Dumfries and Galloway Info
Other Stuff for Fun and Profit
have come across a number of things that I have found useful both in my
life generally and also with regard to developing my own interests on
the internet. As I discover new ones, I intend to add them to this
page. I hope you will check them out, and if you find them as
interesting and potentially helpful as I have, you might like to get
them for yourself.
little tip: If you're anything like me, you may find you get immersed
in these things and one thing (or rather one click) leads to another.
So I suggest you just go through them one at a time, and if you find
time running away with you, just come back when you're ready and click
on the next one!
first couple of links are more "personal development" related, further
down the list you are getting into stuff that is more practically
oriented to doing things on the internet. Anyway, I hope you have as
much fun with them as I do!
"Banabu" - Building a New and
I recently downloaded this Human D-Cell Free Report
and it made me feel good just reading it, especially as I recognised
something simple any one of us can do immediately - he wasn't kidding.
It was released as part of the launch of a downloadable multimedia home
study course called "Banabu", which stands for "Building a new and
better universe", and is based on 11 principles.
Mike Kemski, the man behind Banabu, says "once you know what these 11
Simple Proven Principles are and how to use them, you can use one or
more of them to get whatever you want, become whoever you want to be,
overcome any obstacles that you have, and live the life you've always
dreamt of living. Because they apply to every area of your life from
money, relationships, health, job, business, family and more."
Although you may find that sounds a
little overdone, the whole thing is actually quite intriguing. The
actual course goes for $97, when I looked they were doing an
introductory special of $47, but even if you just get the free Human D-Cell PDF it's
worth taking a look, so go ahead and get it, I'm sure you'll enjoy it
as much as I did!
[Update: I have now gone ahead and
bought the actual product and am about a third of the way through on my
first read, and I can say it was definitely worthwhile!]
The DNA of Success by Jack Zufelt
- This book (and the CD
course you can also get) which deals with identifying and acting on
your Core Desires, has had a profound influence on me. Jack Zufelt
basically says that you only get what you really want, but most people
don't know what that is, or the true reasons that really motivate them
to do certain things, and offers a way for each of us to find that out
for ourselves by asking certain questions that uncover our core
desires. This information was definitely money well spent. (On the
website you can actually read the first chapter for free, a real eye
opener. And of course he has a free newsletter.)
The Science of Getting Rich
- This is a really
interesting site based on this book written about 1910 and
"rediscovered" by a lady called Rebecca Fine, who has built a business
around it. She offers the actual book itself as a free, downloadable
ebook. For those who want to take it further, she has an audio book and
a course you can do (for which you name your own price - how fair is
that?!). Even if you don't go for the other things, do like I did and
download the book, subscribe to the free ezine, and visit some of the
forums. It takes a bit of getting to grips with, and I've only read it
one and a half times so far, but I feel it actually has a lot to offer,
so why not get a copy too? (Actually I am now thinking of getting the
audio CD too, as I don't seem to find the time to reread the book as I
would like to.)
Wondering what to do with all
those digital photos?
These days more and more people have a
digital camera .... and as a result they have - you guessed it - more
and more digital photos! What do you do with them all? Sooner or later
your computer is going to be full, or you'll have stacks and stacks of
CD-ROMs you never look at.
An interesting answer to that is a
website called Photomax (Max is actually a dog, looks like a fox
terrier, I think). You can upload your digital photos to the site, and
they are safely stored in the heart of a mountain in the Rocky
Mountains, if I remember correctly. But not only that, you can also
have your old paper photos digitised and stored there as well (they
also send you a CD when they return the photos). Once the images are
online, you can do things with them, like create your own photo albums,
or even slide shows or films on DVD. You can get a device from them
that just plugs into your camera at one end and the PC at the other and
uploads your digital images straight to the net. This service is
available in North America, and now also in Europe. Australia and New
Zealand may have to wait a while, but check it out any way and bookmark
the page (this is my own personalised page by the way). Here's the link
Internet Marketing Tips
Corey Rudl has an excellent internet
marketing course which I have bought and recommend, but at this site
you can also subscribe to his free monthly newsletter and get real
cutting edge tips that you can actually implement, rather than
wishy-washy sales talk that doesn't tell you anything (though you might
find the actual website kind of high powered stuff!). In fact, I
subscribed to this newsletter for some time before - on the basis of
the information I was getting from it - I decided to buy the course. I
have not regretted it, and at some stage I intend to buy more of his
products. (By the way, all the newsletters going back years are
archived on the website, reading them is likely to keep you going for
hours!) [Tragically, Corey was killed on 2 June 2005 in a car racing
accident, in which he was a passenger. He was only 34, and had married
only months before. His death was followed by an outpouring of grief in
internet marketing circles, and many, many people have stated that they
owe their current success to his information and his determination to
share all he learned the hard way - he was one of the real pioneers of
the internet. Actually it was his course that finally got me to make a
start on the "work in progress" that is http://www.dumfriesandgalloway.info.
His wife and his colleagues, who were handling much of the development
work by this stage, have announced that they will carry on the Internet
Marketing Center, so you can still go there with complete confidence, I
recommend you do.]
- This is another
source I have found of masses (almost too much) of concrete tips and
information for internet marketing. Some of the sales material you may
find a little overdone, but the material they provide on their various
websites, in their newsletters (e.g. What Works Now) and in particular
in extensive free webcasts about once a month is stuff you can apply
immediately. The only problem for me with the webcasts is that because
they are done in the USA, I have to stay up VERY late to listen to them
- but I do, and I don't regret it. I recommend you sign up for the
newsletter and the webcasts if you are interested in learning things to
do on the internet. Even if you haven't done anything yet, it might
give you some ideas, like it has to me.
- In case you didn't
know, Adsense is a program where Google allows you to make money when
people click on advertising links that you can place at your own
Now, there is a man
called Joel Comm and it wasn't so long ago he was making only $30 a day
with Google's Adsense program. Then one day he realised it must be
possible to do much better and Joel began testing other ways to
increase his Adsense earnings...
Not only did it
work... but... (and this is a BIG BUT) Joel documented everything he
did to make his Adsense commissions shoot up to the sky... This is
significant and here's why...
Now you can have
access to it all where you'll view actual details of what Joel does to
make some of the biggest commissions you'll ever hear about online... AdSense Secrets. In
his new Adsense book sweeping the internet [update in March 2006: 3rd,
revised and expanded edition just came out], Joel candidly allows you
to look over his shoulder. Now your odds at winning with Google Adsense
are more in your favour than ever before.
I participated in a
web-based teleseminar when I bought this immediately downloadable
ebook, and Joel showed, live, a number of his actual websites where he
employs these techniques - something most people won't do.
By the way, we're not
talking about Joel doubling his Adsense commissions from $30 to $60 a
day... but more like a staggering $500+ per day! (I told you it was
are so huge now... UPS has begun delivering his cheques!
He climbed up to
making $18,343 in December 2004 and it's quite possible it may
keep climbing - with no end in sight...
Joel's case study
shows how it didn't take long once he knew how to tweak his Adsense
Of course there is no
guarantee that you can duplicate that, but I know of at least one
woman, a work-at-home-mom in Canada, who increased her daily
AdSense earnings by about $50 just by applying some of the ideas from
this book (she was the one who led me to get it actually).
It's rather a long
book (over 200 pages), and I have only just started reading it but I
have already made a start on applying a couple of tips and am happy to
report that I have noticed an initial, albeit slight, upward movement
which I expect to get stronger as I read and apply more of the
So if you have a
website (or a blog, which you can of course get for free), why not
check this out? You may be very glad you did!
- You've probably come
across PayPal if you have ever been to eBay, it's a subsidiary. What
you may not know is that anyone in any country can use it to send or
receive money, across currencies. All you and the other person need is
an email address, and of course either a credit card or a bank account.
I have PayPal payments deducted from a credit card and have found
it an added advantage that because it gets deducted in my
local currency, the credit card company does not take off an additional
percentage for international transactions, as it does otherwise. Of
course, if you have a website and want to sell something, you can use
PayPal to make the transaction easier for all concerned. And if you
want to use it to buy stuff, you can either have it deducted from a
card or account, or you can deposit money in your PayPal account to
cover transactions. Of course you can also use it privately, e.g. to
send some funds to a son or daughter on the other side of the world in
the middle of the night without having to go to a bank.... If you think
this might be something you can make use of, check it out.