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December 19, 2018, 7:40 am

5 Quickest Ways to Increase Your Website Traffic

by: The Financial Blogger    Category: Blogging

Have you been struggling to increase your website’s traffic? Are you looking for ways to resolve this issue? It seems that no matter what you do, your site’s traffic does not budge. As a result, you are not making enough money or converting sales.

Fortunately, you don’t have to be an expert in SEO or even at copywriting. There are quick ways to increase website traffic, and all of them can return with satisfactory results. So, without further ado, here they are.

#1. Optimize Your Website Content

This method is the very foundation of the system; hence, it’s important that you dedicate time to cultivate this method. If you really want to increase your site’s traffic, it’s imperative that you optimize your website’s content. This is where you need to use relevant keywords that are within your industry or niche. Also, you need to be more interesting with every article or blog you post. Make sure that readers’ interest will be piqued whenever they read your original and unique write-ups.

#2. Start Email Marketing        

Do you want to find a way to get in touch with your customers and help them stay updated with whatever products or services your website has to offer? If so, then start email marketing now. You can do this by sending out regular informative newsletters or promotional discounts and special offers. Doing so can drive traffic straight to your website. For instance, you want to inform your customers about digital advertising strategies or talk about specific topics like marketing platforms, such as the platform. This is where you are going to use email marketing to your advantage, by sending them directly to this newly peace of content or promotion.

#3. Guest Blog

Believe it or not, guest posting can help you drive more traffic to your website. Many business owners fail to realize the importance of this practice. Just because you’re writing content for another website doesn’t mean that you won’t benefit from it. The idea here is to use an authoritative site’s to put your content in front of its established readers or visitors. Your goal is to let these people know that you exist – and your golden ticket here is the authoritative site (or sites). Make sure that you follow the guidelines of the blog or website you are hoping to post your content on. Otherwise, you won’t be given the approval to do so.

#4. Engage Online     

Given today’s Internet technology, you have all means to engage people online. You can do so via social media sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, among many others. Post relevant content, share stories about your business and reply to inquiries or comments. The basic idea is to be proactive online, so people will notice your existence. Once you get to pique their interest, they will eventually want to know more about you or website.

#5. Get Listed   

Yes, that’s right – getting listed on various online directories and review sites can help you increase your website’s traffic. These sites give you the means to create a profile that is linked directly to your website. In order to be efficient, you must constantly update your profile every once in a while. Your goal is to receive positive reviews, which is something that can be achieved by responding to inquiries or answering simple questions related to your topic or niche.

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September 22, 2017, 9:00 am

How to Reduce the Cost of Running an Online Business

by: The Financial Blogger    Category: Blogging,Business

Do you feel that you are spending too much money on your online business? If you look into the costs in your online venture in more detail, you may find that you are wasting a lot of money every year that could be used in more productive ways. Below are some tips that will help you to avoid making these mistakes.

Improve Your Business and Financial Skills

To start with, you need to become more of a business person and not treat your online business like a hobby. You can do this by completing a business-related course, such as a masters in business administration online. An online MBA program or similar course will help you to improve your business skills and financial skills.

Typical skills you will develop include your financial management skills, forecasting, organizational skills and planning skills. Each of these skills is crucial, especially when you want to take control of the financial aspect of your online venture.

Only Pay for the Products and Services You Really Need

It’s tempting to want to purchase every new product or service you see on the internet that promises to help your online business. For example, you may be paying for subscriptions for training courses that you don’t really use that often. For every monthly subscription or payment you make, you should always ask yourself whether your business depends on it. If not, cancel the payments straight away.

Do It Yourself If You Can

Graphic design, web design, content and online marketing are some of the activities that can be expensive, all of which increase your online business costs. However, if you’re willing to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty, you could do much of this work yourself.

This is not as daunting a task as you may think. There are plenty of training resources such as video sharing websites and high-quality training courses that can help you develop these skills quickly. As well as this, there are many online tools and generators that are a much more cost-effective option for online entrepreneurs who have a tight budget.

Reduce Customer Product Returns and Refunds

If you sell products or services over the internet, it’s essential to keep your shoppers and customers satisfied. If there are a lot of returns, this can cost your business a large sum of money over the course of a year.

To avoid this situation, make sure you provide a better service and better products. You should also create better product or service descriptions so that your customers know exactly what they are getting from you.

Look for Free Alternatives on the Internet

Certain tools such as graphic design packages are required by modern online businesses. Instead of spending money on these products, there are many free alternatives available. The same thing is true for other tools you may need.

Every online business owner should look for ways to reduce their running costs. Following these tips will go a long way towards helping you achieve this important goal.

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March 22, 2017, 10:14 am

5 Ways You Can Make Money Online While Pursuing a Career in Business Administration

by: The Financial Blogger    Category: Alternative Income,Blogging,Make Money Online

If you currently work as a business administrator, you will be happy to know that you can also earn a second income using a variety of methods. Having an online MBA degree, which was obtained using one of the many online MBA programs with Northeastern University, will pay dividends for your future, and not just on the career ladder. If you are looking to take advantage of your business administration experience by trying to earn a second income online, have a look at some of the ways below that will let you do exactly that.

1. Become a Part-Time Writer

All websites online require good quality written content to entertain their readers, and that means there is plenty of space for you to offer your writing services. Even if you do not have sufficient experience when it comes to writing, there are still many websites out there related to business that are crying out for people just like you. Have a look online for writing jobs and find out for yourself how much money can be made from offering your business administration experience to readers.

2. Start Your Own Online Business

With business administration experience, you already have experience of being able to run a business, so why not take your experience online and start your own? Whether it’s an ecommerce business selling the latest clothing trends, or a simple blog that offers readers your business administration experience in return for donations, there are plenty of business opportunities online that don’t have to take up all of your time, so you can still concentrate on your full-time job.

3. Offer Virtual Assistant Services

Businesses are crying out for virtual assistants so there’s no reason why you shouldn’t try to make a second income offering your services. The job varies greatly – one minute you could be on the phone to a customer and the next you could be entering data into a database.

4. Offer Business Advice as a Freelancer

With a ton of experience in the business industry you will be able to offer advice to people wanting to start their own business. You will likely have the most experience in a certain sector of business, whether that is finance or employment, so there isn’t any reason why you can’t become a freelancer and offer those services professionally.

5. Link Building

All websites need back links to better their search engine presence, and to get those they need to hire people to make it happen. There are many ways you can offer link building services for clients, whether that is through guest posting or by simply entering their link in a link directory.

Earning a second income online isn’t hard at all if you look at the above options. There are many other jobs that can be undertaken online and as the internet grows further, there will be even more opportunities for you to be able to earn money.

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January 6, 2014, 5:00 am

The Longest Pause I Ever Took From Blogging and What It Gave Me

by: The Financial Blogger    Category: Blogging



As a funny way to celebrate my 7th blogging anniversary, I took a one month sabbatical from blogging. In fact, it was more than a month; my last post was dated November 25th.  I received many emails from other bloggers and long-time readers asking me what was wrong.


Was I sick?

Did I lose the interest to blog?

 Can I keep up with my career, my kids and my blog at the same time?

 Did I burn out?


None of the above.




We usually say that we take a break in order to come back fresh and stronger. In my case, this wasn’t the purpose either. It was a weird feeling as I just took a break because no interesting topics were crossing my mind. I didn’t feel like talking about my finances or business. For the first time, I thought that anything I had to write about was boring and didn’t bring any value. My last post was mentioned by Rob Carrick from the Globe & Mail and I thought it was a good idea to take a break.


I’ve had the habit of posting even if I didn’t have much to write about. When the inspiration is low, I used to kick myself and keep writing anyways. The show must go on and people must come back to my site and see fresh content. This is how I used to see it. On the other hand, if I don’t write interesting stuff, what’s the point of having people to come over to my site? To read boring posts as we have already read too many times in a day?


This is why I took a break to avoid boring you.




First, this break was necessary so I could work on another project. A big project. I’ve been talking about it for a while but it’s finally up and running; I now have my membership website in place! I will tell you more about this in future posts as I have planned a whole series about this topic. I started with a soft launch in December and I’ve already exceeded my expectations. The site is already profitable (meaning Ive covered both my costs in terms of investment and time worked on the site). To put this project together, I worked on it for the past four months, reviewed all the little details at least 5 times each to make it perfect and finally, concentrated all my efforts in the last month to execute the soft launch. I also had to plan my official launch… which is today (also more on that next week! Hahaha!).


Then, as this break wasn’t only about launching my first membership project. It was about giving a direction to project Y. If you have been following this blog for a while, you know how much I care about thinking about future goals. Each year, I set specific goals and work on them throughout the year. This is how I’ve managed to build a successful online business at the same time as being a father of three while pushing my career to higher levels. So between a game of battleship and going ice skating by the lake, I’ve setup my goals both personally and for my business.




I think taking a break from time to time is not only good for your brain as it gives you more time to think but it also provides you with a new perspective on your life. If you keep going all the time, it’s like running in the woods without looking at where you are going and where you have been. If you dont know where you stand and still keep going, how will you know where you are heading?


And I’ll tell you a secret: I even took a break at work too! All right, not as long as one month. Most of the time, I didn’t even take a day off. But leaving early during a day of “unproductiveness” is ten times more efficient than continuing working when you are not concentrated and all you will produce is mediocre work.


This is what I suggest you do today: take a break! Take some time for yourself to think, to relax… and to play battleship 😉 hahahaha!


I’ll be back on Wednesday with more valuable stuff. Don’t worry, I’m back for good ;-D

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November 4, 2013, 7:28 am

This is So 2012 – The Biggest Truths About Blogging Today

by: The Financial Blogger    Category: Blogging



Hey folks! Remember a few weeks ago, I wrote a huge piece about how hard it was to make money blogging these days? Well I just got back from FinCon13 that happened 2 weeks ago and heard the same song from other bloggers; Google sucks, money is hardly earned and the community is stronger than ever.


FinCon13 is a great conference where 511 financial bloggers met in St-Louis. This is the 3rd edition of the conference and I’ve been to all of them. As always, I learned a ton. Here’s my personal take of what is going on in the blogging world.


If you have any blogging friends irregardless of topic, forward this to them, it will be a great help!



My first thought on the trip back home was “OMG, the internet moves so FAST!”. That’s funny; I sound like a 60 year old that can’t keep up with technology. The truth is that I’m 32 and…. I can’t keep up with the internet! The fact that I started blogging back in 2006 makes me a dinosaur today. Forget about the whole “with age comes experience”. There is an Ice Age crashing dinosaurs every 2 years on the web so 7 years in the business is like 500 million years in the real world.


The last Ice Age happened for us in early 2012 when Google struck with his minion called PANDA. Since then, my race (thefinancialusbloggerus), is starving and constantly on the move to desperately find Atlantis, the promised land. Jeff Rose from Financial Cents shared how he strived and survived being dumped by Google in a hilarious presentation. The most important lesson learned from his speech was about what to do when you get hit by Google. I’m sharing this with you…



Yeah… not the fanciest way to put it, but it’s so true. There is nothing you can do, so you had better move on. The thing is that Google is too big and too powerful for you to do anything. The worst is that you are too small and too insignificant for Google to care about. Therefore, you can enter in an endless manual reconsideration process but it will take you several months of back and forth email before it achieves anything.


Once Jeff got over the “denial stages” and stopped thinking “Google is going to fix this mess, it’s a matter of days”, he started to hustle like a villain.


He started this huge guest post campaign to be featured on about every single blog in the financial niche.


He connected with several bloggers and went back to the basics of blogging; connect with a community.


He went further with his Roth IRA Movement, his Life Insurance Movement, his Debt Movement and his numerous video creations.


He used other ways to get traffic such as Twitter and Pinterest (he also has an awesome wife who does all the “Pinteresting”).


After all his work, after going back to the basics of blogging, after he worked like a maniac on his websites, he finally got his traffic back, and more. All this took him 12 months or so of hard work and thinking outside the box.


The most important lesson from Jeff was to “suck it up” and start hustling. If you don’t work very hard, all the time, you will get mediocre results. I’ve seen this for many of my sites which I’ve left drifting in the web ocean. Nothing good is really happening with them. This is why it is so important to keep your focus and work on things that matter… like your main blog!




Another great session was delivered by a great panel of self-publishers; Derek Olsen who wrote The Four Week Financial Turnaround, Mike Piper who is living from his 8 investment books on sale at Amazon, Todd Tresidder who wrote an Amazon top selling retirement book called How Much Money Do I Need To Retire? and Ben Edwards from Money Smart Life who wrote Get Out of Debt Like Debt Heroes with the help of 21 bloggers.


The four guys reminded me, once again, that evolution is faster than the motion. About six month ago, offering your eBook on Kindle for free for a small period  (3 to 5 days) was an amazing way to jump in the rankings and surf among the top sellers of your category. If you had a good readership (read a sizeable mailing list), you could drive enough downloads to make your book a success instantly. Well it appears that this technique is still good, but doesn’t provide the same drive as it used to. The reason? Amazon changed its ranking weight depending on the price of the book; a book sold is worth a lot more than a book downloaded for free!


However, while Amazon evolves with time, its internal search engine is similar to what Google used to be… 10 years ago. This means that keyword stuffing still works for your book description! In order to find your book in its library, Amazon has designed its own search engine where users type in some keywords to find what they are looking for. A good example of keyword stuffing is to add a sub-title to your book that includes several good keywords. This sub-title doesn’t show on your book cover and will be mostly read by the Amazon search engine and nobody else. For example, for my book “Dividend Growth”, I could add a sub-title like: A Dividend Investing Process to Invest in Dividend Growth Stocks. Not the most appealing sub-title and pretty repetitive (where you get the word “dividend” and “invest” twice in the same line). But Amazon’s search engine will pick it up and rank you for those keywords!


Mind you, by the time you read this, this trick might not even work anymore… hahaha!



Since I’m nearly working on just one thing these days (launching a membership website), I attended several “course building” or “mailing list funnel building” sessions. Steve Chou from My Wife Quit Her Job was generous enough to share his step-by-step email funnel generating a 6 figure business.


What was truly shocking was to see how he used what he learned from his first email funnel (to help his wife build his wedding handkerchief business) to build a second business (related to how to setup an ecommerce store). So he basically “copied/pasted” his funnel for his second business and the results were instantaneous.


I’m not going to “steal” his stuff and tell you about it on my blog. Instead, I’m going to tell you to register to his free mailing list and you will understand his process as you receive the emails. I think it’s the best way to learn.




Have you ever heard of creating a freemium to convert more people to your product once they have registered to your mailing list. A Free what? A FREEMIUM. Quinn from Cubicle Free was the first guy who told me about the concept. Then, I revisited the concept and more in a great presentation given by David Siteman Garland (Rise to the Top) who sells an online course about making great online interviews.


A Freemium is basically something you can offer for free that would be halfway between what’s free on the web and what you truly offer in your membership/product/online course. For example, David offers a first series of free videos on the basics of how to do the interview. This series is offered to his mailing list subscribers at no hidden cost whatsoever.


You probably know a bunch of people who register to his mailing list, “steal” his free videos and move on. From those readers, David makes zip.


However, there are others who will register to the mailing list, watch the videos and think “I definitely need more info about this; I really want to invest myself in this project”. These readers become clients and this is when David makes money.


Is he leaving money on the table because he gives stuff away for free? I don’t think so. The basic info found in his first videos is just to get you started to hold the interview. So if you are not ready to do more, you are not the right client for his product anyways. The freemium is also used to validate the interest of your potential client. If someone who’s not too sure about hosting an interview ends-up paying $500 for a course that he doesn’t really use because he bought it without thinking too much, you can be sure you will get a complaint.


The last thing I want to highlight from his presentation is the following:

Premium prices will bring in premium clients


When you think about it, the more you charge for your product, the higher the chances are that your clients won’t be jerks who expect everything for free. They are more likely to appreciate your work and effort to deliver a high end product. The satisfaction of a client doesn’t come from the product or the price, it comes from the perception of the product compared to the perception of the price paid. Nothing more, nothing less.



I’m going to stop here for today, however I have a lot more to share in the upcoming days. For now, I have to get back to my membership site and launch it before Christmas!


Take care,



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