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Back issues here Issue 255 | Jan 5th 2003

Letter from Phil

Before I get going with my usual ramble, I'd like to mention a new book which I wish I could have included in my New Year Special
the other day...because it's a perfect fit.

Kickstart Your Life and Your Success, by Martin Avis.

It's good, packed with fun facts and very useful time management and organizational tips. I've got 7 books on time management I've never found time to read more than a few pages of, because they're all too involved and boring - so I got more great 'getting it done' tips from one quick session with this book than all the others combined.

And it's funny...which helps.

Anyway...on with the show

We're 5 days into the new year. What have you achieved yet? If you're like me, probably nothing much. Most likely you're still trying to get over the excesses of the holiday.

But I have been doing some things: planning and thinking about the year ahead for one thing...and deciding exactly what I'm going to do this year.

And that's where a large part of the secret of success and achievement lies.

You've got to lay down a roadmap that plots what you're going to do with your business this year...and then follow it to the end.

As Michael Green of "How To Create & Sell Products Online" famesaid in my New Year Special the other day: You need to come up with a more focused success orientated approach to Internet've got to create a timetable and stick to it.

Planning his year, and setting timetables for project completion goes a long way to explaining how Michael managed to pump out 6 quality e-products last year while still working full time in his offline business.

Try it yourself. All you need is a piece of paper and a pen.

So besides planning, what else have I been up to?

Three things...if you don't count, drinking and partying....and they're two things you should be doing too:

1. Learning new stuff.

With the rapid rise of broadband, you've got to be careful you don't get left behind. Ebooks are probably going to become a lot less important and harder to sell. Video and audio production are going to be vital skills to learn.

I bought Camtasia Studio the other day, and I'm teaching myself (it's not hard) to produce video tutorials.

The latest version lets records virtually any type of on-screen activity and creates an AVI file, or flash movies in an instant. Anything you can do on your PC can be recorded and turned into a
video complete with audio narration - so you'll be able to see me taking you through all the steps of building a mini site....well you will if you own my book Mini Site Profits :)

Camtasia also lets you hook up a screen cam, but I'm not sure if you're ready for a close up of my talking face.

2. Getting more organized.

This year I'm using a new database, designed especially for internet marketers, to keep track of everything and save precious time.

I'm also following the tips in a the new book Kickstart Your Life and Your Success, as mentioned higher up.

There's also a favorite of mine: "The Lazy Man's Guide to Online Business: how to work less and get paid more...and have tons more fun." It's the book I've always been meaning to write but I could never find time to do it...or was that just laziness?

It will show you how to live that "Internet" lifestyle without busting a gut to get there.

3. Continuing my internet marketing education.

I've spent the past couple of weeks re-reading some of my all time favorite ebooks, and some new ones.

I'm in the middle of Randy Charach's new ebook Niche Magic which is proving very inspirational.

And because I'm getting heavily into product creation I've been re-reading

Marlon Sanders Gimme Book (for about the 10th time)

and I'm on my second read of Jim Edwards and David Garfinkel "eBook Secrets Exposed," which is about making a lot of money quickly by writing and publishing your own ebook.

and then, of course, there's Michael Green's new "How To Create & Sell Products Online" Toolkit.

But besides spending some time planning, and trying to come up with your own product, there is something else that's vitally important this year.

And that's to stop jumping onto every crazy new "business opportunity" that rears it's ugly head.

Let's face it - most of them are over-hyped and simply don't work.

And there are hundreds of them around, with new one's launching every day.

I know it's difficult to tell the good from the bad, but really that shouldn't matter.

The real answer is to stop signing up for EVERYTHING new until you're succeeding with something and have time to expand.

(by that time 1000 new biz ops will have come and gone, but so what - the only people making a bit of money from them are the founders, the first six or seven people to sign up, and people with
huge mailing lists)

The kind of stuff that I'm talking about are those make big money matrix type biz ops that appear in your mailbox every few days.

In 2003 make a vow to ignore them all. Set up filters in your email program so that most of them are trashed without you seeing them.

And to say it again...try and make this the year that you come up with your own product.

While it's true that information products sell particularly well, you don't have to write a book.

* You can make your own audio product.

* Video/DVD/CD

* Screen cam tutorials.

Tons of things. If you're short of someone to brainstorm with you should read the book that's sparking so many ideas in my mind that I don't know what to do with them all - Jeff Gardner's "The Ultimate Million-Dollar Idea Generator"

Finally, here's one final success tip to get you started on the right path for 2003.

Start building an EMPIRE of mini sites - my book shows you how to get a web site up and running in less than a day for under $20 including hosting and the domain name.

Quite a few people, who have been willing to put some effort into building mini sites, have been able to leave their jobs after reading it.

Imagine if you build only one site a month and it pulls in just $100 a week profit. How much will you be earning by the end of 2003?

Well the the calculations are so easy even I can do them. 12 sites making $100 a week is a very nice $1200 a week.

Of course, some sites will fail. There's no way I can guarantee you'll make anything at all.

It depends on how closely you follow my instructions, on how smart you are, and mainly on how much time and effort you put into
building your web business.

But if you work hard there's nothing to stop you building a website a week. Now try adding the dollars up :)

Read more about this at Mini Site Profits.

But first read this review that Martin Avis wrote this week in his excellent ezine Kickstart Daily:

"As you may know, my policy on recommending books is very clear: every book I suggest to you is one I've personally bought, and honestly believe is 'best in class.' Of the dozens of books I've bought, only a handful get mentioned - I'm very particular because it is your money at stake!

One book that stands head and shoulders above the rest is Phil Wiley's 'Mini Site Profits.' (Martin's affiliate link)

If you have any dreams of starting an internet business this year, then this is the one book you must start with. Phil's easy to follow system of setting up quick, easy and cheap mini websites couldn't be simpler. He explains absolutely everything you need to know.

Just playing around the edges of Phil's book has generated an income of several hundred dollars a month for me, and I plan to expand in this area considerably over the next few weeks.

Do yourself a favor and at least read what Phil has to say - even if you don't buy the book, subscribe to his excellent newsletter"

Ok, that's it for this week.

If you've read this far, thanks. I appreciate it.

And best of luck in 2003. (or do you make your own luck?)




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