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It’s Official. I’m Heading Back to Medellin, Colombia!

Medellin Colombia

I’m excited because as of yesterday, January 1st, I’m eligible for re-entry back into Colombia!!!!

Hip-hip hooray!

I’m totally pumped. I’m trying to get all of my ducks in a row so I can try and get there by the end of January.

I’ve peeped some tickets and as of now, I’m looking at $338 roundtrip.

Jet Blue Tickets

One-way tickets going for about $175 but from experience last time, JetBlue requires a return ticket in order to get on the plane.

I learned that lesson when we tried to board with one-way tickets on the first trip. They made me buy 5 one-way tickets back to the U.S. on the spot. Or else, they weren’t letting us on the plane.

But then someone suggested I pay the extra fee for the refundable tickets and cancel within 24-hours once we landed.

As soon as we got back to the hotel, I refunded them tickets and got my money back, LOL.

Ain’t nobody got time for that!!!

I previously mentioned that I’m building and putting together a digital marketing agency and it may make sense to build it out there. Labor is much cheaper in Colombia than it is in the U.S., and the cost for office space is much more affordable.

There’s a good amount of English speaking Colombians there and many are college educated.

Heck, as I type this out, I’m already starting to convince myself that it’s a good idea, lol.

Anyhow … just wanted to wish you all a Happy New Year.

Let me know if there’s anything you’d like to know or learn more about when I get back to Medellin.

Here are some highlight videos from our recent 6-month stay in Medellin, Colombia:

 

 

 

 

I’m gonna have my phone recording everything for you!

Also, it’s my ‘blogging’ and the ‘courses’ I create that allows me to travel and live anywhere in the world (as long as there’s an Internet connection).

If you’d like to learn how to blow and create your own courses, check out the links below:

Subscribe if u haven’t already:

https://www.sourcecodetofreedom.com/blogger

If starting your own biz is on the horizons for 2018, check this out:
https://www.sourcecodetofreedom.com/launch/

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Odds are Stacked Against You for Your New Year’s Resolutions!

According to an article I saw on Time.com, these are the top 10 commonly broken New Year’s Resolutions.

I’ve added my commentary to each of these:

1. Lose Weight and Get Fit: January is probably the worst time to join the gym. It’s overcrowded. It’s too darn cold to leave your nice warm house to go. And they typically charge more for personal trainers because they can (because everybody and their momma is joining … no need to give you any types of incentives), and now you’re locked into a 1-year contract and as Time indicates, you’re likely to break this resolution anyways. Join the gym when it’s cheaper (any time of the year other than January), and when it’s warmer.

2. Quit Smoking: You just got through putting yourself into an immense amount of Christmas debt. You’re probably even more stressed now trying to figure out how you’re going to pay off that debt. Probably wanna work on this PRIOR to Christmas or a few months after.

3. Eat Healthier and Diet: Again. You just put yourself into debt from the Christmas extravaganza. Folks are likely to be depressed and snacking throughout the day. Plus, a lot of the good fruits and veggies you enjoy are out of season. I tried to get some fresh spinach, cucumbers and swiss chard from a local farmer and he told me it was out of season.

4. Learn Something New: You shouldn’t be waiting till January to learn something new. You should do that immediately when the idea came to mind. Don’t wait. Do it while you’re full of enthusiasm. Wanna learn how to blog and profit it from, read my blog post titled: How to Blog for Fun, Profit and Lifestyle Freedom.

5. Get Out of Debt & Save Money: Too late! The best thing to do is get a part-time job for a few months to pay off that stuff you just bought (if that applies to you, lol). If you’re serious about this one, then back it up (or start a biz).

6. Spend More Time w/ Family: This is one that should be done throughout the year. Don’t wait till January. Start now. You gotta put that family time on a calendar. If you don’t, it won’t happen. This has to be intentional. I’ll tell you a story around this one some day soon.

7. Travel to New Places: If this is on your list, at least identify the places you want to go. I did a blog post titled, “The #1 Secret to Traveling and Living Abroad at Will“.

8. Be Less Stressed: I’m just starting to learn about meditation. So far, seems to be working quite well. Might wanna look into it. Plus, I had to get some things out of my life. Yep, it required making tough decisions, but I’m certainly a lot better because of it. You know what needs to be removed to get rid of the stress. DECIDE. Don’t wait forever like I did. It takes a toll on your health.

9. Volunteer: I admit. I can probably do a lot more of this. I have no comment for this one, lol.

10. Drink Less: If this is one of your resolutions, then I suspect you won’t be ‘drinking’ in the New Years’ tonight will ya???

If you’re serious about starting a new business in the new year and you’re promising yourself this year will be the year, then connect with a coach who can help you get there and hold you accountable.

Take a look at our ‘Ultimate 6-Month’ Start From Scratch Bootcamp.

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The Secret Formula to Traveling & Living Abroad at Will

After our 6-month stint living abroad in Medellin, Colombia, I get asked a lot about how we did it.

For most, living internationally is an appealing concept and idea. We talked about doing it ourselves for nearly 15 years, but never took it seriously until we made a decision to finally do it.

While living there, I got slammed with requests from people inquiring about a variety of topics, like…

  • How do you determine which country to live in?
  • What is the healthcare like?
  • How do you support yourself?
  • How much money do you need to have to live comfortably?

In the video below, I won’t answer these questions directly, I’ll do that in another post… But, in this video, I will reveal the one thing you must do today, if it’s your desire to travel and live anywhere you want in the world!

As corny as this may sound, this is your secret formula to getting whatever you want out of life. AND I got proof … If there are any doubts, prove me wrong with your comments below (and I’d like to hear about successes too).

(Excuse the quality: This was shot while we were in Colombia)

Leave your comment and suggestions for how you planned your journey abroad!

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Earn While You Sleep, or You’ll Work Till You Die

Earlier, someone posted the following picture on Facebook and it showed up on my timeline. It’s a allegedly a quote from Warren Buffet that says…

“If you don’t find a way to make money while you sleep, you’ll work till you die.”

Warren Buffet Quote

Well, I certainly don’t want to work till I die. With all the money I’ve earned over the years, I’ve honestly done a poor job managing and investing it.

At 44 years old, I now realize the importance of making these next 10 years count. Over the last couple years, I’ve gotten more disciplined at saving, and I’ve finally dipped into the investing side of things.

But I do realize now that my business will have to be the thing that I need to fund my retirement since I’ve missed out on using the past 20 years to my advantage.

Fortunately, the online businesses I have pay me a lot more than a traditional job would, and gives me much more free time to study, research and play this money game right so I’m not screwing it up over these next 10 vital years.

I’m living far below my means (code word for spending way less than I earn), and I’m looking at selling this darn car that seems to suck a few hundred bucks out of my pocket each month.

I can certainly afford it, but it’s not a wise thing to be doing if I’m trying to get my money blueprint right.

It’s cheaper to outright pay cash for a nice car, than to pay these bastards all of this money in interests, and it doesn’t make sense to be paying on a depreciating asset that goes down each and every month.

My goal this year is to create and put out a few more courses and use 100% of those monies to save, invest and to get into some other stuff that earns me money.

I don’t want payments of any kind whatsoever, and in 2018 i will work towards abolishing any type of payment I have.

I’ve earned a lot, but I’ve certainly spent all of it. And it’s a very tough habit to break.

But I ain’t doing it anymore.

Much of my life, I did the following, and perhaps you recognize some of these bad traits and habits too:

  • I didn’t pay my bills on time (which caused me to have bad credit)
  • I rented most of my adult life (i always had to pay an extra month or two of rent because of my poor credit)
  • I traded in my car every 2-3 years (that’s what I saw others do, so I did it too)
  • I didn’t save money for my future (broke and barely had money, even after making a ton of money I was still broke)
  • I didn’t live on a budget (even if I made $3 million per year, the act of not having a budget would keep me broke)
  • I didn’t set goals (I never seen anyone in my house set goals, so I didn’t know better)
  • I did not invest in stocks (I’m 20 years behind schedule because I didn’t start at 18 or 20)
  • I didn’t have 6-months emergency funds saved (when I had bad months in my biz, this would have saved my butt)
  • I lived from check to check (Even when I earned $500K paydays, I didn’t pay myself first, so I had no cushion)
  • I lived beyond our means (the craziest thing I’ve ever done)
  • I built up lots of credit card debt, etc…

Even though I’ve had a few million come through my hands, it didn’t matter. These bad habits kept me broke. It doesn’t matter how much you earn, your bad habits will find a way to spend every last dime.

That’s why these rich athletes and stars go broke. I never understood it, until it happened too me. The only thing that saved my butt was that I always had money flowing in that supported my bad habits.

At the end of the day … If you can’t manage the little bit you got, you won’t manage the millions you get.

And that’s a fact my friend….

The rules are simple, but most simply won’t do it:

  1. Pay yourself first.
  2. Spend less than you make.
  3. Form healthy money habits (saving, investing)
  4. Avoid debt of any kind.
  5. Learn how money works.
  6. Give back.
  7. Look at money as a longterm game.
  8. Invest in yourself.

Over the last couple of days, I’ve shared tutorials of how I managed to support my family of 7 from my online business efforts.

Blogging has played a big part in how I’ve made a few million on the Internet (and even though I squandered much of it, I certainly know how to make it, and I want to show you how too).

I’ve put together a course online that takes you through the entire process to get started.

Go here to get all of the details: How to Blog for Fun, Profit and Lifestyle Freedom

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How to Start a Blog and Write Your First Post Today!

Are you ready to learn how to start a blog and monetize it today? In today’s post, I’ve created a very detailed step-by-step tutorial that shows you how to setup your own blog.

I’ve setup thousands of websites and blogs since 1999 and have a unique way of teaching non-techies how to easily do this. No technical experience is required, and you could have this setup by the end of today.

If you have a topic you’re passionate about, blogging is a great way to share what you know with others. Blogging is a great tool for creating a tribe of like-minded people that have an interest on the same topic.

If done properly, you could earn an income from blogging about topics that interests you.

I think you’re going to be surprised at how easy this is. The only hard part about blogging is to do it consistently. This is where most folks fail. They start blogging strong, and then after the first month or two, they stop.

Results won’t come in overnight. This is a longterm play.

If you have the endurance to play the long game here, you could win big.

There are multiple ways to monetize your blog as you start to build your tribe … You don’t need thousands and thousands of subscribers to earn money, you could start earning money with as little as 100 subscribers.

Why You Should Start a Blog

When starting a business, consumers have many options to choose from. Blogging has always allowed me to showcase my expertise, while also positioning myself, and my company as the authority on a particular topic.

Because of positioning, it’s always allowed me to charge much more, and it typically brought in much higher quality prospects into my marketing funnel.

In other words, blogging allowed me to earn a boatload of money, lol.

Before we start, I want to outline a few reasons you should start a blog right away.

Make money while working from home (or living abroad). 90% of my revenue is generated from the blogs I have. As long as I have an Internet connection, I can work from anywhere.

Last year, we decided to sell everything we own to travel and live abroad. Because my business model allows me to go anywhere that has an Internet connection, I’m free to go anytime.

We spent our time living in Montreal Canada and Medellin, Colombia in South America. I like blogging because the financial costs to get started are very little. The risks are very low, and the upside income potential can be large.

Plus, it doesn’t seem like work because you get to talk about stuff you’re already passionate about, or interested in.

My First BookMy First BookMy First BookMy First BookMy First BookBecome a published book author. It’s much easier to get a book deal when you have a sizable following. And when you already have a following, it’s much easier to sell books to people you already know.

So far, I’ve written two books (one Kindle book, and one physical book).

These books have earned me big money making deals because the blog itself, along with the book, positioned me as the authority on the topics I wrote and blogged about.

This positioning thing is BIG. The more positioned you are, the more money you can charge, and the more opportunities there are to earn from your expertise.

Get speaking gigs. As your fame soars, blogging opens you up to getting  pitched to speak at different events related to your topic.

You get all-expense paid trips to local and exotic places all around the globe. You get to stay in fancy hotel suites and fly first class. And you get paid to talk about something you’d likely do for free.

Lots of exposures for your business. Blogging opens up the door for you to reach large audiences of people. Whether you’re a one-man shop, or a large corporation, blogging gives you the opportunity to engage and communicate with your core audience directly.

On one of my blogs, I engage and answer thousands of questions via the comments section on each of my blog posts each year. This interaction allows me to know what my customers and potential customers want more of.

Through this engagement, I’m able to custom create products and services based on the feedback and data gathered from the comments.

Topics You Can Blog About

There are so many topics you can start blogging about immediately. In my opinion, you should start on a topic you have interests in. I’ve seen too many people choose topics they thought they’d make a bunch of money in.

They weren’t really interested in the topic at all … And when you’re not interested in the topic, it’s easy to get bored and quit.

So choose something you’re passionate about, or choose something you really wish to learn more about.

For example, I’ve taken a heavy interest in nutrition and health. My dad was recently diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. I’ve been spending the last few weeks in research mode to find a solution for curing him of this illness.

While doing research for alternative options for healing, I’ve learned a lot of stuff I didn’t know about.

It’s my intentions to start blogging about health and nutrition in the very short future.

So as you learn about a particular topic, you can share what you learn via your blog.

We find that others are interested in the ‘journey’ and would love to follow you as you learn. So you don’t really have to be an expert on a particular topic right off. You can become an expert as others learn with you!

Some of the best topics to blog about come from personal life experiences with raising kids, coping with divorce, how you overcame depression, and so on … The more ‘real’ and ‘sensitive’ the topic, the more you can connect with your audience.

Here are a few blogging topics to get your creative juices flowing:

  • Raw nutritional recipes
  • Juicing and smoothie cleanses or weight-loss
  • Mommy blogs  (topics around raising your little ones)
  • How to guides (how to yo-yo, raise chickens in the backyard, bbq, etc.)
  • How to overcome anxiety attacks
  • How to save and repair your marriage
  • How to recover from an affair
  • Document and blog about your travels abroad
  • How to get massive airline points
  • Couponing to save big money
  • Educational blogging
  • Jokes and humor
  • Overcoming illnesses or diseases
  • Product review blogs
  • Planning a wedding on a shoestring budget
  • How to save and budget money (your way)
  • Local high school sports blogging
  • How to train an English Mastiff  (get specific by the breed)
  • How to use software (Photoshop, Microsoft Word, Excel, etc.)
  • How to write resumes
  • How to make money
  • Start a consignment shop
  • How to make soups for diabetics
  • How to play the guitar
  • How to book gigs at local restaurants (singing, instruments, etc)
  • How to pair cheese and wine
  • How to apply make-up to dark skin (niche it down for greater success)
  • How to make money flipping real estate
  • Grow an organic garden in your backyard
  • How to pick-up girls
  • How to land a rich dude
  • etc…

The more specific the topic, the better … There’s likely an audience on any topic you wish to blog about. The key to longterm success is picking a topic you’re interested in. Do this right, and you can monetize it.

Required Tools and Resources for Starting a Blog

To start a blog, you really only need 3 things:

  1. Choosing a blogging platform (WordPress is my #1 preferred recommendation)
  2. Selecting a domain name (your dot-com name)
  3. Sign-up with website host and install WordPress blogging Software

Yep … This is pretty much all you need. You can quite literally be up and blogging less than 60-minutes from now. Follow along and let me guide you through the entire process step-by-step.

Step 1: Choosing a Blogging Platform

OMG … There are so many blog platforms to choose from it’s insane. But there’s only one clear choice when selecting from all of the choices.

Before I give you my preference, let me breakdown the pros and cons from some of the other popular platforms.

I want you to be able to decide which blog platform is best for your needs.

Ideally, you’ll want to stay away from the free blogging platforms. Here’s why:

  • With most free blogging platforms, you don’t have total control over content. Everyone is so offended by everything now, and the content you post could get you banned. These 3rd party platforms can shut you down without explanation. It happens more often than you think. Even Facebook has been known to shut down pages with millions of followers. Don’t put yourself in a situation where you’re not in control.
  • Some of these 3rd party platforms will run ads on your blog. You don’t want to spend all of your time building your blog and then have your visitors click on those 3rd party ads and leave your website. It took too much effort to get them there.
  • They forbid you to put ads on your blog. Ad placement on your blog is one of the many ways you can monetize. You don’t want to limit yourself here. On one of my blogs, Google sent me $77,711.61. If I couldn’t place ads on my blog, that would have been lost revenue. You can learn more about the Google Adsense revenue sharing model here.

In addition, as your blog grows, many of the limitations placed on ‘free blogging’ platforms prevent you from doing what you need to scale and grow.

Choose your platform wisely … I’ve been blogging on one of my websites for over 10 years now. Once you start, you’ll likely continue using it for the duration of your business. It’ll be difficult to switch much later.

Here’s a list of the major blog platforms:

  1. Self hosted WordPress software
  2. WordPress.com (3rd party platform)
  3. Wix
  4. Blogger
  5. Weebly
  6. Joomla
  7. Typepad
  8. Tumblr
  9. Squarespace
  10. Magneto

Self-Hosted WordPress Blogging SoftwareWordpress Logo

Wordpress Logo

There’s two options for using the WordPress platform.

One is the self-hosted route. This is where you get access to the actual ‘WordPress’ software itself, and you’re free to install it directly onto your own website.

There’s another option to WordPress and that’s via the company, WordPress.com, where they host the software on their servers and you can sign-up for an account through them. In a sense, you don’t technically own your site when you’re ‘leasing’ it from them.

WordPress.com can totally shut your website down without warning.

This is why we recommend using the ‘self-hosted’ option of WordPress (the software itself).

The self-hosted version of WordPress is a downloadable content/blog management software that let’s you totally manage and control your website/blog.

It’s by far the most popular blog platform in the word. Last estimates suggest this platform powers over 30% of of websites on the Internet.

According to Fresh Consulting, WordPress controls 59% market share of the Content Management Software (CMS) market, and currently accounts for over a quarter of all websites.

I’ve been using WordPress for all of my websites over the last 10+ years. It’s the only platform I use for myself, and it’s the only platform I use to build websites and blogs for my clients.

Nothing else even compares.

They’re easy to setup and you can typically have a blog setup and fully running within 30-60 minutes.

Posting content to your blog is very simple. In addition, there are a bunch of tutorials available to help make the transition to WordPress super easy.

One of the things I like about this blogging platform is your option to select from thousands of pre-made layouts and designs.

With a click of a button, you can have a super fancy website in seconds.

If you get tired of the way your blog looks after a while, just click a few buttons and a few seconds later, you can have an entirely brand new looking blog. Let me show you (play video below to see what themes look like).

 

In addition, with WordPress, it’s very easy to add videos and photos to your blog. After playing around with the software over a weekend, you start to see the range of flexibility to you have with this software.

There’s so much functionality that can be added to your blog.

WordPress has what are called extensions and plugins.

Plugins is a fancy way of saying, ‘there’s an app for that’ … In other words, whatever you need your blog to do, there’s a chance someone has already created an ‘app’ for that (the proper term is ‘plugin’).

So if you wanted to add a calendar to your website, there’s a plugin for that.

Perhaps you wanted to create a fancy gallery of your photographs. There’s a plugin that’ll do it for you.

Maybe you want to an appointment scheduler to your blog … There’s a plugin for that.

Just add the plugin, click a button, and it’s installed.

There are over 40,000+ plugins available for the WordPress platform. Most of them are totally free.

If you haven’t figured it out yet, I absolutely love the WordPress blogging platform.

There is nothing else I’d recommend over this platform.

Nothing at all!

WordPress.com (3rd Party Host)

WP

As mentioned earlier, this is the hosted version of WordPress. You have little control over design customization, and you run the risk of being shut down based on whatever content guidelines WordPress.com has in place.

If you’re not serious about blogging, and simply want to test the waters, this is a good place to start.

You don’t have to install anything, and you won’t have to purchase hosting. All you need to do is register at their website, WordPress.com and you’re up an running.

With WordPress.com, you won’t need to buy a domain name. They’ll give you a sub-domain that’s attached to their WordPress.com domain.

For example, your website name might look something like: YourBlogName.WordPress.com

It’s certainly not the recommended route to go … If you’re going to spend any amount of time at all building a blog and an audience, you’d want your own dot-com name (domain). WordPress charges extra to have your own domain name.

As mentioned earlier, you can’t have your own ads on the WordPress.com platform.  And remember, these guys can shut you down without explanation.

As of the writing of this post, you have 4 options with WordPress.com

Free Plan: Just start creating: get a free site and be on your way to publishing your content in less than five minutes.

Personal Plan: Best for Personal Use: Boost your website with a custom domain name, and remove all WordPress.com advertising. Get access to high quality email and live chat support. ($48/yr)

Premium Plan: Best for Entrepreneurs & Freelancers: Build a unique website with advanced design tools, CSS editing, lots of space for audio and video, and the ability to monetize your site with ads. ($96/yr)

Business Plan: Best for Small Business: Power your business website with unlimited premium and business theme templates, Google Analytics support, unlimited storage, and the ability to remove WordPress.com branding. ($299.04)

WIX

WIX

This platform is okay if you have no design skills and wish to do as little as possible. But if this describes you, then you should probably look for something else to do.

This is not the proper platform to use if you’re wanted to earn money from your blogging efforts.

Wix is a simple drag and drop website builder with their own hosting platform.

With these types of services, you’re limited in what you can do.

Blogger

Blogger

This platform is owned by google and if you already have an active Google account, you can sign into it to activate your blogger account.

It’s very fast to setup an account through blogger. You can be up and blogging in minutes.

Like all 3rd party blogging platforms, you’re not in total control of setup and coding behind the scenes. In addition,  if they don’t like your content, you can get shut down.

It happens very often.

If you’re going to blog, make sure you’re in total control of your website and content. Don’t leave it to chance.

If you’d like to learn more about the other platforms, go check them out:

Step 2: Selecting a Domain Name for Your Blog

The dot-com web address is your domain name. For example, the domain name for my blog, Source Code to Freedom is www.SourceCodeToFreedom.com (this is the domain name).

If you don’t have a domain name, you’ll have to register one.

There are 3 domain registrars where you can purchase your domain name from.

Under no circumstances do you ever register through any other entity. Some website hosting companies will try to suggest you buy your domain name through them.

Don’t do it.

This is one on the things you want to have absolute and complete control over. There are countless horror stories where web design and hosting companies register domain names on behalf of clients, and things turn disastrous.

Many times, these hosting and web design companies will hold the domain names hostage and charge outrageous fees to give you the domain name back.

When you register through a registrar, you’re in total control.

No one can hold your domain name hostage and only you can give someone else access to your domain name.

The top 3 domain registrars are:

  1. GoDaddy
  2. Register.com
  3. NetworkSolutions

My recommended registrar is GoDaddy. I don’t use any other registrar.

I’ve used GoDaddy for the last 12 years and the service and reliability has been great. They have 24-hour support, 7 days a week.

They’re great for registering domain names … That’s they’re specialty. I would highly recommend you DO NOT buy any of the upsells they try and push.

I don’t like their website hosting platform at all and I’d suggest you stay away from it and leave it alone entirely. You couldn’t pay me enough to mess with their hosting platform … In the past, when potential clients asked me to work on their projects, I would turn them down and not take their money if they were hosted on GoDaddy … Wasn’t worth the trouble and headache.

They make simple things too complicated.

Choosing a Domain Name for Your Blog

Simple is best … Try to keep it short, simple and sweet. Use something that’s easily shareable.

Always go with a .com version if possible. Stay away from .net, .org, .co (especially if you don’t own the .com version).

By default, most folks will instinctively sit down and type in the .com version when they make it to their computer.

So when you tell someone your website address is AmericanFlags.NET … as soon as they get home, they’ll most likely time in AmericanFlags.COM and end up at some other website.

Stay away from fancy spellings and try not to use numbers or hyphens in your domain name.

Another option is to use your name … A lot of people use both their first and last name as their domain name. At a minimum, whether you use your name or not, at least register it. It’s much better to own it and not. I own my own name, CartessRoss.com and I own the names of my children too.

Before coming to a final decision on a name, make sure the name itself is available to use across the major social media platforms.

For example, I own the domain name TshirtRiches.com

I also control the social media properties as well … Example:

I’ve created a quick tutorial below showing you how to register your own domain name through my reseller account given to me by GoDaddy.

As of this writing, GoDaddy charges a yearly $14.99 fee for your domain registration. It’s yours during the year and no one can take it from you.

It’s advised that you should purchase your domain name for a minimum of 5 years. It’s rumored that Google looks at the length of your registration and it can affect how well your blog ranks.

Some suggest that folks who register domains for less than 5 years aren’t really serious about their website and really don’t believe they themselves have the staying power to make it work.

I’d err on the safe side and register for a minimum of 5 years.

Watch the video below to see how I purchased a domain name through my GoDaddy reseller portal. If you order through more portal, you’ll get a discount. This portal is through GoDaddy and when you register, you’re in their database and you’ll still get their 247 support and customer service.

 

Register for domain by clicking here.

Step 3: Choose a Web Host and Install WordPress Software

Choosing the right host is the most important decision you’ll make when deciding to start blogging. In order to have a website, you must have a ‘web host’.

A web host acts like a storage facility … They hold and store all of the files, images, graphics and content that makes up your website.

Almost like an apartment … You pay a monthly fee to store all of your furniture, TV, beds, tables, and washing machines that essentially make up what is called your home.

When a person types in your dot-com name, they’re directed to this storage space to see all of the files that make up your website.

When paying for this storage space, this is not the time be cheap. It’s the equivalent of living in a very bad and crime infested neighborhood.

The odds increase that someone will break into your home and steal your stuff.

The same happens with cheap web hosting companies … You open yourself up to more opportunities for getting hacked.

For years, I’ve always went with the cheap hosts, and time after time, I got hacked.

On some occasions my websites were down for up to two weeks … And I spent thousands trying to get it fixed and never really got it fixed.

I lost a bunch of customers and lots of wasted money on advertisements that sent visitors to a website that was down.

Cheap hosting providers also overcrowd their servers with people in order to offer cheap prices. The problem with overcrowded servers is that your website load up time is drastically slowed down.

When a website takes to long to load up, people leave and don’t come back.

Also, if someone on the overcrowded server decides to send out spam messages, then everyone on that server runs the risk of their IP address being flagged as spam and when you reach out to your customers or prospects, they don’t get your e-mails.

Cheap is not always good … I suggest you spend the extra few bucks and connect with a solid and reliable hosting provider.

Because all of my websites are powered by WordPress, I only deal with hosting companies that specialize in hosting WordPress websites.

My #1 recommended choice is WP Engine. They have 3 plans from which you can choose from.

Personal Plan: Great if you only have one website and you’re just getting started. The plan costs $29/mo and they offer discount if prepaid yearly ($290 for the year, which includes 2 free months).

Professional Plan: This plan allows you to host up to 10 WordPress blogs on this plan. If you have more than one blog, this is the plan to sign-up for. The plan costs $99/mo and they offer discounts if prepaid yearly.

Business Plan: If you need to host a bunch of websites, up to 25, this is the plan for you. The plan costs $249/monthly and they offer discounts if prepaid yearly.

If you’re just starting, the Personal Plan is more than sufficient.

Once you get signed up, you’ll be presented with an option to ‘Add Install’ to your account.

Fill out the space with a name that you’ll recognize for the new site you’re creating. Make sure to select the options listed below (Environment: None | Copy From: Create a new install) and then click ‘Create Install’.

Add Install

After you create the install, you’ll see a message that looks like this:

Installed

The message indicates your install is currently being built. After about 3-7 minutes, you’ll receive an e-mail saying the installation has been completed. It’ll look something like this:

E-mail

Once you get this e-mail, you can now click the Site URL that’s displayed and you can go to the installed WordPress site and login:

In my example above, you’ll see a basic WordPress installation (click link below)

mynewblogger.wpengine.com

You’ll see a ‘Log in’ link in the bottom right column. Use the login details you created to login to the WordPress admin area.

Once you’re logged in, you can now add a new theme or layout, and then you can make all the changes and updates to your blog to customize it anyway you like.

This is a great time to either buy a premium theme, or add a free one.

Watch the video below to see how simple it is to change your layout.

 

That was simple enough right?

Watch the video below to see how easy it is to make and post your first blog post:

 

And there you have it … It’s not that difficult at all.

You just gotta make a decision to start blogging …. With this tutorial, there’s no reason you shouldn’t be up and running within an hour or two at the max.

It’s never going to happen until you make the decision to do so.

If the steps seem to difficult for you, and you simply want someone else to do it for you, we got you covered.

My web designer can setup the entire blog piece for you. When it’s all done, you only need to start blogging.

In addition, I’ll share some tutorials with you that shows you the basic ABC’s of blogging so you can get started right away.

We’ll get you setup for a flat fee of $395.

This one-time investment covers:

  • WordPress installation onto your hosting account
  • Theme installation and setup
  • We’ll connect your domain name to your hosting account
  • Provide you with tutorials that shows you how to add content to your blog
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A Simple ‘Wealth Generating Secret’ You Can Implement Today!

Came across this quote earlier, “Go to bed smarter than when you awoke”.

It’s a quote by Charlie Munger. Business partner to one of the riches men in the world, Warren Buffet.

One of the ways Warren Buffett encourages people to get smart and build wealth is through reading. The more you read, you’ll find your knowledge building up, just like compound interest.

In his documentary, ‘Becoming Warren Buffett‘, he indicates he spends up to 80% of his day just reading. Most folks cruise through their life not getting any smarter.

They look for others to tell them what to do and think.

It’s much easier to listen to your slow jams on the radio, or watch your favorite TV show than it is to read.

A study conducted by Tom Corley, of Rich Habits, found 85% of self-made millionaires read 2 or more books each month. They’ve managed to create a habit for daily reading of self-improvement.

The bulk of the books read by these folks were career-related books, how-to, biographies of successful people, self help books, leadership and more.

Unsuccessful people read far less books and the books they often read centered more around entertainment versus self-improvement.

While researching this topic, I found that Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, reads an average of 50 books per year.

Mark Cuban indicated he reads at least 3 hours per day.

Elon Musk, founder of Tesla, is an avid reader as well.

The list goes on and on … These are not random findings. The wealthy and top 3% of income earners do a lot of reading.

How to Get Smarter

The simple answer is to read. A whole lot!

To start, spend a minimum of 30 minutes each day reading some type of personal development type book.

If you’re just getting started on this journey of personal development, let me recommend the following as a first read.

If found a free PDF version: The Strangest Secret by Earl Nightingale.

Starting Monday, this will be the 1st week in which I start my goal to read one book per week for 1 year.

Right now, I read about 25 books per year, but truthfully, I typically only get through about 65% of the books I read. This time around, I will read from start to finish.

What about you?

Will you start reading at least 30 minutes per day? What will you read?

If you’re already an avid reader, please share below how reading has improved your life.

 

 

 

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Cast Iron Cooking Your Way to Insane Profits and Income:

You haven’t experienced the taste of good food unless it was made with cast iron cookware. The crust from a slice of homemade blueberry cobbler was the best I’ve ever tasted. No other cobble compared.

That was my first experience with cast iron cookware.

My mother used to fry some of the best tasting fried fish with her set; and my grandmother made some amazing cornbread. If you’ve never experienced food made with cast-iron cookware, you need to try it.

I purchased my first cast-iron skillet some years ago and was excited to mimic some of the dishes my mom used to make.

Little did I know about the maintenance required to keep these cast-iron cookware up. I screwed up the first skillet I bought because I didn’t know anything about curing them.

It got all rusted up and because I didn’t know any better, I tossed it in the trash and bought another one.

But hey … this post isn’t about how to cook amazing food with cast iron cookware. This post is about how you can earn a full time living with your knowledge of cast iron cookware.

I was in the bookstore browsing the magazine rack when I came across the following ‘GRIT Country Skills Series’ magazine below about Cast-Iron Cooking:

Cast Iron Cooking Grit Magazine

As I went through the magazine, I was surprised with all of the unique ‘how to’ information about maintaining and cooking with your cast iron skillet.

They taught you

  • what the best oils are to season your cast iron
  • how to find second-hand cast-iron
  • how to make the best fried chicken in a cast-iron skillet (you ain’t ever had a good piece of fried chicken if you never tasted one made from a cast-iron skillet)
  • 25+ ways to use cast iron
  • etc…

If someone took the time to actually create an online course on the topic of cast-iron cookware, I believe it could easily turn into a 6 or 7-figure course.

People want to learn how to do this type of stuff. And whenever there are magazines on a singular topic like this, it typically means there’s a pretty large audience of people who want to know and learn more about it.

Otherwise, the magazine publishers wouldn’t post these on the newsstands regularly. I’m starting to see a guide to ‘cast-iron’ cooking at least each month I go to the bookstore.

If you’ve been cooking and using cast-iron cookware for many years, that qualifies you as an expert. I’d encourage you to consider crafting and putting together an online course on this topic.

I believe this is a topic that can get to a point where you host yearly workshops where folks from all over the world will pay to come spend 3-5 days with you to learn and share their experiences with cast-iron cookware.

If you’d like to learn how to package up your talents, knowledge, hobbies and skills into an online course that pays you over and over again, sign-up for my free webinar by clicking here.

You can visit our website at: www.SourceCodeToFreedom.com

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“Death … the single best invention of life…”

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking.

Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

Those words are from an excerpt of Steve Jobs’ commencement speech at Stanford University back in 2005. Oftentimes, we get so caught up in what other people think, and because of that, we never reach our full potential.

I knew early on I wanted to be my own businessman. My family didn’t understand it, and my friends thought I was crazy. To them, it was too risky. They all felt a job was more secure.

I thought the opposite. Working for ‘the Man’ was dangerous.

The Man could fire you at will and without cause. Too me, that was to much control for one person to have over my life and finances.

There had to be a better way. So after 4 years in the Air Force, I had to get out. I couldn’t breathe. The routine, the structure, doing the same dam thing everyday drove me crazy.

So like the quote above said, I had the courage to follow my heart and intuition. I drowned everyone else out.

I won’t say it was an easy journey, because it wasn’t … I had a bunch of mishaps along the way. I struggled. Had a car or two repossessed. Been evicted once or twice (might have been three times, honestly can’t remember).

Those lessons (everybody else call them mistakes), made me better. And I certainly had a lot of fun along the way. But isn’t that what life is all about? Having fun, growing self, creating wonderful memories.

As the quote says above, ‘your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”

You get ONE life. So live it.

Do that thing you’ve always wanted to do. Go to that place you’ve always wanted to go. Your life has no limit.

Working yourself like a dog at a 9-to-five job, just to keep stuff you probably don’t even want will keep you in bondage. Let it go.

Downsize out of that big house and FREE up a bunch of money so you can get out there and actually have a life.

Folks got half of their paycheck tied up in mortgages and rents and the other half tied up in cars and insurance; now they don’t have much of anything left over to do the things that actually matter the most.

Downsize. Move your butt into a trailer. Sell off one of those cars and free up hundreds of dollars each month … I’d rather have money left over to do the things that matter most to me, versus working like a dog with little money left over.

We got our priorities mixed up listening to what others define success.

You gotta come up with your own damn definition of success. It’s different for each of you. I met this lady who lives in one of those single-wide trailers.

Told me her rent was like $385 per month (and this was designed on purpose). Had an old car that was paid for. She’d work 3-months straight. Saved all her tip money. And would travel and live in another country 3-6 months at a time.

Because she knew what she wanted to do … Because she determined what was important to her, she crafted her lifestyle to suit her needs.

Too many other folks would be more concerned about how they’d look living in a trailer and riding a busted up car.

But she’s happy. She’s successful. She defined her success.

We sold everything we owned to travel abroad. We lived in Medellin Colombia for six months. Because we got rid of stuff and cleared out of debts, we were free to live life the way we wanted.

Took lots of sacrifice to get there because most of the time, I stumbled along and bumped into success with little planning … Dumb luck is what I call it. But over the last few years, I got to a point where I was able to better plan ‘success’ for my business and had much more stability.

But all in all … The purpose of this post is to encourage you to look at your life as it is and ask yourself a simple question.

Are you happy with your life as it is right now?

If the answer is no … Then ask yourself the tough questions and then make a decision to actually do something about.

Didn’t say it would be easy.

I got some BIG changes in my own life coming about … Yep. Very difficult decisions. But nonetheless, they have to be made (I’ll share them with you all soon).

We only live once.

Material things have no value and we can’t take them with us.

Even ‘life’ as we know it in this world will end. But we live on in the memories and stories our friends, family and children will share.

So create some good ones while you’re here on this Earth.

If you’re looking for a business model that’ll allow you to live life on your terms, sign-up for a free training I’m conducting by clicking here.

 

 

 

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Surround Yourself With People That Challenge You

 

Play Golf

I like telling stories to make my point, so here’s a good one for you today 🙂

I had a wonderful and productive week visiting family and friends in Georgia. The other day, I went out and played a round of golf with one of my best friends, Tish Henderson.

While at dinner with the wife, Tish challenged me to a game of golf and yacked all night long about how bad she’d beat me.

Not one to back down from a challenge, I agreed to play. Which immediately after, I too, joined in the taunting of how bad I would defeat her.

As the night went on, I got more and more excited about playing golf the next morning.

I couldn’t sleep – I even daydreamed about how bad I was going to beat her.

Later that night, I started telling my kids how I was going to send ‘Ms. Tish’ back home crying – even they started rooting for me…

“Yeah… Daddy gonna beat Ms Tish’.

I know – it’s pathetic… But I loved every minute of it.

Now, I haven’t picked up a set of golf clubs in nearly 7 years – and prior to that, I wasn’t even that good. My cousin and I taught ourselves how to play, and we eventually got a few lessons from a golf pro.

But that only made us more dangerous on the golf course because we thought we were good.

Nonetheless, I was still excited.

The next day finally arrived. I picked Tish up, stopped to get some lunch, and headed to the golf course for my day of victory.

Now… I’m not going to bore you with all the details… A lot of my friends say I’m too long-winded, lol.

Needless to say, I got beat pretty, pretty bad.

YEP … She beat me by probably 20-strokes – I don’t remember (and it’s not all that important anyway, lol). All you need to know is that she won.

But worse than that, I had to go back home and face the kids who were high-fiving me on my way out the door earlier to go play golf course.

My kids anxiously awaited my arrival as I approached my parents driveway to find out who won. Even the ole’ wife couldn’t wait for me to get through the door before asking, ‘who won???’

I had to tell them I got beat…

They all laughed of course, but oh well. Sometimes you win some, and sometimes you lose. In my own defense, I haven’t touched a set of golf clubs in 7 years.

Nonetheless, I still had a great time. But guess what???

When I get back home,  I’m going to practice and practice and get my game tight. We’re gonna have a rematch when I come back. She ain’t going to beat me like that again.

This time, I’ll be prepared.

SO … why do I bring all of this up?

When you start a business or anything new or major, you’re going to need people in your circle who can challenge you.

And that’s what Tish did — she challenged me.

Having the right people in your corner to challenge you makes you dream bigger, and it pushes you to do more than average.

Tish and I, along with another colleague of mine, Montina Portis, meet-up a few times a year to mastermind. We challenge each other. We hold each other accountable.

Montina Portis & Cartess Ross

Montina Portis & Cartess Ross

We toss ideas off each other. We give each other feedback.

That’s how we GROW. That’s how our businesses GROW.

My other friend, Jackie Wilson, he’s the one I can get raw with … He’s the one who doesn’t mind telling me things I might not want to hear … But need to know.

Cartess Ross and Jackie Wilson

Cartess Ross and Jackie Wilson

Together, we push each other to the maximum. We set BIG goals and check in regularly to make sure we’re each on task.

What about you? Who holds you accountable? Who tells you the truth about yourself and your ideas?

Sometimes, we can’t always believe our own ideas are great. We can’t always see past a certain point — we often need another set of eyes to make sure we’re on the right track — it’s easy to believe our own delusional ideas sometimes.

I want you to succeed in your life and in your business.

If you’ve been sitting on the fence about starting something new, or considering a major change, then I challenge you to take action today and do something about it.

Don’t just sit around daydreaming.

Do what I did and get out on there on the golf course and actually get your butt in the game.

I didn’t just daydream about giving her a beat down on that golf course — I was salivating at the mouth.

I actually tasted victory in my mouth and in my mind. And after all that daydreaming, I got out there and tried to do something about it.

Now it’s your turn… Start that biz today. Actually plan that new adventure you’ve been thinking about. Just make the decision to do whatever it is and DO IT.

Even if things don’t work out in your favor the first time out, you can at least correct course once you get going – that’s what I did after I got beat.

But if I never stepped out there, I’d never get better.

If you don’t step out there, you’ll never know the outcome.

One thing we do know for sure is if you do nothing, then NOTHING will happen.

I challenge you to do something about your dreams and your future. You can do this…

I’ve made a small fortune from a variety of online business models over the years … I’ve been able to support my family of 7 exclusively from these efforts.

I’ve put together a training that outlines how you can learn this model for yourself.

If you’re interested, sign up for the training by clicking here.

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How to Create Your Dream Life in 24-Hours

Dream Life

Each day we’re alive is a gift from God. And how you manage the next 24-hours of your life will determine the quality of life you’ll have.

For most of us, everyday is a full day of responsibilities. Life happens. Kids need this. Our spouse needs that. The car needs fixing. Debt is rising and before you know it, life is controlling you. When in reality, we’re suppose to be in control.

God has given us dominion over our days. Which means we literally rule our day. We have power over each hour in the 24-hour period given to us.

Some of us may choose to punch a clock for 8 hours. Others may choose to sit on their butts and do absolutely nothing but sleep and play video games all day.

Regardless to what we do — it’s ours and ours alone.

In this video, I’ll reveal how you can take control over your days and create the lifestyle you want. You’ll learn how to

  • be more productive
  • accomplish more in 1 day than most people can do in 2 weeks
  • tell your day what to do, versus having life tell you what to do
  • how to accomplish your dreams and goals in record time
  • and much more…

Play video to discover how to create YOUR fantastic life

In the comments below the video, I’d love to hear how you plan to implement this into your daily routine.

1. Name the one area of your life that has control over you.

2. Describe where you feel helpless.

3. Send this video to 5 of your closest friends… Add it to your Facebook page and/or tweet it!

Thank you, as always, for watching and sharing so bravely and generously!

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