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Another List of Cool Tools

20 Sep

Many of the tools I’ve shared with you in the past are available on both Windows and Mac machines but today, I’ll be sharing some Mac only programs. I apologize to all you Windows users out there and if I knew of Windows comparable apps, I’d share those. Unfortunately, I don’t. But if you do, please post them in the comments.

StickyWindows. This is a cool little program. It makes the edges of your screen “sticky” – and you “dock” open programs there when you aren’t using them so they’re not taking up space on your desktop. Now, you can basically hide open apps with the dock, but this takes a bit further so they’re open and very easily accessible. I love this program and I use it everyday.

Skim. If you read or use a lot of PDF docs, this app is a must-have. It allows you to make notes, comments, and much more on your PDF’s for future reference. It also has a bookmark feature, snapshots feature and even allows copying and pasting quite easily. Skim is like Preview on steroids.

PTHPasteboard. Where Skim is Preview on steroids, PTHPasteboard is your clipboard on steroids. It will remember 100’s of items you’ve copied and allow you to insert any of them with just a few simple clicks nearly anywhere you want to paste them. I copy and paste A LOT in my writing and design work and this little app speeds up that process so much, it’s not even funny. It doesn’t have a lot of fancy bells and whistles but it powerful nonetheless and like the other tools I share, I use it daily.

So, there you have it! Another segment of the cool tools series. I hope you find these useful. And please do post any Windows apps you use that are similar to these. I’ll be back soon with another Product Creation post, though I am still feeling under the weather so it might be late today or possibly not until tomorrow. We’ll see what the day brings!

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30dc Revelation

28 Aug

I just had a sudden revelation –

For the last few years, I’ve bought dozens of online products – all sitting here on my hard drive – and I’ve never really known what to do with them.

And some of the “free” products I received as part of some package I always thought were kinda cheesy. Well, as I’m sitting here looking for additional niches, I’ve come across a good half a page of possible niches that I already own products for! I had no interest in those “cheesy” topics, but apparently, I’m alone in that thought. Because most of these key phrases have upwards of 300 hits per day according to GTrends and have less than 30k competing sites.

Hmmm . . . I’m so excited, I might just stay up half the night and work on them. I really want to see everything I’ve been doing all month come together.

And congrats to all the people out there who have made their $10 or more. I heard it’s official there has been a $700+ dollar sale and a $7,000 sale! WOW! That rocks!

Now . . . it’s MY TURN! 🙂

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More Niche•ing

28 Aug

I have a niche I’ve been sitting on for over a year because I just didn’t know how to take it to the next level. Not that I didn’t try – I bought Butterfly Marketing, The 7 Figure Code and other programs trying to find an edge in the market – because it’s a tough one (and probably one Ed says we should steer clear of) – but I keep at it because I know the market well. It’s something I’m good at and have been doing as a hobby for many years and I want to share my knowledge and experience with others getting into it or trying to learn it.

And I think I’ve had a revelation today that will allow me to take it to the next level. I’m so excited about that I can hardly stand it. The kids will probably not allow me to get much work done until papa gets home from work, though, so I’m going to just work out a more long-term plan with it. desk.gif

It’s really too bad some niches are “off limits” because many of them are niches I know well. Take the health industry for example. I’m a health nut – holistic, all natural medicines, organic foods, natural cleaning products – the whole nine yards, as it were. And I can’t do anything in that niche because Ed says it’s a no-no.

Yeah, I’ve tried to find a cool little phrase in there somewhere that gets good ranking on the GTrends tool but nope, nothing. What a bummer.

I’m curious about everyone else’s niches too. Just curious – no underhanded thoughts there. I just want to know how my niches “fit” for lack of a better term with what others have found. So far, I haven’t found anyone doing either of my niches although one has a couple of very close – shall we say – relatives. 😉 I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing.

Looks like I’m rambling here and I’ve totally lost my point, so I better go watch today’s videos again because I missed part of Rob’s first video and then go work on my niches a bit more. One isn’t performing well so I think I may change it a bit and maybe add one more platform before I decide whether or not to dump it.

Oh – and I’m getting very excited about next month! Ed said in his video today that the strategy we’ll be learning in September is product creation. I’ve studied it some already but I’m looking forward to Ed’s “golden nuggets” – he explains things in ways many others don’t and I really like that. I always pick up something from his instruction that never came through in others.

Have a great day today! And I’ll be back later with Part 3 of my Useful Tools thread.

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Niche Mania!

26 Aug

Well, this weekend brings the “Challenge within the Challenge” and I’m busy digging for a new, fresh niche. I have a couple that look like they might be what I need but it’s time to head over to clickbank and amazon.com to check out available products and look at the competition.

And I only have a few hours to pull this off as apparently, Grandma wants to take my oldest daughter shopping today. Which means, I’ll need to go too. But I’m not a shopper – I go to the store, get what I need and get out. 😉 Definitely not your typical woman.

Anyway, leave a comment and tell me if you’re doing the Challenge within the Challenge and how you’re doing with it. I’d love to hear from you!

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Golden Nuggets

13 Aug

You may have already seen the Golden Nuggets lesson if you’re a part of the 30 Day Challenge but in case you aren’t, I’m posting them here for you. Check out the awesome content and training we are all getting for FREE and then go sign up!

Here are the PDF and video of today’s training . . .

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So, that wraps up today. I’ve got to go write my mini articles now and get ready for tomorrow. Hope enjoyed Ed and Gary’s Golden Nuggets. I think it’s the best thing to hit the Challenge so far. And now that we’re really getting down to business, I’m even more excited about this training!

See you tomorrow!

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Get Reminders via Twitter . . .

10 Aug

Did you know . . . ?

Twitter can now send you reminders!

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Yep, just direct message the timer user on Twitter: something like “d timer 45 Call mom” and you’ll get a private message back in 45 minutes that reads “call mom.”

If you direct messages to your cell phone, this is a really nice way to set up reminders on the fly. Twitter is quickly transforming from a way to broadcast what you had for lunch to a robust personal mobile command line with Remember the Milk and GCal integration.

Original article on Lifehacker here.

PS > Here’s the help section for this on Twitter’s site – http://help.twitter.com/index.php?pg=kb.page&id=15

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Research Made Easy

10 Aug

Tools Ed Dale uses for The 30 Day Challenge, simplified, all in one location.

A new slideshare presentation is available for viewing and download . . .

Hope you enjoy it! Feel free to download if you like it and please digg, stumble and share away! 😉

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