Friends Who Want to Help

  • Eric Gruber is a true article marketing expert. He and his clients get published regularly on my websites as well as on top websites like He’s offering a very low price for his Complete A to Z Article Marketing System: 7 different ebooks and special reports that will take you by the hand and teach you step-by-step how to write your way to  profits. Check out his article system now at: – and the free ebook waiting for you: “How to Build Your Business with Articles in 6 Steps” — no purchase necessary!
  • So you probably know that I make a good chunk of my living writing press releases and other marketing materials. But even though you’re much more likely to get press coverage with a professionally written release, not everybody can afford that (or sometimes, the deadline is too short). In those situations, it’s good to have a swipe file.  For that purpose, I’ve long been a fan of Paul Krupin’s *Trash Proof News Releases*: a tool designed with one specific goal – to get you high-ROI publicity in your target media. Use it as a model to provide the media everything they need to run with the story using you and the resources you’ve arrayed and meet their needs in today’s fast paced environment and ever changing technologies. Last time I checked, I still had a press release or two included.  Book page to download Trash Proof News Releases Smashwords edition (no cost, if I’m not mistaken):
  • Join Diane Tegarden as she engages Environmental and Renewable Energy Experts for a half-hour interview on environmental problems and their solutions through Renewable Energy technologies.  On December 8th at 10am PST/11am MST/ 12 noon CST/ 1pm EST the guest will be Shel Horowitz of Principled Profit, to discuss the ins and outs of green marketing.  Listen in at 646-721-9960 or visit the show’s home page at:
  • Just for fun: A silly dictionary of publishing terms, courtesy of book distributor, publisher, and author Jacqueline Simonds:
  • Liz Lynch has an EASY, fast and effective way to build your network… online and offline: For starters, she has 74  networking gifts for you in a special limited time gift basket, no purchase necessary. I’ve looked at her book and it’s solid, practical advice. Yes, you can find similar wisdom scattered around the Net, but it’s nice to get it all in one place.
  • Who would have thunk it? The brilliant and quirky New Zealand marketer Sean D’Souza of Psychotactics is *giving away* one of his $2500 courses! I’ve signed up for this one myself, and the link I’m giving you is not an affiliate link. I’ve learned considerably more from Sean’s freebie newsletter over the years than I have from most of the hundreds of marketing books I’ve read. Go sign up at before he closes this offer (the opt-in form is waaaay at the bottom).
  • Does “selling” feel like an icky, sticky, dirty word, to you? It does to a lot of people but without sales, your business will fail-leaving you feeling awful and depriving your prospects of a needed resource! Don’t let that happen to you! Listen to a replay call, “Stop Selling and Start Sharing: Learn How Your Marketing Can Be Authentic, Be Effective and Change the World!” Suzanne Evans, of Help More People, promises to “de-ick the sales conversation for you once and for all.” Visit this page to hear the replay. Since I write about similar ideas in my award-winning sixth book, Principled Profit: Marketing That Puts People First, I’ve very much looking forward to seeing what she has to say.
  • If you’ve followed me for a long time, you know that participation in online discussion groups has been the single best marketing tool for going from a tiny shop with a small local clientele (branching out from writing resumes to doing press releases, book covers, web page copy, and the like) to being internationally known as a copywriter, book shepherd, marketing and publishing consultant, and speaker. Mohit Kumar has launched a new no-cost Internet portal, Tweble, that tracks over a million discussions online form around the world. What a cool concept! Great for tracking stories and trends you can comment on or need to know about. Oh yeah, and if you own a forum, there are some revenue-sharing possibilities in the future. If you get value out of places like Digg, Delicious and StumbleUpon, check out
  • I’ve long been a believer in the incredible positive benefits of being a “giver”; it’s something I’ve talked about in Principled Profit and elsewhere. So I was delighted to discover a book built entirely around this concept. The book, The Power of Giving: How Giving Back Enriches Us All reveals strategies and secrets of people who possess true wealth and happiness: making the world a better place, which has the side benefit of bringing a great deal back to you-but only if your giving stems from sincerity rather than selfishness. I was also quite impressed with the authors’ philosophy – and with their commitment to give away 100% of the royalties they receive. I’ve poked into several sections of the book and have found gems all the way through.
  • A Search Tool That’s Better than Google? How about one that delivers your choice of results from Google, Yahoo, MSN, Yelp, Wikipedia and various other places-and displays results before you even click? Try it yourself on our search page – click where it says “Say Hello to Search 2.0?” and start typing your query.
  • Sokule (pronounced so-cool) is a cool new Twitter-like social network offering some revenue possibilities.
  • This is by far the cheapest program on how to become a #1 bestseller that I’ve ever seen. 9 audios, plus support materials and bonuses. I have not personally reviewed the material but I did look at the scope of what it covers, seems like a lot of good info. Again, I haven’t listened-just sharing the information.

Some of the opportunities mentioned pay a commission to Shel. Shel maintains high quality standards for mention in this column, and has either personally vetted the product, experienced previous products of top quality from the provider, or mentions in the write-up that he hasn’t seen it. Many products get turned down if they don’t meet these criteria. If you’d like to know if a particular program is commissionable, you’re welcome to ask us.

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