Why You May be Wasting Your Time & How to Fix it

Most people who work online take on way too much…and yes, even we do, despite the fact that we always advise others not to do it. You’d be hard pressed to find someone who only has one single website or is working on just one project at a time. That is a very rare person indeed. However, taking on too much has its consequences. It results in a lack of focus and a lack of focus (also known as ‘spreading yourself too thin’), means that nothing ever has a chance to succeed and even if it does eventually succeed, it takes a lot longer to do so. The reason most people take on too much is that they keep thinking that the next thing is what is going to make them the money. They don’t trust that what they are doing now will work, or it may be just taking longer than they thought it would. The blatant promotional affiliate marketers have a lot to answer for here – “You too can make $100,000 in just 10 days” and they have the 'proof' too with all their Clickbank screenshots. I’m not … [Read more...]

Back Yet Again & Our New Business Model

Well, I thought it was time for another post. It's been a while but it was necessary to just stop everything we were working on and focus on just one thing. Not focusing has always been our main problem with this business. It's tough in the online arena to not get tempted to go in different directions. We always tell people they should focus on one thing first and wait till that is making money before moving on to something else and here we were totally ignoring our own advice. However, I feel like we now have things in place and we are determined to stay with it and just focus, focus, focus. Our total business model has changed since we started in this business. We still use Amazon, but we do it in a different way and I have to say the new business model is much more fun. The old business model involved the following: create a niche website based on keyword research find products in that niche to promote that met our criteria write up good quality product reviews … [Read more...]

What We Are Doing to Make Money Online in 2016

Yes I know, I haven't been adding much to this site lately and I only came into it today to update Wordpress and various plugins and such. But I like to keep adding content to the site even if it is only every now and then. It's one of the first websites we created and one I still enjoy writing for. So I thought about what to write for this post and decided on discussing what we are doing this year to make money online. It's been evolving over the years but it has to if we want to continue working online. If you rely on Google, Amazon, Pinterest, Twitter or any other external business in order to make your money then you have to be prepared for them to make changes that could alter your income....sometimes in a big way. It's so easy to give up when those changes happen. We could have easily given up when Google hit our review sites hard but it never occurred to us to do so. Neither of us wanted to go back to a regular 9 to 5 job so we just assumed that it would work out in the … [Read more...]

Why We Got Rid of Our Websites & Shut Down Our Podcast

I recently read a blog post where someone mentioned creating a Word for the Year. This is where you choose a word that encapsulates your main intention for the year. It can be one word or a group of words. For some, it's not always easy to find that word and in fact, you can take courses to help you find that word, but for me it was easy. I knew straight away that my word was 'minimalism'. I have been wanting to declutter for some time now and in fact, have been slowly doing this with household items but I really wanted to get serious about it. The house was still filled with so many 'you never know when you might need it' items and it was time to let them go. This has taken up much of January for me and Wanda has come onboard as well and is doing the same with her home. In fact, she has gotten rid of far more than me. It's a liberating feeling getting rid of 'stuff'. It feels like a weight off your shoulders. It essentially means that you have less stuff to worry about and to … [Read more...]

AB 004: How We Get (Genuine) Subscribers on YouTube

Our main focus lately has been our YouTube channels and as a result we have been researching heavily on how to get more subscribers to those channels. Subscribers are extremely important because they create a following, they provide valuable feedback, they interact with you and like your videos, and they are your loyal fans. We have two main channels that we are focusing on at the moment - our ASMR channel which is just about to reach 20,000 subscribers and our Alanda Craft channel which has just reached 5000 subscribers. Bear in mind, that these are REAL subscribers. We haven't purchased subscribers nor do we run competitions in order to gain subscribers. These subscribers have come about simply because they like our videos. They are the best type of subscribers you can have. Which leads me to an important point...DON'T EVER BUY SUBSCRIBERS! How do we know this?... because in the past, we tried this on one of our old YouTube channels (which we no longer work on). It doesn't work … [Read more...]

AB 003: How to Create a Podcast from Start to Finish

We have been podcasting and boy do we love it. It’s something that we should have done many years ago, but neither of us really had the confidence to just get up their and ramble on which is something you kind of need the ability to do if you want to create a podcast. Having said that however, I can personally tell you now that you don’t have to have the confidence at the start. We definitely didn’t and if you listen to our very first podcast you will see how scripted it was. We had no idea what we were going to say and the script was the only way we were going to get through that first podcast. By about the third or fourth podcast, we were flying though them and today, we don’t even create notes for our podcasts. We decide that we are going to create one and a few minutes before we start recording we go through what we might want to talk about and away we go. So what I am trying to say here is don’t be deterred if you think you don’t have what it takes to record a podcast … [Read more...]