Five Minutes With Jack Ramblings Of An Insane Internet Marketer

December 23, 2011

New Site Banner – Thanks to Paul at

Filed under: Site Updates — JackSpirko @ 7:49 pm

Well the other day I put on on an episode of Five Minutes with Jack that we needed a new banner for the site.  I just tossed it out and said the first person who wanted it could have the job in return for a mention on the site.  Well a few of you guys were quick to respond but Paul at was just a bit faster.

Here is a bit about Paul and his current projects.  One thing I can say, the man is swift on turn around time!

Paul Rose is a photographer and graphic designer who also does freelance design work. He has 40 years of award-winning experience and is available to help other entrepreneurs with their graphic design needs. If other listeners to “Five Minutes with Jack” need design work at a reasonable price, contact him at paul at

His new business venture is, a one-stop site for state-by-state information on firearms. The site will be a community-driven website that attempts to gather up-to-date information on the legal aspects of firearms usage for hunting, sport shooting and self defense.

Paul is currently writing articles dealing with the firearms and self defense laws of Colorado. Those articles will serve as a guide to anyone else interested in writing articles about their state. He welcomes contributions by anyone interested in the legal use of firearms. To quote Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, “Piss on golf. Real Americans go to the range.”

December 21, 2011

Join Us on The Road to 100K – Our New Forum

Filed under: Site Updates — JackSpirko @ 5:54 pm

So we have made some changes and have the new forum off to a great start!  Something may be missing though, that something or someone is you if you haven’t already joined.  Building a business is tough, most of the people you know won’t understand that at all, they won’t understand, you passion or your drive.  They will often have advice which is well, not worth a damn.  Never take advice on business from a person who isn’t successful in business.

Now our forum is different you will find entrepreneurs at all levels, from getting started to massively successful.

The goal of the community is simple!  To help as many hard working, honest and passionate entrepreneurs get to a minimum of 100,000 dollars of annual income as possible.  To help members of our community find true freedom.  See you on the road….

~ Jack

You can Find the Forum Here

Episode-61- The Reality of Internet Business Freedom

Filed under: Podcast — Tags: , , — JackSpirko @ 5:39 pm

The freedom you get by building a successful online business is honestly difficult to comprehend.  One thing I have realized is I an honestly run my business from anywhere in the world.  Getting stupid but accurate if they put a space station on the moon that had a DSL connection I could run my business form outer space.  Additionally as a business owner you always have options where employees are stuck with “rules”.

Join me today as we discuss the freedom of being able to practice geographic arbitrage at your own pleasure, the advantages of corporate structuring and more.

December 19, 2011

Episode-60- Good Advice, Bad Advice and Parasitic Advice

Filed under: Podcast — Tags: , , — JackSpirko @ 5:13 pm

To me advice from others about business fits one of three categories…

  • Good Advice – comes from someone who really knows and loves your work or comes from someone who has been successful in the area he/she is giving you advice on.
  • Bad Advice – anything that isn’t covered by good advice
  • Parasitic Advice – advice that is designed to convey that the givers “idea” should be adopted and that you should “bring them in as a partner”.  See also bad advice

I also give my thoughts on “partners” and why I feel it is best to be a heavy majority partner or a true minority partner in any business vs. an “equal partner”.

December 14, 2011

Episode-59- Defining Success

Filed under: Podcast — Tags: , , , — JackSpirko @ 5:29 pm

What doe success mean?  Is it a number?  Sadly on some levels yes, happily you get to pick the number based on what you want it to be.

Join me today for…

  • How I define success
  • The hidden expenses of self employment
  • The impact of health insurance
  • Measuring your income monthly based on a daily metric
  • The pay grade considered “the happiness number”
  • Why you don’t always leave a job when you hit your number
  • Creating fall back funds

December 13, 2011

Episode-58- Email, The Orginal Social Media?

Filed under: Podcast — Tags: , , — JackSpirko @ 5:28 pm

Social media is king today it seems, everyone now accepts that FaceBook and Twitter are part of any good marketing plan.  I remember not long ago talking to corporate executives who told me things like…

  • FaceBook is just for kids
  • YouTube is amateurish our video needs to be hosting on our site
  • Twitter doesn’t make sense for a “real” business

What I attempted to communicate to these people was that “social media” was simply the evolution of how people communicate.  I often explained how email transformed every business and it seemed their memory of a business without email had been erased along with similar objections that came up when email first surfaced.

Well, of course today we are mostly past this stage, every catalog that comes in the mail for the Christmas season will likely have social media icons on them.  But was I own to something even back then, was email the first social media?

More importantly to us as marketers, what does this communications evolution mean to us in how we market our sites and our personal brands?  Tune in today to find out my thoughts on this.

December 12, 2011

Episode-57- How I Record, Edit and Publish Podcasts

Filed under: Podcast — Tags: , , , — JackSpirko @ 5:43 pm

I have just been getting a ton of “how do I” style questions around podcasting lately.  I am going to do the best I can with these as explaining technical mechanics on an audio show isn’t the easiest thing to do, the key is the resources and the concepts.  Trust me a Youtube or Google search will review the how today of just about anything if you know what you are looking for.   Hence today I will focus mostly on the what and the why and trust that the motivated individual will find the how.  I will also of course absolutely answer any questions below and perhaps do another episode based on follow up questions to this one.

Resources mentioned today…

  • My MP3 Recorder I use for FMwJ
  • Samson C01U Condenser Microphone – what I use for desktop recording
  • Audacity – Free program I use for recording
  • Skype – What I use to conduct interviews
  • Pamela – How I record Skpe Interviews
  • Levelator – How I level the volume of multi person podcasts with big differentials.  Note levelator only works with dot wav files so you will have to convert back to a mp3 before publishing, it is worth the extra step and besides the computer is the one doing the work.
  • PodPress – It is best just to search for it in “Add New” under plugins in WordPress
  • FeedBurner – For optimized feeds
  • Smart FTP – FTP Program I personally use, most of them are fine though.


December 9, 2011

Episode-56- Ways to make your site sticky

Filed under: Podcast — Tags: , , , , — JackSpirko @ 5:10 pm

Today I want to talk about how using plugins, email lists, social media and forums can all be used to help you succeed at improving the stickiness of your site. One way to define a sticky site is…

“A website so rich in content and features, and so well organized, that visitors feel compelled to stick around for quite a long time and come back often.”

Yet as you will hear today while everything does indeed hinge on content there are many other avenues that can improve your visitor return rates.

December 8, 2011

Episode-55- Finding your Vision Without Airy Fairy Bullshit

Filed under: Podcast — JackSpirko @ 5:00 pm

That’s right we are going to talk about creating your vision with out any airy fairy bullshit “believe and attract” manifestation nonsense.   While I actually believe in “the law of attraction” as in attracting opportunity that is a subject for another day.

Today we are going to examine yet another reason small entrepreneurs burn out and just don’t make it or don’t remain consistent in building their future.  The reality is most people don’t know what they would do with themselves once they become successful.  This one is gonna kick you folks even though I won’t be the one doing the kicking, it is gonna make you kick yourself.  I want to know who gets “the answer” before I gave it to you today?  The answer to the question, what do we need to have a vision of?

December 7, 2011

Episode-54- The Truth about Wealth Creation

Filed under: Podcast — Tags: , , , — JackSpirko @ 5:06 pm
Money is Abundant only The Mind is Limited

Do You Really Understand Wealth Creation

Join me today as I discuss an total idiot of an author who did an article in a recent edition of “Countryside and Small Stock Journal“.  I really like this magazine by the way but this article which was called, “The Myth of Wealth” was complete idiocy.  Yet even in idiocy if you look with an open mind you can find something useful.

What I realized is that many small entrepreneurs are allowing this same type of thinking to effect their ability to create wealth for themselves.

This is true even though 99% of you would probably agree that the author’s contention is moronic.  Join me today as I explain how this type of thinking effects many people under a different auspice.

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