Tuesday, June 18, 2013

How To Leverage Your Content To Market Your Website Or Blog

What is content leveraging?

Content Marketing
Content Leveraging Diagram
In simple terms content leveraging means using your content to maximize the traffic and backlinks flowing back to your website or blog. I first heard about this idea through an interesting webinar hosted by Rich Schefren and Pete Williams. The main idea from the webcast was that your target audience is now scattered on the web. Some of your audience may prefer videos, others PDFs, still others may enjoyed audio podcast. Of course trying to create original content for each one would be nearly impossible for someone to consistently produce. With a streamlined system though one could easily take one unique piece of content and re-purpose it as videos, PDFs, podcast, PowerPoints and more. Now in the their system most of the work was done by outsourcing and using expensive video editing tools and other software. In this article I can show you exactly how you can do much of this work with completely free tools.

Watch The Original Video



Start With A Mind Map

Remember those brainstorming activities from High School with the little bubbles that you fill in? Turns out those are really useful for planning out blog posts, articles and PDFs. MindMaps  have now gone digital and can be shared on the web making them even more useful. If you start with a MindMap you will have the foundation to easily re-purpose your content. The software I recommend for this is called FreeMind it is a free Java based program that can create fold-able MindMaps that can be exported as HTML, JavaScript and JPEG images. Each Map will start with a root node, this is where you put your main idea or theme that you're working on. From there you can add child nodes which would act as the subtopics for your project. You can add as many nodes as you like and can even add graphics to show how the different points interact. Here is a small video showing how to use MindMaps:



Create A PowerPoint Presentation And PDF

As you can see in the video above, a finished MindMap is very similar to an outline. This makes it very easy to transfer a MindMap over to a PowerPoint presentation. I recommend using Open Office by Oracle it's open source, free, and can export files to many different file types including PDF and PPT. Open up the main application and choose Open Office Impress. Using your MindMap from earlier take each main node and turn it into a slide, each sub-node can be a bullet point in the presentation. When completed click File>Save As, in the dialog box choose MicroSoft Office PPT as the file type and click Save. You have also just created a PDF which you can share on document sharing websites. Go back to File>Export As PDF, you will be presented with some options most of which you can leave as the default. If you don't want others to be able to copy the PDF, then click the Security tab and set a permission password.

Making A Simple Video Presentation

One of the best ways to share content on the web is through simple videos. Contrary to popular belief a video doesn't need to be flashy or professional to get views on YouTube. It just needs to answer the problem the user is searching for online. This is where your PPT is going to be used again. All you need to do is record yourself talking about your PowerPoint presentation. This can easily be accomplished using free screen recording software like Hypercam 2 or CamStudio. Simply open up your PowerPoint and begin recording (you'll need a mic for your PC). If you know your subject well then it should not be too hard to explain the points from your presentation to your audience.

Your Final Blog Post

Now you have a MindMap, PowerPoint, PDF and a video. Using these as the basis it should be easy to write a blog post. After all you have an outline and you can use the audio from your video to fill in the gaps. You can also export the MindMap as a JPEG and feature it in your blog post. Or you can embed the video in the post with the article underneath for those who prefer video.

Maximizing Your Exposure On The Web

With all this content comes the power to build links and exposure for your main site or money page. Make sure you do the following to get more traffic out of this technique:
  1. Share Your MindMap As Picture On Social Networks. Nothing is shared more on social media than informative graphics and pictures so make sure to share your's whenever possible.
  2. Share Your PowerPoint On Presentation Sites. Sites like www.slideshare.com allow you to share your PowerPoint presentations online so take advantage of them. Make sure your slides also reference your website.
  3. Share Your PDF On Document Sites. Document sites like www.scribd.com are growing popularity upload your PDFs so other can download and read them.
  4. Upload Your Videos With A Link. Videos are a great way to build links, in the description place the your link to your main and or squeeze page. Upload your video to more than one site using www.oneload.com.



 

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Affiliate Marketing - How Negative Thinking Creates Failure

Surfing the web you come across a great new method for promoting an affiliate offer. You follow them step-by-step but in the end see very little results for all your hard work. Sound familiar? If you're like most new affiliate marketers (myself included) the problem could be that negativity is interfering with your work and throwing off all the results.

How Negativity Affects Your Work

The problem with negative thinking is that it will eventually infiltrate everything that you do online. Many times it arises at the very beginning of the process as you are deciding on a method or tactic for promoting an advertiser. You may have done plenty of research on the method and seen others using it with good success. You want to try it yet there is still a voice in the back of your head saying "Maybe this won't work for me" or "I've never really been good at that type of promotion". As soon as these thoughts take over you will most likely fail even if you take action. Why? Because those actions will not be taken with confidence. Each action taken will be half-hearted because people don't put 100% into something that they don't really think will work. Invariably you will start thinking "I'll make it perfect once it starts showing that it will earn me some money". That's the wrong way to think about things, in affiliate marketing one detail being off or not looking professional can obliterate your chance of making sales.

How To Correct Your Thinking

The way to change your thinking and your results is to build confidence in your plan. First only focus on plans that apply to your level of expertise. If a plan relies on email marketing for example and you don't have list or have a very small one, you will have zero chance of success. Also, try to look for something that you know is already working in your niche. Search for the most popular sites in your niche try to discover what strategies they are using to promote offers.If it's working for them then it should similarly work for you as well. You also need to have a realistic view of the method you have chosen. SEO for example is a long term strategy that builds on itself over time. PPC on the other hand should start bringing more immediate results (when executed properly). In almost every plan there will be some unexpected obstacle that pops up. It may be a software glitch, a PPC ad that gets rejected, SEO links that don't seem to be building traffic. Try to learn to expect there to be obstacles to your success and push through them.

Once you've found a method or tactic you want to use you need to schedule it into your routine. Many people use online calendars but I prefer another method. Using MindMaps I assign each type of task to a different day of the week. Under the types I put a node for each specific thing that needs to be done. If a task is large then you can break it into smaller nodes. For example if the task is writing an eBook to give away to build your list then you can break it up by chapters and go from there. The software I use for this is called FreeMind it is open sourced, java based and absolutely free.

Another common problem is that during the promotion a step will inevitably come up that either requires sophisticated software or technical know how. Trying to learn everything yourself can eat up your time and leave you with a sub-par results. Buying software tools for every job can get rather expensive and you still must take the time to learn all the ins and outs of each. Sometimes the easiest thing to do is hire someone else who has already learned how to do what you need done quickly and pay them to do it. Fiverr.com is great place to find people to do design work, landing pages, photos and videos.

Whatever you do don't get a stuck in a cycle of negative thinking and poorly executed  affiliate campaigns. Break free with a well researched plan that you're confident in, expect there to obstacles and push through them until the plan is completed.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Squidoo.com Takes Another Hit: This Time It's eBay

There have been a lot of changes recently over at Squidoo.com first they changed all out going links to nofollow. It seemed that they had taken a pretty big hit from Google for too much spammy content. I however remained positive knowing that Squidoo's main value is in promoting their affiliates Amazon, eBay and Adsense. Out of these by far eBay is the most valuable as it is very difficult to get a site approved for the eBay Partner Network. Squidoo though has taken another hit this time from eBay. I recieved this news in my email today:
 In the coming months eBay will be releasing revamped pricing that will favor new and infrequent buyers in their payouts. This means that if someone who is a regular eBay buyer visits your lens and makes a purchase via an eBay module, the royalty percentage will be lower. However if a new or infrequent buyer completes a sale, your royalty should be higher. This may or may not affect your overall royalties. It just depends on who your customers are. eBay will be sharing new information about this change with us.
May or may not affect royalties? My guess is it will mean lower royalties otherwise there would be no reason for eBay to implement it. Also, they added this bewildering comment:
More immediately, however - starting May 1st - eBay will be reducing payments to Squidoo and their lensmasters by up to 40%. This is a temporary move and will affect all lensmasters who drive traffic to eBay.
Ummm, why? That's a pretty steep cut with no real explanation given. I like Squidoo making lenses is easy and a good way to increase your online presence. However, lately they seem like they are fighting an uphill battle that they'll ultimately lose. Now may be the time to save any of your lenses to your hard drive for further reference down the road. 


Saturday, April 27, 2013

Big Changes Announced For Tweet Adder 4.0 May 2013

Tweet Adder 4.0 Is Coming Soon With Big Changes Planned

In my email today I received the following message from the folks over at Tweet Adder:
All current TweetAdder users will be required to upgrade to the new version of TweetAdder 4.0 by May, 2013. As a reminder, TweetAdder users must comply with Twitter's Terms of Service.

We are excited about working with Twitter and delivering an innovative solution for businesses and individuals to manage their accounts. TweetAdder 4.0 has been designed to comply with all of Twitter's Terms of Service.
It sounds like Tweet Adder would like to be working with Twitter instead of in opposition to them. Hopefully this will mean that it will be far less likely that Twitter will ban Tweet Adder users in the future. Although I fear that by working with Twitter the software may become less powerful as Twitter likely sees it as a direct competitor with their promoted tweets. We will have to wait and see how this works out in the end.

Then they also dropped this on everyone: 
Currently, TweetAdder is being sold on a one time fee basis.  In the upcoming future we will be converting this model to a monthly subscription.  
We will allow you to use your prior registration codes on TweetAdder 4.0 and grandfather any purchases made prior to our subscription conversion.
So if you haven't gotten in on Tweet Adder yet now is the time! Soon they'll be switching to a monthly subscription service. Make sure to sign up before this takes place in May 2013 to avoid monthly fees. You can purchase Tweet Adder below with coupon code given:



Thursday, April 25, 2013

Automated Amazon To Twitter Profits

The Amazon Twitter Connection

 

It's no secret that Amazon is pushing affiliates to share links on social networks, they even have a built in share button for affiliates. Twitter, unlike Facebook is very forgiving with status updates that link to affiliate web pages. Add to this the fact that both Amazon and Twitter have easy to use RSS features and you have the ingredients for a fully automated Twitter profile that will promote Amazon items 24 hours a day while you forget that it even exists. This takes a little time to setup but after that it's completely hands off.

Setting Up The Twitter Account

 

You'll need a fresh Twitter profile so go and get yourself a new free email account. Now start thinking about what niche you'll want to get into. A good idea for this kind of project is to think of categories on Amazon where there are always new items and also lots of related blogs and review sites. The reason for this will become clear in the next step. For now complete your Twitter profile by:

  1. Create a Twitter name that is related to your chosen niche. Think of this as part of your branding. The idea will be to establish yourself as the authority on whatever niche you chose.
  2. Create a description that conveys authority. Your description should let other Twitter users know that you have all the updates that they need for whatever category that you're in.
  3. Make a professional looking logo. Instead of using a real picture for your avatar create a simple square Logo and use that instead. This will make it appear that you're not just a one person but a upstart internet company. 

Feeding Your Twitter Profile

 

Now you're going to start wanting to get some automated content for your Twitter profile. Thankfully this is super easy with RSS technology. Start looking for the definitive blogs and news websites pertaining to your niche. Carefully search each site for the RSS feed and bookmark the address. Now look for some smaller independent blogs on sub niches and bookmark those as well. Go to twitterfeed.com and start attaching each RSS feed to your Twitter profile. Check out the video below for more details:




Helpful hints for using twitterfeed.com:
  • If the blog you're using also has an associated Twitter profile the proper thing to do is to Prefix it with RT @example_user or Postfix with via @example_user. This gives proper credit to the original author.
  • If the RSS feed is updated frequently then check for new updates every 30 minutes and allow 5 posts at once. This is so you won't miss any important posts.
  • Make sure to add some popular hashtags to the end of your tweet using the Postfix option. This creates more visibility for your tweet as many people search by hashtag.

Building Your Twitter Fan-base

 

If a tree falls in the forest and no one hears it does it still make a sound? If you post to a Twitter account with no followers are you ever going to make a sale? The answer to first question is yes (science) and the answer to the latter is statistically near zero (common sense). Then it's clear that to make this work we have got to start getting some fans. You'll attract some just with the high quality tweets and proper hashtags but not many real engaged fans, for that you'll need something more powerful. To get fans fast and do it on all on autopilot you're going to need some top notch Twitter software. Now I know what you're thinking "Can't I find some free software tools that can do this?" I'm going to be honest with you I thought the exact same thing at first and started looking for cheap auto-follow scripts and online tools. The problem is that each of free tools left out the major thing that you need which is to unfollow those who don't follow you back after a certain amount of time. The online tools are great but they all end up charging a monthly fee which in the end will cost you more than just buying some premium desk top software. That's why I recommend using Tweet Adder. Yes, it's a little pricey but it will allow you to automate every important Twitter function. See Tweet Adder in action below:





Tips for using Tweet Adder:
  • Start out slowly, it might looks a little strange to Twitter if a new profile is suddenly following hundreds of people a day. You could get your profile banned so build slowly at first and then ramp it up once you have few followers.
  • When creating your list of users to follow try searching by "Followers Of A User" and choose a Twitter profile that is similar to yours and follow their followers. This a great way to build fans fast.
  • When you sign up for Tweet Adder make sure you use a valid discount code like the one below.

Tweet Adder

Monetizing Your New Twitter Fan-base

 

Notice we have left off talking about monetizing your Twitter profile until the very end of this article. That's because without a decent amount of followers there really is no point in monetizing your Twitter profile. Plus if you start advertising on day one that may make it harder for you to gain followers quickly. Think of your informational tweets as you giving to your fans and your advertising tweets as you taking from your fans. When you are first starting out you want to give a lot more than you take. Overtime though your audience will get used to (and maybe even appreciate) some of your ads. Once you feel you've reached this point you can start monetizing with Amazon. There are two basic ways to create a new feed:
  1. Get Amazon feeds by category. The first and easiest way to find Amazon RSS feeds is by category. From the Amazon home page navigate to "Shop By Department" and click on "Full Store Directory". Browse for your desired category. Once there you'll see on the sidebar "Bestselling", "Most Wished For", "New Releases" and "Gift Ideas". Click on one of these and and scroll to the bottom of the screen. At the bottom you'll find an orange RSS button click it and copy the address. At the end of RSS url append the following: ?tag=your_amazon_id-20 this will place your tracking code in each item in the feed. Note that not all categories will have all the options above smaller categories may just have "Best Sellers" and not the other options.
  2. Get Amazon feeds using RSS tools. The second way is to use premium Amazon feed generators. The advantage here is that you can have the update more often and be more specific in what shows up on your Twitter profile. The most popular option in this regard is www.rssground.com. If you would like to try it out first there is a limited trial version at www.rssfeedsgenerator.com.
These are about the only two easy options you have for getting and using Amazon's RSS feeds. Amazon at one time to employed a tagging system which could also be used to create RSS feeds but this has since been discontinued. However, if you don't like Amazon's built in RSS system you can also schedule tweets using Tweet Adder automated tweets or you can also try hootsuite.com. With your new success on Twitter you could also start promoting your own blog, Amazon Store or email list.


Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Off-Page SEO Techniques

Off-Page SEO Techniques
By Aitor Recalde

Off-page SEO is a set of techniques that drives traffic to your site and increases your Page Rank (PR). The purpose of off-page SEO is to complement your on-page SEO efforts with Google Juice. Links, likes, shares, pins, wins, leans, twins, blings and whatever else is out there all play a role to your off-page SEO efforts. Below you will find techniques that can help get your off-page SEO started, refine your current efforts, or just give you some ideas. I will rate these techniques using something I just came up with: the GJS (Google Juice Scale). The Google Juice Scale ranks these off-page SEO techniques from 1 to 10 (1=OK 10=Super).

Off-page SEO Techniques (by my Google Juice Scale)

Blogging (GJS = 10)

Blogging is the best way to create brand awareness and to bring visitors to your site. Not all blogs are created equal and you may have to spend a bit of time to make sure that your content is of quality. Quality brings readers back. "Write it and they will read!" Having a blog is great because you can get your ideas "out there" and the same time, make a name for your brand! A blog's best friend, besides readers, is Social Media.

Social Networking (GJS = 10)

Some of the most popular are Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+, MySpace (just kidding), you may also look for non-well known, like CafeMom (which receives ~1M visitors/month). There is a flavor for everyone and there is a target for every brand. Any page that has some kind of networking abilities is a page that can increase your brand awareness and potentially increase your PR.

Blog and Forum Marketing (GJS=8)

Reading other blogs of interest and participating in forums is a great practice. Find something aligned with your industry and start reading and commenting. Bloggers find it encouraging when there are other experts in the industry dropping a note on their posts. So how is it that you can benefit from this? On every blog and forum where you can register, you get a profile. In most cases, this profile will have a place to add a website. In forums, you can add a website and other branding to your forum signature. Potentially, every answer and every comment can turn into a link!

Directory Submission (GJS=4)

Online directories have existed since the availability of the Internet. They are a little passe (as my wife would say), however, I find they still have real value. To maximize your exposure and the effectiveness of your listing, try a niche directory related to your industry.

Photo Sharing (GJS=6)

Photo sharing can be a fun way to create brand awareness. If you are in design or another visually demanding industry, you know what I mean. Flickr, Picasa, Photo Bucket, Pitch-a-Pic, Snap-a-Shot, etc. are great sites to share your pictures and get links going. Do not check the last two; I made those up.

Article Submission (GJS=3)

As mentioned earlier, blogging is one of the best ways to generate off page SEO, but it takes time to generate a following. Suppose you need to get some traction right away. Thankfully, there are some nice websites out there that already have a nice PR score, (some 6 and upwards) that allow you to submit your own editorial content. Ezine is a website that will give you a good start, and you may want to stick with it as a long term off-page SEO technique. These techniques will keep you busy for a while and will yield positive results, although some faster than others. Keep in mind that an effective off-page SEO strategy contains a combination of techniques.

Author: Aitor Recalde with ps.marketing
ps.marketing is an Atlanta web design company that provides web design, SEO and online marketing services catered to business needs.
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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

How To Use Squidoo.com To Drive Traffic After The Nofollow Update

So as I wrote about in an earlier post Squidoo.com is changing all their links from dofollow to nofollow. While I think this is a bad move on Squidoo's part as it punishes affiliate marketers who may have spent valuable time and money building up links to their Web 2.0 property only to now see that the links won't pass thru to their money site. I also believe that Squidoo will still be great way to drive traffic to your website or blog and even make some extra money while you're at it. With the nofollow update now the rules have changed and if you want to get results from Squidoo you'll need to play along.
  • Give Squidoo what it wants. Look Squidoo doesn't hate affiliate marketers as long as their getting a piece of the action. So be sure to add some relevant eBay or Amazon modules to every lens you create. The more sales your lens creates the higher it's search ranking within Squidoo which can get you a decent amount of traffic.
  • Make your lens an overview of a given topic. Instead of making cookie cutter sales page type lenses for different products make overview lenses where you curate the best content on the web (and throw in some links to your own pages while your at it). Make sure you keep it up to date so it's always a valid resource for your readers.
  • Hang out in the Squidoo Forums. No it's not a waste of time. You can post links to your new lenses and ask people to review them. This is a sure fire way to get more SquidLikes and traffic to your page.
  • Use the Squidoo search feature. A search term may have tons of competition on Google but very little on Squidoo itself. Remember some lensmasters come to Squidoo first to search for information as a way to support the community. You can get traffic for your page without ever ranking high in Google.
  • Make sure you interlink all of your related lenses. Remember that the nofollow update applies only to outgoing links that means you can still boost your own lenses by using the related lenses module or by direct links within the lens.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Backlink Software Social Rank Jet Suite Is An Epic Fail

Social Rank Jet Suite was one of the first and last WSO offers that I will ever purchase. Honestly if this product represents the standards of the Warrior Forum then I'm not impressed at all. Actually I bought this a few months ago and quickly found out that it's complete garbage. It was only $9.99 though so I figured live and learn, right? Now though I opened my email today to find this failure of programming being featured as a daily pick over at JVZoo.com. Well, I don't want any other people wasting money on this product so I thought I'd let you in on the real deal about Social Rank Jet Suite.
  • SRJS promises to build Google love by getting you links on hundreds of Social Bookmarking Sites. The reality is you can submit to exactly 100 sites that are very low quality and to get more you have to upgrade.
  • SRJS promises an easy submission process. The reality is that you'll have to fork over more money for De-captcha account to submit your links. Plus you need to sign up for paid proxies so your IP address doesn't get banned. These spammy links are getting expensive.
  • SRJS promises that you can easily defeat Google's Penguin update by using Penguinizer XP software that is included. The only problem is the software locks up before it produces the needed spintax.
For these reasons this software has been just sitting on my computer wasting hard drive space. If you really need social bookmarking links I suggest the cheaper and more effective Social Monkee. Remember never point any automated social bookmarking link at your main site make sure you buffer it through an existing web 2.0 property. Otherwise you could run into a Google penalty down the road.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Squidoo To Affiliate Marketers: We Don't Like You Anymore

Very quietly Squidoo dropped a bomb of an announcement yesterday. The picture that accompanied the announcement was a cute little candy bunny but the message was anything but nice. Squidoo has built it's empire on other people's content. Content that many built to help promote their other web pages and blogs. Squidoo though has announced that all those links will be changed to nofollow thus negating any influence that they would have to the search engines. In effect saying "Thanks for helping us build our web empire but now we don't want you anymore". Now sure there are those marketers out there that will create thin lenses in bulk to try to build links to their pages. There are also those though that would like to build a real presence on Squidoo but also want to promote their own blog or website at the same time. The latter are being punished for the actions of the former.

It's funny how when Squidoo was first starting out and needed content to grow their business they would pretty much auto-approve any lens. Now that they have peaked as far Google is concerned they want to weed out content that is dragging them down in the rankings. They want to especially go after lenses that have affiliate links (but all the Squidoo money making modules are highly encouraged) a bit hypocritical if you ask me. They will even promote your lens more within Squidoo search if it has more Amazon and eBay purchases. So to now say that they are all about top notch quality content is a bad joke. They even compare themselves to Wikipedia which is strange since almost all the content on Wikipedia is edited and fact checked by a human. Wikipedia pages often carry a great deal of authority and Page Rank while a new Squidoo lens starts out with zero links and no Page Rank whatsoever. Really an affiliate marketer must put a lot of work into promoting a Squidoo lens before the links will really carry any weight with Google anyway.

If you're an affiliate marketer and have links to any Squidoo pages on your website or blog I urge you to switch them to nofollow. Squidoo needs to realize that their success is largely because of affiliate marketers and bloggers and with this move they are essentially biting the hand that feeds. If they don't want to link to our blogs and websites then why should we let them be a drain on our PR. Fair is fair.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Make Money With Your Blog Through Affiliate Marketing

Make Money With Your Blog Through Affiliate Marketing
By Anak Betawi
Since blogging has become popular, many different ways have been developed to earn money with your blog. Adding a side venture into affiliate marketing is just one of these ways, but it can add a large amount of income to your blog quite quickly. If done incorrectly, it can unfortunately lose your opportunity to earn money with the blog. Read on to learn how to successfully integrate affiliate marketing into your blog.
First off you need to ensure that your blog is ready for your affiliate links. You will need to organize your blog to maximize the impact of these ads. Check with your host site. Many of these offer free themes that are designed to maximize ad click-trough's that you can easily edit to suit your blog. If you don't want to start from scratch, you can always modify the theme you are already using. Use these free themes as a guideline to make edits to your blog's current theme to get it ready for the ads.
Try and contain your excitement when you first get started on this new opportunity. You want to try and promote too many different companies and products right away. You will maximize your earnings by focusing on just a few great products. Start by casting a wide net for products that are within your topic. Once that is done, research and test until you narrow down the field to just a select few. Choose the right products for your readers and enjoy the money that comes flowing in.
In the blog format, personal reviews are going to be extremely important to the success of your product. Blogging is all about establishing good relationships with your readers, so you can use that relationship to help or hurt your overall business. Trying too hard to sell these products, especially those of low quality, can seriously hurt your readership. On the other hand, recommending great products to your readers can actually help to build your total brand and endear yourself with your readers. By informing your readers of what you personally found good or bad about a product, you will help them make the right decision and increase their happiness.
Limit yourself to a solid review of your product and then only mention it when it is relevant to the conversation. You will lose readers if you start selling products instead of providing useful and entertaining information. If you lose sight of the purpose of your blog you will lose your readers as well. This is the biggest mistake that bloggers make when they first venture into affiliate marketing. By quietly promoting products when appropriate, you can keep your blog's format informational, as well as selling one or more products.
Keeping these things in mind will help you monetize your blog without losing readers. While making money is your end goal, you need to make sure it is done correctly. You now have two job titles, blogger and affiliate marketer, so you will need to remain up-to-date in both fields. Each job will complement each other and help you achieve overall success.