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- A brutally honest Wealthy Affiliate review
- This free video series is better than WA
- Free domain offer from HostGator
- Dangerous Writing App
- A bunch of work from home opportunities
- Interview with Digital Nomad Cafe
- Do you sell online to European customers?
- 2000 new subscribers in 72hrs
- 3 productivity tools (2 are free)
A brutally honest Wealthy Affiliate review
When I signed up to Wealthy Affiliate a few weeks back, it was with the expectation that the program would actually be good.
I envisioned myself enjoying the training, writing a positive review, and eventually earning some decent affiliate commissions.
Unfortunately, the training turned out to be terrible, and nobody in their right mind will sign up for it after reading the review I just published.
I also put together this video detailing the 7 biggest problems with Wealthy Affiliate, featuring appearances by Robert De Niro, Jennifer Aniston, and an awesome little monkey 🐒
Right now, the #1 result on Google for “wealthy affiliate review” is a ridiculously biased article by a guy who boasts of earning more than $3000/month referring people to WA.
In other words, he’s filling his pockets by recommending a program that’s total garbage.
I’d love nothing more than to knock him off that top spot.
With that in mind, your comments and shares – and especially links, if you’re a blogger – would be very much appreciated on the written review 🙏
This free video series is better than WA
It’s a clear and concise one-hour guide to SEO from Moz.
Watch it and you’ll be able to nod knowingly when SEO pros use terms like “the chunky middle” and “pogo-sticking.”
Free domain offer from HostGator
HostGator is generally regarded as one of the best web hosts for a small starter website.
They’re running a free domain offer right now, so you can get a website set up on your own .com for only $76.11 for the first year.
($76.11 was the price that showed up for me when I tested the offer. Could be different depending on where you are in the world.)
Dangerous Writing App
If you’re struggling with writer’s block, try this app.
The Most Dangerous Writing App is designed to shut down your inner editor and get you into a state of flow. If you stop typing for more than five seconds, all progress will be lost. After typing without interruption for the length of your session, you’ll be able to save your work.
Because ’tis better to have written and lost, than never to have written at all.
A bunch of work from home opportunities
Someone asked on Reddit for recommendations of “good paying online work.”
I went through the comments and pulled out the best suggestions:
- Apple has 20+ remote job openings in the US and Asia, and one in Munich
- A whole bunch of remote jobs listed at Real Ways To Earn Money Online
- American Express has 58 remote jobs, mostly in the US, UK and India
- VIPKid will pay you $18/hour to teach English online (classes prepared for you)
Interview with Digital Nomad Cafe
My friend and fellow Irishman Adam Finan invited me on his podcast 🎧 recently to talk about online business stuff.
Our conversation is available in two parts:
- Traveling Around The World Without Flying As A Freelance Web Designer (39m)
- Affiliate Marketing & Authority Websites (26m)
You can also find those episodes wherever you get your podcasts by searching for “Digital Nomad Cafe.”
Do you sell online to European customers?
If so, you should know about the Strong Customer Authentication (SCA) requirements that come into effect on September 14th.
Here’s an 11-minute video that’ll tell you all you need to know.
(Might also be an opportunity here if you work with anyone in ecommerce. Are your clients ready for SCA? If not, how can you help them prepare?)
2000 new subscribers in 72hrs
Harry Dry from Marketing Examples has been crushing it lately.
Two great posts from him:
- How I got 2,000 new subscribers in 72hrs from Product Hunt (Reddit)
- 1600 Twitter followers in the last 30 days (Indie Hackers)
From the latter:
Most people put a few seconds thought into what they tweet. Steve would put hours, days, weeks into each one. When someone goes above and beyond to such an extent, they’re going to get noticed.
3 productivity tools (2 are free)
Here are three tools I use regularly to boost my productivity:
- aText – type abbreviations and have them magically replaced by longer blocks of text ($5, Mac only)
- Video Speed Controller – easily speed up, advance and rewind pretty much any video. (Chrome, Firefox)
- Loom – easily record and share screencasts so you don’t have to describe stuff with 1000 words via email (all platforms)
That’ll do it for this week.
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- #33 – This will probably get me banned…
- #32 – 20 fastest growing skills for freelancers
- #31 – 18 startups hiring for high paying remote jobs ($100,000+)
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Until next week, rock on with your legendary self 💪
Niall Doherty – Ubud, Bali
PS. In last week’s email I wrote that Basecamp is a $100 billion company.
Thanks to Phil for pointing out in the comments that something sounded off about that.
He was right.
The $100 billion valuation was a joke started by Basecamp owner Jason Fried a few years back.
My bad for not checking the valuation before publishing ☹️
If you see any other mistakes in these emails, please don’t hesitate to reply and let me know.
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