The $3799901 Lesson With Bitcoin

Why I didn’t buy 200 Bitcoin when I could.

As I am a person that likes to try new things and the fact that I have been very active on the Internet since 2004, I considered to buy 200 Bitcoins when they were valued at $10.

I didn’t.

At this very moment the value of 200 Bitcoins is 3799901.00 US Dollar.

I did buy something with the $2000. Maybe I reveal what it was but the sad fact is that I haven’t made anything at all with it…yet.

It is a licensed product and the potential to make some serious money with it, is good. But as always if you want some results, you have to take massive action. I haven’t done that yet.

How do I feel about this, you might wonder? Well, I suppose it would be a lye to tell you that I don’t care. Of course I am sorry that I didn’t make that investment. But it isn’t anything that keep me awake at night. I now that there was something to learn and as the bill for this lecture was almost $4 million it has to be good.

What have I learned?

I hope there is something more that I haven’t found out yet. Right now I don’t feel that there are any really profound wisdom in this story.

Who knows, it could be as easy as this blog post could lead to something very positive. Maybe I meet someone who reads it and we build a new exponential business together :-).

The first thing that come to my mind is action. You have to take action in order to get any results. I did buy something but I haven’t done anything with it. That is actually something that bothers me more than the lost investment in BTC. And I don’t have any really good reasons why I haven’t trued to make some sales with the licensed product. I could list some, but they are all pore excuses and not worth to mention.

It is really difficult to find anything else that I have learned from this. Strange! Maybe it has affected my unconscious mind. That’s why I don’t get any ideas about what I have learned. Interesting.

Maybe I am capable of not thinking that much about things that I can’t do anything about. My meditation has helped me a lot with letting go of things that I cant control.

I suppose that I will be back when I get some more ideas about what I have learned. Right now I feel that even if the price tag of the lecture is huge, the real value isn’t that great. Isn’t that exactly how the school is today. But that is not something for this blog post.

What about you? Have you made any good or bad investments that you have learned from? Please let me know!

Don’t blow your given gift!

There are so many deep wisdom’s in this video. I have watched it many times and get back to it again and again.

I also have tried to live in a way where I really follow my intentions.

On my About page I will get more detailed about get different parts of my life. I have tried a lot…. 🙂

The video below is about what I have in mind for this blog. There has been this idea about helping people. Get people to smile and feel great again. My ideas are still wage and I don’t have any idea about what the end result will be. To be honest…who knows the end result of any great adventure.

Watch the video and let me know what you think.

My Stupid Mistake

Sometimes things go completely wrong and as always there is no one but myself to blame.

I have been an internet marketer for more than 10 years now. My second website was Businesshout.com. Google has always favored older sites and domains that are registered for several years. That was the reason I bought the domain for 10 years. By the way… it is still good advice to buy domains for more than 1 year. You can get some favor in your rankings.

The problem was that I used a yahoo email address when I bought the domain and I registered the domain with GWO which I left many years ago. I have used Namecheap now for several years and they are good.

The other problem was simply that I was completely sure that I had bought the domain in December 10 years ago.

I was wrong. The domain expired and the registrar wanted $100 to get it back to me. During the 10 years I have used the domain for a lot of different things and I don’t think it was really popular in Google’s eyes anymore.

So I decided not to pay the fee to GWO and start the ErikAstrand.com site instead. That has been in my mind for several years but as long as I had Businesshout I didn’t want another site to update.

What is the purpose of this site then?

I have studied and learned a lot under my 10+ internet years and I want to share that information with you. I believe in giving and my plan is to help as many as possible to make a living with the help of internet.

There will be affiliate links in my emails and on the site and I think you understand that they are a part of supporting this site and the time I set aside to help you and other marketers to succeed.

If you buy from my links I am here to help you when you need and you can also get additional tips about how to use the program or software you have bought.

Who knows…maybe the stupid mistake can develop to something much better and in that case it isn’t stupid anymore. J

13 Traffic Conversion Secrets

Traffic vs conversion – getting traffic to your website is one of the most difficult tasks for many online retailers and home business owners. The easy route is to buy traffic but if you don’t know what your are doing – it will be really difficult to get a positive ROI.

This is why you have to focus on conversion!

Here are 13 traffic conversion tips that even a newcomer to Internet marketing can do:

1.    Refine your Unique Selling Proposition (USP). What makes your product different, special, better or more desirable? That’s the USP. Now get the answer to that question down to one or two concise sentences.

2.    Sound friendly, not slick. Your sales copy needs to sound like one friend excited to tell another friend about a great buy. Avoid sounding like a high-pressure infomercial.

3.    Ask for help. Give the viewers a reason to interact with you by asking for their opinion on a survey or product rating. You get useful information and keep them thinking about your product longer.

4.    Simplify the offering. If you have three different products to sell, use three websites. Don’t make the mistake of trying to offer too much at once. This might work for major retailers, but they already have a brand and a following.

5.    Leave some open space. Prepare a sales page that’s easy to read with wide margins. You don’t have to fill every inch. Leaving some white space helps the reader to better focus on the copy.

6.    Brag openly. If your product has a good rating or endorsements from satisfy buyers, then let them brag about the product for you.

7.    Cast with plenty of bait. In your sales letter and squeeze page, put out the “bait” for your offer over and over.  Don’t skimp on bait. Better too many offers than not enough to convert that buyer who is still uncertain.

8.    Find problems.  Even after your sales page is complete, keep thinking about other problems that your product can solve. You might get a hint of new ways to promote your product by asking buyers how they use the product.

9.    Use moderate highlighting. Yes, highlights draw visual attention but too many highlights or excessive colors frustrate online readers.

10.    Package deals are popular. After presenting your USP, sweeten the offer with a package including several free items as part of the “Buy Now” deal. Limited time offers create a sense of urgency for the buyer to act.

11.    Ask for the order. An old principle of sales that must never be ignored – ask for the order, ask again then ask again. You can’t ask too many times.

12.    Say “Thank you.”  Have a gracious, personal sounding, “Thank you” email with the order confirmation. It never hurts to show good manners and buyer appreciation!

13. Use familiar trust building images on your website. This can be pictures of credit cards or well known security seals.

This is by far not a complete list but a good starting point.

Why Time Is More Important Than Money

How many hours do you have in a normal day?

As this isn’t an article about time travel, I think that you agree that we all have the same 24hours at our disposal. And as far as I know, every day I have spent every single second in some way…

And in that last phrase is the hidden key to an effective life where we get everything done in work and we also have a meaningful time with your family and friends.

Every second counts and the key to avoid wasting time is effective planning.

Do you think that the idea of time management is so that you can cram more work into fewer hours? That’s what many people think but it’s not the correct answer. Time management allows you to make the most of your work hours while still having a life outside of work. Now that’s a concept too many people miss.

Does it matter to you to have leisure time or time with your family? Some people have missed out on this for so long that they don’t miss it anymore. They have given up the idea of having time for themselves.

That’s really unfortunate and unnecessary. It’s like the old saying, “Some people trade time for money while other people trade money for time.” Then there are those entrepreneurial types who insist that you can have both time and money if you plan effectively.

If you could find the time to do what really matters to you, what would be included in that time?  Make a list and be specific. Don’t just say, “travel” – put down your real dream.

Maybe you have dreamed of taking a month off and backpacking around Europe or camping at several national parks on a drive across America. Those dreams take more than money, they take time off. If you only have a week or two of vacation, how would you get the time needed?

Or would you like to go back and finish a college degree or earn an advanced degree? When you work during the day, you have a limited amount of time at night for classes. That might mean you work full time and take longer to complete the degree.

Another option is to reduce your lifestyle expenses, cut back to part time at work and free more hours to complete your degree faster. What really matters to you? How can you balance time and money to make these dreams become reality?

Whatever your dream, you can begin to align your time toward achieving that dream. It may mean that you work overtime to save money or take a second job for a year. Or you may have to extend the time to reach your dream to accrue enough vacation time to make the time off possible. It’s all about planning your time as well as your money.

Time management is so often thought of as a way to do more work in a given day. It’s also your ally in arranging your life and work so that you can fulfill your dreams. If only you could see this positive aspect of time management, then you might stop looking at it as if it’s another burden. Hours tick by whether or not you plan them. Hours become days to months and years while many people only talk about the dreams that they “don’t have time” to enjoy.

If you wait for extra time to magically appear in your life, you’ll wait forever and nothing changes. By using time management to support your dreams, then every day you get closer to what really matters to you.

To start, you can look at the calendar three to five years from today. Make the time you would like to leave for your extended vacation or the semester you want to enroll in college. Then count backwards for the number of days (months). As you divide that time into blocks of smaller preparation tasks, you begin to prepare to make the dream possible.

Even while waiting, you have the satisfaction of doing something regularly, investing time in planning and taking action toward your goals. When you identify what really matters in the big picture, then you find it easier to use time wisely today to set up your future goal.

What about the question if time is more valuable than money? My opinion is that it certainly is – there is always more money to be made but every second we lose/spend is impossible to get back.

There will be a lot more about goal setting and time management. Stay tuned!

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