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Sex, Lies Rinsing Guys & the Profitable Small Home Business Ideas

16 May

Sooo did anyone see the ‘Sex, Lies and Rinsing Guys’ documentary on TV last night here in the UK? Interesting title as there was no sex involved and not al lot of lies, some but not a lot. 

The documentary followed women who made it their career to receive ‘gifts’ from extremely wealthy men for hmmm nothing really.

What did interest me though was how money was made and what people (men) were willing to pay. One guy paid £200 for less than 20 minutes of humiliating ’ you are worthless’ kind of insults from one woman over a web cam connection. You could hear him muttering ‘Yes Mistress, no Mistress’

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The woman pictured here, charged £50 for 10 minutes to talk on Skype (she is a glamour model but there was no nudity or adult conversation on the call). £50!! for 10 minutes talking! Really?

Now I do not want you all to rush off and try this but at least see what potential there is for making money using free and easy to use software.

These men were essentially lonely, they were paying to talk to a beautiful young women. Shallow perhaps, but they were and these ladies capitalized on that. So what else can you do with Skype?

Can you teach a language perhaps? Charging £15 per hour, could you give some life coaching or advice over Skype or a web cam? Could you cheer up lonely men or women?

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I certainly could humiliate a man for 20 minutes but I doubt they would pay for a Dominating Minion. ‘Yes Minion, No Minion… hmmmm I wonder 🙂 – Andi the (installing Skype) Minion


10 Free list Building Methods; Building an Email List for Free. Part 2

4 Apr

Free list Building Methods. Building an Email List for Free Part 2 

For Part 1 Click Here

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This is like your main site in many ways, you can fill this site up with all your best products, offers, content, and tutorials and of course the email capture form. This is where you want to drive a lot of the traffic if you use paid advertising.

A content rich site is loved by Google, once people are on your site then you can drive them to dedicated squeeze pages from links within the blog and its articles.

Posting regular keyword rich articles can get your blog ranked high in Google for many keywords and can attract free organic search traffic.

Having social media plugins and things like a matching Facebook page can have many more free visitors suddenly finding your blog who will then be exposed to your offers and squeeze pages.

A blog can support many pages so you can do little SEO tricks like have a ‘thought of the day’ page where you post your thoughts on newsworthy trending topics which can get your site ranked highly in Google due to the speed and nature of the post. Blogging to the Book Store and the Bank.

People will find your news topical posts and hopefully take a look around the rest of your site to see what else you have to offer.

Another great tip is to have a page of quotes, people love searching for quotes and a few pages with new updated quotes from people in your chosen niche can help with Google rankings and free organic search traffic.

Having a blog that you write for regularly will be good training for the next free list building method.

Guest Blogging

As the title suggests, you will be writing blog posts but this time instead of doing them for your own blog you will do them as a guest blogger on someone else’s established blog.

This is good because if you are given the go ahead to write for someone who has a blog that is regularly visited by several thousand readers a month then your article and website details can be seen by loads of potentially free people who will click through to your blog to see more if they liked your guest post.

The other site owner gets free quality content (it must be well written quality content otherwise you won’t be accepted as a guest writer) you get free exposure to thousands of new readers. It can be a great win: win situation for you and the blog owner.

Your author’s bio at the bottom of the post can have a link to your blog or even directly to your squeeze page as part of the list building programme. Something you cannot do with paid Google ads.

You might find that several blog owners will post more of your articles if what you write is of a high enough quality creating a network of sites where you can legally and safely pilfer other people’s lists.

Guest blogging is, in my eyes, better than article marketing for several reasons; your article can be seen by several thousand people as soon as it goes live.

The people who see it are regular readers of the site and trust the judgement of the site owners giving you some respectability and authority on the topic you wrote about.

You can engage with people in a Q&A session when people leave comments after reading your post.

The site owner will honour the agreement and publish your author bio and details.

The links back to your site are good. Here is one of my guest posts. The Power of controversial Viral Videos

Article Marketing

Article marketing isn’t for the faint hearted or weak fingered, for this method you will need to do a lot of writing. You write a lot of useful articles that you upload to loads of article directories.

The idea is that when you have uploaded your article you give permission for your article to be used on other people’s websites and email newsletters as long as they leave your author’s bio intact when they use it. It is a way of getting a lot of back links and traffic to your site.

There are a few problems with this method, mainly your articles can be sat waiting to be found, with so much competition there is no guarantee that you will have many readers or that it will be used. If your articles are used they could be taken and re used by software or people who do not (choose not) publish your author bio correctly loosing you any exposure and links.

Another problem is that Google have now started to overlook article directories and they also don’t like duplicated content. So having the same article dotted around the web can be used to penalise you or other sites rankings.

It is best to upload a new version of each article to every new article directory as many of them will only take unique articles. This means you will need to spend time re writing the same article over and over again.

You can use software to spin the articles but unless you spend a fair bit of time setting the software up properly the spun articles can be very hard to read.

Article marketing is not as powerful as it once was however there are people who still swear by it and it is one of the longest serving free list building and internet marketing methods around which is still being used so maybe it is worth you taking a look into it.


Podcasting is easier than you think, and many people prefer to hear someone talk than read, it could be worth you having a go. When someone listens to you they can hear your excitement and subtle tones in your voice so they can take what you say more seriously.

You cannot tell from the written word if the author genuinely knows what he is talking about or if he has just copied it from somewhere else.

The beauty of podcasting is that with free software like Audacity you can talk into a microphone about a topic using several of your past articles as the script and with a freedom not found when writing you can elaborate more on the subject.

Several past articles can be turned into 15-30 minutes of helpful podcasts that your listeners would enjoy.

Again this is free; podcasts can be attached to your own WordPress based website with the Podpress plugin. Podcasts can be uploaded to sites like www.Podbean.com and itunes.com.

You can sell them or allow people to listen for free. Like the videos you need to direct people to your squeeze pages but that can be done easily when you are chatting away.

Podcasts sites are similar to how YouTube works, there will be a place for a description and a website link so make sure that you place your blog/squeeze page URL in as many visible places as you can as well as speak it out clearly on the podcast.

When people have learned from you and enjoyed your podcast the chances are they will want more so they will be happier to go over and sign up for more great information.

After all, you are doing this to build an email list. It would be daft not to push your sites address as much as you can without upsetting people.

Sharing Slide Presentations for Building an Email List

This free list building method is a great way to re-use the articles and free reports/EBooks that you have just written.

Simply copy and paste them into a series of PowerPoint slides, you can edit them to make them more of a bullet point presentation if you like or simply leave as is.

Once you have created the slide show it can be uploaded to slide sharing sites like www.SlideShare.net and www.SlideBoom.com  where it will be visible to anyone and everyone.

Make sure that your slides show your website address as often as possible so the reader knows exactly where to go once they have finished reading.

Again there will be a place where you can add a description and a link to your chosen web address so get it all filled out as best as you can. You need those people to visit your site.

If you are still unsure why you need to build an email list maybe this will help you understand.

Cinemas need ‘bums on seats’, online businesses need ‘names on lists’. Simple 🙂 – Quentin the (List Building Expert) Minion

10 Free list Building Methods; Building an Email List for Free. Part 1

2 Apr

10 Free list Building Methods. Building an Email List for Free 

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The money is in the list, Ha I said it, it seems every Internet Marketer or article even remotely talking about Internet Marketing has said that, I needed to get it out of the way straight off the bat. The fact is though, it is true.

Whenever setting up an online business, or even an off line one, it is very important to build up an email list. Having a data base of existing and potential customers is very important to the survival of your business.

For internet marketers, having a big responsive list of hungry customers is what brings them in the serious money. Once someone has bought from you they generally tend to buy again unless you have done something seriously stupid to offend them.

In fact while we are talking about stupidity, it is more stupid to try and create an online business without creating an email list.

So how do you start building an email list?

Well there are many ways to build an email list, some are paid for and some are free. Google used to be the best paid method until they decided that they no longer wanted people to build an email list to sell to though them. (They would rather do the selling- sneaky)

The fact that many newbie marketers have very little money to invest in building an email list has prompted me to write this article giving you as many free list building methods as I can muster. Use as many as you want but be aware that it is often best to pick one maybe two and really focus on them until you have mastered them and started to get good results.

10 free list building methods. (5 today 5 more later)

Give Away a Free Report/EBook in exchange for email details.

Write a report or EBook on your chosen topic, and give it away for free in exchange for an email. This can be done on the side of your blog or on a dedicated squeeze page. Using an auto responder like Infusionsoft or Aweber you create an email form that will take the person’s name and email then either directs them to the free report/EBook or it emails it to them once they have filled in their details.

This email form is important; it is where you will send people to when using the other free list building methods. You can create more forms on more sites if need be.

The same or similar report/EBook can be sold on Amazon and other EBook retailers for a small cost that is not designed to make money but more as a traffic generation tool.

If you make money then that is a bonus. You cannot get an email address for this method but the book itself can point the reader towards your site where they can sign up for a different report or newsletter if they want more information.

This same report/EBook can be uploaded to PDF and EBook sharing sites like www.scribd.com with your web address or even clickable links in them. Here readers can download your free report, read it and hopefully share with friends. Again this method does not result in an email exchanged for the freebie but can send traffic to your site where they can sign up for more information like a weekly newsletter.

These sites will have a place for you to write a short description of what your report and EBook is about so make it enticing and include a link to your site where the email capture form is.

However, if people find your report useful they will share it with their friends, this is a free method that can have your web address sent all over the internet. Why stop at the one report? Why not create many?

Create Videos for YouTube

YouTube is misunderstood. Many people think it is a place where teenagers go to watch funny viral videos of classic ‘fails’ or dancing cute kittens or something like that.

Actually it is one of the biggest search engines around. People go there to look for videos and information on almost every topic known to man.

Setting up a channel and uploading a series of free helpful videos can go viral and get you a lot of free traffic. Have you seen how many times some of the popular videos have been seen? Millions of people have watched them.

I doubt a tutorial on blogging will have millions of viewers sending it viral however it can drive a lot of traffic over time and having many videos will have plenty of traffic visiting your.

Once uploaded your videos are there for people to see 24/7 sending traffic to your site for years to come. Quietly building an email list for you on autopilot.

If the content of the video is all yours and the videos do become popular you can get a cut of Google Adsense revenue that is made from the adverts shown around your videos if you sign up with YouTube’s partner programme. Bonus!

Videos can come in many forms, from live screen capture tutorials, slide show presentations and standing in front of the camera presentations.

Remember to use annotations and slides showing your web address so the viewer knows where to go. Put a clickable link to your site in the description box with a call to action. Don’t leave them doubting where or why they should go to your site.

To find out how to make quick and great videos Click Here

Build your Email List with List Swaps

This one is fairly self-explanatory; once you have a fairly large list say 2000 people you can go to dedicated websites where you can approach someone with a same size list and do an email swap.

www.Safe-Swaps.com is a site regularly used where you can meet other list owners and arrange to each send an email to their own list promoting the other persons website or free product.

However, please be warned, some very unscrupulous people use list swap to build themselves good lists by raping other peoples lists, they find someone with a list of say 2000 people, they have the owner send an email promoting their product or website.

When it comes to them sending an email to their own list to promote the list swap partners product or site they send an email to a totally useless list of non-responsive people that they have built fast using places like adf.ly.

A large list built for the sole purpose to entice fellow list swappers to do a swap, meaning the unscrupulous list owner can build a high quality responsive list quickly without the usual long term traffic generation headaches.

It would be a shame to build up a good list for you to loose people with a sneaky trick like that and end up with your list possibly polluted with non-interested people. So be careful when picking your list swap partner, go with someone who has history if possible.

Social Media, Facebook, Google+ & Twitter

The great thing about social media is that it is essentially free; you can use Facebook and Google+ to build accompanying pages for your business and grow a list of followers. Twitter can grow you a big list of people who are interested in your products or services but there isn’t a page option like the other two.

With Facebook you can sell products from within their platform but the main reason for having a Facebook pages is to drive fans to your website/blog/squeeze page in order to get them to sign up.

Facebook is more flexible than the rest of the social media networks and can incorporate pages within the page where HTML can be used allowing you to have that all important email form on your Facebook page. Click Here to see one we have.

Using a cheap but very powerful software like Tweetadder, you can automate the follow and un following of people and build a list of people that you can then drive to your website.

Setting the software to do its stuff on autopilot for some tasks and then loading it up with a day’s worth of ‘Tweets’ will make your job a lot easier.

(Please do not go crazy and try to mass follow thousands in a day, Twitter will get wise and close your account, as we say ‘softly softly catch a monkey!’)

When people follow you back a message is sent to them with a welcome/thank you message incorporating your website link.

Investing in Tweetadder is the really only cost for using social media for building your lists unless you do invest money in creating Facebook ads.

I know this is about building an email list using free list building methods but I will briefly talk about Facebook ads. (should you choose to pay for advertising they are cheaper than Google)

Facebook share Google’s approach and do not like traffic being sent to squeeze pages, so it is best to send them in house to a Facebook page (and it’s cheaper) and then you send them outside of Facebook from your page.

Facebook ads can send people to blogs and pages on content rich sites but it is advised to use them to cheaply send the traffic to a page within Facebook, they reward you with cheaper ads if you do

Google+ is a Facebook style network that is growing in popularity but still a little hard to understand compared to its rival Facebook. The main reason for using these sites is to create a relationship with people, who will follow you and interact with you and then you gently direct them to your website or squeeze page so you can get their name and email address.

Satellite Sites

Another great free list building method is the satellite sites method. This is where you create a page or site dedicated to your main site. Open up accounts with Tumblr, Hubpages, Squidoo and WordPress.com then fill these pages sites with articles that are re written or simply snippets of the main articles found on your site and link these to your main site.

Anyone within those networks who come across those pages and sites can then click through to your main site where the email form is found.  They only take a few minutes to add content to them; it can help in backlink and search engine traffic. Best of all, they are free to set up.

There are many networks that can be used as satellite sites, the main aim here is to create your own mini network or dare I say it, web to catch and filter people to your main site.

So you don’t get too bogged down with information I have written it in two parts. Part 2 of 10 Free list Building Methods. Building an Email List for Free. Have fun – Quentin the (High Priest) Minion

Small Home Business Ideas & Internet Business Opportunities: No 2 Video Tutorials & Affiliate Commissions.

Small Home Business Ideas & Internet Business Opportunities: Video Tutorials & Affiliate Commissions.

27 Mar

Small Home Business Ideas & Internet Business Opportunities: No 2 Video Tutorials & Affiliate Commissions.

They say that ‘FREE Is A Magic Number, yes I know it isn’t a number but it is loosely based on the old song ‘Three Is A Magic Number’ by Bob Dorough.

Small Home Business Ideas Internet Business Opportunities Video Tutorials & Affiliate Commissions.

The idea behind it is that when you give away great quality content for free people will love you and come back for more. They will trust you and respect you.

After all in this world where a lot of people are trying to take everything for nothing and scam people out of their hard earned cash, when you give something of value away for nothing then it is appreciated greatly and leaves a great impression in the mind of the person who has received your free information.

So here comes the second of our Small Home Business Ideas & Internet Business Opportunities

This idea is based on creating great quality free video tutorials and generating affiliate commissions from the products and services you show how to use in the tutorials.

As an example, there are people who do not know how to register a domain, get a hosting account, point the domain to the hosting companies name servers, add and set up a WordPress site including installing all the right plugins.

Well here is what you do, if you know how to do those things, you create a series of easy to follow tutorials showing exactly what you do, you upload the videos to YouTube then create a Worpress site where you embed the videos. Below each video you have some text and an affiliate link to the relevant places like

·         GoDaddy – Domain Registration

·         Hostgator – Hosting account

·         Woo Themes – Premium WordPress Themes.

The videos can be about anything as long as you can find a good relevant affiliate match for them.

Should you not been good at anything particular that can be made into a video tutorial, why not watch other peoples and follow what they do? Record yourself doing the same thing and set up a site full of tutorials with affiliate offers.

You don’t need to be an expert to start and by the time you have watched, done the thing and created your own videos you will know as much as the expert and more than the average Joe. Should anyone ask you a question you will be in a good enough place to answer them.

If you do not have professional screen capture software like Camtasia you can create the videos using free online software like www.screencast-o-matic.com. This software allows you to record 15 minutes of free video before needing to upgrade. There are others that allow you to film 5 minutes of video, one site is www.screenr.com.

15 minutes is usually long enough for a video tutorial. Most people find it hard to sit and watch long winded tutorials and would rather watch several short videos so if you need longer than 15 minutes for a video it might be better to break it up into shorter parts.

The software will record what you do on the screen, you can have some readymade slide show screens with wording on them that you can refer to when you need to or if you use something like Camtasia you can add these in during the editing.

A screen can have a call to action like ‘to get recommended hosting click on the link below for Hostgator’. If you are unable to add these slides you can add annotations to the video after they have been uploaded to YouTube. Annotations can have the same call to actions in them.

If you have your header graphic done at a company then you could possibly do a video on uploading and placing the graphic into the WordPress site and again have an affiliate link below the video to the design company.

There are so many possible slants to this idea, with free and affordable WordPress themes designed to embed mainly video a site can be made and filled with tutorials surrounded by Google Adsense and affiliate offers.

[Internet Business Opportunities: Highly Profitable Platforms.]

So many videos can be given away free in exchange for an email address to build an email list to promote to. To get the rest of the videos in the series they need to give you their email address and you can send them the rest.

You could charge up front for access to the videos as a tutorial course once you have made them which goes against the free model here however you could use something like Media Pass that allows you to lock so many videos behind a pay to see wall.

A few videos can be offered for free with affiliate links and then the rest can be locked behind the Media Pass wall. These can be the all-important videos that are needed to finish off the project or take it to the next level.

I have heard of one guy who built a website using other peoples Yoga videos that he sourced on YouTube then charged a monthly membership fee, but that is an idea for another day.

So with that I shall leave you to ponder on today’s idea in the series. – Andi the Minion

Small Home Business Ideas & Internet Business Opportunities No 1



Small Home Business Ideas & Internet Business Opportunities: The Co-Op and The Content Rich Authority Site

7 Mar

Small Home Business Ideas & Internet Business Opportunities: Idea 1

As part of our work here at the Minions lair we work hard at trying to discover or invent new ideas that can help you profit by using the Internet. This idea came about while writing a post covering the different types of money making websites.

Small Home Business Ideas & Internet Business Opportunities

I wrote about the massive content sites which have become known as Authority sites. These sites dominate Google, think of Wikipedia or YouTube. Both sites appear high in the rankings because of the amount of pages they have covering virtually every aspect on the planet.

They are knee deep in content rich pages which are linked to by thousands if not millions of other smaller sites.  Wikipedia does not run any advertising system but if it did it would generate millions. YouTube does, and it is because of the power, size and earning potential that YouTube had that drove Google to buy it for $1.65 billion.

Creating a content rich site in order to make advertising revenue is not easy. They require new and unique content to be added daily. The more pages that are added which are keyword rich cannot fail to find traffic, traffic that will share and spread the site across the four corners of the web by linking to it.

One person alone cannot write ten articles a day, or record several video tutorials and slide shows that need to be upload to a site along with the SEO and social media pushing that is required to help get the website its first few thousand visitors.

A lot of the content creation can be outsourced but it will be costly. A good writer can charge double figures for a high quality and unique 800 word article. So getting ten done a day can cost you thousands over the space of a month. For your site to build and not disappear into the cyber ether it will need quality content being added regularly

So here comes the first of our Small Home Business Ideas & Internet Business Opportunities

You create a co-operative team of content creators; they can be writers, video creators or podcast makers covering every aspect of a niche subject with the understanding once the site becomes content rich and has large visitor numbers you all equally share the revenue that is earned from the site.  

For example, what if you loved a variety of sports; you played in several teams and had a large group of likeminded sport loving friends. Could you not amass a team of ten close friends who all loved sport, who can all write one article a day?

Writing one article a day is far easier than trying to do ten, could one of the team take on an editorial role, while one deals with the uploading of the posts? Or each person could have login details to a WordPress site and upload their finished post themselves once it is finished to the required standard and format that you have all agreed on.

This could then start to build a content based website that will soon get noticed if all of the ten writers push the site via social media and forums. Once traffic is starting to visit the site in large numbers you are open then to start selling advertising space on your site. You could open up a Google Adsense account and several accounts with CPA Networks like Maxbounty and Neverblue. (They can be notoriously hard to get accepted by but if you have a large site with large visitor numbers that will help immensely)

CPA (Cost Per Action) offers are similar to Google Adsense but instead of being paid when someone clicks through an advert you get paid when someone buys something or submits an email address.

It doesn’t have to be just advertising that makes you the money. Each post can have an affiliate link to a product that it could be reviewing or a local business that could pay you to promote it. The opportunities are endless once you have a large number of monthly visitors.

The niche that you choose is up to you, there are so many niches and styles of website about. You could create a small team that builds a site similar to the YouTube or Flickr style of massive content site where other people supply and upload the content; you maintain the running of the site and reap the advertising revenue.

When building up a large content site disc space is an issue, when you are constantly uploading images, videos and articles they will eat up storage space. Bluehost.com provides a professional hosting package with a domain for as little as $72 a year, with ten of you working together that is only $7.20 per person a year! I shall repeat that…

$7.20 per Person a YEAR!

What is the price of a well-known branded coffee these days? How can you not give this idea a go?

If you get bored and pack up after several months (by then you should be seeing results) what have you lost? I have lost far more pulling my handkerchief out of my pocket! I have wasted more buying late night pizza when I wasn’t hungry after a night out with my fellow Minions!

Between a few of you, exactly what is $72 a year if not a great investment on a slice of internet real estate that could bring in a lot of money?

Take the Huffington Post as another example, a website that had content added regularly, it built up into a very popular and profitable site which was bought by AOL for the impressive sum of $315 million. Now how does that sound to you?

You may not build a site that big, but could you do a site that covered everything in your county or state? With reviews and suggestions for restaurants, courses, holiday homes, weekend retreat spots, nightclubs, sporting activities, property to rent and buy? I cannot see why not, can you?

So with that I shall leave you to ponder on today’s first idea of the series.

Small Home Business Ideas & Internet Business Opportunities