Never Give Up On Your Internet Business

DSCF9585Does fear of failure keep you from starting exploring new ventures?
Have you ever asked yourself, why online success comes easily to other people, but seems to be eluding you all the time?
Have schemers driven you to the point of giving up?

My advice is short, sweet and to the point: You need to know that, it’s always too soon to quit! Remember quitters never succeed.

Successful people hang in there, they get back up when they fall and try again. You see, your friends who have become Online Success Stories didn’t throw in the towel and quit when the going got tougher, NO, No , No! They knew what they wanted in life and they wanted it badly enough to persevere through the desert, and what happened: They got to the other end. They paid the price and achieved their Online business dream. You CAN too ,only if you don’t quit on yourself and your internet venture.

Remember: It’s always too soon to give up. In other words, Never Give Up until you get the results that you after.
All the best!

Howard Mahere

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A Positive approach is a prerequisite for success

In the course of operating their businessess entrepreneurs meet challenging situations on a daily basis.  However, its how they react that determines their altitude.  It is very important for the business owner to know the value of challenges.  That challenges are meant to make us strong, many of the great achievers we see today turned obstacles into stepping stones and in the end became successful beyond measure.

Today, I have decided to share a story which I am sure will help to make us appreciate the role of obstacles in our different situations .  Lets learn to welcome challenges for our own growth.

Positive Approach

By: Author Unknown

A little girl walked daily to and from school.  Though the weather that morning was questionable and clouds were forming, she made her daily trip to school.  As the afternoon progressed, the winds whipped up, along with thunder and lighting.

The mother of the little girl felt concerned that her daughter would be frightened as she walked home from school, and she herself feared that the electrical storm might harm her child.

Following the roar of thunder, lightning, through the sky and full of concern, the mother quickly got in her car and drove along the route to her child’s school.

As she did so, she saw her little girl walking along, but at each flash of lightning, the child would stop, look up and smile.  Another and another were to follow quickly, each with the little girl stopping, looking up and smiling.

Finally, the mother called over to her child and asked, “What are you doing?”

The child answered, smiling, “God just keeps taking pictures of me”.

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What I’m Loving This Week!

“When you worry about something you can’t control, there is no reason to worry because there is nothing you can do about it.  When you worry about something you can control, there is no reason to worry because you can.  Therefore there is no reason to worry”.

Wayne Dyer

Wise words indeed!

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What I’m Loving This Week!

“You weren’t an accident.  You weren’t mass produced.   You aren’t an assembly-line product.  You were deliberately planned, specifically gifted, and lovingly positioned on the Earth by the Master Craftsman”. Max Lucado – Best selling author.

Wow! this is coooooool ! In other words you have to believe in your God-given abilities that you have what it takes to achieve the outcome you desire.  Period!

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What is Bitcoin and Why It’s Revolutionizing Money!

The year was 2010 on May 22 when the Laszlo Hanyecz, a bitcoin enthusiast bought two Papa John’s pizzas…marking what is now believed to be the first “real -world” bitcoin transaction.

His post on the Bitcoin Talk forum on May 22, 2010 went like this:

“I’ll pay 10,000 bitcoins for a couple of pizzas.. like maybe 2 large ones so I have some left over for the next day. I like having left over pizza to nibble on later. You can make the pizza yourself and bring it to my house or order it for me from a delivery place, but what I’m aiming for is getting food delivered in exchange for bitcoins where I don’t have to order or prepare it myself, kind of like ordering a ‘breakfast platter’ at a hotel or something, they just bring you something to eat and you’re happy!

“I like things like onions, peppers, sausage, mushrooms, tomatoes, pepperoni, etc.. just standard stuff no weird fish topping or anything like that. I also like regular cheese pizzas which may be cheaper to prepare or otherwise acquire.

“If you’re interested please let me know and we can work out a deal.”

10 thousand bitcoins were then (in 2010) worth about $40 and today would be US$20 million

So What is Bitcoin?
-Bitcoin is a type of digital currency or cryptocurrency used worldwide.

-Bitcoin can be bought, sold, exchanged for any other currency or transferred between parties securely over the Internet.

-You can use it to get paid, to purchase products and services online or offline, exchange it for cash at any ATM machine in the entire world and you can buy virtually anything you want (vacations, bills, cars, even a house.)

– Firms as big as Microsoft, Dell and Paypal all accept bitcoin payments, while select cafes in Europe advertise on the basis of accepting bitcoin as payment. It is also accepted by tech-savvy websites, such as popular BBS board and 4chan.

-It’s an asset that appreciates in value with time.

What makes bitcoin so special?

-Bitcoin is the future of money worldwide.

-Bitcoin is world’s first decentralized digital currency not controlled by any government  or central bank.

-Bitcoin Network can’t be shut down just like the Internet can’t be turned off.

-You can send Bitcoins to any person or organization in the world via the INTERNET instantly using your phone or computer.

-No need for a Bank, PayPal, Western Union or any third party service.

-Very easy to set  up and use. All you need is a Bitcoin Wallet to start  buying coins and receiving them as well.

-A Wallet is where you store your Bitcoin.  Wiki says ” A Bitcoin wallet is a collection of private keys but may also refer to client software used to manage those keys and to make transactions on the Bitcoin network.

-There are Bitcoins Wallets you can choose from and you can be up and running in minutes, just download an app on your phone or computer software.

What Bitcoin Wallets to use? and where and how to buy bitcoins online and offline.

-Each Bitcoin can be broken down into much smaller parts:

-You don’t have to buy 1 BTC or 5 BTC all at once.

-Each Bitcoin can be divided into 100 Million Pieces, just like Dollars can only be divided into cents.

-1 BTC = One Whole Bitcoin

-mBTC – 1Milli-Bitcoin – O,OO1 BTC One thousandth of A Bitcoin

-uBTC – 1 Millionth of a Bitcoin-0.000001 BTC

-The smallest part, 0,00000001 BTC is called Satoshi

In the next installment ,the subject will be “The Bitcoin Ecosystem”.

I hope the article provided value to you as it did for me.

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What I’m Loving This Week!

Don’t allow life to beat you.

Climb ’till your dream comes true

Often your tasks will be many and more than you think you can do.
Often the road will be rugged and the hills insurmountable too.
But always remember –
The hills ahead are never as steep as they seem.
And with faith in your heart start upwards and climb ’till you
reach your dream.

For nothing in life that is worthy is ever too hard to achieve
if you have the courage to try it and you have the faith to
believe.

For FAITH is a force that is greater than knowledge or power or skill
and many defeats turn to triumph, if you determine to win you will.

So climb until your dreams come true!

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Happy 2018.

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What I’m Loving This Week!

“Success is a direct result of ACTION.
Everything worth having is worth WORKING FOR.

Nothing in life is free. GOD gave the birds
food, but HE didn’t throw it into their nests for them!
They have to go and work for it.

If you have the will to win you have ACHIEVED half your
success; but if you DON’T you have achieved half your
Failure.”

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Quote

“Focus on your Potential instead of your Limitations.”
-Alan L McGinnis

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3 FACTORS THAT HAVE A DIRECT IMPACT ON YOUR CONTENT MARKETING SUCCESS!

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In today’s business world, it is impossible to even think of building a brand without marketing your content online. Around 75% of marketers have realized the power of effective content marketing and are now investing a lot more in these campaigns than ever before. In this regard, it is worth noting that 70% people prefer learning about a brand through good quality articles, instead of the usual advertisements.

The right recipe for an effective content marketing strategy boils down to three major ingredients.

Great Content That Resonates With Your Target Audience

The core ingredient for a successful content marketing campaign is the content that you present to your audience. Better the quality of content, more is the likelihood of your investment giving better results. At the same time, quantity matters as well, depending on how you want to drive your campaign.

 

The following things should be taken into consideration while creating content:

  • Originality
  • Appealing headline or title
  • Providing value to readers – When people read any sort of content, they are looking for answers and knowledge. As such, your content should be able to provide just that. It is a bonus if the content is also fun to read.
  • Accuracy – Providing sources in the content and being accurate builds credibility.
  • To-the-point content, with minimal fluff.
  • Content should be actionable – it should provide the reader with a sense of direction.
  • Easy to read and consume.

 

Engagement On Social Media Platforms

Social media has a crucial role to play in your content marketing strategy. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Google+, Youtube, etc. can be used for marketing your content. Having a presence across all social media channels is quite important, regardless of which one works the best for your business. This helps build credibility for your business and reach out to a larger audience.

Social media can be really helpful in reaching out to new and targeted audiences using the paid means. The targeting is much more detailed particularly with Facebook, which will help you reach out to your perfect new audience.

 

Dynamic Website

You need to build a base where all your content marketing efforts will lead to – and this would be your website – the home for your business. Make sure to regularly update your blog and also optimize the content for search engines. This is something you need to give a lot of importance to in order to get an edge over your competitors.

 

Combining the above three factors:

Now that we know the three ingredients, it is time to put them into action.

  1. Understand your market and target audience.
  2. Create good quality content. Don’t have time or resources to do it yourself? You can always outsource it to a professional content writing agency. Never compromise with the quality.

  3. Create social media accounts on different channels.
  4. Make sure your website looks great.
  5. Make sure there is a blog section on your website. Blogging is a great tool to engage your audience and build credibility for your business.
  6. Start sharing your content on your social media accounts regularly. Be active on these accounts and indulge in online conversations with your audience.

  7. Keep track of the results you get out of your content marketing efforts and analyze them periodically. This will help you improve over time.

Maintaining the right balance of the above 3 factors is important. Also, busy businesses can consider using a Social Media Management tool like Drumup https://drumup.io to save time and to make things a lot easier.

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The Ultimate List Of Reasons Why You Should Be Blogging:

A blog post worth sharing.

The Ultimate List Of Reasons Why You Should Be Blogging: http://1.gravatar.com/avatar/77e87d565a0571383928bcdeff7f8bf2?s=32&d=mm&r= Greetje den Holder — October 6, 2017

The Ultimate List of Reasons Why You Should be Blogging

Read more at http://www.business2community.com/blogging/ultimate-list-reasons-blogging-01931429#sYwLSb3Txw6fdoRM.99

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Great article on blogging tips!

How can you successfully set up an efficient business blog on a very tight budget?

A person typing on a computer, on which is displayed the word "blog".

Setting up online presence for your business can be overwhelming. So much to plan and so much to invest (in terms of both time and money).

How much would it cost to set up and market a business site? This is by far the most frequent question I’ve come across for years.

This quick checklist will answer your questions. Below I am giving yearly minimum expenses, but of course the less money you are prepared to pay, the more of your own time you will need to invest in figuring some of the tasks.

1. Setting up costs

To create a site you basically need to pay for the following things:

  • Your domain name (about $10.69/year for a .com domain)
  • Your site hosting

Some hosting companies will include the domain name for free, but you’ll need to start paying for it after the first year.

If you go with the shared hosting option, you’ll pay as little as $3.5 per month, sometimes even less. Here’s a good selection of shared hosting providers you can trust.

While I am torn over whether you need to invest into a shared hosting, knowing how much of a pain it might be to migrate the site to a dedicated solution in the future, I totally understand why it could be a valid option for someone who is trying to save money at the start.

More setting-up expenses will include a basic layout and a design. I would totally recommend using WordPress as a content management platform, simply because it’s a free, regularly updated (hence up-to-date) and easy to customize solution.

You can totally customize it at home for free and even use the free WordPress theme it comes with. It looks professional and modern enough. I was a total WordPress newbie when I started my own blog and I was able to customize the free theme to make it look unique and catchy on my own. And you can too.

You can also get a logo for cheap by shopping at Fiverr or DesignHill. But be prepared to spend at least $100 here. You may invest more in your design down the road, but you don’t want to have to change your logo in a year or so. A logo is something you’ll integrate into social media channels, video and image watermarks, downloadable assets, etc. It’s better to do it right once.

If you are going to sell from your site, WooCommerce is probably your best bet. It’s free, but you may need some paid plugins. This article explains what you may need and how much it will cost. Here are more WordPress plugins you’ll need – all of them are free.

So, to summarize, setting up budget for the first year:

  • Domain name: ~$10
  • Hosting: ~$40 a year
  • WordPress + WordPress theme + WordPress plugins: Free
  • Brand identity (i.e. a logo): ~$100 (at least)

Mind that I deliberately emphasize on the minimum setting up cost to allow for more marketing budgets. You want to see people coming and converting before you can reinvest into setup and design. Even very minimal website designs convert well!

2. Basic SEO and conversion optimization

If you are going to use WordPress, you won’t need too much SEO done. Installing Yoast SEO (free) would be enough for a start. Do go through its documentation thoroughly to make sure you clearly understand all the settings you are playing with. I’ve seen users unknowingly blocking all their pages with nofollow noindex meta tags when using the plugin settings.

Going through keywords is also highly essential at the start. Look at your competitors and find valuable phrases to optimize your page for. Keyword research is the most essential step when you start planning your SEO strategy. Serpstat seems to be the most affordable solution.

Make sure you have your conversion paths set up right from the very start. Don’t wait until you have traffic coming. Your website should be ready to convert even those first two visitors into your customers, or at least members of your community.

I use Sumo (formerly known as Sumome) for my lead generation and opt-in forms. It’s very easy and mostly free. You won’t need to pay any professionals to get it installed or optimized. Unless you have some solid traffic coming in, there’s no need to even upgrade for A/B testing and additional features. Once you are ready to play and optimize, it’s $29 per month.

Here are more landing page tools you may consider, depending on how much conversion optimization and testing you are planning to do at the start. And for other tools to improve your SEO on a budget, don’t miss our list of 26 expert-recommended free SEO tools.

If you are selling services or a SaaS solution, setting up sales management software is essential at the very start. Good thing, it’s quite affordable too. Pipedrive is a neat customer relationships management platform that will help you make your lead generation and onboarding strategy efficient. Moreover it has recently announced an integration with Ringostat, a solid and affordable solution that offers call tracking and call-back features.

So for SEO and conversion optimization, first year expense would be:

  • Yoast SEO: Free
  • Sumo: Free or ~$340 (If you get enough traffic to play with)
  • Serpstat: Free or $182.40
  • Ringostat + Pipedrive: $600 + $100 (You may want to start with either and then integrate the two when you are ready)
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Marketing Tips

15 Inspiring & Actionable Social Media Marketing Tips for the Modern Marketer

Ashley Zeckman on May 1st, 2017     Social Media

After years of using “fuzzy math” to calculate the value of social media marketing, marketers are being tasked with generating and showing true ROI. But the truth is, ROI isn’t always just about revenue.

Depending on brand objectives, social media ROI could mean everything from awareness and social engagement to visitors to the company website from social media platforms.

If you really want to make social media marketing a major part of an integrated and omnichannel digital marketing strategy1, use the tips below to lead your way.

Know What You Want to Accomplish

Without a clear strategy in place, tools won’t make any difference to you. @IanClearyCLICK TO TWEETSet goals. As with any digital marketing tactic, knowing what you want to accomplish before you start will help guide your way.

Document your strategy. Taking the effort to document your approach will help you weed out useless activities that will not impact your goals.

Understand when to adapt. Social media platforms quickly evolve. And as the algorithms and user behaviors change, so should your approach.

Focus on Building Real Connections

Social media is not just a business experience, it’s an emotional experience. @MariSmithCLICK TO TWEETTake an interest. In order to connect with your audience, you have to understand who they are. Take an interest in who they are, what they care about and who influences them.

Encourage interactions. Strive to entice your social media audience to interact with your brand and with each other. The more conversation that happens back and forth, the more connected they’ll feel.  Also, many platforms allow for polls, voting and other opportunities for interactivity. Test on your audience and see which ones they respond to.

Speak human. All too often, brands take on a much too formal tone for social media. And while you want to maintain your brand identity, social media followers expect you to lighten the tone.

Be responsive. Social media has created an always-on opportunity, and expectation. If you don’t have a large team that can monitor interactions 24/7, be as responsive as is reasonable for your team.

Arm Yourself with the Right Tools

Content is fire, social media is gasoline. @JayBaerCLICK TO TWEETMonitoring tools. Many tools exist on the market today that can measure brand mentions, sentiment and more which can help you identify areas of success and opportunity.

Scheduling tools. While what you post is most important, knowing when to post can also have a great impact. Find tools that have an auto-publish feature that is based on the most optimal times to publish social content.

Curation tools. Proper content creation is an essential part of any social media marketing program. Curated content allows you to offer valuable content to your audience without only serving up your own information.

All-in-one tools. Many paid tools on the market can help you accomplish all of the items above (and so much more) for a reasonable monthly fee. If you’re looking for a new tool, see if there are free trials available so you can try before you buy.

General Tips & Best Practices

Social media replaces nothing, but compliments everything. @NealSchafferCLICK TO TWEETConsider giving live video a shot. It can be intimidating, but consider opening up and testing live video. Interviews are a great place to start because they don’t require scripting or as much practice to create interesting videos.

Embed videos natively. When you shoot videos to use in your marketing and are ready to promote, upload videos natively to social media marketing platforms. That will encourage more engagement (due to autoplay) in a format that doesn’t require your audience to click or leave the platform to interact.

Use visuals. Social media marketing messages that include visuals are much more likely to catch and keep the attention of your audience.

Understand where paid social fits in. As it becomes increasingly competitive to gain the attention of your online audience, social media platforms are requiring more and more that brands invest in paid social. Don’t fight it but be mindful of where you invest.

What Next?

While some of these tips may not be new, it’s good to remind yourself why you’re incorporating social media into your digital marketing strategy and some simple tips to keep you on track.

If you’re a social media marketer, what have you found to be the most successful and least successful ways to reach your goals?

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