Top 10 Successful People who have Failed

Edison talks internet marketing

(This article is a guest post by my brother Gene.  Gene has been working with me behind the scenes and on his own internet business for over a year now)


That is a word that most people dread.  Everyone wants to be a success.  We want to be liked and admired.

But that dreaded “F” word always pops up. Failure.  This experience is strong enough to make you want to quit and start a new life.

Having an internet business is no different.

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Google I Love You! (Google I Hate You)

Google Pagerank Update

Google Pagerank UpdateLet me be the first to welcome our new Google overlords and masters.

Let’s face it, Google is everywhere.  Google is into everything.  Soon enough they shall create Google America, Google Australia and Google England (etc.).

The (not so) secret Google plan to dominate the world is beginning to come to fruition.  Is it time to just bow to the inevitable?

There are three aspects of the Google plan to dominate the world I would like to discuss.  The Google PageRank Update, The Google +1 Button and the Google + (plus) social network.

Let’s start with the general love/hate relationship I have with the Big G.

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Motivation: What it takes to succeed

Motivation: What it takes to succeed

Motivation has been on my mind a lot this week.  Why do we do the things we do.  What tools and tricks can we use to motivate ourselves to get things done.Motivation: What it takes to succeed

This week we had a great guest post by Danny about the topic of motivation and eliminating the mindset that holds us back.

-Check out some great articles Danny has about viral marketing this week:

Talking about motivation is nothing new here. I have written a  few articles about motivation and getting things done over the past year.  I think that understanding what motivates us is key.

Everyone should understand the things that drive them to succeed, or as Peter puts it, the things that get you motivated each day.

To be successful with the “Internet Lifestyle” there is a lot of work that has to be done.  Whether your approach to it is more from an affiliate marketer angle or as a blogger.

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Why Most “Internet Lifestyle” Gurus Suck

This post might rub a few people the wrong way.  But it is has to be said…

I’ve decided to stop reading most of the content that has to do with the “Internet Lifestyle” niche.  With a few exceptions (ie: relationships I’ve built through this blog), I’ve hit the ole unsubscribe button on everything that has to do with this niche.


Simply put – I find that most of the content is completely useless.

My Internet Marketing Rant on a SoapboxWhat you’ll usually find on an Internet lifestyle site are articles like the following:

Having an Internet business is GREAT – Go buy this product to learn how to do it!


How to be super-duper-really-awesome-and-spectacular in your life


7 secrets to minimizing your possessions to 113 items


21 perfect destinations to become location independent

I’ll admit I’ve published similar articles on this blog.  But I’ve learned this kind of content does NOTHING for anyone who wants more freedom in their life.

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Valentine’s Day Rant, Evergreen Content lots of Link Love

Dead Cupid- Valentines Day Sucks

Often I take liberties with my weekend roundup posts.  I view it as a chance to get off topic, talk about something current or strange and take a stretch and link it to some current articles. Dead Cupid- Valentines Day Sucks I tend to like to write “evergreen” and I view Sunday Selections as my chance to write a little “topical” and non-evergreen fun and mix it in with some “link-love”.  It is particularly fun to get into the spirit of the “holiday” like I did for Halloween, Christmas and New Year.

So today would be the good chance to talk about Valentine’s Day, right?  A chance to delve into the history, traditions and fun of this holiday.  I even tried.  In one draft I even had a “team Edward vs. team Jacob” tween movie reference where I lumped all the articles into one of the two camps.

But the problem is… I do not believe in Valentine’s day.  Yup, I said it!  No Cupid! No “true love’s first kiss!”

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Are you ready for some Football? Football, Commercials, Inspiration, Beer, Food and some Internet Stuff

Are you ready for some Football?

…Or at least ready to watch some really really expensive commercials. Or ready to drink some beer, eat too much food and generally relax.  Well I know I am!  SuperBowl has become an “event” in the United States over the past few years.  I am a football fan, but far more than fans take time out and watch the event and spectacle that is the SuperBowl.

The Sheer Brilliance of the SuperBowl

SuperBowl is an example of brilliant marketing.  Companies spend millions for 30 seconds of advertising time.  Sometimes they create commercials that are never aired again, like the famous one by Apple for the Macintosh way back in 1984.

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Follow the Yellow Brick Road – A Guide to Inspiration, Motivation and Melting a Witch

Path to the Internet Lifestyle

For this Sunday Selection I have decided to highlight inspiration, motivation and use the great story of the Wizard of Oz to try to emphasize these points.  For much of this month, I have been trying to write as many actionable posts as possible; very little theory and a whole lot of “how to!”

But knowing, “how to” is only a small part of the battle.  If you do not have the personal drive to get it done, nothing will be accomplished.  It is like spitting in the wind, it feels like you accomplish something for a second until it all flies back into your face.Path to the Internet Lifestyle

All this got me thinking about “the Wizard of Oz.”  Dorothy, The Lion, The Tin Woodsman and the Scarecrow had to face a lot of obstacles in this classic tale.  Many people thought they could not do it.  The biggest secret was that each of them had everything it took for success already inside them.  They just had to realize it.  I think this is 100% true for success online. You have all the tools.  You just need to follow a path, overcome obstacles and persevere to succeed.

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Landing Pages and Blogging and Grab-Bag Oh MY

Landing Pages and Blogging and Grab Bag, Oh My!

“Landing Pages and Blogging and Grab Bag, Oh My!”

-Dorothy from the Wizard of SEO

Landing Pages and Blogging and Grab Bag, Oh My!
Landing Pages and Blogging and Grab Bag, Oh My!

It is Sunday here.  The Sun is shining.  The sky hasn’t dumped snow on us here for a few days.  The Jets are still in the playoff hunt.  Birds are chirping and everything is good with life.  Did I mention that the Jets are still in the playoffs?  Not as good as if the Giants made it, but at least one of my teams is in the hunt this, “Championship Sunday”.

Anyho0… no more football talk for those of you who couldn’t care, I will not bore you anymore (today).  For this Sunday roundup I am going to highlight on what I think is a very important part of any online business, whether that business is blogging, affiliate marketing or even perhaps ecommerce (not sure about that one).  The Landing Page.

Landing Pages

Cameron gives us a basic intro to the landing page in his Landing Page Beginners Guide.

Knowing what NOT to do is as important as knowing WHAT to do.  Brian gives us some landing page mistakes to avoid.

Of course, I have often spoken of the need for landing pages here on the SSS.  Here is my 13 steps to perfect landing page design, In case you missed it.

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Steve’s Sunday Selection- January 16, 2011

Success and the Internet Lifestyle

Welcome to another Sunday roundup.  I apologize once again for issues currently with some of the site issues, like “comment threading” currently not functioning properly.  Suffice to say it has not been the most productive week with trying to deal with these issues and others.  I have not been replying to every comment because of this (I will of course reply to specific questions), but I have certainly been reading them all and I appreciate all the continued support.  Well, enough of that, let’s get to the posts.

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