TSP Directory Feature of the Week: Webology

Webology: Website Development and Online Marketing – Birmingham, AL

Today’s TSP Directory feature is my own business, Webology! I’ve held off on writing about my own business until now for a reason. Today, I am launching a special contest for members of TSP Nation. First, a little background. I have been doing web development and online marketing for a few years under the name Blake Development.

In September of last year, I finally quit my last job to build my own business full time. So, we rebranded as Webology SEO LLC this year. To celebrate, I am giving away either a free basic website, a logo or flyer design, or a month of on-page SEO work. The winner will get to pick, and it would be a great way to kickstart a new business with some free marketing.

The Details

If you want to know more about this contest, just visit my listing in the TSP Business Directory. Or go directly to the source and read my Free Website Giveaway page for all the details. Either way, you get all the info you need to enter. Basically, I am shamelessly asking for Facebook likes. I know, you can buy those. But I would much rather work for a member of the TSP Audience than give my hard earned dollars to Zuckerberg! So, visit my Facebook page, then like, share, and comment on the top post. The winner will be announced March 31st.

More About Webology

We’re a creative design and web development firm in Birmingham Alabama. We are a one-stop shop for all online marketing services. Our work includes everything from Agritrue to Appalachian Tactical Academy. Literally guns to gardening and everything in-between! We’re really good at technical on-page SEO marketing. In non-geek terms, that means we help rank your site in Google so you get inbound leads. We do a little bit of everything though. Here are just a few of the services we provide:

  • Web Development
  • Design and Logo Creation
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Social Marketing
  • Web Hosting
  • E-mail and Text Marketing
  • Banner Ad Retargeting
  • Cloud Software Development

Wait This Isn’t Fair!

Why do I get to promote a contest for my business! What about all the other outstanding business listed in the Directory? I’d like to do the same thing for everyone. So please send me your e-mails with your promotion ideas. I’m going down the list, and writing about every listing in the Bronze tier or above. Next week I will be writing about Individual Insurrection. So, if you scroll through the main list from there you can see where your business falls in the order. Get me your text or idea ASAP, and I will do my best to incorporate it into your feature post. You can e-mail directory@thesurvivalpodcast.com if you want me to write about something going on at your business. Have a great week, and continue working to grow your own personal liberty and resiliency. Cheers!

Webology: Birmingham SEO and Web Development Company.

Webology: Birmingham SEO and Web Development Company.

 

Episode-1955- Expert Council Q&A for 2-17-17

Today its Friday so it’s time for expert council show. To ask a question for a show like this, just send an email to me at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with “TSPC Expert” in the subject line.

Today the expert council answers questions on pasture establishment, crohn’s disease, rate swaps, generators, military trailers, dehydrating mushrooms, jug fishing and more.

In the body of your email first tell me the council member your question is for. Second ask your question concisely in one to two sentences maximum. Third any and all details after that. This is the formula to give you the best chance of getting on the air.

I do what I can to get as many of your questions as possible on the air but can’t always get to all of them. Our council is made of a wide variety of experts in everything from the tactical to the practical and everything in between.

To get more information on our Expert Council visit our “Meet the Expert Council Page” to learn more about them and their specific areas of expertise.

Join Me Today As Our Experts Discuss

  • Planting forage for rabbits and chickens – Darby Simpson
  • Dealing with Crohn’s Disease – Gary Collins
  • The ins and outs of rate swaps – John Pugliano
  • Why you should consider a tri fuel generator – Steven Harris
  • The good and really not good on M101 trailers – Tim Glance
  • Drying mushrooms – Erica Strauss
  • Jug fishing for catfish – Jack

Resources for today’s show…

Sponsors of the Day

Websites of the Expert Council Members

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Anker 24W Dual USB Car Charger – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the Anker 24W Dual USB Car Charger.  To me this dual charge is the best bang for the buck you can’t get on the market today.  First I love Anker, they are just a stand up company with a great warranty and very good support.  They stand behind everything they make, all the time.  And yea even with a 9 dollar product like this.

This little charger is 24 watts, most of this size and price range are 5-15 watts, simply put this thing charges fast, really fast.  Compared to some of the other stuff we have used almost twice as fast for my wife’s iPhone 6 and my iPhone 7.

What I really like is it is so compact, it takes almost no space up and yet provides two ports.  The top port gives you the fastest charging at 4.8 amps, the lower port charges at 2.4 amps and that still gives you a quicker charge that most 9 dollar 12vdc chargers.

Our view is we keep an Anker Astro E7 fully charged, if you use it plug it into the lower port to top it off.  Given that power bank will charge an iPhone 10 times you are pretty bullet proof at that point.

Steven Harris and I both have the same view on cell phones.

  • Rule One – You don’t let your cell phone go dead, in fact you keep it fully charged all the time.  When you are home you plug it in, when you are in the car you plug it in, etc.
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  • Rule Two – Have multiple ways to charge your phone, especially in your vehicle.
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  • Rule Three – You don’t let your cell phone go dead, in fact you keep it fully charged all the time.  When you are home you plug it in, when you are in the car you plug it in, etc.

Simple no?  I also believe in buying quality and Anker gives you that and at 9 bucks, you should have one of these in every vehicle and one in your BOB, get home bag, travel bag, what ever you call your kit/kits of choice.  So check out the Anker 24W Dual USB Car Charger and remember if you want the best back up battery pack on the market for your mobile devices in my opinion you just can’t beat the Anker Astro E7.

Remember you can always find the TSP Amazon Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop on Amazon you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

 

Wheaton Laboratories PDC

I recently found out that my old friend Paul Wheaton is hosting and teaching a permaculture design course at his place in Montana, Wheaton laboratories in late May/early June.  Paul has been a friend of TSP since 2010 and has been answering questions since we started the expert council.

Well, now is your chance to do a complete permaculture design course and in this case, the emphasis is going to be on design!  This is going to be epic, folks.  This is not some holding hands and singing songs PDC.  The main instructor is Tim Barker (Paul assures me he will be teaching a big chunk of the course as well) who ran PDCs for Geoff Lawton, and if you don’t know who Geoff Lawton is, just stop right here, do a little reading, and then come back.

Register for the PDC and ATC here!

There will also be a bunch of guest instructors including:

  • Thomas J. Elpel
  • Helen Atthowe
  • Ernie and Erica Wisner
  • Jacqueline Freeman
  • Davin Hoyt

Paul talks about the PDC and all of the instructors on this episode of PETV’s Permaculture Smackdown with Josiah Wallingford.

Josiah (Joe) Wallingford informs me he will be attending as well and giving out PermaEthos PDC seats to whoever signs up for both the PDC and the ATC. You can contact him directly for more details on this josiah@permaethos.com

Episode-1954- Listener Calls for 2-16-17

jackspirkoToday on The Survival Podcast I take your calls on guns, civil war, jerusalem artichokes, gardening, comfrey, content creation, trolls, jerky, teaching and more.

Remember to be on a show like this one just pick up your phone and call 866-65-THINK.

The best way to improve your chances of being on the air is ask your question or make your point up front, then provide details.

Also please do your best to call from a quiet area with a good connection and speak up so you can be well heard.

While I can’t put all calls on the air but I do my best to get as many of them on as I can.

Join Me Today As I Respond to Your Calls and Discuss…

  • The future of song of the day, 96 WILL NOT HAPPEN
  • The advantages of a hammer less hand gun
  • Are we currently in a political civil war
  • Propagation of jerusalem artichokes
  • Using “forest soil” in a new garden
  • What exactly is a tow plow, why should we care
  • Comfrey’s role in garden bed establishment
  • The Sony Creative Cloud for content creators
  • How do you deal with trolls
  • The proper storage of jerky, why I don’t recommend vac sealing
  • A teacher quits for all the right reasons, and is still a teacher

Resources for today’s show…

Sponsors of the Day

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Betts 3 Foot Compact Cast Net – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the Betts 3 Foot Cast Net.  This net is marketed as a product for kids learning to throw a net, and yes it is good for that, but it is great for “big kids” too.  Why?  Because it is so compact.

Take a look at the photo above, do you see how small this thing is?  When we travel to Florida I pack a 4 foot throw net in my luggage with my travel rod so I can catch bait in the surf.  It is pretty small and since I pack like a man it doesn’t put my bag over the 50 pound limit.

But I am working on a project right now, one I will likely reveal next week.  A truly compact behind the truck seat go anywhere fishing kit.  I am talking a bag the size of say a good range bag with two full sized rods in it, and everything you need to fish almost anywhere.  To make this work you must be able to acquire bait and that is one thing this does.   Not to mention a small net has big advantages in some bodies of water, especially small creeks surrounded by lots of trees.

And as I have written about before when it comes to subsistence fishing, all fish eat what lives in the water they live in, or in my grandfather’s words…

The best bait comes from the water you are fishing
in or from say under a rock on the banks around it.

Additionally once we can catch anything in a body of water we can then work our way up the food chain.  Please note that in Texas the capture of any “non game fish” with a throw net is legal.  You need to check your State’s laws to see if this is legal there and what you can and can’t keep if it ends up in your net.  Further in Texas sunfish like bluegill, green sunfish, red ear sunfish, etc are non game fish, again if your State lists “non game fish” you need to find out what your State means by that.

What this means for me is shiners, creek chubs, shad, sun fishes, etc, all can be caught and used for bait with this net.  And it is so small when folded up it takes up only one pocket in my fishing bag.

It will also rapidly pay for itself.  Have you priced minnows and shiners by the dozen, it doesn’t take many fishing trips to burn through the 22 bucks this thing costs.  And a three foot net is easy to throw.   I use a method called the “in teeth” method that some don’t like, but it works very well for nets 6 feet and under and it is very effective with small 3-4 foot nets.  I will have a video out next week at the latest showing how to do it.  That said no matter what method you use a 3 foot net is easy to throw and great to learn with.

This means I can now go to one of my creek spots, catch a bunch of shiners, chubs or bluegills, set some limb lines for cats, sit back with a rod tossing baits or lures, etc and not spend a dime on bait.  I can do this in a place I am familiar with or I can be somewhere, see an opportunity, grab one bag and be fishing in mere minutes.

So if you are looking for a compact way to be able to acquire bait check out the Betts 3 Foot Cast Net today.  Again though please remember to check your State’s regulations about these devices.  Some States are just not worth the hassle, check out Pennsylvania’s nonsense for example.

Remember you can always find the TSP Amazon Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop on Amazon you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

P.S. – I really do mean know and follow your laws, no wink wink implied.  That said, I think having and knowing how to use a cast net is a valid survival skill.  Legal or not, if say the SHTF for real, this is a tool that can feed you.  With a quarters worth of dog food and a few throws I could easily catch over 100 sunfish of various eating size with a cast net.

Additionally in many States what is illegal on public water is kosher on private water, again know your laws but also learn this skill in a pinch it will put food on your table.  Just something to think about.

P.S.S. – If you have any doubt about what is legal in your area, call your local wardens office and they will be happy to answer your questions.

 

Episode-1953- Chris Coney on the Rise and Future of Crypto Currency

Learn more about Chris’ Work at Cryptoversity.com

Chris Coney (aka The Marketing Monk) is the founder of Cryptoversity, the online school for Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies and block chains.

Cryptoversity exists to level the playing field when it comes to opportunities for economic prosperity, so that we can rebalance the distribution of wealth and close the enormous gap between rich and poor. Getting back control of the money system is critical to solving almost all human problems.

Chris joins us today to discuss how the rise of Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies and block chains may seem like the beginning of the revolution, when in fact it’s simply the next logical step in an even bigger transition in the world.

This is the transition from vertically integrated organizations with hierarchical power structures into flat, peer to peer, networked organizations.

Resources for today’s show…

Sponsors of the Day

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air.

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Group Hotel Info for the March Workshop

If you are coming to the fall workshop and want a hotel we have a group rate for you at the Holiday Inn Express at 3541 NW Loop 820, this is about a 10-15 minute drive tops from our place.

The rate is 87 dollars, there are 10 king rooms and 5 double queen rooms available.  The number to reserve your room is 817-744-7755.  Just call and reserve your room, tell them you want the group rate and you are with The Survival Podcast.  We have these rooms held at this rate until the 21st of this month.

If there is any confusion when you call our contact there is Jennifer Camp.

The Hotel Website is here, http://bit.ly/2l8vsw9

Porter-Cable 9-Inch Pruning Reciprocating Saw Blades – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the Porter-Cable 9-Inch Pruning Reciprocating Saw Blade.  I have always been a fan of using Reciprocating Saws (IE Sawzalls) as a tool for pruning trees or removing small trees where a chain saw would be over kill.  It is especially nice for small trees that you want to cut off flush to the ground.  They also make a less damaging cut when pruning large branches on fruit trees.

The big thing though is safety.  I have used chain saws since I was 12 years old and thank God I have never hurt myself with one.  I have seen quite a few injuries though and they are pretty awful.  One thing I realized is that these injuries almost never happen when felling large trees, or bucking trees.  Then tend to happen when people are doing work on small trees and small slash.

The rule is simple, TWO HANDS ON THE SAW AT ALL TIME THE CHAIN IS MOVING, the end, infinity.  But when working with bushy stuff sooner or later the temptation becomes too great, a hand comes off the saw and in time sooner or later flesh and bone meet moving chain.  My grandfathers words ring true,

Moving machines and tools have no sympathy, no conscious and no respect for human beings.  They don’t care if they are cutting wood and metal or flesh and bone.  You are the one with the brain so act like it!

In that spirit many years ago I thought, wow all this little bushy crap doesn’t really need a chain saw.  Took out my sawzall and instantly was a convert.  If it can be easily cut with a reciprocating saw that is what I use.  It is lighter, quieter and safer so why not.

Over the years I tried a lot of different blades, the blade in the video below is just a stock “wood blade”.  Most left something to be desired when cutting trees.  I found a few good “specialty blades”.  They were however expensive and the best one I ever found was the T-Rex Extreme but they went out of business.  Trying to make a company on one product is pretty tough!

So one day I decided to give these a whirl and to this day they are the best, highly available and affordable pruning blade I have found.  They end up costing about $3.70 a piece and you get a LOT of cutting out of a blade before you need to switch it out.  If you look at the tooth pattern it is clear why they work so well, it is very similar to a scaled down bow saw blade.

So if you own a reciprocating saw, consider picking up a set of these.  Again I have tried a lot of different blades but bang for the buck I see Porter-Cable 9-Inch Pruning Reciprocating Saw Blades as the best you can get right now.

Remember you can always find the TSP Amazon Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop on Amazon you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

P.S. – If you are in the market for a reciprocating saw I truly do bleed yellow and black Dewalt blood.  This is the saw I would recommend, The Dewalt 20V MAX.  However it is a bare tool only at 107 meaning you need chargers and batteries so I only recommend it if like me you want to standardize on Dewalt.

I have to admit that the maker of these blades Porter-Cable makes damn decent tools and they have great pricing as well.  This set of a Porter-Cable Drill and Sawzall will give you a 20V Saw, a 20V Drill, a Battery and a Charger for about the same cost as the bare Dewalt saw.  Is the Dewalt a better tool?  Yes.  If I didn’t already own Dewalts would I say it is that much better?  No.  Brand loyalty only goes so far.

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Note this video is old, really old, I have lost a lot of weight
and gained a lot of gray hairs since then.

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Episode-1952- Before You Can Follow Your Passion – You Have to Find It

There is a divide among entrepreneurs on whether or now a person should, “follow their passion” in business.  We can table that today though, because whether you do so in business or just in life, I think we can all agree at some point you should fallow you passion.  If not what is the sense of living?

For me this was easy, my passions are and will always be first and foremost my family.  What I do I do to support them first.  But to be a good husband and father, a man must also follow his own path and have joy in his life.  So my other passions are nature, the outdoors, hunting, fishing, growing food, foraging, working with animals, solving problems, cooking and teaching.

And I have always known this, 20 years ago I might have explained it a bit differently but the list would have been the same.  Yet when I talk to many people I realize that often people do not know what their “lifestyle passions” are.  I mean most people are passionate about their family and friends, but when it comes to something of their own they often struggle with nailing it down.

Much like a gifted musician who can’t understand why a student can’t just learn four simple cords in a few minutes, I have always struggled with this concept, how the hell can anyone not know what their passions are.  When you do it, you feel it, you know it, that is why it is a passion!  Given that one of my passions is solving problems, I decided to look into this and today’s show is what I have come up with.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • Why does this even matter, why is this so important
  • Before we start, a lesson from our friends the dogs
  • Reasons many do not know their passions
    • They have yet to experience it
    • They think it has to be something “big”
    • They misdefine passion
    • They are afraid to admit what they really want
  • Start with what you don’t want, what things do you not want in your life
  • What makes you angry, and of those things which do you have influence over
  • Define your lifestyle goals
    • What things do you do that make you most happy
    • What things do you do that you just don’t want to stop doing
    • If I gave you 10 million dollars, what would you do with it
    • Have you ever had a “personal perfect moment”
    • Pick 20 items to take to prison with you, yes I am serious
    • Who do you see as truly successful and why do you feel that way about them
  • Specific cautions
    • Just because it feels good doesn’t mean it is good for you
    • Just because it works for someone you admire doesn’t mean it will work for you
    • The number one thing separating people from their passions is fear
  • The road map
    • Be Peter Gibbons for a day, take a day and do nothing
    • The next day write an essay, called, “My Perfect Day”
    • Define the lifestyle you want to have
    • Build a path that matches your lifestyle goal as soon as possible
  • Final Thoughts

Resources for today’s show…

Sponsors of the Day

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air.

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