There is No Line Between Begging and Advertising

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The key to being successful in business is the ability to self promote.  The more you are willing to say “Look at me!!! I’m doing something REALLY cool.  YOU want to be a part of this!!!” The more likely you are to be able to make a profit.

Many folks think it is good enough that they have a great product, an incredible price point,  or an exceptional service. Sadly they then sit quietly and wait for someone to “discover” them.

The reality is that if no one knows how great you are, no one will ever come to you for help…

For me this is relevant as I try to grow  In order to grow this site I have to convince authors it is worth their time, vendors that they should contribute schwag/ review items/ etc, and other folks that they should read it.

One of my primary concerns at the moment is simply letting folks know GeekBrainDump exists.  With this in mind I make sure that whenever I talk about my “project” I always use the name and make it seem cool.  The goal is so that even if a possible author, sponsor, vendor doesn’t decide to support in the way I am asking for, that they know the site exists.

Someone may not be able to donate schwag, but they do want to write a post.  Someone may not want to write a post, but they are willing to sponsor it.  You never know what people are willing to offer so it’s best to give them as much information as possible so that they feel comfortable enough to come back to you with a counter offer.

I was wondering if you would be willing to release a few Windows codes that I could give out?  I have a new project called which is a site for “Geeks to tell their side of the story”.  Basically geeks write about the things that they care about.  We’re up to over 100 posts by 39 authors, and are getting round 2K page views per day.  

At the end of the day even if you only get an extra page view or two, those are two page views you wouldn’t have had otherwise…


Eli Etherton

I am Eli "the Computer Guy" and have been in the tech industry for approx. 20 years doing all kinds of odd projects. I started as an electronics tech in the US Army, worked in corporate IT during the IT Boom, was an individual consultant and grew my tech shop to have numerous full time employees and supported small business clients with computer repair/ server maintenance/ web development/ surveillance systems/ telephone systems until the great recession. After that I started creating video training on all the topics I know and now have a YouTube Channel with over 500K subscribers. I am the founder of and my plan is to create a tech "news" site that I would actually find useful if I was still in the server room.

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