Make Money While Waiting for a Tow Truck…

Yesterday was one of those days. It started out calm enough. We had purchased my wife a used toy car to drive around to and from work. We love our Lincoln Navigator, lovingly called the Lincoln “Valdez” in reference to its 4 valve per cylinder high output V-8 premium fuel gas guzzler performance. It is a beaut & comfortable, but with our gas prices soaring we picked up a new little buzz bomb Mitsubishi Eclipse Turbo. Yup, it still burns premium but should burn about half as much. AND it should be a lot more fun on a daily basis.
Well I had been piddling with the Eclipse & fixing a few minor things for fun. Then I took it to go pick up my wife for lunch. So far so good. After lunch well let’s just say that things went to hell in a handbasket. After following an old lady for a while who was definitely in the sloooooow mode I punched it to go around the old lady. The turbo kicked in & all hell broke loose. We zipped around her in nothing flat & just as it hit the rev limiter ….nothing….she just died.

Coast over to the side of the road. Back it up off the road & call AAA for a tow. Three lies from AAA about ETA & 2 1/2 hours later we are loading it up on the tow truck.

Finally…

We had to take it to two different mechanic shops before I found one that could get to it in my lifetime.

We had owned the car less than 48 hours & it was already in the shop. I had “broken” HER new toy and now she had to walk the remaining block to work. No joy for papa!

But here (finally) is the ending of this story. I got back to the house and was plenty PO’ed as you can imagine. I popped the top off a beer & sat down at the computer. I really hadn’t had hardly any time to look at it for 3 days.

Wouldn’t ya know. Those three days had sales for me that were better than most other days for the last month! I seriously had to laugh…and the beer hadn’t even kicked in yet. 🙂

THAT my friend is the eye popper about working on the internet with passive sales income. You can be gone on vacation, working on the car, going to the doctor, mowing the yard or broke down at the side of the road and still make money because you don’t have to be there or even KNOW what is going on except every so often. Sure it depends on your business model. Some PPC activities have to be watched virtually daily. And yes I know you should probably PAY someone to work on the car so you can go design your life but sometimes I find working on the car is FUN and afterall I AM paying someone else to work on the car now, aren’t I? 🙂

Here’s to hoping that your car keeps working and your sales still be up!
Rex

Follow Me on Twitter or the Dog Dies!…

You said WHAT? OK I’m in trouble now. This is my wife Dara and her Siberian Husky puppy Zeus. Well he WAS a puppy. He’s a 93lb eating machine now. But he’s our BABY!

Nope if you’re looking for violence you came to the wrong spot. If you want to see violence you’d have to see what my wife is gonna do to me when she sees this post! 🙂

So what’s the point?

Twitter is a storm on the horizon. I have really just awakened to the whole Twitter thang. So what the heck IS Twitter? Well…that is hard to explain.

Right now you are looking at a blog. Think of Twitter like a mini-blog. People can “follow” you. You can “follow” them. You can see what they write and they can see what you write. These are little short notes of 140 characters or less. It is kinda like instant messanger too. Hey, you can find well known people to follow and guess what, much of the time they follow you!

The idea is everyone can get to know everyone else better. Naturally, I have gravitated toward the internet marketing crowd or people who are following the internet marketing crowd. You can follow John Reese, Joel Comm, Brad Fallon, and a multitude of others. Sometimes the Twittering (Tweets) turns to Americal Idol or “off to dinner”.

Whatever, come join the fun.

Go sign up at www.twitter.com & see for yourself. To say it is addicting is an understatement.

You can follow me at http://twitter.com/RexTurner .

Stop by and say hey.

Don’t worry…the dog is safe!

Free Links to Your Website From a PR4?

This is really cool. Today I stumbled into a new Web 2.0 style website that is gonna explode.

What is it? It is a website that has a Google PR4 at the time of this writing that allows you to link to your websites for one thing!

Another thing is it allows you to put articles on the website, or just little snippets of information they call intel. (No not the chip maker.) This allows you to associate certain information to your websites as well.

You can review other peoples intel & earn $$ that are used on the website. To boot you can put money making intel on the site & you get to keep 100% of the profits!

It even can ad AdSense to your areas & YOU make the money!

Just how cool is that?

Go check it out. I’m already signed up. You need to use one of the links in this post though because you have to be invited to join. As a reader of my blog I am inviting you!

Go here now it is free.

You might wanna hurry too, because the early worm gets more links so to speak!

Best regards,
Rex

Rex Jumps In With Both Feet!

I just realized that while I sent the announcement out to my in-house list, I never posted my plans to my blog. You see 2008 is going to be a very big year for me and my loved ones.

But first let me digress… and hang on to yer hat as this is a LONGGG post but I promise it will be worth it.

I’m not selling anything today…but there is a HUGE lesson here…if you are ready for it. This lesson COULD be a turning point in your life too…if you let it be.

So turn back the clock to the early 70s. (WOW! That’s a lot of rewinding!)

In college, my hair was down past my shoulders. Yup I was one of THOSE. I played guitar in a rock band in Norman, Oklahoma. I was “supposed” to be getting a college education in physics, psychology & electrical engineering. Oh, I was getting an education alright. I was working 20 hours per week at a Target store in Norman to PAY for college, going to school by day & playing guitar & drinking beer until 2AM. It’s a good thing we didn’t get more gigs or I would have crashed & burned!

Then my first epiphany happened…

I distinctly remember leaving an after party one night at about 2 AM. Our band had a good night. The crowd was screaming for us to play more. I was feeling almost famous and I had $8 & all the beer I could drink for free. What else could a college student ask for right??? The rhythm guitar player & I had to walk back to campus from the party because the lead singer (who had the car) drove off. He left us because he picked up a cute girl at the party. Bastard!

We laughed all the way back to campus. We were miles from campus which gave us a lot of time to reflect. We both knew this wasn’t our future. We were not where we wanted. We had really big choices to make. $8 & all the beer you could drink on the one hand versus a secure career as an engineer waiting for me if only I would knuckle down & get to work. You gotta realize that for a college kid this choice is not as obvious as it is now. LOL.

I was never quite the same after that. I love music to this day & have played in multiple bands since then. That was for fun. But I never deluded myself to think that I should gamble my secure career away for trying to become a “ROCK STAR”. So with renewed enthusiasm I completed my degree.

Fast forward over 30 years…..zzzzzzz……..The short version…

I designed scoreboard electronics, worked on military electronics, designed fish locators, Loran navigation receivers, and finally what has consumed the last 20 years of my life…GPS receivers. I was promoted VERY rapidly until I became the engineering manager of the GPS group. I was the manager for over 20 years. I have designed GPS products for boats, handheld units, aviation units & automotive turn by turn navigation units. I even have a patent issued from one of the GPS designs. It was a good job. It was fun because I loved the technology & the people I worked with.

Then one day, the owner of the company decided to sell the company that I had known for many years. They decided they didn’t need to invest more in the future of GPS.

WHAM! After 30 years at my job I was laid off & put on the streets.

IS THIS A PROBLEM? Not, really! This is a HUGE opportunity for me!

Then I got my SECOND EPIPHANY.

My alleged “security” of my engineering degree and spending 30 years at one company provided me with absolutely NO security at the end of the day. Sure, I had a good run with decent pay and benefits. I’m not complaining even one little bit. The company has been good to me.

But REAL security was in me and my own abilities. It was time to move on.

I have not been stagnant over my career. I have ALWAYS continued to learn. My home office has 5 bookshelves simply CRAMMED with books, 3 ring binders, DVDs and software. I have at least 7 computers on the home network. I am up to date on the latest design techniques in surface mount electronics and PCB (printed circuit board) layouts. However, I am ALSO up to date on internet marketing.

I could go get another job. I have not even the slightest, teensiest doubt in my mind. My design skills are marketable. But I choose NOT to pursue them.

Why??? I have already told you I love engineering.

The answers are found in my dreams and goals…

• You don’t get wealthy working at a JOB.
• You don’t get wealthy trading TIME for MONEY.
• I can’t get as much personal satisfaction executing decisions I know in my heart are wrong when I can be making my own decisions as an entrepreneur.
• I have dreams & goals that can never be met while working at a day job.
• Equally important my wife’s goals can’t either.

So as of January 1, 2008 I have gone full time into internet marketing!

Honestly I can’t believe it has taken me this long to DECIDE to do this. This is a decision my wife & I made together. My wife and I decided that my passion these days was on the internet anyway. I had been selling products online since 2005. But I only got to do that in the evenings. Even so I was having pretty good success.

So come along on the ride. No, that doesn’t mean for you to go quit your job tomorrow. Don’t get ahead of yourself. You could PLAN to quit your job. It also, means keep an eye out here as I share my stories, plans & results. You will also see products recommended that I am using to further my business.

So where are those lessons that I promised you?
You may have already figured some of it out.

1. Playing rock guitar for all the beer you can drink is not a good bet!
2. A long distinguished career even in an industry does NOT truly offer security in today’s world.
3. Keep learning. Never stop. Maybe, learn more than just ONE thing in life. Imagine if you only worked on record players and never learned about CDs or DVD players. Very dim future.
4. Be prepared for the future. That means SAVE MONEY. Don’t spend every dime you have. I would be sweating it if I didn’t prepare.
5. Make life changing decisions with your spouse as they are in this with you & you need their support. If you don’t you are a moron!
6. Believe in yourself. Go for your dreams. Follow your heart. Most of your worries in life are between your ears, caused by your or never happen.

So why the internet? Hello? Do you have a pulse? You are reading THIS on the internet. It has saturated our very lives.

I have heard the internet described as still being like the Wild West. I believe that. We have a lot more of the time line in front of us than behind us. It is NOT too late to jump in. The future is obvious. People who don’t think that the internet will play a huge part of our everyday lives is living in a dream world and should probably go repair record players & analog watches.

So what is my recommendation to you?

I suggest that you consider what it is that you could learn to do to participate in this explosive growth on the internet. It really doesn’t matter WHAT you are interested in, there is another group of people on the internet interested in it too. From Aardvarks to paper wads you can find it on the internet.

Find your passion & talk about it, write about it, sell it, whatever.

You could become a graphics artist, copywriter, sell jewelry you make at home, or advertise your lawn mowing service, but do NOT underestimate what can be done in this information medium. You can learn these things part time while working a day job. That is what I did.

Sure I know you want to come home from your day job & watch “The Wheel of Fortune” on TV…DON’T DO IT! I don’t care HOW many letters Vanna turned since 2005 but I am EVER so glad that I have become proficient at internet marketing. Otherwise I wouldn’t have the CHOICE that I have today.

Your FUTURE is what you trade for this brain dead time. Where would I be if I had done that? I would be beating the streets looking for another day job. Don’t forget in today’s world the job for me didn’t end at 5PM either. Oh no….it often went until 10PM at night. So we are talking about a quality of life issue here. If I work until 10PM now I can visualize that new house I want. Whereas my day job hadn’t given me anything past a cost of living raise in YEARS!

Learn about internet marketing like I did. I happen to know a great website (mine!) to sort out the good from the bad. And people are ALWAYS amazed when I answer my emails personally. So if you get a question email me. Within limits I will try to answer your question. Hey I got a JOB to do now remember? But this website is dedicated to helping the newbie get confidence that they can do it too. I want to help them learn how.

Maybe this post is YOUR turning point in YOUR life. It’s your life. What will you do with it? What will you become? Believe me you can do it. Honestly, some of the people that I meet everyday that are getting wealthy on the internet are ……shall we say nothing special. They DECIDED to make it happen and that may be the ONLY thing that made them special. Don’t get me wrong. I am surrounded by brilliant people as well. In fact, brilliant people are drawn to the internet because they DO see the big picture. I’m just saying that you can’t use the excuse that “I can’t do it” or “I don’t know how”. That is just an excuse to make yourself feel better.

Haven’t you noticed over the years that people come to the United States from other countries, with no education, can barely speak English, with no skills and wind up being multi-millionaires? Now how is it that happens? What is the difference between them & everyone else? The difference is that they BELIEVED. They believed America is the land of opportunity…and they were right! But that land of opportunity is not just in America. It is WORLDWIDE on the internet. People in countries around the world can make (what used to be) an entire day’s wage in an hour on the internet.

As they say regardless of if you think you can do something or you think you can’t…you’re right!

As always your comments are welcome and thank you for your interest. I appreciate you!

Rex

PS This is the longest post I have ever written but may be the most important post I have ever written. If you drudged your way through my memory lane I hope you found it to be worth it. If just one person changes their direction due to this post it was more than well worth it to me.

PPS. You know what the best part of internet marketing is? FREEDOM! My drive to work consists of putting on the house shoes & trying not to step on the dog or the cat as I walk down the hall to go to work. Hell, I didn’t even change out of the house shoes all day!

The Dreaded Chipmunk Effect is Solved!

This story starts with our intrepid Internet Marketer who captures some streaming flash video as an SWF. I save it to my hard drive so that I can watch it when I want…especially if it is content I purchased & am afraid it will go away.

Move forward in time…

When I had to upgrade my flash player to V9.0.115.0 a week ago or so, I found that a lot of the recordings I had in SWF no longer sounded correct. They would take off with little bleeps & blurps (yes that’s technical talk) with such annoying frequency that I couldn’t stand it.

After pounding sand (Google) for awhile I came across the solution. It appears that Adobe introduced a little bug for us in the new player which screwed with our ability to play already existing flash files.

Anyway…ranting aside you can download a tool here that is truly a beautiful thing. It is from the creators of Camtasia (TechSmith) & creates an application that you merely drag a SWF file into it & push the FIX AUDIO button & voila it is fixed. The download is at the bottom of the page and is call SWFMP3fixer. The page explains all the technical reasons for the bug & why some SWFs have it & some don’t.

Anyway…No more chipmunks! WooHooo!

I knew that some folks recommended a K-Lite codec pack download. That didn’t help me unfortunately.

Sooooo… If you have a PC & haven’t “upgraded” your flash V9 then you have something to look forward to. If you have a PC with an “upgraded” flash player this may be your answer to chipmunky (can I say that?) audios. If you have an Apple product I couldn’t tell ya. Yer on yer own.

Anyway…hope this helps somebody else because it was reeeeeally starting to p*ss me off.

Rex