How to Overcome Doubt and Fear As an Author or Entrepreneur

Overcome Doubt and FearHow to Overcome Doubt and Fear

When people connect with me, either online or in person they tend to comment on how positive and confident I am. This observation pleases me, as I spend time every single day reflecting on my life and working to stay focused, productive, and confident. When that is recognizable by people who are actually in front of me virtually or live, it just reinforces my commitment to this process.

But if you get into a deeper conversation with me you’ll find that I experience the same doubts and fears of most everyone who is alive. The difference, I believe, is that I face these fears and doubts head on and refuse to allow them to affect my life in a negative way. Learning how to overcome doubt and fear is crucial to the creative and entrepreneurial process.

For example, during the 1990s I developed a fear of driving on winding roads in the mountains or canyons, as well as of driving across bridges. Along with this came a fear of heights. This may seem irrational, but it was terrifying to me at the time. My doctor recommended drugs to reduce my anxiety, but I did not see that as a viable solution. Instead, I gave myself as many opportunities as possible to face my fears and push through them anyway. I would drive back and forth across bridges several times, asking myself aloud what exactly I was afraid of before thinking another thought. I did the same with driving through the hills and canyons, and with going to the top of buildings to see the view from the observation deck.

When it came to my business, I had to overcome doubt and fear about my abilities to serve others as an online entrepreneur. This was especially true with my writing, when I feared what “they” would think when they read my words. I felt that the world was watching my every move, ready to pounce on even the smallest mistake or error. My way to deal with this was to just keep writing and publishing and moving forward.

As writers, we often face fears and doubt about our ability to convey our message to others. I like what Bryan Hutchinson, from Positive Writer, has to say about doubt as a part of our writing and creative side…

“Doubt not only holds us back, but it also makes us do unhelpful things:

Doubt holds us back from taking risks that need to be taken.

Doubt holds us back from thinking we’re good enough.

Doubt holds us back from reaching our true potential.

Doubt holds us back from finding our voice.

Doubt makes us uncertain if we should be writing at all. After all, the dinosaurs probably preferred extinction because they knew you’d try to become a writer.

Doubt makes us seek approval (again and again and again).

Doubt makes us wait for someone to pick us.

Doubt makes us reach for milestone after milestone, ceaselessly stalling until the next one, which will always be too little too late.

You know these are true, because you know your best work is still to come.”

Bryan has even written a book about it, entitled Writer’s Doubt: The #1 Enemy of Writing (and What You Can Do About It) that I highly recommend.

Take a look at what you fear or doubt most in your life, speak it aloud, and then move through it. From personal experience I will tell you that this simple strategy is effective, and will lead you to a place where you ca accomplish most anything you want to in your life.

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Online Marketing Tips Podcast: Live Marketing Events

Live Marketing EventsThis most recent podcast is a discussion of the value in attending live marketing events, as well as how content marketing can be of great value to your online business.

I shared several stories about live events, including the first time I attended a large marketing event in Atlanta, why the questions people ask at live events are more important than what is discussed, and how to actually earn money both while you are at the event and immediately after returning home. Live marketing events connect you with like-minded entrepreneurs with whom you can do Joint Ventures and brainstorm your thoughts and ideas. My next live event is Weekend Marketer Live! in Los Angeles at the end of April, 2016.

We also discuss the importance of creating and marketing content regularly, how to “blog your book”, and how content can build your online business more quickly than anything else you do. Remember than content can be written, audio, or video, or even a combination of these to reach people with different learning styles and preferences.

Are you ready to be surprised? Recently, I have introduced a new feature during these podcast training calls. I will always have the latest course or program, either one of my own or one offered by someone I highly recommend, at my Surprise! link. Check it out today and see what I am recommending this week. If it’s not my own program, product, course, or live event then t’s always from someone I know, trust, and highly recommend as a great value to you as an online entrepreneur.

Are you already a part my list community and receiving my daily email updates? If not, please give me your first name and primary email address in the form on the right-hand side of this site. If you are brand new to my podcasts, you will be interested to know that this specific training call, as well as all of the calls in my podcast series is intended to teach you and other new online entrepreneurs how to take your business to the next level quickly and effectively, and as a way for me to share my exact methods, techniques, Case Studies, secrets, and advice on creating a profitable and lucrative online business using the ‘multiple income streams’ approach. People on six continents have now discovered that starting an Internet business is the very fastest way to achieve both time and financial freedom, as well as to great success in all areas of your life, and you need help to get there quickly. That’s why I started this online marketing tips podcast for my community.

You will see that each podcast session is first recorded live as a teleseminar, and then repurposed into a podcast to extend my reach to the world. Please join my list (opt in on the right) to be included on these calls, and be sure to introduce yourself and share your site for optimal exposure for years to come! Also, check out my Podcast Show Notes site to see how you can subscribe at no cost to both of my podcasts, and please leave me a review on one or both of them if you are so inclined.

If you would like to get started earning income online right away then I recommend affiliate marketing as the stream of income that will allow you to “earn while you learn” You may now pick up my popular training on winning affiliate contests and other online marketing tips for only seven dollars at Affiliate Contest Secrets. This training regularly sells for $27. Use the discount code CONTEST to bring the price down to $7. This training has been completely updated for 2016 with the latest information, strategies, and Case Studies for you to use in your own business.

Please be sure to leave your comments below so that I may get to know you better and to serve you as you continue your journey as an online entrepreneur. Getting started with an online business will change your life forever and my reward is your massive success!

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Mentoring with Connie Ragen Green in the Online Marketing Incubator

Connie Ragen Green Incubator

Hands Holding Mentor

Connie Ragen Green Incubator Mentoring

The Connie Ragen Green Incubator program is personalized mentoring with me. I prefer to use the word mentor rather than coaching because mentoring involves a relationship wherein the mentor guides the mentee and promotes them and their business. I have been described as a stage mother, or as a mother hen guiding her chicks to success in the big world of internet marketing. I consider this to be the most sincere form of flattery, as my people do achieve their goals after working with me and following my recommendations as to the steps and actions they must take in order to grow their businesses.

The word incubator comes from an idea used around the world to describe a group of like-minded individuals who come together regularly, typically in person, to explore ideas and establish strategies for business growth. My Incubator is primarily virtual, even though we do meet face to face at my live events twice a year in Los Angeles and at my Retreats in Santa Barbara throughout the year.

What Exactly Does Mentoring Involve?

First, let’s talk about what mentoring is. Essentially, a mentor helps a client/mentee with a specific problem within their expertise to clarify the issue, identify any blocks, and helps the mentee move forward toward reaching their goals by choosing a sequence of actions, helping them create a strategy and holding them accountable. They’ll help lead the mentee to success.

As you can see by the definition, there are a lot of problems with mentoring as a career in terms of finding a way to earn more money, since mentoring can be so time-consuming. It takes a lot of time, not only one-on-one with the client, but also time outside of working with the client to find the right solutions for the client.

The issues that you may have as a mentor are:

  • Time Intensive – Spending one-one-one time with clients is time intensive. It can also be draining. Most mentors find working one-on-one with too many clients difficult, if not impossible. They find that four to six clients a month is more than enough to keep them super busy and occupied but not enough to earn the kind of money they want. Instead, as a mentor I pick and choose the clients I wish to work with so that the relationships are mutually beneficial and joyous for everyone involved in my Incubator Mentoring Program. I am also able to work with more people as I implement strategies that work.
  • Trading Hours for Dollars – You have to charge enough per hour to make it worth it. You’re not going to be able to book 40 hours a week for billable clients so you have to charge quite a lot to make a living. It can be difficult to find the right clients who will spend that type of money on a regular basis. Having the proper attitude about this will make all of the difference in your results and your income.
  • Finding Enough Clients – Most mentoring courses teach you to find about ten clients a month. At $500 a month per client you’ll be earning $5000 a month working. Even if you only provide two 1-hour session a month per client, then add in the time you work that’s not billable, you’ll easily be working twenty to thirty hours a month just talking to clients. Add to this the time you have to spend marketing and finding those clients. The rest of your time, in my opinion and based on my experience, must be spent with actually doing the things you are mentoring on, such as affiliate marketing, product creation, teaching online courses, and authorship.
  • Choosing a Viable Niche for Specialization – Picking a niche is an important part of being an effective mentor. You want to present a perspective client that you are focusing on a particular area of their life or business to help them, such as parenting or social media marketing. Picking the right niche is imperative if you want to be successful. My niche is online marketing and content creation, as these are the areas where I continue to excel.
  • Getting Your Mentees to Follow Through – It can be really frustrating to know what’s best for your clients but have them not follow through. These types of clients will often also drop out of your mentoring program, which means you have to find yet another one to fill the spot. I like to think of myself as a mentor who both inspires and motivates my mentees, and then shows them specific ways to grow the business they are imagining.
  • Not Having One Main Focus – This is like choosing a niche, but even stronger. You need one main thing that you’re an expert in to differentiate you from the rest of the mentors out there. You can’t be everything to everyone. This can be both empowering and limiting when it comes to being a mentor. I focus on affiliate marketing, information product creation, and authorship as a way to differentiate myself, based on what I have the most experience in and actually do within my own online business.
  • Not Having Other Products and Services – Many mentors think all they need is to talk to people on the phone once or twice a month to be successful. But, if you don’t have other products and services that relate to your mentoring practice, it will be hard to fill your client roster. I have more than forty information products and online training courses, as well as more than a dozen bestselling books in my inventory.

If you can break through these issues, you can create a thriving mentoring business that involves a lot more than one-on-one mentoring, help more people and earn a lot more income in the process. Being a mentor and running my Online Marketing Incubator are the most satisfying and rewarding parts of my business.

If you would like to know more about the Connie Ragen Green Incubator Mentoring Program, please take a look at what I offer and then contact me if you have more questions. I would love to have you in the group!

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Press Release Examples: How to Write a Release That Stands Out

Press Release ExamplesPress Release: Examples of Effective Ones for Your Business

Having just spent two weeks in Santa Barbara at the International Film Festival I am once again reminded of how and why press releases are so important. Small, independent films from countries around the world received more attention when press releases were distributed throughout the festival. This is an effective way to communicate directly with the audience you wish to reach, while sharing the exact and specific information you wish to share.

According to its definition, a press release, also referred to as a news release, media release, or press statement is a written or recorded communication directed at members of the news media for the purpose of announcing something ostensibly newsworthy. This is just a fancy way of saying what I wrote in the previous paragraph, but it sounds much better this way.

Long ago, perhaps in an English class you may have been taught that press releases should contain the “who, what, where, when, and why” of a news story. Even thought this is still true, in modern times we have expanded upon this to include some other components. Here are some tips for you to keep in mind as you are composing your release:

  • Remember that your press release is intended to arouse interest from your target audience
  • Whatever you choose to write must actually be newsworthy
  • Use quotes whenever possible, and ask permission before using them
  • Grab attention with your headline and then get right to the point
  • Write in the third person when you compose your press release
  • Include your contact information so that people may connect with you

Press releases are intended to pique the interest of journalists and the media, so take your time to put together a release that is well thought out, well written, and informative. This can be the first step in achieving your goal of visibility for yourself and your topic. The marketplace is flooded with potential stories and pitches on a daily basis, so making yours stand out from the pack is crucial if you are to maintain credibility.

If you assume that ninety-nine percent of the people who read your release do not actually care about you or your topic you will be forced to make it interesting, succinct, and detailed. This will make it much easier for you to sift through the readers and find the exact people and groups who will be interested and benefit from what you have to offer.

Before you even begin writing your press release, ask yourself what end goal you have in mind. For example, do you want people to read your book, attend your event, or contact you for an interview? If you know where you are going from the very beginning you have a much better chance of hitting your goal and moving forward.

I hope these press release examples are helpful to you. I recommend using the free services available online first, and then paying for publication and distribution of your releases. What other questions do you have on press release examples?

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Time Management For Entrepreneurs

Time Management for EntrepreneursTime Management For Entrepreneurs

I had never thought of myself as a time management expert, but when I came online in 2006 it was obvious that I was managing my time in a way that worked well for me as a new online entrepreneur. This led to a book I co-authored with the late Geoff Hoff, entitled Time Management Strategies for Entrepreneurs: Hoe to Manage Your Time to Increase Your Bottom Line. It became a bestseller and continues to rank highly.
It’s amazing how much some people manage to get done, while others seem to be stuck in a rut without enough time in the day to accomplish much of anything. But, here’s the secret. Everyone has the same amount of time in every single day. It’s one way in which we are all created equal. Everyone has the same twenty-four hours in a day. Here are some tips on how to get started with managing your time.

Track Your Activities for a Week

To get a real picture of how you spend your time, try tracking everything you do for at least one week. Use a small recorder to record when you start and stop any task, and include the time. Alternatively, just use an old-fashioned pad and paper. Don’t change anything for now; just live your life as you do.

Evaluate

Now look at how you spent your time. Organize each thing that you did into urgent, important, family, fun, and time suckers. Some things that are fun might fall into the category of time sucking and that’s okay, because you can place limits on some things to still allow yourself to have fun without going overboard into time wasting.

Assign All Important Tasks to a “To-Do” List

Everything that is urgent and important should be scheduled. Some urgent and important things will also be family things. Put it all into the schedule. Give it the amount of time you think it will take, adding a few minutes for padding to avoid run over and missed deadlines.

Schedule Fun and Down Time

Don’t forget to put time for fun into your schedule. Fun often goes with family and friends and it is a very important part of your life. The trick is to schedule the right amount of time and the right amount of fun, without intruding on the important and urgent tasks and activities that you also must do.

Spend Time Each Night and Morning in Planning Mode

Take the time each evening to evaluate how your day went, decide what could have been done better, or what needs longer or shorter times to accomplish. If you do this you will get better at creating a plan. Each morning take the time to look over your schedule to remind yourself what is coming up so you don’t forget anything. Never rely on just memory or you will get off track.

Create a Plan of Action for Each Activity

It doesn’t matter if the plan is for family time, for business, or something else – if you create a plan of attack for each item on your to-do list, you’ll accomplish it faster with fewer problems. One of the biggest time wasters is jumping from item to item. Stick to one thing at a time until it’s done and you’ll feel as if you have a lot more time in your day.

Train Others to Respect Your Time

If you have a business, especially if you work from home, you will often find that other people seem to lack respect for your time. The real issue is that you’ve not taught people to respect your time. As Oprah (or maybe it was Dr. Phil) once said, “You teach people how to treat you.” Are you teaching people to respect your time? If not, it’s time to start doing so.

Delegate, Delegate, Delegate!

Never underestimate the power of delegation for getting more time in your day. A good assistant can almost double your time. So while you can’t actually get more time, remember that everyone has the same 24 hours. You can create a situation where you duplicate yourself by hiring an assistant or outsourcing some mundane tasks such as housework or lawn care. There is no such thing as a successful CEO who doesn’t delegate.

Finally, it’s important to always be realistic about what can really be accomplished in any given amount of time. No matter how much you want to be, you’re not superwoman (or man) – you’re just a human who is doing their best to manage the resources they have. If something doesn’t get done today, move it to tomorrow. As you get better at scheduling, you’ll get it down to a science on how long it really takes you to do any particular task and you’ll have fewer days where you don’t succeed. Developing time management for entrepreneurs is a skill that will serve you well. And pick up my book, Time Management Strategies for Entrepreneurs: Hoe to Manage Your Time to Increase Your Bottom Line to make this a natural part of your daily routine. You’ll thank yourself for doing so, I promise.

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Online Marketing Tips Podcast: How to Start An Internet Business

Start an Internet BusinessStart an Internet Business

My podcasts are designed to help you start an internet business with as much help and guidance as possible. I’ve been hosting these virtual trainings since 2007 and began repurposing them into podcasts on iTunes back in 2011.

I begin this training call with a discussion of time management, an area of strength for me that I have developed purposely over the years. Then I share my thoughts on the concept of “Core Competencies” as assets in your life and in your business. My own core competencies are in the areas of time management, content creation, and teaching marketing strategies pertaining to online marketing.

I also answer questions about using press releases to promote your online business, as well as any physical products you may be selling on Amazon or other platforms. Others questions include the use of immediate upsells on internet offers and why this style is not for everyone. We also discuss local business marketing as a faster way to earn online income than even affiliate marketing, using the Pretty Link plugin for WordPress to share affiliate links. Social media marketing is another area we cover, and I share the site that brings me the most business and virtual reach on a regular basis. Then we go on to answer the question “Who will I serve in my online business?”, as well as discussing what failure means to us an online entrepreneurs.

Recently, I have introduced a new feature during these podcast training calls. I will always have the latest course or program, either one of my own or one offered by someone I highly recommend, at my Surprise! link. Check it out and see what I am recommending this week. It’s always from someone I know and highly recommend as a great value to you as an online entrepreneur.

Are you already a part my list community and receiving my daily email updates? If not, please give me your first name and primary email address in the form on the right-hand side of this site. If you are brand new to my podcasts, you will be interested to know that this specific training call, as well as all of the calls in my podcast series is intended to teach you and other new online entrepreneurs how to take your business to the next level quickly and effectively, and as a way for me to share my exact methods, techniques, Case Studies, secrets, and advice on creating a profitable and lucrative online business using the ‘multiple income streams’ approach. People on six continents have now discovered that starting an Internet business is the very fastest way to achieve both time and financial freedom, as well as to great success in all areas of your life, and you need help to get there quickly. That’s why I started this online marketing tips podcast for my community.

You will see that each podcast session is first recorded live as a teleseminar, and then repurposed into a podcast to extend my reach to the world. Please join my list (opt in on the right) to be included on these calls, and be sure to introduce yourself and share your site for optimal exposure for years to come! Also, check out my Podcast Show Notes site to see how you can subscribe at no cost to both of my podcasts, and please leave me a review on one or both of them if you are so inclined.

If you would like to get started earning income online right away then I recommend affiliate marketing as the stream of income that will allow you to “earn while you learn” You may now pick up my popular training on winning affiliate contests and other online marketing tips for only seven dollars at Affiliate Contest Secrets. This training regularly sells for $27. Use the discount code CONTEST to bring the price down to $7. This training has been completely updated for 2016 with the latest information, strategies, and Case Studies for you to use in your own business.

Please be sure to leave your comments below so that I may get to know you better and to serve you as you continue your journey as an online entrepreneur. Getting started with an online business will change your life forever and my reward is your massive success!

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Marlon Sanders: Big Ticket Dashboard

Marlon Sanders DashboardAs I went through Marlon Sanders’ Dashboard on Big Ticket Selling today I thought about the connection between teaching and online marketing. Then I asked myself some questions that I believe are truly valuable when considered alongside the concept of sharing information on the internet. How would you answer these three questions?

1) What is something you have taught someone else to do that made a difference in your life and theirs?

2) On which topic(s) do your friends and loved ones come to you for advice?

3) If someone asked you to help them achieve a goal, what type of goal would that be?

We have all taught others how to do the things they want and need to know, and we have also learned many things from others. I consider the man who taught me how to drive a car when I was only fifteen years old to have been of great influence in my life; driving opened up my world in a big way back then by allowing me to get a job and to offer rides to elderly family members.

I have now taught several family members and close friends how to be online entrepreneurs and this has empowered their life experiences. Recently I began teaching a course called The Internet Marketing Six Pack, one that I originally taught back in 2009 and 2010. The connection I’m making here is that anything you know and understand well enough to teach to others is well worth a big ticket program. After all, wouldn’t we all pay whatever price was asked for information that would take us exactly where we wish to go as online entrepreneurs? Of course we would.

In the case of my IM Six Pack program, this is a relatively low cost product. But it leads to my Incubator and Mastermind programs, which are definitely high ticket. All of these strategies are outlined in great detail in Marlon’s newest Dashboard.

What questions may I answer for you when it comes to creating “big ticket” products, courses, and programs to help you grow your online business exponentially this year?

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Using Pinterest to Increase SEO Ranking

Pinterest: SEO Has Never Been So Friendly

Pinterest SEOLike most online marketing, it’s important to understand how to maximize search engine optimization so that you can get the most out of your time using the channel for marketing purposes. You can pin all day long, but if you’re not optimizing for keywords and using an effective keywords strategy, you might be wasting your time. When you think about Pinterest, SEO for your business should come to mind first and foremost for your online marketing.

1) Develop a Keyword Strategy for Pinterest

Before you make your first pinboard, think about what your goals are for Pinterest and how you want to appear to the world. You’ve likely already researched keywords and hopefully have hundreds to choose from. Set out your keyword strategy on Pinterest to match what you’re doing on your website and with other social media.

2) Optimize Your Username

On Pinterest you can choose a username that is a keyword. This will help a lot because if your username is a keyword for your niche, whenever someone inputs that term into the search bar, your pinboards will come up in the search. You’ll get a lot more followers without even trying if you put a keyword in as your username.

3) Create a Full Keyword-Rich About Section

Pinterest gives a generous-sized about section that you can use to fill with information, tell your story and use keywords within the text to do so. Don’t keyword stuff or force it, but using keywords within the about section is a smart idea as it will help your customers to find you when they search for those keywords.

4) Create Optimized Pin Descriptions

One of the best ways to improve SEO is to make use of the description area for your pins. You have a pretty big space to work with. Make them readable, but also include relevant keywords and URLs when appropriate.

5) Always Link Back to Your Website

You can link each pin that you create back to your site and back to specific pages of your site. Always take advantage of this and make sure they don’t always just go to the home page. Make pins link back to specific landing pages on your website that are relevant to the pin.

6) Watermark Your Images

No matter what you do, someone might take your picture and try to use it as their own. But you can watermark it with your logo and URL. Try to do so as unobtrusively as possible, but watermarking will help with SEO too.

7) Don’t Forget the ALT Text on Images

When you upload an image, or put an image on your website, you have something called an ALT tag or text. This is an area where you should use keywords to describe the image. Don’t just say “butterfly” – say something like “This is a picture of a monarch butterfly that I took using my Nikon D700.” This type of ALT tag would be relevant to a pinboard devoted to photography.

8) Make Your Website the Home for All Images

Everything starts and ends with your website. When you want to create pins and pinboards, first create a blog post with the image, an infographic and a post, then pin to the board from your website so that visitors always link back to your site.

9) Create Themes for Pinboards

Don’t just randomly post pins. Instead, create themed pinboards where the theme fits with your niche and is a keyword for your niche. This gives you more areas to include keywords and more in-depth information about your niche for your followers. You can think of pinboards as categories like you have on your blog if that helps.

10) Use Appropriate Hashtags

Like most social media today, Pinterest also supports hashtags. Use them well and they will pay off. Really give thought to what the hashtags should be and how they relate to your niche before including them.

11) Re-Pin Items That Carry Your Keywords

Look up your keywords, maybe one or two a day, and re-pin other people’s pinboards and pins that carry your keywords. In addition, follow them and their followers – just a few each day to help build your own following and interaction.

Using these tips to make your Pinterest SEO friendly will go far in helping you make the most of Pinterest as a marketing channel for your business. Make sure to follow me on Pinterest and let’s connect!

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How To Love Writing Again

Love Writing Again – Is This Possible?

Love Writing AgainYears ago I dreamed of being a writer, yet I did little writing of my own. Imagining myself as a writer of screenplays and novels gave me hope that my life would somehow be complete if I became a writer. I spent a summer as an intern for a production company in Los Angeles years ago, and this experience of spending time with both staff and freelance writers made it all seem even more glamorous and appealing to me.  I was an avid reader, and many times what I was reading motivated and inspired me to write. Yet I was not consistent with my writing until I came online in 2006.

As an entrepreneur I realized immediately that I was going to need to write every day for some aspect of my business. Whether it was blogging, emailing my list, writing articles and short reports, or writing a book, the concept of being a writer was one that I had to embrace if I were to be successful in my business.

After now having written more than two thousand blog posts, almost a hundred short reports, ten thousand email messages, and twelve bestselling books, I decided that it was high time to start to love writing again. I happened upon a post written by Melissa Chu, someone who helps writers to get productive and develop good work habits. She makes some excellent points here, including this section on Reshaping Your Daily Routine…
1. Reshape your daily routine

“Having a routine is immensely helpful in making writing a habit. When Ernest Hemingway wrote, he made sure to keep to a schedule. “I write every morning as soon after first light as possible,” he once said in an interview. “There is no one to disturb you and it is cool or cold and you come to your work and warm as you write.”

Now is the perfect time to look at your schedule and figure out how to carve out time to write. Maybe you write better in short spurts throughout the day. Or perhaps blocking out an hour in the morning works better?

For me, it’s become a daily habit. Even if I don’t wake up feeling the urge to write, it’s just something I do automatically. Using an hour or so that I’ve blocked off, I write regardless of how I feel, knowing that I’ll eventually get into the mood to write if I just get started.

Make a commitment to write something today, no matter how much (or how little).”

Once I began thinking of my writing as a daily activity, and not as a task or chore, I began to love writing again. It is a daily gift I give to myself, and the result is a body of work I never could have imagined when I began my online business. My writing has opened an untold number of doors for me over these past ten years and for that I will always be grateful.

How has the process of writing and publishing your words benefited your life and your business?

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Online Marketing Tips Podcast: New Rules for Online Marketing

New Rules for Online MarketingNew Rules for Online Marketing 2016

In this latest podcast I discuss my annual New Rules for Online Marketing for 2016.

The most important things to work on are positioning yourself as an expert, increasing your visibility, and building credibility both personally and professionally. I have a variety of methods that continue to work for me, as well as some new ones that you will find extremely helpful.

You must author a book that lets people know who you are, what you stand for, and how you have come to be the business person you are at this point in your life. If you are already blogging for your business, as I continue to highly recommend, then use your blog as the basis of your book. I did this with my very first book – Huge Profits with a Tiny List – back in 2010 and still teach that “blogging” your book is an excellent strategy.

This allows you to organize your thoughts into an outline, to find your voice while you are writing, and to share your very best tips and strategies with your readers. You also have the opportunity to build a list when people opt in to your blog to hear more from you. Use your full name as the domain for your blog because you are the brand first and foremost. Over the years you may change or alter your business goals but your name will remain the same.

Adding a podcast will further boost your visibility and credibility as people begin to find you on iTunes through your keywords. It is my experience that my two podcasts, along with my twelve books brought me the most new business during the past year and a half. People who would otherwise not have found me were able to find me both on iTunes and on Amazon and connect with me through my blogs and other sites. This is huge for business owners and entrepreneurs.

Once you have your blog and podcast set up and working to promote you and your expertise, start speaking locally to let people get up close and personal to hear what you have to say and to ask you more questions. I started doing this at my local Rotary Club back in 2006, and soon I was speaking at other venues and on the radio. Over time that expanded to my being asked to speak at marketing events across the country and throughout the world. Teleseminars are also a form of public speaking and I continue to host these regularly to keep my name and voice at the front of people’s minds.

Now here are some suggestions to keep you moving forward all year long. First, refuse to allow yourself to get bogged down with technology, writing, or anything else. I’ve had help with the technical side of my business from day one, and have saved myself lots of time and grief by having these professionals on my team.

Be objective about your strengths and get help from others to improve in the areas that do not feel natural or intuitive to you. I did this with my writing and have no regrets at all. If I had not made some effort every single day during my first few years in business I would not be a multiple bestselling author right now.

I am reminded of a quote from someone I highly respect as a small business owner. “Treat your business like a business and it will pay you like a business; treat it like a hobby and it will cost you like a hobby.” This has never been as true as it is today.

As you can see, this is all about positioning yourself as an expert, continuing to create massive visibility, and building credibility for yourself and your business. The new year of 2016 can be all that you want and expect it to be, but only if you take the time and make the effort to let people know who you are and what you stand for as a human being. Please let me know if you have further questions on anything I have discussed here in regards to the New Rules for Online Marketing in 2016.

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