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50 Fun Facts About Words

50 Fun Facts About WordsFor a happier, healthier and more successful life at any age, you must keep learning.

Why not learn these 50 fun facts about words . . .

  1. “The” is the most frequently used word in English.

  2. The most common vowel in English is “e”, followed by “a”.

  3. The book Gadsby, written by Ernest Vincent Wright, has 50,110 words in it, however none of them contain the letter “e”.

  4. The most common consonant in English is “r”, followed by “t”.

  5. More English words begin with the letter “s” than with any other letter.

  6. The word “alphabet” comes from the first two letters of the Greek alphabet, alpha and bēta.

  7. More countries use English as their official language than any other. French is second.

  8. The longest one-syllable word in English is “screeched.”

  9. The word “lethologica” describes the state of not being able to remember the word you want. (I’ll probably not be able to remember this word either.)

  10. China has more English speakers than the United States.

  11. The word “set” has more definitions than any other word in English.

  12. The name for Oz in the Wizard of Oz was thought up when the creator, Frank Baum, looked at his filing cabinet and saw A-N and O-Z, hence “Oz.”

  13. The “sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick” is said to be the toughest tongue twister in the English language.

  14. “Rhythm” and “syzygy” are the longest words without vowels.

  15. “Queueing” is the only word with five consecutive vowels.

  16. The longest one-syllable words are “screeched” and “strengths.”

  17. The word with the most consonants in a row is “latchstring.”

  18. A, H, I, M, O, T, U, V, W, X, and Y are the symmetric capital letters. The symmetric lowercase letters are i, l, o, t, u, v, w, x.

  19. “Deeded” is the only word that is made using only two different letters, each used three times.

  20. There aren’t any words that rhyme with orange, purple, silver, or month.

  21. “W” is the only letter in the alphabet that does not have one syllable. It has three!

  22. The only words with three consecutive double letters are “bookkeeping” and “bookkeeper.”

  23. “Polish” changes from a noun or a verb to a nationality when it is capitalized.

  24. The term “fun facts” is searched on Google more than 3 million times a month, and the term “fun facts about words” is searched 1,000 times.

  25. If you spell out every number from 0 to 999, you will find every vowel except for “a”. You have to count to one thousand to find an “a”!

  26. ”Honorificabilitudinitatibus,” 27 letters long, is the longest English word consisting strictly of alternating consonants and vowels in alphabetical order. (Who figures this stuff out?)

  27. ”Spoonfeed,” nine letters long, is the longest word whose letters are arranged in reverse alphabetical order.

  28. The letter combination “ough” can be pronounced in nine different ways which can be heard in this sentence: A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed.

  29. Some words exist only in plural form, for example: glasses (spectacles), binoculars, scissors, shears, tongs, gallows, trousers, jeans, pants, pajamas.

  30. A word formed by joining together parts of existing words is called a “blend.” Many new words enter the English language in this way. Examples are “brunch” (breakfast + lunch); “motel” (motorcar + hotel); and “guesstimate” (guess + estimate).

  31. The word “uncopyrightable” is the longest English word in normal use that contains no letter more than once.

  32. A sentence that contains all 26 letters of the alphabet is called a “pangram”. The following sentence contains all 26 letters of the alphabet: “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.” This sentence is often used to learn to type on a keyboard.

  33. The word “triskaidekaphobia” means “fear of Friday the 13th”. It also means “superstition about the number thirteen” in general.

  34. Only two English words in current use end in “-gry”. They are “angry” and “hungry”.

  35. “Rhythms” is the longest English word without vowels.

  36. The highest scoring word in the game Scrabble is “quartzy”

  37. The longest word in English is 1909 letters long and it refers to a distinct part of DNA.

  38. There are only four words in the English language which end in “- dous”: tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.

  39. The plastic things on the end of shoelaces are called “aglets.”

  40. Richard Millhouse Nixon was the first U.S. president whose name contains all the letters of the word “criminal.”

  41. The symbol on the pound/hash/number key (#) is called an octothorpe.

  42. The dot over the letters ‘i’ and “j” is called a tittle (or, alternatively, a superscript dot).

  43. There is a seven-letter word in English that contains ten words without rearranging any of its letters. “Therein” contains “the,” “there,” “he,” “in,” “rein,” “her,” “here,” “ere,” “therein” and “herein.”

  44. “Facetious” and “abstemious” contain all the vowels in the correct order, as does arsenious, meaning “containing arsenic.”

  45. The most popular first name in the world is “Muhammad.”

  46. ”Skepticisms” is the longest word that alternates hands when typing.

  47. “Stewardesses” and “reverberated” are the longest words that can be typed using only the left hand.

  48. “Lollipop” is the longest word that can be typed using only the right hand.

  49. The world’s largest alphabet is Cambodian, which has 74 letters.

  50. A “palindrome” is a word, such as “racecar” or “kayak,” that reads the same backward as forward. My sister, Anna, told me that. Or was it my brother Bob? Maybe cousin Lil?

Care to add your own fun facts about words in the comments section?

What Success Means To Me

Everyone wants “success,” but most of us don’t have a clear vision of what success means to us. We don’t have a personal definition of success.

Of course, each person’s definition of success will be different and our personal definitions of success will depend on our circumstances.

What Success Means To MeIn far-too-many parts of the world, success might consist of having drinkable water, sanitation facilities or an education.

For those of us fortunate to have these and other basics, our idea of success depends, ultimately, on what we value. We want more or better of what we think is important, be it related to health, wealth, relationships or something else.

So, to find my definition of what success means to me, I turned to my list of core values and then developed a definition of success that is congruent with those values.

I’m pretty sure our definitions of success change as we go through life. If I had been developing my definition of success earlier in life, I undoubtedly would have given greater consideration, at different stages, to having high school friends, excelling in sports, getting into college, getting laid, getting a good job, finding a spouse, accumulating professional accomplishments, being a great parent . . . You get the idea.

But, as of now, this is what I came up with . . .

What Is Success

For me, success is (1) taking persistent action (2) to achieve worthy goals (3) which add value to the world as well as benefit me.

To me, success is not just achieving a final goal. I feel successful if I persistently pursue my goals. That’s because I know that, over time, persistent action will usually lead to a successful conclusion.

For the mathematically inclined, here’s my equation: Consistent action + worthy, value-based goals = success.

”Soaring” And Other Thoughts On The Meaning Of Success

I have two more thoughts about what success means.

Instead of one definition of success, it is probably more helpful to have different definitions of success for different aspects of your life such as health, wealth, relationships and personal development. Or to have different success definitions for the different roles we play, such as family member, employer/employee, neighbor, citizen, team member, club member, etc.

Soaring!Finally, I offer my definition of what I’ll call Super Success. I feel super successful when I’m fearlessly living life as a daring adventure – outside my comfort zone, learning, doing, creating, achieving, leaving big footprints. The descriptive word that comes to mind is “soaring!” Those are the truly special times, and I try to create as many of them as possible.

How ‘bout you? What’s your definition of success?

Finding Your Personal Definition Of Success

What Is Your Personal Definition Of Success?The question was simple enough: What is my definition of success?

But I didn’t have a ready answer. I had to admit that I had never thought through my personal definition of success.

Sure, I had some ideas swirling around in my head, vague notions with scraps of details. But nothing organized or integrated.

At that moment, a quote I had heard years before flashed into my mind: “When you’re climbing the ladder of success, make sure it isn’t leaning against the wrong wall.” I was working hard toward goals but I hadn’t really thought enough about whether they were the right goals.

Embarrassed, I resolved at that moment that I would figure out what success means to me, personally.

Maybe you would like to join me in this exercise.

After all, most of us want to be “successful,” but how will we know if we are without a crystal clear idea of what success is for us?

Achieving success without knowing what it means to you is like trying to find a friend’s house when you don’t know the address. How will you know which way to go, and how will you know when you arrive?

Having challenged myself to thoughtfully answer the question, I had to figure out where to start.

Of course, research.

I began looking at what scholars, philosophers and other brainiacs have said on the subject of success. I believe in learning from the giants.

I had to be careful, though, because I wanted to learn from these smarties, not copy them. I couldn’t lose sight of the fact that my goal was to craft my personal definition of success.

This is the best of what I learned.

Definitions Of Success

Earl Nightingale, considered by many “the Dean of Personal Development,” has a simple, but insightful, definition of what success is: “The progressive realization of a worthy goal.”

American author and motivational speaker Zig Ziglar said this:

“Success means doing the best we can with what we have. . . Success is a personal standard, reaching for the highest that is in us, becoming all that we can be.”

This is another quote along the same line from an unknown author:

”Success is not about external things. Money, power and fame are results, byproducts that come from who you are. The true definition of success is: To Become the Person You Are Capable of Becoming.”

One of the most often-quoted definitions of success comes from 19th-century American essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson. This is where Waldo is on the subject of success:

To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a little better; whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is the meaning of success.”

Here are some further thoughts from a modern day personal development expert, Canadian author Robin Sharma:

What’s the point of having success but failing at Significance? Yes, chase your dreams and rise to lofty heights in the world. But please remember: greatness comes from living for a cause larger than you. And leaving our world better than you found it.

Dave Kekich, author of Kekich’s Credos, has this simple but powerful definition: “You’re successful when you like who and what you are.”

Robert Allen Zimmerman (you know him as Bob Dylan) has chimed in on the subject too: “What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.”

More Definitions of Success

Here are some more personal definitions of success by some very smart, if not famous, modern business people . . .

What Is Your Personal Definition Of Success?

  • “Success to me means creating and maintaining balance in my life. It’s important to work hard and accomplish your goals, but it’s critical to remember to take care of yourself – exercise, eat well, spend time with friends, family, and loved ones. A balanced mind is a smart mind!” — Monique Peltz

  • “Success is more than just a number in my bank account; it is also measured by the smiles on my clients’ faces, having fun everyday being “kooky” and the difference I see myself making in the community around me.” – Angela McKeller

  • “Success is a an attitude and state of mind where I feel the exhilaration of knowing that I made a difference for many, did this doing what I love, and making a lot of money in the process so I get to experience many things in this extraordinary world. The most important part of success is a deep knowing that I made a difference for others.” – Nancy Fox

  • “To me, success means working toward my dreams. As long as I keep moving in the right direction I feel successful.” Cara Newman

  • “Success means leaving the world a little bit better because I was here.” – Mark Black

  • “Success is the freedom to live your life as the great big fat adventure it is – and the wisdom to understand that all you have to do is to choose to do so.” – John Jantsch

    Your Personal Definition Of Success

  • “If you measure success externally you will always be disappointed. There will always be people in front of you and in back of you. As a result, success has got to come from your subconscious. So, if you sleep well at night, you are successful.” – Jeffrey Taylor

  • “Success is in the eye of the beholder. What one person considers a success might be an abject failure to someone else. Success is defined by one’s expectations.” – Jason Zasky

  • “Success is being able to say, ‘I love what I do.’” – Brett Farmiloe

  • “The definition of success changes throughout life. When young, one’s perception of success may be as simple as being accepted by a group of friends. In adolescence success may mean being accepted to the college of your choice. As people venture into adulthood, they may define success as finding a partner to love and to spend life with or it may be to accumulate achievements and/or monetary gains. When you have children success often shifts or is split between your own success and being successful in raising children who are happy and successful in their own lives. As one grows older, success once again continually change often in the direction where what others think becomes less important than in previous years. You may spend time doing what you would never have expected to be doing as a child or switching to social causes. As one grows into old age, success will again continue to change based upon health, finances, family, friendships, culture, geography, etc. Success comes down to life’s experiences befitting who you are and where you are on your life’s time line.” – David Goldsmith
  • Conclusions

    As you see, the giants did not let me down. These quotes are full of brilliant insights.

    The next step in the process of developing my personal definition of success was thinking about this wisdom and integrating it with my own thoughts and experiences.

    In my next post, I will tell you what I came up with, what success means to me. Be ready to add your personal definition of success in the comment section.

    5 Reasons You Should Learn To Write Better

    I’ve previously written about how to be a better writer. Today, I I want to discuss the more basic question of why you should learn to write better.

    Here are 5 reasons why there is a strong connection between writing proficiency and success.

    1. Good Writing Requires Good Thinking

    Better writing requires better thinkingThis is, by far, the best thing that happens when you become a better writer.

    Quoting copywriter Michael Masterson, “Good writing is good thinking expressed clearly.”

    When I am having trouble writing, the usual problem is that my thinking sucks isn’t good. Of course I cannot write clearly because I don’t really know what I want to say.

    As soon as my thinking improves, so does my writing.

    You will find that you don’t really understand something until you can explain it to someone else.

    And, to quote Albert Einstein, “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”

    Understanding your subject matter, being able to explain it to others and being able to explain it simply all require clear thinking.

    2. Writing Keeps You Focused On Learning

    To write, you must have something to write about.

    Therefore, you must study, learn and think constantly. All good things.

    3. Writing Makes You A Better Speaker

    Learning how to analyze your subject, organize your thoughts and express them plainly in writing also helps you speak them.

    Strong written communication and powerful verbal communication are both based on presenting your ideas in a logical, well-organized way.

    4. Writing Allows You To Test Ideas

    One way to test those amorphous ideas swirling around in your head is to put them into writing.

    If you can’t write your thoughts clearly, guess what? They need more work.

    5. Writing Well Increases Your Earning Potential

    Writing well is one of the most valuable skills you can have.

    [Blog post intermission: Do you know the most lucrative form of writing? Ransom notes! Now back to the serious post.]

    In the Information Age, there is an unending need for those with the ability to write in an informative and clear way.

    Those who do it best profit handsomely.

    40 Valuable Things You Can Learn

    To live the life of your dreams, you must always keep learning, constantly be getting better.

    Only you can decide which things would be valuable for you to learn, or get better at, but I have come up with 40 suggestions to get you started.

    In no particular order, here are 40 worthwhile things you can learn . . .

    Learn How Your Body Works

      How your body works. Most of us know more about the insides of our car than the insides of our body!

      How to apologize. When you make a mistake, this is step two; after acknowledging the mistake and before making sure you don’t repeat it.

      Self-defense. The best part about knowing how to defend yourself is that it reduces the chance you will ever have to.

      How to be a good listener. My wife says I’m not a good listener . . . or something like that!

      How to tell a joke. Here are some tips on telling jokes.

      How to operate a computer. Computers — whether desktop, laptop, tablet or handheld — are your gateway to the wisdom of the world.

      How others have achieved what you want to accomplish. Then, you follow their blueprint and work like hell.

      How to put together a balanced exercise routine. It’s not just cardio. There are 7 components of fitness.

      How to eat smarter. It’s literally true that you are – or become — what you eat.

      How to organize your day for maximum efficiency. Plan your day, don’t just let it happen.

      How to use search engines such as Google, Yahoo and Bing really well. Do you know you can use search engines to check spelling, do calculations and currency conversions, identify area codes and a host of other helpful things?

      How to do CPR and basic first aid.

      How to wash your hands correctly.
      Learn How To Wash Your Hands

      How to tell a good story.

      A new sport to do.

      How to give a speech. According to polls, most people fear public speaking even more than death . . . which leads to the curious conclusion that most people at a funeral would rather be in the box than give the eulogy!

      How to manage time effectively. Successful people do this better than the rest.

      How to remember names. Nothing sounds sweeter to us than the sound of our own name.

      How to do laundry.

      How to relax. Believe it or not, rest is a crucial part of a fitness program. (Where you get into trouble is when it is the only component of your fitness program.)

      How to read faster. The Information Age can be overwhelming.

      Master a gadget. For example, I will bet you do not use all the features on your smartphone or your DSLR camera.

      Learn How To Park In 1 SpaceHow to park your humongous SUV in only 1 parking spot. (Sorry, I threw that one in as a gift for my wife.)

      How to select good produce. Should it be firm, soft, green, yellow or red? What’s the difference between “organic” and “locally grown?”

      How to speak a foreign language. Only about 25% of the world speaks English. Learn how to communicate with some of the others.

      How to negotiate better. Yes “better.” We negotiate all the time – with employers, employees, co-workers, spouses and children. When you get better at it, your quality of life will improve.

      How to play a musical instrument. Passably.

      How to sing. Without scaring your cat.

      How to ski. It doesn’t matter whether it’s snow or water. It’s the speed and manageable danger that are exhilarating.

      How to do a magic trick.

      How to dance better. Actually, you can either learn how to dance better or how to care less what others think. Same result, freedom.

      How to do a craft. A great way to be creative without being able to draw.

      How to take better pictures. A great way to be creative without being able to draw.

      How to taste wine.

      How to create a website.

      How to juggle.
      Learn to juggle

      How to whistle with your fingers.

      How to write with your other hand. And brush your teeth, too. These skills can come in handy, trust me.

      How to be a better kisser. ‘Nuff said.

      How to grow things.

      How to write better. Here are 5 reasons why you should learn to write better.

    What have I missed?

    Great Wall Of China At Juyongguan Pass

    Travel can expose you to sights and experiences that are unimaginable, spectacles that lift your spirit and indelibly etch their magnificence into your memory.

    I recently visited one such sight . . . the Great Wall of China.

    Here’s a photograph I made of the Great Wall at Juyongguan Pass, which is a little more than 30 miles north of Beijing.

    The Great Wall of China at Juyogguan Pass

    You can see more of my pictures of the Great Wall here.

    Great Wall Of China Facts

    When Was The Great Wall Of China Built?

    Construction was begun in the 7th century B.C. In 221 B.C., the first emperor of the Qin Dynasty linked 3 separate walls and formed the “Wan Li Chang Cheng.” (This means the ten thousand li Great Wall. Li is a Chinese unit of length which is equal to ½ kilometer.)

    The Great Wall was rebuilt, modified or extended for over 2,000 years. Most of the Great Wall that we see today was built during the Ming Dynasty, between 1368 and 1644.

    Why Was The Great Wall Of China Built?

    The wall was originally built to defend the Chinese Empire against invasion by Mongolian and Manchu enemies from the north.

    Is The Great Wall Of China “All Wall”?

    Actually, it isn’t. The “wall,” which winds up and down across deserts, grasslands, mountans and plateaus, from east to west, consists of different walls that were built at different times and then joined together. The “wall” also includes trenches and natural defensive barriers such as hills and rivers.

    How Long Is The Great Wall Of China?

    As I explained above, it has been called the “ten thousand li Great Wall” which would make it 5,000 km, or a little more than 3,000 miles, long.

    However, a comprehensive archaeological survey that was done using advanced technologies concluded that all the walls measure 5,500.3 miles (8,851.8 km).

    The walls, themselves, total 3,889.5 miles (6,259.6 km). (However, this includes many side branches that don’t contribute to the west-to-east ‘length’ of the wall). Another 223.5 miles (359.7 km) is trenches and 1,387.2 miles (2,232.5 km) is natural defensive barriers such as hills and rivers.

    What Is The Great Wall Of China Made Of?

    The wall portions of the Great Wall are stone and earthen.

    For example, the portion of the Great Wall at Juyongguan Pass – pictured above – is made of stone and bricks from the nearby hills, and this portion of the Great Wall is 26 feet (7.8 meters) high and 16 feet (5 meters) wide.

    Where Is The Great Wall Of China Located?

    Great Wall of China mapI know. I know. You got this one. It’s in China.

    More specifically, the Great Wall stretches from Shanhaiguan in the east to Lop Lake in the west along an arc that roughly delineates the southern edge of Inner Mongolia.

    What Is The Modern Day Significance Of The Great Wall Of China?

    The longest fortification ever built, the Great Wall is now China’s biggest and most popular tourist attraction.

    Travel To Shanghai, China

    Travel is a great way to have fun and learn.

    (Geez, that’s not exactly the type of powerful, original, cutting-edge thinking regular readers have come to expect. If I can’t do better than that, I’ll have to rename this blog lame.com!)

    Why not start your travels to foreign cities with Shanghai, the most populous city proper (not counting suburbs) in the world, with mo’ than 23 million residents. As you’ll quickly see, Shanghai has a lot more going for it than sheer numbers. Just click and enjoy my slideshow.

    Shanghai is electric! (Obvious pun intended).

    The first photos are of the Bund, a waterfront area in central Shanghai which runs along the western bank of the Huangpu River. To get an appreciation for the Bund at night, think Disney World meets Las Vegas.

    The next photos are from Nanjing Road, the main shopping street of Shanghai and one of the world’s busiest shopping streets. For this, think Fifth Avenue in New York.

    The next pictures are from the Yu Gardens (formally, Yuyuan Garden) area of Shanghai. Located in the center of the Old City of Shanghai, it is a can’t-miss stop for tourists.

    Finally, there is a series of photos taken at the Shanghai Museum of Art and History, an amazing place that tracks 5,000 years of Chinese history.

    How Does Affiliate Marketing Work?

    This is an introduction to affiliate marketing for beginners. Think of this as Affiliate Marketing 101.

    How affiliate marketing works
    How affiliate marketing works

    So, what is affiliate marketing? And what isn’t it?

    It is a legitimate business model that can provide passive income to you indefinitely. That is, once you set it up, it can keep producing income for you into the future without you doing much, if any, more work.

    It is not a get-rich-quick scheme. It can produce good income, but you have to work at it, at least initially.

    Internet affiliate marketing is ideal for someone who wants to establish a second income that could grow into a primary business and for retirees and near-retirees who want to help fund the retirement they have dreamed of.

    Here’s a definition of affiliate marketing . . .

    Affiliate Internet marketing is a business arrangement between a website owner (for the purpose of this example, let’s call that person — the affiliate — “you”) and an online merchant. When a visitor to your website clicks on a link to the merchant’s website, and then buys the merchant’s product or service, you earn a commission.

    That’s right. You earn a commission simply by sending customers to the merchant.

    You don’t have to . . .

    • Create a product.
    • Handle the financial transaction.
    • Deliver the product to the customer.
    • Answer questions from the purchaser.

    The merchant handles all of that. And sends you a check for your commission.

    Pretty sweet deal for the affiliate, huh?

    I know what you’re thinking. What’s the catch?

    There isn’t a “catch.” However, the “challenges” of affiliate marketing on the Internet are . . .

    • Creating a website that gets a lot of visitors (called “traffic” in Internet-speak).
    • Getting the visitors to click on your affiliate link to the merchant.
    • “Pre-selling” your visitors so they are in a buying mood when they get to the merchant’s website.

    If you can do these things – enough times — you can do quite well.

    How much are affiliate marketing commissions?

    With physical products like clothing, cameras and other electronics, affiliate commissions are usually something like 5% to 15%.

    Digital products, such as Ebooks and software — popular affiliate marketing products — usually offer a 50% commission, or even as much as 75%! Yes, you get 50% to 75% of the sales price just for referring the customer to the seller.

    Why is the merchant willing to pay such high affiliate marketing commissions?

    The merchant is willing to do this because your customer is probably not someone who would have found and bought from the merchant otherwise. Therefore, even if the merchant is paying you a commission of 50% of an ebook’s price, the merchant is still getting 50% of the price – and that’s 50% more than the merchant would have earned without the sale.

    And, in addition to that, the merchant gets the name and email address of a (presumably satisfied) customer to whom the merchant can market other products.

    As you see, affiliate website marketing provides benefits to the affiliate and to the merchant.

    You can work this business from either side. You can market someone else’s products as an affiliate; or, if you have a product of your own, you can recruit an army of affiliates to sell your product for you. Sweet.

    Here’s an example of affiliate marketing.

    One of the best places to find out more about affiliate marketing basics is The Affiliate Marketing Handbook, an 88-page ebook which was written by James Palmer and edited by Bob Bly.

    Bob Bly is a renowned copywriter who also writes inexpensive, no b.s. books about Internet subjects. In a field cluttered with over-hyped junk, Bly’s books stand out. I have bought several of his ebooks and they have always been clear, very informative and fairly priced. Bly knows his stuff and he has always delivered much more in value than I have paid for his ebooks.

    Click here to learn more about The Affiliate Marketing Handbook.

    This is an affiliate link.

    It will take you to a list of Bob Bly’s products. Scroll down to The Affiliate Marketing Handbook (it’s the 133rd product on the list, 50th from the bottom!) and click. That will take you to a page which explains what the ebook can do for you.

    If you decide to buy The Affiliate Marketing Handbook for only $29, or buy any other product from Bob Bly, I will be paid an affiliate commission. Probably enough to cover lunch one day next week. (Hey, I said this isn’t a get-rich-quick scheme!)

    There you have it – affiliate marketing in action.