Thesis Blog Theme Review

Upgraded the theme…now SOOO Much better. I was using the butt ugly default wordpress theme which of course is fine out of the box if you want to look like a newb, but we here professionals have standards.

It’s been over a year since I’ve checked out WordPress themes. My goodness, there’s a ton of great ones out there! After checking around from those who do SEO for a living, Thesis was highly recommended. I upgraded all my sites and I can now easily manage them on my own.

THESIS PROs & CONs

PROS:

  • GUI based themeing
  • SEO packed
  • threaded discussion
  • won’t break on the inevitable updates to wordpress

CONS:

  • Can’t fully answer as I’ve only used it for a bit.
  • Not free. $84 single/$164 multi-site.   But are Free templates really that free?

Given I paid $200 for a person to crappily design a theme (they have their names all over the footers…to get SEO). that was easy to break this isn’t so bad.  There is also a channel of support where ..I’m not sure if the company that did my last blog still exist *poof*.

Now to figure out how to integrate Affiliate Prophets WordPress plugin…I’ll do a review on how that goes shortly.

Mass Control Seminar in San Diego Review #1

This is my first post/review on the MC#2 Seminar last weekend down in SD.

I’ve got to say I was pretty blown away,

and am still reeling. Oh my frigging head

Could be bad limes in the coronas inducing LSD like hallucinations, could be  what happens after you’ve seen the Spandanko video (http://www.masscontrolsite.com/d1.html, http://www.masscontrolsite.com/d2.html) about 20 zillion times, could be seeing Boy Shakira dressed like Britney spears (which is soo wrong…)

Alright, time for public humiliation..

Warning: Profanity Ahead

*Cock*While I’m used to conferences and even giving presentations.  This was my first one in the internet marketing space… it was very different, in some ways it felt like high school graduation rehearsal. I kept expecting the inflatable beach ball and inflatable nude lady to be bouncing around.  *Cock*  Beers were on stage more than once, at one point there was tiff on who had more to drink, (Frank score: 6).   Pranks abounded: Speakers got spanked while presenting, “cock” flashed on the monitors trying to throw off speakers sometimes at the interval I’m using them here… As an attendee you weren’t allowed to ask questions unless you’re wearing a viking helmet, with blond braids.

Many colors, one voice…the godfathers of Internet Marketing

Frank Kern, Eben Pagan, Jeff Walker, Perry Belcher, Ed Dale hanging at the secret crib
Frank Kern, Eben Pagan, Jeff Walker, Perry Belcher, Ed Dale hanging at the secret crib...yes I was there the fly on the wall.

Since the common thread is marketing, the seminar attracted a diverse range of people.  Complete newbies to real estate, stock trading;  Those who make $1M per launch easily; and those dissatisfied with 80K months.   Almost all of the publicly known gurus of Internet Marketing we there, it was like the coachella of Internet Marketing.

It does strike me how lucky I am to be in LA, near SD, so much happens with the few hour drive, many attendees came from far away. One guy came all the way from London! I met someone at the hostel who didn’t even open the course or attend the sessions, his goal was just to see and meet his 2 favorite speakers (one didn’t even show up!). I almost forgot that such conferences are 90% networking focused— there are lots of successful people who garnered deals from places like this.

You’ll love my nut..notes…

Seriously 3 Days… 300Kb of notes.  The original phrase came from a video they ran early on. Over and over and over again. Very funny it’s on youtube.

During these conferences, most people retain just 1-3% of information presented so it was a surprise to see just a few people (that includes me!) taking down notes, even when the speakers were discussing relevant points.  I was indeed a newbie— maybe, those who don’t take down notes don’t really need the information. There were a few I talked to who’d been in it for years- a decade or so. They weren’t there for the information, they came to build their network.

Like a summer blockbuster, many presentation were great fun, but most weren’t something I’d want to see again… Especially since rewatching the videos, listening to the audios, they add up to 3days of presentations I’d rather be doing something.   Plus who knows when they will be posted, how much they will cost, and even if the info is still relevant given how fast the marketing community moves.

Looking around during the session it was also interesting to see when people were and weren’t taking notes and responding indicating where people have mastered or need.  Like on the 3rd day one of the presentation went into modelling business in spreadsheets and how such small changes can make the difference between hobbie (2K mo) and 1.5M business are.   Another earlier showed how small15% increases in 5 core areas could double the net profits.   I was kinda surprised at the reaction as spreadsheets are my first plan of attack when doing business viability.  Given how little the differences are the actual numbers,  I wonder if this is why so many are struggling.

I have links to those spreadsheets, in It may take me a few days to get the notes in a point that can be shared…stay tuned.

Upcoming:
Day 1:  Notes + Review
Day 2:  Notes + Review
Day 3:  Notes + Review
Wrap-up

If you want to help me out, post any particular questions you want me to focus on.

If you went to the conference, you should also join the super exclusive private forum: http://masscontrolprivate.ning.com/

Greenscreen setups Chromakey on cheap, $200 to $850

Found by Jason Moffat

http://www.pclightingsystems.com/chromakey/3-head-ez-lite-deluxe/?virtualpage5=0 $850

And also a smaller 2 light rig for $200

If you have room, these sorts of setups are hella fun to play with.  Getting so cheap too! Cheapo bulb make it easy and less like being in an easy bake.  That said I really like seeing the environment in most videos they say so much about the person making it 1 on 1, “over the shoulder” journalism.

Just got a ping today at troyworks about doing viral video using peoples names, makes me wonder how to blend the chromakey and personalization together…