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The Inside Story of Analyst Ratings Network (My 1 Million Cups Presentation)

I spoke at the Sioux Falls 1 Million Cups event last week about my investing newsletter business, Analyst Ratings Network. During 1 Million Cups events, the speaker has the opportunity to speak about their company for six minutes and the audience has the opportunity to ask questions for twenty minutes. During my talk, I discussed …

My Q1 Reading List

One of the most popular posts that I publish every year is my list of books.  I frequently hear from people that have found interesting books to read from my list and recommend additional titles for me to read. I’ve even inspired someone to start reading on a regular basis. Typically I publish a list …

Will My Business Idea Make Any Money? Seven Questions to Ask…

If you want to start a business model and have several ideas in mind, it’s often hard to narrow down on a particular market you want to sell to. You might have several different competing ideas and aren’t sure which one to focus on. You might not be sure which part of a market you …

My Gmail Productivity Hacks: Getting to Inbox Zero, Every Time.

One of the things that I’ve discovered about myself is that I do email very differently than most people. While I get anywhere from 75-150 new non-spam messages every day, my inbox regularly stays at a status of “inbox zero” (having no emails in my inbox). There are a few strategies that I make use …

Online Business for Sale: WP Mechanic

I started a relatively-small side business last fall called WP Mechanic that has had some good initial traction. The business offers performance optimization services to individuals with WordPress websites and I think it has some good potential for growth. Unfortunately, I’m no longer the right person to grow this business, so I’m offering it up …

Investing in Bitcoin Mining Hardware: My Experience

I had first become aware of the world of Bitcoin and crytpo-currency mining in 2011 when Bitcoin first became a wide phenomenon and peaked at around $30.00 USD. I didn’t think much of it at the time and thought it was too volatile to get involved with. Fast forward to late 2013, my interest was …

Saying I Quit: Spring Cleaning in Business and in Life

As humans, we tend to get stuck in patterns and continue to do things simply because we’ve always done them, even if there’s a better way to do something or it no longer serves a purpose. Every now and then, it’s important to evaluate how you’re spending your time and cut out things that once …

My 2013 Reading List

Here’s a list of books that I read in 2013. Here are a few specific recommendations: My Favorite Business Book of the Year: The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson My Favorite Fiction Series of the Year: The “Silo Series” by Hugh Howey My Favorite Non-Fiction Book of the Year: Inferno by Max Hastings My Favorite …

How to Level Up in Online Business

If you were to do a search for the keyword “make money online”, you would get back thousands of websites that would teach you to build start-from-nothing businesses, such as long-tail AdSense websites, strategies to generate revenue with affiliate marketing and blueprints to make money with Facebook or Twitter. Many people in online business get …

Eight Strategies for Email Marketing Success

My company, American Consumer News, LLC, sends out about two million emails per month. The vast majority of these are the daily edition of our investment newsletter, ARN Daily. We do send out our fair share of marketing messages too, so I’ve had a lot of opportunities to do try things out to see what generally …