Do YouTube Videos work?

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Posted on 11th September 2013 by Tony in Random |Thoughts

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I’ll be honest: I’ve avoided making YouTube Videos for the simple reason that I’m not a big fan of my face. I feel that I look a little retarded!

This week we launched our new website for our workshops and seminars (www.marketingworkshop.co.za) and my friend Justin suggested I put together a welcome video. AARGH! I couldn’t believe how nervous I was to record a video! Here’s my video:

 

 

I’m beginning to learn heaps about it (for example, not to read scripts / cue prompters as my eyes keep moving around on the screen – I’ll have to update that. I’ll be documenting my journey here and tell you how the videos work for business!

Let me know in the comments below if you have any suggestions or help below!

Who knows, I could become the next Caspar Lee!


Struggling to Self-Motivate

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Posted on 14th May 2013 by Tony in Random

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bored babyFor the last few days I’ve really been struggling to find motivation to get things done. I’m coasting. Doing the bare minimum just to make things happen and get things done. I can’t remember when last I have felt this frustrated or irritated with myself.

I won’t say that I’ve always been a “self-actuator” or whatever term people use. My dad used to label me as “lazy” because I’d always try and find the quickest way to get things done so I can just go back to reading books or sleeping or whatever else sloths and hermits do. This is probably what made Internet Marketing so great for me. I can reduce my workload to less than an hour a day, still pay all the bills and have all the free time I want.

Except …

What does one do with all the free time? I know, sounds crazy in a world where everyone is always incredibly and increasingly busy … I literally keep myself busy on skype, twitter and facebook. And reading the news, which just makes me even more depressed.

Maybe I need a holiday? Or a pet-project? A hobby?

These are the questions I think about. It’s no longer about “taking over the world” or building a huge empire … it’s about “what kind of value am I adding”?

I don’t think these are bad questions to ask. I know that I have a higher purpose.

Just fuddling my way through things at the moment.

If you have any thoughts, please add them to the comment box…


Can you still make money online?

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Posted on 11th March 2013 by Tony in Business Advice

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Two weeks ago I met up with a group of “Internet Marketers” in Cape Town. This quirky bunch of folk have decided to ditch their normal day jobs and make money online. Some of them sell ebooks online, others sell specially designed software. Others, like me, enjoy working in an affiliate marketing environment.

It’s a risky business, this Internet Marketing, but every person at the table agreed that they wouldn’t do it any other way. You can choose to do your own thing when you want to. You have the freedom of going to your little girl’s ballet recital or watching your son’s rugby game without asking the boss’ permission first.

I’ve been working ‘online’ now full-time since 2006 (and in total since 2002) and I love every minute of it. Of course, it has it’s ups and down and it has it’s challenges, but it can absolutely be done. Over the last 11 years I’ve made a lot of mistakes. I’ve also made millions. And I’ve lost millions.

But it’s been an incredibly exciting journey.

I’ve decided to start blogging my thoughts and ideas. I hope you’ll join me on the journey!