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Saturday, June 30, 2012

The Most Surprising Market by Marc Charles

The Most Surprising Market This Year

A Legitimate Way of Making Money In It

6:53 AM

Dear Friend:

I was shocked to learn how much money Karin made each month in this market. 

But what really surprised me was how little she worked!

I was introduced to Karin M. at an after-hours meet-up with Internet entrepreneurs in Boston recently.

I’ll show you how Karin makes money online.

I’m fairly savvy when it comes to legitimate web-based business opportunities. 

But sometimes I get blindsided by a new product, service, or market. 

That's what happened this time! 

But don’t worry, we haven’t missed the boat. This market is still taking baby steps, so there’s plenty of opportunity.

What’s more, there are four or five ways to make money in this market, so there a plenty of options for you. 

I’ll show you how Karin is doing it.

I Couldn’t Believe My Eyes

I walked into a room full of woman, music playing, and gourmet food on a table with everyone drinking wine. They were laughing and having a blast.

They were scrapbooking.
I’m not kidding!

The woman were laughing and talking, pasting pictures, cutting stuff out, arranging mementos and putting stuff into beautiful albums. 

This is one of the hottest trends in the country right now.

A trend within the market is called "mini-albums." 

Mini-albums are popular because they're so easy to put together. 

A full family scrapbook can take weeks, months, or even years to complete. One woman told me some books are never completed, just revised, updated and changed.
Mini-albums can be completed in one evening.

My friend Karin noticed this trend and figured out a way to make money from it, without going to an office, sacrificing time with her husband and kids, and it took almost nothing in startup cash.

Scrapbookers spend a lot of money on blank scrapbooks, mini-albums, and supplies. These supplies are typically purchased at craft or fabric stores. You can even buy supplies at your local supermarket now. This should tell you the “masses” are into this trend big time.

Anyway, the one thing scrapbookers have in common is shopping for supplies and they know where to get a deal.

Offering scrapbooking products online is a great way to tap into this $5 billion trend.
That’s what Karin does. She sells scrapbooking supplies online. But Karin has never carried one cent of inventory, she’s an affiliate.
An affiliate drives traffic and buyers to a website where they can make purchases. When purchases are made the affiliate earns a percentage or a commission on each sale.
There’s typically no cost to join an affiliate program.
Karin told me her key to success as a scrapbook affiliate is two-fold:
1.    She only partners with a company which is already successful in the market and moving product, such as, Jo Anne Fabric, and Oriental Trading.
2.    Getting paid accurately and on time is a big deal. Karin said the companies that mess around with affiliates typically don’t last.
As a scrapbook supplies affiliate your main focus will be on marketing.
When you join an affiliate program you'll receive a unique URL "link" or image (with the link embedded).
When someone "clicks" on this link or image, they’ll be redirected to a scrapbooking supplies retailer.
When a person makes a purchase by using the link you provided ... you earn a commission.
It’s really simple.
You're probably thinking it'll take you forever to make any money.
Not true!
Karin M. started making money her second full week as an affiliate. At first she used hundreds of cheap “text links” provided by
When she started making a couple of hundred dollars a week she added Google AdWords and Yahoo! ad word advertising. Karin said this is when her scrapbooking affiliate strategy kicked into high gear.
If you think that’s neat, you’ll love this….
Karin is an affiliate with several companies, including!
When you can partner with a company and brand like – it’s a very good thing.
Karin started selling actual scrapbooking supplies online this year. She sells on eBay, and
Karin buys scrapbooking supplies from national wholesale companies at deep discounts.
But when I told Karin about my new book and course called China Wholesale Trader she almost kissed me.
China Wholesale Trader shows how to import products easily, quickly and safely from reputable Chinese manufactures and exporters.
In many cases you can import scrapbooking supplies for pennies or dimes on the dollar.
Two sites I recommend in my book are and
Two Search Engine Marketing Tips
If you become an affiliate, or if you sell on a website or on eBay, here’s an insider tip.
The top search engines (like Google) rank the relevancy of the content on each web page.
So, don’t just list hundreds of scrapbooking products on a website. Add a simple description, review or comments from scrapbookers by each listing.
Think of They don’t just list products with a picture and a price. Amazon provides comments, reviews, feedback and more.
Granted, it takes time to write reviews and comments. But you’ll only have to do it once for each product.
You can do this on any website which is selling products too!
A site with comments and reviews will ALWAYS rank higher in the search results.
If your site appears in the first or second page of the Google search results you'll have more traffic and business than you can handle!
What's more, don't forget about selling scrapbook supplies on eBay,,, Yahoo! Marketplace, and AOL Marketplace.
These are monster traffic sites.
Tip #2 – Thrust Relevant Websites near the Top of Google Search Results
An SEO tactic I learned three or four years ago is still paying off today. It’s super simple and won’t cost you a dime.
You can post websites and blogs on the Internet for next to nothing today. You can host them for free at places like
But having a website or blog no one sees is worthless. So….here’s a trick I use to get websites and blog at or near the top of Google search results (and it’ll work in the other engines too).
Put your domain name in the “title page” meta tag. Put your “title page” name in the meta tag keywords FIRST, and put your “title page” name in your “site description” meta tag.
If you don’t know what any of this means, just give the instructions to you webmaster. Don’t ask for your webmaster’s opinion or advice, just tell him or her to follow directions.
Like this:
Domain name:
Title Page Name: – Scrapbook Supplies
Keywords:, scrapbook supplies, etc.
Description: offers the best scrapbook supplies at the best price – period.
When this is done submit your URL into the Google database here
Make sure you have relevant scrapbook content, articles, links to relevant sites and product reviews.
In two to three weeks you’ll notice your site at or near the top of the Google search results….and you should start seeing some nice traffic.
Scrapbooking and craft supplies are a multi-billion-dollar market. You can easily profit from this rising trend!

Marc Charles
“The King of Business Opportunities”

(Ed Note:  Marc Charles is referred to as "The King of Business Opportunities" ....and for good reason. He should be known as "The King of Legitimate Business Opportunities"...because he's launched, bought, sold reviewed and advised on hundreds of businesses and money making opportunities. He understands legitimate opportunities. Marc has agreed supply League of Power members with crucial updates regarding legitimate business and money making opportunities.)
Action Plan
Join a scrapbooking affiliate program.
Start marketing products with your unique URL link.
You can do this fairly inexpensively on sites like, TextlinkAds, and Linking Service.
Like Karin, when you start making a hundred dollars a week in commissions then you could consider Google, Yahoo! and Bing keyword ads.
Another approach to this market would be to import crafting supplies from Chinese manufacturers and exporters.
My two best recommendations would be and
Whether you choose to sell products yourself online or to become an affiliate ... the objective is to drive qualified traffic to a website or marketplace or use your affiliate link.
Valuable Resources: (cheap imported crafting supplies)

Scrapbook Expo USA (the largest scrapbook trade show on the planet)

Sunday, June 24, 2012

A Prospects Produced Millions in Sales by Marc Charles

The "A" Prospect Advantage
by Marc Charles

No matter what you’re selling, your job will be a lot easier of you target your marketing efforts to “A” prospects. By that I mean pre-qualified buyers – people who have already purchased what you’re selling. Ideally, they’ve done it recently (and often).

“B” prospects are people who have shown an interest in what you’re selling – maybe by calling a toll-free number, sending an e-mail, or writing a letter to ask for more information. They’re interested, and they’ve acted on that interest. That’s great.

But they’re not nearly as valuable to you as “A” prospects.

Where do you find these primo prospects?

First, go to your own list of buyers. Always target them when you create a new product similar to one they’ve bought from you before. Then go directly to a company that has successfully sold products like yours. Rent their mailing lists. Their buyers should respond well to your offer.

[Ed. Note: Small-business and marketing expert Marc Charles reveals a new "under the radar" business opportunity - and the marketing tactic you can use to take advantage of it - every month in The League of Power

He's joined by experts in real estate, commodities, and retirement planning, and others who specialize in making money "off Wall Street." Find out more here.]

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Are Email Newsletters and eLetters Dead? by Marc Charles

6:04 AM

Dear Entrepreneur:

Publishing a profitable e-mail newsletter (or ezine) is easier than you think.

I’ve been publishing profitable e-mail newsletters since 1998, and you can too.
I made about $20,000 in my first year as an e-mail publisher, which is chicken feed for most entrepreneurs. 

But I’ve learned a lot of new stuff since then, like how e-mail publishing really works - and I have the bankroll to prove it!

Granted, the economy is in a depression right now. I knew this was coming and that’s why this book on advertising sales is considered the “standard”: 

Amazing Formulas Guarantee Advertising Sales: How to Increase Advertising Sales in a Recession, Depression or Raging Bull Market. 

Amazing Formulas

The ad market is different today than it was in 2001.

But believe me when I tell you this….

Companies are still buying advertising!

On top of that, some experts say there are more than 500,000 active Google AdWords advertisers spending an average of $500 month on keyword ads.

So…there are advertisers.

And contrary to what you may have read on the Internet - you don’t need a boatload of money to increase ad sales, technical expertise, or even writing skills!

You’ll need a few things though - and that’s what I’ll show you today.
Mel Strocen has been publishing profitable e-zines since 1997. His e-zine (SiteProNews) is mailed to more than 500,000 opt-in subscribers (twice a week). 

All of Mel’s subscribers have requested his newsletter. (That’s what the term “opt-in” means.)

Look, publishing a profitable e-zine - one which makes a net profit after expenses - probably sounds hard or even impossible - but I’m here to tell you it can be done!

On top of that, you can start publishing an e-zine by the end of the day... I’m not kidding, and you can do it even on a shoestring budget.

I’ve done it, Mel Strocen has done it, and thousands of other people are doing it as we speak. You can too.

And listen… all this junk about e-zines being replaced with RSS feeds, YouTube videos, and iPodcasts is a bunch of hogwash. 

Granted, those channels, including the iPhone, are changing the way content is delivered to subscribers. 

But believe me, e-zines and e-mail newsletters are NOT dead.

Do you think email communication will die, or be replaced with texting?

In some cases YES. Twitter has proven this.

But email newsletters and discussion lists are alive and well.

A profitable e-zine can produce a nice side income, even when you start out small. If you devote more time to it, it can bring in even more money.

There’s no doubt in my mind that applications like RSS (Really Simple Syndication) - which bypasses e-mail filters because it’s not e-mail - will have an impact on Internet publishing, but there are still unlimited opportunities for entrepreneurs to make money with e-mail newsletters and e-zines.

How to Launch a Profitable E-zine in Your Spare Time

Grab a copy of Amazing Formulas That Guarantee Advertising Sales.
The book has become an underground bestseller.
There’s a chapter in the book devoted to a technology-publishing icon and advertising sales master by the name of Bill Ziff.
If you Google Bill Ziff, you’ll get an idea of what he accomplished. His publishing empire was worth almost a billion dollars when he retired.
Bill Ziff’s formula for increasing advertising sales has become legendary in the publishing industry.
You see, there are basically only two basic types of e-zine or e-mail newsletter that can make you money:
1. A free e-mail publication that attracts paying advertisers
2. A subscription-based e-mail publication, where the readers pay an annual or monthly fee
Most publishers love the paid-subscription model, because it’s almost entirely automated and it’s fairly simple to set up the e-commerce (recurring billing with PayPal or credit card billing).
But, as we all know, people are hesitant to pay for an e-mail newsletter or for exclusive access to a website. It’s much easier to get subscribers to opt-in to a free publication - and with Bill Ziff’s formula, you can make yours very profitable.
Ziff developed a way to make free publications extremely attractive to advertisers by mastering the art of “controlled circulation.”
The idea of “controlled circulation” is that only “qualified subscribers in a particular job or industry” will receive it.
You’ll need to decide which of these two methods works best for your situation. Both models depend on attracting subscribers in order to increase revenues - and both models work.
I’ll let you in on a secret. You can make A LOT of money with a free e-zine by selling products on the back end, too. (The back end is all the products you can sell to people who are already customers or readers of your e-zine.)
For most start-up entrepreneurs, a free e-zine is the fastest and easiest way to get started in this business - and it is probably the fastest way to profitability.
10 Proven Ways to Build an Active Subscriber List
One reason most e-mail publications fail to rise above “junk status” has to do with a lack of salesmanship on the part of the publisher (or writers).
If you want people to subscribe to your e-zine, you have to “sell them the benefits.”

There are very few e-zine publishers that can compare to Early to Rise (ETR) when it comes to “selling the benefits” of subscribing. ETR has built a subscriber list of more than 400,000 LOYAL readers by mastering the basics.
Here are the FASTEST WAYS I know to build an opt-in subscriber list:
1. Build a companion website for your publication, newsletter, or RSS feed and submit (and resubmit) it to the top 15 search engines.
2. Buy similar subscriber lists from other publishers or from publishers who are going out of business. This is tricky because of privacy policies - but it’s done every single day.
3. Promote. Promote. Promote. Advertise your publication in similar publications. Buy keywords on the top five search engines. Rent subscriber mailing lists for similar hard-copy publications.
4. Write articles in newsletters that reach a similar audience to yours. Use a tagline at the end of the article that includes a link to your website or e-zine sign up page. Do a search on Google for “article marketing,” and you’ll get an idea of how big (and effective) it is. It works!
5. Establish a relentless press release strategy. (Online press release services like PRWeb and URLWire are good ones to use for this.) Develop a snail-mail address of key editors, writers, and columnists. If a major media outlet picks up your story, you could obtain thousands of subscribers overnight.

6. Advertise your publication. Advertising can be costly and a waste of money - but you can find deeply discounted remnant space (advertising units that are not as popular as other ad units on a site and are unsold) all over the place.

7. Attract movers and shakers who will invest in your publication or promote the heck out of it for you. Ask marketing guru Joe Vitale if this approach works for him. His News You Can Use e-zine reaches more than 50,000 people every week.
8. Develop e-mail publications for other people, especially well-known experts, celebrities, or “digerati.” Not only will you gain experience, you may be able to promote your own publications in them.
9. Launch a major publicity event. When publicity master Richard Branson announced Virgin Galactic’s intention to carry commercial passengers on space flights, his newsletter subscriber list exploded.
10. Encourage your subscribers to forward your publication to others. (If your content is really that good, people will do it even if you don’t ask them to.) That’s exactly how Phillip Kaplan grew the subscriber list for his newsletter to more than 276,000!
Oh yeah... and you can also develop your own search engine! I’m not kidding. Developing a search engine with the objective of building a subscriber list is one of the best kept secrets on the Internet today.
Mel Strocen developed a search-engine network with a view to building his opt-in subscriber lists. It was a stroke of genius.
When people submit their website URL into Mel’s search-engine database, they’re given an opportunity to opt in to receive his e-zine. His e-zine focuses on issues and topics that are of a concern to webmasters, site owners, and Internet marketers.
This method still works wonders for him (and hundreds of others), but it’s becoming increasingly difficult. People are now so inundated with e-mail, spam, publications, offers, etc., they just don’t bother opting in.
It’s one thing to get subscribers - but it’s something entirely different to KEEP THEM on your list and reading your e-zine.
Most e-zines are boring, and so people ignore them like the plague.
But developing a search engine with an eye toward capturing subscribers is not as hard as it may seem, nor as expensive. I’ve done it three times - and all of my search engines continue to produce a steady stream of new subscribers every month.
Massive Subscriber Lists Aren’t Everything
Granted, most big-time advertisers still have a mass-marketing mindset. That means they won’t even look at your publication (or respond to your e-mail) unless you have impressive subscriber numbers.
But advertisers will usually listen to a “controlled circulation” or “qualified audience” pitch - even if you don’t have hundreds of thousands of subscribers.
Subscriber numbers will always play a part in attracting top brands and advertisers. But for small e-mail publishers like Debbie Weil, massive subscriber counts aren’t that big a deal.
Debbie publishes the WordBiz Report ( She has subscribers in 87 countries - and her newsletter enjoys an impressive “open rate” (the number of messages that are opened by recipients, divided by the number of messages sent). A high open rate is a powerful selling point for advertisers.
The average open rate for e-zines is about 35 percent today. I’m aware of some e-zines that have 60 percent to 70 percent open rates. If your publication has an open rate above 70 percent, you probably have a very loyal audience... and you have a goldmine at your fingertips.
Advertisers love to hear about “loyal followers,” because it means your subscribers will read or see their pitch - which, in turn, means they can sell their products to them.
The NEW Advertorial Approach
Once you’ve got your e-zine up and running, you can consider another way to make it hugely profitable. It involves writing and publishing “advertorials.”
I’ve been involved in e-mail newsletter publishing since the mid 1990s.
In 1996, I began writing a column and reviewing websites for a venture called Yahoo! Unplugged. I reviewed more than 8,500 websites over a four-year period.
Yahoo! Unplugged was an HTML e-mail newsletter, website, and interactive CD that eventually became a hard-copy book. Yahoo! Unplugged was one of the first HTML e-mail newsletters on the Internet.
In 1998, I developed the first e-mail newsletter advertorial. An advertorial is similar to a regular article, but its goal is to promote a product or service. The advertorial approach made a lot of publishers (and direct marketers) a lot of money - and I was able to stuff some cash into my pocket, too.
The reason publishers made so much money with advertorials is because they could charge advertisers a premium for them. Ad sales gurus (like me) made money because direct marketers and advertisers bought advertorials in droves.
Anyway, it took time for some publishers and editors (and especially ad agencies) to embrace the “advertorial” concept. Advertorials were definitely “outside of the box.”
Advertorials are similar to infomercials. The best ones are actually “edutainment.” (Don’t worry… I won’t start throwing new techno jargon at you. I can’t stand it either.) Edutainment is a neat concept and definitely a rising trend. Edutainment is simply educating and entertaining people at the same time, but with a very specific goal in mind.
Advertorials have come full circle. Companies and direct marketers are embracing advertorials, infomercials, and edutainment now because they usually produce phenomenal results (and sales).
Today you can find advertorials, infomercials, and edutainment everywhere. What’s more, advertorials can be very profitable for e-zine publishers.
And that’s where you come in.
Whatever angle you pursue with regards to e-zine publishing, be sure to include advertorials and dedicated e-mails (an e-mail ad that a third party sends to their subscribers on your behalf) in the mix.
To give you an idea of the kind of money you can make with advertorials and dedicated mailings, let’s consider Mel Strocen’s SiteProNews. A dedicated mailing or advertorial to SiteProNews subscribers costs about $5,500 - and they’re usually sold out six months in advance.
Most publishers realize there’s a limit to the number of dedicated mailings or advertorials that you can send to subscribers.
If you barrage subscribers with irrelevant dedicated e-mails and advertorials seven days a week (or more), they often become irritated and delete them before opening them. Not good.
If you track the open rates of your e-zine and/or advertorials (which is easy to do), you’ll notice a drop off in openings if too many “irrelevant” mailings are sent too often.
That’s a technical side of e-zine publishing - and I said you don’t need to know all that stuff. But it’s a good idea to moderate dedicated and advertorial e-mail promotions to your subscribers. Mel Strocen only sends two dedicated e-mails to his subscriber base each week.
Some of the time, advertisers like to write the advertorials themselves because they can boast about their products “in the third person” and get away with it.
But the best advertorials are usually written by seasoned copywriters who understand an advertiser’s audience and market.
The Focus of Your Publication
I’ve talked about ways to make your Internet publication profitable: by building your subscriber base, by attracting advertisers and/or paying subscribers, and by selling dedicated stand- alone e-mails or advertorials to direct marketers and advertisers.
But now let’s talk about the focus of your publication.
It’s always better to focus on something that you’re passionate about. I know you’ve probably heard that 1,000 times, but it’s a valid point.
If you’re passionate (not just excited) about something, you’ll stick with it for as long as it takes to make it work. (Of course, the flip side of this is that your idea may be really stupid or one that advertisers won’t support.)
I started an e-zine in 1997 that focused on contrarian investments and bear market angles. This, in the face of a major bull market! That e-zine is still being published, and we have three advertisers that have been with us since the beginning. The point is, I kept the e-zine focused. That kept subscribers - and advertisers - happy.
Profitable Publishing Made Easy
The key to profitable e-zine publishing is to target a niche or topic that has some legs to it.
What types of e-zines are making money today?
What types of e-zines ALREADY attract advertisers?
For example, Angela Hoy lives in Bangor, Maine and publishes an e-zine called Writers Weekly. It is one of the best e-zines on the Internet that focuses on how to get paid writing jobs and projects. She has a constant flow of paid advertisers. Angela also offers courses on the Web and via e-mail. She calls this venture Writers Weekly University - and offers courses for between $25 and $745!
Another example of profitable e-zine publishing is Matt Mickiewicz. He launched his e-zine, SitePoint, in 2000 - and currently has more than 97,000 opt-in subscribers. He offers advertising in the e-zine and on his website - but Matt told me he also makes a nice profit on his “How To” e-books and courses.
Both of these entrepreneurs started with very little capital. But they’re passionate about their niches - and they continually build their opt-in subscriber lists using the 10 methods that I mentioned above.
Matt and Angela consistently attract quality advertisers, and they also sell great back-end products to their subscribers - increasing their cash flow.
That’s it - profitable e-zine publishing in a nutshell.
 It’s a good idea to have a companion website for your e-zine - for many reasons.
For one thing, if you have a companion website, the major search engines and directories are more likely to “pick it up” and include it in their index.
If Google, Yahoo!, MSN, Lycos, LookSmart, or any of the other top engines includes your website in their database - you could receive a constant flow of new subscribers for your publication. Free targeted advertising is a good thing!
If your companion website is featured on the first or second search-results page, there’s a good chance you’ll receive monster traffic to your site.
You can also create a blog and bypass the companion website approach because most of the top search engines are now indexing blogs (with unique domains) in their databases - that’s a big deal and very cool!
If you want to attract advertisers - you will need a substantial (but not necessarily huge) subscriber list. Prospective advertisers will often ask about your subscribers (who are they and what do they do?). Advertisers often like to know how many subscribers are on your list.
Your first goal should be to reach 500 to 1,000 subscribers ASAP - and you can use the tools that I listed above to do it.
Whether you decide to go with a free publication or one that is subscription-based, your subscriber list is king. So building your subscriber list should be your first priority.

Have fun!


The King of Business Opportunities

Additional Resources:
Constant Contact (do-it-yourself e-mail newsletters)
iContact (do-it-yourself e-mail publishing and RSS)
E-mail Universe (publishing strategies)
E-Newsletters Network (hundreds of free advertising-supported e-zines)
Lockergnome (Chris Pirillo - one man e-zine machine)
SiteProNews (Mel’s webmaster e-zine)
MailDog Manager (for help formatting e-mail newsletters)
Fagan Finder (everything you ever wanted to know about RSS publishing)
O’Reilly (another great RSS resource)
Dennis Kennedy (a great resource, period)
ETR’s 2007 Info-Marketing Bootcamp
The E-zine Directory (hundreds of free e-zines)
Ad Sales Guru (increase advertising sales for your e-zine quickly)

Saturday, June 16, 2012

How to Make Money in the Internet “Underbelly” by Marc Charles

How to Make Money in the Internet “Underbelly”

7:22 AM

Dear Entrepreneur:

There's a battle raging beneath the Internet. 

I’ll show you how to produce a nice income for yourself…in a great side business. 

Or you can choose to leverage this market in a bigger way.

Here’s the deal…..

Like I said….there’s a war taking place in the Internet’s “underbelly”. It’s like the movie The Matrix, but this is real not a fantasy.

And actually, it’s not limited to the Internet. This warfare is taking place on corporate intranets, extranets, wireless networks and everywhere in between.
About the only place you won’t find a battle is on “dead drops”. Which are “off Internet” style P2P file sharing zones such as

The problems are being caused by pesky little things called "bug variants."
A "bug variant" is a conscious software programming error which can have many different negative side effects. 

For example, bug variants in Web browsers cause security breaches, deceptive downloads, automatic redirects and malicious viruses.

"Variants" are new strains of viruses which borrow code from other known viruses. 

A letter or letters following the virus family name usually identifies the variants.
For example, AgentBKY, SmallDAM, VBS.LoveLetter.B., VBS.LoveLetter.C., and WareZOV are all “bug variants”.

Bug variants are easy to understand for people who know the basics of programming, viruses, and software architecture. 

But get this.

There are incredible money making opportunities surrounding “bug variants” and the programming warfare taking place as we speak.

Heck….network security is the fastest growing sector in information technology!

One opportunity is professional hacking

Granted, you might not be tech savvy or even have an interest in this area. But you might know someone who is. Give them this information today!

What’s more, you can also invest in entrepreneurs and companies who are successful in network security, encryption, virus detection, IT forensics and professional hacking.

Believe me…this is a HOT rising trend.

Who would have guessed you could make money by eradicating bug variants on the Internet? 

But it's true! 

Programming, professional hacking and network security is a legitimate business opportunity and the demand is growing like wildfire.

Robert Graham, founder and CEO of Errata Security, said, "We’re seeing kids playing and pretending to be masterminds, but recently, we saw the rise of the professional hacker. Many hackers are graduating into the professional ranks too. This development carries serious implications for corporate security."
And this is the opportunity for professional hackers.

How to Make Money as a Professional Hacker

One of the best ways to get started as a professional hacker is to start hacking. 

I’m serious.

There are thousands of books and online tutorials available to help bring you up to speed. 

But my 18-year-old son assures me the best “hacking” information and tutorials are posted online, in hacking forums, gaming chat rooms, and on encrypted websites. 

Hackers get a "kick" out of divulging their escapades!

As Graham points out, ordinary programmers in a “job” write code to pay the bills.

But professional freelance hackers think of this as something to do for fun.
Most hackers are delighted to find someone willing to pay them to do it. But for many hackers, money is secondary or even relevant. 

Don't get me wrong. 

I'm not suggesting your break into professional hacker to screw things up, steal, or cause malicious problems for people and businesses.

I'm confident if more people learn how to hack and become "tech savvy" with regards to bug variants, viruses, and other network security issues, there will be fewer opportunities for wayward geeks to get their thrills.

The big money is in providing this service for large corporations, governments, military, education, health care, and e-commerce. 

My preference would be to approach this market as a freelancer rather than an in-house hacker or in a “job”. 

Granted, you may have to work with a company on a part-time or intern basis to get your feet wet.

There’s a new job title in networking and security circles, it’s called a "Chief Hacking Officer." 

I’m not kidding.

There were hundreds of freelance programmer and hacker opportunities posted online on sites like CodeWalkers,, and DICE.
If you review these postings you’ll become familiar with what companies are looking for when it comes to professional hackers. 

Many times professional hackers will also be referred to as “code specialists” and security programmers. But either way you’ll begin to see a tremendous need for professional hackers.

On top of that, the windows of opportunity have opened in three new sectors too: Google hacking, mobile phone (and iPhone) hacking, and Linux hacking. You can also join in the fun with online games.

This market is growing in leaps and bounds.  Google “hacking” and you’ll see what I mean.

On top of that, the money making potential in this sector is serious business.

Your humble host,

Marc Charles

(Ed Note:  Marc Charles is referred to as "The King of Business Opportunities" ....and for good reason. He should be known as "The King of Legitimate Business Opportunities"...because he's launched, bought, sold reviewed and advised on hundreds of businesses and money making opportunities. He understands legitimate opportunities. Marc has agreed supply League of Power members with crucial updates regarding legitimate business and money making opportunities.)

******* Action Strategy *******
If you're new to hacking, and you have an interest in it, it’s fairly simple to bring yourself up to speed. 

One of the best ways to learn hacking is on hacking websites, forums, discussion lists, and IT Security websites which are devoted to the area.
There are a certification courses in "ethical hacking" too.

The Security Certified Network Architect (SCNA) offers one of the most respected courses. 

If you're already proficient at programming and hacking and you want to start making money, the fastest way to get started is by posting your availability on the most popular security boards.  I’ve included a ton of links to them in the Valuable Resources section.

Simply post your qualifications and expertise or interest on the top hacking sites and forums. 

I realize there’s a huge demand for a “high-level” security experts and hackers is with larger companies, corporations, governments, military, etc.

But there are plenty of opportunities in the small and medium sized business market too.

Direct marketing should be a part of any fast start strategy.

Most freelance programmers and hackers think marketing is a “sin” (and I know because I’ve hired, trained and worked with dozens of them).

But a simple, persuasive sales letter sent via FedEx to "A Prospects" (companies who hire professional hackers and security experts on a regular basis) could be very effective at securing projects.

Another approach is entering hacking tournaments.

If you place in the top percentile of these high-profile competitions, you'll have more work and offers than you could ever handle. 

DEFCON hosts one of the largest hacking events in the world. 

You can also post a website or blog and “lace” it with security, virus and hacking terms with SEO and SEM in mind.

I helped a freelance programmer recently post his bio and expertise with a simple website and domain for under $100. He told me he receives quality traffic, inquires and leads every week. He hosts his bio/website free of charge on

Now we’re talking!

Look….it’s simple. 

The security, hacking and virus sector of programming is a HOT rising trend. If you can hack and you know how to market and close contracts you’ll have more work and projects then you can handle.
Have fun!
Please send me your feedback and thoughts!

************ Valuable Resources**************

Top Freelance Hacking Job and Projects
IT Jobs Post (UK)
Security Focus Jobs
Craigs List
Premier Hacking Competitions
LinuxSecurity (announcements)
Ghetto Hackers
Hack in the Box (announcements)
Additional Hacking Resources (Hacking school, competitions, tools, forums, etc.)
The Network Administrator
Astalavista (fast crack engine)
Hacker Threads
How to Become a Hacker
Hackers World Portal
Phrack (digital hacker's magazine)
2600 - The Hacker Quarterly
CIO Magazine

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Too Many Scams! by Marc Charles

 Too Many Scams!

7:02 AM
Question: Marc, I'm frustrated.  I've spent a small fortune on every conceivable home business opportunity and online money making deal. 90% of them are a joke! Most Internet marketers are nothing more than shills and hucksters. I value your opinion and insight...and every time you've recommended something its been valuable. Is anything legitimate?

Marc Charles:

Wow.....I enjoyed your email! If you apply this attitude to business you'll make a fortune!

But first I need to defend my fellow hucksters and business opportunity salesmen.

I'm serious.

Yes......there are cons, shills, crooks and everything in between in the world today. I could devote a dozen books to all of the crooks I've met in my life and in business.

Ironically, it was one such con artist where I had the most fun in business. I was young entrepreneur but I couldn't believe how resourceful this guy was. In one business venture this guy started offering handguns as premiums! And it worked! The stupid phone rang off the hook for two weeks straight.

Anyway, the problem is not finding legitmate business opportunities or money making ventures.

You could STOP ordering books, courses, tapes, DVDs, special reports, newsletters, conferences, eBooks, webinars and everything in between today, and you would have all of the information you need to run a profitable business and make money.

I'm not kidding.

You need to stop looking for "the secret" formula. The "secret" formula does not exist. There is NOTHING new under the sun.

What you need to acquire is wisdom and understanding.

95% of what you buy from someone else will not impart wisdom and understanding. This is a BIG lesson to learn.

I encourage people to look for the "essense" of a busienss opportunity or money making venture.

The "essense" is what you really need to make a business go.

And ironically...."essense" is the one thing which is not available when you buy or start a business.

Now...this doesn't mean people can't or won't help you.

This blog is a good example. I'm not charging a nickel for this wisdom. I'm also willing to help almost anyone who has PROVEN they have a passion to learn.

But when you order information products, books, courses and the rest......look for the "essense".

When you understand the "essense" of a business or money making formula, and YOU APPLY this will gain wisdom.

It's a big deal.....and this is 100% true and accurate.

I hope that helps!!

I look forward to hearing from you.


Marc Charles
Fellow Huckster

Sticky Business by Marc Charles

The “Sticky Business” Factor
By Marc Charles

A business partner said my idea was too “sticky”.

He meant it in a bad way. But at least he said it with a smile on his face.

My partner was referring to a business with endless tentacles, paperwork, overhead costs, government red tape and a potential lawsuit magnet.

I’m sure you’ve heard about or been involved with a “sticky” business on some level.  I tend avoid them like the plague.

That’s why I was surprised when my partner suggested my idea was too “sticky”…..the nerve.
In my launching, reviewing and advising hundreds of business ideas and products over the last 29 years or so, only a fraction of them could be considered “non-stick”.

However, that doesn’t mean sticky businesses aren’t profitable.

The “stickiest” business I ever saw was also one of the most profitable….transporting hazardous (and nuclear) waste. 

The entrepreneurs who worked this venture could make $20,000 to $70,000 per load. The cost (and headaches) of running this business included retrofitted tractor trailers, maintenance (cleaning), drivers, government inspections, insurance, fuel, special licenses and certifications.
I wouldn’t recommend transporting hazardous waste for anyone without political connections, world class insurance, smart people and very deep pockets. 

On top of that, you’ll need nerves of steel. My friends were threatened, shot at and their transport vehicles were sabotaged. 

There is a boatload of businesses in the “non-stick” category. When I dissected the business idea I mentioned earlier for my partner he reluctantly agreed it wasn’t as “sticky” as he thought….the nerve.

Granted, nothing is “non-stick” or problem free all the time.

The bestselling “non-stick” frying pans rarely offer a money back guarantee should something stick.

A great “non-stick” business I found focuses on a hot rising trend called China. 

Actually, the business focuses on Chinese products, commerce and worldwide demand. I’ll tell you about it in a second. 

But first, I’d like to show you some new things developing in China right now. These things leverage the opportunity in a big way.

According the Financial Times China has opened the floodgate of cash reserves to get their “export machine” cranked up again. Apparently some Chinese (in powerful places) believe the financial crisis the last two years is receding. 

Money is flowing to entrepreneurs and businesses again like it did pre-2007.

Granted, Brazil is getting the lion’s share of attention (and money) lately because they’re surpassing the US as China’s largest trading partner.

But entrepreneurs in any country can leverage the China trend and a “non-stick” business I discovered by becoming a “finder”…..more on this in a second.

Another issue is China’s currency.

Import and export entrepreneurs are wondering if they’ll suffer a backlash over China’s currency policy. It’s a no-brainer Chinese wants to control the value of their currency (Yuan) against all other currencies.

But China’s currency has a couple of things going for it. First, China’s economy is relatively stable compared to the US and other countries, and second they have low government debt.

I’m not an economist…but a sound economy and limited government typically increases the relative value of a currency.

In real world currency trading China won’t be able to “control” much of anything, if they plan to do business with other countries.

But overall the Chinese currency should play a major role in international commerce in a good way.

China needs trading partners to survive. The country does not have the resources to be self sufficient. That’s a good thing for the “non-stick” business I found.

China needs to make and export products to the world, as well as import and consume them.

China is a living, breathing money monster which needs to be fed.

Lastly….China’s population is still growing like wildfire despite all the restrictions on having kids.

According to the World Bank China’s population was 1.3 billion in 2009 (1,356,359,928 as of January 2011).

And get this….

Chinese planners want to merge nine cities around the Pearl River Delta in the southern part of the country. This would create the largest “mega city” in the world with a population of 42 million people. This is greater than the entire population of California (39 million)!

China has unlocked the cash vault, the population is skyrocketing and they need trading partners to survive.

A “non-stick” business opportunity…..

The opportunity is about bringing buyers and sellers together and earning a percentage of each deal. This is also referred to as an import export “finder”.

I saw this opportunity in action the first time in Wausau Wisconsin.

The entrepreneur was making money as a “finder” connecting buyers in China with sellers in the US. His product was the herb ginseng. The buyers were Chinese distributors and retail stores.  

The herb ginseng is still wildly popular in China.

The import export “finder” opportunity is one of the hottest “non-stick” opportunities around.

By “non-stick” I ‘m referring to a business minus the tentacles, paperwork, inventory, buildings, employees (unless you want them), red tape, and massive overhead costs.
When you’re a “finder” you match buyers with sellers or visa versa and make money if and when a transaction is completed.

In most cases a “finder” simply facilitate deals or makes introductions to prospective partners.
And the best part is the lawsuit magnet aspect is almost eliminated.
Granted, one downside to this business is the learning curve…..and don’t kid yourself, it takes time. There are no exceptions if you want to learn this business.

But in my research I stumbled on a website which can accelerate the learning curve a hundred fold.

On top of that, I was so impressed with the impact the site, market and trend was having on entrepreneurs I developed what became known as the China Wholesale Trader.

The China Wholesale Trader is the most comprehensive resource library, how to course and interactive community in the world. See what entrepreneurs are saying about it here.

China is on the move again and there’s money to be made.

China was crippled by the financial turmoil over the past two years just like every else. But they’ve opened the cash spigot enabling companies to import and export products again!

In addition, there are more than 70,000 importers and exporters registered on right now.

There are more than a million companies and entrepreneurs registered on Most of these companies and entrepreneurs are aggressively seeking business partners and deals as we speak.

People have compared AliExpress and to eBay.

But the comparison is weak.

eBay focuses on the consuming masses. And eBay is a great place to sell imported products!

AliExpress and focus on businesses and entrepreneurs.

This is one of the great “non-stick” business opportunities of the 21st century.

Is the opportunity a good fit for you? I’m not sure. But it’s worth a peak”.

Marc Charles is often referred to as "The King of Business Opportunities." He is a regular contributor to Early to Rise and League of Power, Sovereign Man and dozens of other publucations. He's written dozens of bestselling e-books, Kindles, courses, and special reports on business and moneymaking opportunities. He recently launched The China Wholesale Trader.