Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Okanagan residents (or those willing to drive to Kelowna, BC) financial news update regarding INCOME TAX

Saturday, November 28, 2009

New blog post->Attention: Typical internet users wanting to upgrade to Windows 7—Read before you buy!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

New blog post on what I am thankful for--->

Monday, November 16, 2009

Avoid Swine Flu--->Work from Home!

This whole deal with the swine flu and the position people take on it...
Is the government behind creating a biological weapon to sterilize women and control the population?
Was the swine flu virus engineered by a country with a state of the art facility to mesh these 4 types of flues?
These flues are as follows:

  1. Human influenza

  2. Bird Flu from North America

  3. Swine flu from Europe

  4. Swine flu from Asia

What is the big deal with this H1N1 flu virus anyway?...When more people have died in the last 6 days from the seasonal flu than have died from the swine flu in the last 6 months.
------->The worldwide total for seasonal flu related deaths is generally between 250,000 and 500,000 a year.
How many people have died from this swine flu since it came out???
5,712 as of November 2nd.


Why is the government putting a huge GUILT TRIP on the public, telling everyone to get the vaccine whether they are healthy or not?

Juliet Guichon, a bioethicist who teaches at the University of Calgary argues that all Canadians should get vaccinated, if not to protect themselves, then to protect those around them and the health care system in general.
Guichon noted in an opinion piece in The Globe and Mail recently,
“Every vaccinated person increases the likelihood that health-care professionals will be free to treat other people... If unvaccinated people make health-care workers sick, they cannot look after other patients. ”

............Yet the annual rate of health care workers getting flu shots has been hovering around 50 percent at most institutions for years.


Dr. Kumanan Wilson, the University of Ottawa’s Canada’s Research Chair in Public Health Policy, told the Medical Post he believed the H1N1 vaccine will be safe, but acknowledges the uncertainties surrounding it. He said a mandatory vaccination program may make “health-care workers feel like they are being pressured to take a vaccine that hasn’t adequately been tested, and that they would be the guinea pigs."


Is anyone in power going to care once this vaccine has been administered to millions of people? An excerpt from Dr. Mercola who posted a blog on Alex Jones' Prison goes as follows,

“There is virtually no science to support the safety of vaccine injections on your long-term health or the health of your children. Follow-up studies last on average about two weeks, and look only for glaring injuries and illnesses.”

Why do people over the age of 65 NOT need to get the vaccine for a deadly virus never before seen? They STATE that older adults might have been in contact a long time ago with a virus related to this one, therefore having a sort of natural immunity to it. I think this is a load of CRAP! I am no doctor, but from what I remember about basic science class is that viruses adapt and evolve, so how could ANYONE have ANY kind of immunity to something that has never been seen before at this genetic level? Sounds to me like the government couldn't care less about the elderly because they aren't going to be around much longer to cause the world as much grief as the people of younger generations are.

There are lots of questions that have sparked the interest of many people, and unfortunately there are as many answers FOR these arguments as there are against them. I cannot even begin to speculate, but the majorady of people will simply believe what they want to believe. I can try to suss out the facts that I can, but there are certain questions that will remain unanswered.

What I do know is...there are many benefits of working from home, and if you want to avoid swine flu, one of the best ways is NOT to be in a work environment where other people can contract it to you.

I know of many people who would and do come to work when they are sick...this is a HUGE pet peeve of mine. Even though everyone is advised to STAY HOME when they are sick, some people do not seem to care about the people around them. I believe it should be mandatory for people who are not feeling well, whether they are just a little bit sick or a lot sick to stay home until they get better---NO EXCEPTIONS!

You can make the choice to avoid all that!

There are so many BENEFITS to working from home and in this business.
Here you will find listed the TOP TEN that matter most to me...............

  • Hundreds of hours of TIME SAVED...No more PUMPING GAS FOR or COMMUTING to get to...WORK

  • Money saved in TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS (avoided by ones you purposefully or accidentally make, OR more so often the case--->ones you WANT TO MAKE (the ROAD RAGE that can materialize with all the MORONS ON THE ROAD)

  • Less STRESS avoiding BOSSES who get under your skin, or EMPLOYEES that need their hands held

  • No STOCK to worry about organizing or moving

  • The ultimate in FREEDOM---You are no longer a slave to your ALARM CLOCK---If you SHUT IT OFF, YOU WONT GET FIRED!

  • Reap the benefits of relying on oneself---continued self education is one key in the gratification of any business, your DREAM LIFESTYLE is WITHIN REACH!

  • Spend MORE TIME with YOUR LOVED ONES! WHO DOESN'T WANT more VACATION TIME? No more asking for time off or figuring when it will fit into the work schedule for this year--Employed Canadians forfeit an average of two days of vacation per year which could be used to relax or travel, totalling 32 million untaken days and $5.1 billion (CDN) in wages handed back to employers. EEEEK!

  • TAX ADVANTAGES----Guess what? When you work from home, YOUR HOME IS NOW ALSO YOUR OFFICE and you get a TON OF WRITE OFFS...just ask your accountant, and keep track of your receipts!

  • Get FINANCIALLY REWARDED for the work that you do---How many times have you accomplished something that made someone ELSE a lot of money---and you STILL GOT THE SAME PAY for it? FINALLY get MORE MONEY for what you put your elbow grease into---The limits are ENDLESS if you put your mind to it!

  • JOB SECURITY---This is a complete MYTH in the CORPORATE OR "NORMAL" working world. There is, however, NO RECESSION on the WORLD WIDE WEB!

  • Learn how it will WORK FOR YOU while you are SLEEPING!!!

    To get MORE INFO on the business I endorse, GO HERE now :)

    ~^Amber^~ Pearson

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

What have you learned today that will make you more valuable to others?

In this day and age, the demand for skilled leaders is so great, one wonders what they should do or where they should go to aquire the skill sets necessary to be of any use to their prospects.

You can't just get on the train and start conducting it. For every skilled trade, what is required of you is more than just theory. You have to start getting your hands dirty because without the field experience, you are nothing but a no-mind with a bunch of levers and buttons. What's even scarier is that you also have the power over other people's lives who put their faith in you and your skills.

This is the same with internet marketing. People put their faith in you when they sign up for a service you are providing or even with a product you endorse. They believe they will get what they want and they are taking your hand with the expectation that you will take them where they want to go.

This is why there are apprentices (the student) and journeymen (the teacher). Without the people around who know what they are doing, the apprentices will stay undereducated about their profession.

Have you ever encountered someone in their job who seemed unsure or under practiced? You can spot these people from a mile away, and they seem to crack even more at the added pressure of just knowing that you know this about them. They need people who have patience, not who are just going to rush them along to get through the material without stopping to ask them if they understand what they are learning...

How do you expect anyone to get by in the world of internet marketing or top tier direct sales without a little help from the finest in their industry? The apprentices will eventually try to pass the class without being taught how to do it and then will just end up with an imaginary piece of paper that entitles them to nothing. Apprentices and new internet marketers alike all need some guidance.

This is why there are books and other training materials to get you jump started in working towards your goal of being valuable to other people, to make them want to work with you.

I have just ordered 3 books to help me in my personal journey in becoming a great copywriter. They are as follows: The Ultimate Sales Letter by Dan Kennedy, Hypnotic Writing: How to Seduce and Persuade Customers with Only Your Words by Joe Vitale, and The Adweek Copywriting Handbook by Joseph Sugarman.

Just one of the things I have learned today is how to anchor links involving my name on one site to direct to other websites to take up not one but two spots on google. That was informative in nature and new to me :)

Here is a quote from Charles W. Chesnutt that I like: Impossibilities are merely things which we have not yet learned.

So again I ask you, what have you learned today that makes you more valuable to your potential prospects?

Get more information and check out the company I am a part of by going here.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

    How to Overcome An Employee Mindset

Hi, my name is Amber Pearson, and I'm an employee-holic.

You may not have to go to any group meetings, but you can start today to re-invent yourself at how you want to live. The process to overcome having an employee mindset isn't easy, but is necessary to break through to the entrepreneur thinking side of the world. When you think like an employee, you may think that the money and the respect that go along with all the high rollers out there can never be you, or is above you. Maybe you think that you had to be born into a rich family. You may also think that you can never get up to their status without having invested the time and energy that they have. This is definitely not the case.

You just need the drive, determination and most of all MOTIVATION to deliver the goods. It will start by imagining everyday that you one day will live in that big expensive house, drive your dream car and take all the vacation time you want, when you want. You need to be organized with daily lists of important things you need to get done in a day, mark your calendars and stick to it. The best way to find out how you need to start thinking, is get inside the brains of some of the most successful entrepreneurs out there. Whatever business you are wanting to get into, find the people in your industry that are doing the best and follow them. Now I don't mean go out and stalk them, I just mean observe what they do on a daily basis that gets them the kind of results you are looking for, and start to do it! If there was access to these types of people on a weekly, or even daily basis, you would start developing some of their good habits automatically. Be aware that not everyone will be interested in helping you or becoming part of your network of resources. They may not want to hold your hand throughout your journey, but if there were a way to look over their shoulder without them having to one-on-one with you, wouldn't you want to take advantage of that? This isn't to say you have to try to take everything on at once either. Just try to take one step at a time, as much as you can handle...then implement it into your business. Support is everything in the home based internet marketing business or any business for that matter. If you think you are in it alone, you will most likely fail.

Along with motivation, there are other characteristics you need to possess in order to overcome that employee mindset. You will have to be flexible. You won't necessarily have a set list of tasks to accomplish for the day and you need to start taking responsibility for making the tough decisions for yourself and your business. You will have to direct your own actions because no one is putting work on your plate anymore. If you start a business, you need to be the one constantly watching for opportunities and recognize them as the new profitable option to take. When you're self-employed, you have to be able to plan ahead and also adapt the plans to changing circumstances. You need to be prepared to put in a constant and consistent effort. When you give your 100%, people take notice and give the respect you deserve.

I talked about motivation before. My motivation, for example, is getting away from the instability of the construction industry. There is no pension in construction, so there's always that voice inside my head of the older version of myself telling me to get prepared for the years to come. I am an electrician by trade, but I want to get financial security. Helping others achieve it as well at the same time is a huge bonus. I also want to be able to take care of my baby boomer parents who, like many out there, can't afford to retire. I don't know what your motivation is, but in order to obtain an entrepreneurial mindset, you need to figure it out and be driven by it. If nothing else, do it to be FREE!

One of my favourite quotes is: "There is only one success--to be able to spend your life in your own way." - Christopher Morley

To see the business I endorse, click here


~^Amber Pearson^~


Wednesday, August 26, 2009

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Saturday, August 15, 2009

    How to Choose the Right Home Based Business for YOU

First of all you want to decide how bad you want to quit your day job and how much time you have to invest in yourself. You will fail at any home based business opportunity, no matter how good the deal is, if you do not apply yourself. Are you at all technical or would you have to start from scratch? You want a trustworthy company that will teach you the basics as well as the ropes of the industry. You will want to look for an established company with a group of like-minded entrepreneurs who truly want to help you succeed. You must learn to be self-motivated (if you aren't already) in order to start a home based business. What you are going to want to do is research. Go ahead, find out what all is out there, make sure you are going to get in on something you are going to be proud to tell people about. Would you utilize and buy the products you are endorsing? People pick up on your enthusiasm! More important, you will want to choose one that will help you to figure out what steps you are going to take to position yourself as a a leader. To be someone people will want to join side by side to help achieve a common goal. Would you want to help people be FREE? You can't get much better than making money for helping people obtain their goal of the freedom to live HOW they want WHEN they want. If you want to become another statistic and sell people useless material items for momentary happiness, then by all means look somewhere else. If you want to be a serious entrepreneur with no overhead, no employees, no inventory, no commuting or paying for gas to get to work and no depending on someone else for your income, then at least you know what you DON'T want! Good luck on your hunt! :)

Check it out today!


~^Åmber Pearson^~


Saturday, July 25, 2009

Are you the Entrepreneurial Kind?

When I first wanted in on this gig, I thought to myself "Am I the entrepreneurial type?" Many people out there wonder if they have what it takes to duke it out in the competitive world of internet marketing. From, it is said that "an entrepreneur is a person of very high aptitude who pioneers change, possessing characteristics found in only a very small fraction of the population." The word entrepreneur originates from the French word, entreprendre, which means "to undertake." The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the entrepreneur as one who organizes, manages, and assumes the risks of a business or enterprise.

There is only one problem with this dictonary defininition. People want a business they can succeed at without any risk involved. This is part of the new-aged "give me everything faster, better and for the best price" attitude. The majorady of serious people looking to start a business online want to to trust in something with a good track record. Being an entrepreneur is all about the mindset. You may hear this a lot in your travels, but it's true. From, these are just some of the characteristics an entrepreneur must have in order to be successful:

~Do what you enjoy because people will hear the enthusiasm in your voice among other things!

~Take what you do seriously, how can anyone else if you don't?

~Plan everything-this is where writing down your daily/monthly and yearly goals comes in handy.

~Become a shameless self-promoter (without becoming obnoxious). Master web 2.0, and you can't lose!

~Become known as an expert. This is where writing articles, creating youtube videos and blogs play a big role.

~Invest in yourself. Always be up for educating yourself. Just learning html is a good step in making yourself more valueable.

~Design your workspace for success. You must have a room where you can block everything else out to get what you need done in a day.

~Take time off. This one is my favourite, because everyone needs a little down time! You should develop some kind of fixed working schedule even if you want to start part time.

There are many traits an entrepreneur must have in order to be sucessful. That doesn't mean one has to possess all of them to get started. If you have the desire to work from home, take the time to make it so. There will be times if discouragement, but you'll need to focus on the small milestones and the achievements you make along the way. It keeps things fun and interesting. Once you meet one goal, set another! So are you the "entrepreneurial" type? It takes a strong person to make that initial decision to go for it, but that doesn't mean you have to quit your job right away. You can't win if you don't bet!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

"low carb" meals vs. "controlled carb"... the key‏ (e-mail I got that I wanted to pass along)

One of the problems I see with "diet talk" is that nobody seems to agree what "low carb" really means... One person may think of "low carb" as an Atkins style diet with as much fatty sausages, hotdogs, and nitrate processed meats as you want and virtually no carbohydrate based foods at all.

Another person may view "low carb" as 40% of daily calories coming from carbs instead of the traditionally recommended 55% to 60%.

If you think about it, in a 40/30/30 type of diet, the majority of the calories are coming from carbs, so that obviously can't be called "low carb"...yet some people do call it that.

Because of these drastic differences in how different people view the term "low carb", sometimes my clients are confused as to what I recommend.

First of all, I don't recommend "low carb" or "high carb" per se... I don't think it's vitally important to have any sort of exact ratio. I think everyone needs to explore for themselves how they feel at different ratios of fat, protein, and carbohydrates.

After all, the most important aspect to your success is your total caloric intake vs your caloric expenditure over a given time period.

But where carbohydrate intake becomes important is in how it can affect your hormones and blood sugar in your body and stimulate cravings. You could tell someone to eat 2500 calories/day of a higher fat and higher protein content combined with reduced carbs and they may actually finish the day at 2500 calories because their appetite is satisfied.

However, tell that same person to eat 2500 calories per day in a high carb fashion, and they may end up eating 3000 or more calories per day because the higher carbohydrate diet stimulated their cravings and they ended up overeating.

I know personally, if you throw a big steak in front of me and a big pile of vegetables, my appetite will be satisfied when I'm done that meal and for hours afterward. However, you throw a big plate of pasta in front of me, and I'm gonna devour the entire plate, and then head back for seconds and maybe even thirds.

This is what happens for a lot of people... once you start eating large portions of carbs like pasta or rice or cereals, it becomes hard to stop and then you're craving more carbs an hour later too!

So what I've found to work best for me, and a large % of my clients in the past is to eat in a "controlled carbs" manner... this doesn't mean atkins style... it means very reduced grains, zero refined sugars (to the best of ability of avoiding), and instead, getting almost all of your carbs from vegetables, fruits, and maybe beans on occasion.

This ends up being very similar to the hunter-gatherer type of diet of meats, eggs, nuts, seeds, fruits, and veggies, which I believe is the healthiest way to eat.

Sometimes it just takes thinking a little differently about the way you eat and what's considered "normal" in order to get rid of some of the useless grains and sugars in your diet.

For example, why do we need to eat a burger on a bun? Most people don't even think of doing it any other way because that's what's "normal".

One of my favorite lunch meals lately has been cooking up a grass-fed bison burger with no bun, and then I top it with grass-fed cheese, sliced avocados, diced onions, and salsa. I have a big side of sliced fresh veggies like carrots and red peppers (with hummus sometimes), and then maybe have a little bit of fruit or berries on the side too.

What you end up with is a meal that's pretty well balanced between protein, healthy fats, and healthy carbs instead of overloaded with the refined grains from the typical hamburger bun.

Think about breakfast too...
do you really "need" the toast with your eggs, or can you do much better with loads of veggies with your eggs instead? That's what I like to do for breakfast... eggs with cheese and loads of veggies, avocado (yeah, avo's are one of my favorite foods), and some green or white tea (or lately I've been really digging this mango yerba mate tea...mmm) with a little raw honey. So I get my carbs from the veggies and the little bit of raw honey instead of from the typical toast and orange juice that loads you up with extra carbs.

...Just some ideas in case it helps you to think differently about where you get your carbs from.

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Hope you're enjoying summer and confident in your lean healthy body... if not, start taking action now to change that! No excuses.

Til next newsletter,Don't be lazy... be lean.

Mike GearyCertified Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal TrainerFounder - &

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

In celebration of Canada Day, here's an e-mail I got that I'm passing along :)

Here's to my fellow Canadians! :)


1. Smarties

2. Crispy Crunch, Coffee Crisp

3. The size of our footballs fields and one less down

4. Baseball is Canadian

5. Lacrosse is Canadian

6. Hockey is Canadian

7. Basketball is Canadian

8. Apple pie is Canadian

9. Mr. Dress-up kicks Mr. Rogers ass

10. Tim Hortons kicks Dunkin' Donuts' ass

11. In the war of 1812, started by America, Canadians pushed
the Americans back...past their 'White House'. Then we burned
it...and most of Washington, under the command of William
Lyon McKenzie King who was insane and hammered all the time.
We got bored because they ran away, so we came home
and partied...Go figure..

12. Canada has the largest French population that never
surrendered to Germany.

13. We have the largest English population that never ever
surrendered or withdrew during any war to
anyone. anywhere. EVER.

14. Our civil war was fought in a bar and it lasted a
little over an hour.

15. The only person who was arrested in our civil war was
an American mercenary, who slept in and missed the whole thing...
but showed up just in time to get caught.

16. We knew plaid was cool far before Seattle caught on.

17. The Hudsons Bay Company once owned over 10% of the
earth's surface and is still around as the world's oldest company.

18. The average dog sled team can kill and devour a full
grown human in under 3 minutes.

19. We still know what to do with all the parts of a buffalo.

20. We don't marry our kin-folk.

21. We invented ski-doos, jet-skis, velcro, zippers, insulin,
penicillin, zambonis, the telephone and short wave radios
that save countless lives each year.

22. We ALL have frozen our tongues to something metal and
lived to tell about it.

23. A Canadian invented Superman.

24. We have coloured money.

25. Our beer advertisements kick ass


26. The handles on our beer cases are big enough to fit
your hands with mitts on.

OOOoohhhhh Canada!!

27. And we don't bomb our allies.

28. oh yeah... and our elections only take one day.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Wondering which home based business oppourtunity to trust?

When I stumbled upon the website for this business oppourtunity I was indeed skeptical. I thought, "Is someone really going to help me get this ball rolling if I join, or am I just another number?" Well I can tell you that within the first hour of submitting my application, I was called to have any questions of mine answered. Then, when I purchased the next step in the program, I was called a second time to be congratulated and asked a few questions about what I wanted out of this career. Before the end of the day, I was then called a third time by the professional calling service provided by this business to go into any further details of any questions I might have had at THAT point.

You see, when you come join our team, there are always professionals here to accomodate you if the help is needed. Whether it be by telephone, forum or the frequently asked questions page in the back office, you aren't just a number. There is constant support from the experts here and if you truly want to succeed, there are all the tools necessary for you to do so available and within reach. You have a past and a story unique to you. There are people who care about that story and who want to magnify it to benefit you as much as possible!

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Monday, June 22, 2009

ToTaLLy UnReLaTeD, but funny none-the-less


You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming.
-- Alan, age 10

No person really decides before they grow up who they're going to marry. God decides it all way before, and you get to find out later who you're stuck with.
-- Kristen, age 10

Twenty-three is the best age because you know the person FOREVER by then.
-- Camille, age 10

You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids.
-- Derrick, age 8

Both don't want any more kids.
-- Lori, age 8

Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each other. Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough.
-- Lynnette, age 8 (isn't she a treasure)

On the first date, they just tell each other lies and that Usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date.
-- Martin, age 10

I'd run home and play dead. The next day I would call all the newspapers and make sure they wrote about me in all the dead columns.
-- Craig, age 9

When they're rich.
-- Pam, age 7

The law says you have to be eighteen, so I wouldn't want to mess with that.
- - Curt, age 7

The rule goes like this: If you kiss someone, then you should marry them and have kids with them. It's the right thing to do.
-- Howard, age 8

It's better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need someone to clean up after them.
-- Anita, age 9 (bless you child)

There sure would be a lot of kids to explain, wouldn't there?
-- Kelvin, age 8

And the #1 Favorite is........
Tell your wife that she looks pretty, even if she looks like a truck.
-- Ricky, age 10


Sunday, June 7, 2009

Ahhhh, scuba diving! There is nothing like being under the waters of the carribean or the atlantic ocean to really put one at ease.

My fiance and I got our open water diving certificates while on vacation in November of 2008 in Cancun, Mexico and have never looked back. We have since been to Veradero, Cuba and have also dove the Bay of Pigs. I can't tell you how amazing it is if you've never been. I advise people of all ages to try this activity at least once in their lives as it was life changing for us. We plan on getting our advanced certificates and take it as far as we can. Some of the aquatic life you see when you're down there is so moving. Since you can't speak communication to the other divers, there's much to talk about when you resurface. It's a bonding experience like no other and I hope we get to travel the world seeing all that we can. I'm claustrophobic as well and I forced myself to initially get over the trust factor when you are first underwater and have to really believe that this apparatus will give you air and not water. If you have a bucket list, this should be on it for sure!

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Friday, May 29, 2009

CarbonCopyPro Questions and Answers revealed :)

Questions & Answers

Without a doubt the hardest part of our “job” at CarbonCopyPRO is answering all the questions we get from people. We get literally 100 inquiries a day so we created this page with answers to common questions.

If you received a link to this page don’t feel like you were brushed off… We reserve our phone time for coaching our team.

Speaking of… If you would like to apply you can do that right here.

- “What is CarbonCopyPRO?”

- “How do I succeed at CarbonCopyPRO?”

- “How would I fail at CarbonCopyPRO?”

- “Is CarbonCopyPRO a product?”

- “Why does CarbonCopyPRO sell this particular product?”

- “Why do I have to fill out an application?”

- “Can my application be rejected? What happens then?”

- “I’ve applied, now what?”

- “Is there a refund policy?”

- “Do I need to be “tech-savvy” to be successful?”

- “How much time will I need to commit to CarbonCopyPRO?”

- “How much money will I need to commit to CarbonCopyPRO?”

- “What is the difference between Direct Sales and Multi-Level Marketing?”

- “What sort of return on investment (ROI) can I expect?”

- “What does a typical CarbonCopyPRO workday look like?”

- “Can CarbonCopyPRO be used to sell other products?”

- “I saw a bad review of CarbonCopyPRO online. What was that about?”

- “How can I be sure CarbonCopyPRO is not a scam?”

- “I have $500 to my name and nothing else. Should I invest it in CarbonCopyPRO?”

- “What is CarbonCopyPRO?”

CarbonCopyPRO is a direct sales company started in 2006 by Jay Kubassek in Kansas City, KS. Jay had a background as a top-earning direct sales professional who leveraged the internet to sell a variety of products. Using a combination of social media, pay-per-click marketing, and targeted websites, Jay had created a formula for moving product that had him earning six figures monthly (net profit). Jay made a decision that the next logical step for his business was to “bottle” his process such that it could be duplicated by others. This was of course not an entirely selfless decision. By licensing his methods to others he could add a new revenue stream, add enhanced credibility to his own efforts, and ultimately position himself to be the exclusive sales channel for a company of his choosing. Ambitious as his plan may have been, it has worked. In the beginning of 2006, Jay launched CarbonCopyPRO in exclusive partnership with a leading financial education company. Within 30 days, the gross sales of the partner company had increased 400%.

That was 2 1/2 years ago as of this writing and the story is still unfolding. When CarbonCopyPRO began, Jay was already what most would consider wealthy. Of course now he is even more so but the more interesting part of the story is what CarbonCopyPRO has done for others. Now headquartered in New York City, CarbonCopyPRO has already created 6 millionaires and numerous other multiple six-figure earners. These are not “pie-in-the-sky” numbers, these are notary-validated bank statement numbers attestable under any amount of scrutiny.

So of course you are wanting to know, what is the product that CarbonCopyPRO sells and how does it sell so much of it? That is a question whose answer is treated with delicacy. We are happy to share that CarbonCopyPRO functions as the sales and marketing arm of a top-tier financial education company, founded by an ex-Wall Street investment banker and based in Texas. But that is all the information we release to non-applicants.

To apply and find out more about CarbonCopyPRO’s product partner Apply Now right here.

Frustrated? Want to know more? Consider this… By requiring you to apply before disclosing the exact products sold, CarbonCopyPRO is accomplishing two things. One, you are forced to declare a certain amount of interest and commitment before a CarbonCopyPRO representative is obliged to answer the no doubt numerous questions you will have about the product. We could refer you to abundant literature about the product but the odds say you will still want to talk to somebody and ask questions. There are not enough hours in the day for any CarbonCopyPRO member to answer the questions of all prospects so CarbonCopyPRO deliberately filters out about 80% of them by requiring an application. As a CarbonCopyPRO member writing this, I am incredibly thankful for this aspect of the business (more about this in a subsequent question).

But requiring an application before disclosing full details of the business accomplishes something else much more important. It keeps the focus on you. Moving forward with CarbonCopyPRO is not a decision to be made around product specifications or systems analysis. It is easy when considering taking life-changing action to focus on the details and avoid the larger significance of the decision. This is called “missing the forest for the trees”. There is ample documentation on the success of CarbonCopyPRO and its members to convince all but the most stubborn skeptic. “Convincing” is not the point. The “product” is not the point. You are the point. Are you ready to change? Are you ready to set new and higher goals and then work in a focused and strategic way to achieve them? Can you change your image of yourself to believe that you are worth $50,000 a month? That is $70 for every hour of your life. It takes a certain mindset to believe that you are worth $70 an hour even when you are sleeping. That is what CarbonCopyPRO is about.

Now that said, if you apply and then decide that you cannot stand behind CarbonCopyPRO’s partner product, there is a 30-day money back guarantee. Applying does not lock you into anything. But the application will ask you to define some goals for yourself, and hopefully you will lock yourself into those, with or without CarbonCopyPRO.

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- “How do I succeed at CarbonCopyPRO?”

By plugging in to the CarbonCopyPRO system and following the systems, formulas, and scripts presented in your 30-day marketing guide. Properly executed, the 30-day marketing guide is a can’t-miss playbook for internet marketing success. There is work to be done and you will have to be the one to do it. But if you do the work the way you’re supposed to you will be successful.

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- “How would I fail at CarbonCopyPRO?”

There are 4 traits in people we see causing them to fail in this business. If you have a strong tendency toward one of these traits, you will be at risk of failing. They are:

1. Insistence on “Getting-Rich-Quick” or “Easy-Money”. There is a major difference between a high-growth business opportunity that monetizes quickly and a get-rich-quick scheme. Your goal should be to invest your time, money, and resources into a business that generates substantial earnings within a 3 month time frame. Come CCP members earn money faster than that but be prepared to invest 90 days of real work.

2. Unwillingness to work hard and “do what it takes”. Unless you have extensive experience in internet marketing, this business will introduce you to a whole new world. There will be a new vocabulary, new skills, a new business model, and new ways of thinking. Learning is never easy but always rewarding. Your first 90 days in this business are critical and you will want to pour yourself into it.

3. Lack of motivation or general laziness. These are difficult traits to overcome and no matter how excited you are right now unless you have disciplined habits and are organized you are at risk of fading away. We cannot stress this enough - IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR AN EASY RIDE GO CALL A CAB.

4. Refusal to follow instructions. While creativity and improvisation are valuable business skills, there is no substitute for executing tried-and-true business systems, particularly when entering a new endeavor. There will plenty of room down the road to chart your own course but for the first 90 days you will need to do exactly what you are told. Even if you are successful doing it your way, we promise you will be more successful doing it our way.

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- “Is CarbonCopyPRO a product?”

CarbonCopyPRO is a marketing system and business opportunity, not a standalone product. The CarbonCopyPRO marketing system could theoretically be used to sell almost anything, but that leaves too much to chance… Instead the CarbonCopyPRO system has been paired with a specific set of products to maximize revenue for marketers. The products are produced by a leading financial education company founded by an ex-Wall Street investment banker. Most CarbonCopyPRO members market both the CCP business opportunity and the financial education products.

Before launching CarbonCopyPRO the creators spent considerable time and energy investigating various products searching for one that offered the most financial upside to marketers. There were several key criteria in selecting the “perfect” product to sell via CarbonCopyPRO (these are discussed in the next question).

As a CarbonCopyPRO applicant you will be introduced to our Partner Company and walked through the Compensation Plan.

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- “Why does CarbonCopyPRO sell this particular product?”

CarbonCopyPRO’s Product Partner company sells a unique set of products that score high in each of 6 essential criteria required for a sustainable and profitable direct sales business.

These 6 criteria are:

- High-end Products. Simply put, unless products or services have a sufficiently high price tag there is no way to make a lot of money selling them. Most marketing businesses have this most fundamental problem - they take too long to create substantial revenues because the underlying product is cheap and too many units have to be sold.

- No “Friends and Family” Selling. This one is probably the number one reason most people choose CarbonCopyPRO over other business opportunities. It was our number one reason for sure! Having done network-marketing in the past, we absolutely refused to get involved in another business where our friends and family turned into “prospects”. This helps for multiple reasons: firstly your quality of life is better since your friends don’t feel like you’re trying to sell them, secondly you are not limited by how many people you know or how much networking you do.

- Direct Marketing Model (not MLM or Affiliate Marketing). Direct marketing means that the person that sells the product makes the commission, which means the people making the big money are the ones selling lots of product. Multi-level Marketing models tend to encourage a “sit back and collect residuals” mentality whereas Direct Marketing motivates people to sell, sell, sell.

- Residual Income. Get paid multiple times for work you do once - it is a cornerstone of nearly every valid wealth-building strategy. It is fundamental to CarbonCopyPRO’s business as well. When we said CCP is not multi-level marketing that does not mean that CCP does not pay residual income. CCP members are financially motivated to help their teams do well and do make recurring monthly income beyond just what they sell. The difference here is that CarbonCopyPRO residuals come from team members selling products where MLM residuals come from team members attracting new team members. You’ll learn more about this as you get involved in the business but trust us it’s an important distinction.

- Vast Market Potential. The internet is far and away the best way to reach vast numbers of people worldwide, so what good is selling a product that doesn’t appeal to a lot of people? CarbonCopyPRO sells services that can benefit almost anyone in the world and a phenomenal business opportunity.

- Low Overhead/No Inventory. A successful home-based business is not one where you have crates of products stuffed in your closets and you are having to make daily trips to the post-office. Our products are services and systems, not any sort of packaged goods. Any materials ship directly to your customers and there is never any inventory.

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- “Why do I have to fill out an application?”

The number one reason people get involved in a home-based business is to have more control over their time. By requiring an application, we ensure that we are only dealing with serious, committed entrepreneurs.

Here’s a hint, next time somebody tells you how serious they are about making a change in their life, ask them to invest 15 minutes and $99. Tell them if after the 15 minutes they change their mind they can have the $99 back, you just want to make sure that they have at least a little money to invest and they are serious enough to delay spending it on something else for at least 15 minutes.

What will happen?

You guessed it… 9 out of 10 people will walk away. And you just kept yourself from wasting 90% of your time. The CarbonCopyPRO system is a marketing system and smart marketing means funnels and filters. You’ll learn more about funnels and filters later but simply put they mean letting the system screen out the people that aren’t serious or qualified so you can invest your energy in those who are.

Personally, we got involved in this business so we could spend more time together. The main reasons we hear from others for getting involved involve spending time with family, not having to work as much, being able to travel, being able to volunteer, and so on. What is the common denominator in all of these? Time.

That is why the CarbonCopyPRO system is designed to protect and value your time. There are filters in place to make sure you are not wasting your time with “tire kickers” and the “just curious” types.

We estimate that the required application process by itself saves us personally 30-40 hours a week of phone calls with people who have unrealistic expectations and/or are never going to take action.

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- “Can my application be rejected? What happens then?”

Your application will be reviewed by your business coaches (us) as well as CarbonCopyPRO’s corporate team. If you answer the questions honestly you have the best shot at being approved. There is no credit or background check, the application is designed to assess your likelihood of success with the business. Criteria for approval relate to mindset, leadership, willingness to learn new skills, desire, current habits, and motivation. After you apply you will be notified in 24 hours or less as to your approval status.

If for any reason you are not approved you will be issued a full and immediate refund of the application fee with no action required on your part.

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- “I’ve applied, now what?”

Once your application is approved you will receive a call from both the CarbonCopyPRO call center and your personal business coach. If after reading this page you still have unanswered questions, your coach will be able to answer them over the phone. Once you have applied you will be introduced in full to the CarbonCopyPRO business plan, compensation model, and the specific products sold.

Having applied and been accepted, your next action step is to purchase your Business in a Box (often referred to as a “BiB”). This can be done by logging in to and entering the e-mail address you used when you first visited a CCP website. Aftering entering your e-mail, scroll to the bottom of the ensuing page and click the link that says “Get your BiB now”.

The BiB is $395 and comes with training manuals, DVD’s, and access to your web-based back office. The BiB is the only thing you need to launch your CarbonCopyPRO business. You are not required to purchase anything else. Once you have logged in with your e-mail address you will see a detailed description of exactly what comes with the BiB, but suffice to say it includes all the tools you need to set up a web-based business. Your entire business infrastructure (lead tracking, marketing plan, e-mail autoresponders, websites, merchant services, a professional call center, technical support and coaching, etc.) is integrated into the CCP back office which you will have access to with your BiB.

Once you receive your BiB in the mail (via 2 day FedEx) your coach will walk you through the setup of your back office and marketing systems. Set up and configuration of your business takes 1-3 days depending on your time commitment at which point you are up and running (and selling!) Your first month is spent following the integrated 30-day Marketing Guide in conjunction with guidance from your coach.

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- “Is there a refund policy?”

Yes. Applicants may have their application fee refunded any time within 30 days of applying. Refunds are processed directly by CarbonCopyPRO and may be requested by following the steps outlined at

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- “Do I need to be ‘tech-savvy’ to be successful?”

No, many CarbonCopyPRO members come into the business with limited internet skills and web-marketing experience. Though over time if you follow the CarbonCopyPRO systems you will become much more tech-savvy than you likely already are.

CarbonCopyPRO utilizes many sophisticated marketing techniques and algorithms but for the most part these processes are automated so you do not have to fully understand them to use them. Think of it as “painting by numbers”. That said, you will want to learn what it is that you are doing with CarbonCopyPRO, how it works and why it works. This knowledge will make you a better marketer and give you more credibility as a teacher and leader of others. The skills you will acquire in working your CarbonCopyPRO are the “must-have” skills of today’s marketplace so any learning curve is to be embraced.

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- “How much time will I need to commit to CarbonCopyPRO?”

This is entirely dependent on how much money you want to make from CarbonCopyPRO. The business is set up to reward diligence and investment of resources, most notably time. Once your system is set up and firing on all cylinders you may find that 1-2 hours a day allows you to run your business, though most top earners work their businesses at least 25 hours a week.

The first 90 days are the most critical time for your business and we recommend you be prepared to devote at least 15-20 hours a week during this time. The work can be broken into multiple daily shifts or concentrated into only a few days a week but the 15 hour threshold is essential in the beginning.

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- “How much money will I need to commit to CarbonCopyPRO?”

Similar to the previous question, the answer here largely hinges on how much money you want to make. Do not expect to show up with only a few hundred bucks to spend on marketing and then suddenly start raking in millions. Top earners spend tens of thousands of dollars a month to generate their hundred plus thousand dollars a month (we’ll cover Return on Investment more specifically in another question). Of course they did not start out at that level, and the great thing is that the exact same system the top earners are using is available to our team members even at a much smaller scale (remember we trained under the #1 earner in the company and are financially motivated to teach you).

Technically the minimum “required” investment is $494. That’s $99 for the application and $395 for the Business in a Box (BiB). However in reality you will have the best shot at a successful business if you are prepared to invest $2000-$3000. This will give you an initial marketing budget and position you in the compensation plan for higher commissions (up to $1000 per sale right off the bat).

Now there have been several instances where people have gotten started with only a $500 investment and used nothing but free marketing techniques (that CarbonCopyPRO teaches you) to gradually build up. It can be done and we do not discourage any serious entrepreneur from approaching it this way. Just be prepared to spend your first 3 months working hard with all revenues reinvested into marketing.

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- “What is the difference between Direct Sales and Multi-Level Marketing?”

CarbonCopyPRO is a direct sales business that distinguishes itself from multi-level marketing (MLM) in a number of ways. For those who want simply to know the differences we will list some of them here. For a more in-depth discussion of multi-level marketing visit our blog post “A Eulogy for Multi-Level Marketing“.

CarbonCopyPRO Multi-Level Marketing (MLM)
$generated primarily from sale of products.

$generated primarily from recruitment .

Most of the sales process is automated.

Most of the sales process is hands-on

(face-to-face explaining).

High-ticket items = large commissions .

Lower-price items = lower commissions.

No one has an advantage over anyone else.

You make what you earn.

Those who “get in early” always have an advantage.

No downline building.

You get paid off what you sell .

Sales are used to pay people many levels upward

who may never sell anything themselves.

You are discouraged from involving

your friends or family.

Almost impossible to do without

involving friends and family.

Professional call center helps you do your selling.

Your “on your own”. Since you are selling your

friends and family it is expected you can do it yourself.

Web-based business can be run

from a cell phone and a laptop.

“Network Marketing” requires constant

interfacing with your network.

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- “What sort of return on investment (ROI) can I expect?”

A CarbonCopyPRO member that is fully positioned in the compensation plan (M3 Master Consultant) can make as high as a 400% monthly ROI on his/her paid-advertising marketing budget. Obviously sales deriving from free marketing methods (which the internet provides in abundance - witness this blog) are infinite ROI so we’re writing here about paid internet advertising (primarily pay-per-click).

Factors which can affect this are traffic sources, skill with PPC campaigns and keyword targeting, skill on the phone, natural salesmanship, etc. The 400% number is to be aspired to and represents the monthly ROI for a CarbonCopyPRO Top Earner. Of course results may vary.

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- “What does a typical CarbonCopyPRO workday look like?”

There are four fundamental responsibilities for a CarbonCopyPRO marketer:

1. Drive web traffic

2. Support product sales

3. Follow-up with new applicants and members

4. Support your team

The first responsibility entails using both paid and free marketing tools to create exposure and leads via the internet. These activities run the gamut from administering pay-per-click ad campaigns to uploading video content. The common denominators in this part of the business are it is all done from the computer and anybody can do it with the proper training.

The second responsibility is primarily done on the phone. Some of your customers are about to spend significant amounts of money (up to $20,000 with half of that going to you) so they will want to speak to someone in person. Even with all of the automated CarbonCopyPRO systems that deliver relevant information to customers there is a comfort people need to feel before they spend that much money. These calls typically last 15-30 minutes and with up to a $10,000 commission as the payoff we all agree it is time well spent. Remember this is not “selling over the phone”. You are not calling the customer the customer is calling you. You simply answer their questions and discuss your personal experience with the products.

The third and fourth responsibilities both involve direct correspondence with CarbonCopyPRO applicants and members, usually via e-mail and sometimes via phone. Anybody can do these things and be successful with proper coaching.

In the first few months of your business you will spend the majority of your time driving traffic to build your pipeline (task 1). You will quickly start to make some sales (usually in the first few weeks) and will begin spending time on the phone (task 2). As your CarbonCopyPRO team starts to build (usually by month 3) your workload will include more support and coaching (tasks 3 and 4). After about 6 months into the business you should be spending the majority of your time on sales and coaching while the automated systems you have set up run themselves.

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- “Can CarbonCopyPRO be used to sell other products?”

We hear this question a lot. While certainly the strategies, systems, and tools contained within CarbonCopyPRO could be used to sell almost anything on the internet, at present it is an exclusive product partnership. That is to say that both CarbonCopyPRO and the company whose products it represents have committed to each other not to work with other sales or product partners respectively. So the answer is no, CarbonCopyPRO members cannot presently use the system to sell other products.

Now let us tell you why that is a good thing. CarbonCopyPRO’s product partner company was chosen via an exhaustive vetting process that screened hundreds of companies and products. Of the few direct-sales products on the internet that score highly on all 6 of the required criteria for lucrative home-based enterprise (discussed above) the one that was chosen was head and shoulders above the rest in integrity and value. Once chosen, a lot of time and money was invested integrating the product into the CarbonCopyPRO system.

As a sales professional this integration is your best friend. It increases the efficiency of your marketing and sales process and eliminates duplicate work. This is very much an “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” situation. In 2 years CarbonCopyPRO has created hundreds of six-figure earners selling only one set of products - it is not a formula to tamper with.

Now this is an FAQ page, not a blog, so forgive us for lapsing into our coaching mode. This last part of the answer is aimed at anyone who is thinking about combining CarbonCopyPRO with alternative products. If you are not in this camp feel free to skip to the next question.

Human beings always prefer whatever they are presently doing or thinking over whatever they might be doing or thinking. How often do we tend to do the same things we have done in the past, in spite of evidence or advice that suggests we might do better to do something else? Or maybe we’ve been thinking about doing one thing for a while and then something better comes along, yet we cling to what we were thinking before. It is human nature and we are all guilty of it. In physics it is called inertia. In life it is called stubbornness. In business it is called ignoring the law of sunk costs, or better yet, suicide.

Thinking along the lines of “Well, I have already spent so much time and/or resources on this, it would be a waste to shift gears now…” is okay if you’re in marriage counseling BUT IT IS NOT OKAY IN BUSINESS. You better believe if a Fortune 500 company discovers a way to make either more money with the same risk or the same money with less risk they are GONE from whatever they were doing before. Gone. As in closed the factory, auctioned off the equipment, fired the staff, done! That is how business people think. There is no touchy-feely equivocating about the past or present…

To tie this back to the original question, if you are evaluating the CarbonCopyPRO business and saying “Wouldn’t it be nice to combine this with what I am already doing or considering doing?” then you are thinking about comfort, not profit. It is lazy thinking. In your mind let go of what you are already doing unless it is either giving you everything you want or you have fairly concrete evidence that it performs better than CarbonCopyPRO (if this is the case please tell me about it). To quote the title of a well-known book on business - “what got you here won’t get you there.”

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- “I saw a bad review of CarbonCopyPRO online. What was that about?”

We always address this question with a question of our own, “What is the reviewer selling?”

A quick Google search reveals plenty of people running headlines like “CarbonCopyPRO Revealed!” or “CarbonCopyPRO - Do Not Join Until You Read This!!!” or “Why I Didn’t Join CCP” and so on. Feel free to read some or all of these “negative” reviews. I guarantee you 100% of them will fit into one of two catgories. 1. People who are actually endorsing CCP and are using what we call an “Expose” headline to get your attention, or 2. People who are selling a different home-based business or self-employment opportunity.

In the first case we can’t really fault those marketers and maybe we would be well-served to learn from them, after all it does get people’s attention. In the second case, these marketers are using a psychological trick to try to sell their own products. By pretending to be your unbiased “insider” with the “real scoop” on whatever you are investigating, these folks hope to gain your trust so that when they get to their pitch you have suspended the natural skepticism that they were exploiting in the first place.

That’s it, really. Every time it is one of those two scenarios. Some marketers do a better job than others in veiling their intentions but it always distills to one of those two things (usually the latter). If anyone finds a sincere case of a current or former CarbonCopyPRO member who legitimately applied themselves, who now feels aggrieved, and who is not pitching another product, please send it to us. A quick search at the Better Business Bureau shows zero complaints against CarbonCopyPRO. Click here to view the report.

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- “How can I be sure CarbonCopyPRO is not a scam?”

First off we are glad you are asking this question. Given the internet’s reputation, asking this question is a sign of a thinking person.

That said, everyone has their own innate level of skepticism, and for some no amount of evidence is enough. But approached with an open-mind this list of facts can relieve these types of concerns. This list was actually compiled by a doctor who was at the time evaluating the CarbonCopyPRO business opportunity for himself (he later joined).

============ Reasons Why CarbonCopyPRO Is Not A Scam============

* Both CarbonCopyPRO and the company we represent have clean records according to the Better Business Bureau (BBB).

* The company has never had a substantiated complaint according to the BBB. Click here to view the report.

* Neither company has ever been investigated or sanctioned by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

* No actions by a State Attorney General have ever been taken against either company, nor are there any pending investigations.

* Both companies are based in the United States of America.

* Our Product Partner company was incorporated in January 2005. 95% of businesses (and nearly 100% of illegitimate ones) do not pass the 3 year mark.

* The compensation model is similar to those used in the Insurance, Real Estate, and Mortgage industries. Leaders who recruit and train new professionals receive a commission when members of their team make a sale. But the largest commission goes to the person who makes the sale. You are rewarded for your hard work.

* The direct sales company we represent is a member in good standing of the Direct Sales Association, the leading trade organization for direct sales companies.

* Industry leaders such as Mike Dillard of Magnetic Sponsoring and Jeffrey Combs of Golden Mastermind Seminars are associated with CarbonCopyPRO. These are Marketing Industry leaders who have a lot to lose if one of their endorsed products is revealed as a scam.

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- “I have $500 to my name and nothing else. Should I invest it in CarbonCopyPRO?”

First of all, put our response to this question in the “tough love” category. If it offends we apologize but we deal with enough chronically-broke people to have some fairly strong opinions on the subject.

Every situation is different but for almost anyone asking this question our off-the-cuff answer is no. If you have $500 to your name you probably need to spend it on rent, food, or a bus pass.

We want to be clear, there is a difference between someone who “only has $500 to spend” and someone who truly only has $500. Many people claim they only have $500 to spend but have no problem spending 10% of it on the Season 3 DVD Box Set of Lost, or whatever their distraction of the day may be. But either way, if someone is truly broke or just broke-minded he/she is probably not in a place to run this or any other business. The important thing for that person to ask themsleves is “How did I get here and where am I headed?”

For those that are simply broke-minded (you shall know them by their poor-mouthing) listen to us when we say that you need this. But not yet. First you need to detox from your fractured financial thinking, your addiction to credit, and your refusal to live within your means. Check out Dave Ramsey for more on this process.

And for those that are truly broke of course you shouldn’t buy CarbonCopyPRO! You should save your money! That is what broke people should do, save what money they can get access to and try to be strategic about what they do with it. But being broke does not mean being broken. If you are a fighter and a hard-worker you will reach a place in the future when you do accumulate some money - maybe not riches but at least a small base to build from. And you need to be mentally prepared for what you will do then. This may not be the right time to get involved in CarbonCopyPRO (by all means pay your rent first!) But when you are able to take action to ensure that your current situation does not become a cycle, CarbonCopyPRO offers more opportunity to create a real business from limited resources than any other business opportunity we have seen.

And before you call us and ask - no you cannot get started for free then pay later. This is a real business. Sorry.

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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Online marketing 'doing much better' than other advertising platforms

Internet marketing is likely to perform well this year in comparison to other forms of media, which may suffer during the recession.

This is the view of Eva Berg-Winters, assistant director at PricewaterhouseCoopers Strategy, who claimed the internet will be the most successful advertising platform in 2009.

She acknowledged that the months ahead will be difficult for all of those involved in advertising, but insisted that due in part to its "accountability and measurability", the web will stand up to economic difficulty.

And she added: "People are sending more time online, especially during the week but also on the weekends. Our media consumption is changing and that is of course also driving ad dollars."

According to the latest Marketing Trends Survey from the Chartered Institute of Marketing, one in ten marketers are optimistic that the UK economy will pick up in the next 12 months.

Seven out of ten said they thought economic conditions would worsen over the year ahead.

Internet to overtake TV, presenting online marketing opportunities

The internet will overtake traditional television to become the most consumed form of media in 2010, providing current trends continue.

This is the conclusion of a new report from Microsoft, which shows that consumers will be spending an average of 14.2 hours on the web next year.

By comparison, an average of 11.5 hours a week will be spent watching television as more consumers catch up on programmes online.

The research shows that among 18 to 24-year-olds, more than one in four regularly watch television online, while one in seven never watch live TV.

Microsoft points out that this shift in consumer behaviour is shaping the advertising landscape, with internet marketing become a more popular platform.

"It is clear that people are willing to accept digital advertising as a price for free content and services across multiple platforms," the company stated.

Research carried out recently by accountants KPMG revealed that 60 per cent of internet users would rather watch an online advert in exchange for free content than pay for the content.

Internet usage in North America!

Total Internet users for North America—337,167,248. North America has the highest Internet penetration rate in the world with 73.6%.(Internet World Stats, 2008)

North America Internet users enjoy the fastest and most reliable connections. The average response time for North America is the lowest in the world at 117ms. (Internet Traffic Report, February 2009)

Active Home Internet users for the US--143,683,489. (Nielsen/NetRatings, 2006)

The Internet is the second most commonly used medium after television. (Internet Statistics Compendium, 2006)

The Pacific Northwest Region (Oregon and Washington) have the highest adult Internet Access in the nation—68%. (Pew Research Center, December 2002)

Active Internet domains on the web approaching 76 million. (September, 2006