Web Page Design Outsourcing You Can Afford

  Would it help your business to have a web designer at your infinite disposal? Someone to create all of your opt-in/landing pages, thank you pages, sales pages . . . any page you might need to run your online business? This is the kind of outsourcing that takes up 5 figures in a successful online marketer’s annual budget. Not the kind of thing most of us can afford, yet. The catch-22 of it is that if you want to be able to afford a 5-figure web designer, you’ll first need the pages she would design for you to grow your business to that level! Enter Ten Minute Pages. I’m going to do a rare thing today, and promote a product that I’m an affiliate for. I hesitated a few days before deciding to do this. But ultimately, I realized that I use this product to make my business easier, better, and more cost-efficient. It would therefore be a disservice not to tell you about it. (And if you hate the whole affiliate thing, just buy it straight from the site rather than through my link. I want the credit for turning you on to the product more than I want the commission.) I’m not going to spend a lot of time telling you the specifics of Ten Minute Pages. That’s what the sales page is for. There are three packages, including payment plans for the higher-priced packages. Money is no excuse here. This product will save you money, and make you money, at the same time. Before you check out the sales page, let me tell you why...

Is Your Blog Hurting Your Online Business? (Part II)

  When you started your blog, you undoubtedly had high expectations. After all, if a blog is a must have for your online business, it must be because it’s going to do amazing things for you. Right? In a perfect world, yes. In reality, sometimes. In the first part of this article, we talked about 3 things your blog does that could actually hurt your online business. And here you were, just trying to help . . . Here we’re going to look at those 3 factors again, and this time talk about how you can use each of them to help your business. (Now would be a good time to take a look at the first part of “Is Your Blog Hurting Your Online Business?,” if you haven’t read it yet.) 1. Are You Updating Your Blog With Great Content? The issue here is two-fold. One, you have to be consistently updating your blog. And two, you have to be providing your audience with great content. Defining “consistent” Perhaps the good news, and the bad news, is that “consistent” might mean something different to your business than it does to mine. I’ve been blogging for five years and I’ve had people tell me I needed to post every day, once a month, and about every number in between. And the thing is, none of them were wrong. They were all successful with the way they were doing it. Here’s what I can tell you about the meaning of “consistent:” You need to have a schedule. Don’t post 3 times this week, then just once next month. Pick the...

Is Your Blog Hurting Your Online Business? (Part I)

  You know your online business needs a blog. Everyone who’s anyone says it. And they’re right. So, you bit the bullet and set it up. But, your blog isn’t doing what you were led to believe it would do for you. About 4 people are reading your posts. New customers aren’t flowing in after discovering your blogging brilliance. You’re struggling to keep up with your blog. And honestly, some days it feels like you’re wasting your time. So, what gives? You know those “experts” are often just plain wrong. And maybe this blogging thing is their way of distracting you while they rake in all the money? Before you let your blog die the familiar death that so many do, let’s make sure you’re doing it right. Yes, that expert advice you received that you must have a blog is solid advice. But, what they might have failed to mention, is that there’s much more to it than the quick and easy 5 minute install on WordPress leads you to believe. Your blog is not something you’ll ever check off your to-do list. It requires your consistent attention. And if you’re not caring for it like it’s your child, then yes, it could actually be hurting your business. Certainly that’s the last thing you need. Let’s get to work on fixing that. First, let’s take a look at the 3 main reasons you’re blogging. Then we’ll consider how your blog could be working against, rather than supporting, those reasons. Why Are You Blogging? Maybe you’ve never given this one a lot of thought past, “because I’m suppose to.” But,...

Google+ Beginner’s Guide to Better Engagement and More Fun

Starting something new is often more overwhelming than it actually needs to be. Such is the case with Google+. Most people are coming around to the fact that they “should” be using Google+. But, an amazing number of those people either “haven’t gotten around to it” yet, or continue to describe Google+ as a “ghost town.” If there’s any truth to that one, then there are an awful lot of ghosts in the world. Today is not going to be about “why” you should be on Google+, but “how” to use Google+ for the benefit of yourself, and others. This isn’t a comprehensive, definitive guide to becoming a Google+ Ninja. That would overwhelm you, and you’d never get started. This is just the basics you’ll need to get your profile up and running and to start having fun. So, let’s go . . . 1. Ditch the Faceless Rainbow Look One of the unique things about Google+ is that virtually everyone has an account. If you use Gmail, you’re on Google+, whether you know it or not. And, if people go to your profile page and see this, they see a person who is technically on Google+, but is not using Google+: The surprising thing is, people with no picture and the default rainbow-like cover photo circle me almost daily. Which means they are at least wanting to use Google+. But what message are you sending when you can’t take 3 minutes and upload your picture and some kind of cover photo? The message that you aren’t participating on Google+. That you aren’t someone who will engage with others. Which means people...