I stopped at a small local business that just opened up a few weeks ago to see what they had and ended up having a very interesting conversation with the owner... which turned into my motivation for the week. I told her I do internet marketing and she proceeded to tell me that she has been on the net since it was born, but that it's just not what it used to be, and their sales are down so they are opening a local store with their goods. Which I found strange as we live in a very small town. But as I began talking with her, I discovered that all she knew to do, to get traffic to her websites was to pay for advertising. Plus they had advertisers that paid to be displayed on HER websites... but because of the economy, everyone was slacking off on paying for ads, not just her, and it dramatically affected her business. I told her I NEVER pay for advertising. She looked at me like..."What?" (I had told her my internet sales have gone up over 100% this year already) But as I tried to explain to her briefly what I do with blogs, articles, Squidoo, SBI etc.... to get free traffic, she just shook her head...it was too overwhelming to her... and it was then that I realized just how much all the hard work has paid off. I want to pass this on as an encouragement to all of you that are learning the ins and outs of SEO and article marketing, etc, it WILL pay off. As the economy puts a crunch on the paid advertizers, it will only benefit us. I think that's way cool.