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October 23, 2014
This is one of the best ways I know to Make Money Online – writing articles. The best part about writing is that you make passive income – meaning after you write the article you’ll still make money from it while doing no work. Don’t get me wrong, it takes a little bit to get a steady flow of cash, but once you do, you’ll be surprised how much it will add up.
The best site to make money writing is Hubpages. Hubpages is a site where you make money for posting articles. The best part about it is you don’t need to know HTML, web page design or anything technical. In addition you can make an account for free and you don’t even have to spend money on hosting or having a domain. You literally can’t go wrong because it’s free to join and have an account. If you want to join, check it out here: www.HubPages.com.
Like anything, there are different techniques to making money with Hubpages. If you’re interested, check out my Hubpages account here to see my layout/method: http://marcfreccero.hubpages.com/. You mainly make money from two different sources: Ads and Affiliates. Ads are pretty self-explanatory, and affiliates are where you get paid when someone buys a product you recommend. In addition, it’s free to join the ad and affiliate programs, making it even more cost effective and putting more money in your pocket.
The best technique for making the most money on Hubpages is writing about something people are searching. The quickest way to do this is something called Keyword Analysis, which is a technique of searching for keywords (or phrases) that people are searching for. Your goal is to find something that is being searched a lot and has low competition (you don’t want too sites talking about the same thing you want to write about). The best tool for this is a site called Jaaxy. You can join Jaaxy for free and it’s a powerful tool that really helps you narrow down the best keywords. I also have a technique video I made on using Jaaxy that you can check out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_zkgKo1V-Q.
My strategy is to pick topics that I love writing about. Things like Parkour, DJing, Music, Entrepreneurship, Motivation/Inspiration, Psychology, and more, are all topics I love. So I’ll go on Jaaxy and figure out the best area of Psychology, for example, to write about. I’ll only start writing if it’s something that I’m knowledgeable on and I enjoy writing about.
When writing it’s important to give valuable information – yes you can make money from writing but it’s extremely easy to tell when someone is just talking about nothing, expecting to make money off it. I would personally shoot for 750-1000 words in your article and include relevant pictures/videos (it improves readability and makes you more money). In addition, include relevant products that are connected with what you’re talking about. The key here is to be honest (don’t recommend a bad product) and relevant – posting a music keyboard when talking about Parkour makes no sense.
After you’re done checking it over, submit it and then let the rewards come in. Don’t expect to get rich overnight, because this is compounding process, but the more you write the more you’ll make. The best part is seeing that some of the posts you wrote months ago are still making you money – that’s the beauty of passive income.
As I said before, you can join Hubpages for free, so it doesn’t hurt. Personally, I love the fact of passive income (making money even after you stopped working) and the fact that I can make money anywhere in the world (as long as I have a computer). Here’s the link to join: www.HubPages.com. And if you want to check out my personal account, here’s that link: http://marcfreccero.hubpages.com/.
Lastly, I made a YouTube video of me explaining more of the techniques to make money with Hubpages. I also go over the layout and explain how everything works more in-depth. If you’re looking to speed up the process (and make money quicker) then this video should definitely help you out!
October 20, 2014
Most of my time recently has been spent producing as I’ve really been working on some of the post production for the album and previous songs. The Columbus song is coming out pretty good and is a mix of trap & hip-hop with some chill instrumentals. I posted this brief Instagram video before I performed this past Friday – it’s a rough draft of the song I’m writing for Columbus.
Testing out the song I wrote for Columbus – gonna play it at the show tonight! #Columbus #Ohio #dayton #rage #trap #hiphop #rap #bass #freccero #produce #music #lnp #lightnearbyproject #livingthedream #stubbies #bar #club #college #party #buck
Later that night I performed at a place called Stubbies and it was one of the best sets I’ve done in a while. The crowd was extremely into it and I was literally non-stop mixing & raging for 4 hours straight, which led me to be pretty exhausted after my set!
Also during my set I dropped Dillon Francis’s remix of Some Chords by Deadmau5. It’s one of the best remixes I’ve ever heard (the production is mind blowing) so I wanted to post it. Absolutely incredible:
Earlier that week my friends and I were driving around and one of them had to pick up something at ACE Hardware. I made joke that they might have free samples and it turned out that they had a popcorn machine where anyone could take some for free. It was actually wicked good popcorn too!
Next, I don’t know if you’ve seen these videos, but people have been photoshopping short clips of the wrestler Randy Orton RKO’ing people. These videos are hilarious so I wanted to post this YouTube video of a complication of all the clips:
Lastly, I’ve posted numerous bodywight workout videos on both YouTube and this blog (check them out here: Bodyweight Workouts). I get asked a lot if I use any equipment when working out (especially when traveling around) so I wanted to make this post on my blog Buck Living for fitness equipment you can use anywhere: http://www.buckliving.com/home-fitness-equipment/.
October 15, 2014
This past weekend I ended up going to a wedding that was absolutely crazy. It was held at the Groom’s house, and his dad makes millions of dollars from owning an engineering firm. While I was there I wore the Flask Tie that I’ve talked about before. I decided to make this video, The Flask Tie Challenge, to showcase exactly how the tie works (especially in person):
While I was at the wedding I happened to talk to the Groom’s dad and asked him about how he became successful. He had some extremely positive things to say about what he did to become successful and told me numerous stories about his journey. The biggest suggestions I received from him were: 1. Work really, really hard 2. Love what you do 3. Be patient because sometimes when it seems like things are bad, good opportunities are right around the corner. It’s always amazing to hear what successful people say about their journey and what made them what they are today.
I get asked numerous times how I make money while traveling around and while I post a lot on my site Buck Living I still like to include what I do here. I have been making money off the site called Slice The Pie where you review songs and get paid for it! You don’t even need music experience and you can do it at anytime, so it’s a great way for some side income. There are a lot of different techniques to make even more money with Slice The Pie, so here’s an instructional video I made to make some good money with it. You can join for free here: Slice The Pie (It’s completely free to join and make money, so you can’t go wrong!).
After this past weekend I ended up going to a hockey game last night with friends (Columbus vs. Dallas). I’m not a huge hockey fan but I love watching it and the games are always extremely entertaining. Besides everything else going on I’ve finally figured out the direction of the Columbus song, which is going to be an interesting combination of Chill & Upbeat Hip-Hop/Trap. The song is coming out awesome and after this one is done I’m only going to have one more song to complete!
Lastly, I found this recently and honestly thought it was one of the most accurate statements about motivation. I edited out the first part of it because of the language, but this could not be more truthful about motivation and success.
October 13, 2014
Columbus has been turning out to be one of the most event-filled places I’ve been to yet on the tour. One of those amazing events was Phutureprimitive, a big musical idol of mine. Rain, aka Phutureprimitive, is an unbelievably talented producer who put on one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. I’ve known Rain since last year when I met him in Boston and he’s an extremely nice guy who sincerely cares about his music and fans. His album, Kinetik, was listed as one of my Top 14 EDM Albums (check it out here: http://www.lightnearby.com/my-top-14-edm-albums/).
His show in Columbus was the start of his tour Searching for Beauty. He debuted with his new stage set-up that’s very intricate – not to mention all the visual mapping that comes along with it. One of the coolest parts of his tour is the “Dance Your Demons Out” idea. At his merchandise table he has duck tape & permanent markers, and he asks everyone to put duck tape on the bottom of their shoe and write a fear, worry, negative thought, etc, on it. The idea is that you will literally dance your demons out – by the time the show is done, and you check your shoe, whatever was written is completely gone.
His show was absolutely incredible and you can check out the rest of his tour dates here: http://www.phutureprimitive.com/tour-dates/. Rain is someone you can really tell has intense passion with his performances and breaks the mold that “DJs just push buttons.” Here are a couple videos of him performing:
Rain, aka @phutureprimitive, staring his tour last night with one of the best performances I’ve ever seen #rain #vibes #phutureprimitive #dimension #dance #dj #produce #music #dubstep #life #sub #bass #concert #beauty #search
And here is his remix of Teardrop by Massive Attack:
@phutureprimitive with his amazing remix of Teardrop #remix #EDM #electro #Dj #life #love #concert #event #show #music #massiveattack #tour #rain View on Instagram
October 8, 2014
There’s a story about this special type of crab that’s agile and fast enough to get out of any type of trap. Yet these crabs are caught everyday by the thousands thanks to a particular human trait they possess.
The trap is a wire cage with a hole at the top. Bait is placed into the cage and the cage is lowered into the water.
One crab comes along, enters the cage and begins eating the bait. A second crab joins him. Followed by a third and forth. Then the cage is full. Eventually all the bait is gone.
The crabs could easily climb up the sides of the cage and through the hole but they do not. They stay in the cage.
Others crabs come along and join them long after the bait is gone.
Should one of these crabs realize there is no further reason to stay in the trap and attempts to leave, the other crabs will gang up on it and stop it.
They will repeatedly pull him off of the side of the cage. If he persists, the other crabs will tear off his claws to keep him from climbing. If he persists still, they will kill him.
The crabs, by force of majority, stay together in the cage. The cage is hauled up and lunch is served.
The chief difference between crabs and humans is that crabs live in WATER and humans on LAND.
Anyone who has a dream, one that might get them out of what they perceive to be a trap, had best beware of the fellow inhabitants of that trap.
The humans don’t generally use physical force but they find other ways to bring you down such as innuendoes, doubt, ridicule, mockery, sarcasm, scorn, sneering, belittlement, humiliation, taunting and teasing, and dozens of other tactics the crabs around you will use to pull of your claws and kill your dreams.
Be aware of the crabs around you content with staying in the trap.
You make them look bad. You are a giant exposing mirror to them. Your actions are being reflected back to them. They know they should be doing what you’re doing but they’re afraid.
It’s easier for them to make fun of you, trying to convince you that what you’re doing is dumb in hopes that you will give up and come back to the trap so they no longer have to look at you and feel bad about themselves.
Love them anyways, but don’t let them drag you back into the pack of mediocrity.
One technique to not fall in that trap is the Rubber Band Challenge. Coined by Tim Ferriss, author of Four Hour Work Week, the idea is to wear a rubber band around your wrist for 30 days. Anytime you think of a negative thought you have to snap the rubber band – this trains you to think positively and shift where you focus your mental attention. After doing it I permanently have a rubber band on my wrist now to really train me to think even more positively than before.
I did a video describing the Rubber Band Challenge more in-depth, check it out here:
October 5, 2014
I definitely didn’t expect to see this last night. For those of you who didn’t know, yesterday was national vodka day so it was crucial to celebrate accordingly. I went to a bar last night with friends and the bar door was a McDonalds door – no idea why but it was the last thing I expected to see:
Before that this week was extremely hectic as it was a non-stop production week. The first 5 songs I produced were in Maschine while traveling around and starting in San Francisco I switched completely to Ableton. Now that the end of the tour is near I’ve started working on the post production for some of the previous songs – and the first step to doing that is literally re-writing every song from Maschine to Ableton. It’s the most time consuming and tedious task but it’s going to make my songs that much better.
During the week I visited one of my friends and at their college they had Boxed Water. I’ve never seen that before but apparently it’s supposed to help the environment so that’s a good thing. I also got to try Chick fil A, which was incredible:
In addition, this past Wednesday I DJ’ed at a bar called Stubbies. I’m DJ’ing there again on October 17th for the full night but this past Wednesday I was just doing a couple sets as part of an open mic.
Recently I stayed at a house via Airbnb with a friend before I got to Ohio. The place that I stayed at had tons of people come in the past as it was a good place to crash while traveling around – it wasn’t the type of place you would stay for a few days. While I was there they had a journal where you could read everyone’s story about who they are and where they traveled. I decided to put my own journal entry in it but make it short & sweet:
Lastly, a big part of what I’ve been doing is marketing myself while traveling around. One of the cheapest – and best – marketing tools that I discovered was the Dymo LabelWriter. It’s originally made for creating labels for envelopes but you can use it to make stickers extremely quickly and cheaply. The best part is that the Dymo LabelWriter uses NO ink – it’s all thermal imaging, so all you have to buy is the labels (which are very cheap). I can make labels on the fly to promote, flyer, handout, etc, whatever my use is. Here is my video explaining my technique with the LabelWriter and how easy it is:
October 2, 2014
I was surprised to learn that a lot of people I spoke with didn’t know how to make videos. Whether it’s doing a vlog, tutorial, funny video, extreme video, etc, making videos isn’t as hard as most people think. Don’t get me wrong – people spend their entire life to make high quality videos and it takes years to get to an expert level. But for simple videos – like the ones I make – it really isn’t that difficult. Here are the steps and items I use to make my videos:
This goes without saying obviously but having a good camera makes your videos tremendously better. If you have an iPhone or another type of smartphone you should have a decent camera already built in – just make sure to film in landscape rather than portrait (make sure it’s filming when in the horizontal position). The main camera I usually film with though is the Flip Camera because it’s extremely simple to use and can hold up to 2 hours of video (that amount of video wouldn’t fit on my iPhone). Flip Cameras got discontinued but there are still a ton on Amazon to buy – if not then Go Pro is an excellent camera.
A tripod is not completely necessary but it’s a must. Tripods are extremely cheap – the best selling tripod on Amazon is only $20 (check it out here). All a tripod does is keep your camera steady so you can attach it and then start filming. If you need to have the camera moving around constantly (like a skateboarding or parkour video) then a tripod won’t really help you but it’s crucial to have for a still shot. Every tripod comes with an adapter but it won’t attach your iPhone or Smartphone – only a camera with the right hole like the Flip Camera or Go Pro can attach to it. If you want to attach your iPhone or Smartphone then a good piece to get is the Square Jellyfish Tripod Mount, I did a video on it here if you want to see a visual review:
3. Car Adapter
I film numerous videos in my car because it’s a great way to pass time when driving long distances and it allows me to record a video easily when all I’m doing is talking. The attachment I use is the Performance Package Car Mount and it works extremely well – I did a video review of that too:
4. Editing Software
Don’t go out and spend a ton of money on editing software unless you really need it. Programs like Final Cut are extremely expensive and have features that most people won’t use (unless you’re looking to really make high quality videos). Programs such as Windows Movie Maker (for PC) and iMovie (for Mac) are free programs that can do everything you need: Cutting/Splicing, Removing & Adding Audio, Video Effects, Titles/Captions and more.
A book could be written about each one of the items/sections listed above but I’m going to make this ultra simple. The main process is Film Video -> Upload to Computer -> Edit -> Export out of Video Editing Software -> Upload to Internet (or whatever your goal is). The more videos you make the better you will get it at so it doesn’t hurt to try. It’s a lot easier than most people think so give it a shot and see what happens!
September 29, 2014
It’s been an amazing start to Columbus as so many different things have happened. I’ve been staying in Dayton with my friend and there’s a lot been going on since I got here. The song I’m going to write is going to be a trap/hip-hop track to encapsulate the college environment here and how upbeat the people are. I’m still working on the name of the song and what direction it’s going to take but that’s what I’ve figured out so far.
This past weekend I DJ’ed a frat party at University of Dayton (aka UD) and it was awesome to see the environment compared to other colleges around the country. Here is a picture of me on the UD sign getting ready for the night:
While I was there I got a UD tank top that has the “rules of day drinking.” Here is the shirt and the rules behind it – they’re pretty good haha:
1. Start the day with the National Anthem
2. Sons out Guns out
3. All sleeves will be forcibly removed
4. Fancy Friday/Snazzy Saturday
5. Always sing along to Wagon Wheel
6. Don’t be afraid to be weird
7. Shotguns are always welcome
8. It’s not a party without the stump game
9. Never neglect to invite a passerby to drink
10. Day Drinking it not pregaming – Once the sun goes down the pregaming begins
Also at Dayton they have a bar called The Fieldhouse that gives you a cocktail/mixed drink in a fishbowl, pretty interesting (especially compared to in Portland where they gave me a small sand castle bucket):
On top of everything I’ve been producing a lot and working on the post production of previous songs. It’s amazing to see that the album is actually starting to near the end of production – I still have no idea when it will be finished, but it’s amazing to see that the end is actually in sight.
Lastly, I do all the graphic design of every mix and track (check out my page here: www.soundcloud.com/marcfreccero). I do all my graphic design in Powerpoint and I’ve been asked how I do it. I decided to make this video tutorial – I have a very unorthodox method of graphic design but it works and anyone can do it. Try it out!
September 26, 2014
Chicago is an amazing city with so many unique vibes and cultures intertwined. I decided to make the Chicago song a tech-house track with some slight electro as house fits Chicago perfectly. I felt that Chicago had a lot of similar elements to Boston but with a more upbeat atmosphere and nicer people. Unfortunately I had to cut Chicago shorter than the other cities because of the festival and the Oktoberfest event.
There was a lot of amazing music I listened to while I was in Chicago, so here is the playlist of the CD mix I made. Like every other city beforehand these are songs that either reminded me of Chicago or somehow influenced my stay while I was there:
|15 Drops in 30 Seconds||3LAU||Soundcloud|
|Sweet Nothing (Diplo + Grandtheft Remix)||Calvin Harris||Amazon|
|We Make It Bounce||Dillon Francis feat. Major Lazer & Stylo G||Amazon|
|Shinning Star (Featurecast Remix)||Earth,Wind, and Fire||Soundcloud|
|Love Is All I Got (Friction Remix)||Feed Me & Crystal Fighters||Amazon|
|Ill Type Moves||GRiZ||Soundcloud|
|Born (Vocal Mix)||MiTiS feat. Collin McLoughlin||Amazon|
|Fresh Static Love (The Noisy Freaks Edit)||Porter Robinson vs. Daft Punk||Soundcloud|
|Pump This||Snails & heRobust||Amazon|
|Sunlight (Torqux and Twist Remix)||Modestep||Amazon|
|Beat It (Mutrix Remix)||Michael Jackson||Soundcloud|
|You & Me||Bassnectar feat. W. Darling||Amazon|
|The Home We Made (Part 2)||Crywolf||Amazon|
|Chinter's Will||Klaypex feat. Sara Kay||Amazon|
After Chicago I drove to Dayton, Ohio to see my friend there and celebrate my birthday with him and other people we know (I talked about my birthday weekend a couple posts back). The drive was only 5 hours long – a lot shorter than other drives I’ve done (like the 36 hour drive from Detroit to San Francisco). A big question I’ve been asked is what I do while driving, so I made this brief video of things I do to make the drive go by quicker:
Since I got here there has been a lotttt going on, but that’s more for later posts. Earlier this week I had the best root beer I’ve ever had in my entire life called Sprecher Root Beer.
Later tonight I’m DJing at a frat party and then I got booked for another event on October 17th at a bar called Stubbies, here is the flyer for the event (in case you’re going to be in the area!):