Rocky Mountain High: Laptops, Coffee, Cigars & Internet Marketing at 14,000 Feet
2000 Miles in a Roadster. There are more comfortable cars to take a journey like this but there’s nothing quite like traveling through beautiful scenery in the BMW Z3 with the top down.
For someone that grew up in Houston, Texas where the only hills in sight are freeway overpasses, the mountain ranges of New Mexico and Colorado were nothing short of spectacular.
I picked up a new Olympus digital camera with two lenses for the trip. It takes great pictures but they don’t really capture the feel of being there. It was truly inspirational.
My first stop was the birthplace of Buddy Holly, Lubbock, TX, but I only stayed there long enough to send a few emails and grab a few hours sleep. Next, I headed straight for Taos, New Mexico.
Taos was a little out of my way but after hearing my buddy Pat O’Bryan rave about it on his recent vacation, I decided it was worth going a few miles out of my way.
As it got close to sunset, I passed through Carson National Forest where every turn brought an amazing view. I saw an elk at the side of the road just a few feet away from the car. He took off before I could get a picture but he left quite an impression. A very powerful yet graceful animal.
There was a lot to love about Taos and I could see why Pat enjoyed his visit there. I could only stay overnight so I didn’t get to see many of the local attractions.
I spent a couple of hours at Wired, a local coffee house. Not only did they offer free wi-fi and four desktop machines you could use for Internet access but you could actually borrow a laptop.
You get a free 1-hour loan on a laptop if you buy a beverage or you can rent one for a low fee. Not a bad deal at all.
There was an Oriental garden with running fountains and quite a few colorful local characters getting their caffeine and online fix. And their coffee is excellent.
As I left Taos, there were views in all directions:
Fortunately, he didn’t decide to dive-bomb me which probably would have put a damper on the whole spiritual effect. 🙂
I had thunderstorms chasing me most of the way but the skies seemed to clear when it was time for a particularly interesting visual.
My next destination was Beulah, Colorado, which is about 25 miles west of Pueblo and right in the middle of the Rocky Mountains. I was there to visit my buddy Nathan Anderson. Nathan is the mastermind behind Metawebs.com and is my go-to guy whenever I have questions on getting high search engine rankings or Google Adsense.
Of all the people I’ve seen teaching people how to make money with Adsense, Nathan is the only one I’ve seen whose clients are actually making significant money.
Metawebs is currently closed to new members but you can get a copy of his ebook SEO Tactics, which is regularly updated and has regularly sold for $97, free along with his ebook, The Art of the Content Site, when you buy a copy of Meet & Grow Rich from Amazon.com or BarnesAndNoble.com. For details, visit: http://www.meetandgrowrich.com/
Nathan, his wife Trish and his children Kayla, Natalie and Sam showed me the finer points of life in Beulah. Beulah is a small town nestled in the mountains of Colorado. Not only do you see mule deer (shown below), rabbits, turkeys and elk in the area but black bear show up from time to time.
Trish, who’s about to deliver their fourth child any day now, recently was forced to demonstrate what rubber buckshot feels like to a trespassing bear in their yard. Nathan wasn’t there and the kids were playing in the yard so after a panicked cell phone call to Nathan, she took matters into her own hands. She’d never fired a shotgun before but managed to send the bear on his way with a single shot. You don’t want to mess with Trish. 🙂
Nathan and I made a 45-minute drive to Westcliffe, CO. Westcliffe is a historic western town that sits at the foot of the Sangre De Christo Mountains. It was originally a railroad town established around 1870 in a frontier zone that marked the intersection of the Native American, French, Spanish and American territories.
The town survives mostly on the tourist trade and Nathan and I noticed several businesses for sale in the area. We stopped in a restaurant for coffee and asked how business was. The owner told us that most people don’t realize that owning your own business meant working 8 hours or more every day.
When we left, Nate smiled at me and said, “8 hours? I think I spent 20 minutes writing an email this morning and made about $500.” My day was fairly similar.
I wouldn’t trade my online business for anything. Don’t get me wrong, I have plenty of days where I put in 12 hours or more. But I can also hit the road with my laptop and not miss a beat. An hour or less in a coffee shop and I can take care of everything.
On Friday, Nate invited me to attend his mastermind group meeting in Pueblo where I got to see my friend Dave Skul (http://www.davidskul.com/). Dave and I met at the Marketing Main Event in Phoenix last year and he’s good people. If you have questions about website linking strategies, be sure to sign up for Dave’s newsletter.
After the meeting, Nate and I headed for the local Barnes & Noble. Friday was the day my new book with Joe Vitale, Meet & Grow Rich: How to Easily Create and Operate Your Own “Mastermind” Group for Health, Wealth, and More arrived in stores.
A copy of the book arrived via Fedex before I left for Colorado but I knew that the real excitement for me would come when I saw my book on the shelves of a big Barnes & Noble or Borders.
Nate and I hit the business motivation section and there was Meet & Grow Rich practically leaping off the shelf at us. It’s hard to describe the feeling when you see your own book in a bookstore.
I’ve written articles and chapters for books before and have published ebooks and music industry directories. I’ve also seen albums I’ve produced in music stores. But this was far more special to me.
Earlier this week, our book hit #6 on Amazon’s Business Books chart and #38 overall.
What’s even better is that people are emailing congratulations and to tell me how much they enjoyed the book. I’ve gotten offers for speaking engagements and a guest spot on a radio show in Houston in the past 48 hours.
It’s been a wild ride and we’re just getting started.
And if it wasn’t for my mastermind group, this never would have happened. Joe Vitale, my co-author in the group is my co-author on the book and Joe sold J. Wiley & Sons on the idea of publishing the book.
If you’re not currently in a mastermind group or at least partnering up with another person to brainstorm ideas and support accomplishing your goals, you’re really missing the boat.
If you’re not sure how to find members, how to run a meeting, where to meet, etc., you need to pick up a copy of this book or grab a few copies to give to people you’re interested in masterminding with.
Also, if the idea of having the freedom to travel and run your business with a laptop appeals to you, then you need to attend Pat O’Bryan’s UnSeminar II in Austin, TX next month.
Pat, Joe Vitale, Craig Perrine and me will be teaching you how to run your own “Portable Empire” just like we do. I like to hit the road and get my work done in funky coffee shops like this one. Have laptop, will travel.
Unlike a lot of seminars with dozens of speakers and hundreds of attendees, this one will be in a classroom setting where you’ll get to spend 3 days working closely with just the four of us.
We’ll help you get a product developed, build a mailing list and build a relationship with your subscribers and customers as well as learn how to fully automate your website. Plus, I’ll be forming attendees into mastermind groups during the seminar so that by the time you leave, you’ll have a mastermind group that you can rely on for support after the seminar is over.
There are still some seats available but they won’t last long because Pat is offering seats for far less than those mega-seminars with hundreds of attendees. Head on over to:
Have you tried Skype yet?
Friends have been telling me about it for months now but only recently did I sign up for their free service. I’ve been really pleased with it so far.
It’s similar to ICQ, Yahoo Chat and AOL Instant Messenger in that you can talk, chat and see and be seen via web cam online. What’s unique is you can use it like a telephone to contact non-Skype users by phone free or for dirt-cheap at the International level.
Also, you can do a conference call/chat with up to 5 users so it’s perfect for an online mastermind meeting.
You can also use Skype to record incoming or outgoing calls which is perfect for interviews or info product content. All you need is a free program called PowerGramo. PowerGramo will record calls of any length. You’re only limited by the size of your hard drive.
PowerGramo won’t currently save to MP3 format but you can easily convert to MP3 using Audacity, another free open-source program that’s excellent for editing audio recordings. And the next update of PowerGramo is supposed to allow recording directly to MP3.
With Skype, PowerGramo and Audacity, you can easily record interviews to create info products without spending a dime.
At home, I have a Logitech Quickcam Fusion that comes with a built-in mic that’s perfect for Skype. Buy.com has them for $83.94 with free shipping. You can go with a cheaper webcam but this one actually follows you around the room. The video quality is great and the mic works well, too. On my laptop, I use a Plantronics GameCom Pro 1 USB headset, the same rig I use with Camtasia. Both the mic and headphones are well-made and perfect for Skype. You can find this headset for a variety of vendors for around $50.
That’s all for now, I’ll have more pics and stories from Colorado in my next post. Have a great weekend!