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First Blog Post: How to Become a Blogger With Easy Examples

Aug 5, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Business, Techniques  //  No Comments

If a bulldog can ride a skateboard, you can write your first blog post.  It’s easy, and I’ll show you how.
If you’ve been reading my business tips and my entrepreneur blog, you’ll name I’m a huge fan of using content as your primary marketing tool.
But I’ll bet a lot of you, when you…

My Best Business Idea Research to You Via Facebook

Aug 2, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  No Comments

What if you could get the very best marketing ideas as soon as your favorite marketing expert has them?
Imagine having a high-octane idea feed like that available for you to brainstorm on what to do next to grow your online business.  Wouldn’t it be seriously valuable?
Let me explain how I accomplish just exactly…

Blog Post Ideas: How To Find the Best Ones

Jul 25, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Techniques  //  No Comments

How do I discover great blog post ideas?
My last business related article about the evils of cold calling struck a chord, if your email response was any indication.  I had a lot of questions about the technique of inbound content marketing.
One of the most common was where will I get enough blog post…

Truth and Lies About Cold Calls, Cold Emails, and Advertising

Jul 19, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  4 Comments

Cold calls.  Advertising.  Cold Emails.
That’s Old School marketing at its finest.  It’s no wonder that guy in the photo looks so darned cold in his office.  Does your CNC-related business use these methods?  Is there a better way?
When you approach someone cold and try to sell them something, that’s called “Outbound” marketing.  That’s…

Blueprint for Growing Traffic Each Stage of a Website’s Life

Jul 5, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  No Comments

Here’s one of the most valuable pieces of insight about growing your business website’s traffic you’ll ever come across, yet I’ve never seen it stated so succinctly anywhere else.
Websites have a traffic lifecycle and they need a different growth strategy that is based on where they are in the lifecycle.
If a picture is…

Jigs and Fixtures: Show Me the Money [Video]

Jul 1, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Products, Software, Techniques  //  2 Comments

There’s an old saying among machinists–fixtures are where you make your money.  If you’re good at making fixtures that save time, you’ll turn a bigger profit.  Or so the saying goes.
But is it really true?  Is it always true?  Will every job benefit from fancy fixturing?
I put together a Free Fixture Calculator that…

[Just Launched] Firecracker CNC Software Sale

Jun 27, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Cool, Products  //  No Comments
firecracker cnc software sale

Good news, CNC’ers:
I’ve just launched our annual Firecracker CNC Software Sale!
Here’s the deal.  You get 15% off any CNC software we sell until the sale ends, Friday, July 14.  The savings is automatically taken in the shopping cart, so you don’t have to do anything except click through to see the savings.  No…

[CNC Chef Video] Turret vs Gang Tooling on CNC Lathes

Jun 27, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Products, Techniques  //  3 Comments
turret vs gang tooling

For this months Cutting Tool Engineering Video, the CNC Chef (that’d be me!) goes over the pros and cons of Turret versus Gang Tooling:

Turret vs Gang Tooling for CNC Lathes…
I’ve also got an in-depth article that goes over the material if you prefer to read text than watch a video:

[ Turret vs…

How Quora Launched My Website Traffic [Growth for New Sites]

Jun 26, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  No Comments
secret sauce for new website traffic


How do new websites get traffic?
As most of you CNCCookbook readers know, I have an entrepreneurship blog (, where I am teaching the techniques I used to grow CNCCookbook and other businesses.  I have a system that works well from absolute nothing to the 4 million plus visits a year CNCCookbook gets.  It…

How Lead Nurturing Fixes Your Website’s Biggest Problem

Jun 18, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  No Comments

You’ve got a website for your business.  You’d like to have more sales from it.  What’s your biggest problem?
It’s a simple one that every website, including CNCCookbook has:

96% of visitors aren’t ready to buy anything from you when they visit
Most of your visitors and mine came to the site looking for something…

Customer Spotlight: Voxel Innovations

Jun 7, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Cool, Manufacturing, Products  //  2 Comments

Daniel Herrington, CEO, and Michael Bromley, Lead Engineer
Customer Spotlights are a regular CNCCookbook blog series where we tell our audience what the folks using our software are up to.  This week we are spotlighting Voxel Innovations, which has developed a unique machining process called Pulsed Electrochemical Machining (PECM).  For this spotlight I worked with…

Learn How the Marketing Masters Grew Their Businesses

May 30, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  1 Comment
Top 15 Marketing Masters

Top 15 Marketing Masters: Benchmarking the World’s Best Marketers…
As an engineer and software developer, I’m a very numbers oriented kind of guy.  Heck, I created the G-Wizard Feeds and Speeds Calculator to get better feeds and speeds for my own work before I ever thought of turning it into a business.  I wanted those…

Warning! Are Small Business Failure Stories Getting You Down?

May 23, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  No Comments

Here’s another from my series to help entrepreneurs.  The original post is on my site.
Serendipity, Venture Capital, and Do Only the Paranoid Survive?
Sometimes my blog posts are motivated entirely by serendipity, and this morning that’s exactly what happened with this post.  I read a couple of small business failure stories, and they…

[Advice for Awesome Business Names]: Random Name Generators to Numerology

May 16, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  No Comments

This article is part of my series helping entrepreneurs to launch and grow their businesses.  The original is over on
Early in the history of any new business comes the naming decision.  You’ll need a name as soon as you create a website or blog.  Naming a new business is something many entrepreneurs obsess…

33 Ways to Design Parts So They’re Easier to Manufacture

May 9, 2017   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  4 Comments

This article was originally published a couple of years ago.  I republished it to call attention to the extensive updates to our Design for Manufacturing page which has nearly double the number of DFM recommendations from 19 to 33.
Many of our readers own or work in CNC manufacturing businesses of all sizes and many…



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