618. I find myself jonsening for carbs. Pasta. Potatoes. When will this end.
619. All foods are inherently good until processed.
620. Beginning on Monday, I’m going to write an ebook in 21 days. Maybe. Stay tuned.
621. What are the green card equivalents for mail order husbands in each primary MOB country?
Do you ever get the feeling that your middle name is “Reboot”? You start project after project, or buy new shiny objects and never put them in place. Or maybe you just buy software, plugins, training or systems and abandon them before making a dime.
Been there. Done that. Often.
Here I go again.
I have an expensive but exciting trip I want to make in mid-July 2016. Today is Valentine’s Day. My 142 days end on the Fourth of July. That will give me about a week to get my affairs in order and bolt.
Now for some cliches.
Give 110%. Go for the gold. Go all-in. I think I can. I think I can.
Awful word. Means I think I can do it but I really don’t want to. I might be coerced into it if she is good looking enough or sex is imminent. But usually it’s an invitation to waste your time, money, and life.
Today I start with my life theme. I have written it out many times recently, but no traction. A quick start then a quick end.
Your life theme is not a goal. A goal is a task imposed from a boss, teacher, or spouse even if you think you set the goal yourself. A goal has a deadline. I hope you have not set one for your life.
That’s why we work on our life themes. The theme’s core is 2 items:
As humans looking to live our themes, we are going to be channeling everyone from the Stoics to the late Harry Browne to James Altucher. And more.
All you need to concentrate on is the next action to move you along your theme. Not 10 items in a to-do list, but just the next item toward happiness.
Article Marketing Today:
The Old Way - And Why It Doesn’t Work
Writing articles and generating targeted traffic to your website used to be an easy way to build up a community of your readers and earn money as an affiliate or by selling your own products.
What happened next was what always happens with online marketing:
Marketers Ruin Everything
Articles were spun and blasted to hundreds of article directories using automatic submitters. Most of the spun articles are barely readable due to automatic spinners. Even the inventor of “Bum Marketing” does not use it anymore. Times change. Travis Sago is no fool.
Garbage in, garbage out.
Also, some bright marketers decided to spin thousands of articles and post all to the same domain. Google changes the algorithm and all that work is de-indexed and worthless overnight.
Google does not necessarily punish duplicate content. If they did, all news, sports, and weather would be on one site. They understand syndication. But spinning and dumping hundreds of similar articles add nothing to the user experience. So beware.
The search engines claim they want useful, relevant content. Truth be told, with every algorithm change, the marketing shits find new ways to game the SEs. You know Google is worried about their main source of income - Adwords/Adsense - is being attacked by FB ads and Bing and others.
What I believe is that FB is the new way for shady marketers to abuse a different platform before that too becomes overwhelmed with crap ads.
When backlinks became the rage, marketers flooded the net with thousands of low or no quality links to their sales pages. Google does what it always does - new algorithm.
If you have more than 1~3 quality, relevant backlinks to your site, Google may hold it against you. It’s not 100% because otherwise unscrupulous competition would send thousands of trash links to your site to drop you out of the SERPs.
If the SEs spot an unnatural linking pattern, your domain can be de-indexed and even put on a Google “shit-list”. If this happens, buy a new domain and host it at a new web host.
So what do you need to do:
Start with original content. I post most articles on one of my domains. Some I post on article directories and other web 2.0 properties like Hubpages. These are less valuable than they used to be.
Here is a system that will get you backlinks with worry:
Post your article in one place. 400~600 words used to be sufficient, but you are better off now with twice those numbers.
Post only to your own or a top ranked outside site.
Repeat until you run out of sites, then start again at the beginning.
Don’t try to speed up the process by buying backlinks or using other mass submitting. It will only hurt. Remember - original articles, not posted elsewhere.
Here’s the best part. Follow the pattern, and you can forget about extensive SEO. If you write about a specific subject, the keywords are there. Naturally. You are not trying to drive visitors straight to a product review.
What you want to do is use articles to drive visitors to your website and squeeze pages.
Kill the Noble Samurai. Choose your articles by identifying what the main problems are for your niche customers.
Next, you need to do what is the most agonizing part of article marketing, and internet marketing in general.
You just have to do it. Each tight niche or product should have it’s own autoresponder sequence. We won’t cover that in depth here, but you can try PureLeverage, GetResponse, or Aweber for details and plans.
Day 1 - Boot Up
I don’t expect the first day of any venture to be perfect, only interesting.
We have to deal with my mother being in a nursing home trying to regain her strength. It’s not going to happen. She hasn’t improved in a month. She enjoys having nurses and CNAs wait on her hand and foot.
I need to develop systems to handle the routine daily tasks to make sure I cover them every day.
Which brings me to my own health issues. I have more than I can handle. The main threat to my life is diabetes. I can no longer ignore it.
To reverse and control diabetes, I need to:
I feel that this is my last chance to rein in diabetes without the use of drugs or insulin. I have controlled it before, but I have to admit to being a sugar addict.
I would jump over a brewery to meet Ben and Jerry - my two favorite Yankees.
Other issues to solve:
Fortunately, I don’t have trouble sleeping, and the plumbing works fine. But I have to go beyond the basics and build the physical and mental and emotional man I want to be
When I used to travel on business, I would fall asleep with the TV blaring and all the hotel room lights on. I can sleep almost anywhere. What I am realizing is that a dark, cool room works better.
I have the need to develop my business into more than a time-consuming hobby.
Get real, or give it up.
The first change I am making is using a standing desk for all computer work. Helps the prostate, and removes online distractions.
When you stand at the computer, you want to get things done fast.
On top of that, we will need more income if we are to keep my mother in a nursing home beyond the next 100 days. Medicare will run out, and we will have to pick up the slack. It’s going to be a significant financial blow.
Weak. Almost non-existent.
But set to improve with better health and more wealth to share.
When picking an online business model...
Boomer Men - Look Abroad For You Next/Last Spouse
You can search online for “mail order brides” and return a host of sites that will introduce you to the new mail order bride (not the Wild West), and another batch of feminist sites that will tell you every possible mail order bride evil under the sun.
Just so you know, if you seek an international marriage with a stunning woman who is significantly younger, taller, prettier, sexier, better-educated, smarter, and more devoted to her husband than any woman you can meet at home, you will be attacked.
The last thing women want is to have you give up on their bullshit and find exactly the bride you want and need. That goes for girlfriends, ex’s, sisters, and daughters. None of them want someone between them and your happiness, bank account, or estate.
You will be accused of being a fool, having a midlife crisis, marrying a gold digger, robbing the cradle, and worse.
For some reason, domestic online dating sites are acceptable. But cross a border, and you are in trouble.
I’m writing this with baby boomer males in mind. Especially those with a divorce or 2 or 3 under their belts (mine is stuck at 2.5 but will be clear soon). It doesn’t really matter. As long as you disclose your status to the women, or use an agency outside the U.S. (see IMBRA), you will be fine.
Negatives out of the way. Now let’s check the upside.
Tons of other reasons for going abroad for your wife, spouse, or partner. I’ll cover them in future posts, but move fast if you can.
Same-sex marriage will likely be a target of Republicans in 2016. And you always have to be on the lookout for politicians starting senseless wars.
One final benefit: international marriages last longer than domestic, and men who marry young women live longer.
Go with the odds.
The Charlie Chaplin Rule:
When people give you grief about robbing the cradle with your new mail order bride, just know it’s rooted in jealousy and other people thinking they know how to run your life and relationships better than you do.
I like to fall back on the Charlie Chaplin Rule. At least that’s what I call it.
At one point, movies made Charlie Chaplin one of the most famous people in the world. His little tramp and silent films do not need translation.
His fourth wife (and third teenager) was Oona O’Neill, daughter of already famous playwright Eugene O’Neill. She was an 18 year old socialite in New York who traveled west to try acting. He was 52.
Her father was so pissed he disinherited her. No way such a union could ever last. She had dated the likes of Orson Welles and J.D. Salinger, and had friends like Gloria Vanderbilt while attending Brearley, a prestigious all-girls private school in Manhattan. She was not poor, desperate, stupid, or in need of digging gold.
When Charlie was driven out of the country in 1952 for leftist political activities, Oona went with him. Eventually, she renounced her US citizenship, became a British subject, and lived for decades in Switzerland.
So how did that work out? She was with Charlie until he died at age 88 in 1977. Only 36 years (and 8 children including actress Geraldine Chaplin). She must of have been using him for income, or maybe he wanted a free housekeeper.
Bottom line: 34 Years Age Difference.
I call it the Charlie Chaplin rule.
AAI Starts With Clickbank
For new affiliate marketers, and for those who have lost their way, Clickbank should be your primary source of vendors with affiliate links to promote.
At the beginning, Clickbank accepted only digital products, but now it’s evolving into some physical products, especially recurring. I have a monthly delivery of a superfood protein powder that is excellent.
Here is what is sure to be a monster list of reasons why you should cut your affiliate marketing teeth on Clickbank before moving to other providers:
1. Clickbank has been around for X years, always paying out on time.
2. All products have the same 60 day refund guarantee. Customers can be certain that they can get a refund if needed.
Testing Steve Scott:
Steve Scott has a number of kindle books available to help the Internet marketer and more. For affiliate marketers he has a definitive PDF free online.
I have read any number of books that can help you fast write a nonfiction book. I like this one because deals with Kindle sized books, not 200+ page tomes for traditional publishers.
Traditional books are fantastic. You may be fortunate and get a 7 figure advance for your NYT Number 1 bestseller of the year. Book tours. Oprah.
Okay. Back to the now.
The reasons why Kindle will rule book publishing is simple yet multifaceted like a perfect storm.
First, traditional publishers do not control book or music publishing any longer. Self-publishing is no longer a death sentence. You now have kindle, ebooks, publishing on demand, pdfs, websites, blogs, and god knows what more to get your text seen. Add podcasts and video, and you are now your own publisher and broadcaster.
I don’t always follow fast writing formulas, but I have 2 kindle books I need to write during this first 91/30 session to move along in my theme. I’m sure his method will save time, and I’m out to prove or disprove it with these 2 books.
Here’s a brief outline and notes I take away: