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Discoverys on a Sunday

Today I had a really slow day. Just playing with my new Macbook Air 2011 and coming up with some things I needed, and something you maybe need to make easier use of your mac.

1. Rip DVDs with RipIT

I had the need to get rid of some CD/DVDs, so I though I would just put them on the harddrive. I was looking for an easy to use ripping software, what I found is RipIt, which is a software from a little company that sells it for about $20. Its really easy to use, and makes a copy of the entire DVD not any loss in quality to the movie. After you install it, a little window shows up, put in your DVD and click on rip it! Thats it! Cant be easier than this.

(Illustration of RipIt before you put in a CD/DVD)

2. Putty for Mac OS? Does it exist?

I needed to get into a server with SSH. I first thought about Putty that I use in windows to accomplish tasks through SSH. Then I found out that the Terminal in Mac OS can be used for this task. Just type in “Terminal” in  Spotlight, click on it when it shows up, and write the following to connect to the server with SSH: ssh -X username@address. Then you put in your password and is ready to do what you want.

3. Mind mapping

I use MindMeister on my iPad but wanted to test some new mind mapping software to use on my Mac. I found this site: http://mac.appstorm.net/roundups/graphics-roundups/9-mind-mapping-tools-for-mac/ I explains a little about some different types and I tested the free one called FreeMind and MindNode2, of those to I got stuck using MindNode2 as it is easier to a Mac user than the other one, it blends more in and gives a cleaner look, FreeMind has some limitations that makes it unusable to me. Test the ones out at the page above to find your favorite.

I hope you enjoy my findings this sunday evening. If you got some great tips yourself on how to easy your life on the Mac, share it below in the comments and take care!

How to go to from ZERO or some connections on LinkedIn.com to about 800+ in 48 hours!

I don’t know about you, but connections, followers or friends in social media is really important to being able to spread your message and get on top of your area of interest or business.

So how about a quick way to get to over 800+ connections on LinkedIn.com?

See proof here got 500+ connections: http://no.linkedin.com/in/matsholmvik last week it was about 50-100 or something, I don’t remember.

It’s really easy. Just go to this page: Linked in connections

Click to sign up, its free, fill in name, email, password and choose the free version. Confirm your email and you are up and running.

Then go to Build Your Networks, click the link on the bottom of the page for the invite list. And download the 4 spreadsheets of emails of people willing to join your network, about 500 in each file.

Then head over to www.linkedin.com and click on CONTACTS  -> ADD Contacts. On the right side you will find a box, paste all the emails there and send invitations! Done!

Now you just have to wait for people to see your invitations, and most of them will accept your invite. And wait about 48 hours, then you will have 800+ connections like me!

BONUS:

If you would like to know how to monetize this brand new big network of your, put your name and email down under to get a short report on that:

 

How I got 50% more in gross sales in 3 easy steps

Ever wondered why your sales numbers got stuck? I have, and I researched ways to get it even higher. Now it’s crunched down to only 3 easy steps for you to follow. How would 50% more in sales feel to you?

Ok so lets begin.

Starting point:

You got to have some overview of what you are doing, know your numbers as they say. The numbers you need for this to work is how much daily traffic you got to your salespage, what the conversion rate is and the price of your product or service.

In my example I will keep the numbers easy.

Example:

Traffic: 1000 visitors

Conversion: 1 percent

Price of product: $19

Period: a month or 30 days.

Sum of sales is in this example $5700.

Step 1 in your 50% increase in sales: Traffic

If you bump your traffic by only 15% this would directly go to your bottom line as 15% extra profit if all the other numbers stay the same. Will i be hard for you to get that little traffic extra? What will you have to do? Write an extra blog post, submit more articles, comment more on other blogs? It will not be much, but I know you can do it.

Here are the numbers after a 15% increase in traffic:

Traffic: 1150 visitors

Conversion: 1 percent

Price of product: $19

Period: a month or 30 days.

Sum of sales is in this example $6555. (Whopping 15% extra cash in pocket! 🙂 )

 

Step 2 in your 50% increase in sales: Conversion

So now I dare you to increase your conversion of the salespage by 15%. Is this possible? Instead of 1% conversion you will then get 1,15 percent conversion rate. You can do this by split testing (look it up on tha internet) and changing parts of your salespage, adding new fresh images, give a better guarantee or get (more) testimonials on your page. This will help in the conversion and can easy make this little increase in the conversion rate. Go do it!

Here are the numbers after a 15% increase in conversion:

Traffic: 1150 visitors

Conversion: 1,15 percent

Price of product: $19

Period: a month or 30 days.

Sum of sales is in this example $7538. (Whopping 30%+ extra cash in pocket, than to begin with! 🙂 )

 

Step 3 in your 50% increase in sales: Price

Are you stuck in your pricepoint? People value products and services after price. But a little change in the price wouldnt hurt your sales. At least not just 15% increase. The price in this example will go from $19 to $21.85 and thats not much at all. People spend more than that at Mc Donalds when they opt in for a bigger meal or adds a desert. So this is maybe the easiest part of the challenge. Thats why I kept it as the last one. So lets go over our numbers again.

Here are the numbers after a 15% increase in price:

Traffic: 1150 visitors

Conversion: 1,15 percent

Price of product: $21,85

Period: a month or 30 days.

Sum of sales is in this example $8668. (Whopping 50%+ extra cash in pocket, than to begin with! 🙂 )

 

So how about that. We just did 3 simple steps, and now you got 50% more cash coming in every single month! How will your life change now? Do you get more time, more freedom or more cash to invest in future projects? An extra vacation?

I would love to hear from you and how your stats are after implementing this, feel free to comment about your success in the bottom of this post!

Google Chrome Angry Birds Beta Discovery

Today I was searching for the precious SeoQuake extension for my new Google Chrome install, and I couldn’t remember the exact name to search for so I did do a google search and ended up in the Chrome Web Store. Never heard of it before, or I have just been blind to the whole launch of it.

Then I go through the store trying to find the SeoQuake extension and it pops out: GET Angry Birds for your Chrome! I though they would price it at $6 as on the iPhone/iPad but instead its a Beta and its free! So for all of you that dont have iDevices then head over to Chrome Web Store: Angry Birds Beta

picture of angry birds beta in google web store for chrome

So this definitely increased my unproductivity this morning… My bad. Angry Birds is just so damn funny to play. I really hope you enjoy it, and I will get back to my keyword research.

Drop a comment if you like this post and want more small tips like it!

Maybe a bit late, but its still really fun

This late thursday I wanted to share with you some cool videos I found through StumbleUpon yesterday. Its called The Fun Theory, a viral competiton from Volkswagon.

The competiton was about how we could change human behaviour through fun. So they collected a whole lot of concepts and the winner and some other ideas was tested out. Like the one in the video underneat.

One of them one the competiton with a rewarding speedticket lottery machine. People that was speeding got a fine that was collected into a competition that everyone who kept the speedlimit was participating in. So the word of the day is “Think Outside the box”.

Watch this video now:

Go and have fun with the rest of the videos Thefuntheory.com

What!? Did you give up on your new years goals already?

I am sitting here, looking out the window, its dark, some snow and generally cold outside, wondering…

How many people out there is still following their goals for this new year, 2011, its a bright and shiny new year with endless possiblities. Are you following your goals? Is it about health? Money? Most people choose one of those categories while setting their goals. It is because we all want to be healty and financial free. But what does that mean to you? What are your goals?

I have only set myself up for one goal this year. It is a goal that I have heard many people say and write that is good for you. In the book Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki, from seminar recordings of Brendon Burchard, Jim Rohns tapes(May he be loved and remembered.)… The goal is to read one book a week, thats a total of 52 books in a normal year. Can I do it? Yes. Do I have the time, yes! Do I have the motivation to do it? Thats another story. I planned it well, travelling on my christmas gift trip from my girlfriend to London I picked up a lot of books, about 13 or so for only 50 pounds, thats almost as much as 1,5 book costs in Norway where I live. So I will have enough reading material for the next 13 weeks.

I started out great, january the 2. I turned the first page of Paul McKenna´s book “Change your life in 7 DAYS”. Inspiring good book, well written, and I have read about 80 pages of a total of 250 or so. Whats got my attention was the DVD and the CD following the book. On the DVD it contains some small videos of what you are going throught in every chapter, its more alive than usual books. And on the CD you get a 30 minute hypnosis, where you are going to relax and set yourself up for a great day. I have listen to it a couple of times. The first time I got to sleep, a deep sleep and it was really good, but I didnt really get all that was going on. Because he is trying to get into your unconsios(did I spell that right?) with messages that will get your brain moving. But he states that you arent going to get it all with you anyway, so I suppose I have done it all right. Its an inspiring book, and I recommend you to go and get it.

Other things I spend my time on is a course by Bob Proctor, Six Minutes to Success. Its a series of short videos with him talking about concepts that can be done in about six minutes. It follows some of the principals of the good, old and fantastic book of Napoleon Hill, Think and grow rich. I wont reveal it all to you but he uses some of Hills tactics so it isnt his so I can restate them here:

Day 1: Write down a goal that you will achive in the next 90 days. Specific.

Day 2: Sort out in your mind: What inspires you? What do you really want? And what don´t you like?

Day 3: How much money do you want? Write down a specific number, like $25000 (That was what Bob wrote down the first time he did the exercise)

Day 4: What are you going to give to get the amount of money you desire?

Day 5: Decide the amount of time that it will take for you to get the specific amount of money you desired in step 3.

Day 6: Get up and get going. Start on step 4. What are you going to get you started doing it? Just do anything, right now!

Day 7: This is just the step that wraps up all the other steps, lay out your whole plan on how you will attract the money into your life.

Its a pretty basic exercise everyday. But how many will do it? Dont you belive it work? Is that a reason not to try it? I think I will get it a try, are you with me?

Thats my thoughts of this late night evening, its like my attention right now, a little here and a little there. But I hope you get some good use of this post.

So leave a comment about your goals of 2011 and if you do the exercises above please share your results in the box below! Take care!