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The Quick Start Challenge Week 3

The Quick Start Challenge Week 3

And yes – this has indeed been a very challenging week for me one way and another, what with trying to keep a client happy by putting in a few 14 hour days.  And then trying to sort out a few other really urgent things.

Anyways I eventually got around to watching the Week 3 video today  (Monday before the start of Week 4!!) and rising to meet this week’s challenge.  I ended up using WebcasterWP and find it a really awesome plug to use.  Later on I may try Popup Domination which is a lot more expensive but may be more effective. The only way to see which is better is by split testing I guess.

Popup Domination

My next challenge in Week 3, may be a tad delayed, is to do a proper landing page for whatever my offer is going to be. And that entails some deep thought on my part (ouch)!

And my inbox distracted me yet again. An offer to drive 25000 visitors to any one of my sites (I have several others) within 6o days for the princely sum of US$69.00.  My BIG reservation with these offers is how good is the traffic and will I be able to build a list and leverage that traffic – that’s 2 reservations, not 1, DUH.

It is tempting none the less because my main reason for enrolling in the Quick Start Challenge is to get traffic and NONE of my other sites get any traffic worth mentioning. 25000 visitor  to an Amazon site sounds really , really tempting.

For relaxation yesterday I decided to try my hand at something completely different – making mayonnaise. I just love good food and eating out, or at home, or at my second home with friends and/or family. 

My version of it yesterday is as follows:

Take 2 eggs (preferable free range) at room temperature and break into a blender. Add a teaspoon of Colman’s Hot English mustard power, a tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice (minus the pips), a tea spoon of honey and a pinch of salt and cayenne pepper to the eggs. As a variation add some crushed garlic or finely chopped herbs such as tarragon or basil to this mixture.

Fire up the blender for 30 seconds or so so that all the ingredients are properly mixed. Fire up the blender again, take about a cupful of mild olive oil and add drop by drop to the mixture. Do NOT add the oil too fast. Once the mixture has started to thicken or emulsify, you can add the oil in a steady trickle, keeping the blender going all the time. If the mixture is not thick enough just add a bit more oil until right (Don’t forget to switch the blender on again).

Once I am happy I add a desert spoon of double cream (not fat free!) greek yoghourt to the mix for an extra bit of smoothness and taste. If you don’t have a blender use a fork or egg whisk. Once you have tasted your own mayo, you will never want any other!

Cheers until next time.

The Quick Start Challenge Week 2

This week’s challenge has been a really big one for me. I really hate public speaking and am always extremely nervous. However it seems to be part of the whole process of creating an internet presence and identity and therefore I MUST conquer my fears and move forward. This is at least a new beginning. I came across a very interesting book on fear a while back – The Flinch by Julien Smith, available on Amazon for 3 US cents! When you fear something you flinch. The secret is in learning NOT to flinch. As you can see from one or two places in the video I have a way to go.

About Me

A Potted History To Date

I was born on Pearl Harbour Day in a little town called Umtata in what was then the Union of South Africa (the other USA), went to school there and moved to the beautiful city of Cape Town where I now live and work.

I started my working career as a very junior clerk in a very large international banking institution way back in 1960. After having spent the best part of 27 years in this soul destroying job and having moved up through the ranks, I decided it was time for another career.

This time it was in a pottery business which was not a good decision financially. However during my time there I was introduced to computers, accounting software and all sorts of other good things. This in turn led me to my third career as an IT consultant, first as an employee and later as owner of my own consultancy, Shearar Business Systems CC , together with my wife and eldest son. (I have 3 sons and 4 grandchildren by the way).

FCS_formal_SmallThen 24 years after resigning from the bank and with my third career still on track, I started a fourth career in March 2012 as an internet marketer as a new challenge. And what a challenge this has been, trying to navigate through a minefield of bright shiny objects, marketers peddling a whole lot of snake oil (well quite a few of them), and just trying to make sense of a whole new ball game. 

After some 24 months of struggling online to get it all together,  a change of direction and approach seemed in order. Up until now it has all been hit and miss. An indication of my conspicuous lack of success to date is my average earnings of about $1.00 per month so far. Absolutely disgusting.

No More! I have made the following decisions.

1. Manage my emails, unsubscribe from all those that do directly benefit me.

2. Draw up a master agenda, blueprint call it what you will so that I know what I want to achieve in the next 1, 3, 6 and 12 months.

3. Set up a strategy to accomplish this.

4. Decide on what tactics and tools I am going to use.

5. Something called F.O.C.U.S.  Follow One Course Until Successful! Not following this has been my biggest failure to date.

6. And then – along came Quick Start Challenge 2.0 Turbo. Now I just HAVE to focus. I must get traction and stop spinning my wheels! I must implement this course to its fullest extent! This is my commitment!