Part 1 of 3 dedicated to Dan Andrew's post from Tropical MBA.

Following Bloggers
Over the last few months, it has been entertaining reading many blog posts related to personal finance, internet marketing, online business, personal branding techniques, personal development, keyword SEO optimization, and PR techniques.  

Tim Ferris's 4HWW concept that termed Location Independent Lifestyle, spread out in the blogging community like fire, and I started following other well known entrepreneurial bloggers I'm sure you're already familiar with such as such as Ramit SethPat Flynn, and Chris Ducker that specialize in personal finance, improving business online, and virtual outsourcing. 

I also follow several blogging travelers while doing business who have labeled themselves, "digital nomads" or have taken upon the "minimalistic lifesyle design," challenging themselves to living simply with a limited number of materialistic possessions.  These include Natalie SissonAshley Ambirge, Colin Wright, and Everett Bogue.  Another category of bloggers I follow are the personal development bloggers such as Celestine ChuaTina Su, and Farnoosh Brock, just to name a few.  

All these admirable pro-bloggers have an aggressive attitude and charismatic passion for growing their personal brands and businesses.  

My hobby: To avoid boredom = constantly learn new skills
Being of a curious nature, I enjoy finding different and creative ways people support themselves, bringing me here working in Nagano, Japan at a family-run outdoor tourism company.  Surrounded by outdoor enthusiasts who all respect nature, I came here with two goals in mind: 

1)  To see how a small company operates in the depths of the mountains 
2)  To learn the business Japanese language as formalities are stricter than everyday street language.

One cannot grow without facing one's own fears.  I'm a true believer in immersing oneself into the unknown--whether it be a new culture or new job.  Eventually the fear dissipates, until you reflect back and wander why you feared so much, and instead realizing how much you have grown from overcoming what used to be your fear. 

I am confident of feeding my burning desire to learn beyond the basic knowledge of Adword optimization, Drupal 6, and PHP, from the HTML, Javascript, and Salesforce background I already have.  After viewing several tutorials and the overview of  Drupal 6, I am ready to get my hands dirty to learn the many functions Drupal has to offer.  Also, I used to work at a non-profit organization in Oakland, California using Salesforce to track monetary gifts and donations, and send out quarterly newsletters of updates from our organization.  I believe these skills can be transferable to learning Ubercart quickly.

I will be a good fit as a fast learner, ready to feed my curious desire to learning and implementing the acquired skills for your eCommerce projects.  I look forward to facing the learning steps of failures and victories in your journey of long-term success.
Part 2 of 3 dedicated to Dan Andrew's post from Tropical MBA.

1)  Podcast Specialist/Sound Engineer for Natalie Sisson
After meeting Natalie Sisson ( in the Bay Area, I started out as a business development intern, assisting her in managing her clients' database and designing her Media Kit to send out to potential sponsors.  Before a few months of launching her podcast series, Natalie selected me to become her Podcast Specialist, giving me a few weeks to become efficiently fluent with Audacity software.  I still continue to edit her podcast interviews and upload onto iTunes, which I continue to do biweekly.  

Podcast downloads as of May 19th
May            45
June           533
July            317            (until July 5th)
Total          895

Highest downloads per day:
125-June 1
84--June 28

We launched Natalie's podcast series on May 19th and have seen tremendous results totaling nearly 900 downloads in 7 weeks, from listeners of iTunes.  

The system I created allows me to spend 2-3 hours per episode editing on Audacity and upload on iTunes.

2) SEO Optimization eCourse
Currently I have not started on a personal project, but rather enrolled myself in an eCourse with the Keyword Academy after becoming curious wanting to find methods to generate traffic to websites.  I have had the opportunity to learn ways to search for strong keywords in Google Adwords Keyword Tool, calculate profit potentials(both globally & locally,) check keyword competitiveness, and seed out 'navigational' keywords.  I am in my second week with the Keyword Academy, which takes you in a process of carefully selecting your final sets of keywords, as well as selecting secondary and long-tail keywords, then creating a simple website to create articles, links, and backlinking for optimizing traffic. 

Pat Flynn is known to have been successful in his keyword "security guard" and reveals his backlinking strategies here as well. 

Chris Ducker recently launched his keyword niche site and opened a public challenge to motivate each other for tips and tricks.

3) Volunteer translator and editor for Rescue Japan
Many active NGOs and NPOs in Japan are helping out the Tohoku areas affected by the the tsunami and earthquake.  After viewing several organizations, I selected to offer my assistance for Rescue Japan, a bilingual group focusing on transportation of logistics of donated goods to the north.  The conditions in Tohoku are not improving, with the monsoon season drastically increasing the number of flies in many fish factories left deserted in the simmering summer humidity.  The refugees still living at centers were glad enough just to have someone listen to their stories, but there is still so much to be done. 

I wanted to be part of an organization in the long-term and offered my ability to translate and edit the web content.  I do not have access to changing the text directly, but email the texts to the Founder/Director of Operations of Rescue Japan, who is an ex-pat living in Japan.  I offer 1-3 hours of editorial volunteer work per week for Rescue Japan.
Part 3 of 3 dedicated to Dan Andrew's post from Tropical MBA.

1.  The Suitcase Entrepreneur by Natalie Sisson
****Perhaps slightly biased (in a positive way) as I work for Natalie :D

Natalie Sisson founded The Suitcase Entrepreneur in 2009 for two main purposes:
1)  To offer busy entrepreneurs resourceful tools they need to support their business.
2)  To offer insight, inspiration, and advise to fellow female entrepreneurs to successfully build their business anywhere, wanting to create freedom in their business and bring adventure in their life.

The Suitcase Entrepreneur has committed to donating 10% of all sales of membership, products, and programs to 60 Million Girls, an organization supporting girls to stay in school in developing countries. 
  • Natalie Sisson has co-founded a Facebook App FundRazr in 2008.
  • Been selected by Nike in 2010 as an ‘outstanding female blogger.’
  • Natalie is a world class champion in Body Sculpting from 2004, held World Record for Dragon Boating in 2007, and World Beach Ultimate Championships from 2007.  
Why I like The Suitcase Entrepreneur: Natalie takes her world class athletic ethics out into her business world and aggressively tackles new projects, giving every sweat of her dedication to her clients and audiences from her blog.  Natalie actively publishes about 3-4 posts per week. 

I admired Natalie's dedication to assisting female entrepreneurs, as well as her dedication to giving part of her proceeds to a foundation that supports continuing education for girls in developing countries.  I have been following Natalie blog since mid 2010.  

2.  Copyblogger by Brian Clark
Brian Clark founded Copyblogger in 2006 and has created a simply designed blog with loads of useful information on copywriting, content marketing, email marketing, keyword research, and internet marketing to help business owners better attract more traffic to their websites. 

Brian Clark has been featured in two books by Seth Godin, Linchpin and Meatball Sundae.
Also featured in Problogger by Darren Rowse and Chris Garrett

Why I like The Copyblogger: Brian did a fantastic job explaining and defining what each category is, differences between key terms such as content marketing and copywriting.  Under each tab, he does a brief 101 overview of the key term and then either lists blog posts related in that field or goes into a step by step tutorial series.  Mainly I enjoy his method of organization to allow me to focus in one key term instead of jumping from theme to theme, which quite often happens in many blogs.

Brian gets awarded to be in my Top 3 bloggers for his organizational skills and easy to follow content for audience beginning their interest in improving their SEO, copywriting, content marketing, and online marketing skills.

3. PR in Your Pajamas by Elena Verlee
Elena Verlee realized many solo entrepreneurs and small businesses could not afford publicists and created the PR in Your Pajamas blog.  She specializes in giving tips and tricks on creating Media Tool Kits, writing Media Pitches, PR Case studies, and on Social Media.  

Elena Verlee has successfully created a seven-figure business, and has sold two businesses for six-figures.  Recently Elena and her husband started a sock company, and only by using PR marketing skills, managed to attract a buyer for six figures in nine months. 

Why I like The PR in Your Pajamas:  
Many of us have started using social media for personal uses.  I started using social media as an intern at a non-profit organization to promote products, programs, and events.  I became curious as to how I could maximize potential to increase more people to sign up, spread the word, through social media and came across Elena's blog. Some organizations did not have social media policies, and Elena's advises and tips have helped me develop different methods to use social media for promoting professionally.

    Naomi Lancet

    Naomi's vision is to immerse with the world's fascinating minds of inspirational individuals. 

    When she's not glued to the computer, Naomi is seen being challenged by her co-workers bouldering in her basement and trying experimental food science in the kitchen.


    July 2011