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Duchess of Earle has a busy Tuesday with Merryn Flavell, Steve Renner, Gary Braun and Mike Jacka January 26th, 2009

Well, dear readers, the Duchess of Earle has been swamped with many things of late and, while she has written posts, they have not been proofed and finished, so they have languished in the ‘Draft’ file.  Tonight, she avails herself of an unexpected opportunity to play catch-up and therefore, she offers this post, written on January 6th of this new year of 2009:

The Duchess of Earle once again has a killer first-Tuesday-of-the-month afternoon and evening schedule, so she shuttles amongst South Minneapolis, Bloomington, Roseville and back to Bloomington for Steve Renner‘s Tuesday evening meeting.  She has already met in teleconference this afternoon with Jason Pearson and Merryn Flavell, then with ClickBank expert Gary Braun, next with Mike Jacka and the Minnesota Real Estate Investors Association and now is taking in the last of Mr. Renner’s iNetGlobal/AdPacs meeting.  He is nearly done presenting the program when the Duchess arrives and is about to field questions. 

The first question is about the pay on the Widgets now displaying on the @cesse search engine.  He says that they don’t have that part of the system operational yet, but that when they do, the Widgets in the @cesse search engine are likely to pay around 10-20% of what the advertiser is paying per click.  How to put an ad on the search engine?

Go to your AdPacs site, he says and go to the Advertising Content listing on the menu.  Click on Ad Texts.  He selects one of the sites he has and sets out to write an ad for it.  Write the first line with the title, the second line should be keyword-rich.  The display URL is what people are going to see when they see the ad and the destination URL is the real address.  The next thing to do is set up the budget for the ads.  You can bid as low as $.10. 

He invites other questions and the request for an AdPac PowerPoint presentation is made.  Steve likes the sound of that and says that they’ll look at putting one together.

Next comes a question about getting cash out of one’s account.  Steve goes to the AdPacs site and walks the questioner through the process of drawing cash out of one’s account.

The question arises if the ads have RSS capability.  The answer is that this is something that could be done in the future, but it’s likely a long ways away because there are other, “bigger fish to fry” ahead of that.

That closes out this evening’s meeting.  The next meeting will be Thursday morning at 11:00 CST.  To attend that meeting, click here.  Please note the password for the Thursday morning webcast is: imtrain 

When you have checked out the program and decide you’d like to sign up, you’re welcome to do so at and you can rest assured the Duchess will personally welcome you to the company! :)

The Duchess thanks you for checking out her blog and bids you all a pleasant evening!

Duchess of Earle and Merryn Flavell Team Up to Write an Ebook November 4th, 2008

In case you all didn’t know it, the Duchess of Earle has been working quite a bit with Merryn Flavell, the founder of Flavell International University (FIU), which offers online college degrees based on the Great Books of the Eastern and Western Canon.

Of late, we two are working on a joint venture with an expert internet marketer.  Merryn is writing an ebook about starting an internet marketing business and because the Duchess of Earle once made her living as a proofreader, she is contributing to the process by working on the rewrite and the proofing.  It is an adventure writing a book and Merryn is doing a really wonderful job of it – and she and the Duchess are having fun together working over the drafts. 

So, in the not-too-far-distant future, the unveiling of the book will come – and the other goodies that will be offered with it.  If you’re a newbie to internet marketing and looking to learn how to start a business online, this little gem and its accompanying treats may well be just “what the teacher ordered” for launching yourself into the internet marketing atmosphere.  There will be a galaxy of things to follow, as well.  So watch for the launch in the coming weeks! 

Tuesday Evening with Steve Renner and iNetGlobal October 14th, 2008

It’s Tuesday night again and the Duke and Duchess of Earle, along with their friend, Merryn Flavell, arrive at the Bloomington office of Steve Renner, the internet marketing visioneer and founder of iNetGlobal and AdPacs.

Renner isn’t going to spend a lot of time on the particulars of his suite of products this evening, but he is going to dwell on the newest program in his wide world of internet marketing.  It’s called Cash Club – if you’ll recall the Duchess mentioned it last week and mentioned that you’re invited to get ready to sign up for it in about the next ten days or so. 

Cash Club offers cash back on purchases from both local and national stores.  There is also the opportunity to earn on what your recruits purchase.  They can sign up too – it’s free and you’ll make money on what your sponsorees purchase.  Great program!

The other exciting thing that’s getting closer to being unveiled is Renner’s new search engine, which is called .  There will also be plenty of opportunity to advertise on acesse.  He shows how to go into one’s AdPacs site and how to set up the ads.  There is a four step process that will get your ads launched.  The word is going to get out quickly, Steve says, that there is inexpensive advertising available on acesse. 

There will also be a blog widget coming out within the next week or so.  It just keeps getting better and better! 

Then he shares the AdPacs marketing program, wherein one can surf and earn 75% of one’s advertising expenses back.

Cash Cards International is a digital currency company, which offers your company the opportunity to pay its affiliates around the world.

There also is IMTrain, SEOLinks Network, Host2Profits, Blogpros, V-Shops, V-Mail, V-Webcast.  Access to all of these programs is available for one reasonable price, with the exception of V-Shops and V-Webcast, for both of which there is an additional charge.

There is also an excellent opportunity to build an organization in iNetGlobal.  One can begin as a Distributor and build his/her way to a large, profitable business. 

Traffic is the key to internet marketing.  You can have a billboard, but if it’s located in the desert and no one drives by, you’re not really in business.  You can buy traffic.

One way to buy traffic is to join the AdPacs program as a free surfer, where one can show one site and surf from 24-100 sites per day and thereby earn credits to advertise.  If one signs up as a paying customer, one can show an unlimited number of sites and earn up to 50% in rebates.  There are additional levels that take one up to a maximum of 75% rebates.

But there are also rewards available, which can take the total funds/credits that come back to the advertiser up to a maximum of 125%.   This is based upon one’s membership level.

Steve gets a request to create a widget on AdPacs and so he walks us through the process of making a widget for Merryn’s online university, Flavell International University.  When it is complete, he posts it on his own blog.  Then he shows the group how one fellow puts a large ad in each of his blogposts.

Well, that’s a wrap for this evening.  Everybody grabs a cookie (not the virtual kind!) before they head into the cool fall evening.

Building Connections for the Deaf at Dreambuilders Club September 23rd, 2008

The Duchess and her Duke have just gotten home from the Monday evening Dreambuilders Club meeting, which ran especially late tonight.  At the meeting tonight was a young man – Joel by name – who is home from Africa, where he’s been for 11 years.  Raised here in Minneapolis and Bloomington, he now teaches there, including teaching the deaf.  He has come back to the States for several months with the purpose of raising funds for his organization,  Global Deaf Connection .

Global Deaf Connection has been given office space in a South Minneapolis church which provides Lutheran services for the deaf.  Merryn Flavell and the Duchess have met with prospective deaf students at the church, in hopes of offering them the opportunity to study for a liberal arts bachelor’s degree through Flavell International University.  The fact that this is an online university (based on the Great Books) tends to level the playing field for the deaf students.  Because the deaf in most of the world are not allowed any occupation but begging, his organization has the goal of teaching the deaf so that they can teach the next generation of the deaf – all with the aim of raising their standard of living and more fully utilzing the vast human potential for good that these intelligent people represent. 

Here follows a statement from the website:

THE VISION of GDC is to see Deaf people around the world actively using their native sign language to support Deaf children to excel academically, gain meaningful employment, continually further human rights, and make major contributions that sustain their Deaf communities.

OUR MISSION is to develop self-sustaining cycles of Deaf education and leadership skills through advocacy, multi-cultural exchange, college scholarships, and mentor support. These cycles will empower Deaf people in developing countries to achieve greater access to universal human rights which will increase their social and economic self sufficiency.

So Merryn and the Duchess are introducing him to people, looking to find beneficial connections in that field.  After the meeting and the networking were over, this Duchess played chauffer at the end of the evening and gave him a ride home.  It was gratifying to hear him say that he really enjoyed meeting the people and that he felt he had made two really good contacts this evening. 

So, it was an evening well spent!  And the Duchess was truly grateful to hear it! :)

Midwest Superconference Second Day September 21st, 2008

Well, it was another active day for Jeff Mills’ Midwest Internet Marketing SuperconferenceThe Duchess and Merryn had planned to arrive together, but it didn’t turn out that way in the end.  The Duchess decided she needed to have her own wheels at some point, since she had a couple of wedding errands to run – and since the wedding is two weeks away as of this date, these things cannot be ignored!  This meant she missed a bit of the day’s programming, alas! but at least those things got addressed.  Back at the conference she heard about selling on eBay and was around for Steve Renner’s presentations, including a mini-Rally following the main presentation, on iNetGlobal and AdPacs.

After the mini-Rally, there was a break while the room was reset for the evening meal and networking.  After dinner,  there was a party – and Steve Renner’s The Blues Rockers furnished the live music,  which went on until about 10:30. 

The Duchess had gone home to grab a bit to eat and bring the Duke back with her.  Not too many folks were still there when they returned, but that turned out nicely, as it afforded them the opportunity to sit to chat with Jeff Mills, who kindly shared some helpful information with the Duchess about embedding graphics onto a page.  One of these days, she’s going to try it, but she’s going to wait for a time when she’s not so sleepy as she is at the present.  So she’ll sign off for now and expect to post a few notes from the conference speakers.  Watch for the next installment!

The Duchess bids you good night – or should she say, good morning, since the clock is about to strike one?!  

Online Education is Hot Item August 13th, 2008

This item caught the Duchess’ eye as she surfed the internet in the wee hours of the morning… 

Why online college is rocking:
1) Convenient   2) Some employers pay tuition   3) Higher salary with higher degree

This, of course, brings to mind the Duchess’ friend, Merryn Flavell, who founded the first online university based on the Great Books

The Duchess was privileged to participate in the twice-delayed Spring Conference of Flavell International University this past Sunday afternoon.  It was a pleasure to meet some of the faculty, have a tasty lunch and the opportunity to get acquainted with both the staff and a visiting African student.  There is much stirring in this small, but growing school.  Watch for big progress in the coming weeks, as a new recruiter brings in more students on a local level. 

The Duchess expects she will soon have a website up to offer this unique opportunity to those seeking online education.  Watch for it! :)

Flavell International University August 4th, 2008

The Duchess received a letter from Merryn Flavell, founder of Flavell International University, this morning.  She was initially surprised to see herself included in what to her seemed like a more internal memo – didn’t really think of herself as part of the team – but now knows that she is, even if  not on directly on staff. :)  (The Duchess and Merryn have been talking for some time now about the need for some sort of link between this blog and the FIU website and about the Duchess offering the FIU educational experience through her website – and it looks as though that will be brought to pass here shortly, so stay tuned for more info.) 

Reading down into the long note, she found these comments to the FIU staff:

“Julia has really done a great job on her blog, the Duchess of Earle.  Do a Google seach and it will come up.  We are launching a departmental blog for each FIU department this week…  Julia already has over 100 hits a month on her blog from several different countries.  It’s very exciting.  This is the new academic journal of our time, and it is the perfect venue for opening up the great conversation to the world.” 

Thanks for the kind remarks, Merryn!  The prospect of assisting FIU in building it’s ranks and spreading its positive, uplifting perspective to students around the world is invigorating!