Doing What You Want To Do

The things that matter...

Few people get to spend the majority of their lives doing what they want to do.  And when I say "the majority of their lives" I mean at least 95% of the time.  The other 5% is reserved for things like funerals, watching a sick friend die, etc.

I'm talking about doing what you want to do when you want to do it.  Period.

Few get the chance.

Many lives are caught up in just surviving.

I am fortunate to be one of "the fortunate few."

Spending my days in leisure - doing what I want to do when I want to do it.

But it didn't come without a lot of hard work.

But what does "hard work" mean?

It means "concentration".

Concentration on the job at hand.

So what's the "job"?

I'm glad you asked.

The job is whatever makes you happy.

Sometimes I like to take a nap at 11:00 a.m.  That makes me happy.

For much of my life I could not "take a nap at 11:00 a.m." because I was "working".



I spend my days plying my trade.  Discovering new ways to make money on the internet.

My office is 36 square feet.  In my basement.

An international business. I-N-T-E-R-N-A-T-I-O-N-A-L.  Worldwide.

All  over the world.

In the past it wasn't so easy.

Thank God for the world wide web!

Of course I spent the first six months of my  internet career not making ANY money.

You gotta stick it out.  Find what works for you.

I recently found a good one - I'm starting another business.

I'll tell you about it soon.




How To Get Things Done

I want to talk about the best way that I have found to get things done. A long time ago I read a book called Think and Grow Rich.  Then I read another book called How To Win Friends and Influence People.  I read them both several times.

I am not sure which book had the following paraphrased story in it, but it is the one thing that has really stuck with me and helped me. There were a lot of other things in each of those books that were pretty good.  I should go back and re-read both of them.  Here's the story as I remember it.

Andrew Carnegie (the big shot behind what eventually became U.S. Steel, and the richest man in the world at the time) hired a consultant to come in to help him be more efficient in getting things done.   The consultant gave him the following list:

1) Write down on paper the five most important things you want to get done today in order of their importance.

2) Begin your workday with the first thing on your list.  When you are done with it cross it off the list and move to #2.

3) Continue on down the list until you have completed all of your tasks.

Carnegie could not believe the advice he was given. He was almost outraged, but the consultant told him to try it and if he saw no value in it then he should not pay him.  If he did find value in it then he should send a check for whatever he felt it was worth.  Carnegie gave it a shot.  After one month he sent the consultant a check for $25,000.00, a huge amount of money in the 1920's.

I have found that this is the absolute best way to get things done too. It helps to keep you focused. In this day and age of the internet and cell phones and all of the other shiny things available to capture our attention it is a wonder that anyone gets anything done at all in a day.

If I make a list of things to do, those things get done.  Period. Even if I ignore the list for a while.  It has a magical power of drawing me back to it.  I may not do all of the things on the list in one day.  I may not even accomplish all of the tasks I have written down "in order of importance", but I get the list done.  When that list is done I make another list.

I keep one of those cheap spiral notebooks that kids use in school open on my desk where I work.  On that open page the list sits.  And sits.  And slowly I get into it.  I find that once I have one thing done, the second thing on the list gets accomplished much faster.  As I cross each one off (or put a check mark next to it to tell me it is completed) I have a sense of accomplishment.

Sometimes I can complete the list in a few hours.  Sometimes it takes three days.  But the list gets done.

If you are frustrated with your inability to really get the things that you want out of life and you are not using a list then you may want to try this.  Don't be fooled by it's simplicity.

Jack Folsgood

Why Back Links To Your Site Are Important

I want to take a few minutes today and explain a few things about the importance of back links to your website.  Some people just call them "links".  Either way they are the same thing and all that they are is a link to your site from another site.

If you are not yet sure on the best way to go about getting links to your site then I highly recommend that you check out The Keyword Academy. They have an absolute compendium of free information that you can research and get a good general knowledge on how to go about doing that.

One thing I have to tell you is that I was pretty much lost on the proper way to promote the sites that I was building and get them ranked in the Search Engines until I came across these guys.  They also have a monthly subscription to all of their services and it starts with a $1 (30) day trial.  After that you have a couple of options, but the maximum subscription price for everything they offer is currently $33.00/month and it is so worth it that I can honestly say that I wouldn't still be in the business if it wasn't for them.

Okay.  Once you understand the importance of "back links" or "links back to your site" the next questions a lot of aspiring internet marketers have is:  "Are all links back to my site equal in importance?" or put another way "do the search engines see all links that point to a site the same?".  The answer is NO.  The search engines or SERPS do not see all links in the same light.  They pay a lot more attention to links that point to your site if they are coming from .edu and .gov sites of course as they see those links as being a lot more authoritive.

But no need to worry about trying to get those kind of links at all right now.  I have many sites (and more particularly "pages" within those sites) on the first page of Google that don't have any of those kind of links.  They are not all that important especially if you are doing your "keyword research" properly.  Once again I'll point you to the Keyword Academy to learn more about the importance of that, and especially the best way to go about it.

Why Back Links To Your Site Are Important:

The bottom line about back links is that getting ranked on the first page of any search engine comes down to the fact that The Internet is a Popularity Contest. That is the best way I can describe it. If you have more links pointing your site about any given subject (or keyword) than anyone else promoting the same or similar content then you will rank better than them in the SERPS 99% of the time.

Now that statement sometimes scares a lot of aspiring "I want to make money on the internet" personalities.  And it should.  It is the one reason that 98% plus of those trying to make money on the world wide web never make enough money to keep going.  They don't know how to get good quality links to their sites and even if they do they don't know how to get the kinds of links that not only hold up over time, but also give their sites a lot more authority in the eyes of the search engines.   That's why having a resource like the Keyword Academy is so important.  Not only do they teach you how to get the right kind of links, they also have the tools to help you do it as well as a community of people who will help you along the way.

A final note... Don't fall for all of the "Make $10,000 in 30 days" type promotions that are out there.  (you might even find links to some of them on this site)  While most every one of those e-books has quality information that you can use don't get yourself in the mindset that you are going to make that kind of money that quickly.  It takes time.  If you get to work following the principles taught at the Keyword Academy you can (and will) develop the ability to make that kind of money, but you have to be willing to put in the work and be patient along the way.

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If You Are a Published Author and Not Making Any Money Then You Are Perfect For Making Money Online

By Jack Folsgood

If you are one of those who has a knack and a natural talent for writing you may have decided to get your book published by a self publishing company. After investing all of that time and money you most likely have found that the sales of the book (so far) are even less than disappointing. If you have been able to recoup your costs, much less your time invested so far you are luckier than most.

If you are like most self published authors you have probably been able to somewhat placate yourself with the thought that "at least I got it published". But what does that do for your pocketbook? What about your dreams of being famous? Maybe you just wanted to make a little bit of money, (okay a lot of money) and now your big idea seems to be shattered or shattering right before your eyes.

People ask you how your book sales are going and you lie and tell them something along the lines of "decent", "okay", "I am happy so far", or something like that. But you really know that the only one who is being fooled is yourself. Face it. You do not know how to market your book. You are probably even a little bit shy and are hesitant and probably even downright unwilling to get out there and make something happen.

Do not get down on yourself. If you had the tenacity and the persistence to complete that book you have the ability to make money with your writing talents. Maybe you will never make money on that particular book. That is okay. You need to find an outlet for everything that you have inside of you just pleading to get out.

The world has changed a lot over the last ten years or so with the advent of the internet. (okay... twenty years), but that does not mean that there still is not over two hundred new books published everyday in the United States alone. What kind of chance does a talented author have to succeed with all of that competition?

There is still a way (and probably an even easier way than in the past) to make money by writing. You just have to know how to go about it in this ever changing world.

Visit a resource site for authors and aspiring authors who want to know how to make money with their writing talents and abilities. At you will find a compendium of articles and links to the things that will not only inspire you, but that will also help to learn what it takes to make money by manifesting your thoughts. Visit The Prufe today!

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