Review Me? Review You?

Posted by | April 17, 2014.

I just applied to Review Me to offer reviews of other sites on my blog.  Only one problem.  I was rejected.  I filled out all the details and then they scan my blog and inform me that I don’t have enough traffic or links to qualify.  The least they could do was to scan my site prior to collecting my social security number, name, and address!

So, would you like me to review you?  I will offer to review your blog or website for a great deal.  Free!  That’s right, the first to contact me through the contact page will receive a free review!  The second to contact me will pay only $1.00, the third $2.00, the fourth $4.00 and so on. 

Not these guys again!

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New Logo Ideas?

Posted by | April 15, 2014.

I am thinking of changing my logo. any suggestions?

Any suggestions?

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Is Kickstarter a New Revenue Stream?

Posted by | April 11, 2014.

Amoungst the crowd funding controversies and competitors, Kickstarter is still a popular method of raising cash. Check out this one example of how you can raise money for your idea”

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ggngamestudios/tales-of-mythica-assertion

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Marketing Strategy – Use Articles to Get You Started

Posted by | April 1, 2014.

Every online business today needs some type of strategy that will get the word out about the products or services they offer. Let’s face it; if you have an online business then increasing your sales is your primary goal. To do that you must make every effort to promote the products and services you offer and one of the most effective ways to do this online is through internet article marketing.

Ask yourself, what is the best way for you to market your online business? Most new internet marketers do not have a large budget for advertising and with the internet there are many methods available that are free or low cost. If you are like the large percentage of internet marketers who are running on a shoestring budget, it doesn’t mean that your online business has to look or act cheap regarding your promotional efforts, it just means you have to be practicable.

The whole idea behind internet article marketing is to provide an effective way to promote and advertise your website. Depending upon the amount of time and effort you want to devote to internet article marketing, writing articles is probably the most inexpensive way to advertise your website. You have to consider that with all the competition from other websites online, what other promotional alternatives do you have that do not cost a fortune?


Niche Club

This is something else to consider, internet article marketing is basically free. There is no question that marketing and advertising on the internet is much cheaper versus offline methods such as print or broadcast media promotions. Another thing to consider is that with the internet people are already browsing or surfing online for information or products, the key with internet article marketing is attracting them to your website.

Many of the top online marketers have used and many of them still are using internet article marketing as a primary means of promotion. The articles they write provide good quality content for their websites, blogs and for submitting to the online article directories. The articles they write and publish online set them up as experts within their chosen niche market and this is also a good way to generate traffic for their websites.

As I mentioned previously, the key is attracting people to your website and offer that are already browsing. So, how do you attract these people with internet article marketing? First, know the area or niche market that you are in and have your articles focus on that. You want your articles to focus on your target market or audience that is specifically interested in the niche products or services that you offer.

Choose the right keywords and keyword phrases. Your articles need to provide quality material that gives your readers valuable information or tips on the products or services that you offer, but it is important that you add your keywords to your articles. By optimizing your articles you can get targeted traffic as your articles will rank better and are listed and categorized with the search engines.

Remember, internet article marketing is a strategy that when done correctly and consistently can be a great source of traffic for your site. Combine the content of your articles, the right keywords and the power of building back links through article submission and what you have is a long term promotional method for your online business.

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Reap Traffic from Comments you Seed

Posted by | March 20, 2014.

I started this Blog on November 1st, 2007.  I read every post I could find on blogging and one thing that kept coming up was that a good way to increase traffic to your Blog was to leave posts on other blog sites.  So, sixty days later I decide to check to see what benefit leaving posts on the other blogs sites did for my traffic statistics.  I added Google Analytics to my site on November 13th and here are the results as of today.

Eleven out of the top 20 sources of traffic to my blog came from comments that I left on blog posts on the sites listed here.

If that doesn’t convince you of the importance of commenting at other blogs, nothing will! So go out and comment now!

TRAFFIC FROM COMMENTS

What is your experience? Have you seen an increase in traffic from commenting?

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Not John Chow Saves by Not Spending – Part 2 – Costco

Posted by | March 10, 2014.

I usually go to Costco for cheap gas. Like Sam’s Club, Costco has some great prices.

If you buy enough gas and other bulk items, Coscto can be worth the cost of membership:

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I also save money at Costco by buying my lunch there.  They have several options for a cheap lunch.  One of my favorites is the Polish Sausage (or hot dog) and a Drink for $1.50.  I usually add a desert item of a Churro (sugary pastry) for $1.00 or Berry Sundae for $1.65.

 

 

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There are many other choices as well which include sandwiches or pizza slices that are fairly cheap as well.  Again, my goal is to spend less than five dollars on lunch each day.

The point is that the less money you spend on eating out, the more money you have for other things. Spending less will improve you financial status in the long run. The sooner you curb your spending, the sooner you will reap the benefits.

 

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Do you spend more than you should?

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Make Money Selling Artifacts

Posted by | March 4, 2014.

My job is not keeping up with my bills. My 401k is either going sideways or down. Not enough money is coming in from Adsense.

Where can I make some money?

Then I saw a story about how a Ming Dynasty Vase sold at auction for over $10 Million! Here it is. Isn’t Beautiful?

 

So I dug up some research on the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and discovered that this period of Chinese history provided the world with numerous pieces of of porclean art. The Ming vase is the most well known of this art.

After much debate, I decided to purchase my own authentic Ming Vase as an investment. I do not expect to get as much as $10 million but, I hope to make a healthy profit.

Here is a photo of my vase. Do you love it? Can’t live without it? Maybe you would like to make an offer?

 

You may ask “how do I know that my vase is authentic?” This is a good question as you need to be careful to avoid cheap imitations. This is where it is important to either be an expert in the area or have access to an expert.

Most Ming vases have clear markings on the bottom that clearly indicate their true value. A look at this photo of my vase will help you to understand how to tell a fake from a genuine artifact.

 

Okay, I know nothing about Ming Vases! Which should remind you that you should stick with what you know! If you want to make money at blogging, you need to create content about something you know. That is why I do not have a blog about Ming Vases.

My Ming vase? I made it when I was younger. It sat in my room waiting for someone to pick it up and look at the bottom. I was not disappointed. I knew my sister would do exactly that and she did. We all had a good laugh but, I do admit it was a long way to go for a joke.

What do you blog about? Is it the right subject for you?

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Get It Done

Posted by | March 2, 2014.

In Alice in Wonderland Alice comes to a junction in the road that leads in different directions and she asks the Cheshire Cat for advice.  “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”  “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.  “I don’t much care where—“ said Alice.  “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.

  Getting It Done - Cheshire Cat

Do you know which way to go?  Do you know where you want to be?  To avoid Alice’s predicament we need goals.  With goals we can be confident that we are on the right road; the road of our choosing.  The alternative is random wanderings through the crossroads of life.

 

Goal setting is the fundamental achievement skill of all.  If any individual becomes a goal setter and writes, thinks, and talks about their goals on an ongoing basis, their level of performance and achievement will improve dramatically.

 

If you are committed to improving yourself and want better and greater enjoyment out of life, follow the guidelines outlined here.  By doing so you can begin controlling your life, instead of letting life control you.

 

Here are eight steps of goal accomplishment:

 

  1. Write down your goal in complete detail.
  2. Determine how you will benefit from accomplishing your goal.
  3. Set deadlines as to when you are going to accomplish you goal.
  4. Analyse your current status on where you are right now.
  5. Identify the barriers you will have to overcome to reach your goal.
  6. Clearly identify the knowledge you will have to acquire in order to achieve your goal.
  7. Identify the groups, people, and organizations whose cooperation and assistance you will need to obtain your goal.
  8. Develop a plan of action (or business plan) based on the above information.

 

You must have a goal before you can write one down.  To determine what your goals are you need to create a wish list.  On your wish list write down everything you have ever wanted to own, do, or be.  Write each item down in very specific detail.  Do not be judgmental. Write down everything that comes to mind (this is a brainstorming method).  When your wish list is complete, set it aside for a day or two.  At that time write down next to each item why you want to accomplish this particular goal.  If you cannot clearly state why you want this item, you should cross it off your list.  The remaining items represent true goal possibilities. 

  

Now that you have your list of goals (See Part I of Getting It Done), arrange the items on your wish list from the most important to the least important.  Pick a couple from the top of the list and begin with step one.

 

Step One.  Write your goals down as clearly as you can.  Include as many details as you can articulate.  State it in measurable terms.

 

Step Two.  Write down all of the benefits that you will receive by accomplishing your goals.  The more benefits you can list, the greater the incentive you will have to accomplish your goals.

 

Step Three.  Take a look at where you are now in relationship to your goals.  You need to understand where you are before you can attempt to get somewhere else.

 

Step Four.  Set deadlines for accomplishing each stage of your goals.  Set deadlines that you believe are realistic.  Break your goal into a set of smaller steps.

 

Step Five.  Identify any barriers that may stand between you and your goals.  Think about the possible solutions to these barriers.  Visualize the removal of these barriers.

 

Step Six.  Clearly identify any knowledge that you will have to acquire in order to achieve your goal.  Think about where you can obtain that knowledge.

 

Step Seven.  Identify the people, organizations, and groups whose cooperation and assistance you will need to obtain your goal.  Can these people provide you with the knowledge?  Do they share our goal?  Often people will help you achieve your goal if you can help them achieve something that they want.

 

Step Eight.  Develop a plan of action.  Decide what needs to be done first, second, third.  Outline your plan on paper (or electronically if you wish!).  Review it daily and adjust it when necessary.

 

The most important thing you need to do is to start.  Start now.  Many people will accomplish one or two of these steps only to allow it to fade with time.  You must discipline yourself and keep at it.  Visualize your goal daily.  Imagine that it has already been accomplished.  Constantly remind yourself of the benefits that you will reap by achieving your goal.  Allow no one to convince you that your goals are unrealistic.

 

Once you accomplish a goal, replace it with a new goal immediately.  You should always have a goal in the works because goal setting and achieving is a way of life and not just a good habit.

 

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