Yes, it’s Thanksgiving again and like most Internet marketing moms I am thawing the turkey while writing up blog posts and doing some social networking. So how do I keep track of the 30 minutes when I need to change my turkey thawing water? I use the Free Countdown Timer the I downloaded from CNET. I can run multiple countdowns on this clock which is so helpful for cooking while I’m working. I can have all the oven timers go off at different times without worrying about burning anything.
Not only is it helpful with cooking, it is also helpful when timing web seminars on Google Hangouts and other web seminar meetings. It’s great for timing web video recordings and mp3′s. It’s good for timing contests during your seminars and managing your time while doing the seminar.
Imagine dividing your seminar topics into 4 different topics with a beginning, middle, and end helping you navigate when to switch topics and sections into your webinar. I run it on my second monitor while working in my webinar so I know when to change topics. I can also time cooking dinner during the seminars because hey, isn’t that what all of us Internet marketing moms do?
Download it and see if it works for you. I know it did for me.
If you join SwagBucks you can earn giftcards for places like amazon.com and starbucks just by searching the web. I know that I search the web a lot for research so it really does pay off. You can also watch videos, participate in searches, and do other activities.
I know Bing offers such a service, but as far as I know Bing does not have referral codes that give you even more money and the giftcards available on SwagBucks are 25 points cheaper than Bing–at least the ones I researched were.
If you’re ever caught off guard by a WordPress spammer who spams your blog with some kind of script, the easiest way to get rid of all the SPAM is to do it manually. I tried a few tools on a blog that was hijacked by a groups of unscrupulous 3rd world country spammers who had somehow hijacked the registration and set it to author. Within days I had about 8,000 new authors and about 25,000 spam posts. Aye yi yi!
I started to delete the posts first and then realized they’re just posting while I’m deleting and scheduling for the future. I tried a couple plugins to delete posts and authors in bulk, but the amount of authors and posts would just make the plugin spin until it timed out. It was easiest to go the manual route:
- Back up your database. Always.
- Transfer all known authors to an unused role like editor or subscriber. This depends on how many you need to save that are actual users so be careful not to delete the ones you want to save.
- Click on Users from the left menu.
- Click on Author.
- In the “Screen Options” tab at the top right, enter how many users to show on the screen. It will only go up to 999, which is too big for the system to handle anyway so pick around 400. I tried various numbers and 400 was the best one for me to work with.
- Go through all the authors page by page and any that have over 500 posts that are not regular authors delete them manually.
- Click on Delete All Posts so the posts from these authors are completely removed.
- Click on confirm deletion.
- Then go through the process again until all the authors with a lot of posts are gone. Now just focus on the rest and delete them in bulk in the same manner.
- Change your password and if necessary the default registration role.
That’s it. It was really easy once I got the process down. I was going to go through the backend and do it, but this wouldn’t have deleted the posts and the author at the same time. I really think the WordPress admin menu is the fastest and cleanest way to get it done.
I have been using this geekmom name for a long time for online business and one day several women got together and bought the domain I had been saving up to purchase. The domain was originally parked by a private party in 2000 so I bought geekmom.net in 2001. Then geekmom.com came available in 2010. Now, you have to understand that in 2005 I wasn’t at the place I wanted to be financially. I couldn’t come up with five grand for the domain and an attorney for the trademark so they bought it and, without even checking to see if someone else had been running a business under that name, they bought it and took my original idea and ran with it. Of course, they had more people they knew in the business and a publisher at wired.com to help them move it along.
So, here I am. I won’t change my name. I had it first and I like it. My business platform still caters to geekmoms and geekdads who want to run their own online business. I had the original blog in a phpWebSite/mysql platform before WordPress and Drupal ever came out and if you check the waybackwhen machine you’ll see it has been registered to me and has gone through many different looks.
The lesson here is always get your unique name trademarked and grab every single social network you can using your name so this doesn’t happen to you. You can use a service like tradmarkia or another to get registered.
I have a friend whose sister just went through something absolutely horrible and lost everything. She has two young children and as of right now they have no extra clothes, toys, books, or a home.
I’m asking for donations for these great people through amazon gift cards. What I will do is forward the giftcard number to her so they can just choose what they need to replace what they had.
If you are interested, please send an amazon gc to therealgeekmom [at] gmail.com and in the message put “I Love Family” on the card so I know who it’s for. You can also email me for more information if needed.
Getting Facebook likes is all the chatter these days as more and more people use Facebook as a form of marketing. There seems to be a new method almost every day on how to get more likes on your company Facebook page, but all it is really about is exposure.
One way to get exposure is to find articles and blogs that use Facebook as a commenting system. By using the Facebook tools, these companies have made it possible so readers can comment on their pages without starting an account on their blogs. This makes it easier for the members to leave comments.
While I’m not so sure this is a great idea for your blog as these members are not leaving important information on your site for your list efforts, it is a great way for you to promote your Facebook page. People will see your name and if it looks interesting enough to them then they will click on your name which, depending on who you are logged in as, will lead to either your personal Facebook page or your fan page. If your page is interesting enough, then it will lead to more Facebook Likes.
Places that I’ve found that use the Facebook comment system include wired.com and a few news stations scattered around the Internet. I know there are many more as I have commented on some. Just drop by a few of these places every day and leave messages using your Facebook page and you should get people clicking on your page which ultimately end up at your website.
Are you blogging doom and gloom every day and turning people away from your blog because you’re so negative? I admit, it’s fun to read the blogs where you find out this rumor or that rumor, but if you’re blog is to bring in people for business then telling people how bad the world is at the moment isn’t going to help them.
Of course, telling them that someday their need is so great that having a business of their own can fix their problems is fine, but it needs to be done a certain way that you aren’t making them feel like their is no hope left in the world because nothing else is going right. Make them feel important and great about their lives. Make them want to write about how wonderful they’re going to be and how wonderful they are.
Make your readers feel good!
Do you really think you can make money in your sleep? I think you can. In fact, I KNOW you can because I do. Really, all it takes is a bit of work, positive focus, and motivation.
See, if you have been marketing on the Internet for some time already but you don’t have a blog going then you’re really missing out. I see countless amounts of people who continue to post affiliate links to forums and other places for their affiliate product yet that’s all they do. While I’m sure that people in the forums do click on these links, I know these marketers are missing out on even more traffic to their programs. Read more
Ecommerce is a booming market that is fattening the wallets of countless eager business entrepreneurs. However, it is also a misunderstood entity to many established retail store owners, and unfortunately, that misunderstanding is hampering the productivity of retail business. Whether retailers like it or not, ecommerce looms large over the traditional ways of doing brick and mortar business, and retail store owners would best be served by an increase in knowledge and awareness, and a decrease in ecommerce anxiety. Why are retail store scared of ecommerce? Here are some things to consider:
Ecommerce requires an investment. And this not only means a monetary investment. Adapting a retail business to the world of ecommerce requires a considerable investment of time and know-how. Business owners that don’t have the money, time, or expertise to devote to growing an ecommerce presence will have to either figure out how to work it in or hire someone else to do it, which means they are naturally unlikely to be eager to jump on the ecommerce bandwagon.
Perceived competition between the two entities. Many retail business owners mistakenly believe that an ecommerce store will somehow compete with a storefront, as if patrons who frequent the brick and mortar store will suddenly drop off the radar because they are glued to their computer screens. However, this is not the case. An ecommerce store can actually go a long way in boosting in-store sales in a number of exciting, and mostly unexpected, ways.
Fear of change and the unknown. This is only natural. Many people are afraid of change. Change brings the unknown, and it means adjusting to a learning curve. Retail business owners have a difficult enough time as it is just maintaining a storefront and ensuring profitability. Branching into ecommerce understandably feels like a scary new frontier.
They want to stay local. It is a common belief among retail business owners that cater to a local population that an Internet presence is simply not needed. Retailers who want to stay local may question the feasibility and practicality of branching into ecommerce.
Although all of these fears are perfectly understandable and, in many cases, expected, they are not necessarily conducive to good business. The simple truth is that today’s shopper prefers having the option of accessing certain conveniences through the Internet and that you, as a retail store owner, have the capability to provide your customers with those conveniences, in the process improving your business. Don’t let fear hold you back from being the best retailer you can be. Explore ecommerce and what it can do for you, and find where you fit in–sooner rather than later.
About the Author: Blaine Journell loves his ecommerce store and knows he’ll never compete with big businesses. You can find more templates here if you’d like to find a simple solution for your own site.