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Physical Products / Re: wordpress shoppingcart plugin
« on: September 06, 2012, 03:04:04 PM »
We used woocommerce when we setup Taco Tender (a TRT100K member)

The woocommerce plugin is free and basically you pay for the various add on plugins you use.  You'll need to buy at least a few plugins like your payment plugin. 

One of the other great things was that you pay for the plugins once and can use them on multiple sites.  The same thing with their themes. They also have themes that are designed for woocommerce.

Email Marketing / Re: Benefits of 1 site with 4.8 million mailing lists
« on: September 06, 2012, 02:57:44 PM »
Some email services have this as an option to get you more subscribers. Your ads will show on 'similar' lists to help you  get more subscribers.

Some companies make a bunch of different lists because they use advanced filters for some of their promotional emails. They don't blast out the same promotion to everyone but instead use the filters to blast out very specific promotional emails based on your profile.

If you're like me, you have a hard time keeping up with even a few lists... I don't have time to either read a lot of emails OR maintain a bunch of my own lists.  I don't have much need for a lot of lists. Keeping up with 2 or 3 different lists I send emails to regularly is enough for me. I have a dozen in my aweber account but only regularly send email to 3 lists.

Email Marketing / Re: Physical Address
« on: September 06, 2012, 02:54:34 PM »
Physical address is required by LAW in your commercial email lists.

That is why Aweber and Mailchimp ask you for the physical address.

I cheat a little bit by putting a PO Box in mine.

If you don't include a physical address you're in violation of the "CAN SPAM ACT".  Now can you get away with it? Perhaps.  However you could also get your list or your server shut down... or you could get a fine by the government.

The reason professional business people use services like Mailchimp and Aweber is because they help keep us all compliant. They keep track of all the laws and make sure we're in compliance so we don't have to keep up with this stuff on our own.

Email Marketing / Re: Email vs Facebook
« on: September 06, 2012, 02:52:01 PM »
I would rather OWN my list.

The problem with Facebook everything is Facebook owns it.  If you use facebook for registration, comments, etc then Facebook owns all that content, not you.  Facebook can deactivate your page. There have been a couple instances lately of businesses with 10,000 and 20,000 fans losing their fanpage.  Or Facebook could become myspace and fall by the wayside when something newer or better comes around.

WordPress Wizardry / Re: How to change header size in 2011?
« on: September 06, 2012, 02:41:40 PM »
If you're using 2011 or 2010 you want to first make a child theme. 


Don't edit the css files directly or any time wordpress sends out an update for that theme you'll overwrite your changes.  As heidi mentioned you'll want to make a new css file in your child theme folder and copy the appropriate sections so you can change the size of the header.

--- How to do that?

Make a new folder called "twentyeleven-child"

Make a new file in this folder called: style.css

Put the following code at the top:
Theme Name: Twenty Eleven Custom Card Guy Child
Template:       twentyeleven
Description: The 2011 theme for WordPress updated for custom card guy
Version: 1.0

/* =Reset default browser CSS. Based on work by Eric Meyer: http://meyerweb.com/eric/tools/css/reset/index.html
-------------------------------------------------------------- */

@import url("../twentyeleven/style.css");

then your css styles go here....

WordPress Wizardry / Re: wordpress password pages
« on: September 06, 2012, 02:26:37 PM »
Try S2member.  It's a free membership site plugin for Wordpress.  They have a pro (paid) version as well but you can use the free version for what you want to accomplish.

Get Help From The Pro's / Re: Graphic Designer Wanted
« on: August 14, 2012, 02:03:40 PM »
This isn't necessarily a designer issue.

There are a lot of great theme web sites out there. You only edit the theme maybe put in your graphic at the top or whatever.  If you want full customization and put ants everywhere in your inconography then yeah you might want to hire a designer for that.  If all you need is a logo or main graphic then you don't.

If you used aweber like Jack recommends for your email list host they provide the popup box for email optins that does what you want. You just cut and paste the code into your wordpress theme (usually a file like the header or footer that is used on every page.)

I agree about the pictures but even more importantly...

You need a call to action.  You need to have info about how people can get started with the online traffic school. You need a big ass button that says "start an online traffic school" or whatever.

And buying a turnkey business in a box doesn't mean you'll be successful.

You still have to know how to market your web site!

WordPress Wizardry / Re: flickr plugin
« on: June 20, 2012, 01:51:26 PM »
great job on it.  I think it's the best social media bar I've seen...  anywhere in my opinion.


Thanks. I appreciate the compliment but I think I got the idea from another blog.  I steal a lot of the best ideas from other successful blogs.

General Business Issues and Ideas / Re: how to start a podcast
« on: June 20, 2012, 01:48:35 PM »
Great observations so far.

I'm planning to restart my podcast soon...

I did have some advice on this:

I also learned while recording my first episode that I say "uhh" and "umm" a LOT! :(

One of the things I have learned is that by having notes and having prepared what I'm going to say in advance I say less "uhm", "uhh", nervous pauses, etc.  I feel that one of the reasons I use those is when I am pausing to think.  If I have an outline or some notes it makes it flow better.

Another thing you can do is Toastmasters.  Toastmasters is an organization that teaches people public speaking. You start out speaking for like 2 minutes and work your way up to 15-30 minutes.  They have someone that helps time you... and someone else who counts your uhms and uhhs and pauses.  They really work with you to help you develop your public speaking.


General Business Issues and Ideas / Re: Free web hosting
« on: June 19, 2012, 01:40:27 PM »
There is another solution other than learning linux...


Windows Web Development Enviornment with Apache PHP and MySQL

However... if your so broke you can't afford $6.95 a month web hosting... you need to go get a job. Having extra money is really important so you can pay for business  expenses, advertising, etc.

Paid Advertising / Re: when to start paid advertising
« on: June 19, 2012, 12:58:42 PM »
If people are asking you for advertising then take it ;)

The problem most people have is they try to sell them to early (or too expensive).  If you have people contacting you then by all means take it.

I think I started at $50 a month but wasn't providing enough value for my advertisers so many of them quit advertising after only a month or two.

I think a 6 month deal like your talking is great because even if you start out slow you can grow the number of clicks and sales over time and keep the advertiser happy.

WordPress Wizardry / Re: flickr plugin
« on: June 16, 2012, 12:30:49 PM »
Thanks. I manually coded that :)

This code for example is the code that goes into my overall template (header or footer or whatever... it is placed by css so it can go in the footer like mine.) I put it in the footer because it's added to every page. Here is the code for my facebook button with the link to my fan page for that site.

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<div id="badge1">
<a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Custom-Greeting-Card-Guy-CustomCardGuycom/101184406648875"><img src="/images/badges/facebook.png" alt="Facebook" border="0" /></a>

Then this code goes into the css. This controls where the badge is placed on the page.

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#badge1 {
position: fixed;
left: 0;
top: 30px;

You didn't look hard enough.

There is a link to the text transcription and slides from the webinar...

For you lazy people here is that link:

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