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My monster post – “How To Make Your First 100$ Online In 45 Minutes Through Affiliate Marketing” was a pretty huge success. It’s the most viewed post on NicheDash so far. I received multiple requests to publish it in PDF form. That’s what I did.

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Note from David: My friend John Bardos asked me to post this guest article on my blog. This is a worthwhile cause and is also of special interested to me since I’m currently living in Vietnam, so please show any support you can.

We travel in order to broaden our horizons, to come into contact with people and places whose differences from us may be both enchanting and disorienting, their commonalities with us a warming reminder of our humanity. When traveling in the developing world, we’re inevitably faced with reminders of our own fortunate lives as we encounter laborers working with improper equipment or children toiling for an infinitesimal hourly wage instead of going to school or playing. Our hearts break for them, but what can we do to help?

human trafficking

Ben Randall had the opportunity to dwell a little longer in such a place while teaching English in northern Vietnam. One of the locals he befriended was girl we’ll call M, then 15 years old. After leaving Vietnam, Ben learned that M had been kidnapped, most likely trafficked across the border in China for forced marriage or work in the sex trade.

To help find M, Ben is delving into the industry of human trafficking, which encompasses a network spanning 161 countries and has trafficked up to 27 million victims, primarily in Southeast Asia. In order to raise awareness about human trafficking, Ben is documenting his journey to find M in a feature-length film.

Please take a moment to watch this video for all of the times you have seen a helpless soul and felt unable to help.

Find out how you can help on ‘The Human, Earth Project’ crowdfunding page.

Consider making a donation or sharing this cause with your friends on social media to spread the word.

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Thank you for your contribution to the campaign.

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It’s incredible how much my life changed over the last few years. Exactly two years ago I was crawling through the mud, enduring my basic military training as a new recruit. Austria is one of the last Western countries that still has compulsory military service. I was having 16 hour days and frequent night-shifts.

In the army

Today I’m sitting in a nipa hut, right next to a huge pool and surrounded by palm trees. I’m hanging out at our villa in Bali, Indonesia. The beach is only 5 minutes away and the weather is warm (but not too hot).

Over the last 6 months, I’ve been traveling (or living in) Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Czech Republic and Austria. I’ve been on the road for 1.5 years. I genuinely believe that I had more fun within those 1.5 years than the average person in his or her life-time.

Boracay, Philippines

Prague, Czech Republic

How did I get here? I identified the 3 reasons that are responsible for my success.

1. I had balls

One snowy day in February 2010 I pushed through my comfort zone and bought a one-way ticket to Bangkok, Thailand.

At that point, I’ve never been outside of Austria for more than 2 weeks. I’ve never travelled alone. I didn’t have a business. I didn’t buy a return ticket.

The closer I got to departure day, the more uncertainty I felt. My relatives and friends started to freak out. I freaked out. I did it anyway.

(Note: I had a couple thousand Euros in the bank. If you are broke, build a business first and then travel.)

2. I had real skills

Two months into my trip I got a gig. What started as working 2-3 hours a day for food, beer and accommodation at a resort turned into a full-on contracting gig.

My IT/software development background was a huge asset. Having a couple of websites up and running and possessing SEO and social media marketing knowledge was helpful too.

If it weren’t for my skills, I would have gone home after 6 months once my money ran out (like EVERY other backpacker I know).

There are tons of online marketers who want you to buy their “proven system” that is simple enough that even idiots can make money by only pushing a button. These systems don’t work. Having real, marketable skills will be your key to success.

3. I surrounded myself with other successful entrepreneurs

The amount of advice, inspiration and help that I’ve received from my entrepreneurial friends is incredible.

There’s a saying that you’re the average of your 5 best friends. It is true. Hanging out with other successful businessmen was a game-changer. My thoughts, behavior and attitude changed entirely.

All 4 of my current roommates are successful online entrepreneurs. One of them is Sean Ogle. Sean does SEO consulting, has some very profitable photography niche-sites and is a popular blogger. His transition was similar to mine. He quit his job, learned skills that other people were willing to pay for and surrounded himself with mentors and other entrepreneurs.

Sean spent the better part of the last couple of months working on his product, Location Rebel. Location Rebel’s premise is to be a framework that teaches you everything you need to work from anywhere and quit your job.

Location Rebel Review

Over the last few days I spent a lot of time getting to know Sean Ogle (we just met 4 days ago here in Bali). He gave me access to Location Rebel. To be honest, I was blown away.

While I expected a high quality product from Sean, this is a lot better than expected.

The reason that Location Rebel is so good is that it covers all three factors that were responsible for my success.

1. Overcoming Fear

A section of the course is devoted to overcoming your fear. Furthermore, you’ll find support from group of like-minded people in the forums that are going through the same things that you are.

2. Learning Real Skills

A huge part of Location Rebel are 8 case studies of successful location independent entrepreneurs. Their professions range from Copywriting to SEO and web development.

Each case study teaches you how to learn the skills, how to find clients and portrays the lifestyle of someone who makes money using these skills.

3. Surrounding yourself with other entrepreneurs

Location Rebel includes guides on networking, finding mentors and a forum. Having a place to hang out with people going through similar lifestyle changes is priceless.

I’m active in the forums myself.

One of my favorite things about Location Rebel is its interactivity. After reading (or watching/listening to) a piece of content, you’ll have to fill out a questionnaire.
This forces you to think and reflect instead of just mindlessly consuming the information thus improves the learning experience.

Bottom line

The whole course is very well written includes tons of audio and video, and is full of great content.

In my opinion, Location Rebel is NOT for you if you

  • Already have a very marketable skill (e.g. being able to program iPhone apps) and know how to get clients.
  • Already quit your job and are self-employed.

Location Rebel is for you if you if you

  • Want to be an entrepreneur but don’t know where to start.
  • Want to quit your job.
  • Want to travel the world while making money from your laptop.

The bottom line is that Location Rebel is the product that I wish I had when I first got started on my journey. You will learn the right mindset and the right skills to quit your job and improve your life – whether you want to live in Thailand or work from home to spend more time with your family.

Location Rebel will launch Tuesday morning. Be sure to head over to the Location Rebel website to check out some free videos and PDFs in the mean time.

This post contains affiliate links. I thoroughly believe in Location Rebel, that’s why I reviewed it here. It’s one of the few products out there that I fell comfortable promoting.

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While vagabonding around the globe, my path is paved with cultural misunderstandings and language barriers. The following story is a good example.

This Valentine’s day, I arranged a date with a local Thai girl.

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Here is philosopher Seneca’s take on luck.

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.

– Seneca (Roman philosopher, mid-1st century AD)

This quote sums it up pretty well. Luck is vital. If you are prepared, you’ll sooner or later encounter opportunities. If you leverage them, you just got lucky.

One of those opportunities for me was the Tropical MBA Semester 2. For one of you, the Tropical MBA 3 internship could be the right opportunity. Hope to meet you in Bali.

(In the future, I’ll write more “quickies” like this one about random findings and thoughts.)

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SEO is truly a mystical, magical land. Nobody knows what exactly is going on behind its closed borders. Naturally, a lot of people start dreaming up the wildest things, including Fairies and Orcs singing and dancing “Kumbaya” together.

Besides a few chosen ones working at Google an its little cousins Yahoo and Bing, nobody knows exactly how search engines rank their results. Through years of experience, watching search engines and rigorous testing, SEO experts have uncovered most of the search engines’ ranking factors.

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Sayonara, LiveLifeBig. As 2010 comes to an end, it’s time to say good bye. You served me well.

Dear reader,

don’t worry. This blog will continue to exist in 2011. With the start of the new year and a slight shift in focus, it was time for a rebranding.

LiveLifeBig.net will be be known as NicheDash.com.

Welcome to the dark side.

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I have a free tool for your niche marketing toolkit today.

Over the last weeks, I’ve been constantly doing keyword research for new niches to explore. One thing that became kinda annoying over time is to calculate the estimated profits of a new site every time in my head.

My calculator tells you what profits to expect if you rank #1 for your keyword. All you need to fill in is the monthly search volume, the estimated CTR and conversion rate and your commission.

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Post image for How Buying A Plane Ticket Increased My Life’s Sexiness Tenfold (+Video)

I’m writing this in Doha, Qatar as I wait for my connecting flight to Vienna, Austria. Gotta wait 9 hours, but at least I got free dinner at the airport + there’s a designated room to sleep here. As of posting, I’ve already been spending 3 days in Austria.

(Click here if you can’t see the video: Last Day in the Philippines.)

8 months ago, I hopped on a plane with a one way ticket to Thailand. I had no clear plan what the future will bring. All I knew is that I wanted to see the world. In retrospect, taking that risk and buying that one-way ticket was the best decision of my life.

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Post image for Case Study: Ranking #2 in Google Means Being the First Loser (61.1% Less Traffic)

Recently, I had one of my niche sites jump to #1 in Google for my target Keyword.

After reaching #1, my site is currently fluctuating between #1 and #2 which leads to dramatic impacts on traffic that I want to share with you.

My stats show that ranking #2 leads to up to 61.1% less traffic than ranking #1.
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