Do you ever have one of those days where you just want to delete everything you’ve ever done online?
This morning, I logged in to this blog with one intention, to delete it.
The reason was simply that there’s little to comment on these days and those who might have needed some guidance in certain issues in the past, don’t really need it today. There are better sources.
So, in order to keep moving forward I thought, perhaps it’s time to wave goodbye to something that is little more than a reminder of how I started out on my Internet journey.
But perhaps that reminder is important, because a journey is not one that’s filled only with successes, at least mine isn’t.
In fact, it’s littered with disappointments, frustrations, hopes, ambitions and ultimately perhaps, a resignation that what will be will be. David Carter is not in the big league, trust me on that.
And that’s why I kept it – a reminder, a prompter and ultimately, an incentive to myself as much as to anyone else, that in order to get any kind of success, online or offline, you have to keep on carrying on.
This week, my partners and I are formally launching a new product range at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham.
Although we only came together as a group a couple of months ago, it is the culmination of a few years of work that we have each contributed to, and all of that individual work has led to one conclusion – a new business.
We have already recruited a number of contractors to sell our products in the roofing industry and we have interest from all over the UK.
In the past two weeks I have conducted training courses in the UK and Ireland on our product range, with more dates already in the diary. I’ve been asked to provide a number of Continuing Professional Development courses on the subject to professional architects and surveyors throughout the country. They start later in the year.
It’s hard to believe that all of this started with a web site all those years ago.
The new venture is part of the reason I was about to delete everything here.
But you know what? It’s my record and for now at least, it’s staying where it is.
Video will feature highly in all of my sites during 2013.
In my last post, I mentioned PresenterMedia.com as being perhaps the best service I have ever come across online.
What this does for Powerpoint presentations is amazing for the money and it’s great value if you happen to do a lot of presentations, which as a rule, I don’t.
However, I did have one presentation to make and deliver in December, but I was looking at what I thought was a much bigger picture – and that’s video.
Video is already quite big on the net, but it’s going to get much bigger in 2013 and many Internet Marketers are already touting their wares in this area, with offerings designed to take Powerpoint presentations and turn them into videos.
I’ve looked at many such offerings and NONE are worth the money – even the ones that cost only $10 or so in “dime sales” on the various sites like Warrior Forum or JV Zoo.
However, there is a way of creating some stunning videos with a modest initial investment – in fact, it’s so effective, that it would be an easy sale to local (or not so local) businesses if you were so inclined.
As I have so many sites, I like to do as much as possible myself, so in addition to the excellent PresenterMedia add-on for Powerpoint 2010, I’ve now bought the latest version of Camtasia Studio and added in their Powerpoint plugin too.
Camtasia, for those of you who don’t know, is screen recording software that allows you to create videos straight from your PC or Mac – which makes it ideal for making tutorials, especially ones that involve IT.
With the Powerpoint add-in, you can now create professional looking video from the slides you create and even include full narration and soundtracks if you wish.
I’ll be using mine to create short on-page videos for my services web sites, along with brief tutorials or hard-hitting calls to action where appropriate. The possibilities are endless.
Take a quick look at the one below – it was my first attempt at showing my son how easy it can be for his building plans site – it’s not as smooth as it could be, but his site still knocks the socks off any of his competitors and the video just adds to the effect.
The video is hosted at YouTube which, being Google’s little brother, provides a great opportunity for some external promotion – as I’m sure you’ll have noticed, videos now feature strongly in search engine results – so strongly in fact, that you’d be silly not to engage fully with the medium.
All you need to create great videos can be found at: Techsmith.com and PresenterMedia.com.
In recent years (and not so distant) I have downloaded tons of software and have subscribed to tons of sites offering the latest, greatest thing – most of which have disappointed.
Today though, I found something that is so useful that I have to share it – and no, it’s not an affiliate link.
It’s a service from http://www.presentermedia.com – I was looking for something to assist me in the creation of a PowerPoint presentation, something I’ve never bothered with in all of my years behind a computer screen.
A year long subscription cost me $59 and for that, I can download as many graphics as I can get my hands on – and considering I’ve been using iStockPhoto and BigStock for a few years, I couldn’t believe what I was getting for the money.
Today, I’ve created a great PowerPoint presentation and it looks better than anything I could ever have envisaged before seeing PresenterMedia.
So, if you ever need to use PowerPoint, or need graphics in a hurry, take a look.
Consider it a gift