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eBiz Weekly #40

One of these sites sold for $134 million

This week:

  • One of these sites sold for $134 million
  • Project 24 Review
  • 20 Startups With Perfect Jobs For Digital Nomads
  • Just graduated college, now making $50/hr freelancing
  • 3 rules-of-thumb to set your rate
  • Rip-off ATMs in Europe
  • How to get email subscribers
  • Where to find the hours
  • Imposter Syndrome

One of these sites sold for $134 million

I’ve started keeping a list of websites that make money from affiliate marketing.

  • One site is about plants and earns $16,500 per month
  • Another is about crochet and earns $2,606 per month
  • And the last one sold for $134 million 😱

Check out the full list here.

Project 24 Review

This morning I published an in-depth review of Income School’s popular Project 24 course.

They take an unusual approach to building a niche site, avoiding keyword tools and link building.

I find their methods questionable – see the criticisms section – but I can’t knock their results.

Hence the ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ review.

20 Startups With Perfect Jobs For Digital Nomads

Two juicy offerings from AngelList:

Just graduated college, now making $50/hr freelancing

That’s the story of a web designer posting on Reddit.

He’s self-taught – “googled pretty much everything I know” – and has been finding clients on Upwork with a mostly copy-pasted proposal.

Two things he mentioned caught my eye.


I quickly put together a website in less than 8 hours showcasing my skills, and put together a few “mockup” websites on editors like Wix, Squarespace, and Weebly.

Doesn’t sound like much, but that’s probably way more prep work than most of his competitors are doing, and it gave him a solid portfolio right out of the gate.


Anyways, with my website up, I bought the Upwork monthly subscription and used all my connects applying for jobs. Surprisingly, within a day, someone offered me a contract to build their small website for $400. I took it.

Again, he did something most freelancers on Upwork don’t do: bought the monthly subscription.

That’s not guaranteed to land you clients, of course.

But, as a general rule, on a crowded marketplace like Upwork, doing a few small things to stand out can make a big difference.

3 rules-of-thumb to set your rate

I like the three approaches listed here (click through and scroll down a bit):

  1. Drop Three Zeros Method
  2. Double your “resentment number”
  3. Do what the next guy does

Rip-off ATMs in Europe

Avoid using Euronet ATMs when you’re digital nomading around Europe.

This 4-minute video explains all.

(I’ve updated my travel resources page to include that video, 22 more travel tips and tools in there you might find useful.)

How to get email subscribers

Lots of ideas in this Substack thread.

A few that stood out to me.

  • Email everyone you’ve ever sent an email to and tell them you are starting a newsletter (apparently there’s an app for that)
  • Lots of folks say their first subscribers came from announcing their newsletter on Facebook/Twitter/LinkedIn/Instagram
  • Find another newsletter you like and do a promotional swap/testimonial in each others newsletters
  • Ask existing subscribers to share your newsletter

With that last one in mind, do you know anyone who might enjoy this newsletter? 😊

If so, I’d very much appreciate it if you could forward this email to them.

Or click this link to tweet about it.

Where to find the hours

Wise words from Derek Sivers:

It takes many hours to make what you want to make. The hours don’t suddenly appear. You have to steal them from comfort. Whatever you were doing before was comfortable. This is not. This will be really uncomfortable.

The few times in my life I’ve made a real change like this, it felt awful on the surface. I wasn’t shallow-happy about it. I wasn’t smiling. I was annoyed and fighting it inside, but on the outside I did the work. And in the end, got the deeper satisfaction of finishing.

Imposter Syndrome

Ever feel like an imposter?

Yeah, me too.

Fortunately, so does everyone else.

Here are a bunch of stories from smart people who’ve also battled imposter syndrome.

It didn’t stop them, and it doesn’t have to stop us 😉

That’ll do it for this week.

Was there anything above that you found particularly useful or interesting?

I aim to pack these emails with the best tips, insights and opportunities for building your online business. Your feedback helps me do that.

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Until next week, rock on with your legendary self 💪

Niall Doherty – Ubud, Bali
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