My Apologies

Sometimes things just happen and plans change. My apologies to those who joined the downline builder (OnlineBiz-Success). And if you have come here to check out/join the downline builder program then I apologize to you as well.

Please check out the one-off programs while you are here.

Again my sincere apologies.

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Using Text Ad Exchanges

Text Ad Exchanges (TAEs) are a way to promote your product or program online with minimal expense. They allow you to pick & choose which product/service you want to learn more about based on the headline and the ‘Text Ad’ that follows.

Placing an ad is relatively easy. You just need to join the text ad program, click some ads to earn credits or use promo codes for free credits and solos that can be found by going to programs like Exclusive Promo Codes and Advertising Blowout.

Once you have earned credits then log in and look in the left column (on most programs) to find a tab that says ‘Advertising’, ‘Submit Ads’,  or something of that nature.

You can earn credits by reading other peoples ads and clicking on the credit link. Then you will need to exchange those credits for specific advertising like solo ads or banner advertising. Once that is done then scroll down toward the bottom of the page (if you are still in the advertising section) and click on the type of ad you wish to place.

For this example I’m going to use a solo ad. You will need to insert a headline (subject line) that grabs attention.

Next you will need to add some text to get even more interest and…

Lastly you will need to insert your url (the link) to your product or service. Or better yet – link to a capture page.

Once your ad is the way you want it then click the send or submit button. Your ad is on the way for others to view. Some programs require admin approval while others will send automatically.


  • Most TAEs do not allow urls in the body of the ad
  • Promo codes are usually entered toward the top of the advertising section (some may have a special promo code section)
  • Some admins will include promo codes within the site

To organize your ad sites and be able to place the same ads in multiple programs consider VMP.

Posted in Advertising, Basics, List Building, Resources

It Takes Money

Does it really take money to make money? Yes, you need to be willing to spend some money on your business. It does not need to be a lot. In fact there are programs that can help you get started for as little as a couple of bucks one time.

But if you are looking for true residual income then you need to consider monthly cost programs/businesses. I was recently re-reading a report that I got. The total cost for the programs that were recommended were well over $400 per month.

I would suspect too costly for most people this day and age.

It’s easy to get started for a lot less than that and to have a monthly expenditure that is $11 for those on a really small budget to less than $50 for those who have a little more to put into their business.

Advertising & list building are key to your business so the majority of your income should come from those sources. I really love this one page promo tool that can help you build your downlines in up to 20 programs.

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We all make mistakes in our lives and working online is no different. It can take some trial and error to make money online but having doubts or looking for a better pot of gold can quickly derail your efforts.

Finding and sticking with your decision can be one of the hardest tasks in the online world. Why?

There are a lot of distractions along the way. But our mindset can be even more distracting. Having doubts is normal. One of the people I have followed online for a number of years recently listed ‘7 Deadly Thoughts’ that can kill our business spirit.

  1. Whether or not you can make it online
  2. If you’ll ever be able to quit your regular job
  3. Why it’s taking so long to start making decent money
  4. Whether or not that new thing a guru is promoting may be better than your idea
  5. Why anyone would buy anything from you when there’s so much free online
  6. How far ahead of you others in your niche already are
  7. Whether you should forget the whole thing

If you start having any of those thoughts, you need to recognize them as 100% normal, then immediately refocus your mind onto something productive

Read More from Jim Daniels

Jim also states that Focus is the Key. This is one of the points I try to stress to my downline members. Make a decision about what you want from your online business and then stay with it.
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Honesty is the Best Policy

Goodness is about character – integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, moral courage, and the like. More than anything else, it is about how we treat other people. Dennis Prager

Sometimes people tell me that I am too honest especially when it comes to online marketing. I make no apologies as I was raised with an Honesty is the Best Policy philosophy. It’s easier to make lasting relationships with others by being honest than trying to sell a bill of goods.

I do my best to be straight forward with people especially when it comes to making money online. There are plenty of others who do what it takes to get you to join a program or business with them and then they are gone, poof – vanished into the night with a few hundred or thousand in their pocket and you are left on your own.

I typically do not recommend products or services that I don’t or won’t use for myself. I just can not in good conscience try to sell others on something that I haven’t tried. It’s really not much different than trying to convince you that a movie is absolutely the best I have seen and you’ve just got to see it but I haven’t even gone close to the theater.

Or maybe the new restaurant in town is incredible with the best food on the planet but I don’t even know where it is located.

Once you saw the movie or went to the restaurant you would know that I lied to you. And that is not how relationships are built.

All of the programs, products or services on this site have been used or reviewed by myself. I have spent a lot of money in the online marketing realm, not to mention a lot of hours trying to learn the ropes. And the best information that I have learned is that there is no EASY BUTTON but there is a lot of hype and there are a lot of people willing to take your money.

With that said let me be honest with you when I tell you that making money online most likely will not happen overnight, it will take time and focus to succeed – just the same as with an off line business. You will need to advertise, you will need to build your clientele and you will be better off if you have repeat business.

Add all of those ingredients to the pot and you can have a recipe for success that will help you build your own income. Try to take too many shortcuts and you will spin your wheels and become frustrated.

And lastly, make sure that you use the Honesty is the Best Policy philosophy with your OWN team, clientele or customers.

While you are here be sure to check out the income section. There are programs to fit every budget.

Posted in Advertising, Basics

List Building

Ask any one who has been online for any length of time and they will tell you that list building is one of your biggest assets. It does take time to build a list but it is worth it in the long run. Is there an easy way to do it?

No, it just takes time, patience and promotion on your part.

So what exactly is a list? It is a method of acquiring the name and email address of persons interested in your offer so that you can automatically follow up with them through an autoresponder. You can easily follow up for a period of time from days to years with your prospects.

Giving away an ebook, informational email series or some other freebie is a good way to get people interested in you and what you have to offer. Once they have subscribed and gotten your freebie then you can send them offers, direct them back to your blog or website or to any other site that you wish to share.

What not to do with your list:

Be sure not to bombard your subscribers with a sales a day. Send some tips and useful information as well. I personally unsubscribe from a list if I get daily emails with a sales pitch. In fact one info series I subscribed to ended up being ridiculous. I realized I was getting 3-4 emails per day from this person.

Even though I had subscribed I considered this spam. But just for the heck of it I created a folder and had all of his emails sent to that folder. At the end of 30 days I had more than 125 ‘sales’ emails from him. This is not the way to treat your most valuable asset – your list.

I unsubscribed at the end of 30 days but it was an interesting lesson for me.

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Business Needs

All businesses require 4 elements for success.

  1. Positive Cash Flow
  2. Leads (list building)
  3. Advertising
  4. Tools for success


Positive cash flow may be the hardest of the 4 but it is the most important. Once you have positive cash flow then your business is self supporting and you can use the funds to buy advertising or add to your portfolio from profits rather than from pocket.

It takes focused and consistent effort to build your business. Getting distracted by greener pastures will get you no where except more frustrated. I’ve been there and it took a lot of hard knocks to finally learn the lessons. So you owe it to yourself to pick ONE business and focus on it until you are earning a comfortable income.

Then use those funds to advertise more until your business is growing more.


Your business needs a continual and growing list of people who are interested in what you have to offer. It’s called list building and one of the most affordable list building programs available is TrafficWave. With just 3 members you will have your cost covered and then you are in profit (positive cash flow). It won’t be huge at first but if you keep working your business it will grow.


If no one sees your business then they certainly won’t be inclined to make a purchase so it is important to advertise. There are literally thousands of ad sites online. Some free and some paid. Some work and some don’t.

The average prospect needs to see your offer at least 7 times before they make a decision. So you need to post ads daily, make a blog post on your blog, make a blog comment, do some clicks at a traffic exchange and the list goes on.

My favorite ad sites coming soon.


We all need tools like splash pages, ad trackers, banners and more. This program is actually the first program that I made a profit with. I worked it hard for about 3 months and made more than enough to cover the monthly cost as well as give me the funds to cover my TrafficWave expenses. I use it frequently to meet my own needs for tools (all in one location).

In Summary

The way to accomplish the 4 needs above is to get focused and committed to your business and your success. Also be sure to avoid the program hopping (or shiny object syndrome).


Posted in Basics, List Building


There is no better time than the present to commit to your business. Figure out what it is that you want from it and work toward that goal. For me it is replacement income. That does not mean millions. I want enough to live on comfortably without having to go to a J.O.B.

Most all of my efforts go toward one primary program. I do have some secondary programs as we all need advertising and tools to help grow our business. But having a primary focus has helped me in my quest.

It is so easy to get caught up in the hype and promises that are so abundant in the online world that we can easily Go Broke Working Online.

So I challenge you to choose just one or two businesses and commit to those until you are having success.

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Starting Over

I’m starting over yet again with this blog. My now former host took it offline again for no apparent reason. But then starting over is not always a bad thing.

I’m also starting a new chapter in my life. I have been a caregiver for 4 years and I moved my mom to an assisted living this week. So now I am figuring out my ‘freedom’.

So maybe needing to restart the blog at the same time that I am starting a new chapter is a good thing. I will also be ramping up my online business.

This week has given me the time to think, regroup and start fresh so if your business is not up to the level you would like then isn’t it time to start fresh. Do you need a new business or do you just need to buckle down with your current business?

May you find success,


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