Alliances – Drawing The Line

How far can you go based on your relationship with an alliance partner?

The imaginary line you draw in the sand will let you know when an alliance is getting close to failing. I would suggest setting the line a little higher than the disaster point. As a matter of fact, the line should sit around the seventy-five percent position. This way you can work with the partner before the relationship dips too far down. A partner that experiences lulls in sales may be a fairly normal occurrence, but when it is compounded by lack of communication and lack of marketing, you know that something else is the underlying problem.

Alliances and partnerships are simply a way for you to market your goods and services. They will always have lulls and marketing efforts will sometimes be lax. If you take the time to monitor all the details and be consistent with your support, then the alliance partner will not feel that you have over-committed with other partners, and they will still feel that they are important. You should also remember that having a service level agreement in place to define sales, marketing efforts and first rights of refusal will add to a successful alliance. You must remember that you are the expert in the field and that they will rely on you for help and support

A word of caution when it comes to support: You should always support the customers of an alliance partner. You should always monitor the amount of support you give to each of your alliance partners. You should always educate partners that need more help than others. There always needs to be a number of touch-points in order to be aware of a potential failure.

Bette Daoust, Ph.D. has been networking with others since leaving high school years ago. Realizing that no one really cared about what she did in life unless she had someone to tell and excite. She decided to find the best ways to get people’s attention, be creative in how she presented herself and products, getting people to know who she was, and being visible all the time. Her friends and colleagues have often dubbed her the “Networking Queen”. Blueprint for Networking Success: 150 ways to promote yourself is the first in this series. Blueprint for Branding Yourself: Another 150 ways to promote yourself is planned for release in 2005. For more information visit

Offshore Asset Protection Trusts for US Citizens

When it comes to discussing offshore anything and US citizens – from offshore trusts to investments, from offshore banking to company incorporation – it’s important to note the following facts: -

- US citizens are taxed on their worldwide income. This includes income from interest, dividends and gains whether onshore or offshore.

- The US government allows money and assets to be moved offshore freely; however it requires full disclosure relating to the amount of money or assets moved and when they are moved.

- The US government has task forces committed to the prevention of money laundering and tax evasion.

- The US government makes it clear that US citizens must comply with all reporting and taxation demands.

So, does this effectively render the offshore world inaccessible or at least useless for US citizens?

No, far from it in fact!

The utilization of offshore trusts and bank accounts can be an excellent way for US citizens to legally and securely protect their assets and themselves from litigation for example.

Offshore trusts offer an individual a fair degree of personal confidentiality, privacy and asset protection from claimants such as an ex-spouse or business client for example; and if properly structured, offshore bank accounts can offer degrees of financial protection from potential future claims as well.

There are many companies and individuals who claim to be able to offer US citizens offshore solutions for taxation reduction or negation purposes. The bottom line is – as stated previously – US citizens are taxed on worldwide income. Therefore it is at best unlikely that the services being advertised will apply to a US citizen and at worst the opportunity will require the US citizen in question to break the law.

So how can offshore asset protection trusts potentially benefit US Citizens?

Any form of asset protection trust – whether onshore or offshore – can be used to protect assets from personal or professional litigation or creditor attack.

Whether established in an offshore jurisdiction or not, most assets protected by the given trust for a US citizen can remain in America. The assets usually remain under the indirect control of the Settlor (the person establishing the trust) as well.

Such a trust will usually be ‘irrevocable’ for a set term, and during that period the settlor will not be a direct beneficiary of the trust.

Depending on circumstances and best advice, many US asset protection specialists favor structuring offshore or foreign trusts in such a way so that they are taxed as domestic grantor trusts.

If the trust is created properly, any creditor or anyone suing the settlor will be unable to reach or claim the assets within the trust.

If the offshore asset protection trust has been structured as an irrevocable trust for a set term, at the end of the term provided there is no current or ongoing threat, the assets can be returned to the control and direct ‘ownership’ of the settlor.


When it comes to the utilization of offshore solutions there are circumstances in which US citizens can benefit from properly structured offshore solutions.

At all times US citizens must be aware that it is their legal duty to comply with American taxation and reporting requirements.

The purpose of effective offshore asset protection planning is the negation of any economic incentive to sue.

Rhiannon Williamson is an experienced publisher who has produced articles for leading travel and tourism guides and financial magazines. Her specialist knowledge about both travel and finance gives her site Shelter Offshore the unique ability to literally cover every single aspect of moving & living abroad – including the often less discussed offshore tax advantages that can be available when leaving our homeland. Check out her website to find out how you can escape from the rat race, relocate overseas, and profit from your move!

Take It To The Customer

In the past, purchasing ad space was the solution to every entrepreneur’s marketing challenge. Then it was direct mail, followed by telemarketing. But with advertising and postage costs on the rise, these tactics have lost some of their appeal.

Today the competition is fierce for a customers’ attention. In order to compete,

7 Must Have Scripts to Look for When Shopping for E-commerce Hosting

When shopping for e-commerce hosting there are a lot of things you need to keep and mind. When you know what to look for it is a lot easier to ensure you get exactly what you need and not leave any important information out. Consider these 7 must haves before you start shopping for e-commerce hosting so you will be prepared.

1. Storefront

Regardless of what software you are using, one of your main concerns should be the storefront. You want to be able to customize your storefront to your specifications, at least within reason, and certainly you want it to appear professional and well put together. This should be a main consideration when shopping for e-commerce hosting.

2. Support

Regardless of the hosting you are using you will want support, 24/7 if at all possible, and support that is real, live, and will help you with your problems. In addition to this, you should look for some self help support as well in the form of a FAQ area and support providing advice for when you find yourself in certain situations. Good hosts will provide you with a great deal of information so you can help yourself.

3. Building

With your e-commerce host you want to be able to build your site easily and to your specifications. So, you certainly want to use software that is easy to understand and implement. In addition, it is helpful if wizards are available to help you throughout the building process as well.

4. Integrated

You want to make sure the host is integrated and works well with all of the other systems that you need for your site to be successful. If it is not integrated you should strongly consider other options.

5. Tools and Functions

This is important because you want as many functions available from multiple currencies to a log of purchases, so your e-commerce host will need to be able to provide you with the space and tools you need to keep up with all of this information.

6. Software

When it comes to e-commerce software you can either buy from a physical store, buy online from your host, or create your own. The best option is to find a host that offers software that is of high quality and will help you with e-commerce.

7. Ease of Navigation

Your e-commerce software as well as your host should allow you and customers to navigate easily through all of the pages and all of the links without getting confused or backtracking.

Shopping for e-commerce hosting requires you know what you are looking for as well as what you need. As long as you choose an experienced host who has verified experience, you’ll have a much better chance at making a wise decision.

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Free Animated Ecard and Free Animated Ecards

Free animated ecards are available from a multitude of Internet sources including business, religious, personal, and non-profit websites. You can find a variety of free animated ecards that address any particular holiday, occasion, time of the year, special event or activity. If you need a free animated ecard to say you are sorry, you love someone, you are thankful or you are celebrating, there are unlimited free animated ecards to express just every human emotion. A free animated ecard is an easy and quick way to send anyone a special thought via the Internet.

Free animated ecards have become wildly popular with the ease of Internet functions allowing web users the freedom to receive and send ecards that come in many different styles and designs. A user can find a free animated ecard that is humorous and displays cartoon clip art with cute quips. Beautifully illustrated, religious free animated ecards are also available offering recipients encouraging Bible verses. Free animated ecards displaying flash effects can be found through some sites that spark an enthusiastic response to anyone that receives it. A free animated ecard that displays realistic photography with colorful animation is an enjoyable offering to many web users.

Although ecards can be purchased that sometimes offer a more personalized card or more professional design, free animated ecards have continued to flood the ecard market providing more than just free cards to users. A website that offers free animated ecards, receives varying benefits from their offers. Although offered at no charge to user, a free animated ecard is offered as a marketing method for many websites. Pulling in card users can also expose those who visit websites to the other products offered for sale. It is always a great marketing move for any website to offer something free within its other offers. A psychological ‘good will’ is forged with many consumers as well as receiving the free product.

A free animated ecard can also be used to target a particular audience. For example, free animated ecards that provide a variety of occasional choices offered on florist delivery sites will appeal to consumers looking to also send floral arrangements and other delivery gifts to others. Another example is the huge religious interest in free animated ecards that spurs many consumers to visit sites offering other religious products as well. A free animated ecard offers something for everyone from sender to receiver. Any website that offers free animated ecards is not only providing a valuable service to web users, but will benefits from a smart consumer marketing technique. “Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.” (Philippians 2:4)

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The Top 10 Ways to Follow-Up with Coaching Clients – Part 1

Did you know that 80% of all sales are made after the 5th contact?

The biggest mistake we make is not following up with our clients regularly. We not only lose the chance to offer other services and products, we lose the chance for satisfied clients’ referrals.

Building your practice needs consistent bi-monthly follow-ups.

If you think this takes too much time, follow my lead and delegate some of it where you will spend only 6-8 hours a week. Remember, only marketing and promotion builds income and business, the rest are expenses.

Here’s the ten ways to follow-up with coaching clients:

1. Keep track of every one who contacts you, in person or by email about coaching.

Treat email addresses like gold. These are already qualified, targeted future clients. Copy and paste their email note, date, and question into Textpad or notepad under the name “potential clients.”

Top Ten eBook Mistakes and How to Correct Them (Part 2)

Did you know that you already have an eBook inside you? And, like your coach, you can earn thousands of dollars each month?

Website Promotion The Power of Writing Articles

I’ve been operating two small retail Websites for several years with modest success. Recently, I decided to branch out into a different area of e-commerce. I set up five different Websites at once and I wanted to find a way to obtain a lot of links to my Websites in a hurry. I wasn’t interested in paying for promotion, and I don’t care for the tedious process of exchanging links. On a lark, I typed the phrase “unusual Website promotion techniques” into Google, just to see what sort of search results came up.

That search yielded mostly Websites for companies that were offering to promote Websites for a fee, but one link did catch my eye – a site that mentioned writing articles to provide free content for Websites. I read the article on the Website and realized that I had found what I was looking for. This seemed to promise inexpensive, useful, fast results. I would write articles about topics that were relevant to my Websites and submit them to sites that would provide them to other sites that needed content. In exchange for this, I would receive a link back to my site. I decided to give it a try.

I did a search for “free content” on the Web, and made a list of sites that accepted articles and offered “live” links to the author’s Websites. I wrote an article of 400 words or so, submitted it to several different free content sites and waited. In order to accurately judge the effectiveness of this technique, I used a version of my name that I generally do not use as my author name. That way, I could do searches for my name in search engines and be certain that all results related to articles I had written. I submitted my first article in the afternoon and I I did a search for my author name in Google the next morning. I was astonished to see that not only had my article been published by several sites, but my author name turned up in search results just fourteen hours after I had submitted the article!

Clearly, I was on to something. I began writing articles in earnest. It wasn’t hard; as I am promoting seven different Websties, I had seven different topics to choose from. In the six weeks or so since I published my first article, I have written 60 more on topics relating to seven of my Websites. In that six weeks’ time, the total number of links from external sites to my own sites has increased from 765 to 11302. The growth in the number of external links to my sites has been explosive, and I’m now getting daily traffic to each of my sites. In just six weeks, I have managed to obtain a level of traffic that previously took me more than a year to obtain through traditional Website promotion methods. If you have a knack for writing, submitting free content articles is a great, fast, effective Website promotion tool. I highly recommend it.

©Copyright 2005 by Retro Marketing.

Charles Essmeier is the owner of Retro Marketing, a firm devoted to informational Websites, including, a site devoted to debt consolidation and credit counseling, and, a site devoted to information regarding home equity loans.

Research Steps for Your Niche Business

You have developed an idea and come up with a product. How can you tell if you are marketing to the right niche? Here are some steps to research your niche market.

You may want to begin with some informal research. Check out on-line forums and other websites that feature similar products or information. How well promoted are they? How is their copy? Is their information appealing and easy to find? Are sites on your topic abundant, or hard to find?

Next, use the Overture search area at
to see if others are paying for your keywords. Enter the keyword and sit back. You will be taken to a page with some of the top advertisers links. Click on “View Advertisers Max Bid” and review the results. This page shows what the advertisers are paying for a person to access their page. These vendors would only pay if the niche market were active enough to get them traffic, so a decent per click rate (say about $1) is a good sign.

Next, examine how many searches were done on your keyword for the previous month. You can do this at Type in your keyword and note the results. Sum up all the searches for all the keyword phrases and combinations.

Next, take a look at how many listings there are for your keywords on Google. Do a google search by keywords searches and note the number of sites listed for each keyword phrase. Add up all the sites for all the relevant keyword phrases.

The ratio of the searches divided by the number of sites is an indicator of the competition. The lower the ratio, the less competition on that keyword phrase.

After comparing several different keyword phrases, you should be able to choose the phrase that will get you into a good niche market. Optimize those keywords and good luck!

Evelyn Lim is an online business entrepreneur. She publishes a free newsletter “Mapping You to Success” for the aspiring home based business owner. She also aims to equip her readers with skills to acquire multiple sources of online income.

The Armaments Industry and Holy () Roman Emperors

“The time for fixing every essential right on a legal basis is while our rulers are honest and ourselves united. From the conclusion of this war we shall be going down hill. It will not then be necessary to resort every movement to the people for support. They will be forgotten, therefore, and their rights disregarded. They will forget themselves, but in the sole faculty of making money… The shackles, therefore, which shall not be knocked off at the conclusion of this war, will remain on us long, will be made heavier and heavier.” – Thomas Jefferson

Henry Kissinger made a presentation to the Bilderbergs in Evian, France in 1984; wherein he spoke of the need for society to deal with the right wing religious extremists in order to prepare the Earth for acceptance by alien cultures. Although he spoke of the benefit of a common goal for the Nations of the Earth in the advent of the end of the Cold War, it is entirely possible these world leaders are working to a new Revolution like Jefferson was still aware was needed after the end of the American Revolutionary War. It is my sincere hope that this is the case and that they have something like ‘Star Trek’ in mind for us. Here is Jefferson’s letter to another high Mason who helped bring the U.S. into being and who Jefferson had spent a lot of time with when he was Ambassador to France. That was a time when Jefferson received the ‘Great Seal of the United States’ from some unidentified party (as the story goes, it may have been connected with Napoleon’s time in the Great Pyramid).

“I do not believe with the Rochefoucaults and Montaignes, that fourteen of fifteen men are rogue. I believe a great abatement from that proportion may be made in favor of general honesty. But I have always found that rogues would be uppermost, and I do not know that the proportion is to strong for the higher orders… These set out with stealing the people’s good opinion, and then steal from them the right of withdrawing it by contriving laws and associations against the power of the people themselves.”

Since he knew the association of his friends like Franklin, Paine, Hancock and Adams were in control; was he averse to their designs? Would he recognize any kind of government that was contemplated in the founding documents of the U.S. if he were alive today? Most people who read these documents agree that if you were to live according to their intents you would be in jail for treason or some other charges. The current leaders are no less connected and part of this same octopus that grows new heads and expands like a Medusa every few years. They deny they are interested in religion and politics yet they proudly point to the Templars who clearly were. It isn’t just Masons who are part of this octopus as we have seen. In Piatigorsky’s book Who’s Afraid of the Freemasons from 1997 he makes a circuitous attempt to show Mason’s are a kind of religion. They say that all religious denominations are represented in their organization. This is true; there are many hypocrites in religions and they will join whatever makes economic sense or fills some power need, as Jefferson has stated. Shackled at first with such ideas that more money can be had through association with this network, or MORE of prestige, or MORE of anything, many do join. Few are chosen to rise up and become better men without perspiration and perspicacity. They can say all they want about themself but what pray tell do they DO?

I believe I have already shown in other books that they are a religion in the words of Paine, MacDari and others. They are a religion that believes any good person when properly exposed to the truth (their ascending teaching) will do what they think is right. Here is one of the statements that we MUST consider! It is the words of Adam Weishaupt who founded the Illuminati in the 1700′s and whose followers will play an important role in the rest of this book and your life. (Cecil Rhodes who started the Boer War and left his diamond fortune to the Round Table/Committee of 300 is just one of them.)

“By this plan, we shall direct all mankind in this manner. And, by the simplest means, we shall set in motion and in flames. The occupations must be so allotted and contrived that we may, in secret, influence all political transactions.”

I will not pretend to give the final answer or try to compete with the likes of Alexis de Toqueville as I open doors to the closets of those in power and their predecessors in this book. I will simply try to make interesting possibilities worth further research become apparent. Some of these ‘possibilities’ will be too far out or weird to appeal to some readers, but heck what can I say? They often were weird for me too. Here is one seldom heard about a character or three that deserve looking into.

SILAS DEANE: – This is a ‘fella’ who arranged for all the Masonic leaders of Europe to send troops to help the American War for Independence. He worked with Beaumarchais who was a known French monarchist spy (he also wrote the Barber of Seville and other books made into operas) and arms supplier.

I suggest the arms supplier really was Pierre Dupont de Nemours’ family. He finalized the armistice between Britain and the US and was the gunpowder supplier to both sides. He came to America to live near the Randolph’s of Jefferson and the Hapsburgs who are Holy Roman Emperors. He founded the armaments industries referred to in Eisenhower’s exit speech.

“1737-89, political leader and diplomat in the American Revolution, b. Groton, Conn. A lawyer and merchant at Wethersfield, Conn., he was elected (1772) to the state assembly and became a leader in the revolutionary cause. He was (1774-76) a delegate to the Continental Congress, which sent (1776) him as diplomatic agent to France. There Deane worked with Pierre de Beaumarchais in securing commercial and military aid for the colonies, obtaining supplies that were of material help in the Saratoga campaign (1777). He recruited a number of foreign officers, such as the Marquis de Lafayette, Casimir Pulaski, Baron von Steuben, and Johann De Kalb. Late in 1776, Congress sent Benjamin Franklin and Arthur Lee to join Deane. Together they arranged (1778) a commercial and military alliance with France. Deane, however, was soon recalled by Congress and was faced with accusations of profiteering made against him by Lee. Embittered, unable to clear himself, and accused as a traitor after publication of some pessimistic private letters, Deane lived the rest of his life in exile. In 1842 Congress voted $37,000 to his heirs as restitution and characterized Lee’s audit of Deane’s accounts ‘a gross injustice.’

Bibliography: See C. Isham, ed., The Deane Papers, 1774-1790 (5 vol., 1887-91); biography by G. L. Clark (1913).” (2)

But we must not assume these wars are much more than an Orwellian de-population game in some Hegelian ‘play both ends against the middle’ gambit that ensures certain parties will finance and arm whoever gives them what they want. For example we have the Hessians who had been the only trained standing army at this juncture fighting on the side of the British monarch who also financed the other side. Those Hessians were working with or for Mayer Amschel Rothschild at the castle of William of Hesse who was a founding funding member of Weishaupt’s version of the Illuminati. The Hesse-Battenberg and Hapsburgs or other Royals always had the likes of Rothschilds or De Medicis who they were involved with in secrets beyond the pale of most people’s imagination.

The Hapsburgs are Merovingians too and here are some notes about the ancestry of the current heir of the Holy Roman Empire or House of Hapsburg that include the wise Quakers who located in Pennsylvania colony and no doubt kept in touch with their ancestry. Yes, the Hapsburgs were very much a part of the region where Pierre Dupont de Nemours came and founded the American armaments businesses after he arranged the end of the Revolutionary War.

“The recent marriage of Archduke Karl Thomas of Austria to Baroness Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza and the birth of their son is of some genealogical interest. Archduke Karl Thomas is, after his father (Crown Prince Otto), first in line to inherit the positions of Head of the House of Hapsburg, claimant to the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy, and principal heir of the Holy Roman Empire.

As is increasingly the case with young titled Europeans, both Archduke Karl Thomas and Baroness Francesca have some American ancestry. Archduke Karl Thomas’s American ancestry has already appeared in print [The American Genealogist, vol 29, p. 139], and will not be reprinted here.

The American ancestry of the Thyssen-Bornemisza family has been referred to, obliquely, over the years, but has never, to my knowledge, been fully explored. The following material, taken primarily from the 1914 Harlan genealogy, should not be considered either exhaustive or definitive, but as a first draft. {They also have connections that will become apparent as the reader goes through this book to Long Island and some shady goings-on there, as we see during the period of the slave trade.}

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