Friday, December 23, 2005

It's Christmas

well, at least in a little bit it will be the 24th of December. A time for pondering, a time for reflection, a time for thanking GOD in whatever terms fit for you, for bringing his son into this world and dying for our sins so that we might be saved. I know that's a far stretch for some, especially those who are talking about "Intelligent Design" in schools, but for me...it's what I believe. I don't criticize others for their beliefs, and I totally respect their rights to have the beliefs they do.

So in this time...what you believe does not matter. What does matter is that you're here to do something and contribute to someone's life in some fashion and help share the goodness that is you with the world. See we're all angels originally and we choose to come here to this time to be here and learn what it's like to exist and to feel emotions and such. However, we're not here forever and what we do in this time does matter to everyone here in some form. So it's nice to be here and contribute in a positive way. I hope that you too will carve out your own niche', your own slice of life and enjoy what you have and bring joy and happiness to others.

And now what I do is part for this time and head to sleep as we're in New York right now and preparing to check out of our hotel and head to Connecticut to enjoy Christmas with my wife's family. So let me wish you and yours a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May all of your wishes in life come true, and may you have eternal happiness.

God bless.

Michael Murdock, CEO
DocMurdock.com

Friday, November 25, 2005

Giving Thanks...

When I was born there were many things that I was told to be thankful for. I believe that we should give thanks to the Lord for us being in this time and space and for all the people that we interact with every day of our life. Why? Because without them we'd not be working in the space that we are and we'd not be in line with everyone else in the world to have the successes we do.

I hope that every one of you has taken time to be with their family and friends. Every day that we live in this life is a true gift from the almighty. Not many people believe in the almighty and that's one of the reasons why this world is in the mess that it's in.

Give thanks for everyone that you meet. They're in your life for a reason. Love them and never disrespect them.

When you do this your life will get better and more things will come to you that you have dreamed of.

God bless you and keep you safe from all harm.

Michael

Sunday, November 13, 2005

It's Sunday...What does your week include?

Hopefully it's something like this:

Monday - Develop content for the website
Tuesday - Research keywords and prepare content for website
Wednesday - Implement changes into website
Thursday - Submit website to search engines repeatedly
Friday - Attend Arbonne Business Opportunity Meeting
Saturday - Relax!
Sunday - Pray and prepare to repeat things next week until success is achieved.

But if it's not like this, then you're not in the business that I am in, and you need my help. I create visibility for your website on the Internet and make your site appear higher on search engine indices.

The process is similar as above, but with more vigor and no wasted time. It's my objective to see that your site gains exposure on the Internet in more places than one, and on more search engines than just Google.

We also offer the service of managing your google adwords account (separate charge) monthly for you with no long term commitments.

So the question for you is what does your site need today? What do you need in your business? How can I help you?

murdock@docmurdock.com is the email address for you to send your next email to asking me for help, or...go to www.docmurdock.com and check out the home page, then the services page and we'll get to work today.

Michael

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

It's Tuesday...Where's your website?

When you ask most people, they're not quite sure. Am I getting the exposure that I need? Do I need to resubmit my site? Is it really required to resubmit my site as often as people tell me? Interesting questions, let's take them one at a time:

Q. Am I getting the exposure that I need?

A. That depends on why you have a website. When I teach at IBI's Free Enterprise Forum (www.ibiglobal.com) I get people to ask themselves some simple questions. Why do I have a website? Why do I need a website? What's the purpose of my website? Who's my market for my product or service? When you find the answer to these questions, you can answer the exposure question very easily, and generally the answer is NO, you're not getting the kind of exposure you need. Why do I say that with such assertion? Simple. If you did, you'd be out enjoying life and not worrying about it :-) But seriously. Let's examine what a website is, what it's for, and why people use them.

Websites themselves are like newspaper ads. We use them to convey a message to an audience, sell a product, express a viewpoint or position on something, tell a joke, show a movie...the list goes on.

We have to determine our market place to see if our voice in the website is correct. Not the spoken voice, but the written one. Did not know you had a voice when you write did you? You do. How you inflect written words is as important as how you speak them. DO YOU WRITE IN ALL CAPS??? IF so, you'll lose 50% of your audience very quickly as this is the same as YELLING YOUR MESSAGE. If you write in correct structure of upper and lower case the text flows, and as long as the subject is interesting, people will read, they'll tell others and so on and so on.

If you're selling a product, then you have to have a market for this product. You want to sell at the right price, you want pictures that appeal, colors that excite, and a message that works to entice your viewer to buy your product. Sounds easy right? It is, but it all has to be done in the first 3-6 seconds of their arrival on your site. If you have a site that takes too long to load...you lose them. Too many flashy graphics...you lose them...to high of a price...you lose them. This is handled by doing research on your market and doing what some others do, but differentiating yourself from others is a beautiful thing as well. If this is not your genius, seek out someone who does this for a living and they can help you refine your message. Get them on your team, pay them someway and have them be a part of the greater success of your company.

Q. Do I need to resubmit my site to the various search engines?
A. If you want it to gain in popularity the short answer is YES. How often? That's answered in the next question, but the answer here is a number of times. All search engines want you to resubmit your site. Why is a question that many of us in the field are asking ourselves, but we find time and time again that resubmitting the site will actually help it gain popularity on the search engines. The problem is how often, and that is not an exact science, but it's one that's always being studied.

Q. Is it really required to resubmit my site as often as people tell me?
A. Depends on who those people are. If they're in the field, this will vary widely. Some will say every month. Some will say twice a year. If that was truly the case, they would not make submission programs or prune recommendations to tell people that in order to gain visibility on the search engines you need to actually schedule your submissions, and doing them automatically all the time will hurt you, where doing them manually and automatically will help you. Let me elaborate on hurt due to strictly automatic submissions. You can get around the hurt by alternating and targeting your submissions, but I can't give you an exact schedule on these. See I do this for my livelyhood and that's part of my success plan. Let's just say that I have found a way to not get hurt doing strictly automatic submissions, but I do both manual and automatic as part of my services package called MAX.

That's all I have time for at this moment. Have a great day, and remember, if it's not your genius, it's not your job. (gleaned from an IBI instructor who I admire greatly, Mr. Barry Spilchuck)

MM

Friday, November 04, 2005

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MM

Monday, September 26, 2005

Business...

So people ask me what I am doing now. I decided to really turn down the volume on the website optimization business and focus on creating room to retire. I figure in 3-5 years it will be time to shelve the computer business and fade off slowly into the sunset sipping a margarita with my lovely wife by my side, maybe playing golf a few days a week and enjoying a ride in one of our two white mercedes automobiles.

Perhaps the kids will be born by then, but if not, it shall be the two of us doing what we love to do, where-ever we love to do it, whenever we want to.

The thing about creating that retirement is that you have to decide in truth that you want to do it, and then allow the universe to help you create that.

So let me ask you a simple question - Are you making enough money right now? If so, do you have time to enjoy it? Think about those questions and then email me. Because if someone offered me a chance to make more money each month, and offered to help me do it and support me in doing it, I'd jump on that bandwagon. Are you ready to jump on? Because this is what this offer is. That kind of chance, and money back to you within 3 months.

Are you interested in hearing more about this? Do you have $2,500 and perhaps one friend with the same amount of money that can start at the same time with you? if so, let's connect and get you going into a new business model, one that thrives on success and support from your team.

And then let's create your retirement in 3-5 years as well.

MM

Sunday, August 28, 2005

So long Joe...It's been great to know you

I was driving the car home (on the 18th of August 2005) when the newscaster came on and said that there had been an accident in Mendocino and a member of the team that made Toy Story had been killed. I started to slow down and when they said Joe Ranft's name, I practically had a wreck myself.

Instantly I was transported back in time to that day in 1991 when I went to work for PIXAR and began supporting the products that we made at the time, and also when I helped the animation team install software that would allow them to do screen pencil tests for what would eventually become Toy Story.

Joe Ranft was a great guy. He had an awesome sense of humor, and of who he was in the world, at least from my point of view. I rarely during the 6 years that I was at PIXAR saw him in any kind of a down mood, and he was always very pleasant to sit with at lunch. Many times I dropped in and helped him with computer issues as I did with everyone at PIXAR who used a Macintosh. That was my job there. Macintosh Systems Engineer as it says in the credits in Toy Story. It was a great job, and a great time, making the first of what would become many PIXAR movies. PIXAR has become great in the industry.

Things really come home when I went to the memorial for Joe. As I stood there in my Toy Story Jacket (a tribute to you my friend), people who had not seen me since my exodus that August day in 1997 when the Mercury News had put my face on the front of their website proclaiming me as a candidate for CEO of Apple Computer, these people hugged me, we cried together, and it seemed like I had never left. Steve Jobs stood and spoke, Ed Catmull, Andrew Stanton, John Lasseter, Su Joe's wife, many others, as everyone watched images of Joe on the screen. We could feel his spirit there, laughing at all of us from beyond, and crying with us as well.

Joe, we miss you. You're not gone, we just can't quite see you the way we used to. I wish I had seen you in these years since I left PIXAR. I always felt we were friends, just out of touch. You did many wonderful things in your time here, you shall be missed.

I just wanted to put into words my feelings and say "Thanks" for everything. For the jokes, for listening, for sharing, and for being a friend. I hope they got you a comfy seat on the other side, and if you happen to run into a friendly poodle with halitosis, his name is Rusty. Pet him and tell him Maria's Mom Nora sends her love.

God bless ya.

Michael Murdock - your friend.

Saturday, August 20, 2005

What's your Marketing Message?

Do you know? Do your website visitors? If not, you're losing sales! (Period)

I think that's a great subject for today. It's a Saturday, people are out shopping for things and marketing or advertising is hitting them in the face every 1 - 3 seconds whether they want it or not.

Are you doing that with your website? Are you hitting your users with ads that inspire them to buy? I doubt it. Even yours truly has an issue with this, so why should you believe what I say? You shouldn't. It's not your experience, it?s mine.

But if I told you that ideas that I have produced have helped companies make billions in revenue would you listen? If I told you that you could make simple, subtle changes to your website and the language used in it, and that would turn the tide of visitors into clients or customers, would you listen?

I think you might. I know I would. But in today's marketplace on the web, what are we seeing? We're seeing ads that claim to deliver thousands of dollars, or millions of dollars for a mere $867.00. Forums that you can go to and in the meantime while you're on our website before you sign up for the big screw, sign up for the little one for only $49,97. Who thinks this crap up? Geniuses do. How do I know? Because more than once I, like you was roped into buying that stuff and now it clutters the floor of the office I am in at this very moment and the wife is asking "When are you going to clean that place up"? Right after I get done with this literary diatribe about how people are missing the simple elements of advertising on their websites and losing customers.

Am going to give you some sage advice. Before you go out and spend hundreds or thousands on the tools that you?re going to in your adventures on the web, look around and smell what they're selling. The really successful people on the web have been doing this for years. They've got what you don?t have. Qualified mailing lists of people who love them and love to get their marketing material and from time to time they buy. They're not getting 10% returns, they make only get a 1 or 2% return on mailings, but in the volume of mailing they are doing, this is a good number.

So what's a person on the web to do about this issue? How do we make a break through? I'll tell you, but you'll have to come back another time to read it...or you can just cut to the chase and run to the following website:

DocMurdock.com

and read what's there. We work with clients all the time to get their message on track and their website from being just a visitor haven, to people who actually come and purchase products and or services. Because after all, that's the reason you put up the website in the first place right?

Friday, July 22, 2005

Weekend is here...IBI

Time to prep for the IBI Forum. This one is special. More to come during the forum, but for now you have to wait and see what's going on. I think Monday I will write again here to just let all know how the day went. After all, it appears the forum is beginning a bit earlier this time, Teens are going to be there, lot's going on, new faculty due to massive changes in the product, and...well...you'll just have to wait and find out :-)

More Monday!

Sunday, July 10, 2005

Not much to report...

today is just one of those nice days in Larkspur. Calm breeze, clear blue skies...feels like a day that God just painted for us to enjoy. So am going to continue the efforts to downsize the office a bit and clear out some of the old and replace it with some of the new.

Whereever you are, whatever you're doing, may it be enjoyed in peace, and may you have a most wonderful day. For those in the midst of the hurricane, our prayers are with you, and we send you light to guide you through the storm and into calm.

See you soon.

Saturday, July 02, 2005

It's America's Birthday...

Or at least the weekend where we celebrate our Independence Day. It's a time to come together, share time with loved ones, share food, and fun with one another as we celebrate what this country is all about. Freedom.

You can agree or disagree with that statement, but it's what you believe that matters. You may not believe what I do, and you're entitled. I in the same fashion may not believe as you do, I am entitled as well. What makes us great is that we can have that opinion and be free to express it.

I will not turn this blog into a political forum. We all have our beliefs. That's the beauty. What I will say is that as a Navy Veteran, I am proud to live in America. Having spent the earlier portion of my lifetime overseas away from these shores, when you return home to America, you know you crossed a border into greatness.

We have our problems as do other countries. If we could ALL (and underline and bold that one) sluff off the "leadership" and learn to lead our own countries in peace and harmony, respecting the lives of others, treating others as equals and not less thans, loving, and living together as our God (choose how you represent your maker) intended us to live, then the world would be a better place and we'd all have an easier inroads to that place we go when we leave this lifetime.

Think about that as you celebrate your July 4th weekend. Most of all stay safe, watch the fireworks, enjoy the food, and live the life we all enjoy here in the United States of America.

May God bless you, your families, our troops wherever they may be defending the freedoms we aspire to, and may you have a most wonderful 4th of July.

Warm regards,

Michael Murdock, CEO
DocMurdock.com

Monday, June 20, 2005

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Monday, June 06, 2005

Apple on Intel...FINALLY!

It's about time Steve. Something other than Motorola. Something other than the chips that gave us sub-standard performance when I worked for Pixar and we were developing RenderMan for Macintosh and PC, and the PC was outrunning the Mac by more than 25% in speed.

Something other than the chip that defaulted to double-precision floating point when single would do just fine (Motorola did double, Intel did single, results were not distinguishable with the human eye in rendering tests).

However, since Apple slammed INTEL in the commercials when they were young, dumb and full of "it", it could backfire on them a bit. Notice the stock dips for both companies today as a result of the news...nope, just the market toying with all of us. When Apple get's smart with this, they can ride a way of popularity that will slam Microsoft into the pavement so fast that Gates will not know what hit his bank account.

Imagine this. OSX running on Intel, faster than Motorola, and with a built-in Windows emulator that runs every piece of software made for the PC. Developers heed the word, it's time to get back on the Apple wagon and leave Microsoft behind. You wanted an out and Jobs just gave you a big one. Don't blow it!

I see a day when computers are wearable. We have nothing showing as far as hardware. When I say wearable, they fit into our skin, and we merely have to speak codes to do data entry of sorts. Ideally everything we say would be directly translated into our system, but that has it's ups and downs if you know what I mean. Things would not be too pretty if we're telling our current boss that we think they should perform certain impossible bodily functions with themselves when we're supposed to be sending out an email to someone else...and into that email goes the thoughts...and that person knows the boss...you see where this is going.

It's what's called a tangent. Back to Apple...good move Steve. Now don't blow it. Make it great, make it fast, and give users the ability to run down to Fry's get the fastest CPU on the block and stuff it into our Macs and have them run even faster. We needed this like a shot of a new...ipod-like-video device.

MM

Friday, June 03, 2005

Thanks Corey...for everything

Just got word that someone who I have studied tips from for a long time has passed away.

It was announced on Google's News website as well as others that Corey Rudl was killed in a car wreck.

It's amazing that life can end so suddenly and for those so young. He was only 34 years old.

The man did some amazing things with our internet and taught so many of us marketing tips and
tricks that helped propel our businesses skyward on the Internet. His muse will be truly missed.

Thanks Corey for all that you said, all that you did, and all that you showed and shared with us.

Now we can only hope that you'll continue to inspire and drive us to success from the great beyond.

God bless you and your family.

Michael Murdock, CEO
DocMurdock

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Website is DONE

Okay, I finally got the website finished. Wow what a feat that was. I had to find a nice slim template and then populate it with everything that I have. Now that's finished, need to drive some traffic to it so that we can get some clients moving in the right direction and all.

So...to that end stop by and take a peek at the site and let me know what you think by emailing me here at murdock@docmurdock.com

Thanks so much for dropping in.

Sunday, February 13, 2005

Creating a new set of pages to upload to the site shortly. Got the shopping cart almost done. The new logo was the inspiration for doing that, along with the merchant account approval, and then getting things into the shopping cart bit by bit...now trying to decide what ancillary things to offer on the site, and then comes the part of putting it all together in a cohesive fashion...that'll be fun.

:-)

That's it for today. Also worked on client sites and did resubmissions of pages so as to get things into where they need to be.

MM