5 Steps To A Money Making Blog – Step #1

In an effort to provide full transparency for the Two Week Notice Project, this new blog series will identify each and every step needed to establish a new website (more on content & niche selection later). When I first started registering domain names and establishing niche websites, I bought a complete HTML programming guide and programmed the entire website by hand… boy was that a mistake! Not only did I lose interest in the site, but it completely turned me off to the idea of earning online income whatsoever!

After months of researching, examining alternate programming methods, outsourcing design work, and spending countless dollars on failed projects, I’m here to show you what works. After all, do you really want to spend hundreds of dollars troubleshooting your website or do you want me to show you a few shortcuts that in the end will make your site better, faster, and rank higher in Google!?

In an effort to provide full transparency for the Two Week Notice Project, this new blog series will identify each and every step needed to establish a new website (more on content & niche selection later). When I first started registering domain names and establishing niche websites, I bought a complete HTML programming guide and programmed the entire website by hand… boy was that a mistake! Not only did I lose interest in the site, but it completely turned me off to the idea of earning online income whatsoever!

After months of researching, examining alternate programming methods, outsourcing design work, and spending countless dollars on failed projects, I’m here to show you what works. After all, do you really want to spend hundreds of dollars troubleshooting your website or do you want me to show you a few shortcuts that in the end will make your site better, faster, and rank higher in Google!? So, without further ado…

Step #1 – Mind Mapping

Now, if you have any experience in making money online (or perhaps even if you don’t), the first question you are likely to ask is “How do I turn something I am passionate about into an income source?”

While the whole “if you build it they will come” mentallity is utter nonsense when it comes to the wonderful world wide web, I will show you in our next few studies that there is money to be made in virtually any market. If you select a topic you lack enthusiasm for, the bottom line is you’re not going to spend your free time writing about it… and if you don’t write about it, no one is going to visit your site… (I think you see where I’m going with this!)

Note: This is where the “guru’s” tell you to buy their product and they will show you everything they know. They will unlock the mysteries of the universe and send dancing unicorns to your front porch. (Utter nonsense! <– OK, I’ll be nice…)

Now, don’t get me wrong, I get it. You’re bored at your current job. You can’t wait to hand over that two week notice and walk out with your head high knowing that your future is in your hands. Who wants to start slow?! This is where you need to trust me because I’m not selling you anything. Patience in the first few steps will yield rewards far outnumbering all of the failed ideas laid to rest without proper planning.

How To Build A MindMap

To start determining what you are passionate about, grab a piece of paper or download FreeMind (highly recommended – and FREE). At the very heart of your mindmap, I want you to draw four circles – love, fear, passion, and talent. These three central hubs will be the basis for everything that we will accomplish together, so take your time here. From each of these central hubs, branch off topics that fit that category. From here, branch off again into “sub-topics”, commonly called “niches” in the online community. This is the bread and butter of our work. Take a look at my mindmap here, and you’ll probably get a pretty good feel for some other “niches” I already have websites in…

How Will My Passion For Pinatas Make Me $?

OK, so this wouldn’t exactly be my niche of choice, but in the next few discussions we will look into monetization ideas for your topics. So, tell me, what niche ideas does your mindmap show that you never expected?

The TWN Project is Born

Welcome to the Two Week Notice Project! The date is February 15th, 2012, and today we start our journey to financial freedom…

First and foremost, I want to discuss the two main goals of this blog (details can be found on the About page). While you could probably classify this website as a “make money online” blog, I hope that it is serves as more of a road-map to success than a blazen attempt at grasping for advertising revenue and impersonal connections. While I hope that each and every visitor here can follow in my footsteps and find success outside of their 9 to 5 job, I also sincerely hope that connections are made between each and every one of us. Are you willing to stand with me on this journey?

Welcome to the Two Week Notice Project! The date is February 27th, 2012, and today we start our journey to financial freedom…

First and foremost, I want to discuss the two main goals of this blog (details can be found on the About page). While you could probably classify this website as a “make money online” blog, I hope that it is serves as more of a road-map to success than a blazen attempt at grasping for advertising revenue and impersonal connections. While I hope that each and every visitor here can follow in my footsteps and find success outside of their 9 to 5 job, I also sincerely hope that connections are made between each and every one of us. Are you willing to stand with me on this journey?

Why turn to the internet?

I have a confession to make. My girlfriend of 4+ years (yes, she has hinted many times she wants a ring!) currently owns and operates a hair salon. I’ve spent countless hours painting walls, fixing plumbing, hooking up phones, etc. and in the end, it has brought her much success. For those of you who don’t know the intricaces of operating a hair salon, the stylists actually pay the owner to rent our their space, so she even makes money when she is not at work.  Sounds like the internet, right?

Wrong!

At the end of the month, each of the stylists pay their rent checks, which she then forks over to her landlord, whom she leases the building from. Now, I’m sure the landlord pays his fair share of taxes and has a mortgage on the property, but the end goal is the same – you’re always paying someone else.

When it comes to earning online income, your power is virtually endless. There are no “closed” hours, there are no landlords, there aren’t any plumbimg issues that need constant monitoring, and your potential clientle is quite literally in the billions! On top of this, there are multiple passive income streams available, meaning that you can even make money online while you sleep. (Trust me… it’s always a nice surprise to wake up in the morning and be a little richer than when you went to bed, even if it’s only a few pennies!) As we move forward, I hope to explore many different potential online income streams with you and to share our successes (and failures) together.

Now your turn…

If you’re here, you’re probably looking to make some extra money online. Whether you’re chomping at the bit to give your boss your two week notice or simply looking to make some extra cash outside of the 9 to 5, I want to know: what drives you?