For a long time, keyword rankings were a staple part of any SEO campaign. In a lot of cases they were a primary metric used to judge performance.
You probably heard that Instagram is the biggest content marketing platform since Facebook. Maybe you fired up your Instagram account a your ago and have been actively posting to it ever since. So why aren’t you getting more traffic from it? The sad reality is that only 30% of Instagram posts are ever seen. You […] The post How Using Instagram Hashtags Can Explode Site Traffic and Engagement appeared first on How to Start a Blog - The Blogging.org Guide to Blogging.
Time is a precious commodity, especially as an entrepreneur we are left with more tasks than day. No one wants to spend the workday madly scrambling to get things done. Attempting to run your business inefficiency would only result in a nightmare. Unfortunately, it is one that people endure every day causing unnecessary stress. This […]
We’ve gone through the feedback from Affiliate Summit West 2018, and the most popular city in the western US for another year was Las Vegas. Affiliate Summit West 2019 will be January 6-8, 2019. We’re going to be back at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel for Affiliate Summit West 2019. After going through the feedback […] The post, Affiliate Summit West 2019 Will Be January 6-8 by Shawn Collins, was originally published on the Affiliate Marketing Blog.
We see these big YouTube stars like Jake and Logan Paul, PewDiePie, and Casey Neistat and many of us dream of the untold riches that these online celebrities are supposedly raking in by posting sometimes fun, sometimes silly, but always profitable videos online. Considering that you can get started for less than $200 (and even less if you already have […]
Pregnancy will always be a unique journey for each mother. Regardless whether you’re a first timer or not, this experience can make you feel a concoction of emotions. It may be overwhelming, with so much to learn about preconception factors and up to post-natal care. Blogs on pregnancy are very popular nowadays. They offer valuable […] The post Top Pregnancy Blogs on the Internet appeared first on How to Start a Blog - The Blogging.org Guide to Blogging.
The post The Permission Based “Freedom” Paradox appeared first on ClickFunnels. Why Dave Chose to Talk about Permission: Do you require permission to be successful? Most do! Many people struggle with the baggage of life and look to others to give them the permission to be successful. Dave Woodward details the personal experiences most go through to become successful. As a marketer, it is your job and responsibility to provide the “freedom” your clients, prospects and followers are looking for. Tips and Tricks for You and Your Business: Permission, giving it to yourself and getting it from others. (1:56) The rush of one level of permission. (4:18) The people you market to want you to give them permission to succeed. (5:02) Dave Woodward gives you permission to be successful. (7:02) Quotable Moments: “All of a sudden these doubts and these thoughts are beginning to weigh me down. Thanks for reading The Permission Based “Freedom” Paradox which appeared first on ClickFunnels.
This website has expounded before on the many different ways our Conversion Sequence Heuristic can be applied to any aspect of a funnel, but I’d like to take some time to explain how it can be applied to verbal conversations with the customer. The post Lead Gen: How conversion optimization for call centers is similar to (and different from) online conversion appeared first on MarketingExperiments.
What does it take to create a celebrity blog? One example of a great blog is Hollywood Life. It is a blog dedicated to information about Hollywood life and all of the glamour that goes with it. Check out the various sections of their blog and read below to learn more. Hollywood Life Blog On […] The post Hollywood Life Blog and How to Create a Celebrity Entertainment Blog appeared first on How to Start a Blog - The Blogging.org Guide to Blogging.
Wow, 2018. It’s safe to say that this year is a big year for me. October marks the ten-year anniversary of starting my business, and on June 17th it’ll be ten years since I was laid off (not that I’m keeping track or anything!). In fact, there’s something special that’s going to be happening on June 17th, 2018—but I’ll save that for later. But . . . ten years. What a journey it’s been! Over that time, I’ve moved from focusing mainly on my own business to becoming a coach and teacher for others getting started in online entrepreneurship. I’ve had the opportunity to guide so many smart, committed people starting their own businesses from scratch. I’ve also seen several of my friends go on to become very successful entrepreneurs—as well as a few who were once very successful but had to start over for some reason and rebuild their success. Through all of these examples, I’ve learned just how important mindset is for the success of an entrepreneur. In fact, I’d say it’s probably the most important thing. You can have the best products, you can have all the right marketing strategies, you can have the right customers . . . but if you don’t have the right mindset, none of that stuff matters. In this post I want to share five essential truths that I’ve learned about mindset over the course of the last almost-decade of being an entrepreneur. Three of them even come with brand-new videos I recorded. Check them out as you’re reading, and subscribe to my YouTube channel to be updated whenever I release new videos. So, here are the five biggest things I’ve learned over the past ten years about entrepreneurship and mindset. I’m excited to share them with you now. Let’s do this! #1: You Were Meant for This The number one thing is this: If you’re reading this right now, it means you were meant for this entrepreneurial journey. There’s a reason you’re here, why you’re doing what you’re doing. There’s a reason you’re working so hard, experimenting, doing the research, and building a business. You have a deep and powerful drive for it—and if you didn’t, you wouldn’t be here. Maybe that drive stems from being unhappy with your current job and wanting something more, whether it’s on the side or full-time. You know there’s something more out there for you. A lot of people question themselves. They say, “Well, I don’t know if I’m cut out for this, or, “I don’t know if I was meant to do this.” But when you adopt that mindset, it keeps you from committing fully. Full commitment is what’s required. You need to have that mental commitment to going all in—not necessarily with your time, but with your attitude. If you ever question yourself, always remember why you started on this journey in the first place. What is it deep down about making this change that excites you? What are the opportunities that lie in front of you? Always remember: This is something you were meant to do. #2: Failure Is a Part of the Process I grew up in a household where I was trained to try and be as perfect as possible. I was near perfect through high school and even college, getting a 4.2 GPA, graduating at the top of my class, magna cum laude from UC Berkeley in architecture. I grew up in a household where I came home from school with a 94% on my math test, and I was asked, “What happened to the other 6%?” I wasn’t necessarily congratulated, although I was, but I felt like the stress was on what I had missed and not the rest of that I had gotten right. And so, I experienced one of the biggest failures in my life when I got let go. This is sadly common. We live in a day and age where we are expected to be perfect. I recently watched a video of Neil deGrasse Tyson speaking at a college graduation, talking about how we prize knowledge over the process of learning, and memorization over ingenuity. Neil gave the example of a spelling bee. A person who spells “cat” correctly, “C-A-T,” goes on to the next round. If the next person goes up and tries to spell it “K-A-T,” it’s incorrect. It’s really close! But it’s still incorrect, and they’re out of the competition. Then, if someone else comes up and spells it “Q-Z-V,” they are equally as out as the person who spelled it “K-A-T.” Even though the “K-A-T” person was really close, much closer than the “Q-Z-V” person—and they had arguably spelled it just as correctly, if not more so (if you look at the pronunciation guide in a dictionary for the word “cat,” you’ll see “/kat/”!). As Neil says, our society is too focused on “the right answer.” We’re too focused on the what, and not the how, the process of learning. We’re too focused on perfection rather than good enough, even though good enough is often good enough! The person who spells it “K-A-T” is going to feel like they’ve failed, and they are viewed as being on the same level of failure as somebody who got it completely wrong. And when you’re trying to become an entrepreneur, this is something that can be really dangerous. The need to be perfect, to avoid failure, comes into conflict with what it actually takes to be successful. Because if you’re worried about perfection all the time, you’re never going to get anything done. The quest for perfection is going to delay you from doing what you need to do to actually run a business. As Seth Godin says, “Just ship.” In entrepreneurship and in life, we’re sometimes afraid of failing and making mistakes because we feel like those mistakes will ruin us. The thought of that big fat red “F” marker on the paper scares a lot of people. So we study harder, and try to avoid failure as much as possible. But when you’re an entrepreneur, failing is good! The faster you fail, the better you can learn. This is why in my book Will It Fly? failing is a crucial part of validating your business idea: Seeking out conversations in which people can poke holes in your business model is the part of the process. Pre-selling your items so that when you don’t sell anything, you can go back to the people who said they were interested but didn’t buy to learn what you need to do differently. So remember, there are no overnight successes, and you might have to fail a lot before you succeed. When you realize that even some of the most successful people out there didn’t do it overnight, and often faced tons of rejection, you learn to appreciate the hard work, patience, and persistence needed to make it as an entrepreneur. If you let failures stop you, you’re going to let a lot of people down, including yourself and the people you could be serving. In case you’re still scared of failure, I wanted to share this next video, “9 Successful People Who Were REJECTED 138 Times.” It features several people you might recognize who failed a lot but forged ahead and found success over time. I won’t give them away right away, so try to play along and guess each person before I reveal them. There are some big names on this list, and I think you’ll be pretty surprised when you learn what they had to go through before they became successful. #3: It’s Never Too Late to Begin With my courses now, especially Smart From Scratch, I get a lot of messages from new entrepreneurs who are feeling disillusioned. They’ve done their research, and they’ve seen how much competition is out there for their business idea—and they think this is a bad thing. They feel like they’re too late to the game. But there’s actually a big advantage in being late! When you do your research, you can find the holes in the market, see what your potential competitors are not doing well, and start to carve out your own unique positioning. You also know that because of the simple fact that there is competition out there, there’s a market out there for the kind of business you want to start. This gives you a chance to listen to the market and create something different and better. Also, when you start out small, you have the ability to more easily connect with people, to have close and meaningful interactions that help you cultivate raving fans much more quickly. You can create a more personal connection with your customers, something that’s harder for larger companies to do. Finally, some people consider themselves too old to start a business—but that’s simply not true! I address this fear, that it’s too late to get started, in the next video, “I’m TOO OLD to Start a Business…” If you ever think it’s too late to begin starting a business, whether because of your age or because of competition, what I share in this video will show you the real truth behind this faulty assumption. I talk about Richard, who at the age of 52 told me he felt like he was too old to start a business. I helped Richard break down that myth and realize why you’re truly never too old to get started at anything. So stop making age or timing an excuse. Maybe you wish you’d started earlier, but that’s just fear of missing out, and it’s something we all deal with from to time. #4: It’s All in Your Head When you start off on an entrepreneurial path, you encounter things that you just haven’t experienced before. And you start to do what I call “weird entrepreneur math.” We start to put more importance on some numbers and not others, even when it doesn’t make sense to. What am I talking about? I’ll explain everything in the next video, where I talk about some of the numbers that trip up entrepreneurs who are starting out. I’ll tell you which numbers you should ignore, and which ones you should pay attention to if you want to be successful. By the way, if you’re enjoying these videos—and I hope you are—simply go to smartpassiveincome.com/youtube to subscribe! #5 You Can’t Do This Alone Entrepreneurship can be very lonely. That’s why it’s really important to connect with the right people, build the right relationships that will sustain you. I love to meet people, and I love to help other entrepreneurs meet each other. For all of my courses, I hold meetups for my students, and I encourage them to set up their own private meetups, too. I also love meeting people at conferences. I think conferences are one of the best ways to connect with awesome people who are on a similar path to you. Even if you’ve never been to a conference, I encourage you to go out there and find one this year that fits you and your business. The connections you make at these events can be a game-changer. As a matter of fact, I’ll be speaking at a number of events this year, and I’d love to meet you if you can make it to any of them! Here are some of the highlights on my schedule: Feb 26: Traffic and Conversion Summit, San Diego Feb 28–Mar 2: Social Media Marketing World, San Diego June 29–July 2: Craft In Commerce, Boise July 23–26: Podcast Movement, Philadelphia [Full disclosure: I am an affiliate for Social Media Marketing World and Podcast Movement.] You can find the full list of my speaking engagements on my Speaking page. To recap, these are my five truths about the entrepreneurial mindset: You Were Meant For This Failure Is a Part of the Process It’s Never Too Late to Begin It’s All in Your Head You Can’t Do This Alone Finally, I’m running a little contest! When you enter the contest at SmartPassiveIncome.com/coffee, you could be one of three (3) winners to receive: A 1-on-1 virtual chat over coffee to discuss whatever you’d like: your business, personal life, if you are stuck on something and need help, or want to run an idea by me. To promote anything you want (business name, social media handles, “hi, mom!”, etc.) and be featured in an upcoming YouTube video that I’ll post on the Smart Passive Income YouTube channel. PLUS, you can earn additional entries by subscribing to my YouTube channel (10 additional entries) and referring friends to sign up (3 entries for each friend), or following me on Instagram (1 entry)! So be sure to enter the contest today!
You are excited. You bought your first blogging course. Everything seems to be coming together for you. Research. More research. A bit more research. 6 weeks pass. 6 months. 3 years. Yet you cannot pull the trigger. You are afflicted by a common blogging malady. Perpetual Blogging Student Syndrome PBSS is fear manifest. You fear committing to blogging because you fear: losing money wasting time being criticized failing struggling and allow each fear to force you, to goad you and to cajole you into buying another blogging course for study. Either you are the most informed blogger on earth or The post Are You Suffering from Dreaded PBSS? appeared first on Blogging Tips.
Most people watch movies to escape the real world, especially as a way to unwind after work. But some of the best movies can actually inspire us to be better at our jobs.
Every year, data from surveys conducted by Nielsen and Scarborough is used to affect hundreds of billions of dollars of advertising spend. This is ostensibly an indicator of the level of trust that brands have in Nielsen surveys – but, at a time when over 20 percent of US households do not have cable, fewer […] The post Mobile Phones Can Revolutionize the Way We Think About Consumers appeared first on Adotas.
Time is running out to propose an article idea for issue 42 of FeedFront Magazine, which is coming out in April 2018. The next issue of FeedFront will be snail mailed to tens of thousands of subscribers. The deadline for article proposals is February 16, 2018. The content in FeedFront is first person and articles […] The post, Last Call for Article Ideas for the April 2018 Issue of FeedFront Magazine by Shawn Collins, was originally published on the Affiliate Marketing Blog.
A few weeks ago, I gave a talk at the Multifamily Social Media Summit in Napa, CA. It was my second consecutive year attending the event, and I wanted to give the audience something fresh -- my talk was going to be about Facebook Messenger.
Before you abandon high quality traffic sources like Facebook and Bing, consider creating a custom landing page to help get your PeerFly campaign approved. Why Landing Pages? You might have already discovered that traffic sources like Facebook, Bing and BuySellAds don’t allow publishers to use an affiliate link that redirects to an offer. It’s not […] The post Create Great Custom Landing Pages to Maximize Your PeerFly Campaigns appeared first on PeerFly Blog - Affiliate Marketing, Internet Marketing, CPA Marketing.
It’s been said that anything that is worth doing is worth measuring. This is never truer than with your online ad campaigns! Have you heard of pixel tracking? Pixel tracking is a technique that you can use to monitor how your ads are doing so that you will have more control over your ad campaigns. […] The post Pixel Tracking 101: How to Track Conversions and Affiliate Sales with Pixel appeared first on How to Start a Blog - The Blogging.org Guide to Blogging.
18 hour days. 60 posts daily between 2 blogs. I went mad. I worked way too hard to see minimum results with my blogging business many years ago. Even when I had success it was a strained, unpleasant experience. Turns out, I got my blog kinda noticed but worked way too hard to make it happen. Why? I focused only on myself, publishing tons of posts, promoting only me, slaving and striving for long, hard days just to get by. 1,000 Beats 1 I finally woke up when I observed pro’s pros in action. Folks like Sue Dunlevie taught me The post How to Get Your Blog Noticed without Working too Hard appeared first on Blogging Tips.
Landing pages are a great way to convert your readers into loyal followers. Once they land on your page, you can use these pages to promote a product or service while increasing the chances of getting a conversion. However, just like everything you need to make sure you test and tweak along the way for maximum exposure. Every niche will […]
It’s finally the big day: you landed a major job interview. And you’re prepared for it. You’ve polished up your resume, picked out a spiffy outfit, and prepared a few ready-to-go answers highlighting your qualifications, your knowledge of the company, and your greatest not-so-bad weaknesses.
Sick of your current bank or credit union? Start your own! But is it really possible? Read on to get the facts.
On this episode of the Dot Com Lifestyle Vlog, I travel to Las Vegas and I made money while doing it. Because that’s the kind of stuff you can do when you live the Dot Com Lifestyle! Enjoy the vlog and remember to subscribe so you don’t miss a single episode. How To Live The Ultimate Dot Com Lifestyle I […]
It’s not easy being the king of the internet. Last year, Google lost millions when advertisers saw their ads displayed alongside extremist and hateful content on YouTube. Verizon, for example, jumped ship after its ads appeared with videos from Wagdi Ghoneim, a preacher banned from the United States and United Kingdom for inciting violence and hatred. That said, programmatic […] The post How To Get More From Programmatic Advertising & Conquer Its Challenges appeared first on Adotas.