16
May

Super Secret Project Completed

Super Secret ProjectIf you’ve been following me on Twitter for the last month you may have noticed I’ve been dropping little hints about a super secret project in the works. It is now completed, but the results might not be available for a few days or so. I’ve been pouring myself into this thing for a month now and I hope I haven’t burned myself out.

It’s not what you think though. It doesn’t involve a web site, a blog, a BANS store, the eBay affiliate program or any of the things I normally blog about, but it could have an big impact on those things. It’s been a project more from the standpoint of trying to see how hard I could push myself rather than much of anything else.

Some may even be able to figure it out because there have been little hints left here and there on this blog. If the results turn out as I plan, then I’ll be posting about how I was able to accomplish what happened, if the results aren’t what I had anticipated then the posts will be more about how to persevere when you put just about everything you have into something and you don’t get what you expected out of it. Either way I’ll have something to blog about.

So stay tuned, results will be in soon.

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6
May

Twitter Is Rockin’ Facebook IMHO

Don't Poke Me In The Eye Mr TwitterHow would you compare and contrast Twitter and Facebook? I’m tempted to say Twitter is instant messaging on steroids and Facebook is just like another email address I have to check daily and weed through spam. I’m tempted to say that, but I won’t.

No really, I’ve made some decent contacts and connected with friends on Facebook and that’s been beneficial. I also joined a few affiliate marketing type groups and now I’m inundated with spammy requests every day to install some silly application and join up with marketing thingy type deals from all over the world. Maybe their great, I don’t know, but honestly, I don’t have the time to check all of them out and rent space in my brain to whatever it is they’re doing. I also don’t have time to deal with a flood of requests everyday.

This is a problem with Facebook that isn’t even possible with Twitter and that’s one of the reasons I dig Twitter so much. I can follow who I want on Twitter and I get one screen to watch throughout the day to see if there’s anything interesting I’d like to go look at or respond to. It’s a genius system and because of the 140 character limit you have to say whatever it is you want to say concisely and to the point. I can also shoot a quick note to a friend without having to open my email and dig through a pile of spam or be potentially distracted with an offer from some Barrister in Nigeria I can’t refuse.

Okay, there is a little fly in the Twitter ointment here if you haven’t figured it out yet. What’s that you ask? They don’t have a monetization model and they aren’t makin’ any money. While we all love this little clean tool were supplied with for free, one of the reasons their interface is so clean is because there aren’t any ads cluttering it up. All those VC people will want to get their money out of Twitter some day and Steve O’hear over at ZDnet has a few ideas how that might happen.

Hopefully the monitization issue will be taken care of in a way that still keeps Twitter the cool thing that it is, because it pokes Facebook right in the eye.

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21
Apr

Twitter Doesn’t Suck Like I Thought It Did

Twitter BirdI can’t think of anything in the last several years where I’ve completely changed my thinking about it in 24-48 hours. I’m talking about a 180 degree change from thinking this is the dumbest thing ever to, wow, this is great and everybody should be using it. I’m now a total Twitter believer.

Probably the biggest thing that convinced me as to how useful Twitter could be, was when people started tweeting my posts. First Wordvixen tweeted a post, then Jeremy Palmer tweeted my post about Twitter being hard to explain. Then I discovered I had nearly twice as many followers on Twitter as I had friends on Facebook, and it only took 2 days to do that. The light bulb is on at level three now.

And not only that, I like Twitter much better than I like Facebook because I can get a quick rundown of what everybody is doing or if they have an interesting article I might want to read on their blog. I don’t get assaulted with ads, or lame applications to install, or people contacting me that I have no idea who they are, or repeated friend requests that I’ve ignored over and over, or stuff that I’m just not interested in. I am a full time affiliate marketer and Facebook seems like a playground, whereas Twitter seems more serious and if I see tweets I’m not interested in, it’s simple, I just don’t read them.

Also, Twitter can actually save you time if you don’t abuse it. I’m trying to follow the major bloggers I read on a consistent basis by watching their tweets and most of them will tweet a new blog post, which keeps me from unnecessarily perusing their blogs and wasting time. Since you can have multiple accounts, Twitter can also be used to send out updates to a specific group of people such as with Jeremy Palmer’s Black Ink Project where he is mentoring a group of 1,000 people on how to be profitable in affiliate marketing, which he is graciously doing for free.

No, Twitter definitely does not suck like I though it did.

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17
Apr

Explaining Twitter Is Like Explaining Sex To A Virgin

TwitterSo I took the plunge and signed up for Twitter yesterday. Why? Simply because everyone else is doing it. Every time I turned around I was reading another post where everyone from Problogger to Shoemoney to Zac Johnson were singing the praises of Twitter. I probably wouldn’t jump off a cliff with these guys, as the saying goes, but I figured with Twitter it was time to get my head out of the sand and just sign up.

The reason I signed up was because I figured it must be important if all the top internet bloggers and affiliate marketers are Twittering. However, most of the explanations of the way Twitter works or what the benefits are, don’t really do it justice. Trying to explain Twitter, is like trying to explain sex to a virgin. You don’t really get it until you do it.

My thinking on Twitter had been, it’s probably something that’s just going to take time away from other things that I already don’t have enough time for, but once you sign up, you see the obvious benefits. The best explanation I can give is that’s it’s like a mini blog that you post to whenever you are doing something that you may want to tell your subscribers, or followers as they are called, about. You can also keep track of what others are doing and follow them and you can even reply to those you are following.

It’s funny how this whole Twitter thing evolved for me. Like I said, I kept reading about it everywhere and read about Shoemoney going from not getting it at all, to being completely into it. I made a comment on his blog yesterday about it and then probably 10 minutes later Wordvixen left a comment on yesterday’s post about Elance saying she would be tweeting the post. I thought cool, what’s that? I checked it out and bingo, the compact fluorescent bulb went on. Wordvixen had informed all her Twitter followers about the Elance post. I have seen the light

Really, don’t even think about it. Stop being a virgin, sign up and follow me on Twitter.

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