Promote Your Business or Cause: Let’s Hear YOUR Story

Your Story ImageHi there!

I’m Jon Alford and am happy to have you visit.

Take a look around the site and I encourage you to ask questions, drop a comment, and soak up any and all free information you can.

This article is written to let you share your story. I like getting to know who I’m networking with so in the comment section below please share your story.

For those of you who have been following me for a time, you know (or you’re beginning to notice) that I like to implement, test and report findings on new strategies. This article was inspired by a similar post from Ana Hoffman’s Traffic Generation Cafe that encouraged people to share their story and link to their businesses. She tied this into her Twitter network.

We’ll see how the comments progress and I hope we are able to meet great new action-takers in the comments and advise and encourage each other on future projects.

So, I ask you to share with us all things such as:

  • What is your business, cause, or passion?
  • What are some interesting things about you?
  • What type of people do you like to network with or meet in general?
  • What motivates you to keep on, keepin’ on?

Or mention anything else you may find relevant and interesting and link to your site.

Also, feel free to ask any burning questions you have or reach out to get help over a stumbling block you’ve hit along your entrepreneurial journey.

My regulars and I also invite you to join in on other comment threads here on; we like fresh faces and new insight. So, chime in when you’re ready! Of course, you can link up with me directly on Facebook or on Twitter here.

Thanks for investing a few minutes to read and leave a comment. We’ll all benefit by learning from your story and can even give you feedback about your site or cause if you wish.

Pro Tip: Gain more exposure to your story (and business) by sharing this page with your Facebook or Twitter friends. Use the buttons provided below, don’t be bashful :)

16 Responses to Promote Your Business or Cause: Let’s Hear YOUR Story
  1. Marlee
    March 28, 2011 | 9:51 am

    If I took up your challenge it’d take me a hour to write and it would be an overwhelmingly long comment.
    That said, I’m going to take you questions and think about them long and hard because I think these are things I’ve yet to share with people…and I should.
    Thanks for the motivation!

    • Jon
      March 28, 2011 | 10:10 pm

      You bet, Marlee. This is also a landing page for some of the new folks that will be joining me on Twitter. So, rather than make it exclusive to Tweeps I wanted to open it up to any and all friends of mine. Come back to share any time, you’re always welcome.

  2. Adrienne
    March 28, 2011 | 12:40 pm

    Hello my friend,

    I did this same thing on my blog so good to see that you are doing this as well. I think it’s a great way to find out about others so here we go..

    I’m an affiliate marketer and my purpose here is to help others learn how they too can build a successful affiliate marketing business from scratch. I share everything I’m doing over at my blog (

    What I can really say about me is that I have a very bubbly personality, I never meet a stranger, I love life and helping others, I’m a nurturer, I’m truly blessed to be here and I don’t take things for granted. I could go on and on but am trying to sum things up for ya! :-)

    I enjoy networking and meeting people who are positive, who are eager to have more in their lives, who are passionate about what they do or what they want to achieve, who enjoy helping others just because, who are kind and caring and who just love life in general.

    My motivation comes from always wanting to be a better person and give more. I strive at having more and being financially secure so that takes hard work, dedication and a desire to always do better.

    Thank you so much Jon for offering us a place to share more about who we are and why we are here. You are awesome and I love visiting your blog because I’m always learning something new. You reach out to others and that’s a special trait to have.

    Thanks again,


    • Jon
      March 28, 2011 | 10:08 pm


      You do a great job sharing everything that you’re doing and you explain things well. Your story is one that’s moving along with success in multiple areas quickly and I’m glad to be following along! You attract people that are passionate about their pursuits because it’s clear that you’re passionate about yours, Adrienne. Thank you for helping promote your level of care and drive.

      You’re welcome and I thank you for sharing your story.

  3. Jk Allen
    March 28, 2011 | 2:02 pm

    Jon – I humbly answer each questions below. Each is of course an expedited/short version…

    I’m Jk Allen, the crazy guy all over the internet referring to himself as a hustler! I call my self a hustler because that’s what I am; a go getter. I don’t stand around and wait…I got out and get.

    I grew up around men who also referred to themselves as hustlers, but like me, integrity backed and moral-conscious, these men were the types of hustlers who give the word “hustle” a negative connotation. I’m here to change that! And I’m here to be as valuable a resourced as I can…to everyone that I can connect with.

    I network with everyone, including people who are nothing like me. I find that I learn the most from those who hold a different perspective on life.

    Keeping myself going isn’t so hard. I’m naturally driven, I’m a hustler. But beyond that – I have a family and a bunch of people who look up to me. For that, I keep it moving in the right direction.

    Great exercise Jon. Thank you!

    • Jon
      March 28, 2011 | 10:03 pm


      You are definitely a hustler. Way to go being featured on Mark Harai’s site!

      It’s great to see that you network with people outside your normal sphere of influence; that’s where some really innovative ideas and bright inspiration can emerge. Good for you, Jk.

  4. Sarah Russell
    March 28, 2011 | 2:54 pm

    Jeez oh peets – like Marlee said, I could spend all day on this!!!

    What is your business, cause, or passion?

    I’m an affiliate marketer and freelance writer/editor/web designer. I love to build websites, and I love that this past year has given me a place to help others build the kind of ethical, sustainable internet businesses that I enjoy so much.

    What are some interesting things about you?

    I used to bellydance professionally, and still devote 5-6 hours a week to dancing. I was raised on a farm and was proud to earn the title of two time Junior Champion Homemaker at my local county fair. If the apocalypse ever happens, come find me, because I can garden, grow my own produce, and turn a sheep into a sweater (and a stew!).

    What type of people do you like to network with or meet in general?

    I like people who don’t take themselves too seriously and who are interested in working towards the greater good by helping others. People who are interested in learning together and growing together (and admitting that none of us really has all the right answers).

    What motivates you to keep on, keepin’ on?

    Somedays, I’m not sure, but most days, I genuinely love what I do. I love the process of building websites and turning them loose on the world – and I think I’d have a hard time stopping, even if I never made another dime from them.

    That’s it, in a nutshell. Back to work!!!

    • Jon
      March 28, 2011 | 9:55 pm


      Gosh I just learned a whole lot about you! How very interesting. Here’s a late congrats to your two-time title of Junior Champion Homemaker and look at how handy you are.

      You’re right, we don’t have all the answers and helping others is all part of the greater good. Well, keep pressing forward with your passion, Sarah, and I know I’ll be here in support and admiration. See you in the Community Marketing Challenge forum!

  5. Murray Lunn
    March 28, 2011 | 10:36 pm

    Hey Jon, very cool that you would provide a platform for us; I all game for this (going to use the same questions you asked above as a basis), okay…

    What is your business, cause, or passion?

    My current venture is which offers private label rights articles to busy website owners. Content can be expensive and so one solution to it is PLR articles. Each pack is inexpensive because they will be sold to multiple buyers. The purpose is to then take them and use them as a foundation for your work rather than just blasting them out there.

    I really love writing so this became a natural choice for me. I was also pissed that so many PLR sites had such low quality articles. I wanted to change the game and truly provide ones that would blow people away.

    What are some interesting things about you?

    I’m a bit of an odd one. I consider myself a child of the net; I grew up on the Internet since I was very young back in the 90′s. I’ve seen so much evolve over time that it’s hard to begin to describe my love for technology, web apps, connecting with others and creating things for the web.

    What type of people do you like to network with or meet in general?

    I really like to meet action takers. I’m too used to being around people that say they want to do something or change but then never make that first step. Now, I try to align myself with those that land on an idea and without hesitation jump right in!

    What motivates you to keep on, keepin’ on?

    I want to create something that impacts the world. I don’t care about the monetary gain from my ventures; I want to do something that leaves a digital legacy and makes someone, sometime in the future say “remember that thing Murray did?”. That makes it all worth it :)

    • Jon
      March 29, 2011 | 10:44 pm


      Great job! You found an area of the market that needed improvement and you rolled up your sleeves and got to work. You’re a go-getter and you deserve the success you’re experiencing now having left the corporate world.

      You and I are both fans of action-takers and taking action ourselves, right on! You grew up with technology but I wasn’t required to submit typed reports until I was in 10th or 11th grade I think. Ha.

      Ahh…you want immortality :) Can’t blame ya. Honestly though, the funny thing is that you’ll be generously rewarded, whether you want it or not, for offering lasting value via your digital legacy. Keep rockin’.

  6. Jason from Skyward
    March 29, 2011 | 6:41 am

    Hey Jon,
    Love the concept here man!

    Ok, here goes:
    My business is helping folks in two ways:
    -helping families find the perfect swimming pool
    -helping small businesses embrace inbound marketing

    My passion comes from serving others, because from a selfish standpoint, it makes me feel good!….and that’s definitely what keeps me going.

    That’s the driving force behind Skyward as well:)
    Thanks brother for the opportunity!

    • Jon
      March 29, 2011 | 10:39 pm


      Admirable passion. I think that it’s okay that our needs are met while we’re helping others. So, even though you enjoy the feelings you have when helping you still enrich others so it’s a win for all. Most of what we do or say is driven by some need, it’s how we’re wired.

      Keep on writing profound content at Skyward; just know that I appreciate your work.

      How come I didn’t know you and Marcus “The Sales Lion” were in the same industry? Fun!

  7. Danny @ Firepole Marketing
    March 29, 2011 | 11:08 am

    Seriously, Jon, that’s a lot of homework! But I’ll do my best…

    Firepole Marketing is about teaching small businesses how to market, and think strategically about marketing. We want to empower them to understand it, so that they can build their businesses. I’m really passionate about empowerment – teaching a man to fish, as it were. I love seeing our clients and students when they really get it.

    Some interesting things about me? Hmm… I dropped out of high school when I was 15 to start my first business. Never got a high school diploma or an undergraduate degree, but I do have an MBA from Queen’s. I’ve spent 3 years in mandatory military service in Israel, where I was trained as a hand to hand combat instructor. Oh, and most importantly: I’m marrying the most wonderful woman in the world on September 10, 2011. :D

    I like to network with people who get networking – who really understand that it’s about what you can do for other people, because that’s how you build real relationships. Real relationships aren’t transactional; they aren’t built on “I owe you one”, because you don’t keep tabs on who owes who. You both help each other, and over time it balances out, without needing to keep score.

    What motivates me to keep on keeping on? Well, right now it’s just so much fun, so it’s easy. It isn’t always this much fun, though – when it’s less fun, I remind myself why I do what I do, and that comparatively speaking, I should be grateful for my challenges. Imagine – instead of dealing with this problem, I could be in a 9 to 5. Shudder. :)

    Hey Jon, did I miss something? Where did you answer these questions? :D

    • Jon
      March 29, 2011 | 10:34 pm


      What you’re doing at Firepole Marketing is great. Teach a man to fish and he’ll eat for a lifetime.

      You have quite the interesting history there, my friend. Hand to hand combat instructor? I’ll stay on your good side :) Congrats to you on the pending nuptials. I like what you went on to say about real relationships and not keeping tabs on owing. In a healthy relationship (business or otherwise) there’s no reason to keep score.

      Keep having fun, Danny, that’s important! It’s late here (and I was leaving this open to you all) but perhaps soon I’ll add my answers…

  8. Hector Avellaneda
    March 31, 2011 | 12:43 pm

    John – I am definitely late to this post. I came by the other day and read it but didn’t post at the time. But I did want to take the time to share. :)

    As you may already know from my story, I graduated from college realizing that I was in a terrible financial position, worst than I was before I even decided to attend college. I graduated from one of the top research institutions in the country – Texas A&M; but not even having a degree from a nationally recognized university can guarantee a job in hard economic times. In late 2008, I was a college graduate, that was jobless, prospect-less and and had serious student loan debt and credit carde debt.

    After college I took some time of personal discovery to realize where I had gone wrong and discovered that I was not wrong at all, the system was wrong. I discovered that I had no financial intelligence (most other American’s don’t either) and that I had been conditioned to think that I was supposed to build someone else’s asset for the rest of my life. Totally, the wrong path to be in!

    I started Internet Entrepreneur Connection to educate other professionals in creasing their financial intelligence but to also learn how to become Internet Entrepreneurs (the best business model ever in my opinion) so that they can build a highly leveraged internet business, stop depending on only 1 income (JOB) and start living the life they believe they deserve to live.

    I truly believe that the best way to accomplish all of that is through self-education (no degree can grant financial freedom) and action!

    Things that interest me of course are the study and implementation of business, wealth building, etc. But I also have a real passion for nature. I am an outdoors type of guy that loves the natural beauty this world has to offer and I plan to visit and see more places when I am completely financially free.

    Thanks for the opportunity to share Jon! As always, it was a pleasure, my man!

    • Jon
      March 31, 2011 | 5:56 pm


      Great school :) But you’re right, a degree isn’t a promise of financial well-being and a guaranteed job. We aren’t taught how to apply the knowledge in school and even less about any real-life survival skills.

      You’re in a fantastic industry and with the experience you’ve had you can truly help a lot of people. Thank you, we can all benefit from more financial savvy.

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