Simple, Free Method To Share Links Without Losing Your Brand

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015
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Funny how things come full circle. When I first dipped my toes into creating a business online, it was quite popular to create iframe pages of other websites. In particular, to sites you have an affiliate relationship with. Then, things changed, people complained and iframing a website is frowned upon by the web community and users alike. Fast forward about 15 years and now you’ll find tools like Snip.ly. Before moving forward, let me say this is not a criticism about them. In fact, it’s the opposite. I’m very impressed with what they offer and their marketing team is sharp because by a simple re-framing of the offer (brand retention/call to action for social shares vs iframes), they have turned something that once caused alarm bells to set off, into something new, sexy, social, and useful. Kudos! So, what’s the purpose of this post? Simply to offer an alternative and to present a no-cost method, as well as providing a wonderful HTML/CSS learning opportunity for those who want it. Ready? Read on. Just so you know – here’s the end result of what we will be building. 1. Create The HTML Page By now you know the basis of the

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A New Browser on the Horizon

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015
6 Things You Should Be Doing On the Back End to Boost Your Posts

There’s a new browser experience on the horizon for those of us to like to have tons of tabs open while we work among other things. It’s slated as the advanced users browser and it’s called Vivaldi. While it’s still in the infancy phase I can see its potential. There is a preview download available now but it won’t be fully functional yet. I look forward to seeing what this baby can do!

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Social Post Cheat Sheet

Friday, January 23rd, 2015
6 Things You Should Be Doing On the Back End to Boost Your Posts

The purpose of social media networking is to engage with others, right? But, sometimes it’s hard to get others to engage with your brand though. So today I’d like to share with you an infographic that will help you create the perfect post to connect with your audience: .   Don’t forget the most important advice of all to build rapport – interact with commenters.

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Easy Ways to Optimize and Grow Traffic to Your Blog

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015
6 Things You Should Be Doing On the Back End to Boost Your Posts

Most of us spend a lot of time on our blogs providing great tips, tools and advice so we want people to come see what we’ve got. Getting traffic is sometimes not the easiest thing to increase but I’ve run across some great ideas on boosting your traffic on existing content with 10 simple tips. I’ve implemented some of these already. No. 2 jumped out at me as something everyone should do as well. With the tools they provided it should be a breeze. Thinking of that maybe I should go back and alter some of my older posts too.

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5 Tips For Popovers That Don’t Suck

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015
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Love them or hate them, some popups make do make you stop, take notice, and take action. While others, meh… move on. Nothing interesting. So what makes a popup not suck? Quality Images Most popovers aren’t image-centric. That probably has a lot to do with the purpose of the popover. Still, images can provide visual interest for your message and buy you some extra time to get your message through. Try a quality, topic-focused image for your background. If you are announcing something like a sale – don’t stay with plain old text. Have a great looking image done. If you don’t have a designer, places like Canva are a great start. Different Offers For Different Pages Not everyone coming to your site enters the same way, or come with the same intentions and expectations. Someone who clicked through an ad to a piece of content will have much different expectations than another who clicked through a social media post. People visiting a free download page will again have different expectations than someone else who wants to read your blog to find our more about you. It only makes sense to present different offers to these visitors. Yes, it does

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How to Get More Podcast Listeners

Friday, January 16th, 2015
6 Things You Should Be Doing On the Back End to Boost Your Posts

Are you Podcasting? It’s a great way to get your content out to the public. It’s getting more popular these days too with new cars having the ability to display what’s on your phone on the car display, such as with Apple CarPlay. This brings me to my point if you already have a podcast (but might be struggling a little to get a foothold) or if you’re in the market to start a new podcast altogether I’d like to share with you this infographic for 21 Tips to Maximize Your Podcasting Results. Great information!

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Wonder Why You’re Not Getting Buying Customers?

Thursday, January 15th, 2015
6 Things You Should Be Doing On the Back End to Boost Your Posts

We always provide the best quality and service possible to our customers, right? Right. But, sometimes we don’t get the sales we expect and can’t put our finger on the problem. Derek Halpern of Social Triggers wrote about this very issue today. It’s interesting how different customers perceive the same sales copy in various ways. Learn what each type of sideliner – the Indifferent, the Skeptic, the Worrier and the Procrastinator – needs from you to make the sale.

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Boost Your Productivity for 2015

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015
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I think  we all want to flip our productivity into hyper drive to get things done this year. I have my systems down and SOPs created which helps me so much in the day to day work but I’m always on the lookout for tips that will help me do more in less time. That’s why we work from home, right? We want to have the quality time to spend with our families and if we’re always working that defeats the purpose. So, I’d love to share with you these 23 productivity tips. They are all really great advice but the ones that jumped out at me most were 2, 3, 14 and 22. To your productivity!

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Consistency is Key

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015
6 Things You Should Be Doing On the Back End to Boost Your Posts

If you’ve ever struggled with being consistent you probably know what I’m talking about. Starting and stopping for days or weeks or even months at a time can really interrupt your flow and put a wrench in trying to get back on track. I can honestly say this from experience so I’m always on the lookout for great tips and motivation to keep me on the straight and narrow path that is consistency.  

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5 Tasks To Automate For A Productive 2015

Saturday, January 3rd, 2015
5 Tasks To Automate For A Productive 2015

For some people, automation is only for large processes. Not me. I believe it’s the small, repeated tasks and clunky processes that sucks up your time without you ever noticing. They are sneaky like that. That’s why every time there’s an opportunity to shave off a minute here, 30 seconds there, I would seize it. Two of my favorite services to help automate tasks or create a more efficient workflow are Zapier and IFTTT. If you’d like to put a jump on your productivity this year with some automation, here’s a list to start with. Curation Create an automated task from email to your WordPress site. When you have a few minutes waiting in line or waiting for an appointment, scroll through your reading list – I use Flipboard and/or Feedly. Send an email to your task when you find something you’d like to curate. If you set the task up right, you will now have a brand new curated post on your blog. The only problem with this is images. Zapier can take attachments and they store it on their systems. So you can actually set up your task template with HTML to add that image to your post

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