My name is Mike Merz, full time Marketer (20+ years), part
Internet Marketer (4+ years, and working on making it full
and Internet Marketing consultant for the last 2 1/2 years.
The bulk of the latter has been spent helping those new to
wondrous and potentially rewarding field launch their initial
campaigns (That doesn't mean that I ignore those with experience
that need a little assistance, I assure you!).
I'm a bit of a "jack of all trades", acting as owner,
writer, editor, publisher, advertiser, support, etc., you
I'm also the owner of the Top5News Group, which encompasses
a number of lists, a couple of newsletters, and handful of
one of which you're gazing at right now.
I've tried to make learning about Internet Marketing a fun
experience for my students and members, adding a bit of
playfulness and sarcasm to my teachings.
I'm a "link rat", having over 800 bookmarks to sites
that I have
enjoyed over the last 4 years, many of which I've shared with
I've also been fortunate enough to have personal interaction
with some pretty important people in our field:
Allan Gardyne (look, look, I'm at the top of his "friends"
Shelley Lowery (I finally got it right...;), Merle, Kim Skinner,
Andy Brocklehurst (I actually had the honor of moderating
one of my
first groups with him... hi, Andy!), Chris Pirillo (yes, the
himself!), Sherry "Ma Belle"Arrieta (where have
you been lately?),
Marie Williams (she's "MIA", too. What's up?), Rozey
Gean, Brian Alt,
Todd Kelner, Michael Southon, Johannes F. Garrido,
and the list goes on.
(Whether or not they were happy to interact with *me* is another
I've written articles that have been accepted by many of the
directories, some of which I get many personal requests for.
am an Internet Marketing expert @AskMe.com, currently
#2 (out of a field of 425...), and enjoy a 5 out of 5 star
my responses. I am also a contributing editor for BriefMe.com.
My personal side has me living in Fords, N.J., USA, with my
Michael (17), and Randy (13), who happen to be computer geeks
their own right (without a doubt more adept at using them
Dad is!). I also have a daughter, Sharon (19), and Grandson
(2, and not at all terrible:).
Well, now that I've let you into my world a little bit, it's
to get to the heart of the matter; letting me into yours!
I'd like to thank the following people for the individual
and support they gave me prior to, during, and after the
initial construction phase of Internet Marketing For Newbies
Shearing, all giants in the field, yet they made time
to give me personal assistance.
I'd also like to thank Hugo Feliciano and Tony Stisi, fellow
Marketers and dear friends, for their non-biased criticism.
Special thanks to my son Mike, for his much needed advice
on site design (at which he kicks my butt!;).