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Current SEO

SEO..search engine optimisation to those of you who don't know what that means.
SEO...if you blog, have a site and why it SHOULD be important to you.

If you are building blogs, websites, or plan to, it will definately pay to try and understand basic SEO, as it will become a source of main traffic for your site...if done right.

Theres the rub, SEO is a constant changing thing as the SE's need to keep the searches relevant, while keeping on top of those that use unethical methods to fool the SE for higher placing, often called "black hat"

But you SHOULD be in this for the longer term so you want to be "white hat".. so it pays to
get it right and ethical from day one.
Give the SE's what they want and you get what you want!

Simple... CONTENT... relevant content... but you still need to utilise all the relevant parts of SEO to make the most of your CONTENT, content on it's own won't cut it.

There is alot of advice out ther regarding this yet it is also in constant change, so what works today may not in 3 months.. this is why it pays for you to learn and keep abreast of what you need to know, what effects your work...not everything works for everyone!

Master the basics and you will have a great head start on new sites you make, while also being able to learn the next thing easier as it most likely follow on from what you already know.

Master the basics, and implement on every new site.. and you would see a big difference than had you just built blindy.

Give the SE's what they want and you get what you want!

Go better and give them what they REALLY want...

QUALITY CONTENT...

Add that to good SEO practice and you can't go far wrong.

As a blogger myself I know blogs can get indexed quickly and often but I now feel that it is NOT the best way to go about getting indexed, it works yes, but it is NOT the best..

I recently read a free book, which explained quite nicely about this and it IS easy to try it and see for yourself.. I have to say it is VERY simple yet a great way of starting to see why SEO is important... so a good place to start would be this book.

Grab the backlink book, and read it.. a short but clear read to those who are new to it..
Or thinking of article writing..;)

After you read that and it makes sense... which it will... whatever you know or don't know about SEO.
You may wish to really get to grips with SEO, and if you ARE planning new sites etc, then NOW would be the best time to digest this.

For it is the most CURRENT SEO information.. proven by being a bestseller itself.. proof is in the pudding.. and the guy has sites at the top os the SE's...say no more.

I AM planning a few sites and I WILL get the SEO right from the start, that work will pay off for years to come AND will be far more profitable to me... far more than the book cost!

But NOW with the recent google's delisting of all the crap sites there is a gap to step in and climb that SE ladder.. a better chance for the REAL content to shine...and stay there.

Want to dominate a niche? Build lots of quailty sites catered for that niche.. if you get 4 or 5 in that top 10 on google..you will see a massive boost to traffic and profits.

If they provide QUALITY CONTENT, there is a good chance they stay there.

Best of all ALL your future sites you can build with quality SEO in mind from the off and that has to worth doing.
So I would definately recommend you grab the book sooner than later and capitilise on the recent changes.

Plan well.. act on the advice, deliver quailty and you have a winner or two... ;o)

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Google reader

Having used rss readers for a while and used a few different ones, I have to say the google reader is great, the best I have yet used, and if you already use gmail, it will feel a little familiar.

I was using the firefox rss but this google one is far better, with the added bonus of being able to add the reader to my igoogle home page it is a breeze to keep up to date.

Shame google isn't spending enough time, or the same level of zest on blogger...blogger could be far better than it is.. yes the beta is ok...but not yet usable with own domains. It is now usable with blogger, better yet use the custom domain and have blogger host it all for you, you have less chance of losing the blog this way too.

I think a great idea would be a "downloadable dashboard" so I have all control of it... using own ftp and domain we wouldn't have outage problems.

Shot themselves in the foot with the bad customer service with blogger.

Google is growing at a rapid rate.. inetrgratioin of all this through one google control panel is going to be good, easy and a time saver.
Just get it right...

On the whole I would definately recommend google reader.

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Two way street

If you really want to get a better understanding of some thing online and how and why things happen the way they do... you need look no further than the real world.

Using an anology can be an effective way to make sense of something, something that is confusing, hard to grasp even hard to picture. It has been done thousands of times for thousands of different examples and situations.

Thats not exactly what this post is about but it is involved in a roundabout way... ;)

Using traffic for an example, which actually fits here well, you only need look at the roads... ;)

Just as with the usual road traffic there is more often than not a two way thing going on..
With a few one way streets here and there.

Blogs and websites are very similar with the linking patterns that happen...with some using the "no follow" in the linking they are creating a one way street...

One way streets get clogged and jammed... those that are greedy with links and such will suffer somewhere along the line, no doubt.

Some just link out rarely but are happy to have people link to them... yes good for SE but so what..the nets getting more and more personal as I have already said in a previous post.

The two way street traffic will eventually be the norm as it should be.
Obviously there has to be only one way linking with some websites, like direct selling sites etc, they have a specific aim..and that allows the aim to be achieved...blogs are different.

Long term you want your blog looking like an active community... active being the operative word here.

There are thousands of crap blogs out there...AND there are countless great ones too, yet so many of the great ones have hardly any traffic, such a shame for the majority who never get to see them.

Linking to those you DO like which are hardly being seen is helping you both, you are sharing a great blog, and they are grateful for the help which also leaves them feeling like you deserve a mention along the line...a link etc.

But NEVER expect the link back...give without expecting in return, just as with anything in life, done this way you feel happier and greatful you was appreciated...like you earned the link.

Thats the way it goes...but doing it with a difference is what will make the impact..the "reason why" is also an influence on the end result.

So Johns blog post here was an inspired one in my eyes...check it out as well as the rest of his blog.

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Setback or kick up the backside?

What a few days, spent them with my boys so that was great,
the local fair was here but sheeesh how much a ride!

Sad to see that I think, after the amount it has also shrank
over the last ten years.
Nevertheless a great half term with the kids and time I wish
I had more of.

Well.. other than that...

I lost my connection for a few days, my own fault for
not staying on top of things.

So.. a setback or a kick in the arse!?

I will take both.. ;O)

I will have to step up a notch now to stay on top and
make sure it doesn't happen again.
It has motivated me to keep going and get cracking on
more of what works and less of what doesn't.

I did get a chance to read a few things I have been
meaning to do..put it off to often as we do.. digital dust!

Some good reading it was, and some good ideas for me to
utilise and test out.

Good to be back I have to say.. ;o)

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Incredibly frustrating day today

ALL becuase I LOST my hearing aid, being deaf and having a hearing aid is bad enough...

Like being naked when I don't have it in.
Still it is VERY hard to deal with out there... all that going on around you yet in silence!

Lack of communication has to be one of the MOST frustrating things we can go through.... ever lost your voice?

Well I am baffled...pissed off... and angry with myself today..

You may wonder HOW I lose something like that, well the mould that acually goes in my ear was there, the working part thats goes behind the ear...weren't..

It was only when I bloody buss went pass and I didn't hear it that I noticed!

I JUMPED right out of my skin. :o(

You get so used to wearing it you don't really feel it anymore...like when people wear glasses I would imagine.

You notice it when you DON'T wear them far more.

It stands out, it feels uncomfortably different... its bloody HORRIBLE!

So I got home, spent 3 hours LOOKING for my old one... found it, but its terrible..

I now miss my newer "best you can get" digital one BADLY.

At a £1000 each. :o(

I am pretty annoyed at myself yet I couldn't have helped it anyway, as the tube holding them together had broke.

So can't go to hospital before friday as it is not open until then, thats the actual ear, nose and throat place..

So stuck with an old one untill then, but most likey I will have to wait for a new one anyway.

Not a good day so far.. very annoyed so I have to get head in a different state, let it go for now... do something..

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Marriage- turning Lynn Terry down!

Lynn posted an "off topic" post on marriage all the while thinking I wouldn't spot the subtle "subliminal massage".

That the preference was for a "Brit with a hearing problem and a sense of homoUr" which narrowed it down a tad.. ;o)

Yet I had to say no... bit far away you know..

Joking aside..

She will kill me!! ;o)

Good headlines work do they not?

But wait..before you dissapear.. it was for a reason and a good one at that.

Not only it got you here...

I am a little at point where I NEED to get something off my chest, not in a rant sort of way, but in an positive yet straight manner.

Anyone who knows me offline, and I KNOW a few my offline real mates read this.. ;o)

They will tell you I don't shy from making friends or being honest, and yet a mate says
I need to show a little more of the ME through this blog...so I will.. ;o)

I am sometimes to honest for my own good, some say, but I don't feel it ever pays to not be honest.

They have a great point there and it ties in with something I have been thinking about alot since getting back online.

Being online is getting more and more like being offline... except faster.

You may well have heard of the term web 2.0 before you groan or wonder, depending on your view, lets get something straight here, it is NOT hype!

Some WANT you to believe that, simply due to it being a potential banana skin for them..

Before I explain why grab this superb book from Tiff, read it as soon as you finshed this post, it will clear it up nicely, not only that you will also see more of Tiffany Dow in the future I think..why? take a look at her easy to read, clear easy to grasp style..

See why the top dogs have hired her in the past?

So...the banana skin?

It's getting to be a people driven market, people are voting with their word, with their fingers.
And if your product, service don't cut the mustard it won't last!!

Simply put the net IS running more on word of mouse than ever before.

Hype to far or lie to much and you WILL get called out on it... but it also means the people are the ones who will clean up the niches, and the net.

This post is a perfect example of web 2.0 in action.

Its about interactivity more than anything, that can be acheived in so many ways, and its good for so many different reasons.

Linking to others is part of it, blogging itself is part of it and those who fail to grasp this will miss out.

Look at John Reese's blog here and tell me THAT isn't interactivity...two post...over 300 comments.
And THAT paticualar commant was someone helping ME... see the people interacting here?

When you want to buy someting...

The people don't wanna get ripped off, the people don't wanna get lied to, the people don't wanna read boring long sales letters, they want a real recommendation from a real person, someone who they trust, believe.

People need to be honest...straight..

Thats why you won't see me selling how to make money selling books on...

"How to make money selling books on how to make money"!!.

Because I am NOT making silly money.

Those of you who are sharp will have already noticed that.

Ok that's most of ya.. ;o)

Here is what got me putting that up here.

So..while it pissed me off a tad, it got me thinking positively, the only way to banish the negative.. ;o)

As this post implies its a people driven thing, I will let you decide whether my rambles are worth tipping for... ;o)

But tippers won't regret it.

They will help me move FASTER to where I need to be.

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Seth Godin - Stephen King!

No I am not claiming they are the same person!

If you have tried writing at any time you know how it's not as easy as it seems, and it pays to learn from others.

One reason I read both of these guys is I can always learn something from them.

Yet today Seth has hit on something I can immediately relate to, something S King has also touched upon.

Seths post is a very short yet fantastic example itself of what he writes of... we learn great by examples.
He teaches yet shows at the same time but in such a simple short direct manner...

He IS a marketer after all.. ;o)

Stephen King writes of the same thing in his fantastic book "On writing"... One of his most interesting books.

Very different to anything you expect of him, yet so good as he shows real examples that HE wrote.

And you see it in his main books.

Do I need to do the same? ;o)

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A MUST see.....A must DO

Evereyone should see this...although I can't say what I thought of it cos I can't hear it, but this is something you SHOULD watch AND do.

Go take a look and see how this will change your life.

The video to watch.. and if you take action, it will be the BEST thing you have done for a LONG time.

How can I know if I haven't watched it?

Well I HAVE read the pdf version of what the principle is, done by the same person, John Reese.

This is something I did from the pdf, and it was great...but YOU have the advantage of hearing so watch it, do it.

But first I want you do one thing...be grateful for what you have..

This IS one of the most powerful things you can do.

Go watch it...do it...and enjoy the rewards of the silence!

Eh? Well the silence IS where the answers are... ;o)

So watcha wanna know? How to change your life? How to make money online? how to be happy?

I KNOW the SILENCE... and I know YOU have that stuff we call NOISE in your head... so go take a...BRAIN DUMP!

Make sure you have your notepad out...a real one with a pen!

Go take a look at the video...do it and come back here...let me know what you think! ;o)

Be warned it could change your life!

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How dare they?

Something has really annoyed me and I find it very distasteful too.

As you know I am deaf, I was born deaf.. now I have some serious
problems getting work what with half the jobs needing phone manner
or dealing with the general public, not to mention I can't hear the
fire alarms very well.. so it is unsafe to work in some environments.

So...I make a claim for disability living allowance..as I feel I AM entitled
to this extra help.

I had to get a doctors note which confirmed I was indeed born deaf.
I had to fill out a few forms explaining my disability and how it effects
my life... (as if it wouldn't).

Sent them off, waited about 9 weeks to hear from them...

Then they send me a letter denying me this help...without as much as
meeting me..or even assessing me.

How DARE they judge me without even meeting me.
How dare they say...

I am NOT deaf enough!

That STINKS.

Well I WILL appeal, I may even go as far as to take it to human rights
courts.

What do you think I should do?

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Missing out again!

With the discovery of the net and it's reach to people I would never otherwise know I felt I stepped into a whole new world.

One where it didn't matter that I am deaf...

Knowing I could read and read without missing out on any thing was a fantastic thing for me.. knowing I could "chat" to others online was also a massive thing to me, as I can't use a phone as you or others would...

I was happy as pig in shit!

Now with the explosion of videos...it looks as though I will start to miss out on good info again.

After all who is gonna put up subtitles for people like me?

No one!

Oh well... at least you can enjoy the videos and you should.

Just feel a little like it is going to all move on again and leave people like me behind again.

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Scripts are great when used properly..

Scripts like some you find on this blog like here and they are great for adding a bit of a difference to your blogs and sites etc.

They dont have to be hard to add either, just a case of adding the code to the template more often than not...there are plenty of great free scripts out there to utilise if you have a look.

There will be a rise of scripts and widgets to add to our blogs over time, in a way to to make our blogs more interactive.
Blogs are at the forefront of the social web which means blogs will be one of the first places you will see things like this over time.

Eventually I can see people being able to find blogs via blog widgets.

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Unsubscribing and GLAD!

I have always been one of those who is subscribed to lots of list, not to get all products under the sun, but to simply see what they get up to, how they do things, what can I learn from them...

Well... since coming back online and having a fresh outlook and perspective on things, I have to say... there is something that stands out a mile!

The bullshit and crap out there that every guru and their bloody aunt seems to promote... well I have news...

The biggest lesson to be learnt from it all is what NOT to do!

Honestly I have to say...if these people are making money from their list they have some naive readers.. if you are one.. sorry to be blunt.. but it IS my opinion, and I see it over and over again.

Lets face it some Americans (meaning the general herd) buy into the hype...hook line and sinker.. not to say it is just the Americans...
But hey it is mainly the American "gurus" that get the results from the hype... so it MUST work on the herd they lead!

If that IS you... then its only YOU that can change that.

There are some great newsletters out there, this is NOT a bash AT Americans.... there are some American newsletter writers I will always read.. but there are some that are downright crap.. I mean they ARE taking
the piss out of the readers...

Is it just the Americans? NO.. but hey there are MORE of them and it IS these that stand out.

I will stick my neck out here and say it seems the UK newletters writers are far less hypey..and far more honest.

Why is it that the American law is trying to police the net?
Why is it they set up laws and have strict rules in certain states?
Could it due to the level of hype that the American writers put out?

The promises of easy riches!
The selling of the dream?

Could it be so bad that even they are saying woah... we gotta get grip on this.

Is it that they realise the herd are actully naive enough to fall for it all?

Is there something I am missing?

I am glad to have clicked the unsubscribe button on a few these last few days... I doubt I have finished yet either.

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Top 700 in a week!

My squidoo sites are doing well... very well..

One is now in the top 650 out of 46,000 in a week!
Out of the other five...four are between 3,000 and 10,000... only one is outside the top 10,000.

Thats great.. ;o)

As long as I keep it up I should hit that elusive top 100!
Then the traffic should get even better.

Lenses are so simple to get going with the added benefit of getting your sites spidered quick and often via links.
Some squidoo tips to utilise are :

1. Update as regularly as possible for at least the few few months like you would a blog, fresh content matters. You can easily add the bookmarklet to your browser to make sharing and adding a click of a button, this is useful if you browse several places within that niche.

2. Add RSS feeds from your relevant blog to the lens, this mean your lens will update everytime you post to you blog, in effect helping with tip 1.

3. Contribute and comment on similar lenses and blogs to help them as well as helping yourself, everyone likes to "pay back" help they receive. It benefits you all to help getting your lenses higher ranked in the SEngines.

4. Build a few funnels to your lenses, using hub pages, blogs, etc but keep it all relevant, if possible use long tail keywords to grab the low hanging fruit.

5. Above all, keep at it as with blogs and websites it takes time and effort, nothing is instant and easy.

If you have yet to start using squidoo lenses, go start now, set a few up and see how it goes.

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Another nights sleep lost!

Getting to be a pain at times... can't sleep or more like can't stop "getting things moving" as the need to get up to speed and build on where I need to go takes over...my sleep routine is buggered right up!

But I have at least been "getting things done"..so that IS a
positive thing.

Made massive progress in a variety of ways.

Getting there!

Still I am also in two minds on things... I mean I know where I want to be, which way I want to go, but getting the results is going to take some serious time considering how much time I lost over the last year...

A year offline is like a bloody decade on here!!!

It's pissed me off a bit to an extent...but hey positive thinking is the way.

I can see way more of the potential than I could before having had a step back from it all then coming back it has opened my eyes some...I tell ya.

Look at youtube...geeee man..how much f******* MONEY did they get?

Two guys in two years!!

So I do feel for me its...

Just a little slow on getting things moving as fast as I would like.

If that makes any sense...

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Lynn has posted a great question

On her blog, regarding who owns the blogosphere..

Intesresting read and I have to agree with her points 100%.

The blogosphere is everyones and anyones...

For one person to claim it is ridiculous.. there has been a debate
going on over several blogs etc, for me it is sit back have a read
and a giggle!

Take a read here and see what you think... Clicknewz

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Blog linking tips.

When it comes to links they are not all equal, far from it and they all have different effects on your blog not only with the SERPS (search engines) but also with the flow of readership if linking internally.

Most blogs will have links to other blogs in the sidebar, known as a blogroll.
These are often swapped links so you link to them and they link to you, which is ok if all the blogs are are a similar topic. A "two way link" as it's known.

By far the better way if for another blogger with more authority in the same niche to link only to you in the actual post they write on their blog, this is the best natural link you will get.  A "one way link" as it's known and if at all possible an anchored link is best.

Anchored link?

You will have seen the links on blogs and sites that say "read here" or "click here" which are not anchored at all so while they will pass on "link juice" they will not rank for a keyword.

Far better is to have a link with a keyword relevant to that link.
For an example as I have written in this post about linking and I hope it would give you some ideas on how to improve your own linking structure, ideas are in abundance when you look around you.

You see how that is anchored with relevant words, not only on here but on the post it links to.
This is "internal linking", a good idea to present older post to your new readers. :o)

Another is "three way linking" which as the name implies involves three blogs or sites, A links to B, B links to C, and C links to A to complete the circle.

Make backlinking an important part of your blogging plans as it is one of the only real ways to rank well (along with great relevant content) in the SERPS, other blogs and sites will link to you if you provide their readers with great relevant content.

This then grows your traffic, ranking and authority.

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Me? Na I don't know about that...

I wouldn't have expected it to be this way..but...


Your Dominant Intelligence is Linguistic Intelligence

You are excellent with words and language. You explain yourself well.
An elegant speaker, you can converse well with anyone on the fly.
You are also good at remembering information and convicing someone of your point of view.
A master of creative phrasing and unique words, you enjoy expanding your vocabulary.

You would make a fantastic poet, journalist, writer, teacher, lawyer, politician, or translator.
What Kind of Intelligence Do You Have?

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Full moon

A beautiful full moon tonight...

I have to admit I have loved to sit and gaze at the moon all my life, when my sins were little they loved to see it my lap on the doorstep on the warm summer night and gaze at it too.

I remember them both saying moon very early in life. :o)

We know it effects the tides, water and such on the earth and we are ourselves 90% water so it's no surprise we have such an affinity with it.

I am a firm believer that in reality there is 13 months a year and each month is 28 days ...

How about you? Do you like to gaze at the moon?

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Blogger are you? What sort?

Having been blogging a while now I have come to see that there are a few types of  blogger.

Generally I hate to use labels or categorise people yet there is no way around that as we all fit into one or the other.

1. Those who make money online via blogging as part of  Internet marketing.

These are IMers who have started to blog with the sole intention of making money from them, done in several ways, as a funnel to their "money pages" ... sales pages etc, as an email list building tool.

2. The "I wanna be famous blogger" by way of getting to be known as the "go to" person in the niche they have.

These people are the so called "A listers" who's only aim is to build the numbers, readership, RSS subscribers and such, quite often they will work with each other to build each others profile online. A "good old boys style network" where the readers are pushed to and fro between each A lister blog.

3. The CV style blogger, like freelance writers, artist, graphic people etc.

These bloggers are using a blog to gain more work, either as part of their own business or as a freelancer for a second income. This is a great way of going about getting more freelance work simply because you have a "showcase" for others to check out first, making it more likely to get the work needed.

4. The personal blogger, the original blog users, who blog about things with no other "agenda", ie ... to make money or build a big loya;l readership with a set plan of action.

You will hear these people complain about the first three examples here simply because they believe their way of blogging is the only way it should be done.

There is no "right or wrong way" to blog, it depends entirely on what the goal of you blogging is.

What type of blogger are you?

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Are you a good friend?

Friends, we all have them and we all need them.

What makes a good friend though?

The one thing I have learned over the years is that ... "you find out who your friends are when the chips are down, or the shit hits the fan" ... as they say.

Now we all have a new set of  "friends" with the internet, those we know only online via forums, blogs, network sites etc.

Are they less of a friend just because we only know them online?

I don't think so, in fact I have met some great people online who I would call friends, a few of them I have met offline since and I would say they are  friends but in a different way then those I grew up with.
Not less of a friend though, nor more, just a different friend with similar interest to mine.

After all, most my offline friends I grew up with don't have the same interest as my, they either hate computers, or have yet to bother with them.

I don't think it will long before most of my offline friends will get online more, using the internet for online shopping and such.

What do you feel makes a good friend?

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Bills.. more bills...

Started to get bills now I have been moved a few weeks...

Ah well gives me a little more incentive to go for the idea I have come up with to get the bill money. ;o)

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PLR lens...

These squidoo lenses are great, the ranking is going up well, and it seems that spiders index your sites on the lenses very quickly...

I can see great potential with this... check out my latest one.. here..

The ease of setting them up, and the fact its free as well as giving you a good start on your traffic is a bonus you can't miss out on.

Set up yours here.. and enjoy it.. they are really easy to use, so for those who have no sites, blogs, this could be a real winner... join the two sites I mention here, set up a niche lens related to something from them and use the material as content for your lens.. ;o)

Rinse repeat...

Good ideas everywhere.

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Firefox and performancing..

I am getting lots more done these last few days... great to be so productive.. I love to use this firefox perfomancing blog extentsion.

It is great.. very quick and easy with the speed to swap from blog to blog.

Getting better and better.. with tabbed browsing on firefox.. its a great idea.

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15k challenge almost there!

Dan has done great if you ask me...

Many of you will have already heard about Dan Raines 15k challenge... and the blog he has done about it... here.

Well nearly at the end so it looks as tho it is going to be very very close as to whether he does make money online, ie 15k, or gets to have a chilly night on the tiles in a pink thong!

Hat's off to Dan for at least showing what IS possible... all it takes now is to go READ the blog, all of it, then think of how YOU can do the same but on a longer timescale.

I mean set it as 10k before say feb... then you have a good chance and a realistic timeframe to do it.

The biggest lesson it shows is it takes action... that's IT.

So what you waiting for, read it all, set your plan, follow it with massive action... see the results.

There are far to many naysayers out there... bollox to them, because you can bet they are not one of those who make money online so just take action!

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A good idea?

We all use alot of the forums and often we can chew up alot of time in them.

I thought I would set this up... Threads lens...

I hope its of use to others too... feel free to comment on it. :o)

Update : I wouldn't mind offloading this lens, if anyone is interested and uses the IM forums, simple to add threads you like so you could build this up to be a great central for threads from all marketing forums then using it as a part of your own make money online plans.. Email me if you are interested.

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A quick post........

Happy birthday to... me!

I will be having a great day spent with my sons. :o)

Been busy getting things done, so I hope to have a more relaxing yet fun time with the boys.

So... I have also been networking... www.myspace.com/deafdad

I have also been setting up lenses...

Me.....and more! on Squidoo and also

Portland bill...No where quite like it on Squidoo  and another...

The premiership football lens on Squidoo for us fans!

Off to bed now.. its late.. no its early.. on my birthday! :o)

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