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How to Create Your Own Website in 90 minutes for $79


Learn how to create your own website in 90 minutes for $79.

Whatever you want to do in business or self publishing, you probably need a website.   A key to success in a micro self publishing business today is focus.  The industry phrase is to reach and engage, but the reality is a bit more.  Success requires that you:

#1:  Capture a potential reader’s attention.

#2: Promise a benefit so the reader will give you time.

#3: Refine your focus so you know what the reader is looking for.

#4: Develop an intimate relationship with the reader.

#5: Offer the reader products and services that make the reader’s life better

A good SEO organized website accomplishes all of these goals.

Our webmaster, David Cross, recently conducted a webinar to help explain how to optimize a website for search engine success.  Due to many requests he is developing a webinar/training session – similar to the SEO webinar – that shows exactly how to create your own website, in WordPress, in just 90 minutes. What’s more, he has found a way that will allow him to do all the initial setup of your website at no additional cost to you.

Learn more about the webinar at www.garyascott.com/create-website-90-minutes

David Cross has been our webmaster since our website began in the 1990s.  He is Merri’s and my business partner. We could not run our business without him.

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David Cross and his wife, Cinda Scott, DVM

For the last 27 years David has worked with companies large and small – IBM, Agora Publishing, AstraZeneca and many small business owners.  He has worked in 22 countries, and lived in six of them.

David’s clients span the globe and represent companies and charities both large and small. From corporate giants to small, one-woman businesses and everything from finance, healthcare, publishing, technology, real estate, veterinarians, alternative health centers and everything in between.

David is an essential part of our web based business and Myles Norin, CEO of Agora, Inc.  wrote:  “I have found David’s knowledge and experience unmatched in the industry. Without David’s expertise and guidance for the past 7 years, we would not be nearly as successful as we are.”

As Senior Internet Consultant to Agora Inc. in Baltimore, MD, he worked closely with Agora’s publishers and marketers and – over a 7-year period – helped to propel Agora’s online revenues from around $20 million to well over $300 million.

Learn more about the webinar at www.garyascott.com/create-website-90-minutes

Gary

Secret Weapon for Profit – Search Engine Success


Our secret weapon for profit is search engine success.  The real secret to this success is our webmaster David Cross.

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David Cross

David has been our webmaster since our website began in the 1990s.  He is Merri’s and my business partner. We could not run our business as we do without him.   One reason is that he is a search engine optimization expert.

In a new upcoming webinar, David condenses 20 years of practical experience about search engine optimization, and writing for search engines.

For the last 27 years David has worked with companies large and small – IBM, Agora Publishing, AstraZeneca and many small business owners.  He has worked in 22 countries, and lived in six of them.

David’s clients span the globe and represent companies and charities both large and small. From corporate giants to small, one-woman businesses and everything from finance, healthcare, publishing, technology, real estate, veterinarians, alternative health centers and everything in between.

David is an essential part of our web based business and Myles Norin, CEO of Agora, Inc.  wrote:  “I have found David’s knowledge and experience unmatched in the industry. Without David’s expertise and guidance for the past 7 years, we would not be nearly as successful as we are.”

As Senior Internet Consultant to Agora Inc. in Baltimore, MD, he worked closely with Agora’s publishers and marketers and – over a 7-year period – helped to propel Agora’s online revenues from around $20 million to well over $300 million.

David’s webinar will help you gain the types of search engine benefits that large internet marketing companies use.    In this practical course you will learn valuable skills to help you:

  • Attract search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing to your website
  • Write interesting, compelling articles for real people, while using the search engine’s rules and algorithms to your advantage
  • Discover special tricks, tactics, and techniques you should use to attract search engines
  • Understand the “search engine secrets” you should avoid, and how these can get your site blocked by search engines
  • Learn about the role social media plays in search engine optimization, but why a social media presence is not your first step
  • Capture your visitors’ interest once they’ve arrived at your website, turning interest into action

As a writer, self-pubisher or busiess owner, optimize your writing, and select what you could write for top placement in search engines.  This is of increasing importance to your business.

Over the last 20 years David has worked with businesses, large and small. He has trained writers, publisher, editors and marketers on how to adapt their writing skills to attract search engines while retaining web pages, articles and stories that are still interesting for their customers and prospects.

David has condensed these tips into a training course on Writing Copy for Search Engine Optimization (SEO).

This is an engaging, practical, online/telephone training course on SEO techniques and best practices for writers, authors, publishers and copywriters that will last approximately 90 minutes.

We will hold the course two weeks from today at 7pm (Eastern) (4pm Pacific) on Wednesday, March 5th. The course will be recorded and all materials available to participants for download,  in case you cannot be online with us for this time and date, then you need not miss out.

The benefit to joining the webinar live is that there will be time, before and after the seminar, to ask questions which David will answer. All questions and answers will be shared with the group, removing any personal information if necessary – so that everyone may benefit from the shared experience and understanding.

Join David and learn:

  • How to create engaging copy that ranks well in search engines
  • How – and why – to use keywords within your copy
  • How to link your articles together for better relevancy and SEO impact
  • How to convert interest into action for visitors driven through SEO
  • Working with and developing a Master Keyword List
  • Why getting someone to your website via search engines is the easy part of the equation; learn about conversions and how to capture your visitor’s interest, moving them along the path to becoming your customer

David will provide slides, practical examples and an understanding of the SEO process that you can add and adapt to your own personal writing process.  When you join the course online you also receive the recorded course, but if you cannot make the time and date the recorded course will be emailed to you, so that you need not miss out, and so you may review at your leisure the valuable information that David shares.

Copy (writing) is still king. Learn how to make your copy relevant to the changing landscape of search engines.

When you enroll, details on how to join the webinar live 7pm (Eastern) (4pm Pacific) on Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 will be emailed to you. The entire recorded webinar with slides will be emailed to you after the course.

Enroll for the David Cross Search engine optimization webinar here.

Gary

Multi Dimensional Cool


Multi dimensional living is cool and I believe you’ll see it growing HOT as a lifestyle of choice that brings better health and lasting “real” wealth.  Many readers  are choosing a multi dimensional lifestyle, living on a farm and earning in other ways such as writing.

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Activity on the farm in North Carolina. It’s tax deductible and profitable but…

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I cannot call it work.

Merri and I have been fortunate. The self publishing business has treated us well.  However a great deal of our financial stability also comes from being multi dimensional.  We have lived on our own farm and seminar camp and orange grove and in our own Ecuador hotel and hacienda.  We are always fixing things up…. buying broken places or taking broken ideas and making them whole.

For decades we have been buying houses and fixing them… painting, restructuring and such.  This is our hobby… that happens to be profitable… or maybe that’s our business and writing is the hobby that also happens to be profitable?

The point is what we do is not work.   We just regularly do what we love and figure out how to earn income in the process.  The adage framed on my desk given to me by a beloved Indian Pundit is “Action is Thy Duty… Reward Not Thy Concern“. With this motto and a bit of common sense living joyfully and earning merge.

Our daughter, Cinda, and David Cross, our son-in-law webmaster and granddaughters, Sequoia and Teeka, have taken this lifestyle route as well.   Cinda loves animals so is a veterinarian and specializes in animal acupuncture which she can do at their farm.

David has his website and voice-over business he can run from their farm and the girls love working in the gardens.

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David and Cinda’s multi dimensional farm

They have reached the stage where 60% of their food is home grown and they are starting to sell and barter their extra crops.

I have encouraged David to write about this and he has now developed his “Water the Roots” website.

This site is a rich multi dimensional primer because David is “walking his talk”.  He has hands-on marketing experience that spans 25 years in 22 countries for companies and charities large and small.  He’s guided many companies and individuals to success in business and helped them achieve their marketing goals, both online and offline.

As Senior Internet Consultant to Agora Inc. in Baltimore, MD, David worked closely with Agora’s publishers and marketers and over an 8-year period helped to propel Agora’s online revenues to over $300 Million in 2009.

At the same time, he has followed his dream of greater self-sufficiency for food, power and water tending the land and caring for the farm and animals.

David adds to his multi dimensional activities as a professional voiceover. He built his own voiceover studio nestled on the family’s  organic farm and recent projects include work for American Express and foursquare.

Here is David’s second issue of Water the Roots.  See how to receive it regularly below.

Gary

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David Cross harvesting apples on his farm.


Christmas. And I never expected that we’d be the ones receiving the church “charity” Christmas basket. Every year we contributed to our church gift baskets with dried and canned foods, baked goods, and also helped to collect second-hand clothes, games and toys. And every Christmas without fail we drove to houses in our neighborhood to give these baskets out to families who needed help.

In the spring of 1978 my dad had a major stroke, and by late autumn the sick pay from his job had run out and we began to realize that he may never work full-time again (he never did).  A year ago my dad beat me to a race around the block and I owed him One Pound. Today he needed assistance to walk anywhere.

I was scared and things felt bleak, then just before Christmas my mum left a whole week’s food shopping on the bus. We ate a lot of potatoes that week!

A couple of days before Christmas the doorbell rang, and we received two gift baskets from our church plus a bag with some second-hand clothes for us. I felt a combination of cold and warm at the same time. Cold that we needed the help…after all, we’d always been the ones who gave to others. But warm that I didn’t feel so isolated and alone any more and that someone cared.

I remember that Christmas long ago as one of the best ever. Although we had few material gifts, all that mattered was the simple pleasure of all being together. Nothing else came close because we had each other.

Simple 2.0

Part of the personal journey everyone makes on the path to greater self sufficiency means evaluating how we spend our time…at home, at work and at play. For example today it’s a bright, frosty winter day. If I fancy a nice salad and need decent organic lettuce and salad leaves, I can drive to the store or I can walk out into our greenhouse and pick what I like.

Somewhere in early-2012 we stopped watching television. Or that is, we dropped cable TV in favor of movies we chose to watch via DVD and some streaming TV.

Not having the distraction of TV frees-up an immense amount of time but an added benefit is that this Christmas our children didn’t repeat the “For Christmas we want…” mantra, because they weren’t being bombarded by advertisements selling them toys they needed to feel happy.

And so once again, this Christmas we simply enjoyed being a close family and the darkness outside was brightened by the warmth, lights and joy in our home. What mattered this year was the magic of family, and of simply enjoying our time spent together.

Getting Started on Your Self-Sufficient Path

People ask me with increasingly regularity how they can get started growing their own food, moving into the countryside or any of the other things we do, such as rearing our own meat, hunting, fishing, making cheese or – like today – brewing beer and making sausages.

One of my favorite chefs and food writers is Michael Ruhlman, and his book Charcuterie is a joy to read and to use. In the FAQs at his blog he answers – simply and straightforwardly – the oft-posed question of, “I want to be a food writer–can you give me any advice?” His response is:

“Write. That’s all there is to it. In my opinion you have to be able to write first–about anything. Once you can write, then you can turn your writing toward your passions for food.”

To borrow the same response, “How can I get started growing my own food/moving to the countryside/rearing my own meat/fishing/hunting/{insert your question here}?” then yes, I’d certainly recommend “Get Started/Just Do It!” but I know that there is much more to it than that.

My goal here is to share with you our own journey of what happened after we “just started” but also to give you, if not a path, then at least a fairly decent trail of breadcrumbs you may use as a helpful indication of which direction to head.

“Just start” is prescriptive. Yes, please do get started. Now. Today. “Just Do It!

This blog, however, is descriptive. There’s no point in my prescribing that you grow avocados if you live in Alaska nor suggest that you plant garlic in mid-summer in Phoenix. But hopefully I will share enough to allow you to take larger and larger steps in the right direction.

And at the start of your journey the biggest thing I learned that you’ll need is one, simple ingredient…

Time

Without the time, you will never do any of this and in future you’ll look back over time and wonder why you never started. But time is also about priorities, and about what is important to you and in making time for that.

I’ve always found the phrase “making time” amusing…as if you can just create more time out of thin air, and create more hours than there are in a day.

But I believe that you can create new time by deciding what is important to you and working toward that.

Be honest with yourself. You know how much time you spend watching TV, visiting social media sites, driving to and from the office, reading the news or in catching up on gossip with acquaintances. Mashable’s article from November 2012 shows how much time is spent on social media sites – the average person spends a whopping 6.75 hours a month on Facebook alone – and you probably have a good idea of how much new time you could create by readjusting some of the similar time hogs in your life.

Clearing the Weeds

Here’s the magical thing about freeing-up time…about making time: if you can find just one hour a day, that’s four, eight-hour days a month and that is enough time to grow food to feed your family. My friend Vanessa realized that now she works at home four days a week, the time she saves not having to commute to the office (two hours round trip) is all she needs to get started.

Wherever you are in your journey – and I know if you’re reading this there’s a good chance you are at the start – the first thing to do is free up time to get started.

In my next blog post I’ll share some ideas of how to start using the time you’ve freed-up. Until then, make time

Sign up for Water the roots here.

David

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Putting Your Marketing on Autopilot


Putting Your Marketing on Autopilot

By David Cross

“Ha! Did you fall asleep at a party?”

“Very funny. We can blame our youngest daughter for The New Look.”

While trimming my eyebrows with the trimmer set to “3” our youngest daughter, Teeka, surreptitiously switched the setting to “1” and I buzzed my right eyebrow clean down to the skin.

Automation can help to reduce that time it takes to achieve a task but I’m starting with an amusing anecdote to illustrate a caveat, namely that you can use automation to help you in your business, not that you can turn over all your tasks to automation, set it and forget it.

As we continue our discussion on ways to improve and grow your online business, I’d like to share with you a way to automate one aspect of your marketing.

When starting an online business the tasks can seem neverending; SEO, PPC, email marketing, websites, blogs, social media, shopping carts, etc. And all you wanted to do was run a business! But there is a way of setting up at least some of this on a form of autopilot called an autoresponder.

An autoresponder is a system that automates the sending of email messages, either one or a series of them, to a group of email addresses which can be prospects or customers. Autoresponders grew out of single vacation autoreply messages when pioneering marketers saw the advantage of setting autoreplies up to email a list of prospects or customers.

Most email providers nowadays offer some form of autoresponders. There are independent standalone programs you can run on your web hosting company’s server or plug into your own email program. They all tend to offer similar features.  I won’t get into the technical aspects of them here suffice to say that unless you have very specific needs not covered by those offered by commercial email providers, you’re generally better off using the ones provided as a part of the service by email providers such as Mailchimp, iContact, AWeber, Constant Contact, et. al. All of these email providers offer support and tutorials on the use of email autoresponders.

It’s important first to decide what the purpose of sending an autoresponder to your prospect is. Gary has used them to send out free reports and guides and to help cement the initial relationship with new customers or prospects. I’ve used them for over 15 years on hundreds of projects and when used properly they can help achieve your marketing goals.

Sending Out a Free Guide

A common use is to deliver a free report or guide over a series of days after someone signs-up to your email list. I discussed sending our free reports in the first part of my series on getting to #1 on Google and they can be a very effective way to help build your email list of prospects.

If you are sending out a free guide you can either send it in one email or change “guide” to “mini course” and split it into 3, 5 or 7 chapters and send each chapter – or lesson – using an autoresponder spread over the first few days or couple of weeks after someone signs-up. The advantage to this is that with every email that fulfills the chapters in the free guide, you have another opportunity to build your relationship with your prospect, offering something useful, and provide an opportunity for that person to buy what you’re selling.

This is a very effective way to build your email list. In the last 3 years, over 35,000 people have requested Gary’s free report on Ecuador and we’ve used it as one of the facets of building his Ecuador Living email list. I’ve used them in every type of business you could imagine and they can be very effective.

But you don’t need to limit autoresponders to the initial contact with someone. You can use them when someone buys a product or service, when their purchasing, clicking or email-opening activity increases or decreases or when you want to segment the interest in your existing email list.

For example we offered a special report on the opportunities for real estate around the beaches in Bahia, Ecuador, last year and about 2,500 people signed-up for that special report. It may not seem a huge number but for a niche topic, 2,500 is a very healthy number of people which could be used as a targeted marketing list. It’s good to know that everyone on that list is interested in one topic.

Email autoresponders are a very simple and effective way that you can automate one aspect of your marketing. You can set-up a welcome autoresponder and put it in place. This takes care of the first 5 or so emails to new prospects and customers. I even know of at least one marketer who sent out an 18-month long autoresponder campaign, one message a week, and simply changed the marketing offers in the message.

The Automation Caveat…

Autoresponders can definitely add a powerful tool to your marketing arsenal …when used properly. You should continue to monitor the results, possibly split-testing one version against another to gauge response. And I recommend that you occasionally sign-up for your own autoresponder to make sure that each message arrives as intended.

I’ll be sharing more about the use of autoresponders at our Writer’s Camp this summer…

What Should I Sell in my Online Business?


Why not add an online business?

That was my thought in 1997 when I met with David Cross in Copenhagen.

Our website originally was expected to be an extension of our print publishing business.

Little did I know then that it would become the entire business.

David was a meditation teacher in Edinburgh, Scotland who taught our son, Jake, the art of meditating when Jake was at university there.  We first met David in Edinburgh, and after talking he ordered our “Self Fulfilled – How to be a Self Publisher” course then in print… (now online).  He studied this and published his own report.   One reader of the report had a new internet server business and was so impressed that he hired David to work for him in Sweden.  In the process of rising to become the managing director of that firm… David started our website (and is still our webmaster as well as business partner now).  During one business meeting in London, David met our daughter Cinda. ‘Love at First Sight.”

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David Cross and Dr. Cinda Scott-Cross (DVM).

David also met executives of International Living and went on to become Chief Internet Consultant for Agora Inc. one of the largest online marketing companies in the world.

David has since built an unparalleled, hands-on marketing experience that spans 25 years in 22 countries for companies and charities large and small. He’s guided many businesses and individuals to success in their business and helped them achieve their marketing goals, both online and offline.

As Senior Internet Consultant to Agora Inc. in Baltimore, MD, David worked closely with Agora’s publishers and marketers and over an 8-year period and helped to propel Agora’s online revenues to over $300 Million in 2009.

Myles Norin, the CEO of Agoras wrote: “I have found David’s knowledge and experience unmatched in the industry. Without David’s expertise and guidance for the past 7 years, we would not be nearly as successful as we are.”

David hails from England and now lives on a small farm close to Mount Hood in Oregon with our daughter, a veterinarian, their five children and a menagerie of animals. When not marketing or brainstorming you’ll find David following a dream of self-sufficiency for food, power and water within 10 years, tending the land and caring for the farm and animals.  David is also an engaging and knowledgeable speaker with many amusing anecdotes from his work and travels over the years.

Not surprisingly, our efforts with David have intensified over the years so he is developing an updated internet business course for readers (to launch this spring). Here is his newest report.

What Should I Sell in my Online Business?

By David Cross

One of the shortest legitimate routes to increase your income is to start your own business and in my opinion, an Internet-based business is a great way to do that. You can start an Internet-based business anytime, anywhere and with very little up-front risk or investment. But knowing how to get started can seem confusing – even overwhelming – and this feeling alone may be enough to put you off even starting. At this stage many people put their ideas back on their mental shelf and continue with their life as it was before the idea to start a business first popped into their head.

I am currently working on a new course that we will publish this spring. This is a practical, hands-on guide and series of lessons to help you create your own online business in 1 month (in reality you could start it all in 1 week). The course guides you through all you need to get started including marketing your product or idea, setting up your website, shopping cart and payment processing, social media…everything you need. In fact I’ve designed it to be almost as good as having me sat at your side to guide you through everything.

One of the most common questions I am asked about starting an online business is, “Yes, but what would I sell?” You may have given some thought to this question and decided to look for a company with products that you can sell at a commission through an affiliate program or as part of an multilevel marketing system. That is definitely one way to get started or to add additional products to your inventory of things to sell.

When starting a business (online of offline) and looking for the type of product or service to sell, people often look in a new area…something that appears interesting or cool. It may be something you’ve always wanted to try your hand at or it could be a hobby you are enthusiastic about. It may be something you’ve seen others succeed at or a dream you’ve always had. For example, you may love great food and have a burning desire to open a restaurant serving that type of food.

One Step at a Time

Although many people look to start a business in a completely new area, you will generally have a faster track to success in your new business doing something that you already know about and ideally, the business you start should be no more than 1 step removed from what you already know.

Let’s assume you are a small business accountant. You help businesses prepare their taxes and you advise and counsel them on ways to maximize profits and reduce their tax liabilities. You notice that you have a lot of clients who run restaurants. As you are an enthusiastic cook and have a good palate for fine food and wine, when deciding what business to start you may find yourself contemplating starting a restaurant. After all, you’re a good cook and you’ve many clients in the restaurant business already so, why not you? But your experience is not in running a restaurant and it’s quite a stretch from advising restaurant owners on how best to structure their taxes to actually running a restaurant yourself.

If you instead decided to publish a guide for restaurateurs on tax saving tips then you’d be focusing within a proven niche. You could then expand this series into small business tax guides for other types of businesses – hair salons, health clinics, car mechanics and printers…all local businesses and all wanting to find ways to reduce their tax liabilities.

But suppose you think that you have no area of expertise? People often say they have no specialist skill, maybe they’ve worked for 25 years in the same business or have raised a family and say, “Who’d buy that?!” You gain a lot of skills in 25 years of any job and if you’ve successfully raised a family you’ve years of skills of balancing many plates on many sticks. There are many young parents who would love to benefit from your experience.

And in addition to the time spent working and raising your family, what hobbies do you have where you have gained specialist skills? Are you a good gardener? Are you artistic? Do you have particularly good handwriting? Is that a skill you could pass on? Would someone pay you for that knowledge? Heck, I’ve always wished I had remotely legible handwriting, let alone “good” handwriting! (my wife to this day loves the little notes and letters I give here and still says, “What does that word say?!”)

The skills and unique knowledge you have to share need only to be connected to people who have a need and you can sell the knowledge and skills you already possess. It’s marketing that connects buyers with needs to sellers with a way of fulfilling that need.

Narrowing it Down

To help narrow-down what you could sell online, start a list of things you are good at, skills you have, hobbies, interests you have, jobs or career paths you’ve pursued and any ideas you may have for a business – even if it’s not in one of these areas. My list off the top of my head may look something like this:

  • Chef/Cooking
  • Marketing
  • Self-sufficiency/small-scale organic farming
  • Global traveler
  • Voiceover
  • Meditation Teacher
  • Public Relations
  • Fundraising
  • Public Speaking
  • Internet business
  • Open a restaurant
  • Start a rock band
  • Podcast
  • TV show host

Your list may contain some or none of these items but make your list and then add a second column, which we’ll call “Rating”. Into this rate on a scale of 1-10 your level of expertise in each area. Add a third column called “Valuable?” and rate whether that skill is valuable…something someone would buy. In this case “Skill” also means knowledge and career experience. Remember that if someone has a need for that skill, knowledge or information and if it can help save them time, make money or improve their life then you can note down its value in the Valuable column.

Add two more columns; “Hobby” and “Fantasy”. Is this a hobby – something you love doing even if you’ve never made any money from it and the final column, “Fantasy”. This is a check for dreaming versus doing. For example in my list I’ve got “Start a rock band”. Whenever we sit down with friends for pizza and beer we’ll always delve into our extensive music collection, play our favorite songs and then come up with band names and sketch our world tours. It’s fun, but ultimately it’s really a mental fantasy. I love music but realistically I’m probably best off not starting a rock band. I am going to add “Open a restaurant” into the “Fantasy” column, too. This is not designed to quash your dreams, simply help hone what has a real possibility of becoming a business for you versus something you love playing at. (I imagine if Gary Scott drew up this list he’d put playing the flute and painting into the “Fantasy” column).

You will end up with a list something like this:

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I used a spreadsheet for this but a napkin works fine. Spend more time on getting the ideas down rather than worrying about how it looks. I’ve sorted my list so that the areas in which I am most skilled, valuable, non-fantasy items are at the top. The ones at the top in which you are most skilled, that are valuable and aren’t a pure hobby/fantasy are the areas that may be good to start developing your business in.

Your list will differ. And what I may put in my hobby/fantasy column you may put in your top skill level and with a high Valuable rating. Your list will differ and you will be able to rate your skills and ability to profit Also a note about hobbies. It’s possible that you’ve a high skill level in one of your hobbies and that could be profitable for you. And if you are an accomplished artist with a bluegrass band please don’t think the idea of this list is to poo-poo artist pursuits; it’s not. The idea of this list is to help you home-in on the skills, knowledge and experience you have that you could market.

Save your list. In the next article we’ll discuss more about what to do with this list to take the next step in profiting from your knowledge, skills and experience. One way to profit from your unique skillset is through writing about it and self-publishing. Here, Gary shares with us details of a forthcoming course this summer…

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Happy Oops… New Year


Here’s one way to get a good start in the new year.  Let my 2009 error make you a hero in 2010.

Sometimes… no matter how much experience… there are ways to screw up…  as I recently did.

See below how this mistake can not only bring extra cheer to you in 2010… but can help you gain wealth… better health… asset protection and make you a hero (or heroine as the case may be) as well.  Plus save you some cash as well!

First let me share how rosy our holiday has been… filled with Ecuador roses.   (Roses like this will be part of your heroship because in a minute you’ll see how to get an Ecuador rose bouquet absolutely free…. exactly at the most important time.)

We received 100 roses… we had ordered 50 and a kind reader sent us 50 more. Thank you Barry!  After sharing, we still had a number of wonderful bouquets around the house.

Some have become wilted by now.

Though they are not so great on the stems… they still look good on…

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off the stalks on…

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our dining room table.

The pinks really held up and remain in our kitchen.

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These roses lasted nine days because we care for them. Instructions are included when you get Ecuador roses.

Other good ones have regrouped into a New Year’s bouquet standing in our living room.

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Readers loved their Ecuador roses as well.

One wrote:  Just wanted to send a note about the roses. They are breathtaking. We cannot believe just how beautiful they are. Arrival was exactly on schedule, again they are perfect. We got them for our own house, which is an Assisted Living Facility for the Developmentally Disabled, six men with mental challenges live here with us. But the roses are so lovely we are allowing them to take some to their families. We want to thank you and yours for sharing with us such a lovely gift.  Makes us want to move even more.   You will definitely be getting more orders in the future from us AND our friends.

Now let me confess… my screw up.  Then we’ll share two great benefits (an Ecuador rose gift and more) that this error can bring to you.

Merri and I have been conducting seminars for over 30 years.

In that time we have learned many lessons.  For example…  one important lesson is… do not conduct a seminar anywhere near Christmas, Easter or Valentine’s Day.

So what did I do for 2010?

Before I admit everything, please let me mitigate this screw up by saying that scheduling these events is not the easiest task in the world.

One has to take into account US holidays, Canadian holidays…. Ecuadorian holidays… religious holidays of all sorts… what one’s competitors are doing, what our friends at Jyske Bank are doing plus in 2010 we have a Cotswold wedding to factor in  (our youngest daughter is to be married… yea!) as well.

Plus our business has really boomed.   By last October, when we normally schedule our seminars for the year ahead…  I was already being bombarded with requests for a 2010 schedule.

What more can I say.  I simply goofed under pressure and set up our first ever expanded Quantum Wealth International Business & Investing seminar for Feb. 11-14  in Mt. Dora, Florida.

In other words this course’s schedule is not near… not close… but right on Valentine’s Day.  I shudder!

Plus once our schedule is set and reservations come in…the dates are pretty well set in stone.  In the last 30 years or so I have missed a seminar only twice… once when my dad died and once last year when my mother had a serious illness. (She has recovered really nicely thank you very much).

If Merri, our kids and my mom (plus me of course) are breathing and are likely to continue to do so for a week… then our seminars are conducted!

So I realized: “I had to turn lemons into lemonade.”

I had to create a Valentine’s celebration as part of our February seminar.

I have done this in three ways so here is what I am going to do for you…. to make you a Valentine’s hero!

If you attend our course this February 11 to 14  and bring your partner! I’ll give you a bouquet of beautiful Ecuador roses to enjoy at the seminar.  If your spouse does not come, you can take the roses home… The course ends about noon so you can get back home on Valentine’s Day, and with some of the nicest roses you can imagine, to say “Happy Valentine’s Day”!

You’ll be a Valentine’s hero!

Yet there are two more great Valentine’s treats in the works… that will make you a Hero with a capital H.   We’ll see these other benefits in a moment.

First, let me describe the benefits (beyond being a Valentine HERO) of attending the seminar.

The seminar begins in Mt. Dora (about an hour from Orlando airport) Thursday February 11 with “Quantum Wealth” a one day workshop conducted before our regular Florida International Investing & Business Made EZ seminar.

This workshop helps you learn how to attain wealth continuously, effortlessly, in a fulfilling, enjoyable and positive way.  This workshop will help you stop worrying about money, bad governments, the falling dollar… inflation and all the future other horribles. Quantum Wealth reduces stress… improves health and helps income to flow from doing what you love.

We have been incorporating the ideas of Quantum Health and Quantum Wealth into our courses and seminars for decades… but our  February 2010 Florida schedule made it possible to devote an entire day to this portion of the course.

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Delegates enjoy coming to our home during the “Quantum Wealth – International Business & Investing Seminars” Here is a group at our North Carolina home.

The foundation of Quantum Wealth is to integrate:

* Logic with intuition.  The benefit is increased prosperity from better adaptation to change.

* Desire with action.  The benefit is more enjoyment and fulfillment from life.

* Good health with everlasting wealth. The benefit is reduction of stress, more energy and feeling better.

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Join us here, this February at…

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our new Florida home…where we will enjoy a Valentine’s Day celebration.

Bringing delegates to our home for a home cooked meal is an example of a quantum wealth benefit.

This is fun.

Yet there is more.  This process helps delegates hear, see and feel the authentic reality of the ideas we share.  We do not spout ivory tower, unattainable theory.  Our seminars share what we do… how we live… and how we have developed our lifestyle. Our mission is to help you see what we do, so you can blend our lessons into a lifestyle that is better… happier… richer…easier for you.

I have never heard of other seminars offering this… an integration of what we speak about with our actual “at home” lifestyle.

Here are the 21 main points we cover in our one day Quantum Wealth Workshop.

#1: Quantum mechanics & frequency how they all connect.

#2: Three aspects of being – air – fire – water… how to balance and integrate them.

#3: Three ways to integrate brain waves and be in the zone… 60 cycle sound… L- theanine and meditation.

#4: The Andean – Indian Connection. How Ayurved and Andean relate.  Three fundamentals of longevity. Eat right, work hard and sleep well. Nutrition, exercise and purpose.

#5: How dis-ease develops and is stopped.

#6: Nutritional goals: Improve digestion, avoid dis-ease here first.

#7: How to use cleansings. Melon, pineapple, apples-grapes, vareshna, chelating, cinnamon-sweet pepper tea, steam and mists.

#8: Teas. How and when to use cedron, chamomile, lemon verbena, peppermint.

#9: Relaxers. How to use chamomile, valerian, lettuce and milk, hot water, vata press.

#10: Fire reducers. How to use peppermint tea, aloe, cream massage, frozen grapes.

#11: Water reducers. How to use cinnamon tea, paprika, cloves, ginger, ginger-black salt and lemon juice.

#12: The power of ritual & routine. When to eat, think, exercise.

#13: How to spot imbalances. Moods, physical signs. pulse testing.

#14: Quantum leap. How energy, colors, organs, glands work together and change every seven years.

#15: Shamanic exercises-yoga, llama walk, lizard, sun salute, crab and mouth release, ring chew, etc.

#16: Deeper Digestion.

#17: How to use the senses, taste, six flavors.

#18: How to use color.

#19: How to use sound.

#2o: How to use essential oils.

#21:  How to gain Super Thinking abilities, increased intelligence and super thinking into our Super Thinking + Spanish for many years but now have added this to our international investing and business seminars to create quantum wealth.

There are at least three simple ways to turn on this super thinking ability:  meditation, listening to 60 cycle music and taking Theanine.
These three steps integrate four categories of brainwaves, ranging from beta waves, the fastest of the four different brainwaves to alpha, theta and the final brainwave state, delta. Delta brainwaves are of the greatest amplitude and slowest frequency.  Deep dreamless sleep takes you down to the lowest frequency.

When we allow these waves to interconnect freely we gain unimaginable intellect.

Merri and I meditate twice every day to tap into this energy.

Plus we listen to 60 beat ten cycle classical music as we work. You could count the number of times we have missed our meditation routine in the last 20 years on one hand. This helps us enormously.

This type of music, along with deep breathing exercises for relaxation moves the mind into Alpha and deeper states as well.

Health benefits are gained as blood pressure can drop, heart rates slow and the mind becomes calmed… and you become smarter.  You tap into your higher intelligence and are more likely to have… and  enjoy… success.

A third avenue that helps enhance intelligence is Theanine (chemical name: r-glutamylethylamide) one of the chemicals found in green tea. Theanine is used to reduce stress and anxiety without the tranquilizing effects found in many other calming agents. Scientific evidence shows that Theanine stimulates the brain’s production of alpha waves, making the user feel relaxed but alert and not drowsy. It also helps the body produce other calming amino acids, such as dopamine, GABA, and tryptophan. As might be expected from a calming supplement, Theanine may be able to lower elevated blood pressure as well.

Our Quantum Wealth workshop looks at how to use super thinking to tap into deeper intelligence and what to do with this intelligence in business, investing and life so you improve the way you absorb, retain, recall information and think forever. The one day Quantum Wealth workshop prepares you to gain more from the international investing segment of the course that starts Friday February 12 when I join Thomas Fischer of Jyske Global Asset Management and our webmaster to review where to invest in 2010.

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Here is Thomas speaking at a previous seminar.

Quantum wealth shares our lifestyle.  International Business & Investing shares  how we create income through service and invest globally… plus shares our most valuable contacts and sources of knowledge.

Inflation makes it increasingly hard for almost everyone to keep up with the faster and faster pace of the rat race that captures most of the world…especially in economic downturns we have experienced for the past two years.

International investments and international business unlocks the restrictions of the rat race.

Economic stress grows…debt…rising cost of insurance, increased liability…inflation lurk everywhere. More crowded…more change…more push.  The falling dollar and economic hard times are shredding purchasing power.

This leave us few choices.

We can join the rat race or…find enjoyable ways to invest and earn.

The second day of the seminar (Friday Feb 12) looks first at multi currency investing.  Multi currency portfolios are usually slow moving, safe, conservative investments but they can be really profitable as well.

How safe?

The portfolios we create and review at our courses are composed of mutual funds and shares and are developed with the help of one of the world’s safest banks. The mutual funds and shares are held at that bank at all times.

Suppose we get specific.

That safe bank is Jyske Bank…well established with a history of over 100 years. Jyske is Denmark ’s second largest bank, with 450,000 clients in Denmark and over 30,000 abroad.

Jyske Bank has over 23 billion euros in assets and also happens to be one of the leading currency traders in the world. The Danes have always been big currency traders because as a small naval country surrounded by England , Sweden , Finland , Russia , Germany , Norway and other countries…they have always had to deal in many currencies.

This historically gained expertise means that unlike most banks (that trade only eight hours a day) Jyske maintains a 24 hour global currency and commodity dealer service. Many other large banks use Jyske to handle their off hour currency positions. This means that Jyske is huge when it comes to multi currency activity. In fact their turnover reaches $50 billion dollars a day.

That’s safe.

Each course reviews global economics and updates ways to adapt and prosper in current conditions.

This portion of the course reviews what I am doing as multi currency investor myself.  For example during the 2008 downturn the recent Global Portfolio Currency Breakdown of my own personal portfolio looked like this.

Ecuador Real Estate 12.0%
Real Estate  31.0%
Euro 10.5%
Emerging market Currencies 10.0%
Danish kroner 9.9%
US$ 8.2%
British pound 6.0%
Swedish kroner 4.0%
NZ$ 3.7%
Australian $ 1.0%
Canadian $ 1.0%

By late 2009 that portfolio had shifted to

US $ Real Estate 50%
Non US Equities   3%
Emerging Bonds 11%
Bonds                   26%
Ecuador Real Estate  (for sale) 15%
US$ Short             -5%

my liquid portfolio was diversified in these currencies:

US$  -5.0%
CAD  7.0%
NZD  7.0%
AUD   7.0%
$ Bloc   16.0%

GBP   8.0%
DKK  10.0%
SEK   4.0%
EURO 39.0%
Euro bloc 61.0%

TRY 6.0%
HUF 7.0%
BRL 6.0%
EMCS 6.0%
Emg Curr  25.0%

Now I have made another big shift in my portfolio. At the seminar you’ll see my updated portfolio and why I have made these changes.

Most teachers do not actually share their own personal portfolios…  Just as Merri and I share our home and lifestyle, we share how we invest and explain why our portfolio is designed for our circumstances at any one time.

This provides you with two benefits. First, sharing why we adjust our investments helps you understand how to adjust yours.

Second, and most important, we invest real time. The data shared in our courses is about global investments you can make in the here and now. What you learn is not dated theory, but up to the minute fact! Many delegates come to course after course to update their portfolios.

We share our most valuable sources of information as well.

For example, Thomas Fischer Senior VP of Jyske’s Global Asset Management group will join us from Copenhagen to speak about where to place your current international investment allocation… along with four others… six of our friends and most valued sources if data… will be on hand to help you.

My personal investment adviser Anders Nielsen, also with Jyske, will be on hand to speak privately and answer any of your personal questions.  Our friend and tax attorney of more than 20 years, Joe Cox will share information at the seminar as well.

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Here I am with Anders at a previous global investment session.

Here are a few of the international investing and business subjects we review at this course.

#1: How 100 years of global economics can enhance your international investments and international business now. Learn how history reveals currency distortions that create international investment opportunities to borrow low and deposit high. For example right now you can borrow Japanese yen at below 3%, Swiss francs below 4% to invest in international investments, international business, international real estate or other international currencies that pay 5%, 6%, 7% and even more. In one case we’ll show why it is smart to borrow Swiss francs at 3.75% and invest in international Brazilian bonds that pay up to 10% or more!

Subjects in the international investments sessions include a review of global stock markets, international currencies and international interest rates and how they are shifting versus the greenback.

Another session looks at where to find the best value international investments globally right now, plus how to spot the hottest international investment trends before they become hot.

We also cover how to cash in on currency shifts by making international investments through the Multi-Currency Sandwich (Borrow Low-Deposit High) tactic. This is a perfect time for such international investments using diversification of currencies and taking advantage of the currency distortions that now plague investors around the world.

Currency experts from Jyske Bank (Thomas Fischer was a currency trader for many years and Jyske is one of the major currency trading banks in the world) will provide data at that course on this subject.

We’ll study international investment portfolios that offer the advantage of diversification, in several cases into nine currencies and nine different investments of which more than half have strong A to AAA ratings. We will review any changes made in the international investments portfolios we track and update what and how currencies and interest rates may move in the months ahead.

#2: We’ll look at international investments in emerging stock markets and emerging bond markets as well. 2007 was the seventh consecutive calendar year in which international investments in emerging markets outperformed developed markets. In 2007 the MSCI overall Emerging Markets benchmark was up 23.8 % in US dollars compared to the MSCI World Total Return Index being down 0.08 % in US dollars.   See why 2008 fared worse for emerging markets and how this creates more potential value.

In 2008 emerging markets fell faster and further than major markets… but once again in 2009 they led the global investment pack.  Anders Neilsen, my Jyske account manager, is one of Jyske’s bond experts and will be on hand to answer bond questions.

This February’s International invest sessions look at which blend of emerging and major markets may work best in 2010.

How profitable? Though Jyske Global Asset Managers have been extremely conservative this year, their managed portfolios have risen between 12.2% and 34.4% depending of the risk profile and the size of arrangement.

Those with more emerging markets in 2009 made even more.  The emerging markets index (in US dollars) was up 58.99% compared to 23.05% for the major market index. Over three years the index on emerging markets was up 37.88% versus 17.27% for the world index. The emerging market index was up 35.63% compared to the world’s index rise of 18.43% over five years.

Then emerging markets recorded their highest ever quarterly returns in the second quarter 2009, and posted strong gains for the third quarter, up 37.4% in three months, which ranked as the ninth best in equity market history.

You’ll learn why in 2009 we were investing in BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China).These 4 countries now generate approximately 27% of the world´s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).  The average annual GDP growth of a BRIC nation was greater than 7% before the recession, as compared to approximately 2% for a G-7 nation.  In the first three quarters of 2009, the growth rate for the Chinese economy beat expectations with an outstanding 8.9%.   We’ll look at a special BRIC trading idea in our 2010 seminars.

#3: One session will especially focus on international investments in alternate energy and water. For example we’ll see why Hyflux (water cleaning membranes mainly in China ) rose from $1.50 to $5 in less than a year (and why it then fell dramatically). We’ll see why water shares are destined to grow. We’ll look at Vestas (windmills) shares also up from $50 to $106. Plus we’ll update our Green Portfolio. These shares are especially interesting now as they were especially depressed in the global meltdown.

This course goes far beyond just international investments in stocks, bonds and currencies. Other sessions cover:

#3: How to cash in on distortions in international real estate from Ecuador to Lithuania! We have gained much more than just profit and international business and international investing opportunity in our international real estate searches. We have gained incredible luxury, heart- warming sweetness, breath-taking beauty, much better health and pleasant surprises at every turn. Having lived, worked and played in Ecuador now for over a decade and a half, we’ll focus heavily there, but Ecuador real estate opportunity is just one small part.

For example we’ll see how to own Ecuador and Smalltown USA real estate for pleasure and profit.

The third session of the course looks at how have an international business for fun and profit.

Merri and our webmaster, David Cross join me in the third part of the seminar to look at how to have a small international internet business.

This portion of the seminar is highly practical and usable because it focuses on how to start really small…with minimal investments of time and capital.

Plus we show how to stay small (yet highly profitable) if desired. International business sessions include:

#1: How to have an International and Ecuador Import-Export Business anywhere.

We’ll especially zero in on Ecuador export business opportunities in carved wood, ceramics from Cuenca, carpets from Guano, silver and gold jewelry from Chordeleg, paintings and art, textiles from Otavalo, leathers from Cotacatchi and flowers from the Andes . For example you’ll learn how factories make bread dough jewelry that can be fashioned into high school and college mascots and purchased for pennies apiece (to be sold for dollars abroad). You see how the only native American owned mill produces coats, shirts, sweaters, hats, gloves and scarves in school colors of your choice (at really low prices). These can be sold for ten times their cost.

Here is what one delegate to our course wrote: “Warm greetings for you and Merri! I’ll be on that list of Millionaire women very soon, thanks to your wonderful guidance and tips. Thank you SO MUCH for the good work that you both do!!!”

Another shared this: “I love to travel, but since I’m not independently wealthy, I also need to make money. I made one of my dreams come true. I went to Ecuador . I attended Gary & Merri Scott’s import/export seminar, we visited artists, markets and villages. It was a treat to see the great variety of handmade items and meet the friendly artists. I started to see the possibilities. I filled my suitcases in no time. Most of those things were sold to coworkers and friends and covered the costs of my trip. Yeah!”

“I returned to Ecuador in October. I spent two weeks attending Spanish classes in Quito and the next two weeks shopping. Once home, I sold my goods at an international bazaar and again paid for my trip expenses.

“Do I plan to continue? You bet! I have ideas for other places to sell my goods and some great material for travel articles. I am learning more each trip and gaining experience and confidence and most importantly, I love doing it! Attending your workshop was the catalyst that gave me the courage to take the plunge. Thank you for enriching my life.”

#5: How to write and use publishing, seminars and how to use international internet opportunities to create your own global business from your home. You can run your global business from an office or at home! The internet makes this more possible than ever before.

In the course we use case studies of what we are doing now to show how to start small and grow on the internet! Imagine this. Merri and I have a tiny international business. Just two of us run this operation from a remote farm in the Blue Ridge, a small village in Ecuador and the Florida countryside. Yet our website is ranked among the top 20,000 sites in the USA.

By starting small and building with stepping stones and harmonious foci we now almost own several profit generating phrases at Google.

At the course, we look at how we use the Seven Ps (Person, Problem and Promise, Product) to zero in on key phrases. Then we use the Fifth P Promise to develop new customers. The Sixth P the Prospecting Path and Seventh P the Presentation we use at the internet.

This knowledge has really helped previous course delegates. Here is what one previous delegate just shared:

“Gary , I have been working on my website, healthy-holistic-living.com site and I figure it is time for another update. It is really hard to believe it, but my site just keeps growing and growing and I am now averaging 2000 visitors per day!

“What I find to be most amazing is that in just a few short months my site is #1 out of over a million sites and sometimes even millions of sites! As you always say the internet is the ‘Great Equalizer’ anybody given the right tools can compete on the internet.“

You will learn how to use the same system to expand (or start) your business globally!

#6: How to Cash in on Smalltown USA.

We’ll look at properties for sale in Central Florida. These areas have two unique features. First, they offer great real estate value. Second, they are great places to visit and live and do business.

Many readers combine a trip to our Florida or Blue Ridge courses with a chance to look around and inspect some property for sale.  Learn how demographics and population push (plus the water) and new Florida investments that have come to this area are likely to make this a hot spot in the decade ahead.  In Florida they often visit Orlando about an hour away… plus look at the great lake front properties available at really low prices.

We’ll introduce you to brokers we have used in Florida at the seminar.

#7: How to use the latest tax savings and offshore legal structures to gain the ultimate asset protection. Learn how to gain more than cash-freedom, friendship, financial security, prestige, tax savings, legal protection, fun, adventure, self-sufficiency, fulfillment and more satisfaction…by combining very small amounts of money with your time and energy in an international business.  Our friend and attorney for more than 20 years… Joe Cox will be on hand to speak and answer your questions also.

Previous course delegates have included business people, brokers and professionals, doctors, dentists, lawyers, retirees, couples wanting to get into international business together, insurance agents and marketers who want to enhance their existing business or build a second sources of income through international investments and international business.

Plus more.

We have invited more speakers than we have had in a decade to share this learning experience with you… at this seminar course… for ideas on health… green and quantum investing… asset protection and global business.

Quantum Health…. Sheri Clary.   Sheri helps us with our health.  Sheri is a nurse practitioner who with her husband, James Clary MD, have been helping delegates learn natural ways to improve their health.  Specializes in hormonal balance using bioidentical compounds.

Quantum Investing… Ted Tidwell.  Ted is the founder of 1st Envirosafety the maker of Ted’s Stuff… a colloidal compound that has been helping farmers globally as well as helping create global business opportunity for Americans and Canadians moving abroad.

Quantum Asset Protection  Joe Cox.  Joe has been my friend and attorney for more years than I care to remember.  He specializes in estate planning, insurance, trusts and taxation is a frequent speaker on tax planning topics such as income taxes, insurance trusts, irrevocable trusts and offshore asset protection trusts. He has also written hundreds of articles and books concerning income tax and irrevocable trusts.

Joe is listed in Who’s Who in America and Who ’s Who in American Law. Chosen by Florida Trend Magazine as one of the top 1.6% of lawyers in Florida and one of the top 34 Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning lawyers. Chosen by Worth Magazine to be one of the top 100 attorneys in the Nation.

Third, the Valentine’s Treat.  The February seminar can help you live, work and invest better… but remember I promised a third benefit that Merri and I have added to make  you a Valentine hero.

We have booked all four days of this course to be conducted in a very romantic place, the Lakeside Inn in Mt. Dora Florida and have arranged discounted room rates for you.

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The Lakeside inn is a ‘National Historic Treasure’, listed on the
National Historic Register, that  has continuously 
operated as an Inn for more than 125 years,
the oldest operating Inn in Central Florida.

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The Lakeside Inn is located 40 miles Northwest of Orlando
 in in Mount Dora… our shopping town and known as 
the “New England” of Central Florida.

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Mount Dora is the Antique Capital of Florida,
where the Renninger’s Twin Markets draws thousands
 to the Antique Mall and Flea Market,
along with downtown Art Shows, Craft Fairs,
Music Festivals, Theatre, Antique Shows,
Classic Wooden Boat Shows, Sailing Regattas 
and Holiday Lighting Ceremonies and Parades.  The Captain Doolittle Eco Tours and Mount Dora Trolley
 and the antique train leave right from the Inn for daily excursions.

You’ll be able to enjoy this romantic view.  The inn sits on Lake Dora.

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When you enroll, we’ll send details on how to book a room for the seminar at the exceptionally low rate of $129 a night.

You are a Valentine’s Hero in Three Ways.

There you have… along with all the benefits of quantum wealth… international investing and business you get Ecuador roses, a Valentine’s party at our house and can stay with your Valentine at the incredibly unique and romantic Lakeside Inn.

There are three ways to attend our February tours.

Option #1: Come for the four day quantum wealth… international investing and business seminar.

Quantum Wealth Florida – International Investing & Internet Business Mt. Dora, Florida ($749) Couple $999

Option #2: Enjoy a split session. Come for the four day for quantum wealth… international investing and business. Then travel with us February 15 to Ecuador for one or up to four real estate tours.

Feb. 11-14  Mt Dora.

Feb. 15-16,  travel to and visit Quito.

Feb  17, travel to Manta.  Feb. 18-19,  Coastal Real Estate Tour.

Feb. 20,  travel to Cotacachi.  Feb. 21-22,  Imbabura Real Estate Tour.

Feb. 23-24,  Quito-Mindo Real Estate Tour.

Feb. 25 travel to Cuenca.

Feb. 26-27,  Cuenca Real Estate Tour.  Feb 29 end of tour.

Simply choose how many seminars and tours you’ll be on and enjoy the multi tour savings below.

Two Pack… 2 seminar courses & tours $998 Couple  $1,349 Save $149 on couple

Three Pack… 3 seminar courses & tours   $1399 Couple  $1,899 Save $98 single or $348 on a couple or more

Four Pack… 4 seminar courses & tours   $1,699 Couple $2,299 Save $98 single or $697 on a couple or more

Five Pack… 5 seminar courses & tours  $1,999 Couple $2,699 Save $496 single or $1,046 on a couple or more

Option #3. If you plan to attend six or more seminars and tours in 2010 save with an International Club membership.  See how to save here.

International investments and business can help your money grow and stop losing its purchasing power.

Previous course delegates have included business people, brokers and professionals, doctors, dentists, lawyers, retirees, couples wanting to get into international business together, agents and marketers who want to enhance their existing business or build a second sources of income through international investments and international business. Plus everyone wishes to improve their lifestyle… have better health and more ease in receiving income.

If you have or want to make international investments or have your own full or part time international business, you should contact us and make a reservation.

Your friend,

Gary Scott

P.S. One section in the Mt. Dora seminar shows how I turn a $950 direct mailing into $118,500 in three weeks. I added $9,875 a month to my income! This information is worth the cost of the course alone.

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Here is a micro web business clue… have a really tight niche in your internet business.

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Many readers learn how to have an Ecuador export and internet business. Here are delegates at our October 2009 Ecuador export course visiting the Hilana factory which makes a variety of textile products from Llama wool and cotton.

This is also why we are sharing a free course on how to create your own website without a webmaster written by Michelle Toole. Here is the 39th lesson in this FREE course.

The Power of a Super-Tight Niche
By Michelle Toole

When building a web business, ‘niches’ are where it’s at. You ask what’s a niche? Well a niche is web site idea or concept that addresses a particular target audience and the key is to find that sweet spot where you have high demand and low supply or competition.  Match that with your passion and the perfect set of web business building tools and that equals success.

But the question is what if your target audience is really small, low supply, low demand, should you still consider building a web business around a small or ‘super tight niche?’

Logically one would say no, a high demand, low supply niche drives large amounts of targeted readers/buyers to your site which means money in your pocket.  So why would someone deviate from a successful e-commerce formula?  Good Question and the simple answer is that at times a ‘super tight niche’ can be just right especially if it’s your passion!

Freeing yourself from the typical niche formula, low supply and high demand can open up some very tiny niches that one would otherwise overlook. If time is limited, passion is high, and the monetization model fits well, there are indeed times when a ‘super-tight niche’ can make perfect sense financially.

Let’s say that your web site niche concept has a demand of less than 1,000 which means less than a 1,000 people search for that term each month which is pretty small.  And there are around 250,000 pages containing that niche keyword, which is limited competition.  Should you say “Yeah” or “Nay” to that site concept?  Well it’s a challenging question and the key is in your monetization model.  If you are fairly confident that your planned monetization model(s) can support a narrow niche, meaning minimal traffic and you have a high return on investment per sale then ‘Go for it!’

Advantages to a Super Tight Niche

So what’s the first advantage of a super-tight niche?  A fast rise to fame.  With your focused content, optimized pages, and quality in-pointing links you win the keyword battles at the engines quite quickly.

With less competition it will be easier to find you in the search engines meaning you can rank higher sooner. And that means the faster your web site appears on the first page of Google.  Keep in mind, though, that while you will get traffic faster, you will max out your market that much faster as well. Your monetization plan must be rock solid and a natural fit.

You don’t need a lot of traffic if your monetization method includes a ‘very high return on investment’ (ROI). If your business is mortgages on Hollywood or New York City real estate, you may only need 100 customers a year to earn a very comfortable income.

The second advantage of a ‘super tight niche’ is the devoted following (i.e., your target market). If your content is excellent (which it has to be in a tight niche), your passion is real and your writing is appealing, you’ll win a loyal PREsold audience. In fact, the more passionate and knowledgeable you are, the stronger will be your audience’s attraction and attachment to your site which if you have a solid monetization model leads to that all important sale.

And finally and most importantly is that with a super tight niche your traffic tends to convert more easily into click-throughs and sales. This is because the visitors who are seeking information using your super tight niche keywords know exactly what they are looking for and generally it is something very specific. And that ‘specific need’ will be the basis of your monetization model.  Your visitors will be ‘highly targeted traffic’,  just the kind you want!

Bottom Line… A decently written “tight site” is a shoe-in to score well and generate super-focused traffic. Even though you’ll hit your max more quickly than wider niches do, what you “gain” overall more than compensates; a solid business that brings you both income and pleasure as you interact with people who share the same passion.

Gary

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Here is an Ecuador export delegate at Hilana.

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Learn about and see more Hilana export products below.

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Hilana products are one of many great Ecuador exports… the warmth of wool but the softness of cotton.  Merri and I love our Hilana bedspreads (we have them in many of the rooms at our hotel Inn Land of the Sun (formerly Meson de las Flores),  shirts and coats.  The minute the temperatures drop here in north Carolina we don our Hilana shirts like this one.

Here is a Hilana bedspread at our hotel eson de las Flores.

Ecuador visit

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To get more great tips, like the ones above and to see how and what tools she used to create a successful on-line business go to http://sitesell-sbi.com