So You Say You Aren’t A Slacker, Well We’ll Find Out!

It’s time to get serious.  You are not at the playgrounds anymore!   Here comes real life! This is the first post for this group. Time to start working!

Now that I weeded out the slacker, I am expanding my support team. I am bringing

So You Say You Aren’t A Slacker, Well We’ll Find Out!

 

I already told you once, I push hard!  It’s time to get serious.  This is not the playgrounds!   Here comes the real world!  It’s time to prove your worth.

 

I am expanding my support team. I am bringing aboard a cohort of mine from last year’s challenge. She and I have been in regular contact, for a whole year!  I do mean regular contact and a whole year!

Remember this because it might mean something to you down the road.

 

Janie wasn’t given a choice to join this team or not.  Literally, I am forced her do this, to grow, to learn, to experience new experiences, right along with me.

Last year she would probably have ran scared, but this year after only a few seconds hesitation, she gladly jumped in, with both feet.

What a difference a year makes and I am so glad to have her here. I don’t know what I would have done without her, We are a TEAM.

So be polite to her, be cordial and understanding.  She still isn’t completely convinced she is ready for this but she is along for the ride. She is eager to find out where this is going to takes her next.

I promised her that this is going to be a whole new fun experience for both of us!

 

Ok, now that all this fluffy, feel good stuff is out of the way, let’s move on.

Here is what I expect out of you.  You are expected to read this post on the same day it’s posted.  You are expected to respond to it.  And most importantly, you are expected to be self motivated.  Anything else is just an excuse!

You asked to be here, so be here! I expect you to work!  

 

All of you have more than the basic understanding of Internet Marketing and some of its intricacies.  So what I need to know next is where to start this blog.

To do this I need you to tell me where your problem areas are.   What’s holding you back?  What don’t you understand?  What you think you need clarified.

 

So tell me, “What don’t you understand?”

 

 

P.S.  Both Janie and I have other projects going on so I can’t stress this enough, don’t waste our time!

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14 Responses to So You Say You Aren’t A Slacker, Well We’ll Find Out!

  1. Tamhello says:

    Aloha Janie and welcome.
    To answer your question about what problem areas I have:
    1. Articles are taking me too much time to write. I don’t just want to copy other people’s stuff and put it in a spinner and spit it out. There is way too much of that and it is gunking up the Internet.
    2. I need help getting into forums and learning what questions people are asking.
    3. I need recipes for articles so that I can drop in info and quickly bang out a post or article.
    4. I need URL’s of blogs with great writing. My writing seems stilted and lurchy because my sentences are all similar. Classical literature has sentences that are way too long and complicated for the online environment. Shorter sentences are called for in blogs. So, if any of you can recommend blogs for their writing style, please pass on the URL.
    5. I need a place to ask questions and get help with technical issues as they arise. If it is not this place, then do any of you recommend certain forums, websites, etc. where WordPress questions can be immediately dealt with?
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    • admin says:

      For me, knowing the question really helps, it keeps me focused on what the article is about. And I don’t deviate, although it is tempting. the goal is to keep it as simple and short as I can. Right around 250 words. Of course, it takes practice. But that’s one way to structure your article, your recipe as you call it.
      A other way is to use xmind or bubble us programs. I just started using xmind, but also going to use bubble us. Because I was told that with Bubble us files can be shared and Janie and I are collaborating on projects. Watch Youtube videos on xmind.

      look me up on skype, Kamaka_hawaii. Lets talk.

  2. Janie says:

    Hi Tamhello
    TY so much for the nice welcome.
    My first thought for writing is — to write like you talk and when you are writing, think about the things you like to read. But that is me. I also remember Ed Dale showing a couple books that helped him with his writing. As he says he was terrible at it, and he hated writing. I cannot remember the name of them right now, but you will find them in “The Challenge”. As for me I am still somewhat of a newbie — and Craig gives me more credit than I deserve. But we are both hard at work learning so much on a daily basis. Just have to get in there and do it. I can tell you that I have learned so much just reading tons of forum blogs.
    As for your writing — seems to me you write very well, just by reading your post. )
    As for wordpress — I have found a couple decent websites if you are interested. Here is one that is very good. This was sent to me by one of my teams. http://www.advancedwordpresstutorials.com/
    Just relax – kick back – and write when the mood strikes. )
    Oh and the thesaurus is always a wonderful tool when you are looking for that certain word or a different word than the one you are using.
    Have a great time. Wonderful to meet you – Have a fabulous day!!!
    Janie

  3. Cody says:

    What’s up Craig and Janie; it’s good to be here :)

    For me, my biggest challenge is working to a timer, instead of working to task.

    I’m naturally a perfectionist in the things I do, and I have to keep myself from falling into that when I’m working in my niches online. For me, I notice that (especially when you’re just testing a niche) it’s not about producing the BEST content; it’s about just getting content that’s good enough out there and promoting it and just producing and publishing.

    Working for a timer helps remind me of this and keeps me focused on just getting the large volume of work done that I have each day in all of my online projects, but I can still get better and improve the consistency of my effort each day. When I start working late or I’m not taking care of myself in the rest of my life, also, it affects my work because I’m not as motivated to do the work, and so my efficiency goes down and it takes me longer to finish everything, and so then my work drags out and fills up with most of the day, leaving me with even LESS time to go out and have fun and recharge so I’m fresh for another day of creating content and bringing my full self to the table in my business… and it’s like this vicious downward spiral!

    Haha. So I’m working at just being more disciplined in the way I work by working to a timer (in CFTs, as Ed refers to it) and just putting the unfinished stuff away until later, after I’ve worked through all of my other CFTs for the day.

    So yeah: I’m working at increasing my efficiency, and I’m finding it to be a matter of working to a timer and living a balanced life outside of work and making sure I do things to have fun when I’m not at my desk so I recharge, and getting enough sleep each night so I’m fresh the next day.

    As for what I don’t understand, I’d say that I need to work on my social media efforts a bit more. I know that social media is quickly becoming one of the heaviest SEO metrics and yet I still focus the bulk of my promotion/SEO efforts on article spinning and content syndication to get the volume of backlinks I need–and I know I need to, still–but I’m still rather lazy when it comes to really engaging with people on Facebook and Twitter… so I need to improve my efforts in the social media arena.

    That’s long enough for now. I’m pretty good at most other stuff, especially at content creation, and so I’m looking forward to networking with everyone hear and perhaps working together at various points in time. Cheers! -Cody

    • admin says:

      It’s funny that you should mention back links , social media and time management. Janie and I just finished a long discussion on those exact same topic.

      • Cody says:

        yup: super critical stuff, and it’s easy for me to insane amount of time to do all of that backlinking and social media promotion/interaction if I don’t stay focused and work smart…

  4. Tamhello says:

    Cody, are you using the 25 minute Pomodoro method with the timers, or something else?
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    • Cody says:

      Yes, usually I’m using 25 minute sessions with a timer.

      Sometimes, especially if I’m writing articles, I’ll extend that to about 40 minutes, just so I can write two articles back to back without stopping to think about anything in between and I can just keep the “flow” going.

      I notice I get more work done in the same amount of time when I work to a timer like this.

  5. JR says:

    Hi Craig and Jane

    Once again, thanks for the invite to your group!

    What don’t I understand? Craig, I’m so new to all this, I really don’t know what I don’t know.

    Here’s where I am. Just finished Mod 1 and now have my micro-niche. I spent days and countless hours finding a micro-niche that meet all the criteria for The Challenge. This was tough! At times, I found myself talking to my laptop top as if it was a slot machine in Vegas.

    I will be starting Mod 2 later today.

    Here are a few of the issues that I have struggled with so far…
    1) Proficiency regarding MS – any tips in Mod 2? I found myself spending too much time looking for my niche.
    2) Writing skills – How to write clearly and concisely. Again, I’m new to this and know this will be my next big task.

    As I move through The Challenge, I’m also looking for direction on the seemly endless small technical questions that come up when learning new programs. Any help on this front would be greatly appreciated.

    Take care,

    JR

    • admin says:

      Oh boy, can I feel your pain, all those little technical hiccups, I remember them so well. I couldn’t get pass it my first year. It completely stumped me! My second year was the hiccups in different clothing, they thought they had me fooled but I recognized them well!
      Then add on top of that, not knowing what you don’t know……well……if you don’t have the strength to push through this, well…….aloha!
      I will say this for you, you are doing absolutely the best thing you can do for yourself. Unlike me, I was stupid enough to think I could do it all on my own. I am thrilled that you are asking questions.

      About your technical question, hey…..I’ll do my very best. Ask way! But to be honest, other than the basics it might be over my head. And if I can’t answer I should at the very least be able to lead you in the right direction to find help.

      About writing, I learned to enjoy it, to find the fun in it. I learned to trick my mind into doing something I never thought I would be able to do into doing it. Took me a while, but I did it. Now it is becoming a habit, both tricking my mind and writing. Which by the way is the REAL reward.

      Can I help you to write well, or at least clear and concise articles? That’s a good question. I am not trained in writing. My grammar is not prefect. I don’t know what a syntax is. Did I just use a dangling proposition? The only reason I know and remember the phrase “dangling proposition” is because of the show Cheers, Diane used to tease Sam about it all the time.

      This is what I can do for you. I can show you, and explain the different methods I use to write and build my articles. I can tell you what I learned from other, and how I apply it to my writing. If you want someone to read your writing I can do that for you too.
      If you want to hear my story about how I tricked my mind into believing that I can write before I could, I tell you all about that too.

      Give me a shot, and I’ll help you as much as I can. Oh yeah, one more thing, This is not rocket science, you CAN do this!

    • Cody says:

      One tip for getting better at using and understanding Market Samurai: just keep doing it. Keep using it, go back and watch the videos and pause them at each step and follow along with the dude as he shows you how where to click for each step of the process. I think that if you do it enough, eventually you’ll grow those extra legs and be able to stand on your own and do it without the videos, and then eventually you won’t even need to think.

      I think that learning to use Market Sam. was the hardest thing for me to “get” last year when I started the Challenge, but I just kept trying and eventually I got there. But believe me: I screwed up dozens of times, got frustrated even more often… but I came back and did it again, and I was rewarded with figuring it out, eventually.

      This tool is essential to niche marketing today, and so take comfort in the fact that if you’re going to learn this process, learning MS isn’t optional: it’s just something that has to be done. Like breathing air, eating, sleeping, etc… is all essential for humans, so to is doing keyword research for internet marketers :) It’s not an option.

  6. Janie says:

    Hi All:
    I do have a couple more tips for you — especially if you are a newbie. There are many things that The Challenge wants you to buy that just are not necessary.
    You will need a Domain Name and a Host. I suggest you go to Go Daddy and Host Gator on your own instead of through Market Samurai. But that is up to you of course. Now here is the part that is very important. Craig and I both agree on this. You do not want to get WordPress Direct — You want to get WordPress.org because you definitely own your site then and nobody can take it away or change it or whatever ! So that is a must in my opinion. I suggest WordPress because it truly is an easy user experience. In the beginning — you can keep costs to a minimum, especially if you are strapped for cash. All you need right now is your Domain Name (I use Go Daddy) and Host Gator for hosting — and WordPress.org for your blog. WordPress.org costs nothing.
    Now another thing, YES Market Samurai is fantastic — I especially like the Page Ranker in there. As well as keywords etc. However, keep your mind open to other keyword finders too. I like Google Adwords Keyword Tool (also free) real well — it has helped me and so many other people find words we never would have thought of for our keywords and even our niches. Check it out if you haven’t already. I am sure it will help you tremendously.
    Now just one more thing before I go — For those of you that are very new at this, just take one day at a time. I promise all of this will become more clear to you as time goes on. Trust me … if I can learn this anyone can !!! Isn’t that right Craig ????? I have given him heartburn many a time, I am sure. As Craig said, Ask Questions !!! There are no stupid questions. All questions are pertinent. So ask, ask and ask. That is the only way to learn.
    We need to get Skype going Craig !!!
    Have a great day where ever you are
    Janie

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  7. JR says:

    Hi everyone,

    Thanks so much for all your tips, offers and kind words of encouragement. I read each and every post with great interest and will be investigating all the suggestions and ideas. I have started to make notes so when I reach a certain stage in The Challenge, I can refer back and use this great resource. Thanks Janie.

    Cody – I completely agree with you regarding MS. This is a real tool that must be known and well understood. I can say with confidence that I now have a solid working knowledge of the niche search tools within MS. More to follow.

    Craig – any insight on the methods you use to write articles would be great! Also, how you “tricked” your mind into believing you could write before you really knew how to write would also be very helpful. If this works for me, I’m sure it could be used in many areas of my business life.

    Side bar – I am traveling on business this week and at times I will experience very limited access to the internet. I will do my best to keep up, but there are days where options simply do not exist.

    Funny enough, it is this “working for the man” and all that goes with it, that drives me to be a real student of the Internet.

    Take care,

    JR

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