Kiva Whys

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“We are in an age that assumes the narrowing trends of specialization to be logical, natural, and desirable. Consequently, society expects all earnestly responsible communication to be crisply brief… In the meantime, humanity has been deprived of comprehensive understanding. Specialization has bred feelings of isolation, futility, and confusion in individuals. It has also resulted in the individuals leaving responsibility for thinking and social action to others. Specialization breeds biases that ultimately aggregate as international and ideological discord, which, in turn, leads to war.” ~ R. Buckminster Fuller

Big believer in lending to the entrepreneurs any where they are. Kiva makes sense in the big picture change our planet is moving through.

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When $25 US can help someone like you and me meet a monthly budget I’m paying attention. Go ahead and click though the banner in the sidebar.

Kiva is something on my radar screen. What makes you want to give?

Help if you can.

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C-O-N-N-E-C-T-I-N-G (AB)

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“When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not ready. The challenge will not wait.” ~ Paulo Coelho

“Great dreamers cannot be tamed” (gran sonadores no pueden ser domesticados) ~ Paulo Coelho

Connecting is the name of the game folks. Don’t know about you but the connections make everything else worthwhile.

The two quotes above are from an author that’s new to me. Friends shared the author’s work and now I notice the name fluttering by in the social streams.

As you read and listen, you’ll notice this blog is more about connecting than anything. At least that’s what I’m shooting for. With the exception of one banner in the sidebar, no affiliate links are laced through the text.

For me the conversations start when the connections get made. Nothing like stating the obvious.

Always Be Connecting.

30 Pound #blog30

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Still working at 30 posts by 11:59:59 pm tonight! Each one weighs a ton and I’m learning keyboarding ain’t my strong suite.

Through the 30 day blog challenge a style has emerged (it was there the whole time). Connie Green brings a keen ability to do the basics, keep it fun and do it all over and over and over again. she knows what it takes to make money with Internet Marketing.

Thanks for letting me play Connie!

When the time is available there were some superstars involved in #blog30 on Twitter that deserve a tip of the hat and a huge thank you for going above and beyond. You are each an inspiring, dedicated example of tenacity and fearlessness.

Though I would like to jump in for June, I’ll have to sit the next one out. Best to everyone! Keep your fingers limber and your powder dry!

Comments are welcomed.

What’s New Around Info Products NOW?

There are always certain topics that remain the same in nature and some that evolve from year to year (even faster in many instances).

If you enter a niche where trend spotting is important, then that’s a skill you need to learn how to master.

Especially if you are in a niche about fashion, Internet Marketing, finances, or technology, then you’d better stay on top of several things – needs, wants and demands and marketplace developments to create sales and conversion opportunities for you.

Let’s take finances as an example first. Consumers are going through a disastrous economical crunch right now. They need, want and demand money savers. Your info product could teach a wide variety of things.

In 2010, consumers will continue to need cost cutting advice. We’re not out of the recession yet. They’ll also need advice on how to find or keep a job, since unemployment is still holding on long after the New Year.

Work at home topics will continue to be highly sought after for those who want to save on daycare and commuting costs, or those who weren’t able to find work the traditional way.

You’ll want to determine if your own niche has trending possibilities or not. Then create a forecast based on market research conducted with keywords and a little spying on what’s going on around you and what experts are predicting.

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Is the Internet Marketing Pie Still Big Enough?

There’s a saying that you should adopt when you decide whether or not to get into a niche – “Everything that can be done has been done before.”

Business = Reinvention.

It’s about putting your own stamp on a product or topic and making people understand that yours is better than the rest.

If it didn’t work this way, then we’d all be resigned to accepting only one hamburger brand, one brand of jeans, one movie with the same theme.

Think of how many e-Books, special reports and white papers you’ve read to date. There are a wide variety of styles in teaching this business. Some will give a methodical, step-by-step technical accounting of AdWords, while others will deliver a more theory-based approach based on gut instinct and trend forecasting.

There will be plenty of room for you as an Internet Marketer in 2010. It doesn’t matter what niche you want to enter.

There’s a spot with your name reserved on it…

If you want to succeed, then you should be going into this business truly believing that you can do it better things than any of your competitors. That you can provide something no one else can – whether it’s secret knowledge of a trick used to make more money or it’s in the way you teach – that helps people learn better from you than others.

Don’t go into Internet Marketing with a mindset that you’ll throw darts against the wall and hope something sticks.

There’s room for you in this industry – but only if you’re willing to do the research and map out a plan of attack before you haphazardly jump in and waste time, money and patience on something you don’t really grasp.

There may not be an Internet Marketing degree you can earn at a college near you, but there is a wealth of information that can prepare you to succeed as an online marketer in any niche market you want to tap.

All you have to do is generate enough interest, determination and motivation to get you from point A to point Z and always pay attention to the W-O-R-K word.

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More: How’s Your Social Marketing Thingy Working Out?

It probably would have been a lot smoother if everyone (including me) had done his or her part to publish solid content and keep topics relevant with honesty .

One might think that it’s inevitable when a good thing surfaces (like Social Marketing) the spammers, spoogers and shady characters will suck it dry of any opportunity it possesses.

In this writers opinion nothing could be further from the truth.

What if instead better equipped Social venues emerged on the pay-to-play or don’t play at all front?

Social sites like Squidoo, e-Zine Articles, Google Knol and Hub Pages and others have already learned their lesson when it comes to cracking down on spammers, spoogers and some good old-fashioned pond scum marketers. 

This year more now than ever promises the evolution of deep niche-specific social networks for people – along with other broad web properties to cater to even more niche specific groups.

It will be your job to infiltrate these member/user areas in a way that helps the community with true value so that your relationships are branded as trusting and honest and not as a blood-sucking leech in their online society.

Social networking will also play an important role in on-the-go advertising. Mobile has already evolved into a new sort of social marketing.

Adults and kids social network from their mobile devices – logging into Facebook, Tweeting about everyday actions they’re engaged in.

You’ll become part of the common mass marketing strategy already being tested in many markets today.

I’m curious what the next 7 months of 2010 might bring. More of what it already has? We’ll see.

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How’s Your Social Marketing Thingy Working Out?

Our 2009 online business year was the year of kicks, slaps, ,bites, scratches, smacks and heavy rule changes in regards to enforcement in the web 2.0 Social Marketing world.

Social Marketing real estate saw a garguangatuan rise in user/members by the marketer folks, followed quickly by an equally large surge of spammers and spoogers. One might wonder if they’re the same folks?

Early on though we saw  more than one of the Social Marketing biggies get punished by Google for their lack of properly dotting ‘i’s and crossing ‘t’s.

Now those series of slaps and gouges by the search engines is being passed down to you and me.

Almost everyone I know in the Internet Marketing community has clinched their marketing belts, set-up restricted access to content, slowed down on  links they’re using and implemented (overnight) lots of other rules to attempt to keep Google from laying waste to their future earnings. Good luck with that one.

Social networking was once a way for us to share information and opinions with co-workers, friends and family – it’s so very much more than that now.

Social will continue to pave the way for marketers to immerse themselves in communities where targeted consumers hang around, where they can convert peer traffic into clicks and rack up more and more sales.

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