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10 Ways To Waste A Perfectly Good Day Online

10 Ways To Waste A Perfectly Good Day Online


A little bit of humor in the day of an online marketer. You get up at 8am and make yourself some coffee and say to yourself, “I’m going to have a very productive day today” but instead at the end of the day you have found, “10 Ways To Waste A Perfectly Good Day Online.”

This piece was rejected by an online writing site but I think my readers will get a chuckle out of it, so I’m sharing it here.

1. Check email. You have to check your email to make sure you see those notices of commission received. You glance over the subject lines and don’t see any notices of earnings, so you continue on taking care of the rest of your email, even though most of it is now unwanted email, newsletters and general waste your time notices but you are being productive. So go ahead and read every one that you didn’t delete.

2. Then off to check your Facebook account. You’ve got to wish everyone a Happy Birthday who is listed on the right side. You notice the newsfeed and you have to look through those. It’s only right to keep up with what’s going on in the world. Make sure you answer each and every Facebook notice you received. You are building relationships, so you can’t ignore anyone.

3. If you are accustomed to scheduling tweets for the day, head on over to Hootsuite to set those up. Half an hour later you are done and thinking of your next task to do. Oops, you get an email (you noticed the email coming in at the right bottom corner of your computer screen). You can’t close your email program, you might miss something. Your scheduled tweet failed to send. Okay, so you head over to Hootsuite to see what happened. You look through the help files and Google for Hootsuite scheduled tweets failed to find an answer. Another half an hour later, you still haven’t found the reason why your tweets failed. Oh well, take the tweets and set them up in Buffer. Now you are moving along. Oh wait. The tweets were scheduled for tomorrow, so you have to go back and change the dates on your scheduled tweets. Okay, NOW you’re done and ready to get started with your day.

4. Now we are ready to start our day of focused work to build our business online. You then remember that you promised “so and so” that you would look at their opportunity and give them your opinion. You read through the hundreds of words on the sales letter page. It drones on and on and about halfway through, you realize this is another SOS (Shiny Object Syndrome) getting in the way and you are letting it eat away at your productive time. Fast forward to the bottom of the page, yep, the program is $49.95 per month and you only have to recruit 4 people. Argghhh, another hour wasted.

5. Now it’s time to focus and get some work done. But wait, I need to update to Windows 10 before the July 29th, 2016 deadline. Hmmm, wonder how long it’s going to take? I know, I’ll Google it. It looks like it varies for different computers as to how long it will take to upgrade the operating system. No problem. I’ll do that one night this week.

6. I saw some more email coming in. I’ll rush over there right quick and check through the email. It won’t take but a minute. There is a new social site just starting. I’ll have to go check that out. We always need as much exposure as possible. Not a good idea to focus on just one or two, or is it?

7. I think I’ll make a video today. I start my video recording program and it’s not coming up. Now what? I have to search for an answer why this software is not working today. Google it and find the answer. It will be quick and not take very long. Two hours later, I still haven’t figured out what happened. I could have used another program for now and kept on moving forward instead of wasting time.

8. OMGosh an acquaintance from high school just messaged me on Facebook. It would be nice to talk to her again. I didn’t know her very well in school but it seems people change and those who would not give you the time of day in school will now talk to you like a new best friend. Another hour gone. How in the heck did that happen? We just talked for a few minutes.

9. I received an email from a marketing friend who is trying out a new WordPress plugin and they thought I would be interested in it. Sure, I’ll go check it out. I’m always looking to update my blog and make it look better and I can write a review if this plugin works well for me.

10. Oh no, it’s time to fix dinner. I’ve worked so hard today, I didn’t get a chance to start supper. Let’s look over the hard work I’ve done today. Don’t tell anyone but I’ve done absolutely nothing today except waste time on email and Facebook.

The list above is just a comical look but seriously, this does happen to many people day in and day out who work online. You have to be self-disciplined and focused to make a success of your business online. Plan your day. Use a timer to work on projects and move on to something else when the timer runs down. Think in terms of “Long Term.” Will this that I’m planning to do create success and grow my business or be a little chunk of waste to my day?

arrow5-aThank you for taking the time to read.  Sharing is appreciated.  Do you have any “time wasters” to share?  I’d love to hear about them in the comments below.

Facebook Malware Checkpoint

Facebook Malware Checkpoint


Today is June 5, 2016 and I guess it’s the end of my Facebook days. I’ve tried to sign on to Facebook many times today and receive the same message “Facebook Malware Checkpoint.”


I’ve scanned my computer twice and found nothing. I am able to sign into my family account but not my main account.

That’s okay, I was spending too much time on Facebook anyway and today I am reassessing many things that I do online.

For the time-being I will be putting my main efforts to Google+ for social media.

I absolutely and flat out “REFUSE” to be forced to download the malware software that Facebook is trying to get people to download.

The software they want us to download is called Trend Micro HouseCall and from what I have been able to find out, this is a legitimate action by Facebook but not one I will tolerate.

Concerning wasted time, Saturday morning I spent four hours working on a post for this blog and at the end of the four hours, I realized I had spent the majority of that time fussing with a plugin that I really liked and wanted to use.

After searching for an answer to the problem I was having with this plugin, their support responses were to “do a work-around, deactivate all of my plugins and/or change themes.”

Again, not an option I am going to tolerate. I could have had my post done and sent out and well on to working with other projects but I was determined to make this plugin work.

Going back over my work habits the last few weeks and I am ashamed to say that most of my limited time online has been used to “work-around” something here or there and not on what I need to be focused on.

So to all of my Facebook friends and members of my writing group, I guess our days have ended in Facebook but I will still be around on other social sites but mainly focused on Google+.


multi-star-transparentWhat do you think about Facebook’s decision to force the download of the Malware software they endorse?

I would like very much to hear “Your” viewpoints on this action Facebook is taking. 

Leave your thoughts in the comments below and please share to your social media, although I’m not sure my Facebook account will be notified.  Oh well!

Have a great new week and I’m looking forward to seeing the comments.

Your Social Network Profile – Are You At Risk?

Your Social Network Profile – Are You At Risk?

networkSince online social networks have rapidly increased in numbers and popularity, it seems like it has become a race to see who can sign up for the most communities and who can get the most friends or contacts.  This brings forth the question, “Your Social Network Profile – Are You At Risk?”


To find individuals that are interested in the same things as you are, whether you are looking to find a business contact or maybe a personal contact, you must create a profile.  

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6Pinterest-6PartSocialMediaSeries-Cross Posting-aWe are now to the end of my series on Social Media Cross Posting and this week we will go through Pinterest.
What is Pinterest?  Pinterest is a company that provides an Internet service that they describe as a visual discovery tool. People use Pinterest to collect ideas for projects and interests. Users create and share collections (called “boards”) of visual bookmarks (called “Pins”) that they use to do things like plan trips, develop projects, organize events or save articles and recipes. Reference:
I admit I don’t use Pinterest very much and probably will find that I am overlooking a great source for advertising.  I haven’t signed into my account in a while but I do share pictures of colleagues and friends on Pinterest. 

The first thing I was greeted with when signing in was the question of whether or not I wanted to turn my account into a business account.  I said, “No” but it does appear that I should change this and so should you if you are using Pinterest for sharing any kind of pictures and/or links that you would receive commission or payment for.  At this time, there is no charge to sign up for a business account but it sounds as though that may change in the future.  

When I went to settings, I see that again I have allowed a few other sites to have control of my account by using them to sign in to Pinterest to save time (see picture below).  In the picture you can see that I have signed in at times using my Facebook log in credentials, along with Twitter and Google+.  A little further down Gmail and Yahoo are listed but I have not used either of them to sign in to Pinterest at any time.  I have turned this off, so in the future I hope I remember NOT to use other social sites to sign into Pinterest for me.
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6Pinterest-6PartSocialMediaSeries-Cross Posting-jacs-henderson-aSince Pinterest is not my area of expertise, I would like to introduce you to a friend of mine, Jacs Henderson; Jacs’s World of Pinterest.  She works a lot with Pinterest and will guide you through setting up your account or show you how to improve your existing account and profile.
I hope you were able to find some helpful information with my 6 Part Series of Social Media Cross Posting. 

Which of the six social media sites will you be focusing on?  Twitter – Facebook – YouTube – LinkedIn – Google+ – Pinterest;  I would be interested to know what is your favorite to work with?

animated_arrow_right2If you enjoyed this post and found it helpful to you, please comment and share on the social networks with everyone and let me know how I’m doing.

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Google+ – 6 Part Social Media Series -Cross Posting #5

Well here we are to #5 of my 6 part series on Cross Posting to social media sites.  I do hope you have learned some new things. I know I have.  This week we will be taking a look at Google+. 
As you can see in the photo below, I have not allowed too many apps to take over my Google+ account.