The 15-Minute Rule To Make More Money Online

This post was guest blogged by Alex Shalman.

Making money online is an amazing possibility whose main glamor is the promise of no 9-5, working in your Pajamas, and operating totally mobile from anywhere in the world.

This sounds good to me, and I already know that you’re enrolled because you love JohnChow.COM just as much as I do. John already has all the principles down to make major money online in his free ebook (which you should download immediately).

What I’m going to share with you is the implementation of make money online principles using the 15-Minute Rule. The point is that in just 15 minutes each day to concentrate on one activity you will be able to greatly improve in this area over time and make more money online.

Here are some suggestions on how you could use your 15 minutes per day. Feel free to add more activities in the comments below. If you guys add a lot of useful information I will do a follow up post which will include your comments.

Social Networking and Traffic Generation.

Take 15 minutes each day to make social networking contacts. These are people you can ask to vote on your articles in order to help you go viral in social networking sites. If you can make 5 new friends each day at the end of the year you will have built an e-mail list of 1825 to vote on your articles (does that sound like digg front page material?)

The ways in which you can go about this is by picking and dominating 1 social networking site at a time. Start with StumbleUpon, and search for people with the same interests as you. Give them a quick thumbs up on their profile and add them as a friend. You can have a maximum of 200 friends that you can send direct requests to per account. Then follow up with digg, propeller, or a niche specific social networking site.

Reader Interaction and Support.

Take 15 minutes a day to respond to comments on your blog and return e-mails from readers. Readers are much more likely to return if they know there is an ongoing conversation within your comments. This will in turn help to promote a community surrounding your blog. When you reach the point where you have a small but tightly nit group of readers that will evangelize you, you will be able to blow the ceiling off your blogs possibilities.

Once you know that your readers are your number one cheerleaders you may ask for their help in making your blog work better. Ask for advice on which topics to write on, what they want to see more or less of, to vote on social networking sites, and to tell their friends and family about you.

Blog Design and Infrastructure.

As you surf the web, take note of blog features that you find most beautiful and most functional. Once you’ve assembled a list of what your dream blog would look like on paper, hand it over to Unique Blog Designs to make it a reality. They’re responsible for good looking blogs like the one you see here and the one on my site.

You can also use this time to make sure your about page, and other important pages are well written and effective. Choose several different ways in which you can present your articles. (Ex. List posts, polls, videos, reviews, inter-blogger communications).

Source Your Ideas.

Creating unique ideas to make money online is great, and so is the process of following a road that has already been paved for you. Regardless of which approach you take, you’ll want to be educated and well-read in the subject matter. Whether you have a make money online blog, or you make money online with a niche blog, you’ll want to be an expert in your field. You can do this by generating the best ideas in the land.

You can make it a daily habit to take 15 minutes to brain-storm topics for your blog. Just vomit ideas onto your paper, pick the very best, write about those and get rid of the rest. Repeat this. When you get two similar ideas, but can generate different posts from them, you may wish to donate it for a guest post and attract a bigger audience

Know Your Niche

Take 15 minutes each day to find similar sites and blogs in your niche. It’s important to know who the big players are because they hold the key to opening your doors to a much wider audience. You will want to take the top 5 or 10 in your niche (even more if you have the time), read, comment, and keep in touch with the site owners.

When time comes for you to hand in a guest post, or ask for a link to a very good article, you’ll already have rapport and an established friend in the field. This will also allow you to enter partnerships for various projects. Do not over look this step.

Plan and Organize.

Take 15 minutes each day to plan exactly what you’re going to work on within the realm of your blog to make money online. This could involve looking at all the points covered above and deciding when and how you will put each point into action.

At the very least planning will help you to kick-start your blog writing. However, you won’t get just the very least, you’ll get much more. This is the key to you success.

Be the type of person, that will do the required things, to accomplish your goals. Enough is as much as it takes.

60 thoughts on “The 15-Minute Rule To Make More Money Online”

  1. Alex Shalman says:

    Thanks for getting this post up for me John.

    More on the way 😉

      1. i too have written many articls like that!!

        1. Not JohnChow says:

          Thanks to all of you for writing about this topic. Thanks Alex for a concise and suggestive Post.

  2. Nima says:

    Thanks for the post John. I recently upgraded my blog and used your advice in improving it. We’ll see how it goes. 🙂

  3. Matthew says:

    Thanks for the useful information. 😀

  4. 15 minutes is not even close to enough. You can meet 5 contacts in 15 minutes?

    1. Alex Shalman says:

      Depends for what. If it’s for work or women, yes.

    2. Yeah 15 minutes is not enough for most of those things… 😐

    3. Abdul says:

      you need to give 15 more minutes everyday, you wont accomplish these things in one day!

    4. 25 minutes sounds better.

  5. gadis says:

    Wow, only 15 minutes ? Interesting article. Maybe, I’ll be try change to start a new habit

  6. soares says:

    WOOOWWW let me trie it….lol just kidding thats a good advice im optimizing my blog with some off your advices not all because in afiliates and more portuguese blogs arent accepted.

  7. Deal Filter says:

    Hmm…interesting. I’m gonna’ have to try this.

  8. Terry Tay says:

    Well, you have to be careful how you use your social network contacts list. If all you’re ever doing is contacting them with…”Digg this for me” or “Stumble this for me” it’s not the type of contact many want to receive on a regular basis.

    1. OCGolfCourse says:

      I agree. I got a mass email once of stumbling a post and that was the end of my respect for him 🙂

    2. Alex Shalman says:

      That depends… some people will specifically want that kind of relationship with you. It’s your job to seek them out.

  9. OCGolfCourse says:

    Good article overall.

    The “get to know the top blogger in each niche” only works well when the niche isn’t overcrowded like make money online. Can you imagine how many people want to get to know John and how many emails he gets a day?

    For these types of niches, much harder work is necessary to get to know them.

    1. Alex Shalman says:

      For this I would recommend partnering with 10 small blogs in the niche and constantly interacting with each other in blog posts. This will share readers. Also, have each of the 10 members make different contacts, advertise and network in different areas, and then bring it all back to share the wealth.

  10. Ali Kitabi says:

    I think this is an interesting article and I will definately put thought into it.

    I needed a few suggestions please answer if applicable.
    1. I have created a news blog that covers news that mainly gets my interest. I restrict to the not so very common news that is being aired throughout the day and that most people already know about from the internet, tv and newspapers. Is this approach appropriate?
    2. I am using stumble but can not find the niche sites that you are talking about. This leads me to think that what I am doing is probably not useful. Need your advice on this too.

    1. Alex Shalman says:

      There are many ‘weird news’ sites out there. You aren’t looking hard enough. Check and digg odd stuff.

  11. tyna says:

    Alex i don’t think 15 minutes is practical to do the things you mentioned.I love the ideas,as for knowing a top blogger in your niche that is for those who are sure of what their niche is, i am still wondering what mine is.

    1. Alex Shalman says:

      Hey tyna, if you need help carving out a niche, e-mail me through the contact form on my site and we’ll talk about it.

      1. tyna says:

        Alex sure i will do that,thank you.

  12. James says:

    This is great advice but I think 15 minutes is not nearly enough time to do a lot of these suggestions unless you’re really focused. If you want to be generic and use form letters, you might be able to get away with it, but if you’re trying to give your interactions with others a personal touch, it may take longer than 15 minutes to connect with 5 or so people.


    1. Alex Shalman says:

      You can use a small form letter and supplement it with the person’s name and a unique first two sentences that have to do with their profile. Having to be focused is not an excuse. 😈

  13. AJ says:

    I think people should not think about niches, instead they should keep their eye on focus, because niche is too narrow but focus can be broadened.

  14. 15 minutes of social networking is a decent time , there is time to add up 15 friends , but not to interact with their blogs. Otherwise a very wise , great post , some more ideas I would add :
    – Try every 4-5 days to add a video post (this works for most of the bloggers , get a cheap cam recorder and upload your videos to youtube).
    – Interact more in the forums on your niche. There are tons out there.
    -Help other small bloggers , design , code , promote their small blogs. (Do not take more than 30 minutes each day to do so).
    – Try to build up back links (good back links for the long run) , this should be done every day , not one single day missing it , otherwise you loose some valuable traffic in the future.
    -Organizing and planing is the most important , Alex Shalman has some really great ideas to share with us. If there is no planning in your blogging activities anyone may end up at the end of each day doing nearly nothing or just useless.

    My question is , is anyone able to reach John`s performances in blogging ? While the blogging and especially this niche “MMO , money opportunities , investing , blogging” , there is a very high competition going on.

  15. Tom says:

    Great article, I like how it feels like a make money quick ad, but then shows the kind of intricate planning that is really required. I look forward to more guest posts from you in the future.

  16. It takes more than 15 minutes to settle down on a PC, leave alone doing anything within that time.
    People like smart quotes like ’15 minutes per day, millionaire in 1 year’, ‘4 hours a work-week’, blah blah …
    It doesn’t work.

    It’s just for the sake of creating the post that you needed a punch-line and you got it!

    It could have been better if you said, something like ‘2 hours a day’ or something more realistic than 15 minutes.

    Best of luck, anyway.

    1. I think you’re supposed to spend 15 minutes on each activity, not cram all the strategies into one 15 minute session.

    2. Alex Shalman says:

      First of all, I realize it takes you at least 15 minutes to turn your PC on alone, but if you just got yourself a mac it would take only 20 seconds.

      Also I’m talking about focused bursts of doing. Not settling in, than thinking about it, than maybe doing it.

      You get ready, then you none stop do it.

      1. 15 minutes to turn on the computer? Damn. It only takes me 9.

        Slow computers you lot?

  17. Noobpreneur says:


    Thanks for the tips – You know, it’s amazing to know how small amount of time of the day in our life can make big differences…

    I am, too, a fan of spending little achieve more 🙂


  18. 😉 Its a lovely post 🙂 Very well written ! nice work Alex

  19. Thiago Prado says:

    I liked the article, although I’m expecting to see an article that talk about something real.
    I want to see how can you create/promote landing pages in order to make them appear on search lists.
    The advice you gave on this article is very valuable however we’ve been seeing that all the time, brings us something new.

  20. Very nice tips. I’m going to implent them right away and wait a bit for the results 😉

  21. Interesting strategy and good ideas.

  22. GREAT post once again.. your blog is awesome John!! i get cool tips here !!

    1. Alex Shalman wrote this article 🙄

  23. Not simple like that but can show you right direction 😉

  24. Kacper says:

    Interesting article. Actually, I think this 15-minutes rule we can use in many different parts of our life, not only blogging/online-money-making.

  25. Very good advice! For those that suggest 15 minutes isn’t long enough – probably not to go from 0 to thousands in a month. But I think the point is that you do need to pick some time slots – whether it be 15 minutes per day to start with, to focus on some activities. Make it a habit – a daily habit – and likely in time, you’ll be able to find the time to increase the amount of time you spend.

    But if you don’t start with some disciplined focus and daily tasks, you won’t get far at all.

  26. myBrainfart says:

    Thanks for the post. I just started my blog this week and am trying to put into practice many of your suggestions. Looks like I’m heading over to digg. Hope this works!

  27. suripno says:

    Ya saya sebenarnya sangat tertarik tapi terhalang masalah Bahasa

  28. Muscle Post says:

    Very great advice! Social networking sites are something that I have not taken full advantage of yet, and I really need to start doing so. Stumbleupon once sent me a burst of traffic over 2,000 people in 1 day, and this was when my blog was only about 3 weeks old. I need to keep that traffic up to get the results I’m looking for. 😛

  29. AZ says:

    Basically just have a plan and work hard at it each day.

  30. budzer says:

    Nice post Alex. Thanks for the tips

  31. We have to choose the right social networking sites. There are tons of social networking sites but only a handful are worth for our time investment.

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  33. Just getting in that 15 minutes of planning is huge. You must plan what you are going to do every day or you may just aimlessly wander throughout the blogosphere all day long. Not good.

  34. john says:

    Can’t agree more. A well planned blueprint of actions is the key of success. You need plenty of patience and dicipline here.

  35. Kabatology says:

    John, do you know what monotony means? 🙄

  36. Seo La says:

    Great post John!!!

  37. Some great tips here. Cant wait to quit the 9-5 job

  38. Julian says:

    Good points. I usually spend time manually submitting each of my posts to a couple social bookmarks.

  39. I was never sure whether spending time promoting my blogs was really worthwhile. But I spent about 4 hours last month working on it and found that my Google Adsense clickthroughs increased significantly. This may have been a coincidence but I will be trying it again this month to find out if the increase continues.

  40. Austin says:

    Thanks for the tips. I do a lot of work on social media sites but its not the only place I aim for traffic as it does not convert well at all. I am actually cutting back because of that.

  41. eranda says:

    only problem comes when social media networks restrict Mass email sending. I tried to send a broadcast today on facebook and it was limited to 20 friends…. 😕

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