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Jan 242015
 

Dog Problems Q&A Vol 2Got more dog problems? We got more solutions. See here for FREE what advice other dog owners got that helped them.

This is Volume 2 of Dog Owner Questions Answered! FREE 22 - 24 Jan 2015!

Dog Behavior and Owner Behavior Q&A Vol 2 Problems & Solutions f f f f f f f f

The real-life daily dog problems and concerns of their owners: Current Dog Problems and Solutions, Q&A Vol 2. Note that a Kindle device is not needed, FREE Kindle Reading Apps - even for Apple iPad etc - are available on the book page here.

You are welcome to tell your relatives, friends, colleagues, and fellow dog lovers to download the book for FREE too - this will bring and keep you in their good books! :-)

ENJOY Your Dog!

Dog Behavior and Owner Behavior Q&A Vol 2 Problems & Solutions f f f f f f f f
FREE 22 - 24 Jan 2015!

Jan 212015
 

Dog Problems Q&A Vol 3Been struggling with some dog problems recently? Want to know what advice other dog owners got that helped them?

This is Volume 3 of Dog Owner Questions Answered! FREE 21 - 23 Jan 2015!

Dog Behavior and Owner Behavior Q&A Vol 3 Problems & Solutions f f f f f f f f

The real-life daily dog problems and concerns of their owners: Current Dog Problems and Solutions, Q&A Vol 3. Note that a Kindle device is not needed, FREE Kindle Reading Apps - even for Apple iPad etc - are available on the book page here.

You are welcome to tell your relatives, friends, colleagues, and fellow dog lovers to download the book for FREE too - this will bring and keep you in their good books! :-)

ENJOY Your Dog!

Dog Behavior and Owner Behavior Q&A Vol 3 Problems & Solutions f f f f f f f f
FREE 21 - 23 Jan 2015!

Jan 192015
 

Adult Dog Training IN A NUTSHELLThis is Edition 6 of the most concise ADULT DOG Training book you will ever find - because one cannot fit more content per page than with bullet points! ;-)

FREE between 19 - 21 Jan 2015 on Amazon globally f f f f f f f f

12 short chapters in bullet-points, yes! A keyword-style adult dog training book. Short and to the point. If you don't like to read long paragraphs in even longer books, then this is what you are asking for. This is it!

FREE between 19 - 21 Jan 2015 on Amazon globally f f f f f f f f

Needless to say, if you have an older edition, delete it, and get this edition 6 for FREE NOW.

Again, note that a Kindle device is not needed, FREE Kindle Reading Apps - even for Apple iPad etc - are available on the book page here.

You are welcome to tell your relatives, friends, colleagues, and fellow dog lovers to download the book for FREE too - this will bring and keep you in their good books! :-)

ENJOY Your Dog!

FREE between 19 - 21 Jan 2015 on Amazon globally f f f f f f f f

Dec 302014
 

Puppy Training IN A NUTSHELLThis is Edition 5 of the most concise Puppy Training book you will ever find - because one cannot fit more content per page than with bullet points!

12 short chapters in bullet-points, yes! A keyword-style puppy training book. Short and to the point. If you don't like to read long paragraphs in even longer books, this is what you are asking for. This is it.

 

FREE between 2 - 4 Jan 2015
on Amazon globally f f f f f f f f f f

Needless to say, if you have an older edition, delete it, and get this edition 5 for FREE now.

As a dog lover you will rejoice! And if you aren't, why are you here? ;-)

Dec 182014
 

Every now and then (too often), we are getting here a comment, email, or other posting of a freebie surfer (always them!, that alone says everything! :shock: ) who leaves rude remarks (here or elsewhere). Sometimes even after YEARS of having benefited from our NON-profit site without ANY consideration at all.

Why? Because for once, it's the visitor (a GUEST!) who is pissed off about something - something that I find so ridiculous to be pissed off about that I couldn't even waste a thought on that (had that GUEST not left her/his rude remark, of course).*

* Yeah, I know, that GUEST just wants me to get as pissed off as (s)he is - how cheap, but that's how such people are after all.

Going forward, we all here(!) will simply reply to such GUESTS with a link to this post with this image:

happiness sucker

 

:cool: :cool: :cool: :cool: :cool:

Nov 202014
 

We've now had this "90ies" look & feel for too long. Beginning 2015, the website of MYGERMANSHEPHERD.ORG will be revamped to better meet today's requirements.

Watch out in 2015, if you can't recognize the site, you had been warned ;-)

 

No, it's all gonna be very positive indeed. Easier to navigate, and a delight for the eyes.

MYGERMANSHEPHERD PERIODICAL subscription will remain separate and free.

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. :-)

MYGERMANSHEPHERD.ORG is a nonprofit organization - we need proceeds from website advertising, suggested dog remedies, and own product offers to be able to support you!