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Trying to keep myself from rambling on to becoming a long sales letter, I’ve decided to cheat just a little bit.

I’ve attached a couple of documents here that simply lay out, side by side, the benefits of each level of membership at the “new” Fitness Pro Travel website.  I know from the emails there are many of you that need no convincing after going through the video walk through tour, but I also know there are many that didn’t go through them at all.

This should make it quick, easy, and painless. 😉

Click Here for the Side-By-Side Comparison

There really is great benefit to anyone who utilizes the program with the new features. Even with the basic professional membership you have opportunities to promote yourself, network, share your working vacation experiences, generate income, and participate in the creation of content. I hope you’ll take the time to realize it.

The Run Down on the next 36 hours:

  • 9pm Eastern 2/10 – putting up down for maintenance sign at FPT
    Transferring domain and beginning transfer of all existing content
  • ~1pm Eastern 2/11 – take down maintenance sign and welcome you back to Fitness Pro Travel
  • 8pm Eastern 2/16 – the re-launch period will end along with the 40% off opportunity

Sounds pretty simple, but I am leaving out several steps that will have me up late and at it again early.

Bonuses – I believe you can link to the previous bonuses still in the below posts.  There are two excellent bonus items I have saved and will be providing to those who jump into the Business or Enterprise membership levels right of the bat during launch week. At retail they are nearly $100 in value.

  1. First is another series from CEO of EzineArticles.com Chris Knight on article marketing and avoiding mistakes
  2. Second is an extensive e-book by the CEO of True North Business Consulting, Attorney Cynthia Pasciuto, specifically for the fitness & sport professional on setting up, promoting, and operating an independent fitness business

These are valuable as stand alone items and both of these folks were very generous to offer them for this occasion.

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To start this blog post off, I want to refer you to an article. It was written by Tim Kerber covering the social media phenomenon Twitter. He’s way smoother than I in getting a point across so if you want to learn about tweeting on twitter and how it can benefit you personally as well as your business. Check it out.

http://www.membershipsiteowner.com/public/340.cfm

A little bonus that was found with a google search (also picked this one up from Tim) is the discount code CHH3. It’s time to renew a couple internet domain names and pick up a few others. I primarily work with GoDaddy for domain registration and that discount code saved me $18+ on the order. Not bad. If you use GoDaddy, give it a shot.

If you are just deciding to finally jump into the internet game (creating your web presence & social media connections), the following is some great advice on what he would do if starting from scratch. http://www.chrisbrogan.com/if-i-started-today/

Are you tweeting already? Let me know how you are using it or even how/why you’re not. You can always find me there at http://twitter.com/fitlaunch

My excitement has been building lately for the new Fitness Pro Travel features being developed. Since we asked for your feedback on site changes that would enhance your fitness travel and business several months back, it has been a pretty steady road of research, building new fitness connections, building new business connections, request for proposals, networking, testing, reworking, and so on.

While that has made things hectic it has been and continues to be a great learning experience.

We have been able to address the majority of your thoughts and have developed future plans off of those to continue the community enhancement project. CEP? Think we should call the project by the abbreviation? 🙂  It’s going to rock.

My most recent excitement has come from several industry leaders who have added their insight to the project as of late. Those contacts have been very valuable and it looks like we’ve found a way to share much of their insight with the group.

Several have offered to throw in bonuses to coincide with the launch of our new features. That means that we all will receive some great content from fitness and business experts that will benefit each of us in addition to the new features and that’s without any cost. I know I’ve benefited by working with them and am certain you will as well with their offerings.

It looks like we are literally down to our last month before we present the results of these (phase 1) changes. Several items are completely done and we are testing them now. Others are nearing their completion. Be watching your emails in the next couple weeks for information on sneak peaks that will give you a look inside and an idea of how these new features may be utilized.

This project has not only been exciting, it’s also been nerve wracking. While I know the principles and features can directly benefit your personal, travel, and fitness business, it’s tough not second guessing and doubting the investment from time to time. I’ll leave you today with a quote from French writer Anatole France that has come to mind more than once during the process.

“To accomplish great things we must not only act,
but also dream;
not only plan,
but also believe.”

Last two weeks have been insane… In a good way.

If you follow the mailing list you are well aware of the daily onslaught we had of new working vacation resorts and resort positions added two weeks ago at Fitness Pro Travel. Rumor has it that onslaught may not quite have simmered down yet.

Wayne Martin leading a Yoga Workshop on the Grand Lido Deck

Wayne Martin leading a yoga workshop on the Grand Lido Deck

Good news for you if you like the affordable travel options.

As you can see by my lack of blog attention last week, it was another busy week. This week was filled with

fun and education at the Fit Beach Conference we assist the Fit Bodies company in putting on in Negril, Jamaica.  I’ll post more on those highlights soon.

There is always a ton of learning going on when you have a gathering over a 5-7 day period in and out of the conference sessions. Participants not only get class time with industry leading professionals, but also a couple dinners, lunches, beach time, evening outings, etc. for added question, answer, and networking.

… It’s tough to express the true value of these get-a-way events.

I also ran through a short book during the week by Seth Godin, “Tribes”.  Quick and easy read. If you are interested in how the ever evolving social media technologies are effecting how your clients/members/students are making decisions and gaining information, this might be right for you. I’m sure I’ll hit more on this in the coming weeks.

… Better yet, if you want an idea of the features you’ve heard me mention we are working on and are getting crazy close to activating on the Fitness Pro Travel site, this book will paint a pretty good picture. It was pretty cool to read a “hot off the presses” book that reflects the feed back we got from our “tribe” and encourages the activities and features we are “no turning back” into building.  (whew)

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