This week:

  • My July Finance Report
  • This is a must-read if you want to get paid to write
  • Success is inevitable if…
  • An impressive free course for freelancers
  • 18 startups hiring for high paying remote jobs ($100,000+)
  • Reminder: most of your competition sucks!
  • Systems Thinking
  • Big Money Gamers
  • The Kanye Story
  • Long Tail Dating Websites

My July Finance Report

Here’s everything I earned and spent in July.

In short:

  • Income: $2,131
  • Expenses: $2,081

So I just about broke even.

Below is a graph from the report showing my progress with affiliate income since starting eBiz Facts last December.

Affiliate income progress chart

Nice to see it trending upwards.

If the expected payments come through in August I should crack $2000 for the first time 🎉

By the way, the main course I’ve been following to grow my affiliate income is The Authority Site System by Authority Hacker.

Check out their free webinar to get a taste of it.

This is a must-read if you want to get paid to write

From Moz: How to Screen and Recruit the Best SEO Content Writers

Your dream clients are reading that article and using it as a guide for hiring writers.

You should read it too, and position yourself accordingly.

Related – here are a couple of travel blogs you can pitch for writing work:

(Thanks to Hazel in FBB for sharing those.)

Inkwell also has an article listing 14 sites that will pay you $100 or more to write.

Success is inevitable if…

A couple of quotes from Tim Grahl’s book, Running Down A Dream (via Nathan Barry):

Success is inevitable if you keep moving.

The only way you truly fail at a marathon is to stop taking the next step. Sometimes you’re running, sometimes you’re walking, and sometimes you’re crawling. It doesn’t matter. If you’re moving forward, you will succeed.

An impressive free course for freelancers

I had a look through ~30 minutes of The Freelancer’s Journey and liked what I saw 👍

It’s mainly for web designers, but worth your time no matter what skill you freelance.

If nothing else, watch the 6 videos in the Getting Clients section. I really like the approach they recommend there.

Note that the course is from Webflow, which is a visual website builder. Naturally, they recommend in the course that you build client sites on their platform, but many of the lessons apply just as well no matter what you use.

Also, Webflow is a remote friendly company, currently hiring for about 20 different positions.

18 startups hiring for high paying remote jobs ($100,000+)

More remote job opportunities over at AngelList.

Apparently they all pay over $100,000 🤑

Bring your A-game.

Reminder: most of your competition sucks!

I linked to this article in FBB the other day: Avoiding Stupidity is Easier than Seeking Brilliance

A member replied:

This is so true. I am feeling it especially hard as I try to find writers to join my team. 90% of people that respond to my ads are unable to even follow my very clear and simple directions, it really boggles my mind!!!

My favorite was when I made a FB post telling interested writers to please PM me with a few samples of their writing. About 15 people opted to just comment “Interested” on the post. One person messaged me with a sob story begging me that she needs the money really badly, but she has no experience. UMMM not a great way to sell yourself.

So yeah, simply following directions will get you far in this world!

Related: article + video showing why I hired a more expensive freelancer on Upwork over 50+ competitors

Systems Thinking

Seth Godin speaks about systems thinking on his podcast:

“Systems thinking is the shortcut to creating productivity and impact.”

People who see and understand how a system works and how it’s changing, are well poised to take advantage.

One example is WalMart.

Sam Walton didn’t invent container shipping, he just leveraged that new system to succeed massively in retail 💰

Amazon did the same with ecommerce.

Jeff Bezos understood that the internet was going to be huge. He got in early and executed brilliantly 📈

What’s next?

More and more people are moving from 9-to-5 jobs to flexible, remote work.

(Look at the graph on this page – the growth is ridiculous)

The same way people once moved from working on farms to working in offices.

Generally speaking, working online is still seen as weird and risky.

But it won’t be for long.

Now is the time to take advantage.

Big Money Gamers

Last week I shared a new case study with a YouTube gamer who earns $3000/month 🎮

If $3000/month doesn’t have you reaching for the controller, consider:

Furthermore, the gaming industry is growing massively, so it seems there’s plenty of pie to go round.

The Kanye Story

Entertaining story about how a young entrepreneur got his Kanye West dating website idea to go viral.

25 news anchors coast to coast are discussing my imaginery dating site and I’m just in my bedroom, in my pyjamas with an old Macbook pro making the whole thing up as I go along.

The same guy now runs a site called Marketing Examples which details – you guessed it – examples of great/unusual marketing.

(Best thing I’ve found there so far is Jason Cohen’s cold email pitch – genius!)

Anyway, the Kanye dating site site never amounted to anything, but it did get me thinking…

Long Tail Dating Websites

In eBiz Weekly #28 I mentioned “long tail” social media sites, which are basically niche social media sites with a few hundred/thousand users paying a subscription.

I mentioned 3 examples of such:

Turns out you have the same thing in the dating industry, only bigger.

A few examples:

  • FarmersOnly —> 4.5 million members, premium accounts starting at $11/month 👨‍🌾
  • CatholicMatch —> 1.5 million members, premium accounts starting at $12/month 😇
  • MilitaryCupid —> 600k members, premium accounts starting at $12/month 🎖

That’s serious money.

Not that it’s easy to build one of these “long tail” businesses.

I consider them Level 3 online businesses.

Level 1 would be freelancing and remote work.

If you’re just starting out earning money online, stick with one of those.

That’ll do it for this week.

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Until next week, rock on with your legendary self 💪


Niall Doherty – Ubud, Bali
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