Friday, June 20, 2008

Take a breath... (Transferred)

Take a breath...
06/19/2008


Well, I guess I sorta hit a wall.  That's not necessarily a bad thing, just a little inconvenient.

  When I began this venture, I simply knew that I wanted needed to do something... ANYthing to try to fix my situation.  It began with an online MLM that I got involved with.  After spending a little time with that, it seemed the natural progression is to expand it into other areas online and do as much as I could.  Heh-heh-heh...  I had no idea what I was doing.  I started gathering all sorts of info about getting this type of business started.  I read a bunch of stuff and tried to get rolling on it before I really knew where all the pieces fit. 

But then I finally found Mike Rasmussen's MiniSiteProfits Exposed videos. I've only watched them a couple of times so far (there's 12.  15 if you get the Delux set) but they really helped me to put this project into perspective and the videos gave me a much better roadmap for how to get this up and productive in the shortest amount of time.

I’ve still been trying to do what I can, at this level of knowledge.  I decided to start trying to build a mailing list, so I went out to this free ad website I found – Kijiji.  I posted an ad in their Sales | Other category offering a free report to download.  I included a link and people could click the link and get the report if they would enter a name and e-mail address.  No big deal… or so I thought. 

Turns out Kijiji declined my ad.  I asked why and got an e-mail back with a list of various unconnected reasons why an ad might be declined.  So I asked for specifics.  I got another e-mail telling me my job ad was too vague.  That’s right…  my Job Ad. (Please refer to the previous paragraph for a description of the ad I placed.)

  Hmmm…


 I almost went back and posted another ad, but then I thought about it…  This is Kijiji’s support organization that I am dealing with:
1.  They arbitrarily deleted my ad
2.  They didn’t know why
3.  They didn’t even know what they were deleting. 


I decided I don’t need that kinda stress.  I’m trying to build a business here.  I want people working WITH me, not AGAINST me.  So Kijiji is OUT! Remember when I told you that I wanted to make the mistakes so you don’t have to?  I hope you’re taking notes.  Kijiji = Mistake. 

Till next time…

Mike



Marketing Mike (Transferred)

Marketing Mike
06/17/2008
I want to take a moment and go back in time.  I think I should explain the key thought process that took me from where I've been to where I am.  It's already been established (I believe) that I intend to document my travels into online marketing, to serve as instructions and maybe a tutorial to show you how to learn this trade and save you the mistakes I make along the way.  These won't be directions for how to do it, but footsteps to follow as I learn. 

So, let's have a review of Mike's life.  

Where I came from...  I'm a 43 year old guy.  I live in Silicon Valley but grew up in Salinas, about 60 miles to the south.  I work in the Tech Industry (Surprise!!).  This is not the cheapest place to live.  The quality of life here is high, and luxury abounds for those who have the money to buy it.  Unfortunately, I am not one of those who can easily afford the life I want to live.  

I have 2 maxxed-out credit cards and a tapped-out line of credit.  I have a car payment because I could no longer afford to fill the tank in my SUV.  I also have huge student loan debt.  My debt has grown fast.  Much faster than my income.  I need a remedy for that situation.  A "Home Remedy", I guess you can call it, because I plan to do it from home.  I'm sick of my situation and I'm looking for a cure.  And being from California, I need a natural remedy.  ;-)  Where can I find the secret to improve my position in life?  

I've mentioned before that I tried other home businesses.  All they got me was angry, frustrated, and feeling bamboozled (that's a technical term).  I mean, I saw the videos of people who were successful in these businesses and was immediately filled with questions like "How can I do this?" and "How do I acquire that level of wealth?"  I read all the stellar reviews of these plans and products and was completely amazed.  I wanted to be a top producer; I wanted the best life had to offer.  I wanted to decrease my debt and remove that stress from my life.  

I had to purchase a starter kit.  Then, of course, I had to use these "Top Quality Products" in order to be able to share my story.    

Just how great are these vitamins?  Well, I LOVE them, and let me tell you why...! 

How wonderful is this diet plan?  I lost ABC pounds in just XYZ days!!

(The exclamation points were very important!)  

Share your story.  That's all you have to do and people will be falling all over themselves to become a part of this wonderful program.  Well... I ran through all of my family and friends.  Lost most of my friends (my family is stuck with me).  Then it came time to prospect.  Contact random people, engage them in conversation, then twist the conversation around and get them to admit they're broke and hate life and convince them to spend $$$ on the best solution available.  

Well, I'm painfully shy with people I don't know.  All this did was increase my level of self-consciousness and stress.  I did see a couple of checks when I was in Quixtar, but they were only for about $6.00 and I spent thousands in order to see that return.  

Now, don't get me wrong.  These programs (Quixtar and Herbalife) DO work... for SOME people.  But not everyone is cut out to be a door-to-door salesman and promoter.  And it's especially difficult if you don't have your heart and soul behind the product.  In order for you to achieve, you need to find a number of people who are as ethical and motivated as you are, and then help each of those people to find their people, and so on, ad infinitum.  That's not what I want to do with my life.  

It's not my intent to "bash" those organizations and their products and plans.  They're billion dollar companies and have made many people very wealthy.  If that's the way you want to go, all the best to you.  I'm simply sharing my experiences.  (My Story!)

This "blog post" has turned into an article.  I guess my point is, home businesses are like arts and crafts.  There are tons of different avenues you can pursue.  Some folks like knitting, crocheting, and macramé.  Others like scrap-booking, making video, and watercolors.  The key is to keep looking until you find one that makes your heart sing and makes you smile just thinking about it.

  

THAT’S the one that will make you rich!

  

Till next time…

  

Mike




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Marketing on Father's Day (Transferred)

Marketing on Father's Day
06/16/2008

I spent the majority of the day again immersed in my new marketing business ventures.  Where does the time go?  I did have a nice chat with my Dad on Father's Day, but was unable to see him.  What I'm working on here is pretty important. For him and for me. He co-signed on one of my student loans. He's excited that I'm exploring other options.

I need to put together a more professional and personal website.  I don't have much experience with such things.  I am a Tech Support kinda guy, but I'm not a webmaster (yet) so I gotta learn fast!

Unfortunately, I'm gonna have to make a few bucks before I can run out and purchase a web design book or application.  I actually downloaded CoffeeCup HTML Editor 2008.  I found a review on Comsumer Search's website that said it's the second "Best Web-Design Software for non-Pros". 

The best one was Dreamweaver, but it costs $800.  CoffeeCup is only about $50 and you get a free trial period, which is long enough to get one or two or more sites up before you have to pay for it.  There were some free software apps too, but I decided it was time to actually make a committment, so I'm sticking with CoffeeCup.

I'm pretty impressed with myself.  I've made several actual commitments over the course of this blog (already!)  First, I made a committment that I was going to make a serious and honest effort to do this - be a success at this venture. And now the CoffeeCup commitment!  I know that first one was only last Friday, but I can't afford not to succeed.  And this is just ridiculously simple.  I would be too embarassed to fail at this.  I mean, crap!  I've already told my Dad and one of my brothers and all of you about this.  I gotta do something with this now!

I really don't think it's gonna be tough.  It's just a matter of learning HOW to do what I need to do.  I'm painfully impatient and easily bored.  I think I'm undiagnosed ADHD, and I'm gonna figure a way to put that in my favor.

G'night folks.  Gotta work tomorrow and 5:30AM comes early.  Until I can replace that income with this income, it's just gonna have to be a necessary evil.

STEP 1: HAVE A BACK-UP PLAN!!!!! (Transferred)

STEP 1: HAVE A BACK-UP PLAN!!!!!
06/14/2008

Well...  I made my first mistake today.  It wasn't a HUGE deal, but it was irritating.

What did I learn? 

STEP 1:  HAVE A BACK-UP PLAN!!!!!


I sat down this morning and whipped out a nice long blog post - I was excited and feeling good about what I'm doing.  I was really pleased with my post. 

So I saved it... and... 

HORROR OF HORRORS!!! 

My ISP ate my blog post.

It was GONE!!

I was BUMMED OUT!!  It was a good post and it's gone.  But I'll get over it.

What's the result?  I'm saving my post multiple times as I write it, and I'm saving off the text to my clipboard before I click the [Save] button, lest my another post disappear.

It's funny, but I'm still feeling pretty good about things.

That's one mistake, out of the way!  I know there's going to be mistakes between "Poor Mike" and "Financially-Free Mike".  The quicker I get them out of the way, the sooner I get to the top of the mountain.

First Website, First Blog, First Post (Transferred)

First Website, First Blog, First Post
06/13/2008
This is my first serious attempt at something like this - a Blog, and a Home Business. I've tried home businesses before - Quixtar and Herbalife - and wasn't talented at spreading the "Good News" about those businesses. I think the major issue was that I really didn't feel good about their product lines, and everything was SO expensive. Quixtar ran about $500 to get started. Herbalife was twice that.

I've found a new business with MyWorldPlus that I really feel good about. It's not too expensive to get started (less that $100) and the product is something I feel good about and can easily convey to others how it would benefit them.

Check out this introductory film or click on the "Click Here for More Info" link on my home page.