Benicia’s State Parks Could Be in Line for More Money After Funding Scandal

In state parks uproar, Benicia keeps its cool -

Benicia’s financially struggling state parks, the only two in Solano County, could be getting a share of tens of millions of dollars found in a recent audit.

The two parks — Benicia Capitol State Historic Park and Benicia State Recreation Area — have continued to operate with reduced hours aided by the city and local volunteers, and local fundraising.

But revelations that state officials in Sacramento had been sitting on millions in unspent funds for years — money that could have been used to keep parks open and properly maintained — has caused outrage in Benicia and other California communities.

The director of the state Department of Parks and Recreation resigned and another official was fired after the irregularities came to light.

No misuses of the unspent funds have been reported, although allegations have been raised against other officials about salary increases from other state funds.

But there is at least $20 million available in the State Parks and Recreation Fund, according to the Vallejo Times-Herald newspaper.

The uncertainty led the California Legislature to impose a two-year freeze on additional state park closures in September.

State officials proposed closing 70 of California’s 280 parks — including the two in Benicia — in 2011 due to budget problems.

During the two-year reprieve, state officials will consider the possibility of local partnerships to keep parks open and maintained, parks department spokeswoman Vicky Waters told the newspaper.

“If we could put together a package which is a partnership with the state, then we might have access to some of the $20 million,” Benicia Mayor Elizabeth Patterson told the newspaper.

“We need to get some of the repairs done,” Patterson said.

In the meantime, Benicia is spending city money to keep the capitol park open on a limited schedule but has withheld other funds it committed to helping keep the recreation area open five days a week, Patterson said.

The two Benicia parks represent milestones in state history, just before and just after California became part of the United States.

The capitol park celebrates the 13 months that Benicia was the capital of California from 1853 to 1854.

The state legislature moved permanently to Sacramento after leaving the small city on the Carquinez Strait and Suisun Bay.

The recreation area is located on acreage purchased by a Benicia pioneer from Mexican Gen. Mariano Vallejo, the wealthy official responsible for selling the land that became Benicia to city founders Robert Semple and Thomas Larkin in 1847.

The nearby city of Vallejo, Solano County’s largest, was named for the Mexican general.

California became part of the United States in 1850.

Nathan Salant is based in San Francisco, California, United States of America, and is an Anchor for Allvoices.…

Tips for Making Money on Fiverr.Com

6 easy Fiverr gig ideas to earn money - Save the Student

There is a site out there on the internet that offers almost anyone an opportunity to make five dollars. It’s called fiverr.com and some people are actually making a full-time income from it.

Just about anyone with any kind of skill or talent regardless of the degree can make money on the site. Moneymaking opportunities range from the absurd and crazy to quality business resource tools that could otherwise cost hundreds if not thousands of dollars to purchase.

Recently someone was offering to call someone you know and scream and yell at them saying just about anything you want them to for five dollars. Another person was willing to take a picture holding a sign with text of your choice in hopes of making your significant other jealous.

But there are professional opportunities as well. If you have the talent to write and if you can buy Fiverr reviews, you could post comments or reviews on someone’s blog or website. If you are bilingual, you could write or speak a testimonial for five dollars.

If you have graphic arts skills you could create e-book covers for five dollars.
You can even write to a child posing as the Easter Bunny with a friendly letter and happy wishes for five dollars.

The key here is that there is no limitations to the things that you can offer.
Doing a quick search of the website and scanning several pages will often give you plenty of ideas on what you can offer for five dollars.

To become successful using fiverr.com it’s important to follow a few tips.
Once you set up your offer, take an active part in driving traffic to it.

For example if you own a professional service such as graphic arts and you’re using fiverr.com to attract new customers with a low price point or five dollar trial, you could post a special link on your blog or website to your fiverr.com page.

This is very important because the more views your fiverr.com page gets the higher it will rank on the fiverr site.

If you’re currently using video to market your products or services you could do the same to get exposure about your fiverr.com offer and include a link to your fiverr.com offer page.

The usual methods used in driving traffic on the internet also apply here.
Forum marketing, article marketing and e-mail marketing can all do the trick to drive additional traffic for you.
Don’t forget to include the link to your fiverr.com page in your signature.…

Silva/Sonnen: Talk Isn’t Cheap If it Makes Money

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During the hype for the Anderson Silva/Chael Sonnen rematch for Silva’s UFC middleweight title, the fight gained billing as “the most anticipated fight in UFC history.” In the near twenty-year history of UFC there have been many fights that have gotten extreme hype and have attracted extreme anticipation. The Silva/Sonnen rematch not only achieved this, but did so in a way that is rare in recent MMA history.

The night of August 7, 2010 was a night that brought several gifts to the world of mixed martial arts. Aside from a great card, the main-event featured a new attraction created within the space of one fight while in that same fight, those watching witnessed a miracle.

That night was the first meeting between Silva and Sonnen. And for more than four rounds it looked as if the torch was being passed and Silva’s days as a dominant force in MMA were done. Twice in round one, the first being in the first minute of the fight, Sonnen had a chance to stop Silva. He came close several more times, but couldn’t quite get the job done. Despite not being able to finish his opponent, Sonnen would continue to systematically dominate rounds two through four with no hope in sight for Silva’s title reign and unbeaten record in UFC.

Then in round five, it happened. Somehow Sonnen, reminiscent of his WEC loss to Paulo Filho in a fight he also dominated heavily, let himself get wrapped up and eventually locked into a triangle choke while in top position. Sonnen tapped out with just under two minutes remaining in the fight, keeping Silva’s unbeaten record in UFC intact and his title reign given new life. There was no doubt that Sonnen would have been the new champion had he been able to last the final 1:50. It was the biggest opportunity of his MMA career, and it slipped right out of his grasp.

Like the ads for the rematch said, “This isn’t hype.” That is the benefit of having a rematch: if the events of the first fight are good enough or tantalizing enough, you can basically sell the second fight with that.

An easy way to create hype for a fight is to create animosity between the competing fighters. A lot of the time this is more for show than legitimate heat between the fighters or their camps. There are those occasions when the heat is real, and those are usually clear as day in comparison to the more toned down heat that has to be created almost on the fly. With Silva/Sonnen it was a combination of the two as Sonnen basically created a rivalry out of thin air, and then that rivalry took on a life of its own.

If you look into the buyrate numbers for UFC shows that Anderson Silva has been in the main-event of, whether a one-fight draw (his) or a card where he shared main-event billing with another fight, it has always been Silva’s opponent or the other fight sharing the bill, but not Silva that has decided how high the number will go.

His fights with Rich Franklin got good numbers for the time because Franklin was a popular fighter in UFC before their rise began. But after that, the numbers for Silva’s title defenses didn’t seem to go up despite having twice beaten up Franklin, the second being in Franklin’s hometown. Also, UFC’s middleweight division wasn’t as exciting as it has gotten recently. So Silva’s challengers have been either out of their league against Silva or were guys that never clicked with the audience.

On the shows where Silva’s defenses or non-title fights shared main-event billing, it almost seemed necessary that the second fight on top be more of a guaranteed draw. Silva’s defense against Nate Marquardt came with Tito Ortiz/Rashad Evans and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira’s UFC debut on top with it as neither Marquardt or Silva had proven to be draws on their own at that time. When Silva defended against Thales Leites, they shared the main-event with Shogun Rua/Chuck Liddell, a fight at the time between a popular fighter from Pride and one of UFC’s top draws. When Silva fought Forrest Griffin at light heavyweight, they shared the main-event with B.J. Penn/Kenny Florian for Penn’s lightweight title; Florian had been a UFC project since his days on The Ultimate Fighter and Penn’s fights had been able to draw good for most of his UFC career. Silva’s defense against Damian Maia came on a card with a legends fight & another title fight partly because this was UFC’s first show in Abu Dhabi as well as Maia was an eleventh hour decision. But then came the Sonnen fight.

Chael Sonnen single-handedly increased the draw for the first fight with Silva simply by opening his mouth. Secretly getting some inspiration from the world of pro wrestling (Ric Flair and Roddy Piper specifically), Sonnen set out to create animosity where there was no animosity, a feud where there was no feud. Silva had never been a huge trash talker, and certainly wasn’t to the level that Sonnen began to ascend to. It wasn’t so much that what he was saying was that compelling, but you could see that he was selling the fight. He was also playing on the timing of this fight as it came after the boring-as-all-hell title fight against Maia and because Silva was now being deemed a boring fighter and not a fighting champion. With all of that out in the open, it was easy for someone who knew what they were doing to use all of that to their advantage. Sonnen was incredibly boastful with how he was going to dominate Silva and so on, and it did get to people, gripping them because this was a guy (Sonnen) who wasn’t that known and certainly wasn’t a draw coming into this fight. To most people, Sonnen’s most noteworthy moment until the first Silva fight was tapping out to Filho in WEC. The fact that Sonnen demolished Filho in the rematch is something that is more part of history than part of the perception of Chael Sonnen.

The end result of Sonnen’s selling and trash talk was a buyrate number that came in far above the usual number for Silva defenses against a challenger with little to no drawing power going into the fight. Silva may have gotten the win, but Sonnen now was an attraction due to his words and how he was able to back them up (for the most part) in the biggest fight of his career. The fact that he lost wasn’t forgotten, but was an instance where the performance overshadowed the result.

We can’t really measure what this has done for Sonnen’s overall drawing power because both Silva fights are the only pay-per-view fights that Sonnen has ever main-evented. Though he did main-event UFC’s network telecast in January with his win against Michael Bisping. That fight was a disappointment ratings-wise because of Sonnen’s newfound energy, Bisping always being a UFC project, and the numbers still coming back lower than desired.

Silva’s drawing power has been relatively unchanged since the near-loss to Sonnen. His defense last summer against Yushin Okami, despite having Shogun Rua and Nogueira in fights on top too, had a buyrate number that looked more like the usual number with a Silva challenger people don’t care about. Silva’s first defense after the Sonnen fight was against Vitor Belfort and did produce the best buyrate for a Silva title defense. This happened for two reasons: people did still want to see Silva lose & believed he was vulnerable after the Sonnen fight, and because Belfort looked like a guy who at the time was ready to snatch that title away from Silva.

In between his fights, most of Sonnen’s talk has centered around Anderson Silva in some way. Whether he’s talking or answering questions about the first fight, or parading around with a replica UFC belt claiming to be “The Uncrowned Champion,” or poking fun at Brazil, or commenting about Silva’s wife, or boasting about beating Silva up inside the octagon…again, this has become an obsession with Sonnen, and it is something that people either love or hate. And no matter the opinion, it means they are engaged in the hype because it’s Sonnen’s desire to get people thinking (positive or negative) about him and about this fight in particular.

If Sonnen’s inspiration is truly pro wrestling, then he should be proud to have become MMA’s biggest pro wrestling heel. And that says something considering Brock Lesnar actually was a heel in pro wrestling and couldn’t pull it off this good in MMA. Sonnen’s name has become synonymous with Silva’s and vice versa all due to the mouth and words of Sonnen alone.

But it was when Silva finally did open his mouth that it created a buzz so soon to the fight itself that it may help boost the final number for this pay-per-view even more. At a UFC conference call, Silva had finally had enough it seemed, and snapped on the topic of Sonnen and the upcoming title fight. Here are some of the highlights:

The playtime is over. I’m gonna beat Chael like he’s never been beat before. There’s no more talking. I know he’s on the line listening, and the game’s over. I’m going to beat his ass out of the UFC. He’s never gonna want to fight again after I’m done with him.”

“I’m going to beat him maybe the way his parents should have beaten him to teach him some manners, because he’s disrespectful, he’s a criminal, and I’m gonna beat him up like he’s never been beat before.”

The first time we fought, he stepped out [as] the loser, and he’s gonna step out losing again this time, the only difference is that this time he’s gonna have to go see a plastic surgeon after the fight.”

For anyone who has followed Silva’s career in UFC, this was something new. I don’t see it as something to worry about reoccurring because this was a special circumstance. Remember, no opponent of Silva’s has come close to the variety, quantity, and continuous use of trash talk that Sonnen has bombarded Silva with for the better part of two years.

The final buyrate number should push past one million. The fight has been hyped for too long not to get to seven digits and would be a disappointing draw if it ended less than that. There have been other events that were supposed to draw one million buys “for sure” and came up short. It does happen sometimes. But with Silva’s star continuing to rise, Sonnen creating the perfect role for himself as the trash talking bad guy, and a previous fight that best demonstrates why this fight should be worth $45 out of sheer curiosity, this PPV should get to a million buys “for sure.”

As mentioned previously, there have been fights in UFC history that could be considered the most anticipated in the promotion’s history. Such fights include Rampage/Liddell II, St. Pierre/Penn II, Jones/Evans, and Rampage/Evans. Those fights each had the elements of what Silva/Sonnen had, but the complete package isn’t nearly as compelling in any case. A rematch was what Rampage/Liddell II was built around, but the first fight was in a different promotion and one that UFC had been in competition with, but eventually bought. St. Pierre/Penn II had a very, very good first fight complete with semi-controversial decision, but more time had passed in between fights than was the case with Silva/Sonnen. Rampage/Evans had the animosity, but with Rampage’s other issues (filming “A Team” delaying the fight originally, coming into camp very overweight) the fight was destined to be a dud, and was. Jones/Evans was probably the closest to capturing what Silva/Sonnen captured, but the fight happened almost a year too late as by the time the two finally met, the real-life …

Tactile Money Accessible to the Blind Being Tested

How new bank notes will help the visually-impaired community - BBC NewsOne of the challenges to being blind or severely visually impaired is the difficulty one faces in handling money. Most paper money is identified visually, obviously not an option for someone who cannot see.

According to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing a law suit was filed by the American Council of the Blind and two visually impaired individuals in 2002 to compel the Department of the Treasury to make paper money accessible to the blind. The suit was considered controversial at the time, with a rival group, the National Federation of the Blind, passing a resolution asserting that the suit was unnecessary since blind people have been able to participate in commerce without tactile money. The resolution also asserted that the visually impaired community would suffer a stigma because of the publicity surrounding the lawsuit.

Nevertheless the United States District Court in which the suit was filed finally found for the plaintiffs in 2008. Thus the Department of the Treasury has set about creating paper money that can be identified by touch.

Other measures include using large, high contrast numbers that can be read by low vision people and creating a currency reader that can tell someone with no vision what the domination of the money is.

According to the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, a state agency that provides services to the blind and disabled, a group of DARS volunteers are testing some of the new tactile money at the Chris Cole Rehabilitative Center in Austin. It is one of a number of such groups who are conducting the tests.

“Each person was asked to non-visually perform structured tasks to see how long it took to identify the denomination of each bill and organize a stack of bills correctly. Tests were also performed to see if worn bills could be identified.”

It is estimated that tactile money will be available in 2020, 18 years after the original law suit was filed.…

Word of Mouth and Relationship Marketing is Part of SEO

Anyone that reads Wojdylo Finance more than twice a week is going to get sick and tired of me talking about relationships being the most important part of social media. Well, I am at it again. It seems every single day someone is speculating about a new Google algorithm update that is going to affect “x” number of websites. If you used word of mouth and relationship marketing you have absolutely nothing to worry about as Google will reward you for getting natural social shares and link backs. This is one of the most important aspects of SEO in 2013 and beyond.

Word of Mouth and Relationship Marketing

Word of mouth marketing is one of the most powerful business tools in the world. We will use a webmaster as an example. If you provide amazing content that helps individuals solve problems they will thank you tenfold. They may not give you any business directly but they will likely share an article or piece of content via social media. Whether that is LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+ or Twitter doesn’t matter. It is more eyeballs that will see you displaying an area of expertise.

If you continue to provide that individual with amazing resources or services they may pick up the phone and call a friend. In this conversation there is a good chance they will mention how “x” website has been so helpful. The friend checks out the website and is immediately impressed. That person decides to tell their group of small business owners at the weekly town meeting. It goes on from there. You get the picture.

If you are unwilling to start that first relationship this type of marketing is impossible. When I started on Google+ my goal was to respond to every person that mentioned my name. Even if it was a simple +1 I wanted to let that person know that I read their comment and I appreciate the interaction. Even with over 11,000 and 500 notifications I still do that to this day. Here is why:

The John Locke Marketing Model

I am a huge fan of John Locke. Not the philosopher. The author of the Donovan Creed series. I am such a fan that I have introduced over 10 people to the series. In fact, go download Wish List right now and start reading. OK, my word of mouth marketing is done. Back to where I was. John Locke came out with an eBook “How I Sold 1 Million eBooks in 5 Months”. As soon as this eBook became available I made the purchase.

At he beginning of his “how to” it was explained that he was selling about 100 books a month on Amazon when he first started. He knew he was a good writer but he needed to change his marketing campaign. He used social media to reach out to his audience. Not only did he reach out but he made certain to respond to every single individual. He does this still today even though he sells millions of eBooks.

If you are willing to build relationships one person at a time you will have a better marketing campaign than you could ever pay for. Realize this to be the case before trying to get 10,000 followers on Twitter or Google+. This is especially true when it comes to Facebook “Likes”. Build friendships one at a time and these individuals will naturally tell their friends about your amazing products or services.

Conclusion

SEO has changed drastically over the last three years. Penguin and Panda opened the eyes of many. If you incorporate word of mouth and relationship marketing into your SEO you will find that not only is your optimization better but you will get more out of life. I have lived it for the past 14 months and I have never been happier. I just wish I had done more relationship marketing in my early Internet career. Get out there and build one relationship at a time.…

Write and Share Articles Where Readers Can Find You

If you are interested in Google+, Twitter or social media in general please check out all of my related articles here: Wojdylo Social Media.

So often I hear bloggers and webmasters complaining that no one reads their content. I ask them their strategy and it often sounds like this. “I write a blog post about something going on in my industry. I post it to my personal or business website then I Tweet it, share it on Facebook and every once in awhile share it on Google+.” After asking how many readers they received it is almost always “just a few.” The definition of insanity is doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results. Why do you think your latest blog post is going to blow up and get hundreds of readers if none of the previous posts saw an increase in engagement or readership. Lets fix it!

A Jesse Wojdylo History Lesson

When I first started by blogging/Internet marketing career back in 2008 I did as many people do. I signed up for a free WordPress blog and a free Blogspot (Blogger now) blog. At the time you had to install widgets to check your stats. I can clearly remember typing my opinion on sports and finance and being ecstatic about getting 10 new viewers. Looking back on this, I am quite certain these were bots and not people actually reading my content. Early on, I read as many “pro” blogging related articles as I could find. Some were great and some were terrible.

One of the first blog posts I read was about going to where everyone else is when it comes to Internet consumption. Remember this was pre Twitter being popular. We were still at the beginning of the Facebook marketing cycle. Reddit was a ghost town and Google+ was not even in existence. Heck, Google Buzz wasn’t even built yet. The popular place to find readers was article marketing websites like eZine Articles and Amazines. If you were blogging at the time you know exactly what I am talking about.

Other popular websites were Delicious, StumbleUpon and Propeller. As you read this post in 2013 you probably have not looked at Delicious or Propeller in years, if ever. That said, these were the websites that people when consuming content. Instead of sharing to Facebook, Twitter and Google+ you would share to these social bookmarking websites. Unfortunately, I did not realize this to be social media 1.0. I created zero relationships and I just spammed the system.

I would write an article and share it to a dozen different social bookmarking sites. There were even tools that allowed you to do it in one click. You could find other blog posts explaining how to rank #1 in Google organic search by simply submitting to 10 or so social bookmarking sites. These were all link backs, right? Well, yes, but lets say this scheme did not work for very long. I learned quickly and realized that creating meaningful relationships with readers is much more important than submitting to all these social bookmarking sites. So, here we are today, in April 2013.

Finding Your Tribe and Potential Readers

As social media gains in popularity it is not difficult to find people that are interested in the same subjects that interest you. In fact, it is hard not to find these people. If you are active on Google+, Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn people of similar interests are naturally going to find you. If you were sitting in a corner of the Internet with your own blog and you were not reaching out to readers in creative ways it would be very difficult to increase readership. It might happen over several months or a few years but that process can be expedited by actively looking for your tribe or potential readers.

I would never suggest spending eight hours a day scouring the Internet for potential readers. I would suggest testing the waters on different social media websites. Please understand that there is not one social media website that is everything to everybody. If you are a decorator you will benefit from Pinterest but likely not Active Rain. If you are a photographer you will benefit from Google+ and Facebook but maybe not so much Twitter. I think you get the idea. Figure out where your tribe is hanging out.

It should not take you long to see if you “fit in” to a community. I fit in very well with Google+ as I write about social media, SEO and tech related products. I have an Android, I bash Facebook and I am anti Apple. I think you can quickly see why Google+ is my home away from home. This does not mean it is for everyone. You may have 2000 friends on Facebook and 15,000 fans on your business page. Use that social medium to reach out to your audience.

Write Articles for Your Following

Now that we have established there are plenty of places readers it is time to start generating some content. But what do I write, Jesse? I am glad you asked. I you have more than five followers on Twitter or Google+ you already have an audience. They are following you for a reason. Ask them what they want to read. Most social media users will be more than happy to explain their interests. This is especially true on Google+. By asking them what they want to read you will find that they have a vested interest in reading your content once it has been produced. You just got a new reader who will likely share your content.

This is a concept that I have been implementing for well over a year and it has helped me build some amazing relationships. I have naturally built a following of over 10,000 on Google+. I have never been a on a suggested user list and, for the most part, I have not been in a bunch of shared circles. This means that people are finding me because of my content. I assure you, with a little bit of effort, you can find a social network that will help you find readers that are interested in your articles, videos or pictures.…

The New SEO Takes Patience with a Sense of Urgency

In my Internet Marketing and SEO infancy I wanted results quickly. Immediately after publishing a new blog post I would go to Google search and type in site:www.mysite.com and wait for Google to crawl and index my website. Sometimes I would see websites that got crawled in a matter of seconds and others would take hours. Being so new to the search world I had no answers. I went out and searched for answers but who could I really trust? I wanted the answer at that moment. It took me some time but I slowly started to realize that SEO takes patience with a sense of urgency.

Patience is an SEO Virtue

If you expect immediate search results on any website you are setting yourself up for failure. I have been quite active with this website and it took me just over three months to get a consistent 1000 visitors a day. I will admit that my uptick in content generation has helped tremendously but we will get to that more in the sense of urgency section. Rather than assuming you will create a website and get traffic starting day one recognize that it takes time. Most importantly, it takes building relationships with the right people.

Anyone who has strong relationships in their life knows that time and seasons matter. There is a different season for every stage of life and those who have been through multiple seasons of our lives mean more to us. There is a much better chance that my best friend Issac Lewis, who went to middle school, high school and college with me, will drive over and help me move my apartment than Chase La Rue who I met in October of last year. If you don’t understand this you might want to pick up a book on relationships.

Building online relationships is exactly the same. If you have a technology blog you cannot expect to get link backs from Boy Genius Report or Gizmodo in the first week. After you generate hundreds of useful articles you will likely prove that your expertise deserves a linkback. Do not get discouraged early, remain patient and create a ton of amazing content. So, this is where the sense of urgency comes in.

A Sense of Urgency is 100% Necessary with SEO

I will be the first to admit that I did not produce enough content in the early days of this website. In the last few weeks I have definitely picked up the pace. After a little bit of a kick in the fanny by some of my friends I recognized that getting natural linkbacks means you need to produce content that deserves a linkback. If you are only producing one article a week what is the likelihood you are going to be found to receive that referral?

Look at it this way. Most people hop on and off social media throughout the day. They are not going to see every single thing you do. This means there is no possible way to produce too much content. If you are producing only one piece of content a day you could be limiting yourself when it comes to the eyeballs that see your articles. I know many people are busy and they do not have time to pump out multiple articles a day.

If you truly want a successful website that sees significant growth in traffic you will need to produce a lot of content. Here is a numbers game I like to play. Let us say that I write one article a day. It is going to take me just over three months to reach 100 articles that are indexed in Google search. Ok, now lets up the ante and say I write five articles a day. Now it is only going to take me 20 days to have 100 articles indexed in search.

Not only will I have more content indexed in search but I will be submitting content throughout the day that could be seen by influencers who share my stuff. I am seeing this first hand right now. Even if a blog post only gets 15 or 20 Google +1s it is still getting retweeted and shared out for the world to see. This is why a sense of urgency is very important.

Create a Strategy Today

Unfortunately, many websites have no strategy when it comes to content creation. They are patient alright but there is no sense of urgency. If you want 50 posts indexed in Google create a deadline. If you write two posts a week It will take you half a year to get this done. If you write two posts a day you can get this done in about a month. Get motivated and create amazing content that people want to read!…

Can You Make A Living From Adsense?

Guest Post by Rand Wilson

As a webmaster that has enjoyed moderate success with Google Adsense, the one question that I get asked more than any other is: “Can I really make a living from Google Adsense?”

The short answer is, “sure, it’s possible to make a living from Adsense”.  Heck, I was earning about $1k per month with Adsense about 5 months after creating my first website, and less than a year after that about $6k/month. However the longer, more detailed answer is a bit more complicated, so, if you want to know if it’s possible to make a living from Adsense, read on – but be forewarned, the truth can hurt.  If you came here from Facebook, just scroll down to the very bottom for the TL;DR.

There are many websites that generate huge amounts of money from Adsense.  Markus Frind, the owner of “PlentyofFish.com” was reportedly generating over $10,000,000 (that’s 10 MILLION) per year as of 2009.  Other websites such as TechCrunch and Mashable also reportedly use Adsense to generate incomes in the millions of dollars per year.  Websites that generate incomes like this all have one thing in common:  They receive hundreds of thousands of unique visitors every day.  Such a feat is reserved for only the very elite of the internet.

Even The Small Guys Can Be Successful With Adsense

There are countless smaller websites and blogs that generate yearly incomes ranging from $10,000 to $100,000 per year, proving that you can make a living from Adsense, but even generating these amounts of income is not easy.

The fact is, perhaps as many as 99 out of 100 new bloggers or webmasters creating a new website with the expectation of hitting it big with Adsense and quitting their job will not reach their goal after the first year.  Probably as many as 98 out of 100 of those webmasters still will still have missed this goal after two years.  Why?  Because most new webmasters or bloggers underestimate the difficulty  in generating any significant amount of money online, they fall prey to scammers, or simply give up after realizing it is not as easy as they had hoped it would be.

Write this down: Making a living with Adsense is not easy

The first idea to get out of your mind is that making a living from an online income, whether with Adsense or any other method, is easy.  The second thing to realize is that unless you are already an expert, there is going to be someone at every turn trying to sell you tips, tricks, and snake oil.  Remember that before you hand over your credit card number to anyone.

As you embark on your quest to make a living with Adsense, remember this:

“There is no fast or easy way to being successful with Adsense.  Anyone offering to sell you a fast or easy way is lying to you and trying to steal your money.”

There is nothing in any ebook that you can’t learn yourself, for free.  There are hundreds, if not thousands of ebooks claiming to teach you how to use Adsense and you do not need a single one of them.  These ebooks aren’t necessarily scams (many are, but not all), but there are no “secrets” to using Adsense.  Everything you need to know about how to use Adsense, how to optimize Adsense to generate the most income, etc, is available in hundreds of online forums, Google Plus Adsense Communities and even directly from Google.  The only real value that an ebook may offer is saving you the time to research the information yourself.

Even then, there is no way to know if that information in that ebook is outdated.

Programs, Schemes, and “Tricks”:  Read this, and read it very carefully.  Then, read it again: There is no secret program, method, scheme, “weird trick”, or voodoo that will make you money with Adsense LONG TERM.

It is true that there are ways to to cheat and steal your way to success with Adsense, but eventually, and usually very quickly, those poindexters on the Adsense team will figure out that you are cheating and they will disable your Adsense account. But, just to be sure that you don’t come back and try to lie, cheat, and steal your way back, they will ban you from the Adsense program for life.  And once Google bans you from the Adsense program, it is virtually impossible to get back in.  Never forget:  Adwords, which is where Adsense get’s it’s money, is the lifeblood of Google.

Google does everything that it can within it’s power to keep it’s Adwords advertisers happy, and Google has no problem crushing anyone that tries to cheat them.  Just do a quick Google search on “banned from Adsense” if you don’t believe me.

What you need to know before you can make a living with Adsense

First, you need to know, understand, and follow the Adsense rules and guidelines.   This is the single most important thing to learn about Adsense, and yet the majority of new bloggers and webmasters that ask me questions about using Adsense never even bothered to invest that critical 11 minutes of their life to read through these rules of the game.  Remember above where I said that Google will ban and crush cheaters?

They will also crush you just as hard, without mercy, for unknowingly breaking these rules.   Although Google does have an appeals process that allows you to plead your case should your account become banned, this process is to appeal a mistake that Google may have made in deciding to ban your Adsense account.  Submitting an appeal because “I didn’t read the rules“, has very little chance of success.  If you are about to sign up for Adsense, if you are a new Adsense publisher, or even if you are a long-time Adsense user and it has been a while since you read them, please do yourself a favor and invest that 11 minutes to read through them:

  • Google Adsense Policies
  • Google Adsense Terms of Service

Traffic, Traffic, Traffic

There are over half-a-billion websites on the internet that you are in competition with.  To get your fair share of people to your website amidst all of this competition there are a few things you need to concentrate on.  Entire volumes could be written on each of these, so I will just list them to keep things simple:

  • Content: Your website or blog has to have stuff – words, pictures, videos, whatever, and I should have a lot of it
  • Quality:  All of that stuff has to be good stuff.  Well written articles or blog posts, great photos, or funny videos that add value to the internet or your visitor’s experience
  • Originality: All of that quality stuff has to be original.  Earlier I said there were no shortcuts. This includes copying and pasting content from other websites, or simply re-writing someone else’s ideas
  • Value: Your blog or website has to add value.  Usually Originality+Quality=Value, but not always.
  • SEO:  Search Engine Optimization – Google it, and set aside a few weeks of time to let it soak in

There are few other things to learn such as how you can (or should) use Social Media, Author Rank, reputation, to name a few, but deal with first 5 things I listed first – without them, none of this other stuff matters.

It’s going to take a lot of work and a bit of luck

Let’s be clear about this (because all of the scammers have been telling you it’s easy): all of this learning, content-generating, and optimizing is going to take effort and time, which means it’s actually work!   Remember, at the beginning of this post when I mentioned “it’s not easy”?

Another factor to your success that a lot of ‘experts’ refuse to give credit or acknowledge is plain, old-fashioned luck. Sometimes just being in the right place, posting a comment on the right website at the right time, or bumping into the right person (online or in real life) can be all that it takes to go viral, or at least get a big push in the right direction.  I credit my first big ‘break’ to this pure, dumb, luck.  Of course, had I not been doing all of the right things I would not have been in the right place at the right time and it would have never happened, but it was still just luck.

Thinking outside the box

Finally, being original with your content and the way you market it will also make a big difference.  If you are creative enough to come up with something that nobody else is doing, it can go a long way toward your success.  The best advertising idea I ever had was new, unique, and just crazy enough to bring in thousands of visitors, generate even more in Adsense earnings, and get me hundreds of viral back-links.  If you can nail this one, you get to jump to the front of the line.

Can you make a living from Adsense?  Sure, it’s easy, just send me $29.95 for all the secrets!

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Yes, you can make a living from Google Adsense, but it’s not easy and the odds are stacked against you.…

Patience is a Virtue for Anyone Making Money Online

Patience with a sense of urgency. This is what I tell everyone who is starting a blogging or making money online endeavor. Anyone who thinks there is a get rich quick scheme online is sadly mistaken. It takes time, effort and tons of great content. If you are not willing to do this you will not create a steady stream of revenue online. Recently, I wrote a post titled, “No, You Absolutely Cannot Blog for a Living.” In this particular piece of content I explained that it takes hundreds of hours just to learn the basics of running a website. You cannot learn it overnight which is exactly why patience is a virtue for anyone making money online.

Making Money Online is Not for Everyone

At least a few times a month I get a phone call or an email from a close friend asking if they can make money online. After having a heart to heart with them most accept that making money online is not for them. If you have other responsibilities such as a family or financial commitments you may not be suited to make money online. I tell everyone that it takes six months of making $0 before you will fully understand how the Internet works and how money is made.

I often hear, “But I have a Facebook page.” Another common statement is, “I am really tech savvy.” Having a Facebook page or being tech savvy does not mean you will have what it takes to make money online. In fact, I know some brilliant individuals who have 50,000 Facebook fans and they are much smarter than me when it comes to coding. They cannot make enough money online to support themselves and their family. Unless you have six months to sink about 60 hours a week into learning and grinding data, making money online is probably not for you.

What About All Those Programs?

I am often asked about those $97 get rich online programs or the “business card” websites that scroll down for about 10 miles telling you how successful that person has been. Let me ask you this, if they are so successful why are they telling anyone else? Why wouldn’t they just continue to polish their skills and happily build their own business empire online. Anyone that tells you that they will teach you to make money online for $97 or even $1000 is probably not making much money themselves.

There are probably some gurus and experts out there that have hit on a few of the ways to make money online but they aren’t going to tell you all of their secrets. If they did, you would be taking money out of their pocket. If you truly want to find out if that individual made money online ask them how long it took them to start generating any sort of revenue. If they say anything less than six to nine months run away. I would argue that you cannot generate significant revenue in this time frame; you can pay the bills and get by.

Patience is Key; Urgency is Necessary

This is very difficult for most people to understand. It is even harder to explain. When creating an online presence you must create content. That can be videos, pictures or written articles, ebooks or PDF files. No matter what you decide to do you are going to have to get people to discover and share this content. The only way I have found to get people to discovery my content is to create a ton of it. Remember, quantity is not necessarily better than quality. Do not blast out 500 YouTube videos that are 25 seconds each. This is probably not going to help you build an audience. That said, if you only do one YouTube video a week you are going to find it hard pressed to build a following.

There are some people who have been able to do it. There are also some people that win the lottery and get an inheritance of $5 million from a rich uncle. Just because Jenna Marbles can get 6 million views on one video per week does not mean that is going to happen for you. If you have noticed Huffington Post or Mashable over the last several years you recognize that they have increased the amount of content they produce. Rather than one article a week or one article a day they are producing one article every 10 minutes.

This type of content creation allows more people to find them through social media, search and word of mouth. I can assure you that many pieces of content you create are not going to get viewed on a daily basis. Over 60% of the articles I have written for this site get less than 10 pageviews a day. Unfortunately, you will never know what gets read if you never write it. You will never know what gets watched if you never upload the video. This is having a little bit of urgency.

Behind that urgency you must recognize that you need patience. It takes Google days and sometimes weeks to crawl and index content. You may have written an article two weeks ago that is still not showing up in search. There is absolutely nothing you can do about this. Stop worrying about it and write some more amazing content. Creating a sense of urgency but have patience.…

There is Only One Person That Determines Your Internet Sucess – You!

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This is a subject that is near and dear to my heart. I am a firm believer that about 98% of people in the United States have the opportunity to create their own success. There are definitely the select few that have unfortunate situations or circumstances that do not allow them to make decisions on their own. I sympathize with them as I volunteer with them three days a week. That said, most able bodied Americans can do what it takes to create something special. There is only one person that determines your (Internet) success and that is you!

Success is Cultivated by Making Good Decisions

Every day I wake up I have the opportunity to do what I want. If I want my website and my Internet Marketing business to be successful I have a few choices. I can go play golf and have lunch with some buddies and push everything aside. This is something I have done in the past and something I will do in the future. When I do this, I know there will be consequences when it comes to my business. Just the other day I took my “long walk” around 4:00 pm and I checked some of my revenue streams. I was having a terrible day in terms of advertising revenue. I took a minute to reflect on my day. I had put in about two hours worth of work. My revenue stream was reflecting that as I had made less than those two hours I had put in.

Does this mean you need to put in 10 hour days every single day? Well, that is greatly determined by what you would consider success. If your idea of success is to write a 500 page novel a month there is a good chance you are going to have to put in 10 hour days. If your definition of success is to get a WordPress blog up and running you might only have to work a few hours a day. Ultimately, it is up to you!

Look In The Mirror – That Will Fix Your Problems

At the end of the day there is no one to blame but yourself for your successes and failures. In a past life I was a retail manager and I had many employees that would blame everything and everyone but themselves for their poor work performance or tardiness. This is a story that I will never forget.

I had one particular employee who was notorious for coming in about five minutes late and immediately taking a smoke break. I kid you not. She would clock in, then walk outside and take her smoke break. She was so adamant about this that she would clock in, wave to me and say, “Hey, I am taking my 15.” As you can imagine, I was not too fond of this behavior. There was one particular day that this individual came in 15 minutes late and she said, “Hey, can you clock me in?” She was strategically trying to get me to manually clock her in so it didn’t look like she was late. It was time to fix some of her problems right then and there.

I walked out of the office and said, “Follow me to the break room please.” Our break room had a mirror that covered the entire wall behind the refrigerator and sink. She said, “Can you please just clock me in and let me go do my job.” What she really meant is she was going to go take a smoke break. I said, “Please come over to the sink.” She walked over to the sink where I was standing. I asked her why she was late today. She explained that her brother needed a ride to school. I asked her why she was late yesterday and she said that she had to get gas on the way to work and she had to wait in line.

I shook my head. I said, “Do you think that maybe getting ready a little bit earlier would alleviate these problems?” She immediately got and attitude and said, “Mr Wojdylo! It is not my fault.” I looked her dead in the eyes. I said, “Look in the mirror at what is staring back at you. Do you see that female? THAT is the only person that is going to fix your problems.”

Your Life is Your Choice

Unless you accept that you manifest your own destiny things are never going to change. If you want to be successful in anything you do, Internet related or not, you are going to have to make choices. If you are willing to make the correct decisions and sacrifice to get to your goals that is when you will be successful. I will leave you with this video. I would encourage you to take 14 minutes to watch every second. I promise it will be worth your time.…