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 Adland Digest FREE Edition #509
  Wednesday, September 06, 2006

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Reaching Critical Mass

Our Internet and Profit Newbies Advisor brings us a fascinating excerpt this week arguing that a Monkey need not necessarily "See" to "Do".  Read the article to find out how something interesting happens when a trend reaches critical mass.

Kenneth Sword Jr., our fearless blog guy brings you an article you may be interested in if you were thinking about using/buying a blog blaster.  The long and short of it is: Don't Do It.  Kenneth explains why.

Willie Crawford, seasoned marketing vet demonstrates tips and tools that he uses personally to squeeze 2 more hours out of each workday and maximize his effectiveness.  A Must-Read...

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If you're new to making money on the internet, get to know the Do's and Don'ts of taking the step into the world of generating income online. 

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The 100th Monkey

I'm reading Wayne Dyer's "You'll See it When You Believe It" right now. (Excellent book) He's talking about the concept that we humans are all part of a whole that makes up the world we live in. This excerpt fascinated me:

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Very briefly, the hundredth monkey is a theory about how all of us within a species affect one another. A group of monkeys was being studied off the coast of Japan, and one monkey within the group began washing his sweet potatoes in a certain way in the salt water. Soon, all of the monkeys began mimicking this monkey, and doing the same thing.

When a given number of monkeys behaved in this fashion, the same behavior began to appear in a group of monkeys hundreds of miles away, even though the two groups had had no physical contact with each other. The hundredth monkey symbolized what scientists called the critical mass within the species.

It is theorized that once a critical mass number is reached, the same behavior begins to show up in all of the other members of the same species. It seems to be true for all species that when a given critical mass of its members begins to think or act in a certain way, so does every other member of that same species. [/excerpt]

The first thought that came to mind was "what *critical mass* am *I* personally helping to create? You?

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Web Logs, Blogs and the Art of Blogging

The ongoing growth of Blogs and RSS feeds


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Blogs and Blog Blasters Don't Mix

I wanted to bring forward the idea of blogs and blog blasters.

There are several programs that have been promoted over the past year to blast ads onto blogs. They all have done a great job ... at making blog writers mad. Many bloggers write with a passion and their content is can be very focused.

An example. You write an article on dyslexia: symptoms and cures. Fantastic article. You are set to receive comments from the public on it and several people with the same interest do comment. Then comes along someone blasting an ad into your comment area reading: Make MILLIONS selling Cell phone chargers!!! Within a week you can be on easy street making HUGE amounts of cash with our new patented charger. Go to...

You get the picture.

Not only does this NOT belong here but has nothing to do with 'commenting' on the person's article. It's rude and says a lot about you, too.

Since the creation of these blasters it has provoked many bloggers to turn off commenting and/or block with filters what is coming in. There has also been added the opt in step to place comments on blogs and the security code needing entered to guarantee it's a human posting.

So, if you want to succeed in business and NOT have a 'black eye' to your name stay away from blasters.

Do they work? They used to but now are either blocked or continue to make bloggers mad.

Happy Blogging.

Kenneth R Sword Jr.

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How I Squeeze 26 Hours Out Of Every Day! 
Copyright 2002 by Willie Crawford 


If you're like me, good time management skills and tools are an absolute necessity. We often have so many "alligators snapping out our heels" that we don't know where to start. Here's my "extreme time management system." Adopt it as your own and you'll feel like you've gained several hours a day. It's how I squeeze 26 hours out of every day. 

The system calls for extreme organization and a lot of discipline. It's NECESSARY for me. This is the system that allows me to run an affiliate program, manage 22 websites, publish a weekly ezine, publish 2 daily niche lists, visit an average of 15 discussion forums a day (3 of which I help 
moderate), write 2 new ezine articles per week, process over 800 emails a day, do off-line consulting, fit in a daily workout, and still find time to spend with my family and friends. 

The system has 2 parts - organization and discipline. 

First the discipline. The discipline is nothing more than following a few simple, self-imposed rules. These rules are: 

1) Whenever opening any email (or snail mail) process it right then. That simply means replying to the email or adding it to your "to-do" list (in a specific place) if it will fit into your schedule better later. Make notes in your organizer of any correspondence that may need tracking. Add any new contact to your contact database if appropriate. If the email contains a gem for an article or post, make a note in your organizer or even make an online post. If the email contains any data you 
will need to refer to later such as website urls or passwords, enter them into your cross-referenced database. 

Every time that you read an email, you have to decide what needs to be done with the information. Making and acting on that decision once is an amazing time-saver! If you don't do this, then you have to go through the exact same decision process the next time that you examine the email. 

2) Whenever presented with any task, ask if it makes sense for you to do it or if you're better off hiring someone else to do it. We have to recognize our skills and get others to do 
those things that would cost us too much time and energy. Some things are better done by professionals we can hire or even family members we can get to pitch in. Learning to 
delegate and "farm out" chores is essential to getting any significant job done. 

3) Identify what are the most important tasks you need to get done FIRST and then do first things first. Balance is also necessary here because things like exercise and maintaining 
personal relationships must be priorities. I schedule these right into my day. I print out my to-do list and refer to it often to avoid getting sidetracked. 

4) Learn to say no when appropriate. Realize that with this system you can do much more in the same time but, there is a limit to what you should obligate yourself to do. Don't get into the habit of taking on more obligations than you can possibly accomplish. As you get known online you will soon discover yourself being asked to review numerous websites, ebooks, and pieces of software. Politely decline when you have all you can currently handle. This allows you to focus and get more tasks actually completed! 

After mastering the discipline required, organization is a MUST. I have one primary tool that keeps me extremely organized. It's a piece of software called the Internet Information Manager. If you have ever spent half an hour sifting through emails looking for a url or password you'll find this tool an answer to your prayer. If you have ever searched frantically for an email so that you could 
intelligently respond to another email, you will appreciate this tool. If you have ever tried to remember the name of an individual, website, or ezine associated with a particular 
project, you'll absolutely love this tool. 

What is this Internet Information Manager? It's a piece of software you install on your computer that allows you to store all of the information you use frequently in one place. Everything from projects, to articles, to contacts, to website urls are stored in a cross-referenced database. It is my big organization and productivity secret. I've used it for a while - as I tinkered with the beta version. 
It's now such a part of my daily system that I wonder how I ever got along without it. If my computer is turned on, this tool is open. You need a similar tool. I use it to: 

- Keep track of all ongoing projects 
- Manage my to do lists 
- Store all of my contacts. These contacts are cross referenced so that with the click of a button I can go to an associated affiliate program, website, ezine, ad campaign, searchengine, or project 
- Start an email in my default email program with the click of a button 
- Launch my default browser and whisk me to my favorite discussion forum. This is how I jump from forum to forum at dizzying speeds. A cable internet connection helps too :-) 

The key to the system being so productive and so easy to use is that it's all cross-referenced. So as I surf the boards and come across an idea for an article, a project, or some research data, I can quickly plug it into the appropriate place in my database. This keeps the information always at my fingertips. When I am ready to write an article or complete a project, all of the data is in one place (waiting to be processed). 

The other productivity tool that is a must is email filters. Most email clients allow you to easily filter 
your incoming email into folders you create. Use this feature to store emails on a specific topic, or specific groups of people all in the same folder. Use it to filter all incoming ezines into one place, all orders into one place, all personal email into another place. I transfer data from most of my email to my Internet Information Manager, but I store the original email in my email program (Pegasus). 

Similar to filters are email aliases. Create special email addresses for specific purposes. It difficult to get all of your contacts to use the correct address but this is a real time saver. For example, if you have an assistant that handles your mailing list, use an email alias to send all of those emails directly to them. There is no need for you to waste time reading emails you don't need to read if you have properly trained your assistants. Train them, empower them and then trust them to get it done. 

Speaking of training - it is another tool for increasing your productivity. Learn to really use software you know you will frequently use as soon as practical. You'll discover many tasks this software can help with that you would otherwise miss. Also consider time spent training an assistant to properly do a task an investment. Avoid the temptation to just do it yourself. It will save you much more time in the long-run and frees up your time to do the things you should be doing. 

I've shared with you how I squeeze an inordinate amount of work into my day (when necessary). I'm also careful not to overload myself and damage my health. This is also something you need to watch. Success at the expense of your health and happiness is not success in my estimation. 

Adopt this system today and you'll soon be amazed at what you can accomplish in very little time. You'll also be pleasantly surprised at the amount of free time you find. The Internet Information Manager was created by my very good friend Gary Knuckles. Grab a copy now 
at:
http://williecrawford.com/cgi-bin/tk.cgi?garyk 

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a successful on-line business through his free Internet 
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courses. Sign up today and start building your *successful* 
on-line business:
http://williecrawford.com/ 
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