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My Big Fat Fetish and the new Tim’s Minions Interview

24 May

It has been a busy time here at Tim’s Minions so I have slightly neglected this site but I am back with a few new postings, I recently added a new interview to the site. Brian D. Hawkins of HotBlogTips here is a couple of questions from his interview…   

‘What motivated you to do what you are doing now?

That’s easy… Interaction! I switched to blogs when I realized I could gain the same interaction from my sites that I had with my forums. The interaction of a blog seems to bring it to life and the information gained in priceless.

What is about what you do that you love?

I think we’re back to the interaction again.  I love the idea that a few people may be interested in what I have to say and take the time to read my blog. I love the fact that my social connection grow daily with other like minded people. I also love the fact we live in an age where we can blog anytime and just about anywhere we go.’

And a new article about niche marketing with a strange twist, I got the article idea from watching a TV documentary that is covered in the article. Here is a slice…

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‘The show was in many ways very bizarre but just like last week’s show ‘Sex, Lies and Rinsing Guys’ I was intrigued in what they do for a completely different reason. Again like last week’s show, these ladies were making money from home using modern technology you and I have at our disposal.’

‘Goddess Patty would charge between $300-$600 to sit on men!!!! This is known as flattening. Men from all backgrounds have paid to be ‘Flattened’, actors and Politicians (not surprising) were also on that list. I cannot say how regular she was paid to flatten men but she did do it from time to time’

So head over to the main site, we look forward to meeting you. – Andi the Minion

Getting Rid of the SM Syndrome.

27 Apr

I decided I would take some time to write a quick post based on my experience while working in a joiners workshop where I used to make doors and windows. The subject matter isn’t about the job itself more of a person I used to work with. Well two really but the main focus is on SM.

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They are his initials and I doubt he will ever see this article, I will not name him fully as I do personally get on with him and respect him however he did do something that drove me up the wall. Interestingly he did it over and over again, it got the same results each time he did it, and they were not the results he wanted.

Yet he still did it! So I have called it the SM Syndrome. In short, the syndrome is nothing more than banging your own head against a wall, being surprised that you have a head ache then blaming the wall for getting the headache.  And then… doing it all again the next day.

You see we used to work with a young lad, for this post I shall call him Bod, at the time Bod was about 19 and he was great, I really liked him, however from my understanding he was mildly Autistic. It didn’t affect him to the degree he couldn’t work, he was good at what he did, tried to do the best he could but just wasn’t as fast and flowing as the rest of us.

What I would witness at lunch breaks actually made me realise that he was in fact the more normal one of the lot.

Bod used to play bingo on a Thursday night where his mother worked. He enjoyed it and was never embarrassed to share the fact with us. He had done it for a while before I started working there, and he continued for several months after my first day.

It became a weekly occurrence that on a Friday lunch time (And other days too) SM would ask, ‘Did you go to bingo last night?’

But a time came when Bod eventually stopped going to bingo. Unfortunately SM did not stop asking, you see he wasn’t asking out of interest and niceness, he was asking as a form of teasing, ‘the daft lad is doing bingo, at 19, he is not right’ kind of attitude.

Week in and week out he would ask, this went on for months after he stopped doing bingo, the answer would always be no, the more he asked the more wound up Bod would get. To the point where he would either not answer or get stroppy, which would in turn make SM go off on one ‘I only bloody asked’ would be his final outburst.

The problem is he would never ask me the same question over and over again and if he did he knew that he ran the risk of getting ‘verbals’, if he did it to some of the other guys in the workshop they might have given him a knuckle as their answer!

He knew by constantly asking the same question week in week out he would wind people up yet appeared oblivious that the same thing would happen to Bod, he seemed genuinely surprised that he would be cheesed off.

Yet he would still ask Bod over and over again, making his lunch break a misery, and oddly enough, his own!? It would always end up in an argument and words would be said. He would make out that Bod was the ‘odd one and a strange boy’.

Now I ask you, which one is the odd one here?

I would sit back and think, why do you keep doing the same thing over and over again knowing what the answer is and what the outcome will be and still get wound up about it?

Seriously, which one is the ‘daft lad’?

You are probably wondering where I am going with this story, the reason this experience stays with me is because I still cannot get over how ‘daft’ we can be, we all can do things that will bring in results that we don’t want yet we still do it.

I have mentioned in the past that I used to have an addiction to ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Stargate’ repeats, I would see it starting, and think ‘oh this is a good one’. I would sit and watch it for an hour, unless it was a Saturday where they would show a weeks’ worth in one sitting. I’d know what is going to happen, I also knew how it would end, and I knew that after I have seen it all again, I would be annoyed with myself and disappointed that I had not got done what I had planned.

I would waste time doing the same thing again, knowing what the outcome will be, and yet I still did it. Fortunately I am a lot better now, my addiction has been quashed since understanding my behaviour and how futile the self-imposed cycle is.

It is a hard one to swallow but sometimes when we fail in business or start some online work but just never get round to finishing, it isn’t someone else’s fault, or some problem we have with some software. It can be down to nothing more than the habits we have developed and allow to run us.

We can be blinded at times to what we really do. It wasn’t lack of time or talent that prevented me from building websites or squeeze pages in the past. It was simply me ‘boldly going into the well-known’ once again with Captain Picard.

I bet you didn’t realise that you suffered at times with the SM Syndrome, sit and have a think, turn all distractions off, and really think about what you do, what you want to do, what you don’t want to do and the results you get. I guarantee you will find many moments driven by your own SM Syndrome. – Andi the Minion

Related article Why WE are sometimes our own worst enemy: The story of Ibiza Bob.

Tims Minions WordPress Tip: Adding Images to Side Bar

11 Apr

Today I will share a quick and easy WordPress Tip that can make your site look a little more personal.

This is a little trick for adding extra pictures into the side bar widgets in WordPress. Giving your site that little bit more personalized feeling. You can of course use plugins for this, the plugin WP Photo Album gives you some funky little sidebar widgets that will incorporate slide shows and top ten picture etc. but if you want to just add a few pictures to the sidebar then it is simple enough.

The width of your picture will be determined by the width of the side bar on your WordPress theme, they are usually around 250 wide so I will use that as my example. Using free software like paint, open up a photo, go to the tab that says resize. Click on it and open up the re size box, check the ‘pixels’ radio button and make sure the ‘maintain aspect ratio’ button is also checked.

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Type in the size you want in the box that says Horizontal (width) then press ok. The vertical (height) should automatically resize to suit the Horizontal. All you need to do is save the image.

The image is now the size you require, you now need to open up a new post box in the dashboard area of your WordPress site, you are not going to publish a new post however you will be inserting the image into the post as you would normally. Make sure that the image is set for centre of the post; it is advised to hit ‘None’ so the image URL is not accessible. (When you click on the picture it won’t open up in a separate window of its own). Then insert into post.

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As you will already know, WordPress has a HTML and a Visual editor for creating posts. You need to upload the image in the Visual then click to go into the HTML editor where you will find the HTML code of the image that you need to add to the Text widget where your image will sit. Copy the code.

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You now need to go to the widget are that is found under ‘Appearance’ you need to add a Text widget to the side bar to put your image code in.

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Simply drag it from the widget area and drop it into your chosen side bar or footer. Once it has been dragged properly it will open up.

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What is left for you to do now is paste the code into the box, hit save then close the box up. Done and dusted.

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You should now have a picture in the side bar or footer depending on where you want it.

If you wanted to have the image clickable so that it sent people to an affiliate offer like an advert would then all you do when inside the Visual editor is add a link to the image which will automatically be added to the code that you will copy from the HTML editor.

Click on the image and click the Link icon ( it might appear different in your editor as I am using the CKEditor for WordPress plugin that gives me a bit more functionality when creating posts.)

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Once the link icon is clicked a box will open where all you have to do is add the new destination URL into the URL bar (see image below) and hit ok. The image will now be linked to that site and when anyone clicks it they will go there.

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As shown above all you need is to go into the HTML editor and copy the code and place it into the widget.

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BIG BONUS TIP: Do it once, copy the code, save it to your desk top in a text file and in the future all you need to do is change the relevant URLs in the code then copy and paste that to wherever you want.

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I hope you found this post useful – Andi the (trying to be useful) Minion 🙂

Small Home Business Ideas & Internet Business Opportunities: Video Tutorials & Affiliate Commissions.

27 Mar

Small Home Business Ideas & Internet Business Opportunities: No 2 Video Tutorials & Affiliate Commissions.

They say that ‘FREE Is A Magic Number, yes I know it isn’t a number but it is loosely based on the old song ‘Three Is A Magic Number’ by Bob Dorough.

Small Home Business Ideas Internet Business Opportunities Video Tutorials & Affiliate Commissions.

The idea behind it is that when you give away great quality content for free people will love you and come back for more. They will trust you and respect you.

After all in this world where a lot of people are trying to take everything for nothing and scam people out of their hard earned cash, when you give something of value away for nothing then it is appreciated greatly and leaves a great impression in the mind of the person who has received your free information.

So here comes the second of our Small Home Business Ideas & Internet Business Opportunities

This idea is based on creating great quality free video tutorials and generating affiliate commissions from the products and services you show how to use in the tutorials.

As an example, there are people who do not know how to register a domain, get a hosting account, point the domain to the hosting companies name servers, add and set up a WordPress site including installing all the right plugins.

Well here is what you do, if you know how to do those things, you create a series of easy to follow tutorials showing exactly what you do, you upload the videos to YouTube then create a Worpress site where you embed the videos. Below each video you have some text and an affiliate link to the relevant places like

·         GoDaddy – Domain Registration

·         Hostgator – Hosting account

·         Woo Themes – Premium WordPress Themes.

The videos can be about anything as long as you can find a good relevant affiliate match for them.

Should you not been good at anything particular that can be made into a video tutorial, why not watch other peoples and follow what they do? Record yourself doing the same thing and set up a site full of tutorials with affiliate offers.

You don’t need to be an expert to start and by the time you have watched, done the thing and created your own videos you will know as much as the expert and more than the average Joe. Should anyone ask you a question you will be in a good enough place to answer them.

If you do not have professional screen capture software like Camtasia you can create the videos using free online software like www.screencast-o-matic.com. This software allows you to record 15 minutes of free video before needing to upgrade. There are others that allow you to film 5 minutes of video, one site is www.screenr.com.

15 minutes is usually long enough for a video tutorial. Most people find it hard to sit and watch long winded tutorials and would rather watch several short videos so if you need longer than 15 minutes for a video it might be better to break it up into shorter parts.

The software will record what you do on the screen, you can have some readymade slide show screens with wording on them that you can refer to when you need to or if you use something like Camtasia you can add these in during the editing.

A screen can have a call to action like ‘to get recommended hosting click on the link below for Hostgator’. If you are unable to add these slides you can add annotations to the video after they have been uploaded to YouTube. Annotations can have the same call to actions in them.

If you have your header graphic done at a company then you could possibly do a video on uploading and placing the graphic into the WordPress site and again have an affiliate link below the video to the design company.

There are so many possible slants to this idea, with free and affordable WordPress themes designed to embed mainly video a site can be made and filled with tutorials surrounded by Google Adsense and affiliate offers.

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So many videos can be given away free in exchange for an email address to build an email list to promote to. To get the rest of the videos in the series they need to give you their email address and you can send them the rest.

You could charge up front for access to the videos as a tutorial course once you have made them which goes against the free model here however you could use something like Media Pass that allows you to lock so many videos behind a pay to see wall.

A few videos can be offered for free with affiliate links and then the rest can be locked behind the Media Pass wall. These can be the all-important videos that are needed to finish off the project or take it to the next level.

I have heard of one guy who built a website using other peoples Yoga videos that he sourced on YouTube then charged a monthly membership fee, but that is an idea for another day.

So with that I shall leave you to ponder on today’s idea in the series. – Andi the Minion

Small Home Business Ideas & Internet Business Opportunities No 1

 

 

Google, Ibiza Bob and ‘The Story Of Ibiza.’

15 Mar

Catchy title isn’t it. I hope you weren’t too excited, expecting me to break some news about an incredible Google backed music event on the White Isle.  Unfortunately I am not, and Ibiza Bob isn’t one of the founding superstar DJs that helped make Ibiza the clubbing capital of the world it is today.

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What I want to talk about is the surprise I had when I discovered that my previous article ‘Why WE are sometimes our own worst enemy: The story of Ibiza Bob’ suddenly ranked high in Google.

It ranked for the search term ‘The story of Ibiza.’ A term I used once and had not planned to use for any SEO reasons.

The article was about a guy that I knew who wanted to go to Ibiza but because of his life choices had never managed to go in the last 22 years. The article did not have anything to with the story or history of Ibiza at all.

I was going through some of the Tim’s Minions website stats, looking at where people were coming from and what searches they used. I noticed that people were coming to our site from Google after typing in the term ‘the story of Ibiza’.

Now this baffled me, the article they were sent to was the one about Ibiza Bob, I decided to do some digging. I went to Google and typed in the search term’ The Story of Ibiza’. When the results came back I was No 4 on the first page of Google.

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At first I was very excited but remembered that Google send back results based on more than just relevant sites and keywords, my computer is constantly going to the Tim’s Minions site and Google will use that to create a more targeted result.

I went over to our ‘special’ laptop that clears its cache when it’s turned off and records no cookies or has never been used to visit our site. I typed in the same search term and the result I got back was less biased, this time I was in 4th position on page 2 of Google.

If you look at the image above you will see Google says that there were 25,700,000 competing pages on that term yet I was on page 2 for a non-related Ibiza article.

Now I am very happy with this, I know ‘the story of Ibiza’ is a term that isn’t search for by many. Looking at the Google keyword tool it is searched for roughly 1000 times a month as a broad term (loosely associated words) but an exact match (the complete phrase as is) is less than 10 people a month. However, I still beat a potential 25,700,000 other sites of content. Well, minus those few in front of me.

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But what I am really interested about is this, I didn’t write the article to be keyword rich, I wasn’t trying to get high in Google, all I was doing was trying to give good quality content. Content that is my own and which I add to the site regularly.

Getting high in Google for an Ibiza based keyword was just ‘The Cherry on the Top’. A fantastic unexpected bonus.

I did as all bloggers should do when they do a new post, Tweeted the article and posted links to it on our satellite sites like Facebook, Tumblr and Google+ to drive traffic to the site.

What we can and should take from this is the importance of creating fresh and unique content that we add to our site regularly. When we add a new article to our site and we drive traffic to it via our satellite sites and social media accounts we are keeping Google happy.

They love websites that are being used. They love it when people visit sites and the owners add content, they reward us for it by putting us up higher in the search rankings. Often surprising people, like me, who suddenly find that we are ranking high for unexpected search term.

It will be interesting to see how high I rank soon after posting this keyword rich article. The keyword may not be one that is used for a lot of searchers and those who do search for Ibiza related history may not be our target market but it is interesting to see that we have and are constantly opening up new back doors to our site from nothing more than writing interesting off topic articles.

Something that I believe you should think about too. – Andi the Minion

Self Publishing Tips: Blogging to the Book Store and the Bank.

12 Mar

After hearing yet another success story that has grown from the world of self-publishing authors I decided to do another post on the subject. I wanted to talk about why having a blog has helped self-published

Blogging to the Book Store and the Bank

 authors and how they can help you too.

Today I read about Clair Ridgway, she is a self-published author who recently published her first non-fiction book ‘The Anne Boleyn Collection’. Within 3 weeks she had sold 1024 copies. It was available as a paperback and digital format on Amazon.

What I found interesting about this book is this; the book is 260 pages long made up of the best articles from her own successful blog www.theanneboleynfiles.com. The blog is a historical blog telling the story of Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII and the Tudors.

Now what is important here is this, even though I find history interesting to a degree, I and many of my close friends and family will not spend hours reading about the Tudor times.

In fact I know people who would rather stick their face against freshly painted walls just so they could really enjoy the mind bending excitement that comes from watching it dry.

There are people though who do enjoy history, but not all history, they prefer one small specific part of history. It is fair to say that it probably is a relatively small amount of people who enjoy learning about the Tudors.

However,

Ms Ridgway had built a blog around a very specific niche and made it successful. She, like every other blog owner, would write and upload new posts regularly. These posts are available to everyone on a daily basis. The people who visit the blog regularly can read them as many times as they want.

But here is the incredible thing, after creating a book from the best posts on the blog, she went on to sell over 1000 copies in 3 weeks. To who though? I am sure there will be buyers who have never seen the blog, there may have been some marketing and Social Media pushes going on but I believe it is safe to say that the majority of buyers are regular readers of the blog.

So why would anyone buy something that they have access to for free?

The same reason that our Glorious Leader likes to sell DVDs, people like to have something to hold, something to take with them. A book can be read on a train or late at night tucked up in bed. There are no connection issues, having to lug around a big laptop, getting annoyed by flashing adverts or simply getting stuck on Facebook and Twitter.

Even though people have access to your content for free they are happy to buy it in a condensed collection.

The other great point I want to get across is that by building up a successful blog you create a following of loyal fans, who see you as a trustworthy authority figure and like all other types of fans (think of music for instance, fans will buy several live versions of the same song even though they may not sound as good as the studio version) they will buy more of your stuff.

Having a blog not only builds you up a fan base but having a fan base builds you up more opportunities to sell your own stuff. Like a collection of best blog posts maybe? 🙂

John Locke is another successful self-published author who used his blog and Twitter creatively to create exposure for his books. He wrote and published a short 550 word blog post called ’Why I Love Joe Paterno and My Mom!’ The article was about the head coach of the American football team the Penn State Nittany Lions. John Locke chose Joe Paterno because he is a huge fan of the man and also there was an important game approaching.

He then did a search on Twitter for the term Penn State, he found hundreds of people were Tweeting about the forth coming game, he took the first 100 people, sent them a message telling them that he thought they might be interested in the post he wrote.

People went to the blog and shared his message with friends and family. After visiting the post people would look around his blog at other things he had written, they would see his books and noticed a similar style of writing to his blog posts.

People started to buy his books and sharing the links, things started to change for John, as he said in an interview with the Daily Mail ‘One day I wrote the blog, the next day I was successful,

Self-publishing is no different to any other form of Internet Marketing. It is all about exposure. Getting as much exposure as possible and leaving a memorable impression on people.

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Thinking of what John Locke did, any blog can have a page dedicated to trending news, thoughts or quotes. Quotes are often searched for, so a page of quotes from the world’s best authors can have people coming to your site for free, reading the quotes then looking around the rest of your site.

Another self-published author with his own blog is Kerry Wilkinson. His blog is a straight forward author blog and can be found sitting nicely at the top slot in Google for his name.  But it’s not his blog that I want to talk about.

Kerry Wilkinson is a 31 year old sports journalist who has now signed a six book deal with a publishing house after his first 3 self-published books became Amazon best sellers. He started writing books only a year ago and sold 250,000 copies after six months. He did no formal advertising to promote the books.

His reason for writing his first book?

‘I never wrote these books to be published as such, I wrote them to show myself that I could. Basically, for something to do.’ – Kerry Wilkinson

His first book ‘Locked In’ was sold for only £0.99, it was sold cheap to attract further readers for his following books. It has sold over 150,000 copies to date.

There are many great tried and tested methods that can get you exposure, some are free and in the case of Kerry Wilkinson, he got paid to build his fan base. Now that cannot be a bad thing can it?

I believe that if you truly want to use the internet to make money you should seriously consider having a blog. Writing to it regularly not only gets you exposure, recognised as an authority but can in fact, over time, create you a book ready to sell on Amazon.

Buddhism, Bricklaying and Banking Up To A £1000 A Day

9 Mar

Interesting title isn’t it? I know what you are thinking, what am I going on about. All will be revealed as I go along. Here at the Minions lair I caused a fair bit of belly laughing from our glorious Leader when I arrived the other day with a near shaved head, had I admitted that I would like to spend more time sat cross legged in deep meditative contemplation in the far corner of the room I might have killed our glorious Leader with excessive laughter.

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I have over the years taken a bit of a liking to Buddhism and Buddhist philosophy and should you ask me some questions I am sure I could answer them fairly easy. Had you asked me 5 years ago I wouldn’t have had a clue. Originally I thought Buddhists were just a bunch of cool looking kick ass Kung Fu dudes from a Chinese temple!

What I now know did not just appear in my head over night, no, it has come about from spending plenty of time and money buying books, watching documentaries and learning from those who already know everything there is to know about Buddhism.  Buddhists!

I didn’t learn from a Christian, and I didn’t read books written by Jews but I did read books from Buddhists themselves. I am not saying that there are not Jews or Christians who have no idea on Buddhism, I am sure there are many who like to discuss and learn other peoples faiths and theologies, but what I am saying is that to learn about a something then usually there is no better substitute than to learn from someone who lives it and knows all there is to know about that subject.

The same is said for my last career, before I became a Minion I worked in the building trades, surrounded by bricklayers, plasterers electricians and carpenters. Guess what? Not one of those men knew how to do what they did without learning it all from an older and wiser tradesmen.

While at college they were taught by men who had spent several decades working on building sites or in workshops but had now moved in to teaching, passing their knowledge on to the ‘wet behind the ears’ apprentices as they approached retirement. Since the trades are often very physical teaching is part of the slowing down process many tradesmen seem to do.

If I said that the bricklayers were taught by hairdressers and the Buddhist monks were taught by communists you would think I had lost the plot and was talking complete rubbish.

So why is it then when we want to change our financial situation, or change our lifestyle we often avoid copying or learning from those who have done it?

If the person has made it, and the system works then why are we so afraid to learn from them. The internet has been the breeding ground for many scallywags so this can cause an irrational fear of being ‘scammed’ but why?

Not once did I think any book on Buddhism that I bought or any of my college teachers were going to give me dud information, so why should I think that of anyone who has made money?

If you ever held that view, or perhaps still do it’s unlikely you’ll ever progress or change the financial situation you are in now, which would be a great shame.

In the early 1900s Wallace D. Wattles wrote the classic book ‘The Science of Getting Rich’ and he said that ‘A person will not get rich by doing certain things; he will get rich by doing things in a certain way’

Am I right in guessing that you probably don’t know that certain way? I can tell you the successful person does. Is it time you learned from them? Of course it is.

What I can also tell you is that with thanks to the availability of email and ‘certain’ methods many people have changed their financial situations around by taking the tools they have at their fingertips and using them in a ‘certain way’.

One such person is. Well yes you guessed it, our Glorious Leader.

Tim Lowe has used marketing methods to make over £17 million pounds in the last 9 years. I wouldn’t be surprised if just a fraction of that would make you happy, or at least make your life a lot more comfortable.  For our Glorious Leader to earn that money he did ‘certain things in certain ways’ and they are available to you, you just need to be shown what they are and how to do them. ‘Simplsk ‘as a ‘certain’ Meerkat would say.

Now Tim Lowe is offering to guide you every step of the way as he helps you unlock the secret to earning up to £1000 a day …you can take advantage of this offer and even get started today simply click here now Ten Minute Marketer