Week 3 Challenge Done!

Week 3 Challenge Done!

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Week 3 Challenge of QSC finally done.

It’s now Saturday and I have finally put the Aweber plugin on my blog, with what I think is quite a useful “ethical bribe” to hopefully tempt visitors to give me their names and email addresses.

There’s no specific reason why it has taken me all this time to complete the challenge, I guess it’s just the usual everyday chores that need to be done. I’ve also gotten used to the fact that the medication I have to take daily makes me so drowsy in the early afternoon that I have to take a nap for 2 to 3 hours.

So that always takes a slice out of my available time.

I thought about writing something myself to use as a free tempter to lure visitors to click the Sign Up button, but available time seemed to be less this week, so I’ve gone with a PLR ebook (with give-away rights, of course).

I spent some time looking through all the PLR material I’ve already got. I was going to go for something like a WordPress plugin at first and I had a couple lined up ready to go.

But then I came across this ebook, “Blog Profits”, which is quite substantial at 54 pages and a suggested selling price of $27. Usually with something of this suggested value and the useful information it contains, the PLR rights bar it from being given away – but not on this occasion.

I’ve been reading it myself and have found some truly useful information, so I decided to offer it as my free gift. The list below has been copied from the Table of Contents. If you are interested in owning this ebook, please fill out your name and email address and click the button labeled “Sign Up” in the side bar.

Introduction: Blog Profits
What Is Blogging?
Benefits of Blogging
Examples of Successful Blogs
What Should You Blog About?
Determining the Hottest Blog Topics
The Most Popular Blog Platforms

Creating Your First WordPress Blog
Registering Your Domain
Setting Up Your Web Hosting
Installing the WordPress Platform
Choosing Your Theme
Using Plug-Ins and Widgets
Adding About, Contact Us and Other Pages to Your Blog

Writing Your Blog: A Primer
How Often Should You Post?
Types of Blogs & Blog Posts
Developing Blog Topics

Monetizing Your BlogSecrets of Successful Blogging


To Your Success,


Huh…How Many Visitors To My Blog?

Huh…How Many Visitors To My Blog?

Flora, my Cocker Spaniel

Flora in my office

Huh…How Many Visitors To My Blog?

Slight embarrassment when Dean asked on the Week 3 Quick Start Challenge call how many visitors we had seen to our blogs since installing Google Analytics, which was one of the challenge actions of Week 2.

I had everything listed that needed to be done and checked them off one-by-one. I was pleased with my achievements, especially since it was also over the Easter period that week and for most of that weekend I didn’t go near my computer.

When Dean asked about visitors, I realized that I had not checked my own stats.

Logging into Google Analytics, my blog was nowhere to be seen. The only ones there were old test and training sites, no longer online, that I had set up some time ago.

Checking my site, I could certainly see the Google Analytics Plugin. So, I had loaded the plugin and probably got distracted by something.

Hmm…..Maybe it was my 4 month old cocker spaniel (Flora)?……..Maybe it was time for dinner?……

…Who knows?….But I think I’ll go with taking Flora for a walk…..dogs can’t argue back!

Anyway, I’ve setup Google Analytics now and looking into Flora’s soulful eyes – as she is sat on the floor next to my desk as I am writing this – I have to take full responsibility for not completing the task. Just annoying that I have missed out on a week’s worth of stats!

I want to go back to the point I made above regarding minimizing my computer time over Easter.

It’s important to keep in mind the reasons why we are all doing the QSC. Our lives and wellbeing are intertwined with our families. Spending more time with them certainly comes top of the reasons for me, without having the financial worries that usually accompanies what is known as “free- time”.



As if our own time is not really our own and we are selfishly taking it away from someone or something else that is the true owner.

This sense of guilt is something that has been “bred” into us in Western society. 19th century Victorian era values of a “work-ethic” and how it is “sinful” to be idle. But their view of “idle” was someone who was not an aristocrat or not from an old established and wealthy family (old money).

Our lives are the single most important asset each of us possess and yet it is something that we most readily squander.

When our final day on this earth comes, none of us want to regret how we placed greater priority and importance on our careers and a faceless multi-conglomerate corporation rather than our partners and/or children.

There’s no going back; no refunds; no credit given for precious lost moments of time. The corporate machine places no value on that time, there is no profit to be made, it is a wasteful and inefficient use of an expensive company resource.

Indeed, I was once a company “resource”, but I am now grabbing back the life and “free-time” that truly belongs to me and no-one else. And I am no longer a “resource”, an employee number in a company’s database. Marked up with a set of marketable skills available for the company’s financial exploitation.

I am a man and my name is Michael Flanagan – call me Mike – I have a loving family. A wife, 3 grown up children and a Cocker Spaniel puppy called Flora. I have a daughter and 2 sons. My daughter will be getting married next year, my older son is currently living with his girlfriend in Sydney Australia.

I have knowledge and skills that are beneficial to my new venture into Internet Marketing. And I am willing to help and support anyone on the same journey to our mutual success.

This is who I am.





Week 3 of the Quick Start Challenge

Week 3 of the Quick Start Challenge

aweber & getresponse logosWeek 3 of the Quick Start Challenge

Already into Week 3 of the Quick Start Challenge. Can’t believe how quickly the time has gone by – means I must be enjoying it! I can certainly say that it has given me renewed vigor and has been the kick I have needed to properly resurrect the online journey I half heartedly started about 3 years ago.

This week’s challenge is to sign-up with an auto-responder company such as Aweber or GetResponse and to setup an opt-in form in a sidebar of my blog. The point of the exercise is to build a list of subscribers by giving away something of value in exchange for a visitor’s email address. The free “ethical bribe” as it is called, can be anything from an e-book to a video. As long as it is something that will attract visitors and is a more-than-fair exchange for their email address.

Whatever it is can be created from scratch or can be a (re-worked) PLR e-book or such like. PLR stands for Private Label Rights and products provided under PLR can be given away, sold and re-branded as your own work. However, it is important to confirm exactly which rights are allowed for a particular product. For example, some products cannot be given away and must be sold, usually for a price that must not be below a stated minimum, to preserve its value. Other products may state that they cannot be re-branded, re-named or claimed as your own work.

It is in your own interests and important to check exactly what can and cannot be done with a PLR product before it is offered on your site.

I didn’t take the OTO when I signed up for the QSC. It is called “Quick Start Challenge 2.0 Markets Package Pro – Done for You Program” and consists of a large number of products including Squeeze Pages, e-book giveaways, Articles, Graphics packages and much more, up to a total value of $1,212.

The cost is a fraction of the value, but the reason I didn’t take it myself is because in my previous online activities, including my “Bright Shiny Object” phase, I signed up to the PLR site “Resell Rights Weekly” and Dennis Becker’s membership site “Earn1KADay”. So I figured that I’ve already got access to all that kind-of stuff and it was about time I started to leverage what I have already paid for instead of buying even more stuff to fill my hard-disk with.

However, I have purchased the QSC 2.0 Reseller Program and will add it to my blog to hopefully make sales and gain affiliate commissions.

Also over the past 3 years, I have been a regular monthly contributor to Aweber. I say contributor because I have hardly used it as I know I really should. At some stage in the dim, dark and distant recesses of those past years, I did actually set it up and managed to capture some email addresses. But, alas it was really just an exercise in an early training course.

I’ll now have to dig around in the archived storage of my brain and try to remember how to set Aweber up properly.

Quick Start Challenge Week 2 Video

Quick Start Challenge Week 2 Video

Here’s my video for Week 2 of the Quick Start Challenge, which has also been uploaded to YouTube.

By profession I am an enterprise IT systems architect and I am used to presenting in front of client audiences. However, I haven’t done it for over 4 years now, since I had a breakdown in 2010. You may think that is quite a big thing to admit, especially since this is a public post, but the fact is that it happened to me just as it is happening right now throughout the corporate world.

I feel no shame about it, nor is it a sign of weakness. It is, in fact, just the opposite. Those that continue to strive for more and are willing to take on new challenges or responsibilities. Climbing the corporate ladder, always aiming for greater success, really listening to people and seriously trying to help them and their business overcome issues and problems. Trying to do too much, without even thinking of delegating to someone else.

These are my attributes and of all the other people out there that have also suffered. One day your mind, true inner-self, whatever… just throws up its hands and says ENOUGH!….THAT’s IT…..NO-MORE!…SHUTTING-DOWN…..NOW!!

Anyone reading this who has had this experience will know exactly what I mean.

In the 4 years that I have been away from work, I have grown facial hair and am no-longer a suit & tie wearing clean-cut executive with a cell phone permanently plugged into my ear!

I have learned a lot during these past years, through various therapies, books, yoga & meditation. I am now more in-tune with my “inner-self” than I ever have been.

The time is now right for me to do something different. My corporate days are now behind me and I am ready to reinvent myself in the world of Internet Marketing. With the Quick Start Challenge and the enthusiasm of Dean Holland’s teachings – not forgetting the awesome group of like-minded individuals who have also signed up for QSC – I have the momentum to progress and take action!


My first proper blog post since I discovered Internet Marketing

This is my first proper blog post since I came across the world of Internet Marketing. And I can honestly say that only really now have I truly begun to consider it as a new career direction.

Like many people I suppose, when hearing someone say they are “stressed-out ” or “close to burn-out”, I took as a figure of speech or just whining because they had a bad day. Never in a million years would it occur to me that one day I would actually experience the turmoil of burn-out first hand. That day, for me, was August 2nd 2010.

The journey to recovery is long and slow moving, maintaining focus and staying mentally active during long days that seem to never end, has meant a lot of my time being spent reading books, both of the physical and electronic versions. Topics have tended to be of the type that I never previously would have considered, including psychological, meditation, spiritual. And since my own traumatic experience, these are areas in which I now have an interest.

But, I also know that at some future stage, I will have to return to the real world and start to earn a living once again.

My wanderings into the world of IM came as a result of my need to get up to speed on the requirements of businesses to strengthen their Internet presence – especially those in the retail sector – and embrace commercial requirements to provide their customers with full e-commerce facilities, or lose them to competitors who have already established a full Internet shopping experience.

My background is IT and my previous role was a Senior Solutions Architect for one of the world’s Tier One systems and solutions providers. Working primarily with high-value clients in multi-billion dollar global accounts and shouldering huge technical responsibilities in fast moving and challenging environments. And of course, not forgetting, highly stressful environments. It’s no wonder I began to doubt whether I really should return to that world.

Delving into IM has caused me to buy too many “bright shiny objects” and a few IM and social media courses. But, in reality, I was only just playing around. Websites I had created during courses did not attract many visitors and to date my overall online earnings have been exactly $0.00

Now is the time to get serious. Stressful days in the higher technical echelons  of corporate IT are behind me. Even though the salary was high, with a generous benefits package, I have quit my job. Finally, it is a practical statement of my true commitment and determination to be successful in IM.

I have renewed focus, which is now finely tuned and backed by the reality of my new situation. With great vigor, excitement and enthusiasm, I have now begun the Quick Start Challenge 2.0 Turbo which is a live 4 week coaching program with Dean Holland, Craig Crawford and JF Garsula.

I have a determination to become successful at this IM thing and this time I’m going to do just that!