Monthly Archives: April 2014

Week 3 Challenge Done

Wow, I thought last week was difficult, but doing a video is just a walk in the park compared with my techo challenges this week.  If it wasn’t such a fantastic community of QSC folk out there I wouldn’t have made it by the ‘homework deadline’.  Kudos to you all, especially to Scott  (  who talked me through the connecting my  autoresponder and my download page over Facebook in the early hours this morning. My optin form is on my blog, autoresponder set up, even a page about the free eBook on my blog. (Click on the page Free Gift to check it out). This is my free eBook, ‘Wrong Way Warrior’. Sign up and grab a copy for yourself.


I want to put a picture of the front cover under the optin form but I can’t work out how to do that. I’m having some problems with my theme – the info on the side bars keeps ‘vanishing’ and I can’t get the header to go full width of the page. It doesn’t look good and I’ve decided to change to another theme when I get the chance to search for one.

I was working in Macau over the weekend, which is an hour away by jetfoil, so I got three blog posts handwritten during the journey. It’s about 4.30am now and I’m off to bed, so you’ll have to wait until later today or tomorrow for the next exciting episode.

The Challenges of Week 3

A Sombre Start

It’s been really hard to focus this week and the foggy, grey drizzle of the last two days in Hong Kong has matched my mood. Yesterday my very dear friend who I wrote about in ‘Treasure Each Day’ passed away after her long battle with brain cancer.   I’m sad that I’m not  able to celebrate her life with friends and family, but we said our goodbyes 2 months ago and that’s okay. Often in life  it’s hard to balance where you want to be and the obstacles that prevent it.

Down But Not Out

I’ve been on the computer for most of the last two days; searching for and rejecting ideas for give-aways,  replaying and replaying video tutorials, tweaking my blog settings  and learning about autoresponders,  but it has not been productive. I feel frustrated and under pressure, because I know I have less time this week as I am working in Macau tomorrow and also all day on Sunday.  At my low point today I nearly gave up. But instead I went to our QSC community FaceBook group for a while and that renewed my spirit.

Off We Go Again

After that I got back to the Aweber tutorials and now have 75% of the set up wizard done including the first follow up email. I also decided on the giveaway gift and I am part way through editing it.


Maybe I can’t finish the ‘homework’ by Tuesday, but I need to spend the time to learn how to do this. If I can’t create and get  my opt in form on a side bar and work out how the gift is actually going to get to my subscribers, then I can’t do anything in this business- and that’s not a choice I’m prepared to accept. So back to the battle and I’m going to feel real good when I achieve this.

Quick Start Challenge Video – Yay!

The Quick Start Challenge Video by Alayna

Wow – I did it!

Wow I can’t believe I’ve actually got a real live video on YouTube.  I’m such an introvert – I thought the ‘putting a paper bag over your head’ was an excellent idea. However, makeup, jewellery, can’t do much with the hair (will always look like one of Macbeth’s witches), but with the addition of a few squirts of my favourite  Chanel No.5, I was ready to roll.  I knew you wouldn’t be able to smell me over the internet, but putting on perfume for me is a way of making myself ready to face challenges and gives me confidence. That may sound a bit weird to some of you and maybe the guys can’t relate to it at all, but my Mum was the same,  except her way was to ‘powder her nose’ and put on some lipstick.

Here it is …… trumpet sound please!  Ta daaa……..

The Quick Start Challenge by Alayna

This is my very first video – ever! I recorded it because I was challenged to do so by Dean Holland as part of the Quick Start Challenge Turbo 2. This programme gives you proven strategies to begin as an internet marketer.

or in other words………

This is one woman’s journey into unknown waters – beginning an epic adventure into a realm fraught with struggles and charged with successes in the company of a band of like-minded budding internet entrepreneurs.


New Webcam for the Week 2 Challenge.

I Purchase a Webcam


On Sunday (Easter Sunday in some places) I went out to the Wan Chai Computer Centre to buy a webcam. I don’t really like going there for a couple of reasons A) I don’t speak Cantonese and I’m not very knowledgeable about technology B) the sales people’s English is variable and often they don’t have the techno vocab, and C) it can be a bit of a tourist trap. in the ‘Let’s see how much we can get the gweilo to pay  for this cheap thing  from China’.

However I persevered and the first stall I went to had what I thought was a reasonable webcam for HK$350. I told the sales guy I’d look around at some other models first. The next stall I went to had 2 basic models (one of which was the same as the one I’d seen at stall No.1. ) However at this stall the price was only HK$249! I was so surprised at the $100 difference I didn’t even think to bargain and just paid up :-)

I went home and had a look at some other members blogs to see if they had their videos uploaded.  Then the rest of the day was spent downloading the software for the webcam, learning how to use it and doing a short ‘test run’ to see if both picture and audio were working. I decided to leave the ‘big event’ for a fresh start in the morning.

Some Things That Don’t Work.

Today didn’t go so well and I’ve had a few hiccups. I’m a bit of a techno-troglodyte, so hope you this post amuses you. Please enjoy my account of how I spent the last 10 hours.

The Script

Writing out my ‘script’  for the video was easy. I read it out to myself and it was about 5 minutes long – so I edited it a bit and tried not to waffle so much, which I know I have a tendency to do.  I’m not going to learn it word for word or it will sound too stilted, but I do need some notes. I checked out the videos of a couple of people on the blog register who already have theirs up and running and was really impressed. Clear, not stumbling over words – they looked like they’d been doing it for years. Well done peeps.

Attempts at Recording the Video

1. Then it was trial and error for rest of the day – for hours! The Google Hangouts couldn’t find the camera on my computer. I even went searching on the internet for a solution to turn on the camera for my Asus laptop. Still no luck – it remains stubbornly uncooperative unless I am using Skype. My lil’ old mini HP takes so long to do anything,  but I got the camera working fine on it. Then the same problem with Google Hangouts – it couldn’t detect the camera.

2. Okay, so next I tried with my rather old digital camera. I could record, but the picture was really dark and I could barely hear the sound. When I downloaded it onto my computer there was this awful  background noise on it that drowned out everything.  I later found out that the default programme for saving was DivX but when I changed the default to VLC – no problem.

3. So I tried with my android Samsung phone. Nice quality picture, good sound, great. I was glad I was only trying out with 20 second ‘demos’. I’m not very good with technology so how to get the video off the phone and onto the computer? So I emailed it to myself. It worked great only I ended up sideways. I decided I couldn’t expect my ‘audience’ to lie on their sides to watch it, so it was back to the drawing board.

4. A longer version this time, the right way up :-) I couldn’t email the file as it was too large.  Let’s think outside the box here – after locating where bluetooth was on both devices and turning it on I used this to download. . The file took about 40 mins to load from phone to computer but failed near the end and refused to let itself retry.

5. Hmm.. what’s next. Google + My phone informed me the file had been sent.  I checked Google + and an hour later the file was still ‘processing’. At that point I decided to delete the file.

So,  at this stage I still haven’t recorded the full video, still haven’t had any new creative thought about how to meet this week’s challenge, and I haven’t even got as far as working out how I get it on to Youtube once I have got it recorded and on my computer ready to go. I guess I need to set up an account. I’m glad I don’t need to go to work tomorrow.

images Continue reading Some Things That Don’t Work.

Friday’s Progress

It’s afternoon in hazy Hong Kong today and fairly quiet being a public holiday – there aren’t so many buses roaring off from the traffic lights in the street 6 floors below.  Ferries are chugging across the calm waters of  Victoria Harbour and the sun is filtering through.  After a sad beginning earlier today I have gathered myself together and made some progress.

Forums & Forays

First I made a couple of replies to the people who kindly visited my blog and left a comment. Then I went to the online Warrior Forum. I’ve known about the Warrior Forum for about a year and even bought some products through there, but I had never joined as I felt too much of a oldie-newbie and quite intimidated.  When Dean Holland suggested we join some forums I thought ‘Eeek!’ Well I overcame my introvert tendencies and have not only just joined the forum but even made a post which I hope will help someone else. :-)

Google Analytics

My second main accomplishment today was getting Google Analytics installed on my blog to track the stats. I’m not too sure if I’ve done it right because I haven’t worked out how to ‘ensure it works’ yet; but everything is figureoutable, right?  It took me quite a long time as I listened to rest of  the QSC Video 2 and then got sidetracked in the Warrior Forum. I’ve decided l need to schedule my time more productively by having some time limits on various tasks.

This week’s ‘Challenge’

This weeks challenge  is seriously freaking me out – it’s to create a video and put it on YouTube! This is truly taking me way out of my comfort zone.  However, I’m determined and I checked out Google Hangouts as someone in the seminar mentioned you could record a video through ‘Hangouts’ and upload it directly to YouTube. I thought that idea sounded pretty good so I found the right link, but then the ‘Hangouts’ programme said it couldn’t find my laptop’s camera (even thought the camera was turned on) so it looks like back to the drawing board for an alternative method.

I didn’t accomplish all I wanted to today but think I did okay so I’m not going to beat myself up over it.  Tomorrow is another day.

Treasure Each Day

I finished a short work contract yesterday and then got home about 10.30 pm after also teaching an evening class. Aha, I thought, tomorrow I can listen to the last hour of Quick Start Challenge Seminar 2 and start on implementing this weeks ‘to do’s’.

I checked my email before going to bed and got the sad news that my dear friend I have known for 25 years, and who is like a sister to me, has now only a couple of days before her year long battle with brain cancer ends. I want to be there to hug her and hold her hand, but I am here in HK, half a world away. I spent the next hour or so searching my disorganised hard drive for photos we took 18 months ago, planting an olive tree on my property and sent these pictures of happier times to her husband.  I have just phoned to them, words are inadequate and tears blur my vision as I try to type this,  but I know my friend is at home with her family, not in pain and surrounded by love. At the end of a journey that is as much as one could wish.

One never knows what the future holds and we should make the most of and treasure each day.

My Internet Marketing Journey

I’m Alayna. Welcome to my first blog post and the beginning of my journey into internet marketing.

I’ve always wanted to go on an epic journey. In my imagination I saw this as crossing the Sahara by camel train, circumnavigating Australia by jeep, riding a motorcycle from Singapore to Beijing or similar romantic adventure.

Well, I AM going on an epic journey- with mentors Dean Holland, Craig, and the other participants of the Quick Start Challenge 2014.

On 1st April this email popped up in my inbox.

What if I told you that within 28 days you could be…

~ Established online (the right way)
~ Driving traffic to your site (without paying for it)
~ Building an email list to make money with

And be well on your way to having a successful internet business following a proven formula

Sound good?

Yes it sounded good, maybe too good. After all, I suffer from next shiny object syndrome and have a hard drive full of software I don’t know how to use or don’t remember what it’s for, but it sounded good on the squeeze page and I was convinced at the time it was just what I needed to succeed online.

I wondered how this programme was going to be different. So I checked out the testimonials of last years challenge participants and discovered there was no hype, no unrealistic claims or false promises but a structured plan as long as you take action.
I decided the Quick Start Challenge Turbo 2014 was for me. It was back to basics, and do it right, step by step. We’ve just finished the 1st weeks training and already I’ve had some revelations. The online community is just great. Dean, Craig and JF – thank you, you guys rock!

I’m now in the middle of this weeks ‘to dos’ and part of my commitment is this blog. It will be a record my trials and tribulations, successes and failures as I take positive action in the first steps towards becoming a successful internet entrepreneur.


Please leave me a comment as I would love to have your feedback. If this blog can help other newbies learn with me that would be great. I’d love to hear about your particular journey in whatever you doing and why.

Thank you for reading.