Investing in Your Online Business 82 Comments
Investing in Your Online Business

Hey Everyone,

Hope you all had a nice holiday season, I certainly did. To kick things off for 2011 I have shared some ideas below about how to create momemtum with your online business and grow it.

One of the biggest challenges that people face in business, myself included, is to reinvest into their business in order to reach much greater heights. When it comes to building affiliate websites it’s no different. In order to create a huge passive income you MUST reinvest your profits.

So let’s say you have one affiliate website and it’s making you $50 a month, that’s not much but you have to start somewhere. What you should do with that $50 is use it to build another affiliate site. If you have a day job bringing you in cash, then I recommend you reinvest all of that $50 back into your affiliate business.

The kind of things I do is buy new domains, hire outsourcers to write artilces or create backlinks and other SEO tasks. There are loads of great software tools that you can use these days and you find contractors over at that work for as little as $2.50 hour (I suggest the Philippines).

Systems that Work

The goal is to create systems that work. The way you do this is by mastering all the tasks yourself first and then training other people to do them as well as you can. Training people is a skill on its own that takes practice, and a few tips I will provide are, use video (jing is great) and always get the person you are training to clarify that they understood your instructions.

When it comes to affiliate marketing, I now have a system in place which much like a conveyor belt. I put in the completed website at the start and pass it onto my SEO manager who then gets the rest of my staff who all play their own role to do the taks required to get it to rank in Google, get free traffic and of course make money.

Where I want to be in 6 months is have my staff find the niches and keywords and even build all the sites and all I have to do is approve the idea for the new site and that’s all!

It’s very easy to want to hold onto the money you make and be tight with it, rather than spending it to make more money. However all great business men and women know that reinvesting is a wise move. Essentially with websites what you need to be moving towards is doing less and less of the manual tasks that you could instead be paying someone else to do for you.

I have a goal every month with my buinsess to do less tasks and train my staff to take on more of these tasks.

growthIf you are the type of person that is too careful with their money and prefers to do all the tasks yourself rather than hire someone to help or buy tools and products to speed things along, then you will find it hard to really get momentumn with your online business.

I know first hand how challenging this can be because it took a long time for me to break out of this mindset myself.

I never had entreprenuerial parents or friends, so these things were not modelled to me, which made it a little harder for me to grasp. However these days that has all changed for me and I now reinvest as much as I can and also surround myself with entreprenurial people.

Like Minded Folks

This leads onto my next point, I highly encourage you to surround yourself with like minded people. The more business minded folks that you can mingle with and bounce ideas off the better off you are. If you are surrounded by non-entreprenurial people all the time you may find it harder to think the right way and it can damper your drive and business creativity.

To summarize this post, keep reinvesting in your online business to give it the opportunity to grow to greater heights, however it’s not a great idea to reinvest into a business that is not working yet. By this I mean if you don’t have one website making money yet, then you need to hold off until your skill level has reached a point where you know how to make money.

When you reach this stage you’re in a position to leverage this and accelerate the process.

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76 Comments to Investing in Your Online Business

  1. January 6, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

    Hey Matt,

    Glad you had a great Holiday Season but I’m also glad your back to sending out your helpful information again. We have a few sights up thanks to your great training and are starting to make a small amount of sales.

    We learned through your training about backlinks and how important it is to get them. Before you we didn’t even realize why we weren’t getting traffic. We now are building backlinks and are so very thankful for your training and all the free information you provided us with.

    Your above post makes a lot of sense and we look forward to outsourcing some of our task sometime this year.

    Best Regards,

    Jim Conyers

  2. January 6, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    Hi Matt, thanks again for your advice and tips. I don’t come often but when i do it’s always a pleasure to read what you have to say.

    One more thing, I did not get a chance to thank you for the theme. Thank you so much and i have put them into action as week speak.

  3. January 6, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    Great post Matt, I am at that point when soon I need to be considering outsourcing. My Goal is like yours that I can be
    working on my business and not in it. lol Thanks Eric

  4. January 6, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    Hey Matt
    Nice blog and your right you need to invest in your business to make it grow. If you go and spend it on other things your business will eventually disappear. The smartest investment that you can make is in your business.

  5. January 6, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    Hey Matt:

    Been a big fan all along – 1 question – I agree with the conceppt of systems and outsourcing, but one fear I always have is once you train a staff to do everything for you, how do you keep them working for you rather than leaving and going to put their own sites together for themselves???


  6. jez's Gravatar jez
    January 6, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Matt, really great post. I learned a lot from your blog. I want to succeed in affiliate marketing as well, and so far i feel like I’m not doing much progress..

  7. January 6, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

    This is truly a golden advice for not just Internet marketers but also to all those who are involve with any online as well as offline business.
    Reinvesting what you have gained and profited back into your business make a lot of sense. After all, it is important to expand and grow online business and the only way to do that is to reinvest not just time but also money in one way or another to improve the efficiency and productivity of the business. This is a great posting indeed.

  8. January 6, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

    I totally agree with your post- It comes a time when doing all this oneself just explodes the brain-However it is not easy for some to want to invest in their business,especially as I feel they are not really looking at internet marketing as a business,more bung a few websites up there should make some dollars-Wrong,any business takes effort.I recently entered the world of Facebook advertising-scary to see $150 a week dissipate from my credit card -however that created me $75 a week profit after overheads for one site,free traffic is great but takes to long to get in my opinion-now outsourcing articles-great post thank you.

  9. January 6, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    Good advice. I’ve been marketing for only about 2 months and have made many mistakes (learning experiences).

    There is so much to learn. I am happy to be on your mailing list.

  10. January 6, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    Yes, I strongly agree…It’s about who you know, and the type of persons that you hang out with.

    I myself don’t have any business minded parents or friends to get ideas from, and I know it will be very hard for me to spread my winds to fly high. Doesn’t hurt to try harder though

    One thing that caught my attention is the fact that you mentioned, “If you have a day job bringing you in cash, then …reinvest…$50 back into your affiliate business”.

    And for me, this will be a good thing because I never have the chance around the house to find time to invest in my own business, and I think that outsourcing will be the best choice.

    Really appreciate your post, it brings my spirit up!


  11. January 6, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    Hi, Matt,

    I had hard time to outsource my tasks to someone before, as you probably know that it’s even harder for people who haven’t actually made some money to be able to reinvest such as outsourcing.

    However, I learned that outsourcing could be one of the most important factors if I want to have my own business go to next level and building a conveyor belt is definitely an awesome idea for scaling up the business.

    Finally, I think listing up goals are also quite vital. Without it, we can’t seem to finish things at all. Time will just pass. I made few goals for myself in 2011 and I certainly will make them all happen.

    Once again, thanks for the great inspiration post in 2011. ๐Ÿ™‚

    all the best

  12. January 6, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    Hey Matt,

    Another great post, thank you.

    Reinvesting in one’s online business is indeed a huge challenge, especially for newbie marketers. Once I got over the initial shock and joy of receiving my first affiliate check (around $100), reinvesting was the LAST thing on my mind.

    The first thing I did was proudly show it to my wife, who, after realizing it was in fact a real negotiable instrument, made me take her out to eat. She said I at least owed her that since I was staying up all night “playing” on the internet. It was hard to argue with her logic.

    I think it’s fantastic to “splurge” (if you can call eating a juicy ribeye splurging) the first few times. Go ahead – indulge. As you stated, however, once you’ve established a reliable and recurring monthly income, begin reinvesting. Outsourcing is a fantastic idea that can go a long way towards helping one to implement a repeatable and reliable process that leads to even more income.

    Best wishes,

    Fred S.

  13. January 6, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

    Nice post. I think that getting to the stage of making consistent money is a lot harder than the outsourcing part, that would just come naturally.

    Deciding where to find reliable services such as fiverr and WSO’s is also hit and miss I reckon.

  14. January 6, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

    Happy New Year Matt! This is a great post and is exactly what I’m doing. I have a total of 120 money-making sites and am outsourcing the work to build more. I have re-invested 100% and more of the money because the system I’ve created works. If it costs $50 to build a site that makes $50-100 or more a month well, that’s just good business sense to keep building sites. 2011 is looking like my best year yet! Thanks again for all your help.

  15. January 6, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

    Aloha Matt, awesome content and great reminder. I know it takes skill and a mindset to escalate any business and the know how. I do like the thought of surrounding ourselves with like minded folks is so true, keeps the momentum going. Thanks for sharing and Happy New Year! ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. January 6, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Permalink


    You have the nail on the head!! I see so many people fail in their business becuase of the one principle.
    Ann Foster

  17. Arnold's Gravatar Arnold
    January 6, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

    Superb post! Could you also share the backlink building system you have. I have been building micro sites but getting them rank and getting enough traffic, to make money, are my weakest points.

  18. January 6, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

    I totally agree— for me the biggest obstacle is still learning a “conveyor built like method”

  19. January 6, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

    Hi Matt!
    If you have time, could you respond to this question / comment? If not, it’s totally cool… I know you’re in high demand and busy… But, here goes….

    I’m not living high on the hog, but I’m not “Totally” broke either, I might be able to spare an additional $50 per month from my own pocket for outsourcing. I paid a guy to build a Squidoo lens for me once, but other than that I have no experience with outsourcing and wouldn’t know where to start. Many have said to “Start with the Philippines”, but that is too incomplete for me to know what to do. That being said;

    I have a pretty good understanding on Building backlinks and how important backlinks are for getting on Page 1 for key terms. Heck, I’ve even manged to get a link or two from “.edu’s” like Berkeley and Duke! But so far, it has been my experience that building backlinks is INCREDIBLY time consuming if they’re done by hand.

    If I “did” have say, $50 per month to “invest” in my passive niche affiliate blogging adventure, would you recommend spending it on backlinking? If not or if “yes” could you elaborate?

    Again, I understand if this question is too difficult to address here and now, so it’s totally cool if you cant… I’ll still be a fan ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Anything you think you could say about this would be great! Oh! And if it helps, I “DO” have the full paid version of Market Samurai.

    Thanks Matt and, Stay Boosted!

    Gary Anderson
    aka- @GanderCo

    Matt Carter Reply:

    Hi Gary

    What I recommend you do is outsource article writing and backlinking. You should be building all yuor own sites now, so I would not pay someone to build a Squidoo lens, you need to do that stuff. YOur best return on investment will be SEO stuff. I don’t think its a good idea to get people to write the content for your webpages, unless you know them well and can train them exactly how to do it, but you can pay people to write content used for backlinks.

    Focus on getting one site to make money, and to do this you need to have a good understanding of keywords, SEO and converting traffic. The outsourcing tasks are the boring ones like link building, you should pay people on Odesk in the Philippines $3 an hour to build article links, blog comments, forum comments, profile links etc…for you.

    Hope that helps


  20. Finn's Gravatar Finn
    January 6, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

    Hi Matt,
    Great advice as usual. Thanks to you I have my first site well on its way. Thankyou for all the informative webinars in 2010, looking forward to a profitable 2011.

  21. Jim's Gravatar Jim
    January 6, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

    Matt my friend. You always come up with valuable information. I subscribe to a bunch internet marketers mailing list and I always look forward to yours, because of your no B.S. approach to marketing. Thanks a Million, Jim Ryder

  22. January 6, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

    Great advice to start the new year.

    What are your thoughts on outsourcing article writing (because I’m not proficient at it myself), and submitting them “as is” to say 10 different directories?

    10 articles x 10 directories = 100 sources of readers + 100 backlinks

    Does that make sense?

    I only have 2 sites up atm and Iโ€™ve made a few $$$ from Amazon and Adsense, but they have slipped recently in rank and traffic and I was thinking I need more backlinks. I figured I’d kill 3 birds with 1 stone this way.


    Matt Carter Reply:

    Hi Sushi Maui

    I would pay someone to write one article and then get them to spin the article using an article spinner, so that you get 100’s of unique articles from your original one. Then I would take those 100’s and submit them with links in them to article directories. I use software called to do this and it kicks butt! and my own article spinner rapid rewriter to spin with.

    All the best


  23. January 6, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

    Hiya Matt!

    First, I want to say, “THANK YOU SOOO VERY MUCH for your 12 part video coaching series! It was VERY informative and inspirational too!”

    Second, this comes at a crucial point in my internet business as I just made $116.50 on one of my sites and I wasn’t thinking of reinvesting it at all (was going to pay a bill with it). Now that I have read this and I now UNDERSTAND how important it is to reinvest in your business! Thanks Matt!


  24. January 6, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

    Hi Matt,
    Wish you a very happy New Year!! Great post as always. Can’t thank you enough for all the information you shared with us in the past year! My first website is complete now, am working on link building with the hope of promoting it. Thanks again for the great info.

  25. Mohsen's Gravatar Mohsen
    January 6, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

    Hi Matt,

    Great post on taking online business models to the next level. I was just wondering if you could write a post in the future on full time link builders… how you organize their tasks for 8 hours a day? What tasks would you give them that are the highest leverage? How you would train them? etc… that would be great!

    thanks mate.

  26. January 6, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Permalink

    Great Article.
    Why is your rapidrewriter software (which I bought) better than ‘s spinner Im curious

    Matt Carter Reply:

    Hey Fields

    My spinner spins better than their’s, more detailed, but their submission is awesome.



  27. January 6, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Permalink

    Happy new yer Matt, I keep reading all your good blogposts.
    And learning a lot every time.

  28. Gary's Gravatar Gary
    January 6, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Matt, your answer to my questions was almost like you were reading my mind, COOL!

    I am very well educated as far as “ON PAGE” keywords and SEO are concerned! This is why I prefer to write my own blog posts just like you recommended. I also understand how and why to investigate “the competition” for given keywords. Market Samurai calls this the “SEO Matrix”. I “think” I understand “on-page” SEO and competition more than I need to …. Bla bla bla…. Fast forward…..

    I’ve heard of ODesk, but did not know they are in the Philippines … That”s a new one to me. Anyway, I believe I understood the point you were trying to make to me. I’ll check out ODesk tomorrow.

    I’ve tremendously enjoyed this short exchange! I ‘m really looking forward to talking to you more real soon, but I promise I’ll not bug you to death, Cool?

    Thanks Matt!

    Gary Anderson
    Aka- @GanderCo

  29. January 6, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

    Hi Matt
    We’ve always liked your site and tools. Article rewriter has been great. We too are at the point of outsourcing. Thanks for the great advise and please keep it coming.

    Joe, the Fort Myers Dentist

  30. January 6, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Permalink

    Hi Matt,
    Wishing you continued good health, well-being and success in 2011.
    Thats it !!!
    The least I can do for someone who is so generous with their information and advice and who has helped me to continue to gain a higher understanding of how to get somewhere in this virtual marketing world.

  31. January 6, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Permalink

    Hey Matt,
    I came to your course and site through Dan Brock. After about eight months of all the hype courses and scams on the web…(I guess one has to dig in the dirt to find some gold) I found you two guys. And while there are other teachers I have come to trust, you and Dan have proven to be right on the money and your emails are the first I open of the few subscribes that I retained. Thanks to you and ther resources you have pointed me to, I am in the top three google spots of several targeted keywords since mid December. I am not making money yet but am getting hundreds of click thoughs per day. Now I need to learn to convert them.

    Thanks, buddy… You have a fan.

  32. January 6, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Permalink

    Hey Matt,

    Great advice, although we’re not at the point where our sites are making money yet, so nothing yet to reinvest as yet.

    Also, on your point about mixing with “like minded folks”, where I come from there aren’t a great deal of internet marketers about that I could hook up with. Having said that, I’m sure there are plenty of successful business people around – I just don’t know where to find them yet.

    Anyway, thanks again for the great advice.


  33. January 6, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

    Hi Matt,
    Thanks for your advice. I too did not have entrepreneurial parents.I am the only one in my family who has broken away from the traditional way of life, that is to get the highest possible education that you can afford to be able to get a job in a well known company or the government so that you can get a ”good pension” when you retire.

    When I took that daring giant step 30 years ago to be self-employed my parents could not understand and they were so worried about my future. It was not easy along the way, but I got there in the end. I’m so glad I broke the tradition. I have three children ,and guess what, they all have their own business.

    I’m only a beginner in Afiliate Marketing and only yesterday I was looking at the prospect of outsourcing the SEO to someone at Odesk. Now I will not hesitate to do it.

    Look forward to what you are going to offer us next.


  34. January 6, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Permalink

    Hey Matt, another great post full of helpful information. I was just wondering wouldn’t your employees (Philipines) have to have access to article spinning software and submission software to do all that work?


    Matt Carter Reply:

    Hey Grant

    Yes I give my SEO manager access to pretty much everything of mine, you have to do that if you want to have systems in place.



  35. January 6, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Permalink

    I have so far outsourced article writing, still have to grow and develop. This post gives me the a direction, thanks Matt!

  36. January 6, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Permalink

    I love the idea of having an SEO Manager – first I have to get the first few websites earning!

    Do you directly employ people Matt or are they all freelancers? I can handle the latter but don’t want to get involved in complicated legal shenanigans that come with employees.

  37. January 6, 2011 at 10:12 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Matt, I actually learnt ( or came to first know of) outsourcing to the Phillipines through your blog information. And I like the like minded people scenario as well. Great momentum that way. It is always nice, refreshing and valuable reading your blog Matt….! Thanks KP

  38. January 6, 2011 at 10:12 pm | Permalink

    Hi Matt,

    Great post that pretty much summarizes my master plan for 2011. I have made a few clickbank and cj sales this year but got bored of doing linkbuilding and writing articles pretty early on. I spent the rest of 2010 picking big juicy niches and realistic keywords to go after, building websites and setting up auto responders etc so that I have all the infrastructure built for about 15 affiliate sites.

    For 2011 I have decided to invest a small amount of money (around ยฃ300) every month from my offline income to get articles written and spun for article marketing, and hire someone part time to do linkbuilding. In 6-12 months time I will stop investing money earned from my offline job and just reinvest everything that I earn online. Hopefully this tactic will jump start my affiliate earnings so that I have more money to reinvest each month.

    I think that it is crucial to reinvest as much of your earnings as possible and build up a high turnover as quickly as possible. Another benefit is that when you are earning a good full time income online and quit your offline job, you already have the outsourcing systems in place so that you dont have to do much of the work yourself to maintain a good online income.

    A also agree that surrounding yourself with like minded entrepreneurial people is essential. Where I live internet marketing is still largely unheard of as a way to earn a living, and when i tell people about my online business venture I often get assaulted by a wave of negativity. Working online can also be a bit isolating. A good way to ensure that you meet people who will help you online is to participate in forums and blog communities, such as this one.

    All the best for 2011 everyone

  39. Ciaran Brady's Gravatar Ciaran Brady
    January 6, 2011 at 10:59 pm | Permalink

    Hey Matt,

    Great Post,
    Couldnโ€™t come at a better time for me as i am just about to hire an outsourcer to build websites for me!

    Keep up the great work!!

  40. January 6, 2011 at 11:18 pm | Permalink

    Hi Matt,
    As usual you write a post that gives a valuable insight on what to do when working online.
    You mention surrounding yourself with like minded people, well I do that by being on you mailing list and having notifications of your posts.
    This enables me to read valuable insights into an experienced marketers point of view. I always enjoy your post and this one is no exception. It has made me think and reminded me of things that I had let slip my mind.
    Thanks for another timely post and I look forward to your next.
    Cheers Rob

  41. January 6, 2011 at 11:21 pm | Permalink

    Hey Matt
    This is exactly where I am now. I agree with you completely, but can’t seem to pull the trigger on outsourcing. I guess you break the habit when you just dig deep and take the leap!
    Sounds like a good resolution for the new year eh?

  42. January 6, 2011 at 11:22 pm | Permalink

    Hey Matt
    This is exactly where I am now. I agree with you completely, but can’t seem to pull the trigger on outsourcing. I guess you break the habit when you just dig deep and take the leap!
    Sounds like a good resolution for the new year eh?

  43. January 7, 2011 at 1:00 am | Permalink

    Excellent post, as usual, Matt.

    The points you make are in line with what Michael Gerber describes in his book “The E-Myth Revisited”.

    In essence, Gerber says that there are three types of people in a business: Technicians, Managers, and Entrepreneurs. He says that the main reason a lot of businesses fail is that their owners play the role of Technician (i.e. doing all of the nitty-gritty work themselves), when they should be playing the role of Entrepreneur (i.e. setting the vision and strategy for the business, and overseeing the Technicians and Managers).

    It’s Gerber who coined the phrase “work ON your business, not IN your business”.

    I run a successful info product business, and make a good amount of money, but in 2011 I’m going to focus on putting systems in place with documented work processes, so I can increase the size of my virtual team, and gradually remove myself from the operational side of my business (much like you want to do this year).

    Best of luck in 2011!

    Moe Muise

  44. January 7, 2011 at 1:04 am | Permalink

    Hey Matt, nice to see you’re using your spinner and AMR, as I also use them both (and I don’t have a lot of IM software), so I must be on the right track. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    The outsourcing information is much appreciated, that will be my next step.

  45. January 7, 2011 at 1:17 am | Permalink

    Hi Matt
    Thanks for these valuable tips. I have been trying for a good while to get my online business to earn, but it is very challenging. I too did not have business savy parents or friends, and my education was gared towards finding a good job and building other people’s business. I am now working hard to change that mindset, and I think I am getting there. Thanks again, and have a successful 2011.

  46. January 7, 2011 at 1:30 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the inspiration. I am new to your blog but find a bit of good information each morning keeps the fire burning.

    I have used Elance for outsourcing but am going to check into Odesk for some other activities. Thanks for the advice.

    I am also looking at your Rapid Rewriter product.

  47. January 7, 2011 at 2:27 am | Permalink

    Hi Matt,
    Wonderful post. I was a little apprehensive about outsourcing, but a while ago I took the step and let someone do social bookmarking on one of my sites.
    And after two weeks my site had moved up from 15th to 5th on
    I found this service on it only cost me a fiver ๐Ÿ™‚
    I recommend every outsourcing sceptic to check this site out. I mean, what have you to loose for $5 ?
    Regards, Andreas

  48. January 7, 2011 at 2:32 am | Permalink

    Hi Matt

    Happy new year to you and your family,
    over the last few months I have launched two new websites
    My website training, came from your blogs and one of your Affiliate guys Adam short NPC

    Both sites are slowly climbing in Google all my money words are ranking on the second pages at present

    As you stated in your blog about getting a good understanding of the tasks before you sublet them,
    I did this with my articles and mini course found some great writers some of them were students working in there spare feels much better doing it this way ,as it saves vast amounts of time.

    I havent tried Odesk ,I have used Elance, I found they were very good, one lesson I did learn is not to go with the highest quotation
    One guy charge me $85 for 7 articles on my next project I payed a guy in Africa $45 for ten articles with two hundred words extra on each article, T

    I could not believe the cheapest was far better written
    Just goes to show

    One thing I would like to learn is! , When I contact a web master
    to exchange links, were do I put the links on my website. if you have lots of links from sites were do they all go

    Anyway keep the cool blogs coming

    Best Regards
    My new website is

  49. January 7, 2011 at 3:59 am | Permalink

    Hey Matt,
    I agree wholeheartedly that a business has to be scaled by bringing in others that can get the grunt work done. Being tied to everyday techie tasks only serves to slow down the business growth process. Thank you for your ongoing business tips and other information that helps to keep me focused.


  50. Bob's Gravatar Bob
    January 7, 2011 at 4:12 am | Permalink

    Hi Matt
    Thanks for sharing your knowledge. Found your site last weeek and found it to be an eye opener.


  51. January 7, 2011 at 7:35 am | Permalink


    Surrounding yourself with like-minded people is one of the best pieces of advice I’ve read on any blog! People underestimate the power of positivity, and there’s not better way to stay positive and motivated than to keep people who want the same thing as you near. Thanks.

  52. Aghper Jan's Gravatar Aghper Jan
    January 7, 2011 at 9:10 am | Permalink

    thank you Matt for this article,your blog is one of the few that i read all the time.i am at his stage now where thinking to outsource,your article came on the right time :).doing everything myself is so much time consuming and frustrating.

  53. January 7, 2011 at 9:30 am | Permalink

    Hey Matt,
    nice to see your back into gear I am about to embark on a new website that I am getting built to specific specifications that is all done by my team and once its tested to make a $1.00 Profit I will simply rinse and repeat the same niche.

    Got to get that holiday money together

    Will keep you informed of its progress.

    Yours Alan

  54. January 7, 2011 at 10:12 am | Permalink

    Hi Matt
    I tottally agree with everything you said.
    My wife and I run a small business and unless you are organized and have a system in place you can loose your way.
    Before your go outsourcing you must know and understand how to do the work yourself.

    Love reading your blogs


  55. January 7, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

    Another good post. i have more time than money to invest. The more time I invest, the more results, eventually I will be able to hire someone to do the grunt work.

  56. rob's Gravatar rob
    January 7, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    That was a Great post Matt. I’m at the stage where I should stop holding onto earnings and start the outsourcing process.

    Also – the point about who the people you surround yourself with rings SO TRUE. I don’t bother explaining in depth to anyone about what I do unless I can tell if they have positive vibes and are outgoing.

    Negativity dampens your enthusiasm like you said and just brings you down.
    On a side note – alcahol also ruins you’re work engine – for me anyway – it reduces my yearning for success.

  57. rob's Gravatar rob
    January 7, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

    Hey Matt,

    I just have one question to ask you if you have any experience with this affiliate network.

    I’m referring to

    I was making some good sales with them last year, then they banned my account in Nov 2010 – I asked why (it was just a review site) – and it was opened again.

    Since then sales have dipped alot where as this time last year – Jan 2010 – sales were flying plus targeted traffic has increased alot.

    I’ve read alot about guy’s who’ve abandoned this network due to the fact they steal commissions.

    I’ve been on alot of forums and get a mixed response. I’m just wondering if you can offer any knowledge on these guys.

    Thanks if you can advise – and oh yeah – Happy New Year!



    Matt Carter Reply:

    Hey Rob

    I work a lot with this network and I can’t say I have seen anything strange, but now that you mention it my sales have slowed a lot this month, more than usual, so I will have to keep an eye on it, but I think they are ok. Its very hard to tell if a network is stealing commissions, so I wouldn’t want to say.


  58. January 7, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

    Matt you are back! Great, I am happy to have you back and your good emails.
    kind regards
    Happy new year

  59. January 8, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    “keep reinvesting in your online business to give it the opportunity to grow to greater heights, however itโ€™s not a great idea to reinvest into a business that is not working yet. By this I mean if you donโ€™t have one website making money yet, then you need to hold off until your skill level has reached a point where you know how to make money.”

    Your last comment in your blog has me confused. I have a number of website in different niches. At present only one is making any money, the rest may get there. I have been reinvesting in myself to learn how to build on line businesses for the last 3 years.So what do you mean by “hold off”?

    Matt Carter Reply:

    Hey Find a Poster

    When I say hold off, I mean if you are not making money with your sites then you can’t be sure that you know what you are doing yet, so it is not a wise idea to throw money at an experiment, and is much wiser to throw money at a working system.



  60. rob's Gravatar rob
    January 8, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for your reply Matt,

    Yeah, I’m just starting to become real skeptical about MH.

    Took me ages to get thru to them on skype – spoke to a guy in the end called Gary – and he apologized for closing account and couldn’t explain why they hadn’t replied to my emails.

    Anyway, it’s impossible to tell like you say. Are there people that actually monitor these companies? Still seems like the wild west to me as you have no way of knowing what the hell is going on!

    Meanwhile, moreniche I’m a big fan off due to having good relations with a sales manager who benefits when u benefit.

    So I think that helps sales become more transparent.

    Anyway – I can’t deny IM is still a lurky busniness, but profitable all the same.

  61. January 8, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Permalink

    Hi Matt,
    I’ll start off by wishing you and yours and all here a happy,healthy and fabulously successful 2011.
    Owing to the advice offered by you and other kind folks,I feel this year might be quite grand for us….many “grand” I hope!
    Anyways..I totally agree with this post as it confirms many of the marketing concepts I first learned in a book called “The four hour workweek” by Tim Feriss.
    I’m really just starting with all this, but have very much taken to heart that a plan of investing time,effort ,and some money can offer some real value and will eventually pay it all forward(if ya like).
    Lots of work ahead fer sure,hopefully resulting in a good bit of success
    Thanks much,
    Tony C from Florida,USA

  62. January 9, 2011 at 8:41 am | Permalink

    Hi Matt,

    You are dead right. Re-investing has seen my business picked up heaps. Its all about building momentum. One of my pages ranked 37 on Google and now in position 6 just after 3 months. That money was spent well and also for years to come.


  63. January 9, 2011 at 9:08 am | Permalink

    Investing into your business is the best thing anyone can do.Investing money is always good but investing time is always crucial to anyones business.

  64. January 10, 2011 at 6:26 am | Permalink

    Hi Matt!
    Wonderful post. You’re always to the point! I always see as you’re talking directly to me. |I always feel that you’re post has solved another problem i had.
    Can’t wait for the next post!!

  65. January 10, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

    Hi Matt,

    Great post and I could not agree more with you, after all what we should do is to replicate Macdonalds with all our business and apply it in our own IM business. Funny my name is Matts so this blog could very well be my marketing blog ๐Ÿ™‚


  66. January 11, 2011 at 6:08 am | Permalink

    Great post Matt,

    I have learned a ton from your blog in 2010, and look forward to the same in 2011.

  67. January 12, 2011 at 10:26 pm | Permalink

    Thank you Matt, this is really good. Just out of interest, how big is your team?


  68. January 13, 2011 at 4:29 am | Permalink

    Hi Matt, Loving your blog and all the good advice you shared last year really helped my business. This year is off to a great start. The first investment I made this year looks very promising so far. I just recently purchased Casey Costelloโ€™s SE Sniper SEO software. Here’s a full review. Please tell me what you think about this software.

  69. January 13, 2011 at 7:05 am | Permalink

    All good points. It takes an effort to distinguish yourself, by this I mean to say that you have to be able to optimize your website. And you have to stay at it and go with what works and stop was doesn’t.

    I look forward to reading more in the future/

  70. jalanat's Gravatar jalanat
    January 19, 2011 at 4:19 am | Permalink

    Hi Matt.

    Happy New year to you too.
    Happy to start a new year, and with your invaluable tips and advice I hope to start making some money this year.

    Keep up the good work

  71. Nick's Gravatar Nick
    January 20, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Permalink

    Hy Matt,

    I recently found your blog and I must say that is full off useful and informative articles, great information.

    I want to congratulate you for all your work and wish you a Happy New Year!


  72. January 21, 2011 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    Great post Matt – I can’t wait to reach the stage where I can start outsourcing my work and then I might actually get more done and start making more and more money.

    It’s difficult when you’re at a point when you’re just not making enough money to outsource, but just don’t have time to do everything that needs doing.

    I will get there though and hopefully in the not too distant future I will be able to start outsourcing.

  73. January 29, 2011 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

    Great advice Matt, I couldn’t agree more.Thanks for sharing.

  74. Jerry's Gravatar Jerry
    February 5, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    Hi Matt,
    Firstly a thumbs up for all your products and website and you now have another loyal fan ๐Ÿ™‚

    I have been following you for a while now and bought Rapid Rewriter and used the Backlink Blueprint extensively and installed your wordpress theme which I use for my website’s blog.
    I have been doing every thing step by step and have seen results, making my first sale yesterday, really makes all the hard work worth while and with your easy to understand and follow tutorials that bit easier and faster.
    I am now delving in to outsourcing my article writing and spinning.
    I have also used RSSbot and Forumbot to great effect.

    This leads to my question, is there any way of choosing the content contained in the RSS feed when you generate it using RSS2HTML?

    You have been the missing link I have been searching for.

    Thank you Matt

  75. charles's Gravatar charles
    March 14, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

    If you are surrounded by non-entreprenurial people all the time you may find it harder to think the right way and it can damper your drive and business creativity!

    Yes, Totally agree! Really thanks for sharing such useful ideas which is of most importance for affliate marketing, even i can say for all business.

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