Thursday, March 26, 2009

Do You Have A Plan For Your Online Business?

Wow, I just looked at my GoDaddy account ... I have a whole bunch of domain names!

Some are for fun, many are for (or at least are intended for) "business", and some I have absolutely no idea why I bought in the first place. Since it's spring, I figured now is as good a time as any to do a bit of organizing and optimizing of my "online empire".

Lately, this has gotten a little bit easier since I've moved almost all of my domains over to I used to host them on ArborDomains, but at $13.95, they're more expensive than almost everyone else ... which wasn't really a big problem ... until I also ran into an issue with a missed renewal notice; causing me to lose a domain name that I wanted to keep. The biggest problem with Arbor was that all my domains were logged into separately, which made it real easy to forget about some of them. What I like about GoDaddy is that all my domains are viewable from one control panel ... with their expiration dates right there in front of me.

Anyhow ... first thing I'll be doing over these next few days is deciding which domain names I'm just going to let expire when their term is up.

Next I plan to classify each remaining domain by it's intended use. For instance, some are for my candle business, some will be for the ebay affiliate program, some are purely for fun, and some will be niche sites using other type of monetization such as adsense or ebooks.

Finally, and most importantly, I will come up with a schedule for how often I'm going to update each site ... and how often/what methods I will use to promote it (ie, drive traffic).

My main purpose is to get my "Internet ADD" under control. With so many websites, it's amazingly easy to start on a project, get distracted by something else, then realize sometimes months later that you've got a bunch of half built and poorly promoted sites clogging up cyberspace ... and not really contributing towards the realization of my goals.

So that's my plan ... wish me luck.


p.s. other than the obvious solution of not having so many sites, what are some of the ways that you've found to keep your online life better organized?

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Sunday, March 22, 2009

It's All About The Story

Ever notice how Network Marketers love to make things more complicated than they have to be?

We spend tons of money, and countless hours looking for the "secret" of how to do this business.

The truth is, network marketing is actually pretty simple.

The best explanation I've heard so far about how to build a network marketing business came from Bob Schmitz at a training I attended a few years ago for my candle business.

He said that when it comes to sponsoring new people, you just have to do 3 things ...

  1. Show the Product

  2. Tell Your Story

  3. Tell the Company's Story

And if that doesn't work, you might try ...

  1. Tell Your Story

  2. Show the Product

  3. Tell the Company's Story

Or even ...

  1. Tell the Company's Story

  2. Show the Product

  3. Tell Your Story

You get the idea. Provided that you've got a good product or service, the way that YOU stand out, and attract quality people into your organization is with your story.

And do you want to know what the really cool part is?

It doesn't matter whether you've been doing this for years, or just starting out ... what matters is that you share your story ... tell people Why you do what you do ... What you Love about you business ... and How you got Started.

The more you tell your story, the more success you have.

... and the more success you have, the better your story will get

... which will lead to even more success.

Kind of cool how that works huh?

So, what's your story? ... and how many times have you told it today?

Keep havin FuN!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Less Than 2 Weeks Remaining In Hawaii

Well, we're in the final count down. I'll be spending this weekend cleaning the house, and we move into billeting on Monday. I'll be on and off the computer for the next couple of week until we get settled in at Fort Hood Tx (arrive on the 2nd of April). In the mean time, please enjoy this Hawaii Sunset picture that I took at the Luau last week:

Hawaiian Sunset Palm Tree Sillouette

(obviously aided by a little photoshop work ... but I like the way it turned out).

Update: per Sire's request in the comments below, I put together a basic tutorial about how I made this image: How to make a Dramatic Colorful Sunset picture

Keep havin FuN!

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Sunday, March 15, 2009


Jordan, Johnathan and I went to see the new Disney movie Enchanted this afternoon. It's part cartoon, part real life and 100% feel good. I'm sure you can probably tell, I liked the movie ... and apparently I'm not the only one: Oh, I'm Enchanted, Enchanted was amazing and a very Enchanted reject report (a few reviews)

So why am I blogging about this movie?

Because in addition to making me smile for an hour and half, surprisingly this filmed also contained some pretty universal "success" lessons ...

  • Happiness is waking up every morning Believing your dreams will come true

  • Sometimes "real" life can seem like a strange and scary place

  • "Crazy" optimists are often more sane than "realistic" pessimists

  • It's possible to get exactly what we want, without all the details looking exactly as we'd originally envisioned them

I've always believed in the idea of Happily Ever After, and this movie does a great job of bringing the concept to life in our modern world.

Whether you have kids or not, it's well worth checking out. Stop back and let me know what lessons (if any) you take away from it.

Keep havin FuN!

The 7 Things Meme

So I got tagged by Brandon from Almost Millionaire to participate in this meme; 7 things you might not know about me.

Without further ado, here we go ...

  1. My one major "vice" is caffeine. I probably drink at least a 2 liter bottle of Diet Mt. Dew everyday ... sometimes more. I keep saying I'm going to cut back or quit, and Ana keeps rolling her eyes at me. Like most things, I suspect my wife is probably right on this one.

  2. I attended 7 different schools before I graduated (Air Force brat). Unfortunately, my son Justin has me beat. He's currently a sophomore in high school, and is on school #9 ... with the possibility of #10 if his mom and step-dad have to move when Michael leaves the Marines this summer.

  3. I've been playing golf on and off since I was 8 years old. When I was a teenager I could even break par on a few rare occasions, but lately I'm thrilled to shoot anything in the low 80s. None-the-less "retiring" to the golf course is still one of my dreams ... hopefully to be fulfilled sooner rather than later.

  4. For an "average size white guy", I'm also not a bad basketball player. I actually had to think for a little while in high about whether I wanted join the golf team, or try out for JV basketball. As of about 2 years ago, I could still pretty easily beat Justin in a game of 1-on-1. But now that he's grown a few inches, and I've gained a few years, that proposition could be bit more dicey in the future.

  5. This one probably won't be a shock to anybody ... I spend entirely too much time on the computer. Most of it much less productive than it could be. I have hundreds of feeds saved in my Google reader. A few of my favorite non-business websites are and

  6. Speaking of Politics; I consider myself to be a Moderate Independent. Probably a little left of center on many social issues, and a "realist" when it comes to economics and foreign policy. I donated money to, and voted for Barack Obama in November ... even though I have also been a fan of John McCain at times throughout his career.

  7. Finally, I've been part of the military, either as a dependent or active duty for the entire 40 years of my life. Although I'm looking forward to retiring here in the next couple of years ... at the same time, I have to admit, it's going feel really weird to not be a direct part of the military ... especially if we don't live close to a base or post.

Well, that's a little about me ... hope I didn't bore you to death.

Now to tag a few people I know and/or have recently met: Shep from Our Big Red Barn, Lin from Tellin It Like It Is, Steve from The Trade Show Guru, Ernie and Tim from the Redneck Bar and Grill, Val from Mr Senior Blogger, Allyn from Life and Lawns,
Mireille from Lawrence Kansas Children

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Todd Goes To A Party

One of my neighbors had a birthday party tonight. His tv is one of those projectors that hangs from the ceiling, with a screen that covers the entire wall ... and he has a fridge with a keg in it. We drank beer and watched 80s music videos on the big screen. Well, sort of 80s, he taped some shows called Crossroads, with new singers and old performing together. This was one of my favorites:

Taylor Swift and Def Leppard, Pour Some Sugar on Me

Keep havin FuN!

p.s. Brandon, I promise I'll get to the meme tomorrow :-)

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Positive Visioning ... Making Up The Future


I think at some point along the line, I probably "stole" this idea from John Milton Fogg. But, since I've been using it myself (and sharing it with others) for a couple of years now, I'm going to go ahead and serve up my own interpretation here in the following paragraphs.

Can you Predict the Future?

Seriously. Can we ever really say with 100% certainty what will happen a year from now? How about a month from now? A week? A day? A minute? Heck, when you get right down to it, do we honestly even know exactly what's going to happen 10 second from now?

Sure, most of us can make a pretty good guess about what we think the future will bring ... especially in the near term. But unless you're a clairvoyant who answered "yes" to the above questions, isn't it fair to say that when it come to forecasting our short term destinies ...

We're basically Making it All Up.

Are you with me so far? Can you accept the premise that essentially every single thing we think we "know" about our future, is, in truth, only a reality in our own heads?

We humans constantly attempt to predict the future; through the prism of our own unique past experiences. But here's the really sad part ... in making both short, and long term prognostications Too many of us Tend to Expect the Worst.

We stress and worry about things that Haven't Even Happened Yet.

Wow, how silly is that? Doesn't the past and present already supply us with more than enough (real or perceived) anxiety? Why should we expend any of our precious energy pestered by visions that exist only in our heads?

In fact, I'll take it one step further. If you believe my postulation that we're making it all up anyway, then doesn't it just make sense to use Positive Visioning?

If we're Making Up the Future Anyway, why not imagine Good Stuff?

I'm not saying we shouldn't have stress and worry in our lives. Just that we should try to do our best to save it for "real" (present tense) problems. When it comes to the future, I strongly suspect that it's much, much more productive to just go sit in front of your DreamBoard and try to conjure up the most amazing, fantastically great life that you can possibly Imagine.

Keep havin FuN!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Selecting a company

How to select a company:

First off, let me say there are wide variety of quality network marketing companies out there ... with different products/services to suite just about any interest. This little section is not meant to be a definitive guide to choosing a "good" company. But, I am going to share with you three simple little "rules" that I've found to be useful when it comes to selecting a quality business ...

Products/Services - Let's call this one the "would you buy it" rule ... Basically, would you (or other "real" people that you know) purchase the company's products or services (at the RETAIL price) even if there was NO money making opportunity involved? Now if you come up with a "no" to this question, it doesn't necessarily mean that the opportunity is a "scam" or "pyramid scheme". However, based on my experience I can tell you that you would have an extremely hard time succeeding with any company where you didn't personally feel that the products/services provides a good VALUE for price being asked.

Opportunity - I like to call this one the "mom" rule ... real simply, would ask your mother/brother/sister/favorite aunt to sign-up for your business opportunity (using THEIR OWN money) ? This one is important! You've got to find something that you won't be embarrassed to share with people you know. If you think that it's possible to succeed in network marketing talking ONLY to strangers, you'll quite likely be setting yourself up for a long, hard, disappointing road.

Management - This one is the "x-factor", and quite likely more important (from a long-term perspective) than either of the previous criteria combined. Find out all you can about the people who are running the company. What is their background / experience? What are their Beliefs? What is their Vision? Find the answers to these questions, then see how well your own beliefs and vision FIT with that of the company. Bottom line here ... trust your gut ... and don't ever let the dream of "easy money" cloud your better judgement.

* I hope you find these tips to be helpful.

Til next time ... Todd