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Goodbye FAQ-Tastic Pro?

March 17th, 2010
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This post is taken from the email I sent out this morning to the FAQ-Tastic email list. It explains why I'm at closing the doors and will no longer be offering the Pro version of the plugin. It's the last chance to grab the Pro version while you can - with a 40% discount. No.. you don't get support (which is why I'm giving a huge discount!).

Is this the end of FAQ-Tastic Pro?

Only time will tell... who knows. If enough people actually take me up on the discount offer, maybe I'll be able to continue... That's really up to you guys.

Right now, I'm answering emails from eager FAQ-Tastic fans offering to buy it off me. There's gold in them thar plugins!

We'll see what happens.

I'll make sure it goes to someone who'll look after it and do right by it... Unless they make me an offer I can't refuse, in which case, I'll have the cash thanks! (I'm kidding! I have actually got a lot of integrity...).

Read more about the FAQ-Tastic Pro Closing Down Sale | »

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Derren Brown, Lottery Predictions & The Number 23

September 14th, 2009
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Derren Brown & The Number 23I was watching Derren Brown's explanation of his correct National Lottery predictions yesterday with my kids. It was a really, amazing trick. There's lots of speculation and talk about "how" Derren Brown was able to correctly predict all 6 numbers (and a lot of people frustrated with his explanation of how this was done). One thing I observed which has, until now, seemed to go unnoticed was how the number 23 seemed to keep coming up...

I'm not a 23rdian, or even into numerology, and recently a good friend sent me a very interesting link to an article about the number 23 in the Independent. The number 23 seems to be very powerful. I was intrigued by this idea but thought nothing of it. Until yesterday...

In this post, I'll be showing you how 23 kept coming up again and again in Derren Brown's show. The number 23 also appears in the "random" lottery numbers that were selected by the machine. For those of you who are slightly mathematically challenged, be warned - there are numbers involved in the following post. Strange numbers that may challenge your preconceptions and belief systems. Read with an open mind.

Is Derren's Brown's trick simply an illusion performed by a wonderful mentalist, or has Derren Brown managed, consciously or unconsciously, to tap into a world of poweful numbers that challenges our preconceptions of "randomness" and "predictability"? Read the rest of this entry »

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FAQ-Tastic: Spammy Emails & Open Source

August 31st, 2009
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This morning, I was going through my inbox and came across an email by a guy called Ash, objecting to a broadcast email I had sent out a few days earlier to the FAQ-Tastic Lite list, calling my email "spammy".

Initially, I was angry, upset and annoyed by it and was just about to send a very scathing, flaming email to him but, thankfully, I had to return my kids to their Mum's house and that gave me a chance to cool down, txt to a friend to vent my frustrations and to re-evaluate the situation.

I started writing a reply earlier this morning about 10am. It's now nearly 3pm. While I'm slightly annoyed that I've not managed to get on with what I needed to do today, I'm satisfied that what I've written as a reply hasn't been a waste. In fact, what I've written has helped me to clearly express what I think a lot of plugin Developers feel but don't actually express. It's helped me to explain some commonly held assumptions about Open Source and what it means. It's helped me to clarify some points about my own plugin. And most importantly, it's made me realise that flaming people isn't the best option - maybe there's a real benefit in what they're saying, if you really listen to them...?

This post is dedicated to the thousands of Developer's out there who feel like sometimes they have no voice. For those of you who have always wanted to point out how much time and effort has gone into what you have built. To those of you who feel un-appreciated.

This post is for you. I salute you!

Read the rest of this entry »

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StomperNet's Omen Inversion

July 26th, 2009
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I woke up yesterday to find a cryptic message from StomperNet. As you may know, as an ex-Stomper member, it's one of the places I still visit as they always have really cool, up-to-date information and a lot of great free content that can really transform your online presence, marketing and search engine optimization strategies.

But yesterday, checking my mail first thing, I received this strange message:

Subject: Forget 2012 - the world (as you know it) ends on 09/09/09

In just over a month, we're going to make a very important announcement about StomperNet that you will want to see.

You should definitely bookmark this page now. [link below]

We promise that when the timer on that page reaches zero you'll be glad you're watching.

Stay Tuned,
Brad Fallon

WTH is going on? Keep reading... StomperNet 999: The Omen Inverted? »

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30 Day Challenge Facebook App Link Issue

July 25th, 2009
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I'm currently checking out Ed Dale's Thirty Day Challenge. It's a free course for new, aspiring Internet Marketers who really want to learn how to get online and make their first $10 in 30 days (without having to spend huge amounts on training!). If you read my last post on How To Create an eBook using a Flycatcher Page you may remember that Ed Dale was the guy who Frank Kern teamed up with to create the Underachiever Formula.

Anyway, Ed did something similar to the 30 Day Challenge when StomperNet first started - I remember doing a bit but not getting that far with it (although I did end up with an affiliate check of about $20 three or four months after the challenge...)

Anyway, this year, Ed has created a new 30 Day Challenge Facebook application so you can get access to everything in one place.

However, there's currently a problem with the links in the actual Facebook app. At the moment, links inside the app on the tabs seem to link back to the homepage.

Temporary Solution: I've got a PDF file with a bunch of links which I use to access the 30 Day Challenge in Facebook.  It might be useful to some people - if you want to get the full experience this in Facebook and are suffering from the same problem as me!

Thirty Day Challenge - Facebook Application links PDF File (273kb)
Or Zip file:
Thirty Day Challenge - Facebook Application links PDF File (Zipped) (259kb)
(right click and "Save As..." to download the file)

Feel free to share this PDF out with anyone, if you like - it's simply what I use to make things easier until Ed sorts out the problems with the Facebook app! Let me know if this is useful.

Remember, you'll need to sign up for the application and log into Facebook in order for these links to work!

Cheers,

Zain

PS: Thanks Ed! You ROCK! Can you please get those links fixed? I may even complete the TDC this year... ;)
PPS: 2009-07-25 22:45 GMT - Now updated with "Meetups" Link.

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FAQ-Tastic Flycatching: I Also Owe Frank Kern A Beer

July 22nd, 2009
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Origins of a WordPress Frequently Asked Questions Plugin #2

FAQ-Tastic ProIn my last post on the origins of the FAQ-Tastic, I discussed how the idea of FAQ-Tastic isn't new at all. Essentially, my idea to build a WordPress frequently asked questions plugin was inspired by an exceptional Internet Marketer called Dave Taylor. During my time in StomperNet [aff], I also discovered other brilliant marketers who's ideas I've expanded upon to help create the exceptional plugin that you now know as FAQ-Tastic. Unlike other FAQ plugins, the foundations of FAQ-Tastic are based upon Internet Marketing ideas and was built (partly) with an intention to help users with their Internet Marketing efforts. I doubt any other WordPress FAQ plugin can really say that...

Do you want to know how FAQ-Tastic can help you
create an e-Book easily?

Quite a few people have asked me how FAQ-Tastic Pro can help them to create their own e-Books. In this post, I'm going to reveal how you can do that using the new Pro version of FAQ-Tastic, which was inspired by another Internet Marketing "Guru" called Frank Kern. The way that FAQ-Tastic Pro does this is loosely based on Frank Kern's "Flycatcher Page" principle.

If you're a new Internet Marketer and you've never heard about Flycatcher pages, then you're in for a mindblower. I wouldn't be surprised if this technique has passed many marketers by. Doing a Google search for "flycatcher pages marketing" brings up very little (around 4000 pages) about this exceptionally powerful method. It's almost as if this technique has been ignored or passed over in favour of newer methods. However, I would argue that this extremely simple method for building a e-Book product from scratch is one of the most powerful techniques you can learn.

Why? Because you can create an e-Book (or any product) without having to know anything about that niche! (note the bold, italics and underline for *extreme* emphasis!).

So... Would creating a marketable product be useful to you? If you're now interested in knowing more, then keep reading... Strap yourself in - it's a long Post.

Discover how to create an e-book easily using a Flycatcher page »

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FAQ-Tastic: Origins

June 24th, 2009
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The Origins of a WordPress Frequently Asked Questions Plugin

FAQ-Tastic LiteAs an idea, FAQ-Tastic Lite - the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) plugin for WordPress - isn't new. The original idea for the plugin came from a really cool guy called Dave Taylor. If you've not heard of him, that's okay - the only thing you really need to know is that Dave used to be a StomperNet faculty member (still is?) and is a very, very, smart cookie. Another 2 guys that I'd like to mention are Frank Kern and Ed Dale for helping to inspire a feature found in the new FAQ-Tastic Pro plugin (released soon - cart issues).

In this series of posts, I'll be revealing why I owe Dave Taylor, Frank Kern and Ed Dale a beer (I have done for over 2 years now!). You'll discover one of the main concepts that make FAQ-Tastic an extremely powerful plugin (when used properly) for any WordPress website used for business or that generates an income from advertising.

Before I explain to you why FAQ-Tastic can help generate income on your WordPress site, it's useful for you to understand the origins of the plugin.Why is it important for you to know this? Simply by understanding how FAQ-Tastic evolved will give you a better insight into ways that you *could* be using this plugin and fully maximising it's potential.

WordPress FAQ plugin: The FAQ-Tastic Story

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FAQ-Tastic Videos: Take 2

April 24th, 2009
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Okay, so I've now made a bit more progress with the site and, if you've not already noticed there are some new FAQ-Tastic video tutorials on the homepage in a funky new XSPF playlist media player. For those of you who would like to view the videos in a slightly larger 640x480 format, then I've also output the videos and will be adding them to the FAQ-Tastic Lite video tutorials section.

Was this time consuming? Yes. Muchly. But well worth it I think. I'm really quite proud of that new player and you'll probably be seeing a lot more of it (in various guises) when I start to create audio playlists and begin add MP3s to this site. Audio and video are definitely the way forward...

"I should've done this ages ago!"

...which is definitely something I was considering having put on my gravestone recently.

Anyway, I've now also updated the About section (removing all old test pages) and you can also check out a new page so that you can "Meet the FAQ-Tastic Team". Well worth checking out.

Trust me.

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FAQ-Tastic Video Tutorial Woes

April 1st, 2009
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Okay. It's taken me a while to get round to doing this and it's not been easy. One thing I've come to realise is that the 2 weeks that I spent creating a full-on step-by-step user manual for FAQ-Tastic was probably a waste of time. I'm not really sure if many people spend time going through it before they use FAQ-Tastic. Somehow... I doubt it.

Anyway. No matter. This is year I'm all about doing things differently.

Like I say, to make things even easier for people using this site, I've now finally gotten round to starting on some video tutorials for FAQ-Tastic! Read the rest of this entry »

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CForms II GPL Scandal & Developer Appreciation Day

February 4th, 2009
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Recently, I've been following the saga of Oliver Seidel (creator of the excellent CForms II plugin for WordPress) and his exclusion from the WordPress Plugin directory with great interest. Google "cforms II gpl" if you're not sure what I'm talking about.

Basically, his plugin didn't conform to the GPL licence that WordPress enforces and someone "ratted him out" which caused a great debate in the WordPress community and resulted in "King Rat" getting some hate mail.

There's 2 things I'd like to say about this issue, which I think, we - as members of a WordPress community - should try to remember:

CForms II GPL Scandal: Get A Grip »

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