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  1. Echoing what others have said, I would avoid GoDaddy and any host that is owned by EIG. I don't care how good HostGator might seem right now, EIG has a nearly perfect record of destroying hosting companies. For whatever reason, they are especially bad on the VPS and dedicated hosting lines of business. In fact, HostGator has had some pretty serious failures on that end in the last year or so. I think it was just last fall that a bunch of sites went down for like 8 days with HostGator. I know most people are only using shared hosting, so might feel a little safer. If you are using them, I would at least maintain a backup somewhere else. If they go down, all you have to do is point your nameservers at the other host and you will experience minimal downtime.
  2. Update time: 1) I have definitely been more on top of my finances. Instead of spending money on some software, I'm just using a PnL spreadsheet I built. Started really basic and I just edited it and let it grow as I needed. It's been eye opening. On the outsourcing front, I have had 2 writers working consistently for me. The one recently has become a bit of a headache. Not sure what happened to her. She was great. Now she routinely misses deadlines. Excuse after excuse. I think I'm going to dump her soon. I've also been filling in gaps when needed with Textbroker. I only use the upper two quality levels on there and have been pleased with the results. I also found a pretty decent and inexpensive graphics person that takes care of simple things I need like graphics for blog posts, new pages, headers, etc. He basically takes stock photos and edits them. It's nothing mind-blowing, but its all I need. I ended up abandoning the YouTube idea. I have just been too busy and have not looked at it. I would still like to. I also need to get some better cam and sound recording equipment if I am going to go that route. Books I have done okay with. I have How to Win Friends and Influence People, Blink, and I tossed in The One Minute Manager since it is so short. Highly recommend all three if you have not read them. 2) I have largely stayed off Twitter and Facebook. I did start getting on Facebook a little more, but mostly because I joined a few IM and SEO groups that have been worthwhile. I stayed almost completely off most other forums until the past few weeks. I see that I did not miss much of anything there, and my assessment of WaFo was even more on than I realized. I have avoided news sites completely during the working day which has saved me a lot of wasted time getting emotionally entangled in dumb shit. I'm still staying informed, but nothing during the workday. And I am happy to say that I have kept my weekends mostly free of work.
  3. Has anyone heard of them going after any violators yet? Only thing I really needed to do was update some cookie info on privacy pages of a few sites that happen to get European traffic. I'm not targeting them, but it took all of about 20 minutes to do. Figured why not.
  4. Mike was referring to starting a thread here to discuss how things are run over there, and I agree with him about that. It's really not worth discussing here. Even if it was a well intentioned thread (it would most likely just turn into a bitch fest), a discussion here would change nothing going on there. There are still some worthwhile discussions there and some people worth listening to, though growing fewer and farther between by the day. It is worth visiting for that.
  5. I don't often look for relationship advice, but when I do the first place I go is to marketing forums. Always.
  6. The Rich Jerk. Yes. That is who he reminds me of a bit, but like you said he just doesn't pull the character off as well.
  7. Yeah I was checking some sites today because I wanted to see if they changed anything about the warning that will display since the announcement, but I don't see anything yet.
  8. A massive object devastated Uranus a long time ago and it never fully recovered It's like nobody proofreads anymore before hitting that publish button.
  9. I am taking some time over the holiday to catch up on old emails that I put aside. I came across a couple from WF promoting some program from Dan Lok. If you signup you get a free book from him. Something always seemed very off about that guy. I don't mind people who swear, but everything I've seen him do it is like he is purposely inserting swear words to seem cool. It's seems as if he has a reminder that goes off in his brain every 2 minutes telling him to swear. It just doesn't come off natural at all. Anyhow, is the book worth looking through or since this is something promoted by WF am I safe in assuming it's just another pile of shit?
  10. There are so many cool things you can do with Google Tag Manager. I use it on all my sites, but never had it take 4 hours to setup. Usually have it setup in less than 30 minutes, but it sounds like you are tracking a lot more than I have ever needed to.
  11. Weak-minded people who want to believe in hypnosis unconsciously trick their mind into believing they are hypnotized. It's no different than that con man John Edwards that used to be on TV doing the "readings" from dead people. I'm getting a message from someone whose name begins with an S... or a J... maybe a P. It could be a first name, middle name, or a last name... How about a B? Anyone? 😉
  12. If you have not yet made the change to HTTPS, you still have a few days left. Starting in July Google Chrome will be displaying "Not secure" on any URL that is not using HTTPS. You can easily pickup free SSL certificates these days, so there is no reason not to use it.
  13. Thanks for this video. I just switched two sites this morning using Let's Encrypt like you did in the video. Took all of 30 minutes. I'm working on a 3rd one right now where the host doesn't support Let's Encrypt in cPanel. Trying to decide if I want to go through the manual installation with Let's Encrypt or just changes hosts. The site is on a HostGator account. They aren't what they used to be. I'll probably just migrate to another host for that site. It's funny. I lost it now, but I had found a customer support thread where they gave the feeling that they would never be supporting Let's Encrypt because they would rather sell a paid SSL certificate. Basically, they are banking on hoping that people think it is too hard to change hosts.
  14. The failed social media platform Google+ launched in June of 2011. It was more or less a clone of Facebook. It failed spectacularly, but did have some interesting features like Hangouts which has survived. With all the bad press going on right now about Facebook, I wonder if Google+ would have had a chance if it was launching today instead of 7 years ago. Would the discontent with Facebook grow louder if there was a viable alternative?
  15. I am not sure you are going to find anything that is better than Google Alerts really. I would imagine most services out there are using Google in some form to do what they do.
  16. This was a great thread last year. I definitely want to participate this year. 1) What will you start doing in 2018 that you are not doing in 2017? I know I'm echoing a few people from last year with this one, but I need to get on top of my business finances more. I don't think I'm terrible with money. I balance the checking accounts at the end of the month and pay all my bills. I'm good there, but I only have a vague estimate of what I have spent on different business items until the end of the year when it is time to take care of taxes. I've already been looking into options like Quicken and Quickbooks. I might just go with the basic option of using some sort of PnL spreadsheet. I need to do something though. I'm also looking at doing more outsourcing for tasks that take up a lot of my time, so that I can focus on my strengths relating to my business. I want to be more involved on the creative side of things and less on the technical side. I have already started interviewing a few potential workers on UpWork to have them ready to start in January. I want to start looking at doing more on YouTube to drive traffic to a few of my affiliate niches. It's such a vast platform, and I have not messed with creating a channel or videos much at all. It's time I start. Lastly, I'm planning on reading one book that relates to business each quarter. I'd like to say one a month, but that might be too ambitious. I'm starting with How to Win Friends and Influence People. I've heard numerous great things about it and have meant to read it for years. Just never got around to it. It's already on its way from Amazon. 2) What will you stop doing in 2018 that you are currently doing in 2017? I'm cutting out some distractions from my work time. I'm blocking Facebook and Twitter on my work computer. I have uninstalled Skype. I am also going to block a few forums that I used to visit a lot, including BHW and WaFo. You always had to kind of weed through some junk on those forums to find the good stuff, but it's getting to a point where the junk is just overwhelming. The new admin team at WaFo just really has no idea what they are doing. BHW, and a few other forums, have just lost too many of their good posters that participated regularly at one time. I don't know where they went, but the value is just not there for the time involved anymore. I'm thinking about blocking most news sites too. The political climate has made me visit them too often during the workday this past year. On the personal side, I'm going to stop working on weekends almost entirely. I feel like I work 6 or 7 days a week right now. That has to stop or I foresee myself ending up burnt out in the next few years.
  17. I would totally disagree with that. It's no different than basing your traffic off of any other source. Facebook, Twitter, AdWords, YouTube, any forum on the planet, etc. could all pretty much disappear almost overnight. Unless you are doing something dumb, the chances of you disappearing from Google is pretty slim in my opinion.
  18. It might hit $20k by the end of today. Coinbase had it at $18.5k a few minutes ago and then the site crashed. Probably getting flooded with traffic right now.
  19. Has anyone else been getting the emails lately that your webhost has automatically upgraded your account to include free SSL? I have quite a few sites with different hosts. I've probably gotten 15-20 of these emails in the past 3 weeks. I would say Google is getting what they wanted by announcing it was a ranking signal. Many companies out there made the switch, but now if hosts are going to offer it for free, everyone is going to have it. Kind of discounts any ranking benefit it may have provided, although that has always been highly questionable.
  20. I like the new look. I'm not one that really cares about appearances of sites, but I like what you have done with the place.
  21. I watched a couple of videos on his YouTube channel. I give him credit for seeming to have a go-getter attitude and for wanting to do more than just sit at home and play video games. That being said, the kid is full of it. I watched one video where he was on a cell phone "closing a $10,000 deal" for a speaking engagement with some big company. You couldn't hear the person on the other end. My guess is there wasn't anyone on the other end. It was such a fake and rehearsed call. If he admitted it was a fake call to teach handling objections or something like that, that would be one thing. He never did. This video about being poor... You could argue that some of what he says is true, but the problem is the messenger. If he was born to a dirt poor family and pulled himself out of that, then he could spout off like this. Considering his apparent lot in life, he just sounds like an ass. His message was basically that all poor people are lazy.
  22. 100DegreesC


    I have to disagree with your disagreement. The majority of the fact-checking sites out there find that she lies quite a bit. And when she doesn't lie, she exaggerates right to the edge of it. Did you catch her episode where they had gotten Trump's tax returns and teased it for like 45 minutes? Turned out they had the front page of a single year's tax returns, which tells you almost nothing about a person's finances, especially a business owner.
  23. I thought the first 2 episodes were pretty shitty. The show might get better, but there is no way in hell I'm going to pay for access to find out.
  24. It has been said in this thread quite a bit, but I do think expectations and attitude are the big reasons people fail. They think the work is going to be easy and the minute they realize otherwise, their effort actually decreases instead of increasing. It sounds crazy, but I have seen it happen over and over. Or they just give up. Most don't give up, although they should. They instead continue to limp along not making any money for months or even years. They hang out on forums like this and think that talking about working online counts as actually doing work. Or worse, they hangout on really shitty forums like Warrior Forum (sorry, but that place is nowhere near what it once was) and actually have the nerve to offer advice to people on how to make money online.
  25. Like Claude said, it depends on what you are making them uncomfortable about. If I'm a roofer and at a home where the roof is on the verge of collapse, yeah, I'd make the homeowner uncomfortable about not doing something about it. At the same time, I'm not going to say things like, "I have never replaced a roof like yours. I think I can probably figure it out though." Now they are uncomfortable about their roof situation, but also uncomfortable that I am the right person to remedy it.
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