So we finished up at Elite Retreat yesterday. It was a bunch of fun and I think it went amazingly well. Today I am flying out at 6 AM, and thus am sleeping on the plane flight (twice in 4 days). I am moving into my new place today, and will be trying to be as lazy as possible for the rest of the year, so this blog may go without any new posts. As a 16 year old kid it was not uncommon for me to make $150 to $200 a day selling baseball cards on the weekend. When I think of how small that marketplace was, how naive and ignorant to business and marketing I was back then, how much I have learned about search and marketing since then, and then compare my income to the size of opportunity the web offers, it seems silly that I don't put a bit more effort into blowing up a large bank account.
Next year I intend to heavily dip into the arbitrage and affiliate markets. I want to shy away from reading so much about search and put much more effort into manipulating many many many more search results.
I also intend to create a site or two which is the equivalent of this site, but in different marketplaces. I am getting somewhat burned out on this site because I get the same things over and over again, and part of that fault is that for many, the attraction of SEO is the idea of creating value out of nothing, but most of us who are making money from SEO do so because we couple it with other knowledge, and / or work hard. The other part of the problem is that if I am not learning fast I feel I am dying, and it is hard to answer hundreds of daily emails, track the markets, go to conferences, stay in decent shape, save time to read and learn, while still launching other sites and ideas.
Some of the more annoying things that make me cringe
- random instant messages from people I don't know who immediately try to extract value from me or pitch me outsourcing services
- the emails that start with something like bought your book and was too lazy to read it. teach me everything about SEO.
- emails from people who got scammed by some packaged solution provider that starts there service calls by asking the all important question how much room do you have on your credit card
- the emails that tell me that I must be a scammer and the only way I am not is if I give the emailer my ebook for free
- the scumbags who buy my ebook and then do a chargeback (costing me their $10 more than their order price) when it is probably easier and quicker just to ask for a refund
- the emails that start with something like bought your ebook. have not read it. want a consult RIGHT NOW. or can I schedule my 15 minute consult for 4 am Saturday 3 weeks out so I can ask you to wake weird hours, blow you off, and then ask you to schedule it again.
- Emails from greedy business people who expect me to give them multi million dollar rankings for a couple thousand dollars. I love telling these people exactly what I think of them.
- the automated blog comments that mention the Holocaust
- politicians that try to undermine free markets and free speech under the guise of saving the children (while dropping bombs on thousands of them in other countries to try to gain control of their oil supplies)
- a government that outsources the printing of its own currency and goes in debt just to issue it (allegedly to help maintain its value) which is compelled to try to legislate religious and moral values. If you can't be trusted to maintain the value of your own currency then what other values can you be trusted to maintain?
- prentending that wealth is created independantly of poverty and inequality
- politicians and media companies that lie about global warming and push us to live under blind faith or a love of material things at the expense of our future
- being shallow and materialistic
- realizing how far away I am from my potential and how the world deserves so much better from me
- realizing that when I see deep faults in others, it is just a reflection of my own flaws that I am unhappy with
- when I let little things or little people get to me and control my emotions and cause me to do stupid or self destructive things
If I can tell a person what I think of them in 3 words there is no reason to type 6 emails. I will do my best to be as happy as possible, and, where necessary, be more crass and curt to people who make me cringe.
People and things that make me smile
- thinking of California and a snow free winter
- working out
- Radiohead and other good music
- partnering with many great business friends
- thinking of all the cool things people have done to help me out
- thinking of all the cool tips and tricks friends have taught me
- reading feedback from and meeting people who say I have helped them
- knowing that lots of cool people read this blog and leave comments that help teach me, in spite of me typing pure drivl from time to time
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