Make Money Online with Self Made Minds

The story behind Self Made Minds is a familiar one. A couple of guys got tired of the nine-to-five and wanted to make a living online and on their own terms. Al Carlton and Scott Jones started Self Made Minds to describe their journey in creating online businesses that can generate six figure incomes. The pair ordered up a ReviewMe review of Self Made Minds, and what I found was something that I’m pretty sure I’ve seen before.

Like John Chow dot Com, Except…

Self Made Minds primarily talks about making money online, different revenue sources, search engine optimization, and all that kind of good stuff. It’s a relatively young blog, having been around for about a month, but there’s already a good amount of useful information and commentary here on Adsense, blogging, and building traffic. The key difference that you’ll find, however, is the Self Made Minds does not depart into the world of food, cars, and scantily clad women like how you find on John Chow dot Com.


Instead, it’s all about making money online. They talk about money making tips, online business ideas, affiliate marketing, business news, and finding paid writers. You know, because a good freelance writer is hard to find.

Cream of the Crop

Considering that these guys are easily pulling in five figures every month — that’s in US dollars, although Al and Scott appear to be based in the UK — they know what they’re talking about when it comes to developing a website, building an audience, and then monetizing that traffic. Here are a few of the highlights that I came across as I perused the not-so-lengthy archive.

You should also definitely check out the History of a $100K Site, an ongoing series that outlines the entire starting-out process.

So, How Do They Make Money Online?

Both Al Carlton and Scott Jones do not have regular jobs and they rely solely on their (online) businesses to “put bread and beer on the table.” While Self Made Minds itself is not shy about advertising, the real money comes from their several websites. One of which is, a site that — as you can probably guess — talks about all sorts of cool gadgets, like solar powered gear, spy stuff, and remote control toys.


Regarding Self Made Minds, they opted for a three-column WordPress layout wherein the column furthest to the right is dedicated solely to affiliate marketing. The middle column has the basic navigation as well as an Adsense wide skyscraper that blends in very well.

Got Your Mind Made Up?

There are a couple of curiosities that I must point out. First, while they know that the inline 300 box from Google Adsense is one of the most lucrative, Al and Scott don’t use it. Instead, they rely solely on the 160×600 wide skyscraper. The duo also knows not to put all their eggs in one basket, but other than the affiliate links on the far right, the only other advertising on Self Made Minds is Adsense (though there appears to be a fair variety on

Second, because they only post once a day, alternating between Al and Scott, skipping weekend blogging altogether, I don’t think it is necessary to have the “read more” links for each post. John has mentioned this in previous entries on John Chow dot Com and I have to agree: Get rid of the “read more” unless you’re doing several entries every day.

Other than these two issues, I think that Al and Scott have a good thing going with Self Made Minds. They have a healthy level of traffic with plenty of comments from visitors, and I encourage you to add their blog to your daily stroll through the blogosphere.

31 thoughts on “Make Money Online with Self Made Minds”

  1. Will do just that, Michael, thank you! Actually, from what I’ve been reading on the site so far, I see much promise and use for it. There are certainly a lot of similarities with John Chow dot com, but basically the latter is just way more evil (and well-rounded). ๐Ÿ˜Ž

  2. Simonne says:

    Thank you for posting this. Those guys have an interesting approach.

    1. I agree. I’ll be visiting again. ๐Ÿ˜›
      ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜ˆ ๐Ÿ˜† Thank you.

  3. shaxx says:

    It is amazing to rake $10K per month on the internet. I really have a loooonngggg way to go. Thanks for sharing this valuable information.

  4. Techified says:

    very impressive site, just live bookmarked it for my daily reads ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. I just read like 7 posts and subscribed so I guess they’ll be getting their money’s worth!

  6. Miriguy says:

    whoa.. geting areview for this. These duo got guts ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
    But, it looks good.
    Interesting blog ๐Ÿ™‚ Added them into my bookmark.

  7. Matthew says:

    I have been reading selfmademinds since it started (or with in a couple of days of it going online). I find the posts to be excellent and really informative.

    The read more links do not bother me too much on that blog because I tend to have a big interest in the subject and comment on most posts… so I would end up clicking on to the post page anyway.

  8. subscribed as well. ๐Ÿ˜€

  9. Frank says:

    Wow…how do these guys get this much traffic?

    I’ve read like 6 articles and subscribed, I just want to know how such an ordinary looking gadget site gets that much revenue.

    1. Al Carlton says:

      CG gets a fair bit of traffic from the big G and we also have 25,000+ feed subscribers that often pay us a visit. I am documenting a fair bit about where the revenue comes from which ain’t too shabby from an ordinary looking gadget site ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. iconicpoint says:

    Michael You kind of went over the top on John’s Blog “the world of food, cars, and scantily clad women like how you find on John Chow dot Com”
    Sounded like the copy for the new James bond Movie.

  11. Brin and Page, Carlton and Jones…dot com duos have definitely been making waves online, haven’t they. Maybe I should go out and find me a partner, too! ๐Ÿ˜†

  12. At least this review is about making money.

  13. Thomson says:

    I have frequent reader at selfMadeMinds Nice to see a review about them here as well. I Think they are promoting this blog very well.

    Couple of weeks ago I saw a similar post on entrepreneur blog


  14. Al Carlton says:

    Thanks for the positive review Michael, I hope John gives you a nice slice of the fee ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. James says:

    Looks interesting. Great review.
    I like this quote:
    “You know, because a good freelance writer is hard to find.”
    Made me laugh. ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. RoboTokyo says:

    Yeah this blog is full of useful information my favourite tip so far from these guys is implemeting automatic translate on your blog. In doing this you allow Google to index your site in different languages. Which = More Traffic and hopefully equates to more money!

  17. Amanda says:

    Actually some of those things are cool. its just amazing that someone could make that much money to keep a free blog going those are great.

  18. Cognoscente says:

    Great find; bookmarked for future reading.

  19. David Mackey says:

    Better watch out, we’ll all shift over to Self Made Minds and then John Chow won’t have any readers!

    1. And Michael’s blog, too, while we’re at it, right? LOL nah, John has way too many loyal readers; he’ll be like “they’ll come back, you’ll see.” ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

  20. Chris says:

    Wow. Great Site!

    Thank god for Netvibes or I wouldn’t have enough time to browse all these sites each day.

  21. excellent post thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Paul. says:

    Another great blog by John Chow. I’ve already found tons of information I didn’t know. You’re making me rich John.

  23. ramesh says:

    nother great blog by John Chow. Iโ€™ve already found tons of information I didnโ€™t know. Youโ€™re making me a.v.ramesh ๐Ÿ™„

  24. Derrich says:

    Sheesh. So many choices, such little blog space.

  25. blogdinero says:

    whatยดs the other urls of your graphic?

  26. adie says:

    Great site..I’m going to add it to my Money Blogs now!

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