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Why I Decided To Start Another Blog

I always thought that my Buy Online Lotto Tickets would be the last blog because as you know I have quite a few blogs under my belt. In actual fact the way things are these days I have more blogs than I can handle and some of them are not getting the attention they deserve. Things change though and circumstances have lead me to start another blog although this time I had a very special reason for doing so.

A while back I lost my sister in law and that caused me to write the post Goodbye Josie, Forever In Our Hearts. I did it as a tribute to her but even after publishing it I was not satisfied that it was enough of a tribute to her. This is because it was placed amongst all my other posts and also because being your normal run of the mill blog It had a whole lot of ads, links and a whole lot of other unrelated stuff detracting from the what In was trying to do and Josie deserves so much more than that.

I looked at some of the sites that were available online and I couldn’t find any that I was happy with. Most of the free ones I found to be pretty tacky as they were full of ads. As for the paid ones most looked pretty generic as they were fully automated. Not able to find one that I was happy with I decided to start my own. I went for a blogging platform because I just don’t have the technical knowhow to build one from scratch. Luckily for me the FlexSqueeze theme gave me all that I needed to build a dedicated site for people who want to leave a lasting online memorial for their loved ones.

Using Market Samurai I decided on A Loving Memorial as the domain domain name. I’m pretty sure you will agree that the tribute to Josie Zollo looks so much better there with that domain name rather than being tagged on the end of wassupblog.com!  I decided to keep the sidebar so that I could place important information there whenever it was needed.

After my post  Blogging Green To Save The Environment I decided to give Green Geeks a go and I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised with how everything went. I obtained the domain name through them meaning that as long as I continue to use them as my host I never have to pay for it. Yep, thats right, I got the domain name for free.

Once the site went live I didn’t like the way it displayed the “filed under..” category or the “Subscribe to my RSS feed” under each post as it made it look too much like a blog and that wasn’t what I intended. Luckily the FlexSqueeze theme has options that allowed me to get rid of both.

Once I had it all up and running it came to me that perhaps there would be others out there who would also like to memorialise someone who has passed away. If so, perhaps they would prefer to have someone set it up for them rather than have to go through an automated process. If so then maybe I could provide that service for them. But you know, even if no-one ever takes me up on this special memorial service, it doesn’t matter because as long as I am around my tribute to Josie will always be there.

If there are any suggestions on how I could make the site better I would love to hear from you guys.

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Spam Alert! How Many Emails Does It Take?

The other day I happened upon an interesting post written by Dan Sumner titled 8 Product Promotion Tips You Won’t Want To Miss. As I am want to do with interesting posts I left a comment, one that disagreed with one of the points that Dan made in his post. I got to give it to Dan, unlike some other posts where I disagreed with the blogger, Dan was most professional and we had pleasant discussion about it and by the end of it we both gave in a little saying that we were both partly right.

The discussion was about the the following point in Dan’s post.

Importance of the product – As I mentioned above. Your subscribers need to know how important this product is to them. One email just isn’t going to cut it. You need to email every day to get the message across. Drill it into your subscribers that they need this product. Many people need convincing that they need something that works!

How Many Emails Before The Spam Alarm Sounds?

In my comment I said to Dan that I thought an email a day promoting the same product was a bit over the top. Perhaps it would work with some people but if anyone was to do that to me I would jump ship and ditch that sucker.

According to Dan, “I have read a lot of research in one of the mastermind groups I am in and the numbers point to more sales after at least two emails on the same product. It does work. Some don’t open the first email due to title and time etc so you it’s always worth shooting a few email in a big promo”

OK, so maybe a second email wouldn’t go astray because not everyone will open the first one and so a second one may be needed, but how about a second, third, fourth or even more? Exactly how many emails promoting the same product are you willing to get before it pisses you off and you consider unsubscribing from the list?

Perhaps you wouldn’t unsubscribe at all? Perhaps you love getting these emails so much that you wouldn’t buy anything unless you get at least a half dozen emails, anything less just shows the guy on the other end isn’t really interested in selling his product?

I thought the best way to find out exactly how people feel about it would be to run a little poll.  :happy_tb:

How Many Emails Before It's Considered Spam

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Naturally, the more people who take part in the poll the better the results are going to be, so in order to get a great result now would be a great time to share this post by giving it a Stumble, Tweet or any of the other social sites that you’re a member of.

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Even though Google would have to be the #1 search engine out there I’m always happy to know that there are still pioneers out there willing to grab a foothold in the search engine market. I remember way back in May of 2009 when I wrote a post called Are Google’s Day’s Numbered where I introduced my readers to a search engine of a different sort, one that has achieved a PR8 ranking which shows even Google respects it.  :thumbup_ee:

A couple of months after that I wrote another post called Search Engines Both New And Old & How They Affect You which featured a video comparing Google and Yahoo with Bing and Wolfram Alpha. Well, almost three years later and I’m happy to report that another search engine has entered the fray. Although the guys behind it refer to it as a web application I’m of the opinion that it can be a lot more than that.

I Now Give To You WordOnTheWire

wordonthewire was brought to my attention by Dave McMillan, one of the developers. OK, so let’s not call it a search engine, let’s call it a ‘Web Application’, truth be told it is a truly remarkable site. Rather than rehash what it does I reckon that Dave says it best.

 Basically, the app serves up the latest results from a range of trending
platforms based on a users search query. It is not intended to be an
“opposition” to Google, but rather a tool to get a quick, latest
“scoop” on a topic, and be able to easily share the results. It picks
up on your browsing language of choice, and serves up the results in
that language, making it really universal (without having to have a
unique URL for each language).

It focuses on doing all of this one page, and has a responsive layout.
We haven’t tried to over-complicate things, or serve up too many
results. It’s only version 1.2, so we have a long way to go, but we’re
obviously very keen to get it out as much as we can.

Sounds pretty intriguing doesn’t it. Read the rest of this entry

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