Category: The Journey Curve

All Things Happen For A Reason….

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Wow, it has been a Looooooong time since I’ve been on my website.

Does it mean I have been sat on my arse?…..no it hasn’t !!

I have learnt SO much in the past 9 months it is quite scary when I look back.

All the changes started when I stepped outside of my comfort zone & took a trip to Manchester to an Internet marketing ‘get together’/conference that was attended by some of the P2S lot….

I booked a hotel & took a train to Manchester knowing nobody whatsoever. Two nights.

I took myself off to the conference; looking back, I cringe a bit; I was trying to work out what I was going to wear for a start…..smart? smart casual? etc etc….you know what it’s like going into a totally new environment, you try and guess/judge what is respectable; you want to fit it & definitely don’t want to stick out !!

Well, as always, learning curves have to experienced in order to be learned – but in a nutshell – just wear what you want !!!!! – nobody gives a toss. There was some proper odd balls there & short of wearing a full blown Elvis costume & assigned myself to only talking in an ‘Elvis’ accent, nobody would have taken a blind bit of notice !!

As an industry, I shouldn’t have been surprised really…..let’s face, very few people start off a carer in IM, so most people will have had various years of working for others, wearing suits & being told what to do – isn’t this why so many mid life crisis end up into a little jaunt into the ‘World Of The Internet’ !?!?! – So why, if you go down that route, would give a sh*t what you wear !?!?!?

The few days were a real eye opener……some people that you wanted to have faith in gave you no faith at all. Some people were great & made the effort. Some people were just full of it. Some people thought they were selling rather than teaching. They was a real mix of people.

Out of what wasn’t a great experience to be honest, came a ‘chance’ meeting with another attendee from the same course (like I say, all things happen for a reason)…..we ‘bunked’ off the afternoon lecture on the 2nd day & went wandering into Manchester sharing ideas & stories of what we did, have tried, bought & invested in – lol, no we weren’t hand in hand skipping through leaves!!

Anyway, this meeting was 9 months ago & were have moved onward’s & upwards…..we have a company now & speak most days on Skype  what is next, what else we are going to test etc…..it is a far from the World that I took a sneak peak into & one I am happy with & morally comfortable in….

…..but back to the moral of the story – all things happen for a reason – you may not think it at the time but it does……it’s funny how things work out….

Thanks for reading & I will now endeavor to update my blog with things I find of interest that others will hopefully find useful….

Nigel Griffiths.

Quotes – 7 Days in a Nutshell – # 4

It’s that time again…..a week of my life through the medium of quotes….

It has been one of those weeks….all good intentions but life just got in the way! I do find it very frustrating when you have a list to do of A, B, C & D…….& what gets done? E & a few things that don’t even qualify as letters!

Still, there is no point in complaining! You just have to deal with that, pick yourself up & start again…..

Here are my quotes of the week

 

“Life is what happens to you whilst you’re busy making other plans..”

– John Lennon (Musician)

“Hold fast to time! Use it! Be conscious of each day, each hour! They slip away unnoticed all too easily & swiftly”

– Thomas Mann (Writer)

“No endeavor that is worthwhile is simple in prospect; if it is right, it will be simple in retrospect”

– Edward Teller (Physicist)

“There are two things to aim at in life: first, to get what you want and, after that, to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second”

– Logan Pearsall Smith (Writer)

So what do you think? Any hit home?

Let me know in the comments below if they have….or put your own quotes that you feel sum up your week, I’d love to hear them!

Thanks for reading.

5 Regrets of the Dying.

regrets of dying

Okay okay….I am aware that this isn’t a great subject line for a Friday afternoon, but I think it is so important that I felt it needed to be shared.

There is nothing in here about getting on Page 1 of Google, free traffic sources of the latest ‘push button’ blueprint.

This is far more important than any of that. This is life….ironically the end of life.

I would hazard a guess that a lot of people involved in internet marketing have already had some sort of life epiphany which took them to want to follow that route – there are endless reasons:  commuting, working for the man, not enough money, hating your boss, going nowhere, a divorce, a death, stuck in a rut, time constraints the list goes on & on.

This is a large factor in why us internet marketeers seem to be relentlessly posting & sharing quotes about life & motivation…we have already bought into the idea that there is something better out there for us & need constant motivation & reassurance that we are doing the right thing.

Which is where this article comes in. This takes one big step backwards so that the whole scene can be surveyed.

And that scene is LIFE.

I have seen the article quite a few times & it really hits home for me so thought it worthy of a post in case my readers have never seen it. It comes from a woman called Bronnie Ware, who ended up in a job linked with palliative care taking care of people in the final stages of life….as a result of this work, she compiled a list of the 5 most common regrets expressed by the people she cared for before they died.

This to me is the pinnacle of what all the quotes & motivation ‘tools’ are trying to do….they are trying to give you some sort of mind shift so you can break moulds & truly take back control of your life & find out what you want from it.

This is the ultimate in life lessons.

They are taught by people who have lived a life, know they are about to die & are able to look back at everything with what must be a very scary & sobering clarity.

Without further ado, here are the 5 main regrets from those she cared for:

 

1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.

“This was the most common regret of all. When people realise that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Most people had not honoured even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made. Health brings a freedom very few realise, until they no longer have it.”

 

2. I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.

“This came from every male patient that I nursed. They missed their children’s youth and their partner’s companionship. Women also spoke of this regret, but as most were from an older generation, many of the female patients had not been breadwinners. All of the men I nursed deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence.”

 

3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.

“Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others. As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence and never became who they were truly capable of becoming. Many developed illnesses relating to the bitterness and resentment they carried as a result.”

 

4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.

“Often they would not truly realise the full benefits of old friends until their dying weeks and it was not always possible to track them down. Many had become so caught up in their own lives that they had let golden friendships slip by over the years. There were many deep regrets about not giving friendships the time and effort that they deserved. Everyone misses their friends when they are dying.”

 

5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.

”This is a surprisingly common one. Many did not realise until the end that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. The so-called ‘comfort’ of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives. Fear of change had them pretending to others, and to their selves, that they were content, when deep within, they longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their life again.”

Credit: Huffington Post

There you go…..I love this article.

I get it.

What I most like about it is that I really think that I don’t have any of those regrets…. but I am also aware that all of these could quite easily become regrets without really noticing (until it’s too late). So I am personally very glad it is now on my blog so I can revisit it every now & again to check that I am still doing okay.

I hope this has made useful & inspiring reading. What are your thoughts? I would love to know….drop me a line below.

Thanks for reading.

 

Quotes – 7 Days in a Nutshell – # 3

Just over a week since the last installment of this feature…..but what a week!! & how things have changed…

Ooooooh, how intriguing does that sound!?….well more about that in the future (stay tuned!) 

I had my eye on the quotes for this week but I have looked again & picked different ones.

 

“Be yourself; everyone else is taken.”

– Oscar Wilde (Writer)

“If you have an idea, that’s good. If you also have an idea as to how to work it out, that’s better”

– Henry Ford (Businessman)

“Never follow the crowd”

– Bernard Baruch (Finacier)

“Be willing to make decisions…..don’t fall victim to what I call the ‘Ready – Aim -Aim -Aim – Aim’ syndrome.”

– T. Boone Pickens (Businessman)

Do any of these quotes ring true with your experiences in the last 7 days?

Let me know in the comments below if they have….or put your own quotes that you feel sum up your week, I’d love to hear them!

Thanks for reading.

Quotes – 7 Days in a Nutshell – # 2

Another week. Another collection of quotes that I have identified with.

This is a regular ‘feature’ of my blog, I will be picking a few each week & posting them.

They will be ones that have hit home for me looking back over the past 7 days. Feel free to add your own below!

 

“Go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is.”

– Jimmy Carter (Statesman)

“Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get.”

– Ray Kroc (Businessman)

“I don’t like people who have never fallen or stumbled. Their virtue is lifeless & isn’t of much value. Life hasn’t revealed its beauty to them”

– Boris Pasternak (Writer)

“Unfortunately, many people do not consider fun an important item on their daily agenda. For me, that was always high priority in whatever I was doing.”

– Gen. Chuck Yeager (Test Pilot)

Do any of these quotes ring true with your experiences in the last 7 days?

Let me know in the comments below if they have….or put your own quotes that you feel sum up your week, I’d love to hear them!

Thanks for reading.

Quotes – 7 Days in a Nutshell – #1

I do love a quote.

Some funny, some life reflective & some motivational.

So, in a regular ‘feature’ of my blog, I will be picking a few each week & posting them.

They will be ones that have hit home for me looking back over the past 7 days. Feel free to add your own below!

 

“You’ll never really learn much from hearing yourself talk”

– George Clooney (Actor)

“It always seems impossible, until it is done”

-Nelson Mandela (Statesman)

“Go to the edge of the cliff & jump off. Build your wings on the way down”

– Ray Bradbury (Writer)

“You can do anything you want to do as long as you keep a good attitude and keep working at it. But the second you give up you’re screwed”

– Dolly Parton (Singer)

Do any of these quotes ring true with your experiences in the last 7 days?

Let me know in the comments below if they have….or put your own quotes that you feel sum up your week, I’d love to hear them!

Thanks for reading.

Andrew Hansen – Forever Affiliate: The Official Start

Well this weekend took on a significant meaning for me.

Not only was it my Birthday (aaahhh Thanks !)

It was the years anniversary that I decided to make the internet my new career!

Well, a year on & where am I?, what have I tried? What have I learnt? I thought I would chronicle what I have done in the past 12 months to recap for myself (& any of you that are interested).

 

February 2013 – Andrew Hansen – Forever Affiliate.

This is what started it all off.

I honestly have no idea where I ‘discovered’ Andrew  & his course; but in fairness, does anyone remember after a few months where they discovered the courses they have taken part in. I have a feeling that it may have been ‘Martin Avis’ but I can’t be certain.

The basic course was about £46 & offered a video based education of how to set up mini-sites that were aimed at a certain affiliate product. As with most courses nowadays, the price was low to get you in…then came the big Upsell! – Personal Coaching across the course with various added bonus material etc etc – This came in at £335 !!…..quite a jump from what the starting point was!

But I went for it!

The course was pretty good to be fair. There was a lot in it & I did feel that I was getting additional info by being part of the ‘Platinum’ Coaching (pretty sure that wasn’t it’s name but you know what I mean!).

Writing this I realise how much this course taught me about all the basics.

The course foundation was to find affiliate products that have specific brand/product names e.g. Idol Lash, Venapro etc & then look at the number of searches on Google. If it fit certain criteria/searches it was then a potential.

More research was required which involved looking at the number of backlinks that websites on page 1 on Google had for this product, to see if it was possible to ‘outrank’ them.

The mini-sites were set up using ‘Thesis Theme’, which is a very clear WordPress Theme & how to construct your website (incl banners etc), to set it up as a review site. The domain name was encouraged to have the product name in the title.

Like a lot of courses, I would assume that it was aimed at the disgruntled people who want to quit their jobs but are still working. I was doing it full time! So I tried to make a real effort to forge ahead!

The overriding principle was to try & rank one website so it would get up in Google, start making money…..then, if the profit/traffic was there, rank another with the same product. The theory behind this being that you would get more of the Page 1 traffic share…..PLUS, if Google did decide to penalise you & reduce your ranking, that the overall effect to your portfolio would be reduced.

Looking back, it would seem that this was the start of people realising that Google rankings aren’t really reliable/predictable enough to base a business around.
Other method’s I have since encountered went in one direction trying to find traffic that doesn’t rely on Google at all……this method however, turned back in on itself & did the same as preached before, but did more of the same, trying to create it’s own safety net.

Well I went through the entire course & set up various websites. I couldn’t complete the course as such, as the last parts of it were all about the actions you should take when your mini-site is on Page 1 of Google.

This neatly ties in to one of the biggest discoveries I have made in my Online Journey!

Nothing Happens Overnight !!!

That is also one of the main reasons ‘Newbies’ flit between one programme & the next. They start, they do & then they constantly look…..& we are talking hourly….as to what has happened to their websites ranking & possible sales!!

Looking back in hindsight, this is hilarious!

If I did this now, manually, I would check every couple of weeks, maximum! because…..Nothing Happens Overnight !!!

The reason this rings so true is because I have gone full circle in this process. Back in Feb/Mar 2013 I set up various of these mini-sites, I added reviews, pictures, links, banners etc. I added new articles, I spent ages ‘Blog commenting’ on relevant blogs…..this I also checked daily to see if the backlinks had been picked up!! again, hilarious.

TOP TIP:
Serpfox
stops all this ‘Ranking Refreshing’ when starting new sites.

It is a free service that keeps track of where your websites are ranked in the SERPS based on your Keywords.
When you look at the Pricing Page is seems that it is just a paid service…..BUT, look just above all the options & you will see the link to the Free Account. Here you can track 10 keywords across as many or as little websites.
When you get an account you can set up alerts. I have done this for all my websites. Try & set up ‘Major’ change alerts! DON’T set up ones for a movement of 5 places etc!! You will get emails all the time!
Set up useful alerts such as notifying you if you ‘Go Into Top 10’…..’Drop Out the Top 10’……’Top 3’ etc.
When you start out, use ‘jumps’ of 25 or more.
Be warned, the way it has worked for me is don’t get disheartened by the negative movements, as in most cases, within a day or 2 the sites have usually gone back to where they were & usually higher!

Anyway, like so many people, the results weren’t quick enough, the course had finished & I continued my journey elsewhere.

Six months later, I looked back at those websites I set up & guess what!….they were all on Page 1 of Google !! They aren’t products with huge monthly global searches….but they are now usually bringing in over $100 per month.

I am still ‘tweaking’ them on probably a monthly basis, usually when I discover something new & think it may help the conversions on the site (more so than the ranking’s now).

This still males me chuckle to myself.

Why?

Because – Nothing Happens Overnight!!! & this is one lesson I have learnt & is relevant on all levels on the Internet Marketing scene, but I’ afraid that as much as using the internet to get answers is pretty much instant…..this is not how it works when using it to run a business!

It is especially true in my current new journey. If I keep on going, doing my best & taking action, then I shall get there….but it won’t happen overnight!

All Good Things Happens To Those Who Wait (& Do!)

Did any of this hit home? Have you done the same as me? Have you taken part in the same course? What are the lessons you have learnt along the way?

I would love to know, please feel free to leave a comment below.

Thanks for reading!

 

 

 

A Rainy Friday – Not a classic

It is a very rainy February Friday & I can’t say I have achieved a lot.

It was one week ago that I started a ‘Don’t Mess Just Leave’ set up for my SleepingDen.com campaign.

I had Ad’s running for Facebook, Bing & YouTube. The same KW’s, Selects, Ad’s & Budget.

Today was the big ‘Tidy Up’ day where I looked at the results & tweaked accordingly.

FB budget got halved so we shall see what £10 for each gets me in terms of traffic. That should be interesting.

I have also set up a new A/B Google Analytic Experiment so I can track exactly.

I have also now added a ‘Trust Me’ you should do this type of ending on Page A to try & get people to take action. Will see if this works.

Test Test Test.

The rest of the day has been spent messing about & would appear to have ‘achieved’ very little.

I am now going to spend a couple of hours adding blog comments to my 4 main websites……I should also spend some more time tweaking/researching & testing the GoutCureSecrets.com website !……forgot all about that!

Day 2 of the continual learning curve…

Well John wanted us to add new posts & I am not disappointing!

…..and

I’m enjoying it!

I am loving (my idea!) of splitting them into 2 & having a separate ‘category’ for stuff I have learnt. It means I am writing it up so that others can understand it (I hope)…….& maybe more importantly, I will be able to understand it when/if I ever need it again!!

Maybe doing this will ingrain it just slightly further into my little brain! Time will tell.

Getting into the habit. Final Push. The End Game.

Well, this is it.

This is the last time that I have to shell out money on a training programme.

I have done it in the past & although I have learnt a lot, they really aren’t worth the promises that they make (& we won’t even go into the money!).

This time I have every confidence that I have made the right call……& if I haven’t, that will be it! (I will go it alone…I don’t mean give up). This is a years course called ‘Partnership to Success’…..& we are told that if we do everything to the letter & by the letter that we will be 100% guaranteed to be an online success.

John Thornhill is his name.

A welcome change that he is English (Sunderland), so no more US hype & pomp which is a relief in itself!

This blog is the result of Weeks One’s training…..something I could have done with my eyes shut quite frankly but it doesn’t bother me in the slightest, I think this is going to ramp up pretty quick.

I have decided to run 2 category’s within this blog from the outset…..

A – Beginnings – this will be my journey through the course & general IM comments etc.
B – What I learnt today – this will be a great resource for myself as I have learnt SO much over the last year, little tips, tricks & just how to do stuff, so I can keep a track of what I have learnt & also……more importantly, I will have a place to keep all this info….links & all.

Genius Idea.