Category Archives: Interviews

Blog Action Day lives on (Part 1 of 2)

As I continue my effort towards this critical issue (Poverty) and as I mentioned in this post that this effort should be ongoing and not just for one day, also as I would like to bring up the point of blogging and how powerful it is bringing people together world wide.

I started something wild, and it took me about 14 hours of reading to finish it (almost).

I personally went to every blog that was picked up on the blog action day home page and read every single post by all the bloggers from around the world, aside from the amount of info that I learned within the 14 hours of reading (Thanks to all), it came to my mind that blogging is not just about writing (Although it is the biggest part of it), but also it’s about connecting people, I have seen personal blogs, business blogs, romance blogs, religion blogs, health blogs (And the list goes on…), all sharing the same call against poverty which was the topic of the 2008 blog action day. Some bloggers actually did the same thing I did, which is connecting, how? By commenting on other blogs.

Whether you are a reader, blogger or just a surfer, you can raise your voice and be heard simply by commenting on other blogs. And that’s what I did!

I commented on over 150 blog posts that I read throughout the last 48 hours commending everyone on their posts (I specially liked the ones with photos “Photo blogging”) and asked them all to come and read the article that I wrote and let me know what they thought about my contribution to solve the issue.

I also promised them that I will encourage my readers to visit their blogs and read their opinions as well. I would call this “Social Blogging” which is simply getting every one involved in action.

I’ll go through commenting and blogging as a social networking, opinion sharing tool more in my upcoming online training school that I’ve announced earlier this month.

The point of this post is that every time I have received a comment back from another blogger, I knew they cared about the issue, that does not mean that everyone else didn’t care, I understand that sometime people get sidetracked by life, but the people who commented on the article (44 comments up to this point) did a lot to share to solve the problem, even if they didn’t know it, they did put the effort of just sharing to raise the issue higher into the open field of blogging.

And that’s another way of solving any problem, we see it every day, whether on a newspaper site, on a political forum, or on any blog of any kind. And I will do my part and share the love with you from everyone that commented on this article and a link to their blogs in the second part of this article and I really hope that you will take a minute for each blog to read their opinion. And don’t forget to comment 😉

I will go back to my normal blogging, but in my life, this issue along with a lot more issues (Like my involvement with ONE.org) which was the main reason for me to start blogging, will continue on a daily basis. And I will also share my knowledge with everyone on the online school that will start on November 1st 2008 for free! (Again this is not all about money or profit, but it’s to share the good and feel the better).

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Or follow me personally on Twitter here: http://twitter.com/guruofsales

Video interview w/ eBay President & CEO John Donahoe

First of all, I would like to apologize about the big mistake I did while taking this video, and to clarify why, is simply because I snatched this interview as soon as I got the chance, however, my camera was on very low battery and it was set in the previous recording on the zoomed in position, if I have realized that and tried to zoom out before taking the video, I would loose the power and the entire interview in general.
I know it might seem funny, but everyone make mistakes!

In the interview, John Donahoe, eBay’s current president (Who also used to be the eBay marketplaces president for a long time), speaks positively with confident about eBay, urging new users to sign up, buy and sell, even create social networks around it.
I first met John last year at eBay’s DevCon in Boston, briefly spoke to him about his visions and found out that he is not only a brilliant & open minded person, but I thought that he is the man for the job, taking eBay to the next level (In my opinion, this should have been done a long time ago!) and I agree with every move he made since taking over his position 100% (And yes I don’t think that eBay should be just a big garage sale, there is a lot more into it than just that).
John, me and Pierre Omidyar (eBay founder) share the same vision that drove a lot of current sellers away or mad or whatever you have seen in the news latley, but I think that consentrating on eBay’s core business, opening more doors to developers (API’s), and cleaning up the site in general of some of the old rules that brought the company somehow down, is the only way for eBay to become what it’s meant to be since the begining, an online marketplace!
Yes I understand that I might get a lot of comments against my opinion, but I truly believe that if you reialze how much more money you can make though eBay without even selling anything, you will be amaized of what you didn’t know before. All I can ask you is to open your eyes, think outside the box, research on how to become a real player in this game (Not just a big seller) and I guarentee you great profit and bigger bussines than you can even imagin.
Before I leave you with the video, I wanted you all to know that I am including at least 2 months total of eBay training, not only on how to sell, but also a complete work around to make profit in other ways but selling, including the affiliate program, API calls, integration into other applications and similler stuff. (Don’t start going crazy now, I promise that it will be so easy for any one to do it with the least experiance) and will be all for free on the upcoming Online School that I announced here.

Enjoy the video:

My turn to be interviewed (and ice cream!)

Yes it is my turn to be interviewed, as you can tell from my YouTube channel, I interviewed almost everyone else, and I am proud to announce that my first public video interview (About my business) was made by (non other than) Yaro Starak himself, the same person that brought to you the always resourceful blog: http://www.entrepreneurs-journey.com/
Yaro interviewed me in New York when I insisted on meeting him (As one of his loyal fans) and the video just went live last night (Again perfect timing).

Here is the video:

I know I looked nervous in the video 😉 but the good thing is that when Yaro tagged the video on YouTube, he tagged it with keywords like (Ice Cream) which just happened to be one of my recent tags on my new personal video blogging serious on YouTube as well, called: Alex’s Random.anias! so the videos actually relate on YouTube immediatly. Just perfect timing.

Speaking of videos and tagging, I am revealing a bit more about the Online training school to all of you right now: Yes I will include sessions about video blogging, tagging, and even some tips to have all your YouTube videos to be available in high quality.

So stay tuned for more details about the school by subscriping to the Guru Of Sales RSS feed.

Video interview with HammerTap.com

Well since I am in sharing mood, and to continue what I started yesterday, I wanted to share with you the big amount of videos and photos that I have been saving for quite a while now.
Some of the videos (Started to collect dust 🙂 ) was taken back at eBay live, that includes almost every person that works for eBay or for a third party company, all the way to eBay current president John Donahoe (Coming here soon) and PayPal’s current president Scott Thomson as well (Take a look here at our YouTube previous videos) and don’t forget to subscribe to our channel on YouTube so you won’t miss any upcoming videos.
Today, I am sharing this video interview with Jen Cano, VP of Education for HammerTap, LLC.
Jen is HammerTap’s spokeswoman and is an eBay Certified Consultant as well, I personally met Jen at the PayPal developers scavenger hunt party she was a great help for our team (We won first place out of 28 teams) and she agreed on doing this interview.
Jen is also very well known on the eBay radio at wsradio.com for her weekly report and tips.

For more details about the market research service that they provide, go to: HammerTap.com
Here is the interview:

More videos to come soon 😉

Meeting JohnChow.com in Boston

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I have never thought that I will go back to Boston that fast, after being there for a week last year attending eBay live, in fact I still have photos to upload to my flickr account from last years trip (which I am planning on doing within the next week).

However, I was reading my RSS feeds from all over the Internet, like I normally do everyday (Of Course I am subscribed to www.JohnChow.com RSS feed) and I found out that John was coming to visit the U.S. attending the Affiliate Summit east in Boston.

I acted quickly and tried to contact John in every way I could (Mostly by commenting on his blog), and to my surprise, John answered: “Sure! Come on down.”

I quickly got a bus ticket online (it is a long 4 hours ride, but the bus had WiFi access on board, which was just perfect), and I went down to meet John.

Now I have to clarify this: I am not writing this blog post as a blogger, but as a loyal fan of his work.

John was absolutely a humble person, very quite, and straight to the point.

I took the chance to ask him for a video interview to be posted on my blog with some advice from him. He agreed 🙂 (The video will be posted on my YouTube channel shortly and on this blog along with a post).

After meeting John for 15 minutes (That’s all I needed) I felt that I was the luckiest blogger in the world for that moment, so I went on to keep lucky by going to an Irish pub to get my lucky charms from Boston (I had to kill time until the bus time anyway).

However right before I left John, he gave me a gift that any blogger or affiliate marketer will like:

As in the picture below: a duffle bag, a water proof flexible keyboard (lights in the dark), a 2GB flash memory/writing pen and a nice T-shirt.

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That was very cool of him, so I thanked him then I asked him this question:

The bag was from an affiliate company called Market Leverage, so I asked him what he thinks of the company, he highly recommended them as a good affiliate network, to check them out click here.

I will write more about this interview and post the video very soon. I will also have a big surprise for you guys soon 😉

This was like a dream come true to me, meeting 3 top bloggers in the world is a thing that I considered to accomplish within the next year, now I am one third done 🙂 (The other 2 bloggers are Darren Rowse and Yaro Starak).

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Video interview with PayPal President!

The title said it all, in fact I am just catching up with all the video interviews I have saved to share with all of you, here is the video:

New: Guru Of Sales version 1.6!!

Why is it 1.6?
Why not 2.0?
And why now?

First of all, I like to remind you that back in April I only made very little changes since the launch of this blog. We named it version 1.5.
Just recently we added some more changes but it wasn’t big enough to qualify for version 2.0 yet. And in the near future we will have 1.7 or 1.9 whatever it will be, so keep an eye 😉

Recent changes includes the following:

New pages:
http://www.guruofsales.com/services (not to big of a change)
http://www.guruofsales.com/services/ebay-basics-of-selling (This is a local service only)
http://www.guruofsales.com/jobs (As promised before. I didn’t forget)
http://www.guruofsales.com/advertise (To advertise with us)
More pages in the next update.

New categories:
Some of you may know that me and my guest bloggers ran 26 blogs, I joining 5 of them into this blog, also joining most of the other blogs to be sold (Already have 3 offers on the table). In results of that, I added more categories to this blog to reflect the changes.
New categories will involve more than the main purpose of this blog, to include technology (Mainly gadgets) and environment issues like global warming.
In results of the new changes, you will see much more traffic on this blog and we’ll try to keep it all connected. I am also taking this opportunity to announce that some of my bloggers are leaving to be on their own and will only blog here occasionally. So, within a week, I will post for a blogging job opening (Again!) so keep an eye if you’re looking for some extra income.
I had to include this post under all the categories, otherwise, the categories will not show. Take a look near the end of the sidebar to check the new categories.

I would like to thank everyone that worked with me to make all this possible.

Until next time friends 🙂