Late Night Brainstorming – Prison Reform

We had a brainstorming session with our friend Bryan last night (btw, Bryan, I google searched BKM Designs and there’s a guy infringing on your intellectual property rights) and the conversation turned to how to reform prisons.  In our estimation, prisoners need more activities to release their aggression and the United States needs more “green energy”.  We came up with an idea which would solve both:  PERP.

PERP is the acronym for Prison Energy Repayment Plan. Under our plan, every prison in the United States would be outfitted with stationary bikes creating a human powered energy fed back into the power grid.  Weights and weight lifting would be banned.  The only exercise allowed would be riding these power bikes.  The benefit to the inmates would be that they could reduce their sentence by one hour for every kilowat of power generated on their bike.  A prisoner could bike his or her way to freedom, get fit and supply the US power grid with 100% green energy. Two problems solved with one idea!

Camp Awesome!!

Remember Woody Harrelson?

I came across this article posted on the deceiver.com about the White Men Can’t Jump star, Woody Harrelson.

Woody Harrelson Has Lost His Damn Mind

He lives in a farming village in Hawaii where there are no shops and everyone uses solar power. A committed vegan, he eats mostly raw foods. He goes through a ton of weed, which may be his biggest carbon emission because his car runs on biodiesel fuel.

Now Woody Harrelson wants to take it to the next level: a forty-day fast during which he does nothing but surf all day. And probably smoke a lot of drugs.

“I know it’s going to be really hard,” the Kingpin actor says. “But can you imagine it? Eating nothing for 40 days? Swimming and surfing every day in a remote place? Where does the mind go?”

It goes away, probably.

Honestly, this plan is so extreme that I can’t help but respect it. And wait for the epic failure. Harrelson, I’m watching.

Sounds like camp AWESOME!!… Sign me up now! Woody is a god-damn uber-genius! Wait five years from now, when all the marrow has been sucked out of our souls, people are going to be lining up around the block to pay $15,000.00 a person for an experience like this.  This is the true essence of life.

I tell you who has lost their fuckin mind… People that sit on the fucking 405 for 2 hours a day, grinding out some stupid job for 30 years then they end-up dying from second hand smoke.

The Law of Attraction in Practice

Question from Anne in Alaska:

Hi Scott, since you claim to be a spiritual guide maybe you can explain how come the law of attraction doesn’t seem to be working for me. I read “The Secret” and thought I understood what it was saying but I’m still broke and it doesn’t seem to work for me.

Answer:

Dear Anne,
I’m sure you’re not alone in this. Once when I was talking to a client of mine, clutching to the book “The Secret.” I was trying to explain to her the benefits of settling her case but she insisted on going to trial, “so he could understand her pain,” she said. I asked her if she had read the book she was holding and she said she had read it over and over again and it had changed her life. “If that’s the case, then you should be prepared to let the past go and begin to heal,” I said. “No, I have to stand up for myself,” she said. I spoke to her at length about the law of attraction – that if she focused on the pain she had experienced in her 30 year marriage, that the universe would send her more of the same. I couldn’t get through to her. We went to trial and she got her ass handed to her. The judge didn’t believe anything she said. She was very unhappy with me and I reminded her of the day I begged her to settle her case because of the many, many problems she had with her case. To no avail, “The Secret” failed her. Hopefully, I can give you something helpful but it will only help if you are ready to hear it.

The law of attraction basically states that “whatever you predominantly think shapes your reality.” If you constantly think, “how come I don’t have the money I want?” the Universe only hears “don’t have money.” Basically, this is like the genie in the bottle. The old story goes when you rub the bottle, the genie appears and grants you three wishes. But beware, you will get exactly what you ask for. In the stories, people seldom ever get what they really want because they don’t ask the question right. Here, the law of attraction says that you will get everything that you want from the universe. The problem is that you are not sure what you want. It’s not enough to say to the universe that I want a million dollars. You have to be much more specific. Try thinking, money is abundant and comes to me easily and frequently. Then, and here’s where the disconnect often occurs, YOU HAVE TO DO SOMETHING. You cannot just think about what you want you have to think about what you want and then do something to achieve it. If you ask the universe, what can I do to make money, you’ll start to be flooded with ideas about how you can accomplish your desire. Then you have to take steps to implement the idea – that’s when you’ll get your pay-off. Take for instance, you think “I’m going to own my dream house on this certain spot on the ocean.” You have to buy the land, hire the architect, hire the contractor, and do all the things to create the dream house on the spot. Just thinking it will not bring it into existence.

Anne, the other thing to consider about the law of attraction is that you have many, many thoughts that are programmed in your brain. You might not even be aware of the multitude of thoughts that you continually have that can be sending negative impulses into the universe which the Universe delivers back to you. Negative thoughts create ill health, poverty, unhappiness, all kinds of bad things that people are not aware that THEY CREATE in their life. If you want to get to the bottom of your thoughts, you need to activate the Observer. I explain how to do this in my book From Garage Sale to Financial Freedom in Five Steps. Of course, I recommend that you read it because it will also answer your questions about how to make money. If you try my ideas, you’ll find the law of attraction working for you.

Much success,

Scott Asher

How to Come Up with Hundreds of How to Ideas

Electric Light bulb from Crestock Stock Photo

Want to create a stream of passive income?
Of course you do – who doesn’t? Writing “how to” articles is a great way to create a passive stream of income. Despite all the faults of the internet, there are millions of people searching “how to do (anything).” Whether you’re writing for your own blog or for paying sites, you can capture a share of the how to market with great articles. Here’s how to come up with literally hundreds of ideas for writing “how to” internet articles.

Go “Old School” for a moment.
You’ll need an old fashioned pad of paper and a pen. Not a pencil because there’s no need to erase anything. We’re talking about brainstorming basics here and there are no bad ideas during brainstorming. On the left side column of your pad, number each line, 1 – 100 and write the words “How to” on each line. Give yourself plenty of relaxation, time and freedom from pressures or obligations.

Now, Think…
What have I learned in my years on the planet that I can share with other people? Start writing down the ideas as they come. Don’t edit yourself or refuse to write one. If you think it, write it. While you’re writing, other ideas will start flowing and you should write everything. I started this list and after a few days, had about 300 how to ideas.

Keep your pad handy…
As you start writing your awesome how to internet articles, you’ll get more ideas. Stop whatever you’re doing and write them down. If you ever get stuck and don’t know what to do with your time or feel writer’s block. Just looking at all the great ideas you’ve written down will give you the creative inspiration to write something.

Need more ideas?
Maybe you detest paper. Perhaps you’ve forgotten how to use a pen. Maybe you just don’t like my idea for brainstorming. Whatever the case, here’s another idea for finding topics for writing how to articles. Believe it or not, you can “borrow” the ideas a popular how to website offers to its writers. eHow (and no, I’m not giving them a link) asks its readers to request articles. Sign up to be a member with them. You don’t have to ever write an article although you can make a few bucks writing articles for them. The feature I’m suggesting you look at is requests for articles. Their users suggest How to articles that they would like to read. You can get ideas from them to get you started.

Even more ideas…
If you don’t already have hundreds of ideas for how to articles by now, I’ve got one more suggestion you might try to find inspiration. At your next family gathering, (bring your pad, of course) and ask everyone in your family to write down ten things they’d like to learn in the format of “how to.” You may or may not know anything at all about the topics they would like to learn about but that’s ok. You know how to research and write a great internet article. If you have ten family members you just got 100 ideas from people who are potential internet searchers and one thing about even your family members, if they’re interested in learning about something, so are thousands of other people.

Want more???
If you don’t have at least 1000 how to ideas, more than you could ever write in your life time by this point, you can go to Google/trends and find all the how to ideas you’ve ever imagined. Google/trends shows the top 100 searches of the day and you could almost certainly find a dozen how to ideas related to what people are actually searching for. If you get good at this you can get massive traffic to your “How to” article, particularly, with Google Real-Time Search showing your article literally seconds after you’ve posted it.

Warning:  Brainstorming is addictive!

You can get very excited as ideas start flowing out of you like an open fire hydrant.  It’s ok to spend some time enjoying the naturally energetic high that comes from dwelling in ideas but to ideas are only worth something if you do something with them.

If you want to Make Money from ideas…

If you write articles or would like to write articles to earn money, consider this fantastic program to turn one of your articles into hundreds of unique articles, submitted to article directories for maximizing your payment

God Brand Beef – Holy Cow! Divine tasting Bovine.

Photo by Aaron Flaum, Credit: AP

Divine bovine? The recent birth of a half Jersey, half Holstein calf with a white cross in the middle of its forehead have some speculating whether we’re approaching the second coming or the end of days. At God Brand ™ we’re proud to announce our new line of beef products: God Brand Beef – Holy Cow! With the latest in genetic engineering, cross breeding and nano-technology occurring at God Brand ™, we will soon be mass producing divinely born calves in local markets the world over.  It is divine tasting bovine.  Look for God Brand tm Beef – Holy Cow at high end supermarkets in your town!

And as always, with God Brand you can’t go wrong – it’s God’s after all.

Best and Worst Public Water in the U.S.

I was engaged in some random web surfing when I came across this blog post about the best and worst water in the U.S.  After reading the article, I had to think, where in the world have I tasted the best tap water ever?  Well, that would have to be  in North Idaho, of course.  Honestly, I have never lived anywhere that I had such a good feeling about taking a drink of water from the faucet.  The Rathdrum aquifer that supplies the Inland Northwest with pleasant tasting, clean water is a hard working wonder of nature and I’m completely impressed.  So I’m reading the article and they’re listing the top 100 of “big cities”, hmm..what qualifies as a big city?  Well, Seattle, clearly a big city scored #25 on the list and Las Vegas scored #3 on the worst and clearly it qualifies as a big city.  Is Spokane a big city?  It’s not on the top 100 of best or worst.  I used to live in Las Vegas and I can attest that it has some nasty tasting water.  I have to apologize to my brother-in-law now because he is the quality control supervisor for the Las Vegas Valley Water District.  It’s not his fault the water tastes bad.  The storm drains in Las Vegas feed directly into Lake Mead where the largest supply of public drinking water comes from.  Can you imagine what people put down the storm drains in Las Vegas- yuck!  When my Wife and I arrived in North Idaho, and started drinking from the faucet at Farragut state park, I don’t think we’ve purchased a single bottle of water since.  The United States deserves to know that there are places where the water comes clean from the ground, tastes good and with minimal additives (flouride? chlorine?) it still tastes good and doesn’t send you to the phone book to find the nearest bottled water distributer.  Just my two cents on the issue, anyone out there have a thought about their city’s tap water?  I’d love to hear it.

How to Analyze Keyword Density

Hopefully you enjoyed my article on How to Write a Good Internet Article and are practicing your skill in writing keyword dense articles. This article will describe how to analyze the density of your internet articles, blog posts or web content.

How to Analyze Key Word Density
Anyone writing content for the internet should be concerned with keyword density. Internet writing differs from other media in how readers find you. If you’re writing for print, key word density is of little or no importance. Keyword density is applicable in internet writing because it is a factor in how search engines determine what is relevant to a user’s search. Unless your readers are coming to your site directly (ie. you’re famous and have a built in readership) or they are referred by another site, your readers find you from a search engine. There are other factors search engines use in ranking your page as relevant to a user’s search but clearly, the key words in your article are a huge factor on relevance. If your goal is to write an internet article that is discovered by searchers, you need to analyze your keyword density.

For demonstration purposes, I’m going to show you how I analyzed the keyword density on my recent article about writing good internet articles. I chose the title to capture anyone who inputs the search, how to write a good internet article. But let’s face it, I really want anyone who uses the terms internet article used together in their search so I’ll show you how to analyze these key words.

If you drafted your internet article as I proposed, you have a natural keyword density. I pulled up a tool to analyze text for density found here. I copied and pasted my text into the text box on their site, chose the terms internet article to analyze and let it do its thing. Here’s what it returned to me:

Now, this is a tool that tells me the density of my keywords “internet article”, just from the text without any analysis of my meta-data is 4.4%. I’m typically shooting for 5 percent but I don’t ever want my article to sound like spam so I’ll accept 4.4%. The nice thing about this site I’m using here is you can change the text in the box, add more keywords and re-analyze your keyword density. A brilliant idea if you think you might not have written them densely enough on your first draft. Happy with the keyword density of my article I added my meta-data, a custom description, a custom excerpt, key words and tags. So let’s look at what my key word density is after this little extra (which by the way is super simple if you’re using WordPress.) I go to another site for this analysis here.

I ask it to go to my post and analyze the keywords “internet article” including the meta-data and here’s what it showed me:

Screen shot of keyword density analysis

I’m not even going to try to explain what all of this means – it’s a science all it’s own and the two sites I’ve used for demonstration purposes are not the only services available for keyword density analysis – they just happened to rank high on google so they get some free advertisement here. I’m just happy that overall, after analyzing the article, the terms “internet article” was used 44 times and has a density percentage of 4.5%. That is in my books, a key word rich internet article and it doesn’t sound like spam.

If you’re writing for sites like eHow, associated content, hub stubs, or just want to have more traffic to your website or blog, I hope this article on analyzing keyword density has been helpful. As usual, you are free to use this free internet article any way you see fit, just don’t forget to link back. Good luck driving massive traffic to your site with keyword rich internet articles.

New WordPress blog blueprint for success or (how to avoid your blog becoming a giant suck hole of time)

I’ve just finished another round of analyzing old posts, filling in missing keywords, tagging articles, working in affiliate marketing and overall, trying to make this mish-mash of articles, photographs and random ramblings appear to have been written with some clarity of focus (although they may or may not have been at the time).  I’ve spent countless hours, tweaking and refining, adding and deleting plugins, working on design and trying to plot trends of the future.  In short, I allowed my blog to become a giant suck hole of time.

The kind of blogger I’ve determined to become is like the magician that turns on the industry and reveals the secrets.  I’m not being strictly altruistic, I’m getting focused.  You can learn from my mistakes and keep your blog from becoming a giant suck hole of time as well.

Beginning bloggers, take heed:

If you want your blog to ever make any money, set up your blog with this in mind.

1.  Don’t use blogger, typepad, free wordpress blogs or anything but your own unique domain.  Sure, free seems attractive but there’s always – I repeat, always a cost to free.  I guarantee if you start making money on your blog, you’ll regret having .whatever between your catchy name and .com.  There are so many other disadvantages to the free blogging setups that it’s really another whole article.

2.  I recommend you get your own web hosting – personally I use and love for a variety of reasons.  (a) it’s about 8 bucks a month and the storage and bandwidth is unlimited, allowing me to host a gazillion other blogs and websites (which I charge people for).  You can install your new WordPress blog with one click – it’s that easy.  You don’t have to be an expert on FTP to modify your dreamhost account, they offer web ftp and it’s easily accessed from your control panel.  Dreamhost will also give you your domain for free for a year when you activate your account.  So do it.

3.  Install your WordPress software and open an account at wordpress.com.  You’ll need an API to activate your Askimet spam protection and your wordpress.com blog statistics (you can quickly see your stats on the dashboard).  Pick a template that allows you to easily customize your look and once you’ve got what you like, keep it.  I’ve spent countless hours messing with the look of the site and it’s just a giant suck hole of time.

4.  Open the following accounts.  Google AdSense, Amazon Affiliate Account, and Google Analytics.  Install the WP-Insert plug-in and set up your sidebar, header and footer widgets to optimize ads.  If you don’t have a paypal business account, open one if you want to ask for donations.  You can do any of these things later but I’m trying to help you avoid wasting time.  If you know you want to make money from your blog, plan it from the beginning.

5.  Change the default setting on how your posts and pages are titled.  Go to the settings and choose the format that allows the title of the post to be spelled out in the url versus the “page=number” format.  After a year of blogging on this site, a friend suggested this to me; how embarrassing.

6.  Think ahead about what you want your blog to be about – it doesn’t matter what it is but pick a theme.  Maybe you want to blog about Crohn’s disease or mesothelioma lawyers (I understand they pay big bucks when someone clicks on their google ads), or whatever it is.  Think about the keywords associated with your topic.  Create categories from those keywords.  Must credit my friend with this one as well.

7.  Write excellent articles about your topic.  Use the SEO pluging to create hand crafted excerpts, description, and add keywords.  Be sure to properly categorize and tag the articles.  Add a photograph if you can.  Articles with photographs are more appealing to readers than without.  Then and only then, go to your facebook and/or twitter account and share the link in a status update.  Facebook and twitter is it’s own suck hole of time and I use it very sparingly, preferring to spend my time focused on making money, not playing Mafia Wars or Farmville.  And I really don’t care what people think of me on facebook – I only have a handful of real friends there and the rest are complete strangers.  My real friends get phone calls and emails from me with an occasional nod from me on facebook.

8.  After you’ve focused on what your blog is about and written some great keyword rich internet articles you can go out into the blogosphere and make comments, join blog carnivals, blogroll, guest post and all of the things that every blog writing about how to make money with your blog suggest.  But beware, these activities have the potential to become a giant suck hole of time.  If you have unlimited time, go for it, but I prefer to spend my blog time crafting keyword rich, informative content under the theory that if you build it, they will come.

If you will do these things from the beginning, you’ll have a much better chance of success without wasting a huge amount of time.  If however, you have to go back and fix a years worth of blogging to optimize your content, well, that’s the price for poor planning and it’s probably worth it to get back on track.  That’s how I’m choosing to think of my countless hours in the black hole of the blogosphere.  As always, I wish you the best of success in your blogging endeavors.  After all, this isn’t a competition unless you believe my prediction about Google Real-Time Search.

A Simple Formula to Evaluate the Value of Your Time

An all to familiar scene is playing out at my house.  My wife is searching craigslist for a job.  I’m working on our other computer.  She says, “what are you doing?”

“I’m working,” I say.  “Are you making any money?” she asks.  “Yes.”  “At this moment?”  “Not at this moment, no.”  “When?”  “Really soon, I promise, my love.”  The dog jumps on my lap, her paws land on my keyboard inserting random characters in my blog post.  If she could talk, she’d be saying, “play with me Daddy – you never want to play with me anymore.”  I could sit with my wife and try to explain the thoughts that are going through my head about money and work and the value of time but she’s knows that we need money now and that’s one of the many things I love about her.  She can focus and bring money in the door right now.  I’m entirely in a philosophical debate in my mind.  In that internal debate, I reach a mathematical formula to determine how to evaluate any monetary pursuit according to a value of one’s time.  I had to make some assumptions in order to arrive at this formula.

First assumption:  Any money earned (unless it’s gifted, inherited or compounded interest) is the result of converting a sales pitch.  I hear the first nay-sayer now:  But I have a job!  I’m not making a sales pitch. Landing a job required a big sales pitch and there’s a continual pitch made each and every hour worked.  A job is a 100% conversion rate of every hour worked.

Second assumption:  The percentage of conversion is an estimate based upon past performance.  If you’ve made a thousand sales pitches and had one hundred sales, the percentage of conversion is ten percent.  A percentage of conversion can be increased or decreased based upon the skills of the person presenting the pitch.

Third assumption:  Time is the most precious of human possessions therefore something that can be done using less of one’s time is inherently better than another.

With these assumptions, here’s the formula:

E = P x C  x e/ T = V

E= earnings

P = number of pitches

C = percentage of conversion

e = earning per conversion

T = total time investment

V = value of time invested

If you’re analyzing the value of time for a job, that’s easy.  If you make $15 an hour, V, the value of your time is $15.  There are only two variables that you can increase to increase your earnings, how many hours you work and the rate of your pay.

Let’s look at this formula with a different kind of opportunity – appointment setting, for instance.  Assume an insurance agent offers you $5 for every appointment that you set and you’re told previous appointment setters average ten appointments per one hundred calls.  You’re also told that most appointment setters work 6 hours a day, five days a week and earn an average of $500 weekly.  Assuming these are good estimates, here’s the formula at work:

$500 = 1000 x .10 x 5 / 48 = $10.42  To make $500 a week, you have to make 1000 sales calls, close ten percent of the sales at $5 per closing divided by the total hours worked, 48, for a value of $10.42 per hour.  If you want to earn more, you can increase the amount of pitches (which increases your time), the earning per conversion (ask for $10 per appointment) and/or increase the conversion percentage which would naturally occur as you perfect your sales pitch. While, this might not have been the best example, at least there are more variables you can control than with a job.

For me, the formula becomes infinitely more fascinating when dealing with the sale of intellectual property.  The creation of intellectual property; music, a photograph, a brand, a book, a website is time intensive to create but what makes it different from the above examples is, when it’s completed you’ve got the potential for your pitches to run an indefinite period of time and the amount of time required to maintain decreases significantly.  Residual and passive income is the boon of the successful marketing of intellectual property.

The hard thing to explain to my wife (and I know she already gets it without my explanation) is that I’m either creating some intellectual property, increasing the number of sales pitches I’m making, crafting pitches for a higher percentage of conversion, or increasing the earning per conversion.  This is difficult to explain when you should be working a job.  The final factor which I cannot seem to express mathematically is whether you enjoy your total time spent.   I’m not sure what E has to be to not enjoy what you’re doing – I guess that depends on just how much E you think you need.

How to make your own calendar

Making your own calendar is fun and easy.  Every year, my parents make a personalized calendar that they give as gifts.  The calendar is filled with my father’s exceptional photographs from that year’s trip – last year was Antarctica.  The really nice thing about getting one of their calendars is that they insert everyone’s birthday and anniversary so I never miss an important date.  I finally asked him how he did it and was surprised at how easy it is to make your own personalized calendar.

1.  Find 13 of your photographs you love.  One for the cover and one for each month of the year.  This should be easy as you took photos all year long I’m sure.

2.  Go to shutterfly.com and register – it only takes a minute to register and you’re in business.  You’ll notice that right now they’re offering 20% off of 2010 calendars – limited time offer, they don’t say for how long.

3.  In the navigation bar at the top of the page click on the link for Calendars it will then prompt you to a button that says, appropriately Go!

4.  They provide you with all the instructions you need to upload, crop, insert your own custom information.  Pick the amount of them you want to receive, pay and you’re done.

I can tell you that these are of professional quality.  I have received two as gifts and have really appreciated having them in my home and office.  There you have it, an easy way to show off your photography, fulfill the need for your own 2010 calendar and have gifts for friends and family.

The benifits of selling your website on Flippa vs. eBay.

Recently – Selling websites on the web has become very problematic. “Just-how-much” is a website worth these days? I personally build websites and then turn-around and sell them to people that want to be in business on the web. This is a very tricky market, to sell your website you need to reach real buyers. I have sold websites on eBay, but I have only listed websites for sale on Flippa, never actually sold any. I will share my experience and what I think are the pros-and-cons of selling websites on eBay versus Flippa and give you some valuable tips for saving money and getting even more money for your website!

I was reading is article I found – I think it was the USA Today, it said any website or domain name in 5 years could be worth 500x times what it’s worth right now.

The number one problem you face when looking to get a good price for your website, is the mound of horse-shit scam websites that promise large returns for no investment. This is what buyers that are looking to buy websites have to wade though when looking to buy. Stupid and ridiculous domains priced for 1 million, affiliate websites scams, all kind of scams.

The other problem – It is difficult to sell a website to just anyone, most people are a little intimated or simply have no idea what they are even looking at. I don’t think either eBay or Flippa really offer the “optimal selling experience” for selling websites. Ideally  you want to list your website where you will attract the most potential buyers. Buyer beware!

Flippa – They boast making something like 10 million in sales, to be honest I found this very hard to believe. I didn’t feel like that many of the listings on Flippa ended in a actual sale of the website. All I seen was a bunch of junk websites and maybe 2-10 real offerings. The websites I listed on Flippa, I feel really didn’t attract much attention. …and it was over priced, but again when I listed my sites for sale it was about 12 months ago. 😉 Last I heard it was even higher now, with some “success fee” bullshit. read more about dat chit

eBay – has the traffic and the following, brought you lots and lots of potential buyers, also you can list the website for sale in the niche category you are looking to target. Example: Remote Control Cars. I think eBay brings a stronger buyer base to the table than Flippa does, and at a reasonable cost.

*** SCOTTY – FUN FACT***: You can also buy traffic for your listing, or what you could do instead – Make a single sales page with blogger, or even a page on the website that your selling, then set up AdWords account and bid on keywords against Flippa, targeting keywords like; buy websites, website investments, website business, web business. This will allow you to go-directly to the horses mouth for real website buyers not just a bunch of lookie-losers.

*This is also a good way of selling your website, with less chance of your site being copied by a fake-buyer.

I had my best results selling website – When I self-marketed the website, I was WAYYYY more effective. Or you can look at it this way… The few hundred bucks that you would pay for the “success fee” for selling your website on Flippa, can be used to get more targeted clicks from AdWords, and you might even save a few bucks!

RECOMMEND: Craigslist, AdWords.

*This is how I selling my websites now: http://scottrasher.com/domains-for-sale/

These days I really don’t spend time selling websites, I spend more of my time blogging about stupid shit like this. But I found posting websites for sale on blogs or free classifieds like Craigslist and self marketing, was by-far the best way to sell your websites.

Selling websites FAQ:

Most people buying website don’t have any idea what they are buying.

What you need to guard against is being robed for your intellectual property.

You are not covered under Paypal terms in a transactions a tangible product in not present. Example: files, websites, domains

Fun Facts:

I have sold about 50 websites on eBay and about 100 total.

Other places you can sell your website:

COMING SOON

How to Write a Good Internet Article

How to Write a Good Internet Article

There are many reasons you might want to write a good internet article. You need good web content, you are writing for an employer or you write freelance internet articles. Since content is still King, skills in writing good internet articles are a premium.

First, let’s distinguish between an internet article and a blog post. Let’s create definitions.

A blog post is any combination of image and/or text that is uploaded to a weblog and cataloged by date, category, tag or other fashion. A blog post may be personal, random, from an RSS feed, humorous, boring, nonsensical, blasphemous, heretical or otherwise. A blog post can, but is not always an internet article.

An internet article is typically a well written (although I’ve seen many claiming to be an internet article that was not well written), keyword rich essay on a specific topic, intended to inform and entertain readers seeking information on that topic. The hallmark of a good internet article is a logical structure that leads the reader to accept the conclusion the writer proposed. It should be persuasive.

Like any style of writing, there are forms which can be practiced and with continued use, will lead to better results. During law school, I learned a form of persuasive writing which I have adapted to writing internet articles. Here’s my formula:

1. Issue
What are you writing about? Why should the reader care? This requires a clear and concise statement.

2. Research
What have you discovered about the topic? You need to state what you’ve found and imply or state your qualifications to write about the subject. Nobody cares about your brother’s opinion on whether we landed on the moon in 1969. Why does your opinion matter to the reader?

3. Analysis
Here you begin to take the logical steps that will lead the reader to your proposed conclusion. You began with the conclusion in mind when you started or you wouldn’t be writing an internet article in the first place. Show the reader why she should believe in your conclusion.

4. Conclusion – you precisely restate the idea that you wanted the reader to accept – usually the title of your article.

You can observe the application of my internet article formula in this very article.

1. The title is a clear and concise statement of the topic – how to write an internet article.
2. I define what an internet article is, why the reader should care and what I know about the topic.
3. I offered the reader a theory – a rationale – a practice that can lead, in my opinion to the conclusion I propose which is how to write a better internet article.
4. The conclusion is following.

Writing in a form such as this maximizes your keyword density without sounding unnaturally repetitive. I’m sure you’ve seen articles where the use of key words seemed ridiculous and you probably concluded it was spam. A good internet article does not leave the greasy after taste associated with spam. Rather a good internet article leaves you with a warm fuzzy feeling like perhaps the internet isn’t such a bad place after all. A good internet article reminds you why the internet was invented in the first place – to freely exchange ideas – not just to look at porn and sell hair growth products. Ironically, a good internet article will sell things but that’s not its true purpose. It should simply give the reader the answer to the question they were looking for when they searched for it and hopefully you didn’t bore them away from your website.

Writing a good internet article is easy when you have a good idea and a form to follow. I hope this internet article is of assistance to you in your internet article writing endeavors.

That was the conclusion to the article but you’ll want to see my next free internet article where we dissect the keyword density of this very article. Stay tuned!

As always, our free internet articles are open for you to put on your website. Customize, quote or just copy and paste them but don’t forget to link back. Good luck driving massive traffic to your website.

How to Make an Award Winning Chili Recipe

Whether you want to enter a chili cook-off, a competitive cooking contest or just create a signature dish, there are several elements to a great chili which can be mastered to create a unique chili recipe. This article is a strategy to create a world class chili recipe that you will be proud to call your own.

Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

Instructions

things you’ll need:

Whole dried chilies and spices
A spice grinder
Tasters
and lots of Patience

1 The foundation of any great chili recipe is a custom chili powder. You won’t win any awards with a store bought chili powder. Take a trip to the grocery store and look for the whole dried chilies. They are usually by the produce section, the spice aisle or the Hispanic food section. Dried chilies typically are hanging in bags and there are several varieties available. I choose three types of dried chili; New Mexican Entero, Pasillas and Chili de Arbol. Where you find the dried chili pods, you will find Mexican oregano and whole cumin seed. While you’re at the store, pick up granulated garlic and smoked paprika.

2 Slice and de-seed three of each variety of dried chili pods. Cut them in small pieces and place in a dry, hot skillet with two tablespoons of whole cumin seeds. Toast the seeds and chili together until they release their fragrance. Heat causes the chili and cumin to release its oil which greatly improves it’s flavor and aromatic properties. Remove from skillet and let cool.

3 Put the chili and whole cumin seed in your spice grinder with a tablespoon of granulated garlic, 1 tablespoon of Mexican oregano, 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika and grind to a fine powder. This is an example of a custom chili powder. If you did nothing else, your chili would be better than most.

4 Review several basic chili recipes to find the type of chili you want to create. They vary in types of beans, meat and base. Whatever you choose, replace the chili powder in the recipe with your custom blend. Be sure to write down exactly what you’re using so you can reproduce it.

5 Experiment to find a secret ingredient which distinguishes your chili from the crowd. Perhaps you enjoy the flavor of chipotle chilies or maybe you add molasses to your chili. Some cooks experiment for years to perfect a secret ingredient. Mine has been adding Dijon mustard and Mexican chocolate. Your secret ingredient is a personal preference and a requirement for an award winning recipe.

6 The most important step in creating your famous chili recipe is to have fun while doing it. making a recipe can be hard work and take many different attempts but the reward is the praise of the people asking you for a second helping. There is not much more satisfying than people bragging about your fantastic chili.

Tips & Warnings

Take your chili powder to the next level by buying fresh chilies from Hatch, New Mexico, dehydrating and grinding.

If you like your chili extra hot, include fresh jalapenos and serano chilies to the mix.

Cayenne pepper will add an additional layer of spice and flavor to a bland chili.

Be careful when working with chili peppers. Wear latex, food handling gloves or wash hands immediately after handling.

Do not touch your face if handling chilies without gloves.