18 Months, 2 Blogs, Six Figures

Hello everybody! I’m both happy and proud today to share with you my latest manifesto, 18 Months, 2 Blogs, Six Figures.

It’s a free guide, and I hope you’ll check it out.

This guide is available for you to download and read for free. Download it here.

This is the story of how I built a:

six-figure small business
writing about what I love
in a year-and-a-half
during a monster recession
from the beaches of Mexico

This isn’t a watered-down freebie. I’ve poured the better part of a month into creating this 13,000 word guide. I think it’s one of the most important things I’ve ever written.

Here’s what you’ll learn in the report:

  • How I built a six-figure online business in a year-and-a-half
  • Full income estimates for my independent business in 2010-2011
  • How I made $11,000 in 72 hours with my first product launch
  • How to build an audience big enough to earn a living from
  • The reality of life as a location independent “solopreneur”
  • The simple breakthrough that can lead to rapid success

I wrote this manifesto because I personally have benefited so much from the generosity and examples of others before me. This is my way of paying it forward to you. I sincerely hope the guide will help you learn to work for yourself and do what you love.

If you love the guide, I hope you don’t mind me asking a favor.

As you probably know, my livelihood depends on readers like you who share my stuff with other people. Thank you so much for all the support over the past 18 months.

If this manifesto is useful to you, I would really appreciate if you would:

  1. Share the manifesto on Twitter or Facebook or anywhere else you hang out online (buttons are below)
  2. Review the guide and/or link to this post if you have a blog of your own

And as always, I’d love to hear what you think. Please comment below and let me know what you think of the manifesto!

Thanks again so much for your support over the past 18 months. It means the world to me. Enjoy the guide!

Download the guide free now here.

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  • http://liveanywhereworkanytime.com Ian

    AWESOME! Just downloaded, starting to read it now! I’ll comment later on when I finish it!

    Thanks so much Corbett!
    Ian

    • http://liveanywhereworkanytime.com Ian

      Hey Corbett,

      Just finished the ebook and as promised, I’m back to let you know that I think! Here is some feedback:

      – I would have paid $ for this ebook, it is that good
      – The best part (for me) was the last section about selling your product. Very valuable information there and it’s very cool to learn the inside workings of a successful product launch.
      – The pages suffer from a lack of imagery – 60 something pages of wall to wall text might turn some people off. Throw in a graphic every few pages just to break it up.
      – I would have liked to hear about some specific programs / plugins / affiliate software / etc… that you used in your products and websites

      Overall this is a great ebook that I would recommend anyone read… Yes i would even recommend to my mom! I am that impressed with the ebook!

      I know I speak for all other commenters when I say thank you for sharing these tips and stories with us – we really do appreciate your hard work.

      Cheers!
      Ian

      PS – Don’t I win a prize for being the first to comment this morning? I believe it’s a $100 gift card or something?

      • http://nickstraffictricks.com Nick Stewart

        Just finished reading your ebook and it was great. The best part of the -book was the final section on how to have a successful product launch. I tried launching products in the past but never made use of affiliates or an email list as well as I should.

        I remember reading Jeff Walker’s article on sideways selling and thinking that it was the best marketing advice I have heard in a long time.

        As always thanks for posting inspiring stuff.


        Nick, The Traffic Guy

      • http://fizzle.co Corbett

        Great feedback Ian. Thanks so much! Sorry for the lack of graphics. I thought that myself when I read the final draft, but decided to go with straight text anyway. Next time I’ll include some.

        Let me know how your mom likes the book ;) Oh, and the prize for first comment expired at 6:09am. You just missed it ;)

  • http://www.opheliaswebb.com Elisa

    Corbett – I am excited to peek into your brain and business model with this guide, but even more excited about the fact that you recognize the amazing gifts you have received from others and are taking this opportunity to “pay it forward.”

    I’m *sure* that the Universe is taking note and will deliver it back tenfold…funny and great the way that works!

  • http://ivancampuzano.com Ivan

    pure awesomeness, enough said :)..thanks Corbett

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  • http://www.minimalistmoms.com Faith – Minimalist Moms

    I’m so excited….Page 2 totally got me! I can’t wait to read the whole thing! Thanks for writing this.

  • http://thedynamiclife.wordpress.com Hugh

    This looks awesome, Corbett. I can’t wait to read and I’ll be glad to write a review and link to you on my humble rookie blog!

  • http://www.marsdorian.com/ Mars Dorian

    Sweet-ass-ilicious !

    It sounds pretty awesome, and it’s amazing how much you have accomplished within that short time span.
    You deserve all the success.
    Can’t wait to read your magic !

    • http://fizzle.co Corbett

      Sweet-ass-ilicious, now that’s a compliment! Thanks Mars.

  • http://www.itarsenal.com Rob

    Corbett, you rock! Spreading the word.

  • http://www.lifestyledivine.com Roxine

    Hey Corbet!

    Read the manifesto and love it! Just a small sugegstions. It may be a good idea to have the links in it open into a new page instead of the current page because when you go back to the manifesto your reader is at page 1 again and has to click through to find where they were. True, one can copy and paste the link into a new window but it may make the document a bit more user friendly to set thelinks up like that.

    Anyhow, writing my review now and will post on my site.

    • http://fizzle.co Corbett

      Thanks for the suggestion Roxine. I hadn’t thought of that as an issue for PDFs. Cheers.

  • http://the9to5alternative.com Alan

    A couple of pages in, and just wanted to give you a virtual high-five. Thanks for putting this together–very inspiring! Will be going on my Resources page this evening.

    Keep up the good work over here!

    Alan

  • http://www.slobotski.com Jeff Slobotski

    Great work Corbett! Keep up the amazing work!

  • http://lyildecorp.com Lilian

    Thanks for the manifesto! Can’t wait to start reading it

  • http://www.HectorJCuevas.com Hector Cuevas

    Corbett…

    Thanks for putting this out. This will truly help a lot of people get from where they are to where they want to be. It’s amazing what you’ve accomplished in the passed 18 months..

    wishing you much more success bro.
    Hector

  • http://www.venturemixx.com Tony Ruiz

    Was reading a bit of it last night. Can’t wait to finish it. Congrats dude!

  • http://www.blacksburgbelle.com April

    Hi Corbett-

    I can’t believe you shared all this information for free–this is amazing content. I read the whole thing in one sitting as soon as I downloaded it. I’ve been working on my first product to launch and this gives me a lot of ideas to consider. It’s extremely motivating to hear from someone who’s done what I’d love to do!

    • http://fizzle.co Corbett

      Awesome, April. Good luck with the product launch. Let me know if the tips help.

  • http://lilmanIT.com Greg

    Just finished the manifesto. Great information. Totally feel you when you mention the giving up part and launching new projects. I really need to find my voice and authenticity when writing. Thanks for the kick in the ass.

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  • http://website-in-a-weekend.net/ Dave Doolin

    It’s good to see that the process works as it should.

    Now to continue working the process!

  • Daniel Mesa

    Hey, Corbett

    This manifesto kinda reminds me of the “Zero Hour Work-Week” that Jonathan Mead released some time ago, which also focused on how to start walking the entreprenurial path, uncancel your dreams and stuff.

    On the whole, thumbs up, man. However, I bet you also want to hear some constructive criticism from us, since that’s exactly what helps you improve, right?

    Well, I would have scattered much resources and links over the place, even if they were affiliate links, as long as they are helpful enough. We are lazy people, so whenever a new resource is offered, we are eager to click and see what’s up on the other side.

    It was also brief, lacks of some depth in the story. For example, you could have added some emotional background to your story, telling it in a way that reaches out for people’s feelings about it. It’s not about changing the story itself, just the way you tell it, that’s the difference between a good story and a good marketed story, imho.

    Well, it was good reading you, as always. Looking forward to more stuff from Think Traffic stuff, I really dig the stuff over there, man!!

    Cheers,

    Daniel.

    • http://fizzle.co Corbett

      Awesome, Daniel. Thanks for the criticism. I really appreciate it. Thanks for reading the guide!

  • http://joukokarvonen.com/ Jouko Karvonen

    Awesome manifesto. Read it in one sitting :)

    I completely agree with the status of today’s society, and how entrepreneurship, aiming for small, independent living is so much more meaningful than being in the corporate world doing something you don’t really care about.

    Excellent pieces of advice, many of which were new to me or forgotten. I’m going to keep them in mind! Thanks for sharing!

  • http://keepupwiththeweb.com Sherryl Perry

    Excellent guide Corbett. This along with your affiliate-marketing course is giving me ideas, inspiration and keeping me on track. Thank again.

  • http://www.virtualbusinesslifestyle.com Chris C. Ducker

    Terrific.

    Excellent.

    Awesome.

    Good going, Corbett!

  • http://writeforehow.blogspot.com Julie @ Residual Income Writer

    Awesome! I can’t wait to read it and I’ll happily share it when I’m done. Thanks so much!

  • http://jamesfowlkes.com James Fowlkes

    Can’t wait to dive into this one.
    I am sick of the 9-to-5 drudgery.
    Help a brother break freeeee, Corbett!!!

  • http://miltblog.com Milt

    Corbett,
    I’ve just finished reading your manifestio and I am blown away.
    Simply fantastic stuff.
    I digg how you tell it as it is. inspirasional, and very well explained concepts. one of the best documents I have read for a long time.
    Full Respect.
    Cheers.

  • http://www.upgradereality.com/free-blog-tools Diggy

    Dude,
    Totally awesome guide, just finished reading it!
    You inspire me so much!
    Sending you an email!
    Cheers
    Diggy

  • http://www.cmgalvin.com/blog/ Charlie

    I normally spend most of my days in the office with 10+ tabs open in Chrome, reading various blogs and looking up things as they come to mind. Today I’ve cut it down to the manifesto and my 9-5 work related tab. I feel so much better even just for having something great to focus most of my efforts on.

    I’ve been casually blogging for over a year now with no real direction. Mostly just been expounding on my efforts of what I’ve been trying to do in order to better my life. Now that I’ve read this I can only say I’ve just been sitting on the side of a road with my thumb out with a sign, “Life or Bust.”

    I’m looking forward to seeing what ways I’ve truly been communicating to my audience and seeing what their opinions have been.

    Thanks,
    Charlie

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  • Phil

    GRRREAT work Corbett. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • http://satyacolombo.com Satya Colombo

    Nice work man! Congrats again… :)

  • http://www.lifestylebusinesspodcast.com Dan

    Just wanted to say I really enjoyed reading your book, was a great way to spend a rainy morning :)

  • http://www.thewaythatyouwander.com Nate

    Awesome, Corbett. I’m really excited to dig into this thing. Thanks.

  • http://www.minimalist4life.com Maria B.

    Fantastic job Corbett!
    This answers a lot of questions.
    It’s honest and genuine which is refreshing.
    Congratulations and thanks for words of inspiration.
    In 12 months I hope to be where you are today.

  • http://simplifiedecommerce.com/4hww colin8ch

    Damn, thanks Corbett. This is a great resource, one that I’ll return to over and over again for inspiration and ideas when launching and marketing projects. I appreciate you sharing this with all of us!

  • http://www.studentpassiveincome.com Greg

    Great work Corbett! I really loved this guide. Thanks for sharing it with us for free mate! Greg.

  • http://www.nomadcouch.com Juha Liikala

    Once more, congratulations on the new manifesto buddy! Free pursuits + your 2 manifestos are now officially the best resources online for living the “untemplater” lifestyle. Awesome!

  • http://thetitanproject.wordpress.com/ Jonathan Manor

    Hey Corbett!

    I’m Jon, and I’m new here. Of course I’ll socially share you. I came from Viperchill’s blog, and I found you in one of his posts. I love it when people give out knowledge for free. Especially when it comes to blogs, something I’m so incredibly into learning.

    • http://fizzle.co Corbett

      Awesome Jon, thanks for the tweet and welcome.

  • http://www.chuckrylant.com Chuck Rylant

    Very well done. It took about an hour of valuable time to read, but well worth it.

    I’m curious why you do not use this to build an email list? This is a great product, full of great content, and would be worth opting in to an email list to get, so why give it away without at least exchanging for an email address to build your list?

    Thanks

    Chuck

    • http://fizzle.co Corbett

      Hi Chuck. I decided not to require opt in because I wanted this to get in as many hands as possible. In the end, even though I’ll get a smaller % of email addresses by not requiring opt-in, I suspect I’ll get a similar total number because the report has spread more freely. My list has been growing by leaps and bounds this week. Good question, thanks!

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  • http://www.edgeofdavid.com Edge of David

    Finished reading it and I have to say you are an excellent copywriter and marketer. Loved the no b/s hard hitting beginning “no boss no employees no investors etc” I have had a lot of success with my search business that allows me to support myself but not yet a blog so this was very motivating for me to keep on pushing my 3 month old project! Thanks for taking the time to make this it helped.

  • http://www.imagemaven.com Marlene Hielema

    Corbett, what a great read this is! Congrats on a terrific job. I’m so close to launching a product I can taste it. Just need to do it, even though it’s not perfect yet. Thanks for the permission!!

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  • http://creatosity.com Kevin

    Hey Corbett,

    I took a bunch of great notes while reading it. My absolute favorite part was the section where you described how you run your mastermind group. Nice piece of writing – thanks for putting it out there.

    Cheers,
    Kevin

  • http://www.thenichethinktank.com Larry Clark

    Corbett, I just wanted to say thaks for the freebie, I haven’t read it yet, just DLed it. I’ll be reading it tonight while relaxing and will comment back later. I did want to say though that your name keeps poppingup in circles I travel in, and specifically last night, my coach/mentor, David Crandall at http://www.heroicdestiny.com, and I were talking about you and your Ninja like SEO skillz. So I will be paying much more attention to you and stealing your Kung Fu. :)
    Thanks for paying it forward!

    • http://fizzle.co Corbett

      That’s awesome, Larry. Thanks for the insider knowledge. Glad I’m coming up in conversation. If you have any Kung Fu questions, feel free to ask directly. Cheers!

  • http://www.ballardbeancounters.com Mariette

    What you said about WalMart – what if there were 200,000 small business instead of one giant behemoth – reminds me of a concept called Distributivism. GK Chesterton and Hilaire Belloc were the most well-known proponents. They suggested that, instead of total government control, as the left of their time wanted, or unfettered free market capitalism, which the right favored, that people own their own small businesses. So instead of a giant shoe factory owned by one rich person, there would be lots of little cobbler shops. The left of the time was opposed to any private ownership, and the right was opposed to any limitations on corporate ownership, so it never grew popular. Perhaps they were just 100 years too early.

    • http://fizzle.co Corbett

      Hey Mariette, thanks for the tip. I’d never heard of Distibutivism. I should probably become more politically studied before spouting off random theories. I’ll check that one out. Sounds really interesting! Thanks.

  • http://www.30andbroke.com Will

    18 months sure does sound like a long time doesn’t it?

    But imagine this year just started and soon we’ll be welcoming in another new yr, MTV special and all.

    Your report was a great read and it encouraged me to get going and put up another post today.

    It must of took lots of balls and will to keep blogging through month 12 and not see any substantial results… bravo!

    Encouraging and Inspiring… hopefully we all who read it can come out with our own report of success and freedom 12 – 18 months from now.

    Cheers!

  • http://www.productivitybits.com/ marlon @ productivity bits

    This report is so “moving” I’d want to take actions now. But I will take your word for it – trial and error and never give up!

  • http://waliqfactory.com Michel J. Gagnon

    Really interesting Corbett,
    I think that the best part of you is that you sound extremely sincere when you say that you want to help people. I never feel like you’re just trying to make a quick buck. Either you’re a really great salesman or you’re just really real. I tend to believe more in the latter.
    Congrats!

  • http://jobsavecvue.fr Sylvie

    Really really awesome.
    Thanks so much Corbett for sharing with us all this.
    Just to let you know, I am making a summary of it in french, in my blog. Wants to share all this VALUE with my french blog community.
    As many of you said, you could also have asked money for it. I would have paid for this incredible guide.
    Thanks

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  • http://experimentsinpassiveincome.com Moon Hussain

    Fantastic read, Corbett! I just finished it and I’m so glad you wrote it. While generally I’ve been happy with the decisions I’ve made in the last year, they definitely haven’t been easy ones and I’m wondering what direction I’m about to take with EIP and where I’m going with it all….. it’s been quite helpful to be able to relate to someone (like you) who is seeing a lot of success by choosing his own path.

    Other than being able to relate to you, I found the product launch section to be quite fascinating and helpful. I think you should expand on that more if you have more useful information.

    You’ve earned yourself a link on tomorrow’s Fun Friday Round-Up, so look for some small fish support from me :) I’m glad I’ve been following you for over a year, Corbett.

    P.S. Both of your blogs rock. Keep up the terrific work.

    • http://fizzle.co Corbett

      Thanks Moon, I really appreciate the feedback. It seems a lot of people have been enjoying the product launch section. I’ll keep that in mind for future projects.

      Let me know what you decide to do with your blog. Sounds like big changes are in store.

  • http://www.themiddlefingerproject.org Ash

    Corbett! Really excited for you. This is excellent! Keep up the momentum, my friend! Looking forward to the read.

    Hope to connect soon.

  • http://www.wealthyaffiliaterevolution.com/ Mark | Wealthy Affiliate Revolution

    Corbett,

    Excellent write-up. Extremely informative. Thanks for sharing your experiences. Added your sites to Google Reader. I am now a fan. :)

    -Mark

  • Doug

    Good quick read, I liked getting the “behind the scenes” details. The only problem I had was the link to that cheese-dick from the vampire movies. How do you even know his name?

    • http://fizzle.co Corbett

      Sorry, Doug. That’s the world I live in sometimes. Willingly or not.

  • http://www.1yearsabbatical.com Matt

    Just finished reading this today and really enjoyed it. Such a wealth of information and honesty. I love that you were able to build all this in 18 months. It provides a nice framework for those of us that have similar ideas for doing the same. Keep up the great writing!

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  • http://castlesintheair.org Nina Yau

    Corbett, LOVED your guide! Finished it in 1 night. :) Thank you so much for offering your experience in order to help others rock their world and dare to dream wildly and boldly. Good stuff, man.

    • http://fizzle.co Corbett

      Great, Nina! Thanks for reading.

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  • http://www.stratospheredesign.com Ron S

    So I keep coming back to this blog because well your selling stuff (which you should your a business) your honest and you have good content. I just started a new project (again) and this helped a ton.

    Basically I have an amazing domain name that I have just been sitting on and sense I’m a web designer I don’t have to people people to build and customize websites I just have to do it (no excuses for me) so instead of selling the domain I was like “hey why don’t I give this niche blog thing a try.”

    I actually didn’t find you searching today instead I wanted to start looking for a good affiliate programs and products that would be good for my currently non-existing site visitors and I remembered your blog with my brain searched my bookmarks and sure enough this was an awesome find.

    sooo thanks

    • http://fizzle.co Corbett

      Awesome, Ron! Good luck with the new blog. I hope the manifesto helps out along the way.

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  • http://www.realestateinternetvideomarketing.com/blog/ Chris

    Corbett,

    Just read the Manifesto. Thanks for the transparency in your business.

    You have a real gift for integrating a lot of separate areas of knowledge into your writing.

    Props to giving credit where credit is due to your influences. That’s also good marketing BTW as you know ;)

    I’m forwarding your report to friends right now …

    Nice Work!

    Chris

    • http://fizzle.co Corbett

      Hey Chris, thanks for the feedback and thanks for sharing the report. Glad you stopped by.

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  • http://www.earnmoney-fromhome.com/blog2 Bryan

    Corbett, I was referred to your website from another blog. Nice catchy title btw, and I think that’s also one of the tricks you learned to be successful too. Read your pdf book. Very inspiring. I hope I can make it like you do.

    Cheers!

    • http://fizzle.co Corbett

      Thanks Bryan. Titles are definitely important, just like headlines. Cheers!

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  • Daryn

    Hi Corbett,
    I just finished reading your manifesto… an awesome piece of work. Very impressive and inspirational! Thanks!

    Daryn

    • http://fizzle.co Corbett

      Awesome, Daryn. Thanks!

  • http://www.healthmoneysuccess.com Vincent

    Hi Corbett,

    This is my first time to your site. I’m really impressed by what you had put up here and I love the report that you wrote. You’re truly an inspiration. I’m currently designing my lifestyle and I believe I will get many great ideas over here.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Cheers,
    Vincent

    • http://fizzle.co Corbett

      Hey Vincent, glad you stopped by. Best of luck with your own journey. Cheers.

  • http://thetitanproject.wordpress.com/ Jonathan Manor

    I just finished this, it’s really awesome. Everyone who’s a blogger and stuck in a rut should definitely read this.

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  • http://free-happiness.blogspot.com Maarten

    Hello Corbett,

    After reading a lot of material on Lifestyle Design and affiliate marketing, I found your blog and artical the most practical, inspiring and motivating. I started my own blog immediately ha! Just start writing about things that matter to me I thought would be a good begin.
    I’ll see where this is going but I had to express my thanks to your great contribution to the communicty of (potential) New Rich.

    Thanks,

    Maarten

  • http://weareprogress.com/ Ron

    Coming back for a second comment after starting to work through some of the things you talk about.

    I am finding it hard to find products and affiliate programs that are not promoting site growth and marketing.

    Maybe there is something else where on your site, but do you have an idea on how to find nich products for the now seo and blogging market?

  • http://www.neverendingvoyage.com Erin

    Thanks for releasing such a great guide for free. I think what I took most from it was inspiration. We are already living as digital nomads (currently travelling in South America) and building up a business, but don’t yet cover our expenses (savings are great to have to start off with). Sometimes we worry about running out of money and having to get ‘real’ jobs again, but your book made me realise it is possible and we just have to keep working at it. We have some ideas and we just need to run with them and not worry too much.

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  • Romulo Sousa

    Thanks for this.. it’s very good!

    • http://fizzle.co Corbett

      Cheers Romulo! Thanks.

  • http://www.joshroa.com/dr-schwarzeneggers-6-rules-of-success Josh Roa

    Hi Corbett,
    Like many of the others, I’m so very grateful that you chose to release this manifesto. I didn’t think I could read it front to back in one sitting but it was so refreshing to get content that was relevant while still an easy read.
    Your example is the motivation I needed and I will be checking out Chris’ Manifesto too as the more I seek to learn about attaining Personal and Professional Success, the more I learn.
    Now…I really must end this comment and go back to the other two very important things I have planned for today. :)
    Thanks again,
    Josh

    • http://fizzle.co Corbett

      Thanks Josh, glad you enjoyed it. Definitely check out Chris Guillebeau’s manifestos as well. They’re very inspiring.

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  • http://www.onespoonatatime.com Paul Wolfe

    Hey Corbett

    I found you via Pat (Flynn). I was listening to your traffic podcast this morning and thought I’d check out your manifesto.

    I nearly…very nearly stopped reading and trashed it when I read in one of the early sections that you’d done a lot of the week on the beach in Mexico. I thought to myself: Here we go, another guy selling the dream that you can make a great income with two minutes work a day.

    But I kept reading – probably because of the great content in the call with Pat – and the mention of ethical affiliate marketing – neither of which fit the stereotype of that kind of ‘get rich quick’ marketer. So I was really relieved to see you write that it takes many 60 hours weeks to get to the stage where you might be able to work a 4 hour week. I think beginners really need to have that spelled out for them – there’s no magic bullet, no get rich quick, yada yada yada – and I was so glad that you spelled it out.

    I liked your Wal Mart story to. I’d never thought of things in quite that why before – was definitely thought provoking and interesting.

    I hope the Manifesto does really well for you. It’s obvious you’ve put some time and effort into it. I’ve already forwarded it to three people who might benefit and I look forward to following you on ThinkTraffic.net.

    Cheers

    Paul

    • http://fizzle.co Corbett

      Hey Paul, I’m so glad you didn’t stop reading. It’s a balance, you know, selling the “dream” vs. grounding people in reality. Thanks so much for the comment and for sharing the manifesto. Cheers!

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  • http://www.true-money-success.blogspot.com josep

    18 Months, 2 Blogs, Six Figures — I have read your ebook on how you built your business. Thx for sharing!! Like you have said we all have different paths and we must persue them and don’t give up. I am also going after the same life but my obligations are doubled. So, I have no choice but to have a full time job and on the side go after my dream. I have found this to be a relief because some mixtakes , or even money spend on products can be buffered with steady money coming in by other means. If something does not work , my entire life is not at danger. So, in a good way, I strongly suggest having a job or like you funds set aside.
    The illusion of working for only 4 hours and making tons of money is really unreal, even now my part time business takes more time than expected. Yet the sacrifice will pay off and someday I will leave my 9 to 5.
    Thx for all the info , it is a relief to read good , honest stuff !!!
    To our success !!

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  • http://eatlaughloveanon.com eat-laugh-love-anon

    Hi Corbett, I just found your site and I can’t wait to download your manifesto and read all your posts.
    I really feel like I have come too late to the party. I quit my job in 2007 and have had a fantastic time traveling and really living. Then a series of events made me panic and here I am working full-time, plotting my next escape from the nine-to-five. Except this time I am going to try to do it in a proper lifestyle design kind of way, instead of the cart-before-the-horse way I did last time (which still worked, by the way). The main reason for the caution and planning is my baby, who just turned 1.
    So I’m starting at the bottom, trying to work out business plans and SEO and CSS and niche marketing – such a mountain of stuff!
    I’m looking forward to learning from you. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge.

    • http://fizzle.co Corbett

      Awesome, glad you stopped by. Best of luck with “round 2.” You have to know it’ll be even better this time around.

      • http://eatlaughloveanon.com eatlaughloveanon

        Thanks Corbett! The next one IS going to be so fantastic. :-)

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  • http://www.simplifiedculture.com Rob LaRue

    Just finished reading this book and I really found it helpful. I’ll pass this along to anyone who will listen and THANKS!

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  • http://emmyla.wordpress.com Emmy Kuehn

    Hey Corbett,
    I just learned about you today at a meeting with a friend who follows your blog. I am super new to blogging and affiliate marketing. I literally started my blog last week, that’s how new I am! And, wanna know a secret? I’ve never read someone else’s blog until this past week too. eek!

    I have been writing for the last 13 years though and I think I’m pretty clear on my voice, but my content is going to take some tweeking so I can be specific and intentional. I feel like I’ve been putting myself through a crash course on all of this!

    I just finished reading your manifesto though and wow, what a wealth of knowledge! I sat here reading like I was back in school, taking notes and everything. I think it is so great that you offered this work for free, and it makes sense because now I am interested in purchasing your AMfB course because it seems like exactly what I need right now. I am trying to be a sponge for all the information that I am finding and your manifesto, honestly, is going to be my guide on how to do this and tackle it the right way! So, truly, thank you!

    I also wanted to introduce you to someone, maybe you’ve heard of him. His name is Chuck Blakeman and he is my business advisor (I’ve started and run other businesses in another life). He is phenomenal and a lot of what you say and how you speak reminds me of him. I think you would resonate with his philosophy. You can check out his blog at http://chuckblakeman.com/

    Thanks again and I look forward to reading more of your blog and your course soon!!

    Cheers,
    Emmy

    • Corbett

      Hey Emmy, glad you found me. Best of luck getting your new site up and running. Thanks for the recommendation to Chuck’s site. I’ll check it out. Cheers!

  • http://jarkkolaine.com Jarkko Laine

    I finally read your manifesto today, and had to come over and thank you for writing it. I really needed to hear that someone like you who is already making it in the world of online lifestyle business has the same feelings of doubt and giving up that I do. Great stuff!

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  • http://nerdandsupernerd.com Laura

    This guide has helped me feel more confident that my blog is where it needs to be.

    It’s a month and a half old and I’m adding content and finding my way around the technical part of blogging. I started my blog to get things off my chest thinking if I was open and honest that it may help someone else who is going through the same stages life that I am and if NO one comes to read it then it would be cheap therapy for me. Those who have come have loved it (or so they say) and I keep thinking of things to say.

    So thank you!

    I do have a question for you… how do you connect with mentors or peers? I guess I’m afraid to ask someone I don’t know to help me, this inexperienced novice who is blogging about her life with her husband. So I have three problems (1) where to find people and (2) having the confidence to ask and (3) what am I asking them for?

    • Corbett

      Hey Laura, excellent question. The core of all beneficial relationships is genuine mutual interest. You should start by finding people who’s work you admire. Look for links to other blogs within your favorite sites. Find out who your favorite people follow on Twitter and just start clicking around until you have some people in mind.

      Then I would make a short list of peers you want to connect with (who you think will be big successes) and potential mentors. Tweet links from those people and link to them in your blog, that will help you get on their radar, and it will expose your audience to new useful resources. Then write short intro messages just telling everyone how much you like their work and how it has impacted. Offer to help people in specific ways, or in whatever way you can.

      Some people will respond warmly and some might check out your work. Some relationships should grow naturally out of this process. It all starts with identifying who you want to get in touch with and trying to create genuine relationships with them. If the process doesn’t yield any strong connections, change your approach and be patient. You can’t rush the process.

      Hope that helps!

      -Corbett

  • http://dubturbobeatsmaker.com/ Andrew – DUBturbo

    Sounds like a solid pdf. I will be downloading it and reading through it. I am constantly amazed at how many people are able to make a full time income online and have so much freedom. I look forward to hearing your story and how you were able to become successful and free.

  • http://getbusylivingblog.com Benny

    I found out about you while on a elliptical machine in Taipei. Random huh? I was listening to Pat’s podcast with you. Came to your blog and this post caught my attention naturally. Downloaded and read your manifesto and it’s like finding gold. Really well written, informative and inspirational. I’m starting my blog and had to write a post about what I found and share the message.

    Look forward to reading your archives and future posts.

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  • http://analytics.net.in/ Avadhut

    Corbett,
    Thanks a lot for this eBook. You have been really generous in mentioning all the aspects and yes its worth my time to read all the 68 pages.

    Thanks
    Avadhut

  • http://http://packagingcentral.co.uk Steven

    Going to download this tonight, does anyone know if you can view it with a Kindle?

  • http://moneycactus.com Shaun

    Thanks Corbett,

    Just read this for the second time and it was just what I needed. 6 months into blogging and I haven’t really found my true voice, but this has given me so much to think about and the encouragement to keep going.

  • http://www.yogainspires.co.uk ntathu allen

    Bless you Corbett….am glad to read and hear your thoughts (just listened to your video presentation as part of Alist Bloggers MasterClass) …Appreciate your work—the line which stood out most for me is the realisation that a blog is simply a way to reach an audience and to deliver value to your audience a d build my business around my blog….that sentence really helps clarify what i do/have to offer. So thank you.

  • Alyzande

    The most valuable guide I’ve ever read. Doing it now.

  • http://ivesguy.com Dave

    Corbett, Thanks for taking time out to write down and share this valuable information. I appreciate your enthusiasm and your straight forward easy to understand approach. I refer back to “18 months, 2 blogs, 6 figures” from time to time to grab more nuggets of blog building information ideas.

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  • http://mobilelifestyledesign.com John

    Hey Corbett, you’ve got an amazing report there my friend. The title says it all but still doesn’t do the report justice. It’s so much more! It really resonated with me.

    I even wrote a blog post about it – A lifestyle design story worth reading

    Keep up the great work!

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  • http://afriapps.com Andrew

    Great book. Thanks for writing it.

  • http://www.selfdevelopmentspot.com/ Darwin

    Thanks Corbett, I just download your manifesto, thanks for sharing it, greats site!

    Cheers!

    • Darwin

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  • Denise

    Hey Corbett-

    I heard about you via Joshua Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus and have to say that you exceed their shout out. I’ve been milling around looking for succinct, sound, and sincere information and your manifesto is it. This is the best overview I’ve come across and it has given me clear direction on how to realize my goals. Thank you for writing it and a bigger thank you for putting it out there.

    I’m getting ready to go back through the document so I can click on all the links you provide. It’s a treasure trove.

    Best to you!

    • Corbett

      Awesome Denise, glad you found me. Cheers!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/Make-Money-With-Squidoo-1 Kim

    Corbett – Great ebook. I’m in the process of writing a review/discussion with my points of view on the main points of your ebook. I’m wondering if I can use the graphic you have in my introduction and also as a link to this page? Please let me know. Thanks.

    • http://www.pocketchanged.com/ Caleb Wojcik

      You can use the graphic if it links back to this page. :)

  • http://www.alifeofblue.com Conni

    Hey Corbett, just discovered your “little” manifesto. It’s actually pretty big.
    Great story, great advice.
    It’s people like you who serve as an inspiration for making my goal of going solo online happen.

    Thanks a lot, keep on being awesome

    Conni

    PS. The last part about product launch could be an ebook in itself.

    • Corbett

      Thanks Conni, I had a lot of fun writing the book. Glad it’s helpful! If you have specific questions, I’m happy to answer them. Keep on keepin’ on ;)

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  • http://echeapflightstolagos.blogspot.com Khurram

    Great E-Book!

  • John

    Hey Corbett –
    Just to let you know there’s still people reading this. I’m only in a few pages and already I found something I can completely identify with:

    “Not the least of which include the mental roller coaster you’ll be on as you wonder if you’re smart enough, talented enough, dedicated enough and worthy of becoming blissfully self employed”

    That statement right there goes a long way for me – makes me feel like I’m not alone. Looking forward to the rest of it. Thanks for writing it.
    -J

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  • http://www.interactivesavvy.com Sherri

    Great read! Helpful as always. Congrats on completion and for the motivation to keep on blazing forward.

    Best –
    Sherri

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  • Charlotte

    This is very exciting! :)

  • http://www.ivblogger.com Sheyi

    I just finished reading the ebook too. Its awesome I must admit. The main thing i see is this, whatever you believe in, do get it done. It is well

  • http://www.project-lean.com Haley

    Loved the manifesto! Great stuff, thank you for sharing!

  • http://www.journal-addict.blogspot.com Dolly

    I read this today, and took notes. It makes an excellent compliment to your How to Start a Blog That Matters course (which I am taking).

    Thank you for sharing this information.It’s got my mind in even more of a buzz, but that’s a good thing.

    • Corbett

      Awesome Dolly! Thanks for reading.

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  • http://marketingwithsergio.com Sergio Felix

    Well this may be from 2010 but I think that report is pretty damn good if you ask me.

    Don’t know how I missed this here before, thanks Corbett.

    Sergio

    • Corbett

      Thanks Sergio, glad you enjoyed the report. I hope it is useful.

      It’s all still very relevant today. 2010 wasn’t all that long ago :)

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  • http://www.eddietee.com Eddie Tee

    WOW – WOW – WOW

    Hi Corbett, Wow (again!), I’ve just dowloaded your book and I’m totally blown away by it. Not only is the content spot on but it’s completely FREE and I didn’t even have to sign in to an opt in form to get it, amazing!. 68 pages of quality content beautifully presented. What a fabulous blog, I’m definitely subscribing :-)

    • Corbett

      Fantastic Eddie, glad it was helpful!

  • http://www.sparta-pt.com Jen Brown ~ Sparta PT

    Wow.

    Talk about “epic shit” ;)

    This is extraordinary Corbett. Thank you so so much for sharing your story, experience & knowledge with us. I’m off to print it out now & read it again (this time with a highlighter in hand!)

    Regards
    Jen

  • http://www.espressoenglish.net Shayna

    Corbett,

    I read this manifesto last year before I started my blog, and it was inspiring at the time. But now that I’m 4 months into my new blog, I’ve re-read it and found it even MORE inspiring!

    Particularly the part about how you saw very little revenue during the first 12 months… and the “emotional roller coaster” you mentioned. I’m in the middle of it. Passionate about my blog and providing the most value possible to my readers (who do generously share my posts and send me nice emails :-) ) – but wondering if it’ll ever pay off financially… someday. Thanks to your manifesto, I’m really encouraged to persevere, keep publishing good stuff, and always improve what I’m doing.

    I’ll come back and comment again when I have my own $11,000 product launch ;-)

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  • http://www.jakeknight.me/ Jake Knight

    Once again, an awesome post from Corbett Barr! I’m subscribing to your newsletter and I’ll read this eBook later. I’m new to affiliate marketing but I like to dream big :-)

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  • http://www.stefans-imbiss.com stefan

    Hi Corbett,
    just awesome!
    I´d like to translate the whole thing and put it on my blog. If your interested contact me.
    stefan

  • http://www.tywagner.com Ty Wagner

    Hi Corbett,

    I heard about you over at the Warrior Forum…

    Great post man and awesome marketing strategies in this post.

    • Corbett

      Hey Ty, nice to meet you. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Annelise P

    I love how you applied most of your techniques on us while we were reading about your product. Smart cookie:) CLEVER!!! Thanks a lot

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  • http://twitter.com/wanderlistavida Kristen

    Corbett,

    Thank you so much for this awesome guide. This is one of the most comprehensive and useful guides I have encountered along the journey of creating an online blog/business. Lots of amazingly helpful tips and examples. Plus, now I’m thinking about spending some extended time in Mexico while I build my business. Your guide is definitely something I will keep on hand for inspiration & advice.

    Keep rockin’ it y mil gracias,
    Kristen

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  • http://www.discovershareinspire.com Rachel Denning

    Just finished your guide this morning. Good stuff! Much of it I know/knew, but it feels good reading it, being re-inspired and re-confirmed that I’m on the right path.

  • http://www.facebook.com/thepathh erik krause

    thanks for that, Corbett. Just a few pages into it i fwd’d it to a friend.

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  • http://www.hughculver.com Hugh Cuvler

    Corbett

    I feel like I just found a great magazine at a dentist’s office that everyone else has already thumbed through, but I needed to read start to end. This really is a refreshingly simple, clean, and helpful manifesto.

    I really really appreciate how you stick to telling us what to do and don’t plug up your writing with loads of what if’s and other people’s stories.

    Good work. And I learned some useful tips I can use for me product launch next week.

    Thanks, I’m now a fan.

    Hugh

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  • http://www.goanflavour.com Utsav

    I had downloaded your ebook but not gotten around to reading it. Yesterday, I thought I would read it before sleeping.

    And all the sleepiness was gone. I read the entire book in one sitting, and it was great.

    I liked the example of the new economy and would love to hear the deeper philosophy!

    Thanks for the inspiration.

    And have shared this on FB and all my friends :)!

  • suma

    hi Corbett.

    It was an incredibly fab experience to have read ur ebook….Wish u many many thx for this wonderfull work …and i feel fortunate to have learnt so many beautifull things from the book…it was a true indpiration on my path to starting my blog very soon…if need arises would look forward to your guidance in my journey of starting my own online business.

    Thanx a lot again and hope to see many more such inforich posts from you.

    Suma

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  • Paul

    I just downloaded the tool box. What great insight, I had forgotten half of it. As I go through, I can see that its all about how to be organised and put it together. I like it.

    Thanks Corbett

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  • http://www.daddylessons101.com Gerry

    Loved many of your articles, this one however I found was no help whatsoever to a niche that you say you love to service(beginners and amateurs.) The title seemed promising,and any amateur or beginner like me would instantly be hooked. But this ebook absolutely offered any subjective, realistic student of this industry any tips on how you did it and how it can be replicated. All it offered was inspirational mumbo jumbo, and never truly answered the question of “HOW”. In fact, it seemed that this whole ebook was nothing but a pitch for a product you may be developing regarding affiliate sales, etc. Just re-read the ebook twice now, and sadly, I am greatly disappointed in how this whole thing lacked REAL direction, and REAL HOW-TO.

  • http://justinsandy.com Justin Sandy

    Well crafted and extremely valuable. Thanks Corbett. . . . What part of Mexico do you guys prefer?

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  • http://duiofkids.com Wendy

    I recently started my blog, Driving Under the Influence of Kids http://duiofkids.com, and I have been gorging myself on “how to” information from as many blogs and successful people in the industry that I can find. I read the manifesto over a two day period and I was really inspired, especially about the “not giving up” part. I just wanted to say thanks for the book, the site, and all your insight. I have really enjoyed your writing and the honesty you provide. Thanks.

  • Jacquelyn Bolton

    Corbett,
    Most of the time when I read a e-book, I get distracted and end up not finishing it. I consider this e-book successful because it kept me engaged. To be honest, I don’t know where I will go from here because I have no clue as to what area I would like to pursue. I believe that I have to be passionate about what I choose or I will not stick with it.
    Thank you for the inspiration and information.
    Jacque

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  • http://www.felizcomavida.com Fernanda Neute

    I just found your website and your magic Toolbox, and can’t stop reading and watching every single video on YouTube.
    I am 32, Brazilian (I’m sorry about my poor English) and I just quit my very successful job as account director in one of the biggest advertising agencies in São Paulo. Booked a ticket to Thailand and I am currently in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
    I started blogging for fun and here in HCMC I found a huge community of young online entrepreneurs and realized it is possible to live like that and make money if you know what you’re doing.
    Your site just inspired me even more! Of course the brazilian market is in a different page, but your advice is even more useful to make me try to create something relevant in Brazil.
    Thank you for sharing and inspiring me to do something Epic (or at least try it).

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