Generosity – Is It Something You’re Born With?

generosityGenerosity is something you’re born with, I honestly believe. It has nothing at all to do with how much money you have, how well connected you are, or whether or not you believe that giving to others is optional. It does have everything to do with knowing that sharing your time, money, knowledge, and resources with others, especially if they have done the same thing for you is the right thing to do on a regular basis.

Here is something I began notice as my business began to grow and I was surrounded my more and more successful people:
People who are more successful are generally more generous to those around them.

It turns out I am not the only person to feel this way. Seth Godin discusses something he refers to as the Generosity Boomerang. It goes like this:

“Success makes you happy. Happiness permits you to be generous.
In fact, it actually works like this:
Generosity makes you happy. Happy people are more likely to be successful.”

Godin goes on to say in another post that we seek to be around people in our life who are open, generous, and connected.

“Open to new ideas, leaning forward, exploring the edges, impatient with the status quo… In a hurry to make something worth making.
Generous when given the opportunity (or restless to find the opportunity when not).”

When I spend time with people who do not seem to have a generous bone in their body I am always tempted to start a discussion on the topic with them. Many are just getting started with their businesses and would argue that they simply can’t afford to be generous right now, but fully intend to when they are earning more money.

Generosity is all about gratitude, and understanding that when we are grateful for what we already have in our lives we are given even more.

Just as I believed I could not volunteer for charities and other organizations back when I was a classroom teacher and also in real estate, this is just wrong thinking. You always have enough time and money to serve others, both those you know and whom are helping you and those you may never meet because they live half way around the world. Generosity is a trait worth developing, if you were not born with it.

What do you think about generosity – is it a trait we are born with, or must it be developed?


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Best Free Podcasts

Both of my podcasts were selected as those worthy of being called the ‘Best Free Podcatsts’ available on iTunes. Have you subscribed to these on the list?

Best Free Podcasts for Online Business Entrepreneurs
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Best Free Podcasts for Online Business Entrepreneurs

This is a crowdsourced list of favorite podcasts that talk about internet business topics. Please vote for your favorite below! If you have a favorite podcast and it's not on this list, please add it. Just make sure to choose a good picture and write a helpful description if you would like your suggestion to be added to the list. Thank you!

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  1. 1  Solopreneur Podcast on Solo Smarts

    Solopreneur Podcast on Solo Smarts

    Kelly McCausey's podcast for Solopreneurs.

  2. 2  Pat Flynn's Smart Passive Income Podcast

    Pat Flynn's Smart Passive Income Podcast

    Smart Ways to Live a Passive Income Lifestyle On the Internet with

  3. 3  Ms. Ileane Speaks Podcast hosted by Ileane Smith

    Ms. Ileane Speaks Podcast hosted by Ileane Smith

    Blogging, Podcasting, Social Media and YouTube tutorials

  4. 4  Social Media Marketing Podcast | Business How To | Tactics & Strategy by Michael Stelzner

    Social Media Marketing Podcast | Business How To | Tactics & Strategy by Michael Stelzner

    Social Media Examiner's Michael Stelzner helps your business navigate the social jungle with success stories and expert interviews from leading social media pros. Discover how successful businesses employ social media, learn new strategies and tactics, and gain actionable tips to improve your social media marketing. Find show show notes at

  5. 5  Nicole Dean's Online Success Podcast

    Nicole Dean's Online Success Podcast

    While Nicole doesn't podcast regularly, this is a fun one to listen to. The guests have a great time when they are on. Listen to Willie Crawford, Carrie Wilkerson, Dan Thies, and more.

  6. 6  Connie Ragen Green's Podcast

    Connie Ragen Green's Podcast

    Get Started Online | Connie Ragen Green - Build A Profitable Online Business

  7. 7  Mark Mason's Late Light Podcast

    Mark Mason's Late Light Podcast

    On the Mason World Late Night Internet Marketing Podcast you can expect to hear practical internet marketing advice that you can apply to your own internet business, great interviews with successful and interesting marketers, and tidbits of great information delivered in an easy to understand format. My goal is to have the best internet marketing podcast on the internet and to do that by delivering excellent content that people really want to hear.

  8. 8  Podcasts " Huge Profits, Tiny List

    Podcasts " Huge Profits, Tiny List

    Connie Ragen Green Teaches List Relationship Marketing.

  9. 9  Freedom Ocean Podcast

    Freedom Ocean Podcast

    with James Schramko and Tim Reid.

  10. 10  The Foolish Adventure Show

    The Foolish Adventure Show

    Breaking the rules to create a fulfilling online business! Join Tim Conley and 5,000+ Adventurers each week as we dive into the tips, tactics, and techniques you need to build your own Six Figure Internet Income.

  11. 11  Podcasts - Entrepreneur On Fire Business Podcasts

    Podcasts - Entrepreneur On Fire Business Podcasts

    EntrepreneurOnFire: Awarded Best in iTunes 2013 IGNITE! EntrepreneurOnFire has featured Entrepreneurs such as Seth Godin, Gary Vaynerchuk, Barbara Corcoran, Tim Ferriss, Brian Tracy, and over 700 inspiring Entrepreneurs.

    EntrepreneurOnFire is all about inspiring YOU to take YOUR entrepreneurial leap. We know that by hearing the failures, AH-HA moments, and successes of others, you can begin to craft your dream and take inspired ACTION!

  12. 12  Podcast Archives

    Podcast Archives

    The Ray Edwards Podcast is a free, weekly online radio show created for small business owners, and those who want to start a business. God created you to be an entrepreneur, you were born for this, and I was born to help. The podcast episodes are published Wednesday morning each week.

  13. 13  The EntreLeadership Podcast -

    The EntreLeadership Podcast -

    Lessons from Dave Ramsey on business, team building and leadership. Hosted by Chris LoCurto. Each episode features teaching from Dave along with guest interviews with some of today's top leaders, such as Tony Hsieh, Simon Sinek and Dan Cathy.

  14. 14  Web Domination Podcast - by Dan Norris

    Web Domination Podcast - by Dan Norris

    Web Domination is a weekly podcast by Dan Norris the founder of Web Control Room where he interviews web entrepreneurs from around the world.

  15. 15  Podcast - Amy Porterfield

    Podcast - Amy Porterfield

    Today's episode of the Online Marketing Made Easy Podcast, is all about selling with social media, and today's special guest is Laura Roeder, founder of LKR Social Media. I invited Laura on the show because she is a master at selling with social media. She does it in a way that's incredibly inviting and her ...

  16. 16  Podcast - Internet Business Mastery | Get Paid to Live Your Purpose

    Podcast - Internet Business Mastery | Get Paid to Live Your Purpose

    The Internet Business Mastery Podcast has Given Me Lots of Confidence to Begin Building My Own Internet Business.

  17. 17  Woman in Leadership Success Show with Host Stacie Walker

    Woman in Leadership Success Show with Host Stacie Walker

    Stacie Walker and her guest experts empower listeners with long term success in life and business, combining inspiration, motivation, and all sorts of practical advice. She also reveals success secrets to help you build a profitable and thriving business.

  18. 18  Daily Blogcast for Internet Marketing

    Daily Blogcast for Internet Marketing

    This is a DAILY podcast for internet marketing. It is called the Daily Blogcast for Internet Marketing since we discuss the most important and recent blog posts from the internet marketing community. You can listen to the latest episode by going to Thanks!!!

  19. 19  Social Media Hangout Time

    Social Media Hangout Time

    Janet E Johnson and Kimmy, The Social Media Puppet (a.k.a. Lisa Saline), both long-time social media trainers and educators are interviewing experts in the industry. Learn how to grow your business through Social Media the FUN way.

  20. 21  Subscribe to the Tropical MBA Podcast

    Subscribe to the Tropical MBA Podcast

    Millions of downloads and counting! The Tropical MBA podcast has been downloaded in over 100 countries worldwide. Here's how to subscribe: The story of the show... Every Thursday morning, 8AM EST, we do our best to produce a show that highlights the strategies and stories from entrepreneurs who are making the location independent lifestyle a reality.

  21. 22  Radio Archives - Copyblogger

    Radio Archives - Copyblogger

    The Lede is a regular, short-form broadcast hosted by Copyblogger Media's Director of Content Jerod Morris. It features a rotating lineup of Copyblogger staff, including Chief Copywriter Demian Farnworth, plus special guests to answer your questions about copywriting, content marketing, email marketing, conversion optimization, and much more.

  22. 23  Switched On - Ludwina Dautovic

    Switched On - Ludwina Dautovic

    'Switched On' is my new signature podcast show where I interview business leaders from around the globe. The show focuses on digital, new media, social, content and innovation. The guests are world leaders in their fields and the up-to-date information will help catapult your business to the next level.

  23. 24  5by5 | Back to Work

    5by5 | Back to Work

    Merlin Mann and Dan Benjamin on productivity, communication, work, barriers, constraints, tools, and more.

  24. 25  Mad Marketing by Marcus Sheridan, The Sales Lion by Marcus Sheridan

    Mad Marketing by Marcus Sheridan, The Sales Lion by Marcus Sheridan

    The Mad Marketing podcast is where real questions about marketing are asked and real answers are given, by someone that's actually living it, breathing it, and doing it. Presented by Marcus Sheridan of

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Marketing Your Book Online

marketing your book onlineMarketing Your Book Online

If you’re looking for ways to market your book online, look no further than your blog. By this I mean your hosted WordPress blog, one that you own and control. A recent post from author and book coach Judy Cullins reinforces this idea. Here is an excerpt from what she shared with her readers after being asked if blog posts should be related to our business website:

Yes! Your blog posts serve an important purpose in your book and business marketing. They should serve and bring only your target audience to your site where you offer your books, products, and services. Why would you want lookie loos, who have no interest in your topic to come to your site? They won’t stay awhile and they won’t buy for sure.

She goes on to say that we should stay on topic and keep each blog post focused in a specific niche. I agree completely with this strategy, which continues to work for me and my clients. Your blog can help you to reach people from around the world who may directly or indirectly lead you to achieve even greater results.

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Getting Traffic to Your Blog

getting traffic to your blogI was reading Marlon Sanders recent post on getting traffic to your blog and wanted to share that with you. The image on the left is his infographic on this that he so kindly gave me permission to share. In it he explains the three primary sources of driving targeted traffic to your website or blog. These include:

  • Organic traffic from the search engines – Marlon says that Google Webmasters is your best friend, and also have steady and consistent content (such as I am doing here with blog curation).
  • Paid traffic – This includes pay-per-click from Google Adwords or Bing, Facebook and other services, as well as something known as Retargeting.
  • Traffic from your affiliate program – start with a simple product and build it up over time.

I love to see increasing numbers of people visiting my sites each month because I’ve made the effort to share my content and ideas, as well as sharing excellent information from others.

Marlon has a 5 Day Fast Start Course that I am finding extremely helpful. If I’d had access to this type of training when I was just getting started online, my journey would have been a much different and more lucrative one. Let me know when you pick it up and I’ll schedule a thirty minute laser focused call with you within a week to ten days.

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SEO Tips for Beginners

SEO tips for beginnersSEO Tips for Beginners

When I first came online in 2006 I started learning about something called SEO, which stands for ‘search engine optimization’. It was a fascinating topic to me at that time, and I began setting up simple websites and blogs and then optimizing them for specific keywords and phrases.

Then Google changed everything and I went from fascination to frustration over night. My sites tanked in the search engine rankings and I began my pursuit of knowledge in this area. There was not much available in the ‘SEO tips for beginners’ category initially, and then it seemed like every day a new WSO was offered that promised to get you ranked on page one of Google once again.

My recommendation is to find people who are knowledgeable on this topic and learn from them over time. One person is Art Remmet. I was just reading his post on website dual identities and wanted to share it with you. He shares information on what is referred to as the ‘Canonical issue’. Here is an excerpt from his post:

A bit of history behind this whole canonical issue is that when the Internet was just getting started, websites were placed in the “www” folder on the webserver. This created the www. Subdomain. As the Internet has evolved, webmasters were not consistent with this practice and at times placed the website files in the root directory.

I believe you will find his site easy to navigate and understand. Please leave a comment to let me know if you have further questions.

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Top 100 Small Business Podcasts – I’ve Been Chosen!

Top 100 small Business PodcastsThis week one of my marketing tips podcasts was named by Small Business Trends as one of the Top 100 Small Business Podcasts. I was surprised by this honor because it was the first time and I have only been podcasting for about two and a half years. Most of the other honorees have been around for five years or more. It just goes to show that consistency pays off.

Being able to share your message with the world is a powerful and effective way to grow your business. Set up an account in iTunes at no charge and then connect it with your audio recordings to have your own podcast. Your target audience will be able to find you from anywhere in the world, thereby increasing your visibility and credibility.

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Living Your Best Life

live your best lifeLiving your best life is all about doing the things that make you happy and bring the greatest rewards. I relate to this concept after choosing to leave my former life as a classroom teacher and real estate broker/residential appraiser behind in 2006 and coming online to live my life as an entrepreneur.

Rachel Rofe recently posted her list of the ‘7 Reasons You’re Not Living the Life of Your Dreams‘ and I found it interesting that it was mostly about reframing the way you think of your current situation. I did this when I was in the last year of working as a classroom teacher so that I could mentally detach from an unhappy situation and move into my new life as an online entrepreneur.

Are you ‘living your best life?‘ If so, congratulations! If not, look over Rachel’s list and see where you can make some changes immediately and in the near future to have the life you want and deserve.

You can listen to my podcast interview with Rachel Rofe here.

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Prime Time for Entrepreneurs

prime time for entrepreneursPrime time for entrepreneurs refers to those sacred hours every day when you can accomplish the most. For me, those hours are between about six-thirty and eleven in the morning and I am reluctant to give them up very often.

Mike Darling was discussing this topic of prime time in one of his recent posts, and he brought up some salient points that are worth reading. He shares that his best hours are in the early morning, and says:

“So I have found it useful and helpful, to live my weekends as if this was a weekday and I was self-employed, until I am self-employed.  Which means yes I have to wash the car and mow the grass and exercise, but I need to preserve and protect those precious hours in the morning.”

This topic of ‘prime time’ is from Day 19 of my Online Productivity Challenge. Join in at any time to grow your online business.

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Niche Sites: Grow Your Online Business

niche sitesNiche sites are a favorite passion of mine when it comes to earning income online, and one person who has done this exceedingly well is Susanne Myers. She calls herself ‘The Hillbilly Housewife’, and in a recent post on her site she explains how and why she doesn’t use paper towels any longer for day to day spills and messes. In this post she also shares the wisdom of another expert in this area.

I recommend reading these posts, checking out all three of the blogs, and thinking about how you can create a niche mini-site that reflects your life and your interests. Think about hobbies, sports, fashion, pets, travel, and anything else that you or someone you know enjoys and spends money on. These are all possible niches, and business opportunities as well.

Could there be one or more niche sites in your future?

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Online Marketing Tips Podcast: Which Type of Entrepreneur Are You?

Getting Started Online: Online Marketing Tips Podcast

 Getting Started Online Marketing Tips Connie Ragen GreenWhich type of entrepreneur are you? Are you focused on building your business on the Internet as a successful online entrepreneur? People around the world have now discovered that starting an Internet business is the 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.

At a recent live event where I delivered the Keynote and presented as well, I observed three distinct types of entrepreneurs in the room. In this episode of the Online Marketing Tips Podcast With Connie Ragen Green, my newest marketing training podcast series, I discuss in great detail what I saw, and how you can determine where you are along this continuum at this point in time. Knowing where you are and where you want to go is crucial to the process of becoming the online entrepreneur you are meant to be.

I take questions from those who attended the live recording, including why coaching and mentoring is so important, my 10K Laser Coaching program, attending live and virtual events, and my own upcoming event, The Weekend Marketer: Affiliate Marketing for Everyone, in Las Vegas October 10-12. Also, when I am asked how to start earning right away I share the details of what I did that very first year that made a huge difference in the level of my success.

I also discuss how I have created a lucrative business online without having a business background or any previous experience in this area. Someone asks me what to do with the ‘hundreds of ideas flying around in their head’ and I address the importance of focus and clarity as you grow. We also discuss why it is so important to have great focus and discipline as you build and grow your business as an online entrepreneur.

This online marketing tips podcast, 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 Case Studies, secrets, and advice on creating a profitable and lucrative online business using the ‘multiple income streams’ approach. You will see that each 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, you can now pick up my popular training on winning affiliate contests and other online marketing tips for only seven dollars at Affiliate Contest Secrets. Use the discount code CONTEST to bring the price down to $7. This training has been completely updated for with the latest information, strategies, and Case Studies for you to use in your own business.

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