99% of Empower Network Members make < $200/mo.

Posted on August 22, 2013

Part of managing a large network of bloggers over at Triberr is keeping out the multi-level marketers. We keep a list of "questionable" money making schemes, and one of the most popular right now is the Empower Network. Like any get rich quick scheme, they sell a dream of easy wealth and prosperity. Truth be told, 99% of members make less than $200 a month. At least that's what is self reported by the Empower Network disclaimer page: ...

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The Great Entrepreneurial Trap

Posted on July 30, 2013

Look to the Golden Arches Most of us can cook a better burger than McDonalds, but that doesn't matter. You're never going to put McDonalds out of business by cooking a better burger. That's because McDonalds isn't in the business of making burgers, it's in the restaurant business, which essentially means real estate and logistics. McDonalds owns the most valuable real estate in the world, and it's arguably the best in the world at moving ...

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Startups and Flying Machines

Posted on July 16, 2013

Starting a company is like building a flying machine… The dream of flying is yours, and more than that you believe you can build a machine capable of soaring among the birds.  Sure, your friends think you’re crazy, but that just makes you want it all the more. Readily you begin sketching your idea. It’s a simple concept, wings like an eagle attached to a human powered bike. You’re not an engineer, but who cares. Engineering ...

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How to find the perfect co-founder

Posted on June 5, 2013

Before you can start managing your small business, you need to get your project off the ground, which is easier said than done. Between obtaining capital and filing for permits, actually opening a new company is one of the more difficult undertakings you must handle in your career. What's more, if you're flying solo, it can be nearly impossible to successfully start a business. That's why many entrepreneurs look for co-founders. Having a ...

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Is your bad day a flight delay, or a crash and burn?

Posted on March 12, 2013

Today was a bad day. I woke up to several emails alerting to me that Triberr was down. This sometimes happens when the database backup times out, but it's usually resolved by the time I get up. Today was a little different in that the server was still offline. My morning routine is very tight, and I don't have minutes to spare, so I hopped in the shower and considered the best way to get the server online. I decided to give Rackspace a ...

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Top 5 Business Books I’ll ReRead in 2013

Posted on January 9, 2013

Just about everyone I know has a startup these days. If you fall into that group, here is a list of books that I highly recommend. I’ve read them all at least once myself, and I enjoyed them so much I’ll reread each of them again this year. (NOTE: A few links are REVERSE AFFILIATE links, meaning I pass the commissions to you if you buy something. More details given near those links.) Shark Tales – Barbara Corcoran I’ve long been ...

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Blogs as Platform Earn More Than Product

Posted on October 8, 2012

If there's a fundamental reason why bloggers have trouble monetizing their blog it's because they treat their blog like a product instead of a platform.   The TED Talk I came across a TED talk recently from Adam Baker. The talk focused on financial freedom, and how he and his family became free of debt by selling all their crap to pay down their debt, so much so that all their possessions could fit in a backpack. They then backpacked ...

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A Blueprint for Monetizing Influence

Posted on October 2, 2012

Lately I've been enamored with the idea of lifestyle design. For those who may be unfamiliar, lifestyle design is simply the idea of choosing what your ideal lifestyle would be, then going out and creating it. For example, I'm not much of a traveler, but I believe most people would like to spend a year traveling around the world. Sadly, most people can't do that, because of jobs, debt, kids, commitments, etc. They lack the freedom to live like ...

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The Lie of Monetizing Content

Posted on September 6, 2012

Today, SEO experts are in high demand because they’ve taken their knowledge (the resources), and they’ve found a way to sell that to companies (the market), which has created a constant flow of economic activity (the industry). But 15 years ago nobody knew what SEO was. Some people are just gifted in business. They have an innate understanding of how people and the market work, and their career just can’t help but advance. In other ...

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I am leaving Twitter… and I am taking YOU with me

Posted on August 30, 2012

In 2007 I announced to the world that I was leaving MySpace, moving my online presence over to Facebook, a new, clean, ad-free social network. Goodbye, MySpace! In 2010 I announced to the world that I was leaving Facebook, moving my online presence over to Twitter, a new, clean, ad-free social network. Goodbye, Facebook. Today I’m announcing to the world that I am leaving Twitter, moving my online presence over to App.net, a new, clean ...

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Leaving Twitter