Friday, October 30, 2009

"Using Facebook and Twitter to Stand Out"

"Relationship Marketing Specialist Mari Smith says marketers can stand out by “choosing a single area of focus.” Find out what else she has to say about marketing on Facebook and Twitter in this interview with

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Happy Halloween!

It's a tradition at my house that every year the dogs put on their Halloween Costumes, I take their pictures, they love that part. Then I create my own Halloween cards and send them out in massive amounts to my friends and family. I think this year it was 50 in all. I love Halloween! And I love this time of year here in Ohio. The tress and bushes are beautiful shades of fall colors as if Mother Nature has taken her own paintbrush and created her own artwork. The part that comes after, the snow, I could do without.

Whatever your plans are for Halloween I hope you take some time to get in touch with your inner child and have some fun. Come on, you know you want to. If you have plans leave your comments below to let me know what you're up to.

Monday, October 26, 2009

FTC Declares Shenanigans On All Kinds Of Stuff!

Everyone's talking about the new FTC regulations that are coming in December. If you haven't heard about them, you must be hiding under a rock. Basically, if you're getting paid to promote something on your blog or website, even affiliate links, you need to disclose that fact. Testimonials which are also used by online marketers to sell products and services are affected by this new change.

Frank Kern is one funny guy. He also knows his stuff when it comes to marketing and promoting on the Internet. His blog posts lays out the new ruling and will give you some things to think about. Food for thought. Read on

Sunday, October 18, 2009

“Domains: Buying Domains, Where to Find Expired Names, and How to Manage it All”

In Part 1, we discussed how to come up with your new domain name. In this article, we will portfolio look at inexpensive places to register your newfound beauties. You'll find, as with Lay's potato chips, "no one can eat just one." Once you make your first purchase, you'll most likely find yourself registering other names as well; maybe to use as redirects to your existing site, or possible new business ideas for allthose new sites you'd like to launch.

Due to the temptation to "load up," you'll want to finda cheap but reliable domain registrar to park them with. If you don't, you'll find your new "habit" leaving a big hole in your wallet.

As with most things in life, prices vary --from as little as $8.00 up to $35.00 per year. My suggestion to you is to never spend more than about $10.00 per domain annually. My favorite place to register names charges less than that. When researching a registrar, do make note of what services they offer and their support policies.

Let's cover your options:

1) My favorite, where I register or transfer domains for only $9.48 per year. Sign up for .com,.net, .org, .biz, .Info, and .Us. You can handle all of your domains from one easy interface and see all of your listings at a glance.

2) At $10.69 a year, GoDaddy is #1 with many Web entrepreneurs. From what I've seen and read online, they're very reliable and have great prices. Includes free domain forwarding and free parked page with every domain registered.

3) If you want to register a domain name and get free hosting to boot, you can't beat this package deal. For only $25.00, a year you can buy and host your new found name. This is a nice service if you want to put up some mini-sites inexpensively.

There's also a big market for expired and deleted domains. You would not believe how many people forget to renew their domains and let some really super ones fall through the cracks. Many of them already have a high ranking in the search engines and increased link popularity.

The trick to expired domains is knowing where to find them so you can cash in on them before someone else does. Many sites will charge for this privilege, but there are some freebies (if you know where to look): I love this site and it’s reasonably priced. Different membership levels are available with a basic package of 14.99 per month. Just type one or two keywords into the search box and it will come back with all kinds of little gems for you. You will find so many good names to register that if you're a "Domain Junkie" (like me), you could find yourself in real financial danger here. Remember, I warned you. Pick up on "recycled traffic" by snapping up domain names that have expired and benefiting from their already established traffic. Search through this index according to keyword and search engine ranking. Free demo is available.

So now that you know where to purchase domains you need to know how to manage them. It's not unusual for one person to own 20 or more names, and  keeping track of them and knowing when to renew them can quickly become a full time job. I should know; I own over 60 myself. My recommendation to you is to register all of them at the same place. Preferably, a registrar that will allow you to modify your own DNS and make any other changes at will. In the beginning I had many sites registered atmany different places and it was tough trying to remember which domain was where. Don't make the same mistake I did. Find a registrar you feel comfortable with and stick with it.

There are also some excellent tools that can help make managing your domains a breeze:

1) Easy DNS:
Manage all of your domains from one easy web interface. An assortment of tools and pricing options are available.

2) Domain Manager Pro:
Software that will help you track multiple domains and register data and also the websites (if any) connected with them. 50.00 to download.

The longer you're active online, the more you'll be struck with great ideas; resulting in domain names you'll want to register. Remember, don't pay more then you have to, keep your eyes peeled for expired bargains, and make sure you have some form of management tool in place.

If you’d like to earn some money with your extra domains take a look at running Google’s Adsense for Domains on them, see

Domains are indeed like chips; you really can't register just one. In Part 3 of this article we'll look at some fun and useful things you can do with  your new-found gems.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

"Do You Remember Love?"

This video will bring tears to your eyes. It just goes to show not only can we learn from each other, but dogs can teach us a lot about enjoying life. Enjoy!

Find more videos like this on I Remember Love

Sunday, October 11, 2009

"JV Partners Wanted for Personal Development Giveaway"

Hey Kids,

Hope you having a great weekend. Anyway, I want to invite you to The Personal Development Giveaway which will launch on Oct 26th and run untill Nov 16th.

The promotion will have thousands of visitors in just a few days. So the exposure will be great. The promoters, Scott Drake and John Yeo have asked me if I knew anyone that would want to participate in this venture, and immediately I thought of my blog readers.

We have all heard of Giveaways, but some may not know what a Giveaway Event is all about. This is an online joint venture site, where hundreds of marketers from all around the world participate. The main aim is to build a genuine subscriber list in a very short amount of time.

It goes like this:

1. JV Partners provide a gift for people to download

2. The gift will have a lead capture page so that site visitors can sign up to collect the free gift.

3. JV Partners promote the site to bring more and more people into the event.

In this way, everyone wins.

1. The visitors win because they can download products for free that they can use immediately.

2. The JV Partners win because they build their own subscriber lists very quickly.

Not only do you win in terms of large subscriber numbers, you also win financially.

Join Now and take advantage of this opportunity to grow your subscriber list:



Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Secret Features of Google Reader

Matt Cutts discusses Secret Features of Google Reader.