Category Archives: Social Marketing

Create your own Social Network (Introducing Ning!)


Ever dream of having a social network that’s about your own band or another social network just for your company and your co-workers?!
Ning.com allows you to do just that.
“Ning” is a Chinese word for “Peace”, co-founded by Mark Andereessen and Gina Bianchini, and launched in October of 2005.
Ning.com allows you to create a social network just like myspace or facebook including any feature that you can imagine from blogs to forums to sharing photos and videos.
Your own created network could be about your family members or about your company or even your school’s basketball team! There are no limits of what you can create a social network about.

At www.Wahol.com There will be at least 2 classes about setting up a Ning network and other services like Ning. So make sure to sign up soon, it’s free!

In late 2007 Ning added support for OpenSocial, a project started by Google that I think would be the future of social networking.

No matter what your specific interests and no matter if you have any technical skills, Ning’s unique feature of allowing anyone to create their custom network about a topic or need or just to interact with fans or even raise awareness, is just great to have and is simply Web 2.0 at it’s best.

You can create networks for free that will be ad supported by Ning or you can create and brand a social network without ads in exchange for a small monthly fee. (A study I did before shows that it’s around $50 a month per network on Ning) and we will go through details of how to have your own branded social network for free, or whether to choose Ning’s paid branded network for your business in a near future class at www.Wahol.com

Ning.com now hosts over half a million networks.

Of course you can join our own network of Guru Of Sales right here: http://guruofsales.ning.com/
Or join our Wahol.com network here: http://waholnetwork.ning.com/ just remember that they are both under research testing right now, so I might not be active on them for quite a while, but I will notify you on twitter, so if you’re not following me, do so, by going here: http://twitter.com/guruofsales

Create your network and comment below with a link to your network and I just might become your first member to join 🙂

Talking about Bloggers on Yahoo!

Certainly, there is a lot of buzz about bloggers today, from Darren Rowse and Jeff Chandlers post about the future of blogging, all the way to Yahoo’s own homepage!
2 Of Yahoo’s homepage featured articles (Yes 2 of them in the same time) speaks about bloggers and what they think.
One article was about the band Coldplay being accused of stealing a riff from a guitar virtuoso, and that a blogger thinks that there is a point of the story, the other is about a blogger that believes Detroit might be better of with NBA star Allen Iverson behind center.
Here is my point:
Blogging is a very powerful media stream, whether you are a mom blogging about toddlers care tips or you are a NBA backstage addict blogger, your point and vision will be read and counted for.
So go ahead and start blogging, build your name and maybe I will read about your review of a new Lamborghini on Yahoo’s homepage soon.

Note: If You don’t know how to blog or you are a blogger but need to learn more, watch the 10 free videos by Yaro & Gideon here, It’s free!

Another Note: Don’t forget to get the RSS and follow me on Twitter.

First official Guru Of Sales Online school announcement

Yes you read the title correctly, I am proud to finally announce the long awaited GuruOfSales Online school.
This announcement comes after I finally received a letter today that all my teaching materials where copyrighted and protected.
I have been hinting about this for quite a while now to friends and colleagues, and already have a huge list of people ready to start a new era of learning and working online.

The Great News Is:

It’s 100% FREE for you the student.

No catch, no gimmicks, no money involved at all, you have my word for that.

The official start date is 11/1/2008 and it will be 6 months long 2 or 3 times a week.

Here is what you will learn: uh… wait.. I am a marketing and sales guru, I think I will reveal details within the next 30 days to create the buzz needed for this school.
All I can tell you right now that it will be rich in videos, podcasts, reading materials and of course it will have a it’s own URL (Will be revealed soon) and I promise great entertaining content a’La Guru style 😉

Oh, one more thing, if you’re not already subscribed, then go ahead and subscribe here: http://feeds.feedburner.com/guruofsales this is the only way you can keep up to date of everything about the school.
You can also follow me on twitter here: http://twitter.com/guruofsales but I won’t reveal as much info as I will on this blog.
Ciao for now 🙂

A new brilliant idea for Online shopping

As some of you guys may know that one of my favorite “Geek merchandise” website is thinkgeek.com, and there is only 2 other places that I shop online, eBay and Amazon.
That was until I wrote the article about ping.fm and I got a comment on it from a follower (now a friend) from twitter, so, as usual I went to check their site like from their twitter bio at: http://thebuyersnet.com and I found out a new way of shopping online.
The idea is simple yet brilliant, look for items, join or create a club for it, other people like the same item, they add it to their wish list or join the club, everyone buys it at the end as a group, and that’s where the savings come by buying the item wholesale price.

A great diagram explaining how it works is here.
I am currently looking for a new laptop, so far (As a proud geek) I am falling in love with the new Sony Vaio FE series, most likely with a read/write BLU-Ray player. If anyone else interested, let’s create a club for it and share the savings on http://thebuyersnet.com.
The site have categories including: Automobiles & Accessories, Computers & accessories, Electronics, Fitness, Furniture, Appliances, sports & more.

I just wanted to share the discovery with you all 😉
To follow http://thebuyersnet.com updates on twitter go here.

Ping.fm is now open beta to the public


The fun and extremely useful service is now open to public beta.
As some of you may know, I am a member of 67 social networking services, that means 67 online profiles that I have to maintain regularly, Do you you how hard it is do do so? You probably do.
That was until I discovered the best tool of 2008 in my opinion, www.ping.fm and until September 2nd, it was an invite only beta service.
Well now it’s open to the public, still in beta, but open to all.
What is Ping.fm?
Let’s say you have multiple online profiles, like me, you might want to update all of them almost everyday.
Before Ping, I would manually go on my twitter, facebook, plurk, pownce, linkedin, tumbler, identica, brightkite, freindfeed, jaiku, plaxo, bebo, hi5, kwippy, xanga and rejaw to update my status, sometimes twice a day for each one.
After I got my special beta invie code and signed up with Ping.fm, set it up, I can update all the above and more in one shot, whether I am updating from web, phone, email or IM, it’s all in one shot, life became way easier 🙂
Now here is the best part: (Warning! geeks content follow)
Ping was built with open API calls, meaning if you hire a nerd like myself (And you can!) to set it up with your blog or RSS feed, guess what? You know it. More organic exposure. I even setup some of my affiliate feeds to go there immediatly and I can’t tell you how much I love getting those extra commision checks in the mail.
Ping.fm is more than just status update, you can even setup your wordpress blog so you can blog through Ping.
I advice everyone to get an account (Now that it’s open to all) and enjoy everything Ping offers.

Update: I have some Brightkite invites, comment on this article and I will email you an invite. (Hurry I only have 10 invites and I will send it to the first 10 commenters only).

Facebook: The Movie!

Yes you heard it right, Just learned about it from the New York Entertainment blog, Aaron Sorikin of “Charlie Wilson’s War” will be writing the screen play.
Of course Aaron have a Facebook fan page, and he have just agreed to write the movie for Sony and producer Scott Rudin about how Facebook was invented (I wonder how :-p ).
I know that I for one will be watching it the second it’s out, since I am a facebook addict 😉
I think I have close to 500 friends as I type this on facebook, and I am never tired to send happy birthdays or helping others on the facebook help forum, remember to add me as a friend, I like making new friends 🙂

Win up to 30,000 Entrecard credits!




I am glad to announce the first official Guru Of Sales Entrecard credits giveaway contest.
The winner of this contest will get 3000 credits instantly.
Check the optional step at the end of this post to find out how to get 30,000 credits instead of 3000.
The way this contest works is as follow:
Send me a message using the form found at our “contact us” page under the “about us” page at the menu on the top of this site.
Answer each of the steps below in the message.
We will assign a number to each entry (One entry per player) then we will have a random pick using the tool found here.
Winner will be announced on Sunday May 8th of 2008 and the credits coupon will be send to them.
Here are the steps:

1. Write a blog post on your blog about our blog (Minimum 100 words) and link back to this post. Then send us the link to your post in the message.

2. Subscribe to the RSS feed ((BY EMAIL)). Found on the top right corner on this page. (Make sure it’s the same email you are sending us the message from).

3. Comment on this post and on this post and feel free at add your blog’s link. (Also make sure to use the same email to comment).

4. Follow me on twitter here then add me as a friend on facebook here. Make sure you send me both your twitter ID and your facebook profile page in the message above.

5. Stumble or Digg this post (from the links above near the title of this post) and include that you did in the message.

6. You’re done. Sit back and relax or make a drink and enjoy it 🙂

Optional step 1:
By completing this step you will have 10 bonus entries plus the one original for doing all the steps above. That’s 11 chances to win. Plus if your number is the winner, you will get 30,000 credits. That’s an extra 27,000 than the other players.
All you have to do is to qualify for this optional step is to go to the advertise page and pick one of the last 2 spots available in “position 3” then please include that you did so in the message above.

Optional step 2: With this step you will get 3 total entries and if you are the winner you will get 6,000 credits altogether.
All you have to do for this one is to go to Enrecard.com and buy an advert on www.guruofsales.com then include your blogs URL in the message above.

Please remember to sign up first for Entrecard at www.entrecard.com and I wish you all great luck.

Again I am including a widget below so you can get a head start and buy credits directly from eBay.

Here is the widget:

Note: please allow popups from this blog so you can open the items directly from the widget.

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://guruofsales.com/services (not to big of a change)
http://guruofsales.com/services/ebay-basics-of-selling (This is a local service only)
http://guruofsales.com/jobs (As promised before. I didn’t forget)
http://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 🙂