Does this look any different to you?

This is NOT a ‘does my bum look big in this’ question, but more of a ‘does this look any different’ sort of thing.

You see, during the day Monday to Friday, internet access in this place is very slow. frustratingly so at times, so I’m trying this little piece of Microsoft software called Windows Live Writer which is supposed to be able to let you blog from your desktop. It’s a lot quicker and more responsive obviously because it’s local to me and once I hit ‘Publish’ it should upload everything to the blog here for the world to see. Failing that I’ll just copy and paste the lot next time I can force the 1200 baud modem to connect!

Yes, it’s silly mood time, but I’m feeling good. If you remember my Big Launch posts a little while ago then if you count the days (30) it means I’ve just been paid out for my efforts. OK. It wasn’t a fortune but it was a nice little extra to the marketing budget. Now for the real updates.

I’ll start with this site. The more observant of you may have noticed a few extra pop ups and boxes here and there, asking for your email address and offering free updates. This is due to a nifty little plugin called AppSumo. This offers a lot of opportunities to join one of my email lists and also helps to track visitors. The base plugin is free as are some of the useful add-ons. Just go to http://www.appsumo.com and grab it for yourself. There’s also a growing community behind it which is small at the moment but it’s got to start somewhere.

You may also have noticed a little pop up in the bottom right corner too, which changes with the page you’re reading. Another little plug in called Notice Box Ads. This came from http://www.resellrightsonline.com and seems an unobtrusive way of delivering an ad without having to slap it in on the sidebar. Yes I’d like to make sales from here, but I want to bring people for the content. Let me know. Are the ads too discrete or too much? Do they get in your way? What about the share bar that drops down with you? Do you ever share good content? I really ought to ask you to share it if you think it worthwhile. What do you do for advertising and sharing. Comments below as always, please.

Work on the September launch of my next product is gathering pace. The manual that goes with the audio training is almost ready. Just need a decent cover for that. I have a mock up that sort of makes a mockery of the word ‘design’. I just threw some graphics at a page and saw what stuck. Need to make it look nicer now.

Also planning a product for late October / early November and this will be a membership site. I have most of the content started but I’ll need to go through it and make up the manual to go with it. Graphics are going to be a big thing for this one as I’ll need a load of related stuff. I have templates, but I really need a joined up approach for this. I have a feeling this one may slip into the new year.

Although it’s not really my field I think getting into training that can be easily carried out on tablets might be a good thing. There’s been a proliferation of 7” sized screen devices and I think there could be a good market for products specifically aimed at that screen size. I’m not sure what just yet. More than just an ebook reader, something interactive and probably web based so it’s easily convertible to iPad and MS Surface formats too. It’s only a glimmer of an idea at the moment. Maybe yes, maybe no. We’ll see.

As always though good people, tell me your thoughts. Have I finally gone off the deep end or am I making reasonable sense? You tell me in the comments below.

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11 Comments

  • Wow Steven. First of all, thanks for sharing the plugin. Not sure if I would be using (still cant decide what to add to my site despite wanted to up the visibility n attractiveness of my optin form), its a good to know.

    Secondly, as always, boy your plate is always so ‘loaded’;D Trust you can make them happen. Look forward to learn more about your launch. Have fun creating n making things happen! To your Abundance, Sandy

    • Hi Sandy,
      I’m about on track with my product launch thanks for asking. There’s an old saying – “if you want something doing, give it to a busy man”. I’m going to add a rider… “so long as it’s not me”.
      Thanks for popping by once again. It’s great to see the regular people and especially when they bring such positivity.
      Regards,

      Steven Lucas

  • Boon on

    Hi Steven,
    Thanks for the lead on AppSump and Notice Box Ads. I will try it out too.
    I like the way the ads are showing up. It’s not too distracting.

    Glad to know that you are launching your product soon. It seems that the only real way to make money online is to launch your own products and build a list with your product launch.

    Cheers,
    Boon

    • Hi Boon,

      AppSumo is really useful and they keep adding more bits and pieces to it every month. It’ll soon be bigger than the blog it’s residing on! Look it up if you think it could be useful to you too. There’s more to it than what I use. I’m not even on a commission!
      Regards,

      Steven Lucas

  • Dawn on

    You are one busy person! I need you behind me kicking my butt to complete a product.

    While I am not fond of pop-ups, I do use them sparingly. The one I deplore the most though is the popup that dead-centers on a page before you even get a chance to see the content.

    The only sort of popup I’ve seen on your blog is the one at the bottom when you scroll down. So it is not offensive.

    I can understand your frustration with your connection. Until about a year ago, we could only have higher speeds if we subscribed to satellite. Expensive to say the least. Now we have wireless service, but even that can be cranky!

    Usually, I write my articles in notepad. Gather the photos I need and then copy/paste to the blogs.

    • Hi Dawn,

      I’m only kidding about the connection speeds. They’re actually quite decent round here. It’s more the number of people who share the connection during the day. When I’m here in the evenings and nights I have the whole bandwidth practically to myself.
      Thank you for the comments on the pop ups. I’m with you about ones that totally obscure the page until they’re dismissed. They are NOT the ones that get my details.
      Regards,

      Steven Lucas

      P.S.: I wouldn’t dare to kick your butt. Your partner is undoubtedly bigger than I am and I’ve discovered that pain hurts. Should you need need encouragement and guidance, well I’m here to help.

  • Hey Steven,

    This is a quick stop over here to show you how much I appreciate your action on my blog and thanks for grabbing the free plugin. It will work and surely keep your commentators coming back 😉

    Are you in a city where connection is as slow as my case? I can’t even watch videos online. That’s why Youtube is not my thing 😉

    I’m hopping for the better

    • Hello Enstine,
      Thank you first of all for your visit to my humble little site and let me just give a big shout to the other readers… HEY. THIS IS THE GUY WHO MADE THE COMMENTER COUNTER PLUGIN. Nothing like discrete around here!

      I’ve got a feeling it might inspire a bit more conversation and competition – especially since I like to reply to everyone. So it’s going to wear me out, if nothing else.

      Thank you once again, kind sir.
      Regards,

      Steven Lucas

  • I am not big on this social media stuff, or blogging, but thank you for sharing this information, I will check it out. Congrats on getting your product out soon.

    • Hi William,
      Thanks for taking the time to visit here.
      As I said in the article, I’m not big on SEO so most of my information in this department is pretty second hand, but then again, I suspect that much of the info we read is as well. Doesn’t stop it being valid though, but I will do corrections if necessary.
      Hope you’ll keep coming back.
      Regards,

      Steven Lucas

  • Anytime you can provide training on a table to make learn and other things easier is a very good thing. We are becoming such a tablet based world. Just my thoughts. 🙂

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