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My New iPod Touch Arrived Today! Are You Jealous?

When you work from home online and are alone all day most of the time, it can get boring at times, so it’s important to have some sort of entertainment around to keep you sane. That’s why I really wanted to win the recent karma contest to get a brand new 8 GB iPod touch for free, and I did! I already have an iPod Nano but I wanted an iPod touch because they have so many awesome features. Plus, getting anything that cool for free is always a bonus!

I’m actually on quite a winning streak with the contests. I’ve won the past three in a row! A couple years ago I won a new 20″ flat screen computer monitor, last year I won a $100 Amazon gift certificate, and now I just won an 8 GB iPod touch. If I keep this up I’ll never have to buy anything on my own again. Lol

Though I must admit, I am a moderator there at the forums, which doesn’t give me an actual advantage in the contests, but it does help because I spend so much time there. It is a great forum and overall work at home community, so I definitely recommend joining if you haven’t already. There’s a ton to learn there as well as a lot of other cool things (like these contests obviously).

Anyway, like I said, not only do they have great contests over at WhyDoWork, they also have an awesome work at home forum, an informative internet marketing blog, a very useful home based job search, and a ton of other great stuff. I highly recommend getting involved with their site right away. You’ll certainly learn a lot about working at home and making money online plus you might just be the next contest winner, but hopefully not because I want to keep winning them! Hahaha

I’ll leave it at that for now. I was just really excited when my new iPod touch arrived today so I wanted to write a post about it to let everyone know. See ya soon!

Don’t Let People Tell You What To Do or Make You Feel Like Your Way is Wrong

This is a major rant that is as a result of something that happened on the Warrior Forum just this evening. I hope you will take this advice to heart because it is really for your own good. And yes, I know it’s ironic that in an article titled “Don’t Let People Tell You What To Do” I am now going to tell you what to do, but when you read it, you’ll understand. Okay, let’s first tell the story of what happened.

I was asked at the forum to tell what my day was like. People wanted to know what I did on a daily basis to become so successful. So, I told them. I went through my whole day from morning until evening, every step of the way. I left nothing out. Yes, it’s quite a full day for me. Heck, I’m writing this post at 10:11 PM so you can imagine how hard I work at my business.

Anyway, most people replied to the thread that they were inspired by my story but one person came to the thread and essentially said to me that I must be really miserable working as hard as I do. I couldn’t believe the nerve of this person, assuming that he knows anything about my life, what I like and what I don’t like. Because my lifestyle doesn’t suit him, he assumes that I must hate what I do.

Let me make this perfectly clear. I LOVE what I do. I wouldn’t do anything else in the world but internet marketing. I love the long days. I get bored when I’m not working. I’m not the kind of person who can sit around all day watching TV. I’d go nuts. If I didn’t enjoy my life, I’d do something else… trust me on that.

Anyway, here is the point of this article. Don’t let anyone, and I mean ANYONE, make you feel like what you’re doing is wrong. It’s YOUR life and you have to live it the way you want. So please don’t let anybody tell you what to do with it. If somebody has a suggestion that might help you, listen. You can then accept it or reject it…YOUR choice.

I’ve been running MY business MY way for almost 6 years now and I am very proud of the business that I have built up. It didn’t happen overnight and yes, there have been long hours. But they have been more than worth it.

My mortgage will be paid off in 4 months from right now… which is 17 years early on my 30 year mortgage! My cars are paid off, I have no credit card debt, and I have money in the bank. How many people can say that?

Anyway, I hope this has been of some inspiration to you. And I promise… I will NEVER tell you what to do (ok well unless it is about making money online and I think it is in your best interest).

Otherwise I’ll just make some friendly suggestions.

Take Responsibility For Your Own Business

Well, I’m going on a rant… yet again. I find it amazing that when people drop the ball when it comes to their own business, they always look for somebody else to blame. Well, you can look no further than your mirror because the person you’re staring at is the ONLY one to blame.

True story. A guy over at a forum where I hang out made a post about how his hosting company screwed up by not sending him an email about his domain renewal. As a result, the domain lapsed and he lost it. Well, I don’t mean to be a royal pain in the backside but there is only one person responsible for keeping track of when your domain comes up for renewal… you! Not only that but I have at least 100 domains at many different registrars and I’ve never not been sent MULTIPLE emails telling me my domain(s) is about to expire. I can’t believe there is a registrar out there that doesn’t send at least one reminder.

However, even if they didn’t send an expiration reminder, I have a spreadsheet with all my important pieces of info, including logins and passwords, domain renewal dates, commissions owed and due, and so on. I don’t leave anything to chance or in the hands of others. It’s my business and ultimately, I’m the one responsible for making sure that my business doesn’t crumble to dust because I forgot to watch over it.

It’s kind of like needing somebody to remind me to feed my kids or give my animals water. Well, duh! It isn’t anybody else’s responsibility to remind me to feed my kids or take care of my animals or business… or anything else in my life for that matter. Ultimately, I am the only one responsible. In other words… the buck stops here.

What about you? Do you take care of all the things you’re responsible for? Do you keep track of domain expirations? Do you track your commissions that are owed you? Yeah, I know it would be nice to have the merchants pay us on time, but when they don’t, it’s up to us to contact them and say, “Hey, what’s the deal? Where’s my money?” Nobody is going to do it for you, that’s for sure.

Show me a person who is very successful and I will show you somebody who takes care of his own business and doesn’t leave it to others or to chance. That’s a surefire way of losing your shirt.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some deadbeat merchants I have to get after for commissions that are owed to me.

Hey, somebody’s gotta do it.

Ramblings Of An IM Junkie – Make A Million Dollars Tomorrow!

Yes, you read the title right. Make a million dollars tomorrow. Are you ready?

Would you like that in 10’s and 20’s, or should I sent it to you in food stamps?

Okay, I’m obviously kidding. However, I have to tell you… there are many people online who actually get into the Home Business Biz and expect to get rich overnight. How do I know that?

Get a load of this section from an email that I received just the other day…

“Look, I know that this make money thing can’t be all that hard. I mean I see people raking in a fortune all over the place. So just give me a couple of things I can do that’ll bring me in $20k this month.”

I almost fell to the floor with laughter. Sure buddy, when hell freezes over!

The truth is, this is the mentality I run into ALL over the place and it never ends. New people get into the world of making money online and think it’s going to be a cakewalk.

News Flash… It is NO cakewalk!

This year marks the 5th anniversary of me running my own home business and making money online. My first year I think I made about $10,000 total and it took a couple years before I was able to make an income that would allow me to live off it, and even then it was tight. And this was working my ass off every spare minute I had day and night.

Last year, for the first time, I broke 6 figures profit for the year. And no… it was NOT easy!

Running your own business is a hell of a lot of hard work and more of it than you can possibly imagine. There are things you need to learn when you’re first starting out that would boggle your mind if you knew. The truth is, if most people knew what it took BEFORE they dove in, they’d never go through with it from the beginning.

Well, I don’t know where you are in your journey, but here is a link to a product that literally has every bit of information you will need to become an internet marketing success story.

Do I guarantee it will make you a million dollars?

Hell no, I don’t! Actually, I don’t guarantee it will make you a single cent. There are FAR too many variables for me to say that. But I do know that if you are driven and follow the system, you absolutely stand a fighting chance of succeeding in this world of making money online. You just might make a million bucks by this time next year, or the year after.

Make a million dollars tomorrow?… Yeah, right. That’s not gonna happen. Sorry!

I Hate Spammers With A Passion!

When I say, “I hate spammers” I mean that in the deepest sense of the word. We’re talking HATRED beyond what I can even say in this post without sounding like a completely crazed psychotic!

So what brought this post on?

Well, first of all I have always hated spam as much as anyone else. Maybe even more since I’ve been an internet marketer for quite a while and I get more of it than the average person. Nobody likes seeing their email filled with a bunch of crap everyday.

Plus, spammers ruin it for us legitimate internet marketers who build true double opt-in email lists, follow all the rules, and send out information to people who actually asked to receive it. And never spam!

But the reason I am writing this post right now is because some asshole has been spamming people like crazy with ads pointing them to one of my websites.

I’ve had my domain provider threaten to shut down my account and my webhost suspended my account twice this week. Both were resolved once I explained to them what was going on but it still pissed me off! And now I have complaints noted on those accounts, so if someone complains in the future they will see that it has happened before and I will have a harder time getting myself cleared of it. Even though it was NOT me!

Plus, I have had a ton of people write to me to complain and some of them have called me every name under the sun… and let’s just say none of them were nice either. I try explaining to them that it wasn’t me but most of them don’t believe me. And why should they? I don’t blame them! I probably wouldn’t either.

My name, reputation, and business are all getting ruined because some stupid spammer doesn’t care about anyone but himself.

I’ve tried blocking him and taking other actions to stop this from happening but so far none of it has worked. He just keeps on sending out the mass spam emails without even caring that it is doing nothing for him, and it is hurting me and deceiving the people he is emailing.

If I could get my hands on whoever it is doing this it would not be a pretty sight. In fact, I would probably be thrown in jail when it was all said and done. I don’t care, it would be worth it! That’s how pissed I am.

Anyway, that is enough of my rant. I just had to get this off my chest and I figured a good way to do that would be to write up a blog post about it.

Let this be a lesson folks – You need to be careful because stuff like this can happen to anyone at any time for no good reason.

Now I am heading off to try to figure out more ways to stop this spammer.

If you have any tips to help me I would love to hear them.