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b2ap3_thumbnail_moved_to_ribitus.jpgI am now re-branding my blog, and have moved from jackkeifer.com into Ribitus!.  Ribitus is an internet business resource center designed to give you everything you need to become successful in having your own internet business.

At the time of this writing, the only content here is the AmazingCloaker which has a free version that is publicly accessible, as well as a wholesaler, and dropshipper list to premium members.

At the moment, you can be a premium member for only $5.00 a month.  The cool thing about this is when all the content is added, and you have all the superpowers of Mermaid Man and Barnicle Boy, you are still in for only 5 bucks a month while everyone else is paying the premium super-hero price!

For starters, I will be adding content related to e-commerce, Amazon, afilliate marketing, list building, make money now strategies, and any cool online tools that I can think of.

I'd like to eventually expand into a community so that members can share ideas, and I can interact more to give you an even bigger bang for your buck!

So that's the basic plan for now.  If you want to get in on the ground floor, and be grandfathered in at only 5 bucks a month, now is the time to do it!  Taking a few seconds now to become a premium member will make you really glad that you did when the future suddenly becomes the present!

-Jack

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If you're an online marketer who wishes to break into a certain market, one approach is to establish yourself as an authority on the given subject.

 

One of the best methods is to start a blog and share your expertise and experience on the given subject. Once you have established yourself, your followers will become faithful customers who may also spread the gospel of your message.

 

Okay, so what's a good route for establishing yourself as an authority if you're not super experienced in your chosen market? For many it's tempting to 'fake it 'till you make it' by exaggerating your knowledge set to your prospects.

 

Well, that might work at first, and you might think that it will draw more followers, but sooner or later someone is going to corner you on something.

 

I remember way back in the early 90's, I went to a computer expo in Miami with a friend along with another acquaintance who were both computer geeks. At the time, I didn't know squat about computers, but I was rapidly getting interested in them, so I went along on the trip.

 

When we first arrived, I wondered off by myself to look at all the cool stuff. I could hear others all around me chattering the latest tech-speak. They might just as well have been speaking Greek, because that's about how well I understood it all.

 

Within the first few minutes, a group of about 5 well dressed gentlemen approached me and struck up a conversation. I was a little surprised that they wanted to chat with me so I decided to put myself in their league and not let them know that I was a computer ignoramus (lol!).

 

The conversation went something like this:

 

Business Man: Hello.

 

Me: Hello, an interesting expo, isn't it?

 

Another Business dude: Yes it is. Where are you from?

 

Me: Fort Myers... and you?

 

Business dude: Miami. Do you have a company?

 

Me: Ah.. Yes, I have small company. (Actually, I was managing a TV repair shop, and freelancing at the time).

 

Business dude: Are you in hardware, or software?

 

Me: (Thinking, hmmm, which is better?) Ah, It's a software company. (I was lying like a dog in July!).

 

Now I had peaked all of their attention.

 

Business dude: What type of software?

 

Me: Ahhh, business software. I help provide businesses with customized programs to help their accounting. (Man I'm good, I'm impressing the heck out of these guys!).

 

One of the other Business dudes: Do you have a development team?

 

Me: Yes I do (lie, lie lie!).

 

Other business dude: How many in your team?

 

Me: Ah, It's a small team, only 10 people at the moment. (Starting to sweat a little now because the conversation is progressing farther than I'd like it to).

 

Still another business dude: What's your IPO?

 

Me: (Thinking to myself - WTF is an IPO?!!!!)

 

The room temperature is suddenly getting much hotter.

 

Me: Ahh... IPO?... Actually I don't need one. I just prefer to work without 'em... um, but I'll consider getting one someday! (d'oh!)

 

At that instance, all the business dudes did a 180 degree turn in perfect unison and immediately walked away. I had totally PWNED myself!!! They had my number, and they weren't going to waste another second of their time on me.

 

Not only was it embarrassing as heck, but I lost all credibility. Suppose I would have pulled something like this on the internet and got busted? My credibility would be lost forever!

 

I walked away, a little hot and sweaty and I'm sure my face was red as a beet with embarrassment. Aside from continuing to ask myself "WTF is an IPO?!", I learned an important lesson.

 

If you want to network with people and learn from them, be yourself! If I would have just been upfront with them and let them know that I was here to learn more about the computer business, who knows how I could have benefited from the conversation.

 

Perhaps our encounter would have led to an entirely new and interesting opportunity at some point. At the very least, they might have given me some great pointers at learning the ropes, and where I should focus my resources.

 

They were way out of my league, and I thought for a moment that I could run with them.

 

If you're a beginner, let your audience know that as well. For example, with internet business you could frame your blog as a 'learning together' experience where you share your ups and downs on the journey so that others can learn with you.

 

You'd be surprised at where that will take you. No web of white lies to keep track of, and you'll go very far, very quickly.

 

You'll develop great relationships with your followers who will also be happy to share their experiences as well. People love to see how others can go from nothing to success.

 

Being honest with your audience will ultimately give you an iron-clad authority as time goes on.

 

Building a strong foundation in honesty and credibility is absolutely priceless for both you and your followers.

 

Blazing a trail to prosperity that others can follow, and sharing it with them along the way. Now that's a legacy worth leaving!

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A Corporate or Business Blog is like the backbone for your brand's virtual activities. It keeps you grounded, helps you connect with your clients who become your reader and helps you to reach out to possible, prospective clients.

So, this isn't a task you can neglect. It's something that's important and hence, here are 8 tips to improve your business blogs.

1. Make a Business Plan For Your Blog

Why not! When we have business models and plans for marketing, PR, External
relations; then why not have one for your blog?

So, sit down and make a plan for your blog.

2. Set Goals For Your Business Blog

Like your company has goals for business, you must have a goal for your blog.

Is the purpose of your blog customer care? Is it to pass on messages? Is to provide live updates? Having a Goal is important.

3. Set Up A Team

Once you have your plans in place, it's important to have a team in place. Either you can recruit specifically for the same (yes, it's worth the investment) or you could pick up a group of employees and ask them to manage the blog.

4. Regular Analysis

Now that the team is all set, you should meet them regularly and see that the work is rolling. What is the progress? What are the site stats? Is the traffic right and what are people saying? It's important to keep a tap on happening around your blog and ensure that you're working in the right direction.

5. Constant Evaluation And Improvement

The analysis should be followed with evaluation that is in depth and structured. Every evaluation should be about improving the content and trying to provide better content to your readers. Even corporate blogs have regular readers who are following your work and progress. It's important to keep that in mind and work towards giving the best.

6. Integrate Your Blog With Your Social Profiles

This simply means stay connected with your entire virtual presence. Connect your blog to your social networking profiles and vice ? versa. This way it helps people reach you and helps them to find the information they are seeking easily. Moreover, it makes you a more 'reliable' entity.

7. Prepare In Advance

Now if your blog is going to be about updates, it's evident that all the information won't be present in advance. But it's always good to have buffer posts. Keep your blog team in the loop. You should have specific days or times to publish your blogs so that your audience has a regular intake of content.

8. Editorial Guidelines

Have editorial guidelines. This is very very important. What content you post and how you post it is very important and creates a lasting impression. It also affects your relationship with the reader and hence, setting your guidelines is a vital element.

Author Bio: Divya is a website content writer and SEO analyst in an website marketing firm. She has a flair for social media marketing and loves working with e-commerce and virtual businesses.
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Waaay back when I was in high school, math wasn't one of my best subjects.  In fact, it wasn't until after High School before many math concepts actually started to 'click' for me.

In my High School days, we didn't have the vast resources of the internet to tap into.  The closest thing we had to Google was the Oracle of Delphi, which involved a long voyage over the ocean and a lot of buttering up to the pantheons to get a good ranking with the oracle.

Since then, Pythia has relocated to the U.S. and adopted the pen name 'Google' which has a fairly decent online presence.

Anyway, my sister to the rescue.  My sister Misty is a Math teacher (and a very good one I might add!).  She has decided to share her knowledge beyond the borders of the classroom, and help those struggling with math by offering great math tips, not only for struggling High School students, but for anyone.

I think her writing style is great, and Misty is the type of math teacher that I wish I could have had back in the day.  I probably wouldn't have struggled nearly so much. :P

I strongly recommend checking out her blog, even if you don't need help improving your math grades, you'll find this a fun site to check out.

Congrats Misty, for having the guts to get an online presence and helping those in need!  You're off to a great start!  You can check out Misty's blog at http://mathhelpforyou.wordpress.com/
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ionCowWhen diving into the world of online marketing, especially for the first time, it's natural to be excited at the prospect that this may be the ticket to a better life. An escape hatch to lead you out of your current state of self-imposed slavery.

 

I remember when I first dove into internet business, I wanted to hit that magic number of 10K a month on the very first month that I launched my business. Any why not? After all, the possibilities are endless, right?

 

There was just one minor catch. I had the drive, an idea, a plan, and some technical know-how, but I was missing one key ingredient. This was an ingredient which can't be bought. Not really. That ingredient was 'experience'.

 

In 2005, I was quite the green-horn, and I poked around blindly just like the rest of us. I chased all the opportunities which offered short-cuts. Sometimes I would get lucky and find info that was actually practical, and based on someone else's real life experience, saving me some pitfalls along the way.

 

But when it all came down to it, I had to learn most of it by just doing. In the beginning, I crammed as much as I could into my projects to keep moving forward. At other times, I would just lose steam and felt that I was going nowhere, but I managed to press on.

 

As I analyzed things along the way, I realized that if I kept a steady forward motion everyday, no matter how small, it had a cumulative effect on my business. If I was stuck in some area, I would move in some other way while figuring my way out of it.

 

For example, I couldn't get the hang of Adwords for a while back then. Despite getting pounded, I still kept moving in other areas. Baby steps every day.

 

Today, I was watching one of my favorite shows, The Universe. Yeah, I like all that geeky cool stuff. There was a segment about ion propulsion, and how this type of engine generates just about enough thrust to lift a piece of paper. Yet, in outer space where there is no friction, this constant stream of ions keeps the spacecraft accelerating faster and faster with time.

 

In time it achieves a mind boggling velocity. I couldn't help thinking how this same philosophy applies to internet business. Applying a steady stream of forward motion every day in your business leads to the same effect.

 

Always keeping your focus forward in your business is just like that steady ion stream which gets you to the other side of the solar system in the most efficient manner.

 

The ion propulsion method is designed for the long term. Is your business? It's good to be excited about the short term, but always remember that the longer you're in the game, the more velocity you can build. Don't get discouraged if you don't feel that you're moving quickly enough.

 

Slow and steady will compound its way up to 'holy terminal velocity batman!' Stick to this mindset, and you can't lose.

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Xingla4-Cover smI have to admit, I'm pretty excited to announce that Xingla Pro version 4 has now been officially released!


It's been a long time coming. Xingla Pro has been rewritten to be bigger and better than ever. It has a new look and new features as well.


Xingla Pro is now completely form based, which means that you no longer need to interact with an internal web browser to build your lists, and add categories.


Also, I was able to streamline the functions so that certain convenience features are automatic.


For example, in Xingla Pro 3 there was a "Find Inactives" button that you would press to see if your list was up-to-date. If not, then Xingla Pro would find the outdated carnivals and prompt you to delete them.


Now this whole process is automatic, every time you start Xingla Pro, or open a list.


Also, the Search Filter is integrated into the list area, instead of being only visible in a popup window as in the previous version.


Carnival submissions with the Auto Submit feature are now very accurate. Xingla Pro submits the carnivals at a slower pace (roughly the time it takes to refresh a web page, for each item), to ensure 100% accuracy.


Here is a quick run down of some of the new features!


Submission Logs - You can now keep track of all your carnival submissions in the submissions logs table. Submissions are listed by many categories including Submission date & time, permalink, list name, etc.


You have the option to export your log entries to a .CSV file as well.


The most recent submission is also noted in Xingla Pro's taskbar showing the Date & time of the last submission, plus the list name that the post was submitted to. When you mouse over the information, you will see the permalink for that submission in the tool tip.


Carnival Details - Now there's no reason to piss off a carnival host because your list wasn't targeted enough. Simply double click an item and a complete description of the carnival is displayed in the tool tip as shown below:


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Remarks Column - Sometimes a carnival may require some special information from the submitter that needs to go into the remarks field. You can now add a remarks entry to your list item so that it gets submitted every time.


Drag & Drop List Building - When you start Xingla Pro, a complete list of all the blog carnivals is generated from which you can build your lists from. Use the Search Filter to narrow down your results, select the relevant carnivals, and drag them over to the adjoining table.


When you are ready, you can save the items to a new list, or add them to your currently open list.


Auto-Checking of Inactive Carnivals - Every time you start Xingla Pro, or when you open a new list, your list will be automatically purged of any dead carnivals. Blog carnivals come and go for various reasons. The auto-checking feature will ensure that you never submit to an extinct carnival.


Automatic Login to blogcarnival.com - Xingla Pro now has an integrated login field for blogcarnival.com. By default, Xingla Pro will save your login info so that you will be auto-logged in every time you start Xingla Pro. You need to be logged into your free blogcarnival.com account to auto-submit.


Here is a screen shot of Xingla Pro:


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To check out all the great features of Xingla Pro, you can get the Xingla Pro Help file here.


If you want to automatically build back-links, and increase traffic to your blog, you can get a copy of Xingla Pro here:


http://www.keifersoft.com/XinglaPro/

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Well, I've been hard at work in my secret lab perfecting AmazingCloaker 7. Yes, I really do have a secret lab. I bought it from grandpa Munster just before he moved back to Transylvania back in '98.


It took awhile to clean out the bat droppings, but I decided to leave the cobwebs in place for dramatic effect and inspiration.


After getting my hair smoked by tripping on one of grandpa Munster's old test tubes, and falling into the jacob's ladder which was still plugged in, I had this great idea... Why not take AmazingCloaker 6 to the next level?


One thing that I really wanted to do from the start was to improve the FTP feature and make it easy to use and feature rich. Unfortunately, Adobe Air was limiting what I could do with FTP, because it really doesn't have that much going on in that department.


As a result, I decided to rewrite AmazingCloaker in good ol' C++, a programing language where anything's possible. For you Mac and Linux users, not to worry, AmazingCloaker 7 is also available for you as well!


The FTP feature now has an explore feature so that you can navigate around your website if you wish. This is especially handy if you have shared web hosting, and you want to locate your homepage folder when setting up your FTP list.


I have also added a button which allows you to automatically upload your acslideup folder. Previously, if you wanted to create a slide-up capture form for your website, you had to manually upload this folder by using another FTP client such as FileZilla.


AmazingCloaker is blazing fast. The Adobe Air version was a bit sluggish in certain areas, and that always annoyed me a little. The interface also has additional tabs for the Slideup creator and Article Cloaker, so that you can easily navigate directly to them if you desire.


Speaking of easy navigation, the "Saved Sessions" list is now in the same tab window as the Cloaking fields for easy access and reference.


The slideup creator has been optimized for better performance as well. Now when you select different graphics options, those changes are reflected instantly as you mouse over the selections. Also, you can see other changes (such as picture size or slide-out times) update just by pressing Enter after making your changes.


In fact, every aspect of the AmazingCloaker has been optimized for speed and smooth performance. This is the easiest to use version to date. Here is a screenshot of AmazingCloaker 7:



If you want to get a detailed picture of what AmazingCloaker 7 is all about, you can get the help file here:


http://www.amazingcloaker.com/AmazingCloaker_help.pdf


And of course, you can find the sales page with videos and demos of some of the features here:


http://www.amazingcloaker.com

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YellowBrickRoadIf you're running or starting a business online, do you find yourself winging it most of the time, drifting from one opportunity to another, putting in a lot of effort with no real return?

More often than not, this is due to a lack of vision as to where we want to go. Just as a vast majority of the population are completely out of touch with their core desires (another subject in itself), many online marketers are equally out of touch with their core purpose.

Why do you want to have an online business?

If you answered something like "because I want to be filthy rich", or "to make lots of money", or even "so I can pay my bills", you probably need to check your core purpose to having an online business.

Let's say that your answer was to be filthy rich. Now let's drill down further. Why do you want to be rich? To get revenge on your former lover who said you'd always be a loser? Perhaps you hate your J.O.B., and you want out of the dead-end grind. Let's go with that one.

So why do you want out of your J.O.B.? Most likely it's because you don't want someone else dictating your schedule, and having to depend on someone else for an income. Someone who may not always appreciate you, and who could ruin your life with just two words... "you're fired".

In this case, you want to do what you want, when you want, where the income potential is only limited by your imagination and efforts. You want the freedom to write your own ticket. Not having to worry about paying the bills. The freedom to take off to Maui on the spur of the moment, just for the fun of it. Ahhh, FREEDOM. Now we're on to something.

In this case, it turns out that your core purpose is not to be filthy rich in itself. It's FREEDOM that you're ultimately after. In reality, the way that you are generating your income is the very tool by which you can accomplish your ultimate goal... FREEDOM.

Taking a few minutes to drill down your core purpose for being in business can save you a ton of effort in the future. If you're looking for freedom, then your business needs to be centered around freedom principles.

This would include creating procedures for automating as many aspects of your business as possible. What you can't automate, you can outsource. Perhaps there are certain aspects that you want to do yourself.

Personally, I enjoy programming, so I create my own software products myself. I could outsource it in a fraction of the time, but this is something that I enjoy, and prefer to play the major role in design and creation.

You may want to completely detach yourself from your business. In this case, you need automation and / or outsourcing procedures in place so that you can step away from your business, and it will run just fine without you. Suppose you were struck by lightning tomorrow? What would happen to your business? Would your family be able to carry on with the income it produces, or would it simply die along with you?

Those are serious things to consider right at the outset. If you get yourself trapped into working your butt off with 18 hour days and little proportional income, where is your freedom? You might just as well be slavin' for the man; at least you'd be slavin' less hours.

Take a few moments to drill down your core purpose for business using the technique above, and see where it takes you. Now form your vision based on that, and start building your business, or change course on your existing one, around your core purpose, and someday you'll thank me for that. :)

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I thought I would share some of the pics that we snapped while here in Beijing.

China is quite beautiful this time of year which forms the perfect backdrop for a perfect birthday. Kevin has just turned 3. Hard to believe. It just seems like yesterday when I saw him open his eyes for the first time. Happy Birthday Kevin!

Tingting's relatives came by to help celebrate Kevin's big number 3. Tingting's younger aunt brought us some traditional hats with scarves from China's Xinjiang provence which she picked up while visiting. Kevin, Tingting, and I are posing with them in a couple of the pics.

Some of the other pics are from different days. One set is from an amusement park that we took Kevin to, and others from the Beijing Olympic park area where the 2008 Summer Olympics were held.

We will all be back in the U.S. next week. Visiting China never gets old. It seems like that there's something new to see everytime, making the 13 hour flight well worth it.

Traveling is a great way to build memories that you can carry with you into your old age. Having an automated internet business system makes it that much easier to create those experiences which enhance what's really important in life. Have you started yours yet? If not, what's keeping you? As my uncle Joe Nike always says... "just do it".

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I thought this was pretty cool.

This is Miku Hatsune, one of the most popular Vocaloid characters out of Japan.

Hatsune Miku translates as 'first sound from the future', which is appropriate since she is the first of Crypton's "Character Vocal Series".  Miko's voice is based on Yamaha's Vocaloid technology.

Back around 2007, Crypton decided to use a different marketing strategy from ZeroG's. Instead of focusing on high end studios, they changed their focus to the public in general, especially targeting teenagers.

In addition to an extremely appealing voice, they also needed to develop an image. Enter manga artist KEI. Kei had come up with Miko, and gave her the physical characteristics, but left it up to the public to collectively give her personality.

You could say that the collective energies of contributors and fans from all over the world have given Miko a soul of her own, somehow traversing the boundaries between the perpetual near future, and the present. The physical and the virtual.

Miko's immense popularity has resulted in some pretty astounding sales figures as well. Here is an excerpt from Wikipedia:

The initial sales of Hatsune Miku were so high that Crypton could not keep up with the demand. In the first 12 days of sale, nearly 3,000 sales reservations were made. This was around one sale in 250 in the music software industry, quoted as "an impossible number" by Wataru Sasaki—the person in charge of the planning and production company 'surprise'.  Amazon.co.jp stated on September 12, 2007 that they had sales of Hatsune Miku totaling 57,500,001 yen, making her the number one selling software of that time.

The decision to combine Vocaloids with a manga character was an instant magic formula that brought Vocaloids from an obscure niche into a new genre of music. This strategy has opened the floodgates of collaborative content creation which has sparked a whole new dimension in artistic creativity.

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ow-toolEver notice how the standard push button income is $10,000 per month? Surf out to any sales letter on any "make money online" website, and chances are that for a nominal fee you can make 10k per month with little or no effort.

Just buy their magic pill and you're on easy street. Not bad for $39 bucks eh? So how come they never work? Why is it that so many internet business hopefuls end up with nothing but a hard drive full of broken digital pipe dreams?

Perhaps it's because so many people go into this thinking that the internet is this magical universe where endless streams of wealth will pour into their lap if only they can just learn the trick.

That elusive trick that the "gurus" keep to themselves while teasing you with their systems packaged for public consumption, but somehow falling short of the real secrets which are only shared within their elite inner circle. The IM illuminati.

Look Familiar? inner-circle

 

 

Is there such a secret society? Or is it merely a myth perpetuated by the over active imaginations of others? One thing I can say about marketing on the internet is that you really don't need to be looking for that elusive "trick" to be successful.

The internet is a medium in which you can market, just like either a physical storefront, or a flea market booth can also be a medium. There's obviously many advantages to marketing online, but if you realize that the internet is just another tool that you can use to create an income, your perspective will be much clearer on the bigger picture.

So is 10k a month unrealistic for online marketing? Not at all. Is it unrealistic to expect 10k a month right away with little to no effort? Yes.

Many people give up after a short go around in internet business because they bought into the hype that making money online is easy as pie and completely effortless. They don't realize that there is a learning curve involved just like anything else. It takes practice to get good at it, and it takes time to build a viable long term business with a loyal following of repeat customers.

If you're just getting started in Internet business, and if God forbid, you are also in a desperate financial situation, don't be a tool. Do what you have to in order to get through the crunch, and then come back when you can build a real business without the pressure of having to pay the rent in two days or face eviction.

Building a business for the long term takes dedication along with that four letter 'w' word. It's not always that easy, but it's also not that difficult. I'm willing to bet that you'll find this journey to be one the most enjoyable and rewarding endeavors that you may ever experience during these hundred or so trips around the sun. :)

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bag-o-moneyIf you're looking to make money online, or if you are already making money online, then you either need, or already have something to sell.

 

After all, anyone making money online is selling something in one way or another, whether it be a service, physical item, or a digital product, it all comes down to having something that someone else needs or wants, and providing it to them for a fair price.

 

If you don't feel that you're pulling in as much as you could be, then maybe you just need to be adding a few tricks to your bag. I find that many of us hear so much of the same ol' same ol' on the forums and around the net, that after awhile we just tend to ignore them hoping that there's a new magic bullet out there you may stumble across that only you and a select few get privy to.

 

You know what I mean about same ol' same ol', right? Article marketing, building a list, and stuff like that... blechhh! How totally boring.

 

But you know what? There's nothing fancy about a hammer either, but if you need to pound in a nail, it works every time. It never needs a re-boot, and it's absolutely reliable, but how many of us actually get excited about using or possessing a hammer.

 

It's not likely that you'll be struting into a club somewhere shouting to your friends, "hey man check out my new hammer!", and soon gathering a huge crowd of interested spectators as they check out your new hammer with the genuine rubber grip. If anything, they will likely dispurse rapidly out the door not quite knowing if you're some kind of nut job getting ready to throw down and break bad with it.

 

Concentrating on the staples of your business is not overly interesting, and sometimes downright boring, but it happens to be the very fuel that keeps your buisness alive.

 

Have a product, generate leads, sell your product, generate more leads. That's the simple basic formula. When you start straying into other areas, always ask yourself whether this is going to either create a new product or service for you, generate more leads, or more sales in some way. If not, then don't waste your time.

 

Here are 5 essentials to a healthy online business:



    1. Build a list - Yeah, you've probably heard it a million times, but are you actually doing it? And beyond that, are you providing your people with value? The people on your list are the single most valuable asset you can have. Treat them good, and they will reward you over and over again, pretty much on demand.

 

 

  • Do the article thing - Another subject that gets old after the um-teenth time... remember the hammer story? It really works, and once its on the internet, it can be there forever, sending traffic your way. Not only that, but there are so many ways that you can maximize your articles. One example is that you can put some of your articles in your blog, and then refer your list to them as a way to provide them with value.

 

 

 

  • Test everything. If you enjoy leaving serious bank on the table, then by all means, don't test. Testing what works and what doesn't is vital to improving your sales over time. You may think that you came up with the greatest headline of all time in your sales page, but your visitors may beg to differ. You may think that you know what they want, but they may tell you otherwise if you give them the chance. Test, test, test... Testing is literally your keys to the kingdom.

 

 

 

  • Look professional. I don't care what the so called gurus say about shabby looking websites pulling in millions... Bull-stuff! If your site looks shlocky, why should I, the prospect, take you seriously? What does that say about your product or service? Take a little time to check your spelling, add some nice graphics, and straighten your margins to say the least. The extra effort will pay off again and again.

 

 

 

  • Offer great customer service. As amazing as it sounds, some will disagree with me, but offering the best customer service possible will reward you greatly. Some see this as a loss leader, or time spent that offers nothing in return for you. I totally disagree with this philosophy. I see great customer service as a way of showing my prospects that they are important. A repeat customer and a raving fan is a priceless commodity. This aspect of your internet business is not a loss leader, it's an investment!

 

 

Follow the 5 essentials, and you can't help but to have a thriving internet business. :)

 

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AmazingCloaker6aWell it's been a long time coming, but its finally here! AmazingCloaker 6 is a whole new animal. Recoded from the ground up, you can now run it on Windows, Mac OS-X, and Linux.


I initially planned to release it much earlier, but I started receiving great suggestions for improvement from my customers, especially from Steve Brown and Geoff Wiley.


They inspired me to take AmazingCloaker to a whole new level, and when you see the new features, I think that you'll agree that it was well worth the wait.


So what else is new in AmazingCloaker 6?


For starters, AmazingCloaker 6 now has an Article Cloaker. If you're an article marketer, you are more than likely aware that article directories such as ezinearticles.com won't allow affiliate links, or links that point to your review page unless your review page is located on the top-level of your domain.


In other words, it has to be on your homepage. Well, this means that if you write articles for 30 different products, you will need 30 different websites if you want to refer readers from your articles... holy ouch batman!


Now with AmazingCloaker, you can cloak your website for the article directories! Simply create sub directories for your affiliate review pages, and then you can cloak your homepage to display those review pages as your homepage when the reader clicks on your specially formatted link contained within your article.


Here is a quick demo of how the article cloaker works:


I have cloaked declareyourday.com to work with article directories. Below are links for three different examples. Click on each link, and you will notice that each time your browser will show http://www.declareyourday.com in the address bar, but each link will display different content.


Example 1: Any standard link to my website, such as from a search engine displays my actual homepage: http://www.declareyourday.com


Example 2: Cloaked article link. This would be located within the body or resource box of your article:


blah, blah... you can find out more about blue widgets here: http://www.declareyourday.com?blue-widgets


The actual location is in a sub directory called blue-widgets on declareyourday.com


Example 3: Cloaked article link pointing to another sub directory on declareyourday.com:


...blah blah, find out more about Red Widgets by clicking here. (This cloaked url points to http://www.declareyourday.com?widgets&red )


The actual location is in a sub-directory two levels deep - /widgets/red on delcalareyourday.com


As you can see, the links are formatted as top-level domains. The '?' and '&' characters are typically used when calling variables in a server script, like when you want to track clicks or something, so they are perfectly legit to use in your articles.


Footer Slide-up Designer


The other awesome feature is the slide-up designer. AmazingCloaker now has a slideup designer that you can insert your capture code into from your autoresponder service or software (ie- AWeber, getresponse, etc).


The slide-up designer gives you 5 different themes to choose from (Signup for a free ebook, audio, video, to receive updates, and special offer). Each theme includes graphics which are auto-generated, or you can insert your own graphic.


You can also choose from thousands of combinations of background gradients & colors, and you can also time your offer to slide up (or fade in), and / or close after a specified time.


You can see a demo of the slide-up form here: http://www.amazingcloaker.com/1test.php


Improved Embedded Cookie Features


I have also improved the embedded cookie feature. You now have two options for the embedded cookie. The first is the auto-generated third-party cookie dropper, which is the same embedded cookie technique used in previous versions of AmazingCloaker.


The problem with third-party cookies is that newer web browsers have become rather unfriendly with affiliate links and third party cookies. Often times they don't work anymore if the affiliate network uses first party cookies to set your info. Clickbank is a prime example.


Thus the reason form coming up with the second option, which is a forced redirect. When this option is enabled, the visitor will be automatically redirected out to the vendor's website. If the visitor was expecting to read your review first, they will naturally click their back button. After they do this, they will land on your review page where they can continue reading your info.


Since they were redirected before, a first-tier cookie has been set on their machine which means that you are covered in case your link is bypassed, or they save their buying decision for later.


By default, the cookie is set to drop immediately, but now you can delay the amount of time before it is dropped by specifying any number of seconds in the timer box. You can set the timer for either type of cookie that you choose.


Format your links for tracking with Google Analytics


Now there is an option where you can have AmazingCloaker automatically format your cloaked link for Google Analytics! If you're a GA user, this will be a nice time saver for having your links properly formatted for your tracking code.


Save your startup preferences


AmazingCloaker now allows you to save your startup preferences. Do you do all your cloaking on one website? You can save your website as a default so that you don't need to type it in every time. You can also default AmazingCloaker to always select framed or un-framed cloaking, Google Analytics formatting, setting (or not setting) and embedded cookie, and more.


WordPress friendly...


It is now easier than ever to cloak your links, and AmazingCloaker has revised the cloaking process to be friendly with WordPress when using the embedded cookie.


The embedded cookie utilizes a JavaScript to do its magic. The thing is that WordPress isn't overly friendly about embedding javascript. AmazingCloaker 6 has solved that problem by writing the embedded cookie code into a javascript file. This makes the embedded cookie more stealthier too.


This means that along with your cloaked link code, there is a call to a javascript file. WordPress has no problems with javascript calls, it just doesn't like embedded code. Thus, your embedded cookie will work just fine on a WordPress site.


The Familiar Stuff...


And of course, the classic features are still there. There's no need to relearn how to cloak your links, because the fields are laid out the same. You can still save your sessions. You now have an option to auto-save your sessions every time you cloak a link, or you can choose to manually save them only when and if you wish.


There's an FTP uploader where you can store your website locations and easily upload your redirect pages, and test your link in the internal web browser (or you can choose to test it in your default browser).


I could go on, but why not see for yourself what it can do? You can check out the video on the AmazingCloaker website here:


http://www.amazingcloaker.com


You can also check out the AmazingCloaker help file here to learn more:


http://www.amazingcloaker.com/AmazingCloaker_help.pdf

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EatTheFrogProbably one of the most common challenges that we face in our business, or everyday life in general, is getting things done.

 

I remember many times back in the day when my mornings would start out fresh, and full of energy, ready to tackle that to-do list that I put together.

 

I'd get about half way through the list, when I'd start to get that feeling like I was walking through a mud bog, each step getting more difficult as I descended deeper into the mire.

 

With my energy pretty much spent, my drive to get through the rest of the list would fade away, and I would end up wasting the rest of my time unmotivated.

 

Those unfinished tasks, of course got shoved into the next day, and the cycle continued until the list pretty much became a black hole, and escaping the event horizon was now a bigger priority than taking it on.

 

When I started getting serious about internet business back in 2005, I knew that I had to find a way to be more efficient with getting things accomplished.

 

The solution to getting all my tasks finished was really quite simple. I realized that if I simply ordered my list from the most difficult to the easiest, I could finish everything.

 

Why? Well, because our batteries are freshly charged in the morning. This is our peak energy period. Logically, if you tackle the toughest job first (that frog) while your energy level is at its peak, then the rest of the tasks become progressively easier as you go down the list.

 

This keeps your energy level proportional to the difficulty level of the tasks at hand which generally makes for a smooth day. Once you get that frog down your throat, burning through the rest of the list is a breeze.

 

This one simple trick has made all the difference in the world. After five years, this method has become a normal part of my lifestyle, and it has pretty much became an unconscious habit. Something I don't even think about anymore, because now it's hard-wired in.

 

The other day, I was introduced to a video that dealt with this same subject, and it reminded me of how much of a difference this simple technique has made in my life, so I thought I would share it with you.

 

Here's a link to that video:

 

http://www.eatthatfrogmovie.com/walkthetalk?sms_ss=email&at_xt=4cdd42818787a51c,0

 

If you want to break out of that cycle of running out of gas before you get to the finish line, then give this a try, and see if it doesn't make a difference in your life.

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Dare to dream the dream, and then dream it big!



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MilkCartonJackHello... I'm Jack's computer. Have you seen this guy? I've been sitting here for weeks with not so much as the slightest tap on my keyboard. I'm getting lonely.


I suspect that he's with that other one! You know, that other computer that has all the secret source codes to his cool products like Xingla Pro & AmazingCloaker.


One month, five days, and 14.3 hours since his last blog post, not that I'm counting or anything. I guess that since he's nowhere to be found, I'll write this post myself.


He promised to have the latest versions of AmazingCloaker & Xingla Pro out by June & July... Hmmmpf!... It's almost October, so where is it?


I know some rough things have happened this summer, and if he's out hangin' with those other fancy pipeline computers, I guess that I can't blame him too much.


I tapped into one of the boyz from the pipeline & managed to snag a pic of the new version of AmazingCloaker.


Check this out! :)


AmazingCloaker6


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


This is a shot of the pre-release of AmazingCloaker 6. It has been re-built from the ground up and special emphasis has been given to ease of use and expanded features, such as better compatability with WordPress.


Oh yeah, and both AmazingCloaker 6 and Xingla Pro 4 can run on Windows, Mac, and Linux machines. Is that cool or what?


Jack know's that there are a lot of Mac users out there who are a bit frustrated that all the cool internet business tools only run on Windows.


Well, there's no sign of Jack, so I guess I'll post this, and then turn myself off for a while. Got to keep my fan in good shape you know. It sucks when my 64-bit brain overheats. :P


The last time that happened, everything in the room turned into Twinkies & the cat was doing the Riverdance (quite well I might add) as the room slowly faded into oblivion.


Oh by the way, rumor has it that AmazingCloaker 6 & Xingla Pro 4 are going to be released within the next few weeks..... reeeeeeally? I think it will happen this time.


Okay, off I go to silicon dreamland. Let me know if you see Jack & let him know that my keyboard is getting rusty!


--SsssLater!

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perseid-meteorThe bathroom philosopher once said "The closer you get to the end of the roll, the faster it spins."


I always got a kick out of this line, and it seems that every year, this becomes more & more true. Summer is winding down and the neighborhood kids will be returning to school to start another year on their journey to maturity.


I remember a time when I would count down the final days of school as if it were a summer's version of Christmas. It was such a euphoric feeling to walk out the door on a nice summer day, knowing that I was free to just be a kid for the next 2 1/2 months.


In the space of a summer vacation, entire lifetimes were lived, empires were conquered, and just to mix it up a little, some long and slow dog day afternoons would ensue, seemingly stretching on forever. Sometimes I'd even moan that there was just nothing to do. Ahhh boredom...


Now that I think of it, I'm not sure that I can even remember the last time that I was bored. Eventually, the back to school commercials would begin to appear reminding us that the summer is coming to a close. At first its disappointing, but quickly, a sense of excitement begins to set in with the thoughts of starting a new grade level with different teachers & a change of classmates.


As the first day of school would would arrive, I often reflected back on the summer, the fun that I had, and how incredibly long it had been since I heard the school bell ring followed by the bustling of activity everywhere as we embarked upon another year of learning.


In contrast, a summer now seems more like a long weekend rather than a lifetime. Why is that? Perhaps its because when you've only been on the planet for a total of 9 or 10 years, a few months is a much larger portion of your entire existence. A year would be a full tenth of your lifetime! At 40 or 50 years of age, a year is a mere 40th or 50th of your entire life experience. Now your brain perceives a few summer months as just a short stretch into fall.


If you're still quite young and want to start an online business, you may feel that you have all the time in the world. Trust me on this one, you don't. Work at it every day as if time is running out, because as hard as it is to believe now... it will before you know it.


If you're older, you might feel that you don't have enough time, and even feel regret that you didn't start sooner. Well don't. It doesn't matter that you didn't start back in 1995. What matters is that you start now. Looking back will only hold you back in your old life.


Do you want to change your life for the better? Do you think the journey to that better life will take much too long to get there? Let's say that it would take several years for you to realistically meet your ultimate goal. The thought of that in our 'instant gratification' society can be a real buzz-kill.


But realize this... you can get an instant change to your entire life just by the simple act of making the decision to do it. Your body is a vessel of which you are the captain. If you don't like where you are sailing to in life, then make that commitment right now to change course. That very act will change your life.


Everything that you do from here forward will fuel you onward towards your destination. An exciting journey which can even help slow down the effects of the quickening.


Do you know what fuels the quickening? Allowing too much stress in your life will cause it. Another biggie is watching TV. Did you ever lounge around all day watching TV? Remember how fast it went? You look back wondering where the day went. Playing video games, and other useless doodling on the computer also accelerates the quickening. Think back at how quickly the night flew by as you were wasting time in the forums reading the rantings of the whiners who claim to have been "online" for years but haven't made a dime. And still others who claim to be raking in tons of cash, yet they have the time to sit around and build up ten thousand posts in the space of a year or so.


Did you know that when you stop to smell the roses, the moment slows down as well? Anytime that you live life, or experience life, time moves at a slower pace, closer to the pace that you enjoyed as a kid. This is because you're getting back into the moment of creative expression. This is your birthright, don't squander it. The quickening is the price that you pay every time you do.


If you're not happy with your life now, and it's moving way too fast, change course, eliminate all those factors which feed the quickening. Stop watching life through TV and other mediums, and start living it. This is the first and most basic requirement to journey down the road to success.


Ending the quickening will mark your awakening. Upon awaking, you'll wonder how you ever could have allowed yourself to exist so long in a coma. Don't settle for living on autopilot any longer. Return to your roots and live once again! Make today your new birthday, and celebrate the wonderful new journey which lies just ahead.

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mom


At around 10:10am today (July 24th), my mom, Madeline Keifer, left this world to begin a new life. The picture to the left was taken just a couple weeks ago, not long after she entered the hospital.


Mom lost a battle with colon cancer. She had a tumor removed from her colon in May, and 12 weeks later it was discovered that the cancer had metastasized. The growth was extremely aggressive, doubling every two weeks.


She went back into the hospital on June 27th to get her pain under control, and it was then that the doctors told us the bad news.


I am one of six kids that my mother brought into the world. Anybody that can have six kids, and give us the wonderful 'leave it to Beaver meets The Brady Bunch' childhoods that we had is certainly a hero to me.


Mom was a registered nurse for over 45 years where she dedicated a good part of her life helping others. She took time off from her career to care for us, and didn't go back into nursing until my sister (the youngest) was in high school.


She had a wonderful sense of humor, and was an avid Yankees fan. She loved all sports, really, but baseball was her favorite, and she was faithful to the NY Yankees for as long as I can remember.


The last Yankees game that she was able to follow was the game against the Rays, where the Yankees pummeled them 9 to 5 back on the 18th of July.


A couple weeks before, she asked my sister "who's that man standing in the corner?". Misty replied, "there's no one there." "Yes there is!, who is he?" my mom retorted. "Mom," said Misty, "there's no one there". The room was empty and it was quiet. Misty was the only one in there with her.


About an hour later, mom woke up suddenly and said "She just told me they won... the Yankees just won the game" Misty, a bit taken aback asked "what? who told you?". Mom said "That lady, she told me that the Yankees just now won the game". Except for Misty, the room was empty, and it was quiet. Out of curiosity, she switched on the TV and clicked over to ESPN. At the bottom of the screen, a marquee was scrolling which read that the Yankees game just finished, and that they had won 1-0!


Was it just a coincidental hallucination brought on by the pain medicine? Perhaps, but it was quite apparent to me that there were many loved ones on the other side watching over mom & waiting to welcome her when the time came.


After that day, she never saw (or at least never told us) any other people who where not physically there. Her mind was very clear, & she was very aware right up until the end. I'm thankful for that. Even though she was too weak to speak these past few days, she still could get out a phrase here and there. The last thing I told her was "I love you mom". She replied back several times "I love you Jack". I embraced her as she fell back to sleep. On some level, I knew that it would be the last time that we would talk to each other & it was comforting to know that our last words to each other were "I love you".


My sister was a Godsend. She is a school teacher, and with summer break, she practically lived at the hospital. In these final weeks, my mom was afraid to be left alone, and Misty spent many a night with her as well. Being a female, she can help take care of her in ways that only a female can.


My mom was worthy of the title in every sense of the word. She would have given up her last dollar for any of us if need be. She was always there for us, and her love was unconditional. I'm going to miss her smile, her gentle soothing voice, her wonderful sense of humor, and a host of other things that I could spend days listing.


The world seems a darker place without her. Mom lit up the lives of all that were privileged enough to know her. That light has now moved on, but the world is still a little better place because she was in it.


The last few months have been a real hell, especially for her. Back in June, she told me that maybe this was all just a nightmare, and that she would wake up from all of this.


The nightmare is now over mom, and I know that you have awakened to a new life, to be together again with all your loved ones on the other side, free from that painful body which has imprisoned you these past few months.


My mom & dad are now together once again, and I'm sure that amongst all this sadness, there is a happy reunion between them. Here in the physical realm, she is gone forever, but someday we will see each other again. Just knowing that will make even my last day, just a little brighter.


-to be continued...


I will always love you Mom.

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cookie-monster


Since the release of Internet Explorer a few years ago, third party cookie handling has slowly become more restrictive with the default security settings in Internet Explorer.


With the release of IE 8, you may have noticed that many of your affiliate links may not be giving you credit for your referrals.


I've noticed around the net that many affiliates have a rough time getting conversions on their products.


There's many reasons that this can happen, & only testing can pinpoint the problem, but if your affiliate network is using third-party cookies to credit your referrals, then you may be losing sales because Internet Explorer is blocking them on your prospect's computer.


Internet Explorer has been ramping up their safety features in each release, and IE8 will block any third-party cookies by default unless the website has a p3p privacy policy in effect.


In semi-English, this means that the original source of the cookie would have to have a p3p header reference in their web page to a compact privacy policy with another one pointing to an XML file which outlines the actual human readable privacy policy, which you also need.


If the browser determines that it is legit enough, it will allow the cookie to be set. Yeah, I know... that's a real mouthful just to process an affiliate link.


Most product creators using their own affiliate software that rely on this type of tracking, aren't up on the importance of a compact privacy policy, along with all the other techno-bs that goes along with it.


Fortunately, Clickbank, which is one of the most popular affiliate networks for digital products uses 1st party cookies, and are not affected. As far as I can tell, your referrals are pretty safe with them on this point.


If you're using a link cloaker, this is much more significant, and there is a good chance that your affiliate cookies are not getting set because of this. Some link cloakers have been rendered useless, costing you precious commissions from your visitors who use Internet Explorer & Safari especially.


I suppose that you can always hope that every one of your visitors use Firefox.


...Or you can use a better tool that will get around this issue. AmazingCloaker just happens to have the feature built-in that will get around the whole third-party cookie issue.


I created AmazingCloaker because I was tired of getting shafted out of my commissions by link hi-jackers, link bypassers, & people who just plain didn't like affiliates.


Now with Internet Explorer complicating things, I find that AmazingCloaker is more important than ever for keeping a level playing field for the affiliate.


If you're an affiliate marketer and you don't care whether or not you're receiving everything that you deserve, then I would recommend that you continue on with your routine and enjoy the bliss of your ignorance.


If, on the other hand, you're tired of working twice as hard and getting half as much, then you can check out AmazingCloaker here:


http://www.amazingcloaker.com

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Beasley-12Yesterday June 25th, 2010 at around 9:50 pm, a wonderful chapter in our lives came to an abrupt close. Baxter (Beasley) Keifer passed away after contracting an illness about 3 weeks ago.


We never did get a definitive answer from the Vet. We personally suspect that he somehow contracted a non-effusive (dry) form of FIP (feline infectious peritonitis). The symptoms all seemed to match except for the fever.


Whatever he had was a mystery, and the antibiotics didn't seem to help, so I suspect it was viral. All his blood tests came back normal. His chest x-ray showed a shadow consistent with asthma, or a lung infection, or even possibly the early stages of primary lung cancer, but nothing definitive.


Baxter came into my life when he was about 12 weeks old, back in August, 2000. He is a Siamese cat with an amazing personality. Beasley had just turned 10 this June which is equivalent to 50 human years. We have a lot of history together.


Beasley bonded with me right away as a kitten, and right then and there, he was daddy's kitty. When my wife came onto the scene six years later, he bonded with her as well soon afterwords, which I am told is pretty rare because Siamese Cats usually will only bond to one owner.


In the beginning, Baxter never liked other people besides me very much. He would tolerate visitors for a while, but then... out came the claws. At the time, other people saw him as a mean cat, while to me, he was the sweetest, kindest, most playful cat I ever had.


When Tingting joined us, Beasley strangely tolerated her, but that was about it at first. Within the month, Tingting worked her magic, and Beasley became extremely fond of her. In fact, after that, he became friendly to everyone! Beasley was a changed kitty. If you knew him back then, you would agree that this was truly a miracle. Anyone who would now visit would be greeted by him with affection. Baxter has been loving to everyone ever since.


He was great around Kevin and even seemed to understand that Kevin's prodding and poking at him were all out of innocence for his age. We would take walks and Baxter would follow us everywhere, just like a loyal friend. It was almost like having a dog in cat form.


One of the last funny moments that I remember just before he got sick was when I was fixing a cracked window on our house. I had the ladder out, and Baxter scaled right up it.... All 15 feet of it. It was hilarious, and it was one of those times that I wish I had my camcorder with me.


That was typical of the joy and light that Beasley brought into our lives everyday.


The past few weeks have been absolutely heart wrenching. It was a constant roller coaster ride of hope during one day, while sliding into discouragement & heartache the next.


I spent most of my free time nursing Beasley, trying to get him to eat. Sometimes he would do okay, while other times he had to be force fed to get nutrition. He became anorexic by the third week, and gradually refused any food at all by his last two days.


The strange thing is that other than no appetite, he seemed relatively comfortable with just an occasional cough. He would still want to go outside to take walks to his favorite places. With each passing day he became gradually weaker, and his strolls became shorter.


On his last day, he was on the back porch, and even jumped off the side (forgetting that he was sick and weak)! He had a look of regret in his eyes after that one, but soon shook it off with what little energy reserves he had left, and took his short stroll over to the neighbors bush which provided him with a nice comfortable shade spot.


By that night, he suddenly began to cough hard, and cried out to us. At this point, it seems that the three of us (my wife, I, and especially Beasley) where suddenly cast into a private hell. Beasley was now suffering as he was choking for air, and trying to move to different areas of the house desperately trying to outrun the inevitable.


It was too late to call the Vet. Baxter finally stumbled into a corner and lay there struggling for life while my wife was with him. In the meantime, I had got a phone call from my sister. Tingting was desperately motioning to me to get back into the hallway, at which time I had to cut the phone call short. As I hung up the phone, Beasley took his last breath in front of my wife.


The whole ordeal probably lasted 20 or 30 minutes, but it seemed like an eternity. Tingting helplessly watched him as he took his last breath, which sounded like a pitiful whimper from a child. Now he just lay there with his big blue eyes still open, but now lifeless. In just a blink of an eye, our Beasley had passed from Yang to Yin.


When I confirmed that he was gone, she was absolutely inconsolable. It was my time to be strong for her, trying to comfort her as best as I could. I let her know that she gave Beasley the greatest honor by being there for him as he passed. As we mourn his death in this world, his birth is being celebrated in the next.


About 20 minutes after he passed, I turned on the spotlight in the backyard and we proceeded to bury him. I already had a nice spot picked out, just in case. Although I kept my composure as best I could for Tingting's sake, my grief couldn't stay inside for long. I barely slept that night trying to process the whole nightmare that had transpired & by next morning I had lost it too. Reality had settled in like a cold brutal winter.


Today we picked up some flowers for him to plant, and I made a marker for his resting place. It now seems to be a more fitting resting place for such a special soul as Beasley.


As I write this, my heart is aching because never before had I felt such a strong bond with a pet. I've had many cats and I'm no stranger to losing them at some point. It's simply the price that we must pay in exchange for the joy that they give us during their short lifetimes.


Knowing this doesn't make it any easier though, but this time too shall pass. Right now, thinking of those wonderful memories only amplify the fact that he is no longer physically with us. But in time, those fond memories will once again shine through as priceless experiences which enriched our lives each and every day.


By yesterday, I sensed that his time was short, and we said our goodbyes to him just in case. I thanked him for choosing us to spend his precious life with, and for the joy and companionship that this wonderful intelligent creature gave us. The night before, I had also asked my dad (who passed in 1996) to welcome Beasley as he crosses over, and to take care of him for us. I know he's in good hands.


Baxter, you brought us joy and companionship unmatched by any other pet. I will miss your loud meow (Maoooow), I will miss your uncanny perception & intelligence, I will miss your purring as you cuddle in my lap, your hyper spells, and most of all, I will miss you, my dear dear friend. You will never be forgotten. We will love you forever.


May God bless you Beasley.

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