Saturday, June 27, 2009

Another social network comes online - a little different this time

It seems that the internet has really come into its own over the past year - almost everyone now has a Facebook profile, a MySpace page or a Twitter stream. People are using the web more and more to connect with one another and are harnessing its power both in business and in their personal lives.

Breaking into the social networking arena with a view to make a significant impact is tough assignment! A new kid on the block however aims to make its mark!

Welcome Vyoom - a social networking site with a difference!

What makes this different is their promise to reward users with prizes for activity. I do hope that their financial modelling allows for substantial growth - if not, I am not sure they will be able to sustain their giving of prizes to their users.

Let's see what happens!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Shares in a new online business

Every so often an email enters my inbox that captures my imagination in amongst all the other email drivel that comes my way. My wife received an invitation to this opportunity and I dismissed it as yet another nonsense email. However I promised I would investigate and so I did. After reading through the site, I agreed to sign-up and give it a chance.

I just became a shareholder in me2everyone and I never had to pay a single penny for the shares! It can only be described as the gold-rush for 2009. This company is going to be huge and shares will soar in value over the coming months! You can register for free and it never has to cost you a single penny!

me2everyone is going to be a cool new virtual world where you can meet friends, chat, shop, play, watch videos, create an art gallery, open a virtual newspaper, play the free inworld lottery and make money from your own online store! You and everyone you know make the decisions, shape the world, create real incomes and share in the profits. It’s a new place where you meet new people or invite your friends. Learn new skills or expand your business. Find the love of your life or help the planet.

Membership is free and every member automatically becomes a shareholder in me2everyone Limited. Personally I have 1000 shares in the venture I'm going to increase my shares very soon. This is an excellent chance for all of us to make some real progress in 2009 and beyond! Please don't miss it.

If you are looking for something really good in 2009: something that changes your view on the world, then you really have to spend just one minute and look at this website.

Please click visit for the details

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Avoid These Entrepreneur Mistakes - Someone Else Has Already Made Them!

It would be totally unrealistic to expect every entrepreneurial endeavour to have a completely happy ending. However if we learn from the mistakes of others we will be able to prevent some rather unhappy experiences of our own.

One of my favourite blogs is "The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur". I found this wonderful article entitled 31 Of The Biggest Entrepreneurial Mistakes That You Must Avoid At All Cost on the blog and wanted to share it with you.

Here are the top 10 biggest entrepreneurial mistakes according to the article :

1. Too Much Office Space

I made the mistake of getting more office space than I really needed.
It cost me too much money, which of course came from my pocket. I was way too caught up in the ego of having a nice space. These days, I am into virtual businesses and telecommuting–why waste money on rent?
Kathryn Korostoff, President, Sage Research

2. Not Knowing Costs Before Doing

When creating a direct response ad campaign in various national women’s magazines,
I failed to factor in the cost of producing and mailing catalogs to the thousands of respondents.
Gerhard Kramer, Marketing Director, Laura K Designs, Inc.

3. Hired The Wrong Bookeeper

Years ago, I made a couple of HUGE mistakes when I hired my first bookkeeper…Although I was referred to her by someone I knew, I didn’t really do my due diligence. And since I didn’t know my way around QuickBooks I also didn’t check very closely to see if she was doing her job as promised. After about 9 months I discovered she wasn’t. It took me two more bookkeepers, two years of time (a bunch of gray hairs) and about $3500 to get it reasonably straightened out so I could actually track revenues vs. expenses. Arrrgh!!
Stacy Karacostas Founder SuccessStream Sales & Marketing Solution

4. Moved Business Too Soon

I moved my business too soon… I loved the new location and space but it put more of a crunch on my cash flow than anticipated so I had a tough road for awhile.
Teajai ‘T J’ Kimsey, Internet Marketing Strategist,

5. Cutting It Close For Commitments

Initially gave all clients 24 hour turnaround on my virtual assistant services. That was great when I had one or two clients, but as I grew I couldn’t keep up. Plus, I didn’t limit how much work that would involve. Transcribing one tape takes a lot less time than transcribing three. And yes, some clients expected that 24 hour turnarond on everything!
Diana Ennen, President, Virtual Word Publishing

6. Not Knowing Local Building and Permit Codes

During the build out of our first children’s gym in Severna Park, MD, my business partner, Joe Dondero and I worked 3 straight weeks on building a giant foam pit to hold over 6000 foam blocks. We drew up our plans, loaded 20 pieces of plywood and other materials into a minivan and moved them into our gym to assemble. 3 weeks later after assembling, installing and wrapping the plywood with carpet our project was successfully completed in our eyes. Needless to say, the first inspector walked in and asked if the carpet met the vertical burn rates in commercial buildings, plus he asked if the plywood was fire retardant. It took us less than 3 hours to disassemble a project that took over 3 weeks to complete and not to mention the back breaking weight of moving the pieces around. A giant lesson was learned the hard way!
John Mann, President, Rolly Pollies International, Inc.

7. A Direct Mail Blunder

I bought a direct mail list for $5k without doing major research on the company, also purchased 10,000 postcards, and paid for bulk mail postage. Mailed out the first 5000 postcards and did not receive any inquiries, ouch.
Jenny Ford, President, Monkey-Toes

8. Paying Payroll Out Of Personal Account

I had the wrong bank account set up and paid an employee out of my personal account instead of the business account.
Janine Joi, Partner, Blue Sage Naturals, LLC

9. Not Getting Money Up Front

The biggest mistake I made as an entrepreneur is not to get money up front. I become a bill-collector, not a businessperson as a result and spend needless amounts of time following up on money owed. Dr. Linda Seger, Script Consultant (since 1981), Seminar Leader, Author

10. Not Researching Your PR Firm BEFORE Making A Commitment

Hired a PR firm based on their glowing pitch and promises without checking out their track record helping businesses like mine. $15k later, piddlling results.
Mike Van Horn, President, The Business Group

For the remaining 21 you will have to check out the original post here.

Monday, October 27, 2008

It Can Wait - How Procrastination Can Be Cured

A struggle for many who own their own businesses is to make the first step in a project or to complete the financial admin or to sort out the customer database - all tasks necessary for a successful business but not necessarily ones you wish to give up a morning for!

Luciano Passuello has written a fantastic article in which he shows how our inner-language, our self-talk, affects our attitude towards the task set before us.

“I have to finish this long, important project. It should already be done by now and I need to plow through it.”

becomes -

“I choose to start this task with a small, imperfect step. I’ll feel terrific and have plenty of time for play!”

There is a big difference between these two statements and yet the second will accomplish a task long before the first.

This article is well worth a visit if you need a method of re-energising yourself.

Click on the link here - now!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Cell-phone Messaging - Save Money And Increase Productivity

Schools, businesses, churches, non-profit organisations and others have realised that sending SMS messages is a far more cost-effective way of managing correspondence. It certainly make sense to use an SMS message to send a short message to someone rather than pay for a potentially lengthy conversation.

WinSMS offers a package which I have now used for some time. It allows the user to send messages to bulk recipients and will allow for long messages to be sent. The user can set up recipients as one would email addresses and using the downloadable software is a cinch.

This is a really useful tool and I have found the service reliable and effective.

Take a look at the site by clicking on this link - sign up now for 10 free credits to test-drive the service!

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Can Google Be Toppled? These Guys Think So!

Have you ever "just missed" one of those *big* opportunities that you *knew* could've been BIG for you... if you'd just *acted*?

I'll tell you what... I sure have. And if you're like me at all, when you sit back and think about that lost opportunity, you know it doesn't feel very good, does it?
Well here's what I've got and I truly believe its going to become BIG!

So HOW big? I'm talking "Amazon" big. I'm talking "AOL" big... I'm talking "buying 50,000 shares at Microsoft's IPO" big. :-)

You know who Mike Glaspie is right? He's the guy who founded and runs sites like,,,,,,, and several other sites, all of which are easily within the top 1% of all sites visited online.

As I read about his latest project, I got so excited! It seems that for the past several months, Mike G has been working quietly on a new project. This project is going to have every marketer on the planet clamoring for a piece. (And btw, YOU are literally one of the very first to hear about this, so if you want a piece, it is YOURS for the taking!)

So here it is, here is what Mike is working on that is so monstrously big... Mike is putting the final touches on a series of sites that are going to revolutionize the search engine business. The cornerstone site of this project is a "tier 1" search engine called, and it's ultimate goal is nothing less than to topple Google itself from the search-engine throne... and you know what? I fully believe it's going to do it. I just don't see any way it can't!

The technology is already in place. Everything is thought out and all the pieces put together. And soon, Mike G is going to launch this to the world. But before he does, YOU have the chance to get in on this NOW! I don't know what could be a more "ground floor" opportunity than this.
A brand new approach to search engines...

Now search engines have been done, but they all have one big problem for people like you and me... they don't provide any incentive to the marketer. For example, if you tell someone to go look something up on Google, who benefits from that? Why, Google does! Google gets the traffic, the viewer sees their ads that their advertisers pay them for, and so on. What do you get? Squat!

Mike has changed all of that. Zabang is built from the net marketer up, instead of from the "computer techs" down. (And yet, search results are blazingly fast... AND relevant. In fact, faster and more relevant than the other big names.)

See, Mike knows how to penetrate a market fast and big... reward others BIG TIME for doing it for you! Through (the site that manages the Zabang affiliate program), you'll get a FULL TEN PERCENT commission on every pay-per-click or sponsor purchase made by those you refer... for the LIFE of the customer. Yes, that's right, I said the entire life of that customer.

Refer someone just once (using banners, links, or the Zabang search bar on your site) and you could easily be paid over and over again for years!
But it doesn't stop there... you see, ZabangSolutions offers a two-tier affiliate program. (Now this isn't M.L.M or network marketing, it's just two tiers.) This means that whenever you refer someone to Zabang and that person then becomes an affiliate like you, anyone THEY refer goes under you also, and you'll both get commissions from that customer... the affiliate you referred gets 10%, and you get a 5% override commission! Again, for the life of the customer!
But not "just" a search engine!

And there is more! Zabang will offer first class hosting solutions featuring options from no-cost all the way up to extremely sophisticated hosting options. Each one guaranteeing indexing (listing) at You would expect nothing less from Zabang. And when your referrals host with, you get 10% & 5% all over again for the life of the customer's account. And there's no selling, just refer people to to do their online searches and they'll take it from there. It's completely passive... and totally viral.

You know, I almost forgot to mention one of the best parts. (This is why I love Mike G, he is truly an unparalleled marketing genius!) Mike is also creating a companion site to Zabang called ZabangMail. will offer 100% spam-free, free email accounts, the best this state of the art technology has to offer to-date. And they don't use filters. They have their own proprietary technology for eliminating spam from your in-box. Users of will never have to worry that mail they want to receive will be filtered just because it contains words or phrases that couldn't pass through. And because is their own ISP they give guaranteed whitelisting to all publishers.

Now remember (and this is important), is a companion to Each one will promote the other. ZabangMail users will have a tag message at the bottom of their email just like Hotmail, just like Yahoo, etc. But this one will give a brief blurb about searching, but with a twist... are you ready? The URL in the tag message at the bottom of all user's email will also be (if elected) the affiliate's link for! Think about it... get just a few people to sign up for ZabangMail, and every single email they send out will track back to YOUR Zabang account earning you an override all over again! We're talking major cross promotion, and hyper viral marketing. It truly is going to be huge.

Just to give you an idea how big Zabang is destined to become... already their Alexa ranking is in the top 1/10 of 1% of all sites visited online... and this is only a private invitational pre-registration period! Wow!

So drop what you are doing right now and get pre-registered for the two-level affiliate program. At the very least, you get guaranteed "indexing" (i.e. listed in the search results at as an affiliate (which is a HUGE benefit). Then, you'll be emailed an invitational letter with your link dropped in so you can send it along to your closest contacts. They'll keep accurate track of your referrals and when Zabang™ launches, you will have complete stats of all your referrals and commissions earned.

Community For Online Marketers / Business Owners

One of the challenges online marketers face is getting their message out in social networks, forums and so forth without coming across as spammers or desperate!

This week sees the launch of Zion5. This site will give business people who operate online the opportunity to network legitimately with others who are interested in business opportunities be they in network marketing, affiliate products, e-books, off-line opportunities or a myriad of other options.

The official launch of Zion5 is 9nd December 2007 . The top 100 members that have the most referrals at the time of launch will automatically get boosted to the top of the uplines ** FOR LIFE **.That means that the top 100 people will control everything that happens in Zion 5.

Zion5 promotes themselves with this phrase : This is Facebook for online money makers. Build contacts, send messages and promote your websites all in one place!

One of the biggest plus factors for me is the messaging system. Users can send their info to others through messages. This prevents your inbox becoming flooded with email you don't really want to read! For further info - click here.