Audio Blog

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I’ve added audio to my blog.  Click the arrow to listen to me speak.  (Yikes!)

So now you can listen to me as well as read, or maybe you can just listen while you do something else, and save a bit of time.  Maybe my voice will annoy you like it annoys my wife sometimes, and you’ll only listen once and decide to just read instead.

Whatever.  You now have choice.

For recording the audio, I’ve used a "try before you buy" version of Acoustica MP3 Audio Mixer.  It’s probably the easiest to use recording tool I’ve ever used bar my old cassette deck.  By that I mean, that while reading this back to make the recording you may be listening to now, I made a lot of mistakes.

No I’m not psychic, I just know I make mistakes.  The software allows you to quickly re-record the bits you’ve fluffed, cut the bad bits out and replace them with the good version.  While most recording tools can do this, the Acoustica interface is very simple to use, you just have to try it to believe it.

It also lets you put backing tracks on and generally mix and merge sounds, and each bit of audio can occupy its own track.

It has its own format for saving a set of tracks called a "Sound Group" and uses the .sgp file extension.  When you’re done editing it all, you can choose to save it as an MP3 if you like, which is what you’re listening to now.  Alternatively you can save it as a WAV, a WMA or REAL audio, but why would you want to do that when you have MP3?

It only costs $24.95, and I’ll buy a copy straight after posting this blog and adding the audio.

To add the play button above, I’m using the completely free WordPress Audio Plugin written by Martin Laine.  Thank you Martin, I’ll be making a donation shortly.  It’s also very easy to use, so I like!

The headphone / microphone combo is an old one which I think isn’t made any more, part of the Microsoft Sidewinder Game Voice.  The real manufacturer is Plantronics, so it’s pretty good.  Before I started using this, I tested out a really, really cheap one.  It cost me £1.00, that’s about $1.80 as I write, and the sound wasn’t too bad at all, but it felt uncomfortable sitting on my head, which is the only reason I switched.

I suppose the next step is to work out how to do the audio RSS feed. 

I don’t know if I’ll be able to keep up the audio blog, I think I may find I write first and then add audio later when I have time.  We’ll see…

Posted by Frank Haywood in internet business

Marketing Seminar in the UK

Last night I signed up for a marketing seminar here in the UK at Aston University in Birmingham.

I’ve often looked at the US seminars and thought I’d quite like to go to some of them, but being a "homebody" I’ve always thought it’s a bit of a jaunt for just a couple of days.  But I promised myself that if ever I got wind of a decent UK one, with some of the big names in marketing, then I’d go to it.

And here we are, in three weeks time on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd September (Friday, Saturday, Sunday), there’s a big seminar right on my doorstep less than 10 miles away.  And the names don’t get much bigger than this.

I’ll get to meet and learn from:-

Mike Filsaime –

Joel Comm –

Craig Perrine –

Marc Harty –

Michel Fortin and Sylvie Charrier –

John Taylor –

Joe Robson –

Martin Avis –

The amazing thing is the price – just $450.00 for all three days.  This translated to £244.30 after conversion through PayPal.  The reason for the rock bottom price is to attract and then get people hooked on these seminars, so that’s my bit of good fortune. 

They’re a fairly big thing in the US, but they really need a kick in the pants here in the UK.  I’ve no doubt that over the next few years they’ll get bigger and more expensive, but I’ll still attend as the benefits will far outweigh the cost.

I’m really looking forward to it, and I’ll be taking my camera with me for a few shots with these big names.

Posted by Frank Haywood in internet business

Butterfly Marketing by Mike Filsaime

After buying and then reading the Butterfly Marketing Manuscript TWICE yesterday, I went and bought the full bundle today.  I just felt that after reading, I couldn’t miss out on the software, especially having seen (and bought from) sites that were built with the Butterfly Marketing scripts.

I’m NOT saying that the manuscript is an advert for the software, far from it, but I felt I couldn’t do without the software after experiencing BM sites from a customer point of view, and especially after reading the book. 

So this afternoon, I shelled out and bought the full package.  I’ve spent the last couple of hours converting a site I was building for a new software product to use the Butterfly Marketing script.  I haven’t finished yet, but I must say it seems a lot easier using this than the previous script which I had purchased as an "instead of" BM.

That other script is called the Motivated Marketing System and comes with a nice little bundle of goodies, I’ll do a review of that another time.  Maybe I’ll make it a comparitive review against BM.  The output is similar in many ways, but the behind the scenes function is very different, and there’s something I’ve found out about MMS that I’ve not seen posted anywhere else.

Back to BM.

It really is VERY cool.  If you’re a bit of a geek like me, you’ll find that it’s an impressive script.

Now I jumped straight in with both feet and started using it by trial and error, but it wasn’t too much of a trial as everything is fairly clearly labelled.  In retrospect, what I really should have done is have a good look at the BM members site, because there are a truckload of videos there on everything from the function of the software right down to how to construct a web page with HTML. 

It also goes as far as explaining blogs and RSS feeds, split testing, writing an ebook, formatting an ezine, plus a pile of other things I’ll bring up when I do my review.  Wow!  Extreme VFM (Value For Money), and the amount of content is a bit scary.  It’s almost as if you don’t need to purchase any other training as it’s all here.

I’m going to ask my wife to go through all the videos at her own pace as she wants to know a lot more about the technical side, but we find it difficult to both sit down together at the same time so I can teach her.  (We have children!)

This is truly a quality package, and well worth the asking price. 

Give me a couple of weeks to write a review, and maybe I’ll do my own tutorial for my members, building a site from scratch.

If you can’t wait, and I really can’t blame you if you can’t, then just go and get the full Butterfly Marketing package.

LINK ~ Butterfly Marketing

Posted by Frank Haywood in internet business

Butterfly Marketing Manuscript by Mike Filsaime

Okay, after seeing the first release of Butterfly Marketing, I’ll openly say that I wanted it.

The reason I didn’t buy it wasn’t the expense, it was my concern that it was just another hyped up product promising the earth and delivering very little.  And then I started to see web sites built around the software…

I realised there was great potential in just the software, let alone all the other stuff that came with it, but I really wanted to take a look at the Butterfly Marketing Manuscript.  If I could have a read of that then I could really make my mind up about this package.

But of course the world doesn’t stand still.  The whole BM package had sold out, there were only 1000 copies in the first launch at the orginal price.  When it was re-launched, the price went up from $997.00 to $1497.00 which is its current price, but when those copies are gone, the price goes up to $1997.00 or even $2497.00.

So, I was really pleased to see that just the manuscript itself was released today for $97.00 and so I bought it.

I’ve just spent the last few hours on and off, reading and re-reading the manuscript. Stunning stuff.  Mike Filsaime really does "spill his guts" as to how he’s got to where he is in such a relatively short time.

Now, I’ve bought and read some hyped up junk in the last 12 months or so and said to myself "oh, come on!" at the end of it, as it’s clear there are parts that have been very carefully left out.  As far as I can see, with the Butterfly Marketing Manuscript nothing has been left out other than what I would call the "obvious" bits.  There’s little to no filler at all in this book, this truly is the "real deal".

I would go so far as to say that if you want to stand any chance in selling anything online, then you need to understand the concepts and methods he outlines.  Mike Filsaime freely admits that many of the ideas weren’t his, but the execution of them certainly is, and this book will go down as one of the marketing classics to be read by students 100 years from now.

I’ll write a review of this in the next week or so, but in the meantime my advice is go and get it NOW. 

LINK ~  The Butterfly Marketing Manuscript by Mike Filsaime

You won’t be sorry…


Posted by Frank Haywood in internet business

Where’s all my spam gone?

Are all the spammers on holiday?  I have a number of business email accounts for various websites, and as they’re business email accounts I can’t really apply a spam filter as I’d inevitably lose genuine emails.  So each day I delete around 30-40 spam emails across the various accounts.  It takes about 5 minutes, and it’s just one of my daily chores.

About a month ago, there was a sharp increase in the number of junk emails coming in, it had probably trebled is my estimate, but it didn’t really add any substantial amount of time to my daily deletion, maybe a minute.  Then a week ago, they almost disappeared overnight, and it’s been like that all week, with just a trickle coming in each day.

It was so few that I thought there might be a problem with my email accounts.  I’ve just moved servers twice, more on that in another post, so I thought something had gone wrong, but no, I seem to be getting all of my other emails okay.

It looks like there’s been a genuine decline in spam this last week for some reason, maybe there’s been a load of arrests or server closures, I don’t know.

The strange thing is, I’ve missed it.  Isn’t that perverse?  I’ve become used to spam filling my inbox to the point where I miss it when it’s not there.

Now we all like to get emails (well I do), but how sad is it when I start missing spam?

Posted by Frank Haywood in internet business