Blog Till Your Fingers Bleed

Part of the Kenno's Blog series.
By Ken Brown
Editor, You Can Learn Series


Read my review and my Interview with Sci-Fi Author Sara A Mason

I just finished a fun and interesting Science Fiction book, Renegades, by author Sara A. Mason. The story has everything an SF fan loves, an evil dictator, the computer geek, a smart and spunky woman, a love interest, trained assassins and more.

The first couple of chapters you get to know the characters, Elora, Nigel, General Pertin and the Emperor of the space empire. Then the story becomes one of those classics you don't want to put down. I thought the pace of the book flowed nicely with periods of high tension and moments when you can catch your breath.



Read the rest of the review and the Interview with SCI-FI author Sara A Mason.


Five Fun Things to do in Seattle

In August 2013, Mary and I visited Seattle for the first time. We had a blast and found a few things you can do on a limited budget. Everything I will talk about today we did in one day. We didn't rush around. We took our time and visited for as long as we felt comfortable being in one spot. The day was clear and sunny. What? You thought it rained all the time in Seattle? So did we, but apparently sometimes there are nice days.

Our first stop was the Pikes Place Market. Where the keyword is fresh. Fresh foods, fresh fish, and fresh flowers. If we lived near here we would have fresh flowers everyday. They were amazing and relatively inexpensive. You have to see the fish markets where they throw fish across the counter. We stopped early on a Saturday morning, so the crowds weren't bad. You can easily spend 10 minutes to an hour depending on your interests. If you like Starbucks coffee, there is the original Starbucks shop across the street from the Market place.

Read the rest of the list of fun things to do in Seattle ...


Coming April 28th, an Interview with Science Fiction Author, Sara A Mason

I am so excited to be interviewing Science Fiction author, Sara A Mason, on April 28th on this blog. Sara is on tour right now for her first sci-fi thriller, Renegades. An action packed thriller occurring at the ends of the galaxy. I encourage you to visit with us on the 28th of April to find out more about the author and the book.

I have been reading science fiction and fantasy books since I was 10 years old. This is my first opportunity to interview a Sci Fi author and I am expecting it to be lot's of fun with some amazing stories about an amazing book. Please join me to get the inside scoop from this amazing author. I truly enjoyed reading Renegades and I think you will, too.

Read the entire interview and a full review of the book by Ken Coming Soon ...


EarthEasy LifeStraw - A Water Filtration System That Fits Around Your Neck

I recently became an affiliate for Eartheasy.com. And I am fascinated by one of their products. It is called the LifeStraw Personal water Filter. What does it do? It filters water and eliminates 99.9% of harmful bacteria, ecoli and viruses. It has an Iodine and Charcoal filtration system that makes nearly all water drinkable.

I have added a video from Eartheasy showing someone using the product. It is really simple to use. Fill up your water bottle from any source. Then open the bottom of the "straw." Place it into the water bottle. Then open the other end of the straw and begin drinking like you would through the straw of a soda purchased at your local favorite fast food establishment. Yes, it is really that easy.

Read more here ... EarthEasy LifeStraw - A Water Filtration System That Fits Around Your Neck.


Taking Down the Christmas Tree and Thoughts on a Writers Network

It is January 4th, 2014, and Mary and I took down the Christmas tree and all the associated paraphernalia. We left the outside large wreath with the flood light up because it has been snowing all day and it is dangerous to try to take that down when the driveway is snowy or icy.

It felt good to clean up the house and have it back to normal. There are still a couple of pieces of furniture that need to be moved back and brought back up from the basement. Maybe tomorrow.

Read more here ... Taking Down the Christmas Tree and Thoughts on a Writers Network.


Beginning 2014 Broken Arm and New Hope

This is January 2nd, 2014 as I write this today. Mary is working from home today because of the snow that has hit Chicago. We were supposed to receive 1 to 3 inches over the Holiday. I heard a report that we had up to a foot of snow. We are still getting lake effect snow of another inch or two this morning.

I haven't used my snowblower yet today waiting for the snow to taper off. Then I can clean up once and not have to make multiple trips. The problem is the temperature is supposed to plummet tonight to below zero. Then on Monday and Tuesday it isn't even going to reach 0 degrees for the whole day. Wowsers. That is cold.

But Hey. It is winter. In Chicago. It is supposed to be cold.

Read more here ... Beginning 2014 Broken Arm and New Hope.


Bluff Spring Fen Illinois Nature Preserve

I was looking at Google maps the other day and I noticed a green area near my home. Upon closer examination I discovered there was an Illinois Nature Preserve only 5 miles from my house. The name of the Nature Preserve is Bluff Spring Fen. I did a little research and found out it was something Mary and I would enjoy. So, a week later on a nice Saturday morning we drove over to see it.

Bluff Spring Fen entrance

Information sign tells you what to expect when walking through the park. No dogs and no swimming.

Read more here ... Bluff Spring Fen Illinois Nature Preserve.


An Interview with Author, Joan H Young, on the Release of Her New Book, Paddy Plays in Dead Mule Swamp.

I had the opportunity this weekend to ask some questions of author, Joan H Young. She has just published book 3 in the Anastasia Raven Mystery series, Paddy Plays in Dead Mule Swamp. I believe Joan can do anything, but one of the things she does well is mystery writing.

Joan is the first (and so far, only) woman to walk the 4,000 miles of trails of the North Country Trail. She spends time each week doing what she really loves, writing. The years spent hiking allow Joan the ability to describe the world around her helping you to feel what her characters see, hear, feel and smell. The setting for the mystery series is the Northern part of Michigan. A place of swamps, trails, lakes, small towns, interesting people and mysteries.

The Anastasia Raven Mysteries are fast paced cozy mysteries that can be enjoyed curling up by a fire with a cup of coffee and spending the afternoon reading. I recommend Joan's stories to mystery lovers everywhere. The books are well paced, with moments to relax and take a breath before things get exciting again. I would liken it to just sitting and listening to a friend tell you about an exciting adventure they had.

How long have you been writing?

My first attempt at an entire book was at the age of seven, when I wrote three installments in the story "The Adventures of Skippy the Field Mouse." I left fiction behind for a long, long time but in the past few years have again been writing short stories, and now the Anastasia Raven mysteries.
Paddy Plays in Dead Mule Swamp

The cover photo for Paddy Plays in Dead Mule Swamp. Get the book at Amazon or Smashwords.

How closely do your characters match people you have known in real life?

So far, no character is a copy of any one particular person. Of course, there are little bits of many people I know in all of the fictional people. The physical description of one person in a story came from a chance meeting at a gas station, but the personality of that person was completely manufactured. Some of the things that characters do are drawn from real life. That makes their actions easy to describe. The recurring characters in the books are definitely mixtures of myself and people I know, although I may not have specific models in mind.

What kind of advance work do you do before you write a mystery? Do you have a story arc, an outline, or a structure for the story before beginning? Do you know who the killer is before you start the story?

Read more here ... An Interview with Mystery Writer, Hiker and Author, Joan H Young.

A description of the book, Paddy Plays in Dead Mule Swamp, from the author and publisher.

When Anastasia Raven agrees to keep Paddy, her cousin's Irish Setter, for the summer, she didn't understand the mischievous nature of a large puppy. Ana has become a volunteer with Family Friends, and she meets Corliss Leonard and his granddaughters, Star and Sunny, whose mother disappeared seven years ago. Ana, however, has no interest in trying to solve cold cases, but just wants to help the girls. Star and Sunny fall in love with Paddy, but can the dog solve their problems?

Best School for Your Chidren

My Brother, Doctor Dave Brown has recently published his third book. This newest book contains his thoughts and research on why our American public schools are the best places for your children. The title of the book is Why America's Public Schools are the Best Place for Kids.


Read more here ... Best School for Your Chidren.


How To Succeed in Life

Okay, there is a title that over promises. "How to succeed in life." Wow. How can anyone promise that? Well, I was listening to some old cassette tapes (yes cassette tapes) and I was listening to E. James Rohn. I think he has some great ideas on living a balanced life. He talks about working hard but also remembering why you are working so hard.


Read more here ... How To Succeed in Life.


Business Lessons Learned from Experience

When we are young we act impulsively and are so excited to be in the game that we sometimes make bad decisions. We spend money impulsively and don't save enough for a rainy day. If we want to start a business or grow a business then we need to keep our money. What would experienced business people tell us about succeeding?

Who do you go to When you have a tough decision to make? Do you talk with your grandfather or dad? Do you have a mentor that can help you noodle out the right choice?

Read more here ... Business Lessons Learned from Experience.


Five Hundred Thousand Page Views for 2008

I almost missed it. I was so busy working on a new project that I hadn't been spending much time looking at my stats pages. I knew it was coming. I had calculated toward the end of July that somewhere mid-way through the month of August I was going to go over the halfway goal for the year.

Officially, On August 7th, 2008 I achieved the distinction of having 500,000 Page Views for the year. Yahoo!!! Here is a brief rundown of my numbers.

Read more here ... Five Hundred Thousand Page Views for 2008.


Former Google Employees Start New Search Engine

A new search engine is open for business. If you are tired of Page Rank, bullying and excessive fees for advertising with Google, then Cuil (pronounced COOL) is the search engine for you. Cuil founders claim they have indexed 120 billion web pages. This is 3 times more than any other search engine.

Visual differences include search engine results in columns. Images attached to each result. More relevant data in the search results rather than just the results that have the most money or best SEO techniques.

Read more here ... Former Google Employees Start New Search Engine.


Drop Your Bounce Rate Quick and Easy

Entrecard speed droppers raise your bounce rate and COST YOU MONEY

Entrecard speed droppers raise your bounce rate and COST YOU MONEY. This cutting edge technique promises to reduce your bounce rate before the weekend. Here are proven tactics to increase visits to other pages within your own blog.

One of the bad things about Entrecard is the skyrocketing increase in bounce rates that it causes. This shouldn't surprise you since there are 12,000 Entrecard members each trying to visit 300 pages everyday. What can you do to decrease bounce rates or at the very least get your blog visitors to go to more than one page?

Read more here ... Drop Your Bounce Rate Quick and Easy.


How to Harness the Power of Testimonials and Social Proof

Using Testimonials to Grow Your Business

Why do testimonials work so well? Find out what the great copywriters of all time have to say about testimonials later in this article. You might ask, who are the great copywriters? Read more as we take you on a journey into the most powerful tool at a copywriters disposal.

Read more here ... How to Harness the Power of Testimonials and Social Proof.


How to Overcome Failure and Become a Success

How Robo Basho and Non-alcoholic Wine can help you succeed

How to Overcome Failure and Become a Success. Research that has been done on successful individuals has shown a few points of interest. You might believe that the successful person has no problems and once they decided to do something - success just happened.

Read more here ... How to Overcome Failure and Become a Success.


Your Personal Bell Curve Score

There are 4 types of people

  1. People that create ideas
  2. People that are on the cutting edge and embrace these ideas first
  3. People that are a little behind the curve on embracing these ideas
  4. People that embrace the idea long after their ability to use it profitably has passed.

Are You a Member of the Cutting Edge?

What type of person are you? Are you cutting edge? Do you strive to be the first to see first run movies? Are you just waiting for the 2009 cars to come out so you can trade in your 2008? Are you looking at fuel cell cars? Have you already installed IE8 or FireFox 3?

Read more here ... Your Personal Bell Curve Score.


Your Blogging Purpose or Why Did You Start Blogging?

What's the purpose of your web site or blog? Is it to entertain, educate, vent, practice your writing, or what?

There are times when you need to stand back from your blogging and re-evaluate your goal for blogging. Whether you started blogging a week ago, two months ago or 5 years ago, self assessment is important to your success. Did you start out with the goal to educate visitors on a certain subject; but, now you are only venting about things you don't like? Were you interested in practicing your writing, but you fall back into the same old habits you started with 4 years ago?

Read more here ... Your Blogging Purpose or Why Did You Start Blogging?.


Printed Newspapers are Dying and How You Can Profit From It

I was listening to the radio yesterday as my favorite radio personalities interviewed Clarence Page of the Chicago Tribune. They were talking about online publishing (ie blogging) and how the printed newspapers were drying up and dying. Clarence Page said, "You know our business model hasn't changed much since Gutenberg invented the printing press."

Even the Chicago Tribune and other newspapers are going online. But, they all are finding they can't make the same amount of money online as they do printing newspapers. It is very clear that they are continually losing market share for the printed paper. People are finding the information they want and need on the internet.

Now this is both good and bad for you. Read More here - Printed Newspapers are Dying and How You Can Profit From It.


Google Trends Web Measurement Tool

Are you dissatisfied with the information available from Alexa as far as viewing web traffic for blogs? I certainly know I am very dissatisfied with Alexa. Well, there is a new sherrif in town and Alexa should be scared. The new 800 pound gorilla is none other than Google, which has just released their new Google Trends for Websites.

Why should you care? It's backed by Google and it's free. Now you can compare your web site or blog with your favorite competitor. How does your make money blog compare to John Chow, John Cow or Problogger? Who has the most traffic? Google has an answer.

The Google Trends for Websites is still in discovery mode. It is part of Google Labs and as such will probably change over time. But, it has some cool features including, a graph with your traffic or if you type in multiple domain names you can graph you and your competitor's traffic side by side. Along with the graph you will find a list of regions where your visitors come from, websites your visitors also visited and some other search terms.

The data that is displayed comes from

Read More here - Google Trends Web Measurement Tool.


Consilience, Branding and the Advertising Rule of 7

Consilience is the linking together of principles from different disciplines especially when forming a comprehensive theory.

I first learned about this word reading an article about advertising and marketing. At the time I was searching for information on branding and the advertising "rule of 7". My searching brought me to this article, Advertising Rules - No Rules found on the Consilience and the Business of Persuasion web site.

The way people use words has constantly changed over history and continues to change from day to day. This accords with my experience in marketing where we use the media to alter how people feel when they hear a word. That is what branding is all about.
Tom Beakbane - Advertising Rules - No Rules


Read More here - Consilience, Branding and the Advertising Rule of 7.


How to Drive Traffic with Entrecard

This is a little how to on how you can get more traffic from using the service known as Entrecard. For the purposes of this discussion I am going to assume you already know what Entrecard is all about and you are just looking to drive more traffic to your site.

The first thing you need to realize is that not all traffic is the same. In the Entrecard community you have many different dropping techniques and everyone thinks their technique is the best. I am not naive enough to think these are the only methodologies, just some good things to think about.

Here are some dropping techniques:

Read More here - How to Drive Traffic with Entrecard.


Changes To CAN-SPAM Act Might Affect Your Blog

I received an email from the ExactTarget company this week that details new changes coming from the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003. These changes could affect your blog right now.

What is Changing on July 7th?

** Any unsubscribe process can request only the recipient's email address and any opt-out preference changes associated with their subscribed email address

** Any unsubscribe process that requires a recipient to provide more information, or interact with more than a single web page, is prohibited.


Read More here - Changes To CAN-SPAM Act Might Affect Your Blog.


Time to Visit the Entrecard Forum for the First Time, Again

Have you been to the Entrecard Forums recently? It is time to take another look if it has been a while. There is a new forum that Entrecard Founder Graham has been posting articles pretty regularly called Entrecard Economy. Here Graham and the Entrecard Members discuss ad pricing and drop values and more.

Graham is trying to find a way to make Entrecard better for it's members and is looking for a way to monetize Entrecard. I suppose venture capitalists like to see a profitable organization or at least one that has a future of profitability.

Read More here - Time to Visit the Entrecard Forum for the First Time, Again.


My Recommendations for a New NBA Logo

A group of us were talking basketball at work on friday and we began discussing the NBA logo. One of the guys, Jeff, said it was based upon the famous, Jerry West poster. He forwarded the photo and the logo and you can definitely see the similarities.
The Jerry West poster that urban legend has it that the NBA logo was created from. The NBA logo as created in the league's early history.
I remember that Jerry West was huge in the 60's with a tremendous work ethic. Jerry West and the LA Lakers were synomous with the success of the NBA.

But, if the logo was reworked today would it be ....

Read More here - New NBA Logo.

Seth Godin Action Figure

I got a good laugh the other day when I was reading a blog entry and someone said they received a Seth Godin action figure from their father.

Let's face it, you have made it to the big time when you have your very own action figure. How good of a marketing person do you have to be to make it profitable to have your own action figure?

Read More here - Seth Godin Action Figure.

How to Beat a Genius - Work Habits of the Successful Web Entrepreneur


"A person who is focused of average intelligence can run circles around the genius who doesn't have the focus."

Brian Tracy - Absolutely Unbeatable Laws of Business Success


Are you focused? "Focused on what," you might ask? Are you focused on what you are planning on eating for supper tonight? Focused on what is on TV? Focused on what your spouse is saying to you right now?

People Who Succeed in Life Are Not All Super Geniuses

I think the comment is designed to help you realize that the people who succeed in life are not all super geniuses that you and I could never match up with. We all have innate talents and abilities. If we learn to harvest that ability then we can succeed.

Read More here - How to Beat a Genius - Work Habits of the Successful Web Entrepreneur.

200 Percent Page Views Increase Compared to March

May was my best traffic month ever in the 5 year history of my web site. I credit a series of articles that I wrote that encouraged my visitors to read more than one article.

Unique Visitors - 42,772
Traffic from Search Engines - 38,189 (83.36%)
Page Views - 111,532

111,532 Page Views in May

Page views are up 200% compared to March. Check out the rest of the May traffic story here

I Ran Out Of Blog Ideas What Should I Write About - Blog Article Idea Starters

Do you ever reach that point where you don't know what to blog about next? As long as it isn't fatal, meaning you are so sick of blogging you never want to see your blog ever again, then these tips may prove useful for you.

This is just a list of blogging article idea starters. Just review the list and usually by the time you get to point 10 your brain is beginning to churn. The list begins by asking you what's in the news and ends with a helpful commentary on if you had to start all over again, what would you do differently?

Somewhere in between those two starting points is your next article. Oh, it won't be a straight answer to the question presented. You will noodle it a little. You will add your personality and a little salt. You will identify the relevancy to your own blog and you will be back to blogging with great content. If you haven't come up with an idea for an article after reading through this list then feel free to write an article lambasting me for wasting your time. Be sure and get my name right and please add a link to this article.

Read the rest of the blogging article idea starters here


Thirty Seven Percent Traffic Increase in March

March was a wonderful month with a normal increase for my business model. Here is a quick summary. Unique Visitors - 29,405
Traffic from Search Engines - 20,684 (70.34%)
Page Views - 55,847

55,847 Page Views in March

Page views are up 37% compared to last month. Check out the rest of the March traffic story here

Wordless Wednesday - March 26, 2008


A quiet walk along the park.

This is a wonderful park along the North Branch of the DuPage River in Warrenville, Illinois.

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Largest Entrecard Giveaway Ever

A 1st place prize of 34,000 credits will be given randomly to a new user. How about that for bringing in solid traffic? But, hey, that is just one of the prizes. This contest is being sponsored by 38 different Entrecard members. Our only goal? To help you succeed with your blog and in the Entrecard Network. So get your entry in today and begin to drive real traffic for today and tomorrow. Click Here to Begin to Win


You Can Win $500 Cash - But You Have to Hurry

FeedFlare has a hot contest with over $5200 in prizes at stake with the Featured Grand Prize of $500 cash. If you are an Entrecarder there is 25,000 Entrecard Credits at stake. Here is your chance to make some easy cash. There are many other prizes worth $5 to $200. There will be many winners in this contest and not many entries, so your chances to win something is VERY HIGH. Stop over at Feed Flare now before you forget. Your odds of winning are definitely in your favor.

If you want real March Madness this is the place to go.
FeedFlare Contest.

Wordless Wednesday - March 12, 2008


An closeup image of a cactus.

Beware the cactus. Photo taken near Apache Junction, Arizona.

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Popular Ad Networks are Going Going Gone

I am cleaning up some of my advertising this week. If you don't like all the ads I place on my site then you are going to be happy. I am getting rid of ads that don't work, ads that aren't bringing traffic and ads that are not producing revenue.

So, who is getting cut? Number one is AdsFlip.


Alexa Score Plummets Below 100,000

I am so excited I am going to brag a little today. I peeked at my Alexa score this afternoon and I was so excited. My Alexa score dropped another 13,000 points today. I knew it was coming and I would have been happy with a three month average of 99,000. But, instead it went as low as 93,102.


Wordless Wednesday - March 5, 2008


An image of the Black Pearl Dessert from Mama's Fishhouse in Maui.

Look for this dessert known as the Black Pearl the next time you are in Maui. You can find it at Mama's Fish House in Maui.

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February Traffic Results Better than January's

The February Traffic Results show continuous improvement over the month before and definitely moving toward my 2008 goal of 1,000,000 page views on this web site. That's right folks. My goal for 2008 is to drive enough traffic to the site to receive one million page views. This article is a look back at February 2008. I think it is another great month. I show improvement in Alexa Traffic Rank and it appears that I will drop well under 100,000 in March. Another area of improvement is the increase in the amount of Direct Traffic as measured by Google Analytics.


Wordless Wednesday


An image of a Honey Locust tree covered in snow at midnight.

I took this photo the other night near midnight when Chicago was receiving 6 inches of snow. The flakes were large and reflected the camera flash. The tree is a honey locust tree and has at least an inch of snow on it.


Going to the Moon on a Wheel Chair

Be a rock star with your Blog and GO to the moon! What do you mean go to the moon?

I just read an article about Google's robotic race to the Moon. It is called the Google Lunar X Prize and it is worth $30 million US dollars to one lucky winner. Could it be you?

Let's face it. I don't expect you to go to the moon. But can you do a flip in a wheel chair? Can you make an amusement game? Can you achieve your goals?


How You Can Predict Your Own Future

Many years ago, I took a Dale Carnegie course. My goal at the time was to become more comfortable speaking in public. I was very uncomfortable giving speeches and talking in a meeting with more than a couple of people in the meeting. The Dale Carnegie course has each of the participants in the program getting on their feet in front of the class and giving a speech each session.

If you do anything a number of times, then you become more comfortable in the process. But, did you know you can predict your future?


Wordless Wednesday


An image of a hot air balloon shooting gas flames into the balloon.

An interesting image of a hot air balloon trip I took. Shows the propane gas fire filling the balloon with hot air.


A Secret To Blogging Success You Don't Want to Hear

How Long is It Going to Take You to Strike It Rich in Blogging? That is a good question right? All these successful bloggers you are trying to imitate did not become full time successes overnight. It took some time. I read a blog known as Coding Horror, fairly regularly. It is mostly a tech blog where the author does a lot of research for each article.

So how long is it going to take you to Strike it Rich in Blogging?


Why Do I drop Entrecards and What is my Strategy?

Do You Treat Your Entrecard Dropping as A Business? Why do you drop Entrecards? Do you have a specific strategy that you regularly follow? Do you chain drop? Do you reciprocate drops? Do you drop 300 cards a day? Do you just drop within your category or do you target specific categories? Do you ever read the blogs you drop on? Is it possible to get an Alexa Boost by dropping cards? Are you dropping cards for the money potential of the Entrecard credits? Here is my strategy and it is helping me to double the amount of traffic I will receive this year.

Entrecard Forums, He Who Can't Be Named and the European Smackdown Tour

Have you taken the time to visit the Entrecard forums? I recommend you take a moment today and visit. Why? The Entrecard forums offer a wealth of information, humor, and community. If you have questions about your website, your Entrecard design, the best dropping methodology for Entrecard users or you just want to vent, the Entrecard forum is for you.

I have asked questions on the forum and there is always someone there with a quick answer or humorous response. Plus, the forum is a great source of humor. Recently, someone was bragging about being on the web site of He Who Must Not Be Named and a humorous conversation broke out. Now, if you aren't a regular on the forums the conversation might be a little offensive to you. But, the truth is the comments are all tongue in cheek dipped in a large vat of sarcasm.

To learn more about the Entrecard Forums, the European Smack Down Tour and Turnip of Power ...


Passive Income From An Affiliate Program

Are you looking to make some passive income from an affiliate program on your website? Have you tried every affiliate program and received little to no cash? Do you want that to change starting today?

Here is a little affiliate program I just found that I think will prove successful for you. Check out how you can earn passive income from an affiliate program.


Blog Success Daily Routine Checklist

At some point you will have read everything you need to read to get started and succeed on the internet. Now it is time for you to take action. But, now that you are ready to take action what action are you supposed to take? What are you to do?

Everybody runs into this question daily. What am I supposed to do today? What can I do now? Can somebody tell me? Here is the thing. Most of us are like lambs. We feel comfort being a member of the sheep class. We like to follow. We don’t want to lead. We just want someone to tell us what to do. Then we will do it.

Well, here it is. This is what you need to do every day. . . .


Becoming a Wolf after Being Raised by Lambs

I was raised by lambs. And I grew up a lamb myself. I followed others. When people in authority told me to do something I followed like a, well, like a lamb. I was just part of a big group of non-unique nobodies. That's right, I was a lamb.

What Fired Me Up?

Today, I decided to become a wolf.


Goal One Million Page Views - Actual January Results

That's right folks. My goal for 2008 is to drive enough traffic to the site to receive one million page views. This article is a look back at January and a pat on the back or a kick in the butt.

So, how did I do? To get one million page views you have to receive 83,333 page views each month. Last year I showed 470,000 page impressions as measured by Google Adsense. This year I am measuring the traffic by Google Analytics. I think going forward that will be a more accurate measurement. Plus, it allows me to not count certain ip addresses. So, if I am posting an article and making sure all the links work, then it isn't counting those as page views. There is no point in cheating on this goal.

40,200 Page Views in January So, let's get to the numbers and see what they all mean and how I can improve.


Changes at Entrecard Make People Mad

There are some big changes over at Entrecard and not everyone is happy. The changes are occurring almost everyday. I don't think these guys ever sleep. Here they are managing and commenting on all the blogs. Personally responding to any emails they receive, and managing a growing operation that is almost out of control and yet ... New Changes at Entrecard


Make Money With a DealDotCom Wonder Widget

I was wandering around the internet on Friday and I saw an affiliate link for DealDotCom. I had never heard of DealDotCom so I took the time to check them out. I want to say there appears to be potential to earn some hard cash from this opportunity.

Plus, it appears you can save a ton of money on some sweet eBooks, WordPress Plugins, video compression software and other fine products. The interesting thing is you are only presented with this outstanding deal for one day. One day, one deal, excellent products at fantastic prices. This company also has an affiliate program that can bring extra cash your way.


8 Blog Traffic Generators I Can't Live Without

My traffic this month has started spectacularly. I have set a goal this year to double the number of page views to my website. Last year I had 470,000 page views. This year I am shooting for (I place my little pinky next to the side of my mouth ala Dr Evil from the Austin Powers Movies) 1 million page views. So far for the month of January my numbers are definitely up. They could be a little higher, but they are very strong.

What is the difference this year? I think it is a combination of these 8 blog traffic generators that I can't live without. These eight magic traffic dynamos are bringing a basket full of knowledge hungry readers to my website each day. Are you using all these sources to drive traffic to your website?


Kennology

If you want to know more about me here is a little information. Sometimes you read blogs and you don't know anything about the person sharing the information. They just give you boring facts. It's like that teacher you had in high school without a personality. Hopefully, this will let you know more about me. Share some about you.

Ken answers questions about technology, biology, bullology, dumbology, lastology, favoritology and currentology...

Passion, Love, Work, Leadership and Football

Do you love what you do? Are you excited when you go into work each day? Are you passionate about business success? When you wake up each morning are you thinking about the thrill of victory?

I am a big Chicago Bears football fan. And if you live in the Chicago area and love the Bears the way I do then you may want to stop reading right now. Why? Because what I am about to say will be considered heresy to passionate Chicago Bears football fans.

But, this is not an article about football. ....

The Winner is announced in the Entrecard Contest

Check out the winner in the You Can Learn Series first Entrecard Contest.

Four Steps to Becoming a Top 10 Blogger

Are you in the Top 10 percent in your industry? Is your company a top ten company or is it further down in the list? Are you one of the best in your line of work? When people you work with are looking for answers to their problems, do they search for yoU? If they find you, do you help them with their problem or do you send them off to find someone else?

In most cases the top 10 percent are well rewarded for their abilities. It is certainly true in sports. But, how do you become a member of that 10 percent group? What is it they have that you lack? Do they know more? Do they work harder? Are they more determined? Do they have goals or a better education? What is it?


Clue Number Three in the Entrecard Contest

If you are playing the Entrecard contest for 1,000 Entrecard Credits then it is important that you check out Clue Number Three. This is the last clue. There are only three days left as the contest ends on Thursday, January 17, 2008 at 7 AM Chicago Time. Get your entry in now. Good Luck.


How to Create a Million Dollar Idea

Are you stuck in a rut of bad ideas? Are you looking to break out of your creativity slump? Here is a quick set of ideas to help you be more creative. Are you looking to make more money this year? What is holding you back? Is it implementation or ideas? This article will give you a way to be more creative. We all need to have a system in place where we force ideas. The great minds don't leave this to chance. They have a strategy.

Imagine you are sitting at your kitchen table and saying, why can't I be as successful as (pick a name?) They are always coming up with great ideas to help people out. Look at Steve Jobs and Larry Page. What do they have that I don't have? I am as smart as they are.

Here is a system that will help you come up with those terrific ideas.


The Number One Trait that Will Make You Rich

I just finished posting about Ten Things to Make Your Blog Successful in 2008. But, then I was sitting quietly and realized I forgot to tell the Number One Trait that will make you RICH. Did you know that today we are inundated with noise?

As you are writing your blog, do you have the TV on? Is the radio running in the background? Is your iPod playing your favorite tune in your ears? Do you thrive with the noise going on? Do you tell others that you can't, pick one, program, blog, do anything on the web, without something in the background? Do you know the The Number One Trait that Will Make You Rich?

Clue Number Two in the Entrecard Contest

If you are playing the Entrecard contest for 1,000 Entrecard Credits then it is important that you check out Clue Number Two. Good Luck.

Ten Things To Make Your Blog Successful in 2008

Ten Traffic Generating Blog Techniques

Here is a list of ten things you must do in 2008 to make money on the internet. If you are wondering why you are floundering with little internet cash then you must read this article. If you aren't doing these ten things then you are leaving Internet money on the table. Why would you want to walk away from easy cash?

Entrecard Contest For 1000 Credits And Bonus Prize

Scavenger Hunt

Here is a fun Entrecard contest. All the other Entrecard contests are kind of boring. But, this will be fun and you can win 1,000 Entrecard Credits in just ten days. Plus, a cool bonus prize only available from You Can Learn Series.

This is a scavenger hunt contest. I will give three clues. All you have to do is find the page that the clue originates on and you will be eligible to win the grand prize of 1,000 Entrecard credits. I will randomly draw the winner from all successful entrants. You MUST send me 3 emails. Each email must contain the URL of the page that the clue points to.

A Tale of Two Blogs

or How You Can Rock the House With Your Traffic

Are you getting enough traffic? Are you looking to improve your traffic numbers? Are you monetizing your pages as well as you should? I think this article answers those questions and will help you if you take the time to think through these issues.

I had a very interesting experience yesterday. I was checking out my usual blogs and I ran across a stats update from Caroline Middlebrook. She was kind enough to post her statistics for the month of December. I read her post and felt some emotion. The first emotion I felt was jealousy. She has only been blogging for 4 months and she is pulling down some absolutely huge traffic numbers.

Secondly, I felt the adrendaline rush I always feel when my competitive juices begin to flow. I want to do better. I want greater traffic. So, I thought it would be important to compare her numbers to mine. Then I can improve my numbers. The interesting thing about the web is you can repeat many things others are doing and you can be successful....

Entrecard Card Droppers Meme

Tim over at Yimto Affiliate Marketing Blog just tagged me in the EntreCard Top 10 Card Droppers Meme. First of all, I want to thank Entrecard for an excellent new traffic source. I want to thank Tim for stopping by everyday and dropping his virtual business card. I want to thank all of my other top card droppers for being so supportive and with that, I will reward you a free link. Lastly, if you were selected as one of my top ten droppers, support your top droppers by following the instructions below.

Seven Steps to Reaching Your 2008 Goals

Here it is just a few hours before we welcome in the New Year, 2008. For some it is a time of excitement. For others, they just want to crawl into bed and never come out.

What is the difference between the two? The excited person has goals. They have taken the time to decide what they want in life. They have a plan for achievement. They want something bad enough to get off their butt and make it happen.

Which one are you? Are you excited about the new year? Is this the year you reach out and grab the golden ring? Have you made your plans and calculated each step so precisely, that all you have to do is walk out the front door and success will come to you? Do you want it so bad it hurts?


Ten steps to make your blog successful. Ten Cash generating traffic busting blog techniques. Here is a list of ten things you must do in 2008 to make money on the internet. If you are wondering why you are floundering with little internet cash then you must read this article. If you aren't doing these ten things then you are leaving Internet money on the table. Why would you want to walk away from easy cash?

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We Arrive in Santiago de Compestela Spain

We walked for Thirty Three days straight

We have arrived in Santiago. We walked for 33 straight days. Some days were 12 milers and as many as 18 miles or more in one day. We reached our destination. We decided not to rush to reach the city. Mary had accidentally banged her knee on the table at the restaurant the night before and it was a little tender.


Day 31 Palas de Rei to Ribadiso

We have walked 31 days to Santiago de Compostela

Today we started early because we had reserved a room at an albergue and we had to get there by 2pm or we lost the reservation. Mary set a blistering pace in the dark morning mist. Sunrise is at 8 am but this morning we had clouds and fog so it was darker than yesterday. The path through the city was okay but then leaving the city it became more difficult.


Three days of walking left in our Camino

We only have 66 kilometers to Santiago

We have walked for 30 days with only 3 days till we reach our destination of Santiago de Compostela. It has been an amazing journey. We are in the Galicia region of Spain known for the rain it receives. Well we are extremely lucky because the weather has been beautiful for walking. It starts out cool in the high 40s but then warms up to the low to mid 70s. With plenty of sunshine.


We arrived in Sarria

Five walking days to Santiago

Today we started late at 8 am. We were almost the last people out of Triacastela walking the Camino.


Ocebreiro to Triacastela

Only 6 days remaining on the Camino de Santiago

We are sitting in a restaurant in the little village of Triacastela on day 27 having tapas. It was a short 12 miles that were mostly down. Tomorrow we hope to go to Sarria.


Views from Astorga Spain

From Leon to Astorga on the Camino de Santiago

We visited Leon, Spain yesterday and then we walked 35Km today. Leon was wonderful. Today we walked in rain for the first time. We went 35 KM yesterday for no other reason than we could.


Walked 17 Miles Today

Today we walked 17 miles on the Camino

Today we are sitting at the albergue in Terradillos de las Templarios. We are at the halfway point in our journey. We have walked over 250 miles or 400 kilometers. I truly didn't think we would be able to do this. Mary has been a real trouper walking through bad knees and the pain of shin splints.


Finished a Third of our Camino Experience

We have walked a Third of the way to Santiago

Today finds us in Ages, Spain only 14 miles from Burgos. We are quite excited that we have managed this distance. We hoped we could but we had doubts especially those first few days where we hurt so much.


The Path to Najera Spain

Eight Days of Walking

We have been walking for 8 days now. It has been interesting, tiring, painful, fun and a real learning experience.


Walking Through the Pyrenees

Walking Through the Pyrenees

Mary and I started our journey to Santiago Spain. The first day we started in Saint Jean Pied de Port in France. The goal was to arrive in Roncevalle, Spain before nightfall.




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