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Windows 10 Upgrade On My Home Based Business PC

Not looking forward to it.

Seriously.

But…

That is one of the thrills of working from home, being on several learning curves at once. Proper diet and working from home I am certain is a good recipe for preventing Alzheimer’s.

I hesitated for a bit but everything I read said 4GB was plenty on my PCs.  My next incarnation is going to be a 32GB memory monster but I am so busy with other projects right now I cannot put in the time. I like building my own boxes although I am might tempted to just buy one that is DONE.

Wish me luck!

Tim

UPDATE:

Well, I have to say, I am pleased. The interface is different, but I think I am going to like it. I could not for the life of me find Internet Explorer 11 for a couple of reasons.

  1. That Edge is its replacement was something I missed. I tend to be focused on the intricacies of SEO, social media and the price of gold and silver. That being the full plate that it is, I missed out on Internet Explorer being retired in Windows 10.
  2. I am hard headed and don’t like being told what to do and to use. I saw my Google Chrome links on my desktop and did not want to use it.

Then, I did a genius search asking Google ‘What is the best browser for Windows 10?”

I came up with this link, which, not really surprisingly said Chrome was the best. What did surprise me, again, because of my being focused on other things besides the latest fashion hysterics amongst Microsoft Corporation Interface fashionistas was that Internet Explorer came in dead last on nearly every performance test.

Also, this link gives you the option of joining ZD Net and getting a free guide called ‘How To Get The Most Out of Windows 10 File Explorer.

I  mean, wow.

Edge did come in a dragging second, but judging from the way it opens my pages, I frankly hope everyone uses Chrome. I will re-optimize, of course. Thing is, with Chrome, little seems to me needed.

Best Regards,

home based business

Tim Singleton

 

5 Reasons You Should Stop Shortening URLs

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“A recent paper by Cornell Tech researcher Vitaly Shmatikov and independent researcher Martin Georgiev demonstrated that shortening URLs  can have serious privacy consequences. Because shortened URLs are so short, they are vulnerable to brute-force scanning, meaning that attackers can guess multiple shortened URLs and read all of the working ones. The researchers looked at Microsoft MSFT -0.95% OneDrive and Google GOOGL -0.51% maps URLs shortened using bit.ly. They found that shortened URLs shared on a cloud service are effectively public. In the case of Microsoft OneDrive, they’re vulnerable to malware injection as well.

“In the case of cloud-storage services such as Microsoft OneDrive, this not only leads to leakage of sensitive documents, but also enables anyone to inject arbitrary malicious content into unlocked accounts, which is then automatically copied into all of the account owner’s devices. In the case of mapping services, short URLs reveal addresses and—via easy cross-correlation with public directories—identities of users who shared directions to medical facilities (including abortion, mental-health, and addiction-treatment clinics), prisons and juvenile detention centers, places of worship, and other sensitive locations; enable inference of social ties between people; and leak other sensitive private information,” the researchers concluded.

Although Google has responded by lengthening URLs and blocking automated scanning and Microsoft no longer allows OneDrive users to share files using shortened URLs, previously shared links are still live, and the exposed data is still vulnerable. But the fact that private shortened URLs could become public is not only reason not to shorten URLs. There are others.”

I had no idea that shortened URLs could be so problematic and dangerous. There is also the idea that some folks could get angry at a misleading title to a link.

This article goes on to explain that twitter now automatically shortens your URLs so no need to do that for Twitter anymore.

“Shortening URLs used to help you save precious characters on Twitter, but this is no longer the case. ALL URLs are now altered to 23 characters.

TL;DR: Using the full URL promotes honesty, transparency, and good digital hygiene. Posting shortened URLs does the opposite.”

You can read the rest of this excellent article here.

Regards,

TimSingleton

 

 

 

 

Tim Singleton

New To Online Marketing?

New To Online Marketing?

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Online Marketing Jobs

Up front, I want to be clear that if you are looking for online marketing jobs this is not where you want to be. This article is aimed at the entrepreneurial type who is looking to master online marketing strategies that will help him or her move their own products and services or those things for which they are acting as affiliate marketers.

Online Marketing Companies

It is an easy position to defend to say that all companies are ‘online marketing companies’ these days. They range in size and capacity from your local web designer who is using Google Neighborhoods to build his clientele of small businesses for web design services to the multi-million dollar advertising agency serving companies like Amazon, eBay and so on.

…and then, of course, we have you.

The question is, what is it you are trying to do online?

What Does Your Brand Say About You?

We here at Earthtiger Networking are in the business of helping you learn to brand yourself and market you to your customers. So, in order to succeed at online marketing definition of your target market and positioning yourself as an expert to that market is critical.

“How do you do that?” you ask.

Branding: Your Customers Are Buying YOU, Not Your Product

Folks do not like to be sold; folks like to buy. I agree the issue is somewhat a fine point at first blush, but the difference is critical.

You can spend your time selling, exhausting because you have to start over again next month, or you can spend your time building a relationship with a customer which means they will buy from you every time they have a problem you can solve.

Don’t sell, market.  To be specific, engage in attraction marketing.

Attraction Marketing

Attraction marketing means to provide value to your market place before they ever buy from you. I know that sounds somewhat unintuitive, especially if you are in financial clench mode.

To build long term, repeat business customers you have to prove that you are:

  1. Interested in solving their problems
  2. Capable of solving their problems.

You do this by solving small problems up front for free, aka ‘providing value’ so that when big problems come along they already know and trust you. Knowing you and trusting you means they are willing to buy from you.

One of the ways you can do that is look at your personal knowledge base and skill set.  Is anything in that knowledge base related to the goods and services you are offering?

In online marketing PDF downloads make for really powerful marketing pieces for you. A really strong move you can make is to put together a paper, as in a downloadable PDF, exploring that area of your expertise and give it away for free.

Now, you can do that as a way to provide value up front or you can also use it as a free incentive with the purchase of something else.

Hope this helps.

new to online marketing

 

 

 

Tim Singleton

Sundays, What To Do?

What To Do On Sundays

You could try to rest. I promise you all the work you have worried about all weekend will be there on Monday morning.

Just a thought.

The source escapes me for now, but I do remember reading or being told that the President of the Church made the comment that, absent other pressing matters of a spiritual nature, he could think of no better way to spend the Sabbath than taking a good long nap.

What Not to Do On the Sabbath

This subject I am going to leave be for two reasons.

  1. It is the Sabbath and odds are you know what you should and should not be doing already.
  2. The human race is at a point right now where if you tell it to not do a thing, it will burn down nearly half the planet showing you how he can do anything he please.

Consider Your Life

If you are happy and satisfied or desperate and miserable, Sundays are a good day to consider your life.

Think about where you are.

Ask yourself if this is where you want to be.

If it is not, what do you need to do in order to get where you want to be?

Wherever that is, you cannot get there without deciding to do so and taking the first step in that direction.

Sunday: Not Just Another Day Off

I tend to be very lazy on Sunday myself.   We are instructed to rest, but seriously? Some folks pack an entire week of work into that single day.

“Oh, but we’re doing the Lord’s work.” Well, be that as it may, some folks can get burned out working all week, many working six days a week and then cramming a week’s worth of church related work into one day.

It is called the Sabbath, a day to rest. I don’t think the Lord would have prescribed a day of rest unless He knew we would need it.

Here is a good article to check out on things to do on Sunday, too.

Best Regards,

Tim and MaryJane

 

 

 

Tim Singleton

A Quick Link to a Few Awesome Resources

Blogging Resources and Training

You need to go here and review the Blogging – 3Min Expert – Attraction Marketing Edition course. I purchased it and am more than pleased at the depth of education it provides guided by the man who is arguably THE greatest blogger rolling right now. Making money blogging without the use of paid advertising is not only the dream of all bloggers, it is a necessity to many. This will help.

Still struggling with this? Check this out. The Authority Content package supplies you with done for you, unique to you, high quality articles on a daily basis.

Just a quickie!

Tim

Tax Time: Having A Small Business Helps

Start A Business To Reduce Taxes?

Creating a business for tax purposes is an excellent thing to do because the side business deductions can significantly impact your final tax bill.

Now, I know the issue makes a few folks twitchy because you see news stories and made for TV movies about folks having trouble with the tax man.

I know how you feel. I felt the same way.

After doing my due diligence and researching the issue I found that the time and effort required to keep proper records to take advantage  of the tax law also gave me additional tools and information I needed to make my household a more profitable enterprise.

What Is An Eligible Small Business for Tax Purposes?

I don’t think it matters too awfully much. As long as your business is a legitimate business providing goods and services to your customers and it is run from your home I would think it eligible for using as a source of deductions to reduce your tax bill.

Now, having said that let me add this. While I am not a tax professional it is my understanding that after some period of time your business has to generate some kind of income in order for you to continue to use it to generate income tax deductions.

Besides, you have the business, right? You might as well try to make it profitable.

So, it is my opinion that the best business for tax purposes is one that sells products or services about which you are truly excited about using and representing.  If you like what you are selling and believe it to be of value to your clients then the question of which business is best for your tax situation becomes irrelevant

Your Tax Team

You are going to need a tax team of qualified professionals and I am not on it. That is my way of saying I am providing this in an effort to help but you will need your own trained professionals to help you when it comes down to keeping records and filing.

Years ago I was an agent with Northwestern Mutual Life. One of the things drilled into me was that no one can do everything and that the best plans come from teams of professionals.

Your team should consist of the following:

  1. Accountant.
  2. Tax attorney.
  3. Banker.
  4. Life insurance Agent.

You probably won’t need them all starting out but as your business becomes profitable the choices and options expand greatly.  The four types of professionals working together can create a quite strong set of protections between your wealth and those who like to confiscate it.

Tools for Tax Savings

As we discussed above you will need to hire talent. I don’t mean like a full time accountant. You will just need to begin to develop relationships with local professionals so when you have a problem you already know where to go.

In an effort to find ways to reduce taxable income small business owners will have to invest in not only talent, but also some tools.

Quicken or QuickBooks or similar software packages are essential. You won’t understand everything at once but as time goes on and you develop a need for the capabilities of the software it will come.

Which accounting software are you going to use? Money? Quicken?

You might want to get your accountant person in place first, then ask them which one they use. It will save time and you have someone to ask question of besides the software’s helpline which is generally not staffed by accountants.

How are you going to keep records? I use Day Timer but the Franklin Planner or Day Runner are fine, too. You may go through several until you find the one suited to your brain. How will you know? Because it will be one you finally start using every day.

How are you going to manage your relationships with your customers? A CRM, or Customer Relationship Management package is essential. It is my opinion there is a 100% chance you will leave money and lose customers if you do not use a CRM. These can be expensive.  Here is the CRM I use.

Business Loss Tax Deduction Limit

  • You can deduct as many expenses as you incur for the year.
  • If you have income as an employee, you can deduct business expenses that exceed your business income from your regular income.

There are also ways to carry losses forward but that is a subject for you accountant. As you build your business and it becomes successful the issue of how to reduce taxes for high income earners will move from being an issue that puts you out like a light to one that makes you light up like a Christmas tree with excitement.

Here’s to keeping more of what you earn,

TimSingleton

 

 

 

Tim Singleton

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When You Don’t Feel Like Working

When You Don’t Feel Like Working

Straight disclosure, the inspiration for this article is one by Ray Higdon, one of those I consider a mentor and go to guy on a number of things. His article was entitled ‘What to do When you Just don’t “Feel Like It.”’

Struggling as I have been from an on the job injury and the reluctance to do the right thing on the part of those responsible I have found myself caught between enduring the constant pain of bone on bone pain combined with burning numbness in other areas or taking the medications needed to ease such sufferings. In either case, I simply do not feel like doing what I need to do.

Please take note, I am using the present tense on purpose and with purpose.

Well, guess what? The universe does not care. Even those who say they do will get tired of hearing about it so you might as well’s to man up and do what you know you need to do, ‘feeling like it’ or not.

Nobody Feels Like It

There is not one super successful person who got that way by only working on the days they ‘feel like it.’

I should not have had to have Ray tell me this, but well, hey, it is what it is and I am grateful for the instruction.

It’s embarrassing, really. There is a lady in the Philippines who went direct on a limited product line, from a wheelchair. I am at least walking. It is an ugly walk and I look like I am crossing a deck in 30+’ seas, but I am walking on my on power still. Cannot lift much and cannot move fast but at least I am still moving on my own power.

…so screw this “I don’t feel like it” crap.

I don’t feel like going somewhere 8 hours on many days in order for someone else to tell me what to do all day, either. But I do it because I REALLY don’t feel like not eating or not paying my bills.

Super Successful People MAKE Themselves Feel Like It

Folks like Ray, Rob and Brian are just like you and me. The blood flows through their veins and when they get tired or upset or aggravated, they, too, feel the blood pounding in their heads.

Ray lost it all in the real estate crash. Rob thought he was going to die and leave his family destitute. Brian was a youngen who, at a young age, got a very clear vision of what it would be like to be someone else’s indentured servant until he is my age, like I was, and said, “No. Thanks ever so much for thinking of me, but…hell, no.”

I Don’t Feel Like It Days

On days you don’t feel like it, those are the days when you double down and scream at the universe, metaphorically or actually, as you like… You scream at the universe that you are going to do it anyways.

The ‘I Don’t Feel Like It Days’ are the days that either condemn you to spend your life with the ones who don’t even try or separate you from the wishers and wannabes and reward you with laurels given to those who ran the race anyways and won.

Below are some links to training I have used, personally use and have profited from.

Blogging – 3Min Expert – Attraction Marketing Edition

23 Productivity Secrets ($9)   ← $9, Wow!

Best Regards,

Tim and MaryJane

 

 

 

Tim Singleton

 

 

Twitter Training!

Twitter

Twitter is dear to my heart, folks.

Why?

Because unlike on Facebook where everyone is a Constitutional Scholar, an economics professor and a rocket scientist holding forth regularly, on Twitter you have to be disciplined.

You have exactly 140 characters to make your case and point them to a link to which you hope they will go.

140 characters.

Twitter Manners

Folks seem to be nice on twitter. Perhaps that is because you can use your 140 in a flash rage or you can civilize your response and probably wind with a better result.

We are told on our blogs that it does not pay to bounce around. You need to stay on point. From what I have seen, that is good advice to use in your tweets, too. I suppose it is okay to occasionally tweet about something off topic, but as I think about it a separate personal Twitter account separate from your business account is a good way to go.

Twitter Training

Twitter Marketing Training

Finding a Twitter for business training course that works is maybe not so easy.  A conversation with a well known multiple six figure earner indicated that many times all efforts will go unanswered and unrewarded.

If, like me, you like Twitter and would like to gain some more insight and knowledge on how to use this concise social media platform for marketing or for your business in general, then you need to go here and sign up for tomorrow’s webinar.   I did.

Best Regards,

TimSingleton

 

 

 

Tim Singleton

Again, click here to go to the Twitter training tomorrow night. -Tim

How To Study

How To Study, A Method Called SQR3

The buses are rolling again. Fall is around the corner and parents are relishing the once again quiet of an empty house.

Kids look forward to going back to school with varying levels of anxiety and anticipation. A big part of their anxiety is rooted in their lack of true study skills.

This post is about fixing that problem.

Steps To Successful Studying

There is a five step study method that has been taught by teachers who want their kids to succeed. Its acronym is very easy to remember and helps one recall each stage. SQR3 is the acronym.

SQR3 steps are:

  1. Survey
  2. Question
  3. Read
  4. Recite
  5. Review

Using Survey To Get Started

The definition of the word ‘survey’ is to look carefully and thoroughly at someone or something, especially so as to appraise them. In our case that something is the material that you are trying to master.

I think it helpful to list a few synonyms. Making the decision to ‘survey’ a thing is not a daily routine for most. Survey is generally thought of as a ‘poll.’ As in, “We are taking a ‘survey’ or we are taking a ‘poll.’

Here are those I think will help you survey your study materials efficiently.

    • contemplate
    • scrutinize
    • inspect
    • scan
    • look over
    • consider

Basically, to survey the material you should just flip the pages, scanning to learn about how the material is organized.

Does it have comment boxes surrounded by borders?

Does it have boxes marked “Important Tip” or something similar?

Lots of times there will be boxes in the margins entitled things like “Did you know?” “Something to think about.” Anytime you see this, you know the author thinks this is particularly relevant the subject. You are also likely to see this information on the test, so, you are forewarned.

Question

Ask yourself:

      • What is this material about?
      • Why is this important to me? (Aside from passing a test.)

What does it seem to be saying is important? What is it that the author is trying to teach me? Make a few notes about things that seem to stand out.

Read

Read the material. Do I mean just speed read while your favorite show is taking half your attention? While I suppose it would be better than nothing I doubt it will maximize your comprehension.

When I say read, I mean:

      1. Immerse yourself in it.
      2. If there are audiovisual resources or other resources listed on line, make sure to watch or read them all.
      3. Read at a comfortable pace, moving back and forth in the material, looking for connections amongst the various points made.
      4. Take your time, moving slowly enough to absorb the material, fast enough to keep yourself from getting bored.

Recite

Recite means to read the material out loud. Recite it to the world through the main window. Recite it to your dog. I am sure he will love the attention. Recite it while sitting …everywhere you sit.

Why? You know, I do not have an authoritative explanation, but I do have some thoughts on the matter.

Reading only involves he sense of sight and to a much lesser degree, touch.

Reciting:

      • Involves the sense of sight as does reading.
      • It also involves the sense of sound.
      • If you pace when you recite you are tying all kinds of sensory input to the material.

To sum it up, your eyes see it. Your ears hear it again directing the knowledge to your brain through a second channel. If you pace as you recite you are tying the knowledge to even more sensory input.

Review

Now that you have completed this process, review what it is you now know. How much do you think you have learned? This process can be repeated until you are satisfied with your retention.

Closing Comments

Folks tend to learn best when their studying is disciplined and regular. A fixed study time is helpful because setting one teaches the brain to quickly drop into a learning mode at the appointed time.

Also, they tend to retain smaller chunks of knowledge at a time so pick a time period somewhere between 15 minutes and an hour.

As long as it presents no health problems for you, eating just a little bit of sweet, like a teaspoon of honey, before each study period can enhance retention and comprehension. Why? Most likely it is because the brain is 90% fat by weight and uses exclusively glucose as an energy source.

While it is not part of the SQR3 method per se, I have found it helpful to take intense notes during class and apply the SQR3 method to my notes as well. Using highlighters, clips and post its can also further enhance retention by providing more things to which information can be attached.

I really hope this helps. It is applicable to any and every thing which one wants to master, whether we are talking about 6th grade civics class or PDFs on how to master SEO or how to work from home.

Best Regards,

TimSingleton

 

 

 

 

Tim Singleton

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What To Write About In Your Blog

writers-block-37580802What Do I Write About In My Blog?

Not knowing what to write about is a common complaint amongst those who are new to the world of blogging. They may be new to blogging, or maybe not so new.

A couple of general tips on what to avoid going in:

  1. Write about whatever you are interested in.
  2. Just write everyday
  3. SEO is a waste of time.

Write About Your Interests

While it is true you should write about that which interests you, you really should make sure your topics are in the same area. For instance, writing about the best dog house one day  and the best mac and cheese recipe the next is not going to earn you many points with Google.

If you are into gold sales, affiliate marketing and MLM, as I am, then all your posts should be along the lines of those subjects.

Just Write Everyday

Writing everyday is a wonderful goal. Unless you don’t have a job there are going to be nights where your eyes are just so sandy you will not be able to keep your focus long enough to do anything but wake up ever 15 minutes when you head hits the keyboard.

I know. I have literally banged my face on my keyboard trying to blog while exhausted from being at work all day.

A much better approach, seems to me, is to write 3 to 5 good quality posts a week. Put some thought into an article. Do a YouTube video and tie them together with links. Add some relevant photos to the body of the blog.

I really do believe, Facebook notwithstanding, that a little attention to detail, to proper grammar and to interesting content that has some real value to your audience will have huge returns in terms of trust between you and your audience.

People buy from those they trust.

SEO Is A Waste of Time

The folks who say SEO is a waste of time are wrong. Sure, there are a few folks who do not do SEO and have enjoyed a world of success. Learn it and prosper more quickly is all I can say.

Learning Google’s likes and dislikes can do nothing but increase your profitability in a much shorter time frame.

Invest, Learn, Teach

Easy as pie, something you can do to recoup some of your investments in all those courses you have bought and paid for.

Do a scan of you hard drive …let me rephrase that. Do a ‘search’ on your hard drive for all files named *.pdf.

You invested time and probably some time into them. If they were profitable to you in any way, take some time and figure out how it was this material helped you. Determine what it was you learned.

Write a blog and teach others what you have learned. This makes you an expert in eyes of the 99% of folks who do not know what you now know and you are providing them with value in return for them reading your post.

Top Ten Lists

All those motivational and business books you have been reading and collecting? The lion’s share of them have some kind of top five or ten lists on some business related issue. Take that top ten list and turn it into a blog post.

Top Ten Lists Rock for Blog PostsFolks love top ten lists. A list takes a ton of information and condenses it down to a quickly mastered distillation of valuable knowledge.  These lists often give you a road map for discovering things you need to know.

Don’t have so many books or are in a tight? Your public library astonishingly has most of these books on their shelves and that is free. Make a run by your local bookstore to see what is hot and then check with your library. If they don’t have it they can generally get it by inter-library loan in a few days.

If this helps you, please comment and share.

Best Regards,

TimSingleton

 

 

 

Tim Singleton

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