Living Dot Com

Living Dot Com Validated My Blogging Mission by Jason Brubaker

Awhile back, I attended the Los Angeles premiere of Living Dot Com.

Living Dot Com is a documentary focused on people who actively live the internet lifestyle. The movie features some of the top internet bloggers and information marketers in the world. For context, some of these people make more than $40K per month blogging. The movie goes into detail about each of these A-listers grew their business from an idea to an empire.

Here’s the trailer for Living Dot Com:

If you’re just getting to know me, I have also built a successful online business. And while it does not yet garner 40K per month, my online business pays my rent and all of my bills. So I wanted to offer some tips on how to make money online.

Living Dot Com Is Real

When you watch Living Dot Com, two things will happen:

  1. You will get excited about starting an online business.
  2. You will be tempted to imagine overnight riches.

I want to address both points.

Blogging is a REAL business. Or at least it can be. And blogging success is possible. However, getting rich overnight is highly unlikely – but getting rich (or at least creating an extra $1000 dollars a month) over time, is possible.

Like any business, if you stick with it, your odds of living dot com increases.

What sort of blogging success is more likely?

Odds are good that if you find your passion and start blogging, you’ll grind it out for a few months before you garner any traction. This is because the universe (note: Google) wants to make sure you are serious about your topic.

Once you’ve posted roughly 50 articles, you may start to see some traffic. And once you get traffic, you may start selling stuff on your blog via affiliate products, your own products or by placing advertising on your site…

In the event you have some start-up cash, you can scale quickly by paying for traffic. 

In all scenarios, your primary goal is to get people on your mailing list and then build a profitable relationship via email.

living_dot_comLiving Dot Com is Like Learning How To Play Piano

Getting to the point of living dot com can be very challenging.

A good analogy is learning to play a piano. At the beginning, you will hit some keys and learn a few notes. Over time, you’ll learn your first piece of music. And if you stick with it, the complexity of your music will increase.

(I don’t know how to play piano very well – but I’ve become a great marketer.)

And my point is this. Your first few months living dot com are going to be slow. You’re going to make a lot of mistakes. You’re going to be drawn into the latest and greatest offers. And you’re going to read a lot of articles like this one.

Living dot com will not happen overnight.

And I’m speaking from experience. My blogging success happened in small incremental steps over four years. The first money I made online was around $150 a month. I was happy back then. Passive income was life changing.

Oh my gosh… My blog bought my car!

Since that time, my expectations and standards have grown.

These days I’m unhappy if my blog doesn’t make at least $150 per day!

But again, it’s all relative. For perspective take John Chow. He’s a very successful blogger. And last night I got the opportunity to chat with John Chow at the after-party.

Do you know what he said?

He told me his goal is to surpass his current income of 40K per month!

Read that again: 40K per month!

Pretty amazing, right?

Anyway, John Chow did not start living dot com overnight either.

Living Dot Com Requires That You Deliver Real Value

If you’re looking for a get rich formula, here it is. Deliver REAL value. Fast.

That’s the secret to riches. Once you deliver REAL value to a market that is hungry, willing and eager to pay for your value. . . Then the next step is to put your value in front of as many people as possible.

That’s the secret to living dot com.

Also, if you want to watch Living Dot Com – you can do so below:

Click Here to Watch Living Dot Com  >>

Living Dot Com shows how a different approach to work must be taken in this new economy in order to succeed. Jobs may be disappearing but, for many reason discussed in this movie, there has never been an easier or better time to start a business. Creativity is king as many tasks that were expensive (and good jobs) in the past are now low cost due to automation and outsourcing.

This documentary gives an intimate look into the lives of successful Internet entrepreneurs. You will discover how it is now possible to earn over a million dollars a year online, work from the beach during winters, close deals while at a BBQ, or run a business from an IPhone. This new wave of enterprisers truly leverage technology to live a 21st century lifestyle or, as they call it, the “Dot Com Lifestyle.

Hope you enjoyed it. What are your thoughts on Living Dot Com?

Feel free to comment below.

Create a LeadPages Popup

One of the primary ways you can increase your online business is by getting more targeted website visitors to opt-in to your mailing list. And one of the ways you increase opt-ins is by leveraging the power of amazing opt-in software.

Through the years, I have tried several popular opt-in software solutions. And through my testing, I have found one of most successful ways to increase opt-ins involves utilizing pop-up software.

I know… I know…

As soon as you hear the word “popup,” you might be tempted to think about 1995 when the entire Internet was one big popup.

But I ain’t talking about that useless crap.

I am talking about utilizing an aesthetically pleasing, non-obtrusive light-box, opt-in popup that promises real value for your website visitors.

I am talking about an opt-in popup that provides an irresistible offer… An offer so good, that a large percentage of your visitors have no choice but to happily join your mailing list.

For as long as I can remember, the majority of my leads came from the opt-in popup installed on my sites. This changed a few months ago when I discovered an awesome opt-in software called LeadPages.

LeadPages is a web-based lead capture software that helps you increase the number of people that opt in to your email list. When you sign up, you have the ability to choose from dozens (soon to be hundreds) of proven, highly converting LeadPages templates.

You then apply these templates to your business so you can capture more leads.

Since adding LeadPages to my business, my opt-ins (and thus my business) has increased. And because the LeadPages software is so effective, much of my previous lead capture software has been made redundant.

While I’m happy to remove the old software from my blog, one thing that LeadPages currently lacks is a pop-up solution.

Update: LeadPages Now offers several pop up solutions.

And the truth is, I wondered what would happen if I could put LeadPages in a popup.

Would adding LeadPages in a popup improve my subscriptions?

In the following video, I am going to show you how to combine LeadPages with a Smart PopUp plugin, which is essentially an iframe popup plugin for WordPress.

How To Create a LeadPages Popup For WordPress

For those of you interested, here are the tools I utilized to create a LeadPages popup for WordPress.

Step 1 – Select Your WordPress Theme: You will need to select your WordPress theme. I prefer sites made on the Genesis framework. You don’t need to utilize Genesis for this setup – However I have only tested this scenario on Genesis. Genesis Framework (affiliate link – they pay me to promote.)

Step 2 – LeadPages:  I assume you’re already a LeadPages customer. If not, you can find out more about LeadPages by going here.  LeadPages (affiliate link – they pay me to promote.)

Step 3 – Grab This PopUp Tool: In my example, I show you how to  going to create a LeadPages popup for WordPress by incorporating the Smart PopUp plugin for WordPress.

Please post any questions in the comments below. I will be happy to help you.

How To Fix Your Site When You Get This: The Website Ahead Contains Malware

So you just received the following, dreaded message related to your blog. . .

The Website Ahead Contains Malware!

That’s the message I woke up to today for one of my major websites. And I immediately freaked out. I mean, really freaked out.

What the heck is Malware? And why is my website currently telling people: “The Website Ahead Contains Malware!”

If you’re reading this article, odds are good you are experiencing the same thing. You are probably asking yourself the same questions as me. How did this happen? Who did this?

First of all, I want you to take a deep breath.

Actually. . .

Let’s celebrate a little. In fact, I want you to congratulate yourself. Odds are good that if your website is currently receiving the warning: “The Website Ahead Contains Malware!”

Then you’ve made it. Your site is popular.

Or perhaps you’re just running old software. Or both. And we will cover this in a second.

But back to patting yourself on the back. . .

I mean, your website is popular enough to attract Malware. And if you don’t know what Malware is, you’re not alone.

Basically, Malware is a little piece of nerdy computer code that some hacker fed into your website. And it’s actually pretty common. One easy way bad code gets on your site is through outdated WordPress plugins. Heck, sometimes, you’ll be running more than one site on your server – And the malware will spread from one of your sites to the next. . .

That sounds scary, right? I’m with you.

But let’s hold our horses.

The good news is this. Because there are literally thousands of websites that get slammed with the whole: “The Website Ahead Contains Malware!” stuff – It means there are lots of ways to fix it.

How To Delete Malware From Your Website

Step 1 – Call Your Hosting Company ASAP

The first thing you need to do is call your hosting company. I personally use Bluehost for a lot of my websites. Over the years, I have telephoned them countless times with everything from the mundane to the overly complex. . .

In most instances, they were able to help me.

So when I telephoned yesterday crying to my Bluehost helper about how my website was presently blocking visitors with “The Website Ahead Contains Malware!” warning – My guy was pretty helpful.

He was like, “Take a chill pill.”

Actually, he didn’t say that.

Utilizing Site Doctor

My Bluehost technician did reassure me that this stuff happens every day. In fact, Bluehost and most every reputable hosting company out there has several software solutions built into their service offerings.

The one I chose was called the Site Doctor malware removal service. While the service did cost fifty dollars, they guarantee their work for 30 days – And when your sites are down, paying for this service makes all the sense in the world.

Once you get your malware removal software in motion, the next step is to check out you Google Webmaster Tools.

Step 2 – Open Up Your Google Webmaster Tools

I am assuming you have Google Webmaster Tools set up on all of your most important websites. If you do not, you need to set this up as soon as possible.

[Here is a link to Google Webmaster Tools.]

When you log into your account, you will be provided with an overview of your monitored domains.

When, I logged into my account, I was met with this message:

Website Ahead Contains Malware
Webmaster Tools

When I clicked on the “check site health” link, I received the following description.

Google has detected harmful code on your site. To protect visitors to your site from malware, Google’s search results now display a warning when users click a link to your site. Some browsers like Chrome may also show a similar warning.

If that’s not enough to keep you awake at night, I don’t know what will.

Step 3 – Fix The Issues and Request Google Review

Here’s the kicker. At this stage, there isn’t a whole lot you can do but wait for your malware removal service to finish the job and send you an email. My email from Site Doctor came around 5AM the next morning. Here’s what it said:

Hello,

Thank you for using the Site Doctor malware removal service. Your account is now online.

The exact method that was employed to compromise your account is unclear, but I believe that it was done through one of your outdated installations or one of their themes or plugins. Your account had the following outdated installations:

[They went on to list about a gazillion outdated files.]

At this point, I got super excited. I could finally take the next steps.

Step 4 – Request a Google Review

Once your maleware service cleans and removes all the infected files from your site, your next step is to log back into your Google Webmaster Tools and request a website review.

Fixed_Malware_Review

Once you check the box and click the button, you’ll be met with the following message:

Before you request a review, please make sure your entire site is clean and secure. If no malicious content is found, we’ll remove the warning from your site. This process will take up to 24 hours.

Google will ask you to explain what tactics you completed to remove the maleware.

For this, I wrote:

Utilized Site Doctor at the request of Bluehost. Received notification that maleware was removed. Please confirm and thank you for your help.

Once you request a review, the ball is once again in Google’s court. They say the review could take upwards of 24hrs, which adds a bit of additional anxiety. And if you’re anything like me, I suggest you utilize this downtime to focus on your other outstanding projects.

Step 5 – Recovering from Website Malware

After your website is live again, there are several things you can do to avoid receiving the dreaded message: The Website Ahead Contains Malware! – After completing the Site Doctor service, Bluehost sent me the following security checklist.

Bluehost recommended that I complete the following actions to help secure my websites:

  1. Change the Admin Email on your account.
  2. Change the Password on your account.
  3. Change the Credit Card on file on your account.
  4. Update and apply any patches, upgrades, or updates that the 3rd party vendor or web developer of your scripts may have available.
  5. Fix any loose file permissions (this may be the most common exploit vulnerability)
  6. Delete all non-system Ftp Accounts that were created, or at the very least, change the passwords to the FTP Accounts.
  7. Remove any Access Hosts by clicking the “Remote Mysql” icon and clicking the Remove Red X by each entry if there are any entries.
  8. Check your scripts for any Header Injection attacks, Sql Injection attacks, Cross-Site Scripting attacks, etc., as well as your php.ini file settings.
  9. Check your home/work computers for any viruses, trojans, or keyloggers.

Suffice it to say, I know what I’ll be doing all day tomorrow!

Conclusion

Not all aspects of running an internet business is fun. But this is true of any business. Dealing with issues without losing your mind is all part of the fun.

When you receive the dreaded message: The Website Ahead Contains Malware!

Don’t lose your cool.

While this is a new experience for you, these issues are pretty common for any successful website. Hosting companies and Google Webmaster tools are your best friend in the fight against maleware.