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Topics in this issue:
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Word from the Moderator
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Food For Thought
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Do you ask for help?

Responses to Previous Tidbits (3)
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1. To M'L'M or not to M'L'M?
Lynn Harris, Alan D Munro

2. Overwhelmed by email?
John Miller

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New Discussions (1)
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1. Selling a web business
From: Tom Falco

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First Aid Kit
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Questions (1)
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1. Re: Explain "pinging a blog'
From: Russ Wilson/Webintel

Responses (1)
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1. Re: Explain "pinging a blog'
From: Amalia Sotiriadou

Training Article (1)
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Getting started with RSS, by Jorge Gonzalez

GUEST ARTICLE (1)
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How to Break the Chain of Vicious Circle, by Olakunbi Korostensky

Joke of the Day
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Word from Moderator
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Over 40 degrees Celsius in Athens and the neighboring areas in the last few days…
that’s a severe fever for those who are trying to figure out what that is in Fahrenheit.
Like the silly goose I sometimes am, I went out in the heat yesterday and suffered a
mild heat stroke that put me out of commission for the rest of the day. Tons of water,
low air-conditioner temperatures and a lot of sleep finally brought me back to the
land of the semi-healthy, but I learned my lesson! Don’t play with the heat!!

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Do you ask for help?
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We weren’t born all-knowing. We had to learn to walk, to talk, to go potty. We had
to learn how to read, to do math, to find our location on a map. We always had
people who taught us and helped us along – our parents, relatives and teachers.

Then we grew up and had to pass on the knowledge we had so painstakingly
gathered to our children. Does that mean that we are now through learning? Are we
self-sufficient and don’t need help any more? And what happens when you, a proud
and knowledgeable grown-up comes across something new and unknown or only
half-known… Do you “fake it” or do you ask for help?


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=================Responses to Previous Tidbits (3)================

=================Response (1.1)==============================

Re: To M'L'M or not to M'L'M?
From: Lynn Harris

To M'L'M or not to M'L'M?
That is a very good question with a lot of opinions from many sides.....

Here is mine.

Yes there are many M^L^M companies that pushed big dreams and fell by the
wayside leaving a bad taste in some peoples mouths. Where massive amounts were
made by company and upline on the sales of..... not products, but MARKETING
MATERIALS!

But can that not be said of other pay structures as well?

And many people put their hopes and dreams into a M^L^M company, only to see
them squashed.

But can that not be said of other pay structures as well?

And, true, there is attrition in the lower ranks of M^L^M structured companies.
Does this make M^L^M a bad marketing concept?

I must say very strongly NO!

If you look at any online program you will find a high attrition rate. Why?

Sadly, probably about 90% of online marketers will "try" a program for a couple or
few weeks, if they are not seeing big rewards, they move on to the next "hot
program". So just by default you are going to have attrition. M^L^Mers shouldn't let
that discourage them, but it does. Many good marketers give up because so many of
their downline drop out, leaving them feeling as though their hard work is for
nothing. But it IS to be expected with any type of marketing system.

Is that a negative on M^L^M? Or is that just a reflection to how life really is?
One of the natural laws of online marketing that you will encounter, and should
expect, IF you actually market anything....

One thing a good M'L'M does do, IF you want to become successful, is promote
TEAMWORK. Which teamwork is a good concept even if you aren't doing M'L'M.
Many affiliate programs are "multi-tiered" systems. Never have figured out the true
difference between multi-tiered and M'L'M..... But any one that is in your downline
that you earn a commission on deserves your help and support! After all, the more
successful THEY are the more successful YOU will be. A good M'L'M is structured
to encourage this team building knowing that the company will benefit with a
marketing force of strong teams supporting it.

A good marketer will be willing to help, even if the person they offer help to isn't
in their downline, even if that person isn't in the company they are promoting!

In my opinion M^L^M is the best marketing system when it is coupled with a
solid product or service, a good pay structure, and is backed by an honest and
straightforward company. And though a "newbie" may not be as successful as
someone with years of experience, if they are in an organization that "shares",
they will get their training and will grow in knowledge as well as growing their
business.

As with any business online or off, to become successful in M^L^M marketing
will require dedication, work, perseverance, and being approachable and helpful.
You will have up days and down days, as in any business. But in a good M^L^M
structured team you should also have a team full of support above and below you
to celebrate the good with and get support through the bad. It is a people business!

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Re: M'L'M
From: Alan D Munro

I have just one question to place on this topic and with reference to:
"You might prefer a straight-affiliate payment scheme. That will work too - for a
time. Until you can no longer work or you are no longer willing to sell yourself."

Please tell me then why has Bill Gates no taken up the M'L'M way of sell and only
sells direct or as indicated "straight-affiliate payment scheme" and now is one of the
world very BIG BOYS?????????????

Thanks

Alan

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MODERATOR: Alan, Bill Gates made a lot of money, however, he was not selling
other people’s products. He was developing and selling his own. I wonder how many
of Bill Gates’ employees and/or salesmen became multimillionaires?

Amalia


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Re: Overwhelmed by email?
From: John Miller

YES!

As an email user...

• why do so many people think that I need Viagra?
• why do so many people want to con me out of my personal information
(identity theft)?
• why do so many people want to kill or severely injure my computer
with viruses and spyware?
• why do so many people refuse to honor my unsubscribe requests?

I have found a great alternative - RSS.

RSS stands for Real Simple Syndication and it is the no-email and no-spam way to
receive information over the Internet. Less than 20% of current Internet users even
know what it is, but its advantages will enable it to quickly overtake email as the
preferred way to communicate online.

Now, I will admit, I heard a little bit about RSS over the last year but didn't pay
much attention because I felt that I was too busy to learn about it. Well, I think that
almost everyone would admit that email is out of control.

You can read more about it at
http://jqmarketing.blogspot.com/2005/06/what-heck-is-rss.html 
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Selling a web business
From: Tom Falco

I am wondering about selling my web business. Not just the name, but the whole
business.

Does anyone have any advice? Do I need a broker for this?

The site may be seen here:
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Re: Explain "pinging a blog'
From: Russ Wilson/Webintel

As a new blog author:
http://towncriers-news.blogspot.com/2005/07/towncriers-news.html 

I do not understand the following terminology; (in quotes), and would be most
interested in what it means, and how it is done.

5. Add a blog to your site and "Ping" weblogs.com and other search engines.
"Pinging" your blogs to the search engines is the fastest way to get the search engine
robots to visit your blog and attract new visitors to your web site.

Thank you for your response.

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Re: Explain "pinging a blog'
From: Amalia Sotiriadou

Russ, “to ping” is technical jargon for “communicate electronically”, thus when you
“ping your blogs” to the search engines, you are in effect nudging the search engines
and telling them – “I’m here!” It’s important not to do it too often, otherwise you
may be accused of “spamming” the search engines, but DO do it whenever your
content changes.

As to “how” pinging is done, I can’t help you with the technical details, I assume it
consists of some sort of software that can do it automatically. Perhaps one of our
knowledgeable members can help you further.

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Getting started with RSS, by Jorge Gonzalez
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RSS is probably the biggest and latest buzzword among the techies, just after blogs.
But what is RSS anyway and how can you start taking advantage of it?

RSS is a format to provide headlines and summaries of information in a simple and
standardized way. Think of it as a distributable "What's New" for websites.

RSS is great for users because it saves users from having to repeatedly visit favorite
websites to check for new content or be notified of updates via email.
It can give a glimpse of a site's latest concrete contents (no design) in a second.

RSS is also great for site owners because:

• The summaries of their content can be republished all over the web, which
gets new links and visits to the site.

• They get more returning visitors, since users can suscribe to the feed to
keep up with the site's updates.

• More profits: RSS feeds can contain ads, such as Google Adsense.

RSS feeds can be used for:

• Blogs entries

• Forum entries

• Articles

• News

• Events

• Latest products / discounts / specials

• Music (podcasting)


An "RSS feed" it's the actual RSS file with headlines. To have a glimpse of how it
looks like and what it can contain, we'll examine the feed from
SelfHelpCommunity.com step by step:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1" ?>
<rss version="2.0">
<channel>
<title>Self-Help Community</title>
link>http://www.SelfHelpCommunity.com</link>
<description>Self-Help Community is the absolute online reference on Self-Help
...</description>
<language>en-us</language>
<copyright>Copyright 2005 Self-Help Community. All Rights
Reserved.</copyright>
<lastBuildDate>Tue, 19 Jul 2005 07:33:57 GMT</lastBuildDate>

<item>
<title>Engaging in the Moment for More Effective Living.</title>

<link>http://www.SelfHelpCommunity.com/Articles_3092_Engaging-in-the-
Moment-for-More-Effective-Living-.aspx</link>

<description>Want to learn how being engaged in the moment can enhance your life
experience as well as your business? Here, Adam Eason shows how anybody can
learn how to engage in the present more to enrich your life more and more
wonderfully.</description>

<pubDate>Fri, 15 Jul 2005 00:00:00 GMT</pubDate>

</item>

(... more <items> here, up to 15 ... )

</channel>

</rss>

First we declare it as an XML file (RSS is an XML standard), then the RSS tag and
version (at this time, 2.0 is the latest).
Then we start with the channel which contains some general description of the feed
and provider like title, link, description, and finally the actual items.
Each item contains a title, a brief description, a publication date and a link to the rest
of the item. To see all the information you can display, check out the official RSS 2.0
specification.

There are several ways to read an RSS feed:

• Using your browser or even notepad --since it's just an XML file (formatted
flat text).

• Using a standalone desktop aggregator --such as FeedDemon, SharpReader,
RssReader, and others.

• Using your e-mail client --NewsGator Email Edition plugs into Outlook
Express, Eudora, Entourage, Apple Mail, or other POP3 e-mail clients and lets
you receive RSS feeds right in your e-mail window. The same company's
Outlook Edition integrates RSS with Microsoft Outlook. And Mozilla's
Thunderbird e-mail client comes with RSS-reading capabilities built in.

• Using your mobile device --using a service such as FeedBeep, NewsGator
Mobile Edition, Yahoo Mobile, or Elfinland.

To create an RSS for your own site, there is the option to create it by hand, or using a
software like FeedForAll, or an online service like RSS creator.

Finally, to search for established RSS feeds you can use our very own RSS search
engine, and to quickly submit your RSS feed to several directories, you can use our
RSS submit tool.

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How to Break the Chain of Vicious Circle, by Olakunbi Korostensky
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Copyright 2005 Flaming Life Coaching INC.

Ever had one of those days, when things just spin out of control no matter what you
do? You have? Welcome to the club of "life on rotation". Because this is what
happens when vicious circle takes over your life.

This, however, does not have to be. Personally and professionally, I have found 5
strategies to be most effective in stopping yourself from going into a catatonic maze
in times of vicious circle. These strategies are interrelated, and when applied can
help you keep your sanity.

1. Shift your focus by letting go of the problem and not trying to fix things. There are
times when situations are best left alone temporarily. Your wanting to control a
volatile or calamitous situation when you are overwhelmed only makes things worse.
The best approach is to turn your attention to other matters and relax.

Getting yourself to relax may be difficult at first when a problem is gnawing at you.
When this happens, take a deep breath, listen to your intuition and move away from
the scene of tension. Take charge and do what is good for you. Be creative and take a
break!

2. Choose your thoughts carefully. It is only natural that when things get out of
control your thinking gets impaired. Still, it is important to watch your thoughts and
emotions. For these are powerful energy which can constrict or open your path to
finding new solutions, depending on how you use them.

I have great admiration for people who are able to remain calm and collected in the
heat of recurring catastrophes. These people often radiate a special glow which
seems to single them out.
I once asked a medical assistant of a colleague, how she was always able to remain
poised in the midst of all the drama that went on 24/7 at work. She smiled at me and
replied that when she was young her mother always reminded her that she could
choose the way she wanted to see things, especially in difficult times. She said that
knowledge was what got her through primary school. Because the kids were often
cruel to her, since she never knew her father. So instead of thinking herself depraved,
she chose to think of herself as being privileged to have the special love and attention
of her mother all to herself!

3. Change and raise your vibration by focusing on what gives you joy.
When you choose thoughts that support you and your condition, the built up pressure
dissipates and you are more at ease. This makes it easier to raise your inner vibration
from this position.

Connect with the source of life by remembering all the goodness surrounding you
and feel grateful for being alive and well.

Laugh out loudly at yourself, sing off key… etc., be silly! Do whatever gets you into
a natural high vibrant feeling of total bliss. Fully feel the excitement of the moment
as your body tingles with renewed energy.

4. Be open to others. Invite other people into your life by having a giving heart.
Share your knowledge and joy with people who want them.

When you are caught in a web of conflicting thoughts, it is easy to get wrapped up in
yourself and your problem. This is understandable, but it is the least helpful way to
finding solutions. "You cannot fight your way out of a cyclone when you're sitting
right in the middle of it's wailing noise" is a favorite expression of one of my great
mentors.

Learn to wait for things to quiet down and then connect with other people for
comfort and nurturing. Everyone has his story to tell and by sharing your story with
others, you'll find comfort in knowing that you're not alone. This is a fact of life
which we often forget.

5. Say 'no' firmly when necessary and move on. Leave behind whatever is not
serving you for something new.

Sometimes we may experience moments of vicious circle in our lives, because we
refuse to see what is happening to us. A change may be overdue and it is time to
move on. If you have ever fought hard to hold on to something and tried various
angles to succeed, all to no avail, maybe you realized that the more you tried the
more calamities you encountered? Try this.

Stop trying and give yourself the permission to quit. A Few days later, observe how
you feel. My guess is that you will feel much better and more in control. This is the
state you want to attain and maintain to break the chain of any vicious circle.

Be consistent in implementing these strategies, and very soon you'll find that no
vicious circle will ever be able to hold you captive again.


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Kunbi Korostensky, N.D., Psychotherapist and Certified Life Coach is specialised in
supporting people in transition, turn the changes in their lives into invigorating joy
and happiness. View her ebooklet Top 10 holistic Questions to Embrace Change and
Grow at: http://www.embracingchanges.com. BooksandCDs.html. or: mailto:
kunbi@embracingchanges.com 

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Stay!
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Pulling into the crowded parking lot at the shopping center rolled down the car
windows to make sure my puppy had fresh air. She was stretched full out on the back
seat and I wanted to impress upon her that she must remain there. I walked to the
curb backward, pointing my finger at the car and saying emphatically, "Now you
stay. Do you hear me? "Stay! Stay!"

The driver of a nearby car, a pretty young lady, gave me a strange look and said, "Why
don't you just put it in park?"

 

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