I MOVED BY BLOG!!!

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HI EVERYONE! I moved my blog to my own site!

You can follow my blog here now! Adventures In Ventures

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Newfound Links and Info – Week 2

Hello. Back again with a whole bunch of new links and info that I have run across this past week. I am still baffled by the enormous amount of content out there and all the time it takes to weed through the muck to find quality. I hope my little posts will help save you some time! Please leave me some feedback and let me know if there is anything you would like to know more about and I will list it in my next post.

So here is this weeks list.

EVENTS

The Online Marketing Summit or OMS is taking place this week in San Diego, CA. The summit offers a variety of speakers from the Corporate Marketing arena as well as leading educators in Online Marketing. The Summit runs from February 4-7, 2009. You can get more information on the summit and the key speakers on their website.

WEBSITES

Facebook – Ok I know, I know. I can see the eyes rolling already. What’s so new about Facebook!?? Wait, just hear me out. It wasn’t as if I just found Facebook this week. I have actually been on it for awhile now. But, it was only of recent that I started to understand its potential in the Internet Marketing arena. I recently read an excellent blog post by Shama Hyder, Owner of Click to Client, called the “Top 10 Ways to use Facebook to promote your business for free.” You can read the full post here. Understanding the potential of this and other Social Networking sites will prove key to promoting your business online.

MindMeister – This is one of my favorite new finds! MindMeister is an online mind mapping tool that allows you to visualize your brainstorming. Everyone mind maps in one form or another. It is happening continuously without us even knowing. MindMeister is one of the many online mind mapping tools that allows you to see your brainstorming in diagram form. One of the reasons I love this program so much is the cost. A basic edition is FREE and only $4 per month to upgrade to a premium account or $6 for a business account. There are many great tools as well such as adding links to websites, documents on your computer, photos, etc. Just about anything you would need to brainstorm an idea, all in one place! I have been using the online app for awhile now and love how it keeps everything organized and available in one place. I hope you will check it out and if you need more information on mind mapping, click here.

BLOGS

Mashable – This is one of the largest blogs on everything new and exciting on the web in the Social and Internet Marketing vein. The content is well organized and immense. It is hard to describe just how much information is available so I strongly suggest you check it out for yourself and add the RSS feed to your reader. It is a wealth of information on so many key areas of marketing.

Net Profit Today – If Affiliate Marketing has sparked your interest than you will love Net Profit Today. Rosalind Gardner’s blog is just simply PACKED with usable information on everything Affiliate! I have been researching this area and have found myself constantly going back to her blog to search for so many topics. Bookmark this one!

PODCASTS

There are so many podcasts existing and emerging and it has just become a very painful road to finding good ones. Today I will list one more of my favorites.

For Immediate Release: The Hobson and Holtz Report – This podcast focuses on technology news, public relations, and general business information. They also offer show notes for each podcast that you can download for reference later. The podcast has been going for over four years now and in the podcasting world, that makes them a pioneer! You can download through iTunes or listen from their website.

SOCIAL NETWORKING APPS

Twitter – Do you Tweet? In this past week alone I have been asked by at least 10 people; “What is Twitter?” So, I figured I would mention it in this post. Twitter, in a nutshell, is a micro blog platform. Just like any other blog, you join and start talking to your community about…well…anything! The difference with Twitter is you only have 140 characters in which to say it! Twitter has been around since 2006 but has been gaining momentum both in and out of the Web 2.0 community. It has become a great tool for communicating events and broadcasting content quickly to your community as well as finding others who have similar interests. Many businesses utilize Twitter to get information out quickly to their customer base as well. Recalls, updates, product launches and more have found their way into Tweets. I do caution however, there are some rules of etiquette that should be followed when using Twitter. I STRONGLY suggest you learn how Twitter works and the Best Practices. Here are a few links to help you out but you can also find a wealth of information just by googling “Twitter.”
Twitter Etiquette I – By Richard Carter
Twitter Etiquette II – on Mashable

GLUE – This is a fun way to interact with your peers while surfing the web for popular items such as Books, Movies, Restaurants, etc. See if your friends have been looking up the same things as you have and see what they have to say about them right there! You can also connect to people who have the same interests as you. It is a little hard to explain so I suggest taking their tour on their website. It is a really cool social app and I can already begin to see its purpose in Internet Marketing. Now…Go get GLUED!!

So that’s it for this week folks. Hope you enjoy the posts. Leave me some comments and let me know if I have been at all helpful.

~Off and Running!

DJ

Newfound Links and Info – Week 1

Hello WordPress world and beyond! I decided to add some stability to the blog and offer the readers a bit more usable content. I’ll start with posting a weekly blog that offers up some interesting blogs that I have read or websites I run across over the past week and post them for everyone to explore. I’ll give my two cents and then let you take it from there.

I will attempt to group them in regular categories. I’m hoping to use the same category types in each post for consistency and to make it easy for you to search through the tags to find only the content you are looking for.

I will note that the information will probably be more useful to the nubies as this is the stage that I am in right now. I really hope to save everyone some time by listing only information that I feel is useful at this early stage of the game without being overwhelming.

So without further delay, here are this week’s selections (drum roll please!)…

EVENT

WORDCAMP – OK ALL YOU YELLA BELLIES GET YOUR HIKING BOOTS ON WERE GOING FOR 20 MILE HIKE….no, no…not that kind of camp. If you are a WordPress junkie or just want to be in the know about this rapidly growing blogging community than I suggest a visit to WORDCAMP. Direct from there website “WordCamp is a conference type of event that focuses squarely on everything WordPress. Everyone from casual end users all the way up to core developers show up to these events. These events are usually highlighted by speeches or keynotes by various people.” Go ahead have a look. You can leave the bug spray at home!

WEBSITES

43Things– This is a goal setting and sharing website that allows you to also see what goals other people are setting for themselves. This site, aside from allowing you to tell the world your goals out loud-which, by the way, is a good way to maybe light a fire under your butt-can be a great resource for finding out what the HOT trends are at the moment. I went to the site today and clicked on the most popular goals and found ‘Lose Weight’ and ‘Stop Procrastinating’ to be in the top two. Needless to say that weight loss products and ‘How To’ guides on getting things done are going to be hot ticket items. You can definitely add this site to your tool box for researching niche markets and hot internet buzz items. So go on now….get started writing that ‘How To’ E-book!!!

BlipTV – Similar to YouTube in that it allows sharing of video content. Drastically different in that Blip.TV seems to cater more to the serious videobloggers, Internet TV producers and podcasters. The website is clean and very easy to navigate and each user is given a unique Internet station name, chosen by the user, upon Sign Up. Check out their site for all the specifics. I think all those budding producers and directors should definitely give it a try!

Tubemogul – If you are constantly loading your video content to a host of sites like YouTube, Vimeo, Vidder, MySpace and the like then you know how time consuming the process can be. This is where Tubemogul can help. Tubemogul allows user to upload their content to up to 12 sites, simultaneously. In addition, and their most unique and valuable feature is their built in analytics which allows you to track stats for all of these sites in one place, saving you a lot of time.

PORTALS

NetVibes – Those of you familiar with iGoogle will find this portal very much the same layout. You can design the content based on your location and add in feeds from your favorite blogs, news arenas, social networking sites, etc. and, once it gets set as your default homepage, gives you a one stop location to all of your most viewed content. I personally found it very similar to the iGoogle portal and since I am already familiar with that interface and spent all that time designing it, I don’t think I will be changing up anytime soon. If you haven’t really done anything with your iGoogle but like the idea then definitely check out NetVibes.

BLOG

10 Golden Rules Internet Marketing Strategy Blog – This is definitely one of my top blogs of late. I first became a fan of Jay Berkowitz though his podcast and have since been a devout follower of his blog. Jay and his team of contributors always offer up fresh new content that is very easy to understand. I highly recommend this blog to anyone interested in Internet Marketing.

PODCAST

Internet Business Mastery – If I could recommend just one Podcast to the nubies of Internet Marketing this would be the one. IBM has become my most widely used resource for learning about Internet Marketing, Social Media, Podcasting, Affiliate Marketing, and Membership Sites. Sterling and Jay give their listeners a mix of entertainment, education, and integrity. Everything these two guys put out is genuine and can be applied almost immediately to most any business. I highly recommend this one to every one.

Well, that’s it for this week! I hope you will give me some feedback on what you liked (or disliked-I’m thick skinned, I can take it!).

Thanks for stopping by!

~Off and running!
DJ

FFF !?

Ok so all morning I’ve been trying to figure out why all my text was coming up white in my blog and yet all my links were visible. Any HTML of CSS 101 student could have told me to check the FONT color listed. Should have been SO OBVIOUS but being as how I was using a WordPress template I didn’t understand how it could have been changed in the first place. I did, however, attempt to change my style sheet yesterday (darn, my own worst enemy again!) so I definitely must have changed something during that process.

Ah well, lesson learned. Change #FFF to #000 and I’m good to go! FINALLY!

~Off and running!
DJ

Today’s Favorite Sites

Tweetree – If you communicate a lot on twitter, you will love Tweetree

Guru – Freelancing is the way to go in these uncertain times. Guru has some great talent on it. Find a freelancer or spotlight your gifts!

TinyURL– Another great tool for Twitter users or anyone with limited space who needs to shorten long URLs to fit into small spaces.

Template Monster and Vineyard Designs can help get your website up and running with their many templates.

Hope you will check em all out!

Jobvana

I happened upon a great site today and I just had to share.

Jobvana is a newly developed Social Networking site for freelancers, the self employed, and those who are seeking a variety of services. Jobvana takes ts name from the word nirvana and in THIS economy, who wouldn’t enjoy a little freedom from worry or pain?

I love the idea and although the site is in its infancy, there is already a large following. Jobvana is very user friendly and I was able to put up a profile in minutes. The services offered include just bout everything from Web Designers to Carpet Installers and the best part…IT’S FREE TO JOIN. We love FREE!

I hope everyone will check it out and get some profiles up. I have already started to research a logo designer and a web designer. Who knows what i might need next week! =)

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New ventures are not a walk in a winter wonderland!

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Ha! Well, I knew going into this it would be a lot of work and I’m not worried about it.

I have been researching products online. Looking for drop shippers, affiliates, etc. and whew! am I exhausted. I love the internet but the amount of information out there is staggering (yeah, I know big news there). I guess what I’m saying is there is a lot of work involved in weeding through all of the information.

I would love to find just one or two really good ‘go to’ sites that could help me with this new eCommerce project.

Where are my snags? Well, mostly here:
1. A good freelance site to locate a web designer.
2. A reliable drop shipper site.
3. A reliable affiliate hub.
4. A reliable guru … I know u are out there!

So my small rant about my progress. If anyone would like to network I would so welcome the company. It’s lonely out here sometimes . =)

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Send a Card to the Troops

A group of US Marines in Haditha, Iraq.
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What a great idea Xerox has come up with! They have put together a cool little site (letssaythanks.com) where you can make and send a thank you card to our troops serving in Iraq. Although you cannot choose the Soldier who receives the card, you can relay a special, personalized “Thank You” to one of the many men and women serving in our US Armed Forces. I hope everyone will take a moment to look over the site. There couldn’t be a more appropriate time to lift someone’s spirits who may find it even harder to be away from home this time of the year!

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Vote!

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Not much more to add to that, right?  Many of you have already done some early voting.  For everyone else I hope you will get out there and exercise your right!

Not sure where to vote?  No worries, check out Google’s 2008 Voter Map to see your closest polling location.

Need to find out if you are registered to vote? Try www.canivote.org which will take you to the registration rolls for your county. Once you enter some required information, the database will give you details on your current voter status, registered political party, your registered name and address at the polling location, and your district information.

Off and running…

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DJB Ventures is underway!

Hi everyone and welcome to my new blog!  I am so excited to get started!

First, I suppose I will tell you a little about who I am.  I am DJ Baker; An Entrepreneur ( http://www.DJBVenturesOnline.com ), a mom, a wife and, as I write this, a F/T Business Manager for a Risk Management Firm in NY.  I refer to this period of my life as my “soon to be former self/life”.  Don’t get me wrong, I do love my job and I have a great boss who I love to work for but, I don’t plan on staying!  Why, you ask?  Why would I not plan on staying when I have a great job and a great boss?  Well, because I am soon to be MY OWN BOSS! It’s as simple as that!  No, I am did not buy one of those MLM marketing scams off the internet, and no I am not thinking I will be an overnight success.  What I have done is accept the fact that I AM AN ENTREPRENEUR.  I have the mindset (have my whole life actually) and the tools to get myself to where I have always wanted to be.  Free from the 9-5, financially secure, and uninhibited in my ventures.  Ahh…such freedom!

So, onward I go into the muck and the marrow.  I hope you will follow me on my little adventure and I would love your comments and emails.  I am thick skinned so don’t be shy.  A little constructive critisism is always a good thing!  =)  

Hope everyone has an amazing day filled with ideas and fun!

Off and running…

DJ