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Jul 272014
 

We now got a Million!

It's not a lot, but it's more than nothing: On 23 July 2014 mygermanshepherd.org counted its one million'th visit to pages where we have the "flagcounter widget", ie since we installed it, which was 19 September 2011, see here.

To celebrate with YOU: We give 5 (FIVE!) of Tim’s top-rated books away for free!

How to get one? Well, just take a look around... ;-)

Jul 022014
 

No business is like dog business

This is just a quick post to update anyone interested.

* The actual new membership model is here, namely on the Membership Options page. Members signed up as of July: 2. In words: two, yeah! :-)

Business as usual? Oh yes dear. Only work, rarely a 'thanks', and no 'business' to cover the costs. So, if you ever thought of copying something like this... - Don't. While you are helping others, you go down yourself. Today's world is very different to 30 years ago. - That was a very friendly tip. ;-)

Jul 022014
 

dog outingAt this time of reflection :-? I had a look at UNsubscribe rates and reasons, and thought I share that here with you.

Why I looked at it? Because I am the last one who would want to send a single email to someone who doesn't want it. Oh yes, I hate spam, I do. In both directions.

Results per July 2014:

  • Day 3 Periodical notification email: 31 UNsub since 1 Aug 12
  • Week 1 Periodical notification email: 42 UNsub since 1 Aug 12
  • Week 2 Periodical notification email: 35 UNsub since 1 Aug 12
  • Week 3 Periodical notification email: 34 UNsub since 1 Aug 12
  • Week 4 Periodical notification email: 33 UNsub since 1 Aug 12
  • Week 5 Periodical notification email: 15 UNsub since 1 Aug 12
  • Week 6 Periodical notification email: 37 UNsub since 1 Aug 12
  • Week 7 Periodical notification email: 9 UNsub since 1 Aug 12
  • Week 8 Periodical notification email: 5 UNsub since 1 Aug 12
  • Week 9 Periodical notification email: 13 UNsub since 1 Aug 12
  • Week 10 Periodical notification email: 12 UNsub since 1 Aug 12
  • Week 11 Periodical notification email: 7 UNsub since 1 Aug 12
  • Week 12 Periodical notification email: 7 UNsub since 1 Aug 12
  • Week 13 Periodical notification email: 9 UNsub since 1 Aug 12
  • Week 14 Periodical notification email: 8 UNsub since 1 Aug 12
  • Week 15 Periodical notification email: 5 UNsub since 1 Aug 12
  • Week 16 Periodical notification email: 5 UNsub since 1 Aug 12
  • Week 17 Periodical notification email: 7 UNsub since 1 Aug 12
  • Week 18 Periodical notification email: 7 UNsub since 1 Aug 12
  • Week 19 Periodical notification email: 6 UNsub since 1 Aug 12
  • Week 20 Periodical notification email: 7 UNsub since 1 Aug 12
  • Week 21 Periodical notification email: 5 UNsub since 1 Aug 12
  • Week 22 Periodical notification email: 5 UNsub since 1 Aug 12
  • Week 23 Periodical notification email: 12 UNsub since 1 Aug 12
  • Week 24 Periodical notification email: 6 UNsub since 1 Aug 12
  • Week 25 Periodical notification email: 4 UNsub since 1 Aug 12
  • Week 26 Periodical notification email: 5 UNsub since 1 Aug 12
  • Week 27 Periodical notification email: 7 UNsub since 1 Aug 12
  • Week 28 Periodical notification email: 10 UNsub since 1 Aug 12
  • Week 29 Periodical notification email: 4 UNsub since 1 Aug 12
  • Week 30 Periodical notification email: 8 UNsub since 1 Aug 12
  • Week 31 Periodical notification email: 4 UNsub since 1 Aug 12
  • (hospital "break")
  • Week 36 Periodical notification email: 4 UNsub since 1 Aug 12
  • Week 37 Periodical notification email: 3 UNsub since 1 Aug 12
  • Week 38 Periodical notification email: 2 UNsub since 1 Aug 12
  • Week 39 Periodical notification email: 3 UNsub since 1 Aug 12
  • Week 40 Periodical notification email: 5 UNsub since 1 Aug 12
  • Week 41 Periodical notification email: 6 UNsub since 1 Aug 12
  • Week 42 Periodical notification email: 1 UNsub since 1 Aug 12
  • Week 43 Periodical notification email: 2 UNsub since 1 Aug 12
  • Week 44 Periodical notification email: 3 UNsub since 1 Aug 12
  • Week 45 Periodical notification email: 2 UNsub since 1 Aug 12
  • Week 46 Periodical notification email: 1 UNsub since 1 Aug 12
  • (hospital "break")
  • Week 50 Periodical notification email: 1 UNsub since 1 Aug 12
  • Week 54 Periodical notification email: 2 UNsub since 1 Aug 12
  • Week 56 Periodical notification email: 4 UNsub since 1 Aug 12
  • Week 58 Periodical notification email: 1 UNsub since 1 Aug 12
  • Week 60 Periodical notification email: 2 UNsub since 1 Aug 12
  • Week 64 Periodical notification email: 1 UNsub since 1 Aug 12
  • Week 66 Periodical notification email: 1 UNsub since 1 Aug 12
  • Week 68 Periodical notification email: 3 UNsub since 1 Aug 12
  • :

Analysis

The first 6 weeks (when new subscribers need to 'find their feet' with their new subscription) have had comparatively 'high' unsubscribes over the last two years. Still tiny compared to other sites, but high compared to ALL our unsubscribes AFTER the first 6 weeks. One point to note though: Obviously the later figures have to be lower, since less subscribers have received those emails yet.

Another point to note: In addition to the above, we have sent out 'admin' emails, and of course those lead to UNsubscribes too. Even an email notifying subscribers of 2 FREE books for which others paid 11 USD (like the email PLB and Q&A3 Free 18-Mar-14), led to 10 unsubscribes! 2 of which even filed as spam complaints, oh yes! Which is why Mailchimp threatened to close our account.chimp
Spam complaints! Here!! People are really strange these days. Thankfully, they left. Had they not, I'd have personally kicked them out! Straight into the mouths of the hungry wild dogs we have here.

Still, after week 6 you can say, a ridiculously small number of people UNsubscribe themselves. - However, note that WE have UNsubscribed thousands since 1 Aug 2012, based on Mailchimp's 'inactivity' statistics (non-opens).

Interesting sidenote: Yesterday, email sent to 200 subscribers, if still interested (haven't opened the last 20(!) emails). Sure, could be that these folks no longer have their dog (this indeed was the most common stated reason for UNsubscribes), or that our emails get buried under all their other emails, or whatever). Anyway: Of those who replied (to inform me that they are still interested), none had the decency to write their first "Thanks"!

What is wrong with today's people?!! Of course, all of them got UNsubscribed. In case one of them reads this now, to make that clear: You are not doing me a favor with your free subscription, I am doing you a favor, a HUGE favor. You neither support the site nor our rescue organization nor the breed nor your own dog if you can't differentiate between free and invaluable.

And a related note: When I looked at the reasons people stated when they unsubscribed, I saw that - oddly - a few folks wrote sth like "you only want to sell your books!". So, let me make this very clear here as well: I do not care an inch whether you buy or indeed download for free my books - unless after READING you post a public review or send me your personal feedback. Since hardly anyone ever does either of this ... [now eyes back up to what I wrote after the colon].

So why do I value an actual READER's feedback so much more than a purchase or free download?

Because I am not a Cesar Millan or similar bestseller author who earns millions from book sales alone (sales to readers they don't even know). - $152 in June from ALL my books together(!) (of which affiliated dog rescues get half!) is nothing compared to the cost base of mygermanshepherd.org (of which affiliated dog rescues bear zero). Thus if you belong to the modern mischievous internet freebie surfer: get some business common sense first, before you write such embarassingly stupid spam complaints.

Conclusion

Thanks to the above analysis, the first 6 Periodical notification emails (and maybe those Periodicals too) will undergo a revision. However note that - with OUR PROCESS of email sends - the first emails will always have higher unsubscribes than the later ones, because people haven't received the later emails yet and it's all new to them (most people struggle with anything new). This, although MYGERMANSHEPHERD.ORG has the most detailed "What you can expect to get" info ever seen in America right on the subscribe page.

Given our most detailed subscribe page, everyone who can READ should know exactly what to expect to receive. Sadly today, it seems, many people cannot read. Great, that those then UNsubscribe. Not sure though why, and how, they could possibly subscribe at all?

I really don't know what could be improved so as to only attract those who are really interested. If you have an idea, please kindly let me know.

Cheers! :-)

May 282014
 

After two months of concerted effort and intense struggle to get things running with a new host for mygermanshepherd.org, with much relief we can now reveal: Our house has successfully moved, yes! Maybe it will have to move again soon, we'll see. ;-)

While the looks of this site have not (yet) changed, behind the scenes a LOT has changed already. For example, do you see the image to the right? An easily overlooked indicator that MYGERMANSHEPHERD.ORG has become a secured membership site! Secured with the software s2member (linked in the shield) - the name of which fits perfectly too: subscriber to member. Which is exactly what we needed here to survive. Read: to be able to continue to provide so much to you for free!

While in the past we've had heaps of (mostly unknown) subscribers who programmatically received the MYGERMANSHEPHERD PERIODICAL, but who couldn't log in on the site and go beyond the one scheduled Periodical of that particular week, ...going forward we adapt a more modern approach: with more flexibility, more convenience, and more choice. For those who want that, and for those who demand that.

From today, 31 May 2014, we will clearly distinguish between Periodical SUBSCRIBERS and site MEMBERS.

If you have been a Periodical subscriber before March 2014, you will know from our subscriber-internal discussions that the prerequisite for continuing the site was to avoid having to rely on pennies of Amazon commissions to pay for hosting, webmaster, admin, email office, programming, permanent dog owner consulting, etc.

I (site founder Tim) cannot continue to uphold a site like this financially all by myself, and I don't like the subscriber-suggested idea of (maybe a couple of?) donations either - which typically come from those who have been more supportive anyway (they write book reviews, tell their friends, post in dog forums, raise discussions in their breed club, and so on).

Thus now, as internally discussed with the more interested subscribers since the start of 2014:

  • Basic subscribers will continue to be able to receive the much-loved MYGERMANSHEPHERD PERIODICAL through simple subscription on the subscribe page. And for now this remains free (oh!!) - because we adhere to the MYGERMANSHEPHERD.ORG mission statement (see the subscribe page), and because there are many GSD lovers in the world who may not have access to (or even know of?) modern conveniences like say a mobile phone, bank or credit card, paypal or authorize.net, amazon, ipad, leather dog leash, behavior training, etc.
  • And those GSD lovers who want more (or who demanded more in the past!) now get the chance to better meet their needs, through choosing paid add-ons to their Periodical subscription. The first such add-on that paying members can choose is Tim's Dog Expert Interview Series that I have been working on since last year.

I will make sure that all add-ons provide the paying members with real benefits that are relevant to them to improve their life and relationship with their German Shepherd Dog. Also, only paying members will receive all Periodicals (about twice as many as the free subscribers receive over time). Further, paying members will be able to log in on mygermanshepherd.org, free subscribers not (like in the past, when no one could log in, which some subscribers even complained about, despite their free subscription, oh yes!).

The past has shown that pure freebie seekers feel little hesitation to complain easily and to SPAM excessively (with comments, emails, on third-party sites, and sometimes even in their fake book 'reviews')! While people who paid a bit typically have manners and at least send a personal email clarifying their point (if they got one).

If enough subscribers take up the first add-on offer and become a site member with Tim's Dog Expert Interview Series, then we can keep basic Periodical subscription free for everyone. If not, we will have to start charging everyone for accessing the MYGERMANSHEPHERD PERIODICAL - and then without getting any add-on...

Personally I am meanwhile relaxed about possibly off-putting many, as I know that in terms of GSDs (or dogs in general?) there is nothing on the internet that can even come close! Continued tireless work over the years has set MYGERMANSHEPHERD.ORG apart, in every regard.

I myself like the route with voluntary paid add-ons much more though. How about you?

And, getting something of value extra is much better than donations anyway (where all you get is a "good feeling", hopefully). Here, I will personally make sure that every member gets something valuable that you can't get anywhere else! If you've read my books, you know you can rely on that. ;-)

Now, what do you think?

Want to see the first Periodical add-on that will give you membership rights as well? Please come back in a few days. :-)

Mar 312014
 

Final Comment Prize Draw for March 2014!! - Did YOU win??

As promised, here's the final Comment Prize Draw for ONE MONTH FREE DOGGY DAN DOG TRAINING, yes!!

Like announced here, again a random number was drawn here. Since you still know from the January Prize Draw how this works, I saved my time preparing screenshots. The drawn number was ...

7964

Remember, the prize rules: The winning comment/question/feedback must be a) from a member, and b) who has entered the dog details in our GSD research database, and c) I myself cannot win, and d) the winner must post a short message here to acknowledge the prize draw!

To make it short: 7964 was from one of our many Ken's... - to avoid disappointment let's leave the surname out, because ... this particular Ken from a sunny state did not enter the dog's details in our research database. Oh what a shame! You just lost out on the best dog training money can buy (well, you wouldn't even have to buy it this time). - So, in all fairness (complying with contest laws), I had to draw another number:

8433

When I saw this commenter's name, I immediately knew that she has entered her dog's details, oh yes! Great stuff!

Thus we can reveal the winner for March 2014 is .... JULIE with her comment: "This checklist is great. We’ve had the puppy training essentials up in the kitchen so this will be a great addition to refer to". - Note that she could have commented "the new puppy checklist is terrible" and she would have won regardless!

 

JULIE! Congratulations! :-)

 

What was the declared prize for March?

"...The Master himself: Doggy Dan! One month free membership!"

Dear Julie, you have the word now... please post a brief comment below to document that you won - and with your permission, I will then pass on your email address to Dan Abdelnoor to give you access to his site. Or rather to Graeme, who does the technical things for him - I wish I had someone who does the technical things for me...

 


With this I have fulfilled my last promise. I did see all your comments on my leave-announcement page and some of them made me cry - for once not out of pain. Clearly I do plan to reply there, but it may take a few more days. Because I do have my own problems, yes. Sorry if you thought I have to be a super hero - you were wrong, this time.

Mar 302014
 

House Training Dogs To Behave WellIf you own a prior edition (<4), delete it under 'Manage my Kindle' and on your device, to repurchase this edition 4 for FREE. You'll see, it's worth it.

FREE 30 + 31 March
on Amazon globally f f f f f f f f f f

House Training Dogs To Behave Well In A High Value Home - free for the last time: Then this book too leaves the Amazon exclusivity contract. The book will have a relaunch price of only 99 cent on 2 April on Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, WHSmith, and tons of other major retailers - but not at arrogant apple who still exist in the 19th century: apple withhold the best books from their customers when the best books have links to anything other than apple. Yep! Stupid. As if apple sells dog products now! They wish. Time to leave apple. No more Capital letter. Pears are tastier anyway.

House Training Dogs To Behave Well In A High Value Home. Read it. Apply it. Enjoy it. And tell everyone about it.

FREE 30 + 31 March

Again, help to lead dog owners away from the archaic dog training methods publicized by TV celebrities(!), book marketing gurus(!), dog whisperers(?) and similar bullshit producers(@). Admittedly, all of them are far better in marketing their books: They sell like hell. - I don't. But I want heaven for dogs. So...

...feel free to get the most complete Indoor Dog Training book on the market for FREE. Save $6.89, yes! 30 + 31 March - both days - globally on Amazon. Use your chance now. And give your friends their chance too! Tell everyone, and make more friends.

Just Note: Reviews are to non-celebrities what $ and fame are to celebrities. Since you don't leave me $ and fame (...), at least leave a review, everywhere you go, okay? Thanks.

House Training Dogs To Behave Well

FREE 30 + 31 March
on Amazon globally f f f f f f f f f f

Enjoy!
and leave two reviews, will ya?

Those who do I will gratefully mention by name in my books.

Don't you worry, you will be seen prominently. Likely the name list will be short again...

Mar 182014
 

Puppy Love BundleIf you own a prior edition (<10), delete it under 'Manage my Kindle' and on your device, to repurchase this newest edition 10 for FREE. You'll see, it's worth it!

There is only one Puppy Love Bundle in the world. According to readers: the most comprehensive puppy information pack on the market and the best you can do for your dog!

Read this. Apply it. Enjoy it. And tell everyone about it.

FREE 18 - 22 March

It is my heartfelt desire to lead aspiring dog owners away from the archaic dog and puppy training methods publicized by TV celebrities(!), book marketing gurus(!), dog whisperers(?) and similar bullshit producers(@). Admittedly, all of them are far better in marketing their books: They sell like hell. - I don't. But I want heaven for dogs. So...

...feel free to get my Puppy Love Bundle for FREE. Save $10, yes! 18 - 22 March - 5 days - globally on Amazon. Use your chance now. And give your friends their chance too! Tell everyone and make more friends.

Just Note: Reviews are to non-celebrities what $ and fame are to celebrities. Since you don't leave me $ and fame (...), at least leave a review, everywhere you go, okay? Thanks.

Puppy Love Bundle

FREE 18-22 March
on Amazon globally f f f f f f f f

Enjoy!
and leave two reviews, will ya?

That wasn't even all!

 

Dog Problems Q&A Vol 3Ever been wondering what other dog owners are struggling with, and how their dog problems are being solved? This is Volume 3 of Dog Owner Questions Answered!

Q&A 3

FREE 18-22 March
on Amazon globally f f f f f f f f

Enjoy!
and also leave two reviews, will ya?

Those who do I will again gratefully mention by name.

Don't you worry, you will be seen prominently. Likely the name list will be short again... (you know, experience is everything...)

Mar 152014
 

Dog Problems Q&A Vol 1Ever been wondering what other dog owners are struggling with, and how their dog problems are being solved? This is Volume 1 of Dog Owner Questions Answered!

Q&A 1

The real-life daily dog problems and concerns of their owners: Current Dog Problems and Solutions, Questions and Answers.

I put this together while I had a bottle of wine (I am not a fast drinker, no). It's the first installment of the never-ending flood of questions GUESTS leave in our question box in the right sidebar. I was so kind and added the answers as well, yeah! So that you get more than a Q book: You get Q&A. Hey! This is Volume 1.

Note: >500 members downloaded this for free last time but ONLY ONE left a review (Maureen)! Reviews are to non-celebrities what $ and fame are to celebrities. If you don't leave me $ and fame, at least leave a review (or two). Thanks.

 

FREE 15 March 2014
on Amazon globally f f f f f f f f f f

Enjoy!
and leave two reviews, will ya?

Mar 142014
 

amazon fun

How often was it that I came across some really 'nerdy' funny stuff on Amazon! More precisely: When reading their customer reviews and questions and answers. Hilarious! Best are the ones that are meant to be totally serious from the writer's viewpoint/mindset, and thus are all the funnier to me as the reader. To have a laugh more often I should have kept all those I found over the years - for me, for you, for posterity. And even if it's just in case Amazon disappears...

So now, more for myself at the moment, I will (slowly!) add here the ones that made me more than chuckle when I read them.


How found: I was looking for the best dog slide and arrived at the Cool Wave Slide

Customer Question: could you tell me how long this slide is in feet? thanks

Customer Answer: The slide is in NY and we are in Washington. According to the dimensions...

Customer Question: I plan on using this on our stairway into our bsmt. I am wondering what the msrmt is from the lip on top to where the slide stops & base begins?

Customer Answer: The total length is 90.2-inches...I keep forgetting to measure it for you but feel you can just estimate the length based on the total length.


How found: I was looking for the best flashlight and arrived at the Mini Cree Led Flashlight

Customer Question: What taking so long with my order?

Customer Answer: The Pacific Ocean.

Another Customer Answer: A slow boat from China.


tbc

 

Mar 032014
 

Dog Problems Q&A Vol 2Ever been wondering what other dog owners are struggling with, and how their dog problems are being solved? This is volume 2 of Dog Owner Questions Answered!

Q&A 2

The real-life daily dog problems and concerns of their owners: Current Dog Problems and Solutions, Questions and Answers.

Again, I put this together while I had a bottle of wine (I am not a fast drinker, no). It's the second installment of the never-ending flood of questions guests leave in our question box in the right sidebar. I was so kind and added the answers as well, yeah! So, again, you get more than a Q book: You get Q&A. Hey! This is Volume 2.

 

FREE on 4 March 2014
on Amazon globally f f f f f f f f f f

Enjoy!

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