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Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 14th November 2015, 10:34 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,303
Posted By Alastair McDermott
Re: Best marketing books

Published books are the single cheapest and highest quality source of business information.

Compared to attending training courses or even buying them online, the info you can get from a good...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 13th November 2015, 03:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 313
Posted By Alastair McDermott
Re: How to see if site is hacked

It's a bad idea to wait for Google to catch it :)
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 13th November 2015, 02:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 476
Posted By Alastair McDermott
Re: Negative review experience on Fiverr.Need help

You're 4.7/5 and his review wasn't that bad despite being a 2/5. I don't think that review is costing you many sales - as a buyer it wouldn't concern me significantly.
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 13th November 2015, 08:38 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 313
Posted By Alastair McDermott
Re: How to see if site is hacked

+1 on Sucuri, preferably do a server-side scan.
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 13th November 2015, 07:32 AM
Replies: 149
Views: 12,033
Posted By Alastair McDermott
Re: Free Traffic Methods 2015

My new strategy for 2016 will be posting on forums in the hopes that someone will click through my signature link.
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 13th November 2015, 07:18 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 874
Posted By Alastair McDermott
Re: Help to find Good Webhosting for low cost

I've been running an experiment site (http://www.selfassemblysites.cu.cc/) for the past four years on a free hosting provider



To be honest, that's better than some of the paid hosts mentioned...
Forum: Website Design 20th November 2012, 08:41 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 508
Posted By Alastair McDermott
Re: Yep, I Fu**ed Up My Wordpress!!!

If you don't get help from the above, give me a shout, I should be able to help you out.
Forum: Offline Marketing 6th August 2012, 09:06 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 5,842
Posted By Alastair McDermott
Re: BOB ROSS!!! Where's the damned thread?!?

I suspect a conspiracy of the cold callers with nefarious and devious plots to remove the Bob Ross thread.

:)
Forum: Offline Marketing 6th August 2012, 08:14 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 994
Posted By Alastair McDermott
Re: Potential Client says "I have $150/month...What can you do?" Suggestions please.

Ok, challenge accepted. Let's see what you could do with $150/month and let's assume you want to keep $75 and do 1 hour's work.

Keeping the costs down is easy, but not over-investing time, that's...
Forum: Offline Marketing 6th August 2012, 06:35 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 753
Posted By Alastair McDermott
Re: Got a New Client.. The Mayor. What can I do?

Regarding your site for the city, I can understand if you're nervous "pitching high" like in the $10k+ range.

It might be good to have someone to have your back on something like that. Talk to...
Forum: Website Design 5th August 2012, 06:59 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 640
Posted By Alastair McDermott
Re: New to website building and warriors fourm

You're doing pretty damn awesome from what I can see. One piece of advice on overall strategy: keep blogging, providing advice videos etc and the audience will come. Don't try to force the audience...
Forum: Offline Marketing 5th August 2012, 05:54 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,049
Posted By Alastair McDermott
Re: any WP themse for offliners you recommen?

As folks said above, Themeforest have some great themes - the quality require to get a theme through their review stage is very high.

There's a few different approaches to choosing a theme - you...
Forum: Offline Marketing 5th August 2012, 03:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,245
Posted By Alastair McDermott
Re: Best warrior web design outsourcers

Well, I'm not just here to spam backlinks, feel free to check my profile if that's in question. That was a genuine comment on my part. If a mod wants to remove the link, no problem. You can still...
Forum: Copywriting 5th August 2012, 01:09 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,020
Posted By Alastair McDermott
Re: Firing a client

Michael Port has a great section on "Dumping Dud Clients" - I think he calls it - right at the start of "Book Yourself Solid". Probably some articles on his blog too.

Alan Weiss also recommends...
Forum: Offline Marketing 1st August 2012, 06:57 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,059
Posted By Alastair McDermott
Re: Has anyone noticed the strange vibe going on in the Offline Subforum Lately?

I think I lost a post around here somewhere... in moderation? Anyway...



I probably know less than cold calling than anyone else in this thread, but if you check out the sig links from some of...
Forum: Offline Marketing 1st August 2012, 06:49 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,059
Posted By Alastair McDermott
Re: Has anyone noticed the strange vibe going on in the Offline Subforum Lately?

I don't know of a WSO, and I probably know less about cold calling than anyone else in this thread - but if you follow signature links from guys like John and others above, you'll find some great...
Forum: Offline Marketing 1st August 2012, 08:07 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 694
Posted By Alastair McDermott
Re: Are there any WSO templates for table tents and business cards?

The issue with business card templates is that they need to be setup for the particular printer that you choose. Some of them, e.g. Vistaprint have lots of templates online and ready to plug your...
Forum: Offline Marketing 1st August 2012, 07:36 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 4,756
Posted By Alastair McDermott
Re: Me Risking £4670, and now on my way to make £20000 from only 4 days of work

Did you ask the girls to target (or not to target) anyone in particular - e.g. "don't hand them out to couples", or did you just say "give them to everyone"?

Congratulations for taking action and...
Forum: Programming 31st July 2012, 07:56 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 552
Posted By Alastair McDermott
Re: Migrating CMS... best practice, any services do this?

Make sure you have everything backed up, twice or more. Pull down a flat HTML version of the site too if possible.

If you want to maintain all rankings then try and change as little as possible,...
Forum: Programming 31st July 2012, 07:45 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 420
Posted By Alastair McDermott
Re: Wordpress Redirect?

This plugin should do the trick for you:

WordPress › Quick Page/Post Redirect Plugin « WordPress Plugins (http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/quick-pagepost-redirect-plugin/)

You'll want to...
Forum: Other Website Products & Services 31st July 2012, 04:04 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 794
Posted By Alastair McDermott
Re: OFFLINERS: Can You Launch A New Six-Figure-A-Year, High Quality Branded SEO Business For Only $2

Hi Janet,

The site does not have any revenue.

The price is based on these factors:

Super branding and design (even includes business card design)
Configured website with content and a...
Forum: Offline Marketing 31st July 2012, 03:56 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,059
Posted By Alastair McDermott
Re: Has anyone noticed the strange vibe going on in the Offline Subforum Lately?

I feel like a guy who just walked in on a domestic.

I'm still not convinced there's any conspiracy here, but individual naysayers are aplenty - every methodology and business vertical will have...
Forum: Offline Marketing 31st July 2012, 03:33 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,059
Posted By Alastair McDermott
Re: Has anyone noticed the strange vibe going on in the Offline Subforum Lately?

I've been a regular reader of Offline for ~2 years. I have very little to offer the forum as I do relatively little offline work at the moment, but it's probably one of my favourite forums to read on...
Forum: Offline Marketing 25th July 2012, 07:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,971
Posted By Alastair McDermott
Re: Client looking for an 'offline' version of their website

If you're talking specifically about iPad and iPhone, build the site as an app.

If it's got to be the actual WordPress site*running on WordPress* locally on an iPad, afaik it can't be done (any...
Forum: Offline Marketing 25th July 2012, 08:32 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,971
Posted By Alastair McDermott
Re: Client looking for an 'offline' version of their website

You could run it as a live offline site using a USB drive with a portable xAMP stack.

E.g. check out these options: https://www.google.ie/search?q=portable+wamp+stack
Forum: Offline Marketing 25th July 2012, 08:17 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 577
Posted By Alastair McDermott
Re: Building any type of offline business

Look for local networking groups setup by your town's "Chamber of Commerce", or your region's "Enterprise Board".

Also look for less formal opportunities like Barcamps, Open Coffee, etc.
Forum: Offline Marketing 25th July 2012, 08:11 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,858
Posted By Alastair McDermott
Re: Charging for building Wordpress sites

I do builds based on premium themes starting around €1000 (~$1150) and builds based on a completely custom design starting around €2500 (~$3000 or so).

The amount of work required to do a custom...
Forum: Other Website Products & Services 24th July 2012, 04:06 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 794
Posted By Alastair McDermott
OFFLINERS: Can You Launch A New Six-Figure-A-Year, High Quality Branded SEO Business For Only $2490?

Site no longer for sale. PM me or visit www.websitedoctor.com if you're interested in having an SEO services site custom built.
Forum: Offline Marketing 23rd July 2012, 06:56 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,002
Posted By Alastair McDermott
Re: SEO Contract?

We don't even know what search engines will exist in 5 years time, so that's a bit excessive.

I'd consider anything up to 18 months to be reasonable, 8-10 months is the sweet spot for both...
Forum: Offline Marketing 17th July 2012, 09:16 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,359
Posted By Alastair McDermott
Re: Do you charge your clients $97 or $100?

Ryan Deiss has a great video somewhere about pricing for online sales, worth a look - some really interesting results (particularly the "2 payments of X" bit).
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 17th July 2012, 09:12 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 737
Posted By Alastair McDermott
Re: Does one bad customer review kill a sale?

That's a perfect example of what I mean by a good negative review - clearly the customer is unreasonable and any right-minded prospect would recognise it.

A huge part of it is how you deal with...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 17th July 2012, 08:18 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 737
Posted By Alastair McDermott
Re: Does one bad customer review kill a sale?

No, it won't. You get cynical people like me specifically looking for bad reviews. Every product or service has its limitations. If I can't find a single bad review, particularly of an IM product,...
Forum: Offline Marketing 16th July 2012, 07:43 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 5,842
Posted By Alastair McDermott
Re: BOB ROSS!!! Where's the damned thread?!?

I had some thoughts on implementing that here in Ireland - margins would be way, way down due to delivery and printing costs, and using certain services the largest acceptable leaflet is A5(!)....
Forum: Offline Marketing 16th July 2012, 07:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,092
Posted By Alastair McDermott
Re: About to sell my largest job ever, need help on SEO presentation!

One technique you can use with a presentation where you think it'll be "open discussion" for large parts is keep it to a small number of slides, all with 1-3 words max. Use some nice stock photos as...
Forum: Offline Marketing 14th July 2012, 10:44 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,480
Posted By Alastair McDermott
Re: What is your official job title?

I used to fear this response, so for years used different language.

But then I realised, it's a good thing! Those who don't like this language are self-selecting as not being my target market. So...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 2nd July 2012, 06:28 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 475
Posted By Alastair McDermott
Re: What do you do when a supplier is not answering support ticket and they are holding up your proj

If it's a theme from somewhere like Themeforest, then your purchase does not include support. (They often supply it for free, but it's not obligatory or the themes would cost a lot more).

If it's...
Forum: Programming 12th March 2012, 09:45 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 830
Posted By Alastair McDermott
Re: What platform does Warrior Forum made on?

There's no chance it's a stock VBulletin install - it simply couldn't handle this many users without serious modifications - the VBB database code is rife with performance issues when scaled up to...
Forum: Programming 12th March 2012, 07:38 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 610
Posted By Alastair McDermott
Re: Cgi & Noncgi Sites

It was quite common in the 90s to have dynamic elements of a site in CGI binaries (files) located in IANA — Example domains (http://www.example.com/cgi-bin/) - sometimes they'd be scripts...
Forum: Programming 12th March 2012, 07:24 AM
Replies: 152
Views: 11,803
Posted By Alastair McDermott
Re: PHP and Notepad++

I'm a fan of Notepad2 (http://code.kliu.org/misc/notepad2/) because it's so lightweight - it starts as quick as Notepad, which is really important to me. Also does a complete seamless replacement of...
Forum: Programming 12th March 2012, 07:20 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 998
Posted By Alastair McDermott
Re: groupon or living social type WP plugin, How much work would that take?

This is all "ball-park" figures for what we call "Minimal Viable Product" (the least you can ship and still call it a product).

To answer the original post, if one was to do this "properly" I'd...
Forum: Programming 11th March 2012, 04:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,532
Posted By Alastair McDermott
Re: Best way to handle software licensing system? Which is the best and most affordable?

I coded a licencing system where we required licence key verification on install of our software. The software validated the licence with our licence server - could also be done over the phone. We...
Forum: Offline Marketing 8th March 2012, 11:25 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,381
Posted By Alastair McDermott
Re: R and R (Rejections and Rebuttals)

Relevant: Seth's Blog: Why lie? (http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2012/03/why-lie.html)
Forum: Programming 6th March 2012, 01:02 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 717
Posted By Alastair McDermott
Re: Amember setup question

In case anyone is looking for an answer to this, here's what Amember told me (after 2 forum posts and a support ticket):



I'll leave speculation as to the quality of support from Amember up to...
Forum: Programming 2nd March 2012, 12:38 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 510
Posted By Alastair McDermott
Re: Client's Site Has A Virus On It. Any Help?

Could be a false positive. See if there's anything in Webmaster Tools to help resolve that.
Forum: Programming 2nd March 2012, 12:35 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 717
Posted By Alastair McDermott
Amember setup question

Hi folks,

This is probably a fairly simple question - trying to get my head around it and getting lost - appreciate any insights you have :)

I have a private forum in VBulletin and a private...
Forum: Website Design 2nd March 2012, 12:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 337
Posted By Alastair McDermott
Re: DO you think this design is good enough?

Yeah, not bad. It looks slightly dated (2007 era) but nothing seriously wrong with it.
Forum: Website Design 2nd March 2012, 11:11 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 325
Posted By Alastair McDermott
Re: What wordpress theme?

Looks like it's a custom theme.

http://cdn.casinobonus2.com/wp-content/themes/cb2theme/style.css
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 24th February 2012, 08:02 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 13,284
Posted By Alastair McDermott
Re: InDigitalWorks.com - UNOTHORIZED DOMAIN NAME TRANSFER - PLS HELP!

Looks like they got into your hosting control panel beforehand, or are damned fast - your previous links are not 404'ing, all content seems correct (I didn't see your site before) so these guys are...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 16th February 2012, 01:00 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 914
Posted By Alastair McDermott
Re: Do you like to view mindmaps?

I'm also looking at Prezi to create a presentation video - something a bit more interesting than the usual slides. It doesn't handle mindmaps, but it does import PDF.
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 15th February 2012, 11:38 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 914
Posted By Alastair McDermott
Do you like to view mindmaps?

I'm currently making some mindmaps and I was wondering if they'd be any use as free content on one of my sites.

If you're not familiar with mind maps they're a kind of spray diagram like this...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 8th February 2012, 05:50 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,385
Posted By Alastair McDermott
Re: If you could go back in time, would you still be an internet marketer today?

If I could go back in time, I'd have been an internet marketer 10 years earlier, and I'd be retired today.
Forum: Website Design 8th February 2012, 05:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 386
Posted By Alastair McDermott
Re: Wordpress question

WordPress is an incredible powerful CMS, which originated as blogging software. Sadly, it still has the "blogging only" reputation in many quarters.

It is plenty good enough for 95% of websites.
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 25th January 2012, 01:00 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,300
Posted By Alastair McDermott
Re: I Hate Videos

I produce videos for our site on a weekly basis - most of them screencasts, some are interview style, to-camera. I agree 100% with the OP. It's possible to make absolutely great videos, and it's...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 20th January 2012, 04:56 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,059
Posted By Alastair McDermott
Re: Do you sleep at night?

Read fiction last thing at night. It forces me to concentrate on the story, and the brain eventually shuts down all the other lines of thinking.

Reading non-fiction is usually detrimental to me...
Forum: Website Design 19th December 2011, 05:05 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,272
Posted By Alastair McDermott
Re: If I don't Update My Wordpress Sites What Will Happen ..?

If you don't update WordPress, and if they have any backlinks or ranking, they will eventually get hacked.

They may either remain up with embedded links to bad neighbourhoods (splogs, gambling,...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 19th December 2011, 04:58 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 3,296
Posted By Alastair McDermott
Re: clickbank vendor threatening me

thomas1984, glad you got it sorted.

Couple of interesting take-aways from this one: it's a reminder of how dangerous text only (email, IM etc) communication is compared to voice - phone or skype...
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