Archive for February, 2007
What’s the number one problem people have with their websites?
Is your Website stuck on page 137 of Google? Do you need more traffic and sales, but you are nowhere to be found in the search engines?
If that’s you, listen closely…
I don’t know if you’ve heard about Optimization Expert Josh Collins, but here’s the thing:
The guy has recently created a free eBook titled “The Easy Way To One-Up Your Google Competition.”
In it, he reveals some of the easy-to-use, yet often overlooked steps you need to take to rank well in Google and Yahoo.
In fact, Josh will literally take you by the hand, and show you EXACTLY how a site can compete against 3,340,000 (yes, over 3 million!) competitors in Google and rank #1!
I’ve read this book myself, and I’m glad I did. It’s a no-fluff, easy-to-follow document that answers critical questions any website owner or Internet entrepreneur asks themselves time and again.
Here’s what you can expect to learn from it:
- The single most important thing you MUST do before you even think about launching a Website. (Most people do not do it, and it’s costing them!)
- Learn to discover EXACTLY how your top competitor is getting their Google rankings, plus all the traffic and sales that come with it. (This is what your competitors sure wish you NEVER find out!)
- How to create your personal optimization strategy to OUTRANK ANY SITE ON THE NET, no matter how well they rank. (Once you’ve learned this little-known secret, you’ll be better than 95% of all webmasters!)
So if you’re struggling to get more online visitors and sales, I strongly suggest you take a break from whatever you’re doing right now and go take a look!
With many new people signing up each week for these Freebie Fridays, every once in a while I like to run an oldie but goodie. The post below received great feedback and I want to share it again for all the new readers, and to you, new readers, “Welcome!”
The other day the whole family was outside. My 8 year old son was riding his bike up and down the street. Looking at his bike I could easily see that the two tires were very low on air and running kind of flat.
So we plugged in the handy-dandy compressor in the garage and filled up those tires plumb full of air.
What was so cute was when Austin hopped on the bike and took it for a test-drive. He said “Daddy, I feel like I’m floating on my bike now! How did you do it?”.
Yep… Dads are miracle workers! (hee hee hee)
Sometimes a little tune-up can make a BIG difference. If it makes that much difference for a toy, it’s a HUGE difference for a tool that you use to make a living!
If you have an eBay / Internet based business then there is no more important tool then your computer. Lately, I’ve been battling gremlins that have been slowing down the computers in my home office.
Now not to brag (but I’m gonna anyway), I’m not your normal computer newbie person. I’ve been programming computers since 1979. My Dad bought our first computer, a Tandy /Radio Shack TRS-80 Model 1. This computer was so old (You say… ‘How old was it Mike…’), it used a cassette recorder to save it’s programs. (That’s a whole blog post in itself :-)) It also had no lower case letters, just uppercase. Fortunately though, there was a hack where you could open it up, solder 16 legs of a memory chip to another chip, drill a hole in the keyboard and install a push button to serve as a “Shift” key.
Really… I kid you not. Ok, let’s get back on track.
I also built an IBM-XT compatible from pieces in 1984 without actually seeing one before.
So, the GOOD thing is I’ve been battling with computers for almost 30 years.
The bad news is that I think I’m cursed.
That’s right cursed!
I’m the guy who always stumps the tech support people. “Hmmmm….. Sorry Mr. Enos, I’ve never seen that happen before. Why don’t you try reformatting your hard drive and installing a fresh copy of Windows XP”.
Grrrrrr…. Yeah right….
First you need to see if there is a simple solution. When your computer is running slow you need to see exactly which (and how many) different programs / services are running.
Below I’ll show you the steps to try to see what is going on.
Step #1 : See how many programs / processes are running in memory.
A common problem with Windows XP and many Windows programs is that they “leak memory”. That means that they start out using a small amount of computer memory, but as time progresses the application greedily gobbles up more and more of this precious resource.
I’ve put together a video to show you how to do that.
Step #2 : Identify Background Processes That Are Running.
If you want to know what programs are currently running in your computer, what they do, and whether or not you want to keep (or whether to un-install it) you can use this FREE TRIAL nifty tool shown below:
You’ll probably be surprised at how much useless stuff is running in the background on your computer. You’ll also be amazed at how much memory “tiny little cute” programs use.
Try uninstalling applications that you don’t really need to give you back precious memory.
Step #3 : Add More Memory To Your Computer
This is a biggie. If you don’t have enough memory your computer is going to run SLOWWWWWW…..
Some PCs are sold with only 256Meg of memory. This should be illegal because it makes the computer practically unusable.
Do you know how much memory you have in your computer?
Here is an easy way to find out:
- Click the [Start] button, [Programs] , [Accessories] , [Paint]
- Once Paint is loaded, Click on [Help] , [About Paint]
You will then see a screen like:
If you only have 256Meg of memory, then you MUST MUST MUST put more memory in your PC. It will SERIOUSLY run something like 5X faster!
Really, adding memory is the most “bang for the buck” method of speeding up your computer. Memory is weird though. The price goes up and down like a yo-yo depending on supply and demand.
Here is my favorite site for buying memory. You’ll like it because you simply tell it the manufacturer and model of computer or electronic device and the website will show you exactly what you need. No brain work or guessing necessary.
Step #4 : Memory Hog Programs.
I’m probably risking getting death threats from corporate hit-men, but the truth must be told!
A lot of programs are HUGE memory hogs! (oink oink)
Here are some things I uncovered.
Memory Hog #1: IM (Instant Messengers)
Before I was using both MSN Messenger & AOL’s messenger. Thank goodness that I didn’t need Yahoo messenger too! Together these programs were not only using about 250Meg of memory but were also using a lot of CPU time.
Solution? Trillian. This FREE program ROCKS! It combines the main IM tools into a convenient, fast, and fairly memory efficient (about 87 Meg) of memory. Just switching to that saved me about 160Meg of memory.
Memory Hog #2: Memory Leaking Programs.
Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, Frontpage, Access) as well as many other programs are full of leaks. That means that the longer they are running, they keep using more and more memory.
The Solution? .. Buy a Mac. (Ha Ha) <–Laughs from the 2 people using reliable Macs.
(Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha ….) <— Laughs from the 6 billion people using memory leaking Windows XP PCs
Question: Why don’t Macs have memory problems?
Answer: Because they don’t have any programs to run on them.
Ha…Ha.. Ha…. (I’m sure I’ll get some nasty comments for that one)
Ok… back to the story.
Seriously, either reboot your system on a regular basis, or usually just closing the program and reopening it will cause the application to use less memory to improve the situation. Watch the video above to review how to do that.
Memory Hog #3: Virus Protection / Scanning Programs.
Ack.. This is a major problem. PCs (but not Macs <—brownie points) are required to spend a ton of CPU power and memory to protect us from the nasty world of viruses, trojan programs, and other hack attack attempts.
Some VERY popular programs are big time HOGS!
I was using McAfee (annual online version), but it was a pig that kept getting fatter. They recently updated their Security Center and it just killed us.
We switched to an extremely highly rated solution that is a free / fee based application called AVG from Grisoft.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Get AVG from here.
Another popular but FAT program is Spy Sweeper. It has the habit of jumping in and scanning your system in the background which can seriously slow down your PC. We’re still using it, but I’m thinking of getting rid of it.
If you are using Spy Sweeper or some other virus programs, be sure to check it for memory and cpu usage using Windows Task Manager. (See video above)
You also may be able to tell it when to scan your system. Select a time like 3am, so it doesn’t start running in the middle of your work day and slow your computer down to a crawl.
Memory Hog #4: Desktop Indexing Programs Like Google Desktop & X1.
In the past I have recommended two programs that index your email and other items on your hard drive to make it FAST and EASY to locate any information in just a second or so.
We previously used X1.com, but it became unstable and tool CPU hungry.
We have since changed to Google Desktop (Get It Here)
This is an INCREDIBLE program. It makes it so fast and easy to find anything on your hard drive. It can even remember web pages that you visited so you can find the info later.
The negative side is that it CAN use a lot of memory. Google Desktop uses about 100 Meg of memory on my system, but it is sooooo… worth it.
When someone calls about a question on their order, we simply enter their invoice number, email address, zip code, or their name, and we can INSTANTLY see all emails we have sent and received.
Although technically qualifying as a memory hog, this is worth buying memory for. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Your computer is an extremely valuable tool. It’s worth taking time to make it run as fast as possible.
Try the above methods and you should see a major difference.
When you do, please leave a comment below.
Oh what a sweet freebie we have this week!
This week you are going to get a free 10 day affiliate training course teaching you all you need to know to start making great affiliate profits.
Affiliate programs are like little money machines. You set them in motion and just cash the checks.
There is nothing as sweet as going to your mailbox, opening a check for a couple of hundred of dollars and having to stop and think “What is this check for?”
I’m SERIOUS! This really happens to me! Granted, I might be losing my memory early, but on occasion I’ll get a check that I forgot all about signing up for their program.
Wouldn’t YOU enjoy having that problem?
What is an affiliate program?
It’s when you get paid for recommending a product or service that someone else is selling.
This week, I’m gonna help you get started making money this way!
What does affiliate success boil down to?
Let’s start…at the beginning!
The Number #1 Challenge For All Affiliates…
Build a Web site…
that builds targeted traffic…
and that causes visitors to click through…
with a warm, open-to-buy attitude…
to merchant sites that you represent.
There is an endless labyrinth of possible software and information/advice offered on the Net. I’m not sure which is worse… the overpriced products that underdeliver, or all the free info available, most of which does not work so it costs you something more valuable even than money… your time.
Wouldn’t it be great if the single best approach, explained in detail, was also free?! Here it is…
The Affiliate Masters Course.
This 10-DAY (193 page) course focuses 100% on helping you, the affiliate, succeed. It leads you, step by digestible step, day by day, through a flawless process from developing a Site Concept, to brainstorming hundreds of profitable related keywords, to building a themed site, to generating motivated and targeted traffic that wants to click on your links to the related products sold by merchants you represent.
What’s The Catch?
Why would SiteSell.com, the originators of this course, give it all away? Because they’re hoping that you’ll buy their truly excellent product, Site Build It! (SBI!). You do not have to, of course.
(As a matter of fact… SiteSell will never even contact you!)
All the info you need to execute a powerful, successful strategy is contained in the Masters Course.
Nothing is held back — I was amazed at the great ideas and the perfect process, laid out in an organized and do-able manner.
And while I do totally endorse SBI! as The Perfect Affiliate Business Builder, you may well find that the course itself is really all you need — SBI! simply delivers the tools to make it even easier and faster to get the job done.
To sum it up, The Affiliate Masters Course strategy for success is simple…
- Create content that attracts targeted traffic.
- Convert that traffic into dollars by causing visitors to click-through to the sites of the merchants that you represent.
- Develop multiple streams of income through quality merchants (ours, of course, plus other non-competing ones that fit your theme).
Yes, we’ve finally found the single best solution, the total affiliate solution. You’ll graduate as an accomplished affiliate Net marketer, a super-affiliate in the making.
Take The Affiliate Masters Course today. Make time to read 20 pages a day for 10 days. Then implement the plan and watch your affiliate income grow!
I hope you enjoyed the 5 days of Free Access to Derek Gelh’s Internet Entrepreneur Club’s Forum!
The best thing I noticed was the level of support that Derek’s team of Internet marketing specialists are giving those enrolled in the Club.
Did you notice the detailed responses, as well as how quickly the team answered those questions? You don’t find that level of support very often!
And just think, you didn’t even get to join in on the training calls Derek has with the Internet Entrepreneur Club every month. (Did I mention that members also get each call recorded on a CD and mailed straight to their house?)
How quickly could you start and grow your business with monthly training and technical assistance available at your beck and call?
For the first time EVER, Derek has decided to throw open the doors of his private testing laboratories!
Every month, Derek’s private team of Internet marketing experts spend literally 1,000s of hours testing and researching all the latest marketing strategies, tools, and resources in every area of Internet marketing
They look for strategies that can quickly add $7,500 to $10,000 to your monthly income in less than 30 days in areas like search engine optimization, copywriting, email marketing, web design, product development, pay-per-click advertising, traffic generation, affiliate programs, and tons more!
They throw out all the ‘duds’ (anything not worth at least $1,000 in “extra profits” per week!) — and they pile up only the most cutting-edge strategies they’ve tested and proven to wildly profitable… right now!
And now, by popular demand, Derek has decided to allow UNLIMITED access to all the most profitable test results from his laboratories.
So if you’ve been frustrated by how difficult it is to keep up with the lightning fast changes in Internet marketing, and you suspect that you’re making less money than you could be as a result, you need access to Derek’s team now!
I can’t guarantee how long Derek will keep the doors open, so hurry and secure your spot!
By the way, Derek’s also going to give the first 250 people to contact him UNLIMITED access to his team of Internet marketing specialists, so you can contact them 24/7 with as many moneymaking questions as you like!
Whenever you see a new product launch, if you’re like me you wonder if it’s any good.
How do you know?
Usually, you just have to go on what’s on the sales page and hope for the best. Put up the money and see what you get.
Dave Lovelace has changed all that!
You see, he’s allowed me to share parts of his new InfoProduct Creation Guide with my readers - at NO CHARGE!
Review what’s included in the eBook, then decide for yourself that this is a can’t miss product that you MUST HAVE!
Dave breaks the formula down to an easy to understand, simple, and concise format that anyone can follow!
He’s revealing the exact formula to quickly & easily cranking out information products and getting them to market as soon as possible in his new eBook:
”Quick & Easy Infoproduct Creation Guide”
Even if you THINK you don’t want to create your own products, you WILL after you see just how simple it is to do!
One of the greatest challenges facing those who want to market online is getting traffic to your website.
It’s not a matter of “Build it and they will come.”
You have to get eyeballs to see what you have to offer.
A great benefit of eBay is it’s built-in traffic. In fact, over 251,000,000 unique visitors came to eBay during the month of December 2006!
How do you get a piece of that action?
My buddy Tim Knox has teamed up with Dr. Mike Woo-Ming to offer a new course entitled “Auction Traffic Mastery.”
This course is just being released today, so you are one of the first to hear about it!
The course contains 9 CDs which include over 8 hours of audio and video training, as well as full PDF transcripts of all the audio.
Tim and Dr. Mike say, “Our Auction Traffic Mastery Home Study Course is
the most complete program ever produced on creating information products and using the enormous power of eBay to drive traffic to your other websites, to build a massive optin and customer list, and more!”