Have Faith in Fate, Superstition can give you Permission

March 17, 2012 Leave a comment

As many of you already know I have been dedicating the majority of my web development time working on Social Media Sun, and have been enjoying every minute of it. It’s the first project in a long time where I’ve set out to do everything the way it should be done; the right way, and succeeded time after time. It was bigger, more complicated, and has more potential than the hobby like projects I have been taking on lately, and I’ve still held out on delivering in each and every aspect. If everything continues the way it has been, the site will grow into quite the Social Media blog quicker than even I had anticipated. I actually have a few tricks up my sleeve that I planned to play had the site failed to meet expectations, but it isn’t looking like I’ll be resorting to gimmicks.

What I’d like to tell you about this evening is some events surrunding the latest guest post, “Up and Coming Blogs that You May Not Know” by Tony Bennett. Tony has been supportive during the launch and subsequent weeks, and I had entertained getting him on board for a contribution. After seeing him around our local social media haunts a few days in a row, I figured that I would pop the question and see if he wanted to submit something. After he agreed, we came to that part that no blog really enjoys: topic choosing. I know that Tony is probably familiar with more blogs than anyone I know, so I decided to see if he’d like to do a top blogs kind of list. Everyone does that however, and our site is fairly new. Everyone knows that Chris Brogan and Mari Smith are popular blogs.

Tony knows EVERYBODY though. So as a second thought, why not do a list of blogs that most people aren’t familiar with? So Tony was up for it, and he actually shot me 2 names over the day we decided on the topic.

He turned the article in early this week. The Bloggers were Margie Clayman, Peggy Fitzpatrick, RS Guthrie, Amber Meadows, and Andrew Biebert. About an hour after I received the article and checked out all the blogs, I knew that we had a winner. The blogs were awesome, and people couldn’t argue with that.

Immediately after uploading the article though, it started. I first saw it on the @Sun_Social Twitter feed. That Twitter account is set up to re-tweet people who have contributed to Social Media Sun and to pull from their RSS feeds for our own tweets. Our account re-tweeted a comment from Gini Dietrich that had @margieclayman mentioned in it. It was a little odd. The next day I stopped in at Triberr and approved some posts, and there it was again. The Marketing Profs blog is a feed in one of my tribes, and Margie had done a guest post for them. I tweeted out her article. It was then that I started to suspect that someone was trying to tell me something… Dino Dogan, what does this mean?

I went to my Twitter to contemplate the pair of odd coincidences; this supposedly little known blogger showing up in my feed twice in 2 days right after I uploaded a post about how she was great, but little known. A passage from Peggy Fitzpatrick’s short introduction in Tony’s list reads “You may not know her by name, but you’ve probably seen this smile cross one of your social media streams at some point.” – and then it happened, someone in my feed re-tweeted Peggy and I was sitting there staring at that exact same smile, just like Tony said.

The coincidences didn’t stop there. After posting, I found out that both Peggy and Margie play the role of right hand-person to the guy who owns the 12most blog. Margie is the editor of that blog, and Peggy is the second in command at re:DESIGN, his other company. Peggy also writes for 12 most… and so does Amberr….. and so has Biebert.

The post was great though, and I would like to get all 5 of the bloggers to contribute to Social Media Sun. This is one area I wish I could do better in: attracting people with top notch writing skills and Social Media experience to create content for the blog. Some poeple just don’t understand online writing that well (you’re actually writing articles when you go for expertise, not blog posts), some people can’t get the voice down (authoritative and unique. Thnk Kissmetrics blog or something Brian Solis does with Altimeter) and some people just can’t write that well. Mostly though, people don’t want to contribute to a new site and can’t see the massive benefit that SMS offers over other sites they WOULD contribute to. I don’t want to go into detail there, but Page Rank HAS NO EFFECT ON WHAT A BACKLINK IS WORTH. Our backlinks are worth far more than most blogs if you’re a social media blogger for the simple reason that the words “Social Media” are in our domain name. Plus, the site will have good page rank after the next update, and we just barely missed getting in before this previous update.

So if you haven’t checked it out yet, go and check out Social Media Sun. I’m really proud of the result of what is basically all the design and development work I completed during February. If you have faith, it may be fate that you do.

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Too much Kony on my Sony

So all this week everyone on the Internet has been forced to hear about Joseph Kony abducting children, and Rush Limbaugh calling a girl a slut. There have been 2 major results;


Let’s start with Rush. He lost the majority of his sponsors, and has been dragged through the mud while no one even asked the question of how much of a slut the girl really was. I don’t know the whole story, but people just need to get tougher. You’re going to ruin a man’s life for name calling? What ever happened to sticks and stones? Oh yeah, they’ve all been collected by liberals for the last 5 years to build a big funeral Pyre for the first chance that they had to take down Rush Limbaugh. All it took was 1 simple screw up, and it couldn’t have happened at a more opportune time: election year. I mean isnt there worst things to worry about in the world than jumping on rush limbaugh for outing some college slut? Like maybe, child abduction? Yes, and a little known (at least until last week) charitable organization did just that.


Invisible children sent their video “Make Joseph Kony Famous” into the viral stratosphere last week. Since 1987 Kony has been abducting children in Uganda to fight for their rebel forces, who by the way are fighting the Uganda dictatorship.

It sounded like a noble cause, at least until you take a look at Invisible Children. This charity has had shady business practices since light cast shadows, and they’re not getting any cleaner now that they’re in the spotlight. The company itself admits that less than 35% of the proceeds actually go to any cause at all. The other 70% goes to flying the owners of the charity all around the world traveling, and making movies for their production company. These guys are more worried about being famous than saving children.

What’s even worse is that the only way to fight Kony is by funding the army who fights against him, which is a group who abducts children just the same. Both sides are evil, but Kony has been doing it a little longer.

I just don’t trust the judgement of the Internet anymore. We’ve been given a limitless resource where the first thing you can do is look into the facts of these charity scams. Instead, people just want to be involved in something so bad that they’ll send money to a drug dealer in America to get the drugs off the street in Mexico. They’ll sleep better tonight because they aren’t aware of how many children were kidnapped by a group they funded who kust sp happens to be opposed to Joseph Kony. Getting involved in something important while highly ignorant of the important facts. I’m going to start calling that behavios “Supporting the other Kony”.


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EA Mission Cool Down and Dropping DIV

February 24, 2012 Leave a comment

I understand what DUPs was trying to do with the mission cool down feature, but in my opinion it fell short. There are some players who login once a day, claim all the mission rewards, complete zero missions, rinse and repeat tomorrow. It’s a dirty way to play, but players like that never get the real benefit that honest players derive out of the friends they make in the game.

I considered the rip runners a price of doing business to an extent, however have singled out a few to be blocked when they’ve come to my attention, and their attitude or actions leads me to believe that the negative things they do toward me are part of some more sinister deep seeded anger or jealousy, or are part of a larger ulterior motive. If you’ve been known to eat at Taco Bell every week, don’t tell me that my invitation to McDonalds is beneath you. I find it comical how some “social media managers” so obviously display contempt for their acquaintances. Social media wasn’t suppose to allow you to stay updated on people you envy and make into your own private competition, it’s supposed to be a place for friends. Tune people that you don’t like hearing from out.

As for Cool Down, it is keeping as many or more honest players from completing missions as it is dishonest ones. No one has the time to do missions all day long, and if players can’t stop in once or twice a day, complete 10-20 missions and move on in their routine, missions will quickly become yesterdays icing. 

As many of you have noticed, my activity on EA has fell somewhat, and my DIVs are lower than they have been in months. If you didn’t know by now, I working on a new project. http://socialmediasun.com/ is one of the most anticipated websites I’ve launched in approximately 10 years. The whole method of web development changed from something that was viral to something that built slowly over time through search. I’m hoping to jump start the website with a little momentum off the gate. I hate 3 Million Eaves that I will be rewarding the people who help me next week. There will be missions ranging from tweeting a link to an article, to visiting sites on the SMS top 100. There will also be a special Chat even hosted at 8pm EST on 2.29.2012 in honor of the site launch, and to talk about where the site will go from there.

On top of a busy work schedule, Triberr has been acting up and not publishing my tribe mates tweets in my feed, the Internet funny JPEG scene is in a slump, my friends are in the bottom of a cyclical rotation relating to Facebook use, and I have only been focusing on those 2 networks for EA activity earnings. I almost had an entirely blue circle until a rash of small sell offs this past week, but I’d like to return to are form by the site launch. I hope to see you on the 29th in some capacity, hopefully joining in some of the missions and attending the Twitter web chat.

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Empire Avenue Best IPOs Feb 11, 2012

February 11, 2012 Leave a comment

Good morning EAvers! Our friend Paul Steinbruck is taking a break once again today, and as some of you remember I’ll do a recommendation post from time to time. I prepared for this much better today, and today has turned out to be one of the best days for new players in a long, long time. I hope you have a lot of Eaves. There are plenty of buys that are near 2.0 ROI. Buy early!

Primary List – Above 1.0 ROI, Positive great Investments (Gains of over 1,000 Eave after commision guaranteed). Must have new players and super high ROIs! If you have a large bank, you may want to check and make sure the DIVs will pay for you. 





















Secondary List – Less than 1.0 ROI, not a clearly great investment, hard to lose on. Some active players who had their ROI bid up in their first day. 








Top Empire Avenue Stocks – Feb 10, 2012

February 10, 2012 4 comments

Good morning EAvers! Our friend Paul Steinbruck is taking a break today, and as some of you remember I’ll do a recommendation post from time to time. I wasn’t fully prepared to fill in for Paul, but I realized there were some certifiable gems in today’s haul, so I threw together a quick list as best I could. All are above or near 1.0 ROI, and all will surely rise as the day goes on. Buy early!

http://www.empireavenue.com/KANGOMEDIA 1.21 ROI

http://www.empireavenue.com/FC3ARCH 1.37 ROI

http://www.empireavenue.com/KEENYKEENZ 1.01 ROI

http://www.empireavenue.com/LRCBAND 0.92 ROI

Also, DUPs unveiled some new Bonuses featuring comic strip Icon Dilbert. If you have less than 1,000 stocks in your portfolio, you can spend 5$ to get a boost in your DIVs for the next 5 days. If you are making a ton of Eaves, you can purchase a bonus that gives a percentage of your DIVs to your shareholders. We’ll see who the real generous folks are this week!

I would have hated to see you guys miss the first 2 stocks on this list. Know of any other must haves from Yesterday’s newbies? Leave their ticker in the comments! Have a great day guys! I’ll do better tomorrow, and Paul will be back after that. Want to thank me for the picks? http://www.empireavenue.com/agj or ticker symbol (e)AGJ.

Images by John Michael

January 31, 2012 Leave a comment

I had some PRO Pictures done last week, and was able to go for a viewing earlier today. I don’t consider myself to be the most photogenic person in the world, and I saw the pictures on the camera during the shoot, so I wasn’t expecting the best results regardless of how good the photographer was.

The photos looked great, even prior to re-touching. The setup John Michael used was professional, and he realy knows what he’s doing. I noticed today that he had won several awards in photo contests (Wedding, kid, Kodak, Fujifilm, you name it). He has been a professional photographer for 7 years, and you wouldn’t realize what that means until you get photos done by someone with that kind of experience.

I have learned more about photography just by observing his methods nd picking up small things during the hour or so we’ve been in contact than during my entire life. A lot of people think that photography is something that anyone can do, and that just because someone has an expensive camera and lighting that they won’t do that much better. Unless you see an amateur photo and professionally done photo together, you wouldn’t realize the quality difference. Tere truly is though, and if you don’t understand how to make light your friend, you will never have high quality photos.

John Michael was great, he took as many photos as I wanted, and tried out some extra poses that weren’t as traditional. When I first went to his studio, I drove by it 3 times because it was such a big house. It didn’t look like a photo studio, but instead a victorian era mansion (which is perfect for photography). It turns out that the house was one of John Mayo’s farm houses, and is probably 150 years old.

I am glad that I chose John Michael as opposed to trying to get a cheaper alternative. I’m always happy to support local business, but this guy does it right. He has invested a LOT in his business, from the equipment to the location, it all adds up to make for one of those rare businesses that you’d expect to see in Manhattan, not Paintsville KY. I can’t wait to get the photos this weekend and integrate them with my money sites, and add them to my bylines. I expect the photo I choose to use to get over 10 million views this year, so it isn’t a decision to be taken lightly.

The icing on the cake, was literally icing on the cake. Today was cupcake day at the studio, and I got a cupcake, and my picture taken in front of the house! A visitor before me put her cupcake in John’s wife’s face lol. It’s important to have some fun in your business sometimes. I would definitely recommend John Michael if you want professionally done photos that are high quality, even when compared to professionals. Guess what? He’s affordable too.

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New Domains!

January 26, 2012 1 comment

I just got 25 Premium domains. Got some really good ones, in fact I would say that it’s the best block of domains I’vegotten in 5 years. I am looking forward to developing 5-10 of them, and probably selling 10-15 of these that I don’t develop or use as hoppers, and some of the ones I already owned that the better ones of these will replace.

It seems like every 3 years or so I build up a new Web Empire, just to sell it after I get it finished. I was always best at developing the networks, and it was more enjoyable. When it comes to the monotony and dedication it takes to run a 20 site network when the sites aren’t static, it’s better left to others.

Some of the domains I will sell? One that I know I will sell now is Propowerline.com , and I may sell webroles.com and waycoolmusic.com. Which ones will I develop? I got ahold of shiftSEO.com, and I plan on doing something with that. I also got Searchverse.com, and I think I will also develop a web 2.0, or maybe even a search oriented platform for that site. 3Dround.com was the shortest domain I caught, but there were also 2 others that I am really excited about. One is going to take TONS of work, and it’s along the lines of the Social Media stuff I’m currently involved in. The other is ahead of its time, and spilling the beans now would allow competitors to get in my SEO way. I am VERY excited about these 2 properties and look to turn them into High Traffic destinations. Wish me luck, and if you want to get involved in the ground floor of something that could make you very well known in Social Media circles, look for my invitations to Private and Public Betas in the near future!

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