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Hello I am Margaret O’Connor Flanigan

I’m Margaret O’Connor Flanigan and I put up this site because everyone kept telling me that I needed to “brand” myself!

I haven’t been too eager to put my name and face out there because it’s just not my nature and also, I think there are more than enough huge egos in this business already and I certainly don’t want to add to the problem.

I don’t like my marketing to be “about me.” I like to emphasize the products, the services and the resources I provide. I usually work anonymously or under a business name. I guess I am fairly shy in person and perhaps I have let too much of that carry over into my business.

I enjoy what I do and I don’t take myself too seriously. I get a big kick out of this business and (most of) the people I work with. Issues that I am very passionate about include helping businesses get started with online and social marketing, teaching people about new technology and trying to help small businesses get the most bang for their online marketing buck. I get pretty mad when I see marketing consultants taking advantage of internet newbies.

I am an experienced marketer, graphic designer and website designer. I started out many, many years ago as a computer programmer. I left the workforce to stay home when my kids were born. I home schooled and did day care for a while and then when my marriage broke up, I started selling the advertising on church bulletins. I realized that I loved sales and marketing! The church bulletin company pulled out of the Chicago area just as I was having my first success as an internet marketer and the rest… as they say… is history!

When my divorce finally went through (after 4 years, don’t ask!) I grabbed my kids and we fled to a small town here in northern Wisconsin. I was so grateful for my online business because it allowed me to pick up and move without worrying about finding work locally.

Several years ago my parents both became very ill. Originally from Chicago, they had retired down in Arizona 25 years earlier. But things changed when they were in their 80′s and my mother needed a great deal of care and my father had suddenly been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and so he needed care also. Once again, having my own online business saved my life, allowing me do go down there and get them, bring them up to live with me and care for them in my home. After a few months with us my mother passed away peacefully here at home. My father’s Alzheimer’s continued to get worse but he was still the sweetest funniest dearest man in the world. My father passed away on March 22 2008, 2 years and 1 day after my mother.

So now I (try to) balance my responsibilities to my family with my work as a marketer and website designer… and sometimes find a few minutes to myself for fishing, kite flying and a few other hobbies.

Thank you for stopping by.

Have a blessed day!

-Margaret


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8 Responses to About

  1. Georgina says:

    Hi, Margaret. I got your twitter following message and I wanted to know a bit more of who you are. I noticed that you use the same wordpress theme as mine, but you can adverts in your blog. Are they Googles adsense? Coz I can’t put google adsense in my wordpress.com blog. They don’t accept javascript. Does your blog accept javascript?

    Best wishes,
    Georgina

  2. Margaret Flanigan says:

    @Georgina I don’t use any Adsense on this blog. The banners on the left are just ordinary banners. But the Software Giveaway of the Day offer is javascript so I guess It works fine here.

    Here is a very nice video explaining how to put Adsense ads into a WordPress blog: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=3wg4MnvDmJY

    As the video shows, the easiest way to do it is to just stick the adsense code into text widgets.

    Your blog looks great! I notice that it is a WordPress.com blog so there might be additional restrictions about what you can put on it that I am not familiar with.

    Thanks for stopping by. Have a Happy New Year!

  3. Georgina says:

    Thanks for the reply Margaret. I’ve watched the video, great info.

  4. Robert Chercasen says:

    Thank you for sharing! You seem to be put together very well as you can see I am trying to come up with ways to get America Moving again! $20 million people out of work is not a pretty picture at all! Thank you and I hope to get your opinions too!

  5. Jeannie says:

    Margaret,

    I was wondering if you are still involved with NHR & if so how your business is going. I was also wondering about the product. I have tried to email you several times but it keeps coming back. Any info you can give me would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

  6. Hello, I was just being curious. I hope to write for you or someone connected to Catholic tide someday. How do I get big-wigs like you to notice my blog at blogger. It is Catholic, but a bit too macabre’. Get it, Macabre (spooky) actually comes originally from the word Maccabee! Anway, let me know or write a comment if you seen my blog. May the LORD God bless you in the name of St. Judas Maccabaeus.

  7. Bob Peterson says:

    We discussed HA with Brian. I like the honest approch to things that you take on your site.

  8. Larry Neuser says:

    Hi Margaret,
    I had sent you an e-mail to your Yahoo listed e-mail address, but it got kicked back, indicating no such Yahoo account existed. Hopefully, you will pick this up instead.

    I first became aware of you when reading some of the threads in the warrior Internet marketing forums. I was impressed with your commentary and questions regarding one of Carty’s products, and how you handled Omar relative to the auto blogging software problem I noticed you are from Marinette, Wisconsin, and as I am also from Wisconsin (Hartland) I was curious about your background in Internet marketing and so I went to your website to learn more. My goodness, I was impressed with everything that you’ve done, your life experiences, and your Catholic Tides website. I am a well-informed Catholic and you put together the most exhaustive list of Catholic new sites I have ever seen. I have sent the link to Catholic Tides to everyone in my contact lists, including the Carmelite Friars of Holy Hill with whom I’m particularly close. I have implored everybody to send the link to the site to everyone in their contact lists. I have lots more questions, that I’d like to share with you but I want to first make sure that this gets through to you, so if you’d be so kind as to respond confirming that you received this I would appreciate it, after which I have a lot more to ask you.

    Thank you,
    Larry Neuser

    6752 N. Shawmoors Drive
    Hartland, WI 53029
    Home phone – 262-367-3552
    cell phone – 262-719-0068
    email – lneuser@att.net

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