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...

Are You Killing Your Business With These 3 Activities?

As an entrepreneur, your time is money. And although you may not realize it (yet), your time is more valuable than your money. There’s always more money to be had. Not so for time. So, let me get to the point. If you’re ever going to have the business of your dreams, you’re going to have to change what you do with your time. One of the first things I do with my private coaching clients is take a look at how they’re spending their time. And what I way too often find, from my clients and from other social media conversations, is that many online entrepreneurs are wasting at least 50% of their time. And I don’t mean wasting time in the sense of watching too much TV, or hanging out at the pool or your favorite happy hour too often. I mean sitting down to work on your business with a “to do” list in front of you that contains hours worth of time-wasters. There are 3 things I see over and over again that many people are doing too much of, with little or no return. The first person I identified doing too much of these things about a year ago was me. And when I started replacing these activities, I started reaching my business goals faster. And, I started making more money! I am not alone. And unfortunately, too many people continue to fall into these time sucks. If you are one of those people, today is your day to reorder your priorities. Webinars and “Training” Videos The easiest and most effective way to launch...

Do Your Social Media Numbers Tell a Lie?

I don’t like numbers. Never have. I come from a family of accountants. Yet I appear to have been born without a left brain. My distain for numbers started in my early math classes. Math was really the only thing I didn’t “get” throughout my school years. So it should probably come as no surprise to me that when I started my online business, I hated the numbers side of it. The first things I outsourced were split testing and analytics. Let someone figure out what works best for me, and then I’ll do it. It’s only natural that when social media became such a huge part of building a profitable online business, the numbers would be a huge turn-off for me. Twitter followers, Facebook fans, Google circles, LinkedIn connections, Kred scores, Klout scores . . . numbers, numbers, numbers . . . We seem to be defined online by our numbers. At first, being a number online didn’t bother me. That’s how the game was played. And there were lots of ways to pump up your numbers. But gradually, the numbers started to turn me off. I began noticing people with huge followings ~ according to the numbers ~ who, upon closer look, didn’t appear to have any real influence. Or anything relevant to say. I saw people brag about things they did to increase their Klout score by 10 points in a week. Although their real social influence hadn’t increased at all. Do the Numbers Even Matter? If you have an online business, I bet you have more stuff to do in your life, than time that...

9 Unusual but Achievable Tips to Start Profiting Now with Your Online Business

When I first started out online, I was totally sucked in by those stories of people who made $10,000 in their first thirty days. With a system I could purchase for just $97 today! You would think I would be smarter than that. But hey, if it’s possible that it could happen, isn’t it worth $97? Well, I’ve come a long way over the years. Fortunately. And I realize that the “first 30 days” always means “the first 30 days after they’ve worked at it for 2 or 3 or 10 years!” While it’s not realistic that you’re going to start pulling in 5 figures a month your first month in business, you can get into the profit zone in the first 30 days. But, it’s not necessarily going to be easy. It’s going to require that you do some things that most others aren’t willing to do. Good news is, they are things that you can do. Let’s talk about 9 things you can do to jump-start your online business profits. The “how to” of each of these could be its own article, but I’ll give you enough information here to decide which direction you want to go. Give Stuff Away You’re probably familiar with this concept. You give a free ebook, report, or video in exchange for a person’s email address. Everyone’s doing this to build their list. But it takes time to get those on your email list to actually buy from you. So how do you give stuff away, and profit now? Here are 3 things that work. 1. Telephone Consultation When you are first...

How to Stop Wasting Time on Social Media and Start Making Money

I’m seeing an alarming trend lately. It’s coming from clients, potential clients, and others I’m connected with both online and offline. People are spending 3 or 4 or more hours a day on social media, in hopes of growing their business through those efforts. But guess what, most of them are making about zero dollars a month in their business. And I’ve come across no one who’s pulling down five figures a month from their intense social media efforts. Does that mean you can’t make money with social media? Absolutely not. I meet nearly all of my clients directly through social media, or at least through a social media connection. The problem is this: Social media is where the relationships are made, but it’s not where the money is made. And many online business owners are getting the relationship part of their business right ~ because social media is fun and relatively easy ~ but are totally neglecting the money side of their business. Because it’s more like “work.” There are 3 things you must make a priority over your social media if you want all of this relationship building to have any impact on your bank account. 1. Product Creation You must have something to sell, right? And the more things you have to sell, the more you will sell. Funny how that works. Yet too many people can’t find the time to create even one product, and certainly can’t envision the many products that your business is going to need. You must set aside time for product creation. And after you’ve spent your time doing that, then you...

Good-bye Google Alerts, Hello Talkwalker

A couple of weeks ago we talked about the demise of Google Reader, and I showed you how to easily switch to an equally good, if not better, Reader. Just like Google Reader won’t be missed, neither will Google Alerts. I haven’t seen anything “official” saying that Google is about to kill off its Alerts service, but it seems inevitable. I’ve noticed that I’m getting fewer and fewer results from Google Alerts. And I’m reading that others are having the same experience. I think it’s time to find an alternative to Google Alerts, even if it’s not shutting down soon. I’ve spent a few hours looking for alternatives. In my search, I found a great article by Gini Dietrich at SpinSucks. Gini recommended Talkwalker as the new Google Alerts, and I agree that it’s a perfect replacement. There are three reasons Talkwalker is your choice over the others that offer a similar service. 1. Talkwalker Has a Free Stand-Alone Alerts Service One of the things I love most about Google Alerts is that it’s a stand-alone service. It’s not connected to any other service. You don’t have to log in and get distracted by a dashboard showing you 20 other statistics that call out for your attention. Talkwalker is the only alternative I found that duplicates this. And it’s free! There are many other “alert-type” services. From what I found, they are either part of a package of related services, or they don’t search and return results for as many sources as Talkwalker does. 2. Talkwalker is Easy and Accurate Again like Google Alerts, Talkwalker is easy. When you...