Keys to Success and Living Your Dream

Life can be a struggle, but if you follow some basic rules, you can endure and not just survive, but thrive. When you have the right attitude and back it up with the right actions, you can see all your dreams fulfilled, and achieve success in your career and personal life. The advice below is key to surviving the storms,  and having success, peace, and joy.

Do the Right Thing

The worst bosses I’ve ever had were very unhappy inside, and sometimes didn’t even realize it. When someone lacks empathy and a conscience, they’ll do what they’ve always done and continue to eventually get (or lose) what they always got. They will probably never pick up the mirror because their hands are busy pointing fingers and playing victim. Don’t stoop to their level, move on to bigger and better things. Doing the right thing is tough when things aren’t going right. That’s the test. Doing the right thing even when you don’t want to and life seems so unfair is the true test of character. I see people who do this end up getting rewarded for it in many ways. It’s not usually immediately, success may be well in the future. Doing the wrong thing will eventually catch up to you, often in very unexpected ways and times.

Never Give Up

It only takes one good thing to happen one day and your whole life can change. Don’t give up the day before the miracle happens. Tough times don’t last, tough people do. It seems to happen for me when I’ve been pushed to my limit, am at the end of my rope, and feel I have no more rope left to tie knots in. I recently went through two solid years of constant struggles before everything finally turned around. Everything looked bleak as far as my career, relationships, and health. The boyfriend I was unhappy with turned psycho stalker after the breakup, a cancer scare compounded a bothersome health issue. It was raging drama. It seemed I had to fight against everything at once. I did what I had to do though, no matter how many calls and consultations it took. I now have a tiny scar that’s barely noticeable on the outside, but refused to be scarred on the inside, and am happier than I’ve been in years. Change the changeable, accept the unchangeable, and remove yourself from the unacceptable.

Don’t Settle

People who achieve great things in life have big dreams. Many of us are only limited by our own faith, imagination, and efforts. I’ve heard all types of excuses about obstacles people face in life. Take a look at double leg amputees who run races and all the now famous people who ignored hundreds of rejection letters and failures. They all had the necessary faith and persistence to follow their dreams.

Don’t Let Bad Times Make You a Negative Person/Victim

I was very angry at the man who stalked and harassed me after our breakup. However, once I cooled off, I realized I needed to let go of the anger for my own emotional well-being. Unfortunately, he ignored many warnings and made me use the justice system to force him to leave me alone. But I decided it wasn’t my place to take vengeance, I left that to karma. How people treat you is their karma, how you react is yours. I dropped the charge to a misdemeanor and asked that any jail time be served to allow him to keep his job. I didn’t do it expecting him to be grateful, he won’t be. I did it for myself so that I could feel good about doing the right thing. Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself. It’s not about the other person being deserving of forgiveness, it’s about you deserving peace. Resentment is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to get ill. A negative mind will never give you a positive life. Positive thoughts attract positive things and negative thoughts attract negative things in your life.

Don’t Look Back

We need to learn from our mistakes and move on. Keep in mind the lessons you need to not forget and forget the rest. You know you’re on the right path when you become uninterested in looking back. I try to help others by sharing my struggles, and by writing about it here, I am now free to formally close one chapter and embrace the next fully.

Employment Agency and Job Search Scams

Job hunting is tough enough without having to deal with bogus employment agencies and recruiters. It’s a shame that in today’s job market, there are some con artists out there trying to prey on vulnerable people. If you’re looking for a job, here are some tips to protect yourself.

How to Identify a Phony Employment Agency Recruiter

A bogus staffing agency may have a professional looking website and not have any complaints on the Better Business Bureau or other online sites. There are no surefire cues, but here are some warning signs:

  1. The number you call back on to reach the recruiter is patched through to an area code or prefix different from the one on the agency’s website. This may indicate a Skype number. The so-called recruiter may actually be in India or some other overseas country. If you call the number back and can’t get through, it’s definitely a red flag.
  2. An interview is conducted online through Skype or similar service with a staffing company that doesn’t include any representatives from the company you’ll be working for. At some point in the interview process, you should have an opportunity to speak to a person at the company you’ll be working at.
  3. You get a job offer without ever having contact with someone from the office where you’ll be working.
  4. You’re asked to send paperwork with personal information, like your driver’s license or social security card, to the staffing agency in a rushed fashion. Regular snail mail transmission is discouraged. They’re very eager to have it emailed, faxed, or sent by courier or express delivery. This is a huge red flag for identity theft.
  5. It sounds too good to be true. The pay is top rate, the hours are flexible, they’re flexible about giving you a 1099 as an independent contractor or W-2 as a regular employee.
  6. They ask for money. If you’re asked to pay for their service or take a test, it’s a red flag. Legitimate employment agencies make their money from the employers.

Steps Job Seekers Can Take for Protection

  1. Don’t put a home phone number or street address on your resume. Use a Skype or easily changed cell phone number or post box address if necessary.
  2. Call the employer directly to verify that the position and your candidacy is legitimate.
  3. Don’t send any documents with personal information until you’ve called the employer yourself and verified the legitimacy of the job offer.
  4. Don’t put your street address on your resume.
  5.  Check the employment agency out. Look at their website. Does it look professional and give a physical address? Check the Better Business Bureau and Google their name. While not finding anything suspicious isn’t a guarantee of legitimacy, something might turn up, so it can’t hurt to check.

It’s unfortunate that there are people out there lacking any conscience who prey on others. Whether they’re employment agencies or dating partners, there are those out there who will study you and try to prey on your vulnerabilities to their advantage. I can’t explain how their twisted minds deal with their evil ways. Do they justify it because they see themselves as victims in life? Are they just pure evil and aren’t capable of remorse? It doesn’t really matter. Report them to the appropriate authorities, take defensive measures, and rest assured that eventually they’ll get the misery they deserve. What goes around comes around.

Resume Writing Length – How Long is Too Long?

How long should your resume be? It’s a question that has no clear answer. The answer will depend on the career and experience of each job applicant. However, there are some guidelines that are generally accepted that you should be aware of.

A One-Page Resume

The single page resume is typically recommended for a job seeker who’s relatively new to the employment marketplace. This often applies to the younger person who’s recently graduated and making their transition from school to career. It also applies to a person seeking an entry-level position or making a transition into a new career. A one-page resume is best suited if:

  • You have less than ten years of experience in the target field.
  • You’ve held two or more positions with the same employer.

A Two Page Resume

Consider a two-page resume when you’ve been established in a career path for a significant time period. A two-page resume is best suited when

  • You have 10 or more years of experience in your target field.
  • Your target job involves mechanical, engineering, or technical skills, and you need room to list and prove your relevant skills and knowledge.
  • Don’t forget to include your contact information on the second page. The pages should be formatted with page numbering that’s formatted to indicate the total number of pages.

Three or More Page Resume

A lengthier resume that runs longer than two pages should be used infrequently, and only when warranted by significant experience and qualifications. Sometimes an addendum can be used after the second page so that you have the option of including it or not, depending on the job you’re applying for. A resume that exceeds two pages may be suitable if:

  •  You are a senior-level executive or manager with a lengthy track record of organizational accomplishments.
  • You belong to a scientific or academic field and have a long list of published works, speaking appearances, professional courses, patents, or licenses.

Regardless of the length of your resume, it needs to be concisely written, and put your main selling points at the top. The experience you outline needs to be related to your career goal. Those in charge of hiring usually have hundreds, if not thousands, of resumes to weed through. Make sure that you catch their attention right away. If not, whatever you say never be read, no matter what page it’s on. Therefore, keep the reader’s short attention span in mind and present your information in way that’s easy to read and digest. Recruiters and employers don’t have time to read an autobiographical paper. They need a hard-hitting summary of your qualifications that makes your stand out in the crowd of applicants.

Your resume is your top marketing tool and can make or break your future career success. If you need professional writing and online marketing assistance, Altman Media can help. We have a proven track record of successful results for clients of all backgrounds. Contact us today for a free quote on our superior, personalized resume writing services.

6 Top Resume Writing Tips

Your resume is the most important document you create.  Resume writing can make or break your future career success. The job market today is highly competitive. Employees no longer get hired and count on staying with the same company until they retire, there’s more turnover than days past. When you’re looking for a new job, you’ll want to be submitting your resume to online job postings and job boards. Even if you use a staffing agency, recruiter, or job placement service, they’re going to put your resume in a database with a huge pool of others. It’s sink or swim, so here’s how to get your resume to rise to the top.

How to Write a Resume – Keys to Effective Resume Writing

  1.  Don’t ignore SEO. Your resume not only has to get the employer’s interest these days. In order to even be seen by the employer, it has to pop up when the database you upload your resume to gets searched. The way to get seen is to have the right keywords included in the right areas. An SEO expert can perform keyword research tailored to your career goals, ensure that you’re using the best terms, and place them strategically. Very few resume writers are qualified to do this properly and don’t perform the work neeeded.
  2.  Use proper spelling and grammar. This one’s obvious, but it bears repeating. One missing period or apostrophe is all it takes to blow your chances. Especially if you’re looking for a job that requires any type of writing, such as business letters, proposals, invoices, etc. It’s best to have it proofread by a professional writer.
  3.  Format it attractively and make it eye-catching. Don’t go crazy, it needs to have a professional appearance. Keep the number of fonts and font sizes down and don’t overdo the graphics.
  4.  Resume writing needs to use compelling language, without going overboard. Your experience and achievements need to be effectively presented in a way that best highlights your skills. You may not think you accomplished much in that minimum wage job you hated. However, with the right spin, you can powerfully describe your duties in a way that shows how your skills transfer to other types of jobs.
  5.  Be succinct. Remember, the person looking at it has many others to look at and can’t spend all day reading them. Use bullet points properly to make it easy for the reader’s eye to scan the page and get the most important information quickly.
  6.  Avoid resume writing services that don’t spend time interviewing you and want you to fill out a worksheet. Without a proper personal interview, you’re going to get a low quality, cookie-cutter resume based on a template. Most resume services that offer a $99 resume do high volume business and farm the work out to minimum wage contractors. They typically spend 20 minutes on each in order to produce a certain number each day. Your resume isn’t one of the items to try to save money on. A poor one is a total waste of money if it gets no responses.

If you want a professional to handle the work for you, contact Altman Media at daltmanmedia@gmail.com today for a free consultation. Altman Media is the only online professional resume writing service to offer thorough keyword research for an SEO-optimized resume that gets to the top of the employer’s search results.  Our low cost service includes a personal phone interview.  No contractors are used for our services. You will get an attractive, professionally formatted resume that’s written by a professional copywriter.  Altman Media is happy to help you market yourself in the most effective way possible and get ahead of the competition.

7 Online Marketing Mistakes to Avoid at all Costs

Online marketing efforts can backfire if not done properly. Thee are certain things that are sure to turn off viewers and potential customers. I’ll list some common mistakes below.

Your Website Needs Improvement

This may be for various reasons. It may be visually cluttered and unattractive. Perhaps it contains typos and poor grammar. It may contain broken links or other problems with functionality. The pages may load too slowly.

You want your website to have a clean, well-organized appearance. The visitor should be able to scan it quickly for what they’re looking for. The pages should load quickly and be easy to navigate to. A professional copywriter can make sure that the words convey the right message and keep your visitors interested enough to stay on the page more than a few seconds. A poorly written or poorly designed page is almost certain to translate into a high bounce rate.

You’re not Using Email Marketing

It’s important to gather information about your visitors. Often, an incentive is provided, such as offering them a free gift, newsletter, discount, e-book, or other offering. Don’t buy email lists and send email to people who haven’t requested it. You should also provide an unsubscribe option to your subscribers.

Keep track of the responses from your list and create groups based upon their open rate and whether or not they click on the links contained in your email messages. This will help you target your readers with the best offers. You may want to send email less frequently to less responsive list members.

You’re not Analyzing Your Traffic

You need to use analytics to see where your website traffic is coming from. The available tools let you pinpoint the traffic and referral source for all of your leads and sales. If a certain traffic source clearly isn’t delivering results, don’t waste efforts and resources on it. Allocate more energy and resources on the sources that produce a high percentage of conversions.

You Talk too Much About Yourself

How do you feel about people who talk only about themselves? Your visitors and readers feel the same way. It’s boring, no one cares to hear about how great you are all the time or what you just ate. They want to know how you can help solve their problems.

You’re Over-Optimizing

Don’t create content for search engines, create it for humans. Google will penalize your site for overoptimization. Your content should focus on delivering informative, engaging content. Practices like keyword stuffing are a thing of the past.

Your Online Marketing Content is Stale

Keep your content fresh and relevant. Rehashing old articles isn’t going to be effective in catching your viewers’ attention and keeping them engaged.

You Don’t Have a Call to Action

You need to let the visitor know what to do next to get more involved with your content and business. A call to action may be a newsletter sign-up or an opportunity to download an e-book. Your call to action should be placed in the proper location, such as directly under the header, at the end of a post, and on the sidebar. The link should direct them to a specific landing page that clearly highlights what value is being provided to the customer.

 

How Holiday Blues Copes With Social Media

Does looking at Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter posts around the holidays bring you joy or bum you out? If social media adds to your holiday cheer-great! If not, read these top coping tips.

Holiday Blues Coping Tips for Social Media Users (and Others)

  • Get Real – Your friends are posting pictures of their wonderful outings, vacations, and family gatherings. When you’re alone and stuck at home, you may be tempted to fall into self-pity, or compare yourself to others. Don’t assume that what you see on the surface is the whole picture. The smiling family photos can’t capture the family dysfunction, holiday stress, and life drama that go on behind the scenes. Don’t believe that what you see on the surface is the whole picture. You have no idea of what lies underneath, appearances can be very deceiving.
  • Get Determined to be Happy – Everyone has issues and money can’t buy happiness. Problems are relative – a spoiled brat can get as upset about something trivial as a needy child can about being hungry. It’s up to us to decide how happy we want to be. We shouldn’t let our happiness be dependent on things or other people. Make up your mind to be happy regardless of whether or not things are going your way. Acceptance and gratitude will go a long way in helping you to be happy.
  • Get Grateful – Instead of focusing on what you don’t have, focus on what you do. If you have a roof over your head, clothes, heat, and food to eat, that’s plenty. Your health may not be perfect, but if you’re able to attend to your own bodily functions, think, see, hear, talk, walk, use your hands, remember those who are lying comatose or six feet under.
  • Get Hopeful – We have little power over things outside ourselves. We have to accept that after we do our best, the rest is left to forces beyond our control. If you believe in God and trust Him to take care of you, you can have hope that all will be okay. If you’re not sure or doubt there is a God, you can remember that nothing stays the same forever. All it takes is one thing to happen one day, and you can see your whole life change overnight. You never know when that day will come, it may even be tomorrow. But if it isn’t tomorrow, don’t lose hope that it may be the day after, or the day after that, or after that.
  • Get Out of the House – If you’re sitting in front of a pc during the holiday season, chances are that you’re not getting sunlight and could be suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). For those of you in cloudy climates during the winter, you might ant to investigate light therapy products or build your own light box. If the social media posts aren’t helping your mood, take a break from the sites.
  • Get Out of Yourself – Sometimes helping others is the best medicine for what ails us. If you’re up in your head and it’s a bad neighborhood to be in, thinking about others is a great way to escape our negative thoughts. Look up a local homeless shelter or soup kitchen. If you can’t donate money, clothing, etc., you can ask about volunteering. It’s hard to feel sorry for yourself when people less fortunate surround you.
  • Get Exercise – Exercise is a great ay to rid yourself of stress. You’ll also be helping your overall health, as well as burning off those extra calories in holiday treats.
  • Get Sleep – We can tend to overdo around the holidays. Be sure to plan ahead so you can budget your time effectively and get proper rest. Lack of sleep can exacerbate stress and make it more difficult to manage. You’ll look and feel better when you get a good night’s sleep.
  • Get Sober – Consuming alcohol as a coping mechanism can wind up making you feel worse. Alcohol is a depressant and hangovers aren’t fun. When our judgment’s clouded, we can say and do things that have negative consequences. Pouring liquor on top of your problems won’t help them, and may wind up only adding to them.
  • Get Detached from Conflict – You know certain people are going to be unsupportive or push your buttons. Now is the time to avoid the people that have a toxic effect on your mental well-being. People tend to fall in one of to camps. They either are positive and uplift you, or are negative and bring you down. Decide who belongs to the latter camp and avoid them like the plague. Sometimes we have to deal with them, like when they’re family members or co-workers. Find ways to diffuse the conflict. For example, come up with some neutral responses, such as “I can see how you would feel that way” or “let’s discuss that another time.”

Final Thoughts

I hope you find these tips helpful. If not and you want to vent, feel free to leave a nasty comment. That’s fine with me if venting gets rid of your holiday blues. If there’s something you’d like to see on the blog next year, feel free to make a suggestion. I wish everyone the best in the new year.

Top Copywriting Mistakes to Avoid at All Costs

Some people naturally have a flair for harnessing the power of the written word. Some are born salespeople, and could sell ice to the Eskimos. However, there are some pitfalls that even a great writer needs to be on the lookout for.

Poor Copywriting Grammar, Spelling, and/or Punctuation

There are some hard and fast rules learned in English class. Others are a matter of style, and won’t get your paper covered in the teacher’s red ink At least you’ll have the “matter of style” defense to rest on if you get points off for a difference in style. On the other hand, the black and white errors that accompany spelling and punctuation stand out to the well-trained eye like the commission of an English felony. With sirens blaring, the spelling and grammar police will penalize you harshly.

I remember a client of mine who had horrendous spelling. It was as if a five-year old as trying to phonetically spell the words. I have to admit that I made an assumption and judged his intelligence based upon his poor spelling habits. It seemed to me that anyone whose spelling was so poor couldn’t be very bright or well read. As I got to know him better, I discovered he was very sharp and did read quite a bit. Not just his child’s bedtime stories either, he read lengthy literary works on various non-fiction topics. While it changed my assumptions about those who are spelling-challenged, I still cringe at certain spelling errors.

Ignoring SEO Best Practices

SEO best practices encompasses many factors. While the techniques involved are constantly changing, there are some constants to keep in mind.

  • Use original content. If you spin an article and it doesn’t pass Copyscape, you can get penalized. It’s not enough to just change some words around. While your time may not allow you to write articles from scratch, you need to properly reword your article when rewriting existing content. If you have doubts about originality, Copyscape is a good investment a 5 cents a search. There are also free plagiarism checkers available online.
  • Add images. Caution must also be used with images. If you don’t create your own, be sure you use royalty-free images or follow proper royalty and copyright rules. Your images should be interesting enough to catch the audience’s eye and properly optimized with alt tags and meta descriptions.
  • Find the right keyword balance. Currently, keyword stuffing should be avoided, it may get you penalized. Your language should flow naturally and not use keywords awkwardly. Your top keywords should be used in headings and as close to the beginning of sentences as possible.
  • Write an effective headline. The headline is what motivates your audience to click on the link and read further. If the headline isn’t compelling, the rest of what you write won’t matter, since it won’t be seen. There are various techniques used in headline writing, such as creating intrigue by posing a question, using strong adjectives, offering tips / how-to’s, and others.

I’ll be following up with some further tips in a future post. In the meantime, if you’d like to share some of your pet peeves, please feel free to sound off below.

LinkedIn Business Networking Success Tips

LinkedIn can be a great way to use social networks for professional gain. At first, in may look daunting to a person who’s used to Facebook’s visual interface and lots of entertaining, fluffy posts. The tone on social media sites vary according to the users’ motives, and LinkedIn is definitely about getting ahead in business-building your brand name, reputation, and customer base. Here are some of the top tips for getting the most out of LinkedIn.

LinkedIn Strategies for Dominance

Optimize your profile with keywords. Especially in your headline, your current work experience, past work experience and summary. Google Adwords is a great tool for keyword research.

Use a professional headshot. Your half-naked pose or picture of you at the bar will not impress. At least, not in the right way.

Complete your profile. Make sure to fill out all the sections and add projects, publications, awards, certifications, whatever you can to fill it out as completely as possible. You can use the Complete Your Profile button to get walked through this.

Take a look at some profiles of your top competitors. Not only does your profile need to be written with proper grammar, spelling, and punctuation, it should use effective marketing language with flair.

Build your connections number. 500+ seems to be the magic number everyone needs to have in order to be taken seriously. In this case, it’s quantity over quality, I doubt that most people actually know all of those connections personally. I imported my email contacts as a .csv file and hardly had anyone I knew accept my invitation to connect. I know some of them probably didn’t have a LinkedIn account or weren’t active users, but others, well…sheesh. The real topper is when you send a connection request to your coworker that doesn’t get accepted. Nice teamwork there, huh?

I eventually joined some open networking groups and that got me to 500+ quickly. (I did notice a couple of the coworkers who initially snubbed my connection request had a change of heart after I had 500+ and sent me one. Kinda made me feel like one of the nerds at school who suddenly gets invited to sit at the popular kids’ table at the cafeteria and now everyone likes you.)

Give endorsements. Sure, it’s nice when people endorse you back. However, if they don’t, don’t let that discourage you from taking the initiative in endorsing others. I always return endorsements as long as their profile looks like it matches the skills. It’s just the right thing to do for etiquette’s sake, and hopefully good LinkedIn karma.

Post updates. The Pulse feed is a good way to get visibility. I’d like to have time to post more often, but I try to share a blog post at least once a week.

These are some basic tips to get you started off on the right foot. Do you love or hate LinkedIn? If you do, please share your reasons.

Social Media Networking – Why We Need It

There are some obvious answers. Other motives go way deeper into the meanings of existence and human interaction.

Business Marketing and Social Media

Businesses marketing needs to use social media to stay competitive these days. The days of letting your fingers do the walking have given way to fingers doing the clicking. Even the local mom and pop stores in the neighborhood have Facebook pages now. It’s about establishing a brand name and gaining a online reputation. For those who are service providers, it’s essential to establish your authority in your field. While you may not have a book on the shelves or articles in print publication, having content posted online can be equally effective in establishing your credentials and image as a leader in any given area.

Personal Networking and Social Media

There are more complex reasons behind personal social media engagements. Some are related to business motives. Others can be boiled down to a basic human need to connect with another human being. None of us likes the feeling of being all alone in the world. Whether we use site likes Facebook and Twitter to stay connected to distant friends and relatives, or play a popularity numbers game through a certain number of friends, likes, and followers, it still is a way to avoid experiencing loneliness.

Not all posts through social media channels are updates on someone’s daily life or links for entertainment value. There are posts that genuinely seek to promote worthy causes, help others, etc. However, what motivates a person to share informative content in a public forum? Isn’t it a way to feel good about oneself, through gaining the recognition of others for being helpful, caring, knowledgeable, and so forth? This leads to the question of why the opinions or thoughts of others matter to us. Now we’re back again to the basic premise that no man is an island unto himself. We need to be connected to others, and rely on them to an extent for our self-esteem and self-worth. Hopefully, we don’t allow others to define us too much.

Effects of Isolation

I’ve read that there’s an area of the brain, in the back of the head, near the base where it connects to the spine, that atrophies with lack of human interaction. This has been cited as one of the reasons people will seek negative attention if positive attentions can’t be gained. Prisoners isolated in solitary confinement sometimes go insane. Newborns won’t thrive without contact with another human being.

Some of us may live cocooned lives, barely ever leaving the house. However, I suspect that those who do are unable to live without a phone or computer. How comfortable are you with being alone? How much do you care about what others think of you? Could you live on an island like Tom Hanks in the Castaway movie and not talk to a soccer ball?

Online Marketing Pet Peeves and Turnoffs

There are some online marketing strategies that I find highly irritating. Am I the only one? It sometimes seems that way, since they must be getting results if they appear so often. The following are my top offenders:

The Half Hour Audio Teaser

They’re going to share their secret to fame, fortune, happiness, success, etc. with you. How they lost 10 pounds in two days, the stock that’s set to skyrocket 100 times in value, how to make every person of the opposite sex fall at your feet. You’re dying to hear the big reveal, but first you have to listen to thirty minutes of a spiel that’s designed to prime you for the final pitch. If you have the time and patience to listen to the speaker drone on, he’ll keep leading you on with promises about how he’s going to get to the point and share the valuable secret soon. (Who is this guy anyway? The same annoying voice seems to be used in all of these things. They probably never show his picture because he’s afraid of death threats.) If you’ve got the stamina to hang in there until the end, you wind up feeling like you did when someone in your early dating years strung you along with empty promises. You’re wearing a big “S” for sucker on your forehead when you finally find out that in order to get the top secret information, you’re going to have to pony up the price of a subscription to their newsletter, buy their book, or buy a membership to join their group. I don’t understand how someone can still trust them to deliver information that lives up to it hype after they just spent all that time stringing them along with their teasing.

Online Marketing Daily Spam

One of my very first followers on my blog was from a guy who lives a “location-free lifestyle.” Okay, so he’s a homeless guy with a computer, but I was impressed that he was able to make enough of a living with just his laptop to travel the world. To show my appreciation, I reciprocated and signed up for his newsletter. That’s when I found out the hard way how much time a homeless guy with a pc has on his hands. I started getting tons of emails, sometimes more than once a day. If people are nice enough to subscribe to your newsletter, don’t abuse their email address. I shouldn’t be hearing from you more often than I do my family members and closest friends.

These are just some of the online turnoffs I encounter most. Feel free to sound off and rant about yours. Maybe I’ll even seem less crabby when you do.