How to Start a Blog – Part 1

Since a great many of you out there don’t know how to start a blog, I’m gonna walk you through it in a series of posts.

FYI, I’m gonna assume here that you’ve already read up on how to pick the niche for your blog and you know what product or company you’re gonna be promoting.

I recommend you set up your own domain right off the bat.  Sure, you can go with one of those freebie blog sites like,, etc., but you really want to start establishing your own brand as soon as you can.

So, let’s get your domain on…

How to Start a Blog – Step 1

I’m gonna use a really off-the-wall example for my sample blog site.  Let’s say, um… we’ll set up a blog about alien abductions.

Pay attention…  This is a test, you know…  if you’ve been a good student and read up on what you should be blogging about, you should’ve been smackin’ your monitor and yelling “How the hell am I gonna make money off of that?!?” or you should’ve at least been thinking it…  right?

But for now, just humor me, and we’ll just pretend that aluminum foil hats and probe-resistant undies are HOT and sellin’ for big bucks right now…

So, I’m gonna haul my butt over to Hostgator and set up my new domain.  You can use your favorite hosting provider if you want, but Hostgator has been great for me and their customer support is awesome.

I’ve negotiated a special 25% discount coupon for my readers, so if you go with Hostgator, make sure you enter the coupon code “longtail25” at checkout.  The discount only applies to hosting plans.

Next, click on the “Domains” tab and type in your domain name choice name to see if it’s available.

Hostgator Domain Selection

Awesome! is totally available. go figure!

Hostgator Domain Search result

Now you need to add a hosting plan.  A hosting plan is the engine under the hood of your domain.  It’s gonna give you a server to host your blog and store your files.

You can start out with the smallest plan and you’ll probably be just fine.  I tend to hoard domain names, so I have the Baby plan.  It lets me tack on as many domains to my account as I want.

Select Hostgator Plan

Don’t forget to enter the coupon code “longtail25” at checkout.  Not getting 25% off would be sucky.

Go ahead and enter your billing details, billing cycle, address, etc, etc.

Make sure you see your 25% discount reflected in the final price before you fork over that credit card info.

Submit it, then wait a little while for the Hostgator elves to work their magic.  You’ll get an email from them with your login info once you’re set.

How to Start a Blog – Step 2

Once you get your setup confirmation email, click on the link to access your account and let’s get logged into your cPanel.  This is where you’re gonna control the inner-working of your website.

Set up an E-mail Account

Now we’re gonna get you set up with your very own little email account.   Look for the “Email Accounts” icon in the Mail category and click that bad boy.

Go ahead and type in your email address.    You’ll see your domain in the pull down list.  For our example, we’d see

I’d type in something like ‘admin’, ‘ken’, ken.mabry’, or  something else that makes sense for me and my site.

Pick your password, pick your storage quota (max mailbox size), and click “create account”.

Set up WordPress (your blogging platform)

Pop back to the main cPanel page, and now you’re gonna scroll down to the Software/Services section and click on “QuickInstall”

When QuickInstall launches, look to the left and expand “Blog Software” and click on “Wordpress.”  Then click “Continue.”

Now, just fill out the form:

If you want the blog to be the main thing your visitors see when they visit your site, just make sure your domain is selected in the pulldown box and leave the area after the “/” blank.

I’d go ahead and select “Auto Upgrades”

Admin e-mail:  the email address you just created (or another if you prefer).

Blog Title:  <Whatever you want to appear at the top of your blog>  –It’s easy to change this later

Admin user:  “admin”

First Name:  “Your first name”

Last Name:  “Last Name”

Click “Install Now”  and then on the next screen, click on “Finish Installation”.

You’re almost done!

Once your blog is installed, you can access is at

Access your blog’s admin area at  –you’ll wanna bookmark this

In the next How to Start a Blog post, we’ll go over how to customize your WordPress install so you can get busy bloggin’.

Until then!

Ken Mabry

Top MLM Earners 2013

Man, I have to say doing the research for this blog post has totally inspired me.

Every single one of the guys & gals on the list you’re about to see is an absolute MONSTER.  You gotta respect the sick amount of money they’re pulling in.

When I saw this article, I wanted to share the info because it really shows what’s possible at the high end of network marketing.  It gets me motivated just looking at the numbers and I top mlm earners 2013thought it may do the same for you.  Just remember, there’s nothing super-human about these guys.  They’ve just learned from their mistakes, listened to their mentors early in their careers, and above all, they have their sh!t together!

After I read this, I got motivated enough to set a goal for myself to reach the $40K/month mark in the next 30 days, and I’m not taking any excuses from myself.  And if you wanna succeed in network marketing, or any Internet affiliate program, you’ll have to do the same thing.

Why do you think 90% of all people that try their luck in this biz vanish within 3 months?

No commitment.

You gotta want it BAD.

This IS a get rich quick environment.  Problem is… most people think it’s a get rich easy environment as well.

And that just ain’t true.

Example:  My primary online income stream comes from Empower Network.  Now, if you’ve been cruising around the Internet for any amount time, I’m sure you’ve heard of Dave Wood and David Sharpe’s Empower Network.

You might have heard about how easy it is to strike it rich with their products and training.  And a lot of people have an issue with that—saying they joined and never earned a dime.

Well, all I can say is it’s probably not their fault.  They were probably fed the wrong information by their sponsor.  Bad advice that led ‘em to believe daily blogging, without a specific focus, would make them rich.  Bad, bad, advice.

I can tell you that Empower is the real deal, but the riches aren’t gonna come easy.  You gotta work for it… and work smart.

So while I respect these top MLM earners, I cringe a little when I see people signing up directly underneath them. It’s not that they’re bad guys—far from it.  They’re just spread so thin that the average marketer signing up with them doesn’t stand a snowball’s chance at getting any actual face time.

That leaves a lot of people out in the dark, spinning their wheels, eating away their valuable time, and not seeing a damn thing in return.

What usually happens next?

Well, after an average of about 4 months, the typical Empower Network user just…  vanishes.

So before I list the top mlm earners of 2013, I’d like to ask that if you’re considering jumping into the network marketing world, browse around the rest of my blog.

Get to know me…

…and consider joining my team.

Unlike the big guys, I can guarantee you’ll have full access to me as a sponsor, and I’ll do everything possible to help you succeed.

Update for 2014:  According to Google, one of the hottest trending MLM companies is Wake Up Now. Google’s search volume for these guys has EXPLODED over the first half of 2014.

So! Without further ado, here’s the list:

Top MLM Earners 2013

WW Rank



Est. Month

Est. Year


1 Holton Buggs OrganoGold $1,200,000 $14,400,000
2 Angela Liew and Ryan Ho NuSkin $1,100,000 $13,200,000
3 Dexter & Birdie Yager Amway $1,000,000 $12,000,000
4 Shane Morand OrganoGold $1,000,000 $12,000,000
5 John Sachtouras OrganoGold $725,000 $8,700,000
6 Jose Ardon OrganoGold $700,000 $8,400,000
7 Barry Chi & Holly Chen Amway $650,000 $7,800,000
8 David Wood and David Sharpe EmpowerNetwork $588,000 $7,056,000
9 Brian McClure Ambit $452,000 $5,424,000
10 Abraham Benitez and Raquel Cortez Herbalife $450,000 $5,400,000
11 Foo Howe Kean & Jenny Ko Amway $450,000 $5,400,000
12 George Zalucki & Art Napolitano ACN $400,000 $4,800,000
13 Sunny Hsu & Debra Hsieh Amway $400,000 $4,800,000
14 Enrique and Graciela Varela Herbalife $395,000 $4,740,000
15 Steve Thompson Ambit $370,000 $4,440,000
16 Carol & Ken Porter Monavie $350,000 $4,200,000
17 Jim & Nancy Dornan Amway $350,000 $4,200,000
18 Max Schwarz Amway $350,000 $4,200,000
19 Tae Ho Kim Herbalife $350,000 $4,200,000
20 Vick Strizheus EmpowerNetwork $330,000 $3,960,000
21 Philip Eckart Ambit $324,000 $3,888,000
22 Carol and Alan Lorrenz Herbalife $300,000 $3,600,000
23 Kaoru Nakajima Amway $300,000 $3,600,000
24 Peter & Eva Muller-Meerkatz Amway $295,000 $3,540,000
25 Ashley and Nick Sarnicola ViSalus $290,000 $3,480,000
26 Rafael Rojas Melaleuca $280,000 $3,360,000
27 Tom & Bethany Alkazin Vemma $280,000 $3,360,000
28 Leonard & Irina Weisbein Herbalife $275,000 $3,300,000
29 Christian Steinkeller OrganoGold $265,000 $3,180,000
30 Seung Ja and Young Ho Kang Park Herbalife $265,000 $3,180,000
31 Robert Hollis GanoLife $262,000 $3,144,000
32 Dong Keun Chung Herbalife $255,000 $3,060,000
33 Luis & Angela Ventura OrganoGold $251,000 $3,012,000
34 David Imonitie OrganoGold $250,000 $3,000,000
35 John Peterson Herbalife $250,000 $3,000,000
36 Kang Hyeon Sook & Ryu InIk Amway $250,000 $3,000,000
37 Leonard & Esther Kim Amway $250,000 $3,000,000
38 Mark Lei & Peggy Yeh Amway $250,000 $3,000,000
39 John and Lori Tartol Herbalife $240,000 $2,880,000
40 Susan Peterson Herbalife $240,000 $2,880,000
41 Jeff Roberti Juiceplus $230,000 $2,760,000
42 Lita & Brig Hart Monavie $220,000 $2,640,000
43 Simon Abboud ACN $215,000 $2,580,000
44 Calvin Becerra Monavie $210,000 $2,520,000
45 Gina & Steve Merritt Monavie $210,000 $2,520,000
46 Nathan Ricks NuSkin $210,000 $2,520,000
47 Jeremy Miner WMI $205,000 $2,460,000
48 David Moses Zija $200,000 $2,400,000
49 Debbie & Geoff Davis ACN $200,000 $2,400,000
50 Ed Bestoso Melaleuca $200,000 $2,400,000
51 Jennifer & Darin Dowd ACN $200,000 $2,400,000
52 Mark Comer Synergy $200,000 $2,400,000
53 Minh and Julie Ho TalkFusion $200,000 $2,400,000
54 Vjacheslav Ushenin TalkFusion $200,000 $2,400,000
55 Patrick Maser & Mike Maser ACN $195,000 $2,340,000
56 Ray Montie Ambit $188,000 $2,256,000
57 Jimmy Smith Isagenix $185,000 $2,220,000
58 Jason O’Toole ViSalus $180,000 $2,160,000
59 Todd & Angelique Hartog Monavie $179,000 $2,148,000
60 Jordan Adler SendOutCards $176,000 $2,112,000
61 Brad Alkazin Vemma $175,000 $2,100,000
62 Edwin Haynes OrganoGold $175,000 $2,100,000
63 Giselle Sexsmith NuSkin $175,000 $2,100,000
64 Marco & Milagro Dubon FLP $175,000 $2,100,000
65 Mitch & Deidre Sala Amway $175,000 $2,100,000
66 Naoki Hongo and Kimie Hongo NuSkin $175,000 $2,100,000
67 Mark and Tammy Smith Nerium $170,000 $2,040,000
68 Dave Savula LegalShield $166,000 $1,992,000
69 Tetsuya Fujisawa NuSkin $165,000 $1,980,000
70 Corbin & Holly Roush Monavie $160,000 $1,920,000
71 Gerry Seebacher Lyoness $160,000 $1,920,000
72 Rita Hui USANA $160,000 $1,920,000
73 Steve and Yvette Mitchell TalkFusion $156,000 $1,872,000
74 Michiko and Bruno Graf NuSkin $155,000 $1,860,000
75 Ming Kuan and Ming Chu Chen NuSkin $155,000 $1,860,000
76 Tony & Jessica Rush EmpowerNetwork $153,000 $1,836,000
77 Aron Steinkeller OrganoGold $150,000 $1,800,000
78 Carsten Ledule PMInternational $150,000 $1,800,000
79 Collette Larsen USANA $150,000 $1,800,000
80 Edgar Mojica 4life $150,000 $1,800,000
81 Geri Cvitanovich Herbalife $150,000 $1,800,000
82 Kyle Pacetti ViSalus $150,000 $1,800,000
83 Maria Schleipfer Amway $150,000 $1,800,000
84 Roberto Ruiz FLP $150,000 $1,800,000
85 Ruth & Jeff Elliot Vemma $150,000 $1,800,000
86 Scott & Sue Olsen Monavie $150,000 $1,800,000
87 Tim Foley Amway $150,000 $1,800,000
88 Mike and Lavon Craig ViSalus $145,000 $1,740,000
89 Rolf Kipp FLP $145,000 $1,740,000
90 Fabricio Nobre Melaleuca $142,000 $1,704,000
91 Tony and Rhonda Lucero ViSalus $140,000 $1,680,000
92 Chris & Debbie Atkinson Ambit $139,500 $1,674,000
93 Betty Sung NuSkin $135,000 $1,620,000
94 Craig Bryson NuSkin $135,000 $1,620,000
95 Takako Kitaoka NuSkin $135,000 $1,620,000
96 Brian & Andrea Sax ACN $130,000 $1,560,000
97 Jeff Weber ACN $130,000 $1,560,000
98 Jeremy & Mindy Deeble ACN $130,000 $1,560,000
99 Michael Palmstierna Hamilton Herbalife $130,000 $1,560,000
100 Shane & Dana Douglas ACN $130,000 $1,560,000

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What should I blog about?

OK, boys and girls.

You have a blog, but what the heck are you supposed to do with it? You’re probably wondering “What should I blog about?”

…and you’re probably going to hear from a lot of people that it doesn’t matter what you blog about.

“Just BLOG.”

“…and blog daily.”

Well… if only it were that simple.

Part of that advice is golden, you absolutely need to blog Every. Single. Day. and follow your mentor’s advice.

But… that alone is not going to get you that massive amount of traffic you’ll need to start profiting from your blog. You see, the key to making money from your blog is getting people to your site that are right on the verge of pulling out their credit cards and buying your product.

You need targeted, qualified leads… people that are gonna convert into buyers of your products.

If you’re just blogging about any ol’ thing under the sun, then how do you expect Google to start recognizing you as an expert on what you’re teachin’ -n- preachin’?.

If your posts ramble on with topics like:

  • How I Make the Best Greek Chicken on Earth
  • My Top Ten Strategies for Ranking on the First Page of Google
  • Why My Cat is Smarter than your 5th Grader

Don’t be surprised when your posts are ranking on page 10 of Google after 6 long months of hard work.

What Should I Blog About?

If you wanna rank on Google, you need to convince them your site is an authority on your particular topic. You’re not gonna do that if you ramble on about whatever just pops into your head.

You need to consider TWO major factors as you answer that question “What should I blog about?”

Major Factor Number 1:

Pick a topic, a niche. Ideally it’ll be something that you’re passionate and knowledgeable about. If you enjoy writing about something—the odds are much higher that you’ll stick to it and provide great content for your readers.

Now, there are a couple of catches here. If your passion is, let’s say, dog training, and you decide to create a blog about it, you’re gonna be up against some serious competition.

The problem is your choice in keywords. If you go generic, like with “dog training” the monthly search volume on Google is gonna be RIDICULOUS. That means there’s gonna be a TON of big players out there targeting that keyword—and quite frankly, you, as a little guy, don’t stand a chance.

A keyword like “dog training” is what we in the biz call a “core” or “head” keyword. They’re almost impossible to rank for—at least in the short term. If you want your blog showing up on Google page 1, then you need to specialize.

You need to go after what we call “long tail keywords.” So, instead of “dog training” maybe write a few posts that target the keyword “train your dog to play dead” or “how to train a dog to poop on command.” Get the idea?

With long tail keywords, the search volume is gonna be lower—but so will your competition. You’ll have a better chance of getting eyeballs on your website this way. Now, since your search volume is lower, you’ll need to start targeting other long tail keywords that revolve around your core/seed keyword. Start getting creative, look at other variations on dog training. You may only get 100-200 visitors a month for a particular keyword, but this is completely expected. The secret to your success will be VOLUME. You’ll identify several long tail keywords and write your blog posts around those.

Not getting that warm fuzzy feeling yet? Think about this: You identify 40 long tail keywords related to your niche. You do your research and see that competition is low-to-moderate so you should be able to rank on page 1 of Google in just a few weeks or days. You write an SEO (search engine optimized) blog post around each keyword. …and before you know it, each one is getting between 200-400 hits each month. With 40 posts, that’s up to 16,000 visitors a month, and those are HIGHLY targeted prospects… Readers ready to buy exactly what you’re selling.

So again, you’ll need to do research on your competition. Find out which keyword combinations you have a chance in hell of ranking for and which ones will totally suck away your time and leave you zilch to show for it. There are quite a few tools out there you can use for this. The ace up my sleeve for this is a program called Long Tail Pro (LTP). I’ll dive into how I use LTP in a later post—just keep checking back here and I’ll update this page with a link.

Major Factor Number 2:

Choose a niche you can monetize with a particular product.  I know it seems ass-backwards, but you should already have a product in mind.

What does this mean? It means that not all blog topics are gonna make you money.

It’s probably going to tougher to monetize a blog that gives out free casserole recipes than a blog that’s discussing German Shepherd Dog allergy and skin problems.

Think about it.

Why is this person reading your blog?

Readers that have a pet with health problems are DESPERATELY looking for a solution to their problem—that’s where you come in with a product or service. After you’ve totally mesmerized your reader with your awesome knowledge, you’ve built up a certain level of trust. That reader is now likely to follow your recommendations and purchase a product from you that fills their need.

Now, I’m quite sure that you’d also be able to monetize a casserole blog, but I could almost guarantee you that it’s not gonna be nearly as easy–simply because someone looking for how to bake the perfect casserole probably isn’t DESPERATE to find out how. Get it? 🙂 You wanna attract people who are HUNGRY to buy your product—not hungry to eat a casserole. Lame…  yes.  Sorry, I couldn’t resist.

I’ll cover more related topics in later posts. Keep an eye out for future posts on:

  • Schedule for success
  • Keyword research techniques
  • SEO – Ranking on Google Page 1

Until then, thanks for reading and come back soon!

Your blogging guide,

Ken Mabry

What’s Keeping You from Becoming a Network Marketing Success?

Update August 2015 – I’ve decided to hang up my MLM hat for good and move on to something far more reliable and less sleazy.  Check out how 1000+ former MLM and Affiliate Marketers have shed their sleaze and are on the fast track to building a guru-free future for themselves.

Are you struggling to make any money at all with network marketing?  Maybe you’re just breaking even, but just can’t grow your business enough to meet those goals and expectation you had when you started.

You’ve reached the point where most network marketing wannabe’s call it quits..

Don’t be a wannabe…

You know, the difference between network marketers who struggle just to make a dime and the super affiliates making a KILLING with tens of thousands of dollars of monthly residual income is that the super affiliates have pushed through the hard times, learned from their mistakes, and gone on to become rockstars.

If you feel like you’re stuck in the mud and just can’t get your multi-level marketing business off the ground, then listen up!

You need to identify which of these 4 common mistakes you’re making, and make a change PRONTO!

Network Marketing Success Killer Number 1 – Not Letting Go of the Past

You know the old saying, right?   “We learn from our mistakes.”  Successful network marketers learn from their failures, jump back on the horse, and charge forward.

I’ve seen WAY too many people just vanish off the face of the Internet after trying to “make it big” and failing.  And I’d bet real money that if you asked them if they learned from their mistakes, they’d say YES.

Excuse me?  What??

That’s right.  I’ve talked to more than a few folks that dropped out and I get pretty much the same story every time.  What they “learned” is that you can’t “make it big” on the Internet.  Or that the program they were promoting was a scam.

That’s bullshit…  Plain and simple.

What they REALLY learned is that their methods weren’t working and that it was going to take effort to meet their goals.  They believed the hype some Internet Marketing Guru was spouting, and they were convinced that they were going to get rich quick & easy.

Well…  CRAP.  You mean I can’t get rich quick?  Why am I even trying??

That’s not what I’m saying at all.

It’s absolutely, positively possible to strike it rich –very quick- with network marketing.  It’s the “easy” part that has people fooled, and it pisses me off every time I hear some slimey “guru” telling people otherwise.

Becoming a network marketing success requires you to learn from your mistakes and to come back swinging harder than ever.  You have to try different marketing methods—test the waters.  Don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone.  And remember, no matter what the gurus say, no one out there can guarantee your success but you…

It’s all up to you.  OWN your success!

Network Marketing Success Killer Number 2 – Lack of Committment

This biz is sorta like jumping into a cold pond.  If you’re gonna do it, you gotta just dive in head first.  You have to ignore the fact that you’re wet…  you’re cold… and you’re just plain uncomfortable.

Don’t half-ass it and expect results.  If you’re not in all the way—fully committed to doing what it takes.  It ain’t gonna happen.

You have to believe in yourself… totally and completely.

When you finally convince yourself that this WILL work for you, and you WILL succeed, you’ll be able to break free from those things holding you back.

You’ll finally start to make it all happen.

Network Marketing Success Killer Number 3 – Not Listening!

This one’s all in your head.

When you’ve been in this business for a while, you learn to spot who has promise and who hasn’t.  The best candidate for becoming the next Internet Marketing sensation is someone that’s willing to toss out everything they think they knew about marketing.  They let their mentor take them under their wing, and they soak up their training like a dry sponge.

Falling victim to this is easier than you think.  Lemme give you an example.

My primary stream of income right now comes from a company called Empower Network.  The founders of this company have made it possible for others to follow in their footsteps if you just follow the plan.

One of the first and foremost requirements (or commitments) is that when you join, you need to create and post at least one entry to your personal blog EVERY day.  You can knock this out in, like, 15-20 minutes, max.

How many people do this?  You’d be surprised.  In just the first week alone, maybe 1 in 10 actually follow through and blog daily.

And by the end of their first month, blogging has pretty much dwindled down to zero…

If you’re going to become a network marketing success, you gotta be willing to learn from those who have legitimately made it before you…

Network Marketing Success Killer Number 4 – No Testicular Fortitude

Sorry ladies, this means you too.

… if you refuse to go out on a limb and invest in the training, tools, and company you need to market effectively…

… if you’d rather get your beauty sleep than stay up late getting your business on its feet…

… and if you’re too weak to stand up to the haters, the naysayers, the pessimists and the misinformed…

you probably don’t have the balls to succeed in network marketing.

But, don’t lose hope.  And don’t get all crabby on me. 🙂

You can choose to take a stand and go after your dream.

I did.

And I’ve never regretted it for a moment.

So, identify your flaws, remove them from the equation, then get out of your own way and go on with making those dreams come true.

Sound like a plan?

Coaching you to success,

Ken Mabry