Position Position Position – The Secret to Success Online

When you saw this heading you possibly thought of real estate or search engine placement.

While this is very applicable to these two systems I want to take you a little deeper into the concept of positioning yourself for success online.

Position is really a life skill with its own set of stratergies and skills.

Position: A place or location. A strategic area occupied by members of a force. An advantageous place or location. A point of view or attitude on a certain question. Sports. The area for which a particular player is responsible. The arrangement of the pieces or cards at any particular time in a game such as chess, checkers, or bridge.

Over the past seven years I have been involved in Internet Marketing. The first five as part time and the last two years full time. Many people asked how I made the graduation from part time to full time and the answer is always positioning.

The Concept of Positioning.

If you have played or watched sports at any time you will know that positioning is the key to winning or losing. In football you need to be in position to accept the ball if you are going score.

The same applies to your life and business.

My basketball coach always told me that I needed to put all my effort to get into the right position and once I got there I could have a rest. I think you would know …. he lied. Once you get into position there is no rest as you then have to maintain that position.

Positioning is a skill that can be developed:

It is very important to do your homework because positioning is a skill that is developed by training and studying. It is not a haphazard occurrence.

Last year I was looking at a new business I could start up online so I looked at what was growing and developing. In doing this I found that baby boomers are an economic force in the community and that they like gadgets, technology, investments because they are rapidly approaching retirement and health for a similar reason.

I also found that streaming audio was becoming something that people wanted to use on websites without the need for special servers, a lot of technical ability etc. In fact in my research it was the fastest growing multimedia tool people were looking for. So I went out and found a product I could develop to position myself in the middle of this growing market. Hence was born MP3 Sound Stream that allows anybody to add streaming audio to their website easily and simply.

Positioning for life.

I know that we are mainly talking about business in this article however if you do not also use positioning in your everyday life then it will not flow over into your business. Success is a mixture of both personal and business strategies and this is why so many people when they come into large sums of money loose it within five years and are back to where they started if not worse off.

They had not positioned themselves in life to handle the pressures and responsibility of there new found wealth. This is possibly why many people who start working for themselves also do not make much more than they did in their job. They never re-positioned themselves.

Summary

As I mentioned before positioning is a skill you can develop.

1. Find out what position you want or are capable of attaining.

One of my friends is a great sales person. He sells welders and turns over millions of dollars selling this equipment. A few years ago the company he worked for decided that it would be better for him to train a lot of other sales people so they could do even more.

It turned out that the company actually sold less with more sales people because the positioning of my friend to train people was not in his ability. The company actually went backwards so they repositioned him back into sales and re took the market lead again. His position was sales not training.

2. Take action and hold on.

In an instant society we are all looking for the quick fix however we all appreciate those who can maintain a solid position. I belong to an online MLM company and for 4 years nothing much happened however I knew that it was positioned for success. Today it is growing in leaps and bounds. Unfortunately some of my friends left a little too early and have missed out on the benefits of holding on. If you believe in what you are doing do not give up.

3. You don’t have to make millions to succeed online.

The concept of positioning is really all about strategies. Remember the old saying how do you eat an elephant. A bite at a time.

Positioning is the same. You do it a bit at a time. First you learn then you apply. Then you learn some more and then you apply what you have learnt. By being consistent you will see it start to pay off.

Finally let me tell you one last story. While I was writing this article my son was watching a documentary on the salmon in Canada that migrate up river to lay their eggs. Some of the scenes where they would jump up waterfalls bashing against the rocks to get to their final destination impressed me. The point is they would either make it or die trying.

Now there are people who are going to make out that becoming successful online is easy and both you and I know this is a lie. Just like the coach who told me I could rest once I got into position. The fact is it will take hard work and there will be casualties however if you are determined to succeed you will have a better chance of success.

Some people will just find this all too hard so my advice to you is take the easy road and don’t start.

Are You Still Struggling to Make Money Online? Still in the Rat Race?

The concept of Making Money online has taken the internet by storm, with many money making programs being offered to many people and the opportunity seeker’s head space has not been spared at the moment.

Many programs being offered are now competing for the buyers head space that one is left wondering what to lays his hands on.

The recent and the still felt economic recession and depression resulted in many jobs lays off. The majority of the affected individuals definitely looked for an alternative means to supplement the severe reduction in their household income and scores of people who have heard about the concept of making money online over the internet, to them, this was a sure financial guarantee, and in any case try their hands out on it, and at any rate make ends meet. Or rather whether it’s really factual as its is always said that a substantial amount of money can be made online through Network Marketing, Mlm, and all the Internet money making opportunities and games out there.

The humble time taken through this article is possibly to put things as many may have experienced them.
The severe frustration folks have to bare up with after spending their hard earned money on countless internet programs that the only thing they are left up with, is jumping from one opportunity to another together with a masked credit card, for sure this lot has nothing to show for in their pursuit for making money online.

The big questions that rings on my mind continuously, Why the hype? The unrealistic promises? The GRQ (Get Rich Quick) Schemes? I got myself into the world of online business some years back and the bitter pill that I was forced and remained to swallow was the outright failure that ensued the zeal and the dreams that are always associated with making it online. At this juncture, I wish to bring a friendly reminder that the internet is full of crap and junk and – a direct byproduct of any open forum platform. To sandwich this fact is the reality that we live in an era marred by corporate greed and deception and getting the right company that will offer the guidance together with Integrity, Education, Success and the Trust that is becoming the missing link in the many money making machines and programs out there is hard to come by

Other programs and opportunities delivered all they could in their promise and pursuit to making money online i.e. tiny commissions’ checks received, without leverage of time. In achieving this, you have to get used to cold calling all day, prospecting to friends and family and at the end of the tunnel tiny commission checks or no money at all for the effort.

In a nutshell, it is a plain and simple fact that money can be possibly made online as longs as one is involved with the right company, which should definitely provide all the necessary resources and tools that will steer both a newbie and a zealous Internet veteran to heights of success one never thought achievable.

After so much frustration, increasing debt and jumping from one horse to another,outright failure was not an option, and thanks for one time decision and action taken as Napoleon Hill puts it that “Action is the real Measure of Intelligence” The end result? A community of successful Entrepreneurs, where each one is driven by the passion of knowing that success is earned, and leaders are not born but made. Both the newbie and the experienced love the education, the training and not to mention the ideas and one on one coaching by the very successful business coaches.

To crown it all is a very clear and persistence mission that drives the entire Community “100 Millionaires by 2012. Period.
To good to be true? Yes, each passing day and moment, we see how near we are towards achieving the mission and nothing stops the ardent and determined community, just like the migrating Wild beasts of the Kenyan mountains and plains, not even the hungry alligators in the Mara river would stop them from their one clear Mission, Green pastures in the Serengeti Plains!

Are you ready to belt yourself and enjoy the ride of your life?

Collins Omondi,
Network Marketing Coach and Consultant –
Pro Solutions and CarbonCopyPro Marketing

Problems With Upgrading or Migrating From Sitefinity 3.7 to Version 5.0

Upgrading Your Sitefinity 3.X Website to 5.0

Sitefinity Upgrade Success…

The likelihood is, that if you are perusing this article, then you have already had the dreaded discussion regarding upgrading your Sitefinity 3.X website to the latest version. Popular belief has it that this is a challenging task which really can be riddled with bugs and complications. It is possible to ‘shrug off’ all the popularly talked about pit falls though when you’re conscious of the procedures to adhere to and what to plan in advance for.

Throughout this informative article, I hope to reassure you by outlining the basic procedures for moving a website from Sitefinity 3.X to Sitefinity 5.0. I will be explaining processes that I followed and issues I experienced in bringing up-to-date our company website and exactly how I was able to overcome them.

Our company website was updated from Sitefinity 3.7 (now quite an old version) to version 5.0 (which was launched Feb / Mar 2012), for that reason, this article will primarily concentrate on websites currently using Sitefinity 3.6 and 3.7 wishing to upgrade to Sitefinity 5.0 and some information may not be applicable to lower versions.

Hmm… To Upgrade Or Migrate?

When we initially decided to update the Light Speed website, I was faced with a sudden fear. My apprehension was caused by the unknown workload and troubles that could gather through updating the website from such a low version to the latest version of Sitefinity. Desperate to allay my fears I became a frequent visitor to the Sitefinity Online community and Google sites looking for any relevant information that could aid me along the way. After viewing various blog posts and forum threads, it became obvious that there was some misunderstandings regarding ‘upgrading’ or ‘migrating’ Sitefinity. Therefore, this was throwing people away from the correct procedure on how to update their website.

After in depth research I stumbled upon some other posts and threads, which were hidden out of sight, that finally helped me to get a clear comprehension of which method I ought to use to update the Company website. There are two particular methods.

1) You can ‘Upgrade’ a site, which basically means updating the Sitefinity version that the current site is running on

2) You can ‘Migrate’ a site [Sitefinity have provided a tool called The Migration Module] and this process enables the moving of content and data from one site to another (although be warned that not everything gets copied). Migration has had to be introduced by Sitefinity because from Version 4 onwards the program significantly altered the architecture from the one that existed in version 3. The Migration Module was created to migrate a Sitefinity site created using version 3.7 (using service pack 4) to Version 5.0. Because of this if your web site is prior to 3.7 it must be ‘Upgraded’ to this spec BEFORE it can be migrated to Sitefinity 5.0.

Because the company site was created on version 3.7 this meant that I would have to create a new Sitefinity 5.0 website and using method 2 migrate the vast majority of content and data from my Sitefinity 3.7 website.

The Minimal Requirements for a Migration

There are some prerequisites and advisories so that you can successfully complete a site migration from Sitefinity 3.7 to Sitefinity 5.0. Firstly the site to be migrated must be running on IIS (this can be running locally). Secondly, it is advised that the new Sitefinity site should have a similar file structure as the old site. This allows the migration to run smoother as Sitefinity will notify you when it cannot find certain files such as templates and themes. I therefore manually copied files such as the templates and themes across when I first built the Sitefinity 5.0 site. Thirdly, the site must be using Sitefinity 3.7 SP4 with either ASP.NET 3.5 or 4.0.

If your site is not currently using Sitefinity SP4 then upgrade to it before you actually do anything else. Upgrading to SP4 can be carried out by downloading a patch or ‘hotfix’ from your Sitefinity account downloads section, however, it is important to ensure you are downloading the correct version and edition (i.e. Standard Edition). Ensuring you have backed up your project, you need to unzip the patch folder and copy the files directly into the root of the site. You will then need to merge and overwrite some files including the web.config file. Once complete, you can check your version number to see if the site is now running on the new service pack.

Preparation, Preparation, Preparation…

Although the original site is now running on 3.7 SP4, it still must be prepared before the migration begins. There are 2 methods of preparing the site; ‘automatic’ or ‘manual’. Automatic enables you to prepare your 3.7 site for migration by opening your Sitefinity Project Manager, clicking actions and setting the SF3.7 site for migration. Then you’re able to follow the prompts to complete the preparation. However, for the Light Speed site, I decided on the manual method where I was able to download the required zip folder from the root of the new project and copy the ‘MigrationService.svc’ file to the root of the 3.7 project and then copy the ‘Telerik.Sitefinity.Migration.dll’ and ‘Telerik.Sitefinity.MigrationContracts.dll’ to the bin folder of the 3.7 site. Once completed, I then entered the following code before the last configuration tag in the ‘web.conifg’ file:

start of ‘system.serviceModel’

‘servicehostingEvironment aspNetCompatibilityEnabled=”true”

end of ‘system.serviceModel’

The Sitefinity 3.7 site will now be prepared for migration.

From Old To New

Now that the entire preparation is taken care of, the old 3.7 site can now be migrated to the new 5.0 site. However, it is important to note, as mentioned earlier, that not everything is certain to get copied across to the new site, so it’s very important to take these into consideration, specially if your original website included lots of custom work such as master templates, themes or user controls. For a full list of what is included and what isn’t, you can visit the ‘Considerations’ section of ‘Sitefinity 5 Migration Guide’.

After running your new Sitefinity 5.0 Project, you will find a link on the Dashboard saying ‘Migrate your site from Sitefinity 3.7 to the newest version’. Clicking this link will launch a wizard that will request the URL of the Sitefinity 3.7 website. You will then be ready to select what content, data and files you would like to migrate over to the new website. Once these details have been confirmed, it will take a few moments to run through and migrate everything. If everything has transferred happily you should just observe a group of green ticks together with a successful report. However, you will additionally be advised of any files that are unsuccessful which will usually come down to an issue with Sitefinity not being able to locate the required file or it will be a file which can’t be migrated hasn’t been manually copied over ahead of the migration.

If the migration has actually been successful, then almost all content and pages etc should now appear on your new site, but the site will most likely be far from complete.

Light At The End Of The Tunnel

Despite the fact that the migration is finished, you will find a fair few tasks to complete. Aside from going through testing the entire site, certain areas will need changing beforehand. In most cases any custom controls or control templates which have been developed for use with the 3.7 site will need to be adjusted or completely remade. You also might discover that you will have to make various changes in your CSS for the reason that mark-up furnished by Sitefinity 5.0 differs greatly from the mark-up used in Sitefinity 3.7. A good example of this can be found when utilizing Sitefinity’s navigation control where in Sitefinity 5.0 is appears to rely heavily on multiple spans.

When all of these changes are completed, you’ll be able to to judge whether or not the site is complete. Yet, it would be good to incorporate a tested run through your entire site, both on the public side and the admin side to ascertain if there are any further areas missing functionality or merely not displaying as they should.

So… What Did We Think?

It seems like the original conversation about updating the website happened a long time ago, and yet here we are! We have got a fresh Sitefinity site with all the original data and content obtained from our old site. Sure we had to make some additional amendments and tweak odds and ends here and there, but finally the new site is there. So how do we feel about the process of getting it there?

Well, everyone will have their own opinion on the migration method and whether or not it is justified for the amount of work required. However, my thoughts in regards to the process vary. On the one hand I can see how useful the tool is at getting your out-of-date website immediately up to a new site so that you can explore the latest features which Sitefinity 5.0 can bring to the table. However, on the other hand I’m facing the realisation that I have had to perform a lot of preparation work to get the original site ready for migration plus I had to put together a new site and copy most of the files over manually anyway. Additionally, even once the migration has been completed, I still was forced to rewrite almost all of the custom control templates and user controls. Being mindful of this, I ask myself whether or not it would be quicker to produce a new site and just replicate the changes manually, rather than adhere to the migration option.

It appears to be to me that this entire process may just be dependent on what type of site you want to update.

For example, a sizable enterprise site with 50 pages or even more would surely benefit from migrating to a new site, where as a lesser company site with 20 pages or less may very well be better off developing a new site, copying as many files over as possible and after that replicating the page subject material on a page by page basis.

As I said, It’s my opinion that everyone will have a different take on how to approach upgrading their website, nevertheless I believe that most of the people who complete an update are going to be reviewing their methods the moment they have completed a full site migration.