My final tip for 2008

By | December 31, 2008

Thank you very much for all of your comments on my blog about the birth of our new son. We enjoyed reading them.

As you may have noticed, I haven’t written since then… and I suppose it’s no wonder as to why.

Even though we had a new baby, we decided to keep up our Christmas traditions, so it’s been a very busy time… with little time to rest.

And then when I got home from Christmas at my in-laws, I came home to a dead computer 🙁

Fortunately, I had just ordered a new one (I knew the old one was on its last legs when the hard drive started making loud noises). But it has still taken a few days to get my new one set up and tweaked out just the way I like it.

Anyway, I’m back up to speed now, and I’ve got several new lessons in the works.

As this year draws to an end, I’ll offer one final tip…

Never put liquid dish soap in your dishwasher! 🙂

In my effort to help my wife with the chore of dishes, I discovered that we were out of dishwasher detergent. So I substituted liquid soap (soap is soap, what difference could it make, right?).

Big mistake, LOL. About 10 minutes later my daughter yelled down the stairs… and I ran up to see a frothy mess of foam all over the kitchen floor.

I guess I better stick to my day job. Oh wait… I don’t have one 🙂


Thank you very much for reading this newsletter. I look forward to helping you accomplish your online goals in 2009.

I’m launching something exciting in January, and I’d like to get your input on it.

I’d appreciate if you could take a moment and answer three questions at:

Take Eric’s 3-question survey here…

And as always, you are welcome to leave your comments below.

Have a great day… and a happy New Year!

25 thoughts on “My final tip for 2008

  1. Owen

    Hi Eric,
    Congrats and welcome back! I’m looking forward to your lessons. While you were away I was busy messing with a few things and I wrote about one of them. If you have a moment please take a look at The Twitter Effect – 10 days to a 1000 followers.

    Many Blessings,

    Owen Greaves

  2. Loretta


    I knew not to do this, however, my brother did not.

    When he stilled lived home with my parents, he thought he would help my mom out & load the dishwasher.

    Then he went out.

    I stopped by a little while later to drop something off & found a pile of suds as high as the kitchen table!

    What a mess!

  3. Richard

    Ooops Eric, lucky your daughter was there. it could have been the entire kitchen filled up with bubbles.

    Just also wanted to thank you Eric, you have been a great inspiration and also reinforced my belief that there are honest people out there who are willing to say it as it is.

    Thanks Eric, we all appreciate everything that you have done for us.

    Richard– United Kingdom.

    Lest I forget have a blessed prosperous new year

  4. Max Miller

    Try a few drops of Downy in the dishwasher or washing machine to stop an overdose of soap. It will work on dishsoap also.
    Happy New Year!!
    Max and Darlene

  5. Sujit Singhamahapatra

    Hi Eric
    wish you a happy happy new year, your daughter is lucky enough, God saved her, my advice always pray the God, in every moment,

  6. Melissa

    Hey Eric,
    Glad you are back. I am excited going into the new year! I pray that it is a great one. I wish you and your family the best this year and thanks for all you do for us.
    I found out the hard way too about the dishwashing soap in the dishwasher. I had bubbles for days! I could not help but laugh out loud when I read that you did it too! Brought back memories.
    God Bless You

  7. Grace

    Dear Eric,

    Thank you for all the great lessons and valuable recommendations you offered us in Eric’s Tips in 2008. You are indeed a great guide and blessing to all internet newbies (like myself).

    Lately, my email box have been swarmed with one apparent good program from many Internet Marketing experts. Actually, I was expecting you to also recommend it in Eric’s Tips. Since you have not commented on it, may I ask if you could provide us with some advice on this new program?

    David Parnell has written the following about the program in his email to me:-

    What I saw when I really took a look at this
    page was something I always wondered why it
    didn’t exist:

    A business based on services that ALL online
    marketers need and use with a network
    marketing compensation plan attached to it.

    See, if you’re online, you NEED an

    If you are online you NEED ad tracking.

    If you’re online you NEED teleconferencing
    and webinar services.

    You NEED video and audio hosting services.

    How do I know?

    I have and use each of these services
    and tell people to get them every single day.

    But . . .

    I pay and use each of them individually.

    Autoresponder $19 per month, ad tracking $29
    per month, teleconferencing $49 per month,
    webinar service $99 per month, web video and
    audio hosting $39 per month each.

    This business not only rolled all these
    services into one, but at a ridiculous price
    reduction to what I currently pay.

    IN OTHER WORDS, as a stand alone product this
    is something that is quiet literally a no
    brainer from cost savings, as a stand alone
    product, for anyone running a viable online

    SECOND, the company behind these services is
    Implix. If you have a GetResponse
    autoresponder or you use HyperTracker for ad
    tracking this is the SAME company.

    It’s been around and a leader in the industry
    for about a decade now. In other words, the
    infrastructure is already there.

    THIRD, as I said before the cost saving are a
    no brainer and create instant demand in the

    FOURTH, and this is the KILLER part to me:

    Because these are all services we all need
    and use online every single day anyways (how
    did I send you this email = autoresponder)
    the RETENTION for this business will be
    extremely high.

    I don’t know about you, but once I got my
    autoresponder a few years ago I haven’t
    stopped paying for or using it.

    Now think if you had an income based, not on
    moon juice or intellectual property, but
    instead on something people happily pay for
    online and use every single day that has an
    average retention rate on the span of years
    instead of months. (That’s the killer part
    that you won’t realize immediately, but will
    when the checks keep on coming)

    I don’t say this often, but this little
    idea is something that should have happened a
    long time ago. Now that it is here we’d all
    be crazy not to get involved before launch.

    Eric, I would greatly appreciate if you could comment and provide some advise on this new program.

    Thank you and wishing you a God Blessed New Year!

  8. Eric Post author

    Thanks Owen. I might have to write about Twitter again someday, as it’s become so huge. While most of my marketing peers would probably disagree with me, I still don’t think it’s what everyone thinks it’s cracked up to be.

  9. Eric Post author

    It sounds like a decent program. But in general, I do not like all-in-one programs, because your business is too dependent on them. Also, they tend to be weak in certain areas. I personally run a 7 figure business, but I do not pay for ad tracking, teleconferencing or webinars. So I think it may not be the best fit for the business model I’m teaching.

    On the other hand, it’s a GREAT business model for the company selling the services. They can get you 100% dependent on them with multiple “lifeline” services which makes it very difficult to ever leave. It can be a big win-win if their service is awesome, but could be a nightmare if they ever go downhill.

  10. Eric Post author

    Haha, yup it was a nice big pile of suds.. the kids thought it was hilarious 🙂

  11. Eamonn

    Hi Eric. Thanks for your tip. Here’s my first tip for 2009 – Never tie your shoelaces in a revolving door! Happy New Year to all.
    x Eamonn, UK

  12. Loren

    Where were you with this advice my sophomore year in college. We had to use dust pans to empty an apartment full of bubbles.

  13. Michaela

    Hi! We all are one year old now, not something to celebrate, but it is OK.

    Eric you have a daily job, I will say a hard one; to take care of a family of 6, this is a remarkable job, and you are doing the right think.

    Waiting the new lessons, I was very busy:
    1) I created a new challenge for myself related with making money with Squidoo lenses:
    My Squid Income Goal
    2) And I open a social network on Ning, not a lot of staff yet, but both of them will grow soon because I’ll pledge to update them daily:
    My Social Network at Ning
    All the best in 2009

  14. Owen

    I understand why you would think that, I think it is more about your needs. I merely did some research in the community and then published the research on my Blog. I may not be the traditional IM but I am in that I wish to publish information that may be of interest to someone and that means Twitter followers too.
    It was an experiment in using a tool I had not used before. Anyway, I think you should consider it for testing purposes.
    Take care,

  15. Ray

    Hi Eric; You’ve caught up to my wife and I. We wouldn’t take any offers for our Four grown Children, or any of the progeny. Our congratulations to both you and your wife. May your lives be filled with blessings, opportunities and Family love. May God walk along your paths always. Sincerely, Ray

  16. Luca

    Hey Eric,
    Great lesson – my lesson is to wash coloured clothes in cold water or is that in hot water? On second thought I better ask my wife.

    Eric, I can’t wait for your product. I’ve seen so many terrible and expensive products that are not what they claim. I’m sure yours will be worth the wait.
    Did I read that you have 6 kids? If you do you must have started very very young.

    Happy New Year – thanks for all the lessons on 2008

  17. Alexander Asante

    Great Bro. I’ve been there and done that with my family of 7 and through it all I can boldly say “His Grace was sufficient for us” and it’ll be for you too. Lot’s of work but fun to do too. I wish you and the family a very blessed and Joyous New Year full of great success and complete health and free from any accidents and incidents that will not glorify God.

    Thank you once again for this priceless tutorials. This is neat and very easy to do and without any shadow of doubt the procrastinators and excuse-given monks will have no cause as to why they did not launch a website.

    Thank you and continue to stay blessed.

    Love to the family.

    Alexander O. Asante
    Montgomery County, MD


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