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Forums – Talk And Make Money

September 29th, 2009

Discussion

If you have a website about a topic you enjoy, you can make money from discussion forums. Talk, post links to your site, get traffic. Traffic means money, right? If not, try different affiliate programs or Google Adwords. The worst sites should get a couple cents per visitor. Now here’s how to talk and make money.

Search “forum” plus the topic of your site on Google or Alta Vista. For my first site, I searched “backpacking + forum” and in the pages of results I found several good forums. I also searched related topics like “hiking” too. You can also check about.com, and other sites that have forums on many topics.

Registration is usually giving your email address and choosing a password. Some forums allow guests to post without registering. Once registered, browse the forum topics, and post a response to anything, just to “learn the ropes”.

Income From Discussion Forums

The point of posting in forums is to get readers to come to your web site. Sure it’s fun to give advice and discuss things of interest to you, but that’s secondary. With that in mind, do the following:

1. Always link to your site. If they don’t allow any links, find another forum.

2. Don’t “spam.” Sales pitches will be removed. Offer honest advice, or express an opinion, then sign off with your name and the link to your site.

3. Ask for help from others. This is an effective and acceptable way to “advertise.” Enter a topic like “Can I get some advice?” and post something like, “I just started a meditation site. If some of you would visit and tell me what you think, I’d really appreciate it.” Have a link to the site. People love to help, and to give opinions, and they’ll click on those ads while they’re at your site.

4. Look at total “views.” Many forums show the total times each “thread” has been viewed. When you see some with many more than others, get in on those, or start a new thread on the same topic. Go where the traffic is, and get some of it.

I didn’t like the idea of forums until I made a few posts, and saw my traffic and revenue climb for days afterwards. That convinced me. Just be polite, offer some value to others, and always have a link to your site. Many other secrets of using forums are covered in my newsletter, but this should be get you started. Talk and make money today.

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Simplify & Prioritise

September 17th, 2009

TimemanagementIt’s been a couple of weeks since my last post, (Almost sounds like I am making a confession) and I can only say that my priorities have been a little out of whack.

Of late it sometimes seems that my life is not my own. I have been pulled this way & that by different things in my life which have prevented me from focusing on my Internet Marketing endeavours. Things like work, family, tax, paperwork (my desk looks like a bomb has hit it), etc, have all contributed to not being able to focus on my goals.

It is times like this that I need to stop, refocus, simplify & prioritise.

I believe that this is good advise for anyone who is wanting to get ahead in this journey we call life. Things and events do crop up from time to time that knock us off path for a while, and then we get into a bit of a spin when we lose direction and don’t know which way to go.

STOP

The first thing we need to do in this situation is simply Stop. We need to get away, take some time out, and find a place where we can spend a few hours by ourselves where we will not be disturbed. I know this can be very difficult sometimes, but it is something that we must do. Even if you have to get up at 3:00am in the morning and just spend some quiet time every once in a while you should just make the time.

Spending some quiet time helps you to re-energise. When you have nothing or anybody making any demands on your time, you can relax and most importantly think about the things that are important to you.

I would also suggest that if you decide to go for a long walk or whatever it is you need to do to relax, do it in silence. Don’t take your iPod, Radio or Phone with you. The silence will help you to regroup & think. Also, don’t let your mind wander off to the things that you should be doing, or about the problems and challenges that you are facing, but simply think about your goals and for that matter your perfect life.

Refocus

After you have spend some quiet time, pick up a pen and some paper and start to write down what it is you want out of life. Write down your goals, and take some time to write them out in detail.

When you have your thoughts ideas and goals written down, think about how you are going to achieve them. Brian Tracy suggests using “Back from the Future” thinking. Imagine it is five years from today, that your life is perfect in every way. Now thing back over the past five years and think of all of the things that you have done and accomplished to get to where you are. Now write this down.

Your goals help to not only keep you on track, they also encourage you to stick with it. They help you through those tough times, and to do all of those things you don’t want to do, which are simply stepping stones to get you to your destination.

Having your goals written down, helps you to focus on what you want, and where you want to go. After all, as the Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland says, “If you don’t know where you are going, it doesn’t matter which road you take.”

Simplify

Now is the time to start simplifying your life. There are so many things in our life that we deem to be important, that when you really put them in the right perspective and how they fit into your goals, they are not important at all.

Where possible, review everything that you do each day, and stop doing the things that are not moving you closer to your goal.

Obviously there are those things that we have to do, such as spending time with family and our jobs, but other things such as 20 hours a week of television can easily be reduced to 4 or 5 hours a week.

Make a list of a typical week, or even spend a week and write down everything that you do. Break your list down into 15 minute blocks, and at the end of the week, analyse exactly how you spend a typical week. This can be a real eye opener for most people.

Now simply, where possible, stop doing the things that are not moving you towards your goals. Start scheduling your days, your weeks and even your months and years.

Prioritise

Now you have a list of goals and an idea about what you need to do to achieve them, you need to prioritise.

Prioritise the things on your list, and rate each tasks importance on a scale of 1 to 10. (Be sure to include time with your family and some R&R on your list)

When you have done this rewrite your list and group them by importance or priority. Then write out a plan to start working on your goals straight away.

Now you know what is really important to you, and where you want to go, you now have a plan of action so you can move forward and start achieving your goals.

Action

Probably the most important thing to do once you have your list of goals and you plan, is to take immediate action.

Do something every day that moves you closer to where you want to be.

And in the words of Winston Churchill “Never, never, never, never give up”

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25 Things You May Not Know About Me

September 2nd, 2009

Rob WillisLike many others I have been tagged! I have been given the challenge to write a list of things that people do not know about me.

This challenge was originally thrown down by Gary Simpson (Gazz-man), and as a result I was tagged by Petra Weiss.

Always up for the challenge, I decide to add my list.



1. I have a real passion for personal development

Ever since reading the book, Rich Dad, Poor Dad, I have been deeply committed to improving myself & helping those around me. Since that time I have become a student of Jim Rohn, Zig Ziglar, Brian Tracy, Mark Victor Hansen, just to name a few.

My Mission Statement reads: ” To assist and encourage others to achieve their full potential in life”.

I have recently been approached by the Brian Tracy Group to join the to achieve this goal.

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2. I am Self Employed as an IT Consultant

I have been working in the IT industry for over 20 years now. In that time I have paid my dues & now work as an IT Consultant.

(Yeah, I know this sounds boring, and at times it is) I am currently working towards a full time Internet Marketer.

Arc de Triomphe



3. I once took a photo of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris with no Cars in view

For those of you who don’t know, the Arc de Triomphe stands in the centre of one of the busiest round-a-bouts on the world.

It was by sheer luck that I happened to take a photo with no cars to be seen.



4. I have scuba dived in the Great Barrier Reef

While on holidays in Cairnes,  Queensland Australia, I had the opportunity to go diving on the Great Barrier Reef.

Although I had never been diving before, I had the chance to do an introductory dive. From that time onwards I have been hooked.



5. I have Sky Dived from 14,000 feet (Free Fall)

For my 40th Birthday, my wife bought me a skydive.

Not being one to do things by halves, I didn’t want to do a tandem dive, but a free fall.

Loved the experience & would recommend it to anyone that gets the opportunity.



6. I have performed on stage at the London Palladium in front of 2,000 people (Singing & Dancing)

While living in England between 2001 & 2003, I sat down & watched Moulin Rouge one day.

After watching I thought, “I could do that”, & then jumped on the Internet and looked for auditions.

Sure enough I found one & ended up singing & dancing on stage at the London Palladium.



7. I have a strong Christian background. Although I no longer practice (ie go to Church), I still believe

It is a funny thing faith. You either believe in the existence of God or you don’t.

I Do!



8. I am married and have 3 wonderful boys.

I got married back in 1993 on the hottest day ever recorded in Perth, Western Australia (46.7 degrees Celcius/116.06F)

Although we have had our moments, we are still happy together & have three wonderful boys, aged 16, 13 & 10



9. I am quite disorganized

I know I shouldn’t be quite this honest, but I am a little disorganised.

My desk is covered in paperwork, and I have many an unopened letter scattered about my office.

It is one of those things that I am working on.



10. I tend to be quite opinionated

This is a sticking point between my wife & myself.

If I believe in something strongly enough, I simply will not back down.

Here I am talking about core beliefs, not just a simple difference of opinion.

Things like moral conduct, sexual orientation, personal beliefs, etc.



11. I lived in England (Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire) for two years & worked at Tesco’s

Back at the start of 2001, one of my brothers died while riding his motor bike.

I decided shortly afterwards, that life was too short & you needed to live life to the fullest. (This is something I need to remind myself from time to time)

It was then that we decided to pack our bags & see the world from a different perspective.

So with 3 children in tow (aged 8, 5 & 1) we flew 24 hours to England.

This was a fantastic experience, that I would love to repeat one day.

(I will  have to blog about some of the stories I have)



12. I am not a pet lover

I can just here the backlash on this one.

I grew up with many pets as a child, but for some unknown reason I simply have no time for pets now.

About 20 month ago, I gave into my wife & boys and allowed them to get a pet dog. A Maltese Shiatsu.

I have still not warmed to the dog, although I have tried to get used to it.



13. I once helped demolish a house

Many years ago, as a fund raiser I had the chance to help demolish a house.

One of the people at out church, owned a demolition company & donated a job to the youth group, to demolish this house.

Now that is an experience to remember.



14. I have ridden shotgun in a demolition derby

Years ago, one of my friends decided to enter a car in a demotion derby at our local speedway.

His co-driver at the time had to pull out at the last minute (His parents did not want him to enter), so I ended up in the car.

Great fun!! Not something you get to do every day.



15. Favourite Book – Wuthering Heights

As I was growing up, I hated reading.

However, an old girlfriend of mine, introduced me to some of the classics & one of my all time favorites is Wuthering Heights.



16. Favourite Music – Don Henley

I have a very broad taste in music from Classical to Heavy metal (depending on the mood).

But one artist that I do not get sick of is Don Henley of the Eagles.

I have had the opportunity of seeing the Eagles live in concert twice now. Once at Earls Court in London & one at Subiaco Oval in Perth.

My favourite song by Don Henley is “Boys of Summer”



17. Favourite Movie – Lord of The Rings Trilogy

These movies are some of the most loyal to the book movies produced.

I would also have to add Silence of the Lambs to that list also.



18 . I leave things until the last minute

Probably one of my worst habits is leaving things until that last minute.

I am sure this is simply a case a getting organised and prioritising, but I often don’t get things done until I absolutely have to.



19. I work better from a list

Following on from the previous point, I find that I work far better if I have a list.

Give me a list of things to do & I will sweep through them very quickly.

The trouble is I do not often make my own lists….



20. I was once an Avon “lady” (representative) for a week

I don’t know if I have even told my wife about this one….

Back in about 1982, I traveled around Australia by bus.

I stayed with various friends I have made & needed to be able to pay my way.

One family I stayed with, the mother was an Avon representative, so being the young entrepreneur at heart I thought I would give it a go….

Needless to say, I was not very successful.



21. As a Child I had a Kangaroo as a pet

Contrary to popular belief, not every Australian child has a pet Kangaroo.

I however was one of the lucky children that did have one. (Actually I had 3 at one stage).

My parents applied & got a permit to get a kangaroo. Two of them escaped to the bush & one we ended up giving to the zoo.



22. I have sat in the Jump Seat of an airplane on landing (twice)

Long before September 11, I was flying on a business trip with my boss. He asked the air steward, if he could sit in the Jump Seat for take off. The steward said that it was too late, but suggested that he could have it for landing.

As my boss had “been there done that” he suggested that I take the jump seat.

That was an experience, unfortunately, unless you know someone now days, it is an experience not many people will get to have.

(The jumpseat is located just behind the pilots in the cockpit of an airplane)



23. I once saw someone jump to their death from the Eiffel Tower

Not the best of experiences I have ever had, but back in 2003, I was in Paris with a mate of mine who had come to visit while I was living in England.

We had a few hours to fill as we waited for your flight, so we decided to take a bit of a walk.

We walked under the Eiffel tower (which we climbed the day before) and started walking towards the Military Academy.

All of a sudden we heard all of these birds take off at once & the someone started to scream. Next thing we heard was what I thought to be a gun shot.

We turned around, and not 50 meters from where we stood, was what was left of someone splattered on the pavement.

The sad thing as this was probably 2 meters from a souvenir stand.

Not knowing how to process what had happened, my friend (who happened to be an Australian Police man) & I looked on and tried to work out the trajectory of the fall.



24. If I ever get stressed out, I love to take long walks along the beach

Like many people, I get a little stressed out from time to time & need some time out.

The best place for me to do this, is taking a long walk along a secluded beach and listen to music.

I find that after a two hour walk, I can start getting my head together again.



25. I can be a little lazy at times

I suppose further to point 18, unless I absolutely have to do something, I can tend to let it slide & not do it at all.

Although I am working on this, I still find it a little difficult get get the motivation to make some things happen.

So that is my list. There are many more things I could add, and perhaps I will add some more in further posts.

Feel free to post comments, ask questions and make a link to your own list.

To your Success

Rob

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