The “new recession” is different.  We’re seeing traditional successful business models crashing all around us.  Profit margins in many highly successful brick and mortar businesses have disappeared, but this time they may not be coming back.  Businesses are forced to get more efficient or die. I dropped by the Borders Bookstore “Going out of business” […]

Quick Tip: Good Looking Buttons for Your Web Site

by Brad Smith on September 10, 2011 · 0 comments

Would you like professional looking custom buttons for your web site?  A lot of people have web sites that look like they are stuck in a time machine and were originally built around 1995. Here’s the quick and dirty way that I make nice professional buttons for my web sites using Microsoft Office tools. 1. […]

Taking a Little Time Off

by Brad Smith on May 11, 2011 · 2 comments

For those of you who regularly follow this site, you have probably noticed that I’m not posting or podcasting as frequently.  The reason is pretty simple – I’ve been focusing all of my time on a new product release for my other business. I’m in the middle of completing a software release (planned for June) […]

Welcome to part 3 of my series on podcasting.  This week I’m going to talk about podcast editing – how to make your podcast sound its very best and give it that professional radio studio sound.  If you have listened to many podcasts you probably have noticed that some have really horrible sound quality – […]

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This week I talk about some of the critics you will have to overcome when building a business – specifically the people who might think you are crazy for going it on your own!  I also answer questions about how to get your product into stores, productivity and accounting. Download the MP3 File Here (Right […]

Your Web Page Above the Fold – It Matters!

by Brad Smith on March 7, 2011 · 0 comments

When designing a new web site, one of the first principles you need to understand is that people have short attention spans – really short ones.  They will often make a decision on whether to read your web site in a fraction of a second – so it’s critical you pay attention to what is […]

Podcasting Equipment – How to Podcast Part 2

by Brad Smith on February 18, 2011 · 1 comment

This week I take a detailed look at podcasting equipment and how it can make a huge difference in the quality of your podcast.  Last week in part 1, we talked about how podcasting can reach a broad audience, and spoke a bit about show formats, finding your niche and deciding what your message should […]

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Chris Guthrie is my guest on this week’s episode.  Chris is an Amazon Affiliates master having racked up over $938,000 in sales $64,000 in commissions last year — just by building niche sites focused on Amazon products.  Chris started in Junior High school selling on ebay, but has since moved on to building niche sites.  […]

Podcasting for Bloggers – How to Podcast Part 1

by Brad Smith on February 5, 2011 · 3 comments

Podcasting is a relatively new and interesting way to reach out and build an audience around your favorite passion.  While I entered the podcasting world only last fall, I’ve already seen significant growth in my audience which has secondary effects that help both my blog and my businesses.  Along with blogging and video, podcasting is […]

Moving the Goal Line 2011 – OBZ Podcast #12

by Brad Smith on January 27, 2011 · 0 comments

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In this week’s feature segment I discuss how to define your goals for 2011 in just a few minutes and then turn those into an action plan to generate both the money and actions you need to make them a reality.  97% of adults have no written goals, and an even smaller percentage have an […]