Thursday, July 31, 2008


SUBJECT 1: Discover how a Blog can make you $10,000 a month
SUBJECT 2: The secrets of a six-figure blogger revealed
SUBJECT 3: Amazing video - you have to watch this...

If you have ever wondered how someone makes a
six-figure income online using a blog, I have
a video you just HAVE to watch.

Here's the link:

Yaro Starak, a well-respected blogger and blog
trainer, released a free video that takes you
inside his Internet business, which is based on
just one blog.

Using his blog, Yaro generates a steady $10,000 to
$20,000 each and every month.

His system is not your usual story of using a blog
and sticking AdSense on it - he's taken a much
more BUSINESS focused approach.

He calls his system "Conversion Blogging"
because it combines a blog with an email list to
create consistent income.

Inside the video you will learn -

- Why blogs are the only Web 2.0 marketing tool
you will ever need

- Exactly how Yaro uses his blog to build a
MASSIVE email list

- How just a blog can turn you into the No. 1
authority in your market

- What methods Yaro uses to translate his blog
into a steady cash-flow stream

- How you can replicate Yaro's methods using just
one blog and get started in minutes

I loved this video because it's not full of
marketing hype, just a very down to earth and
practical presentation.

I guarantee you will enjoy this and learn something

Set aside 32 minutes now, grab a drink, sit down
and watch this video -

Bye for now,


Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Reporter vs Expert - Why Most Bloggers Are Stuck Reporting

There are basically two types of bloggers in the world - reporters and experts - and some people perform both roles (usually the experts, it’s hard for reporters to become experts, but it’s easy for experts to report).

If you have ever taken an Internet marketing course or attended a seminar specifically for beginners, you have probably heard about the two different methodologies. Whenever the business model is based on content, and if you blog for money then the model is based on content, people are taught to either start as reporters, or if possible step up as experts.

I’ll be frank; you want to be the expert.

Reporters leverage the content of the experts and in most cases people start off as reporters because they haven’t established expertise. Experts enjoy the perks of preeminence, higher conversion rates because of perceived value, it’s easier to get publicity, people are more likely to seek you out rather than you having to seek others out, joint ventures come easier, etc… experts in most cases simply make more money and attract more attention.

Most Bloggers Are Reporters

The thing with expertise is that it requires something - experience. No person becomes an expert without doing things and learning. Bloggers usually start out without expertise and as a result begin their blogging journey by talking about everything going on in their niche (reporting) and by interviewing and talking about other experts (reporting again).

There’s nothing wrong with reporting of course and for many people it’s a necessity at first until you build up some expertise. Unfortunately the ratios are pretty skewed when it comes to reporters and experts - there are a lot more reporters than there are experts, hence reporters tend to struggle to gain attention and when they do, they often just enhance the reputation of the expert they are reporting on.

Don’t Replicate Your Teacher

If you have ever spent some time browsing products in the learn Internet marketing niche you will notice a pattern. Many people first study Internet marketing from a “guru” (for lack of a better term). The guru teaches how he or she is able to make money online, and very often the view that the student gleams is that in order to make money online you have to teach others how to make money online.

The end result of this process is a huge army of amateurs attempting to replicate what their teacher does in the same industry - the Internet marketing industry - not realizing that without expert status based on a proven record and all the perks that come with it, it’s next to impossible to succeed.

Even people, who enjoy marginal success, say for example growing an email list of 1,000 people, then go out and launch a product about how to grow an email list of 1,000 people. Now I have no problems with that, I think it’s fine to teach beginners and leverage whatever achievements you have, the problem is that people gravitate to the same niche - Internet marketing - and rarely have any key points of differentiation.

How many products out there do you know of that all claim to teach the same things - email marketing, SEO, pay per click, affiliate marketing, and all the sub-niches that fall under the category of Internet marketing. It’s a saturated market, yet when you see your teachers and other gurus making money teaching others how to make money (and let’s face it - making money as a subject is one of the most compelling) - your natural inclination is to follow in their footsteps.

If the key is to become an expert and you haven’t spent the last 5-10 years making money online, I suggest you look for another niche to establish expertise in.

Report on Your Process, Not Others

The secret to progress from reporter to expert is not to focus on other experts and instead report on your own journey. When you are learning how to do something and implementing things day by day, or studying other people’s work, you need to take your process and what you do as a result of what you learn, and use it as content for your blog.

It’s okay to talk about experts when you learn something from them, but always relate it to what you are doing. If you learn a technique from an expert it’s fine to state you learned it from them (and affiliate link to their product too!) but you should then take that technique, apply it to what you are doing and then report back YOUR results, not there’s. Frame things using your opinion - your stories - and don’t regurgitate what the expert said. The key is differentiation and personality, not replication.

Expertise comes from doing things most people don’t do and then talking about it. If you do this often enough you wake up one day as an expert, possibly without even realizing how it happened, simply because you were so good at reporting what you did.

You Are Already An Expert

Most people fail to become experts (or perceived as experts) because they don’t leverage what they already know. Every person who lives a life learns things as they go, takes action every day and knows something about something. The reason why they never become an expert is because they choose not to (which is fine for some, not everyone wants to be an expert), but if your goal is to blog your way to expertise and leave the world of reporting behind you have to start teaching and doing so by leveraging real experience.

Experience can come from what you do today and what you have done previously; you just need to take enough steps to demonstrate what you already know and what you are presently learning along your journey. I know so many people in my life, who are experts simply by virtue of the life they have lived, yet they are so insecure about what they know, they never commit their knowledge to words for fear of…well fear.

Blogs and the Web in general, are amazing resources when you leverage them as a communication tool to spread your expertise because of the sheer scope of people they can reach. If all you ever do is talk to people in person and share your experience using limited communication mediums, you haven’t much hope of becoming an expert. Take what you know and show other people through blogging, and you might be surprised how people change their perception of you in time.

Reporting Is A Stepping Stone

If your previous experience and expertise is from an area you want to leave behind or you are starting from “scratch”, then reporting is the path you must walk, at least for the short term.

Reporting is a lot of fun. Interviewing experts, talking about what other people are doing and just being part of a community is not a bad way to blog. In many cases people make a career of reporting (journalism is about just that), but if you truly want success and exponential results, at some point you will have to stand up and proclaim yourself as someone unusually good at something and then proceed to demonstrate it over and over again.

Have patience and focus on what you do to learn and then translate that experience into lessons for others, and remember, it’s okay to be a big fish in a small pond, that’s all most experts really are.

This article was by Yaro Starak, a professional blogger and my blog mentor. He is the leader of the Blog Mastermind mentoring program designed to teach bloggers how to earn a full time income blogging part time.

To get more information about Blog Mastermind click this link:

Saturday, July 5, 2008


I've been trying to write a hub page on herbal useage in history this week, but I have been finding it difficult to concentrate. I find that if you haven't got a place and time were you arn't going to be disturbed, you will find it hard to come up with worth while content.

There has been some interesting controversy in this country this week with the truckies protesting againest the government introducing an increase in road user charges for the transport sector. So they took a leaf out of their european counterparts and put rolling blockades through our main cities for a couple of hours.It was quite a sight to see, and going by what I have heard from some of the drivers that come into work, this may not be the last. We might see an escalation of these tactics.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008


As you can probaly see this blog has no specific theme, I seem to ramble on about this and that every now and then. That is because I use this blog as a test site for idea's and sometimes to vent my spleen over some subject.

I have been trying to see what I can do without having to actually have to pay for something on the net, But I have decided to purchase my own site so I can expand, As my wife and I will be starting a website as a business and we want a bit more freedom of choice in what we can do,e.g. different pages-plugins-etc.

To acheive this end we applied for a creditcard the other week, but we were turned down. That I can't understand as we bring in a reasonable income each week and our out goings are not that great amount each week and they keep pushing their advertising down our throats.

So we have decided to go with plan B, A debit card,

This we will use online as well as have it as a seperate account and only have enough in there to cover small costs, but i'f we have to we can just deposit more funds- simple A.

I think I will keep this as a free site, just to play around with a few things , so if you are reading this and you have a pet peeve and want too here somebody elses veiws on it feel free to post a comment and I will do my best even if I have to research the subject if I feel I don't knbow enough.


Monday, May 26, 2008

CLEAN & GREEN [Yea Right]

Governments go on about the Kyoto Emissions protocol shcemes, but they don't seem to put their [OUR] money where their mouths are as they seem to be scared of either loosing their support from big companies with the almighty dollar, especially if they have a election looming & they think it could cost them their cushy job's.

These CARBON EMISSIONS SCHEMES that they have come up with that they say will cut emissions & benefit the average person are a load of CODSWALLOP. All it is going to acheive is it will drive up prices of every day items so far that people will have to go deeper into debt just to survive.

So I say to all governments ,PULL YOUR HEADS OUT OF YOUR COLLECTIVE REARS and do something constructive that will be a definate benefit to mankind instead of worrying wether you have offended someone & worrying on how you will justify your cushy job.

One possible solution that springs to mind is a way to cut vehicle emissions, &one possible solution is to take a leaf out of history.Adolf hitler took a chance & he produced the VW BEETLE
& look how that turned out lasting up to now. So why can't government's either band togethor or go it alone & produce a cheap vehicle {most likely a hybrid} & run a scheme where as your car reahes a certain age they let you either swap your car for a new hybrid or trade in your old one with a discount on a new one or payment plan.

They would have to look at the possibility of operating at either a loss or just break even, either way they will have a win win situation.

But in the end it will never happen because they are too occupied with covering their own rears and trying to justify their own existance. Because without getting their name in the media often polititions seem to disappear into the wood work, and so they come up with ridiculous and unworkable laws just to exist.


Friday, May 2, 2008


PC-ISM or to use the correct term political correctness is what I call thje biggest load of codswallop that I have ever come across.

It is a term that actually means nothing, it is supposed to mean that you don't say or write something that is going to upset someone or a minority group. What I say to that is get hard because in this day and age there is no such thing as a minority as everyone is out for themselves.

I may sound cynical but just take some time and look around you especially if you live in a town or city. Everyone is looking for any way to get the advantage over every other person.

So what has happened to commen courtesy, is modern man so wrapped up in their own pathetic little world that they have to come up with these terms to either make themselves look important or justify their existence.

And as for politicions, 90% of them arn't worth the effort of even saying their names, because they just sit there in the debating chambers calling each other names when they should be discussing how to make the countries populations lives a lot easier and more full filling. what they also do is think up ridiculous new laws just to justify their exitence in government and to make it look like they are actually doing somework, when most of the time what they come up with 98% of the population say no to.


Friday, April 4, 2008


It is quite interesting to check your referal section of your counter statistics, as I have just checked mine and found that out of the last 10 hits, 5 have been direct hits off the search engines, but the last 5 come from a comment I posted in . A blog site owned by yaro starek.

So it just goes to show that if you want traffic to come to you , you have to go to them first , so people know that you exist at all.

Word of keyboard[ word of mouth] can also be effective as well, but for that to happen you have to have a following, no matter how big a following.You may only have 1 or 10 people who visit your site now and then, but if you post something of interest to someone and they let someone else know- I think the term is viral marketing- soon your traffic will see an increase.

As an exercise in word of keyboard lets try something,

Write a comment describing the most wackiest prank you pulled on one of your teachers at school and then tell two of your freinds to do the same and we will see how many hits occur in the next week. Leave your domain name or email so I can inform you of the results.

Have a go- THANKS .O.D.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008


I decided to do a little bit of researh just to see how people tick.

What I decided to ask is the big question WHY do people blog?so if you don't mind just filling out my little survey, I will publish the results at the end of the survey and if you have anything else to add just leave a comment and I will mix it in with the polls findings.

Thanks very much, O.D.

Sunday, March 23, 2008


If your like me, a complete beginner at blogging and unless you have something your passionate about to write about ,you may experience writers block.

Writers block can be a hair tearing, nail biting experience for some, it is a very frustrating feeling to have. The way I deal with it is just to step back from the problem and do something else, something different and relaxing.

While I was cuising through the web the other day, I came across a delightful article on how to have constant content for your blog. So with no further ad-do read on further.

How to have a Constant Stream of Blogging Ideas
Writing Content 44 comments
This post on generating blogging ideas was contributed by Graham Jones from
Most bloggers give up after a short while; even though there are millions of blogs online, few are updated regularly and most have been abandoned. The difference between success and failure in blogging is often down to persistence. But, when I speak at meetings about blogging, people often come up to me afterwards and say “Ah, yes, that’s all very well, but I run out of ideas after a while, so I can’t blog regularly”. So, how can you be sure of coming up with a constant stream of blogging ideas? How can you be certain that when you open your blogging software you will always have something to write?

If you think about your daily newspaper it does not have a choice. The number of pages is set by the amount of advertising space they sell. Each day, though, has varying amounts of news - some days, very little happens. But it would be no good the journalists filling up the first few pages and then printing a notice on all the others saying “if we’d been able to think of anything to write we would have put it here”. No matter how little is going on around them and no matter how much space they have to fill, newspapers simply have to fill the space allocated to them - plus they simply MUST do it before a specified time. The only way they can achieve this is to have a system.

Develop a blogging planning system
The first step in a journalistic system for blogging is having a plan for each month. Set up a spreadsheet, a table in a word processor, or a calendar on your desk - it doesn’t matter how you do this, but you need a monthly plan. On that plan you need to mark out the days you will definitely blog. This might be every day, just the weekdays, the weekends, every Wednesday - whatever works for you and your audience. Now you have a visual plan of what’s needed you can start filling in the blanks.

Journalists have two kinds of stories - diary stories and “off-diary” stories. Diary stories are those things you know will definitely happen - such as events, meetings, press conferences and so on. There are endless directories of events online and you will know of specific events on particular days in your industry. Mark your diary with these events as “diary items” you know you can write about. Also, look for anniversaries and specific days that could trigger a blog - this might be Thanksgiving Day, or Mother’s Day, or whatever can provide you with something to write about.

Diary stories should give you a reasonable number of days with topics already allocated to them over the coming weeks and months. Now you need to fill in the gaps. The way journalists do this is to have regular “slots”. So Monday might be health stories, Tuesdays could be business, Wednesdays are for politics -and so on. For your specialism, you need to come up with several general topic headings that you could write about. All you then do is slot these into the gaps between the diary stories.

Filling in your blogging plan
Once you have allocated particular diary stories to specific days and topic ideas to the other days, now you have to start being more specific about those “off diary” stories. All you have in your planning diary for these at the moment is the title of a topic. You could still be facing a blank screen if you don’t do any more planning. Here’s what to do.

Get a folder that has as many sections in it as you have topics. Now, subscribe to RSS feeds on those topics, or printed magazines, newsletters - anything that has info on those subjects. When you see something interesting - at any time - simply print it out, or tear it from the magazine and slot it into the appropriate section of your folder. Then forget it.

Writing your blog without having to think
You will now be in a position to always be able to write something for your blog. Simply look at your planning calendar and see the topic or diary item you need to write about. If it’s a diary item, you will already have a good idea as to what you are going to be saying or commenting on. If it’s an “off diary” topic, simply open your folder at the appropriate section, pull out all the papers in there and you will have a load of ideas that will trigger what you want to say.
Using a system like this enables newspapers and magazines to guarantee they will fill all their pages. You can adopt a similar system so that you will always have something to write about and will never face a blank screen wondering what on earth to say.
Read more of Graham’s work at

I know this may have been cheeky using this as the guts for my post. but I was suffering from writers block myself, plus the fact my step-daughter has just sold her place and had to moveout in a hurry, so there has been no time really to think about anything to write. So when I read this article I thought that this could be a good way to organise myself , so no matter what is going on around me I will always be able to write something.


Saturday, March 15, 2008


I recently received a message from someone about buddism and religeon and this is what I replied with,

I'm not anti religeon but I feel that religeon is but mans yearning to put a label on things that he/she cannot explain, as mankind abhors not to have an explanation for all things.It quite possibly started way back when man was still living in caves and a inquisitive youngster found out the power of the question WHY . And the adults got tired of the constant WHY and attributed everything they could'nt explain to a mysterious higher power.WHO KNOWS?:

Now I wrote that because time and time again people say that the bible is proof of gods existence, but I ask you this question-Who wrote the bible?- Answer--MAN.

And it was man who decided what was selected to be in the bible, so who's to say that it wasn't an ancient conjob that exploded in ways the perpetrator didn't imagine.

And as for the earlier religeons, who knows maybe it all started as I pointed out in my earlier statement.

The big question is WHO KNOWS? and really do we want to know. Mankind is happy to use religeon as a crutch and an excuse to kill albeit an excuse to exercise control over their fellow man.

But in saying all of this, I do know the power that faith can have for some people just to get through their day to day lives.But what gets up my nose is the people that abuse that faith to their own ends and the people that try to stuff their own version down your throut.When they try that on me I just ask them for proof and 100% of them say that the bible is the proof,so I ask them who wrote the bible and their only answer is MAN, so I ask you where is the proof that any religeon is true.


PS. Any comments or veiws are welcome.

Thursday, March 13, 2008


Just came across a neat site that allows you to enhance your emails.As per usual you get a basic version for free.
If you want more you have to pay for it, their prices are quite reasonable but at the moment i have opted for the basic version. It downloads fairly fast and the set up procedure is simple.
With the basic setup you get animations and basic ecards,backgrounds[I'm still waiting to hear from my mother if the music travels with the email or not].

One downside I found when I downloaded it was that it installs a homepage on your browser as the default, but it didn't take much to change back.

So if you are interested just click on this link- and check it out for yourself, all I ask is that you let me know what you think of it in the comments box or email me as per top of page- thanks

Monday, March 3, 2008


Just a little quick note.
This might prove interesting to some of those intending to head down under for their big overseas experience.
Many moons ago[don't ask me how many-too many] I travelled to aussie intending to travel across the continent and then jump off from the western side to continue my travels and end up in the old country[England].
But as the saying go'es, THE PLANS OF BOTH MICE AND MEN OFT GO ASTRAY. I was intending to stay only 6mths, but ended up staying for six years.

What happened you ask, well I needed to boost my funds so I got a job, but it was no ordinary job.

I happened to be in Mackey, Nth Qld, and I went into the local job centre to see what was on offer, there were job's going just up the coast at Bowen picking tomato's, but when I got there the job's had dryed up due to the weather and the tomato's were rotting in the feilds , so I hightailed it back to Mackey as there was another oppertunity of a job there.

So I found myself walking onto the Mackey showgrounds and I asked the first person I came across if there was any jobs going and was directed to a large caravan and to ask for a bloke called Blue[he had red hair -hence the name].

Needless to say that was it, I ended staying for longer than intended and never made it to England.

What has this to do with someone heading downunder you may be thinking, well during my time working in sideshow alley at A&P shows & carnivals , I met alot of people that were on their O.E.s and decided to work their way around aussie.

The showgrounds allow you to do just that, just sign up as a fulltime worker or partime to allow you to do other things as well.

The lifestyle is laid back and we had a lot of fun and I consider it among the best years of my life.The work can be hard and the hours long but once you are accepted I found that it can be like a second family, so much so that my boss became my best freind and was my bestman at my wedding [ that's another story].

So I reccomend if you are looking for something different to do on your OE find out when and where a show is happening in the area you are going, walk onto the show grounds a couple of day's before the show starts, ask the first person you see and just see what happens, you may just enjoy it as much as me.


Sunday, February 24, 2008


If your like me and have trouble thinking of what to write, you have my commiserations. Unless you know a lot about a subject or are passionate about something[a hobby, sport, etc] it can be pretty hard.

So just ask yourself this, What to you makes good content?

It can be anything at all. It could be something your really good at or just a couple of paragraphs on an obscure subject that you think people might find interesting.

I read somewhere that the goal of good writing is to get someone to read your first sentence and once they have done that to get them to read the next one,etc, etc. Once you have caught their attention don't slacken off or they will slip away from you.

You can't expect to write good articles all the time, what you should try for is one or two good articles a month and use the rest as fillers. But you have to keep those fillers interesting enough so you don't lose your traffic.

Also remember that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, you may write whjat you think is a killer of an article, but of the first 100 visitors to your site only 15 may agree with you, then of the next 100 60-70 might agree. So don't forget that as humans we are a fickle animal.

So throw those creative dice and see how they fall, if what you come up with dosen't work , just put your digits to work on the keyboard and try something else.

I remember reading a theory once about how if you had a whole lot of monkeys tapping away randomly at a keyboard long enough, one of them would come up with the complete works of shakespeare, so there is hope for us yet.


Sunday, February 17, 2008


There is one main ingredient you need to make your blog successful and that is TRAFFIC, how do you drive more traffic to your site you ask.

You can use social marketing as a tool to gain that traffic,i.e. getting out there and posting comments on other blogs or forums.
But that can be hard yakka sometimes trolling through the internet[ suffering from information overload is a hazard from this process] looking for sites relevant to your subject. Neil Shearing recently released a programme that lets you do thus with ease and creates a link back to you site at the same time.
A lot of sites have the nofollow tag in them, but this programme looks for those sites that don't .

I was recommended this programme by another professional blogger[more on him in a later post] who has been a big influence in my getting started in blogging. So I've just finished downloading this tool and spent a very interesting hour putting it through it's paces.

I was very pleased with the ease with which you download and activate using a key sent to you via email. Once you have activated it I suggest you increase the number of sites to search to 100, you also just have to enter your subject of interest, then enter your name[it pays to varie it abit now and then], email address and then your web address.
Once you have done all that just press the find button, sit back, relax and enjoy yourself.

You can download this programme from, or go to Neils website at


Monday, February 11, 2008


HI this is the old dog barking again.
In this post I would like to pass on some hints and tips that I found useful to me as I got started to explore the web, but first a little bit of history. When I was in high school only the bright kids got to play with the computors as there was'nt many to go around. So I finished school computor illiterate, but that didn't matter as all my jobs that I have held didn't require computors.

Now that i'm older I found my interest in computing growing and finally we aquired a decent computor that we were able to do something with, so we hooked up the internet and started to surf. When you haven't grown up with the terminology and lingo it can be a bit confusing at times, as it is my wife lets me do most of the computing work as she gets frustrated with it and is likely to throw it out the window [as has happened to a few saucepans and afew odds and ends].

This is where I come to my first tip on how to get to meet people and surf the web at the same time.

I looked at Facebook and Myspace and one or two others, but at the time they didn't appeal to me. You may find that your the opposite, but I found Stumbleupon suited me better. It's a site where you get to learn to blog, join groups for discussions on a myriad of topics, it is also where I taught myself html to use in my blogs.Stumble is also a amazing site to utilizing in a social marketing strategy but more on that in a later post.

The one thing I found is how easy it is to use, Once you have joined and installed the toolbar, you log in to your own site, click on the preferences tab and there you can click what sort of things on the web interest you most, also fill out your profile so other stumblers get to know a bit about you.

Then all have to do is select on the toolbar what sort of thing you want to look at be it hobbies or geography, or you can select everything from your preferences and once you have done that just press the stumble button and away you go ,your surfing. Heres a hint to get you started to meet people on stumble, join a few groups, leave some comments, let people know you are out there.

You can also stumble other stumblers sites, see their blog pages and their profiles. Stumble also provides you with the abilitie to download articles,photos to your site useing the thumbs up or down buttons, also you can reveiw sites and leave comments on what you thought of that site.

As you will probaly guess I am quite new to the game, so I tend to ramble a bit now and then so I apologise in advance, but I wish to share some of my experiences in coming to grips with the dreaded bogeyman called the internet.

P.S. I just tryed to download a picture to this site but all I got was a , sorry unable to complete this action due to a fault message,so now I will sign off and chase down why I couldn't download my picture, till next time SEE YA.

Thursday, February 7, 2008


Who ever says you can't teach an old dog new tricks, don't have much respect for the older generation such as myself. I have been operating a excavator for the last two years, up till then i had never even sat in one, i got the job by knowing someone in management who i knew from my previous job[it's not what you know but who you know]. I gave myself my own on the job training. Just recently i taught myself HTML and general computer skills, now i'm teaching myself JAVASCRIPT. The younger generation has the advantage of learning computing at school, so they have the thought processes already installed, whereas we older folk have to really make our minds do somersaults to understand the terminology and processes of computing.
My wife is another example that we older folk are still capable of learning new skills. She is a few years older than me[she calls me her toyboy-HAHA], Lately she is joining a management course and also looking at learning REIKE.
So if there is any body out there that you know who think they are to dumb or to old to learn something new, Give them encouragement, don't laugh at them or say that it is to hard for them because you can give them some sunshine in their life and instill them with confidense to live their life to the fullest.