Before You Build Things Online …

Here are some of the things you need to know before attempting build things online and make money:

Since I wrote my ebook and built my website last year, my business model and strategies have changed quite a bit. After paying for more courses and continuing to study internet business and money-making strategies, there are a few things that I wish I’d known from the very beginning.

Make Your Site About ONE Theme / Topic

Some people when they’re first starting out will include all different kinds of topics and articles under a domain name that doesn’t even relate their content. Don’t do this. Make sure your site is about something that can be described in one sentence.

Be Willing to Spend Some Money

If you really want to create a profitable website, then you should be willing to make an investment starting with at least $1000. There are plenty of guides out there that explain ways you can create a profitable niche site for under $40. I imagine you can, technically. The question is how long you are willing to wait for it to become profitable. Three years? Five? After that long, what’s the point?

If you want to be competitive, you need tons of content. You can try and write out all of that material yourself – but that might not be practical, especially if you have a day job.
The 50 pages of high-quality content you require to build authority and get links isn’t something you can achieve overnight. $1,000 will still not be enough to achieve this, between the content you pen yourself and the writers you pay.

So, you should think of your website as a real business, not just something you can passively engage in and make money with. This means that you need to create a business plan, you need make a budget, and you need to set goals and benchmarks to see your progress through to completion.

Knowing How Long it Takes to Rank

Another important aspect of this work knowing how long it takes to rank. I didn’t have reasonable expectations when I started, and this put me in danger of giving up. You need to know, it could take as long as a year for Google to start sending you visitors!

You have to have stuff posted for a long time before the ball really gets rolling and you start to see visitors rolling in from Google. Ahrefs has an excellent study on this topic:

Less than 5% of the results on the search engine results pages are posts from this year. This should tell you something. You may have to wait a long time before getting traffic, let alone landing a sale.

Spend some Money on Tools

There are some tools out there that require subscription services. Take a look at my Entrepreneurial section for a list of tools I recommend.

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The Importance of Keyword Research.

Yes, this might seem like a no-brainer, but let me explain. When I was getting started, I believed that if I simply created useful content, traffic would show up on its own. I listened to the thought leaders when they explained that Google was getting smarter and it was more capable of serving the best content to users even if you didn’t use exact keywords.

By underestimating the importance of keyword research, I made ranking unnecessarily hard for myself. There’s no point in avoiding this. Before starting on your next blog post, pop the keyword into a tool like Mongool’s keyword finder and take a look at what kinds of items come up as far as volume and difficulty.

Then you can start planning. Making money online all derives from this very simple principle: find what people are looking for, provide the very best information on the topic, and then give them a link to an affiliate product or resource that pay commissions. You don’t have to adopt this exact strategy, as some people make their income from advertising instead of selling things, but this is the most basic system to make a return on your time spent building your website.

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Have a Backlink Strategy planned from the very beginning.

Think about how you’re going to get backlinks and when you start planning your content. If you know what your website is about, then you should be able to identify your competitors. Take a look at which pages on their sites are linked the most. Take note of which keywords they’re ranking for. This is how you identify profitable opportunities. You can create content that is better in some areas than your competitors, then shop it around for links.

You can look for broken links to fill with your content. You can run queries and look for resource pages on other sites. You can write reviews for other people’s content to get links. But never, ever pay for links! Not even once.

Website Analysis Tools


Mongool’s Keyword Finder:
Mongool’s Serp Checker:

Organization Tools

Headline Checker:


The Next Big Niche
For building niche sites while abroad, I recommend Aaron’s Next Big Niche course. It taught me everything I needed to know about WordPress, plug-ins, menus, and more. Can’t beat the value you get for the price, though some of the videos can be difficult to watch in full from China unless you’ve got a good VPN.


There are other considerations that I will add to this list in the future, but these are the basic things that I would tell anyone before they decide to start a site for purposes of profit. It’s easier to make money in the real world getting a job than it is trying to build websites and sell affiliate products. But if you have the fortitude, it could prove to be a worthwhile endeavor. I just feel there are too many people out there profiting off of telling others how they can make money online without ever making any themselves.

6 Tips for Staying Productive while Abroad

When trying to build your websites or write that next book, staying focused and productive can be a challenge.

1. Learn to say “No!”
So a local girl keeps sending you flirty WeChat messages. So a nearby Kindergarten keeps begging you to teach English over the weekend for some extra cash. Expat friends keep sending you invites for an opening of a new restaurant or some other kind of distraction! Stop the madness. Turn off the phone. People will wait. Opportunity won’t.

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2. Keep a checklist
of things you need to get done and revise it at the end of each day. I like to use OneNote to make my daily lists and then check items off as I progress; it is very similar to a pad of digital scratch paper. Checking boxes on your list will provide a small charge of dopamine to keep you motivated. Remember that a lot of people think they require outside encouragement to keep them going. It is taking action that keeps us motivated to continue taking action. So, get going!

If you ever find yourself sitting around with no clue as to what you should be doing, open up your checklist and hammer out a few tasks.

3. Highlight at least one activity you want to complete for each day and stay focused on it. If you have too many items on your list, you’re just going to end up overwhelmed, and you might not end up accomplishing anything meaningful.

Remember the Pareto Principle that gets quoted in so many productivity guides, 20% of the effort gives you 80% of the results. Make sure you’re putting effort into the tasks that provide real value.

4. When you’re far away from home, it’s always a good idea to always be prepared for the unexpected. What if the building you live unexpectedly loses power or a laptop you took with you to a restaurant runs out of juice. What if your journey on the bus ends up taking longer than usual? Find a way always to be using that time to make progress on your goals.

5. More than a few entrepreneurial-minded people will suggest that you abandon your hobbies altogether as you set your nose to the grindstone. It’s important to realize that if you do nothing but work all the time, you’re eventually going to burn out. When you’re too exhausted or weary of a particular activity, you’ll get nothing accomplished at all.

Hobbies like gaming can eat a huge chunk of your time. Instead of not doing anything else that you enjoy, I recommend budgeting your time on outside interests. That doesn’t mean you should avoid socializing or playing your games, but you should remain watchful of the amount of time you spend doing these things.

Keep in mind that if none of your friends come from an entrepreneurial mindset, they may not seem so interested in your business-building activities and may even attempt to sabotage your progress.

6. The sooner you become accustomed to your life abroad, the sooner you can dedicate yourself to the different goals you want to achieve. This is why I recommend staying for more than a year in your target location. If you’re too busy trying to get basic life amenities in order or looking for food that you like, you’re never going to have time for anything else.

These are just a few items that I’ve found helpful over the years. Got any other tips or strategies for keeping productive while traveling? Please comment below.

A Based Bachelor Review of “The Jet-setting Copywriter”

How to Fund Your Overseas Adventures as a Copywriter

If you’ve been reading any websites about lifestyle businesses, you’ll find that more than a few endorse writing as a means of creating a healthy income while living abroad. It makes sense. Writing projects can be completed and delivered from wherever there is internet access. As long as you have the necessary skills, the ability to prospect, and PayPal for collecting payments, writing can take you as far as you want to go. But don’t take my word for it.

Meet Kevin Casey, world traveler, and professional freelance writer. I recently bought his book, “The Jet-setting Copywriter,” and it’s probably one of the best books on freelance writing that I’ve ever read (and I’ve read a few). There’s no incentive for me to endorse this book. I just feel it will be extremely useful for Based Bachelors everywhere. Here, I’m going to explain why I feel this copywriting book is the best value you can get for your time and money.

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Sometimes I’ve got the feeling from certain writers in the copywriting space that they want to guard the field, if not to block out potential competition, to build up big paywalls between you and the things you want to know.

As Kevin points out in his book, there are even inexperienced copywriters creating expensive copywriting courses. Marketers know there is a huge demand for this kind of content, whether it be teaching the nuts and bolts of writing copy, or how to use copywriting as a means of building a lifestyle business. Kevin’s book mostly covers the business-building side of the endeavor and for a staggeringly low price. If it had been some other internet marketer, they would have segmented this content into several eBooks, and mp3 files then hosted on them Clickbank with a bunch of upsells and other unnecessary trash.

When there are so many people out there building online businesses, building niche sites and selling information products, great content writers will always be in high demand.

Though you are not exactly breaking free of the money-for-your-time paradigm, you are in the coveted position of selling shovels during a gold rush, and in a much more respectable fashion.

Kevin’s book describes his travels and the kinds of places he’s gone as a result of his writing career. Some of the lavish passages about his travels left me envious, as I’ve been mostly planted in a single place in my time abroad. The enthusiasm with which he writes about traveling is inspiring; it motivated me to drive further into the content to see how I might achieve something similar for myself.

One of the most challenging aspects of freelancing is finding potential clients, and the difficulty is reduced with the email templates and examples included in this book. Prospecting is where the rubber meets the road, and for some, it may even be more of a challenge than doing the copywriting work itself.

The book also has some golden advice regarding what to charge for your services. This was a big question for me when considering this career.

Attracting high-paying clients and identifying lucrative markets is key and Kevin explains exactly how to do this. He also mentions how he’s used LinkedIn as a tool for finding clients to significant effect. There are plenty of other ways one can go about finding work. The amount of success Kevin had with just this one platform shows what massive opportunities there are for individuals willing to explore other social networks.


My favorite section in the book discusses the reasons why content mills, bidding sites, and job boards aren’t worth your time. It’s a tragedy to see how low people will go for pennies. These kinds of sites have created a race to the bottom. To reap a real return for our effort, we must circumvent these schemes. We should always consider the time vs. money equation before deciding to work anywhere online.

The final sections of the book include suggestions for working abroad. There are also recommendations and resources to help you reach your goals as a freelance writer. I feel I was lucky to have come across this material and I plan on putting it into practice. Now I want to pass along my recommendation to you. Click this link to find Kevin’s book, along with more information about the author himself.

A Based Bachelor Review of “#AskGaryVee”

Review of AskGaryVee


I think one of the things that initially struck me about Gary Vaynerchuk is his dry practicality. His messages come packaged in a bombastic, charismatic persona, yet there’s an ineffable straightforwardness about them. Occasionally impolite, sparkling in the public eye yet remarkably thoughtful, the man strikes a chord of perfect paradox. He is not academically educated, but he is powerfully informed. He has lofty goals, but they are specific.

In a world of myriad distraction, Gary thrives by selectively tuning to the right signals.

His business acumen has given him a profound dowsing rod for locating the ground water under the dirt. While he claims that he is in the business of “day-trading attention,” a more appropriate definition of his strategy might be “using social media to promote intimacy and engagement.” So that’s just one of the things that makes the gospel of his business recommendations a thing of the flesh: not only is he practicing what he preaches, but he is allowing us to watch him as he does. His advice is immediately actionable no matter where you are in your entrepreneurial journey.

His latest book “#AskGaryVee” in many ways follows the same format as his YouTube show of the same name. Each chapter covers a different topic with submitted questions from followers and Gary’s answers. One of the most interesting things about following the mogul is the way that his lessons never really seem to go stale. If you’ve heard some of his talks as a keynote speaker, you’ve might’ve already heard some of his key ideas. You’ve probably him repeat some of his humorous anecdotes. He still continues to add value by providing new bits of clarification, detail, and passion.

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The beginning chapters of #AskGaryVee covers Gary’s views on his most basic life choices. He talks about the way that his upbringing has affected his current life choices, how his relationship with his brother shaped his business life, and how these things have weighed on his decisions as a father. One can tell from reading about Gary’s origins that he is someone that has always been preoccupied with the science of making money. From dealing baseball cards as a kid, to making tough business decisions in his father’s wine store, his approach has remained unshakably pragmatic.

Perhaps there is an advantage to being someone that had always failed in his classes in school;


Gary grew up uncontaminated by other people’s business theories. He has said himself that he doesn’t spend much time following other thought leaders in his field. He doesn’t have to. Gary learns what he needs to know by staying engaged with the public, and never allowing himself to get too big to be unreachable. By keeping a keen eye on consumer behavior, he knows that the money follows the attention of the people.


Not only does #AskGaryVee share some discussion about the value of modern education, it also reviews the tools of the media trade and how they have shaped the practices at Gary’s company, VaynerMedia. It’s worth noting that all of these things are accessible to everyone. Facebook ads, Pinterest, Instagram posts, these all are useful for self-promotion, and in some cases, undervalued for the amount of visibility they can provide.

Gary ends his book with a few chapters on music, sports, and wine, which add a more personal touch to the compilation, but the book is already saturated with personality. There book exudes the character of a New Yorker genius, a prime example of an American individualist who is carving out a name for himself through perceptivity and hard work.

So if any of you have seen this book online and wondered what the buzz about, this is why. Gary is reaching the pinnacle of his influence, as people everywhere are realizing that he has more than few good points and he’s doing it right. Even those who have no interest in actually putting his advice into practice are entertained and inclined to cheer him on. For a man that aspires to one day be the proud owner of the Jets, we can’t help but praise his audacity as he strives his way to the top.

What are the best places in Asia to be a Laptop Entrepreneur?

Some places in Asia are certainly better than others to be a Laptop Entrepreneur.

In case you missed it, Gael and Mark from Authority Hacker already did an awesome podcast on this topic talking about some of the optimal places in the world to go as someone who participates in internet marketing. In this post, I want to elaborate a bit on the places they named in region of Asia, since that’s the main focus of this site at the moment. The resources used to make their determinations were:

Numbeo: a site that compares the cost of living in different places.
Visa HQ: Explains the administrative processes involved in going to different countries.
Nomadlist: An incredible site that compiles information from the people who have lived in different locations.

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First Recommendation: Chiang Mai in Thailand
More than a few travel blogs on this location have touted how inexpensive it is. Among some of the other notable qualities are some of the delicious Thai dishes, lots of festivities during local holidays, and cheap $5 massages. I think I could probably go for one of those right about now.

Nomadlist says that the cost for living cheap in Chiang Mai outside the center of the city and buying groceries and cooking at home should run you about $270 a month. Living there long-term, like middle or upper-class local and renting in the center of the city should run you $528 a month. And living in Chiang Mai short-term, staying in cheap hotels and eating out 3 times a day would be about $747.

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Second Recommendation: Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam
Also known as Saigon, I’ve heard that this city is one of the best in the world for Laptop Entrepreneurship. From what I’ve read on David H’s blog, it’s got a lot to offer. Some of the perks include awesome internet service, affordable living, and great communities. The language barriers aren’t too restrictive, there’s great food, and lots of employment opportunities on the side.

Third Recommendation: Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia
This location has a complicated identity, full of art and activism. Malaysia has a strong food culture, incredible shopping malls, and nightlife.

Last Recommendation: Singapore
Of course after mentioning Kuala Lumpur, Singapore would have to be mentioned. Some say that though Singapore is very hot and humid, almost everyone in Singapore speaks English. It’s easier to visit other key Asian cities from Singapore, like Hong Kong and Thailand. And it has great food.
On the downside, the country is not a cheap place to live at all, ranked one of the 4th most expensive to live in for expats by Mercer’s annual cost of living survey.

Are there any other places on this list that you feel should’ve been included, but weren’t? Please comment below.

Marketers: No time to build your online business? Here’s a practical solution.

Stop saying you have no time.

Before you read the rest of this post, understand that the solution I’m about to propose is only for people who have no dependents. If you’re single – this is for you.

Let’s say you’re someone that has already read all of the productivity guides and have implemented all the steps. Let’s say that though you may manage to squeeze in some work here and there on your online business, the progress is incremental and it feels like there’s no way you can commit enough time to see any substantial financial rewards. I understand the feeling. I do.

It’s all a part of the Western business model: keep employees working so much that they’ll never be able to reclaim their financial futures. Westerners work so much that when they finally do have free time, they just want to rest and spend a bunch of money on things they don’t need. Hustling away on their business is the last thing they want to do.

Some entrepreneurs have claimed that simply quitting your job may be the only way to take charge of your destiny, and there are quite a few issues with this. One problem is that it leaves little room for error, when we learn most from our mistakes. We have to have room to fail if we want to succeed.

Another problem is saving up enough money to hold you over until your business takes off. And even if it does take off, it doesn’t mean it will provide enough income for you to pay your rent and all of your bills. Even if you start making an income, you may still have to go back to work again. In which case you’ll be back in the same boat, with little time to grow your business. In my experience living in the U.S., it was nearly impossible for me to keep my head above water while working part time.

Stop the Madness.

Here’s my solution: Move to a country with a lower cost of living and hustle your balls off. Teaching English abroad has to be the least demanding job you could ever possibly want. In some countries (like China) you can work part time and still have a free apartment and enough money to cover basic expenses. It doesn’t even have to be China. It just has to be a country where the cost of living is more affordable.

In this video, Tom of Red Dragon Diaries talks about the financial perks of living as a teacher in South Korea:

Can you now see some of the potential for building a business overseas? If you’re wondering where you can get started today, just click below.

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