I went for the first major medical check up I think I’ve ever had not so long ago. I seem to remember writing about it in another post too, which shows how much it rattled me.
I went because I’m over 40, and it seemed the right thing to do.
I sat in the chair and the female doctor pointed to a glass jar with a wide neck on the shelf and said ‘I’d like you to fill that with urine please’
I replied ‘What? From here?’
(REALLY sorry – old joke)
A few days later the tests came back and I’m more or less OK – cholesterol a tad higher than it should be and blood pressure similar but losing a few pounds should sort that out. So I’m OK.
So I’ve adapted my lifestyle some and have started to eat a little better…
YOU BORED YET???
Good – I was trying to make a point about boring posts, blogs and other writing…..
Have you ever really thought about how much store we place in other people’s opinions and views?
Probably far too much and what’s even worse is that sometimes we even give them MORE credibility than our own.
I post on the Warrior forum.
I don’t do it for fun – the place is full of nutters and people who take themselves far too seriously, but I still post there because it drives traffic to my blog and other sites.
I also post WSO’S (Warrior Special Offers) there too because I end up with more money in the bank afterwards.
If you’re going to use forum posting as a way of driving traffic to the link in your sig (signature at the bottom of each post you make) then you can’t go at it like an idiot. If you get sussed out as posting just to drive traffic they’ll kick you out.
So this means you should really read the posts and only contribute to relevant ones where you’ve something valuable to say. It’s a bit more fun that way and people soon start to realise you’ve got a brain in your head and (yep) visit your sites to check you out.
And it was while reading through the various posts to decide which ones I wanted to contribute to that I realised there are a HUGE amount of idiots in the Internet Marketing world.
Nowe I’m not talking about the newbies – the people who need help – they’re inexperienced not stupid. No – I’m talking about the halfwits that call themselves marketers yet seem to have no other function in life than to verbally beat down anyone who disagrees with their opinion.
A mate of mine divides the world into ‘human beings’ and ‘non human beings’ (I think this originally came from American Indian ‘speak’ although could be wrong)
His take on it was that he’d only spend his (valuable and limited) time on earth speaking to ‘human beings’.
The rest could bugger off.
Of course he didn’t mean ‘non human beings’ were animals or anything, just people who were so far up their own backsides they couldn’t see much daylight.
The defining character of a human being was being able to see other people’s point of view, be unbigoted and able to empathise with their fellow man.
The other lot talked without listening, ridiculed anyone with a different opinion, viewpoint or taste.
And intelligence has nothing to do with it either. One of the senior lecturers in my department at University, Dr P*** was a seriously intelligent chap. he was also an intellectual and emotional bully, a sarcastic mocker and a sexist womaniser (two out of three isn’t bad 🙂 )
And some of the posts on the warrior forum reminded me of that.
Go read ’em – you’ll find some newbies coming into IM with a very basic knowledge but full of passion and ideas only to be told in mocking tones ‘well THAT won’t work for a start’
So they never get off the ground. Simply because some bitter and twisted ‘guru’ or failed marketer has a flawed opinion, these fresh new minds that are still unfettered by all the crap flying around IM will probably never EVER launch the wonderful idea the were madly excited about just a few moments before.
And that’s not just sad, it’s damn near criminal in my book.
Who are these people to steal away the dreams and ideas of newbies eh?
Think about the ideas you had for your IM business before some ‘experienced’ moron told you it wasn’t possible.
Do you still feel an excited ‘buzz’ even though you’re scared to try them because of what ‘real’ marketers might say?
Don’t give more weight to other people’s opinions no matter how much money they make or how long they’ve been in the biz.
Because if you do, you’ll end up being a clone of them, and if they’re bitter and unhappy you’ll end up the same way. Even worse if they’re spouting a load of crap about being a millionaire when in reality they can’t afford their rent, then you could end up the same way as THAT too.
So try your craziest, daftest ideas out. At best they’ll work, at worst you’ll learn something on the way.
You ever noticed how most ‘IM type’ websites look the same. Most of ours do – banner, red, bold headline etc?
I noticed this when I first got into IM and told myself that mine would be different.
Nup – all our sites are (while not as bad as most) certainly ‘in the style’ of IM type websites.
And why is that?
Not sure really – if we’re honest it’s because when people first saw them they said ‘ohhhh your site doesn’t look very professional’ (meaning IM stlye) so we changed them.
But now we’re starting to think……
We recently did an experiment and changed one site so it had no banner, and no background – it was just a plain white page.
Sales increased by 25% from day 1.
(If you want to see results and methods just like this that I use in my business CLICK HERE when you’ve finished reading this post)
It always sold well, but now we changed the layout AWAY from IM-type design and it’s gone crazy. Is it because newbies are tired of the same old website design or because fancy graphics often make people think ‘he’s trying to SELL me something!’?
I don’t know – do you?
Exactly – and neither do any of the bloody ‘experts’ in the Warrior forum althoug I’ll bet you fifty quid that if you posted the question more than a dozen would have an opinion!
So where do we go from here?
I think we’ll change another website and see what happens.
Yep – I think so.
We’ll let you know. And in the meantime, why not run with your own ideas and plans, no matter how crazy they are? Because if you don’t you’ll just end up as a second class passenger on the ‘IM Opinions and Beliefs’ train. Your ideas are unique, why would you want to swap them for anyone else’s?
PS Your comments are always welcome on this blog.
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