I was helping a friend the other day and needed to get FTP access to their site. So they fired up the web based FTP tool provided by their hosting provider. And it was one of the least intuitive applications I’ve ever seen! So I showed her how to install Filezilla and it took us… Read more

I saw a question recently where someone was asking for advice on providing an Internet Marketing consulting service. It was apparently their first, or one of their first, consulting gigs. The question was full of vibes about how to protect themselves by making sure their client couldn’t take anything they came up with to another… Read more

Thanks to my time and salary being cut by 30% at my day job, I’ve been able to work at home and focus more time on my Internet work. So what have been the benefits? Well it’s nice not to have to work until 1 in the morning because I’m doing 2 jobs, and it’s… Read more

How to set up and use FTP is a question I often see – so here’s a layman’s description for newbies. FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol – but that’s not important right now. What is important is that once you’ve got it set up, using it is little different from using Windows Explorer. It’s… Read more

Life’s pretty tough for a lot of people right now. If you’re not personally affected I bet you know someone who is. If you’re feeling nervous and worried about the future, here are two things to think about that history has proven time and again to be true: Recessions always end Recessions always provide opportunities… Read more

I dipped into a blog recently that I don’t visit nearly enough: Web Services and Tools. Eric, who writes that blog, is an Internet veteran.  And he has a wonderful ability to dig out all sorts of information from the most obscure places and write about it on his blog. A recent article of his… Read more

Thanks to my new friend Don, I got a question through my ‘Dear Martin’ page this week, about how to start an Internet Business. As it turns out Don was way ahead of where I assumed he was in his on-line work, so most of what I gave him was of little use (to him… Read more

I’m just on the point of launching my web site services business, so this post from Eric at Web Services and Tools caught my eye. Given that one of the services I’ll be offering is website design I figured it would be a good move to make sure my own sites were properly designed, and… Read more

I recently wrote about how to build a variable width website. I’m gradually converting all of my sites to variable width and I did another one this week, but I came across some new problems. Here’s what they were and how I fixed them. The site I converted this week uses images in a number… Read more

I read a series of posts in a forum group yesterday which set out the steps people should take in order to achieve success in their online businesses.   So I chipped in with my own views – which I’ve repeated here: Take as much pressure off yourself as you can In my experience, if your… Read more

Here’s a question I saw in a forum today: How can I earn a passive income online? To my mind the concept of earning a passive income online is one that’s mostly used by people trying to get you to buy their IM book or join their IM related membership site! Here’s a copy of… Read more

In the dotcom bust of 2001 the company I was working for went out of business, owing me a lot of money in unpaid salary and benefits.  It was 9 months before I got another job and the combination pretty much wiped me out. In today’s recession many people will likely have a similar experience… Read more

Update – 21st October, 2011: I’ve written a new article on this same theme, but taking into account the chaos caused by the sovereign and bank debt crises, which are affecting the European and US economies so badly. You can find it here. I’ve also released a step-by-step course on how to set up a… Read more

“The most striking figure in the whole report is that private sector payrolls shrank by 101,000 last month compared to a modest 26,000 drop in January,” said Paul Ashworth at Capital Economics, “a decline of that magnitude screams recession”. (Quote taken from BBC News). More bad news this weekend on the US economy and, meanwhile… Read more

With levels of personal debt at all time highs, plus the falls in home equity values, feelings of insecurity during this recession are likely to be even stronger than usual. That usually sends people into ‘survival’ mode, which is the worst mode to be in. How to prepare yourself to survive a recession Make yourself… Read more

Q. Why should you pay the monthly fee associated with the big, well-established autoresponder service providers, when there are several autoresponder applications that you can download, install and run yourself – free..? A. Because in the long run using one of the free, self-hosted autoresponders will cost you more than the service from the big… Read more

For people who have been working online for a while it’s easy to overlook a couple of things: The amount of knowledge you actually pick up through your day to day efforts at getting your business going How little people who don’t work online actually know about promoting a business online. A while ago I… Read more

It’s pretty clear, whichever way you look at it, that we’re in for a recession.  The only discussion is about the severity and length of it. So what’s in store..? A recession, caused by a slowing down of consumer spending, which will lead to companies’ profits dropping.  That, inevitably, leads to salary cuts, cancelled bonus… Read more

For MLM’ers, or people in network marketing companies, receiving the supposedly motivational emails and call previews about how much success people are having can be more of a turn off than a turn on. I know – they turned me off. They made me feel inadequate, frustrated and angry. So how did I deal with… Read more

How do you succeed with an online business program when 5,000 other people are promoting exactly the same opt in page..? The number of Direct Sales business opportunities on the Internet is growing continuously. For more information on how they work I wrote a Squidoo Lens. But the question in many people’s minds is this… Read more