Hello folks, As I write this it is Halloween day. Here a lot of people get dressed up in fun costumes and have parties. It is all very colourful and as usual there are the usual selection of werewolves,Draculas,Frankensteins, Mummies as well as the odd dead person covered in blood or a zombie.And no doubt a few politicians like Trump will get a good outing!

It’s cool and one should celebrate in some way this level of imagination in our lives. It saves you from dull uniform drabness. In my opinion marketing too should have an element of imagination and fun. Yes we want to get products out there and into peoples’ lives but isn’t it better if we can have some fun doing it.

I have written about being yourself before but it is always worth reminding ourselves about. The Oscar Wilde quote runs thus:’Be yourself. All the other parts are taken’. People often think in this business they have to fall over themselves trying to be like someone else. As though the imitation of another person would be a better deal than the real version of themselves. Seriously it is a waste of time trying. On the other hand it IS a good idea to model things that other successful marketers are doing.

This does not involve aping another marketer, but seeing that if something is working for him, then that might just work for you. Modelling the things successful people do is the very stuff of becoming a success yourself. But one can only ever do it in a personal to oneself way. This is why so many art forgeries fail under detailed scrutinisation. The brush strokes give the forger away.He just cannot hold his brush quite the same as the original artist, however much he tries. So just be yourself and happily so!

To move this a stage further do  not just be yourself but be FULLY yourself. I do not know if you know the film Dead Poets’ Society- a film about a school in which the English teacher, played by the late and often great Robin Williams, in which a group students are taken to a special place to learn esoteric secrets about life. The main point really is to undergo an initiation into the works of Walt Whitman and to understand his view on life,  and learn them fully, but the lesson serves across arts in general. Living life to the full and absolutely is something not be skimped on. ‘Suck the marrow to bone’ is the exhortation to the students.

Expressed another way one might say that conforming to the dull and stultifying norms society seems to reward is no way to enjoy living. ‘Suck the marrow to bone’. Of course in the film tragedy occurs and a student kills himself and the experience is ended as the teacher is sacked, and the dull replaces the exceptional once again, as this is a film and we are meant to accept our dull lives, because they are worthy. In reality this is not the case.  But the lesson is one for eternity. Be ourselves and do it fully. Don’t apologise for it!

As a bit of a poet myself these things are not easily lost on me. I have not always  subscribed to the  dull conventions and norms of the mainstream really, and that is that and I fully intend to ‘suck the marrow from the bone’ and make it count!

So ‘Captain,my Captain…’ thank you for giving me your attention. It is always valuable to me.

Don’t forget there is a Free product I am promoting which is for Dean Holland’s ‘The Perfect Offer.’

You can follow this url and you will find:https://mikeram.clickfunnels.com/optingx65g1dk

 

 

 

 

 

Hello there readers,

I hope all is well with you. The other day I saw this very funny post about a day in the life of an affiliate marketer. It’s a diagram of how a marketer’s mood swings are portrayed. He might go from:’I’m excited’ to ‘Ugh!This is hard.’ to’ IT’S WORKING!’ to ‘I messed  up.’ to ‘Give Up the Good for the great!’ to  ‘ I think I’m going bankrupt.’ to ‘I’m good. I don’t know why I get so down on myself.’ to’ I was wrong. I suck!’ to ‘Wait a second my life is great!’ and so on.

You might recognise yourself in this description. Up and down, every hour different. You might think that one day you’d have a lever on this and not go up and down on the rollercoaster as you became used to it, but sure enough just earlier today I thought: Why bother with all this. You’re never going to get anywhere. It’s so hard; all this time spent and look where you are!

It’s true. Setting up one of these businesses would rank along with one of the harder Labours of Hercules.Such as the Lernean Hydra, who every time you chop off a head it just grows another! Or you might compare it to the eternal punishment of Sysiphus who has to roll a very large stone to the summit of a hill and every time he gets near the top it just rolls down again!

It just seems like a huge task just to get a subscriber! I may actually be a masochist and haven’t fully realised this yet. Months go past and yet I seem only a few yards further down the road.

I do have an idea though of why this is.In truth through all the preamble/preparation and getting educated, my actual practical steps have not been completed.

I did not connect my first blogsite to the outside world enough and thought though it was existing in a bubble it would somehow get noticed,through SEO or something, though I know virtually nothing about that area of marketing.

I did quite a few videos too, which I did not mark properly with working url’s to the next step. Maybe I was cowed by Youtube rules. But I gamely carried on writing and videoing with only a minimum chance of getting spotted. BTW my other blogsite which is educational can be found at https://marketingwithmikeram.co.

I think this enterprise can be a fairly forbidding one. Not for the fainthearted. And starting out it is probably best not to know quite how hard it can be.

I listened to a couple of podcasts yesterday by a marketer called Matt mcWilliams and he said in both the ones I listened to  that it is important to know how and when to ask for help. He pointed out how our educational system taught excessively about the virtue of self reliance,and not enough about relating to others so they could easily be a part of your team.

I think I am probably a prime example of this and so part of my journey ahead will need to examine my options for help. certainly my tech skills are limited,like most marketers.

I have started looking at others’ blogs, doing blog commenting where appropriate. I am told this is a good way to pick up ‘free’ traffic. Getting a message out there seems an essential ingredient to all this so communicating better is something I could spend time on.

Recently I posted a Facebook Ad. Well two to be precise. The test was my first attempt so I cannot be aggrieved by my failure to make too much of an impression. But I will continue as well as go through a course by Justin Brooks I have access to.

Up and down,in and out, that’s my journey for moment. Upwards and onwards is my rallying call for the future. Till the next time BFN.

 

Hello again,

I wonder what it would look like if  I were to suddenly set out EVERYTHING  I knew about marketing online. What would it look like? How much would it be  a repeat of everyone else’s ‘best of…’ or whatever? How much of what I do put out is just my slant and how much what I have been taught?

You see no matter what someone tells you, it is still understood through one’s own personal filters. Often to the point of an ordinary sentence looking like two differently meant things to two people reading it.

Philosophers have been concerned with such matters deeply through the ages. Is the object you see actually the object you are seeing? And is this object the same as the one which the person standing next to you is seeing?

So when in marketing we are addressing pain points in people and persuading them that we have the answer to their prayers, do we? Or do we just think we do? How far should we go in persuading them that we do, if in fact it is open to question? It is really a matter of communicating clearly to people so that they know what it is we are talking about so that it is possible to adress their problems.And find the correct solutions.

I can market x,y,z to people and maybe they will buy, but what use at all is it if I successfully market a product which though it produces sales, does not do what it claims and eventully lies dormant on someone’s hard drive,not being used. How much use have I been to them then? If I am properly to do my job, then surely I have to be clear that customer satisfaction rates very highly at the top of priorities. And I have to hear what people are saying about what I say.

I cannot control whether or not someone uses a product I sell them ,but I can sure as hell market well enough to ensure that people do buy suitable products which are of value. And I market products created by proper experts,not amateurs.

You’ve probably bought products where the marketing material was so good that you could not wait to buy, but then you bought and then the disappointment set in. The product just did not add up to the marketing.Feels bad,doesn’t it? It seems to me that keeping both the marketing and the product  of a high quality you have your best chance of winning.

So what does what I have been saying here add up to? This. Focus on your target audience more precisely so that they are the intended target so that they can make the most out of what they are persuaded to buy, because they are perfect for that product. In other words sell them stuff that they do want. And to do that the marketing message needs to be all the more precise, and our knowledge of the products we sell more complete. Then those we address may recognise themselves as being those who will benefit properly from purchasing the products.

If you want to make your offers better than they have been then you may well enjoy this FREE product from Dean Holland, a total pro who I listen to a lot and am a partner in his company. He gives you the lowdown on what you need to address to get the required  quality of offer onto the table:

https://mikeram.clickfunnels.com/optingx65g1dk. 

For the price of a couple of coffees for shipping you could learn the necessary steps to your best success yet! Go well and be happy!

Hello again,

I hope this finds you well and thriving. Although my blogposts are mostly about business they are not entirely as there is more to life than business online. A lot. And on this site the posts are more about my personal journey than about the mechanics,which I do extensively go through on my other blog site which is at https://marketingwithmikeram.co and which I hope you’ll look at some time and add comments there.

Anyway last time I was mentioning what I’d learnt from Tony Robbins recently and tying it in with my ideas of going forward feeling more certain. I was saying one can almost feel it in one’s body when one has certainty. So that is a good feeling to cultivate.

However results are quite important at the stage I am at because we all like to see some sign of an impact on our businesses from outside. Okay it is too narrow to limit the definition of a result to simply things going on out there. Every day I work I get some sort of a result as my business progresses in some small way daily. I am always progressing. But in an obvious way not quickly enough. In addition there is a higher level of this informing me and telling me I wish to concentrate most on the concepts of marketing and find another way of getting the small stuff done which is nonetheless important in overall functioning.The idea of being my own CEO starts to make sense even though I have no one yet to delegate to. It feels comfortable.

At present though there is one hell of a lot of stuff I have to get through to put myself out there and capture the interest of people who come across my work.  I also have wider interests which are roughly speaking creative-painting, writing, music. I do not have enough hours in a day. Sooner or later outsourcing,getting a VA will have to come into the reckoning. As ever I have taken on too much. But somewhere along the line I must have thought myself equal to it.

If various writers are to be believed, Tony Robbins is one, Andy Shaw-a very good personal development guy I have been learning off for ages- another,  I would say we only live at 10% of our capability. How can I harness the next 10% or the 10% after that? what would that look like?

I should be able to create the life I desire completely. Why? Because there is more than enough energy and power in my mind to do so. The power in my mind-and in yours for that matter-is some ridiculously large amount. We just do not yet know how to harness it. But creating the life we desire should be exactly within our compasses.

If you’ll excuse my jumping staight to the figues then this how powerful our minds are according to Phil Gosling: The brain’s potential in terms of connections and thought power is 2X10 to the power of 1,000,000. This is a line of 0’s stretching for 9.8 miles.

Now the total number of atoms in the unverse is calculated at  10 to the power of 89.( My keyboard does not have a device for putting numbers in quite right space to denote that fact so I simply use the words to describe the phenomenon.) Anyway just in case you do not think you have the mental resources at your disposal, then think again. The figures here are from Andy Shaw’s excellent ‘Using a Bug Free Mind’. Personally I feel quite at a loss when I actually stop to consider many of these things. But the then again we are weird beings living in a Universe which quite defies description as well as measurement. telescopes may explore the outer Universe,but how will we explore what lies within?

Back to earth for a moment, Dean Holland,CEO of internet profits, is due to appear on stage at the same event as  Tony Robbins for Russell Brunson’s company.(Funnel Hackers Live Event). Dean Holland is a master exponent of the most up to date system of Internet Marketing and his work can be sampled by following this url to his Free Product:.THE PERFECT OFFER

Till the next time, keep well.

 

 

 

Hi folks,

I hope you are doing well. I have spent a number of sessions this week listening to Tony Robbins videos on Youtube. They are great and I can easily get lost in them and forget that time is passing on the rest of my business.

However I do have to think that it does me a lot of good as it works directly on me and brings plenty of ideas to the table about what I should do with my business.

I think one important  thing I.got from the material was that hoping my business would succeed felt to me very differently from expecting my business to really succeed and all that goes with it.

Much of where I have been is probably hoping but with a view that if I just carry on then I will eventually make it. I do not know whether that is a good position to take, and in any case I have since decided that expecting it to do well is  a rather superior attitude to hoping. So that is my orientation sorted.

Of course Tony R. has plenty of other things to say and in a certain attention I can pay to my own performance he could have a massive influence. Take video making as an example. If I talk as I normally do on video then my performance are okay. I am after all fairly new at it, though been around long enough to lose a number of them,as mentioned before.

But in future I can see I will get better if I make them less like a teacher might and more like a performer might.In other words if I bring more me in a present state to the work then I will see better results.

So my aim for future videoing is to become a better performer. Try and score 8/9 rather than 5/6.

So far I have enjoyed making videos,just as I enjoy writing stuff. Just as well because there will be plenty of this down the line. It is important to actually get a kick out of this stuff because it would be a preciously unrewarding occupation if I did not.

Sometimes I get glimpses of things I do not really enjoy doing. DIY for instance. God,what a chore. Reading instruction manuals, technical writing, filling in forms, taking surveys. All tedious. watching rugby on TV-total nono!

But I really want to up my pleasure here, and just be ‘Happy as Larry’ with my work. so in the spirit of trying to give better value, I would encourage you to go to my Education Site -which is a sister site at:

https://marketingwithmikeram.co. basically there is a whole load of written material on how to get started in affiliate marketing. Read through the posts and discover what you need to know.

This site is primarily my story so I do not actually put too much of the educational stuff here. My journey has been quite a long one,and as yet I am not a superstar. But I do give 100% and I am fully committed and as I said before I do expect to succeed big time.

Thank you for reading and perhaps leaving a comment. Onwards and Upwards.

A very perturbing thing happened to me today. I discovered not only had some of my videos onYoutube completely disappeared but also that about ten of them I had stored on my laptop disappeared so I will have to not only repost but also rerecord again. This is obviously time consuming and a bore but such is the situation I cannot help it. One note is to tighten up on computer security and remember always to sign out at the end of a session but also to making sure I keep stuff double backed up.

And a further investigation of another video posting site showed the similar lack of videos. Or is this simply a senior moment?  Or has someone earmarked a passage of time out in my life and asked the question: ‘Do you remember what you were doing then?’ Ho hum!

So what is worse? Losing videos or my memory? Well I think the answer to that is obvious! So I shall be go deep into my memory to work out what I was doing at the time I thought I had recorded these videos. Yep,somewhere inside of me I reckon I have total recall, even if it is not obvious.

It may take a couple of hours or even a couple of days! But I confident I can come up with the answer.Certainly I do remember a lazy stage in the year so maybe that was then.

Is total recall possible? yes. Everything I have awareness of plus plenty beside is recorded in my unconscious mind…..

…….In following on from that later that evening on Youtube I found a load of videos in the general mix which were no longer fixed to my email account. Now the interesting thing is, that they are quite hard to get back into my email account. Funnily enough that account had been cleared out,but the vidoes were still attributed elsewhere to me.

Now for want of as better way of looking at it, I put that down to intuition. I had a knowledge of their whereabouts in my unconscious. To compound the strangeness of the event I then went on to my site on Vimeo and discovered I no longer had that period of videos on that channel. Stranger and stranger.

Though I cannot yet solve the mysteries entirely, mercifully I do have most of my videos in some place, but somehow not on my computer! And it’s an Apple. So what gives? I don’t know but I would sure as hell like to get to the bottom of it.

They are not the greatest movies ever,but I don’t reckon they are too bad either, and contain good information which is helpful to aspiring affiliate marketers. and of course no one like losing stuff like that.

You can see my videos onYoutube and in the main I am listed as marketingwithmikeram  https://youtu.be/XE3F4-7IgVs for example.I will be posting asap a later collection which are still in the composition stage, or rather in my head as a project to do.

I think in this business it would be useful to develope octopus like characteristics with any number of arms to do all the necessary tasks. A couple more heads would do. However as I am stuck with two arms, one head, one brain etc, progress will for now be limited. But a note to remeber is to start thinking in terms of a VA to do some of the heavy liftying and leave me free to do all the lovely flair stuff.

If you want to find some more educational material to help you, then please visit my other site at marketingwithmikeram.co

 

 

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Hello again,
I am writing again in a period of massive upheaval in certain places wherein people have lost their lives in pointless ways, thugs dressed as law enforcement agents have beaten up old ladies and children and at least one government has determined itself ready for the dustbin,not to mention Trump’s continuing downward spiral.
Gun control seems a controversial subject just where it needs to be put in place most. If this seems unnecessarily preachy, just ask the relatives of those who were slaughtered in Las Vegas whether THEY think there should be gun control The usual repugnant and asinine reasons get trotted out by the usual idiots who want to play with guns and the USA fails to evolve as a nation.
If I bring too much of myself to this well it’s done in the spirit of being myself. I do it to say I am on the side of evolution and not guns.
One of the reasons I do this marketing stuff is to give value to people. Another is to make myself a better life. Another is maybe to help others. I look at those who sleep on pavements and wonder how the hell they get through it. It should not happen in the twenty first century. Can you imagine sleeping just for an hour on a pavement? how would your back feel? Your head? It’s spinechilling really and yet so many do it because of lack of opportunity and funds.And they do it night after godforsaken night! Civilised? No way. Which is why greater humanity is required high up and not just immigrant bashing!
But would it not be a really positive achievement if I could turn on one or two of those who live like this to making money online? Tough for sure,but not impossible.
So what have I done the last few days? Well I have had a very interesting time setting up a Facebook Ads account and creating a first ad. I am marketing a product called the ‘Perfect Offer’, which incidentally you can get of hold of here if you follow this link:
https://mikeram.clickfunnels.com/optingx65g1dk

The Perfect Offer is a Free plus shipping offer, put out by Dean Holland and Internet Profits. The only cost to an interested party is $9.95 to ship the USB stick to you. Whilst it is not an offer you cannot refuse( a la Godfather) it is one which you would be foolish to for quite the opposite reason as it could be business transforming. In the ‘perfect offer’ which is delivered to your door on a USB stick, Dean goes into the sorts of questions you need to ask in order to develop an appropriate marketing message for possible customers. His mentor Russell Brunson is hot about asking these sort of questions,such as who are you marketing to, where are they be found, how are they found and why would someone want this product. Sound stuff if you wish to build a perfect offer to present to your not yet knowing audience.
Now to tell you more would be to lessen the need for you to get it, but the trailer should be sufficient to turn you into a hungry subscriber.After all the only cost to you is the shipping cost.
Anyway the link is above so just click there and fire away.