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There have been a number of cases in years gone by of companies coming under attack and being threatened by a certain government agency.
However, it appears that most of this cases were resolved without too much destruction.
The most important thing to remember when promoting natural remedies is to make sure that you do not make any outrageous health claims and NEVER use the word “Cure”.
It’s always a good idea to have a good disclaimer as well that asserts that you are not offering medical advice and that if a person has any questions about their own situation, they must seek counsel from their own doctor.
A Case To Remember
There is a relatively ‘famous’ marketer out there who got into all kinds of trouble selling natural remedies. I remember reading some of the court documents out there on the guy.
I can’t remember what he was doing specifically, but he was charged and he signed an agreement to never sell any type of health supplement again. He also agreed to never help or consult with any companies that did.
He would be in violation of his agreement if he did so.
I’m not entirely sure if his issue had to do with outrageous claims or repetitive billing.
In any event, never make claims about health care products unless it is a claim that is widely accepted as being true.
The more you step out on a limb, the more you are at risk of getting into hot water when selling natural remedies.
Let The Seller Beware
There is that saying, “Let the buyer beware”. But in the realm of natural health products, it should be: “Let the Seller beware”.
If you have a crazy story on this topic to share, comment below.
PS: check out this A to Z list of natural remedies
I know that feeling. It is a punishing kind of existence.
We work late and then we have to get up early.
This is damaging on so many levels. Our bodies don’t get a chance to rebuild properly. Our minds don’t get a chance to relax properly.
We work all day and then again at night.
Why do we do that?
Are we just trying to earn a few extra dollars or take our business to the next level?
I’ll be the first to admit. I’m no expert on relaxing. I work hard and then some. It is really too much.
Often times, I feel that the results are not what they should be. But the truth is, not all of us can be super successful. And hard work or lack thereof is not usually the reason we are not as successful as we want to be.
We have to find our place in life and realize that is pretty much where we are likely to stay.
But no one is content with that frame of mind! Instead, we are always looking for the next thing we can do to ‘improve’ our lives.
The sad thing is that we always think that improvement comes from earning more money. That is a mental trap that is very easy to fall into it.
When We Are Trapped
When we are trapped in the mental state of always looking for ways to make money or thinking that we must work harder at what we already do, we deaden a part of our own souls.
Embrace change, embrace shifts in your mental state. You may open up new horizons in your own awareness.
Perhaps money won’t be so important then.
But the truth is, this is not so easy to do. And achieving that state is not the end to your problems anyway!
There will be new things that you worry about. You see, the human brain is wired to worry about things.
Don’t believe me? Examine your own thinking for a day or two. Pay attention to what your mind ‘dwells’ on.
If you don’t have an immediate problem to solve, your mind will find a future problem (that may not even happen) to worry about!
Is There A Way Out?
When you think about it, there is really something incredibly insane about it all. We really cannot stop worrying over one thing or another, can we?
Our minds are trapped in a kind of prison when you really think about it.
If we don’t worry about our own lives, we worry about our spouse or friends or children.
Is there no way out?
What I am going to suggest to you is that you read the book Zhuan Falun (available in most languages) and look at the meditation practice of Falun Dafa
Maybe your thinking can open up a little bit. Maybe you can change in a really positive way.
Change Is Necessary
If you are working late again. If you are always worried about something, perhaps it is time for a shift in perspective.
When this life is over, everything we physically gained, all of our achievements, all of our worries are for naught at the point of our death.
So, what are we really doing in this world? Do you want to get to the end and walk away with nothing? Or, would you rather start to build something for yourself that will go with you after death?
The answer is obvious, the only question is, do you really get it? Or is this just one more idea that will float right out of your mind while you start to worry about the next thing.
Working late, worrying, what does it really get us in the end?
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PS. if you really are on on that treadmill called the ‘rat race’ or you realize just how worried you are about everything under the sun, then check out Falun Dafa. It could be the game changer you have been looking for.
I need your expert opinion please. I’ve been doing every IM course under the sun.
I love Twitter so much and have been getting traffic to Amazon. I am an Amazon Affiliate.
I was told this weekend that I am wasting my time trying to sell Amazon USA products because there is too much competition from other sites. I was also told that my niche is wrong.My niche is baby travel gear.
If you have a chance, I would so appreciate your personal opinion on these two statements.
Many thanks in advance if you can reply to this as I am very seriously giving up after 2 years on the internet.
If you are currently NOT making any money, it might be time to look in another direction.
If you are making money doing whatever you are doing, why change it? Who cares what people say.
Lots of competition is not a bad thing, it is a sign that it works for a lot of people. You just have to find a way to excel beyond those people.
It is getting more and more difficult to sell things on the Internet. But it is still possible.
While twitter can help drive traffic to your site(s) this traffic is not specific and not targeted there. There is a big difference between targeted and non targeted traffic.
Get this free guide right now: The Truth About Traffic…
Building A Marketing List
In your two years on line, have you built a list yet? If you have then you ‘might’ have more security than just trying to be an affiliate.
Here are free videos on list building. (I do suggest that you spend the money on the full training though, I do believe it is very helpful)
Affiliate Marketing That Pays More
Amazon has a very low commission rate. You can earn more commissions from our store. You can find the sign up link to the affiliate program at the bottom of this page.
The Truth About Marketing On The Internet
– I am not going to tell you that things are great in the online marketing world, because they are not. I am also not going to tell you how ‘easy’ it is – because it is not. Anyone who says it is easy is lying / trying to sell you a product.
There is no easy way to make money with online marketing.
But, having said that. Some things work better than others. Paid traffic is very much a better way to sell things than trying to get free traffic.
Free traffic is usually not enough to keep your business going. That is why I suggest you read The Truth About Traffic.
The bottom line is that it is hard. And I don’t blame you for wanting to quit. In the end, it has to be your choice.
It might be easier for you to make money offline.
I won’t tell you to quit and I won’t give you false hope that things will get better. I do not know what your future holds or even mine for that matter.
PS. I wish you luck, but it is going to take a lot of hard work to make it online. There are no shortcuts. You won’t likely find an easy path either.
I thought I would share with you what I believe to be a great list building course – see it here.
Charlie is a down-to-earth marketer who seems to give his all to help you learn how to build and utilize a list (or multiple lists).
The course is extensive.
There are over 72 videos.
He gives you proven auto responder series (you don’t have to think up messages yourself) and even the very squeeze pages he uses to capture leads.
Information without hype
This course seems to be made of solid information that is offered in a very mild mannered way.
It does not sound far fetched or ‘out of reach’.
You never get the feeling that you have to do things you don’t want to do in order to build a list.
You only feel like it is possible for you too have a good responsive list as well. And that you can build it in a way that doesn’t require you to be anyone but yourself.
The course is extensive. There are over 70 videos that cover all kinds of things about the nuts and bolts of getting subscribers, selling to them and keeping them.
There are also downloadable transcripts of the videos as well for people who want to print everything out.
The instruction is thorough and covers a pretty much every aspect you can think of. In addition, you can ask questions and get answers.
Nothing is left to chance. You have a solid chance to get an education on list building, ask questions and get answers.
It is not easy to find a place where you can get all of that on an ongoing basis.
Work Done For You
But the best part is that Charlie’s team will build (and host if you want) squeeze pages for you.
It is possible to do your list building without even having a website of your own with this system.
I’ve had one of the pages built for me, where I give away a free report called The Truth About Traffic, you can see it here.
What is really cool, is that I can have them build up to 5 pages per month for me. These can be created for me based on my own ideas and words, or they will use proven squeeze pages that they know work.
In the later case, they will also give you the message series that have been proven to make sales as well as the free gifts that you can use to gather subscribers.
The nice part about this is that you can gain real world experience without worrying if you have a flawed system. If you use the proven systems, then that is one aspect of the equation you don’t have to worry about.
In the mean time, you can continue studying the course until you reach the point where you can do it yourself.
There is a big gap between theory and real world experience and I think this system allows you to bridge the gap between what ‘should’ work and what ‘does’ wor
Can you imagine the freedom from stress and guess work that brings as well as the savings in time
List Building As An Important Part Of Your Business
Many people will tell you that having a list or multiple lists is where it is at!
The problem is, how do you go about doing it?
There are definitely activities that are a waste of time and you learn what to avoid in the course.
Saving time and learning how to do it in a way that really works are compelling reasons to try out this program.
The good news is, he has four or five videos that are free and tell you a lot. Click here to see them.
I’ve had another course, but I can tell you this one makes a whole lot more sense to me.
PS: This is what I recommend, check out these free videos
All Things Pondered is currently accepting Guest Posts. However, this service is ONLY for the blogging community.
I am doing this to support the blogging community.
Guest posting is for real bloggers only. Links in your guest post may only go to ‘real’ blogs. Non-blog and not ‘real’ blog site links are not acceptable.
What is a real blog? A real blog is one where you actively accept comments and engage with the ‘blogging’ community on a legitimate (non spam) basis.
Your guest posts must be 100% unique and written from scratch. They cannot be used anywhere else once they are posted here.
All Things Pondered will accept guest blog posts on ‘almost’ any topic. Basically, anything accept ‘shady’ topics – gambling, hate, porn and others.
If you meet the above criteria, you may post on this blog. You give me the right to edit your posts for spelling and grammar purposes. (That could actually be a benefit to non-native English speakers)
1. You can post your bio and blog information with links at the TOP of your guest post.
3. Including the bio section, you can have 4 links in your article total.
2. Your posts will be promoted to my large twitter following (at the time of this writing – over 106,000 followers @davesnape)
3. Your post will gain additional exposure in other ways too!
4. You can increase your exposure to other bloggers and readers.
5. You can reply to comments and engage with other bloggers and readers and build relationships as well.
Ready To Get Started?
If you are ready to get started, use the contact form and send me the following:
1. The URLs of the blog or blogs that you will be sending links to in your posts and from your bio. This will be checked to insure you are a truly a part of the ‘real’ blogging community.
2. The user name and password (you can change the password later) that you initially want.
I will set you up with an account and email that information so that you can log into and write your guests posts whenever you would like to.
I may vary the order of posts so that the same author is not getting several days in a row. Currently, I plan to post 1 article per day – but that could change as needed.
Ready to get started? Use the contact form now.
PS: While I really am doing this to support the blogging community, I do reserve the right to reject a post for any reason or even no reason at all. I expect that will be a VERY rare occurrence, if ever.
So, you might as well get started now by responding through the contact form with the information requested above.
Thanks in advance for being a legitimate blogger! And I hope this service is both valuable and useful to you!
Did you know that 3 out of every 4 people have gum disease? (75%)
You can ask any dental professional and they will likely agree with the above facts.
So what is going on here?
Regular Brushing and Flossing Are Often Not Enough
Although you should definitely still continue to brush and floss daily, they may not be enough to protect your teeth and your dental health.
The reason I say that is tied into the quick facts above.
Most of the people I know brush and floss and I am willing to guess the same is true for your circle of friends and acquaintances as well.
Yet, despite that, I also know that, according to the statistics, about 7 out of every 10 of the people I know have a gum disease problem – whether they know it or not.
In fact, if you were to ask ten people, you would be lucky to find even 1 that knows they have gum disease. In reality, we know that number is closer to 7 out of every 10 people.
There is a huge disconnect.
Since gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss, those folks are in for trouble, particular if they don’t know and / or do nothing to stop its progression.
Education and action are the keys.
While there is still enough bone and tissue to hold the teeth up, it is not too late control the problem and protect the bone and tissue that you have left.
Even if you have lost one or more teeth already, perhaps you can save the rest?
Gum Disease Is Not An Aging Disease
Many people mistakenly think they don’t have to worry about gum disease until they are very old. That is simply not the case. You can be 6-years-old and have gum disease.
This mistaken perception is very harmful because it makes us complacent. “I don’t have to worry about this until later.”
In fact, the opposite is true.
The reason for this misconception is that over time the damage accumulates, more and more of the supporting bone is destroyed by the disease process and more tissue recedes.
This is visibly obvious. The disease was there before, you just didn’t notice the damage as it occurred slowly over time. In other cases, it can progress more rapidly.
The reason people think this is an aging problem, is because most of the time, you don’t start to notice the accumulated damage until you are older!
But, the problem most likely started years and years ago. If the person had known about the problem and how to protect themselves better, it could have made a major difference over time.
The Costs Of Doing Nothing
The costs of doing nothing are not limited to monetary losses. There is also pain and recovery time after expensive treatments. These treatments may also not do enough to restore a ‘natural’ appearance.
The costs of dental implants is quite high and can range in the thousands of dollars. That is just for one implant, what if you need more?
Implants come with problems of their own and may require repair down the road. Dentures are not perfect either.
In fact, there is no equivalent to keeping your own natural teeth!
Even a relatively minor ‘deep cleaning’, SRP, or Scaling and Root Planing Treatment often costs $1600.
More extensive dental surgeries can get quite expensive. A single gum graft ( to replace lost tissue, assuming there is enough bone left) can cost $500 to $800.
As you may already know, dental insurance usually only covers a fraction of the costs.
So What Do You Do?
Get educated. Read the books: How To Stop Gum Disease In 4 Easy Steps and What You Should Know About Gum Disease – They Layman’s Guide To Fighting Gum Disease – Disclaimer: I wrote both of them.
One of the key measurements that you need to be aware of are you periodontal pocket depths.
These are real, objective, measurements conducted by your dentist or hygienist. They should be taking these measurement on every visits, but I have found that many dental offices only do it infrequently.
You can simply ask them to do it on every visit. Save the numbers and compare them to previous visits.
This is your real, objective way to track this problem.
What are you looking for? Generally speaking, you want those pocket depths to be 3mm or smaller. Most dental practitioners will feel that your gums are healthy in that case. If the depths are greater than 3mm, most dental practitioners will be inclined to say there is a problem growing.
When the pockets are bigger, enough bacteria can accumulate to cause damage. They secrete their acidic byproducts byproducts which can destroy the supporting bone structure under your tissue. When this goes to far you have eroded gum tissue. When things get worse, the teeth can become loose and even fall out.
That is the danger. So keep an eye on your pocket depths. If they are already bigger, start to work on making them smaller. If they are not bigger, work to keep them at the minimal level or below!
In this way, you vastly increase your chances of keeping your teeth for a lifetime of good service. In addition, you increase your chance of avoiding expense, pain and recovery time after costly treatments
PS: Watch this video for one of the most helpful tools I have come across! Used properly, it can be a big help with keeping those periodontal pocket depths in check!
*This information is presented in general terms only. For specific questions about your unique dental health situation, see your dentist or doctor for help and answers.
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Let us face it, the same old tired information about getting traffic to your business continues to abound. But, in the end, do those methods work well enough to fuel your business or take it to the ‘next level’?
Getting more traffic remains a mystery despite all the rehashed advice such as:
Write articles and submit them to directories
Comment on blogs
Write ‘great’ content and hope to rank high in Google
You have probably tried all of these methods and more with little to no success or at least, not enough success, for your business.
Worse, you may have wasted a great deal of time on traffic exchange programs and ‘safe lists’.
Therefore, you spend countless hours stressed out and asking yourself, “Will my business survive?” Or perhaps, “Will I ever get anywhere online”?
Online Business Success
The sad truth is that many people work very hard for long periods of time and still don’t get to where they want to be.
Everyone knows that you need a product or service to sell. These can be owned by you or someone else. But, in the end, you have to sell something. Perhaps you sell advertising?
However you look at it, you are selling a product or service to someone. That is what business is. That is what it is about.
If you have a product or service to sell, then you have an offer to make in some way, shape or form.
This can be a traditional sales page or a link on your blog that offers your product or service. Whatever form that may take, you need something to sell and an offer for potential customers.
Finally, the last ingredient our business needs is traffic.
The Online Business Blues
You can write articles, guest blog, do blog commenting and a dozens of other things to bring more traffic to your site. Without traffic, business slows or stops.
But if all of these methods were so great, why do you still feel stress at the end of the day? Not enough sales are coming in?
It is not fun when you have to keep a business machine running. It is even harder when you have employees that you have to worry about. You don’t want your business to fail and put them out of a job either.
The life of a small business owner is often harder than that of an employee.
Perhaps your expenses have risen and now you need to earn even more than you used to. That means that you need more sales.
Oh, what a vicious cycle, isn’t it?
This is real pain. The kind that affects the heart deep down inside.
You wanted a business to be free of the all the problems that come from working for someone else. Now, you find that you have as much or most likely, even more stress than ever!
Would More Traffic Help?
You need to feed your business funnel. Traffic is that necessary food. Money comes from the product or services that you sell to other people. This is clear.
Getting more traffic becomes crucial to business success.
Knowing more about getting a continuous flow of traffic might make a big difference to your bottom line.
What if you could sell your product or service once to every person in the world? Half the people? A quarter of the people? One tenth of the people? One 10oth of 1% of the people on Earth?
That would be a lot of sales, wouldn’t it?
I can’t promise you that nor would I dare to do so. But I do think that getting more quality traffic can lead you to more people. More people can lead to more sales of your product or service.
Where can we get such wonderful traffic? When can we be rid of that online business stress and regain our sanity?
PS. Getting more traffic, quality traffic is one thing that all business owners would love to have more of. That much is certain. Now, what are the best answers to that problem?
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As webmasters, we build our websites for visitors.
We spend countless hours working on our sites. Why? So that someone will come and read or look at what we have created.
Some people are in it to sell a product or service, others just want recognition or conversation.
Regardless of your reason for building a website, you most likely want more traffic to your site. If not, that would be very rare indeed.
Free Web Traffic Schemes
When people say something works, the concept of ‘it works’ is different for every single person.
You can get a couple of clicks by posting a link on twitter, if your following is big enough.
But then someone takes that and says that twitter ‘is a way to get free traffic’, it may not be quite as wonderful as it sounds. A few clicks is not going to build a business or bring enough people to gain that recognition.
Instead, you need a lot o’ clicks.
In addition, you have to create your message and put the link out there. This is spending time.
That was just an example. There are all kinds of similar examples where people get a few ‘not so free’ clicks and then they act like they have found the fountain of unlimited traffic that you have been searching for.
You can work your butt off all day long on free traffic sources and it may never amount to anything.
Of course, there are always rare examples. Perhaps it works for 1 out of 20,000 people to bring enough traffic to make a difference in recognition or a successful business.
Then that one stellar example is held up as if it were the ‘end all be all’ of getting traffic. The problem is that the vast majority of people will not be able to reproduce that success!
Can you see where could be the case for ‘free’ traffic methods that you have already tried?
Consistent, Reliable Traffic
Consistent and reliable traffic is truly hard to come by. No method is fool proof or ‘100% guaranteed’ to actually work. Usually, when you see that ‘100% guarantee’ , they are just saying that they will give you your money back if it does not work for you.
The interesting thing is that is pure psychology. They know that many disappointed people will never ask for a refund. They also know that a large fraction of the people will not actually do anything with the information they bought. Therefore, those people will never ask for a refund because they never tried it out!
Then there is the last fraction that actually tries really hard. This is a very, very limited number of overall buyers. Some of them won’t even ask for a refund. A few will. But that few is a fraction of a fraction. Therefore, the sellers of products will get to keep most of the money they make.
A 100% guarantee is rubbish, it is a psychological trick – and marketers know that. Most will honor your request but they know the number asking for a refund will be small to the overall money they take in.
This is a factor that they calculate as part of ‘the costs of doing business’.
So you see, consistent, reliable traffic is hard to come by. And don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
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To me, the phrase ‘dust in the wind’ is a reminder to us that life on Earth is temporary.
We need to make the most out of the time we have left. But, what does it mean to make the most of life?
Before answering this question, I want to point out that whatever you achieve on this Earth in terms of wealth and material possessions, will not being going with you when you die.
So, keep that in mind as you read.
What Is Important In Life
I read a story on a website: near-death.com. It was about a woman who had ‘died’ and came back to life.
Many people have what is called ‘the near death experience’.
One common thread in these stories is the ‘life review process’.
It is said that when you die, you go through such a process where you review your entire life.
In this woman’s story, there were others watching with her.
They were there to ‘judge’ her life – loosely speaking. There did not seem to be threat of punishment or anything like that.
The most important thing she did in her entire life was deemed to have happened when she was a little girl.
She cupped a flower in her hand and gave that flower ‘unconditional love’.
Out of all of her life experiences, according to her story, nothing was deemed more important than that one moment.
Think About It
Isn’t that interesting. We might suspect, based on this story, that most of the things that we run around trying to do in this world are not so important after all.
If what is important is to be loving and caring, then much of what we do in life could actually be considered destructive.
Think of the unkind words you have spoken in the course of your life. Damaging? Hurtful? Harmful to the order of things? It could be, couldn’t it?
Bernie Siegel was a famous surgeon who helped a lot of cancer patients. After a while, he discovered something. He found that many of his patients, when they changed their life outlook from one of hate to one of ‘loving and caring for others’, would often go into remission.
He wrote several books on this topic. One of them is Titled, Love Medicine And Miracles.
Perhaps when we align ourselves with the more ‘important’ principles that the Universe values, we get to live better and healthier lives?
What Will It Be Like When It Is Your Turn
Life is short and we are like “dust in the wind”. What is really important to focus on in this life?
If there is such a life review process when we die, how do you think you will do, if the standard is really about how much love and compassion you had for other living beings, including humans?
If you are scared to contemplate this possibility, I am very certain that you are not alone.
Would you change your life, if you had a chance? If so, how?
P.S. If you would like your life to amount to more than just ” dust in the wind”, you may want to read the book: Zhuan Falun, by Li Hongzhi
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