Thursday, August 20, 2015


It's kind of funny. I created a Google AdSense account many years ago. It's minimum payout for my US Dollars is apparently $100.00. I am only up to about $34 so far.

Then there's Adfly. I really am not a huge fan of the way it re-directs visitors, but I've earned $0.44 in less than a year, and most of that in the first month. I was amused to see that I still earn pennies from links I created so long ago.

The Adfly payout threshold is only $5.00, so I feel much more likely to actually see that money some day.

I wrote about Alternatives to MTurk, and still get clicks on an adfly link included in that article.

A couple of wordpress blogs

I meant to do this before. I may have, and then forgot. Whatever the case, here goes:

I'd like to link to a couple of wordpress blogs where I also write about a few of my client's industries. The first is Giant Balloons and More that talks about outdoor advertising. My Client,, is the reason I created that one.

The second is Business Coaching I started it specifically for but I also use it for

If you find anything useful in this blog, check those out as well.


Sunday, August 16, 2015

Byron Jones

Byron Jones, like many of us, was a hard working man who found himself suddenly out of a job when he was laid off from the Tampa shipyards in 1976.

Instead of letting that get him down, he decided to start his own business and Mid-Florida Tree Service was born! Among his earliest employees was his son, Tim Jones.

Byron and Tim grew the company by treating their customers right and giving them more than they expected. They knew the importance of each customer and put a high value in customer satisfaction. They passed this value along to their employees.

Many of their employees have stayed with them for 20 years, making the company very much "family".

In 2000, Byron retired and his son, Tim, took over. Tim continues his father's commitment to making customers happy. They live by the motto: Treat every customer as if they were your only customer.

If you have a tree that is overgrown, or a limb or tree that's down and causing problems for your home, or maybe you have a lot that's covered in brush and brambles. Whatever the case, if you need a professional arborist, visit Mid-Florida Tree Service for a free estimate.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Go Fund Me for Spencer the dog

I haven't posted about this recently, and I'm not sure if I mentioned it here. Lately I've been using this blog mostly to talk about my clients and their websites.

Besides me being a business owner, my family and I have a passion for rescuing dogs. We were driving on a highway near our house and saw a dog literally standing in the middle of the road.

We stopped for him and I got out of the car. I realized very quickly that he was in bad shape and needed help. His ribs were showing, he had very little fur and he was covered in bug bites. He had a familiar smell that I recognized as a secondary problem caused by demodex mange.

We took him home and started taking care of him. He's getting much better, but we still need some financial help for him. If you find your way to this blog and have a heart for dogs, please consider giving at

You can see his picture here:

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Space Coast Outdoor Advertising

In Florida, the area around Kennedy Space Center, roughly from Titusville to Melbourne is known as the space coast.

It is from here that every US manned spaceflight was launched.

There's a lot of history in this area and a lot of space related tourism.

It's also the home of the Ron Jon flagship store in Cocoa Beach where you can find pretty much anything you can think of for enjoying the beach.

People drive or fly from all over to see this iconic store and enjoy the Atlantic beach.

If you have a business in this area, you know the importance of attracting both the Beach / Surf  crowd and the space / NASA crowd.

This is the perfect environment for outdoor advertising. Giant balloons catch the eye of tourists as they drive by. LED Signs tell them what you have to offer and Giant Helium balloons catch their attention like searchlights in the daytime. (By the way, you can rent searchlights for after dark too)

My client, Giant Balloon Rental, offers a full selection of outdoor advertising products for the Space Coast and all of Florida.

What's different in a Successful Business

What determines if a business succeeds or fails? Is it a matter of luck, timing, the economy? Cynde Alloway, my client who is a business consultant / business coach, says its much more than that. She says that even in tough economic times, companies can thrive if they stick to a few basics.

Among those basics are

Written Goals
Without written goals, you may lose track of where you are going and what you need to do to get there. Carefully consider your hopes and expectations for your business and write them down.

Low Debt
Debt is expensive. Whenever possible, run your business debt free and even keep an emergency reserve fund available.

Everything changes. Instead of resisting change, embrace it and look for the opportunity hidden within it.

See more Elements of a Successful Business on Cynde's website.

If you see your competition struggling and even failing, don't lose heart. Keep doing what you know is right and welcome their abandoned clients. Treat them right and succeed despite what looks like tough times.