The Random Benefits From Random Blogging

The randomness of this blog is still helpful. People often ask me why I bother blogging, especially so rather open about my life and troubles. Most of that openness has been right here on this site you’re reading this. Guess that is what this is for, a place for me to put things out there – for my own satisfaction, and to let anyone else curious enough to also read it. Started blogging here in early 2007 when I left my day job at Deutsche Bank. I wanted to blog earlier actually, but with compliance and corporate policies I, along … Continue reading The Random Benefits From Random Blogging

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New Domain –

Excited to post that today’s blog is being written and published on a new domain – For the past 7 years I have had been using the domain, and before that I was using Why the Domain Change? Well, as much I like people to remember my name – I think the full name is hard for people to remember – even close friends need to Google search to find my blog. So this is much easier to remember – Mikes Blog – its what people already call it and will be much easier for me … Continue reading New Domain –

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Analytics Session in Hong Kong by expert Kenneth Kwok @flybirdkk

Earlier this week I was able to get to Hong Kong for a couple days, and by luck I happened to attend a Startup Monday in by startupsHK, at the infamous I’m always hanging out at. This was was quite awesome. Kenneth Kwok one of only a few web analytics experts in Hong Kong / South China, was there to do some training and speaking. I used one of my favorite new tools, evernote, to make notes and am sharing them below. Different groups in Hong Kong for those interested in web analytics: web analytics wednesday – hk web … Continue reading Analytics Session in Hong Kong by expert Kenneth Kwok @flybirdkk

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Mixed Reviews on this New Blog Template

Finally got this new blog template online, been talking about new template since September, tried to get it online before my USA trip scramble…after getting back from America I have been doing intense meetings, events, proposals for ecommerce businesses. But here we go, Doug helped me finish the blog template and I like it! Some negative feedback: Red is too agressive of a color Seems more “template” / standard – loses the personal feel of the old template Miss the photo at the top! Looks like a news site Some positive feedback: Faster loading More professional More “China” feel I … Continue reading Mixed Reviews on this New Blog Template

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Blog Issues, New Blog Comment System Disqus + New Template soon

Was wondering why the blog wasn’t getting comments for the past week or so – SOME DATABASE problem…so my team helped me install Discqus blog comment systems, so its hosted on their server and more “social” where you can use their login on this blog and other blogs. I didn’t choose to use “facebook” connect blog comments for a couple reasons….but main reason I didn’t want the comment system to be blocked in China (as is blocked in China), but also, I am trying not to give everything up to the facebook gods. SO SORRY if your blog comments … Continue reading Blog Issues, New Blog Comment System Disqus + New Template soon

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Do I Need To Be A Programmer To Be Successful?

This has to be something we all think about when considering a startup, especially as technology and the internet continue to be the center of most startups. Over and over again, I get people coming to me asking for development companies to make their idea….and I have to kind of worry. Outsourcing scares me…its putting your money into the hands of something that isn’t yours and something you can’t directly control. It makes me think this is why America is failing now….because all the money and resources were sent overseas to Asia, like China, India, and the Philippines. You can’t … Continue reading Do I Need To Be A Programmer To Be Successful?

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Common Question – What Products To Sell Online?

I love hearing people who want to have an online business. I have been answering questions on all experts for years now about ecommerce and online businesses. It gives me perspective hearing about other people’s questions, problems, and confusions….and makes me realize I’m not alone when it comes to the massive and confusing jungle of the online world! Finding the right product to sell online is CRUCIAL. I am always asked how I started selling bar products, back in 2004. I kind of wish I knew what I knew now, then, because the bar products market is rather specialized and … Continue reading Common Question – What Products To Sell Online?

Feel Big Changes Coming For Internet Marketing, SEO

While I don’t normally use this blog to talk about my business, I think with the recent news in the internet world you may be interested. While I still am overworked guy doing too many things, one of my biggest projects is SEO and internet marketing. What is SEO? Stands for Search Engine Optimization, which is the craft of both building your website and promoting your website to be found in search engines (which is primarily Google these days, for the english / USA market). I have been doing this since 2004, maybe a bit in 2003, having built a … Continue reading Feel Big Changes Coming For Internet Marketing, SEO

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Groupon Coming Fast Into the Chinese Market, will it succeed?

Yet another foreigner coming to China to make quick money in the biggest population internet users! To give you readers the background story, I think many of us in the internet world hear about Google trying to buy Groupon last month for like 6 billion US dollars (I’m too lazy to find PR links), only to then turn around and get almost a billion dollars in private placement investment (approx 950 million us dollars). Seems a lot of that money is going towards international expansion outside of the US market. And…….CHINA seems to be red hot on their list………so many … Continue reading Groupon Coming Fast Into the Chinese Market, will it succeed?

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Successful First Shenzhen Ecommerce Meetup

I am getting on a roll making these meetups in all the cities I am traveling. Seems to be building on itself, but I have to say, I get more interested people to meet about business when I am in China. Seems this is where the most densely populated area of people, both local Chinese and foreigners, who want to build businesses and seek opportunity. This Shenzhen ecommerce meetup came from a open forum discussion over a month ago on the Shenzhen stuff internet marketing group I made years ago. People had been asking for me to call a meeting … Continue reading Successful First Shenzhen Ecommerce Meetup

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Letting People See Where You Are Online, good or bad?

For those of you not aware of this, one of the new things now is geo-based social networking…allowing you to share with the world where you are at the moment. I think this is pretty awesome, though I am aware the majority of people probably think invasion of privacy, security risks (“I know when you’re home, and when you’re not” TV commercial for home security systems comes right to my mind), and fear your friens may get jealous when you say you don’t feel like going out tonight and see you check in at a mall nearby…. But this is … Continue reading Letting People See Where You Are Online, good or bad?

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More and More People Google Their Own Name

Come on….I am sure most of you guys have done it – you go to google and pop in your name and see what comes up, right? I can only imagine this will continue to increase – you want to make sure that when you go for a job interview, apply for a home loan, even go on a dating website – people will check your name. I have seen this over and over in various situations. I remember in NYC at a bar with friends, summer interns screening was done and the workers were checking their myspace accounts (this … Continue reading More and More People Google Their Own Name

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More Filtering of Internet

Amazing……I keep wondering when, or if ever, the world will just be open about the information that passes. Reading this Fox News article about Bangladesh blocking facebook……as below Bangladesh Blocks Facebook Over Muhammad Cartoons Published May 30, 2010 | Associated Press AP May 28, 2010: Bangladeshi Muslim protesters burn a Swedish flag during a protest against Facebook. Reportedly, Swedish artist Lars Vilks has angered many Muslims by caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad. DHAKA, Bangladesh — Bangladesh says it has blocked the popular social networking website Facebook over a page that urges people to draw images of Islam’s prophet Muhammad. Chief … Continue reading More Filtering of Internet

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No Time To Think – People are always “too busy”

Traveling a lot these days has made me wonder…are people less bored these days then in the past. Do people fill the time more now that there are so many “in-between” gadgets and toys to keep us from twiddling our thumbs: Online chat – MSN, skype, google talk, QQ Mobile phones – texting , talking on the phone, playing video games, surfing the web Social media – facebook, twitter, linkedin, etc Portable video games – sony PSP Listening to music – ipod, iphone, mp3 player I mean, how many people do you see reading a book! We are cramming our … Continue reading No Time To Think – People are always “too busy”

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In Xiamen – SMX Internet Trade Show

Arrived in Xiamen yesterday, Jojo booked me a flight at 7:40am – so I arrived here bright and early to prepare for today’s Chinese Search Marketing Expo. This year I prepared a booth and a speech – about how to sell directly in the USA market. As chinese companies need to become more competitive in today’s difficult economic environment (falling US Dollar, increasing inflation in China for labor and materials and gas) they need to smarten up their services and more directly sell in the USA market. One thing I have noticed is the growing trend of China direct B2C … Continue reading In Xiamen – SMX Internet Trade Show