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Motivational Mania / FINALLY
« on: September 18, 2013, 06:23:36 PM »
Hey everyone.

I know that this forum is all about dead, and if no one reads this its cool. I am just excited to share. I just did a review, video and post for an oil filter company. I also have another one that I am writing now. It is very basic stuff, so it's easy to write. This is the first time I have accepted an offer like this. I like the product and used it for years even before I was a pro mechanic.

The 2 posts and video paid $800! I am freaking excited. It is great to have the hard work pay off.

Hope y'all are doing good.

Cheers
Charles

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Article Writing and Blogging / Picking a website name
« on: December 18, 2012, 07:00:59 PM »
Hey everyone.

I am glad that this forum is still going. I also hope that you guys are all killing it with your sites. I have had mixed success.

I don't plan on doing anything different with my mechanic blog. I am going to start a new site.

My wife and I are moving to a 5 acre homestead in Pittsboro, NC. We couldn't be more excited.

I want to start a new site that documents all the things we do to the property. Including tips on sell a house. We sold our current house in 40 HOURS, for fill price.

The site will focus on things very local to Pittsboro. Some names I have been kicking around are Pittsborohomestead.com or NChomestead.com.

I am digging into google word search tools to see what is searched more, I just was hoping for some input from you guys. I have talked my wife in to doing most of the work for the site. She is against using it to make money(not sure why), but I plan to sneak some profitable stuff in where I can.

Cheers
Charles

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Article Writing and Blogging / Question about Guest Blogging
« on: October 08, 2012, 11:18:15 AM »
I was contacted by a really big tire company last week. They asked me if I would be willing to do some guest blogging.

We had what amounted to a phone interview last week too. I didn't really expect that. It was strange.

So I agreed to do some guest posts for them. We talked about 6 over the next year. The commitment seems really low. I think that I can retool some of my posts I have written and submit that.

What do you guys think?

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Social Networking Nirvana / Giveaway Success
« on: October 05, 2012, 05:42:00 AM »
Hey everyone!
I hope that all your sites are doing really well! I like to hear when y'all have success. I thought I would share this little story.

I did a little giveaway on my site. It is actually still going on right now. I will be picking a winner tonight. ;)

I did a modified version of the video Jack did a while back. I got a magnetic tray from one of the big tool companies. I have had it for a few months, but I was waiting for a good time to give it away.

I posted a picture of it on my weekly post were I show the crazy pictures from work. I gave people a few ways to enter to win
1) Sign up for the email alerts
2) Share the post on Facebook
3) Tweet the post out
4) Pin any of the pictures on pintrest.

I also threw in the folks that were on the email list already. Since not everyone is on FB and Twitter, and I didn't want to leave out the folks that have been with me since the beginning.

I also made a few posts about it on various forums. Since not everyone reads signatures, and I don't want to ram my blog down people's throats. You get a much more positive response when you give things away.

In 2 days I have gotten 13 new likes on FB, and 17 new email subscribers. I also had the most 1 day traffic ever. So something that will cost me shipping has netted me some new readers and some very positive feed back.

Cheers
Charles

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Knowing Yourself and Your Customer / Be Careful what you say
« on: September 12, 2012, 01:53:52 PM »
So this happened to me today,
I get called into my managers office. He asked me about something I posted in a forum. It seems that he got a call from the VW legal department. They were all tweaked out about something I said.

There was a 5 page thread about a certain issue with the 2012 Jetta. Guys complaining about a hesitation. I chimed in saying that one of the sales man has this issue. I then said we were working the the regional tech expert to see if there were other cases. I also said "I think they will come up with some type of software update".

Well the shit rolled down hill from there. Several people from corporate called my boss's boss and it was this whole big ordeal. I had to delete my comments from the forum thread. I am pissed because I didn't say ANYTHING wrong. There is no possible way to form a situation where what I said could be harmful. NONE!!!

Anyway, just thought I would throw a word of caution to y'all. For some reason I am really pissed off about this!  >:( >:( >:( >:(

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Getting Sponsors and Advertisors / Just made my first money from the blog
« on: September 06, 2012, 01:33:31 PM »
WOO HOO!

Ok, it was only $20, but it is something.

A tool company wanted to do a guest post. It was actually pretty relevant and a good post. Not to mention that I was traveling yesterday so I didn't have a post read for today. BAM, guest post time.

I hope that this opened the door for future sponsorship with the company.

Just thought I would share.
Charles

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Motivational Mania / How to kill your blog
« on: July 17, 2012, 01:48:19 PM »

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Hey everyone, I hope all your sites are doing good.

I was poking around on JackSpirko.com and found his resource section. That is something I have wanted to do.

My question is How the heck do I do that?

I want to create a checklist on buying a used car that someone could print out and take with them. I just don't really know where the heck to start.

Thanks for all the help from everyone here. I am pretty sure I would have quite this a while ago if not for the advice and motivation!

Charles

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Getting Sponsors and Advertisors / Vetting a Sponsor
« on: July 16, 2012, 05:42:27 AM »
Hey everyone!

I hope that all your sites are doing awesome. I also want to say thanks to all of you. I don't post on here all the time, but the info is awesome.

Okay, back to the topic. I was approached by a company that asked to be a sponsor. I don't want my name/site associated with a company that I would not recommend.

So how do you guys vet a sponsor? I seem to remember Jack saying he as a council that helps him vet for TSP. I am thinking about placing a small order to see how the process goes. The company sells tools, and I am always needing some tools for work.

Just wondering y'alls thoughts.

Charles

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Article Writing and Blogging / Just found a content goldmine
« on: June 21, 2012, 10:59:16 AM »
Hey everyone! I hope you are all doing awesome at your blogs and other type sites.

I got an email from a guy earlier in the week. It was about a site where people could ask questions about a profession. He said they thought a mechanics POV would be awesome.

I signed up today and WOW. Not only do I have links to the site, I am able to help people out in a big way. The best part, they come to me :) The site is called jobstr. Here is a link to the tread. This all started a few hours ago.
http://jobstr.com/threads/show/4319-auto-mechanic-vw-

P.S. Anyone know when the next podcast will be? I miss it..

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Hey everyone!
Here is a little background on what I am thinking.

As a VW mechanic I of course have a love for cars. For the past few years I have been looking for a "fixer-upper" car to restore and basically have fun with.

As the blog rolled on, I thought I could wrap the 2 things together. Wouldn't ya know, I finally found a car. It needs a LOT of love, but she is a great canvas for a project.

Basically everything that I do will have a video showing what I am doing, and how I am doing it. Showing the things that work really well, and some that don't work at all. My first project is the interior.

I have been contacting every company that sells products used for restoring/ modding cars to see if they would help "sponsor" the build by providing products. The products will also have a video review. So far, I have a detail kit on the way, at no charge. Even if I can score a discount i am happy. It is something I would buy anyway.

 I feel like I now have an unlimited source of content. The car is 25 years old, so i can show what happens when cars are both properly and improperly maintained.  Parts of the car are flawless, others not so much. Like I said, a content generator.

What do you guys think? Any suggestions on how I can take this to the next level? I am totally open to all ideas. Here is what I am working with.




I hope you are all out there CRUSHING IT!!!!

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Well, like the title said, I was feeling a little demotivated. I have been feeling like my posts are getting much better, but the comments are slowing down. I had no intent on stopping, I was just starting to be bummed about it.

Then 2 things happened.

1) I got an alert from YouTube about a comment. I shot a video a while back showing people how to use the jack on a VW. The thing is really weird and confusing if you don't SEE some one do it(hence the video). Here is what the commenter said.
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Thanks so much for this, it was a life saver. We drove a 2012 Sportswagen off the lot and had a flat within 24 hours. It took me another 36 to admit that I had no idea how to use the jack.

How awesome is that! The commenter also subscribed to the channel. Here is what that means, that video was 100% worth it. It helped someone do something for them self they might not have been able to before. AND people are searching for the type of content that I am doing.

2) I spend time in some VW forums, I got a PM from a guy asking for help with his Passat. After several emails I got him dialed in and he now has a plan to get his car fixed and back on the road.

I am so excited about those 2 things. I know that some folks would think "only 1 subscription" and "you didn't make money on either of them", but I now have 2 more folks that are listening. THAT is awesome.

Keep hustlin'
Charles

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Motivational Mania / Just sent my 1st product review request
« on: April 20, 2012, 06:48:16 PM »
Well, I mashed the send button on my first product review request.

I have been looking at CB radios for a month and a half or so. I got a recommendation for a Cobra75. When I went to Cobra's site to research the product, I noticed they had a review section. The good part was, there were ZERO reviews.

I hope that this works out, if not, I will just buy one and review it anyway. It never hurts to ask right?

I will keep everyone posted.

Cheers
Charles

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Peer Review - Website Blog Critique / To redesign or not?
« on: April 13, 2012, 08:13:43 PM »
Hey everyone,
I posted my site up for review a while back. I have changed a couple of little things, but nothing major. A buddy of mine has been helping me plan a redesign of the site. All the talk of simple sites sell, and what not, have got me questioning a redesign. I was wondering what you guys thought. I am open to suggestions on the blog as it stands. My buddy is pretty good at website design. He wanted to retool this theme http://rockstar.orange-themes.com/ to fit a mechanic blog, but I am not sure.

What do you guys think?

Thanks for the advice
Charles

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I need some advise guys,
I was checking some traffic sources and found a site that sent some(not much) traffic from a random auto body site. I checked the link and the took my article, changed some links and posted it.

They barely site a source with a ow.ly link.

Here is MY post http://humblemechanic.com/2012/03/21/a-vehicles-safety-is-more-than-just-seatbelts/

Here is the one they posted. http://shattuckauto.tumblr.com/post/20072863299/a-vehicles-safety-is-more-than-just-seatbelts

To be clear, I don't mind them using my post. I am glad that someone used it.

Would it be tacky if I email them and ask they mention my site for real instead of half assing it, or should I just let it ride?

Is there some type of etiquette in this situation?

Thanks for the advise
Charles

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