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From Jack Ma, of ALI BABA, to David Rusenko, of WEEBLY; persistence and realizing the value of the solution they offered to the public; guaranteed their future success.
This is the best time to use the technology available to you to build your own Online Empire
Build a "Brand Name," or become one; and you will be found online. Otherwise you will lose the battle before the war starts and be forgotten.
Do not rely only on Social Media to convey your company message.
It would take a lot to get banned permanently from them; but it is possible for you and your brand to go dark in an instant.
Remember, we are all guests on these social platforms. They tolerate us.
You can argue that they do not pay us for posting our thoughts and all kind of daily content on their websites; while they are generating $billions trough advertising and their companies valuation.
PUBLISH YOUR SITE.
When publishing your brand website, focus on its functionality.
make it easy to navigate.
Ask yourself these questions:
Thanks to software like the one I use to build new websites or e-commerces for clients; I can focus on utility and functionality, while not losing on a polished look that fits the niche(s) I go for.
If you do not have access yet to this powerful platform which is still in beta; you are missing out.
I'm not sure why you would want to remain on the sidelines It's free to join right now.
There is a learning curve and if you are not a technician or an engineer like me, starting now will allow you to have a leg up in the field using the latest
in technology that is used to get todays businesses up and running fast at a low or zero upfront cost. These pages load faster than you can say "Huh?"
When I built my first website 11 years ago, this was the ugliest website I had seen. But because of the Facebook algorithm around that time, it didn't matter at all.
For some time on that social platform we were able to get thousands of people eyeballs on our blog posts with only one share on our timeline.
I never had any complaint about the boxy look of the early version of DJAMEE.COM.
I improved it naturally as I went. Instead of worrying about the look, I focused on using the powerful blog Weebly, offered to generate more interest to my blog and overall better results on the search engine ranks.
Weebly was founded in 2006 by CEO David Rensuko.
It started in 2007, with the help of Christ Fanini, and Dan Veltri.
No knowledge of coding required at all to use weebly.
For the snooty coders this was a joke.
Weebly currently powers millions of businesses on more than 50 million sites around the world.
Weebly, is based in San Francisco, with offices in New York, Scottsdale, and Toronto.
They were acquired by Square in May, 2018 for $365 million in cash and stocks.
A far cry from when "Experts" literally laugh at their idea during a conference.
Do you remember what happened to Yahoo, when they laugh at the duo that offered them to create a "search engine" before quitting and building GOOGLE on their own?
The founding story behind the trio who came up with Weebly, is less known but equally fascinating. [LEARN MORE]
SQUARE, is a leader in the financial technology industry.
Cash App is just one part of Square’s business offerings, which also includes software and point-of-sale hardware for businesses of all sizes.
Since going public in November 2015, Square has quickly grown into one of the largest payment processing companies in the United States
and has expanded its business model beyond payment processing to include scheduling, employee management, and business analytics.
Later on they started to focus on delivering them for the users and apps integration to automate some of the navigation and data collection on the platform.
When Weebly offered me to be grandfathered with their system I got access to a fleet of sites that I can use at my discretion for the best rates for hosting and at a pro level, for each website a build as a reward for being an early adopter of Weebly.
This morning I read about one of the richest men in the world who is neither a technician nor an engineer.
He started his online Empire in 1995 with an "Ugly website," (in his own words).
His name is Jack Ma. "Jack Ma grew up in Hangzhou, China where, after college, he applied for and was rejected from 30 jobs, before becoming an English teacher.
Then, after he was introduced to the internet on a trip to the United States in 1995, he went on to found Chinese e-commerce behemoth Alibaba with no technical or business skills, he says.
Today, Ma is worth $35 billion and the company he founded has a market capitalization of over $396 billion."
Ma started Alibaba in his apartment in 1999 with no money and a small team that used their underdog status as motivation.
″One of the things we wanted to prove:
If Jack Ma and his team can be successful, 80% of the people in the world, they can be successful....”
He started Alibaba Group in 1999 in his apartment.
Here are three of Ma’s keys to success in business that don’t require any special knowledge, money or connections. SOURCE MSNBC [LEARN MORE]
If you have a limited budget or no budget to promote your website use a platform that has a lot of people hanging out on them to generate organic traffic.
If you are selling a product, integrate platforms that reward their users for being on them.
I reactivated an ETSY account I had signed up for in 2014, less than a month ago.
What was my surprise when I entered my brand name "StuddedSpikes" on the YouTube, search box, to see the first listing was paid ads by ETSY suggesting my products,
The same things can happen on Amazon. When you are an early adopter of their products, they will in exchange pay to advertise yours.
During the early days of Amazon Kindle, would advertise your book to customers they thought were susceptible to order your book.
Always take a screenshot of the ads suggesting your products; because in marketing if you do not have a proof via photo or video to backup what you claim; it may not have happened.
I started using paid ads on Facebook and Instagram as early as 2012. If you want your content to be seen; even if you already are an influencer; paid ads on FB is the way to go and for. now they are ridiculously cheap.
Because of the pandemic, it accelerated a trend. People are shopping online more than ever now.
GODIVA has announced that they are closing 128 of their stores in the United States. European and Asian stores are not affected.
They made their decision based on the sales they make online vs the significant drop in business for their brick and mortar boutiques.
Whether you are in Information , service entertainment. Having your brand automated online is increasingly incontournable.
As I said before, millionaires and billionaires will be made in the early 2020's.
A 99cent investment can turn in no time in a Multi Million dollars windfall.
It was announced on June 18, that Voice.com was sold for $30 million — “the biggest publicly reported all cash domain sale of all time,”
Ron Jackson wrote in DNJournal.com the domain name was sold to a blockchain company called Block.one.
"They are now all set to use the domain for a social media network that’s based on blockchain.
The selling price of $30 million for a domain name shatters the previous record for a publicly-revealed, all-cash domain sale. The previous record was $13 million for Sex(.)com.
to the broker that handled the deal, Block.one planned to release its social network on another domain name but realized getting a great .COM domain name would help its launch.
Credibility is a major benefit of valuable, one-word .COM domain names. As you can imagine, Block.one will face an uphill battle in a social media market dominated by Facebook and Twitter.
Using a great domain like Voice.com gives its project instant credibility.
Block.one raised billions of dollars in an initial cryptocurrency offering and is putting some of the money to work by buying this domain.
"According to DNJournal, only 11 domains have sold for $5 million or more (that have been disclosed to the public, anyway).
Most large domain transactions are covered by non-disclosure agreements, so people aren’t aware of their terms.
SOURCE NAMECHEAP BLOG
I have invested on this domain name certainincomes.com for less than a dollar: That was a steal.
Did you know that flipping domain names is a side business that can turn into a main business?
All you need is to buy a few domain names and start offering them to people who need them and make a huge profit on each domain names.
If you are serious about your brand, you will want to invest in your name and variations of said name before someone else locks it and releases it to you for 100x or 1000x its original price.
In 2017, I got lazy and allowed the circumstances I was in at the time to lose a prized domain name HotBillion.com. I was paying less than $18 per year the I lost control of it.
Only to see it resurface for $3,095. (screenshot bellow)
I lost a few nights of sleep over it. but then I got proactive. I went online and made a search for the next best thing:
Do not make the same mistake I made then.
Do not give up on owning a domain name you want. If it is taken when you search for it, you can set up an alert directly from a marketplace that sells domain names like Bluehost name cheap, or go Daddy;
and get a notification on your phone as soon as it becomes available at a regular price or from a legit broker.
In 2009, The first time I searched for studdedSpikes.com it was already taken.
I had to use a subdomain on djamee.com to promote my new line of accessories. I did not give up. I was able to get it at a regular rate 10 years later!
Studdedpikes.com, is now live and I'm building a platform around it using the software I told you about that loads pages fast and uses cloud flare technology.
Your timing is more important than your knowledge.
"Money Like Speed."
If you see an opportunity, take it because someone will and it might as well be you.
It is better to have an ugly website that serves everyone than a pretty one that serves no one. - Djamee #qfawl2
Stay well and healthy.
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Like many Modeling Agencies, Djamee Models, started with 1 model. Djamee signed his first model Rome,This was in 2000.
In October 2003 Stanley Kaplan of Stanley Kaplan Talent New York, brought Djamee Raphael, to his office after meeting him at "Coffee Beans," on the East Village, where he was hosting and conducting a weekly open call for models.
Together they opened the Talent Agency's Modeling Division.
In 2006, Djamee Raphael, continued his partnership with Stanley Kaplan, with complete Creative Direction of the modeling Division.
In 2010 one year after the Financial Crisis, Stanley Kaplan Offices closed.
In anticipation of the move, Djamee built his first websites. One for his company and one for Stanley's Talent agency.
A year later Djamee, applied and was accepted in less than 72 hours for Djamee models And Talent, registration with Casting Networks Inc.
This morning I was delighted to read an email from Alix Amin and Rafi Gordon, Co - CEOs, Talent Systems that read:
"We are writing to let you know that Talent Systems, Casting Networks’ holding company, has acquired Spotlight, Europe’s preeminent casting software platform!
By combining the businesses, we are creating a global, cutting-edge casting ecosystem that will enable you to submit your talent to high-quality projects worldwide. This acquisition is an acknowledgment of the globalization of content and of an evolving ecosystem in which casting directors are increasingly finding talent on both sides of the pond.
A few items to note:
This effectivelly will help us continue to do what we started a decade ago. Present the best talent available in Europe and in North America to top clients.
I'm hoping that Africa, and South Asia, are next. In the meantime the broader the sources of projects and offers the better. If it is slow here in New York, It might be hot in demand in Europe.
I urge the talent still on the sidelines to join us HERE. The advantage to have a Registered agency like us submitting you for any project is that you do not have to pay for accessing the project.
You only pay the Agency when you book a project.
Follow the simple instructions on the form and happy bookings.
This is alway free to join or to be submitted to the projects you qualify for trough our services. Minors under 18, please follow our notes on the form to legally join:
We are positively inclusive. See you on the other side.
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Take it as you like it. Remember, your host tolerates you as a guest on your favorite Social media platform. The only thing you own is the phone; the tablet; laptop or maybe desktop you use to log on to access the Social Media platform of you're choice. In most cases, you lose the copyright right for the content you upload on these platforms.
I said it again and again, get your own Online Real Estate, in the form of your own domain name; build your own websites; funnels or even stores; and your own Apps for your business.
Use the free resources first if you are on a tight budget.
When you start making a few sales; re invest your profit to upgrade to own your software licences and indispensable various suite of tools.
You won’t need to try to overturn an election to be kicked off these platforms. Being a "little extra," sharing videos and memes; even an opinion can get you in trouble and get you suspended. Good luck trying to get out of that predicament instantly; if at all.
Imagine if the social networks, you are trusting with your business are down and you are launching a product for which you've invested your heart, time and hard earn money?
You use stores provided on their platform; because it is free to upload your product and start selling. Major hick up; you can't even reach your followers because they are also in the dark. Then what?
You won’t get compensated if you take a loss because Facebook, or Instagram, or WhatsApp, or Messenger, was down. You agreed like I did to their terms of services. And a little know fact is that you can't sue social media.
So don't waste your time being mad.
Instead start building yours now!
You have a choice to use these platforms, but you would be foolish to rely exclusively on them to communicate your message or promote your business and build your brand.
And that’s coming from someone happily using Facebook/Instagram ads since October 2012, to grow my business.
Get your own and own it.
If you would like me to send you a list of resources you can use to get started, let me know and I’ll b e happy to send the info to you.
PS Some of you know that I have a new book coming up where I have assembled some of the best resources you will be able to use right away to take charge of building your own business and securing your brand. To learn more about Quotes For A Wealthy Living 2, go HERE
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Thank you! Anyone in the NYC area who sees this post can apply for our ongoing Freelance Model work with us here https://www.djamee.com/djamee-models.html
We get thousands of offers daily. Not hundreds; not dozens; not one: THOUSANDS. So we want your help filling those castings and auditions offers daily.
We are more than happy to put you up for them so as long as you qualify for them.
How do you qualify?
Be at least 18 and over or have your parent(s) or legal guardian signing up on your behalf and supervising you by being our contact until you are 18.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most model castings and auditions are now remote (using ZOOM, or other video streaming software during the whole process of interview (s) and booking.
I remember about a year ago when I was scouting models one of the qualifiers or disqualifiers, was your availability to go to castings in person. Our industry is used to having to adjust due to external circumstances.
In New York, we always overcome. We are strong! Now this is even more flexible than before. you don't have to spend hours in traffic or commute to go to a casting or an audition If at all.
You only go to work (once you booked it) after a final Zoom interview. It's is not a question of preference . It is a way to keep our industry going even during tragic circumstances. Make sure that you only send us your follow up materials on our business email email@example.com. Please no unsolicited email. Use our form to send us your original info then we can locate your entry and follow up with you.
Do not risk your booking for being stubborn. If you are locked out of your Facebook or Instagram account; and this happens more than often; you will regret it for a very long time, and you will be the only one to blame.
You may think that you own that online real estate space on social media where we are only invited guests until we become a persona non grata.
Please take a minute with us to keep those we lost in 2020 / 21, due to COVID-19; in our prayers.
Stay well and stay blessed and be on the lookout for my new book Quotes For A Wealthy Living 2.
Claim your own piece of Online Real Estate, for your E-model portfolio, free here.
If you always wanted to start selling products on e-commerce but you were discouraged by the upfront cost of running a store on Shopify; then check this out.
Both business solutions are free! I use these software to run my business. If all you need is a portfolio online to introduce your business to potential clients, I highly recommend you to sign up for the lite version and take advantage of the free website builder; free hosting and free software bonuses.
Set it and forget it so you can go and do something else like work your bookings, while the automation takes care of the rest; and keeps your customers happy.
PPS Full disclosure. I opted to invest right away into the Platinum version, full suites and "Over 17 software you never knew you needed," with free lifetime upgrade! I'm grateful for the hard work the coders did; and the automation the software and the integrations in one place it offers.
This is a game changer for my companies and the domains I admin for my clients.
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BITCOIN $33K 2021 NEW YEAR SURPRISE
"Bitcoin is the 9th wonder that imitates life. It evolves with a series of ups and downs. But ultimately it goes up." - Djamee
The last best time to buy Bitcoin was in 2009. The next best time is now.
You too can start investing in BITCOIN. The arrival of "Institutional," money in 2021, is a logical step toward the adoption of "Digital Currencies by the Fortune 500.
In order for these companies or edge funds to take part in Cryptocurrency, the offering in terms of opportunity and possible ROI, Return On Investment, must first require them to invest a minimum of $100 Millions. Otherwise based on their rules (not opinion) it's kids play; and they won't partake in in anything bellow that level.
Well here we are. As of December 2020, the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust represents $11.5 billion of privately-invested Bitcoin assets. Grayscale, a US crypto investment firm that's one of the largest purchasers of Bitcoin in the world, launched the trust in 2013. [LEARN MORE]