Joined: 23 Mar 2004
|Posted: Sat Nov 19, 2005 10:32 am Post subject: O/T: The best thing I ever did in Internet marketing
Issue 73: April 20th, 2004
Harvey Segal, Editor
Hello SuperTips readers,
There's been a great response to the opening
of our new forum last week.
ClickBank Success Forum
It's now been mentioned in many of the top Internet
marketing forums, however not by myself.
I've just sat back while others mentioned it - and such
recommendations will always sound more persuasive than
anything I could produce.
In fact although I make many postings every week in the
major forums I hardly ever make a new (or an
announcement type) posting. It's always a response to a
question and, only if appropriate will I use an
affiliate link in my sig file.
It was thus a rare occasion when I recently made a new
posting and 'hinted' at an affiliate link.
It was at the Warrior forum which is my favourite - you
can see why at
Now I've made hundreds of postings there so you might
think they would allow me a slightly promotional
article. However I did not want to take liberties so
you'll see below how I worded it.
The title was
"The BEST thing I ever did in Internet Marketing"
and here it is.
Warning: the BEST thing I ever did in Internet Marketing
has nothing to do with any success at earning
commissions, or selling ebooks or money-spinning ideas.
It's much less exciting but of much more importance.
Think back to a posting last November where the question
was asked "What do you fear most as an Entrepreneur,
Infopreneur, or Netpreneur last November"
For me one person was spot on with his answer - "my
biggest fear is losing data"
If you are dependant on your PC for running a business
on the Internet then this has to be your main concern.
It has always been mine and some five years ago I wrote
an article "When your PC Backup is not enough" pointing
out a number of pitfalls if you think you are safe just
by making regular backups of your data.
More recently I updated these ideas and included them in
my book 101 SuperTips in a chapter titled 'Security and
BUT I have to admit.
There's one of my own tips which I don't follow - and
I'm pretty sure most of you don't.
To be really 100% confident that you can recover your
data you need to not only run a backup every time that
you have added critical data that you can't afford to
lose, but also - and here's the crunch - you need to
move that backup to a separate location.
Let's face it - we don't always backup to our PC storage
devices every time we need to, it's too much hassle,
and we certainly don't run out every time with the
backup copies to transport them to a different building.
(And by the way how confident are we that the latest
backup is recoverable ? I've had numerous problems with
my CD rewriter - as you will soon see).
So it's the neglection of this duty which means that I
always retain a certain fear and can never feel
This became most pronounced when my CD recently played
up yet again and refused to write to a disk.
My searches for an explanation of the error code took me
to many sites, many long threads in forums, bewildering
technical jargon, solutions and counter-solutions until
finally ... I began to lose the will to live.
I went into a state of helplessness and the days drifted
by with the memory of my latest backup moving further
and further away.
And then - the gods smiled on me.
A reader of my book was interested in the tips I
provided and mentioned that his company ran an off-site
data backup service.
I was not particularly interested in this solution
because such a service is only for big companies, not
the one-man marketer, and is very expensive every time
you run a backup, takes ages to run , and is very
... or so I thought.
I was wrong on every count.
The facts are that it's no additional cost to run a
backup as many times and whenever I like.
Or I can have it scheduled to run automatically at any
frequency such as nightly or every 15 minutes if I
The backup is very fast because it only backs up the
changed data and you can have different sets of data
being backed up at different intervals. Besides it runs
in the background anyway and does not disturb your work.
For example while writing this posting I didn't want to
lose it and decided to save the particular dataset where
it resided. It took about 30 seconds to 'backup' some
30MB of data. And that included the 3 clicks needed to
start the operation - it really is that simple.
I can easily restore a file from any backup cycle I
choose - it's just like selecting a file in Explorer.
And that expensive cost which I feared ?
It's about eight dollars a month.
Every negative aspect and weakness in my previous
methods has been resolved, resulting in great savings in
time and effort in backing up manually plus having no
media to buy, maintain and store.
But, above all, 100% peace of mind. I can literally feel
the removal of a stressful factor from my life.
So I guess you are now wondering where this is all
To an affiliate link I hear you say ?
Well really, shame on you.
Do you really think that the number one reason for this
posting is to get you to click on my affiliate link ?
Of course not.
That's my number two reason.
The number one reason is to implore you to take steps to
ensure your data is secure.
And now for reason two.
The affiliate link is ....
Well no, I won't show it here.
Email me through the forum or at firstname.lastname@example.org
if you wish.
Alternatively get my ebook 101 SuperTips (it's tip 73).
The book is free and if the moderators don't mind me
posting the link it's at
Well you can see how I did not openly use a link there.
But here it is
Now by coincidence as I was writing this newsletter I
received an email from the marketing director of
Depositit, the company providing this service.
It was titled
"Another Virus Hits Town"
and I've reproduced it here.
I recently wrote an article about Viruses and anti virus
solutions, however it would appear that more high risk
viruses have been released in the first quarter of this
year than in total during 2003!
And here we are again, last week it was reported that a
new variant of the Sober worm (Sober.F), was spreading
across Europe via Email and affecting everything in it's
path. The Netsky virus is still very much at large, as
are a number of Trojans.
What does all this mean?
Just one thing.
People/companies MUST backup their data!
If you are not backing up your data - you are at risk!
It's as simple as that.
How many infected emails are you receiving every day? I
am personally receiving in the region of 120, and I know
some of our customers are experiencing over 10 times
this amount! Last week I accidentally opened one of
these files - it was at the end of a very long day, I
was tired, and using my laptop and I simply clicked the
wrong button - Yup, that's how easy a mistake can
Fortunately (and I don't why or how), I was OK - though
I waited in fear, expecting to see everything disappear
in front of my eyes! It goes to show that no matter how
careful you are, mistakes can easily happen and next
time I may not be so lucky.
Had the worst happened it would have been a pain, but at
least my data was backed up, safe and readily available.
This would not have been corrupted, would not have been
lost and I could have easily downloaded any files or
folders that I needed in order to continue working.
Viruses are not going away, if anything they are
becoming more frequent, more lethal and even more
worrying. Please ensure your own systems are backed up
every day, and make sure all your customers, friends,
colleagues and business associates are backing up their
systems using Depositit too.
Depositit packages start from just £60 a year for our
light user package, which is much less than the amount
they would have to pay out should the worst ever happen!
It's their choice, but sometimes a nudge in the right
direction is all that's required to turn hesitation into
That URL again
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