June 13, 2013 by Andrew Minalto - 4 Comments

I’m done with this, seriously!

That was exactly what I was thinking a few weeks ago, in the middle of working on one of the many videos I’ve created so far for the upcoming eCommerce Magnates video course. Yes, this is unfortunately some bad news to all of you who are eagerly waiting for the course to go on sale in June but I’m afraid it won’t happen, which I truly am very sorry for.

But I just don’t want to release an unfinished product and I definitely. don’t want to release a product that isn’t up to my highest standards. So I hope you can all be a little patient and wait while I finish it.

The biggest problem and the main reason why the launch day came too fast is the fact that the course has turned out to be much bigger than I initially anticipated. Looking at the current content plan/layout, the videos alone will run into 6-7, maybe even more, hours. And there’s obviously not much I can do about this as I really want to comprehensively cover everything in detail to make sure eCommerce Magnates contains everything you need to create a successful online shop!

To give you some idea of what to expect with the course, here’s a snap-shot of the member’s area:

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September 4, 2012 by Andrew Minalto - 0 Comments

And the Winner is…

Hello Everyone,

Just following up on my previous post on how to build a profitable eBay business selling replacement parts. As promised, the most interesting comment author will receive a special gift from me. That gift will be a book called “The Millionaire Fastlane” – an excellent read for any online entrepreneur. In a nutshell, it’s about building an online business FAST, then selling it off to live from passive income streams. Unlike many other business books, this one is full of real life examples and inspirational stories:

I’m giving away only one book but Many Thanks for all your comments!

The winner is Jim Bannerman wit his hilarious version:

I think this one is pretty obvious.

Whilst training for the Olympics, Andrew was attempting his famous back-somersault-double-twist-with-pike routine. Whilst in mid-flow and upsidedown, the pike slipped out of his hands, fell onto the trampoline with Andrew trailing slightly after. His slim but muscular body then landed on top of the pike, which being a fish was somewhat slippery. Andrew skidded on the pike and there was no going back. All hell broke loose with Andrew and the pike fighting for stability on the trampoline jump mat. The pikes dorsal fin is a sharp, razor like weapon and as the fish was bouncing around on the mat, its fin was doing its job with the resultant damage.

However, being the sort of person to never give up, Andrew practiced on a neighbours trampoline and ultimately won a medal at the Olympics for this very same jump. He decided to flog his medal on ebay for £30 and used this to purchase a new replacement trampoline mat.

Simples.

Congrats Jim! Please contact me here so we can arrange how you’ll receive your gift (physical book/Kindle version available).

Just to clear the air here’s what actually happened to my trampoline mat:

Yep, it’s an old outdoor fire place which accidentally was built too close to my trampoline, lol. As I’m doing some heavy house renovation projects at the moment, at first it seemed like a good idea to get rid of some old floors, materials etc. using this antique Fireplace…but it turned out in a total disaster! Well, luckily no one was hurt and damage was relatively small. Lesson learned! 🙂

Thanks again for all your comments!

Best Regards,
Andrew

October 26, 2011 by Andrew Minalto - 6 Comments

It’s NEVER Too Late! (I messed it all up AGAIN)

People make mistakes. I’m not an exception and this is THE DAY again I’ll admit from the bottom of my heart – I have made a mistake, literary – messed it all up! (this is not my first time either, lol)

It all started with the brand new TheWholesaleForums skin saga – the whole thing just reminded me how several years ago I invested more than £10k in a project that miserably failed. I lost my money just like that. It was an online website/service AND it was all my fault because I didn’t conduct a proper market research prior started working on the project.

Surely, with today’s experience I would never even started that website but back then I simply thought something will work as expected because I want it to work. because I thought that’s how it should work. In a word – I WANTED to believe it’s going to work, without any proper market research, surveys, testing etc.

But guess what? I didn’t spent months on that project, spending even more money or wasting more time – I just accepted the loss and moved on. I saw that the whole idea, concept is wrong and won’t work – and it won’t change because of my good intentions or plans I had lined up.

Did I gave up? NO! I faced reality and moved on. And that’s something I really believe in – sometimes in life it’s better to accept loss and just move on. Sometimes quick fixes doesn’t work. Sometimes you just have to let things go. Be it a business, website, relationship or a badly started craft project.

So, today I realized that my whole information websites BLOG concept doesn’t work. At least it doesn’t work as good as it should, as good as I was intended it to work in first place. I’m talking about LACK OF FOCUS! Do you know how many blogs I currently own?

12… maybe even more, I can’t even remember all of them. Some I haven’t updated for months. Some – have old skins, some – haven’t been moderated etc. etc. In  a word – it’s a TOTAL MESS and it can’t continue like that. I have very limited time each day to spend on this stuff and if I have to divide my attention to 12 blogs, several newsletters, video newsletters, multiple forums etc., it simply can’t work.

Take a look at this list:

http://www.easyauctionbusiness.com/blog/

http://www.chatwithandrew.com/

http://ecommercemagnates.com/blog/

http://spicyauctiontemplates.com/blog/

http://www.secondincomegenerator.com/

http://www.60dayblueprint.com/news/

https://andrewminalto.com/

Now, these are the best looking blogs and websites I’m not ashamed of showing you (yes, there are more!). In addition – I also have EAB video newsletter, Chat With Andrew Q&A sessions, CWA videos, eCommerce Magnates video newsletter and what not! BRRRRRRRRRR – it’s scaring s**t out of me!

And then there’s YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and Linked, Google+ (I haven’t even started to use, SHAME ON ME!). It’s simply too much. No one can manage so many different blogs and online diaries with a punctual regularity, while bringing best possible content out there for you – my loyal subscriber & blog reader!

So I have made a decision – I will publish all content – newsletters, articles, videos, tests etc. on just one website – and it will be this, AndrewMinalto.com blog. From now on, I’ll leave all other blogs alone, probably put a re-direct to this blog so that new people can found me easier.

It’s not only a decision about cutting on platforms I use to communicate with people, it’s also a re-branding for my whole info products business model AND the only way to publish higher quality content, on a regular basis in future. That was actually my MAIN REASON why I’m doing all this – I want to publish high quality, useful content but I can’t do it in 10 places simultaneously.

I’m NOT closing or discontinuing any products or websites in my network, not at all!

This all re-vamp is based around all the blogs I have, not websites and products. It’s totally cool that I have a separate website for each product or service, they work totally ok. Blogs are giving me major headache and the way I communicate with you, hence this consolidation.

Yes, I have lost time, money and resources by “diluting” my efforts across so many blogs BUT as I said – I’m ready to take that loss, change direction and look forward to a brighter future! In up-coming weeks I’ll upgrade this blog with some nice community plugins so that you can make most out of it and basically will concentrate my content creation efforts on this ONE blog! Let’s see how it all turns out in a year or two.

If you have any comments at all – feel free to post them below this post – I would LOVE to hear your thoughts about this whole situation! (I’m sure, many of you can relate to this somehow). By the way – my yearly subscriber survey is coming up soon with great prizes – so stay tuned by subscribing to RSS feed or follow me on Twitter!

For The Brighter Future!

Andrew