Archives for December 2012

Blogging with John Chow

I've been blogging for years.

I know how important it is to blog in order to build community, provide great content and share my point of view.

Over the last decade I've studied some of the top blogging experts from around the globe. Each expert's information contributed to my knowledge-base. Because of what I learned I became a better blogger.

Recently I invested in yet another information product on blogging. Truth be told, the cost was so low I figured even if the information was minimal it wouldn't be much of a loss.

I was pleasantly surprised at how content rich Blogging with John Chow is.

There is a lot in John Chow's program I already know, but lots of the information is presented in a way that it is fresh and worth studying even for someone like me who has been blogging for years.

For someone new to blogging this program is a must have.

John shares great insights into how you can quickly and easily get your blog up and running, create great content, build a solid subscriber list, and position your expertise in front of YOUR market.

Blogging with John Chow is a step-by-step blueprint on how to become a really good blogger in record time.

He even gives you a 30 day action plan including how to outline your content, brand yourself, create a list, select a theme, write content that readers comment on and connect with other bloggers.

This is just a glimpse of what you will learn from John Chow.

The greatest downside to John's program is that it comes to an end. But because it is filled with so many gems you can go through it more than once and each time you will gain even more great insights. Kind of like a great movie.

For only $37 you can't go wrong.

Click here to learn more and get your own copy

Today I cried…

When I heard the tragic news about the shooting that took place in a small town in Connecticut, I was brought to tears.

Like many, my immediate thought was, “How could this have happened?”

Sadly, these words  are being spoken more and more frequently by those of us find situations like what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut incomprehensible.

Only two days ago, innocent people lost their lives in Portland, Oregon to a lone gunman.

Today I am saddened beyond belief.  I grieve for the children whose lives ended far too soon. My heart aches for the parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters who lost a family member.

The loss of the teachers whose words were cut short is beyond comprehension.

I can't even imagine what the long term effect is for the children who witnessed a madman leaving his mark in their mind, body and spirit forever.

Some spiritual beliefs contend that what we see in others is a part of who we are. I DO NOT agree.

There are millions upon millions of people who would never, could never, commit such heinous crimes.

There is evil in the world. There are those who are circuited differently than the rest of us. There are some whose actions are purely wicked. There is no way to make light of such sinister behavior.

What I know to be true is this; some things we cannot stop, control or change. I also know that there are those of us who know there HAS to be a better way.

For those who claim to be living a conscious life, now is the time to stop talking about it and live it.

Every moment of every day we must be willing to stand in the space of love. We must be willing to extend a helping hand. We must be willing to risk looking the fool. We must be willing to walk the talk.

Each of us must do what we can to bring light and love to dark situations.

I am so heartbroken for the families, loved ones and children whose lives are changed forever by the evil acts of one man.

Since hearing of today's tragedy, as well as the tragedy that took place in Portland only two days ago, I have been in a state of constant prayer.

My prayer is that those who say they are here to make the world a better place will stand in this space and be the light the world so desperately needs.

Whether it be a kind word to a stranger, a dollar in the hand of a homeless person, a blanket for a child who's body is chilled, a ride for the elderly person who is home bound, and prayers, oh yes prayers, for the spirits of men and women everywhere regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, age or socioeconomic standing, please, I beg you please, do what you can to bring light to the lives of others.

Please post short thoughts and prayers for those suffering everywhere.

Why some people will NEVER have a successful business

10 days ago I submitted an order to Fiverr for an image I wanted created. I mentioned to the vendor that I likely would have many more opportunities if the image was something I liked.

I was led to believe the job would be done in four days. On the third day I was informed it would be done in ten days.

Today is day ten and there is another message indicating it will be done tomorrow.

Wow! What a mistake on the part of the artist.

For them to know I may want more work done and not to do everything they could to get the first job done in a timely fashion is a huge mistake.

It never ceases to amaze me how people say they are looking for work, they get paid for a “test” job and then they fart around getting it done.

Likely, they are the very same people who are still saying how bad the economy.

Granted, it’s not that my $5 job is going to make or break them, but what about the other business they might get out of the deal? And what about people I could have referred to them?

I gave the artist all the opportunity in the world to figure out that this was not just some idle promise. I told them why I wanted the image done, what the full project was and even signed with my full name. A quick look on the Internet would have told them I was not fooling around and I was the real deal.

Because of this delay it is very likely I won’t do more business with them. Why should I? After all, they initially promised a small job in a few days and I am still waiting for the job to be finished. I can only imagine how long it would take for a full blown job.

A few insights for running a successful business

  • Always under promise and over deliver
  • Don’t make your potentially great clients wait beyond the promised date
  • Realize that the first job is the first impression
  • What starts out small may likely turn into something huge
  • Keep the client informed about what is happening
  • Don’t be a boob! If you have someone who is paying you to do a job, do it!

On the flip side, when you find a vendor who takes really good care of you, take really good care of them.

  • Treat them with respect
  • Pay on time
  • Let them know you appreciate who they are.

Want to learn more about running a successful online business? Join me on Monday, December 17th for a FREE teleseminar – The Truth about Making Money Online.

Click here to grab your seat. Spots are limited so register now. Replay will be sent to all who register.

Register now.

 

 

Search engine optimization is either dead or on life support!

This is the time of year many people talk about making big changes.

Whether it be business, health, finances, relationships, or whatever the focus is.

Few people take as huge a plunge into change as my friend and colleague, Marnie Pehrson.

Have you heard what she's doing?

Marnie Pehrson, the creator of IdeaMarketers.com (the longest running article directory) has closed down the site and reopened as IgnitePoint. Why? Because she says article marketing for search engine optimization is either dead or on life support. WOW!

That's quite a shift in the online marketing world! Just goes to show you have to be constantly on your toes when doing business online.

Perhaps you know what it feels like to have the rug ripped out from under you online.

This is why Marnie is putting together a panel of successful entrepreneurs to share what's working and what's not in the ever-shifting online marketplace. I’ll be participating on the panel and sharing my insights on the subject.

If you're trying to create a WOW with your business … or just plain survive, you won't want to miss this call coming up Wednesday, December 12, 2012. It will be recorded. So even if you're busy and can't attend live, be sure to register for the audio.

To receive this timely information, CLICK HERE!

See you there!

What Ben Settle knows about email marketing that you don’t…

Knowing how to write emails to get people to read them is something you need to know how to do.

Beyond that, getting people to take action on your emails is a must do.

Someone who knows how to dot hat is Ben Settle. I've learned a lot from his material.

I just found out about his email marketing eBook:

“Blue Chip Email Secrets”

I just bought the Blue Chip ebook and really glad I did. It's chock full of great ideas.

Something I love about Ben's information is he shows you how to write short emails that get high conversions.

Want to know more? Click here and check it out.

Oh yeah, forgot to tell you. It's only $19.