A Simple Trick To Get 10X More Facebook Shares And Likes For Your Posts

Unless you are an incredibly talented writer or you write about mainstream topics with broad based appeal, only a small percentage of people will ever share your content. Even with my most popular posts, visitors click on my Facebook share buttons less than 1 percent of the time. And this is the case even on my highest CTR articles. In the past, I’ve had several posts gain social traction but in general, the content that I write for my blog rarely goes “viral”. The same is true for my ecommerce store. In fact, customers hardly ever share products from our...

2017 Mid Year Income Report: How Much I Made Blogging In The Past 6 Months

My wife just closed the books on MyWifeQuitHerJob.com for the first half of the year and the results are better than I anticipated. To be honest, I was expecting the numbers to be flat because MyWifeQuitHerJob.com hasn’t been my focus for the first half of 2017. If you recall, last year I finally hit the million dollar mark with my blog and after hitting that milestone, I decided to switch gears a bit to spend more time on Bumblebee Linens and to start a brand new project instead. I also made a conscious effort to spend more time with...

2017 Mid Year Income Report: How Our Online Store Performed In The First Half Of The Year

First off, I know this income report is almost a month late. My wife actually closed the half year books on Bumblebee Linens weeks ago but I couldn’t find the time to write this up because we’ve been traveling so much. In fact every single weekend in July, I’ve been out of town and my wife and I have made it a point to go on more vacations with the family. But traveling more doesn’t mean that our store has been stagnant. In fact, I’m happy to announce that we are on track for another double digit growth...

Dealing With FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) And How To Find Work Life Balance

I have a love hate relationship with Facebook. On one hand, Facebook allows me to keep in touch with and keep track of what my friends are up to. But on the other hand, I often leave Facebook with a healthy dose of jealousy and feelings of inadequacy. For example… One of my Stanford classmates just sold his company for over 500 million dollars. (Me: I feel like a slacker) Another friend is living it up by taking time off and travelling the world. (Me: Why am I working so hard?) My buddy J is doing all this cool...

How To Find Things To Sell Online – 5 Essential Principles For Long Term Success

After running my online store course for the past several years, I’ve discovered that helping students pick the right products to sell online is one of the most challenging aspects of running my class. Here’s the catch-22 with niche selection. If you pick the wrong niche or the wrong set of products, you could be shooting yourself in the foot before you even begin. But at the same time, you can’t really start the fun stuff until you know what you want to sell. The worst situation is when a student comes into the class with a preconceived...

5 Amazon Alerts That Will Change The Way You Manage Negative Feedback, Inventory And Sales

On the surface, selling on Amazon is a straightforward process. You ship your goods to Amazon’s warehouse. People buy your products Amazon handles all shipping and fulfillment Amazon pays you money based on what you sold. Sounds simple right? But as with any online business, there’s a lot more going on under the hood that most people won’t tell you about. For example… You have to make sure you don’t run out of inventory You have to monitor your listings to make sure there are no hijackers You have to manage your Amazon Sponsored Ad Campaigns You have to register your brand You have to monitor your Amazon...

6 Simple But Effective Habits That Improve Your Productivity

Not too long ago, I was working 40 hrs/week as an electrical engineer, running an online store with my wife, writing posts for my blog, putting out a weekly podcast, teaching an ecommerce course and holding an annual conference all at the same time. In fact, it was only recently that I quit my full time job as a microprocessor designer even though I loved being an engineer. If you are curious, here’s why I finally quit. Editor’s Note: For a breakdown of my various businesses, check out my latest income report. Now on the surface, this sounds like a...

How Much It Costs To Start An Online Store And Should I Dropship Or Carry Inventory

If your goal is to start the next Facebook or the next Google, you’ll need a large amount of upfront cash to jumpstart your business. If you want to start the next Amazon.com, you’ll need to invest a significant amount of money to hire engineers and web developers. But if all you want to do is make enough money to quit your job and start a “lifestyle” business, you don’t need much money at all! In fact, depending on what your end goal is, you can get started with an online business for less than $6 a month. The other...
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