Commenting On Posts

Commenting On Posts

I am becoming a regular blogger and a regular comment-er on blogs

When putting a blog together it can take me 2, 3, 4 or even 5 hours sometime. Whether that is normal or just me. I’m not sure. Although I have spoken to others who sent similar times putting together a blog.

So I find it interesting when the comments people put/leave on blogs and not just my blog but most blogs that I have been commenting on are short and general like.

“Great post, thank for sharing”, “Awesome tips, I appreciate the you sharing it”, oie_CQZlwP19mtzq

Yes I must admit that I have left comment like that as well. Normally when I can’t think of anything else to say. And a comment like that is better than no comment at all. Right?

Well yes and no! What do I mean by that? Yes it is leaving a comment which creates a link/back link between yours and their site which, in theory, is correct. And no, I believe that the search pick up on those short comment and see it as poor interaction or someone just trying to create links.

When I see short comments like that, I start to think have they actually read the/my blog (depending whether I saw it on my post or someone elses’ post) Comments like that are general comments that you could say about any post regardless of what the post is actually about.

Now if you put a comment like

I don’t agree you when you say that a comment like “great post, thanks for sharing” is a general comment and could say about any post regardless of what the post is actually about. because you would have had to read the post to know that it was a great post.

This shows that you have read the post and do have an opinion. It also show the search engine that there is some decent interaction happening with this post.

Also, be a little controversial with your comment and show that you have an opinion. This can help get more interaction and the more interaction the more the search engines like it.

This doesn’t just apply to blog posts. It is good practice to write a sentence or two on social media like Facebook, YouTube, Google + etc. But with social media you can also tag the person you are commenting on and use hash tag as well.

If you apply this you will find that you and your posts will start getting found by the search engines.

How do you comment? with a general comment or with a comment that shows you have actually read the blog? Let me know in the comments below

Have a lovely day


Can I Help You?

Can I Help You?

I have been learning about building an online business for a while new and getting there. So I have learn a lot and put it into practice.

Where are you on your journey?

Are you having trouble with anything?

Would you like help you with anything?

What are you trying to accomplish?

What is holding you back from from what you would like to achieve?

What would you like to learn more about?

What are your biggest frustrations?

So can I help you with any of this?

Feel free to contact me

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Like, Comment and Share

How much time do you spend on social media each day or week?

If you are anything like me it could be 2-3 hours a day. The question is, though, are you making the most of that time to to help increase your reach and search engine ranking while you are checking out YouTube videos, Facebook post, Twitter tweets etc?

Did you even realise that you that you can improve your reach and ranking while being social on social media?

How can you do this? It is real easy just like, comment and share the videos, posts, tweets, etc.

By doing this you are creating

  • interaction/engagement
  • back-links not just for the the post you like, comment and share but also to your profiles, pages
  • interest in you, your sites, pages etc. People will see them and then check you out.
  • improved rankings as the search engine like interacting.

It really isn’t hard to do either. As you are reading or watching just click the like or +1(on google) type a quick comment and click the share button if you think that it is worth sharing. DONE

I shot a brief video on it

An added bonus is if you like, comment and share. The law of attraction will work with you and people will like, comment and share your posts and videos. Because what you give will come back to you.

Have an amazing day




Planning To Fail

I Have Been Planning To Fail

Yes that is correct, you read it right. I have been planning to fail. You are probably thinking “That’s stupid! no one plans to fail”
Well I don’t actually have a plan on how I am going to fail as such. Just like I don’t have a plan of how I am going to succeed. The reasoning behind my statement “I have been planning to fail” is simple. I dare say you have heard the quote “If you fail to plan. You plan to fail” by Benjamin Franklin

So I have failed to make a plan therefore I have been planning to fail.
And it is true

Continue Reading…

Sick Of Work

Are you sick of work

I was at work the other day. The job I was working on was a Fonterra milk tanker trailer. Similar to the one below

Sick of workThere was quite a bit of rust in the chassis that needed repaired. To do this I had to remove air tanks, wheels, mud guard and a lot of built up dirt and grime from the gravel road that these tanker travel on..

I spent a couple of days crawling round under the trailer.

I shot a video to show what it was like.

So are you like me (some days) sick of work and doing those horrible job, like my milk tanker trailer?

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Are you sick of work

Today I was working on two jobs at work. One was a milk tanker trailer and the other was a bulkie (a fertilizer spreader truck)

The milk tanker trailer required me to take off the mud-guards, supporting brackets and the suspension air bags. This required me to climb under the trailer (where the back sets of wheels are) and undo bolts that were covered in road grime, dirt and gravel (they do a lot of gravel road driving). Where does this go? on the floor and over me.

The fertilizer spreader required a rubber seal, that runs the length of the bin and stops the fertilizer going off the side conveyor belt, to be replaced.  Where do bulkies drive? Everywhere, through paddocks/fields spreader fertilizer. And they get covered in shit. Do they clean them before they bring them in to be fixed? Nah. It had to be unbolted from under the bin between the wheels. Another job that you get covered in crap.

When I got home I didn’t go for my Mt bike ride. I went and jumped in the shower and got cleaned up.

Why do I tell you this?

Days like this are the reason that when I get home after work I spent the evening sitting at my computer

  • learning how to be a digital entrepreneur,
  • working on my website,
  • writing blog,
  • posting in social media site,
  • building my online business and
  • chatting with other like minded people who are doing to same.

I am working towards replacing my income from my job by creating a online business.

Have a fantastic day





Google Hangouts

What do you know about Google Hangouts

Google hangouts are way better and more versatile than skype calls. Sure there are a lot of similarities.

I came across this video interview about them and thought it was worth sharing

My friend Jo Barnes is interviewing Ronnie Bincer (the google hangouts expert). Jo does some awesome interviews and this one is no exception

This is what Jo had to say about Ronnie “I always enjoy interviewing Ronnie. He’s so easy to chat to and generous with his information. As a gentleman who has been involved in Video Optimization and SEO for years, hangouts were like a dream come true for Ronnie!”

In this interview they talk about why you should be using google hangouts

Some of the different uses are:-

  • Chatting with friends
  • recording interviews
  • Business conference calls
  • On Air hangout. and how you can use it as a webinar
  • plus much more

To get updates on hangouts here is Ronnies link

If you would like to know more about Google + and hangout Jo Barnes has a Google +  video course. Just click below to get hold of it

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Google Hangouts

What Is Google Plus And Why You Should Be On It?


First some facts
Google Plus Facts

  • There are 500 million users (Dec 12) of which 235 million are active a month. I know still not as many as facebook
  • but they have only been around since June 2011.
  • The google +1 (google like button) is served more than 5 million times daily.
  • 67% are males

 What does Google plus have?


Circles are groups of friends, people you know, people you want to follow.

The difference between people in your circles and the likes of your friends in facebook is. People in your circles don’t have to have you in their circles. So if you want to follow what someone is posting you just add them to one of your circles.

You can have a circle for each group of friend family and acquantances. And you can select what updates you want to receive from what circles

You can share your thought with the world or keep it private to selected people(circles)

google circles


Hangouts are live communication with your friends. A bit like a skype call but better.

Google + hangout
  • You can just have audio
  • or video and audio
  • You can share your screen eg to show someone how to do something
  • Up to 10 people can be in a hangout
  • It is free



You can create communities with people who share your interests

They are a place where you can share ideas, passions, information, photos, videos, plan event or even have hangout

They can be private or public.


This is for local business. If you have a local business you really need to have a business page in here if you want to be found by the search engine. And as google is the biggest search engine being on their local platform is going to help.

By adding your address it will then show your location on google maps.

google + local


By registering with analytics you can then see how many people are visiting and clicks you are getting to your posts

can track visitors from all referer including search engines and social media, direct visits and referring sites.


Pages are for businesses, products, group, brands etc so the can have a presence on Google +. They are like your personal google + page.

They can have more than one person managing the page and if the owner decides they no longer want to be a part of it they can transfer ownership to someone else.

 Google Plus is more than a social media platform. It is a social layer to google itself. It has many feature and tools

If you are running an online business or even thinking about an online business. If you want to be found, you need to be on google plus even though it is still relatively new on the seen it is only going to get bigger.

So start building your presence even if you only spend an hour a week.

You will see the benefit in the long run

Have an awesome day


What Is Google + And Why You Should Be On IT

I was on a call the other day and thought I would share what I learnt

 The Topic Was Testing and Tracking

Testing and tracking can be a very boring but very essentual part of running a successful busness online

Why you may ask?          student.psd

It you don’t you could be throwing money away on advertising. And you won’t fully understand which ads are working and which are not.

 Testing Link

Testing link may seem obvious but do you test all your links every time? I know I am guilty of not doing it. It’ll be all right.

I heard of one marketer that copied the wrong link into there landing page on a thousand dollar solo campaign. They got no leads, they all went to the product provider. (an expensive lesson when you are starting out)

Another reason all link must work. It makes you look more professional. If someone click on a link that doesn’t work, what are they going to think? Are they likely to trust you or come back again


What link do you check? Every link

  • all the links to your to your landing page
  • links to videos
  • the opt-in from
  • the thank you page
  • product links
  • payment links,

Get the idea.

Testing Ads

Testing ads is making sure your ads are converting, the traffic source is good and you are getting a good optin in rate.

 First the ad it’s self

Test the wording by split testing. Test any pictures also by split testing. But don’t change the pictures and the text at the same time.

Test the traffic provider

Solo Providers

Not all traffic is equal. Even though the solo providers may claim that there list is super responsive. Some lists respond better than others. The idea is to test small and measure your results. If you are getting good results go a little bigger, just in case they sent the best leads first.

You also need to build a relationship with the solo provider. If you are continuing to get good results then ramp it up gradually.


Again test small first. Like $10 per day.

Try changing, headline, copy and images but only change one component at a time.

With facebook you can have more targeted traffic so should get a better conversion rate.

But remember to measure and record your results with each change you make.

With any traffic remember

  • Start small
  • Step up gradually
  • GrowSteadily

Success takes time


What should you track?

You need to what               trackings

  • campaign (solo provider, facebook, youtube etc),
  • the ad you are using,
  • number of clicks
  • opt-in rate
  • the amount you sent
  • sales


It is a good idea to create a spread sheet to record all this information

You can then work out what it costs for each sale and work out whether it is worth while


Lets say for example you buy 1000 click at for $500, that is 50c/click

If you get a 30% optin that give you 300 on your list that is now $1.66/lead

and 5% buy your $20 produce. That works out at 15 x 20 = $300

You have lost $200 on that campaign

However if you have up grade produces in your funnel say for $100 and 20% buy that is 3 x 100 = $300. You are now in profit and you still have 300 people on your list that you can direct market to in the future


As you can see if you don’t track and record you would have no idea if your money is well spent


In Summary


Test all your link every time you set up a new ad, ad campaign, landing page or thank you page.

Test ads and traffic sources to see how well they are converting

And Track you results so you know what is working and cost effective.


Testing And Tracking

What Is The Cost Of Starting An Online Business?

Hi how’s it going?

The other day I came across this post by Angela Banks from Xpand Empire and thought I should share it. note I have hadded my comment in a lighter colour


How much does it cost to start an online business?

Excellent question! There are many financial variables when you are starting your own online business. So here is what I am going to do. I am going to list all of the costs that I encountered when I started up a social media online business. Keep in mind these costs are in AUSTRALIAN DOLLARS. (That is because Angela lives in Australia)

Marketing & Advertising

– Six Figure Mentor Membership Sign Up $200
– Six Figure Mentor Monthly Membership $97
– Advertising $$$

I invested in my personal development in online marketing by joining SFM (Six Figure Mentors). They taught me the basics of online marketing – which is crucial to building a successful online business! If you are interested in learning more about online marketing, click on the banner below to get your FREE online marketing report…this helped me heaps! They have help me with my business as well

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For me personally, my advertising amount varies. I like to go with the 80/20 rule. Keep 80% of your profits and invest the remaining 20% into advertising your business. This is a good rule to constinually grow and expand your online business!


– Terms & Conditions $300
– Company & Trust Set Up $1800
– ABN $44
– Legal Advice $500
– Trademark Application $1200

Now if you are a sole trader, you will not need a Company and Trust Set Up. The trademark application is also optional. You will keep your costs down by being a sole trader however I recommend you get legal advice to determine what is the best business structure for you. I also like to get legal advice on any of my online business projects so I can manage any potential risks. For me I already had a trust set up


– Online Accounting System (per month) $49(NZ I use bank link $25)
– Accounting fees for preparing a yearly company tax return $800

Again if you are a sole trader, and not a company, you wont have to worry about the cost of preparing a company tax return. I personally liked XERO for managing my online accounting system…fantastic and easy to use!


– Yearly hosting $89.88
– Comprehensive Website Development (including logo & social media design) $1400. I got my logo and graphic done on and put it together myself but that takes time. Cost $40
– Internet per month $50
– Domain name purchase per year (.com) $9.99 ( $20/yr
– Domain name purchase per 2 years ( $20
– Tablet & Smart phone design for website compatibility $750

I have my websites hosted through simply because they are reliable and they have competitive prices!


– Business Cards $60

I had my business cards done through Vista Pring. Some other expenses you may need to consider is purchasing a lap top, portable hard drives (for backing up your documents), printer, anti virus software, etc.


Although the initial outlay of money can be a lot when starting your online business, the maintenance is very cost effective once you are up and running. Ongoing expenses include:

– Any memberships/subscriptions for personal learning & development
– Advertising
– Online Accounting System
– Accounting fees for preparing tax returns
– Yearly hosting
– Internet per month
– Domain purchases

Hope this blog helped you in managing your online business budget effectively!



Thanks Angela

xpand empire

If you need tips on the legaland accounting side of your online business Xpand Empire is  not a professional legal or finance body but can certainly share their experiences in these fields with other people. I also have contacts from a legal firm in Brisbane that can offer my followers/clients excellent discounts in legal services to help the little guys out!

Have a n awesome day


What Is The Cost Of Starting An Online Business?