Project, Tools, Service, and Results

Today was interesting. I redid one blog to put all squeeze pages in a separate folder. That worked well so for. I redid a video and have only one format though one is housed on Amazon S3 and the other on YouTube.

At 11:30 I met with the Chaplain at Delnor Hospital about a new service project I’m starting next Friday (July 4th). It should be very interesting.

At 2:00PM I got on a “Go-to-Meeting” Webinar (that must have started earlier) and learned about some software that helps generate traffic. I need to do that both for my own sites and when I’m working with the network program, so I took advantage of the offers on the webinar. Now I need to generate some content and to see some revenues comeing in in the next 7 days. I have the vehicles in place to take payments, now I need to see if I get the right kind and quality of traffic coming to those sites.

A big conference started today in Charlotte, NC, and runs through Sunday. I spend quality time with my 99-year-old Mom every evening and couldn’t do that from Charlotte. The video will be great and I may be able to catch some online programming from the conference.

My near-term priorities are to get as much automation as I can to help me generate traffic-producing content, then to take some time to consolidate my storage units and reduce my storage fees. One of my first goals for the new Internet systems is to generate rent for my apartment, for my storage units, and for all my Internet expenses. A second short-term goal is to pull together the investment required to make the network offer both realistic and powerful. We’ll see how much I can get done over the weekend.

Reflections on Internet Information Marketing

Yesterday was invested in setting-up a new blog site (actually a four-piece blog site), creating a product package for the site and a series of sales funnel for the site. Developing the products will take some time, too.

I was hoping to begin generating “instant sales” and that isn’t going to happen. Internet Information Marketing still seems to be the best way to generate significant income for the foreseeable future.

I had my first website on the Internet up about 1988. I was using it as a platform to sell my consulting services. I’ve been involved with the Internet and Information Marketing (“Infopreneurship”) since that time. I became the protege of a “guru” of information marketing in 2001. Through that connection I started working with a very successful team of internet information marketers in 2011 and used their knowledge and skill (and programs) to develop multiple blogging websites in 2011 and 2012. I stopped active working of those sites when I went back to teaching. This summer I picked things back up–getting all the website infrastructure up to date, then working on content.

At the same time, a new friend from LinkedIn shared with me the successes she and several of her friends have had with someone else’s system and products on the Internet. What I’ve been doing hasn’t worked to grow my income so far, so working with someone else’s successful system sounds good to me.

I’ve been involved in Network Marketing over the years–starting with Amway, then moving to a variety of other organizations. I never made any money with any of them.

One of the attractive things about the company my friend introduced me to is that they use Internet tools and systems to sell over the Internet. I don’t have to involve family and friends (again).

There is a significant “buy in” recommended (though nothing is required). To make powerful amounts of money quickly, a person needs to “buy in” to the products and to start using them to grow his or her business. That’s basically a very good idea. I’m going to have to use my existing resources to generate the capital I to make the “buy in” for the new company.

That gave me even more incentive to leverage my existing sites as income producers as well.

Abundance and Wealth–Instant Response

As you can tell, I was pretty frustrated yesterday when I wrote the post about things being ridiculous.

Today I received an email from a new friend, Brittney Poppano, who invited me to see a replay of a presentation she shared last night.  Her presentation put me in touch with a company that has a system for building an Internet Information Marketing business.  I’ve been involved with that since the 1980s, though haven’t made any money.

With this new organization, my entire financial situation can be turned around in less than a month, though it will take longer to build a good business.

I’m an Advanced Practitioner in the Law of Abundance-Wealth.  While my earlier post may not seem so, I’ve been working on myself for the past several months, replacing my dis-empowering habits of thought and action with empowering habits of thought and action.  This result is one of the indicators that things are working well.

 

 

This is Ridiculous!! Want to help?

This is ridiculous–and I’m not laughing!!  (See the YouTube video at this link.)

In 2001, after 9/11/2001, I made a decision to make a difference for kids in grades K-12.  I stopped being a full-time management consultant/organizational change consultant/instructional designer and became a classroom teacher, working with the English Language Learner population in public schools served in Illinois by the Kane County Regional Office of Education (ROE).

Prior to that time, while I was a performance coach for teachers in the Dade and Broward school systems in Florida while finishing my doctorate degree in Education from Florida International University in Miami, my primary focus was on working with adults.  I had been teaching thousands of adults (over 40 years) (I was a volunteer instructor and instructor-trainer for the American Red Cross in Health and Safety courses for 33 years.)  I was also a professional trainer and instructional designer in addition to being an organizational change management consultant.

I was aware of some of the challenges being experienced by K-12 schools when I went to get my doctorate and focused on adult education and human resource development because I saw there would be an ongoing need for adults to learn what they didn’t learn in school.  For my doctoral dissertation, working with teachers-in-training, I developed and tested a new theory of how we learn from experience.  I’ve used that learning since completing the doctorate in a variety of ways.

As everyone knows, the economy (and school budgets) started taking hits over the last several years.  In 2009, shortly after completing a post-doctoral Master of Arts in Teaching, I was laid off.  Since then I have been a substitute teacher because most schools can get two recent graduates for the salary the unions require for someone with a masters’ degree (districts don’t even have to pay for the doctorate or second masters).

Substitute teaching pays $12 per hour ($90 per day–with $78 showing up in the bank) or $45 for one-half day with less than that showing up in the bank.)  I love substitute teaching because I can make a difference for both students and teachers.

This summer I can’t find employment at the moment.  I can work with clients, do contract work at the local, state, and federal level, offer workshops on expanding memory, changing moods, Integrative Learning, and provide coaching for teachers, executives, organizations, and teams.  So far, no one is interested.

I’ve applied for lots of entry-level jobs and, when I made the mistake of telling the whole of my education, found myself not getting calls for interviews.  I was advised just to tell people I have an undergraduate degree–which I do.

I need to pay the rent and to set money aside for some bills and for the future.  I need to stay in the Chicagoland area because my Mom is 99 and I think it’s important to give her some quality time every evening to make sure she can eat and get her medicine and remember me tomorrow.

I have lots of websites which I have just upgraded, reducing some that produce no traffic.  These aren’t bringing in the money yet.

Yesterday I received an email from someone who wants to split a huge amount of money with me if I pretend to be someone’s long lost relative.  Yes, I need income right away–for next month’s rent, for example.  No, I don’t want to get involved with shady deals.

I’m writing this post to ask your your help–not with cash, with either clients or a job–at least for the summer.  Some of the ones I’ve applied for are “out of left field” and will still help pay the bills.

If you have information or a suggestion for me, please send me an email at jnet-help@usa.net

 

Teachers’ Coach Group

Why would teachers want a Teachers’ Coach?

I started coaching teachers in Miami, FL, in 1988 or so while I was finishing research for my doctoral dissertation at Florida International University.

More recently I have been involved with teaching in Illinois–six years as a bilingual (Spanish) teacher and five years as a substitute, focusing especially on the needs of elementary school teachers and students.

Teachers are being buried in new requirements–“Common Core,” improving student performance on standardized tests–new tests coming this year.

As part of my personal continuing education I was certified two years ago as a trainer in neurolinguistic programming (NLP).  Some of what I learned in that training has direct application in helping teachers deal with the new challenges they are experiencing in their classrooms.

I’ve started a Teacher’s Coach Group on Facebook (bit.ly/t-coach)

Changing Daily Snapshots–Life in Perspective

Today was very interesting.  I started the morning watering flowers at a friend’s house while she is on a trip.  Then I was able to do an hour of water aerobics.   I did a little work on the computer, then drove to a job interview where I could think about strengths, weaknesses, and what I like to do when working.

The interview was finished just in time for me to pick-up my 99-year-old Mom to an appointment with her podiatrist.  When I got to her assisted living apartment, she was sound asleep and wouldn’t wake-up easily.  I’ve been through this before with other doctor visits and I went the most streamlined way today–I called the doctor and switched her appointment for a day early next month, then I left her to sleep.

I went home and got on the computer, adjusting the voice mails on some magicJack telephones.  Along the way I found a message from one of my Internet hosting companies about the need to upgrade my account to a more robust server.  I had been wanting to speak to someone about this for some time, so his call was well timed.  (I’ll speak with him tommorow after I attend a volunteer orientation at Delnor Hospital, the local hospital in Geneva, Illinois.

When I finished that call, I went back to visit Mom at her Assisted Living unit–arriving around dinner time. Mom is very accomplished.  She earned her master’s degree in residual neuromuscular programming and was an educator for more than 33 years.  When she retired from education, she was a realtor for 14 years before moving to a continuous care retirement community in Illinois with my Dad.  Today, when she woke-up, she felt that she couldn’t do anything.  (Temporary snapshot)–Today she couldn’t read or listen to a book being read to her. She was having a problem eating–she has 9 of her own teeth left and needs a new lower partial.  She is able to eat M&Ms just fine.

Snapshots change from day to day.  This was not one of Mom’s best days and it wasn’t too bad.  My day evolved and, at the same time, I found myself working on several areas I had planned to work.  Each day is full of surprises and the snapshots don’t stay the same.

Keeping Websites Current–Content and Infrastructure!!

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Whew!  Keeping websites current with both content and infrastructure is very time consuming. (The image above is from one of them.) I’m almost finished upgrading all of my websites.  I’m having a few challenges with some of my mobile sites and a few have problems with a new caching plugin that will make the sites work faster.

I’m way behind in content.  On some sites I use articles I found interesting from other people.  I need to be writing my own and can’t seem to make the time to do that.  I started a project like that today and that’s as far as I got, a start.

The overall purposes of my websites are to share information people will find to be of value, to get some people who want to be my clients or to purchase something that will monetize these sites (they really need to pay for themselves).  I also want to create a source of steady income that helps me live a “debt-free” lifestyle allowing me the freedom to take on projects that I enjoy and to be available for my family–my 99-year-old Mom at the moment.

I’ve been relying on these websites for Internet marketing and haven’t been doing enough with them for the marketing to actually happen.  That will be part of the next phase.

Several of my sites are tied to Facebook and I need to rework them to make them more attractive and useful.

 

Upgrading Communication Takes Time

I had not expected the project of upgrading the multiple websites of JoelMonty.net to take more than a day or two.  Instead, it’s taken the better part of a week and that’s just for the infrastructure.  I’m going to need to go into the content as well.

I have multiple websites and this year I used the number of users and comments on the sites as an indicator as to which ones I should hang on to and which ones I should let go of.

Keeping up with the communication itself is also a challenge.  I’ll need to have a better strategy and plan for that in this coming year.  I created many of these sites as part of a plan to monetize what I do over the Internet.  I need to revise my strategy and plan to accomplish that this year.

I’m almost up-to-date–until a plugin developer creates something new and different everyone must have…

Keeping Websites Up-to-Date

Today has been challenging!  HostGator–one of my hosting services–is implementing a major change in its PHP configuration tomorrow and I need to make sure my websites in my Hostgator Reseller account will continue to work.  As of publication of this post I’m fairly sure they will and am not absolutely positive.

Saturday I spent lots of time getting my websites hosted by BlueHost up-to-date.  All needed the latest WordPress update, then the plugins and themes had to be updated, then I needed to check the website code due to the needs of some additional plugins I needed.

HostGator and BlueHost tech support are phenomenal.  Both helped me when I had technical issues that went beyond my ability to diagnose and fix.  I’m still in the process of getting everything to operate as efficiently as possible and, hopefully, I am coming close.

As part of the process, I looked at how many users I had on the different sites and have already started to eliminate websites that don’t have anyone looking at them.  I need to do a better job in monitoring and interacting with a fewer number of sites so that I can “monetize” them and actually use them to bring in new clients to my workshops and products and to get input so that I can design some new products for real clients.

I discovered tonight, even though everything was up-to-date yesterday, a different plug-in had changed and now I have to go to every site and upgrade that plug-in.  The good news is that I’m still finishing up my sites, so an extra update won’t take too much time.

“How can I help you?”

Last night I received an email from a new friend who has a role as a performance coach.  Her question to me was, “How can I help you?”

It was a good question.  I need to learn more about her and to reflect more on what kind of help I need.  Since I offer similar services for clients, I need to be thinking about how I can ask them for what kind of help they might need as well.

Today I was upgrading lots of web sites–adjusting code, etc.  I am a “heavy user” of websites without being a programmer.  The websites are to help me communicate, so I need to make them where people want to go there and communicate.

Sure, I need help with the code and things.  Later I’ll pay someone to help and, at the moment, I’m learning as I go so that I can explain what I want to someone else.

I also need help attracting paying clients.  While I’ve offered my services over the web, that’s not how clients have been finding me.  Today was the next to the last day of school for the K-12 school district where I’ve been substitute teaching (Kaneland School District).  I enjoy the work with the students and, beginning this summer, I want to do more with adults.

I started working with K-12 students after 9/11/2001.  My earlier background had been as an organizational development/change management consultant for more than 30 years, with a masters and a doctorate designed to help me help adults and organizations learn and change.  I did get a post-doctorate masters in teaching as part of Illinois certification process, though my real gifts lie in helping teachers develop new and more productive strategies to help their students learn.

I need help getting contracts to work with teachers–probably with the help of a grant writer.  In the past two years, in my own continuing education, I have become certified as an advanced hypnotist, an NLP (neurolinguistic programing) trainer, and additional specialty trainings focused on helping people achieve their goals.

I need to “monetize” what I know so that I have the financial resources to do the service work I also enjoy.  I need help with all of that.  Know anyone who can help me?  Even better, I’m looking for ways that we can help each other.