Why should you start a blog?

I think everyone should have a blog, whether it is to make an additional income, to build a home based business or even just as a hobby. Today I want to answer the question, “Why should you start a blog?”

Here are the top five reasons why I think you should start blogging.

1. Sharing is caring.

Why should you have a blogIf you have a hobby or passion, chances are that you have experienced something along the way that will help someone else. Maybe you ran into a particular problem that is now vexing someone else. By writing a blog about your experience, you may help someone (or many someones) out.

Maybe you just want to share your daily life with friends and family. While you can share these things on social media such as Facebook or Twitter, they have their limitations. On your own blog you can create more user friendly image galleries and link your content in a fashion that is conducive to the way you want your viewers to see it.

2. The more you write the better you get at it

There is no reason not to be a good writer and often, becoming a better writer is in our own best interest. If you have a job where you have to communicate with people via electronic medium (email, chat, etc…) being a good writer is almost a requirement.

When you write your own blog, you will learn new techniques at writing and as time passes and your writing quality increases, all of your written communication will improve. The more you write, the better you will get at it, so the point you are trying to get across will become more clear and concise to everyone.

3. You can meet new people.

Make new friendsThis is maybe the best part for me. If you write a helpful blog and engage in the community you are helping, you are going to make friends. Why? Because you will get known for helping people.

The really great thing about this is that people can view your blog from anywhere in the world. You may make a friend in Germany or Ireland or Australia. Think about it. The world wide web does not know any boundaries (except for the maybe the great firewall of China or other countries that limit internet access to their citizens).

You could be chatting with one person from the U.S. in the morning then chatting with someone from India in the evening. It’s a really neat way to meet new people (your audience) from all over the world who share a common interest with you. You could be forging a new life long friendship.

As you research for your content, you could also find other bloggers just like you. If you start following them and engaging on their blog, you may find that they reciprocate.

4. It’s completely free.

Blogging does not cost you one red cent. There are tons of great places to blog for free, not the least of which is Wordpress which offers free hosting for personal blog sites.

There are a few other sites that offer free websites to blog on as well. My top pick is Wealthy Affiliate. They offer free hosting for up to two WordPress websites completely for free. There is also a lot of great free training on how to best use WordPress and how to write. And if you decide to start making money using your fancy new blog, they have you covered there as well with some other great training.

Well that’s a great segue into my next reason.

5. You can make a few extra dollars.

Earn money bloggingWhile blogging does not have to be a source of income, it certainly can be. If you are helping people in your blog or even simply writing about a hobby you are passionate about (what we call a niche in affiliate marketing), why not throw a few ads on your site. Or if you write a review of a product you use for your hobby, why not earn a commission on the sale if someone decides to purchase it based on your review?

Blogging can be a great source of revenue for you. You don’t have to believe me. If you do a google search for how to make money blogging you’ll come across all sorts of products and programs to kick you off. Just remember, a lot of them are complete and utter rubbish.

If you are interested in a revenue stream by simply writing a blog about something you are passionate about, I highly recommend you read my review of Wealthy Affiliate and sign up for a free account. It is a great place to 1) create your free blog and 2) find more information about how you can create an income stream through doing something you enjoy. The best part is that it is completely free to start.

There is, of course, a premium option, but you can go your own pace and you never have to upgrade to it if you don’t want. You can just stick with your free account if that is what you want.

Why should you start a blog? There are lots of reasons and these are just my top five reasons. I hope you have enjoyed reading it and as always, if you have a question or have another good reason to start a blog, I’d love to hear about it in the comments below. Remember, I’m here to help.


What is the Chris Farrell Membership? – Just another scam?

I just got through with an evaluation of the Chris Farrell Membership. What is the Chris Farrell Membership? Good question. Let’s dive right in.

What is the Chris Farrell Membership?Product: Chris Farrell Membership
Website: chrisfarrellmembership.com
Price: $4.95 for a one week trial, $37 per month afterwards
Owner: Chris Farrell
Sucker Rating:  (three and 1/2 suckers)
Who it’s for: Newbie affiliate marketers

What is the Chris Farrell Membership?

Chris Farrell is a marketing professional who is eager to teach you how to become an affiliate marketer. His product is polished up pretty nicely and if you are a complete newbie to affiliate marketing, this might be a good course for you to start out with because it covers the fundamentals of where to start.

One of the most endearing things about Chris is that he says this is not a get rich quick scheme. As you know, here at Sucker Free Online Business, we preach that success will only follow hard work and we can really appreciate the fact that he is not promoting a scammy “set it and forget it” product like many of his competitors push.

Before making a decision on whether to a Chris Farrell Membership or not, please read this entire review and also check out my review of Wealthy Affiliate. Both products are good, but I give Wealthy Affiliate the edge.

When you go to chrisfarrellmembership.com, you will land a video sales page. Normally I don’t like this kind of marketing, but this particular one is done fairly well, and does not feel as sleazy as most of the ones I’ve seen. He asks you for your email and in exchange for it, he moves you on to the next page and sends you a free bonus via email.

Chris Farrell quick start guide bonus.

On your bonus email you will be provided a link to join the Chris Farrell Membership program as well as a link to download your bonus.

Pros and Cons


  • Low cost to start
  • Easy daily training to follow
  • Decent supporting documents for supplemental training
  • OK Support


  • Training is not updated frequently enough
  • There are a number of upsells not explained initially
  • No free trial

What is included in the training?

About Chris FarrellThe strong point of a Chris Farrell Membership is definitely the step by step training they provide. If you are not an absolute beginner, you will probably not get much out of it, but if you are, there is some key stuff in the training that will help get you going.

Here’s what you’ll find inside the membership area:

  • How to build a website
  • How to get traffic to your website (SEO)
  • How to leverage social media
  • How to market you articles
  • And much more…

The training is primarily video based which I found pretty easy to follow. There is also some supplemental documentation which Chris calls “blueprints”. If the training is followed an applied, with diligent work and some other supplemental learning tools outside of the courses provided, I do believe that you can build yourself a successful internet marketing business.

But, let’s be clear, it will take more than just a Chris Farrell Membership to make you successful. The primary ingredient to your success is you.

What support is included in the Chris Farrell Membership?

The site is primarily supported by a member’s only discussion forum, which is not unlike many similar products. This is both good and bad. The good part is that there is a large community to draw helpful knowledge from. The bad part is that many of the members are newbies so a lot of times the advice you are receiving may not be the best advice that could be offered.

Chris also does offer a phone number to call for support. While I have not attempted to call the support line, some of the members were complaining of a lack of support.

How much does it really cost?

The “trial” week will cost you $4.95. After that there is a monthly subscription fee of $37.

Chris also offers a “Mentor Me” program at a cost of $997. The Mentor Me program lasts for six weeks and claims to teach you the nuts and bolts of website management and internet marketing, giving you the greatest chance for success.

Is there anything else not to like?

Chris Farrell Membership was voted #1 by who?There is one thing that struck me while I was going through the membership signup process. Chris makes mention of being voted the #1 program of its type, but he never says by who.

Who says it’s #1 and why?

What’s the final verdict?

While there are a couple of scammish feeling detractors from the Chris Farrell Membership, I do not feel it is a scam. I do believe it is a worthwhile product for someone just starting out in Affiliate Marketing and it has earned an esteemed three and one half suckers from us here at Sucker Free Online Business.

If you feel it is for you, please visit their site and sign up, but only after also reading my #1 recommendation for getting started at building an online business.

If you have asked yourself, “What is the Chris Farrell Membership,” I hope this review has cleared it up. And if you have used Chris’ program I’d love to hear about your experience as well. Please let me know about it in the comments below.

How to Learn SEO

Search engine optimization (SEO) is critical to the success of your online business. Here at Sucker Free Online Business, we are devoted to your success. Today I want to show you how to learn SEO.

What is SEO?

how-to-learn-seoSEO is simply creating a webpage in a manner that search engines like google will want to rank them at or near the top of the search engine results page (SERP). The higher you are in a SERP the more traffic you are going to get. The more traffic you get, the more money you are capable of making. Traffic = money.

Practicing SEO is the art of learning what the search engines are looking for and putting it into practice. But be careful of tricks and schemes. Your primary concern should be helping your targeted audience.

Write for Humans

write-for-humansRemember that the number one reason you should be writing a webpage or blog post is to provide a human user with a solution to a problem (they want to buy something) or answer a question (how to learn SEO).

Years ago, a lot of marketers were employing techniques to trick the search engines into thinking their websites had more valuable content than they really did. Well, guess what happened. The search engines got smarter and began to rank the sites based on how helpful they really are to a user.

Old tricks like keyword stuffing, automated backlinks and shady traffic exchange programs are no longer useful for getting traffic to a website. In fact, those practices can now actually hurt your website’s rank.

Fortunately for me, I never relied on these types of behavior but a lot of people did. And unfortunately for someone who is newer in the trade, some products and programs such as Social Monkee and Google Sniper are still promoting these techniques.

Content Quality

quality-contentOne of the products that I use, support and promote is Wealthy Affiliate. Over there we have a saying, coined by one of the co-founders: Content is king.

A lot of poor products and training will promote the use of targeted “mini-sites”. Let’s say that I wanted to promote apples. What these other products would tell you to implement is:

  1. Find a product or service to promote (apples).
  2. Purchase a domain with the product in the domain name (whatisthebesttastingapple.com).
  3. Write a few pages of content about apples (green apples, red apples, tart apples, sweet apples).
  4. Have all of the content written in step 3 funnel to a sales page about the best apple I ever ate and sell them that apple.

After completing those four steps, you would leave that website out on the world wide web forever and it would funnel cash to you. This used to work quite well, but times have changed. Google (as well as other engines) now look for content that is updated regularly.

There is not much in the world that is static or unchanging. The search engines know this, and if your content is not evolving, they know that too and will consider your site obsolete and you will lose rank. That is why we 1) write for humans and 2) write regularly. A site with a lot of quality content, relevant to its keywords, is going to rank better than a “thin” site with just three or four pages, one of them being a sales page.

Website Trust

Website trust is just how much the search engines trust you. A brand new domain is typically not going to rank well until the search engines recognize that content is being created for it and updated regularly.

There is no magic number of days that this is. It just takes time, but if you consistently create content and update old content, the search engines will begin to trust you.


Keywords, quite simply, are the subject that we are writing about. In the above example, my keywords would be apple. But if I search the term “apple” in google, I get 1.5 billion results back.


Let’s assume that I already have a website which has gained some trust. Targeting a keyword with 1.5 billion results is likely not going to get me ranked very high for a long, long time. That’s where keyword research comes into play.

In order to do this we need to use a keyword research tool like Jaaxy or or the one included in a Wealthy Affiliate membership. Using the tool at Wealthy Affiliate I have come up with a good, longer keyword: “what is the best tasting apple”.

Keyword Research

Although this particular term is searched far less, there are only 21 pages targeted at it. That gives me a very good chance to get ranked on page 1 near the top of its SERP.

While you want to use good quality keywords and keep your content focused on them for SEO, you want to avoid engaging in practices like keyword stuffing. This is again something that used to work, but does not anymore.

keywords-for-seoYou want your keyword to be in the URL (not necessarily the domain) and you want to mention it in the first and last paragraph of your webpage. It is good, but not necessary, to bring it up naturally throughout your content. If it is used in an unnatural way, Google will likely spot it and not give you as good of a rank. You want to write the way you talk.

For example, if I was writing a page targeting my example above, “what is the best tasting apple”, I would not want to write like this:

What is the best tasting apple? What is the best tasting apple depends one what you think is the best tasting apple. What is the best tasting apple might be different to me than what is the best tasting apple to you. But when I think about what is the best tasting apple I like Gala apples.

That paragraph sounds forced and unnatural. Google would like consider it a keyword stuffed page.

One thing to note is that while it is important to target a specific keyword or phrase, don’t get too wrapped up about it. I use my keywords to drive a topic but rarely use them outside of the first and last paragraph. The search engines will find other keywords you never intended and get you rank that you didn’t even think of.

The bottom line is that you want traffic. SEO will help you get there and while keywords are an important aspect to that puzzle, I find a lot of people put too much emphasis on them.

Use of Images

images-for-seoThe use of images is another important aspect of search engine optimization. It’s also important for your readers because humans are usually visual animals and a well place image may help them engage and better understand the content you are writing.

One of the primary things you want to leverage on images, though, is the alt tag.

The alt tag used to be primarily used for readers who for some reason could not view the image, whether it was because of a disability or if the image would not load for some reason. It would give them context about what the image was trying to display.

Today the search engines spiders read that alt tag to determine what the image is about. Having a strong alt tag (and one that contains your keyword) will help you with rank. It also helps with things like a Google Image Search.


Backlinks are invaluable for SEO, but I cannot stress one point enough. Never, ever, and I mean never purchase a backlink. Usually purchased backlinks are going to be automated in some way shape or form. They will wind up being low quality and will hurt your website’s rank.

Instead, you want to engage your audience. You need to figure out a way to inspire them to want to write their own blog post referencing your webpage or post it to social media such as Facebook or Twitter. Natural backlinks can greatly improve your SEO.

SEO Checklist

  • Write about one specific topic (keyword)
  • Include the keyword in the page or post’s title
  • Include the keyword in the URL
  • Include the keyword in an image’s alt tag
  • Provide unique and quality content about a the subject (keyword)
  • Engage your audiance and encourage them to give you quality backlinks

I hope you have enjoyed this article on how to learn SEO. If you have questions or tips or tricks on this subject, please let me know in the comments.

Is Google Sniper a scam?

Today I set my sight on a very popular product that promises to teach you, the aspiring affiliate marketer, the way to make money. The product is called Google Sniper. But is Google sniper a scam? Pull that belt tight, we’re going for a ride.

google-sniper-the-ultimate-blueprintProduct: Google Sniper
Website: gsniper.com
Price: $47 (plus a myriad upsells and a few downsells)
Owner: George Brown
Sucker Rating:  (two suckers)
Who it’s for: People wanting to make money online.

What is Google Sniper?

It took me a little while to figure out what Google Sniper actually is. Let’s start with what it is not.

Based on their landing page and their use of the word Google in their product name, it would lead you to believe it is a Google product. But there is some fine print at the bottom of the page that tells you otherwise.

This site and the products and services offered on this site are not associated, affiliated, endorsed, or sponsored by Google,…

George also lets you know in the video that they are not at all affiliated with Google at some point. So it’s not a Google service like Google Drive or Google Voice is.

You would never know it by watching the video on the landing page, but it is a product that provides training on how to become an affiliate marketer. It is sold through clickbank (an affiliate program).

Sounds good, right? Well it might be if it weren’t for some of their shady practices trying to stealthily trick you into paying more money.

Does Google Sniper provide training?

As I mentioned a minute ago, Google Sniper does provide training, and honestly, some of it is pretty good. The basic scaffolding that they are teaching is: Find something to promote (usually a product from clickbank), create a website (and have the product you are promoting in the website name) and create a bit of content (by way of a review or commentary) for your shiny new website.

Part 1 of Google Sniper Training
Google Sniper training process flow from Part 1 Training

At a glance this is pretty sound architecture for setting up a niche website. The problem is that they’re telling you to employ some old and bad techniques in some of the training.

One such technique is the practice of setting up many “mini” authority domain websites. I’ve talked about this before, but I’ll touch on it again here. This dated practice is being left behind by the search engines. Search engines are now more interested in sites that have a lot of quality content than they are a mini website.

While you may get mini websites to initially rank, my opinion is that they are eventually going to be de-ranked by Google as well as other search engines.

Further, according to Google’s Quality Guidelines on affiliate sites (emphasis mine):

Google believes that pure, or “thin,” affiliate websites do not provide additional value for web users, especially if they are part of a program that distributes its content to several hundred affiliates. These sites generally appear to be cookie-cutter sites or templates with no original content. Because a search results page could return several of these sites, all with the same content, thin affiliates create a frustrating user experience.

My feeling is that these mini websites are going to start suffering in search engine ranking. If you want a site to rank, you’re best off to create quality content intended for users to read, and create a lot of it for one website.

Let’s talk about Google Snipers shady upsells for a minute.

There are quite a few of them and if you are new to affiliate marketing, you might be tricked into paying more money than you have to. It’s a trick as old as the hills, but it is, and always has been dishonest.


See that crafty little “ON” switch next to “Give me trial access to Sniper X…”? That is a recurring monthly subscription but they do not tell you that anywhere. Your credit card will be billed $47 each month if that discreet little switch is not turned off. I’m not clear on what service that recurring fee provides because they do not tell you anywhere on the site that I could find.

There are also a few other upsells and downsells to get through AFTER you have already purchased the program, but before you make it to the member’s area. If you decide that Google Sniper is for you, I recommend that you not participate in any of them. During the upsell process it is not spelled out what each upsell service or product provides. Here is a chart I found on their affiliate tools page that at least sheds some light on the cost.

Google Sniper Cost Plus Upsells

It’s not clear when you’re going through the signup process how much each of these cost So,if you did not know any better, here’s what your credit card might get charged:

Google Sniper: $47
Elite Upgrade: $187
Case Study: $97

That’s $331 when you thought you were paying $47. Dishonest!

The 60% next to that number is what you would get paid if you were an affiliate of the program, so if you got one customer who opted into all of the products and services (whether they meant to or not), you would make about $198.

That sounds pretty lucrative, but let me ask you a question. Do you really want to promote a product or service that is trying to make money off of its customers in such a dishonest manner?

Is there support?

The only thing that I could find with regards to support was a means to email them. They also state that you need to have your website(s) and campaign(s) set up before emailing them. There was even a quip saying:

…We’re here to help you personally make money from your campaigns but we unfortunately cannot provide one on one coaching to everyone i.e. How do I make a Twitter account? (We do give you a lot as it is for $47 and I’m sure you agree!)

Hrmm.. So you’re basically stuck following the training to get yourself set up with a money making website. If you are an absolute beginner, this can be a daunting task.

Here is the nitty gritty.


  • There is some decent training material that can help you create a profitable site
  • There seems to be no further upsells once you are in the member area and past the signup phase


  • Dishonest and confusing upsells after the initial purchase
  • Hidden subscription to “Sniper X” access after initial trial
  • Some training courses promote unethical and illegal behavior in some areas
  • Some techniques taught in the training is outdated and can actually hurt your website’s rank in Google and other search engines

Here is my final verdict.

I would not recommend that you purchase Google Sniper. While there is a bit of good training, there are other places that you can receive better training, where you will not be pitched upsells in a dishonest way (or at all). To me this product does feel like a scam due to their shady upsell practices.

They also resort to trying to convince you that you will make buckets of cash by employing their techniques. Now, George himself says that he cannot guarantee that you will make any money using their methods but then he goes on to show you screen captures presenting five figure paychecks. This type of behavior just screams, “SCAM!

George showing you his five figure paychecks.

As I mentioned a second ago, there are better places to get the tools and training you need to become a successful marketer that can show you how to create a successful online business. And I would love to show you how.

My top recommendation for tools and training is Wealthy Affiliate. In my opinion the resources and training there far outshines anything that Google Sniper has to offer. Furthermore, you can create an account for free. You do not even have to enter a credit card to gain access. You can have a website up and running and be learning how you can make an honest living supporting it.

Have you had experience with Google Sniper? I’d love to hear about it, whether it has been a good or bad experience. Please let me know in the comments below. And as always, remember I’m here to help and I was a sucker, so you don’t have to be.

What is facebeast? Is it facebeast or fakebeast?

A colleague of mine recently called me up and said, “Hey Christian, have you ever heard of facebeast?” My response was, “What is facebeast?” My colleague did not know either so we set about figuring out what it was and if it is something worth using to work from home.

facebeast-logoProduct: Facebeast
Website: facebeast.com (there an auto launching video with sound)
Price: $97 (plus upsells)
Owner: William Moore
Sucker Rating:  (one half sucker)
Who it’s for: People wanting to make money online.

What is facebeast (or should I call it fakebeast)?

This is a bit of a pickle to answer. In short it’s simply a training series that teaches you how to drive traffic to a website using facebook. But that’s not what they lead you to believe on their homepage.

What they do tell you on their landing page is that you will make money by doing something you do everyday: using facebook. I was actually a little creeped out by the videos on the site. We’ll get into that a little bit more in a second.

Their entire sales pitch seemed dishonest and quite frankly I felt like I was watching an infomercial at 2 o’clock in the morning.

What you actually get when you join is an immediate upsell pitch to a “free” product called Auto Profit Replicator which is a binary option trading software with a claim that it will help you earn $1500+ per day. It’s basically a gimmick that gets to to sign on with a binary option broker and that will cost you money.

What do binary options have to do with facebook? Not a thing. The owner of the site is just trying to make more money off of you by upselling you to another product that won’t work.

After you get past that gimmick plus another upsell for an “Elite Coaching Program”, you find a few different levels of training.  But it is nothing like what is purported on the home page.

Facebeast is not a money making scheme. There is no secret to making money on facebook, and if there was, facebeast does not tell you how. They simply offer training on how to drive traffic to an existing website.

If you decide to use facebeast’s training (which I don’t recommend) you will need a website to drive traffic to. I can show you how to create one for free.

So is it a scam?

On my initial visit to their site, there were several things that immediately tripped my scam’o’meter. The very first thing is that they show you some flashy screenshots for people supposedly earning upwards of $1000 per day.


This type of activity just absolutely screams “scam”.

What about the video testimonials?

Remember when I was saying that the videos creeped me out? Let me explain why a little bit more.

For starters they felt extremely scripted. It seemed like these were low paid actors who were handed a piece of paper and told to sell this product with gumption. It did not work.

Now, it’s not uncommon to script your videos, and frankly, it’s a good idea to. But usually when people are creating a genuine and honest review of a product they have written themselves it does not feel like it is scripted.

Then it dawned on me that the guy in the video capture below looked really familiar.


So I got to thinking about it and thought that I recalled seeing him on another site. I set to sleuthing about and found it. He’s an actor for hire on fiverr.com who sells video product testimonials.


That was the final nail in the coffin for me. I cannot recommend a product if they are going to trump up product reviews. If they are dishonest about that, my inclination is that they are going to be dishonest about a lot of other things, too.

The final verdict.

While facebook (and other social media outlets) can be a valuable tool to drive traffic to your site, I cannot condone dishonest behavior. If this product was marketed in an honest way, it might have some merit.

If you are looking for a way to create an online business please checkout my article on Wealthy Affiliate. It is my top pick for a place to learn how to create a successful online business.

What are your thoughts on these types of tactics to sell a product? Let me know in the comments below.

What is Social Monkee?

Hello, worldwide web peoples! Today I stumbled across a site that had me scratching my head for a few minutes and wondering, “What is Social Monkee?” I initially thought it was going to be something to help automate posts to social media outlets, but that’s not what it is at all.

Here at Sucker Free Online Business, we are dedicated to directing you to the best products to build your online business. There are gobs of them online. Some are good, some a mediocre, some leave me running through the woods, screaming in terror.

Social Monkee is one I would avoid. Without further ado, let’s get into it.

What is social monkee?Product: 
Social Monkee
Website: http://www.socialmonkee.com/
Price: $7 (with a threat to raise it to $47 soon)
Owner: Colin Klinkert
Sucker Rating: half-sucker (one half of a sucker)
Who it’s for: People wanting to drive traffic to their site

What is Social Monkee?

Social Monkee is a product that you pay your hard earned money for that promises to give you traffic to your website through the use of backlinks. For those who don’t know, a backlink is simply a hyperlink from someone’s site back to yours. We’ll get into that more in a few minutes.

How much does it cost?

What is Social Monkee's cost vs reward?

Currently Social Monkee has a lifetime buy in fee of $7.

The $7 (soon to be upped to $47, per the current video on the homepage) allows you to get 25 backlinks to one webpage per day (750 per month). The only upsell I could find was to $47 which allows you to get 100 backlinks per day for three webpages.

Who is Social Monkee for?

Almost everyone who has a website has one sole purpose. That purpose is to drive traffic to their website. The best way to drive traffic to your site is to gain rank in search engines. That means that when someone searches for whatever your site is about you want it to be ranked as close to the first result on the first page as possible.

What does Social Monkee offer?

Social Monkee claims that they can get you more traffic by producing backlinks for your site which will give your site better search engine optimization (SEO). The problem is that in many cases backlinks can cause you to lose search engine ranking and thus lose traffic to your site.

Why can (poor) backlinks be potentially hazardous to website health?

A few years ago this type of gimmick was working. Then one day, google updated the algorithms that they use for website ranking. The other search engines shortly followed suite.

People who owned websites that were extremely lucrative one day, woke up the next morning to getting no new traffic and losing thousands of dollars in sales and commissions as a result.

A lot of these marketers had resorted to backlinks to their site, thus “tricking” the search engines into thinking that the site was more popular than it really was.

Today, most search engine algorithms that rank your site take backlinks into consideration differently than they had in the past. They watch them with a leery eye, meaning they will not give your site a better rank if you are using them. In fact they can, and most likely will, hurt your SEO, if they deem it a poor quality backlink.

Google refers to this practice as a link scheme. Here is an excerpt from their site on what they have to say about it:

Any links intended to manipulate PageRank or a site’s ranking in Google search results may be considered part of a link scheme and a violation of Google’s Webmaster Guidelines. This includes any behavior that manipulates links to your site or outgoing links from your site.

And one of they items that they specifically call out:

  • Using automated programs or services to create links to your site

Based on my research, it appears that Social Monkee is automating their service through open source software that allows for creating backlinks to your site. The quality of the sites are likely poor, containing little to no content other than a bunch of links to a bunch of different sites.

Google’s algorithms are complex and very smart. They will catch you if you engage in this type activity. If your backlinks are of poor quality, you’re likely to get slapped with google’s big ‘ol ban stick.

Social Monkee’s Money Back Guarantee

Social Monkee's Money Back Guarantee

If you’re not completely satisfied, you can get 100% of your money back within 60 days. That sounds pretty good, right?  WRONG!

Here is the problem: if you’re trying to drive traffic to your site and you employ this technique, google (who holds 70% of the search engine market share) could put your site in a timeout because it is violating their quality guidelines. There is no telling how long that timeout could last. I have heard of websites that have been “punished” by google for not adhering to their guidelines years ago and still are stuck in a timeout.

Are all backlinks bad?

All backlinks are certainly not bad. In fact they can help your SEO if they are organic. What I mean by this is that you have a web page or blog post that is so engaging that it causes someone else to write an article about your content. In their content they provide a meaningful link (backlink) to your page. This would be good. In my opinion, what Social Monkee is doing is bad.

So how do we drive we get good traffic to our site?

As you frequently hear us say at Sucker Free Online business, the only path to success is through hard work. If you want to drive traffic to your site, I highly recommend you do it the old fashioned way, without gimmicks or scams.

You want to create a content rich website that is meant for human consumption. If you are serious about getting started in an online business, I have found a great place that provides quality training on how to create a great quality, revenue producing website that will get organic traffic driven to it. It steers clear of gimmicks that could potentially harm your website. And best of all you can try it for free.

If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please check out my review of Wealthy Affiliate. It is my number one recommendation for anyone interested in creating an online business or learning how to drive organic traffic to their website.

What’s the final verdict on Social Monkee?

social-monkee-can-hurt-youI hate to say it but I have to give Social Monkee a big, fat thumbs down. I really wanted to like this product. The page is put together well and, although it screamed “scam” in a couple of places, I liked the presentation of the homepage video.

But the bottom line is, I cannot recommend a product that could potentially harm your website rankings.

If you have any comments or questions, please leave them in the comments below. I’d love to hear your feedback.

What is an Affiliate Marketer

If you have been looking around the world wide web for ideas to get started in an online business you have likely heard the term “Affiliate Marketing”. And you may be scratching your head and asking yourself, “Gee wiz… What is an affiliate marketer?” Fret not, young padawan. Sucker Free Online Business has your answer. Keep reading. I want to help you.

Affiliate Marketing

affiliate-marketing-planAffiliate marketing is where you, the affiliate marketer, will advertise goods and/or services to an audience. It does not necessarily have to be done online, but if you neglect the world wide web audience you are making a big mistake.

Affiliate marketing is probably the best place to start if you are looking to get an online business up and running. You will not start making money overnight, but the methods I can show you are tried and true. Let’s talk about the nuts and bolts of how it works.

There are three main components to affiliate marketing. There is an advertiser, a publisher and a consumer.

The advertiser is a person or business who wants to sell something. They have a product or service and they need to get the word out on the street about it. This can be a wide variety of things form software to books to household wares… Pretty much anything a someone would buy.

The publisher (or affiliate marketer) is a person or business who promotes the advertiser’s goods by means of marketing campaigns. This can be accomplished in a myriad of ways but probably the best and most successful way is via the public internet through what is called niche websites. More about that in a minute.

The final component is the consumer. That’s the guy or gal that’s going to buy whatever it is you’re promoting. There are many ways to reach this person, but the most successful and lucrative way is via an online presence or your niche website.

How do you get paid?

affiliate-marketing-makes-you-moneyIn most cases you will get paid a commission based on a sale of a product. That commission can and will vary greatly. My personal affiliate relationships range from 3% to around 50% in commission. In some cases it is just a flat rate on the sale but in most cases it is a percentage of the sale.

In addition to commission on sales you might also become an affiliate marketer who gets paid for each click from your page to an advertiser. That is called pay per click advertising.

In both cases there is a tracking tool that keeps a tally of your sales (or clicks) and keeps track of your business’s revenue. Payment method varies but it is usually either via check or paypal. I have never encountered an issue getting paid from an affiliate program I have partnered with and I almost always go the paypal route if it’s available.

Ready to get started?

Well hold on there, partner. I first want to say something that might ruffle some feathers. There are lots of unscrupulous and just plain lousy affiliate marketers on the world wide web. They either just plain don’t know what they are doing or are engaging in questionable marketing techniques. In both cases it may be intentional or not, but if you want to get into an online business and be in it for the long haul, you don’t want to be a crappy affiliate marketer.

A lot of times the more unscrupulous affiliate marketers are targeting other affiliate marketers. Why? Because it’s a growing field. A lot of people try and fail in this business. In many cases their failure can be directly attributed to being sold a crappy product that does not work.

There. I said it.

If you want to get into affiliate marketing, I strongly urge you to follow these two simple steps:

  1. Create a free website.
  2. Join Wealthy Affiliate.

Creating a website is a no brainer. You need to start somewhere and a free website is just the ticket. As I mentioned above, the best way to get involved in this field is to create a niche website. I cover how to create a free website and how to figure out what your niche should be in my article on how to create a free website.

Why should you join Wealthy Affiliate? Quite simply, it provides the best training and tools in the industry for potential entrepreneurs like yourself and best of all it is completely free to join. You do not need to provide a credit card or cancel a subscription. All you need is an email address. You won’t get spammed. I promise.

There is nothing like Wealthy Affiliate on the market that I have found. Yes there are other programs, and I’ve been suckered into them, but I have not found one that works nearly as well. Just remember that I was a sucker. You don’t have to be a sucker too.

As always, if you have questions, just ask in the comments below.

Is Zip Nada Zilch a Scam?

If you have found your way to this website, you are probably asking yourself, “Is Zip Nada Zilch a Scam?” Here at Sucker Free Online Business, we are here to answer your question.

In short, no, the product is not a scam, but you likely have been lured there by an unscrupulous marketer who has promised that you can start earning cash immediately. While this is not true for most people, the product itself is not a scam.

zip-nada-zilch-logoProduct: Zip Nada Zilch
Website: zipnadazilch.com
Price: $0 (maybe – see below)
Owner: Jeffery Kocurek
Sucker Rating: three-suckers (three suckers)
Who it’s for: People looking for a way to make money through referrals.

What is Zip Nada Zilch?

Zip Nada Zilch (ZNZ) is a website that offers cash payouts (among other prizes) for promoting their site and getting completed referrals (more on that in a second). They have multiple products but for this review we will be concentrating on ZNZOne and ZNZBigCash as those two products seem to be the most heavily promoted and are also the easiest to complete which is one step closer to getting paid by the product.

The ZNZ brands are owned by Jeffery Kocurek. I don’t have any information about him but ZNZ does earn an A+ from the Better Business Bureau but it is not accredited by the BBB.

The company was started in 2007 and claims to have paid out better than $9 million. That’s a lot of dinero.


How does it work?

The first step in making money with ZNZ is to sign up and complete your credits. You must earn 1.00 credits by accepting offers from the site for the selected program (ZNZOne and/or ZNZBigCash). Once you have earned 1.00 credits or more you are eligible to receive “prizes” for referring others who also earn 1.00 credits.

zip-nada-zilch-how-it-worksHere is how it works according to the website:

Step 1: Sign up to any of our sites using your real, valid information.

Step 2: Complete your credit requirements! Credits are earned by completing advertiser offers, and depending on the site of ours you sign up to, this will be anywhere from 0.50 to 3.00 credits. We work with companies such as Equifax, Blockbuster, DirecTV and many more!

Step 3: After completing your credit requirements, refer others and have them complete their credit requirements.

Step 4: After obtaining the required number of completed referrals for your prize, you’ll be able to submit an order into us for your prize!

At the time of this writing ZNZOne is paying $20 per referral and ZNZBigCash is paying $79 per referral.

What ZNZ is essentially doing is advertising offers for companies. Some of the products are really good and useful and you may find that you like some of them.

Sounds easy, right? Not so fast. Let’s get into that.

How do you complete your credit requirements?

I’m going to go through this for ZNZOne but the process is the same for both ZNZOne and ZNZBigCash.

You will need to sign up seperately for both ZNZOne and ZNZBigCash. The offers to complete are also separate. That means that if you complete an offer for ZNZOne, it does not count as a completed offer for ZNZBigCash.

Once you have created your account and are logged in, you need to click on the “Offers” tab on the website. This will bring up the current advertisement offers. On ZNZOne it is very possible to earn your 1.00 credits that are required for free.

ZNZOne Offers

I sorted the offers by “Cost” and clicked refresh. As you can see in my screen capture, you can earn the 1.00 credit by accepting the offers from “Free Grant Money” (0.40 credits), “MyScore.com” (0.40 credits) and “Target REDCard” (0.20 credits).

0.40 + 0.40 + 0.20 = 1.00 Credits

The rub is that if you already have an account with any of these offers, you cannot accept it from ZNZ. What that means is that if you already have a Target REDCard, you can’t get another one here, so you’d have to find another way to get your additional 0.20 credits.

I have found that most people can get 1.00 ZNZOne credits for free but you may have to spend a few bucks to get your full 1.00 credits for ZNZBigCash.

Here are a few of the current offers for ZNZBigCash, sorted by cost.

ZNZBigCash Offers

One thing that comes to mind is that you may find a product that you will actually use there. One of the offers that I selected to complete my required credits for ZNZBigCash was an offer I had to pay for, but I completed that over a year ago and I’m still using the product today.

You also must read the offer requirements very carefully. You can do this by mousing over the offer.


They can and will revoke your credit if you fail to follow the requirements carefully.

Once you have completed your requriements, you can then go to the “Prizes” tab and select your prize. Right now ZNZOne is paying $25 per referral as per the October and November promotions. Remember a referral must complete his or her credit requirements in order for you to earn a prize from it.


I selected paypal so that I can collect my $25 as soon as I earn a completed referral. But you can select any of the other prizes as well. As you can see, you can get a 16GB iPad if you garner 22 referrals from ZNZOne. ZNZBigCash offers an iPhone 6 for 8 referrals.

The prizes change every so often and there is almost always a promotion going on for all of the products. Here are the promotions for October and November, 2015:


Again, we are concentrating on ZNZOne and ZNZBigCash which are currently paying out $25 and $75, respectively per “completed” referral. Completed means they have earned at least 1.00 credits per product, just like you had to.

Is there residual income?

Nope, there is no residual income from ZNZ. Once you refer someone and they complete their credits, you get a one time payment.

So how do you get referrals?

This is where you will need to get creative. There is no training from ZNZ to tell you how to get referrals. A lot of people try to use craigslist and other online classifieds. The problem is that a lot of them have rules against marketing things like this so your ads will get flagged and removed almost as soon as you publish them.

You need to come up with a way to promote ZNZ, whether it’s ZNZOne or ZNZBigCash. While it is possible to get payouts, without a way to reach an audience, you are left with pressuring your friends and family to sign up and qualify.

But there is way.

Build a Sucker Free Website.

If you build a website, you can promote the ZNZ products. So if you want to get started with ZNZ here are the steps I recommend.

  1. Get started with ZNZOne.
  2. Get started with ZNZBigCash.
  3. Create your free website.

But success with ZNZ products will not come overnight. You will need to learn how to properly promote the products which is something that ZNZ falls painfully short in. If you want to learn how to promote ZNZ, or any other product, I recommend going through the training Wealthy Affiliate.

Is Zip Nada Zilch a Scam?

cashMy assessment is that ZNZ is not a scam, but you need to couple it with other marketing techniques. You can earn some cash, albeit not residual, from ZNZ but it will come from hard work and it will take time. Anyone telling you different is either lying or uninformed.

ZNZ is not going to deliver wheel barrels loaded with cash to your doorstep but when promoted properly, it may give you a bit of extra money.

As always, if you have comments or questions, please let me know in the comments below. Remember that I’m here to help and I was a sucker so you don’t have to be.


Work From Home

home-officePeople ask me all the time,  if it is possible to earn a decent living working for yourself online. The simple answer is yes you can, but it is going to require work. A lot people are looking for a quick, easy fix to a financial situation. This aint it. If you decide to work from home you are going to work hard if you want to see any real success.

But remember what we say at Sucker Free Business Online. Hard work does not have to be hard. I’m here to help.

Why should I want to work from home?

There are a lot of reasons for me. First and foremost, I want to be able to spend time with my family. My daily routine usually allows me to cook dinner. I love cooking and my wife is grateful that I can take that off of her plate.

I’m also able to spend much more time with my kids. I’m almost always home when the leave for school and home when they return. That is a stark contrast to the grind I used to bare of battling traffic for hours to get to an office, work 9 or so hours and battle hours of traffic to get home.

I want to be able to work when I want. If I want to take a few hours off to go have lunch with my dad, I can. I don’t stress over scheduling doctor appointments during the day. I work when I want.

work-at-the-beachI want to be able to work where I want. All I need is an internet access point and I’m able to work. It’s as simple as that. I can go to the beach or to the mountains. I can travel and spend extended visits with friends and family. All I need is a trusty internet connection and I’m golden.

I have helped mentor people that have had disabilities that prevented them from doing a regular 9 to 5 job. Online opportunities allows them to be able to earn a good living while working from home.

If you want to work from home, how do you start?

It all starts with a business idea and a website. If you have not read it yet, I suggest your go read my article on how to create a website for free. It goes over selecting what your business will be (your niche) and tells you step by step how to create your website.

You need to create content.

blogOnce you have your website built you need to start creating your content. Remember that hard work I was talking about before? This is where it comes in.

You need to start researching content relevant to your niche and writing about it. There is a method to this and it is covered very nicely at Wealthy Affiliate.

It’s not quite as simple as just writing out some webpages. The training at wealthy affiliate will teach you how to make beautiful content that will get noticed by search engines. The methods shown there are tried and true and are working for a lot of people just like you.

You definitely do not want to steal content form other sites. We refer to that as “scraped content”. That is a huge no-no and will likely get you whacked with a big fat ban stick from the search engines. That would mean nobody would be able to find your website and if nobody can find your website you cannot make money off of it. Web traffic = money.

How much content do I need to create?

You will need to create a lot of content, but your work should be spread out. What you want to do is add content on a regular basis to your website. I usually recommend that people create two pages of content (blog posts) per week. That is an easily attainable goal for most people.

The thing you don’t want to do is create 7 pages of content every week for a month then not create any content for a month. You need to be consistent in your posting. Search engines have algorithms that crawl your pages and check for updated content. If you are not creating content regularly you will lose ranking.

It takes me, on average, about an hour to create one quality blog post. Everyone is different, though. You may be able to do it faster or it may take you a little longer.

I can’t think of what to write about.

In the beginning this should in no way be an issue for you. You should have selected a topic that interests you and something you either know a lot about or can learn a lot about. You want to be a subject matter expert in your niche.

However, we all get writer’s block from time to time. There are several ways to combat this and here are a few.

  • Write extra content when you are extra inspired and save for later.
  • Search your niche and harvest ideas from what others are writing about.
  • Visit web forums and see what questions people are asking. Answer them in your content.
  • Talk to a friend about your niche and get ideas from them.
  • Email me

Seriously, email me. I’m here to help. You can find my email address on my About page.

But what if I fail?

blind-failureThere is one common thing that I can say about everyone who has failed in establishing a lucrative online business. They quit before they succeeded.

You are probably new at this and you have a lot to learn. Heck, I’ve been at it for 8 years and I still have a lot to learn. The good news is that there are great resources that I can show you to get you going. You just need to not quit.

But Rome was not built in a day. Your online business will not be either. This is going to be something you are going to work at for a while.

The thing is, I want you to succeed. Your success is a direct reflection of me, but you have to do the lion’s share of the work. Just remember, it should be fun. If it is not, you need to rethink your niche.

briefcase-full-of-moneyWhen will I start making money?

You should expect your first briefcase stuffed with cash to arrive at your house within three business minutes of the launch of your brand new website that nobody has ever heard of. There will also be world peace and an end to homelessness and hunger.


The only thing I can say about when you will start making money with absolute certainty is, “I don’t know.”

I was just talking to a young lady yesterday who made her first conversion (money from her online business). She had been at it for a whopping 4 days. So it is possible you could start making money right away, but I would caution you that it is highly unlikely.

It took me about six months before I saw my first dollar of revenue from an online business. And even that was pence. I had worked so hard that I did not know if I should laugh or cry. Success does not cover overnight, but if you are diligent and learn the right way to do things (and continue learning) success cannot evade you. I did it the wrong way so you don’t have to. I’m a sucker, remember?

Work from home.

Did you think of your niche? Did you create your free website? If not, what are you waiting for? Success wants to be found. Isn’t it about time you built your own wealth instead of building someone else’s?

Remember, I’m hear to help. I’d love to hear your thoughts. Please leave me a comment or question below.

How to Create a Website for Free

If you are going to build a business online, what do you think the very first thing you are going to need will be? Cash? A business plan? Wrong. You need a website! And I can show you how to create a website for free. You don’t even need a computer. That’s not right. Of course you need a computer.

Pick a niche

marketing-successFirst things first, let’s think about what your online business will be. It does not have to be an eCommerce or internet sales idea but it certainly can be. You can monetize a website that is about anything. In the online business world this is what we call a niche. I highly recommend that you pick something that you enjoy doing or talking about. Pick a hobby or a passion. It will make the content creation for your website a lot easier.

Do you love hiking? You could create a website that talks about that? What about fishing? I could write a thousand blog posts about angling the trout streams in the Shenandoah Mountains. How about music? Everyone loves music. You could write reviews for albums or if you’re anything like my wife who is a walking encyclopedia of rock & roll you could write about music history.

One thing you need to do though is make your niche very pointed. What I mean by this is make it narrow. You want to target something specific. I think the biggest problem a lot of people have with their niche is they make it too broad.

Suppose you chose the niche “exercise”. That’s a really good one because the trend today is to workout more and to have a healthier lifestyle as opposed to when I was growing up which was to not work out at all and to eat big macs. But what kind of exercise do you want to target? Is it body building (which is not just for body builders), aerobics, crossfit, jazzersize, P90X… That list could go on and on.

The point is you want to target just one specific thing. One that you are or can become an expert in because while creating your website is easy, building its content is going to be some pretty hard work. But don’t forget that hard work can be fun as long as you pick something you enjoy. Hard work does not have to be hard!

Pick a website name

Once you’ve decided on a niche for your website it’s time to pick a website name. If you are going to create a free website it will be what is called a sub-domain. That’s just a fancy word for a site that is hosted on another site.



  1. a subdivision of a domain.
    “artificial intelligence is a hazily defined field with two related subdomains”
      an Internet domain which is part of a primary domain.
      “within the .us domain, there are subdomains for the fifty states”

Suppose I selected the niche “body building”. You want your domain name to reflect what the site is going to be about. But don’t overthink it. We are starting with a free website but at some point you may want to purchase a domain. This is definitely not required but it is something to keep on mind. So let’s head over to NameCheap and check for domain availability.

For my niche I like the name Build a Better Body. Let’s check that. Here’s how to do that.

Once on NameCheap and you’ll be greeted with a search form that looks like this:


Now that I’m there, I’ll punch buildabetterbody into the search form (where it says “Find your new domain name”) and click the “Search” button. After a few seconds NameCheap will display the results for the website domain we’re searching for.

Rats! buildabetterbody.com is taken. We could select the dot net offering but I really prefer to get the dot com. I’m from the US and that’s what most people are used to and I want my targeted audience to be able to find me quickly and easily.


As you can see, we do have the option to make an offer to buy buildabetterbody.com but that is not something I would do or ever recommend. You want to pay retail and whoever owns the site is probably going to want an inflated price. Let’s try something different.

How about “bodybuildingresults”? Jackpot! I like that name better anyway.


As you can see, we got the shopping cart button on that one, so bodybuildingresults.com is available. You can purchase it if you like. It is only around $11 (at the time of this writing), but we are concentrating on doing this for free. I just like to see if the domain is available when building my free sites. It makes swapping them to a domain I own easier if I decide to do that down the road.

At this stage, I’m not going to purchase the domain. If that domain does sell (which is not likely) before I decide to buy the domain it is not going to hurt me at all. I just might have to make some changes to some of my content if I’m referencing it as a brand. I just want you to be aware that at some point you are probably going to want to buy a domain so you can develop your brand, but it is definitely not required. You can do everything for free.

OK, so we’ve selected our niche and picked a good domain name. You know what time it is now?

Time to create your free website

There are scores of places that offer free website creation. At some point or another I’ve probably been on most of them just to check out their features. Some of them are pretty good and offer some decent web authoring tools. But remember, we’re not just building a website here. We are building a business. The absolute, hands down, best place to host your business website is Wealthy Affiliate. Checkout my review of their product and create your starter account here.

Wealthy Affiliate supports building a website with WordPress which is not only the most popular blogging tool on the planet, but it also a very robust content management platform. That’s fancy talk for a way to create your website content. It also allows you to create and manipulate menus, widgits and controls the look and feel of your site. There are over 29,000 plugins for WordPress to help you get the look and feel that you want.

If you’re a techie like me, you can also get your hands dirty and write some code (in php) to further customize your site.

Once you have created your starter account and are logged in, roll up your sleeves and let’s get ready to create your fee website.

Put your mouse pointer over the light blue menu item on the left side of your screen that reads “SiteRubix”. In the sub-menu that pops up will be “SiteBuilder”. Click “Go” on that.


You will then be brought to the page that will build your website for you. Remember, we are concentrating on doing this for free, but if you ever purchase a domain, you will come to this same screen to create your website with it.

For step 1 you want to click on “A Free Website” and a dialog will appear below it. Punch your domain name you selected earlier in that dialog. For me, I’m entering bodybuildingresults.


Remember when I talked about sub-domains a few minutes ago? Your site will be a sub-domain of siterubix.com and its web address will look like this: bodybuildingresults.siterubix.com. It’s basically telling all of the servers out there on the public internet that it is a website within a website. Sort of.

For Step 2, you want to add a name. This is pretty unimportant. It is just how your website will be displayed within the Wealthy Affiliate interface. I usually name mine the same as my website. You can change it later if you want, but you cannot change your domain name. Ever. You can create a new domain and transfer all of your content to your new site but that’s a topic for later.


In Step 3 you will select your theme. Your theme is how your website will look when people visit it. A Wealthy Affiliate starter account has limited themes. If you upgrade to a premium account you will have access to thousands. But for now, just look through the starter themes and select one that you think looks good.

I’m a fan of clean looking sites. It is your content that is going to make your site popular, not the look and feel, but let’s not downplay that too much. As a normal, rational thinking human being, I am attracted to shiny objects. The better your site looks, the more apt someone will be to read its pages and posts and the longer they will stay on it.

Scroll through the themes and demo a couple of them by clicking the demo button on that particular theme. I like the “Hero” theme for my website, so I’m selecting that. You can change this later if you decide you like a different theme.


Finally, I’m ready to build my free website. At the bottom of your page you should see a grayish looking box with a big blue button in the middle of it. Click it and standby. You’re a few seconds away from having your free website.


Wait for it…


Wait for it…

Bam! You’re done. You are now the proud parent of your very own free business website. (Make sure your business is sucker free.) See. That was easy.

Alright, as I always preach on Sucker Free Online Business, there is now some hard work to do. If you check out your site, you will see it’s void of anything useful.


You need to get busy creating content for your website. But as long as you were smart and followed my advice about picking a niche you are interested in, that hard work does not have to be hard.

You can checkout your website and log into the content management by clicking the links on the page that displayed after your website was built. Click on “Domain Name” to visit your site. If you want to log into your site to manage the content and look and feel,  click the “Login Now” button under “Your Website Administrator Users”.


You probably need some help in getting started in your content creation. I highly recommend that you follow Kyle’s training at Wealthy Affiliate. He is one of the owners over there and a really smart guy. Click the green “Getting Started” button in the upper left hand portion of your screen and you will be brought to the beginning of some really fantastic training. If you follow his training carefully, you will soon have a revenue producing website.

How to Create a Website for Free

I hope you have enjoyed my guide on how to create a website for free. It has been fun for me to write. If you get stuck or have any questions at all, feel free to ask in the comments.