Who Gave You Your Independence? (84th edition)

While this really isn’t the 84th edition, I have written this list each year since 2006 I believe (on an older blog).  So call this the 5th official edition.

Each year, I pay tribute to the certain individuals who helped provide a measure of independence for me in my business, or through their friendship.

Obviously, to those people who’ve become private clients… and of course you, the people who read my blog, you top the list. I appreciate each and every one of you…as without your support, this blog and my business doesn’t exist.

Without further ado…here is this year’s Independence Day list:

  • Ryan Healy from http://www.ryanhealy.com .   Ryan is a true friend, and his blog is a must-read for copywriters…period.
  • A new addition to the list, Nathan Hangen from http://www.nathanhangen.com .  I met Nate through his writing called “Claiming Your Destiny”, which is a report freely available on his blog.
  • Andre Chaperon from http://affiliatebully.com . Andre is also a new addition to the list, a friend, and a VERY sharp marketer.  I recommend you visit his site to gain a solid perspective of a content-first marketing approach.
  • Peter Bowerman (aka The Well Fed Writer) from http://www.wellfedwriter.com .  Peter is also a friend, fellow copywriter, and overall a marketer who proves that simple works best in marketing.  You should check out Peter’s blog whether or not your a writer.
  • The Late Gary Halbert from http://www.thegaryhalbertletter.com.  One of the all-time greatest direct marketers.  Two hours on the phone with him changed my view of marketing forever.  He shall probably remain on this list forever.
  • John Carlton from http://www.john-carlton.com.  The Marketing Rebel as he is known (also the most ripped off copywriter), much like Gary, will remain on this list…as his timeless lessons are continually reinforcing why I love this business so much.
  • Seth Godin, from http://sethgodin.typepad.com (click on his head) whose timeless lessons pertaining to large-scale trends and communication will transcend all barriers.  One important note about Seth is even though he produces thousands of blog posts, and travels all over, he still answers his email in a timely fashion.  Someone we could all learn from.
  • Linda Buquet, Founder of 5-Star Affiliate Forums.   Linda simply enjoys helping people, a concept that seems forgotten now that people can hide behind a monitor.  If you’re into affiliate marketing, I suggest you join her forum.
  • Anyone else “on the list” that I may not have added here.

Of course, don’t forget the real reason we celebrate Independence Day here in the USA.  I think we take for granted the real freedoms we are entitled to because certain individuals sacrificed.  Don’t take that lightly…and have a safe and prosperous 4th of July, 2010 everyone.

–Joseph Ratliff

5 Books Every Marketer Is Required To Have On Their Bookshelf

The following is a list of 5 books that every marketer should be required to have on their bookshelf (and have actually read them several times each)…

Scientific Advertising/My Life In Advertising by Claude Hopkins

Influence (Science and Practice) by Robert B. Cialdini

Breakthrough Advertising by Eugene Schwartz

Getting Everything You Can Out Of All You’ve Got by Jay Abraham

The Irresistible Offer by Mark Joyner

Yes, you can probably add to this list (please add a comment with more from your list below) and yes, you could even replace a book or two with a different one…but the list above WILL provide you a foundational education in advertising, copywriting, and marketing…all skills critical to successful marketing online and offline.

Enjoy! And please help me out by sharing this list with others who might be starting out, or who need a boost to their business.

A Site That I Highly Recommend You Visit

Andre Chaperon is a good friend, fellow marketer, and author of a site I highly recommend you visit.

He believes as I do, you offer solid content upfront and that you’re marketing to people, not “numbers.”  If you’ve never heard of Andre before, it’s because he kinda keeps his stuff on the “down low”, it’s NOT for beginners.

The site I recommend you visit is http://affiliatebully.com , and when you visit you’ll see why, it needs no explanation.

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