DoTheWork book

Working on working

If you read that headline, you’re probably wondering ‘WTF does that mean?’.  Well, Working on working is something that I think about all the time.  You see, you can work on a project. You can work on your lawn.  You can work on your attitude.  But I think a lot of people need to ‘work on working’.  In other words, just learn to work better all the time.  Steven Pressfield has a great book that is available for free through Kindle or as a PDF from several locations, called “Do the Work” .

It’s an awesome book about simply getting the work done.  I think the book is great and straight to the point.  Definitely a great starting point for people to get off their asses and get shit done.

I think that those of us that don’t work with strict deadlines have it worse than those that have strict cutoffs forced on them by someone else or some conditions that require a deadline.  In contrast to deadlines, as an independent entrepreneur, I don’t have anyone to corral me in and make me finish on time.

I saw a great TED video on the subject.  Check this out….

You see what I mean.  Procrastination is way worse without the ‘deadline monster’.

This week, I tried putting my own artificial deadlines on stuff.  Monday, I felt like I should do 15 sales phone calls.  I was getting ready to get on a flight from Las Vegas to Lake Tahoe and I thought, “I’m gonna make the boarding of the flight my deadline for those calls”.

So I grabbed my computer and my phone and started making the calls.  My rule for myself was a minimum of fifteen calls in an hour and a half.  I made calls relentlessly.  About 8 calls in I was in touch with someone that was extremely interested in what I was offering and agreed to give me a trial run for my services at $25k per year.  He gave me a verbal commitment.  I got off the phone, documented it, and kept making calls.  By boarding time, not only did I get the calls done, but I made $25,000 and had a backup offer from another guy.  BOOM!

Then, unfortunately, I let shit slide for the next few days.  Didn’t set a deadline for anything.  Didn’t achieve anything notable through EOD Thursday.  I actually started to get depressed about it.  So Friday, I made a plan to start and finish developing a new website for a buddy of mine.  He has a restaurant hood cleaning service in Las Vegas and needed a new website.  So, I said to myself, “Okay JR. Time to get shit done.  You’re going to create this site from scratch and have it 100% completed by Sunday.

I started working on http://lasvegashoodcleaning.com that night and went balls to the walls on Saturday.  By 8pm Saturday night, the site was completely built and I submitted it to Google for indexing.

Lesson learned.  Deadlines work.  I imagine that real deadlines work better, but with the right motivation, why couldn’t self imposed deadlines be just as effective?

 

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Warning to the GOP: If you do a ‘brokered convention’ it will be the end of the Republican Party.

The Republican Party has, for the past 7 years, allowed the deficit to explode to nearly $20 trillion, passed Obamacare, and helped to pass the Iranian Nuclear Treaty. In the 2014 midterms, Republicans begged America that if they would vote to create Republican majorities in both Congress and Senate, there would be a “Republican Revolution” to overthrow Obama’s draconian and failed policies. The sad reality is here we are in 2016, and still waiting for that “revolution” to materialize. Donald Trump is the first real, organic excitement in the Republican Party since Ronald Reagan in 1980.

But if the GOP forces a brokered convention in CLEAR violation of the will of the American people, I will call for open revolution against the Republican Party and become an Independent. And I will take as many people with me as possible.

Your move, GOP, choose wisely. The future of the Republican Party hangs in the balance.  Game on.

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Content Management for SEO

Did your WordPress site get un-indexed at Google? Here’s a fix

If you find that you’re website hase been un-indexed at Google, or de-indexed, as long as you have not been totally blocked because of an SEO issue, this might be the issue.

 

This is pretty amazing!  If you don’t block your archives from being indexed, it looks like the same content repeated many times.  And Google hates that!

So, if you have Yoast SEO on your website, follow the steps in the video so that you can clean it up.  If you don’t have Yoast SEO installed – you should do so, and then make the changes outlined in the video.

Thanks to the guys at Source Wave for pointing this out in their video.  It’s amazing how this can be biting us in the bottom regarding ranking at Google.

So, here’s the steps, just in case you have no desire to watch the video:

  • Go to taxonomies in Yoast SEO plugins.  Click on no-index under all the items listed there. This includes Categories, Tags, Format, etc.
  • Go to Archives and click on the settings for author archives and archives.

Pretty simple, right?  Give it a go.  I’m pretty sure it will help you to get re-indexed ad Google.

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Appliance repair houston

Google search can be so strange – Appliance repair search

I sometimes think that Google thrives on driving people crazy.  I recently bought a domain qualityappliancerepairhouston.com because it had 200+ backlinks to it, a very low spam count against it.  So, I thought this would be a domain with very good authority.  So I went through the usual steps that you would take to get a site indexed in Google.  It’s been a solid week and Google has not indexed any of the pages.  So weird.

You would think that with 200+ sites having links to it – that Google would look at it and see the new pages.  I’m not sure what to do.  Maybe I will sell it to someone that wants a domain that would be really strong for an appliance repair company in Houston.

This is when I really start to doubt everything that I have learned about SEO.  Seriously.  If I can’t even get a simple appliance repair site to show up in the rankings at all – what good is even trying?  Can I push a site anymore? I hate to see all these guys out there that are selling information about how to do it and it appears to all be bullshit.

I’ve paid for SEO training – and I see so many guys touting that their methods work so well – but I see very similar stuff between all of them and most of it works just to a certain point.  To use appliance repair as an example,  If I look at all the data for appliance repair in Houston and the suburbs, I see that some really crappy sites that are not mobile responsive and have obvious keyword stuffing, actually rank really well.  But why?  Everything I read says that the big G will kick your ass for not being mobile responsive now.  But keyword stuffing?  That’s been a no-no for the last several years.  So how can an appliance repair website in a city the size of Houston still rank so well if they’re breaking all of the new search rules?

Maybe the big G has some algorithm that allows a stuffed site to rank when it has age behind it?  I don’t know.  But whatever it is – I think that it diminishes  the value of anything that the big SEO guys are pushing as their grand solution.

Quality Appliance Repair website
I’m pretty sure this dog’s name is Google!

 

 

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Harry Reid is not good for Nevada

Reid Teams up with Sandoval, Ralston to Fight Tax Repeal “Crazies”

Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid joined the attacks on Nevada citizens who are seeking to repeal the $1.4 billion tax hike passed by the 2015 Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Brian “America’s Worst Governor” Sandoval despite the fact that not one of them last year campaigned on such a tax hike and despite the fact that almost 80 percent of Nevada voters rejected the gross receipts tax component at the ballot box last November.

In an interview with Michelle Rindels of the Associated Press, Reid vowed to do “everything I can” to stop our tax repeal effort, declaring that “it would be a real disservice to our state if the crazies were able to prevail.”

“Crazies.”

Nice.

He sounds like liberal blogger Jon Ralston.

From the AP story…

“Sen. Harry Reid said he’s willing to do everything he can to help Gov. Brian Sandoval’s $1.1 billion tax package survive a potential challenge at the ballot, even though he’s not actively involved in the fight now.

“The Democratic U.S. Senate leader had high praise for the Republican governor during an interview Thursday in his Reno office.

“’Sandoval and I don’t agree on stuff, but we agree on a lot, and I think what he was able to do with that Legislature was masterful,’ Reid said. ‘I think it would be a real disservice to our state if the crazies were able to prevail.’

“While the tax package garnered more than the necessary two-thirds vote in the Republican controlled Legislature this spring, conservative opponents say it was adopted against the will of voters who overwhelmingly rejected the margins tax on the 2014 ballot.

“One group has filed a long-shot petition to repeal the entire three-part package, while another group is planning a campaign to repeal just one portion of it. Republican state Controller Ron Knecht, who’s involved in the latter effort, said organizers might file a petition as early as next week.”

Speaking of Knecht’s group, it has now officially filed their PAC (political action committee) with the Secretary of State. “RIP Commerce Tax, Inc.” lists the following officers…

Conservative Nevada State Controller Ron Knecht, president
Conservative Las Vegas City Councilman Bob Beers, secretary/treasurer
Conservative former Nevada State Assemblyman Ed Goedhart, vice president
Conservative activist/radio talk show host Theresa Catalani, vice president
Conservative Assemblywoman Victoria Seaman, vice president

I expect RIP Commerce Tax PAC will file its actual tax repeal referendum sometime next week.

So the rosters are set.

On one side there’s Sandoval, Reid, Ralston, a bunch of RINOs (Republicans in Name Only) and a harry reidhost of deep-pocketed special interests.

On the other side there’s our underfunded army of citizens, taxpayers and small business owners.

You know, “the people.”

Which side are you on?

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relocating from Nevada to Wyoming

I’m moving my company from Nevada to Wyoming and here is why….

I’ve been a Nevada resident all my life.  I’m an entrepreneur and having my businesses based in Nevada has always been beneficial to me. Until now.

In the last legislative session, The Governor of the Great State of Nevada, Brian Sandoval, made a decision to push through new taxes and fees on companies in Nevada, or having their corporations based in Nevada.  His move to do this was through legislation that was precisely the same as a bill that had been turned down by the majority of voters in the State in the previous voting cycle.  So that is my ‘why’.

Now the ‘how’ and the great benefits that me and my little network of corporations and LLC’s are getting.  LOWER FEES and less government intrusion.  Yes, Wyoming is welcoming me with open arms!

I contacted Wyoming Discount Registered Agent and spoke at length about this with Polly.  Polly told me that they had suspected that this was going to happen and they set everything up so that they could help their Nevada clients realize the benefits of moving their corporations to Wyoming.  And they wanted to be the best professionals at making the transition inexpensive and painless.  For me, it cost less to move my companies than it would have cost in the increases that I would have had, leaving my companies in Nevada.

So, If you want to save money, or you just want to Let the Governor know what a mistake he made by going against the will of his constituents, you should look into making the move to Wyoming (for your corporations).

Happy Trails! (can somebody queue up the traveling music please?)

JR Fent

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Heroku announces Dropbox to Heroku feature (beta)

So this is pretty cool.  Imagine you have an app on Heroku and you want someone ‘non-technical’ to be able to drop materials in.  This would make an awesome solution for that,

Heroku’s new Dropbox Sync, just released in beta, enables you to create a deployment workflow that works for multiple situations and for every member of your team.
Why is this useful?

  • ​Makes it easy for designers to deploy changes to stylesheets and images for your app
  • Hack your app in an emergency on the go from your mobile device
  • Add new content to your static app by just dropping in a new file

​Getting set up for Dropbox deploys is incredibly simple, and can be done from the comfort of a browser window. Just navigate to the Code tab in Dashboard for any given app and click Connect to Dropbox:

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Don’t have an app? Then try the following Heroku Button, which deploys a simple app built using Node and Harp:

Once it’s deployed, in one browser tab open the app by clicking “View,” and in another click “Make your first edit”, which opens the Code tab. Then just click the “Connect to Dropbox” button.
Now make a change. In this app you can change the slideshow by editing index.jade in the public directory, and then click “Deploy” from the Code tab.
Here are some resources to learn more:

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