There is no doubt. People spend most of their time watching videos over anything else. This is may be the reason why video marketing has the most success over anything else. But the question is… is this going to be that easy? Gaining almost 99% of your marketing success would never been easy as ABC….
…Or How to Repent from Your SPAMMY Ways!
The following is a public service announcement from yours truly. It is a somewhat satirical rag on SPAM bloggers. And, even if that doesn’t apply to you, and I hope that it doesn’t, there is a lot to learn in the following post for just about anyone involved in blogging.
Oh, please forgive my lack of manners; I just came from my psychologists office. He suggested that I work on saying it how it is instead of sugar coating everything. I’ve chosen, you, SPAMMY bloggers, to be the brunt of my newly found freedom to say it like it is – because, well, you deserve it.
Yeah you know who you are, but if you don’t, here are a few signs that you are just another SPAM blogger.
• You don’t really know much about the main subject of your blog, and you never really intend to learn about it either
• Your blog is called something like Hemorrhoid-Medication-Reviews dot com
• You don’t have an “About” page because you are just like the “man behind the curtain” in the Wizard of Oz – not real
• You have an “About” page, but the name and picture aren’t really you
• You paid someone five dollars on “Fiverr” to get you 100 fake facebook “likes”
• You think that the Panda is dangerous
Fix Your SPAMMY Ways
Forgive me for getting all preachy on you, but I just want to tell you that the time has come to fix your SPAMMY ways. The end is near. Seriously. The end of poorly constructed purely for SEO, content is near.
Since Google’s PANDA update search engine rankings have been falling for SPAM producers. And just recently Google shot “Build My Rank” to the ground. For anyone that hasn’t heard of it, “Build My Rank” is a link building service that, like so many others, artificially increased their clients websites rankings through SPAMMY backlinking. The party is over for them, and they admitted it. It’s just a matter of time before the rest of the superstar SPAMMY back linking services get blasted too.
But That’s Not All Folks
The search engines have their eyes on blasting your SPAMMY blogs to smithereens too.
What to Do About It
The good news is that it may not yet be too late, here are some things that you can do to convert your blog from SPAM to the real thing:
• Include an about page – it gives your blog an element of being personal
• Include a “terms of service” page – makes any site look more legit
• Stop spinning SPAMMY backlinks
• Create fantastic content that real humans will “like” and “tweet”
I feel better after getting that out of my system. Thanks for reading, and I look forward to reading your awesome blogs.
Guest Author’s bio:
Rachel Walker is a FastUpFront www.fastupfront.com Blog contributor and business consultant. Fastupfront offers business loan financing solutions based on business cash flow.
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Most people, when they try to make money online, overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years.
That is why I often tell brand new bloggers to focus on the first $100 rather than the $100K figure.
That said, how was it possible, that we could create a brand new blog and only 30 days later, have already earned over $5000?
Today’s post will answer that question.
The IncomeDiary Blueprint for Making Money Online
Idea —> Take Action —> Build a Brand —> Create Content —> No Leakage Rule —> Blog Funnel System —> Free eCourse —> Product —> Money
All great websites start with solving a problem.
Step 1) How To Come Up With Website Ideas | Solve a Problem
At IncomeDiary we focus on the make “money online niche”.
Making money online is something that interests a lot of people, from many different demographics.
As soon as we started we had people ask us how to start their first blog.
And once they had started their blog, how could they make money from it?
Some even asked us to build websites for them.
There was a PROBLEM that people wanted help in SOLVING!
From the responses we where getting and our own research it was clear there was a demand.
But how do we make money from this demand?
In the case of IncomeDiary we knew a lot of our income would come from affiliate links.
That is where we started.
If you are a first time blogger you will need a domain, hosting, blog design, email list management.
Fortunately there are plenty of affiliate programs for services like this and in any case we needed all these services ourselves.
As an example if someone signed up for a domain, hosting and a blog design through our affiliate links, we would earn $100.
All we needed to do was convince 50 people to follow our advice and we would earn $5000.
Better still we where recommending products and services that we where using ourselves!
In blogging as in all business having a plan is essential.
A clear vision, backed by definite plans, gives you a tremendous feeling of confidence and personal power ~
All we needed to do now was estimate / work out how much traffic we would need in order to accomplish our goal for month one!
We are simplifying the calculations here a little – not everyone will need a domain or hosting for example – some will purchase more services, some will purchase less.
But for the purpose of planning these where good starting points.
Of course your niche may be entirely different from Make Money Online – but for just about every niche there is be affiliate programs you can promote to your readers.
As an aside, our sister site – ExpertPhotography.com covers a completely different niche to IncomeDiary – but when it started out, it used exactly the same strategy as IncomeDiary to get its first income – great content combined with affiliate income!
Step 2) To Make Money Online – Take Action
Now that we had an idea, we had to create a website.
This is an easy step, something that only took a few hours. I go over this in detail on this page.
Step 3) To Make Money Online – Build a Brand
Branding isn’t something a lot of people think much of.
But branding is important. It’s what someone thinks about your website.
When people think IncomeDiary, we want them to think, authority website that teaches people how to make money online.
To achieve this, we did a few things:
You want it to be easy to remember, easy to spell and you want it be a .com.
When I create a website, I don’t begin until I have found a domain that I think is good enough.
Sometimes it makes sense to buy a domain that has already been registered from a Domain Broker.
For example, IncomeDiary.com was bought for $100 from a blogger.
And we paid $2000 for our sister site – ExpertPhotography.com – via a domain broker.
If your blog doesn’t look good, it reflects badly on your brand. I’m not saying you have to spend a lot of money, we didn’t.
We started with buying a premium theme for $80 and getting a custom logo created. We kept the website simple and easy to understand.
It’s also important to pick a good color scheme for your site. When someone sees the green color we use, I want them to think IncomeDiary.com (I also wanted them to think money!)
Create Top Lists (read before you scroll past this)
Now I know most people know what a top list is, but you need to know what posts we created, why we created them and how they influenced our brand.
Some examples of the top lists we created:
- 30 Top Earning Blogs
- 30 Top Earning Websites
- 50 Most Influential People in Blogging
- 20 People Who Started As Bloggers, Who Are Now So Much More!
Creating these posts, made us stand out as an authority on the subject.
If we are the website to decide which bloggers are the most influential, then we must know a lot about blogging.
Interviews don’t get us a lot of long term traffic.
What they do though, is associate our website with experts in our industry.
We are not going into detail on conducting interviews in this post – but read any of our interviews and you will have interview templates you can follow.
Step 4) To Make Money Online – Create Compelling Content
To make money, we firstly had to get traffic. To get traffic, we had to firstly create interesting content.
We have spoken a lot about creating content.
The strategy for getting a lot of traffic from blogging is simple – create amazing content.
Look at this post as an example:
- The subject of the post is something people are looking to read about
- Over 2000 words (average page on first page of good is over 2000 words)
- It’s easy to read (checked spelling, grammar, post styling)
- Headline draws the reader in
- It provides real value
- Post images add to value of the post
The 10 posts that received the most traffic in the first few months were all top list articles.
Looking back, their was very little traffic going to any posts that were not top lists or interviews.
One big benefit from writing top list posts and interviewing authorities in your industry, is the amount of links and social media shares you get. Often when we write a post saying that someone is one of the most influential bloggers in the world, they want to link to it on their site, because it helps with their own brand.
All these links and shares tell Google that we are a great site and they should rank our posts higher in their search engine.
You can see how our traffic would spike every time we published a top list on our site:
Step 5) How To Make Money Online – The No Leakage Rule
The no leakage rule is when you create a website in a way that either a reader signs up for what you are promoting, or they leave your website.
Let me explain further:
The goal of IncomeDiary is to get people to subscribe to our email list. Now to best accomplish this, we need to keep distracts to a minimum.
That means having no banner ads, no blogroll, no top commenters links and so on…
If a website visitor is leaving our website to look at an advertiser, they are not signing up for our email list.
It’s the same reason we don’t want to link to guest bloggers at the bottom of blog posts, because if our visitors are checking out their website, they are not signing up for our list.
Step 6) Make Money Online – Blog Funnel System
This is all about getting your visitors to go where you want them to go, or shall I say, how to funnel them to your desired location.
The goal of our blog is to get people to subscribe to our email list.
That is how we make the majority of our money.
The longer someone stays on the site, the more likely they are to subscribe and for us to make money.
Step 7) Make Money Online – Free eCourse
When we started IncomeDiary, not a lot of bloggers were giving incentives for signing up to a mailing list.
Those that did, often gave free eBooks.
I liked the idea of a free eBook but there was one problem.
I wanted readers to take action and if they received to much information all at once, they would feel overwhelmed and would be less likely to follow my guide.
So instead, we decided to split up what we wanted to teach and give it to subscribers over 7 days.
We called it: 7 Day Free eCourse To Creating Your First Profitable Blog
I would explain to everyone signing up that “You may have to spend some money if you want to make some money” – not a lot of money just a little if you really wanted to be serious about blogging. (Less than $100). I included special offers on domain names and offers on hosting such as get your first months hosting for 1 cent and coupon codes. (People love coupon codes)
This worked amazingly well.
Pretty much one of the reasons it worked so well was because I showed my readers exactly what I’m doing. I was not asking them to do anything that I had not done myself.
It’s also important to point out that I was solving a specific problem. I wasn’t simply trying to help people become better bloggers.
Setting up a Autoresponder
Once people opted in and joined my eCourse, the auto-responder would start sending them an email every day for a week.
The course was very much step by step – “Day One, installing your blog” – “Day Two, adding a theme and customizing your blog,” – Day Three: monetizing” etc
Every day subscribers would look forward to the next addition. Often I would get people email me saying, “Hey, is there any chance I can get Day Two now, rather than wait until tomorrow?”
Subscribers took action straightaway. I told them, “Look, take action on this today, and then you’ll be ready to do tomorrow’s assignment.”
Marketing Your eCourse
Another huge benefit of having a squeeze page, or a separate page on WordPress dedicated to your free course, is people have a link they can share with friends if they wish to recommend it. It is great when people Tweet things like “Check Out IncomeDiary’s Free Blogging eCourse” and link to this page.
This also meant I could mentioned this page in my blog posts – for example if I did a Top 30 Bloggers list I would finish it with a link says: “Follow in their footsteps, check out my free course”.
The signup page became so popular that it was the third most visited page on the site.
Step 8) Make Money Online – Selling Your Own Product
Once someone has gone through our eCourse, we want them to be thinking, WOW, that was amazing, I can’t believe that was free.
If they think this, then when we tell them that we have a paid membership site, they can only imagine how good it must be.
When creating products to sell on IncomeDiary, we think about what our readers most want.
For us, getting traffic has always been easy. And if it’s easy for us, surely we can make it easy for our readers. So we created an eBook called Traffic Domination which is a blueprint to getting over 100,000 visitors a month from top list articles.
We also use to offer a training program called Site Profit Domination which showed our customers in detail how we were monetizing our blogs.
Step 9) Making Money Online and Reinvesting
The reason for a lot of our success is the way we reacted to making money.
When we make money, we reinvested it. We may have started our blog with a small budget but as soon as we had the money, we made it a lot better.
I was not entirely happy with the blog theme, so I spent sometime customizing the design. This included a big change to the homepage – allowing us to display a large opt-in box.
We also used some custom graphics on the side-bar to direct visitors to our best revenue producing pages.
We even bought advertising for IncomeDiary, which at the time, was not something we would normally recommend with a new blog, but earnings per visitor was so good, we could afford to buy traffic.
One final note on making money online.
I love this quote from Paulo Coelho …
It is essential to know your visitor numbers and your earnings per visitor!
For some, attracting the first 1000 visitors will be the big goal and for others it will be attracting the first 1,000,000 visitors
Set yourself high, but realistic targets and go all out to achieve.
Hoping and Guessing is not a business strategy – but FOCUS and CONCENTRATION is.
What you focus on, EXPANDS!
Take the time to build your brand, build your following and build your website into the premier site in its niche.
Making $100,000 PA is a Big Goal – but it is not an impossible goal.
Believe in you – believe you can do it.
It is also the strategy you need in order to set yourself for the ULTIMATE Pay Day!
That magically day when you eventually sell your business.
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Being an entrepreneur is rewarding.
But it is not for everyone.
You will work harder than you’ve ever worked for anyone else.
Setbacks, strained relationships and stress are commonplace.
No wonder “wannabe entrepreneurs” give up!
But the REWARDS make being an entrepreneur worthwhile.
Succeed as an entrepreneur and you are set for life!
Derek Halpern sums up being an entrepreneur perfectly…
According to the Small Business Administration (SBA) 30% of new businesses fail during the first two years of being open, 50% during the first five years and 66% during the first 10.
Of course, enormous success is also possible and there are advantages to being an entrepreneur.
Before success comes in any man’s life, he is sure to meet with much temporary defeat, and, perhaps, some failure.
21 Things They Don’t Tell You About Being an Entrepreneur
(+ 15 Ways To Handle Setbacks as An Entrepreneur)
How many of these things have you experienced?
1) People want you to fail.
It is remarkable how many people will put you down when you explain you plan on being an Entrepreneur.
I mean, how dare you want to make something of your life!
This includes your nearest and dearest.
My first business venture was in MLM – multi-level marketing. I “failed”.
For a number of years afterwards so called friends would ask me about it – in a sneering way.
They are no longer in my life. I have moved on and built several successful businesses. They on the other hand…?
I say “failed” because you see, I didn’t really fail.
I learned so much from that experience and had my first exposure to personal development.
We live in a world with a lot of insecure, jealous people. Some of them are our best friends. They are blood relatives. Failure terrifies them. So does our success. Because when we transcend what we once thought possible, push our limits, and become more, our light reflects off all the walls they’ve built up around them. Your light enables them to see the contours of their own prison, their own self-limitations. But if they are truly the great people you always believed them to be, their jealousy will evolve, and soon their imagination might hop its fence, and it will be their turn to change for the better.
~ David Goggins
2) If your idea is unique and shows success, competitors will quickly copy you.
I started my first online business back in 1998 (yes, that long ago). By 2001 one of the leading companies in the industry I was involved in, literally copied and pasted my content onto their website. I had to take legal action to defend my Intellectual Property.
However, there can also be positives to ‘copycats’ in that it keeps us on our toes and pushes us to innovate. Yes it is annoying and if it is a direct rip off of your intellectual property, you must take action, but if it is just someone else entering the same market place or niche that you discovered, then that is CAPITALISM. Get over it!
It should also be remembered that most of us have ‘copied ideas’ or been expired by another entrepreneurs business success.
3) People you employ will leave your business and set up in competition with you.
These people could even be people you consider “friends”.
Additionally in a start-up people often employ friends – this puts strains on a friendship – especially if you have to FIRE them because they aren’t a “good fit”.
Managed correctly, if you know a good employee is ambitious and likely to leave, you can at an appropriate time introduce the idea of you supporting them in their new venture, perhaps making their new business a Joint Venture.
Competition from either a former employee or another business is not always a bad thing.
I would suggest it is good. It keeps us on our toes, always striving to do better.
Competition is always a good thing. It forces us to do our best. A monopoly renders people complacent and satisfied with mediocrity.
4) Customers don’t pay.
Example: If you sell a downloadable information product – customers download the content and then ask for a refund.
5) In entrepreneurship there is no concept of weekends, you work 24/7.
You go from 9-5 to 24/7!
Start-up entrepreneurs tend to work more hours than the average full time employee in order to get their company off the ground.
Additionally, work-life balance is difficult.
When your office is not that place you go to – but instead is your bedroom or living room it is not easy to separate business and personal.
6) No one cares about your business as much as you do.
Employees will work the hours you pay them to work and only that.
You will wear many hats, especially in the beginning…
CEO, accountant, secretary, website designer, head of sales and janitor!
7) Some customers and competitors will bad mouth you in public.
Some will make up lies about you and your service and publish them on review websites.
8) People will let you down.
You will pay outside people to do work for you – web developers, virtual assistants etc – and discover they have not done the work you paid them to do.
9) You will spend money on advertising that does not work.
“Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don‘t know which half.”
~ John Wanamaker (1838-1922)
10) There will be legal disputes with customers, employees, suppliers.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking this won’t happen to you.
Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is often a real loser – in fees, expenses, and waste of time. As a peacemaker the lawyer has a superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough.
11) Software and websites will not function as promised!
This happens even after you paid good money and thought you had hired the best.
12) People over promise and under deliver.
Wise entrepreneurs prefer to under promise and over deliver.
13) People waste your time.
e.g. Potential JV partners and Customers
14) Professionals will let you down.
This includes Accountants, Lawyers, Consultants etc
15) You will pay more than once to get a job done.
This has happened to me numerous times, especially when when developing software or websites.
16) Everything takes longer than you budgeted for.
This includes making a profit, launching a new website and raising funding.
17) People will let you down on their promises.
People fail to deliver on their promises and you will feel frustrated that your business is not taking off as you had hoped.
18) Being an Entrepreneur is lonely
Entrepreneurship can be a lonely journey. You will experience rejection.
You will be cash-strapped and your social life will take a hit!
As an Entrepreneur you will be working while all others are out partying.
19) You pay yourself last!
It should not be this way, but unfortunately, for many entrepreneurs this is the case.
But it does not have to be this way…
20) That BIG Order you have been promised will fail to materialize
Or if it does materialize, it cancels.
21) The above things do not happen in isolation.
Many times a number of issues will all happen at the same time.
You will experience failure after failure, after failure.
This is normal.
If you’re going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don’t even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench… If you’re going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It’s the only good fight there is.
~ Charles Bukowski
15 Ways To Handle Setbacks as An Entrepreneur
Great entrepreneurs know every challenge is an opportunity to learn.
#1 Observe what you tell yourself.
Self-talk is real. Thoughts can be positive and encouraging or they can be dangerous.
Believe in you and your abilities to overcome. Do not entertain a negative thought, even for a second.
“The next time life punches you in the face, stop for a moment and ask yourself this simple question: What’s the counter-punch? No matter how bad the situation, no matter how hopeless it seems, there is always an opportunity to turn it to your advantage. You just have to discipline yourself to spot the opening, and then find the courage to use it.”
– Jon Morrow
Above all, being an entrepreneur means you understand…
The world doesn’t owe you anything.
You must earn everything.
You don’t know how things will turn out.
And this is OK.
In fact, it’s one of the reasons being an entrepreneur is so amazing!
Your life, your decisions, your responsibility!
#2 Take Care Of Your Body
To succeed as an entrepreneur, you need to take care of your body and health. When you experience a set-back in business, you need all your strength and fitness. With a fit and healthy body you are better prepared for handling challenges.
Unfortunately for me, it took me far too long and two brushes with death to realise that I needed to take better care of my body. In that respect, don’t be like how I was!
You don’t want to be the richest person in the graveyard!
One of the biggest benefits of exercise, apart from improving your fitness is that it increases your creativity and concentration.
That for me is the greatest reward of exercising and my favorite form of exercise is long walks in the woods. The ideas and inspiration, flow and flow!
Recommended read: Fitness Routine for Busy Entrepreneurs
#3 Raise your Adversity Quotient
To succeed as an entrepreneur you need to raise your Adversity Quotient.
An adversity quotient (AQ) is a score that measures the ability of a person to deal with adversities in his or her life.
You have to be able to handle adversity and the suck factor!
If you can’t handle the emotional roller coaster, don’t be an entrepreneur.
Hardy individuals don’t see the world as threatening or see themselves as powerless against large events; on the contrary, they think change is normal, the world is fascinating, they can influence events, and it’s all an opportunity for personal growth.
– Geoff Colvin
#4 Ask for help
A lot of entrepreneurs are loners and find it a challenge to ask for help.
It is almost like they have failed in asking for help!
This is your silly ego speaking (remember what we said earlier about observing what you tell yourself).
A fresh pair of eyes often brings a new perspective and viewpoint. Perhaps it is just a simple tweak you need to make in your sales copy that will make all the difference. Or maybe you need someone to tell you something you already know, but which you have not yet wanted to hear?
Remember that you are not alone in business?, ?there will be other people who have gone through the exact same thing as you and are willing to help. If you are fortunate enough to be part of a Mastermind Group, this will be a good place to start asking for help.
One other tip here – based on personal experience, sometimes the biggest breakthrough from asking for help is to ask someone outside your immediate business circle – in a different industry or even someone not in business at all.
#5 Recognize that failure as a part of life
If you are afraid of failure, don’t be an entrepreneur!
Successful entrepreneurs take ownership of personal mistakes – they don’t blame others.
Blaming solves nothing – look for solutions.
Remember when times are tough:
a) It will not last forever!
b) You will overcome.
c) It will make you stronger
If the size of your failures isn’t growing, you’re not going to be inventing at a size that can actually move the needle.
– Jeff Bezos
#6 Reduce Stress In Your Life
Stress comes from being overwhelmed by negative emotions such as anger, fear, anxiety, or guilt.
Exercise and mediation will help but there are other practical things you can do.
Practical things such as creating a To-Do list eliminates the worry that you forget to do something.
Not only that, it allows to break down what needs to be done into ‘chunks’ and priorities and create a plan.
As Larry Winget said…
“Nobody ever wrote down a plan to be broke, fat, lazy, or stupid. Those things are what happen when you don’t have a plan.”
Recommended Reading: 17 Practical Ways To Manage Entrepreneurial Stress
#7 What you are going through is not a reflection of your abilities.
Believe in you, don’t worry – don’t beat yourself up.
If a friend experienced a set back what you would you tell them? My bet is you would encourage them and tell them things are not so bad and that they will overcome. You deserve to tell yourself at least the same when bad things happen to you.
Never be a prisoner of your past, it was just a lesson, not a life sentence, life goes on…
#8 Be willing to be uncomfortable.
Successful Entrepreneurs make difficult, uncomfortable choices in the short term in order to have long-term success.
Be comfortable being uncomfortable. It may get tough, but it’s a small price to pay for living a dream ~ Peter McWilliams
Again and again, the impossible problem is solved when we see that the problem is only a tough decision waiting to be made. ~ Robert H. Schuller
Saying NO makes a lot of people feel uncomfortable – but this is one thing you must master if you plan to be a successful entrepreneur…
You especially need to say NO to energy sapping acquaintances…
Most entrepreneurs, especially in friendships, hate to offend.
But the truth is that true friends understand and respect your position and priorities.
#9 Hire A Business Coach | Join A Mastermind Group
Being an entrepreneur means you are always learning – adding new skills and investing in your skill set. Hire the services of a credible business coach who will help you see what you don’t want to see, so you can be who you always knew you could be.
#10 Learn from Your Mistakes and Failures
As my friend and mentor Craig Ballantyne says…
Forgive yourself the mistakes of the past, learn your lessons, and move on. Guilt, regret, shame and self-loathing do not serve you.
Failure is often a gift.
Many times what we perceive as an error or failure is actually a gift. And eventually we find that lessons learned from that discouraging experience prove to be of great worth.
Often you have to go backwards, to go forward…
“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.” ~ Alexander Graham Bell
You will never be 100% ready and there is no perfect time – Start now get perfect later!
It’s important to be willing to make mistakes. The worst thing that can happen is you become memorable.
Sara Blakely – founder of Spanx
#11 Remain Focused At All Times
What you focus on is what you get!
Experiencing problems and set-backs comes with the territory. If you loose focus of your main objective you will not reach it and your business will fail.
Whenever you want to achieve something, keep your eyes open, concentrate and make sure you know exactly what it is you want. No one can hit their target with their eyes closed.
~ Paulo Coelho
Successful people maintain a positive focus in life no matter what is going on around them. They stay focused on their past successes rather than their past failures, and on the next action steps they need to take to get them closer to the fulfillment of their goals rather than all the other distractions that life presents to them.
~ Jack Canfield
#12 Every Challenge is an Opportunity
Be thankful for each new challenge because it will build your strength and character.
When you face difficult times, know that challenges are not sent to destroy you. They’re sent to promote, increase and strengthen you. ~ Anonymous
The bigger the challenge, the bigger the opportunity for growth.
#13 Don’t be Realistic
Successful entrepreneurs are rarely realistic. They don’t accept NO for an answer.
A “realistic” attitude is often a thinly disguised pessimistic attitude.
Every moment is a fresh beginning. – T.S Eliot
Die with memories, not dreams. – Unknown
#14 Meditation helps you to think more clearly and positively.
This is another thing I wish I had discovered the benefits of sooner,
Meditation improves your productivity. If you are completely relaxed and stress-free, then your mind will work more effectively. The right side of our brain, which is responsible for creating new ideas, will work actively when you do meditation regularly.
Meditation, helps you deal with the stuff going on in your heart and your head…
You can eat the kale… Drink the alkaline water…. Take the supplements… Do the yoga… Hit the gym. …but if you don’t deal with the stuff going on in your heart and your head, you’re still just as unhealthy.
~ Daniel Rengering
#15 Make More Sales Calls
Sometimes we neglect the most obvious strategy…
Take Action – Make more sales calls!
This applies, no matter if your business is offline or online.
Have a Sale!
Make an Irresistible Offer.
If want to get cash into your company fast and you sell a physical product go back to all those people who said no – make them a new offer.
Action beats anxiety. Motion beats meditation. Work beats worry
~ Craig Ballantyne
Ever wish your content marketing could make a huge difference … not only for your readers, but also for your bottom line?
has an interesting collection of excellent ideas to ensure your content works hard for you as well as your visitors!
Some of the advice is quite spot-on:
“Follows 1-2-3 Formula
First, target a very specific group of people. Then, create one thing (text content, video content, audio content, etc.) on one channel (blog, YouTube, iTunes, etc.) that is differentiated and helpful. Then, consistently deliver that content over a long period of time (a year plus). That’s the same recipe that has been working for over 100 years and will continue to work for the next 100. – Joe Pulizzi, founder, Content Marketing Institute”
Brings in these numbers
A 50% open rate, 30% click-through rate, 50 shares, 20 subscribers, 10 comments, and a page-one ranking that lasts for a year. – Andy Crestodina, co-founder, chief marketing officer, Orbit Media
Gets people talking
A real home run is a piece of content that elicits conversation. It can be used to further engagement either publicly on social or through private messaging and email. A good example is an article written by my husband and posted to LinkedIn. It “only” got 6,000 views and 600 likes, but more importantly, it started 65 buying conversations and was shared 34 times. The article (as an update) in slide deck form got over 60,000 views, but the engagement (comments, etc.) was significantly less. – Viveka von Rosen, chief visibility officer, Vengreso
Content marketing itself is a serious name put to sharing content with an intent on your site – an intent that somehow helps your bottom line.
You could create a one page cheatsheet about such a thing as well:
Step 1.) Determine what types of content are shared the most
Step 2.) Use free tools to help you create that content
Step 3.) Release said content on a schedule that works for you
Resources for the above include:
Great content shouldn’t work ONLY for your visitor… it should also work for you and help build up your bottom line!
Take advantage of that.
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