So lets talk business. My idea of the month has to do with Amazon Associates. If you are not familiar with Amazon Associates, it is a commission based program where you can place Amazon product ads on your blog. If anyone buys a product by clicking on your ad, you receive a commission. The commissions are higher if you place the actual product on your site, and less if someone "clicks" through you link to buy a different product.
Anyway. I am assuming most of you occasionally use Amazon.com to shop. I already have an agreement with my old traning partner from http://fitnessfromgroundzero.blogspot.com. If I am going to buy something on amazon I will use his associates account, and when he buys something he uses mine from http://thecaptainpower.blogspot.com. By using each others accounts we receive commissions.
So lets work something out: If you have blog sign up for the program, and lets trade commissions. If you use mine let me know and I will even paypal you back part of the commission.
If you are going to use amazon anyway you might as well trade commissions with a buddy, and I'm up to about $80 so far just trading with one person.
Let me know , [email protected]
By the way, another similar idea is to sign up for refer.ly and then buy everything through links created through them. They pass on the commission to you, so you can basically refer yourself for stuff. Damn. Wish I thought of this before I went on a Rolex buying spree.
Anyone else tried refer.ly? I just tried it recently to buy a camera and seems like the commission is only 1% from Amazon so they basically must pocket 4-5%
And now it's time for the one post per year about which people bug me for months: the 2017 gear post.
I realized that a lot of non-subscribers read this post every year, so I thought I'd drop a little background for context.
I've been more or less a nomad since 2008, and was one of the very first to really travel in a minimalist (one small backpack) way. I'm sure others came before me (and my friend Todd), but none I'm aware of who were writing about it.
I still travel for half to two-thirds of the year, exclusively with the gear I'll outline below. And even though I obviously have more items at home (cooking stuff, gym shoes), I don't have any additional clothes or warm-weather gear. In any given year I go to warm places in the summer as well as cold places in the winter. I work full time from my laptop both programming and writing. In other words— this is all of the gear I have, and I use it to do a lot of stuff.
Edit: I gave up on financial goals in late 2011 after some huge financial and artistic wins... money shouldn't be taken too seriously. For the record, they were all basically on track, some were being massively exceeded, others were a bit behind schedule, but were all happening.
I set my next 10 years of financial goals on June 28th. That was exactly a month ago.
1 year - Critical Thinking [my first book] out. Blog income trickling. Some info products. Some freelancing. Something else, some X-Factor thing bringing in cash. Net monthly income positive. Health insurance. $50,000 in the bank. Expenses = income per month minimum.
3 years - 3 to 5 books out, many products out, blog income robust, some working on big exciting deals. $10,000 per month total, $5000 passive at least. First property owned. $300,000 in the bank.
5 years - 7-10 books out, many many products out, many passive income internet properties, working on big exciting things, $50,000 per month total, $40,000 passive at least. $1,000,000 in the bank.