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.
Today I went to a Bible Study to explore what we are reading during Episcopal Sunday services in more depth.
The Early Christians and the early years of the Christian Church were hard on its believers. Most were devout Jews until they were thrown out of the synagogues for following the teachings of Jesus. Before they were thrown out, they workshop in the synagogue, then met in Christian fellowship on the first day of the week. Once they could no longer go to synagogue, they were on their own to create their Church.
The Bible as we know it did not exist then. The stories initially passed down orally and were only later put into writing. This kind of turmoil and challenge continued for the first 300 or 400 years after Christ’s resurrection. In 325 AD, Emperor Constantine, of the Roman Empire (headquartered in Constantinople, Turkey) was facing a crisis in the Church and convened the First Ecumenical Council in Nicaea (now Iznik) in Turkey. The agreement created in Nicaea was actually adapted at the Second Ecumenical Council held in Constantinople in 381. The agreement was formulated into a statement of belief (creed) required of all church members. It is codified now as the Nicene Creed and is recognized by the Roman Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church, the Asian Orthodox Church, the Anglican Communion, and several other protestant churches.
The Nicene Creed is a statement of belief that reflects the group-nature of the people who created it. It’s still a fundamental statement of belief for Christians. It is very good to build on a solid foundation–including a foundation of belief.
May 30th is the “Real” Memorial Day (formerly Decoration Day). It’s a time to honor and to respect those who have sacrificed for their countries, their families, their beliefs. My Dad was a WWII veteran (Army Captain in the Chemical Corps). He passed away on “the real” Memorial Day 19 years ago today. He had turned 85 the month before he passed away. He and Mom were celebrating their 53rd wedding anniversary in June of the year he passed away. Mom is 99 years old now, and has lived without Dad for the past 19 years. Dad had cancer and his passing took him out of pain. (His bones on an X-ray taken shortly before he passed away showed his bones looking like lace.)
Mom is well–no cancer. She’s doing fine for her age, though she only weighs 97.4 pounds. (I want her to get to 99 pounds–same number of pounds as years.) It’s fun to be able to be with her and to have quality time with her.
Lots of people have sacrificed for us–given their lives in support of countries, families, beliefs. It is important to continue to honor and respect them in the choices we make and in the service we provide. Memorial Day is a day to remember and to reflect.