January 13, 2012
Playing around with Google's Fusion today a little - looking for some valuable data that might be interesting in my business. Of course, I got lost in the cloud and ended up just searching for fun ways to display public data.
#1: For all my boon-docking friends out there (and this really only applies to my sister circa 2009), here's a nice little map detailing reviewed boondocking sites in the US:
January 12, 2012
Thought I'd post this one since I just had a nightmare of a time creating one. It's not hard to do the basic deal - but making one of those 'cool' ones is kind of a pain. So here goes:
1. Sign into your Facebook account - just your regular profile.
2. Go to your profile page - not your wall - and scroll all the way to very bottom.
3. Click on Create a Page
4. You'll see this:
5. Select the type of page you'd like to create. For businesses I am promoting, I always choose 'Company, Organization or Institution' or 'Brand or Product'
6. Now your page has been created. Let's make it interesting!
7. On your new fan page, scroll to the very bottom and click on 'Developers'
8. I don't know the easy shortcut, so this is how I get to where I want to be:
Click on Build Apps for Facebook, then getting started tutorial, then Creating your App, then...Read More
July 27, 2011
It’s inevitable. Every time I talk to anyone about what I do, I get questions about how I do it.
How do I work from home, and keep myself motivated? How do I make myself get out of bed every day and actually work? How do you make sure you have enough to pay your bills? Don’t you feel like your work isn’t stable enough?
Well, my first answer for those questions are – if you are asking me, you aren’t ready for at-home work. The second one is you also haven’t found the thing you are supposed to be doing yet either.
I am a firm believer that stability is overrated. Stability makes you soft, and lazy. Stability makes you feel entitled, and dulls your senses.
If you are out there every day upping your game, and challenging yourself with every move – you have no choice but to be sharp and ready for anything.
I have no problem getting out of bed...Read More
June 15, 2011
One of my favorite books of all time...highly recommended...
In chapter 8 of his autobiography, Benjamin Franklin describes his attempts to achieve "moral Perfection" by examining certain aspects of his character. When Franklin attended a Presbyterian sermon that focused on Philippians 4:8 ("Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, or of good report, if there be any virtue, or any praise, think on these things."
), he was unsatisfied with the 5 virtues that the minister provided ("1. Keeping holy the Sabbath day. 2. Being diligent in reading the holy Scriptures. 3. Attending duly the publick worship. 4. Partaking of the Sacrament. 5. Paying a due respect to God's ministers.
"). He made his own. 12 of them.
Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.
Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.
Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.
Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.
Make no expense but to...Read More
June 15, 2011
Ten Intent Triggers for Digital Media
It has long been my belief that the ability to create intent would define web monetization but I had no idea it would play out (and literally “play” out as in Zynga et al) the way it has. Certainly we are at the dawn of a new age where technology powers marketing in more powerful and relevant ways. Never has more intent been created. Never has intent been more monetized and never has the cost of not creating intent been higher.
I thought I would share this list I’ve been using for the past few years with creating search and display ads and landing pages. Feel free to add any intent triggers in the comments below.
Ten Intent Triggers for Digital Media
Motivating Action - The psychological condition of reward is not new to marketing strategy but it forms the backbone of creating intent and persuasion. Understanding it and using it appropriately can yield great rewards…or stickers and...Read More
June 14, 2011
Is this the Holy Grail of the internet, I wonder? No it’s not –- because the Holy Grail has yet to be found. In contrast, the internet is full of opportunities to start earning money without actually requiring you to spend anything first. This is why so many people have been able to improve their lives and elevate themselves from some difficult financial positions.
I’ve done it myself. I actually started out with the idea that I shouldn’t have to spend any money at all to get to where I wanted to be online. Now I make most of my money from writing –- either for other people or for my own websites. I’ve got blogs that have content and Adsense ads on them that bring in an income quite steadily. I’ve also got advertisements and various affiliate schemes that I am a part of that bring in other income streams. Individually, these are reasonably small
June 14, 2011
You may have heard that you can actually make some money blogging. Well, it's true. This blog is actually a testament to the success of that work from home model. I work from home by running my blogs and doing a bit of freelancing here and there (more on that later). After 4 years, I already employ several people and run my blogs as a business. Depending on how you want to proceed with this, you can aim to blog full time or just decide to earn extra money this way, but just like any other project, you'll want to devote some time to making it happen. But do remember that it's a competitive arena and there are many people just as gung ho as you are who want to carve out a living this way. Blogging is an attractive means to make a living as it's pretty cheap to get started. Just start off with a Blogger.com or...Read More
March 14, 2011
Decisions are a great resource. They cost nothing to produce, and can make all the difference in the world to your business. Are you making the right decisions? How do you know?
Clearing the Fog of Failure
One of the most overlooked means of success is the speed at which you can fail. Frequent, sustainable failure (planned mistakes called "tests") will give you knowledge of the business landscape with great speed. Just as military scouts are forever attempting to monitor and probe enemy territory, so should you be probing the market to remove the "fog of war" surrounding it. Carl von Clausewitz was a Prussian military strategist. One of his chief theories was the "Fog of War". Simply put: the fog of war is a blanket of uncertainty that surrounds a conflict or battle because you cannot know all of the data about your enemy. You deal with bits and pieces, and assimilate those as best you can; however, the rest you...Read More