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Its time to make this blog alive again

For year 2010 and 2011, there was only 1 post from me, and it is an inspired speech from Adrian Tan. There have been many changes, ups and downs, but one thing for sure, I did not give up on internet marketing. In fact, I have learn about what does not work, and what it is like to work from home.

Laziness

Consistency

The 2 biggest factor for the slow progress in Internet Marketing. Its amazing that I can work so hard and diligently for people but when it comes to my own business, it seems strange that I will be automatically switch to being lazy.

Accountability

Finally, I realize that I do not take accountability to myself seriously. At work, clients like my work, employers can see my efforts and I actually hate disappointing anyone. But when it comes to myself, it seems strange that the words “i shall be hardworking tomorrow” always appears.

So for 2012, it is time to change this. Its not to say I am not doing well but the funny part is that even in my lazy mode, as long as I can balance my balance sheet, i can still live the “internet marketer poor man’s dream”.

Since 2012 is going to be a challenging year for everyone, with Europe filed with bad debts, US being unstable and china seem to be sinking as well, I guess it is nuts for me that I have decided to continue working for myself full time.

Stepping Out

Since I am technically “gifted”, and finally coming to grips with the “ins” and “outs” of niche marketing, I started to offer back linking services, blog creation services, and selling products from Amazon.com , ShareASale.com and Clickbank.com as well. All this gives me a minimum income that allows me to pay off my bills and yet work only a few hours a week.

I guess it is time to try in put in at least 5 hours of work and make a decent income.

Full of Ideas

As I meet new friends who are also my clients, it has been eye-opening of the businesses that people are involved in. I will have that “wow, you can do this for a living?” kind of reaction. It has been fun! Clients are mostly nice to me and I am grateful that they are willing to share their business model with me too

So it is time to share my experiences with everyone (or if i still have any readers left), and give accountability to myself on the progress (or the lack of progress and be more hardworking).

Content will include the following:

– Different interesting businesses I encountered that I will definitely not be able to do
– I have been constantly buying outsourcing services to facilitate my lazy lifestyle so I might recommend some
– Share my earnings (if I dare)
– Talk about certain strategies I have learnt along the way
– Technical difficulties that I can translate to easier understandable terms
– And finally, the projects I have in mind for 2012, with an attempt with creating iPhone apps

Thanks for reading, (if I have any readers left.. its been so long)
Andrew

Adrian Tan Speech for NTU, Meaningful

Written by Adrian Tan, author of The Teenage Textbook (1988), was the
guest-of-honour at a recent NTU convocation ceremony. This was his
speech to the graduating class of 2008.

if you are done reading, let me know, I will be bringing this post down soon, unless there are others who happens to stumble upon this post as well.

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I must say thank you to the faculty and staff of the Wee Kim Wee
School of Communication and Information for inviting me to give your
convocation address. It’s a wonderful honor and a privilege for me to
speak here for ten minutes without fear of contradiction, defamation
or retaliation. I say this as a Singaporean and more so as a husband.

My wife is a wonderful person and perfect in every way except one. She
is the editor of a magazine. She corrects people for a living. She has
honed her expert skills over a quarter of a century, mostly by
practising at home during conversations between her and me.

On the other hand, I am a litigator. Essentially, I spend my day
telling people how wrong they are. I make my living being
disagreeable.

Nevertheless, there is perfect harmony in our matrimonial home. That
is because when an editor and a litigator have an argument, the one
who triumphs is always the wife.

And so I want to start by giving one piece of advice to the men: when
you’ve already won her heart, you don’t need to win every argument.

Marriage is considered one milestone of life. Some of you may already
be married. Some of you may never be married. Some of you will be
married. Some of you will enjoy the experience so much, you will be
married many, many times. Good for you.

The next big milestone in your life is today: your graduation. The end
of education. You’re done learning.

You’ve probably been told the big lie that “Learning is a lifelong
process” and that therefore you will continue studying and taking
masters’ degrees and doctorates and professorships and so on. You know
the sort of people who tell you that? Teachers. Don’t you think there
is some measure of conflict of interest? They are in the business of
learning, after all. Where would they be without you? They need you to
be repeat customers.

The good news is that they’re wrong.

The bad news is that you don’t need further education because your
entire life is over. It is gone. That may come as a shock to some of
you. You’re in your teens or early twenties. People may tell you that
you will live to be 70, 80, 90 years old. That is your life
expectancy.

I love that term: life expectancy. We all understand the term to mean
the average life span of a group of people. But I’m here to talk about
a bigger idea, which is what you expect from your life.

You may be very happy to know that Singapore is currently ranked as
the country with the third highest life expectancy. We are behind
Andorra and Japan, and tied with San Marino. It seems quite clear why
people in those countries, and ours, live so long. We share one thing
in common: our football teams are all hopeless.
There’s very little
danger of any of our citizens having their pulses raised by watching
us play in the World Cup. Spectators are more likely to be lulled into
a gentle and restful nap.

Singaporeans have a life expectancy of 81.8 years. Singapore men live
to an average of 79.21 years, while Singapore women live more than
five years longer, probably to take into account the additional time
they need to spend in the bathroom.

So here you are, in your twenties, thinking that you’ll have another
40 years to go. Four decades in which to live long and prosper.

Bad news. Read the papers. There are people dropping dead when they’re
50, 40, 30 years old. Or quite possibly just after finishing their
convocation. They would be very disappointed that they didn’t meet
their life expectancy.

I’m here to tell you this. Forget about your life expectancy.

After all, it’s calculated based on an average. And you never, ever
want to expect being average.

Revisit those expectations. You might be looking forward to working,
falling in love, marrying, raising a family. You are told that, as
graduates, you should expect to find a job paying so much, where your
hours are so much, where your responsibilities are so much.

That is what is expected of you. And if you live up to it, it will be
an awful waste.

If you expect that, you will be limiting yourself. You will be living
your life according to boundaries set by average people. I have
nothing against average people. But no one should aspire to be them.
And you don’t need years of education by the best minds in Singapore
to prepare you to be average.

What you should prepare for is mess. Life’s a mess. You are not
entitled to expect anything from it. Life is not fair. Everything does
not balance out in the end. Life happens, and you have no control over
it. Good and bad things happen to you day by day, hour by hour, moment
by moment. Your degree is a poor armour against fate.

Don’t expect anything. Erase all life expectancies. Just live. Your
life is over as of today. At this point in time, you have grown as
tall as you will ever be, you are physically the fittest you will ever
be in your entire life and you are probably looking the best that you
will ever look. This is as good as it gets. It is all downhill from
here. Or up. No one knows.

What does this mean for you? It is good that your life is over.

Since your life is over, you are free. Let me tell you the many
wonderful things that you can do when you are free.

The most important is this: do not work.

Work is anything that you are compelled to do. By its very nature, it
is undesirable.

Work kills. The Japanese have a term “Karoshi”, which means death from
overwork. That’s the most dramatic form of how work can kill. But it
can also kill you in more subtle ways. If you work, then day by day,
bit by bit, your soul is chipped away, disintegrating until there’s
nothing left. A rock has been ground into sand and dust.

There’s a common misconception that work is necessary. You will meet
people working at miserable jobs. They tell you they are “making a
living”. No, they’re not. They’re dying, frittering away their
fast-extinguishing lives doing things which are, at best, meaningless
and, at worst, harmful.

People will tell you that work ennobles you, that work lends you a
certain dignity. Work makes you free. The slogan “Arbeit macht frei”
was placed at the entrances to a number of Nazi concentration camps.
Utter nonsense.

Do not waste the vast majority of your life doing something you hate
so that you can spend the small remainder sliver of your life in
modest comfort. You may never reach that end anyway.

Resist the temptation to get a job. Instead, play. Find something you
enjoy doing. Do it. Over and over again. You will become good at it
for two reasons: you like it, and you do it often. Soon, that will
have value in itself.

I like arguing, and I love language. So, I became a litigator. I enjoy
it and I would do it for free. If I didn’t do that, I would’ve been in
some other type of work that still involved writing fiction – probably
a sports journalist.

So what should you do? You will find your own niche. I don’t imagine
you will need to look very hard. By this time in your life, you will
have a very good idea of what you will want to do. In fact, I’ll go
further and say the ideal situation would be that you will not be able
to stop yourself pursuing your passions. By this time you should know
what your obsessions are. If you enjoy showing off your knowledge and
feeling superior, you might become a teacher.

Find that pursuit that will energise you, consume you, become an
obsession. Each day, you must rise with a restless enthusiasm. If you
don’t, you are working.

Most of you will end up in activities which involve communication. To
those of you I have a second message: be wary of the truth. I’m not
asking you to speak it, or write it, for there are times when it is
dangerous or impossible to do those things. The truth has a great
capacity to offend and injure, and you will find that the closer you
are to someone, the more care you must take to disguise or even
conceal the truth. Often, there is great virtue in being evasive, or
equivocating. There is also great skill. Any child can blurt out the
truth, without thought to the consequences. It takes great maturity to
appreciate the value of silence.

In order to be wary of the truth, you must first know it. That
requires great frankness to yourself. Never fool the person in the
mirror.

I have told you that your life is over, that you should not work, and
that you should avoid telling the truth. I now say this to you: be
hated.

It’s not as easy as it sounds. Do you know anyone who hates you? Yet
every great figure who has contributed to the human race has been
hated, not just by one person, but often by a great many. That hatred
is so strong it has caused those great figures to be shunned, abused,
murdered and in one famous instance, nailed to a cross.

One does not have to be evil to be hated. In fact, it’s often the case
that one is hated precisely because one is trying to do right by one’s
own convictions. It is far too easy to be liked, one merely has to be
accommodating and hold no strong convictions. Then one will gravitate
towards the centre and settle into the average. That cannot be your
role. There are a great many bad people in the world, and if you are
not offending them, you must be bad yourself. Popularity is a sure
sign that you are doing something wrong.

The other side of the coin is this: fall in love.

I didn’t say “be loved”. That requires too much compromise. If one
changes one’s looks, personality and values, one can be loved by
anyone.

Rather, I exhort you to love another human being. It may seem odd for
me to tell you this. You may expect it to happen naturally, without
deliberation. That is false. Modern society is anti-love. We’ve taken
a microscope to everyone to bring out their flaws and shortcomings. It
far easier to find a reason not to love someone, than otherwise.
Rejection requires only one reason. Love requires complete acceptance.
It is hard work – the only kind of work that I find palatable.

Loving someone has great benefits. There is admiration, learning,
attraction and something which, for the want of a better word, we call
happiness. In loving someone, we become inspired to better ourselves
in every way. We learn the truth worthlessness of material things. We
celebrate being human. Loving is good for the soul.

Loving someone is therefore very important, and it is also important
to choose the right person. Despite popular culture, love doesn’t
happen by chance, at first sight, across a crowded dance floor. It
grows slowly, sinking roots first before branching and blossoming. It
is not a silly weed, but a mighty tree that weathers every storm.
You will find, that when you have someone to love, that the face is
less important than the brain, and the body is less important than the
heart.

You will also find that it is no great tragedy if your love is not
reciprocated. You are not doing it to be loved back. Its value is to
inspire you.

Finally, you will find that there is no half-measure when it comes to
loving someone. You either don’t, or you do with every cell in your
body, completely and utterly, without reservation or apology. It
consumes you, and you are reborn, all the better for it.

Don’t work. Avoid telling the truth. Be hated. Love someone.

Magic Article Rewriter Spinner Software – Video Review of My Experience

Magic Article Rewriter is one of the best tools I have used so far for spinning my articles.  Every time I have completed an article, and approved by ezinearticles, I will take this article, and use magic article rewriter to spin the article and submit to freetrafficsystem.com.

You cannot believe how much time it is going to take me to spin a 800 word article, starting from scratch. I am going to write a few pointers on why I like the software and please continue watching my video review of magic article rewriter.

1 – thousands of words ready in the database to give you suggestions

2 – the flexibility of Magic Article rewriter is that I can add in my own variations, and continue building a database of word variations and with just a click of a button, the software will immediately find all the words in the database I have build, and add in the variations for all the words that can be found in the article.  It is going to save you a lot of time

3 – the ability to just spin 1 article to review if there are any errors and the ability to mass spin 100s of articles for you to submit to the different web directories, web20, and article directories

4 – it has a export function that will change the spin code format so that you can submit to these main 4 article directory submission websites: namely free traffic system, my article network, article marketing automation, and unique article wizard.

5 – there is this “apply magic” function that is not included unless you choose to buy the function.  There is this function for you to build your own database of word variations which I mention above.  And this “apply magic” function is similar, except that it comes with 11,000 word variations which can really shorten the time you will need to spend on spinning your article.

6 – there is the function to show you how many words are in the article, and the uniqueness density (alot of websites requires your spin articles to be around 30% unique so this software can you help gauge how much more you need to spin).

7 – there are also the basic functions of spell checks, cut, copy and paste functions.

Ok. Check out the 2 videos I have done to show you how Magic Article Rewriter works.

Click on the button (as shown in the picture below) to enlarge the video.

Magic Article Rewriter Video Part 1

Magic Article Rewriter Video Part 2

I have also build up a few more videos to show you in detail on how to use magic article rewriter and how to use your spin article and submit to freetrafficsystem.com and get the backlinks you need.  But I will not show it to the public.  It will only be available to people who buy the software through my links.  Here are the bonuses:

Bonus 1

– how to get spin word variations using the software
– how to add and edit your own word variations
– how to use the “apply magic” button to immediately spin your articles
– how to spin 1 article and how to get mass article spins
– how to export your spin articles using the “Spun article” function
– and finally how to submit the spin article to freetrafficsystem.com for backlinks

Bonus 2

– I will personally spin 1 article that you send to me.
– the article you sent to me should have a title,
– and the article body around 450 to 500 words,
– and tell me the anchor text you are trying to build backlinks with.

I will come up with a spin article that you can immediately use to submit to freetrafficsystem.com to start building your backlinks.

I know my English does not sound good nor clear, and honestly, I tend to speak better english when I am not recording.  Somehow, when the microphone is on, I tend to stammer, add in some funny singaporean lingo, and the words like “ok” and “ah” keeps coming out of my voice.

I do not really want to throw in some useless PLR bonus that everyone seems to be doing so this bonus is what I can call my own and share it with you guys.  Just drop me a comment here if you bought the software and i will send you the download links for the videos.  It will be in FLV format but it will be pretty clear since I use camtasia version 6 to record, and use youtube’s technology to do the conversion of avi to flv.

Here are the steps:

1 – Click here to buy Magic Article Rewriter
2 – Drop me a comment and I will get back to you on where to download the videos

3 – Sign up for a free account with freetrafficsystem.com if you do not have one account yet

Anyway, regardless of whether you want to buy Magic Article Rewriter through me or not, I will still recommend it.  Thanks for watching the videos and reading my review.

Regards,

Andrew

Merry Xmas to Anyone who stops by BusinessPeanuts.com

Hi Everyone, just want to say meRRy XmAs and a Happy New Year to anyone who is still sober from the Xmas Parties.

I am not a Christian but I have always enjoyed this festive season (there is a sense of happiness amid the dark times).  And it was nice to have a Kentucky Fried Chicken family feast, as well as some sushi with my family (too bad my mum had to work late).  And this will be my beloved niece’s 2nd Xmas.  She has been eyeing the presents I have for her.

(borrowed this belowed picture from freetrafficsystem.com and will be writing a post about them soon)

I know it has been a long time since I have updated this blog with any new posts but writing is not really my forte i guess.  Anyway, another few days and the new year is upon us too.  So it is time for reflections, for new targets (or in my case, renewing my old targets).  These are the questions that always pop up in my head every year end (yes, I tend to talk to myself):

– So how was your year?

– Do you see progress or do you feel stagnant?

– Do you feel you have moved a level higher in your IM progress or still stuck at the same position?

– What should be done to improve?


For me, this year was a roller coaster ride.  Income went up and down and discipline was really a challenge to maintain.  And time really flies.  I quit my job and started a full time business online on 1st September 2008 and now is almost till the end of 2009. Wow!

The beginning first six months was pretty ok, and july till October was pretty bad, and now, things seem to be looking up again.  There are so many adjustments and seriously speaking, I am still not really in the “responsibility” mode for my business.

But things are improving.

– I started without any partners in business but ended the year with 2 great business partners (yes, you, Ben and John).

– Got myself a new mentor, and a few of us are learning so much from a certain marketer that is imparting so much skills to us (will soon be revealed).

– Finally found 2 great and hardworking writers (who are on a month long xmas break)

And since there are 6 more days to the new year, I figure I will write some resources that has helped, guided and showed me some ways to leverage time.  And to share with everyone in the next 6 days before I disappear without a post in the new year.

So enjoy the Xmas holidays, the new year holidays, and hope that the world will be a better place (the climate is pretty screwed up these days but no harm in being optimistic).

Always believe in the law of attraction, and just think about having better times and higher income, and through your actions, it will come. (I am telling myself this, but you are welcome to share this optimism as well)

Happy Holidays, Merry Xmas and a Happy Year too!

Andrew