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Friday, October 20, 2006

Getting Wealthy Ain't So Bad

Don't you just hate arrogant wealthy people? Me too!

*long pause*

Wait a minute. I thought this article was about "wealthy not being bad". Yep, that's right. So when you hate arrogant wealthy people, it's because they were arrogant, wasn't it? It wasn't the wealth part. Or perhaps you called them tightwad wealthy people, and you were really upset that they were tightwads. Yes, there will also be some built-in jealousy between the different financial classes of society. The fact is that there will always be poor people and wealthy people. Unless you're lucky and inherit the family business, we get wealthy from skills that others do not have, do not know they have, or do not market, and which these skills generate a marketable interest, and which we can make so much that we save more than we spend.

Getting wealthy ain't so bad. It really isn't. If you believe in God, and I do, then you can realize that this is God's gift to you of providence. However, we must wield this gift carefully so that we are not arrogant or tightwad and are more benevolent with wonderful projects. Wealth, you see, is God's foundation he helps you build. From that foundation you can stand on your own two feet quite well in order to help others. And I do hope that you help others. Unfortunately capitalism these days isn't about helping others. We need a return to ethics in capitalism -- ethical capitalism. So when you do generate wealth, please turn around and take anything, even if it's just 20%, and devote not just your money, but your time as well, in helping people in the poor class and middle class. Imagine helping a trash family in the Philippines who have to live in a trash dump in order to survive. There are organizations over there that help feed these people and give the children a place to play, be educated, bathe, be safe, stay clean, and learn a way to get out of this rut. Yet I also don't want you to forget about the middle class guy who was just laid off, is standing in the unemployment line with not much success, and could really just use a boost to pay 3 months of his mortgage until he could get back on his feet.

So here's the big secret. I know you love secrets, right? Do you know how to make a website? No, then please get a couple books and learn how. Then, when you know how, read and do this:

Applying The Kiss Method To Your Projects (which you can also rename as "Website Ads Can Make You Rich").

Thanks to my new buddy Jon that I met at Wicked Fire, this was an excellent thing to learn.

And some other advice I have received has been to get my webhosting at Host Gator because they have good pricing from low, mid, and high ranges, have lots of free features, have great tech support, and are a great provider to help you scale your successful Website Advertisement projects from low end to high end.

This website advertising is really all about making content on a site, adding a forum with a product like vBulletin, and then adding in advertisements on each page from Google Adsense.

Spend very little money, bring up a dozen sites that are similar in theme but on different topics, and if you need any programming expertise or hosting security expertise, find a pay-a-programmer project site on the web to see if you can pick up inexpensive Indian labor. Then, index the site at Google. When one site does well, try to analyze why it does well, and then try to replicate those concepts on your other sites.

As these sites generate more income from ad revenue, you'll need some of that money to pay for more bandwidth at Host Gator, and to perhaps pay for other marketing avenues such as paying for clicks from other sites to your site to give you a bit of a boost here or there. Then, purchase more sites and repeat this process. Eventually you get so good that you can move from shared hosting to dedicated hosting at hostgator, and then after a bit you realize you've outgrown them. By then, you'll be so wealthy that you can rent office space in a spare room of perhaps some accountant's office, bring in a fractional T1, put some dedicated Linux/PHP/MySQL servers on UPS power, and pay someone to check in on it for you from time to time like a single mom living at home.

Worry first about getting something out there, then worry about everything else once it's getting eyeballs. And places like Wicked Fire can help you get there. And if you're a programmer like me, don't let your programmer mentality add to your procrastination. And if you have other projects on the table, get them done and get them out of the way so that you can move into the new world of Affiliate Marketing.

Oh, and I guess I should add one more bit of advice. As you make great bootstrap cash from Affiliate Marketing, you do realize you can branch out into eBay Marketing, or building eCommerce websites, or building political candidate websites or websites for anyone in general. You might also have other ideas, and now you have the cash to make these come true.

As you move up the chain from shared hosting to perhaps the level 2 plan of dedicated hosting, please consider, however, your new place in society. You have the intelligence to make a difference, and I ask you to start with 10%, but then move to 20 or 30%, in returning to the lower and middle classes of society both your money, your time, your kindness, and your love.


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