Job description; I bury shit, to grow roses!

In a way, I am a simple farmer. I take your shit, I put it in my fields, and I grow roses out of it! Another way to describe me, is that I am a social media engineer, influencing others, to only speak positively about your business. A one man public relationships firm, allowing your company to get to be perceived as simply the best!

How would you feel if I told you that I could significantly increase your TripAdvisor score? How would you feel if I told you I could give you thousands of free Facebook ads? How would you feel if I told you I could turn every single happy customer you have, into 155 more happy customers? How would you feel if I told you I could insure your company against being destroyed on Facebook and Twitter? Or that I could make sure your company was always found on Google as the first result?

Sounds too good to be true, well the proof is in my own blog, the very website you are reading in fact. I started this blog about 20 months ago, 5 months later I had 298,365 readers on it, in ONE DAY, most of them coming in from Google and Facebook, and the website was mentioned in every single Norwegian newspaper and media publishing house that exists, as the main news! I was at the centre of attention for 5 million people, every single day, for a week! Don’t believe me, watch the screenshot from my log. In five months, I turned a website into the most popular website in Norway, having almost 300,000 readers in a single day! In fact, I arguably did it in TWO DAYS, since the 5th of August I had only 92 readers …

I also did it with a budget of ZERO dollars! In fact, I didn’t even have electricity, running water, and I was living out in the forest, in a cabin far away from civilisation! ๐Ÿ˜€

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For the record, I have promised myself (and others) to never speak about how I accomplished the above world record. Some grenades are simply too powerful to ever be spoken about again. So unless you’re on my list of close personal customers, you’ll never know I guess … ๐Ÿ˜‰

I can however, significantly help your business, and its marketing efforts, using similar techniques as I used myself to establish myself as the most successful website owner through the history of man! So let me ask you a simple question …

If I could give you money (almost) for free, would you accept?

If you need help to promote and market your business, feel free to shot me an email. Why settle for mediocrity, when you can hire the best …? ๐Ÿ™‚

I can provide you with thousands of free Facebook ads

My ex-wife has a business, and she is using Facebook ads to promote it. She claims it’s extremely efficient, and provides her with tons of new business opportunities. I can give you everything she gets by paying Facebook, and I can give it to you, without you having to send Marc Zuckerberg as much as a single dime! I can even give you a significantly higher amount of conversion on your ads, than a paid ad would give you. Sounds too great to be true? Read onwards to understand how it works.

Imagine having all your happy customers sharing a Micro Blog about your business with all their friends on Facebook. Now if your best friend tells you that a specific restaurant is the best in town, would you believe him more than you’d believe a Facebook ad? Obviously!

I have created a software system that allows your happy guests to create a “Micro Blog”, about your business, and share it with their friends, on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, VK, etc, etc, etc. This results in that your happy customers ends up recommending your business in Social Media. Since the average Facebook user has 155 Facebook friends …

… you get the point … ๐Ÿ˜‰

It works by you encouraging your customers to “rate their experience”. Humans are simple. Once asked about their opinions, they’re for the most parts compelled to giving it. Hence, a lot of your customers, will choose to do just that. Try it out for yourself if you don’t believe me …

Rate my idea

Then after they have voiced their opinion, they will be allowed to share their opinion with their friends – But ONLY if they give you a good rating! If they give you a bad rating, the system will apologise, and give your business a “second chance” to change their opinion about your business. I sell this system to businesses wanting to increase their social media coverage, hence it’s a system where you control every aspect of what is said about your business. Don’t like a particular rating, simplyย delete it! Its data is YOURS! Contrary to Facebook, where you’ll have to bribe Zuckerberg, to de-emphasise a posting, to save your business from going bankrupt.

You own the data, 100%!

Now for the record, when I said “giving you Facebook ads for free”, I was slightly exaggerating. Simply since I need to charge you for setting up this system, and hosting it for you. After all, since I am based upon serving your needs as a business owner, instead of my advertisers (I have none), I am forced to actually charge companies for using it. You see, Facebook is serving their users and their advertisers. I however, I am serving YOU! And my service is as follows …

Imagine every single happy customer you have, telling all their friends on Facebook, that your business is simply the best. How much would that be worth for you …?

Read more about the system on this blog by reading some of my previous articles about it

Your business is simply the best!!

And it’s worth it!

SEO, I can give you thousands of inbound links, without violating Google’s rules

Search engine optimisation (SEO) is the art of making sure your website is found when people search for something. A good SEO score is often the difference between a billionaire merchant, and a struggling mom’n’pop shop. Google is built upon an algorithm called “PageRank”. PageRank measures your website according to how many inbound links your site has. Hence, a page with thousands of “inbound link”, will normally be preferred by Google, instead of a page with only a handful of inbound links. Google refers to this as the “democracy of hyperlinks”.

There are probably thousands of companies selling inbound links to other companies, claiming to provide SEO services, for the above reasons. And a good existing domain, with many inbounds links, and a high PageRank score, will often sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars.ย I once was the proud owner of a page with 7/8 in PageRank. Others would offer me tens of thousands of dollars to buy my domain for that simple reason. I never sold it … ๐Ÿ˜‰

In the SEO business however, there are the “black hat SEO guys”, and the “white hat SEO guys”. The “black hats” are the ones trying to “game the system”. Every time Google discovers a “black hat SEO technique”, they will invalidate all inbounds links, and often eliminate your website out of their SERP (Search Engine Result Page) – Leading to you going literally bankrupt, over night. Piece of advice, don’t buy links, it leads to suffering, period! However, according to Google’s rules, a valid link, is an “organic link”, providing additional information about the subject, being based upon “organic content”, from “real living human beings comments and information” – In contrary to bots and other black hat schemes.

I have invented a system which gives you just that. It gives you real inbounds links, to your website, with real living peoples’ comments, adding real and organic information about your links to Google crawlers. Hence, according to Google’s own rules, it’s a perfectly valid way to acquire inbound links. Simply because the links are “organic”, and they’re based upon real human beings creating them, adding personal comments about your website in the process.

This implies that if you can get thousands of such links to your website, then people searching for something relevant to your business, will find you on the first page at Google’s search index as they do their search. And I can prove it! More than a year ago, I had 298,365 readers on this very blog you are reading, in ONE DAY! Most of whom came through Facebook and Google. Still today, my website is easily found in Google’s search index. If I had applied “black hat SEO techniques”, my website would vanish from their index. In my first company, I would have more than 1,000 visitors from Google every day, and I achieved it in less than a year! Simply by providing real organic content to my website, every single day, by making sure I would blog about something relevant to my business, every single day!

Of course, not everybody has the literal capacity I have, and are able to write multiple organic blogs, every single day. Which is why I invented a system that allows you to make sure all your customers writeย “micro blogs” about your business. Imagine having all your happy customers, write one Micro Blog about your website, every single day, and share their Micro Blog on their own personal Facebook profile …?

The trick is to have real living human beings, write relevant content about your business, referring people back to your website – For then to have these same users share their own words on Facebook, Twitter, Yelp, TripAdvisor, etc – Which organically grows your inbound links, leading to a steady increase of people finding you on Google.

How you may ask …?

Well, that’s the easy parts. Scan the QR code below, and imagine that the profile page you come to after having rated, contains an inbound link to your website. Then realise that the profile page you come to, after voting, can easily provide any links you want for it to provide, leading back to your website, allowing your customers to share their “micro blog” on Facebook, Twitter, etc – Facilitating for an organic and natural growth in your inbound links – Resulting in that your PageRank score slowly increases over time, without having to wear that dreaded “black hat”. The reasons being that everybody rating you, would be real living human beings, sharing that same link on Facebook, Twitter, VK, LinkedIn, etc, etc, etc.

Hence, you don’t have to game the system, if you can simply game your customers ๐Ÿ˜‰

Read more about the product here, here, and here, or use the contact form below to hear more about the “Harvester”

How to significantly improve your TripAdvisor score

I have created an “app” that can significantly improve your TripAdvisor score – And I am selling this app, to small mom’n’pop shops, who wants to improve their social media status. The app is based upon a simple trick of human psychology, and prevents guests from your establishment who are having a bad experience, from rating you at TripAdvisor.

The idea of the app, is that you encourage your guests to rate your business, using a QR code at the exit of your restaurant, bar, hotel, etc. As people rate your business, only those giving you a good rating are brought onwards to a “rating profile page”. This rating profile page, gives your customer links to Facebook, Twitter, TripAdvisor, etc – Further encouraging them to rate, and/or share their experience with their friends. If a customer is giving you a bad review, the software system will apologise on behalf of the establishment, trying to enter into a private dialogue with the guest, to prevent him from sharing his bad review. Basically, the app gives you a “second chance” to fix things, if a customer has a bad experience – BEFORE his rating is shared in public! Below is an example of how it works.

Rate your experience

The app is called the “Harvester”, because it is inspired by agriculture. A farmer arguably needs to “bury shit” in order to “grow flowers”. The “Harvester” arguably is an implementation of just that. It buries bad words, to nurture and grow nice words. It requires each rater to leave his email address, and explicitly gives you the legal right to market directly to your guests, using their email address. It allows you to control every single rating and comment, and censor it as you see fit. You can export all ratings, together with the email addresses to a CSV file, allowing you to import the emails into e.g. Vertical Response or Mail Chimp to create email blasts. And of course, it features “double opt in”, to have guests confirm their email address. Basically, it gives you 100% control of every single aspect of its data. Below is a screenshot of its dashboard interface, from where you can edit, manage, and export your ratings as you see fit.

If you want to try it out, you can scan the QR code at the top of this page. I must admit that I had to go several philosophical rounds with myself, before I could create this system. Arguably, the system is built upon censorship, which we are taught is a “bad thing”. If you’re interested in seeing my philosophical arguments for why I created the Harvester, you can read my article about it at Medium.com. If you’re interested in hearing more about this, feel free to contact me using the contact form below, or shoot me an email at thomas@gaiasoul.com.

Turn every happy customer into 155 more happy customers

Imagine if you could turn every happy customer you have into 155 more happy customers. Actually, this is kind of easy to be honest with you. The average Facebook user has 155 friends. Most people trust their friends to give them advice. If a friend of mine tells me that he knows the best restaurant in town, I am likely to believe him, and visit the restaurant myself. Most restaurants, bars, hotels, and other businesses have dozens of happy customers each day. Imagine if you could somehow make all of these happy customers recommend your business to their 155 friends on Facebook?

The Harvester allows you to do just that. It plays on basic human psychology, to allow people to tell their stories, allowing them to tell their friends what a great time they had. This is the basic psychology behind Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, that makes us spend more and more time in front of these services. Human nature is geared towards telling everybody else what a great life we have. This is why most people on Instagram and Facebook are smiling when they share photos of themselves.

Rate the Harvester

In addition to letting your guests share their experience, you also get their email address, and consent to market directly to them yourself. They also get your email address, and can use it to make a booking, ask you questions, etc. Basically, it gives you 100% control over your marketing efforts, and also to some extent what people are saying about your business in public. For the record, this is probably needless to say, but I’ll say it anyway …

Only happy customers, giving you a good rating, are allowed to share their rating on Facebook and Twitter

You can also encourage people giving you a good rating to further rate you on Yelp, TripAdvisor, etc – Facilitating for only nice things about your business shared in the public space. You also own the data, ratings, comments, and everything – And you can administrate your data yourself as you wish. If you interested in hearing more, you can either leave me a rating by using the Harvester idea above yourself, and try out the process – Or you can shoot me an email using the form below.

I can provide you with Social Media “insurance”

Believe it or not, but I can actually to some extent make sure that nobody talks badly about your business on Social Media. I have created an app, that uses a little “trick”, which significantly reduces the possibility of somebody sharing something negative about you on Facebook or Twitter, etc.

You see, once somebody are experiencing what they subjectively feel is a bad experience, they are compelled to tell their friends about it. In fact, this urge is so great, that it is 3 times more likely that somebody will tell their friends about a bad experience, compared to how likely they are to tell their friends about a good experience.

The Harvester is a little app, which asks your customers to “rate their experience”. Since it is built upon this basic urge to give negative feedback, it allows you to capture the negative feedback, for then to enter into a dialogue with the person having the bad experience, which again in most cases results in that the bad experience is never shared publicly.

When people have voiced their opinions once, and felt that they have been heard, and taken seriously – They will purely from a statistical point of view be much less likely to share their bad experiences publicly. This is basic psychology and human nature. Hence, by creating a “firewall” between your business and social media, giving your customers the opportunity to voice their experience in private – You basically “bury shit” to “grow flowers”. Hence, my little app is named the “Harvester”.

If a customer supplies a good rating, the customer is immediately encouraged to sharing his good experience with his friends on Facebook. If he or she supplies a bad rating, the system will apologise on behalf of your company, and give you a golden opportunity to enter into a private email dialogue with the person, giving you a second chance to turn a bad experience into a good experience.

Below is a screenshot of an example installation I have done for a friend of mine.

The whole point with this app, is that you must make it as easily available as you possibly can for your customers, by for instance supplying a QR code, or a computer, laptop, etc in your retail location. You could for instance put a QR code like the one below at the door, such that all your guests can see it, as they are leaving your business. Then supply a header above the QR code saying for instance …

Rate your experience

By doing that, you are playing upon basic human nature, and significantly increase the likely hood of somebody having a bad experience, entering into a private dialogue with you, instead of sharing his or her experience with everybody else on Facebook.

And if they supply a good rating, they are highly likely to share it with their friends on Facebook, turning one happy customer into many happy customers. The system can also be setup to profile times of the day, individual employees, etc, etc, etc – Allowing you to have full control of your customer service, even from the other side of the earth, since every time somebody rates anything in your business, you’ll get an email with the rating, their private comment, and everything else related to their experience.

The system can be customised any ways you see fit, to match your existing design, profile, and so on. You can also add your own images, additional marketing material such as videos, etc, etc, etc. One of my personal favourite ideas, is to allow only people giving you a good rating to also rate you on Yelp and TripAdvisor ๐Ÿ˜‰

And every time somebody gives you their email address, which all who rates your business must do – You have legal consent to sending them marketing emails in the future. I probably shouldn’t say this out loud myself, but I simply can’t help myself …

It’s actually quite brilliant ๐Ÿ˜€

In case you are interested in hearing more about the Harvester, feel free to toss me an email using the form below ๐Ÿ™‚

R.I.P. Net Neutrality

For at least 3,000 years, ever since the first letters of the Bible was written, “the word” has been in the hands of the wealthy, rich, and powerful. Every now and then, an anomaly has surfaced, such as in the beginning of Gutenberg’s printing press era. The internet was such an anomaly, today that anomaly is dead, and the internet as we know it, is now effectively reduced to cable TV.

Today, with the death of net neutrality, content providers can pay for access to the “fast lane”, and everybody without the money to bribe the ISPs, are left with the remnants, in the slow lane, without any means to exercise freedom of speech, voicelessly kept in the dark.

The first amendment of the internet is now dead, and free speech a vague memory. Goodbye old friend, rest in peace …

Controlling what people are saying about you in social media

We’ve all been there, having somebody say something on Facebook about us, or our business, that we’d rather be without. The interesting question is how to avoid such things. How to facilitate for others saying only nice things about you and your business in public, while the bad things are never published, or at least told you in private. Imagine if you could somehow have only positive things about your business shared on Facebook?

I have developed a system that facilitates for just that. I call it the “Harvester”, because it harvests love, and buries crap. It allows people to rate your products or service, and if the rating is beneath some threshold, the comments and ratings are never published. If the rating is good, the user is encouraged to share his love for whatever he rates. It’s not entirely finished yet, but you can see a screenshot of a project I am currently installing for a local hair dresser friend of mine below.

In addition to allowing for people to brag about your service, it also collects your customers’ email addresses, and allows you to initiate direct marketing. Which implies that you can control yourself the communication you have with your customers, not having to blindfolded trust that Facebook will love you in the long run.

And when a customer has supplied his rating, if the rating is above 3, he is encouraged to share his experience.

The system can be styled according to your profile and wants, and can be designed such that it looks exactly like your existing website, if you wish. It loads super fast, and it can be launched through a QR code. The QR code parts of course, implies that you can stick a QR code on your retail location, which leads to the Harvester, and allows your guests to rate your service or product. The system can also be used through a tablet laying in your lobby or customer area, or your employees phones.

I am looking for companies willing to test this out in Cyprus at the moment. Preferably hotels, restaurants, bars, or other places which thrives on positive customer feedback somehow. When I lived in California, some researchers had done scientific research on the value of an email address. They claimed that for a winery in California, an email address was worth $35 in additional sales, since each winery could create email blasts, allowing the winery to sell wines directly to their customers. This was not even mentioning whether or not the guests shared kudos about the wineries on Facebook or Twitter.

Booking.com takes 30% of a hotel’s revenue, according to rumours I have heard. Imagine if your guests had direct contact with the hotel staff, and could book their own rooms consecutive years? What would that do for a hotel’s revenue and profit?

I am installing this system for companies in the trial phase for โ‚ฌ198, with an additional cost of โ‚ฌ49 per month, for up to 150 ratings per month. I am located myself in Cyprus, and I can visit any place in Cyprus, and help you getting started.

On average each Facebook user has 155 friends. Imagine every time you have a happy customer, that 155 of his friends will hear from your guests, with your guests own words, how great service you gave them. Imagine you could initiate direct contact with all of your guests, and even your guests friends, who wants to hear more about your service. What would that do for your revenue?

On average a satisfied customer will tell 7 of his friends, while a customer that’s not satisfied will tell 20 of his friends. The Harvester significantly skews those numbers, and turns them completely upside down. What is that worth for your business?

If you’d like to hear more about the Harvester, feel free to contact me using the contact form below.

Proving Jesus didn’t die for your sins using the Bible as a source

Sources are funny, they almost never show us what the ones who puts them forth claims they are showing. This is true almost regardless of who are are using what ever source. The most interesting source in such a regard is the Bible, and the belief in that Jesus died for our sins. So let’s examine what the largest source on this belief actually tells us. First, we must agree on that if Jesus died for our sins, it is obviously imperative that he actually died on the cross.

When you read the Bible, there are lots of interesting passages about this, pointing towards that he actually never even died in fact. For instance, modern science have done research on this, and found it to be necessary to crucify a man for at least 72 hours, before he can die from crucifixion. This was the reason why the Romans used crucifixion in the first place, because it was a particularly painful and slow execution method. Jesus spent only 6 to 9 hours on the cross, making it purely physiologically almost impossible for him to have died. And while this process could have been speeded up, by breaking his legs while he was on the cross, which leads to suffocation – This was never in fact done on Jesus, although it was done on the two thieves next to Jesus.

Another clue is the herbs that were taken into Jesus’ tomb after crucifixion. Some people will claim that they were intended to embalm Jesus. However, these were not embalming herbs, they were herbs known at the time for having the ability to heal wounds. If Jesus was dead, why would his friends carry healing herbs into his burial chamber?

Of course the most interesting fact, is the fact that Jesus walked out of his tomb 3 days after his own crucifixion. If he was dead, how could that be? Facts are, there are historical records of many people surviving crucifixion. Jesus was in no ways neither the first, nor the last man, to physically survive crucifixion. Individuals have historically survived all sorts of execution methods, and it has often been associated with “divine powers’ will” to survive your own execution. And if a man or woman survived his own execution, this has often been looked upon as divine proof of that the man was not guilty of the crimes he was charged of. Hence, once a man survives his own crucifixion, no sane Roman (or Jew for that matter) would have wanted to go against divine law, and attempt to execute him again.

The Bible tells us Jesus spent 6-9 hours on the cross, depending upon which Gospel you read. It tells us that his disciples carried healing herbs into his tomb, after he was dead. It tells us that he was probably carried into his tomb after dark, which is also interesting, since it was illegal according to ancient Jewish law to touch a dead man after dark, etc, etc, etc. Facts are, once you study the source on this phenomena, it clearly shows us that Jesus probably never died – Still most people use the Bible as a divine resource, proving that Jesus died for our sins. While the facts are, that Jesus highly likely never even died on Golgotha some roughly 2,000 years ago …

The traditional Christian doctrine is based upon the belief of that Jesus died for our sins. It is pointing to the Bible as a divine book, showing us how he died. While I have a lot of Christian friends, and I find them to be for the most parts highly meek and of good character – Their core belief is based upon an oxymoron, and their own source proves how their own belief is false. If Jesus didn’t die, who died? I guess you’ll have to read the Bible to figure that one out …

Maybe it’s time to start reading the Bible, even for an atheist …? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Creating a rich web app by talking to my computer

Edited –ย In the video below, I demonstrate the latest addition to Phosphorus Five; The Magic Menu. Using the this module, I am able to speak plain English to my computer, and have the computer translate my phrases to computer code, saying things such as “add a paragraph”. At which point the computer adds a “p” HTML element/widget to my web app. The concept works by creating associations between Hyperlambda code and spoken phrases and words, which allows the computer to automatically create code, once some word or phrase is spoken.

I realise this might be difficult to believe in, but I am actually now capable of creating highly rich and interactive web apps, using exclusively my voice, to tell my computer what I want it to create on my behalf – At least in theory. Watch the video below for a demonstration …

Basically, what this implies, is that you can speak natural language to your computer, and have your computer create complex and rich web apps, as a result of understanding what your intentions are. The Magic Menu is a module for Phosphorus Five, and allows you to create your own voice commands, and also serves as a plain navbar, if you don’t want to use your voice, or don’t have a supporting browser. Read more about the Magic Menu here. Although, documentation could probably have been more emphasised.

Disclaimer

Speech recognition on the web is a highly experimental technology, and the speech parts of the Magic Menu only works in Google Chrome at the moment. However, since speech actually is just an option, and you can use the magic menu as a plain navigation menu – This is technology that is currently available for you to use, in your own web apps, today. This is not some obscure research technology, but something that’s available for all web developers, wanting to create web apps, using .Net and C#. Everything needed to get started is Open Source.

The Magic Menu also plugs automatically into all your existing Phosphorus Five apps, and hence allows you to use this type of navigation, in all the apps you create yourself in P5.

If you wish to try this out for yourself, you can check out the installation instructions at the project’s GitHub site. It requires Visual Studio, MySQL, in addition to optionally GnuPG to store PGP keys. If you want to try the source, instead of using the installation script, you must in addition to downloading Phosphorus Five itself, also make sure you’ve got Micro, Magic Menu and Hypereval installed. If you install it using the installation script, you’ll need to install both Hypereval and the Magic Menu through the bazar. You can find all relevant projects through my GitHub account.

Notice, for some odd reasons, Google Chrome refuses to accept speech recognition input, if you try it directly towards an IP address, instead of a domain. Although, the loopback (localhost) seems to work though.