You could call the Internet economy, the information economy where data and knowledge have value. You could also call it the digital economy where the bits and bytes contain information that you could use to grow your business.
While most marketers will be aware of online news sources and spy tools, it’s worth taking a step back to gain a wider perspective of what’s out there and how you can use it to your advantage.
Whether you have your own product or you’re promoting someone else’s product as an affiliate, distributor or reseller, you can benefit from the following 3 types of business intelligence.
Technology intelligence: You might be doing search engine optimization (SEO) or some form of paid traffic. Now, stop. How much time do you (more…)
Who else wants an Internet empire?
It’s easy to look at any established online personality or company and make one of the following assumptions (or maybe both, depending on the day):
- It all appeared in a day and was largely due to luck, so this online stuff has many similarities to gambling and hitting a jackpot.
- It took nearly forever to come together, probably required a lot of people working on it and a lot of capital. Either or both resources that you don’t have.
The truth is probably somewhere in between. It will take some luck, but more focused effort to bring all these pieces together.
A rookie mistake when trying to build a business empire might be asking “How do I make $x per month?”
This implies that you can (more…)
Note: This is a long-ish read, which may take 10 minutes to go through (but it’s worth it).
There is a saying by motivational speaker Zig Ziglar that goes “You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help enough other people get what they want.”
For most of my 20-year career (most of it spent online, thought the same principles of relationship building and business building apply as much to virtual business as much as brick-and-mortar ones), I’ve focused on a couple of values:
- Say what you do when you teach, but more importantly do what you say.
- Understand the expectations of your students/customers, then go beyond it.
- Always aim to be better.
A mentor, who owned about 20 lifestyle brand stores in Singapore, explained the concept of (more…)
So, September 24 was the day, in the words of a Facebook friend, I unlocked an achievement and hit level 41.
I also unlocked a new achievement, gaining about 5 lbs over the course of a meal. Here’s the evidence.
This post should have been posted then, but stuff came up, writing was delayed, so this happened.
At the same time, I was thinking back on what I’ve been doing over the past 15+ years.
Back then I was 23, the year was 1997 when I started doing “Internet stuff”. My first gig was as a web team leader at one of Asia’s largest media companies.
It was also the same year that Yahoo! started.
Besides building a couple of content portals from scratch, I also updated hundreds of (more…)
Are you happy with everything you have right now?
If so, stop reading this and head elsewhere.
If not, read on.
The following steps will help if you want to be successful in business and/or your personal life:
- Having goals
- Having a way to reach those goals
- Reaching those goals
Sounds easy, doesn’t it? I guess most of us (more…)
Note: If you haven’t checked out the original post, you can read it Kindle writing challenge, you can go read it now. It’s ok, I’ll wait.
Ok, read it? Cool.
We’re into day 9 of the challenge and with $1,000 on the line for meeting the target, you can look at my progress at the Google Doc I created to track my progress.
Having not written anything that was long in the past 6 months, it took some momentum to get started again, but once I got going, it became quite easy.
At the end of week 1 (ie: day 7), I’m at 3,871 words, beating my 3,500 word goal and at 19.36% of my 20,000 word goal.
What made this effort more achievable was setting a 500 word per day goal (about the length of a blog post) which makes it much easier to hit, compared to the daily word targets of 2,000 to 5,000 words per day I had set before.
At my current pace, I should be on track to hit the weekly goals, especially if I’m following the system I’ve worked out. So while I’ll still have the “I need to hit my weekly word count, else I’m paying out $1,000 each week” at the back to my head, I’ll be focusing on sharing some (more…)