As some of you may already know, I enjoy books and audios by Brian Tracy. I have many of them and have loved them all. That being said, there is much repetition in them.
This book is no exception. One of the things that this book does bring, is breaking time into types of time and how they are the same or different from each other.
As an example, time for work is about being productive, and family time is not about being productive, but about spending time with them. (Remember the old saying how little children spell love, T-I-M-E.)
This is one of those books where you will want to read the entire book when you first get it, then read it again at a slower pace and do the action exercises at the end of each chapter. You might even want to sit down once a week (say on Sunday), read the action exercises from previous chapters and your answers, then read the next chapter and do the action exercises from it.
When the audio of this book comes out in the spring (23 May 2017), I plan to add the audio to my collection and listen as I drive.
First, I did read the entire book, all 1700+ pages. At times, I did want to skip sections and chapters but I did not.
This is a very densely packed book of technical information. While the back cover says the book is for intermediate to advanced programmers, I would recommend it for advanced not intermediate programmers.
I did find some the screen shots difficult to read due to the small size of the content of the image and poor contrast between the background and foreground. In some cases, a color (instead of black and white) image may have helped with the contrast, making it easier to read.
I am someone who is trying to learn the C# language. This book was a little over my head. I was looking for something closer to the intermediate level for my current level of learning. I plan to keep the book for reference, because I do plan to get to the advanced level.
If you have an advanced understanding of the C# language and want to learn more, this book, “C# 5.0 Unleashed“ by Bart De Smet” is to add to library.
Everyone, it is that time of year. The shopping season is over, and there are products that have sold out and need to be removed from the website. In this case, the products removed from the John Wayne Collectables ( http://www.JohnWayneCollectables.com ) site.
There were quite a few removed. The 2016 Wall Calendar sold out early. One of the two T-Shirts (the one with the almond color background) is gone. The Sherpa Throw, the Cowboy Boots Shaker set, the Book of Quotes, the Talking Figurine, the Boot and Shooter set, the Cowboy Crossed Arms Cookie Jar, the Flag Puzzle, the Wind Chimes, the Pilsner Glass, the Water Bottle, and the 20 oz. Travel mug, all gone.
I don’t know is any of these will be returning. Sometimes the supplier surprizes me.
When any of these return or there are new products, I will update the website and promote with a press release.
I started a new project to market a keyword research tool called Keyword Canine 3.0. This program is available on a monthly subscription, and the affiliate program offers payments for each monthly renewal.
And I am way behind in doing the search engine optimization work to have the site I create for Keyword Canine rank well. I need to create content for web pages.
So far, I got two articles about keyword research on the home page of my website, and a video create by the program author. I am not sure if I need more articles or not. This topic, keyword research, is a specialized topic, and some articles from writing services on the web are just so, so.
The video supplied by the program author is a good one. It goes thru the program and points what the program can do and how each feature that is a benefit to the user. I set it up on my website to start automatically, and it is positioned so the user sees the top of the video as it starts. I wanted the video there not only for its sales pitch, but to have the user stay on the page longer. Google likes it when users stay on the page; Google penalizes web pages with a high bounce rate, i.e., the user finds a result on the Google search results, goes there, and quickly comes back. Google assumes that web page was not a good result delivered to the user.
I will keep you up to date as I make updates to the site I created.
On Thursday October 8th I gave a presentation at the Wayne County Community College District Eastern Campus. The topic was affiliate marketing, and it was received well. Very little of it was done online, most of the presentation turned into a question and answer period where I got very in depth and thoughtful questions from the community. The majority of the people present left with a better understanding of what affiliate marketing is and had ideas take action when they got home.
The college via Mark Lang asked me to come back and do another presentation. I need to put some ideas and notes together and have a conversation with Mark about what type of presentation I should do next for the community. He and I tentatively agreed to give a presentation in December 2015.
There was one person who asked some technical questions about how I created some of my affiliate links to Amazon. I recommended a book for him to read called Amazon Hacks and if there is interest I could do a short presentation with him and a few others on that short technical topic.
Most of the people attending the presentation were beginners, and a technical presentation would not be in their best interest. What these people were ready for was to get into action around creating their affiliate marketing plan and to see what roadblocks they came up against. I and the other presenters who were there that evening recommended, as always, they take their questions and use them to query Google and/or YouTube to find the answers.
I have a different presentation coming up on 21 October 2015. It is at the Great Lakes Area .Net User Group in Southfield at the Microsoft office. That short presentation, called a Lightning Presentation, will be about 10 minutes long and talk about how to push your LinkedIn page with your name on it, to the top of the Google search results. I have had some success with getting my full name, Wayne Allen McDonald to the top of Google. I am currently working on having my first name, middle initial, and last name come top of Google, as well as my first name and last name. When I search Google for “Wayne A McDonald”, my LinkedIn page is on page 1 of the results, but without the double quotes, it does not show up in the results. I do have work to do on getting my LinkedIn page to the top of Google for phrases that are not my full name.
First, I want to say I have been enjoying Brian Tracy products for many years. I have many of his audios and some of his other products such as his Goals! book.
That being said, my most recent purchase and listen is “Communicate with Power.” This hour long audio has many familiar points and stories in it. The new story in this audio for me was about Bill Gates. It wasn’t just that Bill Gates and his partners wrote the MS-DOS/PC-DOS operating system, it was that Bill and company used communication and persuasion to convince IBM they were the right people to write the operating system when they had no operating system.
This one disc audio was well worth it. I have listened to it several times (I listen in my car and arriving at my destination interrupts my listening, so I listen multiple times out of habit.)
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Recently, I got an email from Google saying my site was not mobile friendly, and an upcoming change from them around search engine rankings was going to have an adverse effect on my site’s ranking. They also indicated that sites on WordPress and similar content management systems would be OK under the new changes. So, I have been learning WordPress and have been working to update my site.