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eBiz Weekly #43

This made me angry (borderline scam)

This week:

  • 24 years old. Self-taught. $6000/month online.
  • A trend you can cash in on
  • This made me angry (borderline scam)
  • Startup School
  • Tons of free stuff for developers
  • Secret formula for getting rich online
  • The best VPN for gay pirate assassins
  • Real numbers from an Instagram influencer
  • Momentos

24 years old. Self-taught. $6000/month online.

That’s the story of Justin Clifton.

In little more than 3 years, he’s gone from ZERO online income and ZERO online skills, to now earning $1500/week while digital nomading around Latin America 🌮🦙💻

Read our in-depth interview with Justin here

A trend you can cash in on

It’s Shopify.

Just look at this Google Trends graph 📈

Same thing with the five-year stock chart here.

It’s a trend Justin has been cashing in on, and you can, too.

And I’m not even talking about building your own Shopify store. I’m talking about providing a service to Shopify store owners.

Help them run ads, optimize conversions, write their copy, manage their social media, manage their customer service, update their product listings,  etc.

This made me angry (borderline scam)

Hot off the press, here’s my brutally honest review of an affiliate marketing course called ClickBank University.

Their shady marketing tactics and misleading sales pages made me so 😡 and so determined to expose their 💩 that I literally spent 45 hours producing that review.

If you’re short on time, just watch this 3-minute video, which shows the blatant bait and switch they pull on every student who signs up for the program.

Can you help me warn more folks not to fall for this crap?

Your likes/shares on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn would be much appreciated.

Startup School

Ever heard of Y Combinator?

It’s a startup accelerator that has launched companies like Dropbox, Airbnb, Stripe and Reddit.

And it’s very hard to get in: they only accept about 1.5% of applicants.

Good news is, they offer a FREE online version of their accelerator.

And it has very good reviews 👍

Tons of free stuff for developers

free-for.dev “is a list of software (SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, etc.) and other offerings that have free tiers for developers.”

There you’ll find free web hosting, free CDNs, free testing tools, free email marketing software… an incredible resource 😍

Secret formula for getting rich online

According to Ev Williams, Founder of Twitter:

“Here’s the formula if you want to build a billion-dollar internet company,” he said. “Take a human desire, preferably one that has been around for a really long time…Identify that desire and use modern technology to take out steps.”

His recent example is Uber. “How old is the desire of getting from here to there?” he said. “How hard was it really to do? They took out some steps in that process…They formed a connection between you and the driver.” (via Wired)

The best VPN for gay pirate assassins

Excellent 7-minute video by Tom Scott exposing the many suspect claims made by VPN companies.

Such as:

  • Your private data is at risk every time you connect to public wifi 😱
  • VPNs use military-grade encryption 🔒
  • When you use a VPN, nobody can see what websites you’re visiting 🙈

I’ve rarely had need for a paid VPN. The free version of Hotspot Shield is good enough for most things.

If you do need a paid VPN, see my recommendation on our travel resources page (#17).

Real numbers from an Instagram influencer

Ramit Sethi reveals the kind of offers he gets to promote stuff to his 140k Instagram followers:

“Write 3 posts, 2 stories, tag us 16 times…and we’ll send you 3 bottles of juice.”


You can read my latest batch of personal ramblings on Patreon.

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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