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Steve Scott’s Saturday Selections – April 2- 2011

by Steve Scott | Join Him On Facebook

Being an Affiliate Marketer requires a few important things.  One of these items, I have noticed, is a photo of yourself on the beach next to a beautiful woman, sipping a Pina Colada with a laptop in front sitting in front of you.  This is essential because you MUST show how little effort the Internet Lifestyle requires, right.

Next Week's Goals

My Goals for the next 10 days

Now for anyone who has read this site before knows I wrote the preceding paragraph with just a little bit of sarcasm.  I have always stated that to make a success online takes one heck of a lot of work.

The myths of instant and easy success are just that: myths.

It is just another way for the “sharps” to separate the fool and his money.

I mention this because as you read this I am flying to Belize with my girlfriend, and you can bet your butt I plan on taking said picture, with said Pina Colada and said laptop.  I just hope you all are clued into the irony of the whole thing.

The main reason to mention this is to let you know what difference it makes for the next ten days.  The short answer is not much.  I have my next 3 posts done.  The next two Monday posts are done.  They are huge and I hope you will think they are jam packed with great info.  I have a guest post done by Paul ready to go for next week, and my brother will be doing next Saturdays post.

I also have my brother responding to all of your comments and doing some blog-hopping for me for this week (since he will be doing next Saturdays “link” post.)

I simply wouldn’t go on vacation without thinking of you all first, and unlike my Europe trip I simply do not plan on working while on this one.

To quote Forest Gump:  “That’s all I have to say about that

Now onto the link post….

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I am not always the most opinionated blogger.  I am a pretty, “neutral” guy.  In many debates my opinion is that often both sides have some valid points.  It is ironic then that two of  my top 20 posts (for traffic purposes) have been my only two, “rant” posts done in the last 365 days.

Why many Internet Lifestyle Gurus Suck from this week and  Stupid Guest post authors need not apply from 8 months ago.

And they are doubly ironic because I love goodInternet Lifestyle” bloggers and good guest posters and in guest posters specifically I think the good far outweigh the bad.

Anyone really understands their readers are looking for shouldn’t be surprised by this.  Marcus has an excellent article on the Power of Opinionated Content that really explains it all.  Strong opinions often do make reader happy.

Therefore I am announcing another change of direction here at the Steve Scott Site.  All strong opinion pieces from here on out.

12 Reasons Tailgaters should be shot

Quit your crying about “getting fat”; you are 110 pounds soaking wet.

Don’t pretend you didn’t see your dog crap on my lawn.

Ass-Kissing and Brown Nosing-  What a difference a little depth perception makes.

Why is MTV  “Music Television” if they never play music?

Pressing that elevator button 10 times doesn’t make it come faster, dude.

How dare you steal my parking spot!

Jersey Shore-  Nuff’ said

-Since I am writing this on April Fool’s, but you all are not reading it yet (you are in the future…trippy) Let me just clarify.  That was a joke: I am not changing directions.

The longer you have been around the more you begin to notice some universal life lessons.  These are often things you have to experience yourself to really “understand”.  But reading some of the personal development, “life lessons” can really bring things you “know” and have learned into focus.  Daniels life lessons are like that.  They are great lessons that can really act as wonderful guides to living.

Yes, I once had a “life lessons” post too.  Homer Simpson shared his life lessons here on the Steve Scott site once.

It has been said before, but it bears repeating.  Finding a way to reuse your own original content is a great way to ramp up your profits and keep up with an increasing demand for good new content.  Chances are that even your most rabid and loyal fans have not read *everything* you have written; this post by Murray shows some great ways to repurpose existing content.

I just started getting apps for my iPhone.  I also use Twitter a fair bit… but not enough or not always as nearly as effectively as I should.  That is why it is always good to hear opinions from people who are a lot more experienced than I am when it comes to this area.  Leo is such a person and gives four new twitter apps for you all to check out.

Forum profile back-linking is still a great way to build up those links and one that is often under-utilized.  Moon tells us all about it in this wonderful article on Forum Profile Backlinks.

Paul has been getting a lot of references on this site recently in these roundups.  I just found him through a guest post a few weeks ago and I have absolutely loved the stuff he writes.  Here is part II of a series on content marketing. To make things even better you can expect a great guest post from Paul later this week.  Yeah!

I have mentioned it before, but a techie is something I am not.  I learn most of the things I need to know when I decide I need to know them.  That being said it is always nice to learn a few nice “hacks” to put into reserve for when you need them.  Keenan gives us some of that for WordPress with these top ten WordPress hacks

Mark had a great article this week about why Affiliate Marketers are the best marketers. It also happens to be a great list of the things you really need to do to simply be a “good” affiliate marketer.

Have a wonderful week and enjoy these early days of Spring!

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Moon Hussain

Hey there Scott!

I see I made it on your list again, thanks! Especially to be counted amongst the other great content. I’m playing close attention to you & Sir Robert Dempsey lately, you’re both killing it.

I’m off to read Mark’s post. Thanks for including me :)

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Bill Dorman

Can’t wait for the pics……controversy just for the sake of it gets old after awhile. It’s good to be able to step back before you pre-judge and try to look at both sides of an discussion before you weigh-in.

I’m here because of @mylifestylemax and look forward to getting to know you.

Some of your mentions above I have engaged with; but look forward to checking out the others.

Un-plug, have fun and it will all still be here when you get back.

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Gene

Thanks for dropping by Bill!

I am sure my brother will certainly be pretty unplugged in his trip. I bet he breaks down and checks out something during the trip, though.

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Sean Mathena

Hey Steve,

I enjoyed the post, and I hope you have fun in Belize. I just got to Buenos Aires, and while it is a business trip, I haven’t done much work yet either. I have a question, typically how far in advance do you normally have post completed?

By the way, I used the Short Haired Diva for a few posts, and you were right, she rocks! Thanks for the tip!

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Gene

Sean,

My brother typically stays about 4-9 days ahead. The only exception to that is the roundup posts, that are done day of or day before. But I know *some* notes are taken on those throughout the week.

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Edwin

Sweet selections Steve

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Marcus Sheridan-The Sales Lion

Love those opinion pieces Steve, they all gave me quite the laugh man, especially the elevator one…What’s the deal with that anyway?? Maybe we should have a required ‘elevator management’ class in school these days or something ;-)

You tend to grasp some of the best around the web every week Steve, and I personally appreciate the work you put in these articles. The fact that you’ve mentioned me here is also incredibly kind and thoughtful.

Have a tremendous trip with your lady to Belize. I’m sure you’ll have a blast. Let us know how it goes.

Marcus

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Gene

Marcus,

I think it is the advent of video games. After all video games teach you that if you hit the power button harder and faster you power up quicker right.

Thank god elevators do not come with a joystick!

Thanks for you kind wishes for my brother for Belize, I will pass them on to him if he calls.

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Murray

I’ve got one:

The lights green! Go! Go Dammit! Oh come on!

That’s awesome that the rant posts did so well; I think people are waking up to the whole “guru” thing which will help bring the focus back on people that are trying to make a true difference rather than gaming the system (and others).

Thanks for the additional resources (and the shout-out). Taking a look at the content marketing post now. Very timely as I’ve pitched a potential client on content marketing vs. what SEO companies were proposing :)

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Gene

I can think of another rant post,

“Askimet, why hast thou forsaken me!”

one of the the things I do for my brother is fish “real” posts out of the spam bin and yours seem to end up there too often…lol

:)

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Ryan Biddulph

Hey Steve,

Enjoy your trip! Work hard, but play too, and I’m happy that you’re deciding to play for your 10 day stay.

I’m putting in extra hours now but am looking very forward to an extended stay in Bali starting next month. Some working will be done because we’re staying for a while but the Flip Cam will be catching me on the beach soaking it up, that’s for sure.

RB

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Adam Paudyal

Haha Steve;

Love the sarcasm – beach, beautiful women, pina colada and a laptop; very enticing for people wanting to live an internet lifestyle!

Great selection as always brother. Read Murray’s post already; your rants are next (O: and then other posts you have included.

Have a good time in Belize. Enjoy!

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Mark of Success

Hi Steve,

Hope you have a fun trip to Belize, and I wish you luck for the photo with your girlfriend and Pina Colada :-)

I like the way you’ve planned out things, with Gene making sure that things are covered while you are away.

Life here for me has taken quite a turn and I’ve come to one of the most important crossroads of my life, which would decide, within a few weeks or months, what I make of myself.

Hi Gene,

Keep up the good work!

Cheers,
Mark

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Leo Widrich

Steve,

wow, it is so good to see you found the post useful, really means a lot to me.

I have just opened the 10 Wordpress Hacks link, this sounds super interesting Steve!

Many thanks for a great post and really glad we connected, just heading over to your Twitter account too! :)

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paul wolfe

Hey Steve (and Gene)

Thanks for including me (again) in your links round up! Really appreciate it. And looking forward to my guest post on wednesday.

Bet you’re checking your stuff every day when you should be chilling out on the beach! Hope you’re having a great time.

Paul

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Patricia@lavenderuses

As always Steve, you provide top quality here and I hope you have a great time relaxing. I’m sure your brother will take care of your blog just fine :-)

Between you, Murray and Robert I see why you are all successful. All super-organised and the work ethic…wow is just amazing.

Looking forward to hear you have had a good break when you do get back.

Patricia Perth Australia

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