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Forums / how to make forum accessible to people who bought an ebook
« on: May 16, 2012, 08:49:44 PM »
So I may have a client who wants to make a premium boards section for her customers.  I'm not sure whether it would be only a few boards or all of the boards, but she wants to make those private for the buyers of an ebook.

Ideally I wouldn't be using amember, I'd rather just have a quick switch to flip whether they have access.  Can this be done without a monthly fee SaaS platform?

Thanks in advance.


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I am writing a guide for my personal development site (unreasonablog.com) and I have two tentative titles.

The Unreasonable Guide to Social Hacks

The Unreasonable Guide to Social Influence

Hacks sounds more catchy as far as marketing goes, but influence is more descriptive.  It's basically going to be my email opt in bonus product. It covers a bunch of principles from psychology, NLP, history, and philosophy that help you deal with difficult people, make people like you, build relationships, and influence people.

I'm thinking of bullet points already

*Deal with difficult people
*Change people's opinion of you
*Build quality relationships

I would like your opinion on which title you think would convert better. 

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Peer Review - Website Blog Critique / Lay it on me.
« on: April 27, 2012, 09:09:15 AM »
Okay, here is the site I have been working on.  I have posted it before, but I'd like a full shake down as I'm planning on doing some work to it this weekend.

http://www.unreasonablog.com

The main theme is the quote from George Bernard Shaw "The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man."

I was talking to another internet marketer (Tim Conley) yesterday and he gave me some tips.  I need a hook, or a main problem to solve for people.

I'm planning on axing the adsense box and replacing it with email capture this weekend.  I want to do the 3 product approach and I'm working on my opt in product (the unreasonable guide to social hacks).

My revenue plan is to write an ebook on personal development and maybe do a time management app for iphone/android (maybe even pc/mac) since I am a programmer.

Also looking for some good affiliate products to promote.

I'm also thinking about axing a few pages. Like the store.... Anyway, please give me your comments and don't hold back, I won't get my feelings hurt ;)

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Sell courses on making money on the internet?   ::)

At some point people have to sell real value.  I was looking at Michael Dunlops product (http://www.siteprofitdomination.com/ not an affiliate link) (as everyone is doing tax day specials on the internet, its "on sale" whatever that means these days) and it looks like it just might be a regurgitation of everything everyone else has already done.

My first e product for internet marketing was Ben Lowrey's product (youronlinecashsystem) but I bought it because he does really good video guitar lessons.

For me I really just need to get my freebie done, capture emails, and drive traffic... Oh and have an actual product.

Thoughts?  Does everyone seem to be doing make money on the internet meta products?

EDIT: not a critique of Jack because he's legit.

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Motivational Mania / Great Article, how Jay-Z became successful
« on: April 09, 2012, 07:20:44 AM »
Now I don't really like Jay-Z, but this is a great and applicable article.

http://www.incomediary.com/decoded-17-secrets-to-jay-zs-entrepreneurial-success

They are all transferable to what we do here on our road to 100k.

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This is an issue I have been struggling with lately.  When I got into this whole internet marketing thing everyone was selling the idea of info products. So, I started taking what I know and building it into that.  The problem is, that is not my TRUE PASSION.  I think you can have many passions but only one or two TRUE PASSIONS. 

A true passion is something that you would be doing as close to 24/7 as you could if you had an infinite money supply.  For me, that isn't blogging or info product design or marketing.  I love all these things, but I wouldn't spend all day doing it.  I would still probably do it, but not to that extent.

My true passion is game development.  When I got my first game system when I was 10 I knew I wanted to be a game designer.  So I got a ton of books at the library (my mom could attest to this) and read everything I could on the subject.  I taught myself basic programming through game maker and took programming and game design classes in the summer. Then, I went to college for game and simulation programming. 

Everything was on track right?  Well they teach you NOT to follow your passion there.  You're taught that you need to code game engines and simulations to be successful.  There were only a few classes on game design (making the game mechanics and storyline) and was focused on the implementation, the code.  I love code, but I love code because of the results it gives you, not code for code's sake like some.

I'm just starting to re discover this about me and I'm working on starting an actual game company with friends from college and friends I met at the art school next to college as well as a musician I have contracted with before.

Which brings me to the second part.  I feel extremely guilty for wanting to be this.  I feel like I should have to be miserable like everyone else.  I know it's a lie, and I am seeking as much truth as possible to counteract that. My dad is extremely miserable in his job but refuses to see a business as a legitimate way of making a living, probably because of the few times he tried before and got burned. I would imagine this is where I have gotten this belief, and it's just a belief because there are proven examples of the contrary.

It's really hard to succeed when you have a belief like this.  No matter how much speaking of positives I do, I still feel it tugging me down.  So my question for Jack and anyone else is how do you change this belief?  How do you not feel guilty for success?




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Search Engine Marketing / Awstats keywords for bluehost (cPanel)
« on: March 16, 2012, 11:26:38 PM »
Okay, so my site unreasonablog has been active and had pretty much daily content since november.  I installed the yoast SEO plugin and filled that out, XML sitemap etc.

All the basic SEO stuff except I really don't have a way to build links to it.

What I don't understand is that all my other sites have keywords for the Awstats program for what keywords landed people on that site. Even the one I created much later and didn't even use wordpress for has keywords. 

I don't understand why a personal development blog with so many possibilities for keywords has NO KEYWORDS.... Very disappointing.

Any thoughts as to why this is?  I have google analytics too and it doesn't have any data either.  It's like I have done everything right for this blog versus the others and its failing miserably... I think its the name.

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WordPress Wizardry / Developing wordpress plugins, need suggestion.
« on: February 20, 2012, 10:29:03 PM »
So lately I have been tinkering with PHP and I have pretty much fallen in love with its accessibility.  I've been a .NET guy for the last year or so and the meme app I build in PHP was as easy or easier than it would have been in .NET.  After researching how plugins are made in wordpress I'd like to start making a few to increase my skills and maybe work on a commercial plugin eventually.

So my question is what does the market need?  What functionality would you guys want?

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So after I created the app that generates the what I actually do meme I realized a few things.  One of them is I am not defining my target audience in my other blog (unreasonablog) the second is that I may not really have an audience.  If I had to say who my ideal target audience is it would be personal development junkies.

My dilemma is that I don't really know how to get personal development junkies...  With the meme generator, it already had an audience, and each image had the site name at the bottom.  I just had to post a few posts on facebook and forums and meme sites and BAM instant traffic.

My new site is getting 500-600 hits a day and the front end is terrible and people seem to not know how to use it (a project for sunday, methinks). My blog that I have been consistently working on for more than 90 days gets about 16 hits a day :/

Some things I know I am doing wrong:

#1 not building an email list. (Reason.  I need to purchase aweber, but at the moment my finances aren't good)

#2 not link building (after listening to the last few episodes, I am starting to get a few ideas. I have some respect on a few forums elsewhere and I might get some traffic there, but before I do that I need my list opt in form)

#3 nothing to sell.  I have a few affiliate links, but not products to sell.  I also need a free product to give away to get people to sign up for my email list.  I may even be able to use the free product to drive traffic by encouraging people to share it (and branding the hell out of it).

#4 terrible name (unreasonablog) most people can't pronounce or spell it. Also has no keywords in the domain name.  The "unreasonable man" quote that I based the philosophy is copied around the net and has top searches. My blog is on page 6 of google for the term "unreasonable success" just for an example.

Some things I am doing right

#1 regular content.  So far for the last few months I have been posting on Jack's one a day schedule (barring one or two missed days and holidays).

.... That's the only think I think I'm doing right.

Maybe personal development is a terrible niche to try to crack into?  My other passions are web development and business design, but those are already saturated.

So I'm kind of at a loss as to what to do.  I figured by putting out quality (or at least what I think is quality) content and sharing it I would be getting some traction. 

I don't really have the resources right now to go register a bunch of domains and build site networks, and I suppose I could do some free stuff on blogger and wordpress.

What are your thoughts on keying into a target audience and actually meeting that audience's need?

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One skill I don't have is cron jobs... I need one to delete a folder on a regular basis.  I'm using bluehost (cPanal similar to host gator) and they have a cron jobs section, but so far, code I found on the net isn't working

Here's what I have

/bin/rm -r -f public_html/whatiactuallydo/uploads

Trying to delete all files in that folder, and I need to play with the timing so my host doesn't freak out when a million people start uploading stuff...


Any suggestions?  Thanks in advance.

*edit Never mind.  That worked. I had an extra slash in it before. :)  I'm leaving this up in case anyone else needs to do this.

*edit... That worked, but it deleted the entire directory....

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The Water Cooler / This is what I actually do meme...
« on: February 16, 2012, 01:10:04 AM »
So I tried to find a meme generator for that one... but I couldn't.  So I wrote a webapp in a day.

http://whatiactuallydo.net/

I'm available for hire by the way. ;)

Don't judge the frontend just yet, it was all backend work.  Will redesign graphically when I get the time.

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Motivational Mania / Everyone Has to Start Somewhere
« on: January 23, 2012, 01:04:51 AM »
Just wandering around the interwebs and I found what Jack's site looked like pretty much when it first launched.

http://web.archive.org/web/20080629105036/http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/

Interesting history on that site.

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Search Engine Marketing / Squidoo for SEO?
« on: January 12, 2012, 08:17:02 PM »
Have any of you used Squidoo.com or sites like that for building up links to your site and to get traffic in general? Basically it looks like the process is you write an article for their content aggregator and then you can link to your blog in it?

I was thinking about doing a couple of these but I don't know if its even worth it.

Thoughts?

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Have you ever noticed almost ALL ebook sales pages look like this and this and this

Some look scammier than others, but why do they all look the same?  Is that what converts the most?  Or at least what used to convert.  I actually like sales pages that look more like this.  Looks much much better and much more reliable.  Subconsciously I feel like they know their market and the product will be better, based on the graphic design.

Have any of you ever used one of these, single color, "seal of approval", testimonial sales copy pages?


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Podcasting Central / Lapel mic?
« on: December 28, 2011, 08:44:53 PM »
Do you all have a favorite lapel mic for mobile guerrilla podcasting? I have a small little sony voice recorder, but all the mics I have found need a power pack and those are up to a hundred or two hundred bucks.  I was thinking 50 bucks or so should get me a decent lapel mic.  Any suggestions?

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