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The Easiest Way To Build A Profitable Online Business Using Content Curation… But Is It Ethical?

Over the last couple of years there has been a lot of talk about viral websites, I myself wrote a few articles about the topic within the members area of the Digital Academy. The Cash Curator is a system we devised using the successful viral methods.

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The information in those articles which I wrote was pretty powerful. when I say powerful I mean “I made $100,000 In A Week” powerful. If you look at the screenshot below you will see a comment left on an article (not mine) covering this subject back in 2014. The guy who left the comment said that he generated $100,000 in Australian dollars within a week with his website which was only a couple of months old.

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That is powerful stuff and what is incredible is that many of the websites online that are making good money are not creating the content themselves. Well they are and they aren’t… let me explain.

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These sites are curating content, placing it on their own websites which then gets shared across multiple social media platforms. They then generate revenue from advertising platforms such as Google AdSense, Taboola and Content Ad.

Scott DeLong is the master of curated viral content. He built and grew the popular ViralNova website, working from his bedroom he grew the site from nothing to a site generating hundreds of thousands of dollars per month within 8 months.

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He started by working 16 hours a day and when it really took off he paid 2 freelance writers to help create the content. This home based business with a team of only 3 people not only generated millions it was sold for a staggering $100 million to media company Zealot Networks 2 years later… within 2 years he went from zero to $100 million! And the content on this website was what? That is right, it was all curated content which Scott and his team copied from other sources.

So What Exactly Is Content Curation?

Content curation is basically taking content from other websites, social media and other people, repackaging and reshaping it and then sharing it via your own site. There is a big debate whether this is ethical and right. Many people believe it is theft and infringes copyright laws. It is if you basically take it from another website as you found it but if you rewrite it and build on it often you are safe.

This has been happening for years by many of the big players online. The big players I am referring to online are the traditional papers like the Daily Mail, The Mirror and the Telegraph etc.

Papers have been doing this for years way before the internet was thought about let alone created. They would trawl other papers and magazines for interesting information, re write it, share it in their own paper and add a source credit.

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In the past they might have contacted people to get permission to use certain pictures and maybe even had to license images but since the birth of the internet this has changed a lot.

With so much piracy going on it would take years to take many websites to court for sharing your content. It is generally accepted that your stuff will be reused elsewhere and if the people put a source credit link back to the original post/article artwork it is often overlooked.

The source link is not just a nod in the direction to the original creator in acknowledgement but if it is hyperlinked back it acts as a backlink which as we know is very important online.

This doesn’t mean you can or should use other people’s work all of the time, it means it is more accepted. You should really get permission but with so many blogs and websites being created by fans for example the extra sharing is seen as free exposure and advertising.

Imagine you were an artist creating wall art and you wanted the world to see your work curated art contentwhich could lead to you getting commissions to do paid artwork. You would add your images to your website; you create a social media campaign and start the process of putting your work ‘out there.’

How would you feel if the Daily Mail did a two page spread about you and your artwork? You would feel great wouldn’t you? Imagine if the online version of the Daily Mail which is read by millions worldwide shared your artwork and it went viral.

You would feel great again, a lot of the readers who liked your artwork would then share it and more and more people would eventually see it.

Your artwork could be seen by millions in a matter of weeks or even days. A lot of websites know that anything that is placed on the internet is in reality put on there ‘to be seen’, you might personally want to control it better and not have your artwork stolen and used by other people however you cannot argue with the fact that it was put online to be seen. Why else would you have put it online?

With this in mind many people see that they can freely share interesting stories, photographs and artwork without worrying about copyright infringement because they are not technically using it for commercial gain and in fact giving the original source free advertising and traffic.

But the truth is; many websites ARE sharing other people’s content for commercial gain. They are running a commercial business and the pull is other people’s work.

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DMCA Removal Request , Copyright Issues & Playing It Safe

As long as a website gives credit and links to the original source and do not publish the whole post as seen on another website they should be fine. To make it more safe many content curation websites will have a dedicated page with details about DMCA Removal Requests and an email that people can use to contact the site owners requesting posts to be removed.

This is usually the first step if people want to have content removed; it is far easier and cheaper than trying to get lawyers involved. When a site receives an email they simply remove the post and people go their own separate ways.

I will not go into great detail about DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) but it is a global law protecting people’s work online and if you use other people’s work unlawfully you can be asked to remove it and you must comply otherwise it will be enforced which means your hosting company will be contacted and your account suspended if you do not comply. You can read more here Digital Millennium Copyright Act

One of the reason some people will ask to have their work removed from content curation sites is that the website owners ARE using it for commercial gain. They may not be taking it and illegally adding it to DVD covers or turning it into wallpapers that are for sale or other products which are deemed commercial use but they are using it to generate traffic to their sites so they can generate money through advertising revenue.

That is a commercial set up and a business generating money using other people’s work. As I said earlier this has been happening for years, newspapers need to sell papers to make money and they did that by providing great information and if that meant sharing stories from other papers around the country or the world then they would do that.

The other important thing to remember is that you cannot copyright fact; you can only copyright something that has been created so if that is a photograph, a video, the way something is written or a piece of music then you have to be careful as they are works of art. Most newspapers and websites would rewrite the written information of a news report themselves which is factual and then license or ask to use any images which were usually granted free if the source of the image/story was credited, bit like a gentleman’s handshake agreement.

If you write about something and you were accurate and factual then it is likely that the recipient would be flattered and see it as ‘free advertising’ and let your post go however if you wrote something real sloppy with many inaccuracies then they may see it damaging to their reputation and career and they are more likely to ask for it to be removed. So it pays to make sure you are as factual and as close to the truth as you know it.

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Sites like Bored Panda have become very popular and have been around for many years. These sites usually share cool and interesting things like artists work, stories and technology while other popular sites like the Huffington Post stick to sharing the news which as we know is big business and one built mainly on free content.

Some photographers and journalists are paid to write and take pictures but the stories themselves were free. As hard as is it to say this September 11th was great for the news companies, it was awful for mankind but it gave news channels and papers days, weeks, months and even years of free content that a lot of people found interesting.

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Creating A Content Curation Website Business

The reason these sites are popular is that they do not require a lot of skill and work. Now I say that carefully, there is some work involved, when the website grows you will need to keep on top of it and that is often done best by hiring people but if it is not generating a lot of money straight away you might decide to do it yourself.

The content itself may not require someone to lock themselves away in an isolated cottage and do hours of creative writing like an author would but you will need to spend some time writing or rewriting articles you find, saving images from articles and uploading them to your own site.

Remember Scott DeLong would spend around 16 hours a day creating content, sharing content and setting up Facebook advert campaigns. It was hard work but it paid off and he sold ViralNova for $100 million as well as the thousands he generated each month before selling it off.

It will take some time to find good stories and videos to rewrite, use and share. While I am on the subject of videos there are a lot of video based sites that generate money by sharing funny videos they find on YouTube.

Why don’t people go to YouTube to watch the videos? Because they do not know they want to see the video until it is posted and shared on social media. Videos can be embedded on any site thanks to the way YouTube is run. If you created a video content curation website that simply took videos from YouTube and shared them then you would have even less writing to worry about.

Creating a website is hard work when you have to create all of the unique content and get the traffic by sharing on social media and worrying about SEO while building a brand. With these types of sites most of the thinking and sharing is done for you.

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Since it was talked about in the public arena more and more of these types of sites are appearing online. Some are regurgitating other competitors posts and articles whereas others are looking for the newest and latest stories in a bid to go viral.

Taking existing articles republishing them and then sharing them on social media is a lot easier especially when the content is liked by a lot more people than specific niches. This way there is a greater chance of posts going viral and that is what builds up the big traffic which can generate those ‘$100,000 in a week’ scenarios we all would like to experience.

I might like to read posts on topics such as ‘How To Generate 1000 Page views In A Day’ but many of my friends and family won’t but both myself and my friends are often interested in fun and interesting stories/pictures/videos like the one about the ‘Snake In Australia That Ate A Crocodile’

People are getting hosting packages that allow unlimited disc space and bandwidth at places like Hostgator then putting together a simple WordPress website. With little work a WordPress website is basically ready to take content. They would create a Facebook page, Twitter account and a Google + account so they can start growing an audience to share their posts with.

If you are still not sure how to get hosting or create a WordPress website then we have easy to follow video modules inside our Digital Academy. To learn more about the Digital Academy watch the video here: ‘It’s Not All About Sunshine, Speed Boats & Shiny Suits’ A Free Look Inside The Digital Academy.
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Once those few bits are sorted it is a case of sitting down, finding your content and then curating it into new posts. Some of the bigger websites have a small team of people overseas curating content and others are simply run by their young owners who spend their days looking for stuff and sharing it. If one article can generate $100,000 in a week I can see why they stay at home and do this instead of going out to work.

Generally the biggest content curation websites publish at least one article a day but most of them publish several posts a day. How much does Mashable publish in a day? As you can see from the image below it isn’t always new tech related stuff. They often curate fun content for traffic generation.

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They keep churning a lot of content out and they get a lot of shares. It is these masses of content and huge amounts of shares that drive traffic to their sites that generate the huge amounts of advertising revenue they can make or ask for.

So how do you find great articles, news, stories, videos and pictures to share?

There are four main ways I would search for ideas and they are

  1. ‘Like’ lots of pages on Facebook and watch what they publish and what all of your friends and family share on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and Instagram. These social networks are a great way to find new ideas, articles or even loads of fun images you can curate into a unique post of your own.
  2. Set up a Feedly account and have new posts and articles delivered into one place. Feedly has taken the place of the popular but now defunct Google Reader. You add all of the websites you like into Feedly and it will use their RSS feed and pull their latest posts into one account for you to peruse. The great thing about Feedly is that you do not need to keep going to all of your favourite websites, they are all there and you quickly scan posts to see if you like any. When you find a new website that could be interesting just add its URL to your Feedly account and you will now be updated of all of their new stuff. The website list can include all of the news websites and fun viral websites; it will save you a lot of time searching.
  3. Do a Google search, this one works better if you have an idea for a post. Let’s say that you wanted to do a post on pimped up camper vans, you type those words into Google and do both a web search and an image search. You will get back ideas and pictures that you can use as you will see in this interesting post ‘You Won’t Believe What These Guys Have Done To Their Vans 10 Pimped Up Vans & Crazy Campers
  4. Do a search on YouTube. YouTube is an incredible place; you find many great channels doing content curation using video as their main media. You will find videos doing many ‘Top Ten…’ videos of everything and I mean everything…  I recently saw a video for the ‘Top 10 Sexy Female Aliens’ Yes really! … And here it is 🙂

WatchMojo do loads of Top Ten style videos with clips they have curated and they add them to YouTube and share them on their own website.

Still you will get plenty of great ideas from YouTube and don’t forget you will get news reports and interesting fail videos by the bucket load too.

Only last night as a test I decided to do my own version of this post as a test ‘A Man Takes A Single Rake to The Beach. And When You Zoom Out And See It… Mind BLOWN’, it isn’t live but I did it in a Word Document as if I was doing it for real. This included downloading all 17 images and then placing them into my document, rewriting the content, adding source links and creating a new eye catching title as well as sourcing a new YouTube video to go with the post to make it more original.

I did this on my laptop while watching a film on the TV, it took me about half an hour and had I published it live on a WordPress website with some social media shares it would have been an hour tops. That isn’t bad really is it? I could have managed to have done more posts on a typical evening and had them scheduled but I started late and was only running a test so I do see this as a website business idea with a lot of potential.

When you consider that you could create and run a WordPress website for around £100 for the whole year (that includes the better hosting package with more disc space) it is a pretty cheap business model to get started with. The rest is really free, your content is based on other people’s work and content, Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus are free to use and they allow you to create things like groups, communities and pages for free to start growing a following.

You can if you wish spend some money on Facebook adverts to grow your page’s likes and this is recommended but then a couple of hundred pounds should be enough to kick start a viral effect to further grow your following.

So that is content curation, I guess you need to decide whether it is ethical or not and whether you want to get involved with it but I have shown you roughly what is involved and how to get started. I will leave that with you.  🙂

Remember: To learn how to build your own viral content curation website we have the several video tutorial modules inside the Digital Academy as well as our very own specially created Cash Curator system for our members using these viral content curation principles.

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The Laptop Lifestyle: Is It Really Achievable?

Making a living online has been nicknamed the Laptop Lifestyle as it can free you up from the limitations of a traditional business such as property and location. However not all online businesses fall under the Laptop Lifestyle name as some online businesses are selling physical items which need storing, physically packing and sending out to customers.

The Laptop Lifestyle refers to a person who can do as much or as little work they want on a laptop anywhere in the world and make a very decent living. They can move around from one place to another living an ongoing ‘holiday’ adventure and still get paid.

The Laptop Lifestyle focuses on the businesses which generate money by using the internet but does not require any physical items or a set physical location like a shop or office. Traditionally this is thought of as ‘Internet Marketing’ or IM as it is often called. This industry also has many different business models such as affiliate marketing, flipping websites, selling information products like eBooks and online video courses.

But the Laptop Lifestyle doesn’t have to end their, there are many other businesses which offer the Laptop Lifestyle such as being a blogger, a YouTube star, a writer, a trader, and a product creator. There are many jobs online these days that you can do using just a laptop and maybe a few other tools like headsets and webcams which can generate money wherever you are in the world.

You Must Read:

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Do You Speak English? Would You Like To Get Paid To Talk?

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Using Skype, Google Hangout & A Webcam To Generate A Second Income

Someone who writes article content for example can do that anywhere in the world, they just need a laptop a comfy chair and an internet connection which does not always need to be constantly connected. They only really need an internet connection to receive orders, payments and send finished articles.

They could in fact spend their days writing on a beach or sitting at a table in a bar (which might have free wifi connection anyway). If your work doesn’t depend on you being online all of the time but requires basic contact with people to send and receive orders you could live without an internet connection and use many of the free wifi set ups that coffee shops, hotels and bars have.

It is likely that you own a smart phone which allows people to contact you using mobile internet for things like emails and messages so you would only need to use free wifi hotspots now and then for sending and receiving documents making a laptop based lifestyle very easy today.

Traders however will need an internet connection and a reliable one at that but again all they need is a laptop to trade the currency markets, stock markets and even football games. Some territories do not allow gambling and so sports trading and spread betting is illegal and unavailable to do in those areas but you can still travel many countries with a laptop trading the markets.

If you want to visit countries that will not allow you to access trading and gambling sites there are other options available like using a secure VPN on a proxy server which will allow you to access those sites within those restricted countries.

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Building A Profitable Self Publishing Business Using Amazon & Google

People have made small fortunes by writing books and publishing them in websites like Amazon Kindle Store or their own websites which only requires a laptop and can be done anywhere. They can also design or have merchandise designed for them which they add to their stores and sell through 3rd party companies like SunFrogShirts.com.

Sticking with SunFrogShirts there are people who design T-Shirts using software they have on their laptops and add them to sites like SunFrogShirts and these T-Shirts are sold by an army of affiliate marketers. So if you upload a lot of quality designs they could easily get promoted by many affiliates and you could be generating sales each day.

The Laptop Lifestyle can mean different things to different people, for example you might just want to generate £1000 a month from minimal work to help fund backpacking around the world whereas another person might want to focus on making tens of thousands of pounds from it while they stay in their hometown playing golf and enjoying their lives and another person might just want to replace ‘working for a boss’ for a business of their own that gives them more freedom than money.

The Laptop Lifestyle is very much possible today and will only get more possible overtime as technology and business methods evolve and change with new ones being created daily. The world is changing and getting more money and freedom by working online is very possible but as my grandma would say ‘you need to set your stall out right from the beginning’. I guess she used to work on a market but what she meant is that if you want something you cannot start haphazardly, you need to get the foundations right, do good quality work whatever it is you do and be disciplined and stick to the plan.

Having a plan and building up the business is the way forward to a successful business, get that right and there is no reason that you could not be working and earning from wherever you chose using only your laptop.

Want to learn how to start several online Laptop Lifestyle business? Click the image below and join us Minions in the members only Digital Academy.

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Do You Speak English? Would You Like To Get Paid To Talk?

Before we get into the bones of this post, as the title says, ‘Do You Speak English?’ English is the language of the internet but it is not the only language that people need, if English is not your native tongue then there is no reason why you cannot make money doing voice overs in your own language.

Recently I have discussed how people were making money using nothing more than their laptops and an internet connection incorporating maybe a webcam and a microphone which you can read here:

Using Skype, Google Hangout & A Webcam To Generate A Second Income

How Youngsters Are Making Thousands Each Month Using A Webcam Whilst Eating Their Tea!

Today I want to discuss another couple of ways that you can generate money using just a computer and a microphone. Laptops do come with built in microphones but for this I recommend getting a stand alone microphone or a headset which can cost as little as £15 so it is not a lot to invest in what is relatively a cheap business idea to set up.

If you can speak clearly and are able to read well then you could make money from home by becoming a voice over artist for other people. You get paid to read a script for their video productions.

Video is big business these days and companies are always looking for people with great clear voices to do the voice over work and for this they will pay a lot. If a video has the power to convert people into buying and generating a lot of money then it makes sense for these companies to pay a good sum for a professional job.

There are people who are making several thousand dollars each month from doing just that, people ask them to read out a short script into a microphone and record a short audio file which they send to them in exchange for money.

Depending on what the job is, people are earning anything from $50 for a short recording of a couple of minutes up to $1000 for a longer job.

In reality, to be a good voice over artist you just need to be able to read confidently and talk clearly with a voice that is not too dull or monotone. That basically is it… and the equipment needed is minimal too.

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A microphone/headset is required but very cheap to buy, the audio recording software I recommend called Audacity can be downloaded from the internet for free and if you need a software to record videos showing slide shows or pages on a website then there is a free software that you can use called Screencast-O-Matic.

vidcast profits buttonIn a system that we call Vidcast Profits we show you how to use the tools mentioned above and how to create great videos and audio recordings which you can sell for profit, you can access those training materials by joining the Digital Academy here:

the digital academyThis could be an ideal business for someone who does not want a lot of complicated work like building websites, writing content and trying to promote products to sell. This is a simple case of finding out what the client wants you to read then hitting the record button and reading it out loud into a microphone.

At first it might feel a little alien to you talking out loud all the time and so you might need to make a few re-recordings but with practice and learning a few editing tips you will be making perfect recordings in no time.

You might decide to set yourself up with a website to showcase your expertise and services but that is not necessary as there are several websites where you can set up profiles for potential clients to see.

These websites are ‘middleman websites’ which are market places or meeting places if you like where people who are offering their services meet with people looking for people with specific skillsets to do certain tasks such as voicing over videos.

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Sites like Elance.com (now part of the Upwork.com community) and Upwork.com (formerly Odesk.com) allow you to open up free accounts where you can offer your services and give examples of your work and you either ‘bid’ on jobs that clients have posted or clients can directly offer you work after going through your profile.

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Payment is done through these sites using an escrow system, the client pays money to the website, the website holds it until the job is completed and the client is satisfied then it will release the funds and pay the person who did the work minus their small fee.

These websites take a 10% fee on all transactions, that is how they make their money but you as a service provider agree on a price with a client on how much you want to be paid for the work that you do.

If you wanted $100 (The dollar is the currency of the internet) for your work then you would agree that with the client first, if you were happy losing their 10% fee then that is great and you would take $90 for your troubles but if not then you would add enough to cover that 10% such as for $100 you would need to charge around $111.15.

That is basically all there is to this business idea, there are only a few tools needed and the only major skills you need are to be able to read and talk well. So could you make money doing this in your spare time?

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‘It’s Not All About Sunshine, Speed Boats & Shiny Suits’

A Free Look Inside The Digital Academy

(Make sure you do not miss the video half way down the page!)

Ok so you have thought many times about wanting to make money online to either generate a second income or maybe to replace the day job to give you more time freedom.

Maybe you have wanted to find a way to make money online which you can do from anywhere in the world allowing you the freedom to travel and enjoy one long holiday.

Maybe you have tried in the past to make money online but it didn’t work as well as you hoped or maybe you failed badly and were left disheartened.

Or maybe you just didn’t realise how many different ways there were to make money online which did not require ‘selling’.

Believe it or not, there are many people making six figures each year and they are not selling anything.

As Head Minion once said…

‘Making money online is not all about sunshine, speed boats and shiny suits’

You know exactly what he is talking about, those marketers who appear on those slick sales pages where they are wearing expensive suits, sitting on a beach or a speed boat sipping champagne in the sun.

No it’s not like that at all, not everyone who makes a decent living online are some slick salesperson. There are many very successful people who are generating millions online and they are doing it in ways you might have not thought possible.

Only this week I was telling a close friend about Felix Kjellberg aka PewDiePie the YouTube King who made over $7.4 million in 2014 mainly from sitting on his bum and playing computer games.

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It was at this point when he said something along the lines of ‘Crickey, that is a lot of wonga!’ well actually what he did say was not suitable to quote fully but you get the idea.

It was at this point that I told him about the Digital Academy and what he would find inside.

What is the Digital Academy and why should you (if you have ever wanted to make money online) join?

In a nutshell, the Digital Academy is a HUGE members only resource of training modules, video tutorials and mini tutorial articles that will teach you how to make money online.

Not just the one way to make money online but several different very profitable methods are covered with more being added regularly.

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The Digital Academy is not like any of the other ‘Internet Marketing Membership Sites’, we personally show you things that actually work.

We have examples of the work being done by us Minions.

This is not just theoretical… this is real working information… Watch the video below to see what I mean…

How does the Digital Academy differ from other Make Money Online membership sites?

  1. Other well known Internet Marketing membership sites have weak 400-500 word articles that only touch the surface of certain money making methods which just leave you confused and in need of more information.
  2. Other well known Internet Marketing membership sites use basic PLR videos that can be found all over the internet which do not really show you much at all.

In the Digital Academy we create all of our own video tutorials, we write long very informative tutorial articles and we do the things we say we do.

We have real hands on experience and we have the skills to teach what we know.

The Digital Academy is exceptional value when you consider what we actually give you and show you.

Not only do you get hundreds of very informative and detailed articles which are really mini tutorials themselves but we give you access to fully informative training modules showing you how to set up profitable systems like…

  • How to set-up and manage a profitable YouTube account.

To learn more please watch the video above…

  • We show you how to be a self published author writing and publishing books on Amazon Kindle.

To learn more please watch the video above…

  • We show you how to build opt-in boxes and run email marketing campaigns.

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  • We also show you how to record and create video tutorials, build profitable websites and how to make money from social media networks like Facebook.

To learn more please watch the video above…

When you join you get access to our very own Cash Curator system that you will not find anywhere else.

The Cash Curator system is a method that WE use to generate around £1000 a month for free using Facebook…  but we do need to point out… we only do this part time.

We do not sit and do the Cash Curator all day… we have other tasks and work to focus on so the Cash Curator, which generates around £1000 a month, is something we do when we have the time spare.

To run your very own Cash Curator business you will need a website but get this… you get FREE hosting for one website when you become a member of the Digital Academy. (A domain name registration is required but we offer that service too)

To learn more please watch the video above…

The Cash Curator system will pay for your membership if you do it properly and stick with it, we generate around £1000 a month part time from it, over the year you should EASILY EARN BACK FAR MORE than what it costs to be a member of the Digital Academy.

And it makes sense to be a long term member because we are always adding to the Digital Academy new articles, modules and methods to make money online.

Many of them can be incorporated into the Cash Curator system and over a period of time you could be running a very profitable online business that encompasses many different income streams.

So if you are still serious about making money on line then what is stopping you? Click the banner image below to sign up for your own account today…

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