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Make Money Online and Offline

This topic has been exhaustively discussed on the blogosphere. I must add my solitary voice to the issue. The traditional methods applied by most of us lean towards using time-tested and age-old ways to gain financial freedom. Ironically this seeking of “freedom” is done in ways that leave us shackled and detained for the best part of our lives in corporate structures. These are structures we have no control over. The greasy pole that is the fabled coporate ladder is indeed tedious to climb. And once at the top, the drop is precipitous, since you don’t own the greasy pole. Why work so hard to build something you don’t own? Why not own a corporate laddder and let the others who want to climb it do so?

We work tirelessly to climb up the ladder of corporations we do not own. We work hard to enrich the shareholders, while earning sufficient money to keep us afloat through life. Then we are either fired ot retire into oblivion, and try to build our business at an advanced age, all in panic mode. This is not the way to build or work towards financial freedom.

The way out of the rat race (whose winning just makes you a fat no. 1 rat) is by using leverage to accelerate the movement from nothing to freedom. Leverage has been variously described as the use of a little effort to achieve an exponential result. In regards to money and finances, Dictionary defines it as “the use of a small initial investment, credit, or borrowed funds to gain a very high return in relation to one’s investment, to control a much larger investment, or to reduce one’s own liability for any loss”.

Another one is………. strategic advantage; power to act effectively; “relatively small groups can sometimes exert immense leverage”. This model has been used efectively in various ways both online and offline to make money.

Online, the obvious one is affiliate or referral marketing. Network marketing is also included here.

I will expound on how we can take advantage of levarage to gain financial freedom in subsequent posts. I will also explore what options are available online for this method.

Post your comments please.

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Of Alexa and Blog Stats

So after a long sojurn, I am back with a bang. I have been doing some research on how traffic moves around blogs in particular. I have been keeping an eye on my Alexa traffic rank (currently at 8,71692,178). I am doing very well, since am down from over 12,000,000.

Technorati has me at 2,633,623, not bad at all!

I wanted to see the effect of regular posts, SE optimized posts, initiating a debatable post and the comments it elicits. I now have a clear picture of this, and am still doing research before launching my blog on its permanent home. Some lessons are outlined below;

1. Always write for people. People read your blogs, spiders and robots and bugs crawl it, but they cannot read. Write to entertain and add value to your readers lives, thats why they are giving you their precious time.

2. Blog on topics you are passionate about, and then the rest will follow, no? The passion part is about you sticking to your blog routine without outage. If you are passionate about a topic, write about it. I am still amazed at the Icanhascheezburger blog (a whopping 1,322 on Alexa rankings). Thats what bloggin is about, content with passion for people (or by people).

3. Blog first, then hog later. The food shall come, and come in droves, but blogging with just the money in mind (with my money on my mind, and my mind on the money) will lead to you wriiting for Google, and its spiders. The your blog will be a banner site, and readers have to hunt for content.

What are your thoughts on this? Please comment.

Technorated at Technorati – Claimed

I went over and claimed my blog on Technorati so am now being spidered by those techno spiders. As the web builds good tidings are surely coming the way of you dear reader.

We shall slowly cruise to Technorati Top 100 and rest there with the the gurus and others.

What’s your opinion on this ? Post in comments.