I listen to Dave Ramsey everyday during my drive home for lunch. I credit him with the wisdom to help millions of people get out of debt and start living the lives they deserve. I also credit him with giving Brent and I the knowledge we needed to do the same. So yes, I think Dave Ramsey is a smart man.
I also think he has a lot of connections and knows a lot of very smart people, or at least knows where to find the smart people. Today he presented a Common Sense Fix for our nation’s current financial catastrophe. Dave said this wasn’t his plan but he did a good job packaging it and he agrees with it wholeheartedly.
Well, I agree with it as well. These are things that have been talked about for weeks but have never really been taken into consideration, well, if Congress did take them under consideration, the public knew nothing about it. Anyway, that’s why I’m writing this post, because I agree with this Common Sense Fix and I want everyone I can tell to read it and if in agreement, write your Congressman and Senators TODAY!
Here’s the link to the page on Dave Ramsey’s site with step by step instructions. He explains the fix very well in simple terms. He also gives you the text for your email. He even makes it easy to find your Congressman and Senators with links to a site that lists them and provides links to their webforms.
If you click the link to find your Congressman and nothing happens, that’s a good thing. It means a lot of people are trying to access the site to send their thoughts as well. Just be patient and keep trying, eventually you’ll get through. Your thoughts with a little prayer will hopefully help our leaders to make the right decisions.
Okay, here’s the link you need, go there now TODAY!
Be active on this, it took me about 15 minutes to email both my Senators and my Representative. It’s worth your time, go do it now.
I got notice today that Rich is going to reopen his new Guided Profits System at a new level today for just 48 hours. I thought I’d let those of you who wanted to join but couldn’t afford it know that he has a new level he’s call Silver GPS. With this program you get the same great coaching but it’s spread out over six months, and so are the payments.
Rich explains why he’s reopening in a post on his blog. If you’re interested, the Rich Schefren Silver GPS program will open for your order at 3:00 p.m. EST today and will remain open for only 48 hours.
Gary Vanderchuk. Who? I didn’t know until today, but I really like this guy. What do you think?
Watch his YouTube Video in the right-hand column, sorry, he uses some colorful language. Please don’t be offended by any of his references, he’s trying to get a point across. Then come back, read on and LEAVE ME A COMMENT ~ I want COMMENTS, you guys are TOO QUIET.
Go on, watch it. It’s only 15 minutes.
Gary took his parent’s small wine shop in New Jersey from $4 million a year to over $45 million in 5 years but got bored. So he decided to go in a different direction on the internet. He was featured on Nightline where they mentioned that sales are $60 million and a huge percentage is purchased over the internet.
It took Gary a while to get to where he is now and the aspect of the internet that got him there was social networking and he’s letting people know about it. By making the rounds on radio, tv, expositions, seminars, and anywhere else people will let him talk, he’s getting the message out about using social networking to build your business. And he’s getting the word out about his wine website while he’s at it.
One of the principals Gary advocates is “good ole’ fashion hard work” to get you to where you want to be. I think the reason I like him is because he’s so down to earth. Personally I’m not anything like him, I would almost be intimidated to be in a room with him even though I’m doing exactly what he’s talking about on that video. I’m working HARD. I go to my day job everyday, 8 to 5 (or 5:30 or 6:00), then I come home and work on this website. I work on this website on Saturday and this post as my proof, I work on this website on Sunday. I know, like Gary, that’s what it will take to make it successful.
And I’m here to say to you ~ you CAN make your dream of running your own business come true as well. You just need to have Patience and Passion (Gary’s words not mine). And I want to add Persistence and I want to call it the Triple P’s. Yep, that’s what you need to make it work. Just do something you’re passionate about and be patient and persistent in learning the skills you need to make it work and then patient and persistent in building the business. BUT, not too patient, you need to then get on with it. Put in the hours. Push yourself to your limits. In time, you’ll get there.
One other thing I want to say here since my audience is Baby Boomers, never, never, never, get in the mindset that your time has past or you’re too old. That’s bull hockey. Using the internet to make your dreams come true is within everyone’s reach if you have the Triple P’s, PATIENCE, PASSION, and PERSISTENCE.
Thanks Gary for telling us straight!
I’m really sorry I didn’t get something posted about Rich Schefren’s new free report, The Uncertainty Syndrome. It became available last Wednesday, I downloaded it and started reading it with the intent of posting but it was 60 pages long and I didn’t finish it before we left for California. I ended up finishing it on the plane to LA.
Anyway, better late than never and now I find out the report was just the lead up to the launch of his new coaching program called Guided Profit System or GPS for short. I may have read about it at end of the report but I wasn’t paying attention. However, this week it was brought to my attention because the launch is Thursday at noon EST.
Right now I just want to post some info about Rich, his prior projects, this new report, The Uncertainty Syndrome, a $100,000 contest he’s having and his new GPS.
Why? Well, there may be one of you who is intereted, as this guy is smart when it comes to internet marketing, that’s why.
So, who is Rich Schefren?
I just learned about him myself but apparently he’s been around awhile. They call Rich Schefren the “coach to the Internet Gurus”. His unique philosophy about how to build real businesses online gets big money results for his clients. After Rich turned his family’s struggling clothing store into one of Soho’s hottest and hippest clothing boutiques earning $6.5 million in just three years, he invested $7500 in a hypnosis center that generated $7 million a year within four years. Over the next 2 years he established joint ventures with some major online marketing players and generated in excess of $4 million in revenue. At that point, many of those marketers secretly sought his advice to help them turn their businesses into profit-producing powerhouses.
What gurus sought Rich for coaching?
According to Rich’s media kit, Mike Filsaime, Brad Fallon, Marlon Sanders, Joel Comm & Jim Edwards to name a few. Rich has been Mike Filsaime’s business growth coach for quite some time. He’s worked with Rich one-on-one and implemented many of the strategies Mike uses to run his business. Before Mike met Rich, he was doing okay online; he made $15,000 a month. But in May 2006, that jumped to $184,000… Now he earned over $300k a month when he’s not launching a new product.
What’s Rich done in the past other than coach gurus?
Rich released the Internet Business Manifesto, apparently it was one of the most talked about and downloaded business PDF’s in the history of the internet. I haven’t read it, I just haven’t had time since I learned about his guy, but I plan to download and read it soon. According to the webpage where you can download it, it explains the #1 reason why most Internet business owners struggle, along with secrets to making it big online. If you’re interested in reading this document click the following link:
What’s this free report, The Uncertainty Syndrome?
Well, this report I did read, and I can say with certainty that it’s very good. At first I got a bit bored, it just talked about stuff I already knew from other marketing books, but then, somewhere it took a turn and started teaching things I not only agreed with but didn’t already know. It discusses in detail how to identify and correct the things in your business that constrain you from being successful. It was surprising to learn that quite often entrepreneurs will identify and correct the symptoms of a constraint without ever realizing what the actual constraint was.
My favorite part of the report is where he talks about making mistakes fast. All business owners are going to make mistakes, and by putting off the decisions that keep you from experiencing those mistakes, you delay the success that follows. Oh, and another favorite of mine was how he cleared up that focusing on one project at a time instead of spreading yourself over two, three, or more projects cost you a lot of money.
This report is worth your time to read. It’s 60 pages long but has diagrams and the font size is big enough to see, so it’s an easy read. Here’s the link.
What else does Rich Offer?
Rich does some crazy stuff. Like last week when he started giving away his new report for free, he ran a 24-hour Q&A session on Ustream. Yep, he made it through 24-hours.
Today I found on his blog that he’s running a contest to give away $100,000 worth of his coaching and products. Heck, that would be nice to win! It would pretty much guarantee that you could make your online business a success, wouldn’t it? Here’s what you have to do (I used an image, I didn’t want to retype it all), you can just click on the image or the following link to go sign-up:
So, what’s this Guided Profit System or GPS?
I’m not sure, Rich hasn’t given out all the details yet. All I know is it will NOT cost $10,000, it’s going to be INTENSE, you must be prepared for 30 days of MASSIVE ACTION, you must be COMMITTED, and you must be ready to move EARLY on Thursday.
Rich is going to have a Teleseminar with Jay Abraham tomorrow, September 24th to discuss The Uncertainty Syndrome report. Rich and Jay are billing it as a “constraint buster teleseminar“, and you will get a sneak peek at Rich’s new Guided Profit System. The webpage doesn’t give a time for the call, I guess they’ll give that to you when you sign up. I haven’t signed-up yet, but as soon as I finish this post, I’m headed that way. So, if you want to learn more, go sign-up right now. Here’s the link:
I’ll keep you updated as best I can, don’t forget I work fulltime, so if it requires that I make a post between 7:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., it’s not going to happen. So the best way is for you to sign-up over at Rich’s site so they he can contact you directly at your email address.
Sorry this was long but there really was a lot of info wasn’t there?
12/20/08 - HOT NEWS! Gary Ryan Blair’s new program, “Got Resolutions?” is now available. Click to go to the website:
Our website has received a lot of traffic form people searching for Gary Ryan Blair’s, otherwise known as the “Goals Guy”, Start Fast Finish Strong 100 Day Challenge. If you’re one of those who searched and found our site but haven’t yet signed up for the 100 Day Challenge, I just wanted to pass along the email I received today…it seems our Goals Guy is throwing in some bonuses. And don’t worry, if you already purchased, you’ll get the bonuses as well. Here’s the email I received from Gary. And I have to add, the email says there’s just one more day to sign up but then it says Sept 29th is the last day to register, hmm…today is the 23rd, so I’m not sure if registration ends on the 29th or the 24th. If you’re interested, you might want to get on over there. See comment below in orange.
EDITED on 10/3/08 – I must have been wrong about the date this ended as I got an email today saying it ends at midnight tonight, sorry if this caused you any confusion.
I’m known for throwing out a few surprises…
And with the hugely successful launch of the 100-Day Finish Strong Challenge – I wanted to sweeten the pot a little for people who might still be sitting on the fence.
We have already surpassed our participant goal, and quite frankly I underestimated the amount of people who were really up to a good old-fashioned challenge.
There is ONLY one more day to register as the window of opportunity slams shut at midnight on September 29th.
If you’re one of those people who have been thinking about participating but have yet to pull the trigger and say yes, I wanted to do everything I could to get you off the fence and into the challenge.
The following highlights everything you receive for participating along with one very special bonus…
1. Massive Action Plan (MAP). This plan teaches you the core
philosophy of Massive Cause = Massive Effect.
2. MP3 training on goal setting and leveraging your MAP.
3. Start Fast – Finish Strong video seminar which teaches
you how to build and sustain momentum quickly. 50 minutes
4. Orientation Teleseminar which focuses on the value of BOLDNESS as the key to maximum gowth in the shortest period of time.
5. Accountability Teleseminar on October 20th. You will learn additional implementation strategies and methods of accountability.
6. Focus Teleseminar on November 17th. You will learn additional focusing techniques in order to ensure maximum performance.
7. Finish Strong Teleseminar on December 5th. This final call
of the year promises to be inspiring and will focus on closing
out the year strong and successful.
8. Commitment Pledge: You will learn that the person who wins in the long run is the person who is most committed to winning.
9. Special Report: 15 Strategies that Guarantee Immediate Results.
You get all of this for a grand total of just $97.00.
Yes, for only 97 cents per day you will be giving yourself a wonderful gift, along with an incredible opportunity to finish the year strong.
Just imagine how you are going to feel on New Years Eve when you are enjoying significantly higher levels of wealth, health, and happiness.
Isn’t THAT feeling alone worth such a small investment of 97 cents?
Isn’t your future worth an investment of 97 cents?
I urge you to say yes and give yourself the gift of success. Take the 100-Day Finish Strong Challenge and astound yourself with what you’re able to accomplish in such a short period of time.
You have NOTHING to lose and EVERYTHING to gain as your small investment of 97 cents per day is 100% GUARANTEED.
So what are you waiting for? Say YES-I’m up to the challenge and participate with people from all corners of the world…
I urge you to sign up now as there’s ONLY a few more days to register, and the window of opportunity slams shut at midnight on Monday, September 29th.
Gary Ryan Blair
Got Questions? ==> Info@GoalsGuy.com
P.S. If you’re still not convinced that your future is worth an investment of 97 cents per day, than here’s FOUR more very special Bonuses if you sign up before the 29th.
The Art of Self Discipline mp3
Peak Performance and Energy Management mp3 Saying YES to Saying No mp3 Follow Your North Start mp3
You’ll love this extra bonuses along with the specific strategies you need to engage in on order to live the life you’ve always dreamed of.
It’s the same exact material I use with my $10,000 coaching clients and it’s yours free for saying yes-I’m up to the challenge!
(Don’t worry if you’re already enrolled in the challenge – you’ll receive a copy as well!)
Also, here’s the video, we’re getting ready to take it down from our homepage to make room for something new, so I thought I’d just add it to this post.
|Start Fast Finish Strong!|
Good luck with the challenge!
Brent and I got home from our trip to California on Sunday night and my box from StomperNet was sitting on the front porch carefully hidden by the newspapers that our neighbors had kindly moved from the driveway for us. Yay! I had requested Monday as a vacation day because I knew I’d be tired from the trip and I wanted a day to work on my business, timing couldn’t have been better.
If you read my review of the order process when I ordered my free Stomping the Search Engines 2 that came with a free issue of Net Effect, the new internet marketing trade journal from StomperNet, you’ll remember that I purchased ALL the upsells and the box on the front porch had not only my Net Effect magazine, but 18 DVDs as well. Talk about overwhelming!
Anyway, I decided to dig in and started by watching the Net Effect Companion DVD, it’s called StomperNet Insiders’ DVD of the Month Volume 1. This first volume was free just like the magazine. Going forward it will cost $19.97 a month, and in case you didn’t remember, the magazine, Net Effect, will be another $39.97 a month. That’s a grand total of $59.94 each and every month (plus shipping), but after seeing the information covered by these publications, I’m thinking it may well be worth every penny.
I’ll be honest, when I was offered the companion DVD during the order process, my first thought was, “Sure, I’ll take the free month, and then I’ll just cancel after I get it.” I’m sure that’s what a lot of people thought. However, now I’m thinking twice about making that move.
I haven’t had time to read the Net Effect magazine yet, but I did watch the DVD and I can’t tell you how impressed I am. I’ve been studying internet marketing for quite some time and search engine optimization has always baffled me. I seemed to understand the simple strategies but for the life of me couldn’t wrap my mind around all the details. It was just too overwhelming for me. Keyword lists, landing pages, Web 2.0 sites, LSI, and all that SEO “stuff” was just too hard. So, I never did it.
Now, here we go again. More SEO “stuff”. But somehow after watching this DVD it doesn’t seem so hard. I don’t know, maybe it’s the presentation, maybe Andy just has a way of simplifying the details, or maybe I’m just ready this time, I’m not sure, but it just doesn’t seem so hard now. What I do know now is that I’m going to do this stuff because I’m sick and tired of fooling around and not making any money. And if search engine optimization is a way to get more people to my site, then I’m going to do it.
So, what did the DVD include?
It mostly covered linking both within your website and links coming to your site from other websites. It explained how the search engines read your pages and assign where it will rank. And best of all, it covered why linking to subpages in your site will get you more traffic than always linking to your homepage. Andy Jenkins shared some secrets on how to make the search engine spiders read your site the way you want them to read it. And at the end, they gave a list of authority sites you can use to link back to your site. Tons of great information that I have never seen anywhere else.
Having this kind of information can truly make or break a website, I just wish StomperNet hadn’t given it away for free. That’s another reason I think I’ll stay on with the subscription. I know a lot of people signed up for the free trial but will cancel for various reasons, not because the information isn’t valuable and worth every penny, but because they can’t afford it right now or just don’t want to spend the money for whatever reason. So, since not everyone will have this kind of great information going forward, it will give me a edge and everyone needs and edge, right?
So, how do I plan to use this information to benefit you as my reader?
Last week I posted that I needed a plan and that I would post one before I left on my trip to California…well, I made my plan and posted the 2008-09 Editorial Schedule for this site and I plan on keeping that schedule. I also stated that I wanted to make public the things I do to make this site an authority site and still plan to do that. Many of the things I’m learning in these DVDs I will use to grow this site and as I use the concepts, it’s my plan to write about them as a case study. So be sure to subscribe to the feed and my newsletter list so you can stay updated.
By the way, the free offer is available. If you want a free copy of Stomping The Search Engines 2 along with the first issue of Net Effect, just click through one of my links. All the “extra” bonuses they were offering through last Monday are gone, but that shouldn’t stop you from ordering the STSE2 and Net Effect for free, or well, for the price of shipping. It’s great information that just may make the difference in your success.
I’ll report back in a few days with the steps I’ve initiated using the new information I’ve learned.
A couple of weeks ago I saw a tweet on Twitter from Dan Hollings that caught my eye. On his website, Twittin’ Secrets – 100 of the World’s Greatest Twitter Tips & Twitter Secrets – The Ultimate “Twitter How To” Guide, he was in the process of posting 100 Twitter tips all over the internet and wasn’t quite finished. He was up to Twitter Tip # 70 or so and was running a contest for Underdog Blog Writers to win a tip to post on their blog.
Well, being the underdog blog writer I am, I entered the contest. Low and behold, I WON!! The contest said my blog needed to be less than 140 days old, have less than 140 posts, and less than 140 subscribers ~ yep, that’s me!
So, before I post the tip, I bet you’re wondering why this is a beneficial thing for me to post this tip. And you’re probably also wondering why Dan would do this. Both very good questions.
First, Dan is doing this so he can build back links to his website. Being my site is new, I haven’t written anything about Search Engine Optimization or SEO as it’s called in the internet marketing world. But back links are very important to getting a high ranking on Google for a specific keyword. It’s Google’s job to list the very best websites when an internet searcher types a keyword in for a search. Google has determined that the more links a website has pointing to it, the more “authority” it has for that keyword. So, Dan will receive 100 back links to his site by doing this and all will have the the keyword “Twitter How-To Tip” as the anchor text. When someone goes to Google and types in “Twitter How-To Tip” or “Twitter How-To” or even “Twitter Tip”, there’s a high possibility that Dan’s website will rank high on the page because he has so many back links with that anchor text.
Now, why is it beneficial for me? Well, any back link is going to help my site at this point. Being a brand new site, I need to do whatever I can to build back links and traffic so I’ll take what I can get. Dan will be putting a link on his site to Tip # 80 – The Twitter Tease Strategy that takes his visitors to my site. If he gets a high ranking on Google, just maybe some of that traffic will follow his link to my site to read about Tip # 80. And then, maybe some of that traffic will like my site and subscribe. Additionally, since Google has determined that Dan’s site is an “authority” site, his link to me will hold a lot of credence and give me a little authority for the keyword phrase “Twitter How-To Tips”. It’s a win-win.
NOTE: This Twitter How-to Tip is an authorized part of the “Twittin’ Secrets” Series: 100 World’s Greatest Twitter Tips and Twitter Secrets by Internet and Twitter Strategist, Dan Hollings.
TWITTER HOW-TO TIP #80
The Twitter Tease Strategy. That’s right, tease. If you are about to release something (a product, service, discount, event, eBook, tip sheet, whatever) – don’t just Tweet it with a link and think folks are reading. Twitter is like trying to have a conversation with someone who is in their car, sorta tired, listening to the radio, and ordering onion rings at a drive thru restaurant, ALL at the same time. Oh, and let’s not forget the guy with the jackhammer repairing the curb six feet away. One tweet might not grab their attention.
However, duplicate tweets are not recommended either. It’s rude and spam-like. This is where the Twitter Tease comes in. You can use Twitter to drip out to your followers. Bit-by-bit in a plot-like fashion. Updates on how your release is coming along (snags, news, changes, feedback, whatever) can add to the whole tease effect. The Twitter Tease can be like a text version of a movie trailer where you merely build excitement or it can be a social engagement strategy.
I’ve seen authors engage followers, chapter-by-chapter as they write books; I’ve seen event planners pick venue locations, set pricing, pick speakers and offer discounts; I’ve seen tools designed with follower input, features added, and beta testing done… all via Twitter. The Twitter Tease at its finest, is socially engaging others in your process whereby the end result is seen as a team effort.
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After doing all the tech-stuff to get Internet Marketing Boomer, this beautiful website you’re reading right now, all set-up and ready to go, I found myself in the precarious situation of not knowing what to do next. It seems the business plan I had written wasn’t detailed enough, focused enough, or something. This was not a position I wanted to be in so early in the start-up of my business and I realized very quickly that it was a big mistake on my part that I was in this position. I was, and continue, to spend a lot of time writing information for this site, however, at the same time, I couldn’t quite wrap my mind around what I was trying to achieve. I knew I wanted to teach internet marketing to baby boomers, but what I couldn’t seem to figure out was exactly how I was going to do that. Yeah, it was time for me to have a sit-down with myself and figure it out.
All the research I’ve been doing to find information for this site put me into “overload”. There’s soooo much information about internet marketing and the more information I gathered, the more questions popped into my head. Where should I start, where would I find the time to write about everything I’m learning, what topics should I cover, what information was the most important to convey first, how do I present the information, how do I present the information so it’s relevant for baby boomers, and I could go on and on and on.
Well, with the help from my Traffic Secrets 2.0 Course to get my thoughts focused and the motivation of Brent’s post on goal setting and the Start Fast Finish Strong 100 Day Challenge, I’ve made some decisions.
- Rome wasn’t built in a day. Yes, Brent and I work full-time jobs and this website, as much hope as it brings me that I will some day be able to work on it instead of going to my day job, it’s just not possible to put everything we know and have learned over the last 10 years of studying the internet into words overnight. So patience and consistency will be my mantra, I will post on a regular and consistent basis.
- Too much of a good thing. There is just too much information to try to “dump” it all on a website without first having a focused plan. It’s not fair to my readers to just “dump” a bunch of unfocused information onto web pages and expect them to figure it all out. I will make a plan that will benefit my readers while remembering to stay patient and consistent with the information I’m presenting.
- I will not do this “half-ass”. Sorry for the language but after trying many things to make a living on the internet, I find that when you try to do things quickly instead of building quality over time, they don’t work, you end up with a “half-ass” product. I will not do that to my readers and in return my readers will read what I teach and reward me by using my affiliate link when they are ready to buy.
The three statements above will become my doctrine for Internet Marketing Boomer. Very soon I will finalize my plan and post it for you. You will know in advance what topics we’re going to cover and can expect those topics to be covered thoroughly in upcoming months. I’m going to cover topics in a sequential manner that you can follow easily, I even plan to use some video. I’m sure my “plan” will evolve over time as I plan to allow YOU to have input as well into what’s covered here.
And lastly, I just want to talk about the power of having a plan. Just having written this post I feel empowered. I now know what I need to do and will make every effort to actually do it. I feel energy that I didn’t have prior to making the decisions I stated above. I now feel the desire to make this website a premier place for baby boomers to learn how to make their dream of earning money on the internet a reality.
In fact, I’m now so motivated I’ve already made a decision. This post will become the first in a case-study for how we’re building the Internet Marketing Boomer website. To access the full series as it happens, just go to the Case Study category and choose Internet Marketing Boomer Start-Up. Every post in chronological order will be post there.
Next post from me? I’ll post my “plan” before we leave for California on Thursday. Brent and I will be taking the weekend off, we’re going to our youngest daughter’s volleyball tournament at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. Texas State will be playing Pepperdine, UC Santa Barbara and Cal State Northridge over the course of the weekend. It’ll be a great weekend vacation after living through Hurricane Ike last weekend.
Until my next post…
Today is Sunday, September 14th, two days after Hurricane Ike hit the Houston/Galveston area. Brent and I were very blessed, the only damage we had were to a few shingles on our roof and Brent has already repaired them. Our electricity went out at 3:00 a.m. during the storm, we were sleeping in our master bedroom closet because that was the only room in the house that didn’t have a window. If we hadn’t been in there, I would not have slept at all. It was still scary because once the winds got to full force (they estimate 80-100 mph where where are), things were hitting our house and we didn’t know what was happening outside.
The next day we prepared ourselves for the heat and living without electricity and just after I opened our windows around 11:00 a.m., our electricity came back on. I couldn’t believe it, but as soon as we knew for sure it was going to stay on, we called family so they could come over and stay with us.
God bless those who lost much, especially those down in the coastal areas. The news on TV is continuous and it appears Galveston took a big hit. There was one video where they were showing the Hooters that was over the water on the seawall, it wasn’t there, not even the pillars it stood on. It was totally gone. Please be safe and take care in the aftermath, and pray for those who weren’t so lucky.
Today may be the last day I’m able to make a post for a while depending on how well Houston handles Hurricane Ike. We went to bed last night and the winds were still only 100 mph and this morning they’ve increased to 105. They’re saying landfall will be around 1:00 a.m. tonight, so there’s not much time left for it to strengthen, which is very good news.
Brent and I have decided to stay home. We made hotel reservations in San Antonio and thought we’d go, but he works in retail and felt an obligation to his employees and customers to stay. Even though we had today scheduled as a vacation day, it just didn’t feel right to him to leave his employees without a manager, especially since the company’s headquarters has given no direction as to how long they should remain open. We had planned to go to Austin to watch our youngest daughter Brittany play in a volleyball tournament at University of Texas (they played #3 ranked UT last night and actually won one set ~ a big deal for a Southland Conference team). Hurricane Ike trumped the volleyball.
We live in the very northwest section of Houston in a suburb called Cypress and the prediction is that the winds here will be 75-100 mph. We’ve done all the normal stuff, we have water, food, batteries, candles. We exchanged cell numbers with those neighbors that we hadn’t exchanged numbers with in the past. I wish we had remembered propane for our grill before the stores ran out. We’ve brought everything in from the yard. We’re able to get one car (our better one) into the garage. I took digital photos of everything. I cleaned the bathtubs yesterday and today we will fill them with water. We did not board up the windows, actually, no one in our neighborhood has (yet), so today we will move our furniture away from windows toward the middle of the room just in case a window breaks. I’ve already touched base with my kids, actually we’re staying in constant contact, today we’ll call other family members that we haven’t talked to yet.
In watching the media all day yesterday, last night and this morning, it appears our city leaders have done a very good job of communicating and evacuating the areas that need to be evacuated. It’s nothing like when Rita was threatening us three years ago, but no where near as many people are leaving either. Many gas stations are out of gas, but they say tankers are on their way to refill. The freeways were jammed up a bit last night but this morning, they’re clear.
One thing I saw this morning on TV that’s a bit scary was a reporter down in Galveston standing on the seawall. For those of you who don’t know what the Galveston seawall looks like, it’s a concrete wall that runs the length of the island that’s about 15′ tall. Usually, there’s a beach at the base that’s about 100 yards or more (depending on the tide) from the base of the seawall to where the water from the Gulf of Mexico rolls in. At the top of the seawall there’s a wide sidewalk where people normally ride bikes, jog, or stroll up and down the island, and then there’s a 5-lane street (one’s a turning lane). The reporter was standing across the street from the seawall and behind him you could see the waves crashing over the seawall onto the street. People who had not left yet but were heading out, people who were born and raised there who stopped to talk, said they’d never seen the water like that this many hours before a hurricane actually hit. They were taking heed and leaving.
We expect to be without electricity fairly quickly, in fact, by the time some of you read this in your feed reader or email, it’ll probably already be out. We don’t have big trees, but there are electricity poles where we live, it’s not underground. We actually have a flight to California on Thursday and I’m wondering if the airport will be operating. I sure hope so, if we’re out of electricity for 5 days, it’ll be nice to get out of here. Anyway, I don’t know when my next post will be. If we get to California on Thursday, I’ll update you to let you know how we fared.
We’re ready, but still a bit scared. It’s been 25 years since Hurricane Alicia hit our area and I remember being scared then. We made it through that one very well with no damage, we didn’t even lose our electricty and I pray for the same with Ike. I also pray that the people of our wonderful city come through this well.
If you’re in the Houston area, God Bless you and be safe.
We’ll see you on the other side of Ike.
It’s really kind of hard to believe but StomperNet is giving away more free stuff! I thought they gave away enough last week when I got Stomping The Search Engines 2 and the new Net Effects printed trade journal for the cost of shipping. But here they go again ~ if you want to see for yourself, just click the link and skip my post ~
Basically, here’s what happened. Brad and Andy got together with their internet marketing buddies and asked them if they wanted to join in on the free stuff they were giving away, and sure enough, a bunch of them did.
So today, Brad and Andy released a NEW video announcing all the AMAZING bonus offers they were able to round up. Everyone who takes them up on their free offer to try their new trade journal, Net Effects, will get an unbelievably long list of free bonuses . And don’t worry, they said if you already signed up, like I did, we’d automatically get the bonuses and don’t have to do anything else. But the thing is, the bonuses will only be offered until Monday, September 15th.
These free bonuses are NOT like the crap bonuses you get with some internet marketing products. These bonuses come from the top marketers in the field and you’ll get TWELVE different bonuses from TWELVE different top marketers. I watched the video but I can’t remember all of them, so click over and watch the video now. Sign up for Net Effects and get the first month and Stomping The Search Engines 2 for free (well, you’ll have to pay for shipping). AND, you’ll get these other TWELVE bonuses worth $1000s and $1000s of dollars for free too.
But be sure to do it before Monday, September 15th because if you wait, you’ll miss the TWELVE FREE BONUSES. And after all that, I’m not even sure if the original offer will still be good, I’m guessing yes, but without the bonuses, but I’m not sure, so just go sign-up now. There’s no reason to pass up all this free stuff if the reason you’re reading this website is to learn how to market an internet business. Just go sign-up and get just about everything you’ll need to make your website successful. Here’s the link:
Oh ~ However, I do want to warn you, when you sign-up, you will be offered several upsells. They’re great products and I purchased them ALL, but if you don’t want to spend the money, don’t worry, you don’t have to, just click the “no thanks” button. If you want to read about my experience when I placed my order for the free stuff, just click here.
P.S. You only have a few days to get these, so go check them out NOW!