Archive for January, 2009

Becoming Successful By Mimicking Others

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

I’ve been thinking about success lately and what it takes to be successful.  It dawned on me that one of the key steps is simply mimicking others.  Yes we mimick and copy others that we want to be like, hoping that if we copy them, we can be like them.

Mimicking Others To be Successful
So many people write about making money online, but would you really want to take advice for someone who barely can make money themselves?  It’s like trying to following advice to lose weight from someone who weights 500 lbs.  Why do so many people follow the trends of the celebrities? Because they are successful, people like them, and they want to be successful and well liked also.

If you start mimicking someone who is successful, chances are, you will be successful too.

Surrounding Yourself With Successful People
When you wanted to be successful in speaking Spanish, wouldn’t you want to surround yourself with other people who speak Spanish successfully?  They say you become who your friends are, so if you wanted to be successful in something wouldn’t you want to surround yourself with people who are already successful in what you want to achieve?

If your goal is to lose weight, it’s going to be pretty hard to successfully lose weight when everyone around you is gaining weight.  Rather, if you surround yourself with skinnier more fit people, you are going to have more chances to become like them.  You’ll learn from them, take after them, and see how they did it.

My Personal Successes
It’s helped me to have a few idols which I want to be like.  I start to follow by their example and capture some of the successes they’ve accomplished.  It’s been a great way to stay focused and keep in mind what I need to do to attain the successes I so desire.

*Keep in mind this works both ways.  If you are negative and deemed unsuccessful, are people going to want to hang around you?

Deductions For Google Adsense Taxes

Saturday, January 24th, 2009

I’m providing a list of possible deductions for taxes this year when you file for taxes for your Google Adsense income, as well as any internet related income.  Keep in mind what I say can not be substituted for real advice.  I would recommend consulting with a real tax professional!

  • Purchased Domain Names
  • Hosting Costs
  • Google Adwords Expenses, or any advertising expenses
  • Home-Office
    • Telephone bill for business
    • Internet access
  • AActual equipment
    • Laptops
    • Hard drives
    • Digital Camer
    • Printers (paper?)
  • Software needed
  • Books for making your website
  • Any services purchased such as design work

These are a few of the many ideas for getting a reduction on your taxes. Make sure you have proof to back it up.

Back above all, DO take reductions, that will cut down on your taxes!

Typical Day of a Blogger, A Day in the Life of a Blogger

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

I’m sure what counts as typical for a Blogger ranges like their does topics for blogs, but a day in the life of my blog is the key topic, in my attempt to give an example of how the Blogger lifestyle is quite different than any typical 9 to 5 office job.

blogging life

My Typical Blogger Day
Wake up – Whenever I wakeup (there is no set time), I first check my earnings from the day before, my email (I check my email only twice per day), and then look at any incoming news in my iGoogle (all my favorite feeds online).

Work – I’ll start my day as a blogger, getting a few posts done for each of my blogs.  I’ll make sure to cover any relevant news, as well as any important topics I needed to get done.

Lunch Break – I’ll use this time to exercise for about a half hour, eat a small lunch (usually fish or chicken breast).  I find exercising each day is important, not only for my body health, but also self confidence. Studies have proven that exercising can increase your self confidence.

Start Blogging Again – A blogger needs to blog, so I’ll once again start writing.  Once I feel I’ve written enough, or there is nothing more relevant to post, I stop and shut the laptop screen or the whole pc altogether.  Every blogger needs a mental escape from their laptop.

Mental Exercising - I try to stay away from the boob tube and spend more time reading, practicing my German, and start future goals, like learning another language (Spanish?)

Being a blogger is the best job I’ve ever had.  It offers the ultimate freedom to live wherever you want, and work almost whenever you want.  If you need to escape the 9 to 5, blogging is one of the best ways out there…

Paying Taxes for Your Blog

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

Tax time is near and it is time to pay taxes for that income you earned on your blog.  The IRS already sent me a big booklet for paying my taxes which doesn’t look too fun.  In any case you must pay taxes, or at least fill out for any taxes which you earned on your blog.

What Tax Form Do I Fill Out?
I’m filling out a 1040 form which includes all the income I’ve made over the last year 2008.  This includes any money earned from Google Adsense, Adbrite, Infolinks, work from any other company, as well as basically any thing earned.

Break Out the Receipts
Did you pay hosting last year?  Time to use any receipts you paid last year for things relate to blogging and claim them against your taxes.  No point in paying taxes for something you used toward your business.

Don’t Freak Out
Last year was the first year I was 100% solo.  I though the IRS was ready to stick it to me hard, but as my friend reminded me, the first 12k or around that is non taxable.

So pay your taxes, calm down, and worst case, go see a tax guy!