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On a recent trip home to my parents house I was asked to do what most tech savvy guys are asked.  “Please fix my computer.”  This time around I found my parents computer had been infected with something that left both google and yahoo search results being diverted to parked advertising sites.  It was pretty frustrating, and made using the internet almost impossible.  Do a search for almost anything and the results would look fine but the click would go somewhere other than the intended site.  Mom wanted to toss the computer out the window several times over the last few months dealing with this problem.

Numerous anti-virus applications had been downloaded and installed in an effort to fix the problem but nothing was working.  Whatever was making this happen wasn’t still on the system.  So I checked the Internet Explorer add-ons for anything suspicious. Nothing.  Then I decided to install Google Chrome but when I went to the download page everything was in Dutch.  Hmmm.  I know google does some IP geo location to determine a default language for their site so something must be rerouting the traffic through Holland.

Running traceroute on the command line revealed the problem.  google.com was resolving to an IP address of a hosting company in the Netherlands.  It seems that some malware had gotten on the computer and modified the hosts file to redirect search traffic to a proxy service.  It’s a scary thought.  Everything going to and from google.com or yahoo.com was potentially being sniffed and injected with any number of malicious attacks.

I tried to edit the hosts file, but it was hidden and locked up.  Grr.  A quick search though and I was able to locate a Microsoft support fix-it script that could revert the hosts file.  Everything was fixed.

But that got me thinking about how much money whoever had this proxy server running was making.  With even just simply redirecting the search results from any infected computer they would easily be getting massive amounts of traffic.  They could have stolen massive numbers of gmail account passwords, and injected their own links for any google adsense ads.

If this had been deployed across some of the larger bot nets then the number of infected computers could be in the 100,000+ range.  With 1 click per infected computer per day that’s a lot of traffic and with some smart affiliate links it would be making tens of thousands of dollars in profit (minimum) per day.  A stunning amount of money being made from a simple script, and a proxy server.

If the proxy server had been just a little more discrete with the redirections it may never have even been noticed…

Last night I attended an event here in Vancouver sponsored by neverblue ads. It was a chance to meet my affiliate manager in person to get some of his tips for taking things to the next level. I was also able to meet a ton of other affiliates and find out what was working for them and get a real feel for the industry right now.

One interesting thing that I learned that more advanced marketers are doing right now is to use PPC to do the initial testing and track down which keywords and which demographics are really working for a particular offer. Then they take that information and use it to intelligently purchase a media buy which could cost upwards of $10,000. That’s where the big boys are playing and making tens of thousands of dollars every day.

I was surprised to learn from my affiliate manager that of all the people that are actively working as an affiliate for CPA offers about 30% make more than $5000/month. That’s much higher than I expected.

Here’s a tip for you: if you haven’t heard of meetup.com. Signup right now and find out if there are any meetups of people with similar interests in your city. I’ve joined a bunch of groups and met hundreds of local people now that are interested in making money online. Going to events like meetup202 last night with they guys from Neverblue really keeps me motivated and focused on growing my business.

johnchow-photoThe other night I attended a Meetup where John Chow was speaking to a room of about 35 people.  If you’re not familiar with John Chow, he runs a blog – johnchow.com that makes $40,000+/month. This year he’s expecting to make $500,000 just from his blog.  His talk was amazingly inspirational in that it became painfully obvious that the work involved is pretty trivial.  John only works 2 hours a day on the blog.

He walked us through the back-end of his business model which is where he makes 2/3rds of his profit.  It is a system that I’ve had in place for a few of my websites but never really paid much attention to really tweaking it out.  I think that with just a bit of consistent work I could duplicate some of John’s success with my blogs.  Basically John has none of his own products so everything is affiliate and joint venture deals and, surprisingly, 70% of the income is not coming from the blog but from his email list.

His number one goal for his site is to capture the email address of the visitor so that he can keep in contact with them and build a relationship.  Then he just gives out a couple of his recommendations and he makes lots of money.  His number one recommendation for us was to focus on building the list and then then push people through a sales funnel to get some conversions.

John uses and recommended everyone that wants to make money online get an account with the best email auto responder service out there – AWeber.  The truth is that sending lots of email is a very difficult technical problem it’s much better to start with the correct service than try to move over your email list once you have it.  Both John and I agree that AWeber is by far the best email service out there.

Trying to save a couple of bucks early on by collecting emails and sending them yourself is a big mistake.  John used a different email service while he grew his list to 25000 then he discovered that only 70% were getting through the spam filters.  That’s a lot of money he’s missing out on!  So he decided to move the list over to aweber and he ended up losing 80% of his subscribers in the process…  By CANSPAM law you can’t move your email list without opting everyone into the list again.  That was a huge setback for John so he recommends that you start with the best.  It is probably the most cost effective tool you can buy to make money online.

John Chow’s business model is such a simple system but it works because John is consistently posting to his blog and is always getting fresh traffic to grow his list.  It can actually be a lot harder in practice since it’s so easy to try blogging for a week and then give up.  Consistency is key.

In my experience the inconsistency of posting to this site has almost killed it.  And if it wasn’t for a few good posts that got ranked well in Google then almost nobody would be here.  It is actually surprising that you never really know what posts will get good traction so it’s important to keep writing good stuff and keep things keyword targeted as much as possible.  With enough content out there eventually something will stick and you’ll continuously get traffic without much additional work.

John gave us lots of little tips – some of which I have already implemented on my sites.

His site is proof that the concept does work and it really got me stirred up again with ambitions to start writing more content and get my business model ironed out a bit more.

Here it is.

I’ve put together an email mini-course that steps through the process of making money online with internet marketing.

It contains information about doing market research, testing, creating you own product, list building, how to become and expert in one afternoon, autoresponders, copywriting, and many more tips and techniques I’ve learned from some of the best internet marketing gurus like Ed Dale, Frank Kern and Jeff Walker.

You know, we’re probably a lot alike.  I want to live life on my terms, not be chained to a desk working to make someone else rich.  I want to be able to decide when and where I take my vacations