How to Build Yourself a Second Private Income

A First Step to Becoming a Sovereign Individual

One of the questions I'm asked most frequently is, "How can I break free of the system, when I've got responsibilities, a mortgage and a 9 to 5 job holding me back?"

Well, I'll be honest - it's much easier if you don't have a mortgage, or too many responsibilities. But it's not impossible.

Basically, you have to "moonlight" - if you want to break the cycle. You need to create an alternative "you" - a moneymaking alter-ego. And you CAN do this - if you really want to.

The key is "wanting" it bad enough. Why? Because it will require significant effort on your part.

When I first logged on to the internet (back in 1996), I was immediately motivated by the idea that here was a brand new opportunity to do business with the whole world.

Dollar signs popped into my eyes, as I considered selling some widget for $10 - to 100,000 people across the globe. And obviously, I'm not the only person to have ever considered the possibility - given the amount of spam I receive!

I can recall my first internet "venture". It was a web hosting concept - set up like a Business Mall - and using a MLM system to lure people into selling web space on this mall.

Well, it didn't take me long to realise I'd never get rich this way. I think I made $50 or so. But it was a start to the learning curve - which is still going on.

The point is this: Although the internet is rightly considered as a wonderful medium through which to conduct business - it requires knowledge and effort.

Coming to grips with exactly HOW you make money on the 'net is fraught with traps and difficulties - not least of which are the many downright scams that are out there - promising you the sky, but leaving you decidedly earthbound.

The nitty gritty is this: you can put up the most professional looking website, and offer the most worthwhile product or service - but you will languish in the cyber-backwoods, unless you learn how to attract qualified visitors to your site.

If I could put it in a nutshell - then I'd say (as someone who has been making a living on the internet for 5 years) that a successful online business is ALL about marketing. Sure, you have to have something to sell - that's a given, but it's not enough by itself.

You're not out of the woods yet though, because even though you accept the challenge of marketing your site, you will still need to wade through all the conflicting ideas as to exactly HOW you should do this. Not everything you may read about actually works!

And, I can tell you, there is no shortage of advertising "gurus" to help you on your way - for a price of course!

I've read most of them - both online and offline - and a few of them are very good. And when I combine what I've read with what I've learned from the business school of hard knocks, then I can reduce the essentials to the following:

The following are my "tried and true" methods. This is not exhaustive by any means - but it represents my own experience with what works and what is worth trying.

What NOT to do.

Stay away from FFA classified advertising, link farms, and other dubious "get visitors" systems - which also includes such things as buying pop-up or pop-under ads and various ways of getting people to visit your site. There may be some cases where a pop- under ad campaign may work - but it will need to be a product or service which 99 out of 100 people are potentially interested in.

The point is, you don't just want ANY visitors, but those who are likely to be potential customers. In other words you want "qualified" visitors only.

And I shouldn't have to mention - stay away from spam - and spam related systems. You may be tempted to join one of the many bogus opt-in list services. But, you'll simply find yourself amongst thousands of other "opportunity" seekers - all attempting to send emails to each other. Waste of time!

FINAL WORD: It's always best to create your own product/service. But reselling is certainly a second option. And when you think about it - it's no different to setting up shop on main street, and selling someone else's products. I can work and it does work.

But the same rules apply. You need to choose the right products or services - AND you need to market your affiliate sites in the same way as outlined above. After all, it's business.

There are some very successful affiliate marketers - but they didn't get there by sitting on their backsides.

So, at the end of the day, you can build yourself a second, "private" income - by applying the basics, as outlined above.

Take the time to learn as much as you can. It will pay off

Once you begin to accumulate income for your private alter-ego, then you can begin to grow that nest-egg in various ways. The important thing is there will be a part of you which is truly YOURS - and you'll be building a platform from which you can, in the future, launch a new life.

The possibilities are endless - you just need a good idea, and the motivation to see it through.

Postscript: One of the freebies we give away with membership to SovereignLife, is a great little book called "Gorilla Web Site Marketing" - which has a wealth of info on exactly how to build link partners.

Yours in freedom & opportunity

David MacGregor runs an information service designed for those who seek more practical and financial freedom.

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