The first thing you should know…
This isn’t a quick and dirty course I cranked out in an afternoon. It’s a labor of love for the past nine years, painstakingly tested and refined with hundreds of students.
It starts you out with the basics and trains you up to the advanced tactics. Absolutely nothing is left out.
It assumes you have ZERO advantages. No influential connections, no advertising budget, no background as a writer…
… and then it trains you up into a blogging bad ass. There’s no other way to put it.
If I had a son (and I don’t), and he wanted to build a profitable blog, this is the course I would give him. That’s how much I believe in it.
But don’t take my word for it. Listen to what some of my students have to say.
The students who succeed…
In other words, I can teach you everything you need to know about blogging, but if you don’t have the right mindset, you’ll never make it.
I’m not trying to be harsh. I’m just telling you the truth.
Not just today, but always. This course is jampacked full of counterintuitive truths that might cause you to shudder when you realize how much time you’ve wasted on doing the wrong things.
If you’re like most of our students, you’ve already torn through a bunch of books, blogs, and even courses on how to make money online.
And you’ve found that consuming all that information has left you more confused than ever!
Even when the advice is good (which is rare) you don’t know what to do with it.
It’s like you’re getting all these puzzle pieces but have no clue how they fit together.
You find yourself saying things like:
Here’s a perfect example.
You can spend months figuring out a domain name, thinking about branding, etc.
Then after all that work, you launch your blog only to learn nobody’s interested!
This happens all the time. It even happened to me early on. My first website was a blog about real estate. Despite working super hard on it for years, nobody read it!
So before you spend a second on your site, you want to find an idea you know will be a hit and fun to pursue.
How do you do that? By finding what I call your Zone of Magic.
This is the area that blends your passions with what people want to hear from you.
When you find it the way I teach, you’ll have an audience of potential buyers telling you what they want to hear from you — before you even have a website!
Here’s a super quick overview of how to find your Zone of Magic.
Go to a website called Medium.com
(It’s free, easy to use, and gets you in front of a potential audience of 30 million readers.)
Then, write a few articles in areas you’re interested in and post them there. Almost immediately, you’ll get feedback and see what people liked the most, not only helping you improve your writing, but also helping you take a step forward in narrowing in on your ideal audience.
Take Kassey, a Freedom Machine student who got three articles trending on Medium. It helped her get clarity on what market to work in and confidence she could do this.
Instead of working hard for months only to hear crickets when you launch your blog, this process ensures you’ll get off to a roaring start.
You’ll know exactly what market will be the easiest (and most fun) for you to make money in.
Once you’re clear on your idea, then you can worry about things like a domain name and traffic.
When I first started blogging, this is the process I went through.
1. Think up a blog idea
2. Spend weeks writing it
3. Publish it
4. Get no traffic, feel discouraged, contemplate quitting
I repeated that cycle for years.
After lots of testing, I found a process for writing posts that continue to generate quality traffic years after I publish them.
It’s allowed me to go from zero traffic to getting almost 3 million visitors a year with Smart Blogger.
I call it my Free Traffic Forever formula. With it, you can get more leads and sales with one article than most people get cranking out five blogs a week.
It’s made up of three key steps, which I’ll walk you through now:
Step 1: Stand out from the noise with 10X Topics
Imagine there was a magic genie who told you what to write about anytime you wanted a massive spike in traffic.
Well, there is no genie, but there is software that does this. It tracks billions of pageviews and shows you the most popular topics in a given market.
I call these 10X topics because they get 10X more traffic than anything else.
Let me show you how it works.
If I wanted to build an audience in the personal development niche, I’d go to this website called Buzzsumo.com.
Then I’d type in a popular blog in the personal development space, like TinyBuddha.com.
Here’s what comes up: A list of all the most popular posts on that site.
The most popular posts here are all about overcoming adversity.
So if your “Zone of Magic” is personal development and you want to build an audience in that space, a post about overcoming adversity would be a great way to break through and get noticed.
With research like this, you don’t have to wonder “What should I write about?” You can go here and find out exactly what topics will be a home run.
Step 2: Multiply Your Audience Using “Viral Triggers”
Over my career, my posts have over 200 million pageviews. A big reason for that is I sprinkle “viral triggers” into them.
These are little elements that suck readers in and compel them to share your post. (I first learned about this from Dr. Jonah Berger, a professor at the #1 ranked business school in America.)
Here’s an example: When I wanted to launch a new site, I wrote an article titled “7 Life Lessons from a Guy Who Can’t Move Anything but His Face.”
It has two different viral triggers baked into the headline. It wound up getting 72,000 Facebook shares and over 640 comments on a site few knew existed.
One of the viral triggers I used is “unique distinctions” – I offered people a perspective they’d never encountered before that made them think.
After years of testing, I’ve found different viral triggers work best for different types of articles.
Inside Freedom Machine, I’ll teach you the five article frameworks most likely to get you traffic — and show you which viral triggers to use with each of them.
It’s all super simple once you know it. And will help every post you write spread like wildfire.
Step 3: Grow Fast with High-Value Sharing
With a 10X topic and viral triggers, your post is primed and ready to be a blockbuster hit.
But how do you get the ball rolling? How do you get it in front of people when you’re just starting, and nobody knows who you are?
A lot of experts will tell you to publish on places like LinkedIn or Twitter.
But as this Business Insider graph shows, most of the traffic websites get comes from either Google or Facebook. So using those other platforms is generally a big waste of time.
If you want to get your posts in front of a big audience, use what I call “high-value sharing.”
All you do is send an email to get someone with a big following to share your post on Facebook.
The key is finding the right influencer (hint: it’s not about who has the most Twitter followers) then send them a short email with a compelling reason why they should share it.
Inside the Freedom Machine course, you learn the two types of articles you can write that makes it nearly impossible for the influencer to ignore you. They’ll almost have no choice but to read and share your article.
You also get proven, done for you emails I used to get big shots to share my posts back when nobody knew who I was. Which you can copy and use yourself.
Here’s how that script works:
When you combine 10X topics with viral triggers and high-value sharing, you get an immediate spike in visits.
Plus, with all those people sharing and linking your article, your Google ranking will soar. So people will continue to find your post.
This means you can sit back and relax as customers continually come to you.In an in and in and in and in will and will will and in and in and in and in and in and
So, now you’ve gotten a bunch of traffic. How do you make passive income from that?
If you’re thinking about putting up ads, you’re way off.
You’d need tens of thousands of visitors a month to make serious revenue from ads.
The good news is, you can earn way more with far less traffic doing something else.
Let me show you.
First, you’ll need to build an email list.
This is super simple. When people read your blog or come to your site, you give them a little “freebie” in exchange for their email address.
For example, on Smart Blogger I offer people a cheat sheet on writing headlines. This one “freebie” has brought in 141,526 leads to date.
From there, you set up a series of automatic emails selling them something. (By the way, I give you proven emails you can use for this inside the Freedom Machine course.)
What do you sell them?
One option is called affiliate offers. This is perfect if you don’t want to create anything yourself.
All you do is promote products you believe in. Anytime someone buys from your link, you get a commission.
For example, one company I use and like is SiteGround. So I recommend them to my readers. When someone buys through my link, I get $100.
Another way to monetize is with an online course.
You create a series of videos teaching people how to do something. It’s passive income, because you create the course once, and can sell it thousands of times.
For example, my course on guest blogging brought in $341,000 in just one year. And I didn’t do anything with it. No promotion, nothing.
Finally, you could do a membership site. These don’t even require special skills, knowledge, or expertise on your part.
You can simply be the person who puts helpful information in one place. People pay you a monthly fee to access it. (Netflix used this model to put Blockbuster out of business.)
Keep in mind that you only need only one of these methods to earn $1,000+/month.
By the end, here’s how your passive-income machine looks:
Once it’s set up, your machine can run on its own for months or years.
If you ever want to ramp up your income, all you have to do is repeat the “Free Traffic Forever” formula and write a new blog post that brings in fresh leads and sales continually.
If any of these steps seem complicated, don’t worry. The Freedom Machine program walks you step-by-step through all this and more in great detail.
I’ll introduce it in a minute. But first, it’s important you know the real reason I created this.
When I was a child, I couldn’t qualify for any kind of medical insurance. So every doctor’s visit, every hospital stay, every medication had to be paid for out of pocket.
For the first 18 years of my life, my father paid each and every one of those expenses — and never said a word about it.
I’m talking hundreds of thousands of dollars per year because when I was growing up, I had pneumonia 16 times.
But my dad paid for it all. He ran his own business, and somehow, someway, he always found the money.
But then the recession happened. And my father, one of the smartest, proudest men you’ll ever meet lost everything. Not just his savings, but his house, even his car.
At first, he didn’t even tell me. Then I found out he was cleaning office buildings at night so nobody could see how far he’d fallen. He was walking back and forth to work in the middle of the night, trying to save up enough money to buy a car.
This was when my blogging career started to take off. So you know what I did it?
I bought him a plane ticket down to Mexico. I paid for a cab, and he stayed with me for several weeks, unwinding from all the stress.
And when he went back home, do you know what was waiting for him at the airport?
Can you understand how precious that is? To buy your father a car? And every single week from then on, until he got back on his feet, money showed up in his account.
Not because I felt sorry for him, not because he needed to be taken care of, but because after everything he had done for me, there was no way in hell I was going to let him go through that alone.
And that’s why I get ticked off when people act like a blog is just a silly little thing where they publish their thoughts.
It’s so much more than that, or at least it can be.
For me, my blog was a machine that gave me the freedom to take care of not only myself but the people I cared about when they needed me most. That’s what freedom is to me, and that’s what I want you to have today.
If you want to create a machine like that, I’m proud to introduce you to…
It’s a simple, A-Z program for launching a blog that brings in $1,000/month like clockwork.
You don’t need an idea, experience, website, or any tech or writing skills to get started.
Freedom Machine is the full roadmap for earning passive income from blogging.
We start at the very beginning and walk you step-by-step through the entire process.
We help you find an idea, stand out and build an audience with amazing content, then make money selling to them — even if you don’t think you have anything special to offer.
You’ll even see how to automate everything. So the machine can run without you and make you money even while you sleep.
This isn’t one of those online courses that bombards you with info and leaves you to figure everything out for yourself. Take a look at everything that’s included…
Watch while we walk you through every little step of building a profitable blog.
This class isn't theoretical. It's full of real-world examples, showing you what's working right now.
The lessons and modules are full of checklists, helping you follow all the steps.
Want to go deeper? Where appropriate, we link to extra resources you can study later.
We have templates for nearly everything. Headlines, openings, closings, emails – it's all here.
Never wonder what to do next. Our homework assignments guide you through all the steps.
Everything you need to build a profitable blog, starting from absolute zero.
You’ll learn how to…
In many ways, it’s like five courses packed into one. You won’t need to buy any other courses to reach $100,000 per year (or possibly even more).
And the crazy part?
The most valuable part of Freedom Machine isn’t the training. That’s just the beginning.
Want to know which niches are the most profitable?
We can tell you that.
Or maybe you’d like a list of the most popular topics for posts in each of those niches?
We’ve got you covered there too.
Or maybe you’d like to know how each of the most popular blogs in a niche are making money?
You guessed it – we can tell you that too.
Over the past few years, we’ve built a vault of market research inside Freedom Machine that’s second to none. We’ve researched every profitable niche, the most popular topics to write about within each of those niches, and even the way the top blogs in each niche are monetizing.
It’s insanely valuable, and here’s why:
You’re not guessing about what to do anymore. You’re making decisions based on hard facts.
And that leads to far fewer missteps and detours, often shaving years off the time it might take you to build a profitable blog.
Put the course and research library together, and you have a truly unbeatable combination. The course teaches you the steps, while the research library guides you through making much smarter decisions along the way.
If you fit one of the three categories below, then this course is for you.
1. You want to make money online but don’t know where to start. You’re overwhelmed with all the information out there and want a clear path to follow with additional coaching and support.
If that sounds like you, then Freedom Machine was built for you. Remember, you don’t need a website, idea, or a following to get started. Even if you think you have nothing to offer, we’ll show you how to stand out, draw a crowd, and make passive income with your blog.
2. You’re a coach, speaker, or other professional who wants passive income while sharing your ideas and making a positive impact on the world. This course teaches you to write top-quality posts that get tons of traffic. It’s a great way to spread your message while opening up an extra revenue stream that helps you free up your time.
3. You’re a writer and want clients to come to you. This course will sharpen your writing skills and show you how to create and promote posts that bring customers to you, so you can grow your freelance business and land clients who immediately see the value of your work. All while earning passive income on the side.
The honest truth is we should charge $10,000 for this. Since this can make you well over a thousand dollars every month for the rest of your life, it’s more than worth it.
At the bare minimum, we could charge $5,000. That’s what premium online courses go for. And those don’t even include coaching or a done-for-you website!
But five grand is a lot when you’re starting out. So we decided to do something special.
I may regret it, we might even lose money, I’m not kidding, but here’s the question that kept going through my mind:
If you had a machine that generated $1,000/month every month for as long as you wanted, would you be willing to give me just one month of revenue?
If so, you have the price. The tuition for Freedom Machine is a measly $999 – just the first month of what I expect you to eventually make.
If money is tight, we offer a 12-month plan that lets you pay only $99/month. That’s just $3.30 per day – less than the cost of a happy meal at McDonald’s.
The bad news?
When this promotion is over, the price will double, and you’ll end up paying $1,000 more than everybody else.
If you think this is for you “someday,” I’d encourage you to save yourself a ton of time, money, and headache by making that day today. You’ll receive lifetime access, so you can return to the material whenever you are ready in the future.
No hassles or delays. If you don’t love Freedom Machine, simply tell us within 14 days, and we will refund your full tuition.
But I don’t think that’s going to happen.
When you see how much valuable content is inside Freedom Machine, I don’t think you’ll ever want to give it up. On the contrary, I believe you’ll be using it and benefiting from it for years into the future.
From that perspective, this class isn’t really a purchase. It’s an investment in your future.
And the best part is, it’s risk free. You can test drive the entire class, and if you decide it’s not for you, you get every penny back.
Freedom Machine won’t be open long.
To help you avoid putting this off, I’m going to throw in a recording of a special workshop called Scale for everyone who joins today. It’s all about going from $1,000 a month to $100,000 a year and beyond.
This may be the most advanced presentation on growing your Freedom Machine I’ve ever given. You’ll learn how to get other people to build and run your machine for you!
We’ll cover where to find writers, what kind of content to have them write, how to manage them and tons more.
We’ll also talk about traffic that scales. You’ll learn advanced strategies for search engine optimization, how I use paid advertising, and how to go viral on social media to get millions of visitors.
Most importantly, we’ll talk about how to build a team. You’ll learn everything from outsourcing to hiring employees to the structure of the organization you build.
The value of this information is priceless. You can’t find it anywhere online or in any book. It doesn’t exist. I honestly think there are companies that would pay me $10,000 for this workshop alone, but if you join today you will get it free of charge.
With more than 3 million readers, 27,000 customers, and employees around the world, Smart Blogger is the biggest and most respected blogging brand online. You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org.