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written by John Chow on January 31, 2015

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On today’s Dot Com Lunch, I unveiled my new matchmaking service to pair up single people. I don’t have a name for the new service yet, but I’m sure I’ll come up with something great. In the mean time, you can watch the video below to see the first possible success story.

In addition to the new matchmaking service, this episode of the Dot Com Lunch featured the amazing Baja Style Fish Batter Mix by sports fishing personality, Dan Hernandez.

Anyone is welcome to join us for the Dot Com Lunch. If you would like to join us for a future meetup, then sign up at our Dot Com Lifestyle meetup group to find the time and place of the next event.

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written by John Chow on January 30, 2015

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After my post about how To live in another country without getting permanent residence, I was taken a back by the number of people who asked me how to get US permanent residency, also known as a Green Card.

I guess I shouldn’t have been shocked by the questions. The United State is still one of the most desirable places in the world to live. The fact that I can live anywhere in the world, and choose to live in America should tell you a lot. While many locals may not feel it, the “American Dream” is alive and well outside of America.

Getting a US Green Card is not easy, but it’s not impossible either. The one thing to keep in mind is, the more money you have, the easier it is. Therefore, I recommend you go make a ton of money. How do you do that? You can start by downloading my eBook. Enjoy the video, and I welcome your feedback.

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written by John Rampton on January 30, 2015

There is TONS of content out there about getting your wordpress, blog site, sales site, or other website optimized for traffic.  I can throw a virutal-internet stone and hit three articles that will give you advice on how to increase conversion rates.  That is before we even get to Youtube.  

One missing link that needs to be covered is how to reach were more of the website traffic is that anywhere else: Mobile Devices.  I would highly recommend you don’t simply go the route of creating a mobile template of your existing website.  Nobody likes this on a four-inch screen, I’m sorry.  

Typically, the web browsing behavior of your average mobile user is going to be night-and-day different than a desktop browser, and you should make sure that these browsers and catered to on their mobile devices, if you want to convert that traffic as well as regular desktop traffic.

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If you can do a responsive-type platform for your mobile users, this will help greatly.  What I mean by this is by coming up with a mobile URL that will cause the site to look and respond differently than a standard site, you will be able to customize your call to action, menus, texts, and many other things to a mobile device, without having to do the same thing on your desktop site.  This will help put browsing options right where they need to be for one-handed browsing on a phone.

Make sure that you are using actual data from Google Analytics to optimize these mobile sites.  This really is not much different than desktop optimization, although how you set the site up to look in a mobile browser will be different.  The concepts are really not much different.  Ease of use, call to action, and simple navigation is really the name of the game.  Another important detail is to not leave anything OUT of a mobile application.  One huge point of frustration is when you cannot view something on a mobile app that you can on a desktop.

If you want someone to shop or buy products from your site from a mobile device, let me leave you with one single bit of advice.  It must be REALLY, SUPER, “Idiot Proof.”  When I go to Walmart’s website, Amazon, or Bestbuy.com, it is nearly insane how easy it is for me to fork over my money on their sites.  Large buttons, small options, and little to nothing to confuse the buyer seems to be the name of the game.  Set good filters and details when they are needed, but if you keep it as simple as possible, people will keep coming back to your website to spend money no matter what you carry, simply because it is easy to make a purchase on the run.

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written by John Chow on January 29, 2015

How do you choose your topics to blog about? Do you go with your passion or stuff that makes you money?

This is a question I get asked a lot, almost on a daily basis. A lot bloggers choose their topics based on their interest and passion, and while that is a good idea, it often doesn’t lead to Internet riches because the topic doesn’t have a big enough market.

Others will choose a blog topic purely for the money it can make them. They see me making money online about how to make money online, and they want to do the same thing. The problem is, they’ve never made any money online before.

There is a proper way to choose your blog topic, and that way is revealed in this episode of Driving with John Chow. It is possible to blog about your passion and make money on it as well. Watch the video to find out how.

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written by Michael Kwan on January 29, 2015

On some level, it could be seen as an old cliche that has largely lost its meaning: step outside your comfort zone. Many of us have also been told to never settle, because we should never be completely satisfied with where you we are in life. Stagnation may be viewed almost as a fate worse than death.

But did you know that doing things outside of your normal wheelhouse could also be tremendously lucrative to the point of being worth two billion dollars? Did you know that doing things outside of your normal comfort zone could make you incredibly rich, even if most people in the world haven’t the faintest idea of who you are? Because it is possible and one man has proven this in spades.

Most of us know that professional athletes can make a lot of money with some of the biggest stars signing for multi-year contracts worth millions of dollars. Most of us also know that some professional athletes continue to “re-invent” themselves after retirement, continuing to earn as commentators and analysts, for example.

And most of us would assume that the richest former pro athlete is probably Michael Jordan, right? Wrong. He’s actually the second richest with “only” a billion dollars in estimated net worth.

The former professional athlete with biggest net worth is this guy.

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Oh, you don’t know who he is? I don’t blame you. Most of us don’t, but according to Celebrity Net Worth, Ion Tiriac has an estimated net worth of two billion dollars. Most of us don’t recognize his name either.

The thing is, while Michael Jordan’s fortune is still largely related to the world of professional basketball, Tiriac didn’t earn his riches that way. Yes, he earned good money as a successful tennis player. Yes, he earned more good money coaching the likes of Boris Becker, Steffi Graf and Goran Ivanisevic. That was for millions and we’re talking about two billion dollars.

He leveraged his existing wealth and connections to open a bank. You see, Tiriac was from Romania and it was under a communist regime for the longest time. When the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, capitalism came pouring into Eastern Europe and Tiriac jumped at the opportunity.

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And so, Banca Tiriac was formally opened in 1990 as the first privately-owned bank in post-communist Romania. It later merged and transformed to become UniCredit Tiriac Bank today.

Banking doesn’t have all that much to do with tennis or coaching at all, but Ion Tiriac wasn’t afraid to try something new. He didn’t allow himself to be comfortable, easing into retirement with his millions in savings. He wanted have more, be more and do more.

This led to an increasingly large Tiriac empire. After the bank, he decided to open retail stores, car dealerships, a country club, an insurance company and even an airline. He bought commercial and residential real estate. He has a personal car collection of over 100 rare luxury vehicles. The money just kept pouring in. He went from a net worth of $100 million in 1991 to $500 million in 2000, $900 million in 2005, $1 billion in 2007, and $2 billion by 2010.

Never settle. Never get comfortable. Never stop learning and never stop growing. If a former tennis star can go on to amass two billion dollars through businesses completely unrelated to tennis, then a professional blogger and Internet marketer shouldn’t be afraid to step into some unfamiliar territory too.

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