Quick Start Challenge – Week 2 Challenge

Well, I knew this was coming. I knew Dean was going to have us do a video on camera to send out to the world. I figured I better get it done before the fear and procrastination got the better of me again. I said at the beginning that I was going to do whatever it took, whatever Dean asked me to do I was going to do it.

Though not great and obviously needing a tan in a major way, I believe I did ok. Maybe better eye contact with the camera, too. But for somebody that is very camera shy I think it’s a good start. Heck, I wrote an entire book on how to avoid this very thing of being on camera for those who are extremely camera shy. At this writing it is in the upper right corner of this website if you’re interested. Actually, it’s a good read for any solo marketer in a real world, non internet marketing type niche but, that’s for another post.

Besides making more videos which should get easier with every one I do, it should be fairly smooth sailing from here on out since my biggest fear is out of the way. Not conquered by any means but, the first hurdle is past which is normally the hardest.

Quick Start Challenge 2.0

Wow…I’ve been away way too long. Frustration, overwhelm, and procrastination had gotten the better of me. Especially that last one. Procrastination is the worst because it is the opposite of action. Consistent action I am told snowballs into ongoing success whereas procrastination is a virus that keeps you from it. Doing something proactive every day will keep me involved and focused on my goals. Putting something off for even one day can leave you stranded for who knows how long. Tomorrow never comes and life tends to throw you curve balls when you “plan” on doing this or that tomorrow.

What brought me back?

  • The Quick Start Challenge 2.0 Turbo

QSC 2.0 is a coaching program for beginners and those of us who have gotten stuck or lazy or both. It is to get me refocused and help me get results in my online business quick plus help build consistent income going forward.

That is key for me. I have made some money online. I still get a random check in the mail every 3 or 4 months for here or there. Normally less than a hundred bucks. Better than a poke in the eye, yes…but not what I want from my online business.

I have thrown myself into several things in the past. I mean really committed to them, ignoring all else. Really giving it a go. Turns out I committed my energy to the wrong programs. “But you are making money.” you say. Just keep doing what you are doing, scale it up till you are making the dough I desire? The money is only part of it…Freedom is most important. I would need 1,000 or more websites, niche blogs or whatever to get there. There is a ton of work involved in 1,000 blogs or even 100 blogs. Updating themes and plugins would be a full time job. Yes, I could outsource but I believe there is a better way to get the freedom I desire. I have tasted that freedom and I want it back.

The Quick Start Challenge will be my vehicle to propel me toward that freedom. Dean says, “QSC isn’t a get rich quick system, it’s a get rich…forever system.” And I believe him.

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All My Sites Broke At The Same Time

Had a bit of a panic situation a few minutes ago. I went to login to one of my sites to prep a membership site I am building and got a blank screen with an error code at the top saying my server didn’t have the correct or any “ionCube PHP Loader” installed. I checked a handful of other sites…all down…CRAP!! The error message told me which Loader version I needed but when I followed the link within the error message that version wasn’t there in the Wizard. Turns out I am glad it wasn’t there because that page freked me out because I had no clue how to proceed with it anyway.

I have had to dig around in cPanel before to fix things and have pretty much lucked out apparently because I really am not the computer whiz. If you ever have a problem like this you can try this work around which turned out to be much easier and not incredibly complicated at all. I wish I had taken a screen capture of the error screen so I could show you what it looked like but, I was just scrambling to get it fixed so didn’t think that far ahead.

I use Hostmonster…they use the standard cPanel that I have seen with other hosts so it may be the same fix but, just to be sure if you have a different host check their Knowledge Base in the help section to be sure you are doing it right. There have been a couple of other times that I screwed things up and had to contact a tech to help me. Lucky again that I must have picked a good host because they had walked me through the fix easily and quickly. They have great customer service, something you must have with a host in the event you have a problem that you don’t know how to fix.

First, before I show you the fix I wanted to go into why I think it broke in the first place. This is just a hunch but, very likely since I have never had a problem with anything breaking on Hostmonster’s side. It has been either my screw up or a third party. This is key, I have never let anyone inside my account before because I didn’t know if I could trust anyone to go in, do what they were there for then leave without doing anything sneaky.

So why did I let someone in? Well, it was my only option and this company and the guy’s involved are well-known and have been killing it online for a long time so I felt comfortable allowing them in because of their reputation and had no qualms about them being inside my hosting account.

Basically, they were setting up a special site for me and I am thinking that while configuring the site something got turned off or an earlier version of the ionCube Loader got installed and activated. I got it fixed in about 5 minutes so it wasn’t a big deal and very likely they didn’t know about my other sites going down. I haven’t contacted them yet but, will as soon as I finish this post in case another customer or their’s had the same problem not knowing how to fix it or if it was because they inadvertantly installed an earlier version of the ionCube they could be sure to use the newest version in the future.

In fact it may be quite rare that it happened at all because I use a special theme on several of my sites that needs the newest version of the iCL and it could have been just a fluke. I did go and check the new site after I fixed the other ones to be sure that I didn’t break something on there. All is well there also. I was so proud of myself for fixing the breakdown so quickly I went for a smoke break and thought…Uh Oh!!!….better check the other one. It is fine so very relieved that everything is hunky dorey now.

Ok…

The fix…here goes…

To find your cPanel easily type in the address bar in your browser like this   www.YourSite.com/cPanel 

Use your domain name, of course.

Go to your cPanel >> about 3/4 the way down the page you will see a section called Software/Services >> click on the PHP Config icon as shown below…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then you will see a screen like below or similar…

 

Step 1:

Choose which version you need…in my case I needed Version 5.2

This is where my luck kicked in again.

First I tried the first option ” PHP 5.2 “

This one did not fix the problem so I took the next logical one which was the 3rd one ” PHP 5.2 (FastCGI) “

Remember, if you are not absolutely sure this is what needs done ( even though I wasn’t ) lol. Check the Knowledge Base or ask for Help from Customer Service. As I said I was fairly confident that I was doing it right, ok…maybe 60/40. lol.

Step 2:

Tick the box for IonCube

Step 3:

Click “Save Changes”

Leave that window open.

Next….

Open a new tab in your browser to check YourDomain.com or refresh it if you already have it open.

If your site is live again with no other issues that you can see you are done.

If it is still broken, you can either go back and do steps 1, 2, and 3 again or contact support. If you do try again be sure to write down what you do so in the event this doesn’t fix your problem you can relay to the Customer Service Rep what changes you made so he/she can switch it back to the default setting and proceed from there.

But, I am “fairly confident” that this will do the trick. I think… 90/10 this time. I really wish I had that screen shot of the error to show you. Unfortunately I don’t and I don’t really know how to break it again to get it. Not real sure I want to either. 🙂

Hope this helps you out now or in the future.

See you next time….

I Love Send to Kindle App

Send To Kindle AppThe Send to Kindle App is such a time saver for me. Plus I don’t have to download anymore pdf’s to my hard drive to be eventually lost because I forgot where I put them or basically forget what I want to get read or read next. It is also a ton easier than screwing around with iBooks. With iBooks I always had to open iTunes, drag n drop all my pdfs I want moved to iTunes, then sync iTunes to my phone or iPad which took way longer than it should. With Send to Kindle that is exactly all you have to do. I have a Mac so I have the app located in my dock at the bottom of the desktop a couple slots away from “Downloads” slot. So I download the pdf(s) to the “Download” folder/slot then just drag n drop them right into the app on my dock and bingo up pops one screen, I press the send button and in about 3 or 4 seconds it is sent to my Kindle Cloud so I can open and read any pdf on any device. They have this app for PC too, of course and also for Google Chrome with Mozilla and Safari coming soon or send to kindle from email or your android device. Like I said you can drag from your download folder right into the app one at a time or open the app and your download folder first then drag in drop multiple pdf’s all at once.  Send To Kindle And for some reason the pdf’s that I send to kindle using this app are rendered better than Kindle books that are in pdf format uploaded to the Kindle store instead of switching the document over to .mobi format before sending it to the store. I don’t know why the Kindle books in pdf come out so broken and the ones that are sent with this app turn out so good. I’m just glad this way works. Also, when I pull doc’s straight from “downloads” to the app it doesn’t leave a copy in your DL folder. It just transfers it so like I said you are not loading up your hard drive with unnecessary pdfs that’ll never get read anyway since you’ll be reading them on one of your other Kindle devices. That’s it. Go get the app “Send To Kindle” at Amazon here. It is such a time saver and headache reliever.

Do I Buy OTO’s?

I only buy OTO’s or Upsells if they have good value, say exactly what I’m getting, AND if I actually need it. Just because something appears to be a heck of a deal doesn’t mean buy, buy, buy. That’s what the seller wants of course and is good for him but, if you don’t really need what is in there then don’t buy. If you have no need for 10 mini-sites or a boatload of graphics or even PLR to a course then I don’t buy.

I have seen some who offer a membership that normally sells for $97/month for say $27/month or $27 for an entire year which is a great deal but, I don’t real need to be in another membership even if it’s only $27 for a year unless it’s for Chris Farrell Membership or someone similar then I’d be all over it. But, to my knowledge Chris hasn’t offered anything like that so I wouldn’t wait on something that’ll probably not happen.

Ryan Lee has a good private forum membership that is only $10/month with excellent content and more added weekly plus lots of great helpers and giver’s in there. There are very likely some other very good memberships out there for low prices but really how much time do you really have pouring over tons of content and videos when you should be working.

Working means applying what you have learned not reading and watching videos constantly. I know it is hard to stay on target and focused with all the mail you are bombarded with on a daily basis but you really need to be working more than you are studying.

I don’t like being on a bunch of mailing lists just for the plain fact that most of them pound you daily or multiple times per day with mail. They all preach about giving value emails with an occasional pitch email but rarely do any of these people follow their own advice. In fact alot of these guys and gals who mail daily are just doing ad swaps with everybody under the sun which is just killing their lists.

I know…I’ve went of topic here but I sometimes do that. Basically, if you really need the OTO and it’s a real good deal then it’s a judgment call on your part.

Ok, back to my baby rant.

Any more when I do click through on an email when they say “they” have something for me for free on this, that or the other and all it is..is an obvious ad swap I bail. And if they continue the adswap thing I just unsubscribe. They’ll never notice it or even care with there ten’s or hundred’s of thousands of subscribers. I have no time for that and the last thing I need is something for free that is just going to get me pummeled with more mail from a new list.

I don’t send out very many promo’s for this exact reason. If I pick something up that I really like and use or have used I’ll pass it along but the daily mail thing just isn’t wise, in my opinion. Sometimes I’ll do like a 5 day mini-course or 7 day and I tell my list ahead of time that I am doing it. There are just so many hours in your day so I know you will get burnt out fast if I am sending daily mail even if it the best stuff in the world. Like I said earlier you are not working when you are studying.

I’ll wrap this up with this little bit of advice. If you are “working” on your squeeze page then work on your squeeze page. No need to get side tracked or even worry about the next big traffic brew-ha-ha or anything else. Get that squeeze completed. Get that funnel created then worry about traffic.

If you are working on an ebook or video series then get it done. In fact, if you don’t need the internet on for what you are doing then don’t even open your browser. It is way to easy to burn a few hours “just checking” your email real quick. Or just watching this one video real quick, or checking Facebook or whatever. All that will be there tomorrow or the next day.

Ok, it’s a lot a bit of advice.

Something else regarding the deluge of email you get. Try to wittle down your subscriptions to just a few. Especially the non-business realated ones that you always seem to find yourself on. Get rid of them.

There is nothing so grand that cannot wait a few days which is why I normally will only check my email on Monday evening for 30 minutes, 1 hour max. Once you give your email a much needed trim or butchering you will find that 30 minutes is plenty of time to pop in and out of email once per week so you can get back to work and get shit done.

Well, I think I have been all over the place with this post when initially just wanted to mention something about OTO’s.

So I’m out a here,

Catch ya in a few days or so….

 

Most IM Products Drive Me Bat Shit Crazy

I just bought another IM product with tons of chatter and buzz…this was IT!!! Or so they said, as they always do, right? Turns out it’s just another fancy website/members area like all the rest. Claiming to show you how to build stellar products, “secrets the guru’s don’t want you to know”…whatever.

Here’s a tip, if you are going to put out the greatest IM product ever then do it. Don’t say you’re going to teach me how to make stellar products when all you’re going to is spend 5 minutes on each of the formats on how to record an audio and save it, how to use a word document and save it as a pdf, or how to make a basic video and save it as an mp4. Really?? That’s your mega awesome training on how to make great products…in minutes??

Just because it only to you a few minutes to go through the half-assed demo doesn’t mean you taught anyone how to make great products in minutes. That’s crap.

What’s the product you ask? Practically every how to make money online product that is put out these days. Very few actually show you the nuts and bolts of the whole procedure.

Instead of just showing me what to do, show me HOW TO DO IT !!!

It is painfully obvious that your mega fantastical product at the amazing low, low price of only $17-$37 is just a come on to gather thousands of new prospects so you can scavenge a select few who actually have money to burn or plastic to melt already to  pay the $5k and up for this uber special training and then another super fantastical mastermind for a mere $10k or more.

All you people who do business this way will burn in the end. Ever heard of “Live By The Sword, Die By The Sword”.

Here’s a thought…how about give your prospects a great starter course for a nominal fee. Get them making money…a little or a lot. Then and only then approach them with something more advanced for a higher price.

You are not over-delivering just because you hype up every aspect of the product then not come through.

Besides not taking action, this is the single biggest problem why people never make any money.

Don’t tell me you’re going to SHOW ME HOW if you’re just going to tell me how.

Any pretenders out there or supreme bullshit artists not have a clue what I’m talking about….Take some direction from Chris Farrell…he does it right AND he SHOWS the HOW and the WHY in step by step detail.

The majority of marketer’s out there should be ashamed of themselves but sadly are not. They just keep shoveling shit expecting us to turn it into ice cream somehow but random luck apparently.

 

That’s it for today…I’ve needed to get on here and post more regular but, have been busy in other parts of my business. I do this on my own with very little outsourcing, if at all…as I’m sure many of you can relate. I’ll be sure to post more regularly so not to leave you hanging.

 

Cheers…

Darren

P.S. I wasn’t going to pitch a link in this post because I was so fired up about these jerk bags who do it the wrong way and pat themselves on the back for it that I wanted to give you an idea of how it should be done by all. That’s why I gave you the link to the Chris Farrell Membership.

Honestly, this guy is a breath of fresh air if you’ve been in this very long. He has tons of free stuff over there in videos and articles without even subscribing but the membership is golden so is definitely worth a look with the short trial period.

7 Tips To Getting More Done

1. Organization

If you are trying to get more things done, then organization should be the main thing that you should focus on. When you are organized, you will realize that things just seem to run smoother.

Whether it is with your belongings or with your schedule, you will need to make sure that things are organized.

Clean your work area regularly.  At your desk where you work, clear anything not essential. For example…at my desk I have a notepad, pen, and my computer…that’s it. Well, I do have a Brak Cookie Jar on my desk…Yes, it is essential and no, it is not for sale. 🙂

It does not normally clean. Clutter happens, so set a time during the week which is clean off and organize the work area time. I keep file boxes under my desk to keep notes from webinars, worksheets that I’m not using right now, etc.

I also have a short coffee table/magazine rack that fits nicely under my desk and out of the way for iPad storage/charging, headphones, etc.

It is also a good idea to clean the desktop on your computer regularly and also the files within. I know it doesn’t take long to have all sorts of files all over the place.

The first time you do it may take some time but it will be worth it. Anything that is non-essential to day to day operations file away on an external hard drive.

I also like to keep any videos I download on that external as well. Videos take up a lot of hard drive space so I keep them off the main computer drive.

Organize your email. Go through your email and get rid of anything you are not interested in anymore or not right now. Unsubscribe to everything that you haven’t got around to deleting. You can always get on that “Travel Deals of the Week” Newsletter when you are getting ready to actually travel.

 

2. Time Management

When you manage your time correctly, you will surely get more things done.

This means that you should make use of every hour of the day and try your best to stay productive at all times.

After you clean up your email account you should only check it once in the morning and once in the evening. I only check mine once or twice a WEEK. My thinking is…if it is that important they know my number, if they don’t know my number…it’s not that important. That goes for my personal email. Support email gets checked regularly during the day. Or outsource it once your workload increases or you can afford it.

Get a timer to set on your desk to break down your specific work into set increments and only work during those allotted times on whatever task you have deemed for that time.

Stay off of Facebook! If you are on there doing something that is making you money or will make you money in the short term stay away. Stay away from anything that you know is a major time suck.

 

3. Focus

 

While you are working, you will need to remain focused at all times.

Remember that you do not want to waste any time and it is important to try your best to not distracted by little things like the internet and other minor distractions.

This goes back to the desk timer. Keep focused on the task at hand. Also, if you are writing a report or ebook or doing anything that does not absolutely require the internet to be on stay off the internet as well.

Stay focused, stay busy….but, get shit done, too.

If you have an iPad or other tablet put all ebooks, reports, etc that you want to read or skim through on your tablet to read right before bed or when you’re out and about during the day away from your computer.

 

4. Nutrition

You will need to understand that nutrition is something very crucial towards your focus throughout the day. An unhealthy diet will lead to an up and down day that will lead to less focus.

Be sure to eat at regular times or at least a healthy snack to get food in your belly. I know of many a day when I used to skip meals all together just because I was busy at the computer and plain forgot to eat.

If you are able to eat a healthy diet, you will see an increase in your focus.

 

5. Sleep

Getting enough sleep is very important and 8 hours a day should be the minimum.

8 hours may be a stretch for many since you likely have a regular job, plus family activities, and things. Do your best to get as close to that 8 hours if at all possible.

If you happen to feel tired during the day, then a 15 minute nap will have you up and ready in no time.

 

6. Energy

You will be energetic after this short nap and you will be able to get this energy from caffeine. However, you do not want to take caffeine 5 hours before you sleep as it can stop you from getting a good night of sleep.

Taking a short walk can be good. Regular exercise is also good even if it is just a couple laps around the block.

 

7. Taking a Break

Sometimes working too hard can wear you down and so you will simply need to take a break to see more things get done in the future. Take a break and you will then be back to work with a new sense of motivation.

Plus, when your eyes are away from the computer screen and your work you will be amazed at how your brain is still working sub-consciously solving problems. I get my best ideas and problem solutions when I am away from the computer.

There you go…7 Tips to getting more done…get started today.

Cheers…