2013 and Beyond: The Future of My Online Business

2013 Authority Case StudyToday is the three-year anniversary of my first post on SteveScottSite.com!

A lot has changed since January 2010.  I started this site intending to write about personal development and lifestyle design.

Now I focus on teaching Internet marketing strategies.  (Something I didn’t want to do at first.)

To commemorate this anniversary I’d like to make an exciting announcement about a new project.

This will be the focus for this blog in 2013 and many years beyond that.

But first, I’d like to talk about why I haven’t regularly blogged in the last few months…

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I Want YOU for the Zombie Apocalypse (or How to Win a Free Niche Site)

[Update:  The contest is closed and I’ve chosen the winner.

Congratulations to Dan of Walnut Marketing.  He has the 22nd entry in this contest and that’s the number that came up when I used the number generator in Random.org

Here’s the proof:

Zombie Niche Site Contest Results

As a reminder; I assigned points based on the following criteria:

  • 1 point for a Twitter share
  • 1 point for a Google + share
  • 1 point for a Facebook share
  • 3 points for a blog post share

Sorry to all who entered and didn’t win.  I have lots of sites in my collection; so I’ll definitely hold another contest in the near future. Stay tuned for more details.]

How to Survive a Zombie ApocalypseNow that I’ve decided to stop building niche sites, I have dozens of domains collecting “space dust.”

I’m completely focused on Steve Scott Site.   So I’m no longer interested in developing or building small niche sites.

That’s why I’ve decided to do a giveaway for one of  these web properties.

Here are the details…

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The Santa Claus Guide to Perfect Project Management

Update (12/22/11):  I wrote this article last year…but I thought it was funny enough to post again.  

Anyway…I’m taking a few days off to enjoy time with my family.  Check out the blog on Monday for an in-depth video about creating simple affiliate marketing videos for YouTube.

I hope you have a wonderful holiday season and enjoy your time spent with loved ones.

Recently I realized I’m a bit cocky when it comes to completing my projects.  The truth is we’re about to witness the best project manager in the world – Santa Claus.

Old St. Nick has been a (not-so) lean, mean, project finishing machine for hundreds of years and there’s no sign he’s going to stop anytime soon.

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YOUR Free Copy of “Affiliate Marketing without the B.S.”

I Love Free Copies of Affiliate Marketing without the B.S.

I Love Free Copies of Affiliate Marketing without the B.S.Here’s another goodie for the holiday season…

It’s been month since I’ve done a giveaway on this blog.  So it’s time to offer a freebie to one lucky person!

This month I’m offering a free copy of the platinum version of my course: Affiliate Marketing without the Bulls**t to one blog commentator.

Before we get to the details, let me discuss what’s coming soon to this blog…

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4 Christmas *Goodies* for ANY Internet Marketer

4 Christmas Goodies for Internet Marketers

4 Christmas Goodies for Internet MarketersI know Christmas is still a few weeks away.

But I thought I’d give you a early present for the upcoming holiday season.

You see, I’m always finding excellent resources while *working* {aka: surfing the Internet.}

The problem is I don’t always have the time to write a blog post for everything I discover.  So in this post, I’ll the best of what I’ve found in the last few weeks.

Ho Ho Ho!  Here are 4 Christmas goodies for ANY Internet marketer {Tweet This}…

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7 Links of Highly Effective Posts

7 Links Challenge

7 Links ChallengeI have been blogging for a little over 18 months.

This post is my 493rd post.

I did a post a day for year (to the day) and did much of that while traveling through Europe.

My blog on Day One was far-far different than it is today….

A current reader might see a lot of unfamiliar looking stuff in the form of my old “personal development” type of articles, such as “What I Learned from Punxsutawny Phil” and “53 Life lessons of Homer Simpson”  and they may even see the faint beginnings of my current style with articles like “Why I Love Hemorrhoids”.

In the beginning this blog was a lot more about lifestyle.  Slowly but surely, I have turned the topic of this blog into being more about “how to” make the money that then can afford the lifestyle you desire; rather than telling you how to live.  I think it has been a good change.

The reason that I am thinking back to the beginnings of this blog is because of a challenge…  The 7 Links Challenge to be exact.  (Check out that link for the exact rules)

The idea behind the 7 links challenge is simple.  List your top seven links in very specific categories and give a short reason why they fit the topic.

Of course, all of this looking back has gotten me to thinking about where I have been.  This is a good thing.  Before you can go forward, you have to know where you have been.  And what a long strange trip it has been.

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Answer this “Niche Affiliate Income” Question [Poll]

Question about Niche Affiliate Income

Question about Niche Affiliate IncomeMy brother (Gene) loves to make fun of me because I’m always changing my mind.

One day, I decide to do one project.  The next day; I get inspired and try something else.  (I guess this comes from having too many ideas I want to implement.)

What’s my point?

Last week, I wrote a blog post about a “niche affiliate income” case study I decided to do via Twitter.

A lot of people responded positively to this post.  Some even emailed me privately; asking for step-by-step details.

After doing the Twitter-thing for a week, I realized something –>

It’s really hard to describe a process in 140 characters!!!

Basically, I wanted to give great content over Twitter.  But it’s freakin’ hard to do it in a succinct manner.

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How to Create Niche Affiliate Income [Case Study]

Niche Affiliate Income Case Study

Niche Affiliate Income Case StudyMy affiliate marketing strategy has always focused on building large scale sites.  I feel this is the only way to create long-term value with an online business.

Things changed when I wrote the I Need $1000 post.

I started to think about the profit potential of niche affiliate sites.  The benefit is they diversify your online income.

Last week I made the decision to build a niche affiliate income site.  And I thought this would be an excellent case study for people to follow…

…But I DON’T want to turn this into another formal series of blog posts.

 So I’m going to try something new. 

I’ve created a brand new Twitter account for this case study.

On this account, I’ll list:

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Blog Conversion Rates: How a Few Simple Tweaks can Increase your Blogging Revenue

Increase Blog Conversion RatesLet’s be honest here.  The main reason most people blog is to make money.  Sure it’s fun to create content that’s really helpful to readers.  However our end goal should be to increase Internet income.

Unfortunately it’s easy to forget about the business aspect of blogging.  We all get sidetracked by the day-to-day activities to grow our readership.

That’s why today’s post focuses on how to increase blog conversion rates.

The purpose is to help you implement systems into your routine.  Ultimately this will increase blogging revenue.

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Does Your Affiliate Marketing Strategy Suck?

Make money online with Videos

Bad Affiliate Marketing StrategyAs you know, I talk a lot about affiliate marketing on this blog.  It’s how I make the bulk of my income – So I know it’s a profitable business model. 

Unfortunately some people aren’t successful when they try it.  In this guest post, Jeevan shows how a bad affiliate marketing strategy might be holding you back…

Do you know why people like affiliate marketing? Because it is one of the best ways to make money through Internet.

Affiliate marketing was once the easiest way to make money online. But, things have changed now. If you really want to succeed today, you have to work (there is no easy way!)

With more people competing, with more people wanting to make money in less than a(n) hour. It is really hard. But, fear not. There is a good news to everyone who is starting out with affiliate marketing.

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The Challenge: How to Build a Million Dollar Blog

One Million Dollars - Dr. Evil

One Million Dollars - Dr. EvilLast Tuesday Corbett Barr of Think Traffic announced his “Million Dollar Blog Challenge.”

The goal is simple.  His team will create a blog that will (hopefully) generate a million dollars over its lifetime.

With this challenge, he’ll show how to select a topic, build a brand, create content, and eventually – generate a sizeable income.

What’s personally interesting is Gene (my brother) and I are already working on a niche blog. Like Corbett, we want to show how to profit from an authority blog (outside the “make money” niche.)  To that end, we’ll provide full disclosure about this process.

For instance, we’ll cover:

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