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Skip McGrath

Skip McGrath is a longtime online entrepreneur, starting as an ebay seller who developed also into an amazon seller

His attitude is one of care and integrity and great warmth which shines through in his emails. He comes across as someone you can trust

Where to Start?

There are a lot of opportunities out there to increase your income or to start making an income on line. Sometimes, it seems the problem is not to find a way, a thing to do.

In fact, It’s the opposite. There are so many ways, so many opportunities, it’s hard to know where to start. How to choose? It takes understanding and data in order to decide. Until you do it, you don’t get enough data to make the decision.

Can I make a success of this? Or would that be a better fit ? Well, this is something I am interested in, but now I found out some more about it, I can see it won’t really work with everything else I got going on, but I need to keep going with them so ….. well, what about this? Oh no, that’s just a load of hype. Ok well this looks much better. I’ll look into this.

And before you know it a year or two or even more has gone by. No progress, nothing changed. A lot of ideas, no action. A lot of thinking, a lot of effort, a lot of expense checking things out, a lot of time spent checking things out… a lot of checking out.

One good thing that came of all the checking out is seeing who has stayed the course. Who has made a success, who continues to deliver, who gives value for money, whose methods work, who has won respect, earned a good reputation, who will be here tomorrow.
Names that come up again and again are Jim Cockrum, Skip McGrath, John Thornhill, Stuart Turnbull, Mark Ling.

Jim Cockrum is an experienced Ebay seller who went on to sell on Amazon. He has several training porgrams including the Silent Sales Machine and Proven Amazon Course.

Skip McGrath is another one of the original Ebay sellers. He has been selling on this platform for many years, and also now sells on Amazon, writes a regular newsletter, sells his training program and contributes to others success with advice, tips and wholesale sources for physical products.

John Thornhill joined the ranks of the Ebay legends. He sells and promotes internet marketing programs. His big ticket program is Partnership to Success. He is hard working, sincere, and helpful. The information he includes sets you up to build your own website, products and sales for information products.

Stuart Turnbull has a successful prints and public domain products business, which he shares with others. His is a fun method for a person looking for an additional bit of extra money in a creative way.

You need to work out what you want to do, name it and want it and take action to get it

Amazon Programs for Success in 2018

There are a number of Amazon programs out there at the moment.

One of them is run under the brand “Amazing” and is by all accounts pretty amazing. The program has been on the go for a few year now, and has a number of successful followers. It also comes in at an Amazing price so is not for someone who is just starting out with little income to throw at it and who can’t afford to wait for the income or waste some on the way to successs.

Fortunately there are some other extremely successful and worthwhile program out there. There is one I am thinking of in particular which is run by Jim Cockrum. He calls his program the Proven Amazon Course.

It comes in at a fraction of the cost of the Amazing brand program. Jim is a long time on-line entrepreneur. He started out himself in the early days of ebay and went on to achieve great personal success. Inevitably, he was asked how did he do it and this led to another line of success as a leader and teacher.

What is so wonderful about Jim’s program is that he practices what he teaches so it comes with a healthy dose of reality. As well as that, whenever a person signs up with Jim, they have access to all future developments as he evolves his training to keep up with changes in the market, rules on lines and fashions and trends in business.

Jim also has a loyal and devoted following who are willing to go beyond and help others to succeed. So with all these benefits and advantages, Jim has created an extremely valuable training resource and community who will help you with advice, answering questions, sharing results and experience.

Some of the people who have followed Jim have gone on to build million dollar businesses making sales on Amazon, both inside and outside America. His methods and advice are not confined to America and Americans.

Over the coming months, I will be looking at different programs and ways of making additional income on line.

What’s Coming Up in 2017

There are lots of people doing internet marketing. Some are better at than others.

One who stands the test of time in my eyes is John Thornhill

He has been working at internet marketing now since 2008.

So he has seen the business change and develop through the years. Yet he stays on top of it. And he develops many streams to his original line of work and income.

I can say he is also sincere, hardworking and ethical.

He gives back and genuinely works to make others successful. I’ve seen him to do this over and over.

I can say that I have come across many other people who started their online business or took it to the next level and owe their success to things they learned from one of John. John has many short information courses or you can participate in his master program called Partnership to Success.

On the Partnership to Success program people learn about the basics of how to set up a wordpress blog, your email responder, monetize it and all the other technical details involved in setting up an internet business up to how to set up a membership site and run a helpdesk and launch products of your own.

John will helps people get started. He will help you launch your own products if you want this. And you can get help from him and his many affilitiates. He will also provide you with access to other members on his programs so you can make contacts in the internet world to further develop your own activities.

It is possible to get help, advice and input on many issues or specific questions as well as keep up to date with changes of all kinds that are taking place on day to day level such as how mobile devices and apps are being integrated into web pages, what platforms are good to use for what types of products.

One of the most popular ways to make a living on line is through using the power and reach of Amazon.

If you are looking for a SIMPLE, yet HIGHLY EFFECTIVE way to tap into Amazons huge Marketplace and create multiple money making Amazon stores, or even just monetize an existing site you own IN SECONDS…then John has an answer coming in the near future.


With InstantAzon you have the power to tap into Amazon’s huge 250+ MILLION Marketplace and create eye catching affiliate based ads in seconds and fully functional professional eCommerce stores in minutes!

InstantAzon gives you all this, and much more, at your fingertips, allowing you to monetize ALL your websites instantly.

InstantAzon is geared to allow people to monetize their eixisting WordPress Blog and build Amazon based stores fast. In fact, with InstantAzon it’s possible to build a fully functional professional level store in a matter of minutes if you don’t have one or build more stores if you want to and set yourself up with multiple income streams

Also, with the unique ‘instant monetization’feature it is possible to monetize ANY site in a matter of seconds.

So if you want to know more about this opportunity coming up soon, come back soon and I’ll have more information for you.

Who wants to increase their income?

For many people who want to earn some extra income, one of the most confusing things is where to start. How to find out what will work for them with their budget and time constraints, their lifestyle and commitments. And how to do this quickly so that they can get on with earning that much needed extra income now, not next year.

The internet is one of the best opportunities and one of the best opportunities on the internet is selling on line. Whatever your age, your education, your location or circumstances, this presents a possibility to get started small, and build up a little or a lot depending on how far you want take it, how much you need to earn.

For some people, selling physical products represents an ideal and simple way to move forward, while still maintaining their existing activities and all without adding a lot of overheads, or outlay. There are stories of pensioners and grandmas making good on line as well as teenagers and college students and a healthy number of stay-at-home mums and single parents who turn their hands to online business built out of hours when the kids are asleep or at school.

There are several places on line where someone can start selling. Here are some of them: Ebay, Etsy, Amazon, Salehoo, Ebid, Ruby Lane to mention some of them.

I’ll be taking a look at some of these opportunities over the next few weeks and writing about what I find.

The Coming Year

There are many ways to make extra income on line, some require finance to get up and running. Others can be carried out using completely free resources using a bit of imagination and homework to find them and set them up.

Over the next few months, I will be testing different opportunities and reviewing them here on my website. I look forward to sharing with you what happened and what worked.

Of course, it goes without saying that people are different and highly individual. Freedom of choice and taste can make one method someone’s dream come true while another person could think this is the most boring thing they had ever come across and want to move on quickly.

It will certainly be interesting to test drive these opportunities.

More About Amazon

Starting out by selling on Amazon or Ebay is one of the simplest ways to get started making extra income on line. If you get familiar with it and find it suits you, there are a lot of opportunities and ways to scale it up depending on how much income you want to make. What makes it so attractive is that it can be done from almost anywhere in the country anywhere in the world. You can fit it around your other time committments. And you can get yourself up and running with little start up costs and scale up as time and resources and needs change.

That being said it, it is also worth getting helpful and useful advice from those who have been there, done it and are willing to pass on their valuable experience and know-how.

Amazing Selling Machine is a high end training programme which will kickstart you on Amazon into stratospheric levels. Unfortunately, it has just closed its doors on its current training class.  However, it’s not for every one as the training course itself is expensive and there are other costs you need to cover to get the programme rolling as you go through the training steps.

At the other end of the spectrum, there are four people who come to mind who offer excellent training on Amazon at a fraction of the price. All are personally successfull. All have excellent reputations as honest, trustworthy individuals as well as their excellent reputations for producing effective quality training programmes that will teach you the skills and know how to become successful. Some have additional back up support with forum, facebook groups, one-on-one mentoring sessions available.

Over the next few days, I will be writing about some other low cost, effective Amazon training programs which will get you up and running as a seller online on Amazon.


The Amazon giant is one business opportunity worth exploring as we move forward into another year, it is one that I will explore and will keep you posted about the changes and results.

Amazon is well-named after the giant flow of the river as it is the giant flow of online sales, in all kinds of lines. Putting yourself in the vicinity of the product flow out and income flow could be a giant boost to your own online volume of flow.

There are many approaches from the simplest of affiliates to the full blown international business. Starting small and simple is a good approach. It can build up from a trickle to a river at your own speed.

This can also be the way forward for making money in an interesting way whether just to supplement an existing income or to create a full time opportunity.

The Fascinating World of Public Domain

For information marketers, there is a whole new world that opens up called the Public Domain which can be explored and used to create new works and products and generate further income streams. For some, this provides a very satisfying, interesting and lucrative way of  life.

It is a world that is full of a fascinating variety of material including images, paintings, all kinds of literature from the high classics, novels and plays, through romance to sci fi, fairy stories, folk tales, real life adventure to dull text books to comic books and even old magazines. It includes music, patents, philosophy.

When the copyright expires on a written work for example, that work passes into the public domain. This means effectively the work passes from being the private property (of the author or creator) so to speak, to become public property. Once this has taken place, the material concerned can then be used to create further new derivative works in multiple various different ways according to the interests and skills of the new user,  it can be reused,  and republished or otherwise reproduced

Let’s look at some examples. A book can be adapted and updated to make it contemporary by simply adding  some new images or changing the text. An old classic tale can be revamped with new material added. A new book can be written around a well known character from already existing book such as Sherlock Holmes.

In the case of images and paintings, they can be photographed or otherwise used and re-interpreted to produce new images. An old wood cut could be used for a print on demand poster. Familiar traditional or other popular  images could be used for a range of greetings cards such as trains, dogs, cats, horses, or printed on T-shirts, towels, mugs and plates, and cloth bags for resale such as well known American Indian images or celtic designs.

An out of print book could be brought back to life and turned in to an ebook to sell on Kindle or as a hard bock or print on demand book on the amazing Amazon or other platforms

There is endless scope and fascination in this field.

How to Start Your Life on Line

One of the first things you will need to start your life on line is a blog. Sounds easy enough and it will be when you follow these steps.

The best way to start is with a domain name. This is unique to you and you own it, like having your own house or shop front on the world wide web. There are other options such as Blogger which is free through gmail. However, you run the risk of being effect of someone else’s decisions and changes in ways that can’t happen if you own your own space.

There are a number of different places where you can check to see if the domain name you want is already registered or if the name you have chosen is available. Then you can register for your use.  D9 has a good domain checking service. On this site,  you can quickly check out your proposed domain name. They also are a very reliable hosting company with great back up service.

D9 is a company I am happy to recommend because they want to help new users find their feet and be successful. Having been there and done that themselves, they know what it’s like, both the good and the bad. They offer a lot of support to help newcomers to the internet world. I can certainly say that with confidence as I found their support very useful.

So, what to choose for your domain name? The best domain name you can choose to get started is your own name. There is a very simple reason for this. You can bet that as soon as someone starts to become successful, if they haven’t got their name registered, someone else will register that name as a domain name. You don’t want to be facing a struggle or extra expense to be able to get the use of your own name at some point of time in the future. It’s best to keep the domain name as short as possible, something that is easy for people to remember and easy to spell if your name is a bit exotic. A jeweller friend raises another important consideration. There’s another reason to use your name, and that is that people are more likely to remember your name than the name of your website. 

There’s no limit to how many domains you own, so you can always set up other domains relating to a particular subject, interest or activity any time you want. With hosting at D9, you get unlimited hosting for as many domains as you want.

The easiest way to get a website up and running is to use WordPress to start off with. You can get yourself set up within minutes. I’ll go over that in another blog soon.

Hope this helps,




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