Archive for August, 2006

MasterListBuilder FUN Shop in San Antonio, Texas

Posted by Simon Leung in Gurus, Seminars, Travel, Updates on August 29th, 2006 | No Comments

I just arrived home after an amazing event in San Antonio, TX – the MasterListBuilder FUN Shop, where I made my debut as a featured platform speaker!

My presentation was scheduled for the very last day of the event, so unfortunately, I spent most of my trip being nervous! :)
But it turned out a lot better than I could have hoped for. I think the attendees really got a lot out of my presentation!

Of course, it had a lot to do with my fellow team members, who were extremely supportive and had more confidence in me than I did in myself.

Here are some of the other speakers at the event:

Joel Christopher, the Master List Builder.

Dr. Ron Capps, the Niche Prof who helps you discover a niche market.

Chuck Daniel, the Big Ticket Expert.

Jeff and Lori, the Dynamic Duo of Content Creation.

Kathryn Carmichael, the Master Affiliate Manager.

Steve Yakim, the Basic Training Expert.

Hotseat at The MasterListBuilder FUN Shop

Posted by Simon Leung in Seminars, Travel, Updates on August 25th, 2006 | No Comments

Earlier today, I had the opportunity to share with my team and the attendees of the MasterListBuilder FUN Shop during a hotseat session my Profit Pipeline that starts from a free report, to a few low-end products and ultimately to a high ticket coaching program.

The feedback I received from the group was awesome!

I got a TON of brand new ideas for launching my business into mega success in record time!

Throughout the hotseat session, I was grilled by the audience and was asked some very tough questions, many of which I wasn’t prepared to answer. They actually did me a favor because now, I’m able to create avenues in my process that I had never thought of before.

So you better watch out – you’ll be hearing a lot more about me in the upcoming weeks and months.

You’re looking at the very next Internet Marketing superstar! ;)

I5 Gold Call with Paulie Sabol

Posted by Simon Leung in Seminars, Teleseminar, Travel, Updates on August 24th, 2006 | No Comments

Hello from the El Tropicana Hotel by the Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas!

I’m just sitting here by the pool with my fellow Gold Club members, having a mini mastermind session and talking some shop, and preparing for my big speaking debut later on this weekend at the MasterListBuilder FUN Shop.

But I’m not here to talk about that right now…

Earlier tonight, I had the tremendous honor of being none other than Paulie Sabol’s special guest during a private call with I5 Gold members!

During the 60+ minute call, Paulie gave me the opportunity to introduce myself to his team, and then proceeded to give me some GOLDEN information about my business and process.

It was one of the most valuable mastermind sessions I had ever been involved in – and it was mostly Paulie giving me pointers!

Not only has Paulie opened up the doors for me by providing me with the opportunity to speak in front of his team, he also gave me some awesome advice that I will be able to bring with me not only to launch my business, but also to take it to the next levels, as well as additional levels after that.

There’s no way I could not put a price tag on this amazing experience, and Paulie simply offered it to me with no strings attached.

Thanks Paulie! You freakin ROCK! :)

Google AdWords for List Building

Posted by Simon Leung in Promotion, Seminars, Travel, Updates on August 15th, 2006 | No Comments

If you’ve spent any time at all doing research on the topic of Internet Marketing, you would have undoubtly run across the saying, “The money is in the list.”

It’s all true, my friends.

How do I know? Well, because all the experts are saying so. AND – I’ve seen it in action. IT WORKS!

But the REAL question is - how do you actually DO it?

Let me tell you a story…

You may remember the launch several weeks ago of EveryoneWillWinContest.com, a massive product giveaway with some of the biggest names in the Internet Marketing industry joint venturing to give away $1000s in products.

Well recently, I tested the use of Google AdWords to drive traffic to this website, but more importantly, to build a list. It would be my first REAL test.

You see, while the concept of using AdWords as a method of traffic, and then turning that traffic into subscribers is a strategy that many experts have talked about for YEARS, there has been no real methodology behind it. And more importantly, there hasn’t been a product that teaches it.

In addition, with the recent changes to Google’s Landing Page Quality policy, driving traffic and converting on a squeeze page would no doubt be a tremendous mountain to climb.

Despite the imminent challenges, I created the Google AdWords account for a quick 10 day campaign. During those 10 days, intensive testing and tweaking were involved.

At the end of the campaign, it all paid off!

In those 10 days, we managed to TRIPLE the traffic to the Everyone Will Win website. In addition, 5322 subscribers opted in – which is an average of 532.2 subscribers a day! And the best part is, we received this flood of traffic at a whopping average of just $0.06 per visitor!

At the going rate of $1 per subscriber each and every single month, wouldn’t you say that $0.06 per visitor is one hell of a bargain? I bet the Internet Marketing industry is willing to pay BIG BUCKS to learn this secret strategy!

…BUT YOU WON’T HAVE TO!

Because now, for the first time ever, I will REVEAL my AdWords List Building secrets - LIVE- at the Master List Builder FUN Shop in San Antonio, Texas, on August 25, 26 and 27!

That’s right, live at an actual Internet Marketing seminar, you will have the chance to meet me, learn my secrets AND meet in person a roster of Internet Marketing experts, including Joel Christopher, the Master List Builder!

And as my loyal blog reader, I would really like for you to join me and cheer me on as I make my Internet Marketing speaking debut!

It’s going to be an action-packed weekend filled with tons of great information that you won’t want to miss. Check out this link for more information:

http://www.simonleung.com/recommends/mlbfunshop

Hope to see you in San Antonio!

2006 Google Summer Picnic

Posted by Simon Leung in Google, Updates on August 11th, 2006 | No Comments

Yes, all the summer’s hottest Google events happened to take place on my last week of employment.

I just returned from the 2006 Google Summer Picnic. This year’s theme was the “Mad Hatter” and took place at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View. I guess the team has outgrown its campus once again!

google picnic

As usual, there were plenty of food, drinks and fun activities.

Attendees had choices between barbeque, picnic and buffets, which included hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken, fries, mushrooms, corn dogs and a wide variety of snacks, dessert and beverages.

On the entertainment side of things, there were carnivals, dancing, rock climbing, face painting, fake tatooing, balloon sculpturing, giveaways, petting zoo and a card tournament.

Oh, and of course, who can forget the Google Idol contest, where singing and dancing Google talents sang and danced their hearts out live on the Shoreline Amphitheatre stage!

I also got to catch up with a lot of my Google friends that I hadn’t seen or talked to in a while. It was fun to hang out – kind of feels like old times again.

Another good time, and another successful event organized by Google!

Google Dance 2006

Posted by Simon Leung in Google, Updates on August 8th, 2006 | No Comments

What did I do on my first day out of Google?

Well, I slept in a little bit, did a little bit of work, and then went back to Google!

No, not to work…

Google held their annual Google Dance today. Over 2000 people in the industry attended the event in honor of the Search Engine Optimization Strategies conference held earlier today in San Jose.

I have actually been to every Google Dance since their first one back in 2002. However, Google Dance 2006 was the first one that I attended as a guest.

It was still a good experience. As with traditional Google style, there was no shortage of food or drinks. Entertainment include dunk tanks, karaoke machines, remote control robots, DJs and a live band.

Since I am a Google visitor now, I thought it’d be cool to have a photo of myself next to the Google logo:

OK fine, I’m a loser. But check it out, I’m not alone:

Just being silly with some former co-workers.

A great time overall. I look forward to attending Google Dance again next year!

No Longer a Googler

Posted by Simon Leung in Google, Personal, Updates on August 7th, 2006 | No Comments

My desk has been cleaned off. My projects have been passed on. My calendar has been cleared out. My equipment have been returned. My badge has been de-activated. My access have been removed.

That’s right, for the first time in over 4 years, I’m no longer a Googler. And it feels weird…

And speaking of weird, it really has been an off day, and it is much more than just the feeling of going into the office for the last time.

There was something off in the vibe I was getting from many people on my team. At first, I couldn’t put my finger on it. But later on, I did discover a very plausible reason…

When news finally broke out about my last day at the office and my new professional endeavors, people started talking. Throughout the day, the news as well as my website links have been spreading internally and virally like wildfire.

I think my former colleagues felt weird approaching me about it because they didn’t know how to react to it. Perhaps they were nervous, or uncomfortable, or maybe they just wanted to stay out of it. Nonetheless, my day was slightly impacted.

Well, just in case anyone is concerned or simply curious as to whether or not I had permission to study the industry, I will refer you to a blog entry I wrote a year and a half ago when I received approval from the director of my department to proceed into Internet Marketing:

http://www.simonleung.com/chat-with-the-director/

On a brighter note, the congratulations and well wishes continue to pour in from Internet Marketers.

My mastermind buddies, Johnnie Siu and Gajapati Subudhi, were kind enough to take me out to dinner to celebrate. Several other of my fellow Gold Club team members also wished me well over the phone.

And – I even received a couple emails from Joel Comm and Mark Hendricks!

It’s great to have the support of these successful Internet Marketers. I guess they are my new colleagues now…

Personal Call from Mike Filsaime and Paulie Sabol!

Posted by Simon Leung in Seminars, Updates on August 6th, 2006 | No Comments

Holy Legendary Marketing Gurus, Batman!

You’ll never believe what Internet Marketing legends just called my personal cell phone!

OK, maybe you can take the hint from the title of this entry…

Yes, that’s right! None other than Mike Filsaime and Paulie Sabol themselves! Calling me to congratulate me on what they referred to as my “Freedom Day,” ie. the day I officially leave my full-time job and have the freedom to pursue my own Internet Marketing business without restrictions.

It was one of the most exhilarating 15 minutes of my life…

At the time that they called, I happened to be at my Google office packing up my belongings. I didn’t want to make a scene packing up during business hours while everyone else was working.

While packing, I came across some of my earlier memories with the company, such as my offer letter, the team’s original training documents I had put together and team offsites and event pictures, etc.

There was a moment when everything became so sentimental that I wasn’t sure if I had made the right decision leaving this company.

Talk about law of attraction!

Mike and Paulie were able to do a complete mindset shift for me! They were so supportive and encouraging that they pushed back any doubt about myself I ever had in my mind.

At the end of the day, while this experience has been responsible for where I am today, it was meant to be a stepping stone all along and that everything I’ve learned at Google was meant to prepare me for NOW.

Thanks, Mike and Paulie, for your kind words of encouragement and for having such faith in me. It means so much to have the support of role models I’ve been looking up to and learning from for so many years!

I definitely appreciate you taking the time out of your busy schedules to call me. Like I said on the call, it totally made my day. Thanks again and I’ll see you guys at Baltimore in September for The Internet Marketing Main Event!

Freedom Day!

Posted by Simon Leung in Google, Occasions, Personal, Updates on August 5th, 2006 | No Comments

Today, August 5th, 2006, is my “Freedom Day.” Coincidentally, it also marks the 4 year anniversary of the day I was officially hired as a full-time employee at Google.

I have been waiting for a very long time for this day. Not only does it mean a milestone in my career, but it also marks my end date working for the world’s best search engine.

Yes, it has been an amazing run indeed. The world’s best search engine has also been the world’s best roller coaster ride. There has definitely been its share of ups and downs. But ultimately, I do love this company. I’ve met some of my best friends here, and I’ve shared tons of memories. And above all, without Google, I would not be in the position I am today.

There has been a string events both personally and professionally that’s led me to my decision for this day. And quite frankly, I can’t be 100% positive that this is the right decision for me, at least not at this time.

However, doing so will give me the opportunity to pursue my dream of becoming a full-time Internet Marketer, which has been something that I’ve been wanting to do for a very long time. Unfortunately, it would have required extreme caution on my end because diving full steam ahead into such a business runs a high conflict of interest risk with my employment at Google.

As such, I have always been reserved with what I should and shouldn’t do.

Even though I will miss the company and the people, I definitely see this time now as a whole new beginning for me. My loss of one opportunity is the rise of another, and I honestly believe that each string of event that has happened over the past several months has happened for a reason.

Without anything to hold me back now, I will indeed dive full steam ahead into my next new venture. Today is my Freedom Day! My time is NOW!