I watched a video some time back about the difference in being interested or committed. Before watching that short video I had never really thought about the difference. After I had watched it, I could recognize the different traits in some of my friends and associates.  The video was presented by John Assaraff. Now if you ever watched the movie “The Secret” you may remember John from there.

The question he asked “What is the difference between Interest and Commitment?”  So let’s look at what the difference is.  The person who is interested in something is the person who may never achieve his/her goals.  Yes, they want to achieve but will make every excuse in the book why it is not happening, why things are working for them. They will not accept the fact they are the PROBLEM. They will blame people around and other circumstances and do not see that they have to change their way of thinking. Unfortunately, they believe that the goals that they had set for themselves are well beyond their capabilities and knowledge and they accept their failure.

However, then we have the person who is full of commitment. The committed person will do everything in their power and take any action to enable them to achieve their goals. The committed person wants to learn new skills and gain the necessary knowledge that they need, to succeed in what ever they attempt to do. That does not mean that they will not have some problems along the way but they will learn from their mistakes and keep moving forward. They will never accept “NO” as the answer. They will explore every avenue provided to allow themselves to move forward to their final goals.

So do you know what category you fall into? When I asked different people they all said committed but when I looked at the way things were going for them, a great many fell into the interested category. They always had an excuse why they had not met a deadline or they would blame someone else for their failure.

If you want to succeed at anything in life you must have the right mindset. There are two factors here. You must have goals – and a goal is a dream that has a time frame and you must believe that you can achieve. Never let doubts creep in.  YOU and only YOU can do this! Keep a positive attitude at all times. Don’t dwell in the past and blame someone for things that have gone wrong in your life. You cannot change the past because it is just that – it is the past and it is gone. You are now in the present and “the present” is the gift you give yourself. Move forward and achieve all the goals you have set for yourself both now and in the future.

So now you know the difference make sure you are committed.

To YOUR success

Sue McDonald




If you ever thought things weren’t going your way, try looking at this. What an amazing amount of courage this guy must have had growing up. I know that you will be amazed as I was when I first saw it. What a positive frame of mind. Words cannot describe this guy.

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I know there are several thoughts about finding a suitable niche – some people advise that you pick a subject you are familiar with and then create a site around that subject. This then will be your chosen niche. This may work for some but I think there is a much better way to choosing your niche – after all, if you want to make some money from it, you had better get it right.

What niche do you pick?

If you do not want to make money from your site, pick any topic and create your site just for the fun of it. It may be about your travel adventures and you are just happy to blog away.

To choose a niche, I would say the first step is to write a complete list of the topics or subjects that you are passionate about or you have a depth of information on. Remember you have to choose a domain name that reflects what your niche is. So you may start out with a very broad list and one of the topics is weight loss. Now using a keyword research tool, check how many searches that the keyword “weight loss” gets per month. This is probably the hardest niche to get into because it is one of the most searched. But if you picked a topic like – “Lose Weight after Your Pregnancy”, you would have a much better chance of success. What you are aiming for is a profitable niche where there is some competition.

The second thing to be considered is who you are trying to attract to your site?

Who is your targeted audience? If you are thinking of picking a hot topic like weight loss you must be able to provide advice and information that no one else is providing. There has to be a point of difference for your site to attract your visitor.

What does a visitor hope to gain by visiting your site?

The third part of choosing your niche requires that you provide your visitor with information and or product that they are looking for. Go to forums, in your chosen niche, and see what questions are being asked. You simply have to be able to answer these questions – thoroughly research your subject and write a report covering all the topics.

Once you pick a niche, it doesn’t have to be the only one you ever choose. Some people are in four or five niches and are successful in each one.

To YOUR success






As an internet marketer, you will need a list if you are going to sell information or a product. The information can be in the form of reports, newsletters, MP3, videos or ebooks.

These are some tips and facts you should know to help you get and maintain your list.

1. Make sure that you have a good clean website with good unique content.  By this I mean, make it appealing to the eyes of your visitor. If it is cluttered and the content is poor, the visitor will click off very quickly. You have less than 3 seconds to impress your visitor.

2. If you want to give a free product away on your blog, have your opt-in box in at the top of the right hand side bar, in a prominent position. Again make it a “clean” looking opt-in, where you tell you visitors they can get their free download.

3. Always aim for your target market. This means if you have a blog on internet marketing, you do not offer a free book on how to lose weight. They may sign up to your list but the moment they find that they do not want this product, they will quickly unsubscribe. Give the customer what they are expecting.

4. Once a customer signs up to your list, you can in a few days send them a follow up email to see if all the questions they had were covered. This is the beginning of building trust in your relationship with the people on your list. By building trust you will be able in the future, sell to them over and over again.

5. If you really want to increase your list at a faster pace, go on the appropriate forum for whatever niche you are in, and offer a free book that could help people on that forum. It could even be a simple report that answers some of the questions that the members are asking.

6. Again on the forum, you can offer to do an ad swap. You can also go to adswap sites and do an adswap – again for a free product. This is not hard to do because on all adswap sites there are people with larger and smaller list. The great thing about these sites you pick adswaps only in your own niche.

7. Another method of getting people to visit your site and sign up is through writing articles.  There are always people searching for articles and blogs on various subjects.

If this has been helpful for you why not send me a comment.

To YOUR success


Sue McDonald



When writing an article on any subject, it requires planning and research. There are certain rules you should follow to ensure that your article is published and read by as many people as possible. It is like a small gateway to your business – so you want as many people as possible to open that gate.

The purpose of writing an article is to market your product or site but for the article to be high quality it must contain relevant information about the subject. It requires some skill to use articles as a marketing tool.

The first thing that is required is the title. The best title is one that contains the main keyword or keywords of the article. Keyword research is an essential part of any writing that you do on the net. When someone is searching for information, they type in keywords in the search engine. For example – if someone wanted to learn about list building – they may type in something like “how do I build my list” or “the easiest way to build a list”. Therefore, you can see that you would probably include the phases “build my list” and “build a list” in the body of your article.

If you have these words in your title then there is a high probability that your article will be in the list shown. Some of the best titles begin with the word “How to”.

If you have written a book about a certain subject, then you will want to give some salient points from your book but never make it an advertising spiel alone. What people want is to ascertain what benefits they can derive from getting your product.

Give then enough information that they want to know more. Articles should be short but packed with useful and helpful information. Never write long boring articles.

To enable the reader to learn more, at the bottom of your article there is a bio section. Here you can write a little about yourself and include your URL so that people are sent directly to your site.  This is why it is imperative that the resource box contains all the correct information. In my next post, I will tell you in detail how to complete the resources box. So come and check back in 2 days time.

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Do you know how to get the maximum visitors to your site? I have added a very cool plugin to my site that will help my visitors stay longer and decrease my bounce rate.

For the maximum amount of traffic you must be prepared to get the maximum exposure for your site. If you are going to do this yourself you will be doing a lot of work but be assured it is well worth it.

Google is the largest search engine followed by Facebook and coming in as number three is YouTube. There  are some people who believe that Facebook is number one and that is why Google is introducing so many changes. So if you want to be noticed, you have to let the search engines know that you have added more content.

Social bookmarking is another way to get noticed. Go check out these ones:





Make sure that you also post you new material on Facebook and  send your URL in a tweet to Twitter. If you are writing articles on other sites like Ezine, Hubpages, Squidoo or Tumber, make sure that you use pingler.com to ping those articles. It is just as import to ping these as it is to ping your blog. You have to aim for the maximum organic traffic that you can get to your site. There is no point in writing these articles in other places unless you also link them to your main site. Pinging and linking are often not done and if not done you could lose a lot of free traffic.

If you are prepared to do this you can potentially increase your traffic and get subscribers signing up for your gift that you are offering.

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I heard this the other day and thought how much it applies to all things in your life but especially for me it relates very well to Internet Marketing. So many people are drawn into the world of internet marketing with the promises of making a lot of money very quickly. They hear of the success stories and they think they will be able to replicate them but the truth of the matter is very different.

Do you think that YOU can be successful online? To be a success requires the right mindset and be prepared to work for what you want.

For someone who has just entered the world on internet marketing, they often make the fatal mistake of buying products that promise the world. They buy books, courses, DVD’s and anything else that they are offered because they are told they can make from a few hundred dollars a day to thousands in a few months. Sadly after spending, sometimes many thousands of dollars, they come to the realization that it is not easy and the only one that has made money is the person who sold them the material in the first place.

Unfortunately, this could be my story and part of it is. I was the gullible newbie who wanted so desperately to make money that I was shelling out money for video courses and books until I realized that there had to be an easier way. This is what I do not want YOU to do. Do not be deceived by “all the shiny objects” that you see on the net. I guarantee you – they do not work.

I was a bit like a ship without a rudder. Yes, I was in the water but certainly not going anywhere and maybe even ready to drown. If there was an easier way – I was determined to find it.
Now what I really needed was a coach, a teacher and someone who would mentor me. Now there is a Chinese proverb that says “When the student is ready the teacher will come”. I had studied Chinese philosophy and found a lot of wisdom in it.  One of the best things that happened to me was signing up for the Internet Business Code X Course.

So if you want to learn, I would recommend this course. You cannot join at the moment, but if you do sign up now, each week you will receive an email full of a series of quick techniques, tips and hints that will help move you forward with your knowledge.

So this is Sue McDonald telling you – “If it is going to be – it is up to me” but if you want success – it is up to YOU.


Is your WordPress site secure? I am asking this because so many people do not back up their site and worse still do not have a secure password.

When you first set up your WordPress site you select a user name. This name cannot be changed. If your password is not secure when you log in, I would suggest you change it immediately. I find it difficult to believe that people do not use a secure password. If you are one of these people, change it now. Go to your dashboard and go down to click on “Your Profile.”

Go to the bottom of the page and you will see where you can change your password. Type in your new password, you have to do it twice and don’t forget to click “Update Profile.” An easy password to create and have no problem remembering is to take the first 3-5 letters of someone name who is close to you and then at the end of this put in a date that you associate with them – it could be their birthday or the date they graduated college or an anniversary date.

The choice is your. So you should end up with a password that looks something like: MiCk040166. You can have a mixture of uppercase and lower case to increase the strength of your password. You will be able to remember this type of password very easily. You can add other symbols to make it even more secure such as: MiCk*040166! You now see how simple it is to have a secure password.

It is essential that you do both of these things. To have your website backed up, it is as easy as installing a plug in. This is the one I use.


To set it to automatically back up your blog site, click on “Tools Backup” and go to the bottom of page and select how often you want to back it up. Put in your email address and click on “Schedule backup.” I only do a backup once a week.

The hosting company you are using should also backup your blog, but if you are on a private server, they may not backup on a regular basis. So be safe and secure.

To YOUR success


Sue  McDonald


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Today let’s look at how we can be successful in any endeavor we want to try. The first and most important part of success is to believe that it is possible for you to achieve what you are setting out to do. Never allow the old negative thought to try to tell you it cannot be done. If you believe you will achieve your goal – you will.

How do we go about achieving a particular goal? We have to have a written down plan. This plan may include you have to do more study that will allow you to reach your goal. Whatever you believe, it is going to take, include that in your plan – it maybe that you have to save some money each week to reach a goal. Be very clear here on this plan.

With your goal firmly set in your mind, we need to be able to track our progress. You cannot fix what you do not measure. Our measure might be sitting and passing some examinations or it may be watching the bank balance increase. What ever it is, we have to measure it all the time.

Now if you are studying and you believe that things are going slowly for you, you may want to increase the number of subjects you are doing. Word of warning here – remember you probably have other commitments that take a lot of your time so do not overdo it. Some people, who increase their subjects, find it very difficult to fit in everything else they have to do. I personally tried this and I ended up very ill at exam time and I was allowed to sit a post exam one month later. As long as you maintain that positive belief that this is possible – you will reach your goals. Never allow any person sway you from the belief that reaching your goal is possible.

To be successful may take time, but if you plan well and stick to that plan, then you will definitely achieve whatever it is that you set out to do. You may encounter difficulties along the way but like any problem, solve it and move on. Once you solve a problem, you will feel so much stronger to know that you are continuing in the right direction.

To YOUR success


Sue McDonald


What we all need for this New Year is to make the right decisions and take the action to accomplish our dreams. If we do this, that means we are not making any excuses or procrastinating. Do not doubt yourself and have no fear that what you are doing will get the results you are wanting.

We can all, from time to time, allow some form of doubt to creep in but that is allowing yourself to slip into a negative frame of mind. If you find that you doubt anything, including your own ability to be successful, take affirmative action. Action is the key to success. If you attempt something and you fail, try again. You will have given yourself a valuable lesson and when you try again you will know where you failed on your first attempt. Your only failing is when you stop trying.

Don’t let other people’s doubts, destroy your dreams. You will always have the well meaning friend or relative who tells you to give your dreams away and be realistic. They mean well but they can also try and change the direction you are headed. Just smile and tell them “thank you for your advice and I will think about what you have said.”

Very important -that you have all your dreams written down as goals so you know where you are going and how long it will take to get there. Always do one task at a time – otherwise, if you are attempting many things, you will tend to be over whelmed. If you reach this point, you sometimes find that you can do nothing because you have not prioritized your work load. I have had friends that have reached this point and then they start making all the excuses they can think of.

So this year are you going to be the one making excuses or are you the one who will take action? Only you can decide. Others can encourage you but you have to be the one who takes action and works towards achieving all you desire for yourself and your family.

So if you think that you do not have it easy, watch this video and rethink it.

Sue McDonald