Today, I'm pleased to have Daniel Scocco here with us.
Daniel blogs at Daily Blog Tips and he is the founder of Online Profits. He has also provided consulting services for many companies and organizations (including the United States federal government).
Could you tell us a little background information about yourself and how you earn your living?
I am 26 year old guy who started working online around 4 years ago. Once I graduated I went to work for a multinational company, but the corporate environment sucked (i.e., too much bureaucracy and politics), so I left after one year and started focusing on my early websites.
These days I make a living thanks to those websites. They range from blogs to mini websites and service related sites.
My plan for 2010 is to consolidate my efforts, though, so I am probably selling most of the small websites (the ones that make less than $500 monthly) to focus on a couple of big projects.
What is your favorite revenue stream?
I make money with several business models. On some websites I sell products and services directly to the end user. On other sites I use affiliate marketing, and on others yet I make money with advertising, mostly CPC and CPM.
My favorite model is to sell products directly, though, because you have a greater control of the business.
What do you think is the main problem of people who wants to start a profitable online business?
I believe there are two main components for succeeding with an offline or online business: the right knowledge and hard work.
So the main problem I see with people who want to make money online is that they lack either one or both of those componenets. They either don't know what they are doing, or they have a clue but are not willing to work hard enough.
What is your advice on overcoming that problem?
Research and learn what you need to know (through blogs, ebooks, courses, wikipedia and so on), and then work your butt off. Remember to focus on the things that really matter to growing your bottom line.
I understand you have an online marketing and business training program - Online Profits, would you like to tell us who should join the program?
The program was crafted for the people who want to start making money online but have no idea how. As I mentioned before it is perfectly possible to find all the information you need around the web for free, but it takes a heck lot of time to find it, filter the reliable info out from the crap and organize it all into a structured learning environment.
That is what we did on Online Profits. On top of that we also have a bunch of resources, a private forum, social media clubs and the like.
What will the learners be able to do as a result of taking your program?
Our goal is to give our members the foundation they need to go out start making money online. We want them to know all the different facets of Internet marketing (from search engine optimization to affiliate marketing, from blogging to social media branding), so that they can build their business with an holistic approach.
Thank you very much for the interview, do you have any final words of wisdom that you would like to share with us?
My pleasure. The Online Profits program itself will be opening on January 18, but you can already download our free report titled "10 Deadly Business Mistakes You Should Avoid". It gives you an idea of what our lessons look like.
Find out more about Daniel at his Blog - Daily Blog Tips and you can download his free report on "10 Deadly Business Mistakes You Should Avoid" here.