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  1. I did, and neither they nor my attack had any style.
  2. Maybe we could get some volunteers and make it a group a project. We could make a train.
  3. Is this guy coming back for our coaching or not? What a tease.
  4. Yep. Pretty obvious that he is lying. It's a shame. I thought Warrior Plus was a little less shady that the WSO marketplace at Warrior Forum. Guess not. Neither seem to care about allowing scammers to sell to their visitors.
  5. Why do you constantly do nothing other than creating useless threads on forums?
  6. It is Sex Education Online. Duh. Getting back to the OP, will these 1 on 1 coaching sessions be in person or will we be having Skype sex? I'm in either way.
  7. For me, 2017 was largely about taking back my personal life and not letting everything be dominated by my business. I'm making some moves in 2018 that will take me even further in that direction. I like the way @100DegreesC copied and pasted the questions with answers above, so I'm going to do the same. 1) What will you start doing in 2018 that you are not doing in 2017? I'm turning over most of the daily running of my business to an employee. I have not settled on a title yet for him, but basically, I'm stepping back and acting more like CEO going forward. I found a great guy that has worked with me the past 2 years. He's moving to my location and will be taking over a lot of the daily tasks. More or less I will be setting the vision and overall scope of what needs to be done, he'll be responsible for making it happen. I know the worry with this kind of thing is "What if they just want to go off and start their own business?" I understand that, and this is a bit hard to explain. Some people have all the knowledge and understanding of how to run a successful business, but they just are better suited to be working for someone. They need that structure and for someone to handle the top-level things that go with running a company. Another thing I'm going to start doing is networking. I really have never put a big emphasis on this, and any networking I have done was mostly by accident. I'm looking at joining a few local organization like Rotary Club and the Chamber of Commerce (I already belong, but never attend anything they put on). I have looked into a few boards of local charities and organizations that may have openings coming up this year. I will probably hop on something like that. The local United Way was suggested by someone. And speaking of charities, not only am I going to be more involved myself, but I'm going to require my employees to be as well. I would like to do an event or two this year that we can all participate in as an office. (Oh yeah, I'm going to have an office, but that is in the second part of this post.) For example, I've seen days where a lot of businesses throw in and help Habitat for Humanity. Something like that is an option. I'm also looking at possibly giving them each 2-3 paid hours per month (with no carryover) that they can use volunteering for a local charity in our community, that way they can pick something they are excited about. I still need to talk to my accountant about how that will work. At home, we are looking to get the kids started with some volunteer work. Might be something like volunteering at a soup kitchen. We have not decided yet. 2) What will you stop doing in 2018 that you are currently doing in 2017? By the middle of January, working from home is going to be a thing of the past for me. Well, mostly. That's right, I'm getting an office. Yep, I will be "going to work" again. I have some other employees that are scattered around the country. I'm keeping 2 of them (they are close enough to commute), and the other 2 are going to be replaced with local people. One of them is going to be an in-house web designer, and I mean web designer, not just someone that can play with Wordpress. I will still be able to work from home when I want. It is an option, but I'll be "going into work" most days. I did a pretty good job re-working how I manage my business expenses last year. This year, I'm going to stop letting money fly out the window on the personal side. Last year I said, and I quote Well, I did pretty good for about two-thirds of the year. The last 3-4 months though... not so great. So I am recommitting to this. Those are my plans so far for 2018.
  8. I was a little worried the first two episodes. Last season was great, and I just couldn't get into what they were doing at first in this one. The last 2 episodes have been great though, especially the one with Fitz and a brief return of Hunter. I'm wondering if this will be a season-long arc or if it will be broken into segments like last season. I thought breaking it up worked great and kept things from feeling drawn out.
  9. You are giving them too much credit. Even meth heads have better ideas. The latest admin seems like a bungling idiot who does not react well to criticism, even though he constantly says he does. He came in thundering and clamoring about all the great things that were going to happen, and has since basically disappeared. Should we start a pool guessing when the next admin will be hired?
  10. So a franchise that has been churning out subpar TV shows and movies for the past 30 years is fine, but a franchise that keeps churning out movies to record, or near record, box office draws is milking it? The next two Avengers movies were planned 10 years ago. They are following through with a plan.
  11. I did not have to think hard to come up with the source for that offering. It is a perfect offer for their newest, and maybe worst, idea yet. They basically are saying, "We do not have the skill and/or desire to enforce any rules." It's a clear money grab. They cannot get enough sellers into their marketplace, so they decide to remove the rules and hope that brings in more sellers. What a joke. Their management team have no idea what they are doing.
  12. One thing that is kind of odd about this change is that they are not consistently showing longer snippets, and I do not just mean in the different SERPs. Within the same SERP, some listings are short and some are long like this one: https://www.google.com/search?ei=yGA6WrvpJYWIggfhjbGwBg&q=home+remedies+for+a+hangover&oq=home+remedies+for+a+hangover&gs_l=psy-ab.3..0j0i22i30k1l9.6759.8245.0.8428. And it is not because some pages have entered longer descriptions and some have not. Google is not using the actual meta description for most of these results. Not sure what is making them choose to use a longer description in some cases, and not in others.
  13. I was just checking this out this morning. Looks like both of the sites are doing fairly well now. I'm sure NeoGaf lost some good and active posters, but nothing too crippling from the looks of it. Still looks pretty vibrant in there.
  14. I took this idea and implemented it on a site recently. It has actually become a pretty nice source of traffic and sales. It was a bit of an upfront investment with basically no sales. Since then though there have been some decent sales coming through from my activity on the Facebook page. I'm almost at a break-even point from what I spent initially on the ads. I'm still running some ads, but dropped the budget down a lot after the first month. Now the page is mostly growing organically and it is bringing visitors and buyers to the site. Posting on the page about 8-12 times per week.
  15. I hope somebody comes back here in 10-12 years to report on where he is now. Reality is going to hit this kid like a ton of bricks.
  16. The same way it does now. Google is pulling the location based on the IP.
  17. None of them I have seen have said they are doing that. It's an added part of their packages.
  18. It does seem a little scary to use them. Might be effective with certain broad match terms, but it still just seems like their could be too many errors that show up in the ads.
  19. I am never adverse to hijacking a thread. Lol. There were a couple of things that made me realize it was time. The first was reliability. With freelancers, I found many times they were great for a few weeks or months, and then they would often just disappear or their work would become very sporadic. I cannot count how many times I have heard the sick child / grandmother died / computer problems excuses. It was just a consistent pattern with freelancers. Very rarely were they reliable for even a solid year. I got tired of constantly finding new ones. It seemed like whenever I was starting a new project I was hiring a whole new staff. The second thing was there was basically nobody I could turn things over to for any length of time. I had no real staff. I had nobody who knew much of anything beyond the scope of the tasks they were being paid for. I have one local person. Honestly, that was entirely a convenient accident. The rest work remotely. What I have been doing for the first 3 months is they connect to an extra computer I have to do all their work. Basically, anytime I want, I can just look over at the monitor and see what they are working on (or not working on). Then if I feel comfortable with what they have been doing, I just let them work from home on their own. I don't tell them that they are on a 3-month trial, by the way. That way if I feel they still need some supervision, I can just continue having them connect to my computer to work from, and they just think it is business as usual. I still do use freelancers for some tasks though. I will never swear them off completely. Hope that helps.
  20. Again you just jump directly to the wrong conclusion. The study says Vitamin D shows a correlation to reduced risk of cancer. It doesn't say go bake yourself in the sun everyday. Nowhere does it say that sun exposure will reduce the risk of cancer.
  21. I also like the all-on-one-site approach. You can do a lot more cross-selling that way. With your current setup, even if someone saw more than one thing they wanted on your main site, they would have to checkout twice on two different sites. That is an extra chance to lose them.
  22. They wear UV protection. I love the stupid conclusions you draw from stuff. Roofers do not have a higher rate of cancer, therefore the sun prevents cancer. WTF? Would love to see the stats about roofers and cancer too. Not sure where you pulled that nonsense from.
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