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Questions About Our Free Internet Marketing Coaching Program

December 21, 2010

We have been getting quite a few questions about what type of business you need to be running to get into our free training program. So, I wanted to make it a little more clear about what type of business is ideally suited for the free training.

The Can I Make Big Money Online Coaching program is intended for people who want to make a majority of their profits from online activities. For instance, a person who wants to start an online writing service, a person who wants to make money from their blog, a person who wants to sell their photography online, a person who wants to create a web design business, a person who wants to make money with affiliate marketing are all good candidates. If you are a baby clothes shop and you want to increase the number of people who come to your offline baby clothes shop in person then you aren’t really a good candidate. If on the other hand you want people to order online from your online baby store then you are a good candidate. In other words, if you want to run a business that makes a majority of it’s money from online activities, then you are good candidate.

The other main questions people have been asking is “When can I apply?”. We will start taking applications in early January. Look for an announcement both here and on our Facebook page (where the application will be posted).

It won’t hurt to apply no matter what your business does, but the more “online” your business is the better chance you will have of getting into the program. Jill, Trent and I will be making the final decisions on who we let into the coaching program and like I said, we will only be taking on a limited number of people.

Free Internet Marketing Coaching Program

December 16, 2010

Do you want personal free coaching to learn how to make money online?

In just a few weeks, Trent, Jill and I will be taking applications to be part of our FREE coaching program. We will be taking on a very limited number of quality individuals to train in running a successful Internet business. The three most important factors that will influence your chances of being chosen are:

1. Writing ability
Can I Make Big Money Online has always been about helping people learn. If you are accepted into the coaching program, we want to help others at the same time that we help you. So, anyone accepted will be writing 1 or more blog posts a month about their progress and/or things they have learned. Because of this, anyone accepted needs to be a proficient writer. That doesn’t mean you need to be able to write award winning copy or the great American novel. But you do need to write clearly, with some personality and with minimal need for editing.

2. Commitment To Follow Directions
Normally, I don’t require that our clients follow all of our directions. However, we are giving away free private individual coaching, so we can’t accept people into the program unless they are going to follow our directions and do what we ask of them.

3. Persistence
We need you to be committed to following our instructions for at least 12 months. Most people last about 3 months when they try to make a living online, then they give up. If you are a quitter, then don’t apply.

What you will get:
You will get monthly coaching from Trent, Jill and I to help you run a successful business. We will help you either improve your current business or start a new business from scratch that ideally suits your talents and skill.

What we expect in return
You will become an author on Can I Make Big Money Online so people can follow your progress and learn some of the things you learn. You will write at least 1 blog post a month to help readers learn from your experience.

Like I said, we are only go to accept a very small number of people into the program. If it interests you and you are willing to do what it takes to make a living online, then you need to go join our Facebook page, by clicking like on our facebook page. We will be posting the application and more details of the program on our facebook page in the coming weeks. The only way you can get into the free coaching program is by liking our fan page. Click here to visit the Can I Make Big Money Online fan page and remember to click the like button to learn more about the coaching program.

Let us know if you have any questions.

Keep Your Internet Marketing Competition Close

December 8, 2010

I am sure at some point in your life you have heard the saying about keeping your friends close and your enemies closer. You’ve probably heard it many times. Basically it means that you want to keep your enemies closer to you than your friends so you always know what they are up to. Doing this will help you keep the upper hand on them if needed. This also applies to your internet marketing business. As an internet marketer you need to keep your competitors close to you.

Any niche you are in will have at least some competition and many niches are fiercely competitive. You will all be going after the same or similar rankings, traffic, and money of your potential customers. You might think you should keep far away from your competition but actually the opposite is true. You want to get to know them and associate with them as much as you can.

You want to see what they are doing to make money. What their websites are like. How they are getting traffic. Where their backlinks come from. Who their subscribers and regular commenter’s are. Which products they are selling. How successful they are. And everything else you can find out about them. You can learn a lot to help your own business while watching your competition.

Another great reason for keeping your internet marketing competition close is because they might just make great joint venture partners some day. Competitors can be the perfect allies at times. You can use each other’s strengths to mutually benefit your businesses. Doing this can help you achieve more success than you would have been able to do by yourself.

So, now you know, keeping your internet marketing competitors close to you can be a lot more profitable and beneficial to you than staying away from them. You can use the best of what they are doing or work with them to make your own business more successful.

Introducing Sandra Parrotto aka @qstreet aka Sam

December 8, 2010

Later today, we’ll be posting a guest blog post by one of the UsGuys- the Twitter group that I’ve mentioned in recent blog posts.

Sam, who goes by qstreet on Twitter, is a really wonderful person. She’s warm, she’s genuine, and she’s as open with her feelings in the virtual world as anyone I’ve ever seen. I might feel left out in a conversation or jealous of someone’s “overnight success”, but I tend to hide that. Sam will just say, “I feel lost”, which makes it a lot easier for the rest of us to admit the same thing.

Recently, Sam flew to Atlanta to meet one of the UsGuys founders- Chase Adams. Her blog post is about that experience. But more than that it’s about how to make your virtual experience more real. We hear a lot about “authenticity” in social media. A lot of the time, that translates to “don’t lie”, but I think as you read Sam’s post, you’ll see it means more than that. Being authentic, at its core, means going beyond being honest. It’s not merely “don’t lie”, it’s “don’t hide”.

I know you’ll enjoy reading Sam’s post, and I hope it will help you as you try to figure out this whole social media thing. Be sure to show her some comment love.

I Can Attest – He is Real!

December 8, 2010

I Can Attest – He’s Real!

This is not a fluff piece.  It’s the story that resulted from tweeting, emailing and, recently MEETING Chase Adams.  The relationship with him dramatically altered my experience with twitter and provided an unexpected opportunity to test the “humanness” of social media.

Meeting Chase allowed the student in me to examine the nature of our exchanges, question the meaning of the words and see if my intuitive read matched the “real person”.  After sending hundreds of tweets into the “stream” only to hear silence, I could finally share each blunder, hiccup, pinch, warm fuzzy and moment of confusion with another human, in the flesh.  It turns out that humanity in the virtual world has very few differences from that of the real one.

On that note, let me fast forward to seat 23E, preparing to land in Atlanta.

Thinking on the plane…what should I do when I see him? I’d really like to jump up and down, scream CHaaaaaase, and then give him a great big hug.   No, I can’t do that –  unacceptable and he’ll think I’m odd.  I could be cool and look around the atrium with no obvious focal point, casually zero in on him and say with my eyes wide, surprised, OH!  Are you Chase?

Finally, there he was – 15 feet away – leaning with arms crossed, hanging back.  Instantaneously, my previous plans vanished;  I mustered my most friendly, “unpuppydoggish” self and sheepishly asked –  Chase?

Score One for the RealChaseAdams! He showed up, patiently waited even though I was 3 hours late and made our meeting happen.

First things that surprised me:

  • He didn’t talk in 140 characters nor did he tweet to others while with me

  • Took lots of time to be thoughtful and engaged himself – 100%

  • He redefined my idea of a “tech guy”

  • Was even more charming than expected

  • Took great care of our waiter who accommodated our 4 1/2 hour meeting

  • Smart and smarter – articulate – wise

  • Great, expressive eyes

Chase was a real collaborative guy who didn’t just decide stuff, but included me in creating the evening.

Score Two for the RealChaseAdams! He could relate, interact & generate a relationship without hiding behind a computer.

Meeting Chase, IRL,  produced a weird sensation.  My heart knew him but my brain didn’t.  I almost reached over and actually pinched him just to prove to myself that he was physically present, but restraint prevailed.  With this additional  visual-sensory input, I had a lot more to process – quickly.  The tilt at the edge of his smile, the twinkle in his eye, the way he moved his fingers when he reached for his “sweet tea” – all new input.  It’s the physical that we miss in the virtual world!

We covered lots of topics!

  • Chase’s vision for #usguys

  • My desire to learn technology and social media

  • Interesting life experiences

  • My gratitude for well… ‘him’

  • Previous tweet exchanges that occurred in the stream – some funny and others that left me “wondering about the outcome”

  • Twitter etiquette, social theory and relationship building within a tribe

  • Chase’s  dreams for the future, speaking at #sxsw, and my self-development game (I must admit, it was thrilling to share my hand-colored drawing with someone from the virtual world)

We were having a great conversation when quicker than I could say, “This is fantastic”, we dropped – Kerplunk! into a relationship “thing” that typically occurs only after knowing someone for some time.  Most “things” test the substance of a relationship.  And I wasn’t sure that one created in the virtual world could support the weight of a “thing”!

SNAG! ...heart racing...PANIC!  (What happens if we decide we don’t like each other?)

By way of background, we’d registered for @jonmorrow’s blogger apprenticeship program.  I was impressed with Chase’s ability to engage other members of this community.  He gave great feedback!  I followed – he followed back.  We then began trading tweets during Hurricane Earl.  Are you expecting the hurricane to hit hard?  Your name reminds me of a soap star.  Why are you driving in this nor’easter?

Lighthearted exchanges grew into a sense of connectedness, and we started sharing emails.  After a couple of “Wow, you’re pretty amazing’s” and “Can’t wait to see where you go next”, Chase asked me for feedback about something he was writing.

In my desire to illustrate my commitment to him, I responded with the smartest stuff I had to offer – but I was hesitant because I didn’t know how he’d react.  Over the next week or so, while participating in #usguys,  I started to sense my interactions with him had changed.  I pondered this for a while and then wrote to him and asked, “What’s up?”

At “the moment” at dinner, we talked about that blip and what had really happened.

I found out he was troubled by my feedback.  It turned out that I missed the point entirely.  Chase was wanting me to understand his concerns about pursuing a new job opportunity and what he got from me was an intellectual critique.  In my distorted attempt to provide substance, I bungled the chance to care about his feelings and him “as a person”.  This landed like a 2000 pound elephant given my intense commitment to relate deeply to others.  I played small and convinced myself it would be unwelcome in a “virtual” relationship.

I had an “alfalfa sprout” moment at dinner with Chase.  The kind of learning that’s fresh, unplanned and shocking to your ego.   Chase could’ve avoided telling me the truth and blown it off deciding this was too intense for a twitter connection.  But, he didn’t.  And precisely because of this, the tie between us grew closer.

Winning Score! This went straight to my heart.

Chase Adams connected with me through 140 characters.  He communicated with me through emails.  He influenced me to participate in #usguys.  He caused my participation in social media to become vital, compelling  and supportive.  And then, in real life, Chase was willing to risk it all and share a negative with me.

Turns out that the virtual world is no different than the physical one.  The venue doesn’t matter.   It depends entirely on our capacity and desire to build relationship.

Chase knew that.  Sentiment CAN build within 140 characters.  I could’ve discovered that this sentiment was a figment of my imagination.  But because of “who” Chase  is, the reality far exceeded my expectation.  I didn’t have to pinch him to determine that he is, in fact,

The Real Chase Adams!

Sandra Parrotto is fascinated by self development, creative expression, intimacy & relationships.  She is the owner of Qstreet, an organizational development, leadership and coaching consulting company.  Theguidequest website, scheduled for launch in April, will provide online training and coaching career opportunities.  She can be reached at sam @, on twitter @qstreet and fb as Sandra Parrotto.

Did you get lost in the leap to Twitter hyperspace?

December 5, 2010

Sometimes I picture Twitter like making the jump to hyperspace on the Millenium Falcon. Except instead of stars flashing past, it’s tweets. I think this is one of the big reasons that people burn out quickly on Twitter. It’s not much fun if you can’t figure out a way to be a part of “the conversation”.

So, how can you fix that? How do you get connected? If you were in New York City and didn’t know a soul there, how would you make friends? Would you stand on a busy corner and start shouting information about yourself? “Hello, I’m Jill Manty! I have kids! I homeschool! I like social media! I write a blog! Anyone want to talk?” That may be an excellent way to see the inside of some of New York City’s finer correctional/psychiatric facilities, but you’re probably not going to make any friends that way (and if you do, they may not be the kind of friends you were really looking for).

Here are a few suggestions for finding your place on Twitter.

Tweet chats If you just stepped off the bus into Twitterland, and you aren’t following a soul, check out a few Twitter chats. You’ll find people who have similar interests and can most likely find a few people to follow and start conversing with. Make sure you follow anyone you interacted with after the chat is over and thank anyone who retweeted a comment or link that you posted. Include anyone you thank via the @ symbol when you post your thanks. For example, “Thanks for the RT: @georgemanty”

Some Twitter chats do fly by fast and furious, so consider using a program like Tweetchat. I suggest slowing the refresh speed to 10-15 seconds, especially for particularly busy chats. If you’re feeling like a particular chat is like trying to swallow the ocean, find one or two people who are posting things that you find interesting or entertaining and start up a side conversation (try to keep it on topic, though, unless you’re going to drop the chat hashtag- #).

How do you find a chat that interests you? Someone has created a Google spreadsheet of Twitter chats, and it’s kept pretty up to date. My personal suggestions? #tweetdiner, #blogchat, #leadershipchat and #usguys. But find one that works for you. There are chats on diverse topics from horses to food.

Lists Once you’ve found some people to follow, consider creating a list, so that you can more easily keep up with people. Personally, I still haven’t created my lists, so I’m not going to be able to give you a lot of firsthand advice. But there are lots of resources on the web about creating lists. For the basics, check out Twitter’s own help on the subject. For more on the topic, check out this resource. (I got that resource after asking a question on #usguys- see what a great resource Twitter can be? Thanks to Brandon Sheley for the link!)

You can also use other people’s lists as an additional way to find people to follow. Sometimes people will create blog posts about their own lists of people, like this one on New York’s Top PR Public Relations Firms and People. Or you can follow lists that people you follow on Twitter have created.

Hashtags People will hashtag all sorts of things that other people might be interested in. You can view the most popular ones at You can then choose to look at who’s using hashtags you’re interested in or just start using some of the ones that are popular that interest you. Over the past week, popular hashtags have included the always popular #facebook and #socialmedia, but also #iphone, #travel and #wikileaks.

Really, there’s just one hashtag I recommend using on a regular basis, outside of Twitter chats: #usguys. While there is an usguys chat, the usguys hashtag is 24/7 discussion on marketing, social media, leadership and pretty much anything under the sun. This morning there was talk about everything from the meaning of “lost his squash” to whether it’s appropriate to use “dude” for women. I set it up regularly in tweetchat or hootsuite to stop in and check out what’s going on throughout the day. It’s much more than a hashtag- it’s a virtual tribe of people who will help and support you.

Want to see what a big deal a hashtag can be? Using usguys as the example, people have created blog posts specifically around usguys, as well as a virtual usguys daily newspaper. Usguys helped get a blog off to a phenomenal start. I think you can see how being involved with a group like that would make Twitter a much more welcoming place.

I hope this helps you figure out how to get involved on Twitter. If you’re already involved, what are your suggestions for people who are new or frustrated with Twitter? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.