Dominating The World: Plans For 2013

This is the first post of the year!

And dominating the world (wide web) that’s exactly what I intend to do on this 2013.

Since this is also the first post of the year, I want to make it a good one and I couldn’t find a better time to talk about planning.

You’ve heard the saying before:

“Fail to plan, plan to fail” ~Attributed to many different people.

I know that holds very true from personal experience.

Last year I had a lot of goals: “do this, do that, do this other thing” but I never took the time to lay out a plan and achieve those goals.

You bet I won’t be making the same mistake twice so here’s my 2013 breakdown.


Since I got started with Internet Marketing, I’ve never focused on money, I’ve always focused on value first but it is very important to also take into consideration the numbers part since I can’t measure other thing that is not statistics.

Let’s see some monthly and yearly numbers:

Projected Numbers

And here’s a quick explanation…

I used to earn $2,250 a month when I had my last IT job, it wasn’t much but it was enough since I didn’t have any obligations.

Right now I need to have at least about $1,000 a month just to maintain my apartment, I’m not considering the marketing expenses which are quite a few already (I’ll write a dedicated post on marketing expenses soon).

And I want to have a $5,000 income a month since I’m getting married this year and I know I’m going to need one heck of a lot of money!

The lower row on that graphic is the projected (yearly) number I want to achieve on 2013.

There should be a number between $12,000 and $60,000 because I’m definitely going to make more than $12K (otherwise I’ll have to live under a bridge!) and my aim is to hit $60K and if possible go a bit further.

It’s about twice the money I used to make with a regular job.

Note: I forgot to include to get out of debt!

I don’t owe that much to the bank but I still want to become debt free again.


While many people I know measure their success in number of possessions, I don’t want to have more stuff just for the sake of having more.

I do want to have more things that will contribute to build a rock-solid business and for that I will need some special devices like:

  • a couple of iMacs
  • a Macbook Pro
  • a Canon Rebel DSLR camera
  • some softboxes for the recording studio

I have other things in mind such as getting a new car, getting more furniture for my apartment but right now these aren’t important to me.

I’m getting married on November this year, so I need to find solutions and get these things:

  • wedding dress
  • wedding rings
  • pay for the honeymoon
  • new apartment rent and services
  • and I’ll stop here since I don’t want to give any more ideas out! lol

Note: All of these things are going directly to a vision board I’m creating soon.


If I could give last year a one-word codename it would be “2012: EXPOSURE”.

For this year is going to be “2013: ACTION”.

And if I’m still alive in 2014, the codename is going to be something like “2014: MOMENTUM”.

In other words, my plans include focusing more on applying knowledge rather than learning new skills.

In general, my work goals are:

  • using all my domain names (about 15) to build my business in some way or another (build my list, drive more traffic, sell something, etc)
  • branding more myself
  • effective use of the social media platforms
  • “take no prisoners” attitude when developing a new program

Actually, I’m going to detail this in a lower section on this post in case you want the specific plans.


As for leisure time goes, I get pleasure from spending time with my loved ones and that can be:

  • going to the zoo
  • watching sports
  • playing PS3 with my friends
  • having vacations with my girlfriend
  • going fishing
  • etc

I’m scheduling some pleasure and leisure moments but not enough, I need to generate a steady income first, fun later!


I never talk about religion so I’m just going to say this:

  • I will be in Church every single Sunday no matter what


I am going to start investing in myself a lot more.

First of all, I’m taking all the negative aspects out of my life or at least as much as possible, that means:

  • no criticizing others
  • absolutely no fighting
  • accepting the things that I can’t change

These actions can really get to me and it takes me a while to go back to be in creativity and productivity mode so no more negative stuff around me, period.

I’ve also decided I’m going to do these health-related activities:

  • go jogging at least five times a week (I may actually sign up for the San Diego Rock N’ Roll Marathon in June 2, 2013)
  • zero beer except on weekends
  • start experimenting with juicing (just detoxing myself once in a while, not as a habit though)
  • do some crazy workout like Insanity or P90X and document that on video for laughs and accountability
  • join a cross fit gym as soon as I feel I can take the beating
Sergio Felix first run in 2013
The first run of the year!

I am also going to invest more in my knowledge and this means:

Note: I don’t read stuff that doesn’t teach me something so I’m keeping my topics in these areas:

  • self-help
  • business
  • marketing
  • programming
  • designing
  • development
  • production
  • health

Partner (Fiancée)

As for my partner I actually mean my girlfriend, the woman I’m marrying this year and I plan to be a better man in the rest of the time we have before marriage (and afterwards).

That includes caring more for:

  • our special days
  • more time for ourselves
  • and some other things I can’t tell you about here (ssh… sometimes she actually comes here)

Since I’m a musician she expected lots of songs from me and got none, so I’m willing to fix that very soon.


I don’t know where I would be right now without my family, I’d probably be a street bum but summarizing, I love them with all my heart but I don’t really show it to them.

This year I’m writing down everyone’s birthdays and considering to give back as much as I possibly can, participate more in the social events and what not, they deserve that and a lot more from me.

Specific Work Plans For 2013

1. Releasing my first product right on this month, January 2013.

This training is going right to the Clickbank marketplace and since it’s my first product, I’m not sure if I’ll be able to have them approve it right away, I will make every effort to make it happen!

2. Release secondary products (follow up).

Depending on the response to that first training, I want to follow up with my customers on creating newer products that can help them overcome other areas about blogging and marketing.

3. Create first membership site.

While I don’t have much income proof to show you strictly from a home business marketing standpoint, I did make $39,000 USD with just one website and it was only possible due to my IT credentials.

You know the saying…

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”

If people are willing to learn the technical nitty gritty themselves with my help, then a membership site for non-techie marketers could be a great solution.

4. Be prepared and adapt to the situation (still a membership site).

Since I don’t want to spread myself too thin, I need to be prepared to whatever happens with that first product, if I can scale it to a membership site or secondary products then great! But if I can’t do that, then I’ll leave the membership site for a beginner’s guitar training instead.

5. Releasing my first product in Spanish.

I thought about this a year ago when I killed my first blog. I was going to stop writing in English and focus on the Latin American marketplace but I joined a new IM training and started my second blog (this one).

Even though it wouldn’t take me that much time to brand myself and build a small community (I actually believe I could do this in just 30 days since I’m no longer scared of anything) I’m not sure if I would like to start blogging in Spanish yet but I would like to create a few products, put them in Clickbank and see what happens.

6. Becoming a published Kindle author.

I’ve read a ton of books on my Kindle and I simply love the format and the device.

There have been really lousy books and really great books from regular people just like you and me so I’m willing to take the risk to release a few books myself.

I already know what people need so I won’t be surveying anyone about this, I’m just going to go for it and write those books.

I’m doing this in English and Spanish.

7. Redesigning Marketing With Sergio.

I gotta be honest with you, I never customized any of my wordpress themes because I wanted to show you how easy it was to have a site that looked good, clean, that was organized with no coding required.

Many of you did understand my approach, some others didn’t and maybe some others didn’t even care about it.

You know that we tend to judge everything by its cover and I think that after a full year my point was proven so I’m re-designing the layout here.

I’m not 100% sure what I will end up doing, if using another framework or building the theme from scratch myself but it’s definitely going to change.

8. Building a stronger brand.

When you get started with IM for the first time, you are told to write a lot, comment on other blogs, go to forums, publish stuff on social media channels, get to know people, etc.

But when you actually make the difference and stand out, is that first time you appear on video because you come ALIVE to others.

All of a sudden you have a voice, you have gestures, you have a grin, a smile, all of these things that are just not possible to transmit when you avoid doing video.

So for this year I’m going to focus a lot more on these platforms, a lot more video and I’m actually going to take the time to learn how to edit video properly too.

A great looking product can sell well even if it’s crap.

A crappy looking product won’t be selling well even if it’s awesome inside.

What do you think you would get if you build a great looking product that IS awesome as well?

So to sum up this point it may be podcasting, webinars, live shows, interviews, I’m going to be EVERYWHERE.

Final Tips

1. On Habit Creation.

Between yesterday and when I woke up today, I’ve watched some very long videos from Tim Ferriss and Leo Babauta on habit creation and I can sum those three hours to you in this one sentence:

If you want to create a habit, do it as small as possible so you can follow through.

If you take a quick look at everything I just said I’m going to do for this 2013, you’ll know that is a LOT but I’m not going to do this in one day!

Just for the health related list, I already started jogging yesterday (felt great btw) and I completely cut off beer, that’s it.

I will worry about the other points at a later time so it may be wise to think about one habit per month, feel me?

Reading one book per month…

Releasing one small product per month…

And so on.

2. On Getting Things Done.

I don’t know where I got this from (possibly Jason Fladlien) but I’ve learned this yesterday, you only need these three things to get something done:

  • Ambition
  • Focus
  • Desire

And you don’t even need to be 300% focused, but you need to focus something at least, the same goes for the rest of these points.

If you have the ambition, the desire and are focused enough, then you CAN get things done.

There’s one motto I’m living by right now and it’s very simple:

If I can do something now, I won’t do it later, I’ll do it NOW, no questions asked.

Obviously be careful with that way of thinking, you want to keep yourself busy in the things that matter and not something else.

3. On Planning.

You can see I barely used time data (I said my first product is being released in January) in the activities and habits I want to do and create for this 2013.

You absolutely need to schedule your activities with a specific date or at least, with an aproximate date.

I’m not doing it here because this article would get even bigger than what it already is but there IS a start and end date set for everything and I highly recommend you do the same.


Most of the people I know already published their goals and resolutions, others have done it on twitter and facebook.

The only thing I would recommend to you (if you haven’t done it yet) is to visualize a desired outcome, identify a goal that will lead to that outcome and plan your activities in order to reach that goal.

Work in reverse, with the final outcome towards the start.

After planning out, you only need to be accountable and for that you don’t even need a partner, you can keep yourself accountable through your blog and your audience or even with YouTube in case you don’t have a blog or an audience.

People either have excuses or results (you can’t have both).

I already ran out of excuses, what about you?


PS. 2013 is going to be HUGE!

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    • Jens P. Berget
    • January 8, 2013

    Hey Sergio,

    It’s great to see you again, and Happy New Year.

    I’m going to follow every step you make during 2013, and it’s going to be exciting to see your first product. Be sure to add lots of marketing material, especially banners.

    Are you going to be jogging much this year, and maybe run a marathon?

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      Hey Jens, happy new year my friend and yeah, I will be adding lots of affiliate resources for this, including banners of course.

      I plan to run my lungs out this year and definitely participating in a full marathon, I still don’t know which one yet but if I do it in the USA, it would be either San Diego or New York and I may run another one in Monterrey, Mexico too. ;-)

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    Enough on that list for 5 people and probably 5 years!

    My goal for this year is to continue completing things that are on my list…many just need an hour or
    two and done.

    How did the run go? Or is it still pending?
    Thanks for being a friend.

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      Hey Cararta, those are the best activities to have, the ones that only require a sitting and then you’re done!

      The run did go well, it was a very light jog for 45 minutes, I’m thinking of repeating the same routine for this week as a warm up and I’ll start alternating between 45-60 minute runs next week.

      I’m glad you’re my friend too and big thanks for supporting me as well! ;-)

      PS. Plans for 5 people and 5 years? Then I think I’m going to be veeery BUSY!

    • Patrick Griffin
    • January 8, 2013

    Hi Sergio,
    Wow this is an amazing to do list for the year ahead…looks like you know where you want to go and won’t let anyone stop you getting there.

    If you have time then it would be great if you could come back in six months and give us an update on how you are getting along.


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      You’re right Pat, no stopping, no hesitation, no excuses, just RESULTS!

      A six-month update on these goals is going to be awesome to share, count on it… and in fact, let’s mark the day, how does that sound?

      I’m publishing my results on July 1st, 2013 and scheduling the post right now (so I don’t forget lol).

      Thanks for stopping by my man, always appreciate your support!

    • Theodore Nwangene
    • January 8, 2013

    Hey Sergio,
    I’m already inspired by this wonderful post of yours especially this quote……..If I can do something now, I won’t do it later, I’ll do it NOW, no questions asked, i can’t agree more.

    I love the way you laid down your 2013 goals man, i have writing mine also but will soon publish it on my blog. This is really an amazing post and i will start implementing some of your tips right away.

    Thanks for sharing man and may God bless all your efforts with success so you’ll finally achieve your goals.

    More greeze to your elbows and don’t forget to pass my greetings to your wonderful woman.

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      Hey Theodore, I’m glad you’ve got inspired my man, that’s the whole idea!

      I look forward to see what you’ve got planned for 2013 as well and thanks for the kind message about my woman, I’m pretty sure she’ll have a blast when I let her know, take care man! ;-)

    • Daniel Sumner
    • January 8, 2013

    I prefer results Sergio and this year I feel you are going to produce a lot of them.


    What an awesome way to describe your three year plan! It looks like you have it all written down in front of you which is half the battle. If you know what your goals are for each day, then you can stick with your game plan and succeed.

    I look forward to seeing what you have to offer this year Sergio. Congrats and well done man!


    PS – The Canon Rebel DSLR camera is awesome! I love mine :-D

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      Hey Dan, I know you are all about results my man and I’m really eager to make this happen already!

      I’m currently working on planning every single day but not too far away either and making lots of progress from this, it’s crazy!

      Anyway, thank you for your support as always Dan, you know I really appreciate your time spent with me. ;-)

      PS. Man now you’re just teasing me with the Canon Rebel haha oh and great new avatar dude, looks fantastic!

    • Khaja moin
    • January 8, 2013

    Hey Sergio,

    Initially I`d like to advanced congrats for the marriage and all the best for coming year. I wish this new year bring lots more valuable things in your life.

    and thanks for sharing your plan, even I`m going to do something similar, but I have no interesting sharing on my blog. (And yes, even I`m getting married this year!)


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      Hey Khaja, congratulations on your upcoming wedding my man, how are you dealing with it, no stress yet? lol

      Thank you for the awesome message and it’s okay if you don’t want to share your plan, I just did it here to keep myself accountable and try to inspire others to think big and actually make something happen!

      Thanks for stopping by and I look forward to see you rise on 2013 as well, talk soon man! ;-)

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    Now that is what you call a list…

    I have to admit I’m far too responsive to bother writing stuff down, I just jump in and see what sticks to the wall and then try to repeat it as best I can. The plan is to create some more funnels, a new product, and perhaps even hire someone to help with traffic generation.


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      Hey what’s up Andrew!

      For someone that is not easily distracted (like me) your approach could be even better since there are no waiting times to try out new things (you reminded me of that Jason Fladlien attitude of “one problem, one solution/product”).

      I think you are amazing at creating funnels now, I saw you buy a new product maybe one or two days ago and you already had implemented it, talk about TAKING MASSIVE ACTION!

      I don’t know if you’re familiar with Liz Tomey (she sells a LOT of stuff on the Warrior Forum and produces a lot of PLR stuff as well) if I could tell you one thing about traffic on her behalf, it would be let your affiliates drive the traffic for you.

      I could write at least 10K words why this is an amazing approach for traffic but instead, I’ll be practical and keep it down to this:

      Focus on creating more products, even if it is just one, the traffic will come from your affiliates.

      And it could probably be wise to look at another marketplace too, excluding the Warrior Forum (JVZoo or Clickbank could be great to test the new product out and they have hordes of affiliates).

      Hope this helps and I know you already know this but it doesn’t hurts as a reminder.

      I look forward to see what you produce this year, last year you already accomplished many things, I know 2013 is going to be huge for you as well, take care man and all the best! ;-)

    • Matt Morgan
    • January 9, 2013

    Hello Sergio, How are you doing? I hope you are doing fine.

    I can give you some tips for your plans – (your specific work plans for 2013)
    Here are my tips for you for each of your plans.

    [Sergios Goal 1] Releasing my first product right on this month, January 2013.
    -Make sure you read the recent guidelines of clickbank, as they have made recent changes.
    -Create appealing graphics for your product graphics (eg ebook covers).
    -This product creation and releasing takes longer than you expect, as things do get delayed. Don’t let this put you off.
    -Have a killer affiliate page for all your products, offering a range of affiliate tools.

    [Sergios Goal 2] Release secondary products (follow up).
    -Build products in ‘sub’ niches of the main category, eg, for blogging can be ‘blogging traffic’
    -Use the first product created as a template for your 2nd and 3rd products.
    -These secondary products can be inserted in your funnel as the ‘backend’ products, OTO products/Upsell products.
    -After mastering ebooks, move to audio/video versions.

    [Sergios Goal 3] Create first membership site.
    -The content can be some ‘step by step’ monthly action methods, which are taken from the clickbank Ebook in GOAL 1, just convert it to a step by step audio/video format, and release it monthly as ‘modules’.
    -Search the variety of membership softwares out there, each does have pros and cons, so do research carefully when deciding which one you decide to use (see below list).
    -Wordpress membership plugins are easy to use, and have the drip feed content (see below list).

    Here are some membership softwares, and wordpress membership sites too.

    WORDPRESS Membership softwares:

    [Sergios Goal 4] Be prepared and adapt to the situation (still a membership site).
    -You can scale anything, aslong as the foundation is right. If product 1 is a success, then you can turn it into these formats:
    –audio/video products,
    –physical products,
    –or membership site, into a step by step course format,
    -Adapting to situations is part of the procedure. Sometimes uturns are needed, but this doesn’t mean you are a failure, at least you tried, and anyway…. I will always be proud of you :)
    -Draw these membership funnels down on paper, so you have them in front of you visually, so you can easily see what you are dealing with.

    [Sergios Goal 5] Releasing my first product in Spanish.
    -If it has been your dream from time ago to release something in Spanish, then do it, especially if it is a personal dream
    -You can always outsource the product creation by a Spanish write outsourcer, which will save you time.
    -Give him the outline of ‘what you want’ written/ or created in detail, so he can create your product. Simple!
    -Don’t be scarred to build a community in Spanish, GO FOR IT, it will take time for the snowball to get rolling, but go for it man!

    [Sergios Goal 6] Becoming a published Kindle author.

    -Create and sell ebook products first on clickbank, mastering this, then move onto kindle.
    -There are some free ‘ebook to kindle’ converting software online, which can help you with draft ideas.
    -Look at other marketers kindle marketing products, which can show you pitfalls to avoid.
    -Look for trends in the kindle market place, and see the top selling kindle books, and take a look at how those publishers are marketing.

    [Sergios Goal 7] Redesigning Marketing With Sergio.
    -Personally I don’t think you need to redesign your theme, it is nice and attractive. Just look at the comments and followers.
    -but for ideas, take time to research other peoples structures and if you like designs of their theme structure then gain inspiration from them.
    -Jot down ideas on a piece of paper, labelled “My redesign list for my marketing”.
    -Draw diagrams on paper with colour, of how you want your blog to look, adding optin forms, banners etc.
    -my view? leave it as it is, as your theme is sizzling hot!

    [Sergios Goal 8] Building a stronger brand.
    -Create an attractive logo which stands out from the crowd, to identify your brand. Does my golden logo stand out to you ?
    -Use a graphic designer to do this unless you can.
    -Be unique from the rest, and do things that nobody does. Did you see my recent comment on Dan Sumner’s blog recent post…I did a rhyme, check it out.
    -Use your logo on all your social bookmarking profiles, blogs, facebook etc.
    -Use creativeness in all forms in your blog, which people will remember you for.

    There you go, I have tried 4-5 tips per each Goal.

    and Sergio, if you need any help/advise or answer Please do feel free to contact me for help!
    -I can tell you any pitfalls to avoid, which would otherwise cost you time and money! so don’t hesitate to ask.

    Good luck with it all.

    Matt Morgan.

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      Holy crap Matt, this has to be one of the most amazing replies I have ever received on any of my blogs my man!

      I know my readers are going to benefit a lot from this awesome response and I’m surely writing all the new ideas I got from it.

      Thank you for your time and offering, I really appreciate all the advice Matt, you are definitely a ROCKSTAR brother! ;-)

    • Enstine Muki
    • January 9, 2013

    Hi Sergio,
    Good to be here. I think I’m visiting this blog for my first time. I came here from Theodore’s blog where you were mentioned. Good one indeed!

    BTW, I could see clearly where you are coming from and where you are going. You’ve got solid plans for this year and I wish you success. Just don’t get distracted. Focus and make them a reality.

    Happy New Year!

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      Hey Enstine, welcome to the site my man and Theodore is an awesome blogger on the rise, I’ll thank him for bringing you here later.

      Distraction is a huge success killer indeed, that’s why I’ve placed whiteboards everywhere I could, right now I have two on my walls (to my sides), a planning board right in front of me and a monthly planner just right to the planning board.

      I’m still building a vision board as well so I can have my goals clearer and I can see them all at once.

      Thanks for stopping by Enstine and I look forward to check your blog out, it seems GREAT and with a nice big audience as well! ;-)

      PS. Extra points for being a PHP programmer!

      Important: Your follow twitter box on your blog is set to “enstine” instead of “enstinemuki” so it throws an error if I want to follow you there by clicking on the twitter button, you might want to update that, cheers.

    • Bishwajeet
    • January 10, 2013

    It’s great that you have written the plans for 2013. I am confused on various aspects,so I have not written anything yet but hopefully I will jot them down on my diary

    1. Reply

      Hey Bishwajeet,

      Just like my man Theodore said on his latest post: “Doing nothing will bring you one thing, NOTHING”.

      So if you’re confused just ask, that’s what we are here for!

    • Dawn Kay
    • January 10, 2013

    Hey Sergio

    Wow what a list and good on you for getting them on your blog so it holds yourself accountable.

    Planning is definitely the way to go because if you don’t plan out what you need to do then your never gonna reach your goals.

    I like that your going to add everything to a vision board (fab idea) and make sure you treat yourself to a nice pressie when you reach one of your goals because it will motivate you to do the others.

    Good luck with the Juicing, I started a few months ago and feel sooooo much better for it.

    Take care

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      Hey Dawn, planning is KEY indeed.

      And I also know the vision board is going to help me greatly (I’ve never said this before in “public” but that’s how I managed to get my title as an Systems Engineer, I made a wallpaper that had super big red letters saying “TITULATE” in Spanish which stands for “Get Your Title!” and guess what? It worked! lol)

      The juicing part scares me a little bit to be honest haha but I’m looking forward to it, I definitely want to detox myself and have a healthier lifestyle so if I have any doubts, now I know who to ask!

      Thank you for stopping by and hope you have a great day Dawn, speak soon! ;-)

      PS. I’ve listened to a few interviews you did in the past on your blog and I think they were AMAZING!!!

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    You have some great plans for this year. I’m still getting to know you and your good character shows through this statement, “Since I got started with Internet Marketing, I’ve never focused on money, I’ve always focused on value first but it is very important to also take into consideration the numbers part since I can’t measure other thing that is not statistics.” I have found when we focus on adding value and areas of passion the money comes. It’s wise to look at numbers but it should not be our main concern/priority.

    Congratulations on getting married this year. Being married for almost 6 years I can tell you being married is a wonderful thing. Your going to really enjoy it.

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      Hey Dan, that’s the whole idea my man, value should come first than anything else or we then just become sellouts.

      Getting married is starting to put some stress on my back but not because of actually getting married but because of the stress that comes with the planning, organizing, deciding stuff, etc.

      Cool thing is, my girlfriend is a very organized woman and she knows how to handle every situation almost to perfection so that is always a plus, I’m pretty sure there will be great moments before and after marriage.

      Thanks for stopping by Dan and for adding knowledge in my path, your book recommendations have been great so far and your blog is definitely a place I need to start visiting more.

      PS. If you ever have the time, I recommend you to watch the video on this post: it is long but if you manage to get through the first minutes, I promise you’ll get to know me real well and what my current state in marketing is.

      I have made a lot of improvements since I shot that video but watching that, is a GREAT start to know how transparent I can be about everything I’m doing online.

    • Keith Sneed
    • January 10, 2013

    Hey buddy!

    This is an awesome post, and I really enjoyed reading it. Your determination and work ethic always encourages me to try harder!
    You’ll be happy to know I’m back in the game. I’m still busy, but with a little time management and a lot of motivation, I’m going to make my online business a success. :D

    I’ll talk to you soon buddy!


    1. Reply

      Hey there Keith, well it is great that you’re finally back online man, I thought you had thrown in the towel already!

      I just checked out your latest post, that’s GREAT video quality man and awesome sound as always, now you just need that new product ready to go and let the profits come!!!

      Thanks for letting me know you’re back on the game, I’ve always rooted for ya from the beginning and I know a possible success story when I see one so don’t make me look bad Sneed!

      Take care and stay classy! ;-)

    • Mandy Allen @ Learn To Blog
    • January 10, 2013

    I love that phrase in bold, Sergio, ‘apply what I’ve learned’. There is a tendency often to go from one piece of training to another thinking that at some point you are going to find a magic solution, but at the end of the day we have to start using the skills we are learning to see if they work. Sometimes this takes time as we need to try them for a while and perfect them before they start to work. Good luck for 2013, Sergio!

    Enjoy the journey.


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      Hey Mandy,

      I fell on that trap for a very long time, thinking there had to be something else besides all I was learning but I did find a point where everything started repeating over and over and that’s when I thought “okay, I guess this is where I actually start doing something”.

      LOL I should have started sooner but oh well, thanks for your support and stopping by Mandy, I really like your advice in the end about taking the time to make things work and I’m pretty sure this year will be a lot about applying!

      All the best and speak soon Mandy! ;-)

    • Kabenlah Cudjoe
    • January 10, 2013

    Hi Sergio,
    I’ve also ran out of excuses and will certainly not take on the ‘prisoner’s attitude’ lol.
    2013 is certainly going to be an Action Year.

    1. Reply

      Hey Kabenlah, whatever works for you my friend, all the best on this year! ;-)

  4. Reply

    WOW! That’s a tall order!! That sure sounds like you are really pumped! Good luck and I’ll be waiting for your products!!


    1. Reply

      Hey Les, haha yeah I guess there are a few things on my list for 2013, thank you for stopping by and thank you for your support! ;-)

    • Sapna
    • January 12, 2013

    Hi Sergio

    Amazed by your great goals and hope you achieve them successfully in your time frame.
    I’m also motivated now that I can also do few things right in life, though I have my plans but really don’t know whether I would be able to achieve all that in the time frame.

    Thanks and my best wishes to you.


    1. Reply

      Hey Sapna, I don’t think you should focus in how much can you do in a given time frame, I’d say make your plans and just go for them instead!

      Thank you for stopping by, your kind message and supporting me Sapna, all the best! ;-)

    • Sue Neal
    • January 12, 2013

    Hey, Sergio – what a wonderfully full and balanced project plan for the year – and congratulations on your forthcoming marriage – I wish you every happiness.

    I share your ambition to get published on Kindle – it’s quite high on my ‘do’ list for the year.

    As far as habits are concerned, have you read The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg? It’s an amazing book – a really good read, full of fascinating true stories, with really powerful messages about changing habits (both individual and institutional) – can’t recommend it highly enough.

    Have a great year!


    1. Reply

      Hey Sue, thanks for your book recommendation.

      I actually almost bought it right away but I remembered I want to read a few others before anything else, I will be checking this one on habits though because it is something I’m doing right now so it makes sense to read this as soon as possible.

      Kindle is a great platform both for readers and authors and I’m sure you’ll get quite a lot out of it, if you’re really interested I would suggest you check out Steve Scott’s site.

      He’s an amazing affiliate marketer, a good friend and he has been shifting his business to the Kindle platform and also has been writing about all the technical stuff that is involved in publishing to kindle.

      Thanks for the amazing message and your book recommendation Sue, I really appreciate it and I’ll be on the lookout for your first Kindle release! ;-)

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    Hi Sergio,
    Man, I have to tell you, I’m probably just as excited about your plans, as you are. That’s a great outline for success, my friend. You have laid it out in a nutshell.
    I applaud you for having the drive & focus to draw out your plan & implement it.

    For myself, after being lost in information overload for so long, I plan on finally getting focused & creating a successful online business. My plan is as follows:

    1. I wanted to relaunch my blog. The main focus is helping people understand why info overload occurs, and helping them to overcome it. I don’t know exactly where that will take me, but as long as I can help people, it will be worth it.

    2. I want to revive my eBay business. I’m going back with two new niches, that I hope will be quite profitable.

    3. In the short term, at least, I will continue with an offline niche that has kept my business afloat, while I’ve been lost. I will continue that to generate a consistent income, while I build the rest of my business up.

    4. Lastly, in order to build a successful business & maintain focus, I need to finally get organized, which has always been my achilles heel. I’m focusing on developing a solid business plan & following it strictly.

    I wish you much success this year in 2013! Also, congrats on finding the love of your life & deciding to break the hearts of all the single girls out there by marrying her.
    I wish you both a lifetime of happiness. All the best to you in 2013, my friend!

    1. Reply

      Hey George, my fellow information overload friend! ;-)

      I believe #4 should actually be your “número uno” priority: Get organized and maintain focus!

      You already have your plan so just assign priorities and get started with the number one task. Cross tasks as you complete them and you’ll achieve your first part of the master plan in no time.

      Then rinse and repeat!

      Thank you for stopping by George and sharing your plans with us, I know you are going to make it happen this year, you deserve this already man so go get it now!

      PS. Not sure I broke anyone’s heart but deciding to marry my girlfriend this year but that really made my day man haha thanks!

    • margarita
    • January 13, 2013

    Hi, Sergio,

    I am coming here from Sue’s Blog. I loved your resolutions for this new year on different aspects of life. I admire you for doing it openly. I am not sure that my perception of goal setting and creating new habits is right. I think that it is better to tell other people what you have done already, instead of what you will do. The reason for this is that people with negative energies will attach those to your intentions and it might slow you down. It is my opinion only.

    I am impressed by your indepth vision on your business and purpose in life. thank you!

    1. Reply

      Hey Margarita, I know what you mean with the “negative energies” but since we’re talking about our own blogs, you always have the power to block that stuff out.

      It’s not my case here though, I have never had to block one single person for directly attacking me but I wouldn’t hesitate to defend myself if it happened in the future.

      If I told you I already made almost $40,000 USD developing ONE website (true story) and afterwards, I told you that I had more than 20+ years in information systems’ experience, several certifications on servers, databases and also an engineering degree in computing systems, would then that 40K achievement impress you? Very unlikely.

      So (to me) it is better how I’m doing everything from scratch (like an average joe would do) and then take it from there.

      Having said that, everyone has a very unique style and way of doing things, you can keep your plans to yourself, hold yourself accountable and just publish your hits on your blog, that’s okay too!

      I overcame a very hard problem of being uncomfortable on video and you can find how it all started here:

      Now I have 118 videos in YouTube, more than 10K views from a guy that couldn’t be on camera and whose first language isn’t even English!

      So just do whatever works for you best, thanks for stopping by Margarita and hope this year is wonderful for you as well! ;-)

  6. Reply

    Hey Sergio

    Wow mate, you’re really going for it this year! You have some big plans my friend.

    I’ve enjoyed getting to know you a little better over the past few months and I can see that 2013 is going to be your year. Getting married is a biggie! It’ll be my 10th wedding anniversary in July. How time flies…

    I love your goals for this year and your determination Sergio and I know you’ll succeed.

    My goals are a little less ambitious but great for me at this time. I had to stop half way through this comment to do a drawing with my daughter!

    I want to continue to move my blog forward and I’ve also just started a niche blog after reading one of Steve Scott’s kindle books.

    Those are things that I can just about focus on whilst looking after the children. Small baby steps for me!

    1. Reply

      Hey Tim, 10th wedding anniversary already man? Wow congrats!

      Steve Scott is an affiliate marketing superhero in my book, I actually bought his course: “Affiliate Marketing Without The BS” and I have to say it’s pretty damn good.

      I’m glad you decided to try out with a niche blog, if you are really passionate about it and can transmit that into your site, you’ll get sales for sure.

      I know you had to cut off a few services to save on marketing expenses so I really hope you really push hard with that new blog of yours and achieve all the goals you have for 2013.

      Take care man and thank you for supporting me, I really appreciate your time here. ;-)

    • Robin J Emdon
    • January 15, 2013

    Wow! What a great list! So comprehensively thought out! I love it Sergio! May have to ‘borrow’ some of your techniques! *smiles ~Robin~

    1. Reply

      Hey Robin, glad you got inspired by this list my man and hope you crush this 2013!

      Thanks for stopping by and visiting my site. ;-)

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    • TK
    • January 20, 2013

    Hey Sergio, compliments for 2013 and congrats as well to your upcoming wedding, you’ve set yourself a decent set of goals this year and good luck with your first clickbank launch

    1. Reply

      Hey TK, thanks my man and yeah, I think there are many goals to achieve already. Thank you for your good luck wishes! ;-)

    • Philip Featherstone
    • February 4, 2013

    Hey Sergio,
    It’s nice to know you have made 2013 your year of action and are working towards your future goals I love your your determination to make this year the big one. I’t has inspired me to take more action in my journey in Internet marketing and I wish all the best with your plans and goals.
    Philip Featherstone

    1. Reply

      Hey Philip, can’t wait to see what you come up with my friend, I just saw you enrolled with Dean Holland’s QSC on your blog and I can’t recommend him or his training enough.

      If you are willing to take massive action and work hard, you’ll definitely get results no questions asked.

      All the best on this journey and feel free to ask me anything if I can help you in some way, take care and speak soon Philip! ;-)

    • Andy Benson
    • February 25, 2013

    Hey Sergio!

    Great to connect with you and to see your goals all mapped out in such detail!

    It’s so important to know what you want and have a plan as to where you want to be both in your personal life and in building your online business! Great post man!

    1. Reply

      Hey what’s up Andy, if we don’t know what we want then how can we work towards achieving it right?

      Thanks for stopping by and checking out my article! ;-)

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