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Archive for November, 2009

A Bold Idea with Big Plans

I recently came across a project that, like Google Books, is committed to building a massive digital library containing millions of volumes. Here is what the mission statement from their website:

“As a digital repository for the nation’s great research libraries, HathiTrust brings together the immense collections of partner institutions.

HathiTrust was conceived as a collaboration of the thirteen universities of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation and the University of California system to establish a repository for these universities to archive and share their digitized collections. Partnership is open to all who share this grand vision.”

Of course, when I read announcements like that, you know what I am thinking…Public Domain books! Of HathiTrust’s 4.6 million volumes already scanned, 708,000 are in the Public Domain and available at their site in full text view. While they do not offer full text downloads, the books and periodicals are available in PDF and TXT formats as individual pages. You can search the the HathiTrust Catalog HERE:

HathiTrust

Six Motivators for Taking Action

The other day, a friend of mine asked me on Facebook how I got so much done in my day and questioned whether I even slept. When I read her question, I chuckled because I certainly sleep, and sometimes even feel like I didn’t accomplish as much in a day as I would have preferred. But her question also got me thinking…so I took a few moments and jotted down a quick response on what motivated me to take action on my goals. I listed five for her, but in retrospect, realize that there is also a sixth one. Because of their importance in my own life, I thought I’d share them here on my blog for your benefit as well.

1. Love What I Do: You HAVE to love what you do because when you love it, doing it is easy. It’s when we are indifferent or even dread doing something that taking action on it becomes difficult. I’m sure you have experienced times of doing something you loved and the time just flew by and you felt amazing. You can experience that every moment by choosing a business that you love.

2. Intense Curiosity: I’m intensely curious about lots of things and that curiosity often compels me to take action…to find out what’s next, or “I wonder what would happen if?” Again, if you don’t love whatever it is you are doing, it’s doubtful that you will be curious to learn more. Seek to discover what makes what you need to do unique.

3. Focused Time Blocks: I tend to be easily distracted at times and find that when I set aside specific blocks of focused time, I’m MUCH more productive. I tend to like Dave Lakhani‘s rule of 45/15 – 45 minutes of focused, planned effort and then a 15-minute break. Once I implemented that strategy, my productivity increased exponentially.

4. Relentless Tenacity: One of my early mentors referred to me with the nickname of, “Tonacity,” because of my focused intent to do something, no matter what. Tenacity pushes you forward when you might, otherwise, want to quit or give up. It says, “I will go to the ends of the earth to get what I want!” I’m reminded of Winston Churchil who once declared, “Never, Never, Never give up!”

5. Huge “Reason Why”: This is a HUGE part of success! Without a “reason why” you are doing what you do, it’s likely that you will struggle to move forward in it when things get tough. Your reason why might be your family, to get a new house or car, to make a million dollars…whatever. The thing is that your reason why HAS to be compelling…it has to drive you to create and experience the success you hope to achieve.

6. Systems: I’ve learned from experience that if you don’t follow a system or method for doing the work of your business, you will not be as effective, or successful, as you would be with those in place. Systems can be as simple as establishing templates for creating your websites or copywriting to the research and tracking of your sales process. I fought this for a long time…thought I could do things “My Way” as Frank Sinatra sang…but the truth is, once I began to implement systems into my business, my success and effectiveness began to increase. Yours will as well!

My hope is that these six motivators will aid you in building the business and success of your dreams. I know that, in my own experience, they’ve had a huge impact on my own success…and continue to do so. So here is to YOUR ongoing success!

40 Free Trend Tracking Tools and Websites

One of the keys to succeeding online—whether you are selling products or just trying to get traffic to your blog—is to understand what people are looking for…what they want or NEED. By researching these trends, you can focus your efforts (and product offerings) with laser accuracy and increase your chances for success exponentially. I’ve compiled a list of 40 different resources that are free for you to use in your trend research. While each website tracks trends in a wide variety of different ways, not all the resources may suit your needs. However, I would encourage you to spend some time familiarizing yourself with each of the sites to best determine which ones will provide you with the best data on the trends within your niche market.

For ease of use, I’ve listed the websites in alphabetical order.

Alexa Movers and Shakers

Alexa’s traffic rankings are far from perfect, but the Movers and Shakers list may help you to identify some current trends.

Alltop

Alltop links to popular sources of content in a wide range of topics.

Amazon’s Best Sellers

Amazon’s Best Sellers list includes various categories and can provide a glimpse that may be helpful, especially for affiliate marketers.

Amazon’s Hot New Releases

You can follow Amazon’s Hot New Releases list to stay on top of the latest products that are of broad interest.

Amazon’s Movers and Shakers

Amazon’s Movers and Shakers may not be the top sellers, but they’re the products that are gaining the most in terms of ranking.

AOL Hot Searches

AOL Hot Searches is similar to MSN A-List with a variety of information on hot topics.

Ask.com – Top Searches

Ask.com also has its own list of top searches.

Bing X-Rank

xRank keeps track of notable people and puts them in order for you.

eBay Pulse

The eBay Pulse shows what items are selling right now, and which items are being watched the most.

Friendfeed Top Links

See which pages are being linked to the most by Friendfeed users.

Google Insights for Search

With Google Insights for Search, you can compare search volume patterns across specific regions, categories, and time frames.

Google Trends

Google trends provides data on search phrases that are hot.

Google Trends for Websites

Enter a URL and Google Trends for Websites will show you where it’s visitors are (geographically), other sites that they visit, and other searches that they perform.

Google Zeitgeist

Google’s Zeitgeist is the collective effort of other Google trend tools mentioned in this post.

Hitwise Widgets

Download a Hitwise widget to bring the latest online trends to your desktop.

Ice Rocket Trend Tool

Ice Tocket’s Trend Tool will letter you enter a word or phrase (or multiple phrases) to see how often it has been mentioned on a timeline.

Keyword Forecast – Microsoft AdCenter

Keyword Forecaster from Microsoft AdCenter forecasts the impression count and predicts demographic distributions of keywords.

Kijiji

Most popular searches for NYC Classifieds.

Lycos 50

The Lycos 50 lists the top 50 search phrases of 2008 on Lycos.

MSN A-List

MSN A-List provides information on popular topics, people searches, and rumors.

mySimon.com Top Searches

mySimon’s Top Searches reveals what products people are searching for in nearly any category.

New York Times – Most Popular

The New York Times also provides a look at popular searches on its site.

POPURLS

At Popurls you can quickly see what is doing well at a large number of social media sites.

RSSmeme

RSSmeme shows popular blog posts that have been shared.

Search.com – Most Popular Searches

Search.com popular search list provides a quick way to see what is popular at the moment.

SEOmoz Popular Searches

Updated once daily, SEOmoz’s Popular Searches is an aggregation of popular search queries gathered from various sources across the web.

Shopping.com Consumer Demand Index

The Shopping.com Consumer Demand Index (CDI) makes it easy for you to put your finger on the pulse of consumer demand.

Shopzilla – Top Searches

Shopzilla provides some useful information that shows what shoppers are searching for.

Techmeme

Techmeme is a constantly updated site that publishes links to tech news.

Techmeme Leaderboard

The Leaderboard at Techmeme shows which sites are mentioned most frequently on Techmeme.

Technorati Popular

Technorati’s Popular page will show you some current trends of the blog world.

Top Ten Wholesale Trends

Your search for hottest wholesale and retail trends can now begin and end at the latest go-to trend-tracking site, Top Ten Trends

TrendHunter Magazine

With 9+ million monthly views, TrendHunter.com is the world’s largest, most popular trend community.

Trendpedia

Trendpedia lists popular search phrases and also lets you compare trends of multiple phrases.

TrendWatching

trendwatching.com is an independent and opinionated trend firm, scanning the globe for the most promising consumer trends, insights and related hands-on business ideas.

Truemors

Truemors allows you to follow news and rumors.

Twist

Twist allows you to see what is being mentioned on Twitter.

URLTrends

URLTrends will provide a trends report based on a particular URL.

Wall Street Journal’s Most Popular

For finance-related content, Wall Street Journal will show you what’s popular.

Yahoo! Buzz

Yahoo! Buzz tracks the buzz about anything — from breaking stories on major news to viral videos on personal blogs.

Download this Information in PDF Form HERE!

How to Create Your Own E-Books

I am beginning a new webinar series this week where I will be walking you through the process of creating an ebook to sell online. No stone will be left unturned. I am going to cover every aspect of the process, step-by-step, drawing from my years of experience of creating my own best-selling ebooks and other products.

In this 3-part (more if needed) webinar series, you will discover how to:

=> Market research for quality niches to sell to

=> Identify the best keywords related to your product

=> Find the best content for your ebook

=> Turn the content into a formatted, ready-to-sell ebook

=> Find related products to offer as an affiliate

=> Create a beautiful cover in just minutes

=> Install and set-up your website (and blog) to sell your ebook

=> Create an opt-in and autoresponder to build a list for your niche

=> Write the salesletter for your ebook

=> Set-up the entire sales process (order button, download page, etc.)

=> Drive targeted traffic to your site

=> Ramp-up your site

=> And MUCH more…

I will teach you everything you need to know to create your own ebook to sell online by walking you through the entire process of creating my own brand-new product live. When this webinar series is over, you will have no questions about the process unanswered.

You can join me in this in-depth, step-by-step, how-to webinar series one of two ways. You can participate for free by investing in one of my product specials included on the page link below. Or you can participate in just the webinar for a one-time insanely low price. The choice is yours. Class begins this Wednesday.

Sign-up for “Creating Ebook Products From Beginning to End” HERE

Tony’s Yard Sale Is Back!

After a year-long hiatus from Tony’s Yard Sale, I have redesigned and updated the site to once again offer quality Marketing products at Yard Sale prices. This favorite site with visitors will once again offer new weekly deals and promotions, but will also now include opportunities for others to offer their products on the site as well. More details on how you can feature your products at Tony’s Yard Sale will be coming soon! Go check it out…and have fun shopping!

Tony’s Yard Sale

Seven FREE Technologies from the Public Domain

It seems that we ALL are looking for the “magic pill” that will FINALLY provide the success we seek in our businesses and in life. As I have been exploring the Public Domain, I have come across seven “technologies” that truly offer access to the answers we seek for amazing success in ALL areas of our lives. These technologies are FREE and LIMITLESS in supply…ready and waiting for you to activate them in your own business and life. But I’ll warn you…they’re not what you think.

I have written a brand-new report that reveals these technologies and spins them from a perspective that might be different from the ways you have considered them in the past. They will also challenge you to “see” the Public Domain from an entirely different perspective…one that is much more expansive than you realize right now. These technologies are some of the most powerful, transformational tools you could ever activate in your business, and I encourage you to do so, beginning right now!

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Download the FREE Report HERE!

Public Domain Special Offer

A few months ago, I offered several of my products at a special reduced rate as a way of saying thank-you for your commitment and dedication to building your business (and your future) using the Proven Content of the Public Domain. The response was overwhelming and many of you LOVED the Bonus webinar series I included with your investment.

Because I have added SO many new subscribers and friends over the past few months, I wanted to extend the opportunity once again to invest in my BEST products at a savings of over 50% or more. PLUS…I’m including your choice of TWO brand-new webinar series on two of my favorite topics:

Creating E-book Products From Beginning to End

and…

Photoshop Product Creation Tips and Tricks

You can get all the details here…check it out:

Customer Appreciation Special

Create Audio Products

The hottest sermon being preached so eloquently these days by the the “Ministers of Marketing” is VIDEO, VIDEO, VIDEO. And I’ll be honest with you…I’ve been saying (and creating) VIDEO as well. It made perfect sense until I realized I was making a HUGE mistake with regard to AUDIO products!

While it’s true that video is extremely powerful and should definitely be a part of your marketing and business-building strategies, video will NEVER have the flexibility that audio has.

All the signs were right there staring me in the face. One marketing buddy has been quietly making a killing with audio products. Another buddy has been wowing the corporate world with his wisdom on the power of podcasts.

As I’ve said before, you will NEVER be able to watch videos WHILE you drive. You will NEVER be able to read the latest e-book WHILE taking your early-morning run. Video will NEVER replace audio…compliment, yes, replace, never. One only has to consider the phenomenal growth of iTunes, Rhapsody and other on-demand sites to realize that audio is HUGE…and it’s here to stay! Let’s look at this a slightly different way by posing a question…

“How many people do you know (including children) who do NOT have some sort of portable device (MP3 player or cell phone) to listen to audio?”

Exactly! Now allow me to ask you another question…

“WHY would you IGNORE such a MASSIVE market with your business? It’s crazy when you think about it that way, isn’t it?”

Well all this “audio stuff” FINALLY got my attention enough to compel me to dig into the Public Domain to see if there was content worth using there. I mean, after all, if Public Domain really IS the big deal I keep saying it is, then you would THINK that there might be something worth using for product creation in the Public Domain.

So after a LOT of digging and testing AUDIO stuff over the last several months, I only have three words to share with you about what I discovered…

OH MY GOD!

Boy was I ever missing the boat (and you are too). Well…to stay true to form with the high-quality content I’ve shared in the past about Public Domain books, magazines, images and patents, I’ve brain-dumped my business-changing discoveries, and you can find out for yourself just what I uncovered. And also let me say this…if you aren’t creating audio products YET, that’s about to change.

The truth is that it is SUPER easy to get stuck in the SAME ways of doing things and expecting different results. That axiom has been a guiding factor in my life and often challenges me to question (in a good way) my efforts. I’m NOT talking about doing something different for different sake…not at all. But if you’re doing the same things and not getting results then it’s time to make a shift!

Create Audio Products” is the result of a genuine “whack myself in the head” (in true Homer Simpson form) realization that I NEEDED to do something different because creating audio products made MASSIVE sense. and I was overlooking it. Audio has the greatest reach of ANY medium because you can take it (and enjoy it) ANYWHERE!

So if you are currently NOT creating audio products, it’s time to break the cycle of insanity and join the rest of us. The process is a simple one and is what I share when I teach YOU to Create Audio Products!

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