Monday, June 5, 2017

Making Money Monday- Facebook Pages

Meme added to the example Facebook page.
Today's video in this series is about utilizing Facebook's pages to make a bit of extra money with affiliate programs, or you can also use this model to sell your own stuff.  The type of page that I showed you is a bit different than the majority of how I do this because there is no website attached to it.  You can see the Facebook page used in the video HERE.

Facebook is a never ending opportunity to dip into for affiliate income, to promote your website, YouTube channel or sell your own stuff.  It's not something that is going to be successful overnight by any means but you can invest minimal time and over time, you'll start to see the returns.

I use Facebook pages in combination with my websites to create an all around circle.  Facebook users will visit the website and website readers will go to the Facebook page to see what is posted there.  It equals revenue streams from many different sources and the more sources and chances that you put in front of people, the more they will read, share and ultimately click to either buy a product with your affiliate link or an AdSense Ad.  This sounds like a lot but in the bigger picture of things, it's a small piece of the puzzle.

Obviously building a following on Facebook with likes, shares and follows is extremely important with this and it does take time.  Without the followers to see what you are posting, nothing is going to happen.  Here are a few key ingredients that will assist in building a Facebook following:

  • Post EVERYDAY.  This can be tiring and annoying but if you utilize the information that I have given you on how to grab memes and schedule them to post, it eliminates a lot of the headache of having to go to the Facebook page everyday.
  • Don't over post.  Offer a nice selection of posts.  One meme a day, one article a day and pepper in the affiliate links here and there.  Keep people engaged with comedy and information but don't get too ambitious with any one part of that.  Balance and harmony is the key.
  • Utilize hashtags.  Especially in the beginning.  That's how people will find your page.  
  • What is your target demographic for your page?  The memes and info that you put out there should reflect those individuals.
  • Don't be afraid to use Facebook Ads.  When they are done correctly (and we'll talk about them later) they can really help your page a lot and be worth it.
  • Remember that this type of Facebook page is an investment of your time that if you stick with it, you can invest minimal time but will start to see the benefits on that time... in time.  :)
I also posted a video in RB50 Thinking Out Loud that shows you exactly how much time it takes to gather and post 1 months worth of memes on a Facebook page.  It might surprise you to find out that I finished it in less than 17 minutes and the time included a brief pause to take a drink of water and a few screw ups.  For a month's worth of memes.  You can see that video below.  It's boring but it proves my point on how long it DOESN'T take to do this.

Next we'll go over affiliate links a bit deeper and tying all of the Facebook stuff together.

Baby steps my friends.  Baby steps.  :)

Questions?  Comments?  Criticisms?  Hit the comment section down below because that's what it is for.

Happy Money Monday!



Thursday, June 1, 2017

My 2 Week $25 Food Challenge...

So I got this idea yesterday.  It's either genius and is going to make me extremely happy or it's a form of personal torture that will make me miserable for the next 2 weeks.  I'm doing a food challenge and it starts tomorrow.

This challenge is going to be interesting to say the least.

Why am I doing this?  To prove myself right or wrong once and for all.  Can I eat three meals a day for $12.50 a week?  $1.78 per day or 59 cents per meal?  I'm doing this challenge to go extreme but to go with the healthiest options that I can find for the $25 that I've allowed myself to utilize for TWO weeks.  I think I can do it and I also think this will be an interesting experience.

Now everyone's definition of healthy has it's gray areas and differences in opinion.  My definition is minimal processed food.  Lots of whole, natural foods.  Low in salt and low in all forms of sugar.  High in protein but not protein that always comes from animal sources.  4 ounces of meat per day simply because of vitamin B12.  Minimal dairy products.  No synthetic oils and minimal condiments like ketchup, mayo and salad dressings.  To me, eating healthy is eating real food.  Real food has flavor and doesn't need to be doctored up all the time.  I think the hardest part of this challenge is going to be the produce but I also think it is possibly doable.

If I'm successful at this challenge, I will keep the processed food to a minimum, that's a must do because I can't stand the majority of it.  I'd rater eat the box.  I won't be continuously repeating meals every day like a lot of people end up doing in these types of food challenges.  That's BORING and this is not supposed to be boring.  I might eat the same thing more than once in the two weeks if I really like it.  I will only use what I buy with that $25 with the exception of allowing myself 2 sticks of butter as my fat and a few simple seasonings like salt and pepper for flavor.

Here are the rules that I have set for myself:
  •  $25.00 for the 2 weeks.
  • Even though I really don't eat breakfast, I have to make a breakfast every day because this needs to be for 3 meals per day.  That is going to be hard for me.
  • I have to eat 1, 3 to 4 ounce serving of meat per day.
  • I can only use what I have purchased for the challenge with the $25, except for 1 1/2 dozen eggs (see below about that) and the fat/seasonings mentioned above.
  • I CAN use coupons because I use them on a regular basis anyway.
  • Any cash back offers with Ibotta or Saving Star do NOT count for or against the $25.  It's what I hand the cashier at time of checkout that counts.
  • I will use 1 1/2 dozen eggs from my own chickens but will be deducting the price of that 1 1/2 dozen large  eggs from the $25.  Kroger has that number of eggs on sale this week for 99 cents.  Store bought eggs suck and I refuse to eat them.  
  • I will post "what I ate" videos a couple of times each week of the challenge.  EVERYTHING that I eat will be recorded and posted.
  • The challenge starts on June 2nd and the last day is June 15th.  I'll post a wrap up video on June 16th with my thoughts, any struggles that I experienced and what I ultimately thought of the 2 weeks of food that I ate and my thoughts on how different it is or isn't from the way I normally eat.  I don't normally eat a breakfast, lunch and dinner.  I normally only eat when I'm hungry so for me, that within itself is going to be a challenge.
  • And finally, I am allowed to forage for wild edibles if I choose to.  I've got a funny feeling that I'll be doing that at least once at some point.

Here's what I have for the challenge so far:

2, 12 ounce packages of ground turkey- $2.00
2, 6 ounce packages of turkey bacon- 90 cents
Total= $2.90

2 packages of 8 hamburger buns- 50 cents
10 pounds of russet potatoes- $2.99
1/2 pound swiss cheese- $1.79
1 head of lettuce- 89 cents
1 can sliced beets- 49 cents
1 can black beans- 59 cents
1 can kidney beans- 55 cents
1.85 pounds of bananas- 81 cents
Total=  $8.61 + $2.90= $11.51

18 large eggs- 99 cents
Total= $11.51 + .99= $12.50

I have $12.50 left to spend for this challenge right now.  I'm hoping to get back to the store this evening because there are a few more things I want to get.

Meal planning is probably going to be really helpful with this.  I'm not usually a meal planner either which could be interesting. 

Like I said... it will either be a happy experience or complete and utter torture.  Either way, I'm doing it and you'll get to watch it.  I'm hoping it will at least be fun because it's definitely going to take me out of my element.

Questions?  Comments?  Criticisms?  Opinions on whether or not you think I'll make it or fail?  Leave them in the comment section below.