Shawn DeWolfe's blog

It's All About Henchmen

  • Posted on: 9 December 2015
  • By: Shawn DeWolfe

I saw this great video about how to do white-hat link building. Link building is a terrific way to build relevance with a brick-by-brick approach. The speaker had a lot of solid ideas until he came to one element. To paraphrase: "get your intern to search for new link directories and input your site." The indelible part: "Your intern." An intern is an unpaid person who toils on your behalf to learn at the master’s feet. If you are trying to earn your first $10,000, you have not mastered this gig yet so no one has likely flocked to your cause.

Networking : The First Volley of Marketing

  • Posted on: 8 December 2015
  • By: Shawn DeWolfe
I've wondered: how come people seem to be successful when other products may be better and hidden in obscurity? A few years ago, I went to a talk for aspiring writers (one session from an ongoing group). My wife and I sat through it. At the end of the talks, they had a mixer. We left when the talks were done. I was asked: "How come these people seem to have book deals?" My answer: the mixer. Sitting in a crowd and amassing knowledge is swell. Sitting at home and doing something wonderful is nifty.

Collect The Rain

  • Posted on: 7 December 2015
  • By: Shawn DeWolfe
When looking for your “First $10,000” idea, you’re looking for $10,000 of profit. I can make $10,000 today if I went out and sold $20,000 of cash at half price. That’s the trap of the online marketers: when they say they’ve made $5,000 in 8 hours, I do not doubt them. They may have spent $20,000 or $30,000 to get that $5,000. Yes, the ratios can be that bad. For a micro-example, run a Facebook or Google ad when you get a coupon next time (they’re all over the place offering you $50 or $100 in credit). I tried both of these and pointed them to affiliate programs I ran.

Give The Gluttons A Feast

  • Posted on: 6 December 2015
  • By: Shawn DeWolfe

In steering this ship on the quest for the first $10,000, I have charted a course to an online only venture. There are lots of sites to help you sell doodads or do drop shipping. In fact, the online only venture does end up with physical products, but that's the icing on top of the cake of online content creation.

Go With What You Know

  • Posted on: 5 December 2015
  • By: Shawn DeWolfe
Everyone has strengths, skills and aptitudes. Add in hobbies and interests. Maybe you've never looked at a ledger, but your mind is tuned to following columns and rows and transferring figures accurately, so you would make a good accountant. Maybe you spent a decade selling shoes so you know patent leather from plastic at a glance. By the time you reach adulthood, you will have at least one skill under your belt that you can practice with confidence.

Choose Your Audience

  • Posted on: 2 December 2015
  • By: Shawn DeWolfe
A website is effectively a subject. EBay is about selling. BoingBoing is about geek chic. Huffington Post is about news. While sites can rely on a lot of data, charts and links to videos at their core they are published works similar to newspapers, comic books, novels or magazines. Each of those publishing ventures choose a topic. None of them cover everything. They all specialize. For your idea, you need to figure out your topic and the audience it will attract. What do you want to write about? It breaks into two sets of qualifiers, then clusters of idea sources.

The First 10,000

  • Posted on: 1 December 2015
  • By: Shawn DeWolfe
I am not a CPC or PPC or CPA or (three-letter with C and P are in there somewhere) kind of a guy. I build sites for others who then populate their site with good data. Still, the lure of this approach: build a site, people flock to it, and you reap the revenue. Lots of online marketers talk about this field. They always miss out some key detail that makes you need to buy their product. But you should buy their product-- it's so easy to make $700/day! If it were, then everyone would be making $700/day. Likely, they are making their $700/day from you falling for their claims of fast money.