Website Building Tools

Every so often, it's a good idea to take a look around and see if there are better options and tools available. 

The PowerKeys Publishing website has gone through several changes over the years.  It started out as a CubeCart shopping cart before transitioning to a Drupal-based CMS site.  For a time, sales were handled by aMemberPro, and while that worked, returning customers had a much easier time when that was replaced with Drupal's add-on module, Ubercart.

Before creating this website, my earlier websites were static HTML webpages using aMember to manage sales and downloads.  And in recent years, I've switched aMember on those static websites in favor of DLGuard to manage downloads.  Again, to make things simpler.

Last year, I took some time to help a friend in her efforts to set up an online business.  She had signed up with Anik Singal's Profit Academy, and part of their suggestions was to set up a WordPress website, which is quite common among internet marketers.

WordPress was one of the CMSs I looked at when I set out to replace CubeCart on the PKP website here.  I passed it by because the underlying programming code wasn't as clean as Drupal, and even then, I had heard of hackers targeting WordPress.  Major companies were using Drupal, so I figured it must be better.

New Workshop Video Posted

I just did a 4-hour workshop this past Saturday here in the Grand Rapids area on the new process I've been sharing.

I call it "Symbolic Solutions".

We had a dozen folks show up, and everyone LOVED it!

During the workshop, I gave a brief overview of my Choose To Believe material, and then proceeded to walk everyone through a series of exercises to help them relax, improve their visualization ability, and then use the process.

We went through the process for several objectives, namely, increasing confidence, aligning with wealth, rewriting painful memories, and blessing an organization.

By the time the workshop was over, everyone said they loved it, and were excited to continue using the process for a wide variety of things.

Biggest Giveaway of the Year

Joe Rubino and Carolyn Hansen have just launched this year's "Self-Improvement Gifts" event.

At last count, there were just over 600 gifts listed in the directory, with more being added as I type.  I have 3 different gifts registered in their system, and while they seem to move from time to time, they were last seen on page 3 of the 61-page directory.

I'll be looking through the directory more closely over the weekend, mostly to find new partners to support in the coming months, but also to see if there are any new ideas and technologies to play with.  I saw several guided meditations available, as well as some hypnosis programs and a whole lot of ebooks.  I even saw a few folks offering 20 and 30 minute coaching sessions for free.

Makes you wonder how busy they are if they can give away their time for free.

Anyway, there are lots of great items available, and this is a great way to check out some new leaders in the Self-Improvement field.

Click here to claim your free gifts now.

Relax, Imagine, and Trust

Ever since I was in high-school, I've been searching for the best way to manifest my desires.  More than 30 years have past, and it seems the search has brought me full circle to where I started.  At least I now know WHY the simplest approach is the best.

One of the earliest books I bought and studied (after going the "How to Win Friends and Influence People" route), Instant ESP by David St. Claire, describes a very simple approach to contacting and working with your subconscious mind.  The book has been out of print for many years, and copies are being sold on Amazon.com for $15 to $100 each.

Around the same time, I also discovered self-hypnosis, and quickly saw the connection.  In David St. Claire's ESP training program, he directs you to relax very, very deeply, imagine that you are communicating with the psychic realms, and trust that what you get is real.

When I've had my best successes in manifesting, I used a similar process.  I relaxed as deeply as I could, I imagined what I wanted as if it were happening at that time, and then trusted that what I did would work.

And for those who are simply using self-hypnosis to break a bad habit, or to motivate themselves to work harder towards a goal, the process is the same.  Relax as deeply as you can, to the point of almost falling asleep, imagine yourself as the person you'd like to be, free of the bad habits and working towards your chosen goal with joy and enthusiasm, and then trust that your subconscious mind will help you make the changes.

Good Ideas for Information Marketers

Alex Jeffries is one of the internet marketers I've been following this year.  One of the best things about him is that he releases a bunch of low-priced products that contain some solid ideas.

One of the worst things about him is that most of his products are essentially the same information presented a little differently.  But as I explain later in this post, this can also be a benefit.

I just finished watching a free video he posted about the changes he sees in the information marketing industry.  There were some points I think deserve to be shared.

Goals for 2016

Christmas is coming, and the year is winding down.  As good a time as any to sit back, unwind, and think about our goals in life.  What have we accomplished over the last 12 months, and what do we want to accomplish in the next 12?

Over the last year, I've experimented with combining meditation and self-hypnosis, and developing a new process I call "Symbolic Solutions".  I'll be doing a 4-hour workshop on the process here in Grand Rapids in January.

During this last year, I also purchased more audio equipment with the intention of recording various nature sounds for meditation backgrounds.  While I did do that, I also found that the new equipment also comes in handy when recording video.

When I got back into photography 2 years ago, I debated whether to continue focusing on still photography, or get into video.  After sitting with it a while, I decided to stick with stills, since that's what I knew and enjoyed.  I'm still glad I chose that path, yet find myself wanting to add video to the mix.  I certainly get enough requests to do video to make it worthwhile.

In fact, the whole photography business has grown to the point where I was faced with a decision about my primary focus.  Should I focus more on the photography, or more on the online stuff?  I enjoy both, but photography gets me out into nature more often, and my online work has the potential to help a lot more folks.

Affiliate Program Update

I've just updated the Affiliate Program page to reflect a new commission structure for affiliates.

Essentially, commissions are now 90% with cookie tracking for 60 days, whereas before they were 50% with lifetime tracking and performance bonuses.

The new commission structure is simpler, and will help most affiliates earn more from their referrals.

Happy Thanksgiving!

These last few months have been quite interesting for me.

In August, I photographed a couple of weddings, and then soon after, we started a project to have new siding and a new roof put on the house.  Of course, we also refinanced the house, and found out that self-employed individuals have more stringent requirements than regularly-employed folks.

It all worked out, and now I'm sitting in a house that is more energy efficient and better able to maintain an even heat through all the rooms.

Life is good.

Times like this, I'm reminded of how far my life has improved.  Back in the late '80s, when I was homeless and struggling just to survive, it was hard to imagine living in such luxury.  Most of my clothes came from a thrift store, and having dinner at the local Denny's restaurant (a low-priced chain across the USA) was a treat.

But even then, the principles of manifesting a better life required that I find SOMETHING to be grateful for, even if it was the idea of something better coming into my experience.

Self-Empowerment Meditation Package

 

Getting the Type of Work You Want

This week, I've been watching a few online workshops hosted on CreativeLive.com as part of their Photo Week 2015 series.  CreativeLive broadcasts workshops 24/7 on a wide variety of topics, and you can watch for free.  Of course, they offer past workshops for sale, and this can be a great way to learn new things on YOUR schedule.

One topic that comes up often in the photography workshops, and also applies to many other areas of life, is the question of "How do I attract the type of clients I want to work with?"

Many photographers, especially when they're just starting out, find themselves in situations where they are asked to do work they really don't enjoy.  For instance, I have often found myself photographing a wedding where the couple who hired me wants a photojournalistic style of photography (candid shots taken without posing).  While I can do this, it's not really my favorite type of photography.

I prefer to pose people and get really striking, dramatic shots that are more artistic.

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