Shutting Down Google Reader Alternatives For Blog Tasks With Feedly

Waddup People,

Recently one of the production guys at work was online while between projects, on a website that I noticed he always seems to be on.

I asked him, “You’re always on that website what is it?”

He said, “It’s my Google Reader page.”

I replied, “Oh, that’s the site that gives you feeds from different websites and stuff right?”

He said, “Yea different websites and blogs that I follow.”

I said, “Oh ok that’s pretty cool…”

He showed me his main page and the list of feeds he had.

When he said blog it rang a bell in my head.  I had heard about Reader but didn’t put two and two together when I had begun blogging that this can be a really great tool for me to use…

I don’t know about you, but I’m a Bookmarks nerd.  Across the top of my browser are a bunch of bookmark categories and in the drop down menus of those categories are long lists of websites, blogs, and articles I’ve bookmarked over the years.  I seriously have hundreds of bookmarks I’ve added to the different categories.

I thought to myself, hey this Google Reader thing could be awesome for me, I can get updates when there’s new info on the sites and blogs I like to follow, and I can organize them by category, like I’m doing already… Nice.

Well later that week I run into my buddy Chad who I work with as well.  He’s one of those die hard PC guys whose forced to use a Mac all day at work.  Chad was on his android phone in the break room reading something when I walked in.  I started talking to him about going out this upcoming weekend, and he pretty much ignored me because he’s so preoccupied with whatever he’s reading.  All I got for a response was Uh huh, ya, uh huh.

So I say, “Did you even hear a word that I just said?”

and casually he says, “No…”

So I said, “What’re you reading a novel on there?”

And he goes, “No I’m reading stuff in my Feedly App, I just downloaded it, and it’s pretty sweet.”

Then he proceeds to show me all his categories and all the features and gets all giddy about it.

So I go, “Oh that’s just like that Reader thing?”

And he says – “Yea… but Google is Shutting down Reader, so I started to use this instead.”  And we then proceeded to bitch about how Google always ends up shutting down some of the most useful things they create, like, the Real Estate Search feature they used to have in Google Maps, it was Zillow long before Zillow even existed.

Well, today I had some down time at my jobby job and was doing a little research about the eminent Google Reader Shutdown.  Yup it was gonna happen in June, Google announced it on March 13th and of course there isn’t a whole lot of info about it from Google, but there are plenty of articles floating around about it.

In my research I came across this article called 4 Legitimate Google Reader Alternatives

From Marketer and Blogger Nate Long

An insightful article of some Legit Google Reader Alternatives.  Well, based on this and some info from my friends, Feedly seems like the way to go.  So now that I’ve opened a Google Reader account, and am following a bunch of feeds, I’ll be opening an account with Feedly.  At the moment, Feedly is only usable by importing your Reader account in a kind of Beta version.  Once Google Reader does it’s official Shut Down, which Feedly refers to as Normandie…  Feedly will become the official replacement and will function in it’s own right, so, for the time being, go create a Google Reader account and migrate it to Feedly.  I’m suggesting looking at one of these Alternatives to my readers because it can save you a lot of time and make your reading tasks very easy to manage.

For example, I found an article on the Feedly Blog page, from a guy doing something very similar to myself and he explains how he uses Feedly to manage his goals and blogging tasks…

Check out his article here: What Feeds Them? Daniel Dipiazza, writer.

Daniel describes a great technique for utilizing Feedly.

He is also doing something similar with his blog as I am with PunkTheSystem.

Check out Daniel’s Blog here:

If you are in the Empower Network this is a great way to follow all the leaders blogs and stay up to date in a very efficient way.  You can follow the EN blogs and personal blogs for all those guys this way.


The Mastermind And What I Should Have Done In The Dark

Hey Errybody,

Last night the founders of the Empower Network hosted a Members Only Video Call with 7 of the top producers from the Empower Network. I, being a Member, was fortunate enough to be invited to attend.  Although I missed the first 30 minutes of the 3 hour session I was able to take away some mind opening advice from these people that I would like to share with y’all.

Go to my Empower Blog to check it out:

Scrapping YouTube And Making Money Traffic

The video below is what I would consider the perfect example of why you should make YouTube videos.

The man in the video is Mike The Scrapper he is a “Scrapper”, he collects free junk items, takes them apart and sells them as scrap to a scrap yard for a profit.  In the process he records a video and throws it on YouTube.

Now your probably thinking, who is gonna sit there and watch a video of a guy taking apart a weed wacker and selling the metal scraps for a few dollars to a scrap yard?  This guy! (I’m pointing at myself right now).

I was surfing for info on how to take apart my old computer and sell the parts on ebay, I stumbled across a Mike The Scrapper video and next thing I know I’m watching him take apart computers, weed wackers, grills, etc.

Now aside from showing you a very basic simple way of making some money scrapping, in the process “Mike The Scrapper” has created a couple hundred videos and put them on YouTube.

Some videos barely have a hundred views, others hundreds, and others thousands.  Add them all together and this guys has hundreds of thousands of views and might even have millions of views by now, its just a matter of time before he does.

Once you reach a certain amount of views (500 I think) you are able to tie your Google Adsense account to your YouTube account and Google will run ads on your videos and banner ads along side them.  If someone clicks on the ad you make a little spare change.  Which overtime becomes a residual stream of internet income.

Even if you only get clicks from 1% of the people who view your videos, which is probably the lowest you could ever get, 1% of say 100,000 views = 1000 clicks with click payouts ranging from a few pennies to a few dollars that adds up pretty quick even at just 1% but you are more likely to see 10% because the traffic is targeted.

That’s a nice little side income especially considering the fact that you only have to make a video and post it once and it does all the work for you.

Don’t forget that a large percentage of that delicious google targeted traffic going to his videos will likely click the links he put below the video and go to his blog/website and will likely be interested in what he has going on there as well.

This is not only a great side income it is a great way to drive targeted traffic to your site and make sales on what you have there.

This is a next step for me, I need to focus on marketing and driving traffic to my blogs through large marketing channels like YouTube…

In this video Mike The Scrapper goes over the basics of posting videos on YouTube and making money this way. Enjoy!

– Matt

Flying High And Listening To Marketing And Promotion Crap

I wrote a new post on my Empower Blog today that you should check out.  It’s about some important time management strategies, focusing on income producing activities in other words blog and promote the crap out of it!

Check it out here:

Getting Some Header… Image

If any of you are wondering what I use to edit my images, it’s Photoshop, I’ve been using photoshop daily since its inception.  Every image on this site goes thru Photoshop before I post it even if it’s a Google Images snag, it gets manipulated in some way…  If you have any questions about Photoshop feel free to ask.

Update 5/8/13:  Just added a few little touch ups to incorporate the header image into the  new Twenty Eleven Theme design.  Dropped the site name from the image since the fonts just weren’t doing it for me anymore, I’ll keep it at the top in a simple font for now but coming up with a proper logo is next.  I added some blur to the image to give it some depth and threw on a white fade to incorporate it into the blog design

Update 3/19/13:  Just wasn’t feelin it again.  I changed the header design again, I just wasn’t feeling the 2nd design, although I liked it and how I tied the whole site together with it, it just always felt a little too dark and gloomy.  The other day I decided I’d consider switching things up again and while scouring Google Image Search, I came across the image of a mouse escaping what looks like a cubicle maze and it spoke to me, it was just so fitting, so I worked it into a header design.  I like the bright colors, it’s funny, and visually says the concept of this site, I love it, I’ll get to adjusting the theme design to go with it but wanted to get it up there right away it looks great.

Update 3/4/13:  Just wasn’t feelin it.  I not only changed my header design, I just wasn’t feeling the first design and the whole feel of the site, so I did a full make over.  After sitting on it for a while it just didn’t have that polished look I wanted, so I’m still fiddling around with the whole look and feel of the site.  I used some elements from a worn out record sleeve, trying to give it that Punk look but I’m wondering if the Punk look will just turn people away maybe it’s too much, I don’t know, but I like it… for now.

11/18/12: After about 4 attempts, I’ve come up with a Header design I like that I think fits the name and feel I’m trying to achieve with this blog. Of course when I finished the new header image the other day it was the wrong size to fit this WordPress Asteroids theme I am currently using.  I had to redo it’s layout to fit to the correct size, I honestly liked the original version much better, it had a better flow to it but it didn’t fit at all and what I’ve posted is a “commercially acceptable” version of it.  I’m happy with it for now, I’m sure I’ll be changing it little by little over time.  The other versions I created are pretty cool too and I will look into the possibility of a header image that changes or putting in a slide show into the layout, but for now this will do, besides I need to get to finishing all the pages and getting content on here.  I’m the creative type so this will be something I will likely change and update regularly just for shits and giggles.  FYI, most people keep it the same and it definitely isn’t necessary to change at all, I’m just entertaining myself with it.  If you’re not creatively or technically inclined to do this, don’t bother just go with the default theme it will not hinder your blogging success.

For those of you that will get creative what will you do for your header image?  A design, a photo, simple text?  Let me know what you think of my design and what you’re planning on doing for your blog header in the comments below.



Matthew Steven

I’m Officially Disclosed

As of December 1, 2009, the FTC requires bloggers to provide disclosures whenever there could be hidden interests or unspoken biases related to recommendations.

I finished the Disclosure page today.  It was pretty simple, I recommend doing what I did.  I went to a few blogs by some fellow bloggers that I follow on a regular basis, these sites and the people who created them are my inspiration for creating PunkTheSystem.  I found a couple of disclosures that were very similar to each other and had a relaxed vibe to it, what they had wasn’t full of legal terminology and jargon which fit my style.  I look up to these bloggers and feel this is fitting for my site.  So I copied their disclosure statements, combined them, reworded it to fit my writing style and there you have it.  These guys did the same thing for their’s and recommended to me that I do the same, as should you.

Why have a disclosure statement you ask?

First of all it is required if you’re planning on receiving some type of compensation from your blog.  Second, I want to be completely open, honest, and sincere so I feel it is the dignified thing to do.  I don’t want people coming to my site and feeling like they’ve been duped or that I’ve created this site just to impose a sale upon them.  Yes, I do this because I make money doing it, but I only recommend the products I use and know.  Which in turn is the best and easiest way to make a sale, but remember, I do this because of the location independent lifestyle I am allowed to live by making money this way, how I make money from this, allows me to live this way.  I also do this because sharing my knowledge and teaching others is beneficial to me and the people who learn from me.  How many jobs allow you to do things that benefit other people and yourself?  Not too many…

So, that being said, go make yourself a disclosure page, explain to the people coming to your site your true intentions.

Visit My Disclosure Page HERE