Web Development 101 For Conscious Business Owners – Build It Yourself Or Pay A Pro?

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Just a quick note to let you know that my geeky alter ego over at Mystic Marketing Services has a free teleclass coming up on Wednesday. If you are considering creating or upgrading an existing website, you’ll want to be on this call.

 

The web development options and information available are numerous, often contradictory and usually overwhelming.

And especially for a conscious business owner, like you, navigating the web development landscape can be disorienting. As conscious business owners we tend to shy away from the technical stuff. And yet, to reach more people, grow towards our potential, and bring more positive change to the world, we must expand. And that expansion includes the World Wide Web!

Some of the questions I – er my alter ego – will answer include:

  • If I hire someone how much will it cost?
  • If someone builds it for me, what will happen when I want to make updates?
  • If I build it myself how much time will it take?
  • How much will I have to learn?
  • How tech savvy do I need to be?
  • Is it possible to have someone just do the really technical stuff for me?

This free teleseminar will help you understand the key considerations as you make this important business decision. After this seminar you will have the information necessary to make this decision with confidence and clarity.

Please join us on Wednesday, April 29th from 3:00pm – 4:00pm Pacific Time.

Watch Out: My Inner Geek is Coming Out

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I’ve been having a blast indulging my inner geek lately!

It’s one of those things I just can’t deny. Every time I try to get too spiritual and serious, things seem to jump up at me and bite me in the butt. What’s up with that?

It’s likely one of those annoying lessons in self-acceptance! You know, the ones where you just have to accept that you are who you are!

So, rather than continuing to resist my geekiness,  I’ve finally decided to embrace it, accept the messages from the universe, and start offering up my web development and internet marketing knowledge to help other Conscious Business Owners thrive online.

And that’s what I’ve done with the WordPress Launchpad Program. Today was the last day of the first round. And the entire 6-weeks have been a blast.

Here’s what one participant wrote:

Ed is a fabulous teacher. The WordPress Launchpad Program was clear, concise, and really easy to navigate. He presents things in bite sized pieces that are easy to digest, and build in a natural, comprehensive way. The support system he has created for it, with workbooks, blog postings, and Q & A, adds to the value immensely and adds to the fun and group learning process.

It’s just a thrill to be able to create immediately, with confidence and watch others do the same. Ed is incredibly present and responsive…generous almost to a fault! This is not a job for him. It’s a passion.

The value is extraordinary and I highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to build an excellent, kick ass website/blog that isn’t just pretty, but actually does something! Thank you so much Ed!.

Rachel Flower Sensoma

And why am I telling you this? Well I’m glad you asked. It’s because I’ve got the next round of the program beginning on May 13th. And if you register before May 1st, you’ll save $200. So I wanted to make sure I told you about this now so I won’t hear any whining after May 1st!

If you’re a conscious business owner and you don’t yet have a website – or if you have a website that is just sitting there because you don’t know what to do with it – you just might want to join the next round of the WordPress Launchpad Program.

At the end of this six week course you’ll have a fully functional website up and running and have the knowledge and tools needed to update it yourself.

To find out more about the WordPress Launchpad Progam and how it can help your Conscious Business thrive online, visit Mystic Marketing.

Oh, and in case you were wondering, this crazy economic “crisis” that all the media pundits tell us that we’re in, makes this absolutely the best time to launch a website!

When you do, you’ll have a professional, effective website up and running in just 6-weeks. You’ll know how to update and maintain the site yourself. And you’ll have the basic knowledge needed to drive traffic to your site.

So if you’re ready to get your business online, or upgrade your existing web presence, go check out the WordPress Launchpad Program and take advantage of this virtually turnkey opportunity.

And, because of the backend work that I do to setup the servers and wordpress software and … oh right, you don’t have to worry about any of that, becaue I do it all… But because I do it all, I’ve got to keep this class small. And that’s another reason to get registered for this program now.

I Have to Do It: FormulaFIVE with New “Recession Buster” Price

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I wasn’t going to post this. The promotion for this product has been going on for quite some time. And the crazy thing is, these guys sent me the product but I’ve only had time to skim some of the material … even with all of the glowing reviews that have been coming in.

And because I haven’t reviewed it myself I was not going to post it here. I mean, Formular Five is a comprehensive, high-end Internet Marketing package. But here’s the thing: They just added a 12-month payment plan for the program, added a sixth module (Formula 6) and a bunch of other stuff.

(And here’s the big thing: I realize that most of you come to Evolving Times for the Personal Development and Law of Attraction material. But I also know that many of you have your own online businesses. And if this program can help just one of you achieve a higher level of success online than it’s worth it to post it here).

So here’s the deal: I’m going to let you make up your mind. It’s silly for me to keep this opportunity from you. If you’re interested in it, go check it out. If not, don’t. I’m just going to paste the email they sent out earlier today so that you can hear it from them.

Here it is:

StomperNet’s new program, FormulaFIVE has announced a new “Recession Busting” Payment Plan that is so low, ANY business can afford to join.

People wanted FormulaFIVE to be more affordable, and StomperNet responded!  How many other companies can do that?

Why ELSE do I think you need to check out FormulaFIVE?

  • 6 figures in extra profits during the FIRST WEEK of their PUBLIC BETA test.
  • F5 creator Paul Lemberg has earned his clients $327 MILLION in additional profits by applying these tactics.
  • F5 is RISK FREE – they even have a 50x Return On Investment Guarantee (check out the page for details – really cool!)
  • AND they now have a “Recession Buster” Pricing Plan making it more affordable for the struggling business owner.
  • A NEW module, “FormulaSIX – Product Producer” – to help you CREATE your own new products that people will WANT to buy from YOU.  (And it’s INCLUDED, even though they LOWERED the price of the FormulaFIVE program.)


The people who joined JUST LAST WEEK are reporting results like this (I got this off their website):

“Ok you guys – I’m so excited about this I had to share it with you! I just made $10,000 – and it’s because of the Margin
Magnifier!”

If you had an interest in FormulaFIVE before, they made it even better AND CHEAPER, so just go check it out!

Law of Attraction Meets Internet Marketing

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I’ve been promoting the concept of “Attraction-based-marketing” for years. I teach it in my Enlightened Entrepreneurs Course, and practice it in my own business.

So I’m thrilled to see that Frank Kern, one of my Internet Marketing role models, has interviewed Ryan Higgins, the creator of the Mind Movies video vision board software.

If you’ve never watched one of Frank Kern’s videos they’re a hoot. And in this one, you’ll get to hear about his personal experience with the Mind Movies system.

Check out the Mind Movies / Frank Kern Video here.

Did You Miss Mark Joyner’s Webcast On Word Of Mouth Marketing?

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I did. Couldn’t get out of some other plans. But fortunately, because they maxed out the lines at over 1800 people, Mark has put up a recording of the webcast at the Word of Mouth Transformation Blog. I’m going to listen to it right now!

If you’re at all interested in transforming the way you use the single most powerful force in marketing, I suggest you go check it out as well.

Attraction in Action Audio – Guerrilla Marketing and the Law of Attraction

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In this first recording for the Law of Attraction in Action Audio Series I talk with Mitch Meyerson, creator of the Guerrilla Marketing Toolkit and the Guerrilla Marketing Coach Certification program and co-author, with Jay Levinson of the Guerrilla Marketing Blog.

Mitch is a clear example of someone who is bringing great value to the world and creating an awesome life by putting the Law of Attraction into action.

During this 30-minute recording we explore how several of the Guerrilla Marketing Competencies are fully aligned with the Law of Attraction.

If you’re looking for some inspiring and practical tips to empower your marketing efforts with Guerrilla Marketing techniques and the Law of Attraction make sure you listen to this recording.

Here are the four Guerrilla Marketing Competencies that we focus on in this call:

  • I see every contact with my customers and prospects as marketing. My words, attitudes and actions are all intentional and based on my marketing goals.
  • My friends, prospects and customers would all say I am enthusiastic and consistently positive in all my interactions.
  • My business is oriented to giving. We often provide free consultations, tips, gifts and information. We make generosity a part of our overall marketing plan.
  • I consistently use my imagination to develop marketing strategies that are unconventional and will capture the attention of my target market.

Note that these are just four of sixteen Guerrilla Marketing Competencies. All of them are worth exploring from a marketing and Law of Attraction perspective. But these four, in particular, are aligned with the Law of Attraction.

Here is the recording. Note that all links in this entry will open in a new window so you can browse while listening.

Click the play button now to listen to my interview with Mitch Meyerson on the interface between the Guerrilla Marketing Competencies and the Law of Attraction in Action.

One other product that Mitch mentions in the interview is his Easy Web Automation ecommerce solution. You can check it out here.

And stay tuned for more Law of Attraction in Action podcasts.

Thank You Enlightened Entrepreneurs. You Rock!

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Yesterday was the last meeting of my 6-month Enlightened Entrepreneurs Intensive program. What an amazing group! Getting to know each of these entrepreneurs over the past 6-months has been an incredible honor and pleasure.

And it has been thrilling to watch each of them grow and expand into a much larger vision for their life and their business!

Over the past 6-months these folks have truly embodied the meaning of Enlightened Entrepreneurship:

Enlightened Entrepreneurs consciously seek to create positive change in the world by enhancing their own lives and the lives of their customers and clients, employees, and communities through the clear, conscious and focused actions of their businesses.

Each of these business owners has taken huge strides in the integration of Law of Attraction principles with practical action-oriented steps and we have seen some truly amazing results!

Even though I was leading the group and supposed to be uplifting and enlivening them, every time we met, I left feeling uplifted and enlivened. (When you’re doing what you love, it seems to work both ways!)

Enlightened Entrepreneurs… Thank you for an incredible six-months. You Rock!

Ka-Ching!

Go check out some of their websites – some of them are brand new or newly revised! And, as more of their sites come online, I’ll update this list.

www.kirkkeeler.com – Awesome singer/songwriter

www.healthychild.com – Natural/healthy products for children and families

www.healingyourenvironment.com – Feng shui consulting for home and office

www.thefutureoffarming.org – The Center for the Future of Farming

www.creativewindowfashions.net – Window coverings

www.marinajames.com – Personal training, metabolic typing and nutritional services

www.ohsv.net – Ocean Harvest Sea Vegetable Company

The Cash Injection Begins

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I’m on Day 3 of the 7-Day Business Turnaround program. Today I begin work on the Cash Injection for my business. The goal is to generate enough income in the next 4-days to cover two-months of operating expenses. This cash creates the “breathing room” needed to focus on the future growth of my business.

The biggest “aha” for me in today’s lesson has been recognizing that, in addition to my existing products and events, I have a huge amount of high-quality material that can be quickly turned into products.

Over the past 3-years I have recorded virtually all of my classes, teleclasses and group meetings. So I have, literally, hundreds of hours of recordings just sitting around waiting to be put to use!

Recordings from the early days, on microcassette, will need to be transcribed and turned into ebooks and articles. But for the past 2-years I’ve recorded my live events using a high-quality digital recorder. Those recordings could be edited and turned into downloadable and/or physical recordings. They can also be transcribed for article and ebook creation.

As a coach, I should not be surprised. But I’m still amazed at how a simple reframing through the catalyst of an outside perspective can point out what “should have” been obvious.

Now it’s back to the Day 3 lesson. And when I’m done with the lesson, there are some juicy sounding bonuses to explore!

The 7-Day Business Turnaround Begins Today

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Begin Author’s Full Disclosure Notice:

I am an affiliate of Mark Joyners. Links to any of his programs in this, and other, posts on Evolving Times are affiliate links.

End Disclosure.

Last night, Mark Joyner’s 7-Day Business Turnaround Program went live. If you’re already a Simpleology member you probably noticed the new links to the Simpleology Intensives in the right column.

I’ve been waiting for this program ever since I heard that Mark had something new up his sleeve. Even before the launch I learned a valuable lesson about the importance of action. So you can bet that I was ready for this.

I signed up for the program last night within an hour of its launch so I’ll be getting the bonuses that Mark is giving to anyone who signs up within the first 48-hours. (I would have signed up without the bonuses, but don’t tell Mark that!)

Today, I have spent most of the day going through the Day 1 lessons, worksheets and videos. Day 1 is all about clarity: Getting clear about where your business is. No more “head in the sand” excuses when it comes to my business.

Here’s the bottom line: My expenses are too high and my income is too low.

Sound familiar?

Working with the program guidelines I immediately lopped $300 off of my monthly expenses (not bad for a couple hours work). And there are a few more items that I need to negotiate and/or dump.

The goal of the 7-Day Business Turnaround is to do a “cash injection” on your business so that, by the end of the day 7, your income is at least double your expenses.

That will be sweet!

Now that I’ve finished Day 1, I’m tempted to move on to Day 2. But I’m going to resist that temptation. Tomorrow is a new day and I’ll jump into the lessons refreshed and ready to go.

I’ll be posting more as I go. But, because I truly believe in this program, let me give you a quick pitch before I sign off:

Mark has gone a bit a crazy, I think. He’s letting people sign up and pay nothing for 7-days. That means you can go through the entire 7-day program and if you don’t like it (or even if you do, but don’t feel like paying him) you can just ask them to cancel your order and they won’t charge you a dime!

This is definitely a business model that is aligned with the Law of Attraction.

Will some people take advantage of it and go through the program, reap the benefits and then cancel their orders?

You bet.

But you know what? A lot more people, folks like you and me, will sign up for this program, go through the seven days, and gladly pay for the program at the end!

And we’ll be the ones that watch see our businesses turnaround and take off!

Oh, and one more thing: If you sign up by tomorrow, those bonuses I mentioned are incredible. Mark’s going to lead a weeklong coaching class, personally taking us through the program. And, he’s also created two other intensives based on his best-selling books, The Irresistible Offer and The Great Formula.

I am totally jazzed about the Irresistible Offer Intensive! And they’re both included if you sign up by tomorrow. After tomorrow they’ll be at least $97 each.

Yes, I know, I may not be completely unbiased. But, if your business is in need of a cash injection, if you’re in debt, or just getting by, or even if you’re business is profitable but not thriving, I truly believe that this program can turn it around for you.

Of course it’s all contingent upon your willingness to do the work. If you’re not willing to put in the time and effort to go through the lessons, worksheets and videos, don’t bother.

We’ll all see, but I believe that at the end of the 7-Day Business Turnaround program I’m going to look back and say, “I was where seven days ago?”

Look, you really have nothing to lose and everything to gain. If you don’t have the cash flow that you want in your business, go sign up now, check out the program and all the bonuses for the next 7-days and if you truly don’t believe that you have benefited from it, just tell them to cancel your order.

Affiliate Marketing May Require Disclosure

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I just found a couple of posts on this interesting development in the world of affiliate marketing. One, at Copyblogger, the other at Problogger.

I have always been a fan of full disclosure. In fact, I actually stopped promoting an excellent product when I received an affiliate email encouraging me and providing me with step-by-step instructions on how to hide the fact that I was using an affiliate link.

I consider myself to be on the path of the enlightened entrepreneur and therefore integrity is one of my highest personal values and a value that absolutely must be present in my business.

Brian Clark at Copyblogger, points out that he wants to give his readers enough credit to think that they will know he is using affiliate links. I’m not convinced that all blog readers are savvy enough to catch that, especially when the affiliate codes are embedded in already long, complicated links.

So, even as I cringe at the need for outside regulation – as opposed to internal, self-regulation – I, applaud this possible update to the affiliate marketing world and see it as a positive development.

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