Markethive Market Research

I did some research: Marketing Research

The recently published YouGov survey found just under 50% of millennials were interested in using cryptocurrencies as a primary form of payment as opposed to using the U.S. dollar.

Found little to any direct research of surveys on the demographics of members who engage in faucets. However, I did find that Reddit members discuss in great detail and frequency about faucets. And faucets seem to be discussed the most on Reddit.

The Reddit results

Pulling from the Pew Research poll

69% of Reddit members are male.

64% of Reddit members are between the ages of 22 to 37 (millennials)
29% of Reddit members are between the ages of 38 to 53 (generation X)
6% of Reddit members are between the ages of 54 and 72 (boomers)
1% of Reddit members are 73 or older (silent)

Looking at Alexa the top 5 countries that access Reddit are

United States 53%
United Kingdom 8%
Canada 6.5%
Australia 3.5%
Germany 2.5%


30% make less than $30,000 per year
34% make between $30,000 to $74,000
35% make $75,000 or above

Device Type
Windows Desktop 36%
Android 31%
Apple IOS %17
MacOS 11%
Linux 3%

The Take away from this? Advertise Markethive on Reddit. But we can safely assume a similar demographic is found in the membership and visitors of the popular traditional faucet systems.

The following media is used primarily and almost exclusively on faucet, bounty and airdrop sites and has been researched and found legitimate for your ad campaigns.

Main Stream Crypto Ad services

  1. Bitmedia  Pay by impression paid from your account budget
  2. Coinzilla Pay by impression paid from account budget
  3. Bitter $1 for 1000 visits, gets excellent results
  4. Trafficly $1 for 1000 visits, gets excellent results
  5. Coinbound Conglomeration of 3rd party Crypto media sites, influencers, Youtube channels, etc.
  6. Cointraffic  (Alexa 16,198) Advertiser and publisher traffic advertising network
  7. Propeller Ads the biggest alternative traffic sources with 1Bn+ monthly audience reach
  8. Hashing Ad Space Connects you with motivated buyers interested in home based business.
  9. ADbtc  Target REAL bitcoin users. CPC starts from 5 Satoshis.  No minimum purchase required!
  10. Bitraffic ( Alexa 70,808) Promote your ICO token, Casino games, Trading, Investing hyip, Crypto mining, Faucets, etc.
  11. Cryptocoinsad Self-serve interface, advanced targeting options and highly-trafficked Publisher sites
  12. Mellow Ads Leading bitcoin advertising network…welcome to simple, bitcoin Your website must be in a top 100,000 Alexa ranking,
  13. CoinAd (Alexa 74,203) High Quality CPM Banner Advertising The CoinAd Banner platform is an impressions priced banner advertising network that makes advertising easy.
  14. A-ADS  The first crypto advertising network in the market
  15. AdBit (Alexa 297,116) As an advertiser you will bid against each other for a share in the adspace
  16. CoinMedia Place your Ad Message to the desired websites Pay only for unique visitor views.
  17. ADconity  user friendly rich media advertising platform for advertisers and publishers with competitive pricing.
  18. AdPop AdPop Network provides an opportunity to all advertisers to promote their products and services at very reasonable prices.
  19. Coinverti (Alexa 53,518) The only crypto advertising network you need. Trusted by more than 400 crypto related websites.
  20. Token.Ad  Native Ads The most efficient ad format as visitors perceive it as website content
  21. BitcoinTalk  This forum sells ad space in the area beneath the first post of every topic page. Bitcointalk is a forum about bitcoin, initially created by Satoshi Nakamoto the inventor of Bitcoin on Nov 22, 2009 and was head administrator until almost 2011.
  22. Bitcoadz Bitcoadz is an online market place where advertisers can sell their ads to publishers who will inturn return traffic to the advertisers.
  23. Ad Dragon Get your ads on top websites in your niche with marketplace advertising.
  24. Adshares (Alexa 192,912)  Adshares is the answer to negative trends in digital marketing. Lack of transparency allows intermediaries to charge high fees. Increasing centralization gives big players ability to censor unwanted content.

Main Stream Social Networks

  1. Youtube Ads (Alexa 2) With YouTube ads, reach potential customers and have them take action when they watch or search for videos on YouTube – and only pay when they show interest.
  2. Reddit Ads (Alexa 15) Reach influential communities made up of millions of people engaging with today’s most relevant content.
  3. Instagram Ads (Alexa 21) You can buy, run and track ads on Instagram in one of three ways. Within the APP | Ads Manager | Instagram Partners
  4. LinkedIn Ads (Alexa 34) Advertising on LinkedIn helps businesses of any size achieve their goals.

MLM ad systems delivery

Folks I DO NOT recommend these systems. These are here for your awareness and comparison. You are welcomed to join them and report how effective (or ineffective) they are building awareness, reach, quality associates, etc. I have tested 4 of them and none of those four produced anything of value. I spent $500 and ran several banner ads simultaneously in IBO and received 12 visits (according to Markthive tracking) and received zero registrations. However, IBO reported I had a grand total of 70,000 views and 5,000 click throughs. I also put the same Widget in my IBO profile page. I spent over $1000 with Apsense and got 2 registrations over the span of a month. I got similar stats as IBO, with Markethive showing a handful of connections and Apsense reporting 10s of thousands of click throughs.

  1. Leadsleap (Alexa 25,003) We reward publishers and marketers to show your ads on their websites and in their tracking links.
  2. Apsense (Alexa 51,907) APSense is an MLM business social network where people come together to share their businesses.
  3. MLMgateway (Alexa 45,119) MLM Gateway connects those who are involved in network marketing, providing home-based business leads.
  4. IBOtoolbox (Alexa 22,191) Welcome to IBOtoolbox, the largest and most active marketing social network on the planet!
  5. ViralContentBee (Alexa 57,904) Viral Content Bee is the social media platform helping users to promote their content to their target audience. It is a marketing tool offering a wide array of features that will boost any social media campaign.
  6. MyLeadSystemPRO (Alexa 81,675) MLSP is the world's #1 trusted solution since 2008 to help you attract fresh leads daily, get sales & signups, and grow your business by leveraging the power of the internet.
  7. EliteMarketingPro (Alexa 129,400) "Finally, An Easy Way To Recruit – Rejection FREE – Without Wasting Your Time & Money Chasing Dead Beat Prospects & Leads…"
  8. PowerLeadSystem (Alexa 12,570,164) THE MOST COMPLETE AND POWERFUL ALL-IN-ONE MARKETING PLATFORM 7 day free trial then $30 per month
  9. MyBEEHYVE (Alexa 3,061,298) myBeeHyve is changing the way network marketers manage contacts, connect with prospects and build their business.

The Winners

The following are considered winners because the results I got were stellar with incredible returns for the money invested. For instance with a $20 campaign I received over 20 registration over the 3 days it ran, and their stats were nearly identical to our (Markethive) stats.
Hashing Ad Space

The Losers
The following gave practically no results, engaged in deceptive robots and falsified tracking clicks reports. All are from the MLM markets.


As we at Markethive engage this list in advertising, we will report the results.

Thomas Prendergast
Hive Keep Advertising and Marketing

Which do you prefer?

Coke vs Pepsi – McDonald's vs Burger King

The age-old argument: did you have it with your friends when you were a kid? Which one tastes better Pepsi or Coca Cola? Each of us fosters our own opinion on the matter, but in more recent years the field has been further muddied with other “colas” from the mainstream stores and niche brands. Does Virgin Cola still exist? (I’m not actually quite sure). Here in NJ we used to have Jolt cola.  It advertised it had twice the caffeine of regular Cola.  I don't know if it is still around.

But whichever your preference, I’m sure at one time or another in your life you have debated which is better with your friends. In many instances, you’ll stubbornly stand beside your personal preference and fight that corner for far longer than is necessary. Let’s be honest, whether you had this argument in the playground or in the pub, we all know that it didn’t get resolved. You each kept your own opinions, someone probably raised the issue that if you put a filthy penny into a glass of Coca Cola, it’ll come out pristinely clean and what would that be doing to your insides? It’s always specifically “Coca Cola” in that argument, but the truth is Pepsi is just as effective a cleaning agent. All colas are basically the same.

The same argument takes place around McDonald's and Burger King.  Personally, I think you should avoid them both for health reasons, but that is another issue.

At the end of the day, it’s all about marketing and in many ways your parent’s preference or the lineage of that brand. You’ll often choose one or the other because it was their choice too, or it may be peer pressure from your first school that made you favor one over the other.

The same is true in many other areas, from foodstuffs to politics, to technology. For example, you’ll vote for the same political party that your parents did, and in most cases, you won’t really understand why. If you actually sat down and thought about it, you probably wouldn’t want to vote for any of them, but again your logic says you have to vote for somebody, so you pick what you know.

A similar debate exists around social media platforms.  Facebook and LinkedIn dominate the discussion around which is more effective, but there is plenty of competition in this space.  Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Quora, Reddit, Meetup, and a newcomer, Tiktok, they each have their followers and detractors, but any debate over which is the best really depends on your purpose for joining the social network in the first place.  Is it for personal or professional reasons?  If it for personal reasons, everyone has their favorite for one reason or another.

If you joined a social network for business reasons, I think it is worth pointing out the differences because it makes a difference where you spend your time, or where you invest your precious advertising dollars.

Simply put, in terms of business relationships, LinkedIn is hands down the best place to develop your connections, post, form groups, share, etc. of any of the social networks. I do not advertise on social networks, so you may have advertising favorites, but so far as doing the typical social networking things, aside from advertising, I believe LinkedIn is far and away the best social network to be on, and where you can gain the best results for your time investment, based on my experience.

Note:  the following section was posted in my Original LinkedIn group.

My suggestion to set up a group on LinkedIn is working moderately well. I think one of the keys to being successful here on Markethive is making small efforts on a consistent basis. That is one reason that I have managed to accumulate over 200,000 Markethive coins, mostly from inviting new associates to Markethive.

I do post and share on the newsfeed on a regular basis, not because of the faucet micropayments, but it is something I enjoy. Bringing associates into Markethive in an of itself is a profitable business. Even if the Markethive coin is only worth 0.10 at the moment, I have managed to accumulate $20,000.00, right? I am planning to hold these coins until the Markethive coin is worth $ 1.00. Now that is something even more substantial, right?

I am bringing one new associate into Markethive on a regular daily basis. This is nothing to brag about, I know, but it is something substantial, if you look at it over the course of a year, as I have calculated above.

After just a few weeks, I now have over 150 members in my group on LinkedIn. Many of these have joined Markethive. Here is the link if you would like to visit.

You can see that there is a clear invitation to join Markethive on my group home page. I am using every method I can think of to invite members to this group.

Remember these LinkedIn guidelines to avoid having problems.

Do not send more than 50 invitations per day.

Do not visit more than 300 profiles per day.

Join up to 100 groups in your niche. Test group invitations by sending an invitation to your group to someone who is not one of your 1st level connections. If it works you can send up to 300 group invitations per day. Currently, I am not able to message anyone that is not one of my 1st level connections, and I am still getting one new associate per day. If you have the ability to group message, go for it.

Also, try to avoid using links in your messaging.  Especially in your invitations, your only link should be to your profile.  When you send a group invitation, use only the link to your group.  Anything else may look spammy and will get you in trouble with LinkedIn if someone complains to LinkedIn about it. Once you are 1st connections, you can freely send links, an invitation to Markethive, for example.  Also in your own group, you can have links to Markethinve, as you saw in my group.

Any questions you may have about this, please ask.

Thank you.

John Lombaerde




Prepare for Markethive Sucess The New Vision

Prepare for Markethive Sucess – The New Vison

I love the technology industry, it’s always in motion just like our oceans, and often if you look away for a second, you’ll see that the scene has completely changed, and you may never see the same scene twice.

Within this industry there is the need to always be moving forward, there is a huge pressure to provide something new, customers expect a new version almost every year.

But where does that lead us? Is it possible to maintain high quality and a high degree of innovation at that level? Or is the latest and greatest innovation just an increase in the version number on the box?

For example, if you’re a mobile app software house writing apps for mobile devices, how do you keep up not only with the needs and wants of your customers but also with the constantly changing landscape that is your device base? What worked on last year’s device might not work as well on the new generation. But your customers will expect their “favorite apps” to work just as before when they upgrade their device.

That is both the greatest strength and weakness of the technology industry: the pace of change. Fortunes are found and lost, companies rise and fall, or get gobbled up, in what seems like minutes.

In many ways it’s like a gamblers addiction, it’s exciting and hard to resist, but with some hard work and a lot of good fortune, your well-built little app or game could be the next goldmine or the next productivity app that brings the platform provider to your door to buy you out and embed that functionality in their system.

If you have your own product you need to acutely aware of all of these factors in your development.

We are incredibly fortunate to have Markethive and the long term vision of our CEO, CTO, and the development team. There are so many substantial new additions and features to Markethive that have already been envisioned. In addition to those enhancements already projected, I'm sure that there are many more to come, and some of these may even come from ideas of some of the Markethive members. At the very least our feedback and input are invaluable, as we can already see from the suggestions made for BIX, and it is not even released yet. 

I hope many of you take the viewpoint that Markethive is "our" product.  If you do you will actively promote Markethive on a daily basis. (Which I pointed out in one of my recent posts can be a profitable business in and of itself. You will participate in the News Feed with your comments, your posts, and shares.  I recommend also that you find a way to blog on a regular basis.  In this way, you will find your "voice" here on Markethive. If you have not yet tried the blogging system here in Markethive, it is super simple and quite powerful. You really do not know what you are missing, I highly recommend to write and post often.

Bix is much more than a simple banner exchange. It is a way to bring huge numbers of new business people and entrepreneurs into Markethive.  Make sure you listen to this new video on BIX from Tom Prendergast and you will catch the vision for BIX.

We all need to prepare for the time of success that lies close at hand.

John Lombaerde



The Men In The Top Hats

The Men In The Top Hats


It’s New York City, it could be Manhatten – midtown, or it could be Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Two men walk together. I am not near enough to hear their conversation.  It could be one of a hundred different things, family, business, Talmud, or maybe just the weather. Their suits are black, and they probably were costly at one time, but now they are showing their years, just as the edge of their top hats are showing bit of a frayed edge. Their hats are not Borsalino's.  They save those for the Sabbath and High Holy Days, not for everyday wear.

But as they walk they have a certain dignity.  Mutual respect, harmony, friendship, many other things as well.  Everything about them says, we represent tradition, family.  We are people who follow the rules and with that comes decency, civility, and tradition. Other pedestrians move aside to let them pass. There is a significant misunderstanding, mostly based on a lack of information about their Hasidic way of life and traditions. Mostly, they do not socialize outside of their group, and most people would not be able to say they had a Hasidic friend.  That does not seem to matter to them at all.  As long as they have each other, everything is right with the world so far as they are concerned. No one is curious about them, and so far as they are concerned that is fine with them.  

I care about the Jewish people because I have known many Jewish people, here in the US, and Israelis as well.  They are a proud people, but there single-mindedness when confronted with a problem is impressive.  Their tenacity is quite amazing.  After all, these are God's chosen people.  It makes me very sad to think that they were the ones who were prepared to receive The Messiah.  The foundation to receive Jesus was not as strong as God would have liked, and in fact despite the incredible historical sacrifices made, largely crumbled in Jesus's family and those surrounding his family.

Consider this. What would be an ideal environment in which Jesus could grow up?  Would God have preferred Jesus to grow up in the house of the Jewish high priest Zachariah, or would it be better to have Jesus born in a manger? Because of the squabbles between Mary and her sister Elizabeth,  Mary was forced to flee and endure a suffering path.  This disunity also foretold the failure of John the Baptist to support Jesus later in life despite his revelation at the river Jordan.  If John the Baptist had claimed that he was indeed Elijah as Jesus said he was, who in Israel would have disputed his claim, and who would have doubted the Jesus was the Messiah?

Unfortunately, there are millions of Jews in the spiritual world shaking their heads trying to understand why their ancestors missed the coming of Jesus as the Messiah.  This is deeply troubling to many, many Jews, all the way from the regular guy to the most astute Rabbi.  How much has Jesus suffered not to have been able to embrace his own people and have them receive Him?  The suffering of God and Jesus on this issue just goes on and on.

Back to the men on top hats. No one sees where they come from and no one sees where they go, they probably make this trip often, but the start and endpoints are always in the shadows, invisible to the naked eye.

In lots of ways, this mirrors the daily routines of our businesses, customers walk into and out of our field of vision, some stop and buy things, some browse a while, and some just walk straight past. In the quiet moments each day, you possibly sometimes consider those visitors as you would the elusive man, what are they doing? Where are they going? If they were paying customers, you might be wondering, how they are getting on with your product? Or what they were planning to do with it?

And this is the lesson, you never know your customer’s story, where they have come from or where they are going. Even with repeat or long-standing customers, you have only a short glance into the window of their lives and business that you are exposed to when they are giving you details about their purchase of your product. So what details do you need to help you keep in touch with them and get as good an idea of their needs in the shortest possible time?

Some customers could simply be looking for a solution to a tiny problem, they may buy your product or service, thinking it will help them, but they may never actually make use of it. Others may be planning for your products or services to be the cornerstone of their own business. But how will you know when all you get is that brief window?

It’s tempting to just treat online customers as disposable assets, after all, you never actually meet them, and the thought is that the Internet is vast so there is always another customer. There are mechanisms that allow you to build an online rapport with your customers, blogs, forums, chat rooms, etc. that allow you to personalize and expand the relationship you have with that footfall.

If you can engage with them via these methods, you will often find out the destination they are working towards, and discover that you have more to offer them. And that’s a win-win. A better service for them and more repeat sales for you.

But in our story, no one ever engages with the men in the top hats, they only ever see them as they pass through the street. Who are they? What do they do every day? All unexplored mysteries that you as a business owner must make it your goal to find out and not let that visitor pass you by.

Markethive facilitates that connection in so many ways.  We have a newsfeed for communication.  You have detailed information on every one of your associates, it is only up to you to reach out.

Thank you for the read.

John Lombaerde


What is the value of a Markethive Affiliate?

What is the value of a Markethive Affiliate?

What is a Markethive Affiliate worth? In terms of the benefit to your affiliate, if your affiliate upgrades to entrepreneur one, on this last day of the promotion, it could be worth a small fortune to him. As an entrepreneur, you must know this very well.

 There will be many lucrative upgrade opportunities coming.  But what is the value to you, as an entrepreneur?  I am talking about the dollar value here, actually.  Your affiliate sign up receives 500 Markethive coins and so do you, but what is the value of that Markethive coin?  

How much effort should you spend to find affiliates? Even if you are promoting your own product or service, why should you bother to find new affiliates? First of all, you have a team of affiliates to work with, should you decide on any kind of coop sales or marketing effort.

Is it worth your time and effort or not?  I would like to point out that it is a highly lucrative endeavor, and point out why I firmly believe this is true. 

Now that we have BIX, (Banner Impression Exchange), we have a highly profitable money machine for every entrepreneur. Even if you have no other source of income, (which most of us must have at this point at the beginning of this journey), the income from even one entrepreneur system will very likely be an adequate full-time income for most people.

Supposing you looked at the Markethive coin you receive from bringing in new affiliates as a deposit in a kind of savings account. Since we do not have a method to exchange Markethive coin at present, it is a useful and quite correct analogy.  

If you bring in one affiliate per day, you will be rewarded with 500 Markethive coins. If you leave your coins in your account, you will have no interest in cashing them in immediately when the Markethive Wallet becomes available.  It could be one month from now, it could be longer.

Let's say the Markethive coin will be worth $ 0.10 when the wallet is released.  There will likely be a kind of rush to cash in on their 500 coins by many people new to Markethive.  After all, that is the main reason why many signed up into Markethive in the first place, right?

Supposing you find one affiliate a day for six months and you hang on to your Markethinve for that amount of time. If the price of the Markethinve coin doubles during that time to $0.20 do you realize how much you have made?  After 180 days X 500 coins = 90,000 Markethive coins with a value of 90,000 X $ 0.20 = $ 18,000. Not a bad side hustle in addition to BIX, right?

If you wait another six months, (one year total) until the price of the Markethive coin reaches $ 0.50, (which it very likely will), you will have accumulated 180,000 Markethive coins X $0.50 = $ 90,000. Not bad at all, right?  If the price should go to $ 1.00 you will be jumping up and down with joy, no doubt!

I believe the price of the Markethive coin could easily reach one dollar within one year from the time the wallet is completed, but of course, that is pure speculation.

How much time will you need to invest each day to achieve this kind of result?  By my calculation only about one hour per day, that is all.  Not a bad return on investment for an hour of your time is it?

If you are wondering how to achieve this, you could invest in advertising if you choose, which might work well for you.  Unfortunately, most of the traffic-generating sites are hit or miss and you could waste a lot of your time or your money.

OR you could do this using a free LinkedIn account.  Just join my Original LinkedIn Group and find out what to do.

Click here —–>  Please if you have any questions, I am only a message away, please ask.


Thanks for reading this blog post.

John Lombaerde

PS – if you would like to combine manual and automated methods for even greater results for a small monthly fee, let me know and again I will show you how by joining my Original LinkedIn Group.

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Tomorrow is Dawning

Tomorrow is Dawning

As humans, we naturally dream and think about the future, what
will it be like? Where will we be? Will we get the income we have been dreaming of, or the
partner we most want? Will we achieve all those dreams that we
had when we were younger and planned out our future?
As Entrepreneurs, as Internet Marketers, we have a plan in place,
and that plan is all about getting to our future.

What was your reason for starting your business? Why did you become an Internet
Marketer? Was it to earn some extra money? Did you want to be
your own boss?

Maybe you needed something that allowed you to
work your own hours rather than the nine to five rat-race.
Whatever your reason you started down this path and put
together a plan for your future.

If you are just starting out, you may be thinking about your immediate goals,
what do you need to achieve in the short term for this to be a viable career?
If you are an old hand, with many campaigns and sales behind you, then what are
your goals now? How do they compare with what you wanted to
achieve when you started out?

Each day is a step into the future, it brings new challenges, new
products, new ways of selling. Ten years ago, who knew that nearly
every person in the developed and developing countries would
have what amounts to a new super computer in their pockets.

Yes, you heard that right, a super computer, a modern
smartphone has more computing power than all the computing
power for all the Apollo space missions combined, and on all those
devices is the ability to send and receive messages and browse the
internet twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

You can be marketing and selling your products even when you are asleep, to
anyone, anywhere, at any moment. That’s the future we live in right now,
what new advancements might come with the following dawn who can even guess.
The one thing we know is that the future is always in motion. You can make
plans for where you want to be, but make sure those plans can move
and evolve just like the future does.

Don’t think about the financial goals you want to reach, instead
think about the life goals and experiences you want to achieve, and
make your business work to support them. As important as our work
and careers are to us they are not the primary reason for a human to
be alive.

Many of the most successful business people on the planet will
say the first thing you must have to be successful is a strong work
ethic above all else, success comes with hard work.
But here is the question to ask yourself as you plan your own
tomorrow. When the dawn breaks do you want a lot of zeros in a
computerized bank, or do you want a life full of experiences and

Work to enrich your life, not to define it. Don’t plan for a future that is
so far away that it may not even exist when you finally get there. Plan 
and work for the experiences and joys you can have along the way too.

The Dawn Of Tomorrow is now at hand here in Markethive.


John Lombaerde


Where can I find a gig?

Where can I find a gig?

These are some of the best places to find freelance work.  (Courtesy of

Consider this: Freelancers are expected to become the U.S. workforce majority in the near future. That means we can expect to see more and more freelancing job boards appear. That's not to say we need them. Take a look at the Google search results for “freelance jobs.” You’ll find hundreds of websites that can connect you with prospective clients.

The problem, however, is that not all job boards are created equal. Some are a bit suspicious, causing both freelancers and businesses to question their legitimacy. Others are meant only for seasoned veterans. There are also boards capable of finding work quickly for freelancers, but they won’t get paid very much. Consider it the "price of entry" to the freelance realm.

These obstacles make finding freelance work more complicated than it has to be. That’s why I’ve put together a list of 18 freelance sites to help entrepreneurs find their next gig. Each of these sites is reputable and can be used by freelancers of all experience levels, empowering people to make the most of their skills in a shaky economy.

Related: Become Your Own Boss and Start a Freelance Career in 2020

1. Toptal

If you’re a freelancer designer, developer, financial expert, product manager or project manager, you can find hourly, part-time or full-time work at Toptal. The catch is that Toptal has a rigorous screening process, meaning typically only the top 3 percent of freelance talent that applies is accepted.

This is better suited for talented freelancers who have some previous experience under their belt. However, if you're accepted, you can be certain that you’ll receive competitive compensation.

2. Fiverr

There are a couple of things that make Fiverr stand out from other leading freelance marketplaces. Users get to list the specific jobs where they excel. When I started podcasting, I hired someone on Fiverr to design my cover and another person to create the intro. When I had trouble getting the podcast listed on iTunes, I enlisted another expert to help solve the mystery.

Secondly, because most gigs start at $5, this is a great place to launch your freelancing career. After you land some clients and build up your portfolio, you can start charging more for your services.

3. PeoplePerHour

For more than a decade, PeoplePerHour has been helping freelancers land web-based projects. This site has areas like marketing, SEO and software engineering. What makes it so appealing is that it streamlines the process of signing up. Client communication, project management and payments are all handled in one dashboard.

You can send 15 proposals to clients before having to sign up for the paid plan. However, you can still browse listings and get notified of new openings, even if you don’t sign up for the paid plan.

4. Upwork

Upwork has been around in some form for years. Elance and oDesk were formed in 1999 and 2003, respectively, and merged to found Upwork. Today, Upwork is one of the largest freelance marketplaces in the world, hosting millions of freelancers in industries like design, development, accounting, marketing, writing and customer service.

Like Toptal, freelancers can find short-term tasks, recurring projects and even full-time contract work. Upwork is good for both entry-level and experienced freelancers because of the variety of work listed.

5. Freelancer

Freelancer states that it’s the “the world’s largest outsourcing marketplace,” connecting more than 30 million employees and freelancers across 247 countries. With Freelancer, you can a find a couple of different ways to work. The first way is by creating a profile that highlights your freelancing skills. When a client needs your specific skills, he can chat with you in real time.

The other way is by browsing for work and placing bids on projects that match your talents and interests. When your work is complete, you’ll receive a secure payment via the site’s Milestone Payment System.

6. SimplyHired

SimplyHired is a job search engine that helps people find remote or local work in 12 different countries. SimplyHired contains more than 100 job boards, meaning you'll have access to millions of job openings ranging from marketing to customer service. You can even find nursing and warehouse work.

You can also search for both part-time and full-time work, making SimplyHired a great platform to quickly land a job. It produces a blog that contains helpful advice on how to make yourself more attractive to recruiters.

7. 99designs

99designs should be your go-to marketplace if you’re designer. Anyone truly skilled in creating logos and web and app design can find a home here. Creative freelancers can search for jobs where clients need someone to create marketing materials, packaging or merchandise like T-shirts.

The site also provides numerous resources to assist designers in enhancing their skills. These resources include how-to tips, tutorials, tool kits, e-books and even interviews with seasoned designers.

8. Aquent

Are you a creative professional or a digital marketing expert? If so, you can land your next gig through Aquent. The site gives freelancers the chance to find remote or on-site work in the U.S. You can also find work in Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Netherlands, Australia or Japan.

What’s most appealing about Aquent is that its Gymnasium offers free online courses that can help you strengthen your existing talent.

9. The Creative Group

The Creative Group is part of the large Robert Half staffing agency. The site is meant for individuals in creative fields like art, copywriting, photography, graphic design and marketing. You can find temporary, project-based or full-time work.

Simply upload your resume to the site or share your LinkedIn profile. Robert Half's specialists find the right job for your specific expertise and preferences from there.

10. Envato Studio

Envato Studio was established by designers, developers and creatives. This studio can help you land short-term or long-term projects. When a client needs your unique skill set, he browses the site to compare portfolios and pricing. You'll receive recommendations from the Envato Studio community.

Once you're hired, Envato Studio holds the payment until the job is completed and the client is satisfied with the work. Throughout the course of the project, the platform gives you a chance to receive real-time feedback from the client. You can be certain you’re on the right track with this direct communication.


Founded by Sara Sutton, who previously founded FlexJobs, this site has been a leading virtual team site for more than a decade. is a great platform for anyone who wants to work remotely.

Whether you’re a designer, developer, customer service rep, writer, recruiter or sales professional, can help anyone who’s ever dreamed of becoming a digital nomad. If you’re new to remote work, there’s also a handy blog that can help you get started on the right foot.

12. DesignCrowd

DesignCrowd has dubbed itself the No. 1 custom design marketplace in the world. Similar to 99designs, this site lets designers find work. You can design logos, website, business cards, T-shirts and even tattoos.

Clients can select short deadline submissions, such as three to five days. Project turnover is incredibly quick. If you need some extra cash, you can also enter design contests through the site.

13. FlexJobs

This site has more than 50 different career categories for freelancers, virtual workers and full-time employees. FlexJobs is a popular platform for anyone searching for remote or flexible work. All open positions are screened in advance, so you can rest assured that the jobs that have been posted are legitimate.

You have to pay to join, with plans starting at $14.95 per month. You can also participate in skill tests, attend webinars and read up on tips to help your job search. Best of all, you have access to exclusive discounts through partnering websites.

14. Krop

Krop is a job board solely for creatives, like copywriters, photographers and designers. On top of creating a profile to showcase your experience, you can use Krop to build and host your portfolio.

Another perk of using Krop it that it's a site that promotes freelancers to clients searching for new team members.

15. Authentic Jobs

Since 2005, Authentic Jobs has been connecting creative and web professionals to find freelancers. You can contract or moonlight on the job with companies like Apple, Facebook, ESPN or The Motley Fool for free. If you're a freelancer interested in working with these companies, start browsing listings for everything from content strategists to back-end developers to project managers.

Because compensation can range anywhere from under $29,000 to more than $100,000 annually, it’s a nice platform for freelancers of all experience levels.

Related: How to Build Your Own Career as a Freelancer

16. LocalSolo

Recently acquired by Communo, LocalSolo is unlike other freelance marketplaces. It's a localized freelance job board where you can find gigs in your neck of the woods.

It’s free to use, and it doesn’t charge commission fees; it also lets you customize your profile. When you and a client connect, you communicate directly. This way, you can discuss the scope of the project, rates and contracts. As a member of LocalSolo, you also receive discounts from partners like Shopify, FreshBooks, Adobe and DreamHost.

17. Working Nomads

Working Nomads sends you a curated list of remote jobs in areas like development, management, marketing, design, sales and education.

You have the option to receive these notices daily or weekly. You also have the option to find temporary projects or regular employment. Just keep in mind that not every gig is 100 percent remote; some jobs may require you to train on-site or work part-time from home.

18. LinkedIn ProFinder

Chances are high that you already have a LinkedIn profile. Why not get the most out of it? LinkedIn is used by more than 420 million members in some 200 countries, making LinkedIn one of the best resources for connecting professionals.

LinkedIn has more recently decided to get into the freelance game with ProFinder. This gives small business owners and other professionals a chance to hire freelance accountants, bookkeepers, designers, marketers and copywriters. ProFinder also offers career coaches. Your personal coach will review your resume and prepare you for interviews to help advance your freelance career.

Now or at any other time, it's easy to feel overwhelmed and unable to move forward with your entrepreneurial goals. But these sites can empower you to find opportunities that will maximize your skills and allow you to grow your side work into something bigger.


Through the Door or the Window

Through The Door Or The Window


I’m sure we’ve all heard that quote “when life closes a door, it opens a window”. It’s such an old and often quoted (and misquoted) phrase that I cannot even find the original author of this bit of wisdom.

It’s not entirely true of course, there are innumerable instances where closing a door doesn’t open a window of any sort, it just leads you through a better door. The premise, however, is more than when one thing ends, that ending also serves as a new beginning. We can simplify this even further, and break every decision or occurrence down to a simple binary equation, there are actually only ever two answers, a zero or a one, a true or a false, a yes or a no.

Humans don’t really like absolutes, we like the grey areas, the wriggle room, the opportunity to change our minds and try something else. But that is all an illusion. It still resolves back to a two-choice system.

I’m sure many of us have seen Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. In it our heroes ship is stuck in a swamp and the wizened old Jedi Master Yoda tells our young hero that the force will allow him to free the ship. Our hero doesn’t believe but says he will try. Yoda replies “Try not, do or do not there is no try…” and our hero tries and fails to free his ship. Defeated, the hero tells his master that he asks for the impossible. The master simply goes and performs the feat our hero just failed at and tells the hero that he failed because he didn’t believe he could succeed. What they never allude to in the film is the fact that the hero gave up and failed because to succeed all he had to do was re-evaluate and try again. Belief is not often needed in practical tasks, just do it again differently.

The master’s words of “do or do not, there is no try” were actually a test, a lesson that we all sometimes need to learn.

We too can try and complicate life by adding windows and doors and speeches and beliefs and give the illusion of more choices. But it still comes down to a two-choice system, to act or not to act.

If you choose to act, you again have two-choices, within that action, and so on.

In our businesses, overcomplicating scenarios for ourselves is to overcomplicate our minds and make it feel a big mountain than it is. Instead, look at it from a decision tree point of view, yes or no, leads to the next yes or no, and the next and the next.

Just make a decision, and stick with it.

These words come at a critical time in the development of Markethive.

The Banner Impression Exchange will be released on May 1st. There are many of us who have invested and have been waiting for the official launch of Markethive, some of us for several years.  If you remember the Bible verse in Proverbs 13:12 that says "Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life".  Those of us who have been waiting patiently are about to discover the tree of life.

What is the tree of life exactly? For an entrepreneur, it is simply a stable consistent monthly income that can support yourself and your family.  So many entrepreneurs are looking for this tree of life it is a tragic fact really that many will never achieve their hearts desire?  Why is that?  There are so many marketers out there who are simply interested in their own welfare at the expense of others.

Most MLM companies sell hopes and dreams, but only a very small percentage of their membership every achieve it.  We know that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. I have to say that there is a fundamental flaw in a business model that rewards the few and leaves so much disappointment and shattered hopes and dreams in its wake.

Most Internet Marketers capitalize on the hoards of hungry entrepreneurs that want to become successful, but they only provide one small piece of the puzzle that will lead to success.  Their bread and butter is the seemingly insatiable appetite for online success. Again, just like most MLM companies, they promise big riches for a small investment.  Their customers are led down a never-ending rabbit hole of hopes and dreams that will never be fulfilled. 

The current upgrade to entrepreneur one from Markethive is truly an opportunity like no other. Many of our current Markethivers who have already upgraded to entrepreneur one have been posting about this extensively over the past few weeks.  The reason for this is that everyone wants to make sure that they share the wealth with other prospective entrepreneurs.  Please, please do not let this opportunity pass you by.

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A Better Mousetrap

Build A Better Mousetrap


How many times have you encountered the phrase “a better mousetrap”? You may have used it yourself, or been told to go and build one. As entrepreneurs we’re always looking for that next golden product, the next big thing; basically a better mousetrap.

Quite a few years ago, a very smart man realised that in many ways we have already invented most things that we’re capable of inventing, but that doesn’t mean to say these inventions are perfect, far from it in fact, he realised that there were and are fortunes to be made not in developing new never before seen products but in taking an existing product or concept and perfecting it.

I am of course referring to Steve Jobs (may he rest in peace) and the iPhone. Mobile phones and indeed smartphones had existed for years before the iPhone stormed the world in 2007. In its first iteration, it was far from perfect when compared to some of the other smartphones on the market at the time. But what Steve Job achieved was perfect packaging, perfect marketing. He looked at the most popular features on smartphones at the time and took those features and tweaked them, made them easier to use for the masses, packaged it all up in an easy to use interface using premium hardware (and materials) and created a product that everyone wanted.

When we talk about smartphones now, you can truly say that Apple created a better mousetrap conceptually, but it wasn’t and isn’t perfect, it still has issues even today over ten years later. But it still has the marketing and luxury feel that keep us going back for the new versions time and time again.

Samsung has achieved something similar with their Galaxy range but while in some markets those products sell better, they are certainly now as well marketed as their Apple rivals.

In our world as online marketeers we’re always looking at for the next big hit, we often forget that if we’ve been running for a while, we could have a vast back catalogue of past products, that might have a new lease of life if given “the better mousetrap” treatment. Could your latest product be a lynchpin to drive interest to your back-catalogue? Do you have old products that still have a lot of worth and life left in them and actually just need a fresh coat of paint to make them useful and pertinent in the marketplace once more?

This is true of products and services, and it is certainly true of blog posts as well.  I heard some people say, "How can I do a podcast?  What would I talk about?"  Yet they have dozens or hundreds of posts on a blog they have been nuturing for several years.  Why not take the best of those posts, and make them into podcast episodes?

It’s not always about having the newest product or pushing the boundaries and doing something that no one has done before, sometimes the way to get noticed is to simply perfect an existing product that hadn’t quite reached its stride yet.

If we talk about Markethive, is it a product or a service?  We could debate this, but due to the fact that Markethive is a subcscription and it is used over and over again, I would say it is a service more than a product.

Did Markethive invent social networking? Certainly not, but Markethive did invent the market network for the entrepreneur.  Did Markethive invent the blockchain?  No, but Markethive is the first entrepreneurial market network based on the blockchain.

It is undoubtedly the best value of any service on the Internet today. It has taken quite a bit of time to mature, and now this is certainly the time in which it is about to bear substantial fruit.  With the release of the Banner Impression Exchange on May 1st, the primary income generating machine will be released and it will make entrepreneur one subscribers thousands of dollars per month.  It requires a bit of a leap of faith, but considering the price will jump to $ 1.500 per month after April 30th, the advantage you get for upgrading before that date is substantial.

Please review this offer and make your decision before May 1st. 

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