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If you are reading this blog and have been following John’s journey for quite some time, then you’re probably very interested in how you can lead the dot com lifestyle yourself. You see him enjoying all the freedom in the world, flying to exotic locations, and buying a $2 million house in cash. It’s looks lavish and extravagant and carefree. And don’t get me wrong.
I subscribe to a pretty good variety of channels on YouTube. I watch creative vlogs, comedy pieces, car reviews, political explanations, talk show highlights… the list goes on. Recently, I came across a YouTube channel mostly hosted by a young urban professional talking about her financial strategy and how she’s able to maintain a fairly high standard of living in an expensive city.
Depending on how you choose to define the term, I’ve been blogging for the better part of two decades. During that time, I’ve written a lot for my own sites, as well as for the blogs of my many freelance writing clients on a broad range of subjects for a broad range of audiences. I’ve talked about restaurants, movies, asbestos poisoning, green living, rural Internet access, aff ...
Online video isn’t new. YouTube has been around for years, entertaining us with random pranks, memes and funny cat videos. But there has been a measurable shift in the overall quantity and quality of video being uploaded to YouTube each and every day. More specifically and more recently, it feels like everyone has started a vlog. And again, it’s not like vlogs are new.
I’ll be the first to admit that I can be terribly scatterbrains at times. My mind is constantly racing at a mile a minute, pursuing an endless onslaught of tangential thoughts as I try to work out every quizzical little conundrum in my life. I told myself that running dual monitors on my computer would improve my productivity, but in reality, it could just be providing easier a ...
We’ve read countless stories about the dot com boom and how several lucky individuals were able to cash out big as a result. We’ve also heard some people tell us that the ship has sailed and it’s far too low to jump on board. Are they right? Long before anyone knew John as this hugely successful Internet marketer, he had a rather humble presence on the Internet.
Let’s take a step back and think about what the American dream really means. And yes, this is still relevant if you’re not an American (like me), because the fundamental philosophy behind the American dream has very much become a global phenomenon. You can probably thank the pervasiveness of American culture and the rapid expansion of multinational corporations for that.
Yes, I know that this blog is mostly about the dot com lifestyle and how you can make a serious living online (on part-time hours at that) from the comfort of your home or while enjoying the sunshine in Costa Rica. That being said, most readers likely have at least some experience with a more “traditional” job, even if you are mostly interested in getting out of the rat race completely.
It’s obvious enough to anyone watching that Warren Buffett has been remarkably successful at what he does. Berkshire Hathaway is worth unfathomable amounts of money, following a strategy that was largely seen as unconventional at the time. While everyone else was frantically trading one stock for another, Buffett sat back, bought, and held. And this strategy has paid off in spades.
Ah, the dot com lifestyle. I’ve been living some variation of this lifestyle choice for over a decade and I can’t imagine ever looking back. I’ve been living the dot com lifestyle even before I knew of the term, even before I met John for the first time. Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to be successful online, to earn a livable income exclusively over the ...
Way back in 2014, when Matt Cutts was still the head of Google’s web spam team, he practically said that guest blogging was dead. This got a lot of people awfully worried about the future of search engine optimization, concerned that their sites would plummet down the search rankings into the unknown bowels of the dungeon below. And yet, guest blogging has survived.
There’s more than one way to skin a cat and in the online world of entrepreneurship and marketing, you don’t want to be a one-trick pony. Animal-related idioms aside, it is absolutely true that you don’t want to spread yourself too thin. At the same time, you also don’t want to put all your eggs in one basket. Adhere to the Pareto principle, but be smart about it.
More than ten years ago, in the early days of this blog, John wrote about the concept of trading hours for dollars. If you haven’t read that post, I highly recommend you go back and read it. A lot has changed on the Internet since then, but the fundamental philosophy remains the same. Passive income is the way to go, long term.
YouTube isn’t new. I don’t need to tell you that. It was a revolutionary video sharing platform for the masses well before Google acquired it, effectively cannibalizing the now defunct Google Video platform. A big difference that has emerged these last couple of years, however, is the accessibility of high quality video — both as consumers and as creators — for the general public.
In your work as a blogger, Internet marketer, creative professional or whatever else it is that you do for a living, you follow a particular process for completing the tasks and projects that need to be completed. Let’s say that you’re a WordPress developer, for example, and you design WordPress-based sites and blogs for a myriad of different clients.
What is the most valuable asset that your company owns? Someone in the finance or real estate industries might say that their market knowledge and expertise is the most important asset. Someone in manufacturing might look to the most expensive piece of equipment in the factory. And both of these people would be wrong, regardless of whether you’re in a product-based or service-based industry.
It almost doesn’t matter what sort of business you want to run these days unless you really want to operate under a complete shroud of anonymity. If your business touches any part of the Internet, social media is going to play a very significant role. Part of the challenge is deciding where you should focus your efforts in order to gain the maximum benefit.
Maybe you’re a vlogger. Maybe you run a technology site and you post review videos. Maybe you’re a company and you have a product announcement video. Whatever your reason for publishing on YouTube, you might be having a hard time finding music that you can use in your videos. If you choose a popular hit song (and you monetize your videos), there’s a very good chance that YouTub ...
Video has very much become the name of the Internet game in the last couple of years. It’s not like video is a brand new phenomenon, but it has become remarkably more accessible for consumers and creators alike. You may have noticed that several of your favorite Internet personalities, John and me included, have started vlogging on a regular basis too.
Last time, we took a look at five of the top habits shared by the most successful millionaires in the world. As I noted then, simply copying the road map of rich people isn’t necessarily going to get there, but it is definitely worthwhile to look at the kind of lifestyles they lead and the conscious decision they make to get there.