31 Sources of Free Stock Photos 2019

Content is getting more visual and no matter what business model you are following, images will play a part in it. Using free stock photos is a great place to start if you don't want to spend money on paid stock image sites like Depositphotos and Shutterstock. I first published this post over 3 years…

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How To Come Up With A Blog Name (Revised 2019)

If you are reading this I assume that you are about to start a blog  I can't emphasis enough how important it is to choose a blog name that fit's into your niche, is branded well and is easily remembered. (This guide is regularly updated the last update being March 2019) This article is designed…

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Email Is Still King

While checking out some stats about email marketing I came across the Infographic below which puts forward a very strong case about why you should make email marketing a key element of your marketing strategy. What piqued my interest in this infographic was one of the statements at the top: “Adestra in a survey found…

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Why Do So Many Marketers Leave Money On The Table?

I've been doing Online Marketing for over 13 years now and I have lost count of the number of people who I've talked to with great courses, great coaching or superb blogs who have just given up and returned to a regular 9-5 job. The main reason is usually “I just can't get enough traffic…

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Digital Marketing Tools – You Only Need 3!

I doubt a day goes by where you don't get at least 5 emails promoting the latest must have tools. I am here to tell you today you don't need 99.9% of them. Digital Marketing or Online Marketing isn't about tools it's about the offer you have and engaging with your audience. Digital Marketing Tools…

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Andre Chaperon's Sphere Of Influence

I doubt that there is an Online Marketer alive who hasn't heard about Autoresponder Madness, well now Andre Chaperon has come up with Sphere of Influence which is set to change how you market to your audience just like Autoresponder Madness changed how people email their subscribers. Contents1 What is Sphere Of Influence?1.1 Want an…

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101 Virtual Jobs You Can Start Today

Whether you call them Virtual jobs, Virtual assistant jobs, work from home jobs or if you call your self a Virtual Assistant, a VA, a Digital Nomad or even a Mompreneur supplying an online service is one of the fastest ways to generate an online income. In this post I want to look at 101…

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What Blogs Earn

How Much Blogs Earn – The Definitive Report 2018

Last year I spent several weeks analysing various sources of data to work out How Much Blog Earn. This year I repeated the exercise with some interesting results. Rather than do a new How much blogs earn post I've updated last years report with the new data. This will allow you to quickly compare the…

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passive income

The Passive Income Myth

A few days ago I asked my subscribers and members of Serious Marketers Only a question about Passive Income. “Would You Rather Build a Passive Income Or An Online Business” Here are the results from the email question after 24 hours The question was deliberately vague as I wanted judge peoples perceptions of an online…

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Skyrocket Your Pinterest Growth in Just 4 Hours a Month with Tailwind

Looking for an underestimated market of users who are looking to be motivated to buy? With 150 million+ users, Pinterest is the perfect platform for bloggers and small businesses to boost their reach. Check these stats: 93% of Pinners use Pinterest to plan purchases; and 72% of Pinners use Pinterest to decide what to buy offline. The key is…

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4 Email Campaigns Must Run

The 4 Email Campaigns Every Marketer Must Run

Email marketing is changing. If you are simply sending an email to everyone on your list, you are missing out on sales. In fact, even the term email marketing is “old skool.” Clever marketers are focusing on Marketing Automation. Forget lists and broadcasts, tags and conditionals are what the smart marketers are using. Here are four…

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You're Losing Cash

Attention: You're Losing Hard Earned Cash Without Creating Quality Content

Your game is about volume. You want to flood the search engines with massive amounts of rubbish just so you can secure an increasing number of rankings. You are so, 10 years ago. Back then you could game the search engines with such strategies. Google was, after all, in it’s infancy. Today, things are different.…

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What's Your Story?

What's Your Story?

A while ago on the spur of the moment we decided to head down to Portugal for a few days. Some friends of ours had flown in for a week and had a villa with some empty bedrooms. It would have been a shame not to fill them! They’d brought with them a game called…

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Get More Email Subscribers by Being Smarter Not Spammier

I get it, you want to get more email subscribers for your email list. You've listened to lots of people who have told you to add a pop-up box, pop-overs, pop-unders, welcome mats, welcome gates and loads of other tools that will get you more opt-ins. The problem is that there is a time and a place…

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Unspoken Key to Success

The Unspoken Key To Success

Have you ever wondered why some people are wildly successful at everything they do and some people seem to fail at every opportunity? In 1911, Scott and Amundsen were racing to the South Pole. The distance they had to cover was around 1400 miles, they both decided on different tactics. Scott decided that his team would…

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Facebook Ads – 7 Things You're Doing Wrong

It's no secret that Facebook constantly changes the rules not so much moving the goal posts but hiding them away, running Facebook Ads can get frustrating at times. It used to be an awesome place to do business. Who can forget a few  years ago when it was possible to launch a campaign and get…

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When to Invest

How to Determine Which Products are Worth Investing In

Every day we're bombarded with emails selling the latest “must have” software and products. 80% of the time, these aren't worth the time and effort and won’t add anything to your bottom line. So how can you tell which are worth investing in and which aren’t? Due Diligence You don’t need to spend hours doing this, 10…

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How I Made an Income Marketing On A Budget and You Can Too

How I Made an Income Marketing On A Budget and You Can Too

Let me start with an apology. All too often marketers like myself say things like, “Just use Leadpages with ActiveCampaign and you're good to go,” without thinking that the costs involved might be too much for some people. Sorry! Something like that is easy for me to implement because I have ActiveCampaign and Leadpages so…

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ActiveCampaign vs ConvertKit Marketing Email Automation Review

ActiveCampaign vs ConvertKit: The Email Automation Battle

If you're not using email automation, you are leaving money on the table. Plain and simple. Email service providers like AWeber and Mailchimp are costing you money rather than being a profit center. The basic features they provide don't get close to what you should be able to do. Let's say you have a list of…

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Beat 90% of Online Marketers

Beat 90% of Online Marketers By Doing This

A few days ago, I wrote a post about how great content is all you need to make an income online. In that post I made a simple statement, “Don't be average.” I thought I'd better expand on that. Being average is never going to get you the lifestyle you want. To succeed, you need…

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Make Money Online

Make Money Online: The Power of Timeless Content

I’ve been an online marketer for over 12 years and in that time I’ve tried many ways to make money online. Some have been successful, some have bombed. Over time there is one thing that has constantly generated profits for me. My content. Yep, the stuff I write on a day to day basis. This…

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Social Media Blog Promotion

Savvy Bloggers Use These Strategies to Promote Posts on Social Media

Blog content is one of the best places to start attracting subscribers and future customers. We're all guilty of spending hours perfecting a post only to spend a few minutes promoting it. Promotion should be almost as important if not more important than the post itself. It's like the tree falling in the woods scenario, if…

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How To Create An Automated Sales Funnel – Updated 2018

Have you ever wanted to build an online business that works for you? Then an Automated Sales Funnel is for you. The great thing about being a Lifestyle Marketer is that you can build a business that works for you. Rather than spending 40 hours a week building a business for someone else, you spend…

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Effective Content Marketing in 2016

Effective Content Marketing in 2016

Content marketing is becoming hotter than ever. When done effectively, it helps companies build relationships with their audience, and is becoming one of the favorite tools among marketers. In fact, the latest stats show that compared to 2015, 76% of B2B marketers and 77% of B2C marketers say they have a goal of producing more content in 2016.…

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Simple Ecommerce Business

A Simple eCommerce Business You Can Start Today

If you’ve been reading my blog you’ll know I’ve documented how both myself and my business partner, Pete, build our Lifestyle Businesses. For this post, I thought I’d go back in time to October 2014 when Pete was starting out with his first e-commerce website. He used the business model below as it was simple…

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3 Pillars Lifestyle Business

The 3 Pillars of A Simple Lifestyle Business

Before I get deep into this post, I want to first explain what I believe a lifestyle business is. A lifestyle business is simply a business, (it can be your main source of income or a “side hustle” which earns you extra money) that helps you to live the life you want to live on…

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Content Marketing Examples

6 Expert Examples of Content Marketing Done Right

Let’s get this out of the way right from the start. Content Marketing Works. It’s the most effective form of marketing currently available … bar none. The last time I stood up in a room of marketers and said that someone called BS. I like nothing more than a good discussion so I asked the guy…

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Storytelling Marketing

The Importance Of Storytelling Marketing

Have you ever tried to present your business through a meaningful storytelling marketing campaign? If you haven't yet, now is the right time to do it. Consumers of today are overwhelmed by all the information coming their way. What do you think grabs their attention in today's environment? Stories. Good stories that evoke real emotions.…

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How to Start A Profitable Blog G

How To Start A Profitable Blog

So you want to know how to start a profitable blog? When I was growing up, it was often said that everyone had at least one good book inside of them. Nowadays, it seems like everyone has at least one good blog inside of them. Before we start, let’s get the BS out of the…

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INCREASE YOUR PRODUCTIVITY WITH THESE EASY TRICKS

Increase Your Productivity With These Easy Tricks

One question I hear a lot is, “Mark, how do you stay so productive?” I’ve not always been productive, in fact even now I need to focus on being productive when I am at my desk or nothing will get done. To be honest, productivity growth has been a long and sometimes difficult road for…

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How to Turn Goals Into Business Growth

How To Turn Smart Goals Into Business Growth

In this blog, I often talk about how you can start to achieve more once you focus on a single task. In the online marketing business, we all tend to be guilty of trying to do too much at once. We don't often focus on goal setting as much as we should, in fact, I know…

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13 Blogging Tools

13 Tools That Will Make Your Blogging Easier

Creating a successful blog post is not as simple as just sitting down and writing it then posting it to your blogging platform of choice. Usually you'll need to use a few blogging tools, this post will use 13. There is a lot of planning and tweaking that goes into your finished masterpiece. Currently, I am…

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How To promote Your blog

How To Promote A Blog Post Like A Pro

In this article, I want to look at several ways that you can promote your blog and in particular, a blog post. But first a sobering statistic: it is estimated that about 95% of blogs haven’t been updated in the last 120 days. So if you’ve created a blog post in the past 4 months give…

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See How Easily You Can Boot Your Income With These 5 Simple Changes

See How Easily You Can Boost Your Income With These 5 Simple Changes

If you aren’t making the level of income that you want to make, then you need to make changes. It really is as simple as that. I want to start this post with 2 quotes that I think go together like burgers and relish. “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting…

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If You're Not Doing This ... You're Losing Sales

If You Are Not Doing This … You Are Losing Sales

Do You Want to Double or Triple Your Sales? Everyone should want  to increase sales, so I'll assume you said yes. If by any chance you said no… it's time to get back to your kitten videos while the adults talk about email campaign automation. Disclaimer: this is for people who sell their own products…

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Passion Leads to Success

Passion Leads To Success

Apologies for my absence over the past 6 weeks, I initially went on vacation for a week but that stretched into two, then four, then six. I spent time traveling around Spain (Madrid is an amazing city, can't believe it's the first time I've been there after 10 years in Spain) and recharging my batteries. Halfway…

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Learn The Secret: $0 To $250K Per Month Case Study

Have You Got What It Takes To Make It Online? I’ve spent over 10 years in online marketing which is longer than I’ve spent in almost any other job. I think it’s true to say I know this “game” inside out. During this time, I’ve had thousands of customers many of which I’ve taken the…

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5 Lessons Learned in 10 Years as an Internet Marketer

5 Lessons From 10 Years As An Internet Marketer

When I first started in the internet marketing business my aim was simply to make an income creating small sites with ads on them. Having just moved, I was struggling to find a job and money was running out fast. I quickly realized that small sites with ads are a very short-term business and it takes…

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5 Ways to Write Headlines That Get Clicked

5 Ways to Write Headlines That Get Clicked

Headings, titles, headlines, banners, call them what you like. They are clicked more often when they promise to deliver something the reader wants. If readers don't find what they want in the first few lines of content, they may click away and never reach your call to action. Rule #1 in the content writing game is…

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How to Get Traffic and Leads for Free

How To Get Traffic and Leads For Free

To succeed with any kind of marketing takes time and effort. You have to work to get traffic and leads and often you'll end up paying for traffic. It takes time because you need to master several skills. Some are obvious such as technical skills, some less obvious such as a bit of psychology. (What makes…

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How to Use Email and Social Media to Get Results

How To Use Email And Social Media To Boost Your List

When I started researching and writing this article, the question I asked myself was, “which is best for business, social media or email marketing?” I wanted to get one clear winner. The original title was going to be, “Email vs Social Media – The Showdown,” but it became clear very quickly that both massively compliment…

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How To Build a Successful Lifestyle Business

How To Build a Successful Lifestyle Business

Contents1  What is a Lifestyle Business?2 Step 1 – Plan Your Escape.3 Step 2 – Choose a Plan And Focus4 Step 3 – Setting Targets5 Related Post  What is a Lifestyle Business? There are various different interpretations of what a lifestyle business is. We believe that a Lifestyle Business is a business that generates enough…

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10 Awesome Graphic Tools For Social Media

10 Awesome Graphic Tools For Social Media

Our brain processes images 60,000 times faster than it can text. The use of visual content is vital to help draw your audience in further. But if you don't have the right graphic tools, creating images can be difficult and time consuming. Using the right images means that readers are more likely to engage, like or share.…

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2 Step Internet Marketing

How To Simplify Your Online Marketing Today

Online Marketing is easy if you consciously avoid the BS and focus on the simple things that matter, and more importantly, the things that work. In a past post, I wrote about avoiding writing new content and focus on repurposing, refreshing and rewriting older content. Leverage the content you already have. You do not need to…

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The World's Greatest Marketer Ruined My Childhood

The World's Greatest Marketer Ruined My Childhood

Last night on a drunken stroll down memory lane with several other children of the 60’s and 70's, I went off on a rant about sea monkeys. Bloody sea monkeys, even now they get me mad! Now you may be wondering, “what the hell are sea monkeys?” They are incredibly cute humanoid animals that you…

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The Best Advice My Grandpa Ever Gave Me

The Best Advice My Grandpa Ever Gave Me

How do you view your online business? Are they a source of joy or frustration? Do you jump out of bed in the morning itching to get to the PC or do you lay there with a sense of dread? If you work full time, do you find yourself wishing you were at home working on…

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Headlines that Get Great Results

How to Write a Headline That Will Get Kickass Results

This post was updated February 2017. Each day there are approximately 294 billion emails sent and over 2 million blog posts written. Add to that the 900 thousand hours of video that are created and you have a lot of competition for your ideal target market. Here is a sobering fact for you: 80% of people…

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How to Take Control of Your Inbox

How to Take Control Of Your Inbox

It's difficult to run your business and be as profitable as possible if a large percentage of your time is taken up with managing your inbox. Email is the bane of most peoples' business lives. It should be one of the most efficient business tools you have. Instead, it's an intrusion that needs to be…

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5 Lessons I've Learned in Internet Marketing

5 Lessons I've Learned In Internet Marketing

When I first started in the IM business, my aim was just to make an income from creating Adsense sites. I quickly realized that Adsense sites are a pretty medium term business. It takes time to get the income coming in so I started to build sites for others. By spending 4 or 5 hours…

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