper online — I’m more or less the same: I can outperform average folks, but the killer “super affiliates” crush me.

One of those super affiliates (who has indeed crushed me in the past) is Mark Ling. You are going to want to watch his presentation, which I hosted, on how to be a successful affiliate.

In the presentation I even give away the name of a specific product I’ve promoted as an affiliate — to the tune of $17,275.02 in my pocket — and I show you how to get started earning commissions on it yourself.

It costs you nothing to become an affiliate of that product. Everyone reading this should do so. No excuses. Time to stop theorizing about capitalism and start actually doing it. This is an excellent product that sells well, you’ve probably heard me promote it, and some of you have even bought it!

We discussed a lot more about affiliate stuff, including excellent niches where you can find a lot of products you can earn commissions from.

You’ll want to write this stuff down.

Especially because you have only until midnight to watch it before it’s taken down:

http://www.happyearner.com/affiliatereplay


My Biggest Fear as a Public Speaker

June 28th, 2017   |   By Tom Woods

After years and years of public speaking, does fear ever enter the picture?

I’ve done a lot of public speaking, both in the U.S. and abroad. Most people who follow what I do now first saw me on YouTube.

I’m not afraid of big crowds. Big crowds are great. They laugh more readily — all you need are one or two, and the laughter spreads; in a small crowd, people feel weird laughing. Big crowds erupt into applause. They give standing ovations. Those are much easier with big crowds.

I’m not afraid that I’ll stumble over my words. Nobody’s perfect, and nobody thinks the worse of you if you make a mistake or two.

I’m not afraid that I’ll forget what I want to say.

I’m afraid of this:

Nobody showing up.

Now that’s a fear.

I remember hosting someone in my college days for a campus event who’s now a nationally known name, and at that time was a rising star. I think fewer than ten people showed up. He begged me not to publicize the attendance figures.

We all have this fear in different ways. If nobody shows up to your blog, or your affiliate offer, or whatever, that’s pretty terrible, too.

So I’m going to make you a deal.

I can bring you traffic.

On my show, which attracts a substantial audience, I publicize new blogs that were started using my affiliate link, tomwoods.com/blue. That’s a permanent offer that isn’t going to change. (Here’s that deal.)

Here’s a temporary offer that definitely is going to change: I’ll do the same for your online business, or your opt-in page, or whatever, to help you get sales or build your email list, whether or not you use my Bluehost link for your hosting.

So you won’t have to worry about crickets chirping when you open your online doors.

You want to sell stuff as an affiliate, but aren’t sure anyone will click on your link? I’ll send traffic to that link.

I’ll lay out my deal in the webinar Mark Ling and I are doing tomorrow on how to be an effective affiliate. This is the first, last, and only time I’ll be making this offer in 2017, so grab your spot:

http://www.happyearner.com/affiliatetraining


Got the Stuffings Beat Out of Me in a Sales Contest

June 25th, 2017   |   By Tom Woods

Everything in the story you are about to hear is true.

Not even the names have been changed.

I was once involved in a sales contest. I was an affiliate. I earned commissions every time someone bought through my link.

In many such contests, the product creator offers prizes to the top affiliates, in addition to the commissions.

For this product, there were three prizes.

LEADS CONTEST. Whoever got the most people to sign up for the creator’s free content earned $20,000. That’s not a misprint. $20,000. In addition to commissions.

OVERALL SALES CONTEST. Whoever sold the most units over the 10-day period when the product was available earned $50,000. That, too, was in addition to commissions.

FINAL 36 HOURS CONTEST. Whoever sold the most units in the final 36 hours before the doors were closed on the product earned $50,000. Again, in addition to commissions.

Ready for the winners’ names?

LEADS CONTEST. Mark Ling.
OVERALL SALES CONTEST. Mark Ling.
FINAL 36 HOURS CONTEST. Mark Ling.

So over the course of two weeks, Mark Ling earned $120,000 in prizes alone. Add in commissions, and he earned well over half a million dollars in two weeks. Possibly as much as $700,000.

How do I know?

As I said, I was in the contest, too.

I read all the updates, and I in effect watched Mark do this.

Lesson: he knows what he’s talking about. He can make sales like nobody’s business.

So no, his claims are not unrealistic. I’ve watched him live them, close up.

Here’s the model he follows to crush it this insanely:

http://www.happyearner.com/lingreplay


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