Dot Com Lifestyle Book Club

After some chatter with some of the members from the Dot Com Lifestyle group I have decided to start a book club.

We’ll be talking about various business, internet marketing, and productivity books. The idea is to read one book per month. Sorry we can’t all be Tai Lopez and “read” one book per day.

We’ll be starting out with one of the first five books I suggested. We’ll put up additional books up for vote each month.

To read more about the books in the short list, check out the dot com lifestyle book club meetup announcement.

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photo by Ginny, licensed under CC.

How Do I Start a Blog?

I have created a step by step guide that teaches you how to start a blog.

This new blog covers all the basics on how to get started quickly. You should be able to get a blog running in about 30 minutes or less and you can do it all yourself.

You don’t need any prior experience. The tutorial covers how to start a blog using WordPress and how to get started with your first blogpost.

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Dot Com Lifestyle Update

Dot Com Coffee – Rafflecopter Edition

We’ve had our 3rd or 4th Dot Com Coffee meetup now and the past two have been great. Of course I say so because we’ve been talking about my project. The project is the Papidaddy blog, feel free to visit that and learn more about it.

The first meetup 2 weekends ago we talked about how to setup a blog for monetization as is papidaddy.com. Charles Amit covered some of the notes. And I have a few more notes that members sent in but haven’t published yet. Will link those when ready.

This past Saturday we covered how to do a giveaway with Rafflecopter. That’s the tool I’m using to giveaway items and cash prizes to my readers. Here are a few pictures and I’ll add notes as soon as I have them or one of our members submits their notes.

Oh and by the way, in case you missed this during the meeting or you missed the meeting altogether, Rafflecopter has agreed to sponsor three readers of my blog (papidaddy.com) with a full year worth of Rafflecopter. Yes, that means Rafflecopter for free for a year!

Yeah, aren’t you glad you read this blog…?

 

The ring you keep seeing is the MOBE million dollar ring and I blogged about it here.

Dot Com Lunch at Pho Bac Co.

This is a short video by John. I hope you join us next time for a Dot Com Lunch. Most Saturdays in Irvine at Pho Bac Co.

Address is: 4250 Barranca Parkway, Irvine.

Ultra Expensive Mic & Helmet Edition.

 
 
Dot Com Lifestyle Member Bob Buskirk (bobbuskirk.com) posted a review he did for the Aloft Hotel in Silicon Valley. Here’s an excerpt and a link to the full review.

Last month I had the chance to stay at an Aloft hotel. Aloft is Starwood’s boutique hotel chain. These hotels are actually pretty cool and offer a unique atmosphere. I actually first heard of them when they made a custom playlist for Spotify a year or so ago. Since then I’ve always wanted to check them out. I attended a press event for ThinkComputers and the company put us up at the Aloft Silicon Valley so I was pretty excited. (continue reading…)

Thanks for reading another update from the Dot Com Lifestyle blog.

 

What is Clickbank?

We interviewed Josh from Clickbank. We asked him a simple question.

What is Clickbank?

We use Clickbank to promote information products, software, ebooks and other downloadable or virtual products. We use it to sell our own products and we use it to find products we want to promote as affiliates.

Here’s a blogpost I wrote about this. Clickbank always has one of the nicest booths at the event.

Affiliate Summit West. – Vanesa Rey Interview

Vanesa Rey is awesome and runs VanesaRey.com – She won one of the free tickets to Affiliate Summit and she loved the event.

She also learned a lot and one of the things that she took away was how to join and create an affiliate program. This happened for Affiliate Summit West and she has now launched her affiliate program with some of the highest commissions paid in her niche.

If you want to join her program, visit this page for more information on how to join Vanesa Rey Affiliate.

She highlights some of the awesome parts of Affiliate Summit and she shares the tips you’ll need as a first timer going to this fantastic event.

You should get your ticket now because it sells out quickly.

Get your ticket here.

Disney is Ruining My Kid.

This is another reason to pursue the Dot Com Lifestyle. With the right approach, achieving the Dot Com Lifestyle is one way to be available for your kids (if you have any or plan on having any) all the time. You see, if you don’t raise your kids, chances are that TV will. And that outcome isn’t very promising.

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Disney has been ruining my kid…. a job I can do quite well on my own, thank you.

 I know, it sounds drastic.  Don’t worry, I am not going to launch into a ridiculous diatribe about how Frozen has a hidden gay agenda (huge eye roll) or is turning my girls in to glittery, sparkly princesses who need a prince to save them, (we are over that stage, thank god) or that Miley Cyrus grew up and dared to climb out of her Hannah Montana box.

In the interest of being a pretty laid back mom,  who fights against my extremely conservative upbringing, I have tried to adopt a more moderate view of the world and it’s evils.  With my girls, I am trying a more balanced approach, believing that they should not be sheltered constantly from American culture, taught to fear and judge and overreact to everything they see…

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Some thoughts on dealing with small difficulties

Excellent advice on dealing with little problems. This applies not only to our online businesses, but to life in general. About 15 years ago I read a book called Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff, and It’s all Small Stuff. — This post reminds me of that.

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The problem with small difficulties is that if you get too close to them, they seem large. Like mosquitoes, even though they are small, with enough of them pestering you, you can find yourself entirely taken up with dealing with them.

With mosquitoes, you might endure them, and this is one way to deal with them if you have to. You can also endure your small problems and fight through them as if they were a swarm of mosquitoes. Or you might step back inside to a sheltered place. Stepping back is also a good way to deal with small problems. Step back and gain some perspective and see the small problems for what they are: small and insignificant in the bigger frame you view them from. You will still deal with them, but regaining that perspective reduces the irritation that they bring on, and helps you deal with them…

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What Do You Know About Etsy?

If you’re looking for a little bit of income on the side and you’re feeling crafty, Susan asks: What do you Know About Etsy?

For some people selling crafts and stuff on Etsy could mean an extra couple hundred or even a few thousand dollars per month. Dedicate more time and real effort into it and it could be a huge source of income, but YMMV.

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Lately, I’ve been assisting a lot of people in setting up their Etsy shop. I’ve enjoyed it immensely.  I love seeing people expand their horizons and get so excited about doing something they love. 

I’ve been running my own Etsy shop, MrsChadT since 2009. When I first started my shop, it sat empty for a little while.  I had heard so much about this wonderful place for creative people to sell their art and handmade items; I couldn’t wait to get into it, too. 

At the same time, I was a stay at home mom with a husband working one full-time job and a tons of part-time jobs in order to help sustain our families basic needs, plus pay an enormous medical bill that was still escalating due to Bella’s health. 

It was around that same time, I was introduced to scrapbooking. Honestly, I’m not a scrap-booker. I have no…

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Dot Com Lifestyle Blog is up and Running

This is a blog for members and by members of the popular Dot Com Lifestyle meetup. We’re a growing group of digital entrepreneurs living one of the most coveted lifestyles of modern times.

We make money online and our goal is to setup our businesses in a way that allows us to spend time however we’d like. The Dot Com Lifestyle is about having Money, Time and Location freedom.

We launched the official meetup last year and we have grown consistently since then. Come join us, your dream life has been waiting!