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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.

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I Got into Bitcoin, and Here’s How It Turned Out

November 18th, 2017   |   By Tom Woods

You could say I got lucky.

I happened to meet with a bunch of knowledgeable Bitcoin advocates a number of years ago, and they spent a good amount of time discussing its merits and prospects with me.

Eventually (not right away), I decided to buy in. Bitcoin was at $550. It’s at nearly $8,000 today. So that worked out.

With gains like that, Bitcoin has everyone’s attention. People wonder: should I get in now? Will it continue to go up? Or would I be getting in at the top?

I won’t presume to answer those questions for you. But I’ll say this: a lot of these questions are coming from people with the inaction gene. They know they should have done X, but some kind of mental paralysis stopped them.

Same goes with all this online stuff: someday winds up becoming never.

So I’m making it easy.

Unlike a Bitcoin buy, which requires you to scrounge up some dough, here’s a training program in affiliate marketing whose usual $27 price tag I got waived for you.

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The Professor Who Wouldn’t Tell Me His Name

November 6th, 2017   |   By Tom Woods

Hard to believe what this country is coming to.

Over the weekend I spoke at a fantastic conference, featuring lots of brilliant people with prestigious degrees, books published by major houses — all the credentials you could ask for.

But given the current state of American culture, a handful of attendees, including a college professor I met, were afraid to reveal their names.

Dissident opinions aren’t exactly welcome in academia, corporate America, or the press. And these folks didn’t want their livelihoods destroyed by professional smear artists.

But, as I told people in the room: there’s some good news all the same.

In the old days, dissidents like Jordan Peterson or Owen Benjamin would never have been heard from again.

Today, they’re Internet celebrities.

If you’re not yet a part of it, you’re sitting on the sidelines of history, as one of the most liberating forces of all time passes you by.

Tomorrow, Seth Young is going to join us to show you just how easy it is to (1) get a blog up with content posted in under 15 minutes; and (2) drive serious traffic to it.

Most people never even try (1), partly because they think they can’t do it. And very, very few ever figure out (2).

Tomorrow I’m handing you an unfair advantage. Take it.

Reserve your seat:

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Images You Were Never Meant to See

October 27th, 2017   |   By Tom Woods

Need a graphic of some kind designed? Well, just use Fiverr!

Meh.

Once in a while I’ve had a decent result, but not lately.

Two recent examples:

You have to be kidding me. Those are hideous.

If you’re doing anything online, you’ll need some kind of graphics at some point, guaranteed. Could be eBook covers, product covers, whatever. Social media, meanwhile, has its own graphics requirements that you probably won’t want to navigate unaided. And like me, you may need graphics created on a regular basis.

At $150 a pop, that adds up.

I finally threw in the towel and started using Pixel Studio FX instead. It’s easy — even fun — to use, it generates exactly what I want even though I have zero design skills (and I mean zero), and it saves me a boatload of money. With my first cover I’d covered my small investment three times over.

It’s actually one of the few products I’ve written a testimonial for. That’s how thankful I am for it.

For just a couple more days, you can pick it up for a low one-time fee; after that it switches to a monthly charge, and you don’t want to pay that.

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A Doofus Like Me Made These

October 26th, 2017   |   By Tom Woods

I’ve dealt with enough crappy Fiverr cover gigs to last me a lifetime, so for most of my book and product covers I’ve used Pixel Studio FX. Saves me aggravation, time, back-and-forths with uncomprehending freelancers, not to mention $100+ per design.

Thanks to Pixel Studio FX, even an idiot like me made these. Each one took me ten minutes, max. (So imagine what a competent person could accomplish!)

When I bought Pixel Studio FX it didn’t come with Social Studio FX (which produces excellent social media graphics, at just the right size) as a free bonus, as it does now.

Someday soon I’ll share with you the train wrecks I got from trying to get product covers designed on Fiverr. Ugh.

For now, save yourself serious dough and frustration, while the one-time special is still going:

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