Don’t You Just Hate It When People Won’t Reply?!

It’s not something I like to do, but I feel it has to be said. Now some of you ARE going to agree or disagree with me, but it’s something that I’ve noticed!… So YES, there is a little rant up ahead!

You know when you’re walking down the high-street and you walk past someone who you know very well, and you say ‘hello’ to them but get no reply in return! They just completely ignore you and continue on with whatever they were doing. (You’ll see were I’m going in a minute!)

Now when someone does that to me I don’t get upset, but you feel that you’ve done something wrong or along those lines. If someone says hi to me, then I’ll always say hello back to them. I mean, why not?!

The same thing applies to emails! Firstly I don’t lose any sleep over this, but it’s the fact that you’ve gone to the effort to contact someone and they can’t be ***** to send you a reply! (The worst thing is when you also have a direct email to them and still don’t get a reply!)

As I’ve said before, I’m not the kind of person who likes to pester people with emails. If I send an email to someone, then I’d hope they could get back to me so that I can address what they’d like, and email them back with an update.

I have a helpdesk for all my support issues, and I receive notification of when a new ticket has been submitted. It’s got nothing to do with this kind of help and support.

Another way of looking at this issue in the offline world is job applications! 99.9% of the companies you apply to, can’t even be bothered to tell you that they have received your information. It could be lost, and there really isn’t anything you can do.

Have you had the same kind of situation happen to yourself, and felt the exact same as I do?! I know a few people are looking to cut their emails down to virtually none, but I can’t really see how that is completely possible. Maybe it’s just they way I like to work, although I do check my emails too many times everyday.

Enjoy your weekend when it comes!

My Abduction By Alien’s Is True!

As most of you already know (Or maybe you don’t?!), I’ve not been as active as I usually am, or at least liked to be! I’ve almost been neglecting you guys and gals, and it really has to stop. I enjoy helping people out and that’s why I have something special planned, so keep reading!

You see, at the moment we are going through that phase of redecorating the house. Whenever we do this, I ALWAYS get landed with the painting of the ceilings. LOL If we happen to get any new furniture then it needs someone to build it, and you’ll never guess who gets that job to do too?…ME!

(Not to mention the fact that the Olympics have started and I’ve been watching some of it in the small hours of the morning! This means that half my day is away cause I get up around lunch time!)

So back to this alien!… :mrgreen:

An important lesson I learnt through, is that when you ARE at the computer, it really is time to ‘work’ and actually get done what you need to. Produce products, write articles, new blog post or even create a broadcast message for your mailing list!

…What alien?!

However what have I managed to get done in the past week or so that I did plan to do? That I’m not actually quite sure! :(

For starters, I was hoping to have completely finished the writing for my Support System Simplified report. I still have a few things that I need to decide for it as well. Like should I sell it, or just give it away for free. There are pros and cons for each, but I would like to have affiliates to promote it for me, but I’d like to create a list from it too.

Another thing I was wanting to do, was repackage some PLR that I have. (It would be a great way to help drive some traffic towards this blog, and various other resources. When they become viral, you know it’s hopefully going to be something good!) Now the trouble I came accross here was that I couldn’t actually find the PLR on my hard-drive. Talk about a bit of bad luck! HEHE

That’s only 2 things I never got done, there are plenty of others!

Fortunately the redecorating is basically complete and it’ll be back to normal until next time! I’m just hoping that my room isn’t getting done, more work!

Onto that special I mentioned in the first paragraph! If you want me to cover something specific in an up-and-coming blog post, then just submit me a ticket at http://www.AskMarkNow.com and I’ll do my very best to get one sorted out!

The Final 2 Marketing Tools (Part IV)

We’ve had Part 1 which talked about RoboForm and OpenOffice. Then Part 2 that covered Google Analytics, FileZilla along with The WarriorForum. Meanwhile in Part 3, we talked about Blogger, WordPress.com and WordPress.org – So what’s the last 2 going to be about?!…

9. ClickBank

This service gets some mixed emotions from people, and some of the time I really don’t know why they are talking about it in that kind of way! Now ClickBank is FREE if all you’re planning on doing is promoting products, if you want to sell one of your own, then you’ll need to have it approved and pay $50. (However at the moment, I’m only talking about promoting products!)

ClickBankAll you simply need to do is go and signup for an account. It’ll take you 5 – 10 minutes at most, and means that you can easily promote whatever product you like that can be found in the MarketPlace. (Perfect if you’ve got a blog or something similar and want to make a little cash from promoting the odd product here and there!)

With ClickBank, they handle the commission and send cheques out on the 1st and the 16th of each month. (They have just recently opened up a Direct Deposit service which you can signup to when you’ve reached the required terms started by CB themselves!)

10. NVU (HTML Editor)

Whenever I’m usually building my webpages, then 80% of the time I use Microsoft FrontPage. The only reason for that is because of me using it way before I came accross NVU.

However there is 20% of the time when I like to use NVU. I guess it depends what I’m wanting to do, sometimes it just works for you and other times you really need to stick with what you know best! ;)

NVU is completely free, and I’d suggest you go give it a try. It’s just as I mentioned in the paragraph above, go with something that you fell you’re going to like and work well with. FrontPage and NVU both work well for me, and I find they help me perfectly. Imagine having to hand-code all the HTML for your webpage?! (It’s almost hard to believe that people used to do that! In fact people STILL do this, and I can’t quite get my head around it!)

That’s it blog readers! Did you enjoy them? – Let me know in the comments below what you think, and if you’ve got anything to add then just fire away!

Did You Just Say PLR? (Grab Something For FREE Today Too!)

Time definitely does fly when you’re busy, doesn’t it?! I mean the last thing I knew was that it was Tuesday, however on expecting the calendar, it’s actually early Saturday morning! (Just gone 1am not so long ago!)

I have 2 thing I want to tell you about today, the first being a FREE product! It all started when Alex Jeffreys asked me if I’d like to review his latest product creation. (While it didn’t all quite happen in that order, so to speak, it’s roughly what happened!)

The FREE product in question, Post Launch Profits Secrets, in my eyes is a very worthy read. With the term that we read almost 24/7 ‘The Money Is In The List’, well Alex basically takes this very concept and explains how anyone can create a list. It’s not just any list either, but one that’s highly responsive!

You not only get a PDF of the audio provided to you for FREE, but Alex takes you by the hand describing just how he found out about this proven money making system. Without having to pay the thousands of dollars that Alex did, you can find out in great detail how to actually do it yourself! (I plan on reading over the PDF another couple of times, to take in all the information!)

Michael Cheney is along-side Alex during the audio who also gives some invaluable insights into the very same money making system that makes him millions too.

Now if you’d like to read more, then please head on over and download your very own FREE copy today!

== >> http://www.mark-mcwilliams.com/free/plpsecrets

It’s now time for that PLR I was talking about!

My good friends, Dave Nicholson and Dan Sumner, have been tucked away working like little beavers for the past few weeks. It’s more like the past month, but I’m not going to start a debate on that issue! ;)

The topic of PLR! – Well were do you want me to start?

At this present moment there are 3,390,000 results when you do a search for ‘plr’ in Google. So as you can see, there really is a huge demand for this type of material. Now what I really hate is all this ‘re-hashed’ stuff that keeps appearing. It really is a pain, and I wish people would stop it!

So when I’m looking for some PLR, then it has to be quality. I want to make my job 10 times easier to repackage the product and start selling it as my own! (Who doesn’t?!)

When I came accross PLR Monthly I knew this was going to be it! Complete quality right at my fingertips!

If you know me well enough, then I could probably sit all day talking about this topic but I have a bed to go to. Dave and Dan really know their stuff and provide you with both video tutorials as well as text ones. ALL the angles have been covered, just by going that extra mile!

== >> http://www.mark-mcwilliams.com/recs/plrmonthly

Let me know what you think, and I’ll be in touch soon! It’s not everyday that I get excited about new products just launched, so don’t lose out today!

Blogger, WordPress Or WordPress? (Part III)

The weekends are flying by here at Mark-McWilliams.com and it feels like yesterday since my last blog post. But as promised, I’m here with part 3! It was only Wednesday past that we published Part 1. And on Friday, Part 2 went out!

So without keeping you waiting any longer, lets get started!…

6. Blogger

When you get started out online, money is sometimes an issue. Now what I mean by that, is you don’t have the funds just yet to purchase a domain and some web hosting. That’s when Blogger.com comes in handy!

Blogger.comBlogger.com allows you to create a blog online in just a matter of minutes. Not even that…it’s more like seconds!

Now, a little story for you. Way back in 2007 (Sometime in January I think!) I was so pleased to have created my Blogger blog, that I thought I ruled the world. The only trouble was that the big boss didn’t like something I had said.

First of all, it was stupidity on my part! Blogger is a perfect tool to get you started blogging online, however you don’t actually own the blog. Let me explain, the only things you can really do is write posts. It’s ‘hosted’ by Blogger, and if they decide to do something then you just have to go along with it. (Sadly!)

So to get started, Blogger is GREAT! Go check it out today. :D

7. WordPress.com

Now we’re getting a little closer to what I like best!

Again this is a site were you can freely setup a blog and start blogging to your hearts content. But as with Blogger, you don’t actually own the blog. (I know this sounds really strange, but I suppose it’s just life right?!)

With WordPress.com you get a lot more features that what is available through Blogger. At the end of the day, it’s up to you what one you intend going with. I’ve tried both out, but you can’t beat a self-hosted blog! It’s true though, and I don’t think I’ll ever turn back.

Introducing…

8. WordPress.org

WordPress.orgA self-hosted blog you say? Well you really can’t get any better than that! – You can see here that Mark-McWilliams.com is a WordPress blog that I own. (I can pretty much do whatever I like!) :)

If you have a host, then I’d really suggest you go down this route.

There are many advantages to this, one being that it can’t just get deleted by someone who at the end of the day is only trying to do their job. Many successful people work with self-hosted blogs each and everyday.

Do you want to one of those successful people?

If you haven’t already checked out the WordPress.org site then what’s stopping you. It’s a goldmine of information, tips, advice and much much more. You can’t go wrong with blogging and WordPress.

And that’s it, part 3 complete! So what did you think?

There are going to be some people who might question my reasoning for regarding WordPress and Blogger as Marketing Tools…but the simple fact is, they are simply amazing tools. Without them, how could I be here typing this today?!

Google Analytics, FileZilla And The Warrior Forum (Part II)

On Wednesday I started off with The Top 10 Marketing Tools I Couldn’t Go Without! and as promised, I’m back with part 2! (If you enjoyed the first 2 tools, then I think you’ll love the next 3!)

Up first we have?!…

3. Google Analytics

Google AnalyticsThis 100% FREE piece of software provided by Google is really out of this world! I mean, it’s a fantastic piece of kit for tracking purposes.

When inside your account, some of the stats are just truely amazing.

All you’re required to do is insert some code on the website that you are tracking. If the site’s built up with only 5 pages then make sure the same code is on ALL 5 of those pages. (You’ll begin to see some figures in your account 24 hours after it’s found the tracking script!)

Got a WordPress blog? Well this also works on that too, in fact, I have Analytics installed on my blog right now. I have for some time actually! You will just need to stick the code into the footer.php file and every single post & page will be tracked and you can view the results.

I bet you’ll be surprised the first time you use it! Go and get yourself signed up, then see some results tomorrow.

4. FileZilla

FileZillaWhen I first got started online, some people would go on about FTP software and at that point, all you got from me was a puzzled look!

Getting that first site online is vital, and you can see my first site was in fact this blog! While I wasn’t sure what to do for the first time, I just followed the very simple and clear instructions available.

FileZilla isn’t the only FTP software out there, but I love it. It’s so simple and easy to use, but it’s constantly being updated! (Another good one is SmartFTP!)

You really can’t go wrong with this! :D Download FileZilla today, and let me know what you think!

5. Warrior Forum

WarriorForumIf you’ve never visited the Warrior Forum before then you are missing out on a goldmine of information! Now some people would call me mad saying that the WF is a ‘tool’, but the matter of the fact is what it IS a great ‘tool’ and an amazing place to be a member of!

Some people go around slating it, and I really don’t have any idea why. Contribute to posts, start your own thread and start making relationships with many other marketers. You might even come accross some of your favourite ones, Kevin Riley, Jim Cockrum and a whole host more! (Lee McIntyre fans will be pleased too, you can find some amazing posts by this very guy around the forum!)

Don’t miss out on all this top quality information that you can access for FREE. When you’re signed up, don’t forget to come and say hello to me! ;)

Stay tuned for part 3 coming on Tuesday! Lets see what else I have cooking up my sleeve!

The Top 10 Marketing Tools I Couldn’t Go Without! (Part I)

When it comes to helping out the little man, then I always try my best! So for my readers today, I’ve compiled a list of the Top 10 Marketing Tools that I personally use in and around my business. Sit back, enjoy the content, and let me know what you think!…

The best thing is that they are ALL FREE! :D

1. RoboForm

This piece of software is simply a time-saver! WHY? Well let me explain!…

RoboFormIf you’re anything at all like me, then you will probably have multiple usernames and passwords. Or you are the exact opposite, and use the same login information for absolutely EVERYTHING just so that you don’t forget the details! (Meaning that once someone gets a hold of your details for one site, you’re kinda in soapy bubble as they can now access every site!)

RoboForm solves all those problems. You simply install a small toolbar onto your web browser, and store all the information in there.

When you want to visit any site, anything from a forum to you’re blog admin, you just need to select it from the drop down menu and RoboFormwill log you straight in on the specific site. (Just one click of the button, and you’ve already save yourself a few minutes remembering what username and password goes with what!)

2. OpenOffice

This excellent piece of kit really deserves a post of it’s own! If you haven’t started using this, then please go and download it from http://www.openoffice.org before you go any further! (You’re already missing out!)

Now onto the benefits, I mean what makes this better than software you you actually have to pay for. What I’m getting at is Microsoft Office costs you a couple hundred dollars, and reading posts from people on various forums, proves my point.

To start things off, Microsoft Office doesn’t even allow you to create PDF’s. They want you to download stupid little extras for no apparent reason, which in return still messes up your overall guide that you thought would only take 5 minutes!

With OpenOffice, it actually comes with a PDF tool included. (If you’re looking for more info on that, take a look at this informative post showing you exactly how PDF your guide!)

I must admit that I haven’t tried, let alone used, Microsoft Office 2007! However going with the version I currently do have, OpenOffice definitely outweighs it! It makes me wonder sometimes WHY they don’t make us pay for it! (At the time of writing v3.0 is currently in beta, and looks to be an amazing new version! – I can’t wait to give it a try!)

Look out for Part II in the next few days, it’ll give you enough time to get started with the 2 resources listed above. :D

ClickBank Launch Direct Deposit & Improve The Admin Area

While checking my ClickBank account today, I noticed a few things that were a little different. Let me explain!…

They have now offically launched their Direct Deposit meaning that there is no need in emailing customer service anymore asking them to set you up! You simply change the settings in your admin area and save the changes!

ClickBank Direct DepositFirst of all, ClickBank require you to check the box for Direct Deposit! (Account Settings >> Payment Information Edit) - After that you need to enter your bank details into the section that pops up below.

All you need to enter is your Account Number along with the Sort Code. It’ll take you a matter of 10 minutes to setup, and if there is anything you don’t quite understand, then you can find some instructions provided in each section! :D

This is a GREAT improvement to ClickBank and it’s even better that we can change the setting ourselves! I bet there Customer Service were pretty busy before when they had to make the changes for us. The only way for ClickBank is up in my opinion!

Anyway if you haven’t already setup the Direct Deposits for your accounts, then what’s stopping you from doing it today?! (More info regarding the Direct Deposits can be found at their blog!)