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Goals – START STARTING

Everyone has their own dreams and goals in life.

But it is evident that most people just keep on dreaming and never try to do something in order to attain those dreams. They just keep on looking back and miss the opportunities as they make the same goals all over again. You need to do something in order to make your goals come true.

Do not wait for other people to encourage you to achieve your goals, but be the one to encourage and show them that you have those objectives. You can make this by the following these pieces of advice.

  • Do your work in efficient ways in order to avoid problems as you go along the way. These problems often spoil the activities that you are have for your goal.
  • Make sure that as you achieve your goal, you will not affect anybody.
  • Whenever unexpected troubles occur, respond to them in a professional, efficient, good manner and in appropriate time.
  • Take with you the learnings that you are having each time for these will help you as you attain your goals in life.

Have time to think about what your goals are. You have plenty of time in resting and entertaining yourself. Try to steal some time from those and meditate on how you can improve yourself more and your way of living.

Think like no one will be there to save you and you should be responsible enough in shaping your future and your life. You have to do something in order to improve your situation and spread effort and time to your achieving process.

Do not ever remain effortless and stagnant if you want to have a change in your life. Dream big and make sure you reach your goals.

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Goal setting – START COMMITTING

Being a goal-oriented individual will help you a lot in achieving the goals that you want in life. This term is a little old fashioned these days, but still relevant. In this series of articles our aim is to know about the main purposes of being a goal-oriented individual and of goal achievement. This may not force you organize yourself in a better way, but will surely help you attain true success and changes in life.

The term goal is defined by a state which you want to achieve together with a difference that you have been aiming for. And in order to achieve such goals, you need to make necessary decisions and take actions. Reaching your goals is significant since undergoing the process will give you useful experiences and learning which should transform you into a better person. Such transformation will open opportunities for improvement which will later lead to success.

In addition to that, one more advantage of being a goal-oriented person, is that you will develop the capability of thinking in longer terms and make more strategic decisions. It is very evident that too many people are looking at life with short terms only, often leading to bigger problems later on. On the other hand, goal-oriented individuals are usually planning long term, and practice doing things as early as their schedules will let them because they believe that time will come and their groundwork gives them advantages.

Not everyone can be flexible enough to be goal-oriented.  It will not be easy for you in the beginning to decide on which goals you are going to set yourself since you will need to take a long planned time frame and make strong efforts to reach them; some people just switch off at this point and carry on lurching from crisis to crisis. While reaching your goals, you will realize that you have been a better individual and have learned many things on the journey, which you can apply all throughout the rest of your life.

Before reaching your desired goals in life, setting them up first will help you have a long term view. It lets you concentrate and focus more on the long term objectives, as it gives you the chance to think on how your present actions will affect your life in the future. The things that you are doing nowadays in order to develop yourself will surely determine who you will be and what kind of life are you going to have in the future.  This is something that you should acquire as you go along with the process of attaining your goals.

Now that you know something about the goal achievement and its big significance in your life, it is the time for you to start planning and improving your life by the skills and power which you will obtain as you go through goal setting and attaining. Start practicing to be a good goal-oriented person.

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Your goals – STOP FANTASIZING

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Sometimes, it seems that you are living in a world of fantasy. We often use ‘Entertainment’ in order to fantasize and escape from the happenings in the real world. What is your reason behind this act of fantasizing and the implications in terms of achieving your goals?

The act of fantasizing every now and then can lead to a confused mind which is always in a clash and unruly. Whenever you fantasize something, there can be a great chance that you are going to lust after it. It is a confusion over dreams and goals. Dreams have to become goals if they are to become real.

Living in a world of fantasy will not let you have a chance to see the real world as it is. Fantasy is often driven by your fear and greed. These two factors are the reasons behind the way most people react about life. It is important to know what the causes of such greediness and fear are. If you know your reasons, you will know how to attack that conflict correctly. Fantasizing results in having certain unrealistic expectations. It provides continuity to your occurrences of pain and pleasure. You will realize that something which happens because of fantasizing is not worthy at all.

So stop fantasizing now and start achieving the real goal that you have in this real world for the real satisfaction lying ahead of you.

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Goals

We all have goals; things we want to achieve, places to visit, people to see, books to write, money in the bank, property for investment, flowers to grow, distance to run, walk or cycle etc. Over the next week or so I will include a series of articles on goals and goal setting, taken from a PLR source I bought some years ago.

Free PLR is available here.

GOAL BASICS

There are already millions of words written about the setting and achieving of your goals, which are practiced by millions of people as well. However, most of the goals created are not fulfilled. Here are some great tips that will help you accomplish your goals.

1) Your goals should be original.

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This doesn’t mean that such goals need not to be somehow similar or same as the other goals of other individuals. It just means that you should have your own goal, not a second hand one. Many people are practicing to have their goals based from the expectation and hopes of their cultural norms, society, parents and teachers.

Practice setting goals that are originally yours. If it is not just from you, what will it mean? Accomplishing them will not give you the happiness and fulfilment you dream about.

2) Your goals should be inspirational.

Your passion must represent the kind of goals that you have. It should not be any promise or simple wants. It must be something that will drive you to strive harder and be fulfilled as you obtain it.

Passion is that something which pushes you to do whatever it takes to achieve your goals. It keeps you on the track. It strengthens your concentration and motivates you. It is the passion that inspires you and leads you to your desired goal.

3) Your goals should be harmonious in nature.

All your goals must be according to your perspectives and dreams in life. They must not contradict one another. Recognize who and what you are. Base from it the set of activities and goals that you will have.

4) The goals of you must be realistic in nature.

The goals that you will be setting must be accomplishable within a lifetime framework.

Realistic goal doesn’t mean that you must have the usual goal of everybody. There are goals sometimes which seem unachievable for everybody but determined persons were able to do so, such as building a personal computer at home. These goals are attainable and do not let other people set your limitations.

5) Have idealistic goals.

Your goals must be based on your personal ideas, and from who and what you are as of today. They should be based on the different aspects of you; such as the environmental and physical, relationships and emotional, financial and material, ethical and spiritual, and educational and mental aspects.

Set the goals in accordance to your ideals in life.

6) Make your goals specific.

You must have a specific goal in order for you to be able to do the right attack towards it. If you want to be a rich person, define what you mean by rich.

7) Your goals should be flexible.

Several individuals miss the chances of gaining their goals because their concentration with those goals is inflexible and constricted.

8) You must visualize your goals.

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Visualizing your goals in life will help you a lot and will serve as your motivation through the way. Imagining them makes them more realistic and believable. Build a vision board and put words and pictures where you will see them every day.

9) You should affirm your goals.

You must believe in yourself that the goal that you have is attainable and let everyone know about it so they can contribute to your achievement process. Keep it in your mind that if you will not believe in your goal, then you can never have it. Write them down and add them to your vision board.

10) Have a timely set of goals.

It is in time and space where everything exists. Set a specific period of time for the goals to become true.

11) You must have a list of all the goals that you want to achieve.

It has been proven through studies that people who jot down their goals have higher ability of accomplishing their tasks rather than those who only list such goals in their minds. People who don’t have a list of their goals are more likely to withdraw from the achievement process.

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Private Label Rights – PLR – get some free!!!

I have a lot of PLR stored on my drive!

Some of it has been there for years and should probably be deleted. However I still find a lot of it to be very useful as a source for my blogs. I take the original and edit, customise, delete and add sections. Sometimes there are links to sites or software that has changed or disappeared. I find it is important to check out all of these links before publishing.

I also have access to a lot of free content – and I am giving away SureFireWealth.com Free One Year Silver Membership.

Due to private label being distributed to multiple customers, and without being exclusive or unique content, some marketers are hesitant on incorporating private label content into their marketing campaigns.

Private Label Content is best used as a “resource” rather than a ‘source”.

This means that you should start revising and improving existing private label content before distributing it under your own brand.

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Private Label Right’s content comes in many different formats, including PLR reports, eBooks, articles, graphics, templates, email newsletters and even videos. For my blogs I get reports or eBooks or graphics – often for free. If you want some free content then follow this link.

All PLR will come with a License of some sort.

While licenses differ with each author and seller, the basic premise is that the license permits buyers to re-brand the content under their own name and brand (excluding copyright). In general practice this means that the product can be modified, sold, resold or repurposed in many different formats. In some cases authorship on the original product is allowed and with unrestricted private label, buyers are often able to resell the same rights they’ve acquired although not all private label releases offer or permit license distribution or transfer.

Here is an example of the sort of thing you will see in a License;

[YES] Can edit, take apart, add to, or sell as is 

[YES] Can be offered as a bonus

[YES] Can be used for opt-in bonuses (newsletter signups, etc.)

[YES] Can be added to paid membership sites

[YES] Can claim full authorship

[YES] Can publish as free web content like blog posts, articles, and social media posts

[NO] Can Distribute PSDs in any way.

[NO] Can Sell resell rights

[NO] Can sell master resell rights

[NO] Can sell private label rights 

[YES] Add to free membership sites

Private Label Content comes with different rights depending on the developer so it’s important to thoroughly check each license prior to use, to become familiar with any restrictions that may be in place.

Some possible Advantages to using PLR:

  • Saving time.
  • Saving money, compared to hiring a writer or buying exclusive rights
  • Can be used to generate ideas for blogging or content marketing
  • Can be re-purposed into different types of digital products

Special offer. Today I am giving away one year Free access to Surefire Wealth Silver licence which normally sells for $147/year. Just follow this link.

Let me know what you think.

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Covid – wow!

I didn’t realise the longer term effects it could have. I haven’t written or published anything on my blog in the two months since I had it. Always tired and lacking focus. Now is the time to ‘get back in the saddle’.

I still remember the start. Friday 2nd April I went out with some friends – there were five of us in all. We went to a restaurant, then to the rotating bar at the Baku Hilton (I live on the next block), then on to a pub close to me. In the next week 4 of us were diagnosed with Covid, and with me being by far the oldest, I suffered the most.

Where did we contract it? In one of the bars?  Did one of us already have it? How come 4 out of 5? Maybe the 5th person was an asymptomatic carrier?

It doesn’t matter.

Putting it into perspective of other respiratory ailments I’ve had in the past; it was a lot worse than flu but not as bad as pneumonia – that one almost killed me! At the worst point my temperature was up at 42° C and my lovely lady was cooling me with a mix of cold water and vinegar, and I was raving on about something – I don’t really remember this. Then the doctor found I had kidney stones, so for 5 nights a paramedic came to my home and administered a drip to help break the stones down.

Meanwhile my school was still operating online classes. I know that each day I was typing instructions for my classes into Google Classroom, though I didn’t have the energy to go into Zoom lessons. Nobody was tasked with covering my lessons, which led to a complaint from one parent. When I went back onto Zoom in the second week I had to laugh at my own on screen image – totally white face, sunken cheeks and bags under my eyes.

As I recovered it was time for reflection.

I still love teaching but I have had enough of schools. Too much data being recorded and analysed by people who should really be in the classroom teaching! And attitudes have changed. In my early days as a teacher I made mistakes and fought to control classroom behaviour and I could always rely on backup from senior staff. These days when kids misbehave we are just told it’s because we are bad teachers. Meanwhile those dishing out that useless advice sit in quiet offices looking at spreadsheets…

I decided to quit and head home to Liverpool. I stated teaching in September 1981 so forty years has been good!  I’ve taken time out for various reasons over the years (I missed 10 months when I had a horrible motorcycle accident and came close to having my right leg amputated – thank God for the skill of NHS surgeons). I spent a lot of time teaching in the UK though the last 15 years has been spent on contracts in Qatar, Abu Dhabi, China, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Gran Canaria and Morocco. It has been fantastic fun – I just don’t want to do it anymore!

My reflections took me back to reading a couple of classics to help me re-focus my ideas. I am working my way through ‘Think and Grow Rich’ and ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’. When I get back to UK I will get all of my books out of storage and the first one to the top of the pile will be ‘Rich Dad, Poor Dad’.

When I get back to ‘blighty’ I will work to open a Kumon tuition centre for several evenings a week. This will give me time to focus on something I have dallied with over the years – creative writing. I have the outline for about 9 books in my head, plus a book of poetry and several volumes of reflections on my teaching career, the latest of which has the working title ‘You’re welcome to Baku’! I will work on my blogs including some personal reflections, short stories, extracts from my novels, insights to Online Business and some edited PLR articles.

I have been impressed by the amount of support, follows and likes on my blogs. I hope to continue keeping you informed and entertained over the coming years.

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The Benefits of Your Financial Resolution

This is the last part of the current articles on managing your finance. I hope they have been of benefit – if they help just one person I will be very happy! I am still working through the articles on SEO and WordPress – all very technical. I don’t like to share things I don’t really understand!

There are actually lots of benefits from having financial resolutions and seeing these resolutions through. With this, you are establishing a solid foot to make necessary changes in the different aspect of your life – be it physically, emotionally, spiritually, and most of all financially.

Final Words

Financial resolutions serve to be the most important contributing factors to financial success. By establishing, maintaining, and achieving such financial resolutions, you are able to see a world of financial freedom, which you deserve to have.

These days, financial resolutions are usually scorned by those “too cool’ individuals for such an old fashioned idea. But the real power of financial resolutions hasn’t waned. In fact, in today’s generation of constant streams and ever present media and information, financial resolutions are among the most effective means of cutting through the crowd that will enable you to begin a beneficial  and meaningful change in your life.

The benefits are many when it comes to having New Year’s resolutions and being able to achieve all of those. Thus, it is essential that you not only try to write down your financial resolutions but also ensure that you are doing the right steps to achieve what you have set out to do. New Year is another year to begin a new journey – a journey that can take you to the life you have always wished for, a prosperous and financially stable life.

And remember – New Year can start today!!

Be Happy, set goals, love life
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Use Affirmations to Stay on Course

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I’ve written other posts about affirmations and keeping on track and following goals. So I have some extra thoughts here. The thoughts you think, the words you say are all affirmations.  All of your inner dialogues or self-talks are streams of affirmations. You are continually affirming unknowingly with your thoughts and words and these flows of affirmations are creating your life experiences every moment.

Your beliefs are learned through different patterns that you have developed ever since childhood, many of them work for you, but other things may be working not so well or against you. They are often dysfunctional and even sabotaging you from achieving your goals. Every affirmation you think and say reflects your beliefs and inner truth. 

Using Affirmations Keeps You on Track

When people hear the words “positive affirmation for success”, the first thing that usually comes to their mind is creating wealth. There is more to it than that, it is more than an attitude, it is a strength coming from within. It is a feeling.

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Using positive affirmations aimed for success tends to be the habit within you. Everyone wants to have and live a successful life, and the secret to this is to build self confidence in them. Your life may throw you curved balls at times, by ways of trials, hardships, and struggles, but positive affirmations will help you stay on course and even flourish.

Will affirmations help you?

Regardless of what aspects of life you are dealing with, no matter who you really are, affirmations don’t only help you to feel better towards your life and yourself. But if you use them correctly, they can absolutely manifest changes in life –

Changing your thinking,

reprogramming your mind, and

removing negative old beliefs that have sabotaged you all through your life.

Such positive affirmations can definitely helps you to stay on the right path – the path that can lead you to the life that you have always wished for.

Phoenix Education is the key to my success
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Get Committed To Your Plan

Ok so we have started to think about personal finance, retirement and planning. It might be worth talking to a Professional Financial Advisor; or it might be worth sitting down with some wealthy people and asking for their advice!

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No one can emphasize enough how essential it really is to be committed to your plans, and way beyond this, you should commit yourself to your plans especially your financial plans. Most people spend endless time talking more about their goals and never actually do it.

Why?

It is simple. They do not take the necessary steps to move forward and also, they do not commit themselves to their plans.

Commitment is one of the most important factors that contribute to successful financial goals. For you to be able to develop result oriented financial plans, you should be committed.

Commitment – The Key to Successful Financial Goals

Serious financial goals can’t be taken too lightly. Goals like financial freedom, owning your own successful business, and to live a prosperous life are serious goals and need certain committed actions in order to be accomplished. The secret to achieving your financial goals is commitment – something that is very straightforward but not easy to do.

Writing down all your goals is an act as well as demonstration that you are committed. You are saying to the world and to yourself that is what you really want. Well, if you really want to achieve something and if you are prepared to do what it takes to achieve those goals, there is no one and nothing that can easily stop you. That is what you called – commitment.

Commitment

You plan on achieving something; you have identified your goals, and even working your way to that direction. Now what? Can something stop you? Certainly not!  Why? It’s because you are totally committed to these goals. Yes! It’s your commitment that will decide the outcome.

Rest assured managing your finances requires dedication, vigilance, and commitment. After all, you are a human – from time to time things might slip out of your hand. Not just that, success also requires hard work, discipline, tenacity, perseverance, courage, will, and faith. With these in mind, you will be able to successfully achieve your goals in life.

 As you develop undying commitment to achieving your goals, failures and roadblocks are merely humps and not stop signs. Your goals need to be that great to feed and ignite yourself with meaning and purpose. So, if you are ready to achieve those financial goals, then now is the time to re-establish your commitment and see yourself succeed.

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Change Your Mindset About Money

Great Book

I hope you have read ‘Rich Dad, Poor Dad’. It helped me change the way I look at money, Finance, Assets and Debt. If you haven’t read it – get a copy! Buy it or borrow it but make sure you read it!

Most people believe that the most important step to financial freedom or to get rid of debts is to devise a budget plan or cut out the expenses. The next important step should be to invest and save. These are considered the most important steps to have successful financial goals.  However, without essentially changing your mindset about money, it will be hard to attain as well as to maintain such goals. 

The Millionaire’s Mindset

Wondering how successful people think? How can someone develop such a mindset that can help in getting successful financial results? Well, changing your mindset about money can be the best key.

First, you need to completely revitalize and change your thinking.

If your ‘thinking’ and ‘actions’ haven’t gotten you any financial result that you always want, then it’s time for you to make some changes. Deciding to change is very easy, however, to implement this change needs sincere commitment. The economic state has no actually influence to whether you will be able to be financially successful or not.

Mindset

Provided this fact, there’s no doubt that having a millionaire’s mindset is indeed a choice and decision. You should make firm decisions for you to be the anchor for achieving your financial goals. Most successful people have strong resolve and unwavering commitments of following actions that can lead to accomplishing their financial goals.

In addition to that, you should also learn how to develop a sense of mastery in making your money grow. How can you achieve this? You must make some actions to educate yourself about turning financial resources to continuous investment cycle. Change you mindset, turn you constant spending into constant investing to help increase your finances.

To turn you mind to be a millionaire’s mindset, begin by brainstorming different ways on how to increase the accumulation of your money.

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Learning is definitely one of the keys to changing your mindset. Do not be intimidated with learning things that you’re unfamiliar with. This is an integral part of the processes of learning, molding, and changing your mindset about money. The more things you learn, your mind will easily conform to new ideas. Your ethic of hard work can lead you to become a master in growing your money.

If you have few limited beliefs and mindset about money, improving your finances and wealth will never become a priority for you. Precise, true, clear mindset about money will definitely establish a wealth limit much higher. If you really want to achieve financial freedom for you and your family, changing your mindset towards money can be the best decision.

To open your life into abundance that is always there, you should try something new, sure, and surprising.

You know that your money isn’t static, it’s a flow, coming, and even going out. You should improve your thinking, it will eventually free you to receive money in a spectacular way. 

Rise again like the Phoenix and grow your wealth.
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Make a Budget/ Track Your Spending

This is my personal favourite. I have always tracked my accounts. I have a stack of old notebooks with monthly expenditure going back many years. More recently I have followed Harv Ekers 6 Jars plan.

It works.

Budgeting and tracking your spending is all about planning your financial present and future. It’s among the most essential steps that you should take for it is a fundamental aspect of your financial planning. Such planning entails establishing or setting specific goals – whether your goals are to pay off your debts or to save enough money. You basically need to fully understand your habits of spending.

The real importance of tracking your habits of spending and budgeting is about living within the limit of your paycheck and sticking with your spending goals.

This can prove to be extremely rewarding, both financially and emotionally.

Make a Budget Plan and Track Your Spending Habits

A good budget plan is created to last all through the years. Yes, you can actually budget for a short term basis to get your way through challenging times, but the most effective budget plans will definitely take you and your family out of big financial trouble and of course, to your financial goals. Budgeting is one of the most essential aspects of planning for your future indeed.

Creating a budget plan is at the core of your financial freedom. If you don’t have such a plan to budget or track your spending, chance is things might get out of control. Once this situation happens, it’s much harder for you to get things back on their track than if you’d followed a budget plan in the first place.

But how one makes a budget? Where can you begin your budgeting process?

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Create a list of your income and expenses

The very first step that you should do in making a budget plan is to create a list. First, list your incomes. It’s essential to include all income sources. Even the smallest interest checks should be included as well. These little things definitely add up, and to have a specific picture of the income is very critical.

Next, list all the regular bills.

These may include your mortgage, home and car insurance, water, electric, internet, phone, and other monthly bills. List when these bills are due as well as how much they cost. If it quite fluctuates, write average amounts.

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After listing the regular bills, you must account for other kinds of expenses. This means expenses like gas, groceries, clothes, personal items, haircuts, among others. It’s also essential that you budget your fun things such as movies, eating out, stamp collecting, or any other variables. If you do not budget your money for these things, then you’ll become disillusioned eventually giving up on the budget.

Find Areas That You Can Actually Cut Back A Bit

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Now that you’ve listed your income and expenses. Take the total expenses; subtract this from the total income. The difference will be an amount which you’re under or over budget.

If you’re over the budget, this means that you’re spending way more than what you make. This is not ideal. For most, that overspend may end up on credit cards. Then you’re paying interest and this isn’t actually necessary. You should always avoid using credit cards in order to supplement your income.

Take the amount that’s over; see where you can try to cut back from your budget. Sometimes, this could mean making a hard choice and you may need to give up something. But at the end, the reward could be worth it.

While some think that a budget plan is a constraint, it’s giving you the freedom from worry and stress from finances.

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Check into Automatic Savings Plans

We are living through tough times. The global pandemic has affected all businesses; some have thrived, some have crashed and burned. Though remember, the Phoenix always rises from the ashes. Low interest rates make savings in Banks or Building Societies unattractive. Maybe time to seek advice on other types of investment and savings plans.

The benefits of saving money are many. You do not have to be equipped with an Economics degree to understand about this concept. It has long been around from the time when money was printed. Saving money, especially in case of economic struggles is extremely important. However, it can actually be one of the most challenging tasks. You can never know for sure if you are going to be a victim of potential layoff, or getting cut for hours at work. Having enough savings that can help you and your family survive troubling times is indeed one of the smartest moves you can take.

Automatic Savings Plans – One of the Best Plans Ever

If you are looking for an effective means of saving, well an automatic savings plan can be the best options. But what is it exactly? It’s a type of savings system in which you automatically deposit fixed amount of money and at specific intervals to your investment account.

Put your money in 6 jars

Most people save money just as an afterthought. When you receive your income, the money is being allocated to mortgage or rent, bills, daily expenses, groceries, among others. The only chance you will be adding money into your savings is only when there’s money left. Unfortunately, often there is never any amount of money left to save. At this point I will again recommend Harv Ekers ‘6Jars’ as a way of controlling your finances.

Thanks to the modern technology, it is now easy to start up your own automatic savings plan. If you actually have a direct deposit via you employer, you will discover one easy way of establishing this is for you to have parts of your income or paycheck straightly directed to a savings account. It does not matter if you are able to save 10 dollars of 500 dollars, simple being able to save money automatically will guarantee you that part of your paycheck is being saved every time you’re being paid.

Automatic savings plans have other advantages than the convenience and benefits of not having to deposit money manually to your account every month. Well, this kind of savings system makes it more convenient and easier for you to establish a strict personal budget, since it’s more difficult to dip into the savings or overspend once the money is automatically deducted from your paycheck. This system also aid investors to continue saving money into their portfolios. So, what now? Is it beneficial to have your own automatic savings plan?

If you have successfully saved money, you are rest assured that you will be able to surpass most challenging times, enabling you and your family to have a better life. Many people argue that to have a nest egg isn’t the only means that you have to take. They believe that they also have to invest the money to something. However, saving money proves to be a very smart and effective investment alone. Instead of using the money, you’re saving them for later purposes. Investing on something may only risk your money but if you take it for savings, you have the money in any case.

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Work on a Retirement Account Little by Little

I don’t think I will ever retire. I might stop working in a school in an official sense. I can see part-time work and other online work taking up my time. But not the sit at home and sometimes play golf kind of retirement. I tried that in 2012 and ran out of money very quickly!!!

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Nowadays, people have actually become more money wise and start planning on for their retirement after they get a job. That is the very reason why most people are always on the lookout for the most effective options available when it comes to retirement benefits. There are lots of contracts that are recognized by governments offering great benefits to working people, most specifically when they leave their company.

Getting prepared to plan a life after retirement does not mean that you need to stay at home tending for the garden and read books all the time. Yes, you can actually sit and relax at home, but just so you know you can easily earn enough money too as you do just that. Retirement doesn’t mean that you’re incapacitated, incapable of doing work anymore; it is only that you need to formally and professionally leave your company that you’ve been doing business with or working for.

Steps to Take for Planning Your Retirement

Invest and Start Early:

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If you’re like most people, planning on your retirement must start on your very first job. You have to basically take advantage of the most essential steps of financial planning that anyone can make: invest carefully on a retirement account. Most employers will provide a percentage, and the best thing to do for you to ensure a comfortable and satisfying retirement is to invest on your retirement as early as possible.

This isn’t the only effective way of saving money for your retirement, but it’s most certainly is among the most lucrative and easiest steps that you can take to have your long awaited comfortable retirement.

Living and Lifestyle Arrangements:

Next, you should look at your current lifestyle and consider the lifestyle you intend to have after your retirement. If you want to travel frequently, budget accordingly. Do you plan on moving closer to a family upon retirement? Consider the different factors and elements which are important for you –  it is wise to choose only two to three situations that you want to achieve and indulge with after retirement. While everyone will experience major challenges, it is still good to have the perspectives.

Identify What You Really Need:

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For financial advice, this is among the cornerstones. Knowing the different resources that you actually need upon retiring is the fundamental key to having a successful and comfortable retirement. Set specific saving goals. Think ahead, instead of thinking short term. Remember, you can’t save enough money for your retirement if you don’t know exactly how much you need.

Savings Review and Annual Portfolio:

At every year end, it is critical that you review your pension plan, savings, and other types of investments you have created for your retirement. With the help of a reliable personal banker, accountant, or financial advisor, see if you’re able to successfully invest anymore to your retirement. By doing so, you are maximizing retirement allotment.

Planning ahead and very carefully for retirement does not have to be time consuming or costly, but the possible dividends can prove to be substantial in the end. An accurate, solid plan begins with specific financial goals, short term or long term, and learning what it actually takes in order to achieve those goals. Reviewing your retirement account and your plan yearly will keep you updated on how you’re doing on your goals.

A note of caution – “Life is what happens while you’re making plans” John Lennon

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Make Paying Off Debt a Priority

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Too many of us have been in this position. I remember going through divorce with legal bills, living off credit cards, finding rent deposits, borrowing from friends and family. It was a tough time and I got through it. When you are in the middle of that storm it seems it will never end.

It does.

Have faith and ask for advice. People will help when they can. If anyone starts to blame you for your financial woes just walk away from them; they are not friends they are ghouls who feast on misfortune.

So let’s think – Getting out of debts when you actually have large amount of outstanding balance creeping up can be overwhelming. Such large debts, wondering how you’re going to get rid of it, can lead to great stress. Trying to pay your debts and never accrue additional amount can be more stressful and inconvenient for most people. This is why it is basically essential to make paying off debts your main priority.

Realizing the real importance of paying for all your debts first should always be your priority. This realization will definitely lead you and offer you the opportunity to make your dreams of being financially stable and debt free becomes a reality. Your main goal should be to have your finances under full control, not the other way around. Once you’ve taken the right step of making your finances your priority, you’ll become more aware about how much you’re spending every month and how much you’re able to save.

Pay Off Your Debts and Live a Debt Free Life

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Everyone wants to live a debt free life, but the question is how? In the current economy situation nowadays, it’s extremely difficult to live a life full of debts and at the same time manage a family’s expense. So, you need to take action immediately in order to pay off your debts. The most effective way for you to live a life free of debts is to create a good budget plan. Follow this plan accordingly and clear your balances.

If you want to know how to devise a plan, here’s how:

Know all your debts:

This is the first important take to take towards creating the plan. You should definitely identify your current debt situation in order for you to be debts free soon enough. Carefully, go through your loans, credit card statement, and other debt statements that you may have. Calculate these amounts that you owe on different loans, cards, etc. and know the exact full amount you need to repay. Though you may be surprised with the total, however, the idea is for you to discover how much you owe exactly so that you’ll be able to make some arrangements accordingly.

Prioritize:

Once you’ve totaled the amount you need to pay off, you have to prioritize payments. Consider which debts you will need to pay off immediately, and which debts can be paid later. The best step to make if you actually have lots of debts is to select those with higher interest rates. With this, paying off smaller debts will be easier for you. Some people, however, think the exact opposite. They tend to prioritize smaller debts and leave the bigger ones behind.

Devise a plan:

After establishing the priority list, it’s time for you to devise an effective plan. A payment plan will be able to help you pay off those priority loans much easily. So, try putting all extra money for loan payments. If possible, you can even make double payment in order to lessen the amount of repayment. In terms of the smaller debts, you can always make minimum payment until you’re able to pay them all. One of the plans for personal finance which I really like comes from T.Harv Eker. He calls it the ‘six jars’ and it is great – I have taught lot’s of people this method.

Automatic repayment:

For you to keep a debt free life, you can always consider automatic repayment system. One of the best ways to make a timely repayment of debts is to create automatic repayment of debts from your own bank account. This can actually save you lots of time, and can also assure you that all payments are paid on time.

Some of this may seem unrealistic. It is always best to have a goal to work towards rather than flounder in a sea of hopelessness. Find out about Good Debt and Bad Debt – see Robert Kiyosaki’s definition.

Keep smiling.

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Personal Finance – Hone in on One Specific Goal

Some more thoughts on taking control. By the way I am not a Financial Advisor so this is alll part of my personal opinion and experience. It also means I wont be trying to sell you any Financial Services!!!

Every person wants to set goals and dream big, but actually reaching those dreams and goals can be often difficult to achieve. One crucial issue may be that you are not being specific about what you really want to reach or achieve.

It is definitely hard to start or maintain one goal if your real objectives are vague.

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However, by being detailed and specific about your goals, you have a better chance for success. Of course, this may come to you as a challenge to  set specific goals, but getting it off on exactly the right hand with specific and real plan in hand will put you ahead, encouraging you to maintain and stick with these goals.

Be Specific on Your Goals to Achieve Results

Financial goal setting can prove to be a challenging task for many. It is, however, essential nowadays to set a specific financial goal. Without an accurate or specific financial goal, it will become impossible for you to manage your finances and your earnings through different phases of your life. It should definitely be done considering in mind different individual requirements.

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It is also essential to create your specific plan, keeping into account what you really want to reach of achieve financially. Well, this can be your first step to creating wealth. Aside from that, you should also envision yourself twenty years from now. This may include your lifestyle, your kid’s education, savings, and your retirement age. These are considered as the most basic goals that are present in almost all people. Planning your retirement is a very critical stage indeed.

Wealth creation and retirement planning are the two most fundamental parts of an individual’s life. There are actually lots of resources that you can benefit from, resources and tools that can cater to your unique needs when it comes to setting and achieving your specific financial goal.

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Another important step is to establish your short term goal. What is it that you want to be or do two to five years from now. This may include buying a car, a home, long vacation trip, or paying off your loans, and many more.  In addition to that, being specific in setting your goal is to determine what you can do on a regular or monthly basis. This is considered accomplished if you’re able to effectively save enough money from your earnings or your salary. But you should not be too overwhelmed by bigger pictures.

Having a specific goal instead of a general one will definitely prove to be very beneficial and rewarding.

This applies to both short term and long term goals. By being specific, you are setting the right path to achieve that specific financial goal. Be smart in creating your goals to help you be prepared and confident enough to be able to achieve whatever it is that you want to achieve. Once you truly know what you intend to have in life in financial terms, then you are on your way to becoming financially stable.

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SEO – what else can I learn?

Final Words

The SEO ranking will definitely be adversely affected if the material posted is not updated or changed altogether periodically.

Additionally the fresh content will play a major role in the keeping the repeat visits more frequent, as interested subscribers want access to the latest posting on the site.

Learn everything you can and stay on top of your site for success.

Maybe use a company or an App that will improve your chances of getting to page one on Google or other platforms.

More thoughts coming soon.

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Use Social Media and Technology to improve SEO

Any tool that is going to gain the attention of the SEO to ensure optimum ranking will always be welcomed. The use of social media and technology is no exception and the need to explore these further is evident for the benefits it can bring.

The Tools

A lot of web traffic generated is basically done through some form of effective social platforms which would include social media tools. This form of social sharing for inbound marketers is often a huge, though sometimes untapped, source of traffic and thus should not be ignored.

Stay connected

The visibility of a site can be elevated through the use of both social media and technology tools which will contribute to your site having material listed that is current and relevant to those participating in this area. Using your social media and technology to attract attention and get your site to a point where is becomes a hot topic, which everyone is excited to be part of, will facilitate the phenomenal traffic flow to the site.

Facebook ads?

This kind of exposure will greatly benefit the searchers where the products or services are directly linked to the site, thus effectively creating interest which could turn into real earning possibilities. It will also help to keep the competition in check if the use of such tools is optimized to cater to the viewing publics needs before anything else.

The exercise of using social media and technology clearly shows your interest in wanting to cater to, and stay connected with, prospects and your existing customer base.

The is one way of building the trust element, while making the effort to learn more about the customers’ needs and interests. The more you give, the more you will gain!

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Extra Posts – missing

Hello everyone. As you know this blog is aimed at sharing my discoveries as I discover more about Online Opportunities.

I am also a real, full time classroom teacher in a High School teaching Physics and Mathematics, though I also just picked up a couple of Chemistry classes! It is that time of year as we come to the end of term, just before Easter, when exams/assessments and reports happen. As a result I have neglected my blog for a week.

I will pick it up again soon. I have been investing SEO software and will add a link that can allow you to make some comparisons. Meanwhile I may have to sleep occasionally…

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Fresh content for SEO

Make Sure You Have Fresh Content

Good and relevant content that is ever changing to adopt to the current needs of the viewing public is very important to your site staying competitive. When I started my first blog at FairyHanny I thought I had to produce fresh content every day i.e. I had to create new stuff. Well I do enjoy creative writing and poetry, though getting something new everyday seemed a daunting task. Then I discovered PLR – Private Label Rights. I have downloaded a lot of free stuff and purchased a ton of other PLR products. I use them in my blogs, adapting as necessary. Then my aim is to produce one post per blog per day. Sometimes that can just be a picture with a motivational quote. Get some Free PLR.

The Material

When the material posted is left undisturbed for long periods of time the significant drop in interest will be reflected in the loss of traffic to the site thus eventually rendering the site almost redundant. I found that when I neglected my first blog for months at a time, I didn’t get any likes or follows. It’s not Rocket Science – I know that as Rocket Science was part of my Physics degree course!!

If this happens it will be an uphill battle to get back to the original position of favourable SEO ranking status. Thus there is a need to stay relevant and current with the material posted at your site.

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The following are some recommendations to help avoid being stagnant in relation to the site status:

• Get into the habit of regularly performing site reviews for all the content posted at the site. Questions such as;

  • -is the material relevant to the current market needs,
    • -are there any industry changes that would cause the current material to be redundant,
    • -what is needed by those visiting the site,
    • -any others that may require the reassessment of the content material currently featured.

• If it is a blogging material that is being assessed then this should be done without any reservations as blog material when left unchanged will then be categorized as boring and uneventful thus discouraging further interest in the postings.

• Making small changes is not good enough to consider the material fresh from any perspective. Therefore there is a need to revamp the entire content to ensure its freshness. Small changes will not serve to pacify the SEO standards adequately.

When I look back over the last few years I ask myself if I really want to spend time editing more than 400 posts!

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Using Image Descriptions – I often forget this one!

Using images will definitely contribute positively to the traffic movement towards your site. Therefore it would be prudent to have some knowledge on how this works and its positive contributing factors that facilitate traffic.

Description make your pics stand out

Adding descriptions to any image uploaded would provide the platform for the SEO optimization as it will ensure your site is ranked higher in the search results because of the higher interest in the site’s content.

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Otherwise known as alt tags the purpose of the image descriptions is to help the search engine understand the contents of the images and its related matter which is designed to contribute in a complimenting capacity to the rest of the material. I often download free images from Pexels and Pixabay, and these can come with an acknowledgement of the original photographer. I believe this helps!

By providing the explanation platform through the ‘alt tags’, the SEO is better able to adjust the ranking, thus providing the encouragement to more people viewing your site. Therefore the more information that can be provided the better the understanding and eventual placing by the SEO would be.

Through the ‘alt’ the SEO is also able to direct traffic to a site when the search for images is keyed into the search exercise. The relevant images will then be directed to the ongoing search effectively and immediately the viewer will be privy to such visuals.

A handy tip to remember is – if there is a need to add an image to an email from the image library or website, the individual will have the option available to include the image description at any time. Changing the image descriptions is also possible in the email drafts. It would be a less frustrating exercise to make the logos or images into clickable link to the original website.

In general there is no real need to be specific about thumbnail size as the user will select one that is most suitable for their preference.   

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Improving SEO – Know What to Avoid

Driving traffic to a site can be very difficult if the SEO is not working! Therefore it is important to consider the elements that work against creating optimum SEO ranking.

Stay Away From This

The following are some tips on what to avoid:

• The use of wrong keywords will definitely contribute to the failure to get the desired SEO rankings. It cannot be emphasized enough the importance of the right keywords needed for the ideal amount of traffic to be directed to the site. High value keywords will generate the high level of click, which in turn will contribute to the high rate of traffic to your site.

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• Forgetting to include “alt” tags for the images can have detrimental results. As the search engine is predominantly unable to detect and understand image presentations or contents for ranking purposes, providing the “alt” would overcome this problem. Imagery is a very important content matter to be included in any site, thus this importance should be adequately understood by the SEO tool.

• Duplicating contents is another thing to be carefully avoided at all cost. It does not benefit in anyway; besides showing the low commitment level of the site host it also does not get any positive reactions from the SEO and it may even result in some sort of penalization.

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• The use of poor anchor tags not only does not entice the viewer to venture further into your site it also does not provide the SEO with the relevant information about the material content of the links. Without this connection there is little chance of enhancing the ranking exercise to positively reflect your site’s content.

• Overuse of keywords is also something to be avoided as this would not only render the material boring and monotonously repetitive in content but it would also cause the search engine to penalize your site for such unproductive activities.

Any comments or thoughts that could help us?

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Self Awareness – from my mentor

Every Friday I get an email from one of my mentors, Randy Gage. They usually make me think and smile; and I loved this one. Go to his site, he is superb and shares everything. Thanks Randy!

“Here’s my weekly dispatch to you, exploring a subject that I’m thinking about – a subject you may want to think about as well. And what I’m thinking about right now is self-awareness.

It seems to me like billions of people are living in a continuous state where their minds are overstimulated, and their bodies are under stimulated.  They allow their minds to be exposed to constant interruptions from their devices, while their bodies are stationary, with no exercise other than tapping a keyboard or moving their gaze from one screen to another. 

On a much deeper level, we’ve lost touch with our bodies by shutting down, suppressing, or overriding our body wisdom.  We don’t even notice our body electricity or other signals vying for our attention.  We’ve dulled our sensitivities of taste with sugar, sweeteners, and spices.  Most people cannot appreciate the poignant flavor of a simple orange or apple.  We need to Frankenstein together concoctions like apple fritters, apple cobbler, or apple spice muffins to compensate for the metaphorical armor we’ve built around our senses of taste, smell, and feel. 

We suppress both laughter and crying.  How crazy is that?  We do the same thing with dance, rhythmic movement, and even sex.  We start to compartmentalize and schedule these things. 

Kids tap their feet, snap their fingers, and sway reflexively and we demand that they stand still and remain quiet.  Sex twice a week, missionary position with the lights out is a pathetic substitute for feeling, expressing, and releasing the powerful sexual energy coursing through your body. 

What we’re really talking about with all this is an almost total ignorance of what might be the single most important personal quality for enlightenment, harmony, and prosperity…

Self-awareness. 

Because even the qualities which are “nobler,” such as love, kindness, and empathy – can only be accessed and expressed to the degree of your self-awareness.  You must first be aware of and love yourself, before you develop awareness and love for others.

What is the supernatural state of bliss for us?  Is it being one with your body, intricately connected to every pulse, impulse, and movement?  Or is it recognizing that we are not our bodies?  Are we not the doers but the seers – sentient beings with the ability to orchestrate and operate the mass of tissue, bones, and organs surrounding our consciousness? 

Does real sanity come only after you have transcended madness?  Is true relaxation available to us only after we have experienced a peak of tension?  Can we truly appreciate love before we have suffered an irreplaceable loss? 

Can the person born and raised in an idyllic heaven like Hawaii appreciate the beauty surrounding them with the same intensity as someone born in Indiana, experiencing paradise for the first time?  And can either of them experience that beauty without first developing their self-awareness?   

Anyway, that’s what I’m thinking about.  Hit me up on Twitter and let me know what’s on your mind.

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Improve SEO – Make Search Friendly URLs

Creating search friendly URLs are important to ensuring the right viewers are directed to a particular site for the information they are seeking. Facilitating this in the simplest way without too many complicated processes is important. Therefore ensuring the URLs are designed to be user friendly is important.

URL’s

Friendly URLs can be the best and quickest way to improve the usability of search friendly sites. However it also entails a lot of fine tuning and corrective exercises to ensure the best results are forthcoming. Ideally the URLs should contain the relevant connective information in a concise manner while still being able to deliver the gist of what the eventual content is going to be about.

Providing useful information as part of the URL would be an advantage as it would ensure the further exploration of the particular site.

In doing so it would also mean that the individual would have to design a URL that is not only informative but also very concise and points to the material content clearly. Although there are several tools available for this exercise – using Apache which is acknowledged to be the easiest system for URLs. There is also Tiny URL and Bit.ly.

The advantage here would be that it comes with its own built in URL rewriting module, mod_rewriter, enabler and working mod_rewriter and is as simple as uploading correctly formatter and named text files.

Friendly URLs should ideally also work well for search engines to ensure that it is picked up by the various detection tools to be featured accordingly. Besides being easy to detect it should also be easy to remember as a whole host of people pass this information through a variety of less than audibly and visually acceptable ways.

This will allow the underlying data base to display information as and when it is needed.

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Something I need to do – Create a Site Map

Another tip for improving SEO.

Gaining popularity as a method of convenient navigation through a website, the site map basically facilitates the list of links to HTML files in the web platform.

There is a visual source safe that includes the creation of site map commands on the web menu to simplify the site map creation, however in order to access this tool one would need to have the write access to use the command on call.

Map It

Each time the create site map is called upon, a totally new site map file is created, thus there is a need to save the copy of the particular file to another location where it can be retrieved later.

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The following are some steps to creating a site map: you need to be a bit techie for this…

Using the visual source safe explorer the individual would be able to open a web project to commence the exercise.

When the web menu is clearly visible, the next step would be to click on the create site map icon. In doing so other follow up instructions would have to be completed in order to work further on into the exercise.

Here in the create site map for <specified name> dialog box, one would have to use the “To” box to specify the file that will contain the site map eventually. The other alternative would be to click on the browse to locate the file needed for use.

Then the individual would proceed to select the check in to visual source safe check box and when this has been completed then the ok icon should be clicked upon.

Upon completion of clicking on the ok box the specified file is the created and checked into the data base.

For some there may be a need to further navigate the file and customize it, which can also be done quite easily.

If anyone knows a more convenient method for us less technically minded, please send us in the right direction. Comments and links to other sites would be more than welcome.

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SEO – Know How to Use Internal Links

Using tried and true methods to optimize the chances of getting traffic to a site should always be extensively explored. Therefore looking into the possibility of using internal links to enhance interest in a site is definitely worth the effort.

Using Links

Most seasoned internet marketers know only too well the benefits of using internal links, which link one page to another within their site. This facilitates efficient and quick access to information at the site without too many complicated processes.

Below are some points to consider which may assist in understanding the use of internal links:

Internal links are considered to be anchor text that should ideally be created using important keywords. These keywords are what are going to identify as the links between the homepage and the topic page – thus the keywords chosen should have a high connective element or value to the site.

If the words in the internal links correspond with those of the home page then the Google search will place a higher ranking rate, which will then enhance the search result for your potential customers.

Avoid using the term “click here”. Although it effectively informs the viewer of where to go for further information, it would be more enticing to use actual keywords that are connective to the material about to be viewed.

This would definitely increase the possibility of the viewer deciding to venture further into the site, especially if the words chosen are attention grabbing.

Most homepages have the highest ranking status of the site, thus using the links from this area should be done in careful fashion in order not to overuse or underuse this positive element.

These high ranking pages should ideally be linked to other money generating pages such as subscription sign up pages and email newsletter subscriptions.

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SEO – Research Keywords and Know Where They Go

For SEO optimization there is nothing worse than using the wrong keywords, keywords that are ambiguous and misleading and keywords that are ineffective. The choice of keywords greatly dictates the traffic flow to the site thus creating the desired SEO ranking.

Research

Keyword research is vital to any search engine optimization campaign and every exercise targeted at the site should take this into account. Potential viewers may not be able to find the individual’s site if the connective keywords are not used.

Also, using keywords that are deemed popular but have no connection to the material featured at the site will also pose problems as the visitors will eventually catch on to the ploy and perhaps take action against the site.

This kind of bad “publicity” is definitely not needed. Targeting the wrong keywords would also put at risk the cost invested into the endeavour, as it would basically mean that the money being used would not produce the desired traffic coming to the site.

This would then render the whole exercise a waste of time, resources and energy. Staying competitive through the use of proper keywords, that are relative to the material, should be the aim of the exercise.

Discarding misconceptions would perhaps be the first way to tackle the keyword research exercise. Most webhost’s make the mistake of having a preconceived idea of what the popular keywords should be that would draw the traffic to the site. This may not happen as imagined, due to the fact that the host is making this assumption or choice based on what he or she perceives the visitor would key into the search. Looking at the keyword search from a wider perspective would be better and more beneficial.

Take a look at this site if you want to know more about keyword research.

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Determine and Monitor Your Search Standings

SEO – more thoughts and ideas.

Business growth is always the ultimate goal in any endeavour undertaken, so we need to consider the elements that are needed to successfully monitor this growth in an efficient manner.

Check In To It

The following are some tips on how this may be effectively achieved:

Through the process of monitoring the search standing, the individual needs to be equipped with the proper understanding of how the SEO efforts work.

One of the recommendations would be to use the MarketingVox to help keep tabs on the search standing, through the page ranking with tools like Alexa and Google tool bar.

Making it a periodic practice to check the referral logs, to track the visitor’s movements within the site and the search terms that are being popularly used to find your site.

Being committed to the process of determining and monitoring the search standings is also something that should be considered in a long term time frame. This is because most of the results and information gathered can only be useful and effective if done for a reasonable amount a time, to ensure that accurate gauging is possible. You should be looking at trends in the data.

When is your site most often visited?

A specific day?

A particular time?

Sites like Facebook monitor this sort of data and it is very useful when placing ads.

Having clearly defined goals will also better facilitate the monitoring exercise as the SEO efforts will be better managed. Using suitable web analytics software would be advised at this stage to create a clearer picture of what is working and what is not.

Monitoring the page yielding traffic is also a metric that determines how well your page at your site is able to drive search engine traffic to it. As a webhost it is a pivotal element to the success of the page, to ensure its visibility to the search engines and to draw new traffic to the site as often as possible.

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Search Engine Optimisation – SEO

I want to add a few articles about SEO and how important it is for developing an online presence. One of the methods I have focused on is to produce new posts every day (when possible). I am fortunate in that I have acquired a large amount of PLR ebooks and articles that I can use every day; I have enough on my hard drive to keep me going for years. The problem then is that it gets dated and some of the links no longer work.

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Fresh content is one way of optimising and I will add a post on that next week. I find that adding images to my posts also helps with SEO as it makes it different. I am sure there are other people out there blogging with some of the same content, though the chances of them adding the same images is zero. I am working on a short post with links to some of the sites where I have managed to obtain free PLR, though it is a very easy Google search!

So what about some basics?

Trying to get the site optimally listed on Google or other engines should be a priority exercise. This should be part of the growth strategy of any online endeavour that is seeking success.

Literally meant to increase the site’s ranking of the web search conducted by the interested viewer, the SEO is one of the important ways to generate and direct traffic to a particular site. The higher you are on rankings the more chance you have of generating traffic. Simple concept.

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The Basics

Monitoring the ranking of the site should be a priority to ensure the current efforts put into the content and choice of keywords to encourage the relevant clicks is the best for the site. Using complimenting platforms such as Marketing Vox will allow you to keep track of the page ranking with tools like Alexa and Google tool bar. All these will keep a regular check on your ranking and provide the feed necessary to facilitate a re-thinking exercise should you need to implement it.

Keywords are like the magnet or the eyes that are going to get the attraction of the SEO thus creating favourable ranking possibilities. The use of the most appropriate keywords will eventually make or break the success of the site’s ranking rate and this is the most important contributing factor from the viewing visitor’s perspective. Inserting the keywords into recognizable spots like the title tag and the page header will help too.

SEO ranking also takes into account the links the site manages to create. The integration of internal links is an easy way to boost traffic to the individual site or page thus creating a recognition element that is important. I really love it when people add comments as that also helps improve ranking. And links to other sites are a big bonus.

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How to Be More Grateful for What Freedom You Already Have

There‘s so much emphasis on getting ahead, being successful and striving for change that it can be hard to remember that you already have so much for which to be grateful. Even worse, the constant pushing to change your circumstances can lead to dissatisfaction, and keep you trapped in a cycle of always feeling you’re not good enough.

Free yourself from the shackles of ‘must try harder’ by remembering to stop and appreciate what you’ve already achieved, what blessings you already have in your life. Keep in mind that you are free to be content right now. Here are some tips to help free you from the cycle of discontent.

  • Change your focus

Research has shown that the more you cultivate a habit of gratitude, the better able you are to weather the ups and downs of life. As you perceive life to be positive, you will come to expect more of the same. You can retrain your brain from negative self-talk to greater thankfulness, gratitude, and happiness.

By practicing gratitude, you rewire the neural pathways in your brain so that it becomes your mindset’s default setting. You learn to look for the good in things instead of focusing on the bad.

  • Step away from more stuff

If you’re like most people, you have more than enough possessions. The current mantra is that spending brings happiness, but deep down you probably know that it doesn’t. Sure, buying yourself a new car or outfit makes you feel good at the time, but that spenders high wears off pretty quickly.

Break the habit of buying the next shiny thing and appreciate what you’ve got right now.

  • Develop a mindfulness practice

Mindfulness and meditation can help you focus on the good that’s already in your life. By focusing on the present, you free yourself from that familiar yoyo-ing of brooding over past disappointments and future anxieties.

You can easily integrate mindfulness into your day. Whatever you’re doing, pause and focus on your breath. Ask yourself: what are five things I’m grateful for in my life right now? Your five items can be anything from having a roof over your head to having a job, your partner or your health. Or you can be grateful for a comfortable chair or clean sheets! Chose anything that makes you feel good at that very moment.

Choosing gratitude and contentment doesn’t mean being stagnant or giving up. It means stepping aside from judgment and freeing yourself from the bonds of negativity.

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7 Things People Who Believe in Themselves Do Differently

What is about people who believe in themselves? We see it in the way they carry themselves, in the way they converse with others, and in the things they accomplish. Self-belief in action is an amazing thing to see, and something everyone should aspire to.

At the same time, we very quickly become intimidated by this kind of change. It seems like it would be hard to change how you think and feel about yourself. We tend to stall out before we begin because it seems like only ‘special’ people are going to get ‘there.’

But is that true? A closer examination shows us otherwise. In fact, you’ll find people who believe in themselves have a lot of traits in common. Let’s look at some of those now.

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They Know Where to Find Happiness

…and it’s not where you’ve been looking. People with self-belief know true happiness is something that comes from inside, not from how many toys you have or how many digits you have in your checking account.

They’re Really Not Interested in What Everyone Else is Doing

With no judgment and even less interest in comparing themselves to others, people who believe in themselves tend to focus more on what they’re doing. The competition simply doesn’t matter.

They Pick their Battles

When you lack self-belief, you tend to say ‘yes’ to everything. The problem? If you don’t value your time, no one else will either. Learning which things to say ‘yes’ to and more importantly, how to say ‘no,’ shows the world around them their time is worth fighting for.

They Know When to Speak Confidently

There’s no waffling or room for wishy-washy statements in the world of self-belief. Your ‘yes’ means ‘yes.’ You use a phrase like, “I know…” or “I can…” without second-guessing or wondering if they really can follow through with what they’re saying.

They Look for the Challenge

There’s nothing like a little healthy competition with yourself. Self-belief means you know the value of pushing to get to the next level. To a person with this kind of self-belief, life becomes almost like a game to move up by facing a challenge straight-on.

They Know How to Fail

The person with self-belief isn’t afraid to try, which sometimes means not accomplishing what they set out to do. When that happens, they take the lesson learned without making excuses or worrying about how it looks.

They Don’t Need the Spotlight

When you believe in yourself, you don’t need accolades and are quick to point out the accomplishments of others. Most people with strong self-belief are modest. They know their value; they don’t need someone else to underscore it for them.

The amazing thing about all of these traits is just how easy they are to develop in yourself. By taking the time to build habits of self-belief, you’ll be amazed at how quickly you become one of those fantastic people who really believe in themselves.

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6 Ways to Live Your Life with Purpose


Finding your purpose in life can turn everything around. It can make your life immediately more meaningful, giving you a reason to bound out of bed in the morning instead of grouching your way to the coffee pot.

Living with purpose helps to make the tough times easier to deal with, and the good times even better.

  • Know Your Beliefs

Living with purpose starts with understanding your own personal system of values and beliefs. What is important to you? What really matters?

When you understand your beliefs, you can start to live by sticking to what is really important in your moral universe. You have an inbuilt list that you can use to guide the way you make decisions and priorities. It is the bedrock of integrity and how others will judge you. Living in alignment with your beliefs will earn you respect and trust.

  • Get Clarity on Your Priorities

Your priorities are shaped by your purpose. Once you know your life purpose, it becomes easier to work out what you want to do and how to achieve your goals. This clarity means that saying no to some things and a hearty yes to others becomes more natural, and you’ll get ahead much faster.

  • Aim for Balance

Once you’re comfortable with your life purpose, some of the striving and anxiety of life can ease off. You don’t have to work 24/7. You know how important it is to stay healthy, emotionally, and physically. People living with purpose make sure to connect with the people they love, and they don’t forget about self-care.

  • Follow Your Passion

Knowing your passion will help you find and nurture your purpose. Passion means energy and motivation; it means being really engaged with life and focusing on getting the most out of it.  A new day is full of opportunities and promise, and you’re ready to go for it!

  • Feel Your Contentment

This might sound a little surprising, but living a purposeful life gives you time to smell the roses. Knowing your life purpose takes the anxious edge off things and allows you to feel grateful for where you are now, as well as excited for the future.

  • Live in the Present

Perhaps the best gift of a life of purpose is that you relish every moment. There’s no room in your life for regret because everything you do is part of the big adventure. Challenges and setbacks become easier to ride out because you’re not letting failure define you. Being plugged into the present allows you to feel the abundance that’s already in your life.

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5 Ways to Weed Weakness Out of Your Life

Controversial?

Everyone has weaknesses. We’re born with them. We grow with them. We lose them, develop them, and lose them all over again. It’s part of the growing experience.

So, if you’re trying to pass off your life as one with no weaknesses, you may be having a tough time. It takes time to get to a point where you graduate your attributes from weak ones to strong ones, but it is 100% possible. Start with a few solid ways to weed weakness out of your life.

  • Make it a Game

When you zoom out and think about your weaknesses, you can make a list out of it. Write them all down. Then, attack your list as if it were a to-do list. These are definitive attributes that can be improved or changed, so why not go for it?

  • Learn from Others

You are not alone here. You’re certainly not the only person who has had/will ever have this weakness. You have tons of people to look up to and learn from, so use this to your advantage. Find someone who has similar weaknesses or similar habits as you. Ask them questions. Learn from them. Then, apply it to your situation.

  • Think About What You Cannot See

Have you ever received criticism from someone and been completely shocked? Sometimes we don’t realize our weaknesses until it is brought to our attention. If you’re starting on a self-improvement project, try asking your friends and family what they think you can improve about yourself.

  • Take it a Step Further

Weaknesses are not surface level, so they shouldn’t be treated that way. If you have a hard time speaking in public, there is likely a deeper-seated issue causing that surface-level weakness. If you don’t like to do your work on time, there’s probably something triggering that. When you analyze your weaknesses, don’t just think about how you want to improve them. Think about why they are there in the first place. Ask yourself questions like “Why do I really feel this way?” or “Have I always felt this way?” Get to the crux of your weakness, and then work to crush it. 

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  • Recognize that Strengths Always Trump Weaknesses

No matter what your strengths are or what your weaknesses are, the good always trumps the bad. Don’t be too hard on yourself throughout this process. You have so many good things going for you, so don’t let yourself forget about those. When you’re asking your loved ones about your weaknesses, ask about your strengths. When you’re making a list of things you want to improve about yourself, make a list about the things you pride yourself on. Keep up the morale and push through!

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5 Tips for Being Your Best at Work

Being your best at work means not only putting your best foot forward but also continually working to better yourself. This doesn’t always mean turning in the best project or attending all the professional developments. Keep reading to learn basic ways you can show up with your best at work every day.

  • Get to Know Your Colleagues

Learning about your colleagues has many benefits. You don’t have to be out to make friends, but learning about others can benefit you in many ways. First, it shows you care, and people like it when people are considerate. Second, it will help you find things in common that you can come back to when work gets tough. Finally, getting to know people will help you learn how to work better. Derek prefers exact instructions and asks lots of questions, while Suzy is a big-picture type of person who tends to skip over minor details. Getting to know means learning how to work better.

  • Don’t Be a Gossip

No one likes an office gossip, except maybe the other office gossip. Getting caught up in drama can be a distraction and can earn you a bad reputation with your coworkers and supervisors. You want to be someone that can be trusted with information. Keep your business to yourself and remember, loose lips sink ships.

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  • Stretch Your Skill Set

Stretching your skills as well as learning new ones allows you to continue growing your tool bag. This will make you a more valuable team member and will help you if you ever decide to look for a new position elsewhere.

  • Become a Mentor

Mentoring can be done in and outside of the office. The new intern that is lost? Take that person under your wing and help them find their way. You will be a valuable friend and show that you are willing to help others. You can also do outreach in your profession in schools and other community programs.

  • Be a Friend

You don’t have to be BFFs with every person in the office but be friendly. Ask how others are doing, encourage, start a meal train if someone is sick or on parental leave. Not only will others appreciate and remember your kindness, but they will be willing to return the favor if the need arises.

Being your best at work is not something that you can achieve in a day. It’s a constant stream of small and conscious decisions that you will make daily. These decisions will build upon each other and allow you to create a work culture and life that will be fulfilling and beneficial.

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5 Benefits of Becoming More Comfortable Expressing Your Emotions

“How are you?” has shifted from a point of conversation to a meaningless reflex. If you think about how many times you ask that question every day, you may realize it’s no longer achieving its point.  “How are you?” could open up a can of worms. It could allow for meaningful discussion. It could give you the opportunity to talk about your psyche.

But so often, people respond like robots: “I’m good. How are you?” It becomes a pointless conversation –a mere exchange of wasted words. Instead, we could use it as an opportunity to get to know someone better or to express how we’re really feeling. There are many benefits of being comfortable with expressing your emotions; here are five of them!

Be Free (and Free Others, Too)

You don’t realise it, but when you stifle your emotions, you stifle your freedom. You should feel free to express yourself at every phase of life. As soon as you allow yourself to be comfortable with your true self and your true feelings, you open up the door for others to be comfortable with you, too.

Tear Down Your Fears

If you’re afraid of showing your emotions, stand up to them. Tell them that you’re not scared of them. Those feelings may be new and utterly foreign to you, but by confronting them, you’re tearing down the sense of fear.

Be Authentic to Yourself

The real “you” comes with all of the feelings and emotions you’re experiencing. Be true to that, and don’t let the feelings get in the way. You may feel like your true self is one that doesn’t come with baggage – that would be great, but no one is like that! We all come with good and bad points, and in order to honour the authentic “you,” you need to be able to express your emotions openly and honestly.

Add Flavour to Your Life

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Believe it or not, being more honest and expressive can help you live life to the fullest more. It allows you to be you and to enjoy who you are more. If you’re stifling your feelings or being ashamed of them, you’re not living life to the fullest. Add flavour to your life by showing who you really are.

Get Closer to Others

Everyone feels emotions on different levels. No one knows precisely what you’re going through, but people can relate to some degree. When you open up to others, you get closer to them. You can bond over shared emotions, or you can ask them for advice on your situation. Either way, intimacy, and friendship is always enhanced when you’re able to open up more.

The next time someone says, “How are you?” think twice about your answer. Your reflex may be to say you’re good, but maybe if you tell them how you really are (exhausted, over-the-moon, nervous, excited, etc.), you’ll have a more in-depth conversation with them – and you’ll free yourself to be able to talk about how you really feel!

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4 Powerful Ways to Imagine Your Success into Reality

Everyone has big dreams. Everyone wants to be successful. Maybe you see yourself making an Oscars acceptance speech or winning the Nobel Prize. Perhaps you want to be a successful entrepreneur or an elite athlete.

Whether you want to be winning an Olympic medal or making your first million, you can use the power of visualization to make your dreams of success a reality.

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  • Picture Yourself Winning

Just wanting to be successful isn’t enough. You have to be able to taste your success. Picture yourself being offered that promotion, being congratulated by friends and family, seeing your new business cards.

Make your success as real and detailed as you can. How good does it feel?

  • Find Your Trigger

Finding your own personal success trigger can be a powerful way to keep the momentum going and your energy high. Write down your big goal, whether it’s winning an Oscar or scholarship, or running your own business. Make it a positive statement that is straightforward and concise. For example, “I will be promoted to Vice President next year.”

Look at your trigger statement every day. Maybe make it your computer wallpaper or your smartphone’s lock screen. When Jim Carrey was a young actor trying to make it big, he famously wrote himself a $10million check dated far into the future. When that day came, he was offered $10million for his role in Dumb and Dumber.

Remember that story when you see your trigger statement and think of how good it will feel to achieve your goal.

  • Create A Vision Board

Vision boards help to make your dreams concrete. You can use pictures, photos, affirmations, and quotes to create a picture of the life you want.

A vision board can be a poster, a Pinterest board, a whiteboard, or a journal. Make you sure you keep your vision board where you can see it every day and add to it when you need to or when you find a new photo or quote that really speaks to you.

  • Feed Your Dream

You can make your visualization even more potent by nourishing it with positivity. Don’t put all the good feelings in the future but feed your dream with happy memories. Think of times when you felt happy, successful, and content with your life.

These positive images reinforce to your mind that you have already proven you can have a happy, fulfilled life. Keep negativity at bay by reminding yourself that you have done it, you are doing it, you can do it!

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3 Truths About Being Kind We Need to Re-Remember

It might surprise you to hear that being kind isn’t just good for the other person, it’s good for you too! Skeptical? There is good scientific evidence to show that living up to the adage of doing unto others as you would have them do to you is one of the best things you can do for yourself! It lowers your blood pressure, improves your mood, and acts as a natural anti-depressant by boosting the serotonin levels in your brain.

So, what can you do to stay in the right frame of mind to be kind? After all, being kind isn’t always easy. Some days you want to grit your teeth and just grouse at the world. And there are some people it’s tough to be kind to. How can you change your approach to life to be as kind as you can? Here are three truths to remember when you’re tempted to be unkind.

Remember what you can control and what you can’t

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It’s a fact of life that other people can be rude, thoughtless, irritating, and even mean. They have opinions you don’t agree with. You can’t change or control any of that. But you can control how you react. Kindness is always the best option for you and the other guy. Take a deep breath, count to ten, and bite back that retort or putdown. Practice being kind, and soon it will be second nature.

Anger doesn’t help

Reacting with anger doesn’t do anything to resolve a bad situation. Anger makes you feel terrible. It’s likely to escalate things and won’t get you the result you want. Even worse, anger can lead to all sorts of physical problems, from headaches to high blood pressure, sleep problems, and digestive issues. A lifetime habit of anger can even lead to a stroke or a heart attack. Recognize the potential to get angry and take a step back.

Kindness is always the right option

Whatever the situation, you will never go wrong if you’re kind. Kindness also makes you an inspiring leader, a role model for others. Making the choice to be kind in the face of frustration, even provocation, shows that conflict is not inevitable. Giving in to childish feelings of needing to be right or get what you want all the time is easy. But it breeds discontent and won’t win you any friends.

Kindness breeds a more detached attitude to life, it encourages positive emotions and will help to make you and the people around you calmer, happier, and more energized.

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Build Your Own Mailing List… Even Though You’re an Affiliate!

Today, I want to share with you one of the biggest mistakes affiliates make. I want to share this with you so you won’t make the same mistake:

The one major mistake many affiliates make is NOT setting up a list!

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 Affiliates will often send traffic that they generated to affiliate links, rather than a list. When they do this, they are unknowingly making a bet that visitor will buy on first contact. Unfortunately, this is generally not the case.

Visitors often need to be warmed up to a product – through the course of multiple visits and additional information – before they are willing to purchase from a person or a business. This is where building a list comes into play.

By building a list, affiliates can fix this problem. Additionally, they can retain traffic, warm it up, and then direct it to different purchases in the future. This means that it isn’t a one-shot deal: instead, they can attempt to sell the same person multiple products over the course of time.

Now, in order to do this successfully, the affiliate in question must purchase the necessary tools. I personally suggest using http://www.aweber.com for the actual auto responder service or mailchimp.

Aweber is relatively inexpensive ($20/mo.) and comes with a formidable range of services, including spam checkers and macros. Best of all, it is whitelisted by many email clients and boasts a delivery rate of 99%.

This service will not only manage your list, but it will also help you build it. It includes free tools that allow you to create web forms, pop-ups, and hover-ins – all of which can be used to increase your opt-in rate.

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Now, in addition to purchasing the auto responder service, you will need to setup your own site if you do not already own one. If you already own a related site, you can simply add your opt in form to a page on your existing site. If not, I suggest purchasing cheap domain and hosting and using this to host your list forms. http://www.27hosting.com currently offers some of the cheapest hosting available on the market.

Once you have your site and your auto responder setup, there are only two steps left: the first is building a course of some sort that is related to the affiliate products you will sell; and the second is creating an opt-in form that converts.

The first part is relatively easy. Start by determining your topic and then outline it over the course of five to seven days. Remember that everything should be written as if you are talking to a person, rather than as if you were writing a formal article.

If you don’t feel comfortable writing these articles yourself, you can always hire a ghostwriter at http://www.elance.com or Fiverr.com for $5-15 per issue, depending on the size.

Once you have created your auto responder series, you will want to feed it into your auto responder, setup advertisements in the text for the affiliate product you are planning to sell, and then create an opt-in form for your list.

Once you have setup your opt-in form, the only remaining step is to drive various traffic sources to your opt-in list, collect their email addresses – and then wait for the commissions to roll in!

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Generate Traffic and Affiliate Sales with Free Viral Reports

Did you know that the free viral report is quite possibly the most deadly weapon in an affiliate marketer’s arsenal? Get some free PLR here.

It allows him or her to quickly multiply his or her efforts while slashing down on marketing costs. All the marketer has to do is develop a viral report for little or no cost, embed an affiliate link in said report, and then find various avenues of distribution that will ensure that the report is perpetuated as far as possible – from group to group to group.

Now, with this being said, when it comes to developing free viral reports, a considerable amount of precise calculation and back-end system setup is needed. Simply jotting down garbage, tossing in an affiliate link, and then attempting to send it to everyone you know in .txt format isn’t likely to gain you anything; nor is it likely to multiply your efforts by inducing other marketers to redistribute the report for you.

Instead, you must start from a different point. You must determine what topic people are looking for related to your specific affiliate product.

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For instance, do they need more information about the product itself? Do they need to know how to use that product effectively? Whatever your angle happens to be, make sure that it lines up with the wants of your customers and also ties in nicely with your affiliate product.

Next, create the actual viral report and embed your affiliate link in multiple places. If you have a site and a list, you may want to instead post a link to your list – and then use back-end mechanisms to make the sale.

Your last step is to actually ensure that this viral report:

  1. Gets into as many people’s hands as humanly possible; and
  2. Gets into the hands of people who will definitely redistribute it to others without charging any fees. This is where the art of free viral report distribution comes into play.
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A good way to distribute your viral report is to create a buzz on forums. You will want to discuss some specific experience you had related to the topic you will cover in the report – and you will want to do it well in advance of your release date.

You will then want to start talking up your release – and also explain that the report will be completely free. Furthermore, you may want to even start locking people in for immediate distribution via email by getting them to join a list. To learn more about viral marketing through this method, you may want to check out some of the case studies at the following URL: http://www.marketingsherpa.com/.

Once you have begun building a forum buzz for the report, you will want to go to e-zine owners in your particular niche and ask them if they are interested in getting a free report on whichever subject you are marketing. The distribution effect will multiply, subsequently multiplying your sales.

Additionally, you may want to check out http://www.viralPDF.com, which is an excellent tool you can use to create the actual viral reports.

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Try this method – Using Traffic Exchanges to Promote Affiliate Programs

If you’re unfamiliar with exchanges, you will want to read this over carefully and consider printing it out:

One of the best ways in which you can promote affiliate programs is through various traffic exchanges. Almost all well-defined, robust niches on the Internet have some form of traffic exchange. For instance, casinos, gaming sites, niche forums, and Internet marketing sites all have some form of traffic exchange system. IM, in particular, has dozens of exchanges.

A traffic exchange can serve multiple functions; however, in most cases, it does two important things:

  1. It allows you to surf sites, gain credits, and then cash in those credits; and
  2. It allows you to put banners or dynamically-generated link boxes on your site that will generate credits, which you can then cash in. Cashing in credits, with most exchanges, results in a certain amount of traffic being drive to your site via the exchange site or via banners on other sites that are members of the exchange.
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A good place to start when working with traffic exchanges is to determine which ones are most reputable and which ones have reasonable point systems. For instance, some traffic exchanges allow users to cheat and some have bad systems of exchange, which heavily favor paying members over non-members. You will want to find the best possible exchange given the amount of money you are willing to spend and the product you are marketing.

Have a look at the following sites, which list top traffic exchanges. Additionally, you may want to talk to friends to see if any particular exchange has worked well for them:

http://www.paramind.net/paramindtrafficexchanges.html

http://www.trafficexchangelist.com/

Once you have selected an optimal exchange, you will want to determine the best way in which you can use it to maximize the amount of high-quality traffic you extract from it.

You will want to answer the following questions to aid yourself in determining this: do I earn credits from impressions or clicks? And do I lose credits based on impressions or clicks?

This is important to ask, as different exchanges have different policies on this issue. If you lose credits based on impressions, you will want to make sure that you get the absolute largest amount of clicks per impressions. This will involve over-hyping your ads and creating flashy banners (if they allow them).

In contrast, if you are getting charged per click, you will want to make sure your ads ONLY appeal to the most interested buyers. Whichever route you take, make sure that it is matched up with a model for maximum revenue generation.

The last thing you will want to consider when using a traffic exchange is precisely what you should promote.

You already have a product in mind – probably an affiliate product – but how will you promote it?

Will you direct visitors to the affiliate page?

Will you direct them to a page on your site, which features the product?

Or will you direct them to an opt-in form, which will capture their information and then coax them into buying over a period of time?

I personally suggest doing the last or the second – and avoiding the first whenever possible.

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Has anyone tried this? Give me some feedback

The Cheapest, Fastest Way to Advertise on the Internet: Forum Posting

Posting on forums is one of the cheapest and fastest ways in which you can advertise affiliates products on the Internet. However, in order to do this successfully, you must do a number of things carefully.

Warning! Simply starting a thread that contains an affiliate link might be a good way to get banned from a particular forum board, but it will never be a good way to make sales.

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The general procedure involves making multiple posts on a forum board before you even setup a signature file, which includes a link to your site. Even if the particular forum you are using does not specifically mandate this, you will want to do this, anyway, as it will increase your credibility – which is your real goal.

You can start by finding a number of forums for your particular niche or marketing angle. You can find massive lists of forums at the following two URLs:

http://www.big-boards.com/

http://board123.com/forum_directory.php

The first resource is currently the largest forum directory on the Internet. The second resource contains lesser directories, but includes some that are not listed on Big Boards.

Now, once you have selected a number of directories that match your specific marketing angle and affiliate product, you will want to investigate to determine whether or not they have excess rules regulating signature files.

For instance, some sites do not allow any links in signature files; others, by contrast, allow links, but do not allow any commercial links. Make sure you know what the rules are before you post. Otherwise, you are simply setting yourself up to be banned from the forum.

Next, take the list of forums you have created – that are both relevant to your topic and allow commercial links – and begin developing a reputation on those forums. Post regularly, avoid meaningless fights and flaming, and contribute useful, on-target information to discussions. In a matter of 1-2 weeks, you will have developed a reputation, provided that the forum receives a considerable amount of traffic.

Once you have developed a good reputation, you will want to begin advertising through your forum signature. Ideally, you will want to include some eye-catching assortment of colors, symbols, and words in your signature.

This will draw people’s attention. You will then want to link them to something other than an affiliate page – whether it be a page you created to sell an affiliate product or an auto responder course used to capture email addresses.

Remember to repeat this process in all applicable forums. Look for high traffic forums that allow commercial link posting in signature files – and that also happen to fit with your specific audience-targeting and marketing angle goals.

Next, create a reputation. Last, add your signature in some attractive way that draws visitors’ attention, but is also likely to convert them into interested clickers. You will find that this form of advertising pays off considerably – and does so faster than other methods available.

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Sharing ideas and posts

Happy Monday everyone!

People have asked me about the source for my posts. Well like I said, it is my intention to share things as I explore the whole world of Internet and Online Businesses and ideas. I have completed many online courses over the past decade, many of them linked to my ‘day job’ – I am a High School Physics Teacher. I have also fallen for many of the ‘get rich quick’ programmes, that turn out to be a lot of cheap nothings that require hundreds or thousands of dollars to upgrade and ‘fully automate’.

As a result I have also collected a ton of PLR material. PLR – Private Label Rights – means books, ebooks, software, courses etc that I have bought or been given, and for which I can sell them, share parts or basically use them as I see fit, within the PLR License agreement. Man of the articles I have on here are sections from that ton of material, tweaked and illustrated by me.

Sometimes I just check spelling – some of the PLR has never been checked! And I don’t just mean the difference between UK and US English spellings. There is often a host of grammatical errors, usually around your and you’re or there, their and they’re or were, wear and we’re. I’m not a grammar freak but sometimes these basic errors annoy me.

At other times I find references to websites or products that no longer exist, so I edit them out and find an alternative, if possible. This is relatively easy with an ebook, not so easy with a video course.

In many of the blogs I share I have taken an original post and reworked it, though this can be very time consuming. I recently came across a site which will rewrite an article or paragraph or even a sentence – Articlerewriterstool.com – which offers an interesting alternative approach to using PLR or e-zine articles. I must try it soon!

I know a lot of people out there are looking for articles to put into their blog. How can you do it?

Write – it’s fun.

There are many people willing to write for you on Fiverr.com.

I would recommend collecting PLR and using the content in your blog – though make sure you read it before publishing.

There is a lot of free PLR out there – just Google it.

I get a lot of mine from Surefirewealth.com. I have a Gold membership so can download everything for free. Some is for personal use only (always learning) and much of it comes with a PLR licence. You can become a free member and download lots of PLR for nothing. Check it out.

As i said, people have asked where I get my articles. I hope this is a good explanation. Write to me for more advice if you want.

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Thoughts from Randy Gage – Denial

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I follow Randy on his blogs and podcasts. He has a lot to say about mindset and prosperity, something we should all be interested in. Every week I get an email he calls “Friday Filosophy”. I felt I wanted to share this one as many people are in denial about so many things – have you read the Conspiracy Theories about the Global Pandemic?

From Randy –“Here’s my weekly dispatch to you, exploring a subject that I’m thinking about – that you may want to think about as well. And what I’m thinking right now is denial. 

More specifically, the ability of humans to stay in denial no matter how formidable the contrary evidence is.  They can deny they’re an addict, deny their sexuality, even deny science, evidence and facts when those things disprove something they desperately want to believe. 

We’re all pros at justifying, validating, and pandering to our biases.  We see things through filters and sometimes we so desperately want to believe something, that we let the filters deceive us.  Question for you…

What is the one thing that you’re certain you have come out of denial on, and now view in true perspective?

Really think this through, because if you’re like most people, that’s the area you’re still in denial on.  

That’s what I’m thinking about.  Hit me up on Twitter and let me know what’s on your mind.

This Week’s Prosperity Livestream:

Create Money Security

I’ll be sharing the “first principles” of wealth building. 

Find the details here.

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Another tried and trusted method!

Solo Ads – Outmoded or Back in Style?

Now we’re going to go over solo ads:

For years, Internet marketers have asserted that solo ads are simply outmoded – they’re a dinosaur that no longer has the potential to reap any profits; however, another group of Internet marketers knows that the exact opposite is the truth: solo ads can reap massive profits, but in order to do so, they must be engineered perfectly, as must the selection of the solo ad distributor.

A solo ad can be a number of things. Usually, it is a large ad between 200 and 300 words that is placed at the very center of a page. The rate on solo ads is higher than on all other potential options, but it also captures readers’ attention the most by far. If you have the money to spend on a solo ad, it can be an excellent investment.

However, as with all investments (and advertisements for that matter), you must conduct your due diligence. This involves a considerable amount of research.

Now, when conducting research for a solo ad, there are two things you will want to look at:

  1. The first is a list of your potential advertising outlets (in this case, probably e-zines); and
  2. A list of potential approaches you can take on your solo ad.

Let’s start with the first part – finding a list of e-zines in which you can put a solo ad. I personally suggest starting with Directory of E-zines, which you can find at the following URL:

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http://www.directoryofE-zines.com/

This is the ultimate resource for advertisers who want access to all e-zines and also want tips for advertising in them. If you don’t have any money to spend, I would suggest starting here instead:

http://www.E-zine-dir.com/

Once you have selected reputable e-zines to advertise in, you will then want to begin creating your solo ad. There are a number of writing “formulas” you can use to do this; however, you will always want to keep in mind what it is that your potential customer wants most.

In advertising, it is often easy to project our own wants in a given product onto potential buyers; however, it is important – when communicating with them – that you talk about their wants, not yours.

Now, when it comes to creating solo ads, I personally suggest that you spend some time at the following URL, learning about what it takes to convert readers into buyers: http://www.copywritersboard.com/.

Furthermore, I suggest that you go beyond simply writing copy and write as you would in the specific medium. For instance, if your solo ad will be featured in an e-zine, then you will want to write as if you are contacting members of a mailing list about a special offer or something similar. You may even want to refer to the owner of the list by his/her first name if (s)he allows that.

Keep all of these skills in mind when conducting solo ad campaigns. All you have to do is select the right advertising mediums and create an excellent ad – and your effort will pay off three fold.