Be Yourself

I’m using the WordPress 2017 theme for my blog. That’s because I couldn’t figure out how to set up any other theme myself.

Some people laugh when I say this. I didn’t want to get someone to set up a fancy theme for me and then be stuck fumbling around when I need to add content. I can’t let that stop me from putting myself out there, so I hope you like my site. It’s me just being me.

The photo in the header was taken on a New Zealand holiday in South Island. This is my version of ‘happy to be alive’ in the middle of all that gorgeous NZ scenery.

To jazz it up a bit, I used Be Funky an online photo editor.  I was able to create a look that speaks to me with minimal know how. Stress on minimal.  One click actually.

The effect I used which is called ‘Vintage’ gives the whole picture a positive, optimistic feel – my version of rose  coloured glasses, if you will.
I recommend Be Funky to anyone, especially if like me, you’re a technical ignoramus. I actually had fun doing it too instead of pulling my hair out; usually standard practice with technical computer stuff. I used the free account option. There’s a paid option with more effects which I really don’t need right now as I’d probably find it too overwhelming.

In case you’re wondering, I’m not an affiliate for Be Funky; I just used it and wanted to tell you how it helped me get a look for my blog.  Besides, I thought you might like to use it too.

In time, I would like to upgrade my theme, maybe even have a logo but it’ll take a while to figure out.  In the meantime, here I am online with my own unique presence…being myself. I don’t do impressions 🙂


The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.

 Friedrich Nietzsche


Pretty cool philosopher who really resonates with our time don’t you think?

I’m going to leave you with a great track I discovered on You Tube or did You Tube recommend it to me because it knows I love Prince??

Hmm…let’s not worry about the Orwellian nature of Google and its subsidiaries right now.

This chicky babe Janelle Monáe had the pleasure of working with Prince before he (who will always be cherished) left us forever. She is fantastically funky (just like my blog) and this video reminds me so much of the Eighties, I could cry…for shoulder pads, guys with makeup, lost youth etc.



List Building – Free Giveaway!

When I first heard the phrase ‘The Money is in the List‘, I used to wonder if people were referring to some sort of secret list of tips and tricks for internet success.

Of course I came to realise that it means your list of customers who are email subscribers and over time, have come to trust in the information they receive from you. Its these people who are more likely to buy products from your recommendation.

I have to confess that this idea used to make me very nervous.
The concept that there are people who have never even met me yet want to know my opinion and listen to it, is a bit scary.

Firstly the internet seems like this overwhelming international marketplace where little old me would just be lost; one tiny voice in a sea of humanity…who would even care what I have to say?

And secondly, what would happen if they did listen to me? Just because a product is good for me, doesn’t necessarily mean that it suits everyone.
I used to have nightmares about people hating my products and demanding refunds from all over the world – such agony when I hadn’t even tried to sell anything at all!

Oh well, it all seems too hard – maybe I’ll just watch Breaking Bad and eat ice cream instead. Best not to get too far out of your comfort zone…just look what happened to Walter White

Now that was the old me. The 2018 me is all inspired to get started – yeah! Let’s make it happen; only…how do we do that?

Well, I’ve decided to fall back on keeping it simple…since no one knows me the one thing I can do is promote a free strategy that I am happy to use myself.

So here goes with the cheesy sales pitch:

Would you like to build your list using your very own, fully hosted , 100% FREE email list building web funnel?

It’s called the DualSqueeze Funnel Strategy.

The idea is pretty ingenious really; its part of a free system that gets other people to build your email list for you.

The initial optin where you insert your email means you’ll be on my list (yay!) and then the second optin means you’ll also be on the mailing list of the blogger I got this offer from! (He’s a great guy, a really brilliant IM professional and a cool dude, promise!)  No, its not Dean Holland, its a surprise…why don’t you sign up and find out who he is?

When you take up this fantastic offer, you actually get your very own DualSqueeze website that looks extremely professional. This is a site you can drive traffic to purely to build your list by collecting email addresses.

These subscribers then over time, could become your core audience  as they know, like and trust you. If they were to set up their own DualSqueeze offer, then all their subscribers also go on your list!

Mind bendingly brilliant isn’t it??

Now dear readers, this is one way we can all help each other build our community together in a respectful way. If you don’t like the emails you get from me or my fellow IM blogger,  you could always choose to unsubscribe from us anytime.

Like all free offers, there is an upsell (would you like fries with that?) but you don’t have to take it up if you don’t want to…its just to enable you to also receive affiliate commissions for your signups. That’s the icing on the cake really...check it out for yourself!

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Becoming An Internet Profits Certified Partner – My Review

January 2018 – my return to the world of online business.

Naturally, my first stop is Dean Holland’s IPro partner program.
I signed up to it back in 2014 and that’s how I made my first dollars online – what a rush that was!

Upon returning, I discover Dean’s program has gone from strength to strength. The membership has grown, coaches are on hand to help students as part of Dean’s team and, in short, it has had a dramatic transformation.

For starters, it has a new name: the Internet Profits Certified Partners Program. With the recent makeover, it also has a brand spanking new website accessible to partners only. Sorry! I’d give you a peek, otherwise.

With this program, the great thing is that once a partner, you’re a partner for life. If, like me, you take a misstep, get discouraged or sidetracked, you can always return to the program when you’re willing and able to give it another go.

The revamped program can best be described  in the words of Blaise Pascal:

Naturally, Dean Holland is the mind, heart and soul behind this site – every page starts with a video by Dean explaining his approach to the subject he loves ie. internet marketing with his trademark style full of energy and enthusiasm.

The new website is a calm, clear space for him to express his passion for this business through bite sized chunks of video, easy to absorb and flowing seamlessly from one module to the next.

The introduction to the new website makes it very clear that everyone who purchases a membership, regardless of how long ago they signed up, has to undergo the training program provided to become a certified partner.

At first, I was like, “This can’t be right – I’ve been a partner since 2014!”. But nope, I could not access the other areas of the site, such as affiliate links, traffic training etc., until I had undergone the certified partner course.

This seemed a bit like one step forward, two steps back. After all, didn’t I already know what could only be the basics of IM in this training?

Be that as it may, I quickly realised that if I still wanted to be a part of this business, I would have to swallow my pride and do the modules, yep, all eight of them, like it or not.

It was my very own Karate Kid experience…thaaanks, Dean!

Sooo…I suspended disbelief and surrendered to the inevitable. As Mr Miyagi said to Daniel: “…teacher say, student do.”

The course is laid out in the following eight modules:

The Sales Process
The Success Metric
Creating Your Number
The Six Figure Roadmap
Understanding Traffic

Each of these modules are broken down into several topics that form an overview to an in-depth understanding of the various moving parts of a digital business.

I started off thinking, “Yeah, this’ll be basic – I’ll cruise through this easy.”
However as I went through each topic I found there was a great deal to the sales process, for example, that I had never fully absorbed until now.

There is something about the well formatted layout of the course that is deceptively simple yet really allows you to gain a greater understanding of the internet marketplace and how it operates.

At the end of each module is a test. This enabled me to see if I’d grasped the main concepts outlined in that lesson.

I found I was looking at the world of making money online with fresh eyes – and it felt so clear and comfortable!

No anxiety about the mumbo jumbo of list building, SEO, Google etc.  Instead there is a feeling of being in control and in the driver’s seat for a change.

I always felt like I would have to become ‘a sales person’ or ‘IT geek’ and that I just lacked the skills to do either of these – it just doesn’t come  easily or naturally to me.

By going through the Internet Profits Certified Partner training, I could see I won’t have to do that at all. I simply have to share information that has helped me, and which others find enriching for themselves.

It has been quite the education and I’m glad I rediscovered my business partnership with Dean Holland.

The best part of this achievement is having a  plan of action to proceed with a clearly defined goal in mind. It is similar to the business plan in an offline business model such as a retail store. By setting out your road map to achieving your goal, you are forced to come up with a series of actions that take you in that direction.

Does this mean there won’t be roadblocks along the way? Of course there will! That’s the adventure we call life’s journey.

The trick is to find a support network which suits you as you develop your business.  For me, I’ve chosen Dean’s program. It lays out a step by step strategy to get to earning your first dollar online, progressing to your first $1,000 then your first $10,000 and eventually your first $100,000 or 6 figures online.  This is a program for those who want to start their own internet business with the focus and hard work it requires. No overnight jackpot here – if there ever was one.

What I like about it, is that Dean’s blueprint can be adapted to suit your individual strengths. For example, Dean explains how there are numerous ways to get traffic to your website or links and you can choose the way that suits you best.

The main thing is not to make it all too complex when starting off.

I will take it step by step and respect the journey.

I already tried the Shiny Object Syndrome method, which just resulted in massive credit card debt, so now I’m all for a business plan. Gotta learn from your mistakes sometime!

So what’s my goal?

Initially, I wish to earn $3,000 a month ongoing, which is the minimum required to quit my day job.  I’ve set myself a year to achieve this. Dean explains that this amount coming in as recurring income would mean you could concentrate on growing your business full time for ultimate financial independence.

If you’d like to see if I can reach my goal, then please subscribe to my blog.  I’ll keep you updated with my progress over the coming months.  I’d love your company along the way so thank you for stopping by!

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Happy 2018 – Is There Anybody Out There?

Dear Internet Readers,

It’s been three years and eight months since I last posted on my blog…why did I stop, oh why?

Quite simply, I stuffed up (if you speak Aussie) otherwise known as an Epic Fail.

So I guess if you were following my blog, you’ve long since abandoned me and who would blame you?

Not me anyways.

After earning my first dollar online back in 2014, I discovered I was broke myself. I had just enough to keep up with the minimum payments on my credit card, not much more.

So I didn’t have any money left to buy traffic and realised that free traffic methods were going to take a long time to deliver…that’s when it set in…the D word.

Yep, depression came on like a big black cloud and I gave up and gave in to the daily grind without so much as a struggle.

Pretty pathetic but that’s what happened.

Life, however, didn’t wait for me to get my act together…nope, it just went relentlessly on and I was barely there…

Finally I paid off my debts the hard way; with my day job and living on a very tight budget. Tight with a capital T.

Now that I’m debt free the relief is great, but what of the lost time?
This I can’t get back. I’ve lost the momentum I had and I’ve just got to start over.

I always meant to return to this blog which is why I kept paying for the hosting. Even though I’ve taken so long, I’ve finally begun.

So let’s take it from the top and learn about each other all over again, this time I’ll keep going, I promise…

Here’s a video from a great artist Laura Mvula…she sings it better than I can write it…

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My First Dollar Online. Click.

Ku De Ta Dreaming
Ku De Ta Dreaming

Okay, so, I know you’ve all been dying to know if I made any money…

When I first checked my iPro account during my solo ad run, I was crushed to see a big fat ‘0’ sales. Noooo. I went to bed depressed.

But then I woke up the next day to discover – Yay!! I’ve finally made my first dollar online – actually my first $109.71! It’s amazing to look at ‘commissions generated’ in my account and see I’ve actually Earned Money Online (EMO)!

To all of my lovely friends who encouraged me when I was anxiously placing my first solo ad last week, thank you for your warm wishes and support! Its been quite the nail biter for yours truly who has a knack for running up that credit card bill…

I’ve now been educated in the solo ads world. For instance, what the heck is an optin?  Apparently, its short for ‘opting in’ which means someone has given you permission to send them email.

Now, I get a tonne of daily emails for which I evidently ‘opted in’ (this could be related to my credit card debt, hmm…), but I didn’t realise how the effectiveness of an ad run can be measured from the number of optins. In this ad run, I got 29 optins which means 29 people have given their email address so follow up emails can be sent to them. This may result in potential sales down the track.

As for a ‘click’, this would mean a subscriber actually clicked on the ad to go through to the sales page. I found this an amusing term until I realised that I had to buy my ad run for a specified number of clicks…then it lost its charm altogether.

Being cautious, I only ordered 100 clicks for my first run from Beatrice Brown. The ad cost $65 for 100 clicks. Beatrice was fabulous because she gave me an extra 32 clicks. For all I know, it was one of those extra clicks that made me my first $109.71 – all from just one customer buying 3 products! This leaves me with a profit of $44.71.

Won’t be back sipping cocktails at Ku De Ta anytime soon, but I’m making more than I’m spending for the first time in my online journey!

That’s a giant leap for me in the Right Direction…a big Thumbs Up to Dean Holland for breaking this quest down into bite sized chunks I can handle…

Thank you, Dean! Something has finally ‘clicked’ for me at last and there’s no stopping me now…!

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Solo Ad Newbie

Any resemblance to real life characters purely coincidental!

This weekend, *drum roll please* I’ve decided to go ahead with my very first Solo Ad! As a member of the coaching program run by Dean Holland, we get a Solo Ad Directory listing a variety of vendors. Naturally, I spent quite a while browsing through them.

I read their sales pages carefully, and finally selected one that seemed to have the caring approach I was after. I emailed her to see if she was familiar with Dean Holland’s program. Imagine my surprise to find she’s from Melbourne, too – this is meant to be! Yes, her list specialises in internet marketing and she will run my ad next week with stats on the results.

Being new to the process, I have ordered a small initial run. While one can’t expect instant success, I do feel the vendor I have chosen inspires confidence. Her name is Beatrice Brown – feel free to check out her sales page. Just make sure you email Beatrice first to discuss your requirements, so she can advise as to the suitability of your offer for her list. I found her very helpful and pleasant on email.

Of course, after the adrenalin rush of placing my first order, I needed to expend some nervous energy. As luck would have it, I had a girls night out arranged and someone else was driving! So several cocktails and a small hangover later, I am cautiously optimistic…

I wish each and everyone of you success with any sales campaign you may have. Remember to come back for the results of my first ad at the end of next week. Better yet, subscribe to my blog (see the fetching purple button on the top right) and get all the nail biting action direct to your Inbox!

Fingers crossed for the first $….!

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New Beginning

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Quickstart Challenge 2.0 has ended, and with the close of one chapter begins another. For my part, I was slow to start but my efforts well into the third week of the Challenge were generously rewarded by an incredible community of like-minded internet entrepeneurs.

I have learnt much from watching my new found friends and reading their stories. It has been a real eye-opener to see just how many people out there have wrestled with similar issues in understanding the basics of an online business.

I say this now with the understanding of one who has had an epiphany: that first elusive dollar online is the initial step towards building a business not just making money while you sleep! Only after participating in the Quickstart Challenge 2.0 coaching program did I grasp this concept.

Okay, so you’re thinking, ‘She’s a bit slow, isn’t she?’ but what may be obvious to some was not so for me.  Working as a bookkeeper for many years, indeed managing the accounts for various companies should have prepared me for the world of internet business. However, I simply hadn’t put these two words together: ‘internet’ and ‘business’. Instead, my mindset persisted in the myth that ‘push-button riches’ were just well…er, a click away once you found the right software, program, method etc.

Now, this seems as plain as the nose on my face (see video in previous post) that the best way to make money online is to plan this goal as you would any other business. Taking this road seems more like hard work and less like a magic carpet ride, but it also makes it understandable and demystifies the glamour of internet income. Just like any other business, there are various investments to consider and statistics you can measure to track your progress. The best way forward is a step by step plan to achieving your goal so you get there little by little, day by day.

So, cheers to a New Beginning, which I shall share with you as one newbie on her way towards establishing that online business…Acting Now with Energy and Enthusiasm Today and Always.

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Video Torture

To all the wonderful members of the Quickstart Challenge Community who visited my very first post, a heartfelt thank you. These two little words are simply inadequate to express just how much your comments have meant to me. You have encouraged and supported me with such generosity that I finally believe I will be able to create an online business.

I’m afraid I have only managed to visit some of your blogs so far, as I am suffering beginner overload! But I promise to be over your way soon.

In the meantime, I have been on a mission today to catch up with Week 2 of the Quickstart Challenge – the Tough with a capital T; yes, that’s right, the knee trembling, heart stopping Video Post!!!

It’s been a Sunday of laughter and tears trying to record a tiny, itsy, bitsy, 1 Minute and 17 Seconds of video promoting my QSC experience. It took me about two hours of fussing with light, poor sound and my mind going blank every time the Record button was pressed. By the time it was over, I was overcharged with adrenalin and had to go for a long walk by the beach just to get it out of my system.

Watching my cringeworthy performance now, with a voice that sounds like I’m lost inside a tin can and a body posture similar to a robot, I think I’d better stick to writing!

Now, my QSC friends, I know you’ve been through the same video torture trial, so we are bonded by our group struggle together.

I await your comments and don’t worry, I want the truth…really, I mean it…well, okay you can lie just a little bit…

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Late Bloomer

Hi QuickStart Community,

This is my very first post to the world…amazing!

I’ve just started the Quickstart Challenge 2.0 with Dean Holland, Craig Crawford and JF Garsula this week. Yes, I know, it started April 7th and now its already the 23rd of April…so what have I been doing???

I’m worried…about telling you my story and looking a bit silly; or maybe very silly…depends how you look at these things. So here goes:

At age 48, let’s just say I haven’t exactly made all the right moves…Divorced after fifteen years, with no home to call my own, I seriously need to get some cash.

In 2012, I started researching how to make a living on the internet. I guess I was a little desperate to find the magic solution to internet riches, so much so I’m now twenty thousand in debt on my Mastercard – not quite sure how it happened. I told myself I have to ‘spend money to make money’, and in a little over two years the debts have started to pile up, but I’m yet to make a single dollar in cyberspace. Pretty sad huh?

Somewhere along the way, I forgot you can’t just buy IM courses and software, you’ve actually got to take action! Otherwise, as Dean says in the first video, you won’t make any money.

It makes complete sense when you think about it, but I’ve found this so very hard to do, I don’t know why. Even now I’ve struggled to start this blog and write this post. I always begin with a great idea, but can’t seem to get past the ‘research’ stage.

I really love Dean’s approach in the Quickstart Challenge and its a fantastic opportunity to stop asking why and start creating an online business.

My goal is to make that first dollar on the internet – how sweet that will be?! How will it happen? When will it happen? I don’t know yet. In fact, I haven’t a clue…its time to stop asking why and when and just…do…it…yeah!

I’ve had a look at some of the blogs everyone has set up and I find it really scary…you’re all so good at this stuff already! So if you have any words of wisdom for this late bloomer, I could really use your advice.

Thank you so much for stopping by to read my story. Any tips you have to offer will be very welcome!

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