Road Trip, Oil Wells, Windmills & Rain. Lots & Lots of Rain.

We’re supposed to be in Colorado by now but what’s become a nasty little four-letter road in central Texas held us up.

What’s the word? Rain. Lots of rain. Central Texas has received 330 percent its normal rainfall over the past month and a half.

The plan was that Lisa and I would head to Colorado on Monday while a construction crew builds our new office space in the 1200 square foot metal building behind our new house. Then came the flooding. Over the weekend, the water came within an inch of coming up on our back porch.

So, in addition to the planned construction work, we’ve been building dams and ditches and pumping out water.

Flooding in Texas
Flooding in Texas

Tuesday, truckloads of limestone, river rock and cinder blocks arrived and our crew has had their hands full.

To make matters worse, the dump truck delivering the river rock started to sink in the driveway. Yesterday, an earth mover with backhoe got stuck in the mud and will be there until the ground dries up. The way it’s been raining, I’m guessing that’ll happen around Halloween.

Earth Mover
Earth Mover

Hopefully, it will all get sorted out while we’re away thanks to Adam & Jerusha, our crew chiefs.

Bill Hibbler's Office
Bill Hibbler's Office

Bill Hibbler's Office
Bill Hibbler's Office

We finally got underway yesterday, putting just over 500 miles on the roadster and landing in Amarillo, TX. After about an hour on the road, the skies cleared up, we put the top down and had clear skies all day.

Bill Hibbler and Lisa Coltman
Bill Hibbler & Lisa Coltman

A common site along the highways in Texas are oil wells. More recently, giant windmills are cropping up on hill tops in certain part of the state. We saw plenty of both today.

Internet Marketing Oil Well
Oil Well

Internet Marketing Windmills

I was thinking about how, in a way, oil fields and windmill farms are very similar to Internet marketing. Both take an initial investment of time and money to setup and then passively generate income 24/7.

When there’s no more oil, the wells run dry. Without wind, there’s no electricity from the windmills and without traffic, websites don’t make a dime.

The difference, of course, is that it costs a heck of a lot less money to build websites than it does to build windmills and you don’t have to strike oil to make money.

The trick is to choose niches (or topics) for your websites that people are interested in, get traffic to the site and find a way to monetize the site.

One way people have done this is using Google’s Adsense to place ads on a site based on a hot topic. The challenge with that is it’s difficult to get traffic and build websites that are actually relevant. We’ve all seen those autogenerated sites with Google Ads all over them that are filled with garbage links.

Google hates those sites and usually banishes them as quickly as it finds them. That’s why I’ve never jumped on that bandwagon.

There are a few people that know how to do this correctly, though, and they’ve done quite well with it, getting five figure checks every month from Google. One of those people is my friend Nathan Anderson.

One of the reasons we’re on this trip to Colorado is to visit Nathan and his family in Beulah, Colorado at the foot of the Rocky Mountains.

Today is a BIG day for Nathan and you, too, for that matter. Nathan, who you may have read about in this space, is my go-to guy when ever I have questions about search engine optimization or Google Adsense. He’s also the genius behind Metawebs, the only service I’ve seen that truly made good money using Google Adsense for its members.

Metawebs is no more. It’s being replaced by something brand-new that I’ve been anticipating for quite a while.

This new program was supposed to be released last year. However, unlike some other marketers I could mention, Nate found some bugs in the system and refused to release the product until everything worked perfectly.

So today’s the big day and tomorrow, we’ll be helping Nathan, his wife Trish and his family celebrate what should be a hugely successful launch.

If you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you know I steer clear of most big launches because they rarely live up to the hype or the price tag.

This one is an exception and I’m definitely on-board.

You should be, too. Nathan has put together a couple of cool little videos that gives you a free sample of what he can teach you. You can see today’s video using the link below. If you look on the bottom of that page, you’ll see the link to the first video.

You’ll definitely want to watch both those videos.

That’s all for today. Tomorrow, I’ll send some pics from Colorado as well as give you a video review of the latest product from Marlon Sanders.