James-Altucher's-Choose-Yourself-Guide-to-Wealth

Why the Altucher Idea Machine Theory Works- Scientific Proof

James-Altucher's-Choose-Yourself-Guide-to-WealthTwo months ago I read James Altucher’s The Choose Yourself Guide to Wealth and Claudia Altucher’s Become an Idea Machine.

Both of the books talk about writing down 10 different ideas every day and “stretching” your brain.

While James and Claudia Altucher both say they don’t know why it works, I think I found an answer.

Or, let’s put it this way, I read a book that had a great explanation for why their strategy works for:

  • Improving your life
  • Making your brain more efficient
  • And becoming more successful

I’ve been writing down 10 different ideas every day before going to bed, and while I’m not an “idea machine” yet, I can already see the benefits from this practice.

The Science Behind It

Make-your-Brain-SmarterOkay, you’re probably here because you want to know what scientific proof I have, right?

All of my evidence will come from the book Make Your Brain Smarter by Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph. D. but she also has a list of scientific papers as sources at the end of her book.

According to her “well-formed innovative ideas are more typically the by-product of long-standing, effortful, dynamic thinking habits and content processing patterns.”  (83)

That is a mouthful, but what she means to say is creative ideas don’t just randomly pop-out of nowhere. They’re a result of a consistent every-day practice of thinking creatively and differently.

She also says that “integrated reasoning will energize your thinking as well as increase the biological well-being of your brain” and that you’re improving your integrated reasoning when you are “form[ing] uncommon ideas, identify[ing] new problems, generat[ing] and revis[ing] workable solutions” (85).

Does that remind you of anything?

Oh that’s right!

Writing down 10 ideas per day covers all the above!

While at the beginning those ideas might not be incredibly creative and different, as you keep practicing, you will improve your integrative reasoning and thus your life.

Chapman also compares a 65 year old businessman named Mark and a 55 year old executive name Wesley.

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Month-5

$50 to $600 Per Month Using Amazon Affiliate Month 5 (Experiment)

Month-5This is month 5 of my challenge. Here are my other posts:

CLICK HERE to go to the TL;DR section for a quick summary of this month.

Here are all of my websites:

  • Best Track Spikes– This is the site found in this post. I’m showing everything I can with this site.
  • BAB– I created this site back in May and it’s been fairly successful up to this point. The products are fairly low value, but it’s my biggest site right now and it increases my Amazon percentages a lot.
  • MPC– I also created this site back in May and it’s also been fairly successful. The products are even cheaper than on BAB, but I sell at least 30-40 per month.
  • BFST– This is one of the 3 smaller sites that I created about a month ago. Fairly cheap/average products.
  • BFSC– Another smaller site that I created a month ago. Fairly cheap products.
  • BBC– And yet another smaller site that I created a month ago. The products on this site are the most expensive so I’ll focus on getting this site higher in the SERPs soon.
  • BNT– This site has the most expensive products by far. $500-$5,000+ I just created it last month so I don’t expect any sales until December or February, but when the sales do come I’ll get huge commissions!
  • Tester Reviews– This is a community review site that anyone can submit their reviews to with their Amazon link in the review. You can check it out here if you’re interested!
  • BRM– A small website I started in the middle of November in a very low competition niche. Focuses on $30-$100 products.
  • BWT– I started this site on November 24th. It will be fairly large and will focus on products in the $30-$250 range.
  • WHQ– A new site I started in December. Very large niche. I’ll be outsourcing at least half of the content in order to grow the site quickly.

If you don’t want the day-by-day updates click here to go to the TL;DR section.

Before

After

Income

November Amazon Affiliate Income

Best Track Spikes

Best Track Spikes end of November Rankings

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BAB

BAB end of November rankings

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MPC

MPC End of November Rankings

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BFST

BFST End of November Rankings

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BFSC

BFSC end of november rankings

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BBC

BBC end of November rankings

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BNT

BNT end of November Rankings

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BRM

BRM end of November Rankings

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Daily Updates

Some of these posts are quite long so you can CLICK HERE to jump to the TL;DR section.

December 3rd

I messed up when setting up the newsletter signup A/B test on BAB so I had to reset the data for 2 of them.

It should take at least 2 weeks to get any good data out of it as I want each variation to get at least 500 displays (if not 1,000. I’ll see how statistically significant the data is.) Read more

December

December 2015 Income Report and Plans

DecemberI’ve been fairly productive in December, but it doesn’t show on my blog.

I need to post at least 2 posts a month that aren’t my Amazon Affiliate journey posts or income reports.

The good news is that I’m working on huge post right now that you’ll love.

The bad news is that there’s still 20-30 hours of work left until I can publish it.

Anyway, this month I worked on:

  • My $50 to $600 per month Amazon Affiliate project.
  • Adding content to my Content Samurai review site.
  • Creating an IM products review site(Think reviews of products from JVZoo and Clickbank. When I say reviews I actually mean real reviews and not BS created using the information provided to all affiliates.)
  • Improving the audio and video quality to fit uDemy’s standards so I can start working on my course.
  • Collecting the data for the huge post I’m working on.
  • I also took on a website setup project for a local business. I’ll put the income for this in the next month because that’s when they’ll pay me, but it’s still related to my online skill-set so I think it’s relevant here.

Plans For January

January is my last month for my Amazon Affiliate Project and sadly I don’t think I’ll reach my goal of $600 per month.

It might happen if one of my sites suddenly starts ranking, but I need an increase of almost $200 per month which probably isn’t going to happen.

I’m going to build a couple links to my Content Samurai site, create more content for JV Reviews, and write at least 2 posts for this blog (one of which is going to be big!)

I also have finals coming up in school, winter track, and other stuff, but I should still have more time than what I did during the first half of the year.

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November Income Report

November 2015 Income Report and Plans

November Income ReportI was incredibly productive in November, and while the results of my work may not be visible right now, they will show soon.

I worked on:

  • Moving my website from Weebly to WordPress and changing the content.
  • My $50 to $600 per month Amazon Affiliate project.
  • A non-amazon affiliate website targeting people looking to buy Content Samurai. You can check out the site here.
  • Posts on my azongenius site. (I’m not actually a genius, I just like the name. 😉 )
  • An outline for a reddit advertising course I’m going to create for uDemy. (The outline is done. Now I have to write a script for all the videos)
  • Scripts for my Amazon Affiliate keyword research course. (I have a lot of videos to make, and it usually works better when I have some sort of script in front of me even if I don’t fully follow it.)

Moving my site took around 20 hours, but it was definitely worth it.

The site looks better and it works better for what I want.

I want to become one of the leading online money-making blogs (lofty goal I know), and to do that I had to get off Weebly.

My old site was also targeted at people looking to make money online from surveys and “beermoney” sites, and I want to focus on higher-earning money-making opportunities.

Plans For December

I will keep working on my Amazon Affiliate project and sites.

2 of my sites are starting to rank higher and should result in more sales for me.

I’ll do more A/B testing on the websites because I haven’t done that at all.

I also plan to promote my content samurai website as it can be a pretty good way of earning some extra cash if I can get it to rank in the top 3 in Google.

I’ll keep writing scripts for my Amazon Affiliate and Reddit courses, and maybe I’ll even start recording some videos for them.

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Amazon Affiliate $50 to $600 Month 4

$50 to $600 Per Month Using Amazon Affiliate Month 4 (Experiment)

This is month 4 of my challenge, so if you haven’t read the previous 2 posts you can check them out here:

CLICK HERE to go to the TL;DR section for a quick summary of this month.

Here are all of my websites:

  • Best Track SpikesThis is the site found in this post. I’m showing everything I can with this site.
  • BABI created this site back in May and it’s been fairly successful up to this point. The products are fairly low value, but it’s my biggest site right now and it increases my Amazon percentages a lot.
  • MPC I also created this site back in May and it’s also been fairly successful. The products are even cheaper than on BAB, but I sell at least 30-40 per month.
  • BFSTThis is one of the 3 smaller sites that I created about a month ago. Fairly cheap/average products.
  • BFSCAnother smaller site that I created a month ago. Fairly cheap products.
  • BBCAnd yet another smaller site that I created a month ago. The products on this site are the most expensive so I’ll focus on getting this site higher in the SERPs soon.
  • BNTThis site has the most expensive products by far. $500-$5,000+ I just created it last month so I don’t expect any sales until December or February, but when the sales do come I’ll get huge commissions!
  • Tester ReviewsThis is a community review site that anyone can submit their reviews to with their Amazon link in the review. You can check it out here if you’re interested!
  • BRMA small website I started in the middle of November in a very low competition niche. Focuses on $30-$100 products.
  • BWTI started this site on November 24th. It will be fairly large and will focus on products in the $30-$250 range.

If you don’t want the day-by-day updates click here to go to the TL;DR section.

Before

After

Income

Amazon Affiliate Earnings Month 3

November Amazon Affiliate Income

Best Track Spikes

Best track spikes end of october rankings

Best Track Spikes end of November Rankings

BAB

BAB end of october rankings

BAB end of November rankings

MPC

MPC end of october rankings

MPC End of November Rankings

BFST

BFST end of october rankings

BFST End of November Rankings

BFSC

BFSC end of october rankings

BFSC end of november rankings

BBC

BBC end of october rankings

BBC end of November rankings

BNT

BNT end of october rankings

BNT end of November Rankings

BRM

I got the idea for the site on November 21st, and started creating it on November 24th.

BRM end of November Rankings

Daily Updates

Some of these posts are quite long so you can CLICK HERE to jump to the TL;DR section.

November 5th

I completed last months post.

November 8th

Read an interesting post on Reddit about the different types of Amazon Affiliate sites.

The author of that post is quite successful with Amazon so we can all learn something from him.

November 9th

Started creating a “super Web 2.0” focused on education/schoolwork/learning.

If all goes well I’ll create 2 more other big Web 2.0 sites with different areas of focus.

Why?

I think having one big Web 2.0 with higher authority linking to my websites is better than multiple tiny Web 2.0s linking to it.

I’ll be treating these as a regular blog and posting niche-relevant information on each.

Currently I have plans for:

  • An education/learning Web 2.0
  • A fitness/nutrition Web 2.0
  • A technology Web 2.0

November 11th

I worked on my education Web 2.0

I added:

  • A 1,000 word article
  • A favicon
  • 2 ideas for future articles

I went through all of my sites and updated the plugins and the theme.

I also added the Mobile Pop-Over plugin to all of my sites in hopes of increasing my mobile traffic for the holidays.

BNT’s rankings are slowly moving up, but I’m not happy with where they’re at right now.

Then again I didn’t do any link-building for the site at all, so I probably shouldn’t be complaining.

I submitted BNT to 3 directories. I know some directories were deindexed by Google, but I’ve used these for link-building back in 2014 so they should still be working.

November 12th

I checked the links section in Google Webmaster tools for all of my sites to see which sites actually had links.

Tester Reviews has 28 links.

BAB has 14.

BNT and BFSC have 3.

BFST has 2.

MPC has 1.

BBC has 0.

That’s actually not as bad as I was expecting, but it can definitely be improved.

November 14th

For some reason the BFSC sitemap disappeared on Google Webmaster Tools so I re-added it.

I also added all of my sites and sitemaps to Bing Webmaster Tools in hope of getting some traffic from Bing.

November 15th

Added a link to BAB and BNT on one of my old Web 2.0s.

BNT needs more links overall while the BAB link is to a page I want to jump up a couple positions.

One of the keywords on BNT jumped from #45 to #17 in SERPs, but Google Webmasters still hasn’t detected any links so I’m not sure what the jump was caused by.

I created my big technology Web 2.0 and wrote 3 posts for it.

I also wrote one post for my big educational Web 2.0.

The posts are actually quite useful, but most of them are fairly short and the writing could be better, but there are no grammar or spelling mistakes, some of the posts have pictures, and overall the blog looks like any other blog you might find on the Internet so this is good.

The DA of Blogger blogs increases quickly if you do some basic link-building and it’s hard to sink it with crap links so after 2 or 3 months I might do a simple GSA blast to get the domain authority up.

Once that happens, I’ll keep publishing new content to my Web 2.0 at a rate of 1-2 articles per month, and whenever I need to rank a new site in a related niche I’ll have a fairly strong backlink under my belt.

November 16th

Started researching a new niche.

Not sure what prompted me to do it, but I got an idea for a big site with many subniches.

So far my biggest site is BAB at 41 articles, but if I start on this new site it’ll break that number.

I already found 20 sub-niches I could write about, and that’s not counting any filler or related posts.

If my niche was running then the 20 sub-niches would be “best track spikes, best track hurdles, best running shoes, etc…”

If I do create this site I will create a 2,000+ word article for each of these sub-niches which should be enough to propel me to page one as these keywords are very low competition.

Most of them have a fairly low number of searches per month, but if I do create this site I expect to get to the top of Google for many small keywords and stay there for a while so it’ll be worth it.

All of the keywords are very seasonal, and while that might be a problem for some people, I like seasonal keywords because they usually have less competition.

November 17th

Added 180 words to the main page of BNT.

The SERPs are slowly rising, but I’ll do some more light link-building this weekend.

I started creating a “best deals” landing page.

I plan to spend $10 on Facebook ads on Black Friday and Cyber Monday with the goal of getting them to my landing page.

I want that landing page to get at least 50% of the people to click through to Amazon, and if around 7% of those people buy, I might be able to make a profit.

I wouldn’t usually do this as I think it’d be just throwing money away, but I hope to catch some of that Black Friday deal hunting and Christmas shopping money.

November 18th

I looked at the keyword competitiveness for the keywords for my possible new site and I both like and don’t like what I see.

Most of the keywords are fairly low competition, but there is a site that’s in a similar niche to mine that has a ton of content on the same topics as I will.

They’re ranking 1st for most of the keywords and they have over 3 million backlinks and a domain authority of 43.

I don’t think I can beat that right now.

However, if I use their site as the minimum bar for my content, I might be able to get second for most of the keywords and first for other ones that their site doesn’t target.

I also wrote a book review on Tester Reviews.

I’m trying to grow that website a bit and I also want to grow my Amazon Reviewer rating because the higher it is the higher the chance of me getting free stuff to review (which is perfect for creating an Amazon Affiliate site.)

November 19th

Posted a book review on Tester Reviews.

No one else is providing content for the site so right now it’s just a general review site for me.

I’ll keep posting some reviews on there and see where it leads.

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November 20th

Warning. The following couple paragraphs aren’t directly relevant to Amazon Affiliate so you can skip it without missing anything about the project.

I was on Reddit today and found two very interesting posts that resonated with me.

One of the posters said that being an entrepreneur doesn’t necessarily mean doing something that you absolutely love.

It means having the freedom over yourself to choose what you do and choosing how you make money.

I believe that, but I also don’t believe that.

I’ve always been a dreamer who thinks that everyone can find a passion and turn it into a paying job, and I think I believe that because otherwise I’d have to face the hard truth that life won’t always work out like that, but I also think that making money while still having freedom can still be a valid path to pursue.

Maybe it’s because I come from a culture where males are supposed to be the providers for the family. (I’m Russian.)

Or maybe it’s simply the fact that I’m a teenager blind to the harshness of life.

I want to be open to all possibilities, and honestly nothing in life is absolute. My belief in being a dreamer can be right while someone else’s belief in facing the difficult facts of life can also be true.

Another article that I read talked about “focusing on the process” instead of the end goal, which would mean that I went about this project the wrong way because I’m focusing on an end goal of $600 per month.

Whether I agree or disagree with the article is irrelevant because I also read another post that said that if your goal is money, but you still provide value to the people around you, you’re good.

I think we’ve all heard the advice of people to “pursue your passion and not follow the money,” and I understand that many of the current successful entrepreneurs became successful by solving a problem that they were excited about, but what if your “passion” is making money? What then?

The following section is relevant to Amazon Affiliate.

I spent a couple hours researching niches for Amazon that have incredibly low competition with items priced at $50+.

I’m itching to work on a new website and project, and my sites that have been successful succeeded because I entered a very low competition niche.

I “did” SEO to them, but I didn’t utilize the right strategies and I might be lying to myself when I say that my SEO helped me rank.

Sure. It might’ve improved the index speed of my site and boosted it up 1 or 2 spots, but overall my successful sites are making money because the competition is incredibly low and my content is very detailed.

Instead of banging my head against the wall in the hopes of ranking for the medium difficulty niches (which I’m slowly working on), it might be a better idea to instead create a number of quick sites targeting very low competition niches and then see where that leads me to.

This shotgun approach might not work, but if it does work for even 6 months then the effort will be worth it.

So far I found one niche where the main buyer keyword gets around 150 searches per month.

Tiny, I know.

However that doesn’t include all the other possible long tail traffic, and this is such a low competition niche that I think I’ll be able to be #1 for many keywords within 2 months if not less.

My goal is to find at least 4 more niches like that because so far my sites have an average profitability rate of around 20%.

November 21st

I bought 2 domains and a new hosting package on NameCheap as I don’t want to have all of my sites on my BlueHost package.

I also started working on my new site, let’s call it BRM, and I set up the plugins, the theme, and the basic pages. Read more

April Income Report

October 2015 Income Report

I didn’t do much site-improvement in October.

If you look at my latest Amazon Affiliate post you’ll see that I didn’t do anything after October 12th.

Aren’t college applications great?

Anyway, this month I will have time to work on my Amazon sites and get ready for the holiday season.

I’m writing this on November 5th, and I just finished moving my site from Weebly to WordPress.

All of my small-earnings posts and guides will stay on the weebly site, and I’ll use this site for higher-income things like Amazon Affiliate and random Internet Marketing posts.

This month’s income was disappointing, but it should get higher because of the upcoming holidays.

Plans For November

I need to prepare my sites for the holiday season so I can maximize my income for Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Christmas.

I’m toying with the idea of buying $10 of Facebook ads on Black Friday to get people to my site, and then use a special landing page to get them to click through to Amazon.

I’ve never used Facebook ads to drive clicks to my sites though, so this is a risky strategy.

There’s also a lot of other things I want to start getting my things into.

I want to:

  • Grow my Amazon Affiliate sites.
  • Create 2 more Amazon Affiliate sites.
  • Start some simple Amazon FBA stuff.
  • Write a book. (I have an idea for an eBook that I can self-publish on Amazon, but I don’t have time and I don’t know if now is the best time to write it.)
  • Try out penny-stock trading using the lessons of Tim Sykes.
  • Create a course on uDemy.

Obviously I can’t do all of that in the next month, (or even in the next year), so I’m going to focus on Amazon Affiliate until I finish my $50 to $600 project, and then see what I want to do next.

Income Report

  • Amazon Affiliate- $217.33 A bit disappointing, but I didn’t work on my websites at all so it makes sense…
  • Usertesting- $20 I did a couple tests at the beginning of the month, but I had no time at the end.
  • Clickworker– $5.96 No idea where this money came from… Maybe a referral?
  • G2A– $2.82 No work, passive income.
  • AdSense- $4.18 I haven’t posted any videos in 5 months and it shows…
  • Bitcoins- $8.89 This is from PokerAm and A-Ads.
  • Referral- $4 FreeEats is still getting me a small income!
  • Opinion Rewards- $3.63 A couple of quick surveys using Google’s app.
  • Total- $266.81 My lowest month since May, but I only spent 5 hours working tops so I’m okay with the outcome.