What I’ve Been Up To Lately

Hey!

I was just thinking about this Eric’s Tips site, and realized it’s been more than a couple months since I posted anything. I also haven’t sent out a lot of emails lately, and haven’t published much this year.

With that in mind I want to offer a brief explanation and quasi-apology. I say quasi, because I’m not really sorry for what I’ve been doing, but I am sorry if any Eric’s Tips readers have felt neglected πŸ™‚

Basically, I’ve just been practicing what I’ve been preachin’ over the past several years. My internet business is doing well, and I’m focusing more on other priorities. Eric’s Tips is all about building a business that allows you to work on your own terms and have the freedom to do the things you want to do. Life is short, so the time to focus on your priorities is always now.

For anyone who has been through the lessons, you know it’s not a get-rich-quick program. In fact, it’s a LOT of work to build a sustainable business. I’ve been doing this for quite a few years now, so in some respect you could say I’m enjoying the fruits of my labor. I’m not saying any of this to boast. It’s not an ego-trip or a humble-brag. I wouldn’t be posting it at all, except I think it’s important for anyone who is following my lessons to know that these methods do work, and are still working for me.

Over the years I’ve seen a lot of Internet marketing teachers come and go. I’ve seen many go out of business for various reasons. Some of them disappear without saying so much as good-bye to their subscribers. Some have reinvented themselves and bounced back; others have not. I’ve seen them make their millions and lose them just as quickly. Many times greed gets the best of people. Other times, it is simply a matter of unwise choices. Yet other times, the circumstances are beyond control.

I’ve certainly made my fair share of mistakes (which form the basis of some of my lessons), so I’m not one to point a finger. At the same time, I just want to let you know that things have been going pretty good lately. My business was doing well prior to the recession of 2008-2009, it did well during it, and it’s done well during the recovery right up through today. My income never took a hit during all those years, and this year is shaping up to be my best yet. This is proof the system works, but I cannot say this without also saying… all the glory goes to God my provider!

A few years ago, I reported that I was experiencing some health issues, and I’m happy to report that my health is good. Again I’m not saying this because I think I’m great or that you even care. But I feel I owe it to my readers on some level to give you an update on this. As you know, health is a blessing and shouldn’t be taken for granted.

So what have I been doing?

For one, I’ve taken up road biking in the past year, and as any fellow cyclists will attest, it’s a time-consuming activity πŸ™‚

I’ve devoted quite a bit of time to ministry stuff, such as helping my wife with the dance ministry, and leading mission trips. I’m leaving on a trip tomorrow morning, and I’ll be home for only two days before embarking on another trip.

We purchased a second home on a lake down in Louisiana, where we’ve been doing some projects in the community. Now we’re happy to call the place home, and when we go there we’re going to be with friends, not just to do projects. Come to think of it, we’ve bought a bunch of investment properties in the past year. Remember way back in lesson #6 I talked about the Cash Flow Quadrant? Well I’ve been focusing a little more on the investor quadrant lately. I’ll talk some more about that stuff in lesson #99 later this year.

Bottom line, I’ve actually been very busy (perhaps too busy) and working hard… just not on this visible side of my business.

I’ve still been working on my business too, but the time spent on my business has mostly been on specific income-producing activities such as doing promotions and product launches. In essence, my business has been more in maintenance mode, rather than growth mode. But thanks to the leveraging nature of the Internet, the business has still been growing too. If you have a limited amount of time (and we all do), I’d recommend prioritizing the income producing activities in regard to the time you spend on your business.

What does this mean for the future of Eric’s Tips? Actually not much has changed. I expect things will slow down a little later this summer, and I plan to finish creating the 100 lessons. Beyond that I have some big plans for Eric’s Tips and will continue to deliver top quality money-making tips and tools.

If you have any questions or comments please leave them below. It might be a little while before we moderate and answer comments, as I’ll be mostly offline for a bit, and my brother-in-law Micah (who often moderates this site) is in the middle of a mission to Brazil. But we will get to it!

Thanks again for reading my tips, and I’ll be in touch… hopefully soon!

Blessings,
Eric

61 comments on “What I’ve Been Up To Lately

  1. Paul Warner

    Very honestly you have given us enough through these lessons that I, speaking for myself, do not need to hear from you, and actually don’t want to. This not in deference to you, because I have learned a lot from you, but to be honest there is enough pressure, enough pounding, and enough ridiculous bullshit that goes on with these marketers who insist that I have to have an email from them every single day, with a different product that they are pushing every single day. Quite frankly I do not like Internet Marketing, and I also do not like that just because I bought one product from somebody, it gives them license to pound me silly with another product.
    I suggest you enjoy your life as you are doing and let me get to the products I did buy from you, and review some of the products that I didn’t, so that when you come back I will be in better shape to enjoy seeing your emails again.

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    1. Wim

      I couldn’t agree more. Thanks Paul !

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  2. John Parker

    Eric, I am happy to hear that you are in good health and may you and your family be blessed with many more years of good health and happiness.

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  3. Aka Bo

    God Bless you Eric,
    I have feel blessed that you have come into my studies as timely as you have.
    I am pleased that your health issues are being dealt with active attention.
    You are a good man.

    And a wise one …

    Thank you and best wishes always towards your health and happiness!

    Bo

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  4. Michael Reyes

    Your methods in the lessons are outdated and NOT sustainable. Paid traffic is the new best marketing strategy nowadays since it is very leveragable and does not rely on algorithms. It is also unlimitless. Forget SEO and article marketing. Too much work.

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    1. Eric Post author

      Apparently you have not seen all the lessons because I spend about as much time teaching paid traffic as I do free traffic πŸ™‚ Also, there is always more than one way to skin a cat. There are plenty of free traffic methods that work. What you’re seeing right now is a lot of people SELLING paid traffic courses so it seems like the only thing.

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    2. Brian

      You’re accidentally right when you say paid traffic is “unlimitless” – meaning, of course, that it is NOT limitless. It is limited by your ability to pay for it.

      More to the point, “paid” and “unpaid” traffic are not mutually exclusive. You can do both – and they both have a very legitimate place in a marketing strategy.

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    3. Terry Snyder

      Michael, Internet marketing, like many businesses, frequently changes. However, Eric has provided this free site to share his experiences. Granted that some of the lessons may appear dated, but the principles of running an online business are spot on. Eric has clearly explained the differences of free traffic and paid traffic. He has also addressed SEO and article marketing. In addition, he also has explained that it takes a lot of work.

      You have publicly admitted that it’s “Too much work.”

      That’s exactly what’s wrong for so many people who try this business.

      I think you owe Eric an apology, and I think you need to evaluate yourself.

      T. Dean Snyder
      South Korea

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      1. K.

        I agree with you, T. Dean Snyder! I think Eric has delivered what he purported to bring to us. When the information is dated, he states it as such. For any newbie wanting to find out where he wants to work, this is an excellent tool. It provides the many different avenues as well as how to traverse them. If anyone wants or need any further information, the internet is full of them. I think Eric has provided some great content and I look forward to his emails every day (I was wondering why I hadn’t received them lately). In addition, I like Eric’s Tips and Eric Holmlund and appreciate that he is a man of God and puts God first. And, when I’m done, if time permits, I may go through them again to hone in on anything that I missed . I will definitely share the information I’ve received. Thank you, Eric, for all you do!

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  5. Kwame Ofori-Atta

    Eric, glad you are doing well. Thank you for sharing and being open with us. I personally appreciate. God bless you and your family and all your endeavors.

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  6. Jeremy Ballance

    Hi Eric! Thank you for sharing with us. I highly respect you and have found it refreshing to be able to deal with a man of God and integrity. I’ve been a long time customer of The Real Guys and projects you have done. You have been greatly blessed and it’s wonderful to see someone your age acknowledge that much has been given and much is being given back. Blessings to you and your lovely family. I know you will continue to touch and bless many people both with your honest business savy and your dedicated heart and spirit to our Living God!

    Blessings,
    Jeremy Ballance

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  7. aida suarez

    Thqnk you Erick for writing again. Glad to hear you are in good health and still involved in the Lord’s work. Please end me lesson no. 1 of Eriks tips. I am reviewing the lessons again. I ‘ll be happy to see the 100 lessons complete. Again thanks and God bless you and your family.

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  8. Kelley T

    Eric, I appreciate your sharing and the lessons taught even in this unassuming “just the facts mam” update. God bless you and your family in all of your endeavors.

    Kelley Tetzlaff

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  9. hil

    How many different niches are you in?

    I look forward to your response.
    Thanks

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    1. Micah

      Hello Hil,

      We often get new ideas, so we frequently try out an idea in a new niche. Some have done very well. If we had more time, we would love to develop some of our niches a lot more.

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  10. Joseph

    Great to hear, Eric….so glad everything is going well for you and your family. Just wanted to share with you (and everyone else) a website that might be of interest: http://www.thewarningsecondcoming.com God bless you all!

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  11. Ernie

    Blessings to you and Micah, Eric ! We can’t out-give God, and also His Universe is and will continue to send you more to “flow through you,” to others. I’m tuned in, patient, and learning all I can. – Ernie

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  12. Andrei

    Thanks for the update, Eric.
    Good luck in all your endeavors.
    Eagerly waiting to hear more about the big plans for Eric’s Tips!
    Cheers,
    Andrei

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  13. Mark

    What would be the best way to partner with amazon other than the associate program……….If there is one.

    Thanx

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    1. Micah

      Hello Mark,

      With large companies, you won’t get special partnerships, unless you also are a big company. However, if you are just setting up a cross promo with a fellow marketer, sometimes you can come to an agreement outside of the normal affiliate program.

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  14. Ray

    I love the concept of having the time and money to do what you want. Like you I have a passion to please God and want to Him use me in many ways as time goes by as my resources of time and money increase.

    I eventually discovered that my adrenal fatigue was rooted in the fact that I have been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, so my energy levels are still a major factor although that is manageable with a good diet and good stewardship of time and work load.

    I want to close by commending you on Eric’s Tips as a great resource and teaching series. Do you have or can you create for us an index to all the lessons? I’d like to go back over a few. I pray the Lord will bless you in His plans for Eric’s Tips.

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    1. Eric Post author

      Thanks Ray! I’ve got an index in my coaching club, maybe I’ll post one on this site soon.

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  15. Claude Haggerty

    You are certainly inspiring Eric. You are living proof that what you put in is what you get out.

    I have learned many things from you.

    Thank you for all you do to help thosr trying to find their way

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  16. william

    Dear Eric: I have enjoyed all of the lessons, and you can’t know how nice it is for you to teach so much, and not shove something in our face to buy. Thank you so much. The mural is absolutely beautiful, moving and inspiring

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  17. Hassan

    Good to hear from you…ERIC….
    Excellent life style… could not be better!!!

    Good luck and keep up the good work .. so we all enjoy it as well!!

    Have a fabulous weekend….

    Hassan
    Toronto Canada

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  18. Richard

    Eric- Welcome back ! We missed you. I’m glad to hear that you intend to finish the Lessons. Please note that I consider these lessons to be the most authorative & helpful “Fact-sheets” ever published on the internet. Are the lessons (with index) now available to subscribers (or collectors) ? If not, please devise a system to make them available ? Best Wishes. A quick note regarding Missions. Let it be known that missions to some countries are considered illegal, (& in some cases considered Capital offenses) So missions there should be discouraged/prevented. Let them confine their activities to where they are welcome.

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  19. BrenP

    God bless your plans bro. πŸ™‚

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  20. Richard

    There is no indication whether my comment was poted or cancelled. Could you inform me, please? It contained no comment on any person etc, & was intended only to proect your friends & associates, so should not be cancelled.

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  21. Roy Babineaux

    Hello Eric! I really enjoy being one of your subscribers. I live in Lafayette, LA. What city in Louisiana do you have a home?

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  22. Michael Gorman

    Hi Eric,
    wow man, you certainly are an industrious and diligent worker! This is the big ‘secret’ of being successful I think – sticking at it, working in a focused manner, learning and remaining open to new ways to doing things. I have gained an enormous quantity of real knowledge and help from your ‘Tips’. Recently I commenced a project inspired by your FireSale and I think it forms a solid basis to work from – so I thank you and your associates for what you do and the genuine help you provide to folks wanting to learn how to be independent. I look forward to hearing from you and please be assured you are appreciated and held in the highest honor.
    Cheers
    Michael

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  23. Dan Counts

    Eric – Great job on setting priorities! It was good to finally meet you and Josiah in Denver. I have been praying for you, Jeff and Paul that God would continue to use you all to His glory. It’s an amazing testimony that three Christians can build a viable business with honesty, integrity and Christian principles. Thanks!

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  24. Jim Doney

    Hi Erick and or Micah. Thanks for letting me know you are still active. I really appreciate your classes and have applied many of them in order to create my website.( thakanon.org ) I am attempting to market a completely new musical instrument . A product which I invented based on new information which I have discovered about Pythagoras and his resonance healing techniques that I truly believe was taught to him in secret by tha Essenes. As a Christian you may already be aware that tha Essenes are tha tribe that several hundred years after Pythagoras brought us tha Messiah Yeshua. According to my theories Pythagoras musical teachings were tha same as those practiced and handed down by Solomon – also an Essene – as was Moses before him – Tha original Essenes were of tha tribe of Enoch which pertain to tha beginning of biblical history. My time is consumed by my ongoing research and teaching tha few serious students I have developed over tha years. Over tha past 7 years I have sold only 250 musical instruments in Mexico where I live and in Brazil where I have been invited twice to give seminars. I live very cheaply in Mexico and have not made enough to support a marketing agenda. Tha niche for resonance healing is still very small but expanding rapidly. Of course after studying your lessons tha obvious solution is to find super/afiliates such as yourself or possibly one of your students? to do tha marketing for a high percentage of tha gross profit. Please check out my site – and get a hold of me directly if interested – I answer all enquires –
    Thanks – Jim – thakanon.org

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  25. Jesse Carter

    Eric:
    I’m from North Louisiana and grew up in Monroe (Duck Dynasty land) which is Bayou Country and has a rich heritage. What lake are you living on if I could ask? Louisiana is a wonderful place to raise a family.
    Jesse

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  26. Gary D. Collier

    Hey Eric, always good to hear from you. It is good news that things are going well and I am looking forward to what you have coming up. All the best. Gary.

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  27. Rachel

    Thanks for the update, and don’t forget to post some pictures of your adventures this summer πŸ™‚
    To you and yours have a safe and great summer.

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  28. Kelley

    Thanks for the update Eric. Time freedom is what got me in to this business so I can appreciate that. Have a great summer πŸ™‚

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  29. Dave Leake

    Hello, Eric,

    Because you mentioned health issues I had to write this response. My current project is my second book (working title: Why Fit People Drop Dead). My first, available on Amazon, is A (Patented) Heart Disease Cure That Works (subtitle: What Your Doctor May Not Know . . . What Big Pharma Hopes You Don’t Find Out).

    Statin drugs do not “cure” heart disease, but their side effects (greater in number than you might expect) are doing permanent harm to a lot of people — muscle damage, memory loss, dementia, even heart attacks. I discovered a 1994 patent — a cure for coronary artery disease — seven years ago, after 17 years of going from bad to worse with statins. An angiogram four years later determined I now had “No obstructive disease.” This, after having had blockages of 80 to 90 percent in critical heart arteries plus the insertion of three stents.

    If your health issue is heart disease, please take a look at my site — you can read key pages from my own medical record there. I built the site and wrote the book in an attempt to educate people about the dangers of statins and to let them know there is an inexpensive “natural” way to prevent, reverse and even cure heart disease. So far, though, neither has gained much traction. It frustrates me thinking about the lives that could be saved, the misery that could be prevented, and even what it could mean for Medicare and private insurers if heart disease was no more.

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  30. Pete Moring

    Hi Eric;
    Glad you’re doing well health-wise πŸ™‚

    Out of all the E-mails I get in my inbox daily, it’s always refreshing to see ‘Erics Tips’ and also ‘The Real Guys’ in the subject line. I know they’re never going to be spammy and very often beneficial to me and well worth reading (as today’s was)

    Good luck and good health to you and your family πŸ™‚

    All the best – Pete.

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  31. Jonty Johnson

    Hi Eric, good to hear all is good and your health issues have passed. Keep up the good work it is very much appreciated.

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  32. Zhanna

    Hello, Eric!

    You are healthy is the most important thing. Man for the family – it’s protection and support. You have a big family.
    Now your busi will flourish.

    Your training and I really like your lessons are very clear.
    You are young.

    I expect you learning traffic – free of charge.

    Sincerely,
    Zhanna

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  33. Lawrence Mills

    Hi Eric,
    Great to hear from you again.
    Been missing your writings and as Rachael says, your photos as well.
    Go in good health and enjoy everything that you and your family wish to do.
    Regards and thanks for everything,
    P.S.
    Just had a look at your file on my computer and the earliest that I could find is:
    Lawrence, Thank you for confirming your membership___25/02/2006
    Plus over 80 of your holiday snaps. Great camera work and beautiful scenes.

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  34. Jo

    Eric,its good to hear you are feeling better in your health and you continue to do charity work . You have made a wise decision to invest your money in property and not put it all back in your business as i feel you need more than 1 string to your bow.

    Best wishes

    Jo

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  35. Jeff Hunt

    Eric, thanks for your example and ministry to “us”! Jeff

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  36. Colin Noden

    Glad to hear from you Eric, and doubly glad to hear your health is back. I’ve always had you in the back of my mind over the past year. Thanks for the update.

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  37. Jennie

    Thank you, Eric, for your encouragement over the years, and for walking a path of service. It’s taken me about 6 years to learn how to market my niche effectively, and it was you who gave me my start back in 2008. I’ve moved through different methods with other teachers, but I always have a little feel-good vibe when I hear from you. You helped me when I was taking those baby steps, trying to understand the unfathomable. Looking forward to the rest of the tips and more.

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  38. Joseph Carey

    Hi Eric,

    Great to hear from you again. It looks like you are now enjoying the fruits if your labour , what a testimonial for all you have taught us through Eric’s Tips.God bless you and your family.

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  39. Joseph Carey

    Hi Eric,

    Great to hear from you again. It looks like you are now enjoying the fruits of your labour , what a testimonial for all you have taught us through Eric’s Tips.God bless you and your family.

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  40. Akoi

    Hi Eric!
    You are the best of all out there. I have spent more than $20K in buying other stuff without earning a penny.But after starting your course my eyes are open to the obstacles I was facing.I know from your tips I will make it.
    As for the silence I thought It was my fault because I had some challenges for the past 4 months and did not have time for computer.If fact my wife was sick and we had to travel overseas and so on. But thank God she is improving.
    I wish you all the best in your life ,family ministry and business.
    May the Lord keep putting new things in you so that we can be blessed from you
    Be blessed
    Akoi from australia

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  41. Dirk

    Hi Eric,
    Glad to hear from you. I’ve been gone also for some time (medical).
    Thank You,
    Dirk

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  42. des

    I’ve been following you for a while now Eric and have to say you are one of the few genuine internet marketing teachers out there.Other people bombard us with fancy infomercials that don’t really say a lot exept sign up give me your money and then dissapear but Eric’s Tips is there year after year giving good solid advice helping people to grow their online business.The products that you sell are all tried and tested and work if done properly.Unlike other guru’s we never see Eric driving fancy sports cars pulling into huge fancy houses and telling us this could be you if you follow the plan.With Eric it’s a normal guy doing what he teaches and having a normal happy life.I also like the way you speak your mind on products that are rubbish you have saved a lot of people an awful lot of money with this no nonsence approach.It’s nice to see you enjoying the fruits of your labour and enjoying your mission work.May Eric’s Tips go on for many years to come.

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  43. Brian

    Hi Eric, I read a lot about how bloggers need to be posting at least 2 or 3 times a week to keep an audience and traffic, but I don’t believe that is true if what you are posting is not well thought through and useful to someone. You have often said building a list is critical to business success and when you have something worth saying you can then let people know.

    Personally for me that seems like a much more sensible approach, especially when you are dealing with real people. As someone mentioned earlier, most people don’t want emails every day from someone when the message hasn’t really changed. And in the end when that happens the emails just get labelled as spam or people unsubscribe, that’s a normal human response.

    When I get an email from you, I tend to have a look, because I know you mostly have something I am probably going to be interested in. Not everything you write, but I am sure you wouldn’t really expect that to be the case.

    Getting a work/life balance is very important so if you are working on something fulfilling and taking care of your health at the same time, then I can’t see why anyone would have a problem with that. I certainly don’t and I am looking forward to seeing some more of your lessons when you have time to do them.

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  44. Dave Stevens

    Hey Eric Thanks for dropping me an email note about your summer. Always Awesome to hear from you. For me to date I have not had any success with the website I have built – I guess my keywords are not correct. I don’t have any extra money at this time otherwise I would ask you for help! But you can view the site if you wish it is posted there for you to see. Thanks always Eric and Always Remain Blessed, In Christ’s Love yours Dave S.

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  45. Michael Tkaczuk

    Yes My web site is under construction. learning still, Hello Eric, I just want you to know you are appreciated in our home for your Honesty. and willingness to Help Us all around the Globe God bless you and I believe you are blessed Thank you
    Michal and Maria Tkaczuk
    Edmonton Alberta Canada

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  46. Walt

    I am a big fan of yours, and your series of emails have been fantastic. I’m learning a great deal and even though this message may find you late, I wish you continued success.
    Walt

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  47. Tom Justin

    When I see anyone in business reaching out to a secular audience but who brings up their religion, I run the other way. My brother, who is a Lutheran minister agrees with me on this concern.

    However, after seeing Eric’s work over the years and becoming a customer, I’m glad I made an exception. He’s the real deal and constantly over delivers. When Eric posts, I read. When he promises, he keeps them.

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  48. wayne

    These lessons have been really great, thanks Eric, you’ve done a good job, ive been learning from your lessons and it has increase my knowledge about online marketing

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  49. wayne

    Question??…For Eric and everyone here, this may sound silly, I would love to do Niche in Camping, something to do with camping, something to do with outdoors, because its where I grow up, I’m 43 years old now and a good portion of my life involves, my experiences, my knowledge, my ideas, my passion is about the wilderness. What I’m saying is as a kid, I remember we spending a Year in camp,(a few times) from one summer to another summer without seeing civilisation or would see on occasion, family remembers, sometime we spend seasons in camp either it be in the summer, spring, fall or winter, I loved all those experiences I spent in camps. As a matter of fact, I didn’t wanted to leave the life that I had and spent there, good memories and a beautiful place to be, anyways, before I start writing a whole article here lol, would be possible or somehow monetize a niche in camping with this knowledge.

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  50. adesola

    Great to know you are doing great. You daily post are fantastic for a newbie like me and have learnt a lot in online marketing. Enjoy
    Abi in UK

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