Exploring the Overlapping Junctures of Science, Philosophy and Religion

I enjoy studying the overlapping junctures of science, philosophy and religion because when combined I think unlimited potential remains untapped to benefit society and the general human condition. For example, I'm fully convinced that world peace is possible if we could accept and expand on the concepts I'm about to define, but that's just scratching the surface. Affordable, universal, non-invasive healthcare without the need for expensive and toxic pharmaceuticals is another benefit that I'll write about in future articles. But before I digress too far, let's begin exploring the overlapping junctures of science, philosophy and religion.

The first important data point we need to explore is Einstein's all-important equation: e = mc², which shows that energy has a direct equivalence to mass (and an interesting relationship with light). This equation states that as the energy of an object increases, so too should its mass. This may seem hard to accept from everyday experiences, while we do not seem to get heavier sitting in our car as it accelerates, but in the lab scientists have proven that objects do get 'heavier' and would approach infinite mass at the speed of light . Thus, sending particles faster and faster until they approach the speed of light requires a lot of energy. For this reason, the super colliders that have been built, like the CERN Supercollider in Switzerland, are exceptionally large, expensive and use amazing amounts of energy to propel some of the smallest elements in the universe – protons – up to a fraction of a percent Under the speed of light.

And it is to the results of those super collider experiments that we turn next. What happens when two protons are smashed into each other at near the speed of light? They break into pieces, of course. But the interesting thing here is that those pieces are not smaller; They're actually larger (net mass) than the originals! Now this is counter-intuitive. If you throw a crystal goblet against the wall it'll break into pieces, but none of those pieces is bigger than the original crystal goblet, and if you could put all those pieces back together again, the combined mass of those pieces would not exceed The original unbroken goblet. So how is it that when protons crash against one another at high speed and 'break' into new 'pieces' they actually create larger subatomic particles than the originals? Where does the extra mass come from?

The simple answer is that when we look for the ultimate stuff of the universe – that 'stuff' from everything else is made – the only 'stuff' that exists is energy. Mass is merely stabilized energy. So the extra mass that directed from the proton collisions in the super collider came from the gigantic amount of energy input needed to speed the protons up to near the speed of light. That energy transformed into mass. Of course the opposite is also true as seen in nuclear reactors where the destruction of mass via fission, or the transformation of mass via fusion both create amazing amounts of energy; Enough to create stars and heat the universe. What we think of as 'energy' is merely the dynamic, usually invisible form of "matter" and mass is the stabilized form of the same phenomenon. [Note here the relationship of energy and light is also two-sides of the same coin – both are energy, but depending on the frequency spectrum of energy may be either visible (light) or invisible. Thus it may be equally true to assert, as do many philosophers and meta-physicists, that mass is merely stabilized light (!) And lending a better understanding as to why God (or Heaven) is often described as an unbelievably bright light by those Who experienced a Near Death Experience.]

To understand why this is important to philosophy and religion, you need to take two steps further. First, consider Newton's First Law of Thermodynamics: energy can be either created nor destroyed; It merely changes form. Second, you must realize that everything in the universe, both seen and unseen, is energy, so you are nothing but stabilized energy. The energy that makes you – you, can not be destroyed. When you die, you will surely transition from wearing a "skin suit" to being pure, free, unencumbered energy; A conscious spirit, if you will.

Again, everything in the universe is energy – a gigantic ocean of unending energy. Within that ocean of energy, there are no voids. When you look up at the night sky, we may have an impression of a gigantic void, but really and truly there in no void wherein energy does not exist, and science has proved this point. There is certainly a continuum with concentration increases and decreases, but the energy field of the universe lasts to the very edge of the universe. (See also: Quantum field theory for a more in-depth explanation.) What is that energy? It could be accurately termed ALL THAT IS, or more inaccurately but perhaps more manageable to the human concept of comprehension: God. Now I need to take you into philosophy to understand the next leap.

Rene Descartes famously doubted that anything could be known for sure except one singular conclusion: because he could doubt he must be thinking and because he was thinking he must exist: I think; Therefore, I AM. Now, because you are energy and you are conscious, it is a simple mathematical truism via the transitive property (if A = B and B = C; then A = C) to show that the universe, which is also nothing but the same energy As you, and of which you are a part, must ALSO be conscious. In fact, philosophy has long asserted that nothing exists BUT consciousness, and more recently both quantum physics and New Age religion have also begun to reach the same conclusions (although ancient religions have long asserted the same).

So the entire universe, ALL THAT IS, is one gigantic consciousness, manifesting itself as energy, both seen and unseen, dynamic and stable and nothing can possibly exist outside of ALL THAT IS, by definition. This statement leads to a lot of amazing concluding. For example, there can not possibly be a devil, or a hell because all that exists must exist within God. There is no separation from God. There is no expulsion from God. There can not be – the consciousness of God has created everything – and continues to stay – within the phantom 'mind' / body of God. If it were theoretically possible to be expelled from communion with ALL THAT IS, that entity would immediately determine to exist, thus providing that hell could not be sustained in reality other than as a phantasmal concept used by Western churches to instill fear in their followers in Order to exert control and influence over them.

Now let's explore another intersection of religion with this finding. You are a piece of God, by definition, and I am too. In fact, everyone and everything is a part of God. In philosophical terms, we are all One, or part of the One. We are thus One and the same at our very core – a piece of the consciousness of God, silently staring out and experiencing the miracle of life that He created for His own benefit. Our individuality is an illusion, and any divisions between us are artificial and manmade – instituted and perpetuated by the religions and political divides with which we identify ourselves. However, if we could understand the true nature of reality, our true indivisible connection with God (We Are Him), and feel the unconditional Love that He has for all of His creations, then we would be able to break down those divisions and live Without religion or any other false barriers. When we can finally reach this goal, true world peace will finally be at hand. There will be no divisions, no hate, no prejudice. You are a part of me and I am a part of you so how could I hate you or feel anything for you but unconditional love? That is the blue print for heaven on earth and the direction Jesus was trying to get us to understand when He said the kingdom of Heaven is within us.

Life is an experience God wanted for His own benefit – to better understand Himself and to experience all that is possible. Within that creation, all is not perfect. Perfection is not possible because it presupposes that further changes to become yet "more perfect" could not occur because perfection can not be improved upon or the original state would not have been perfect in the first place. If perfection could theoretically occur, the dynamic dance of energy that creates life would cease at the point of perfection, resulting in a collapse in upon itself. Further, life is not trial or pain-free, but it was never meant to be. We are learning lessons for God's benefit and those lessons require trials, and trials often involve pain and discomfort.

A key to enjoying life, even during the hardest challenges, is to see the events of your life as if in a play, from above or a higher (spiritual) perspective. You are the main character in the play of your life. Your body is experiencing challenges, but the real you – the God within – can never be hurt; Can never die. That God within wants to enjoy life and experience all that your life has to offer Him. He wants to commune with nature. He wants to love and be loved. He wants to experience everything that is and could be . So enjoy life – even the trials – and take a moment to sit back, relax, and see truly what a miracle it is that the real you – the God within – has created on Earth; So much beauty that we fail to see because (our focus on) life gets "in the way." Not only should you 'stop and smell the roses,' but treat yourself with love and respect, and remember that your neighbor is you, simply living in a different life play. Treat them with love as you would want to be treated and you'll help the world on its path to true peace.

Business: 8 Experts Tips To Start An Internet Home Business

The start up costs for an internet home business are next to nothing compared to the offline world of business start ups.

In fact it is a lot more simple to start and grow a business on the internet.

Of course you need some knowledge to begin your internet home business enterprise. But you do not need a "Bacc" to do business on the web.

All you need is some computer knowledge and some internet marketing basis and a good dose of determination.

Here is some basic tips on how to start an internet home business.

== 1.Write Your Business Goals ==

It is important to set goals and objectives and then take action to accomplish them. This will be your Business Plan.

Here Are Some questions you should ask yourself:

– Why do I want to start up an Internet Home Business?

– What product or service can I provide?

– Do I have the knowledge and expertise to provide this service?

– Do I know enough about the competition?

– Where will my customers come from?

Take the time to write down your questions and answers and thoroughly research your chosen market.

== 2. Choose A Product or Service To Sell ==

On the internet you can find houndreds of product or services to sell.

You can sell your own product by creating your own, or purchasing resale rights or being an affiliate with a good internet company.

Do not put your personal gains first. Make sure that the product will deliver what it promises. When you promote a product that leaves the buyer dissatisfied, you'll only be ruining your business. So sell solutions and the money will come.

== 3. Business Domain Name ==

One important first step is to choose the best domain name you can. Keep it as short and simple as possible.

Think of domain name like "Google" or "Yahoo". They are short and easy to remember.

I know that some people say to use keyword in youre domain name. But if you choose "Internet Business" there is a million of site with this term.

So are you going to use for example "AprofitableInternethomebusiness.com" it might be a nice name but it is too long and not simple.

== 4. Web Site ==

Having A good business website is essential to succeed with an internet home business.

Here is the thing you have to plan to build your website

A) Decide on the website design (color schemes, buttons, special effects etc). However, you may have a preference for a certain color or look. To help you choose a design, you may wish to check out other people's websites or work with your web designer's pre-set templates.

(B) The content. There are many items you may desire to include on your website. The most common ones include:

1 Products And Services

2. Contact Information

3. Pricing

4. Testimonials

5. Frequently Asked Questions

6. Resources & Articles

7. Refund policy

8. Privacy Policy

9. About Us

10. Site Map

11. Useful Links

12. On-line store

== 5. Choose a Web Hosting Company ==

What is a Web hosting Company?

A Web host is a company that provides server space for your website. You can think of a web host as a commercial building. The web host provides space for your website just as a commercial building provides space for your shop or office.

What are some of the things you should look for when choosing a web host? The criteria for choosing a free web host and a commercial web hosting solution are slightly different though they do overlap.

A) Web Space

Does it have enough space for your needs? If you envisage that you will expand your site eventually, you might want to cater for future expansion. Most sites use less than 5MB of web space. Indeed, at one time, one of my other web sites, thefreecountry.com, used less than 5MB of space although it had about 150 pages on the site. Your needs will vary, depending on how many pictures your pages use, whenever you need sound files, video clips, etc.

B) Bandwidth allotment

Nowadays, many free web hosts pose a limit on the amount of traffic your website can use per day and per month. This means that if the pages (and graphic images) on your site is loaded by visitors beyond a certain number of times per day (or per month), the web host will disable your web site (or sometimes send you a bill).

It is difficult to recommend a specific minimum amount of bandwidth, since it depends on how you design your site, your target audience, and the number of visitors you're able to attract to your site. In general, 100MB traffic per month is too little for anything other than your personal home page and 1-3GB traffic per month is usually adequate for a simple site just starting out. Your mileage, however, will vary.

C) Reliability and speed of access

This is extremely important. A site that is frequently down will lose a lot of visitors. If someone finds your site on the search engine, and he tries to access it but find that it is down, he'll simply go down the list to find another site. Slow access is also very frustrating for visitors (and for you too, when you upload your site).

How do you know if a host is reliable or fast? If you can not get feedback from anyone, one way is to try it out yourself over a period of time, both during peak as well as non-peak hours. After all, it is free, so you can always experiment with it.

== 6. Shopping Cart ==

No e-commerce website is complete without a secure shopping cart. There are many shopping cart options. Many e-commerce business owners make the mistake of using Pay Pal to accept payments, which immediately tells visitors that their company is very small and not professional.

A good alternative to Pay Pal is a remotely rented shopping cart. Remote shopping carts take the burden of maintaining security and credit card numbers off your shoulder and places the responsibility on another company. Remote shopping carts can usually be configured to look similar to your website.

In fact, your customers may not realize that they have left your website to place an order. The remote shopping cart provider will give you the HTML to add to your website. When your potential customer clicks on the Buy button, he or she is taken to the remote shopping cart to enter the personal information and payment details.

Depending on your choice of a shopping cart, you may or may not need a merchant account to process transactions. Some shopping cart services allow you to use their merchant accounts for a slightly higher fee.

== 7. How To Promote Your Business Website ==

Write An Article: Write an article promoting your site or product. Write an article on a hot topic many people would like more information on and submit it to various e-zines. How do you find out what's hot? Visit a few of the message boards and see what questions are raised often.
Search Engines: Thousand of search engines exist on the Internet. But, you should only be concerned with the top eight or ten. You should manually submit to the top eight: Alta Vista, Excite, Yahoo, Hotbot, Lycos, Northern Light, Infoseek, Webcrawler, and use one of the FREE automatic submission services like * SubmitPlus * to handle the smaller search engines.

Directories: List your site here too. Directories organize sites into categories. Good examples of Directories: Yahoo, Magellan.

Ezine Listings: If you have an e-zine to promote along with your site. Why not list it with one of the many e-zine services on the Internet. E-zine Library is a good one to start with.

Free Classifieds: You will have to submit to a ton of FREE classifieds to get any significant traffic. Why? You are competing with thousands of other Ads. Remember to work on your ad copy and make it attention grabbing. Go to one of the popular search engines, type in Free Classifieds, and surf to the top 20 classified sites for beginners.

Often, these sites will lead you to several other Free Classified Sites. In response you'll get a stack of e-mail thanking you for listing your site while barking their promo. Best to get one of those free email accounts. Hot mail is a good one. So is Yahoo mail.

FFA Pages. Free For All's are worth a try. Be prepared for a avalanche of e-mails from FFA web site owners. If your title is attention grabbing you will get a few clicks. Good Attention grabbing headlines, FREE, Limited Time, Limited Offer, Proven, Secrets, and many more if you brainstorm. Check out the sales literature delivered to you by regular mail. Check and see what headlines grab your attention. And why? Incorporate them into your Online Ads.

Tell Friends And Family: If your friends, family, acquaintances, have an Internet Connection, e-mail them telling them about your new website, and ask them to visit often. Offer a FREE incentive if they tell a few friends to surf over. Perhaps, a FREE Ad in your e-zine.

Leave Business Cards or Flyers: Leave these promo pieces with small businesses in your community. All relevant contact information; Email address, URL, telephone number, should be included. Offer a freebie to anyone who visits your site. A free e-book, report.

== 8. IN CONCLUSION ==

Think of your first six months primarily as a training period. Do not expect large earnings until after you've educated yourself.

Even the most dynamic, highest-earning entrepreneurs in the industry took MONTHS to begin seeing an income of any real significance with their internet home business.

Do not be a negative thinker and do not let the negative attitudes of others (even if they're family members, friends, or peers) influence you.

All the great men and women in history had to welcome the naysayers who said it could not be done – and then went out and did it. Think for yourself!

As long as you think positive and focused on your internet home business target you're on the right way to a rich life, which is directed by you and it will lead you to tremendous success and personnal satisfaction.

Copyright © Michel Richer, The Internet Home Business Specialist

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Safety Tips on Doing an Oil Change

Probably one of the first safety tips to share when you’re going to do an oil change on your car engine is to be ready for the oil spills, the grease, and the dirt. If you’re a squeaky clean kind of person, then maybe you would rather bring your car to an auto repair shop and let them do that for you. But of course, changing the oil yourself is more practical and you get to save more money every year as change the oil periodically.

Now before starting out on the task of changing the oil in your engine, prepare the tools you need first. A preparation of all the things you need will make the job easier and with no hassle. You will especially need lots of old newspapers or cardboards to cover the floor and protect it from spills. Oil filters, wrench set, an oil container, a funnel, and new oil are a given in this task, of course. Do not forget to wear gloves, too. Some people change the oil with bare hands but there is always the option of wearing gloves for extra protection.

Make sure that the spot where you’re going to do the oil change has a level, flat, and solid ground. Drive around your neighborhood first to heat the oil and make it thin and easy to drain from the engine. Once your engine is warm enough, you can then park your car on the spot for the task at hand.

You can wait a while to cool the engine a bit. Thin oil that is easily drained is good but we wouldn’t want to burn our hands now, do we? Make sure you’ve placed your car in gear and the parking brake is set firmly. You can block the tires with a rock or brick for extra measure. You then jack your car up, but do not settle only for that. Use jackstands to keep the car aloft to help keep it firmly there. Don’t get under the car unless you are very sure that the car is stable being held up.

Now with the car settled, the ground covered with newspapers or cardboards, the tools prepared, and you protected with gloves and work clothes, you’re ready for the task of changing the oil. Just remember to be careful when draining the oil since it may still be hot. Also make sure your face is out of the way when draining it.

When you’re done with changing the oil and screwing the engine close, start looking for leaks. Start the engine and run it for five minutes or so while checking if there are leaks or not. Afterwards you can clean up. Throw the newspapers and oil containers away. Place the used oil and container in a sealed bag and take it to the gas station or oil recycling center.

Another important reminder is to remember that oil disposal should be done correctly. Improper oil disposal has been a hot issue, and is considered illegal and damaging to the environment. It is recommended that you drop your old and used oil at gas stations that will accept them, at no charge. There are regulations for proper oil disposal and people doing an oil change on their engines should be well aware of it.

Day to Evening – Tips For Transforming Your Look With Ease

Have you noticed how some people at work seem to look great during the day and when you have an evening work function look even better? They seem to be able to transform themselves with ease. On arrival at the conference they seem to have a small case and yet look as though they have a whole wardrobe with them. On the other hand you have taken a much larger case, many more clothes and yet still feel as if you have not quite got the right clothes and accessories with you. By reading these tips you too can move from day to evening with ease too.

1. Attitude – Rather than feeling that you never look your best, start believing in yourself. Believe that you are the best dressed in the room, this will help your confidence no-end.

2. Plan – If you have a work to evening function, plan in advance (up to a week) what you could wear. Try on the day outfit and transform it into the evening outfit, including the shoes and the accessories. You might find that just one item needs changing, for example a necklace. By planning in advance you'll have time to look in the shops for that piece.

3. Detail – There is much truth in the saying 'The devil is in the detail'. When you are trying on your evening outfit, look in a full length mirror or get a partner or friend to take a digital photo for you. Concentrate on the details of the photo. Is there anything that you could do to change an acceptable image of you into one that wows?

4. Dress – One of the easiest transformations from work wear to evening wear is a dress & jacket combination. A simple day dress in a color that suits you, with a matching or co-ordinating jacket can look very smart. By keeping the dress for the evening you could change the jacket to something dressier or swap it for a wrap & you can change the shoes for something more strappy or glitzy. Add an eye catching necklace & / or ear rings to pull the whole evening look together. The effect can be so different that colleges will hardly notice the dress that you wore in the day.

5. Make-up: Your make-up during the day may be understated. By making more of your eye make-up and adding a flash of bright lipstick you will complete your overall transformation.

6. Bag: If you have a briefcase or a large bag in the day, then pack a small clutch bag for the evening. There are some great shapes and styles for eye catching pieces around at the moment.

7. Walk into the evening event feeling a million dollars. If you really love your look yourself you will convey that image when you walk into the room.

If you need feel you need help with finding styles and colors that really work for you then treat yourself to an image consultation. An image consultant can help you to portray the successful person that you are through your appearance and after your visit you are likely to wonder why you did not do this years ago!

The Best Way to Get a Book Publishing Contract

Looking to get a book publishing contract? Still writing novels, query letters and submissions hoping to be DISCOVERED and whisked away to a life of literary success?

I’m sorry, but that’s not going to happen.

Why?

Because submitting query letters, sample chapters etc. doesn’t get publishing deals anymore.

Getting a book publishing deal from a traditional publisher is far more difficult today than it has ever been. The rules have changed.

And that’s a FACT!

However, you can become a best-selling novelist BUT, you’re going to have to put aside your dreams and fantasies of BEING DISCOVERED, and start dealing with the stark realities of the industry. For example: In the past authors would seek a publishing deal to become rich and famous. Today, it is the opposite way around. To get a publishing deal you have to have a brand. I’ll put it another way. In order for them to be interested in you, you HAVE TO BE SOMEBODY. You have to have established yourself and have a following of several thousand readers.

Do you have a blog? If not you better start one.

Why? Because that’s the first thing an agent is going to do is to see if people are reading what you write. Because they are not going to present your manuscript to a publisher if you don’t have some sort of track record. Why? Well, let’s take a look at the facts:

Fact #1 PUBLISHING IS A BUSINESS! And the goal of every business is to make money, and a lot of it, especially since most major publishing houses are owned by fortune 500 corporations. And corporations don’t nurture and develop talent. They look for emerging business opportunities that can turn a profit and invest in it. And the person who has a self-published book that is being talked about and selling well will very quickly gain the attention of agents and publishing houses.

Fact #2 Who are you and why should we publish your book? If you respond with “It’s a touching story about love, life and the difficult choices we must all make.” You will lose your audience. BUT if you say “My name is John Doe and I sold 500 copies of my $15 book online yesterday and will likely be selling 1000 a day by week’s end, I guarantee you will have their undivided attention.

Fact # 3 Unless you can convince them your book will be a best seller, you’re just another dreamer with delusions of grandeur, bemoaning cruel fate and the commerciality of a once proud and noble industry. Oh boo-hoo! Think Dashiell Hammett, Steinbeck or Hemingway would have gone quietly into that good night? Hell no! They would have busted the door down and convinced those publishers that their work was worth taking on!

Fact # 4 You’re hurting your family and loved ones. The definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over and expect different results. I’m going to ask you a very hard question. What is your REAL goal? Do you want to become a successful novelist or is what you really want is the fame and fortune that comes with it?

If you’ve written a book and have been submitting it to agents and publishers to no avail, here’s some of the reasons it’s probably not being looked at or considered.

1) There are grammar and spelling mistakes. Many publishing companies use college interns to review submissions and since they are trying to impress a would-be employer, they routinely reject unedited books. Agents and publishers must keep costs down so it’s up to you to provide a professionally edited manuscript. Having your manuscript professionally edited is the difference between a writer determined to secure a publishing deal and a dreamer who keeps telling himself that his book is so good, it doesn’t require professional editing.

2) You haven’t proven that you can sell a book. Want to get on the fast track to securing a book deal from a traditional publisher? Then prove to them that you can write a book that sells. Amanda Hocking submitted her books to every agent and publisher she could find and they all turned her down. So she went the indie route. She wrote at a furious pace and following a lot of trial and error discovered a niche that had a large audience of voracious readers. Seeing the potential she tailored her stories to that audience.

That made her a millionaire.

3) You don’t have a blog, haven’t had articles published on popular e zines. No videos on YouTube. No media footprint whatsoever. In order to attract agents and publishers you MUST give the impression that you are a major talent on the verge of commercial success. You can bet there is a long line of publishing houses that are kicking themselves for not signing Amanda Hocking when her blog went viral. You need to present yourself as the next big thing.

Here is the biggest mistake a writer can make. They write a book and run around trying to get people to read it. When starting a writing career, FIRST find out what people want to read about and then write THAT book, write that article, write that screenplay. Remember, you can always write the great American novel AFTER you’ve convinced a wealthy traditional publishing house to finance it, do it before and you’ll likely die broke

Sales Techniques – 5 Winning Styles

Why is it that some sales professionals are much more successful at selling than others? Often this success can not be attributed to better education or training but something less obvious. Putting a ‘label’ on a behavior or approach can help identify development gaps and focus future training to increase the performance of each sales professional. Recent research has identified five different selling styles. To make the grade, sales professionals need to use at least three of these styles. To be highly successful, sales professionals should use all five styles.

Five Sales Styles A recent study of sales professional in the medical arena has disclosed five primary selling styles:

The Relationship Selling Style :

This style is all about cultivating a close, personal rapport with the prospects and customers. Relationship sellers are known for their friendship and outgoing personalities.

The Technical Problem-Solving Style :

Sales professionals who are experts on their products and are able to educate their audience on the details of their offerings are practitioners of the Technical Problem-Solving style. These individuals tend to be quite analytical, and they excel at establishing technical credibility in front of their prospects.

The Account Servicing Style :

Sales professionals who use this selling style focus on keeping existing customers happy while asking for more business. This service-minded style is built upon a foundation of responsiveness, proactive follow-up, and a strong commitment to doing what is right for doctors and their patients.

The Assertive Style :

Assertive style sales professionals sell through strength of personality. Strong assertive style reps typically bring that difficult-to-train, “fire in the belly” approach to the work. They are extremely competitive, self-assured, intense, and assertive.

The Business Partnering Style :

Sales professionals who establish a business consulting relationship with their customers employ this style. Business Partners understand strategic issues and market conditions that influence business practices. They excel in helping their customers “grow” their businesses. Successful business partners display excellent big-picture thinking skills, market knowledge, persuasive communication capabilities, and creativity.

Which Styles Work Best?

Using three of these five selling styles will result in average sales results. The Relationship Selling, Technical Problem-solving, and Account Servicing styles are necessary components for most sales positions. If a sales professional does not have solid proficiency in each of these three styles, he / she may struggle to gain the respect of the customer. The outstanding sales professionals, the individuals who consistently “knock the cover off the ball”, bring something in addition to these three styles to their selling. They display a strong combination of the “fire in the belly” Assertive Style and the “learned” Business Partnering style.

At their very core, all outstanding performers display a strong desire to succeed. They are extremely competitive, goal-focused, and accountable. They utilize an abundance of tenacity, energy, and intensity to drive bottom-line success. Beyond this “warrior” mentality, these sales professionals also display a greater ability than others to consult with their customers. They are attuned to the business strategies and growth plans of their customers. They recognize and can persuasively communicate how their company and products can add value to the customer’s business. They are active students of their industry and marketplace, and they are viewed as true business partners by their customers.

Developing a Repertoire of Styles To raise sales performance, sales professionals should think through:

  1. Which style (s) am I most dependent on?
  2. Do I ever over-rely on one style to the detriment of the others?
  3. Based on my market and my success rate, on which styles do I need training and development?
  4. Which styles do the top-performing sales professionals in my organization utilize, and which styles can I emulate?

By understanding an individual’s unique selling style and analyzing the gaps that exist between themselves and the best performers in their company, the sales professional can seek the training and advice they need to help build their repertoire of influencing styles.

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provincial sales taxes?

If you are a Canadian, are you aware of your

obligation to collect Goods and Services Tax (G.S.T.)

and Harmonized Sales Tax (H.S.T.) on Internet

transactions?

Again, ClickBank may be your solution. ClickBank

is registered for EU purposes and adds the

appropriate VAT to each transaction.

As well, to deal with ClickBank, you must agree to

sell your product to them. ClickBank then resells

your product to their customers. Thus, ClickBank

becomes the retailer responsible for collecting

sales taxes — not you. Obviously, ClickBank will

not be subject to sales taxes in most jurisdictions.

Since ClickBank is located in the United States and

can only sell or use the products it sells from

there, it would appear that Canadian G.S.T. and

H.S.T. would not be applicable to them.

Of course, this is not legal advice. To determine

your liability for sales and similar taxes, consult

your lawyer and accountant.

To read more about sales taxes on Internet

transactions, visit

[http://www.yenommarketinginc.com/e-commerce-tax.html]

Considering its many advantages, ClickBank may well

be your e-commerce solution!

How to Find Affiliate Products for Sale

MODULE 1

CHAPTER 9

HOW TO FIND AFFILIATE PRODUCTS FOR SALE

1.0 INTRODUCTION

2.0 OBJECTIVES

3.0 MAIN CONTENT

1 Affiliate Product Reservoirs (Companies)

3.2 Clarification of Terms

3.3 0 The rules have changed

3.3.1 Know your Audience

3.3.2 Use the Product by Yourself

3.3.3 Promote Relevant Products

3.3.4 Promote Only 1-2 Products per Webpage

3.3.5 Can You Spy Your Audience?

3.3.6 Or Watch Your Competition?

  1. 4 How to Get ClickBank Product to Promote

3.5 Other Options for US and US non-residents

4.0 CONCLUSION

5.0 SUMMARY

6.0 ASSIGNMENT

1.0 INTRODUCTION

You have just finish setting up your squeeze page in the previous lesson, did you? Hopefully, you did just that. If not, please go back and figure that out because, on a serious note, this business begins from there!

The next question that you may ask is, what am I going to sell to those names and emails on my list? You have just sent them the gift they signed for, yes, but that is no business. Your work is to sell some digital products to them and make profits.

It is only when you can do this successfully and, and do that repeatedly, that you can call yourself a successful Internet Marketer, and that you will also be able to sustain your new business…

Now, relax, there is no cause for alarm.

My job here is to advice you on what to do next,

next, and

next, from the scratch to the

cash!

Let’s go…

Think for a while, you will remember, I talked about choosing your niche market and market research for marketable keywords in the previous courses – hope you can recall all of that (chapters 1, 2 and 3). One of the main tool that will make your business highly profitable is your KEYWORDS.

You will need them not only for the niche selection, market research, but also for selecting the products that you intends to sell profitably.

2.0 OBJECTIVES

– To describe the job of an Affiliate Marketer

– To state some rules of Affiliate Marketing

– To narrate how to get Affiliate Products for promotion as an Affiliate Marketer.

3.0 MAIN CONTENTS

3.1 Affiliate Product Reservoirs (Companies)

There are two ways to acquire the products that you intends to sell online, number one, is to get them from fellow marketers ( Merchants) while the second option, is to create the product by yourself. Both ways have their peculiar advantages as well as disadvantages.

Remember that our main focus now is on digital products. I will find time in a later chapter to talk briefly on how to sell Physical Products on the Internet.

One of the easiest ways to get Affiliate Products to start your Online Business is by approaching any of the Affiliate marketing programs and networks of your choice. Popular among them are ClickBank, Paydotcom, ShareASale, and Commission Junction.

ClickBank seems to be the indisputable flag bearer in this industry, so I will be referring to this company more often. You can also browse for AFFILIATE NETWORKS to see others.

3.2 Clarification of Terms

When reading about Affiliate marketing, you will notice four terms that are used regularly. They are: Affiliates Networks, Affiliate Programs, Affiliate Merchants and Affiliates. These terms need some clarification to avoid confusion.

Affiliate Networks are conglomerations of Affiliate Programs e.g. Peerfly. They do the same work as Affiliate Programs, but with more options in terms of more products and more leverages as many Affiliate Programs come together to create bigger business opportunity and greater coverage.

Affiliate Programs are consortiums of Affiliate Merchants e.g. ClickBank. They specialize in marketing, providing payment processor and customer service, etc.

Affiliate Merchants are individual product owners – of course in the global (even national) business arena, the rules have it that individuals should conduct their businesses using a Business Name or better still, their Private Companies.

Affiliate Merchants, main focus is product creation for the market. They do market research to know where gap or need exists, and create product to fill up the gap, to fulfill that need.

Affiliates are the Marketers who signup with Affiliate Programs or Affiliate Networks to market products owned by Affiliate Merchants. They specialize in Online Marketing of Digital and other products.

Those brief explanations are sufficient for now, to avoid information overload. You will get to understand more as you get involved in this business.

3.3.0 The rules have changed

Before now and even now you still see people promoting 3-5 or even more products on their blog to their own chagrin, but, the rules have changed.

3.3.1 Know your audience: Now you must know with almost laser precision the kind of audience that you are marketing to. This makes it easy to go to ClickBank and search for the products that will serve them well. This is very important because failure to sell the right product to the right audience will impact negatively on your business.

3.3.2 Use the Product by Yourself: Endeavour to get and use a product first before recommending it to others. This will help you to understand what other users are going through. It will also help you to write a very insightful review on it on your blog.

3.3.3 Promote relevant products: If you are in the Employment and Jobs niches and suddenly start promoting Passion and Dancing training to your list, you don’t need a prophet to tell you why you are not making sales – simply, the two niches are at two opposites and uncomplimentary ends.

3.3.4 Promote Only 1-2 Products Per Webpage: Do not promote too many products on your website – as mentioned above, the rules have changed. The internet is gradually getting saturated with skillful marketers, and selling 1 or 2 two complementary products on your site is what is yielding profits these days than attempting to sell more.

Please do not be confused by the above statement – you can select 5 – 10 products to promote in your niche, but place them one per page, then, may be, link it to 1 OTO, when you are promoting them.

3.3.5 Can You Spy Your Audience? To grow in this business, make sure you have a way spy out on your audience. There are many ways to do so. One of such ways is to provide for comments, feedback or suggestions on your blog.

You can also use Facebook or Qualaroo. There are other more sophisticated software that can do this job for you, but for a beginner, these simple tools will still yield result.

3.3.6 Or Watch Your Competition? The best way to delay the progress of your online business is to try to reinvent the wheels. Things does not always work that way online.

The fact is that what makes online business look like an all-comers-affairs is that it is a copy-catting business arena!

Does that surprise you? If it does, next time you are on YouTube, please listen with wisdom to one of the epoch inventor of our time ‘Steve Jobs: Good artist copy great artists steal Christoph Dernach’.

So just go ahead and watch what others are doing in the marketplace, then apply wisdom while copying them with skillful modifications that will make your new product as indisputably original as possible!

Period.

Now let us go back to ClickBank.

3.4 How to Get ClickBank Product to Promote

Visit ClickBank and

a) Go To Marketplace and browse the categories

b) Find good products that match your audience and your niche.

c) Check the gravity: 10+ recommended for newbies, forget about the popularity.

d) Click on PROMOTE, fill in your user name, get a link and start promoting them on your site using the methods that I will discuss later in the next few chapters that follow.

e) Traffic, traffic, traffic… we will talk in details about traffic in this course as traffic is the mainstay, the essence of your online business.

f) Rinse and Repeat at ClickBank and other companies.

3.5 Other Options for US non-residents

On a side note, non-residents in US, Britain, New Zealand, Australia and Canada, may experience some sort of blockade against their country in their attempt to do affiliate marketing business.

But websites like ShareASale, AzooogleAds, Jumia, Click2Sell, Vconnect, etc. may be very useful alternatives. You can check on them.

Signing up to market the products of any of these company has almost a similar process like that of the ClickBank. Besides, all these sites have step by step instructions on how to sign up and start selling their products as affiliate marketer.

After signing up to get their links, you just go ahead to market these products using the various traffic methods that will be taught in some of the subsequent courses later.

4.0 CONCLUSION

In general, stick to selling only digital products when you are just starting out. It is easier to break-even in digital product affiliate marketing than physical products for so many reasons.

These reasons include higher commissions, instant delivery and instant gratification of the client, no waiting by customers for days before getting what he bought – this minimizes refund rates among others.

5.0 SUMMARY

The terms common in Affiliate Marketing business was stated and clarified. The step in finding products for sale in at least one Affiliate program, was explained.

I also attempted to state, in general terms, the rules that should be the guide of every Affiliate Marketer.

6.0 ASSIGNMENT

Go to ClickBank, sign up if you have not done so by now, and browse the marketplace for some of their products in your niche using the categories and your longtail profitable keywords you discovered during your market research, as your guide.

Keep them aside in your hard drive. You will soon need them in chapters 13, 14 and 15 for business.

Using Software to Plan and Compute Income Tax

Last year, more than 50 million people use various software programs to help in filing for income tax. In fact, the developers have projected an increase in the years to come because this makes the task easier than doing it by hand or with the help on accountant.

There are a lot of companies offering similar features when it comes to filing tax using the computer. Some have to be purchased from the store while there are those that can be downloaded from the net.

Turbo Tax is perhaps one of the best to use in the market. This is because it can be used to compute different things at the same time such as the amount invested in stocks and in other business ventures.

Complete Tax is another program that is very similar to Turbo Tax. The person can open an account here and do the planning and work online. The information here is saved so this can be opened later on and completed.

TaxWiz is another program that is used to filing for income tax. It works by guiding the person through the tax preparation phase from beginning to end. It can handle multiple computations especially for those who need to prepare the same document when filing for state and federal taxes.

QuickTax is very similar to what TaxWiz can do for the individual. There is a version that can be purchased in a store or acquired online.

Another user-friendly program is Tax Cut. The person can plug in the figures, double check everything and then be sure that there are no mistakes when submitting the income tax form to the IRS.

TaxTron is another program that is worth trying out. This can work with anyone who uses either Macintosh or PC that can help in the planning of the income tax regardless if this is personal or for business.

Ufile, which is exclusively only for Windows is an active interface program that helps, plan and file one’s income tax. This is very useful when computing for profit, which will give the entrepreneur an idea on areas to improve in order to sustain the business.

Of the different programs that can be used for the planning and filing of the income tax, only one can be used before this is submitted to the IRS. It will be a good idea to do some research on each to know its pros and cons to be able to use the right one.

What Is Digital Marketing?

In the last decade, the reliance on the Internet has certainly changed the way in which business is conducted. It is clear to most business owners that without an online presence, your business is truly missing out on a majority of marketing, advertising, and success. Nowadays, anyone who is anyone maintains their own blog, social media platform, and of course a website. If you are a business owner and you do not have a website, you are neglecting to market yourself in the most effective way. That is why it is critical for every business to not only build a site for themselves, but also reinforce its presence through digital marketing.

What is digital marketing? And, how/why is this kind of advertising so important to a business? Let’s consider these important elements of online strategizing:

What is digital marketing?

In its very essence, this kind of advertising conjoins the promotion and advertising in an online platform. The basic principles, values, ad tactics of traditional marketing are still at the core of this innovative phase, there is a seemingly more insightful guise into the consumer behavior and target demographic. This digital promotion possesses all kinds of internet marketing, however it focuses on digital media. SEO is only one kind of digital marketing tactic.

The way in which digital promotion is enforced is another interesting property. Various sources can be utilized to promote products and services of a business, including websites, mobile devices, instant messages, and SMS among many others. In addition, the digital nature of this kind of marketing is regarded as one of the most cost effective means of advertising.

Two kinds:

Push digital marketing: Just as the name suggests, push marketing is projected to push the advertising information directly toward the target clientele. Often times, marketers will initiate the push marketing through email, RSS, or SMS, truly targeting the receiver or clientele with a personalized message. This means is also powerful in that it is easy to track, monitor, and measure the relative efficacy of the marketing.

Pull digital marketing: The pull method of marketing is aimed at garnering customers to come to you. The marketing for this means will be communicated to compel the individual to make a call to action or come visit your business. The most obvious or pervasive example is a web page, website, or any other Internet based medium. While this means of digital advertising is not as easy to personalize or track, it is still effective and powerful nonetheless.