The Insider is normally dedicated to what’s going on at Early to Rise: subscribers who have found success with their online businesses, news of programs we’re working on, and the like.

We’ll get to that below. But today I’m compelled to kick things off differently.

I have to tell you about the most powerful message I’ve seen come across my desk this year. It’s from the founder of one of the world’s top investment research firms. It’s a firm that protected its followers from the Wall Street failures in recent years of companies like GM, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Lehman Brothers, and many others. (They even found ways to make money from these seeming disasters.)

And with a track record like theirs and the in depth research I know they do… I was compelled to watch in full their latest report. It’s a bit alarming and some might even say… offensive (at least to those who think the government knows what it’s doing). Even so, I think you should watch it too.

| It Happens Every Year… |

Every year, before we’ve opened the Internet Money Club — our top-tier Internet business coaching program — to new members… people have already managed to get in touch with us and convince us to sign them up early.

And that’s why Brian Edmondson, the IMC Director, and I found ourselves giving some pre-training to the very first members of the Internet Money Club class of 2011 a couple of weeks ago. We were glad to get them focused on their new Internet businesses and give them action items to tackle before the class officially starts in January. Because that’s the type of hands-on help and personal attention we always give to those who step forward and ask for it.

Today is Christmas Eve. You are no doubt busy. But I just wanted to remind you that we stop accepting new members for the IMC’s 2011 class on Tuesday, Dec. 28, at 9 p.m. sharp. No exceptions.

So if you’ve ever thought about creating a second income online, you owe it to yourself to, at the very least, find out exactly how the Internet Money Club could help you do it — and how you could be making money within a few months of joining.

| The First Sale |

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve shared the stories of several Internet Money Club members. Today, I’d like to introduce you to Melissa Fairchild, who recently reached an important milestone with her online business — her first sale!

Melissa’s business, myspiritualbreakthrough.com, takes a holistic approach to personal growth, focusing on the mind, body, and spirit.

And as part of that philosophy, she offers several affiliate natural-health products, including some from Dr. Al Sears… which is where she made her first sale.

“It was a large order for Dr. Sears’s Primal Force supplements,” Melissa told me, ” I am so excited. My family suggested I make sure that the customer sent legitimate payment before I mailed out the products. I smiled and said that as an affiliate, I don’t have to worry about any of those details since the affiliate company takes care of all of it, including fulfillment, and then sends my commission! They were impressed.”

Meanwhile, Melissa continues to work on improving her business.

“I’ve gotten ideas from fellow IMC’ers, such as adding a plugin that allows me to see which articles and pages are being viewed on my site. And Brian Edmondson has emphasized the importance of keywords in the title and article as well to help with SEO.

“I’m still learning a lot. My site visits are increasing and I am starting to get a few real comments. Still working out the details. And I keep making changes as I go.”

Good going, Melissa. And keep us posted on your progress.

| Click Here to See |

Small things can make a big difference when it comes to running an online business.

Recently, for example, Brian gave IMC member J. Daniel Roberts (www.thewoodchips.com) a quick tip… and it increased the click-throughs from his e-mail newsletter to his website from 25% to 75%.

“I just told him to blur the image of the cartoon he was sending that day and tell readers to ‘click here’ to see the unblurred version,” says Brian.

Here’s the image. As it says, just click to see the real deal.

| Merry Christmas |This particular “trick” is very specific to what J. Daniel is doing with his website. But there is always something that can be done to enhance every online business. You find it through trial and error… and you find it even faster when you have the experience of and help from experts behind you.

For all you Early to Risers out there who celebrate the season… enjoy your Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. I hope that, like me, you get to spend this special time with loved ones.

Happy Holidays!