All posts by Mitch Mitchell

I'm an independent consultant in many fields, so I have a lot to share.

Everyone’s Got An Opinion

Yesterday I was going through some of the forums with my little bit of advertising on my writing services. When I’m posting those articles, I always include a link to some article samples so people can see that I can write different ways on different topics. None of them are overly long, as it’s only supposed to be a sample.

I ended up getting a response from one guy on one of those forums. He wasn’t looking for a writer; he was looking to basically be a jerk. He wrote that he didn’t like my presentation and that no one would ever hire me as a writer if that’s all I could do.

What did I do? I went back to that forum and thanked him for his comment, and moved on. I figured there was no reason to get into a back and forth with the guy because, after all, what would it have solved? My articles are what they are, on my website that I really market the writing services from, and that’s that.

Now, what he could have been griping about is my website, and if that’s the case, well, then that’s only one person’s opinion of what they expect certain websites to look like. Now don’t get me wrong, because something I’m known to do is look at websites and judge them on how well I think they look. However, what I look for is more balance and readability than whether I overly like something or not.

There are things that put off many people, and one of those things is a lack of balance from page to page. Another is multiple fonts on a webpage, and images that suddenly show up without any rhyme or reason. Or content with lots of spelling mistakes. Or a lot of flash or too little flash or, or, or… you decide it.

The truth is there are many different websites, over 120 million at this juncture if we include blogs. Many that look the same are template websites, and many of us hate those because, well, they’re template websites. There are also websites on free platforms, although many of those are starting to go away. There are people who put a website together using programs like MS Publisher, which isn’t really a website tool, and, well, you get what you get. Usually those people haven’t studied some of the nuances of what might make a good website, but still, it assaults your senses.

With that being said, not every webpage is going to be pleasant for everyone. And not every style is supposed to be the same either. My SEO website looks like it does because I wanted it to look that way. Every page is outlined the same, and the menu is in the same place on each page. I marked a couple of my products on each page also; that’s fair, since they’re my products.

No, I’m not asking people whether they like that page or not. I probably should, since it’s supposed to be a business website, but I’m not. It is what it is, just as your site is what it is, and your blog is what it is. I like it, it’s doing okay, and until I get sick of it, that’s just how it’s going to look.

Because, in the end, everyone has an opinion; how often are we supposed to bend to everyone else’s opinions?

Blogging/Sales Experiment; The Follow Up

In my last post, which was kind of brief, I mentioned that I was trying something new. That was to see if I could create HTML pages and attach them to this blog in some fashion.

The immediate answer turns out to be yes. I don’t know why I’d never thought about it before, but just because one has a blog, what would have prevented me from uploading HTML pages? Nothing, it seems. After all, I’ve uploaded pictures and files before. That part was actually very easy, as I just added a pretty much nothing page with one line, and it worked just fine.

The next part wasn’t as easy, though. I thought about it, and wondered how easy it would be to make at least the header look like the blog header. The first thing I realized is that I couldn’t just look at the source code and get what I needed because much of what you need is coded into the CSS files, along with the PHP files.

But I’m not so dumb; where there’s a will, there’s a way. It took me about an hour, but I figured out how to get the image to do what I wanted it to do so at least that looked like the blog. Then it took me another 10 minutes to figure out how to get the blog name onto the image; that was just stupidity on my part, and that’s one of the problems with trying to do things really late in the evening, or early in the morning, since it was almost 1:30 at this point. I did get it on there, though, got the font correct also. What I can’t do, though, is get the spacing correct. So, it’ll look like the main page, but the name will jump if someone comes to the page. That may or may not be a minor issue for some people.

The next thing I wanted to try was to see if I could get my brief content to look like it does on the blog. I spent 25 minutes on that before I decided either I was too tired or there’s something I’m missing. When I got the font and color to look like it does on the blog, it also added this line in front of the content, looking like some emails do when things are repeated and people aren’t using the > sign to indicate it. When I didn’t have the font color looking like my blog everything defaulted totally to the left. I tried adding the “blockquote” attribute, and things went, well, weird. Seems the blog software, even if it’s an independent page, just doesn’t like that one.

In the end, I’m left with some conclusions. One, can it be done; yes. Two, is it worth trying to make everything look like the rest of your blog? No. Three, is that a major deal? Probably not, but I’m troubled with some of the formatting issues I was having, especially everything defaulting totally to the left. I’d hate to get into having to add that “nbsp” thing all the time (I didn’t type the code in correctly because then you wouldn’t see it here) to add spaces for every line; that’s ugly coding, and way too much work if you want to have a long page with lots of content and products on it. At some point it might be worth it to do things that way. For now, though, I think I’ll continue sending people to my S&S blog to see my weekly specials. So much easier to deal with.

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A Blogging/Sales Experiment

This is going to be a relative short post because I’m working on a project, mini project, that I want to see what happens with it.

This blog is actually the domain, as you can probably figure out. I’ve been wondering if I could add a HTML page to my host, link to it, and have it show up as a page off this site. I’ve never thought about it before until today, and I’m thinking that, if it works, I just might add a few sales pages, with specific products from specific affiliates, and see how that all works out.

This should prove to be interesting; stay close to see how I report on this one.

Oh yeah, one more thing I want to mention. Seems I won a contest on Sire’s Wassup Blog, and I now have a 125×125 badge as one of the prizes; neat!

See, short and sweet; this definitely isn’t my norm! lol

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More Promoting And Marketing

Writing a blog is pretty much like doing your own marketing and advertising. I say kind of because if one is always blatantly selling, some people eventually get turned off or just tune out, and suddenly you’re only writing to and for yourself. Whereas I always believe most of us should be writing for ourselves anyway, because we love to write, in the long run we write because we’d love people to read what we have to say, possibly buy something from us, or hire us to do other things for them.

November is going to be my month for figuring out how to better market myself, to make myself famous, if you will. I don’t want to be infamous because that might mean I’m either going to jail or getting bad press in the news; nope, that just won’t do. To that end, I’ve submitted myself for two interviews. The first one was posted on Saturday for me, but November 1st for him, that being on Ramana’s Musings. This was definitely something different, as we talked a lot about my diabetes and how it possibly affects me. I’d never been asked that before, and I’m always glad to share and spread the word about how bad diabetes can be.

The second interview isn’t out yet, so I’m not going to give that one away, but it’s another great opportunity to share my thoughts with people, being presented to an audience that might never have heard of me. And there’s plenty of those people, that’s for sure.

One thing I’ve been lucky for is to become kind of a regular participant in the interviews of Beverly Mahone, who does an online radio show every Sunday at 7PM called Passions, mainly geared towards women and social media, but really about social media, baby boomers, and anyone else who wants to glean some information. It’s not always just me, like it was when I spoke to her on reinventing oneself, but that’s okay because if it was always about me then it wouldn’t be a special thing, now would it?

I’ve talked about being able to get positive publicity through interviews, which is cool, but marketing oneself takes a bit more than that. I’ve thought about making a push for more Twitter subscribers, but that seems smarmy in light of the fact that there are all these people who keep pushing these products about gaining more Twitter subscribers, some even lying (yeah, I said it) by saying you could average 500 new subscribers a day. Trust me, only if you’re a celebrity is that going to happen.

Anyway, thinking about better ways to market myself, and my affiliate products, is going to be the thrust of November for me. I’m not promising this will be the only time I talk about my blog writing services, one of many I can provide folks, but it’ll be the only time I mention it this week; how’s that for a promise? 🙂 And I’m not going to advertise most of the services that I provide in my main business here either, because the two don’t really cross over all that well with each other. I will, however, talk about my services as a business and executive coach, as well as share resources to find other coaches who might be more suited for what someone might be looking for, because I really do believe coaching can work wonders for anyone looking to make positive changes in their lives, business or personal.

That’s that for now. You’ve all been warned. 😉 Marketing, promoting, here we come!


October Income Report – It Is What It Is

Well, the numbers are in for October, and I can’t say they’re all that pretty. I didn’t do a lot of marketing in October, though; not that I ever do all that much really. But as we rush towards Christmas now, I’m going to see if I can spark some things up in some fashion. Without further ado, here’s the modest numbers:

Adsense – $63.57
Commission Junction – $6.49
Infolinks – .46
Voxant Newsroom – .01
Grand Total – $70.53

And there you go. Nothing spectacular, but a little weird. Adsense was off drastically, and it seemed like there were days in a row when I earned nothing, which hadn’t happened before. But that’s not bad, so I’ll run with it. Also, that Voxant Newsroom thing made its first pitiful money, but at least now I know I will earn something if people click on it. This is actually a video thing on my finance blog, something I picked up from Sire, that I have set to play financial news headlines if someone decides to take a few moments to catch the news. If they do, I get paid for it. It actually has lots of different video things you can select from; I just decided not to put it on this blog because there’s already so much here. If you’d like to see what I mean, go to Top Finance Blog.

There were a few of changes I made this month which may have affected the numbers here, or not. One is that I finally came up with my own comment policy, which basically is that people have to leave me a real name or nickname that I can call them rather than keywords names, otherwise I’ll edit the name to an initial. Some folks are still missing that one, and if there’s no name in their email address I respond to them with the letter only. If you check out the comment policy, I link to the post that explains why I went that direction.

Also, now above every individual post, I’d added a Commission Junction rotating banner, which means if you visited the same post multiple times you’d see multiple ads. What that’s going to do for me is allow me to now add some banner ads from some of my other advertisers to this page, to hopefully promote some of those advertisers here. I recognize that I push CJ products more often than all the others because it’s just so easy to access, but there are quality names and products from some of the other sites as well, so I just need to get to them. One of these days I’m going to list all the affiliates I belong to, just to show you how spread out I am. I know, someone’s going to say I should concentrate on just one affiliate to see where that will get me. I think I’ve done that, in a way, since CJ probably accounts for 90% or more of everything I have on all my sites.

And finally, I started underlining links that led to products in my posts, which in a way might look like Infolinks or Kontera, only I don’t have either of those on this blog anymore. I wrote about doing that in last months income report post. The gurus all say that their best sales come from text links; I’ve had none so far, but it’s still early.

And traffic overall for the month of October was down. Only my main business site and my anti-smoking site went up in traffic. Of course, once I discovered that I forgot to move the code on my business blog, which accounted for that number to drop drastically, I knew why that figure had fallen so much, so hopefully it’ll come back up to at least the average it was before.

Anyway, that’s the month. I’ve had a blast with my writing in October, and I expect to have even more fun in November.

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