Expanding Beyond Consulting

Published September 12, 2016 in Entrepreneurship , Marketing , Programming - 0 Comments
web development and website construction

Many clients have been asking me to offer a more complete solution for their website. I have helped them 2X, 10X, and 12X their businesses and now they’re struggling with more technical challenges. Things like redesigning their site, upgrading to HTTPS, and troubleshooting their site – these have proven to be significant hurdles.

Starting today, I’m making it easier for businesses to get the web development services they need in addition to the conversion rate optimization consulting I have been offering. Continue reading

Monetization with AdSense and Other Ad Networks

Published June 20, 2016 in Entrepreneurship , Marketing , Monetization - 0 Comments

Once you have a niche website setup, and begin getting some traffic, Google AdSense becomes a very appealing way to start earning some money. This is a common first step for most niche sites, so it’s worth a deeper exploration. Let’s take a look at what is required to earn $100 per day using AdSense and other similar ad networks. After that, we’ll delve into the typical income generated by niche sites just getting started with monetization through ads.
A couple of sites have created great articles outlining the amount of work that goes into generating $100 per day from a monetization strategy using ads. RankXL and Grow Traffic are the two sites we will discuss here. Continue reading

Blogging For Fun & Profit

Published June 6, 2016 in Entrepreneurship , Marketing - 0 Comments
A conference audience listening to the speaker

My clients are great at the bit about blogging for fun. They absolutely love the work they are doing with their website and truly enjoy serving their audience. Some have been putting in hours building their sites for years, with little to no income to show for their effort. That profit bit is where they often get stuck, and that’s the part I can help with. Continue reading

One Week at the Lake

Lake Royale tiki bar and speed boat

After visiting Barcelona for a month, attending the Wikipedia conference in Berlin, and hosting the Raleigh SEO Meetup Conference – I’m spending a week at my lake property. Perhaps you read about The Lake Royale Project that I announced last year. Essentially, I have been able to build this business and live a life of location independence and international travel because I’m on a path toward financial independence. Here’s an update on my project at Lake Royale. Continue reading

Five Weeks in Europe as a Digital Nomad

Frank C Jones in Izmir Turkey

A few months ago, I learned about the Wikimedia Conference in Berlin. Being one of the three founders of the Triangle Wikipedians user group in North Carolina, I had the opportunity to attend the conference this year. The main reason I was able to go when the other two founding members could not is that I’m a digital nomad. This means my work travels with me, and that’s why I was able to spend five weeks in Europe this summer. Here’s how I live and work from anywhere in the world – and you can too. Continue reading

Maybe SEO Is Not The Answer

Published May 16, 2016 in Entrepreneurship , Marketing - 0 Comments
You should not invest in traffic generation or SEO until you have a strong sales funnel in place.

I recently gave a presentation at the Raleigh SEO Meetup Conference which talked about why I decided not to deliver the SEO results my client asked for. The title and subtitle were selected because they would get the attention of attendees at the Raleigh SEO Meetup Conference. You see, I organized this conference and here I was giving a presentation about not using SEO. This conflicting message got people to attend my talk and learn how I was helping clients with niche site monetization. Continue reading

Wikimedia Conference in Berlin

Published May 9, 2016 in Intentional Living , Marketing , Travel - 0 Comments
Guy Kawasaki and Frank C Jones at the Berlin Wikipedia Conference

What does Wikipedia have to do with monetization, business strategy, and online marketing?

That’s the first thing most people will ask when they learn about my involvement with Wikipedia and the free culture movement. Think about it this way, Wikipedia is one of the most popular websites in the whole world. It is dedicated to creating a core product that is free for anyone to use – and yet the Wikimedia Foundation has enough funding that they are considering long-term plans which include the creation of an endowment fund. There was even a recent scandal about Wikipedia building a new search engine in the news that got some press, but largely went unnoticed by people outside the Wikimedia community. Within the community, one of the cornerstones of this conference would specifically address “How to move forward“. Continue reading

Testing Your Business Idea

Published February 5, 2016 in Entrepreneurship - 1 Comment

Business Idea TestHave you ever had a business idea that you thought would be a hit, but couldn’t find the courage to run with that idea?

Maybe you’re one of the many entrepreneurs that has created a very successful business that you loathe running.

Another common problem for us entrepreneurs is the “shiny object syndrome.” You know, there are a dozen great projects you want to work on – so you try to do them all. Or, even worse, you try to focus on a different one each week just to see which one will workout.

If you’re in any of these situations, there is a very easy solution to your problem. Continue reading

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