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Helping women who want to live a life of time and freedom become wildly successful using proven organic marketing strategies.

Warning: This podcast is a series podcast

This means episodes are recommended to be heard in order from the very start. Here's the 10 best episodes of the series anyway though!

Rank #1: 13 Clever Ways To Get Your Blog Noticed Without Getting Undressed

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Congratulations on launching your new blog! Now that it is live are you looking for a way to get your blog noticed?

Your followed several step by step instructions on starting and launching a new blog but after 1-2 weeks it looks like no one is reading your blog.

It is possible that you shared your website with a number of friends and family members who all cheered you on during the first few days.

However, you keep checking your statistics or reports and you only had 100 visitors over the past week.

Don’t worry your blog is not broken and most likely it has nothing to do with what you wrote. I am sure a lot of people would enjoy reading your stuff.

Many people struggle with the same challenge that you are going through right now so you will be happy to hear that it is normal.

The good news is that it is fixable and it can take as much as 6 months to get your blog noticed by Google.

In this post, I will outline a number of things that you can do to get visitors to your blog from other sources.

Why is it so Hard to Get Your Blog Noticed?

The core reason why it can be hard to get your blog noticed is you need to understand how visitors find out about you.

Let’s look at an analogy. If you decided one day to open a supermarket in a town of 100,000 people and they pass by every day they know that you are there.

If you decided instead to open a store that sold clothing for Eskimos. In this case, the store was in the middle of Phoenix, Arizona you may get a few sales but not as much as a supermarket.

The reason the store gets a few sales is that people can see your physical store so they know that your store is there. However, the market may not be right for the location.

A blog is different because it does not have a physical presence so when you set up a blog you need to let people know it is there so they can find you.

photo by Nicole de Khors

How To Get People To Find Your Blog

The first step in this process is understanding who your potential readers are for your blog.

I mentioned this before in a previous post but here is a brief summary of it again. Do you know where your reader spends most of their time online?

Here are a few places for you to consider as to where to find your reader;

  1. Facebook
  2. Twitter
  3. Instagram
  4. Pinterest
  5. Linkedin
  6. Reddit

Also, what problem are you trying to help them solve? Where do they normally go to find a solution to their problem?

For example, if the solution that you are offering is teaching people to become experts at budgeting then where do they normally go online to find this solution.

I can think of two places and those are searching in Google as well as on Pinterest. You may find a few as well on Reddit.

The best way to get people to find you is to find the places where they hang out online and place your information right in front of them.

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Ways To Get Your Blog Noticed

Putting your information in front of your potential readers is not as straight forward as waving to them from a distance then introducing them to your blog.

It does involve a lot of content marketing (creating and marketing content) and using an always-on approach to get your blog noticed.

Here are 13 clever ways to accomplish this without losing your mind or feeling overwhelmed.

1. Guest posting/blogging

A great way to get your blog out there is to write content for other people’s blogs. It just means that you are introducing your blog content to their existing audience.

If you have not done this before you just need to go to Google and type in your topic plus the phrase ‘guest post’.

For example, if you are into budgeting then go to Google and enter “budgeting + guest posting” or “budgeting + write for us” (without the quotes).

2. Writing on Other Platforms

Sites such as Medium, LinkedIn, Kinja and Thrive give you the opportunity to create an account on their platform and write posts there.

You might be thinking that doing this involves a lot of writing and it does. However, if your ultimate goal is to write on these platforms for 6-12 months then stop then it is not such a bad idea.

If your goal is to get readers to your blog then doing this for the short term will help you get your first blog readers.

3. Running a Contest on Social Media

A cool way to get traffic to your new blog is by running a contest on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter.

I have heard a lot about the KingSumo plugin that lets you run a contest right from your WordPress website.

The social media aspect comes in when participants are encouraged to share it with their friends to gain multiple entries to the competition.

It is important to remember that the gifts that you offer to the winners are relevant to your niche.

It should not be an iPad but something like a lifetime subscription to software for budgeting or something that is specific to your niche.

4. Forum Participation

Another great way to make your blog popular is by participating in forums. A few years ago I thought that forums did not exist anymore.

However, I was surprised to learn the amount of people that still participate in online forums.

You just need to go to Google and type in your topic plus forum, like this “budgeting + forum”.

I just saw the Money Savings Expert Budgeting forum has over 1.8 million members.

At the time of writing, there were over 7,600 members currently online which is amazing!

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5. Facebook Lives

If your audience hangs out on Facebook you may want to consider doing a weekly Facebook Live.

For those in the food niche, they can host a meatless Monday series on Facebook. If you don’t do food you can always do a series called Freedom Friday for Moms.

You can also have a special day where you do training like Training Thursdays for those who need quick tips and tricks.

Stuck for ideas? Check out Allie’s 365 days of Facebook Lives calendar here.

6. A 5 Day Challenge

Have you ever thought of doing a 5 Day Challenge? Well, this is yet another clever way to get readers to your blog.

You can base the challenge around something valuable. A good example is how to make sourdough bread if you are in the food niche.

If you teach people to create things then you can do one on creating their own DIY cream or deodorant or bathroom toiletries in 5 days.

photo by Matthew Henry

7. Pinterest for Business

Pinterest is a great platform for anyone in the food, DIY, lifestyle, fashion, Mommy or beauty niche.

You simply hop over there and create a business account then confirm your website and remember to set up rich pins.

Next, you create your boards and start adding pins to those boards (yours and other people’s pins).

Ideally, you need to have a minimum of 20 blog posts already published for this to work in your favour.

Using a 3rd party scheduling tool like the TailwindApp will help you to get your blog out there. Check out my Tailwind review here.

8. Blogger Collaboration

A clever way to increase readers on your blog is to collaborate with other bloggers in a complementary niche.

I covered this a few weeks ago during a podcast interview. A blogger focused on minimalism got together with a Stylist and cleaned out her closet.

She even went as far as getting a capsule wardrobe created so that she will not need to purchase essential items for many years.

It really was quite an experience for both bloggers and their readers found it quite entertaining.

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9. Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)

One of the most important ways to get your blog to show up in Google search is by implementing SEO techniques on your website.

Every blog post will need to be tweaked in such a way so that the technical team at Google can index it correctly.

If the concept of search engine optimisation is new to you then check out my SEO for beginners resource here.

However, if you have done all of that and it has been 3-6 months then take a look at these crazy reasons why you fail to rank in Google.

10. YouTube

According to an article on Oberlo, 85% of all Internet users in the USA watched online video content monthly.

On that same article, it states that 54% of consumers want to see more videos from the brands they support.

A report from Smart Insights outlined that 93% of businesses said that they got a new customer thanks to a video on Social Media.

So, I guess it means that you need to consider creating videos and using it as a tool to market to potential customers.

11. Content Syndication

While that may sound like a really big word it simply means synchronising your existing content to another platform.

This process is already offered by Medium and LinkedIn. However, the platform I have in mind for this particular post is Flipboard (my blog got accepted, yay!!).

It allows you to set up a publisher account for free where you can pull in the RSS feed from your blog.

After your blog’s feed or account is approved people visiting that platform will be able to see your content.

12. Business Networks Online

Another great way to attract readers to your blog is via online business networks. There are many out there like Startup Nation Community, LinkedIn, Networking for Professionals and Meetup.

A great one that I found recently is called BizSugar. They offer free training and supports for anyone in small business. They even host masterminds completely free of charge.

So, what are you waiting for get your pen and paper out and start joining all these fabulous business networks to promote your blog?

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13. Push Notification

Sometimes one of the best ways to get more readers to your blog is by getting those who already visit to get a notification each time you publish a new post.

Yes, this can be done via an email list but another technology that is available is called push notification.

It involves a little box that pops asking you if you would like to be notified of new content. It looks like the image below.

The folks at Push engage is one such provider and you can sign up to their forever free plan that allows for up to 2,500 subscribers.

Conclusion

As you can see there are so many ways to get your blog noticed that you will be spoiled for choice.

Pick one from the list and work your way down to the end. Of course, all options may not be suitable for your blog type so feel free to pick and choose.

Remember that you can also use all the standard ways that small businesses market their business as well.

You can find a giant list of 50+ creative ways to market your business here as well as these simple ways to grow your blog traffic here.

Over to you, what has been your best tips and tricks to get your blog noticed?

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Jun 17 2019
31 mins
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Rank #2: 50 Things to do Before 50 a Crazy 50th Birthday Bucket List

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Will you be celebrating your 50th birthday in the next 2-7 years? Have you decided on a 50th birthday bucket list?

If you are like me you probably imagined your 50th birthday being super special where you celebrate with many friends at an exotic location.

Never in a million years could I have imagined that age 50 would sneak up on me so quickly.

I still remember what it was like being a teenager, it was not special or amazing. I just stayed out of trouble.

What about you what can you remember from when you were younger? Is there any specific season in life that stands out more than the others?

The struggle of turning 50 is going to be real and in so many ways it could mean regret for so many people.

In this post, I want to invite you to get out a pen and paper and write down all the things that you wanted to accomplish before turning 50.

Then make a shortlist of the most important or significant ones so that you can set goals to achieve them.

I will also share with you the top 50+ things that I would like to do and you may also want to do or experience some of these yourself so let’s do it.

Why Bother With a List?

Reading this you may be wondering what is the big deal and why should you or anyone else for that matter be bothering to write a 50th birthday bucket list.

Recently I remember reading a quote from Mark Cuban which goes like this:

“Today’s the youngest you are ever going to be. You’ve got to live like it. You’ve got to live young every day.”

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The truth is I never saw life like that before. I postponed so many things and say that I will do it when I have more time, more money, have a life companion, etc.

In fact, those days may never ever come. I remember speaking with my Mother when she turned 70 and she said the following words:

“I am not 70 for only one day, I will be 70 for a whole year so you have lots of time to celebrate my birthday”

In less than 3 months my Mother was dead and I was in shock. It was a very speechless experience.

I promised myself not to postpone anything anymore. If I can do it today let me do it already.

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Bucket List Ideas for Women

Now that we understand why a 50th birthday bucket list is important it is time to get writing these bucket list ideas for women.

Grab a pen and paper and let’s make a list together. I have decided to write things into 14 different categories.

I must be an organisation freak and I don’t even know it. It is so much better to do it this way for me because I want to make a wide impact.

Here are those categories:

  1. Travel
  2. Business
  3. Body
  4. Love
  5. Spiritual
  6. Charity
  7. Make
  8. Take
  9. Volunteer
  10. Improve
  11. Help
  12. Mental
  13. Learn
  14. Mini-retirements

As you can see from this list I want to experience a well-rounded growth in 4-5 areas including mental, physical, emotional, financial and social.

The things on this list will not only benefit me but it will also have a positive impact on others in my spheres of influence as well as my passion projects.

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The 50th Birthday Bucket List

Are you ready to go through the list? I will start with travel and work my way through every category.

The plan is as I accomplish these goals I will come back here and mark them off as done.

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Travel

  1. Changi Murals, Singapore
  2. Heart of Cape Museum, South Africa (first heart transplant)
  3. Matobo National Park, Zimbabwe
  4. Hot air balloon ride – Cappadocia, Turkey
  5. Visit the Salt Flats in Utah
  6. See the Salt Flats in Bolivia
  7. Experience the Northern Lights in Iceland
  8. Visit Fiji Islands
  9. Make a trip to Japan

This list is not set in stone as it is possible that 1-2 items may change depending on logistics, natural disasters and personal circumstances.

Business

  1. Make a full-time passive income online
  2. Develop healthy relationships with 5 women in business
  3. Help 100 women each year fulfil their time-freedom dream with an online business
  4. Create a website traffic Mastermind group with 1,000 women
  5. Develop a 6-figure business

If you are new to my blog you are probably not aware of the story behind why I started this blog and podcast.

You can read about the history of my blog here and why I am so passionate about the cause of women illiteracy.

Body

  1. Get to my ideal weight of 120lbs
  2. Exercise 3 times a week
  3. Become a member of a dance group
  4. Maintain a fit, well-toned body
  5. Practice healthy eating

I really need to be a better version of myself physically in order for me to better serve those who need my talents.

To accomplish this I need to adopt healthy practices that will keep me alert and ready to take action.

photo by Sarah Pflug

Love

  1. Find a life partner
  2. Fall in love again
  3. Develop a deep and meaningful relationship
  4. Experience the true meaning of love
  5. Forgive, forget and live life

This is not one that is easily accomplished but it is possible if I am open to it happening in my life.

It is so much better to accomplish big goals with a partner in crime compared to doing it all by myself.

Spiritual

  1. A closer walk with God
  2. Write 7 sermons
  3. Deliver at least one sermon
  4. Be a spiritual mentor to someone
  5. Develop a heart like God’s

I try put God first in everything I do because he has wisdom like no other. I will allow him to lead my path on this journey.

Charity

  1. Set up a foundation for illiterate women
  2. Develop relationships with similar charities
  3. Donate 10% of business profits to the charity
  4. Be a champion for the reduction of women illiteracy

Giving back in a big way is something I enjoy and I feel that I have failed when I have nothing to give to those who are less fortunate.

I have to be the change that I wish to see in others so I need to be a better version of myself in order for others to become a better version of themselves.

photo by Sheila Pedraza Burk

Make

  1. Pineapple upside down cake
  2. Banoffee Pie
  3. Lime key pie or lemon drizzle cake
  4. A bullet journal every year to track my progress
  5. Declutter my life and make it less complicated

There are so many recipes that I saw that I would like to make and I still have not done it. I always wanted to make the pineapple upside down cake.

I tried to make banoffee pie once and failed miserably so I need to try it again. As this will be an epic journey I cannot wait to track everything.

Take

  1. Take time to be good to others everywhere I go
  2. My local choir on a trip of a lifetime
  3. A group of young people on a meaningful experience
  4. My family on a retreat or reunion

I always dreamt of traveling with a mass choir to 3-5 countries and ministering to others. If I can do this it would be a dream come true.

Nothing beats making a trip with family. I am yet to travel with all my siblings, their family and my children to some place nice.

My brother believes Costa Rica is the best location for this so we will have to wait and see.

Volunteer

  1. For a project that helps illiterate women achieve their goals
  2. As a Goodwill Ambassador for illiterate women
  3. 1 day a week for a local charity or cause
  4. To help out one elderly neighbour one day a week

As I already mentioned I do enjoy giving back which can be seen from my history of assisting in several projects like feeding the homeless on Christmas day.

Helping the over 55s to become computer and Internet literate for over 3 years and assisting with a coding camp for kids.

photo by Jakub Kapusnak

Improve

  1. My fluency in Spanish
  2. Upskill in YouTube marketing
  3. Instagram marketing
  4. My understanding of myself
  5. Hire a coach to boost self-improvement

For years I have been promising myself to improve my Spanish and I even have an account with Duolingo but I really need to get this done.

My preference would be to immerse myself in the language by living in Spain, Mexico or Panama for a few months.

Help

  1. Local businesses by giving free classes in marketing
  2. The unemployed by offering business grants
  3. Give motivational talks in schools and colleges
  4. Continue the podcast to expand the knowledge

I want to help so many people but right at this moment I am not at the level yet where I have sufficient skills and resources to be as effective as I can be.

Mental

  1. Practice a growth mindset
  2. Use grit to get all these projects accomplished
  3. Believe in my ability to do it
  4. Harness a positive mental attitude daily

As humans we keep getting in the way of ourselves by happily providing mental blocks as to why we cannot accomplish goals.

I am so aware of this so I need to be intentional and write down the challenges that I will face.

photo by Matthew Henry

Learn

  1. Learn to play the guitar
  2. Fine tune my singing skills
  3. To be patient
  4. When to take action
  5. How to make new friends

I am not perfect and my social skills can do with a make over and because I am aware of that I will write down this challenge.

My daughter started teaching me to play the guitar last year and I need to get back to doing that as soon as possible.

So far there are 57 items on my list. How are you getting on with your list? Feel free to borrow my ideas.

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Mini-Retirements

In order to avoid burnout and overwhelm, I would need to take mini-retirements along the way so that I will succeed.

Tim Ferris talks extensively about mini-retirements in his book, The Four Hour Work Week.

The idea behind it is that instead of retiring at 60 for 15-20 years you take 1-3 month breaks to rejuvenate the mind, body and soul.

A large part of the process is decluttering your life before heading off into the sunset.

It is during these mini-retirements that he did things like learned to dance the Tango, took German lessons as well as Spanish lessons.

You can see it as unplugging from the normal busy life in order to upskill ones ability on many levels.

As my business is online this would work out perfectly for me to continue getting things done.

Turning Dreams to Reality

After you have your big 50th birthday bucket list it is time to figure out how you are going to accomplish these goals.

Some items require a simple change in lifestyle while others require a combination of time and money to get done.

Personally, I would look at the big investment goals first which in my case is the 6-figure business.

To someone with no money, ideas or assets in place, this may look like it is not attainable by a long shot.

However, a 6-figure business is simply a business with a turnover of $100,000 a year. Broken down monthly that is only $8,333.33 a month.

What can you sell to a hungry crowd that will generate $8,333.33 a month?

photo by Viktor Hanacek

Setting Goals

Let’s say you are great at creating your very own DIY creams or hair products and you want to teach others to do the same.

All you need to do is create a website or start a blog and use it as a way to get your potential audience interested in your paid offer.

Now your paid offer could be teaching people how to create a range of complementary creams and hair products for a specific season like winter or summer.

If the core offer which is an online course costs $57 then to make $8,333.33 a month you need to sell to 150 people every month.

The standard, worse case conversion online is 1% of cold traffic (new visitors) to a website.

This means that you will need 15,000 people to see your offer every month if you want to meet that goal.

There are ways to increase conversion rates but we are looking at a worse case or average rates across all niches.

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The Plan

Creating consistent content brings consistent visitors which will eventually result in sales. There are many moving parts to this equation but here is an example for you.

Say you decide to focus on 2 main platforms like Pinterest and Facebook you can use the power of Pinterest images to get people interested in your offer.

You can also consistently optimise your blog posts for search engine optimisation and they will start getting traffic 6 months after you start a new blog.

In case you are interested in starting or launching a new blog here are 75 things to do before launching a blog.

Are you wondering if you can increase the price and reduce the traffic? You sure can do something like that if you prefer.

After all, it is your business and you can sell something for $97 instead and it would mean that you only need 85 sales a month. Therefore you only 8,500 visitors a month with a conversion rate of 1%.

If you are looking for a more simple business model take a look at these 25 ways to start a business without a degree.

Retargeting

Planning your traffic goals would not be complete if I fail to mention the benefits of retargeting.

According to an article in Connectio.io by Wilco de Kreij, retargeting ads are 76% more likely to get clicks compared to regular ads.

Website visitors who are retargeted with display ads are 70% more likely to convert according to an article by Chris at Traffic Oxygen.

Did you know that the average person has to visit a site 9.5 times before they make a purchase? This is according to an article by Kyle Myers on Growth Badger.

In case you have never heard of retargeting before it simply means that whenever someone visits your website you have the opportunity to advertise to them again.

A simple cookie is placed on their system that sort of follows them around on every site with display ads.

This is the reason why it appears that the lovely shoes that you almost placed in the shopping basket seem to be on every other site that you visit.

The Plan – On Steroids

If you used retargeting it means that those 8,500 visitors who saw your offer will have another chance of grabbing a great deal from you.

With retargeting you can offer them a 5%-10% discount to make a decision today rather than 1-2 years down the road.

Just when you thought it would be difficult to achieve a 6 figure income for your online business I gave you an idea that will make it way easier.

After all, you spent so much time getting organic traffic to your blog or website so retargeting will just help you convince those visitors even after they leave your site.

Also, people who buy one product are more likely to buy a 2nd and even 3rd item from the same brand due to that know, like and trust factor.

Are you now ready to get started on something big?

Conclusion

If I didn’t write out this 50th birthday bucket list of items then I would be staring at my 50th birthday in the face with mixed emotions.

I would also have little or nothing to show for my 50 years on the planet. Yes, I worked and have education and degrees to my name but is that my true purpose?

My task now is to figure out a way to work smarter which I believe can be accomplished by building a tight network of professionals around me.

If you are reading this and you have goals similar to mine then do leave a comment in the box below about how we can help each other.

Did you find this exercise useful? Were you inspired to go out and achieve your dreams, purpose and aspirations?

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Jun 24 2019
50 mins
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Rank #3: 13 Things Rich People Do That They Don’t Want You to Know

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Have you ever wondered about the things rich people do that is very different from anyone else?

Would it be great to steal their secrets and quickly put them into action so that you can gain the time and freedom you always wanted?

It is possible to think that people are lucky because they are born into wealth so they have less to worry about.

Maybe you have a close relative or friend who is a millionaire or considered to be rich by your standards.

However, you are silently wishing to be in their shoes or to be as lucky as they have become.

Did you know that 65% of professional athletes who earn millions of dollars become poor within 5 years because of their money mindset?

The truth is you have the potential to become rich by learning a few key secrets that rich people don’t want you to know.

In this post, I will cover 13 of the amazing facts so that you too can start your journey to better financial and creative habits.

Why Take Advice From The Rich

Have you ever uttered the words, “I wish I was rich” or something similar or found yourself in a broke situation?

Ever wondered why some people are so wealthy compared to others in your city or town?

When was the last time you saw a rich person face to face? How did you know that they were rich?

Many of us fall into the trap of classifying people as rich or poor based on a number of assumptions.

Some of the best advice I have ever received is from a number of my mentors who also happen to be rich.

The advice I received has had such a profound impact on my life that I have changed for the better.

Let’s look at some of these eye-popping things rich people do that will not only switch gears in your mind but give you light bulb moments.

1. Adding Value to the Lives of Others

I can see you rolling your eyes at this one. Of course, rich people can add value to the lives of others because they have the money.

Well, that is not exactly true at all. Rich people get rich because of the value that they add to the lives of others.

Let me give you a good example so you can see what I mean. Every year, hundreds of people place a small down payment on a house or an apartment.

They rent it out creating their first cash flow income then go on to purchase their 2nd, 3rd and 4th home thus providing homes to people.

Are they adding value to the lives of others? Yes, they are and they are also creating wealth for themselves.

I recently saw a quote somewhere that said, “Rich people make plans for three generations and poor people make plans for Saturday night”.

What are your plans like for the next 12 months?

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2. Rich People Remain Wealthy by Their Thoughts

I am one of those people who absolutely dislike phrases like manifesting money or being open to the universe to attract money.

However, I must agree with rich people who say that we become what we believe or say.

One of the things rich people never say is “I can’t afford it” and here is the reason behind it.

If we constantly say things like, “I can’t afford it” then we are telling our unconscious mind to do nothing about our situation.

However, we activate our unconscious mind to solve a problem when we use a phrase like, “how can I afford it?”

In other words, “necessity is the mother of invention” so we should spend more time finding ways to create wealth.

Compared to giving our brain an excuse to be lazy.

3. Rich People Have an Entrepreneur Mindset

This one may come as an absolute surprise to you but how many rich people do you know that remain as employees all their lives?

The school system was designed to produce workers or staff members who will trade dollars for hours.

Therefore the behaviour of a typical student is that of someone who plans to work for a salary every month.

However, rich people are trained in entrepreneurship and investments so they are more interested in providing products or services.

In fact, they find ways to make that salary work for them like investing in real estate or a business.

Is it me or are the rich people producing gallons of coffee every day for the employees to drink?

Would you like to become an entrepreneur instead?

4. They Eat Failure for Breakfast

You may have noticed this but as a student and later as an employee you are thought to be afraid of failure.

In fact, you may have been told that mistakes are bad and that you should never make them.

The problem with this is that you learn from your mistakes so if you don’t make mistakes then your ability to learn is greatly reduced.

If you don’t believe me without naming any names here on this blog post make a list of 10 people who are leaders or entrepreneurs who have never made a mistake.

Are you finding it difficult to get a list of 5? So, if you are still wondering what rich people do differently. Remember that it is okay to fail and learn from your mistakes.

What is the worse thing that can happen to you when you fail?

5. Rich People Learn How to Fish

You may have heard this before but I will write it here again, “give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime”.

Rich people learn to fish and they teach their children to do the same and their grandchildren and so on.

Now, fishing could be anything that generates an income without having to depend on a salary.

Here are a few things that you can do:

  1. Start a business
  2. Create a blog
  3. Invent a product
  4. Invest in real estate
  5. Buy a business
  6. Code some software
  7. Open a bakery
  8. Rent out a room

This is just a quick list to get the wheels in your mind turning so that you can go and do some research.

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6. They Use Fear To Propel Them Forward

It is normal to be afraid to try something new and rich people know this and instead of running away they take calculated risk.

They learn from very young that it is okay to come out of your comfort zone and try new things.

In fact, they develop a tolerance for risk over time that will make many of us want to jump back into bed.

I remember the quote by Sheryl Sandberg, “what would you do if you weren’t afraid?”

Sometimes you need to take a step back and write a list of the real reasons why you are afraid to do something like making an investment.

My favourite go-to phrase is always, what is the worse that can happen?

7. Find Time To Make It Happen

This would have to be my favourite one because I often hear people complain that they don’t have time.

Over 10 years ago I decided to stop watching TV simply because I realised that it was and still is a time stealer for so many people.

If you have no idea what I am referring to then do this little exercise for a week. Track what you do every day for 7 days.

Once the exercise is complete take a look at what you wrote down and evaluate what you do every day or every week that is taking a lot of time.

Every single one of us has 24 hours each day and we have the freedom to choose what we do with our time.

The rich are aware of this and maybe it is the reason why they invest in so many programs and other forms of entertainment to service the needs or wants of others.

What will you do with your time over the next 7 days?

8. The Rich Are Taught About Money

This topic gives me goosebumps because I received the education about money about 10 years ago and I was annoyed.

The reason I was upset is that I wished that I had received this useful information about 30 years ago.

It is normal that no one will teach you about how money works unless you come from a rich background.

After reading books like The Richest Man in Babylon, Rich Dad Poor Dad and Serve No Master I was just shocked.

What was appalling to me is you are not taught about money in the school system and it is not added to the system on purpose.

It is almost a way to keep people in the dark and it is only taught to the rich. If you’re on the fence about what rich people invest in think about money education.

When was the last time you educated yourself about money?

9. They Don’t Spend Money on Doodads

Black Friday Sale, End of Summer Sale, End of Year Sale and End of Season Sale are a tricky way to make you spend money on Doodads.

There is this crazy disease called hoarding as well that is taking the country and the world by storm.

It is one thing to wait for a sale to buy something you need but it is a totally different story shopping for wants.

This mentality is totally the opposite of people who are rich. They learn to budget and save. They also don’t need to wear the most expensive clothes and shoes.

In fact, the last time I checked it is the rich people holding the sales so that the others can buy the stuff that they think they need.

When was the last time you shopped in the sales?

10. They Read Regularly

Billionaire Warren Buffet’s key tip for success is to read 500 pages a day. I know I covered this already in a previous post.

The good news is that reading does not have to be confined to books. Kindle, blogs and other media give us the opportunity to read online.

You are probably thinking that 500 pages a day are a lot. However, I have come to realise that it is something you need to develop over time.

In reality, it is all about perspective. If after 365 days of reading one book a day you have several aha moments for wealth creation then you will appreciate the benefits.

It is almost the same as someone paying you $1,000,000 to read 1 book a day for 365 days. The question is would you do it?

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11. They Make a Budget

Am I saying that budgeting can lead to wealth? Yes, it can. Living within your means and planning your spending is a sure way to accumulate wealth.

I have been trying to teach this to my children for a while but peer pressure has an amazing effect on teenagers and young adults.

In hindsight, I should have started the process a lot sooner but as the saying goes, “it is better late than never”.

Yes, my parents never thought me about these things but that does not mean that I should not learn them myself.

Chris Hogan, in his article Habits of the average millionaire, says that you cannot build a millionaire dollar net worth without a plan.

I really like the fact that he mentions that building wealth begins with budgeting basics. You know what is coming out of your account every month.

Did you start budgeting yet?

12. Keeping a to-do list

So, we only have an average of 70 years to live and during that time we spend 6-9 hours a day in bed.

Have you ever thought about the total number of productive hours you have in a given day?

By productive, I mean those hours when you are not eating, sleeping, cleaning or doing any chores.

At the end of almost everyday, I wonder where did the time go. I got so much done but I just thought that I could do so much more.

As I am writing this post, I am currently ‘multi-tasking’ because I am also doing the washing because over the next 10 days will be so very busy for me.

In his article, Habits of the Wealthy on Poor Man Blogger, John Engle, talks about keeping a to-do list. He says that 81% of the wealthy keep a to-do list.

It is safe to say that one of the things that rich people have is a to-do list. They probably also have a not-to-do list but let’s not speculate.

I can totally relate to this as I know what I need to get done every day in advance. Anyone, who knows me knows that I dislike last-minute rush.

Over the years I have learned that last-minute planning can be quite costly.

13. Surround Yourself With Successful People

Many years ago, while reading a book (I cannot remember which one) I had that aha moment when I saw this quote.

“You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with”

Jim Rohn

You may find yourself in a situation without friends for some time if you put this into practice.

Why? Because your old friends would not understand the new you and may think that you have lost your mind altogether.

The good news is if you have 4-5 siblings then they don’t have a choice but to tolerate you for the time being.

Here is the scary exercise, write down a list of your 5 closest friends and decide if they are helping with your success or hindering you.

If your friends have bad spending habits, dislike reading, regularly leave things for the last minute.

Also, if they are always broke or dislike adding value to the lives of others it is probably time for you to rethink your friendship.

What does your current success circle look like?

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Recap

So, just to recap this big list of the 13 things rich people do. Here it is again in summary.

  1. Add value to the lives of others
  2. Positive money thoughts
  3. Entrepreneur mindset
  4. Embrace failure
  5. Learn to fish
  6. Evaluate fear carefully
  7. Make time for advancement
  8. Educate themselves about money
  9. Avoid spending on Doodads
  10. Read regularly
  11. Make a budget
  12. Keep a to-do list
  13. Surround themselves with success

The one surprising thing about this list is that all the items are relatively inexpensive or simple to implement.

If you have not considered any or all of these before then now is a good time to start especially if you have a 50th birthday bucket list like me.

Conclusion

Many times I see people getting in the way of their own success including me and I wonder, why?

Habits are those things that propel us forward or keep us back. Thankfully, we all have the ability to change our habits.

Of course, adopting new habits into our life is not easy but it is doable. It really depends on the size of our motivation for success.

What about you what do your plans for the next 12 months look like? What if nothing changed in your life in the next five years will you feel fulfilled?

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Rank #4: Get Paid By Blogging: 11 Things Most Bloggers Ignore

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Are you wondering how to get paid by blogging? Did you know that only 2% of bloggers earn over $150,000 a year?

Do you ever get this niggling feeling at the back of your head that you forgot to include something important on your blog?

Is there a system in place like a blog checklist to ensure that you remembered to include all the essential items?

You may have considered this before but what makes your blog stand out from the other 172,799 posts published every day?

I know that some people started a blog just as a hobby but here is another worrying statistic for you.

The average time spent writing a blog post is 3.5 hours which does not include research or strategy.

The truth is that many bloggers struggle with figuring out how to get all the moving pieces together but that is if they are aware of those pieces.

However, it does not have to be this way for you. In fact, I am going to let you in on a few secrets that successful bloggers will not tell you.

In the post, I am going to outline 11 essentials items that most bloggers forget to include in order to get paid by blogging.

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The Purpose of a Blog

Before I dive into those 11 essential items it is super important for me to dissect the purpose of a blog.

At this point, I could go into the history of blogging where it is believed that Peter Merholz was the first to coin the term ‘blog’.

However, both of us will fall asleep before too long because as you can imagine history was far from my favourite subject in school.

In layman’s terms, blogs are loved by Google and other search engines because it provides fresh content on a regular basis.

Bloggers write blog posts as a way to market their content with the hope of attracting potential readers.

What happens when a reader views the content and after they read it is the main focus of this particular post.

Have you ever spent some time really analysing the journey of your potential readers?

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Get Paid by Blogging Using These

Now that we understand the real purpose of a blog let us look at the journey of your reader and what a blog should include.

At the end of these items you will no longer wonder how do bloggers get paid but you will have an idea of what needs to happen.

1. Set up Email Provider

Starting a blog can be such an exciting experience for anyone. The vast majority of bloggers spend their time worrying about blog traffic.

However, having 10,000 page views every month may look great on the analytics reports but it may have no effect on your bank balance.

Also, there is very little impact on your knowledge of this amazing audience if you are not finding ways to communicate with them.

Setting up an email provider is an important part of blogging because for every $1 spent on email marketing by a blogger it brings back $44 in return.

The good news is that you can set up yours for free today. Check out these 5 free email marketing providers for more information.

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2. Free Content Upgrade

How many times have you been given the option to sign up for a free email newsletter?

I cringe every time I see one, “sign up for our free email newsletter”. Here’s why, I stopped watching the news 10 years ago as part of my media detox.

Anyone wanting to send me more news will not be entitled to get my email address, yes I am weird like that but here is a fact.

If you offer a reader something more relevant other than a newsletter do you think they may be interested?

This is why it is important to start building a relationship with your readers by offering them something of value.

These items of value can include a cheat sheet, checklist, e-course, webinar or other printable.

Even though you are offering them for free they will help you to get paid by blogging when they purchase an item from you.

3. Monetise your Blog Post

This one can be difficult depending on your niche. In the early days, I was told not to include affiliate links until my post was ranking.

However, I have since ignored that advice and include them whenever possible. There are so many ways to monetise your blog posts.

If you are talking about products or services available on Amazon you can include a link to those.

You can, of course, sign up to the many affiliate programs that are available in your specific niche. Shareasale is a great place to find options across many niches.

Having your own products and/or services is yet another way that you can ensure that your blog is monetised.

I have a huge resource of 30+ ways to monetise your blog so feel free to head over to grab more ideas.

They will increase your chances and help you get paid by blogging.

4. Properly Set Up the Opt-in Form

This has happened to me several times so I am just as guilty as many people out there.

I remember being so excited to create a freebie or content upgrade for a new blog post only to realise that I did not set it up properly.

Ever wondered why there is a drop in your list growth? Did you check all your opt-in forms to see if things were set up correctly?

It is important to go back through every single form on your blog quarterly just to make sure things are connected properly.

Trust me when you get to 30+ freebies things can get a little bit confusing.

5. Creating One-Time-Offers (OTO’s)

Be honest with yourself now, do you have any one-time-offers for your audience to grab?

Just in case you never heard this phrase before a one-time-offer is a product that you offer those who decide to subscribe to your email list.

Normally it has a price of between $7 and $57 and it is not available to purchase anywhere else on your site at that price.

Did you know that 5-20% of people who join your email list will buy your one time offer?

I know that it can be tricky to find a good software provider for one-time offers but you can always use Thrive or Elementor.

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6. Including Countdown Timers

At one point, I felt bad about including a countdown timer until I realised the psychology behind it.

Before I lose you altogether a countdown timer is a timer that is placed together with the one-time-offer. It gives your subscriber the chance to buy your offer within x minutes.

If the person needs it then they will most likely go for it. However, if it is not a need then the timer will not have any effect on them.

In the past, I thought that I was forcing people to buy something that they don’t really need.

That was until I realised that I will never buy something that will not be useful for me no matter the time or the price.

However, I have to tell you that finding an inexpensive countdown timer that is up-to-date is very difficult.

Many of them can set you back at least $25 a month.

7. Creating an Email Sequence

Yikes! Are you terrified of creating an email sequence because you have no idea what to say to your subscribers?

Welcome to the terrified-to-communicate-to-subscribers-club. Yes, I have to agree with you that it appears to be so difficult.

However, do you know what is worse? Not communicating with them at all. Imagine joining an email list and not hearing a word from the blogger.

So many times as a blogger, you are frustrated about not making any money blogging but you have not communicated with your audience either.

This is so hilarious but over the years I have learned that you don’t need to have your own product ready just yet.

It is a great opportunity to communicate with your subscribers to find out what they need so you can create it.

If you want to get paid to blog my advice to you is to create your first sequence of 5 emails and take it from there.

8. Have an Up-sell

The moment you create your product you should consider having an up-sell. If you have no idea what I am talking about let me explain.

After you set up your one time offer then it would make sense to have another higher priced item for those who purchased your one time offer.

I can see you cringing from here. Lol!! You are probably thinking why in the world would you have a second offer.

Statistics show that 60-70% of your existing customers will buy your up-sell. So if you currently have an email list of 500 subscribers here is what should have happened.

5% of them should have purchased your one time offer. At a price of $7 for the one time offer that works out at 25x$7.00 = $175.00

If 60% of them purchased your up-sell then it would look like this. Let’s supposed your up-sell is an ebook at $47.00, then 15x$47.00 = $705.00

As bloggers, we all think we need to have 25,000 page views a month with 5,000 subscribers before we can make $1,000. As you can see that is not true.

9. Offer a Down-sell

I can see you biting your nails after reading this title. Lol!! Yes, another selling point where you give your subscriber the opportunity to solve their problem.

Again, in case this term is very foreign to you a down-sell is simply giving your customer the ability to invest in an item at a lower price with bits removed.

Let me give you an example if you were selling a course with online video training for $197 as the up-sell then the down-sell would be just the ebook with templates for $77.

There was a time I saw this as a bit too much. However, if you see it as giving the prospect or customer a way to still solve their problem at a lower price then it is not as bad as you imagine it to be.

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10. Creating a Product

So many bloggers believe that they have absolutely nothing to offer their audience or they take way too long to create their products and services.

If you are reading this and nodding your head because you believe that you don’t have anything to offer then really think again.

Every one of us has at least one book in us that we need to tell the world. This is the year that you will start outlining the chapters of your book.

Your subconscious mind will help you to fill in the blanks. Think about it for a second, what can you talk about a lot without doing a lot of research?

Promise me that you will start creating your product as soon as you are finished reading this post.

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Also, it is important that you have your product available to help solve the problems of your potential clients at a minimum.

11. Creating Your Avatar

Okay, if you have not done this one yet then you need to stop everything that you are doing and get to work on your avatar.

If you never heard the term avatar before it is the same as your persona or ideal client.

It could be that you are brand new to the whole idea of blogging and you are only in the investigative stage which is fine.

Before writing your first blog post you should have at least completed the first iteration of your avatar.

Include the following:

  1. Age
  2. Gender
  3. Where do they live? (country, city)
  4. Do they live in a house or an apartment?
  5. Their neighbourhood, what does it look like?
  6. What are their daily, weekly, monthly or annual challenges?
  7. Outline their biggest needs?
  8. The kind of problems they are trying to solve personally, financially
  9. Their deepest desires and dreams for them and their family, what are they?
  10. In terms of their biggest fears, what are they? (not spiders, emotional ones🤣)
  11. Do you get their short-term and long-term goals?
  12. Any idea of their good and bad habits?
  13. What gets them excited?
  14. The stuff that annoys them, what are they?
  15. Their passion projects, what are they?
  16. Where do they spend the most time online?
  17. List the kind of items they spend their money on when they get paid?
  18. What type of podcasts do they listen to?
  19. Which software and/or apps do they use?

It gives you the opportunity to really get to understand your audience, reader as well as your potential client in a lot of detail.

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Recap

Can you really make money blogging? The short answer is yes but it is what results from hard work, dedication and a keen understanding of your audience.

In order to help you with this list let’s do a quick recap of all the items, you should include if your goal is to generate an income with your blog.

  1. Set up email provider
  2. Create free content upgrades
  3. Monetise your blog posts
  4. Set up opt-in forms
  5. Create one time offers
  6. Include countdown timers
  7. Set up an email sequence
  8. Have an up sell
  9. Offer a down sell
  10. Create a product
  11. Formulate your avatar

As you can see it is so easy to be a blogger or entrepreneur for many months or years just publishing several blog posts a year without blog growth.

Take a step back and revisit your blog goals and see how you can incorporate many of these ideas to achieve your blogging goals.

Conclusion

One of the secrets to get paid by blogging is to grow your email list and develop a great relationship with your subscribers.

This is only applicable to anyone who would like to treat their blog as a business so that they can generate a full-time income online.

It all starts with knowing your reader or audience on a very in-depth level so working on your avatar is actually the first step.

With an intimate understanding of your readers you are now able to offer them content and courses that adds value to their lives.

What has been your experience so far with these items? Have you created an avatar and set up your first one time offer?

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Jul 08 2019
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Rank #5: 9 Ways to Get Motivated and Skyrocket Your Success

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Are you looking for ways to get motivated to accomplish your goals? Have you found yourself in a rut lately?

This past week I saw a post in a bloggers group on Facebook where one blogger announced that he was shutting down all his blogs.

When I saw this I felt compelled to jump in and stop him from taking such drastic action.

It appears that his decision was financially motivated but I cannot conclude for sure since I did not have a direct conversation with him.

Have you ever felt like throwing in the towel and giving up on your blogging dreams? Maybe you questioned if it is even worth it in the end.

Many bloggers struggle with finding ways to get motivated to start a blog in the first place.

Others struggle with coming up with ideas to stay motivated so that they can continue blogging on a regular basis.

I was shocked this week to learn that having a fear of success is a real thing for many people but I will cover that in another post.

Finding and staying motivated is such a struggle for so many people that I want to share what I do to win on both fronts as well as a few secret hacks.

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What is Motivation and Why You Need It

Well, I never thought that I would need to define the term motivation. However, I think it is necessary after seeing the phrase, “where can I buy motivation” in a Google result.

According to Wikipedia, motivation is “the reason for people’s actions, willingness and goals”.

So, in simple terms, it is the reason why you or I do what we do every single day of our lives.

I never really saw motivation in such a simplistic way so I was at first really surprised at the simplicity of the definition.

The reason why you need motivation is that it helps you to get stuff done like waking up at a certain time every day.

Without it, you will not set goals for you or your loved ones. In fact, it is the only reason why you will lift a finger to do anything at all.

It is not possible to go into a shop to purchase motivation but you can certainly hire a coach to help you work on your mindset.

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What are the Levels of Motivation

There are so many factors that motivate anyone to take action or achieve a goal so let’s spend some time looking at motivators.

Depending on your age, your situation, resources you will take certain actions. I have always been so self-motivated that I find it strange explaining this concept.

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

In order to fully understand motivation, we need to spend time looking at Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs.

In 1943, Abraham Maslow wrote a paper entitled, A Theory of Human Motivation in which he classified the universal needs of society.

The study shows how humans intrinsically partake in behavioural motivation. He coined five categories as follows:

  1. Physiological
  2. Safety
  3. Belonging and love
  4. Self-esteem
  5. Self-actualisation

I still remember seeing this for the first time in school. As well as having that ‘aha’ moment because it was then when I understood why people behaved the way they did.

It is safe to break these down further and see them as internally motivated as well as externally motivated factors.

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Internally Motivated

There is a reason why physiological is at the bottom of the pyramid. As you can see it covers the most basic of needs in humans.

For example, a newborn baby has no clue about self-actualisation so it cries whenever it is hungry or uncomfortable.

As adults, we eat our meals on a regular basis, at least in the western world, that we forget how painful it is to be hungry.

This is the reason why it makes no sense to try and sell a designer bag or other luxury item to anyone that is hungry.

That person’s first motivation is to get rid of their hunger pains. Followed by all their other needs for clothing shelter and warmth before telling them about other things.

It is also the big reason why someone with basic needs has no interest in love or Valentine’s day.

Meet their physiological needs first before trying to help them with other aspects of their lives.

At this point, I need to pause and ask you if you desire to achieve your goals are as strong as hunger pains?

If they are then your motivation to achieve your goals will be relentless.

Externally Motivated

The other four levels on the pyramid have a heavy reliance on external factors. Let’s take a closer look at them.

Safety

Depending on your age it would take different things to make you feel safe. For example, before turning 18 children look to their parents for safety.

However, after becoming an adult a person would look to other things. For example, college, a job, an apartment, money in the bank or spirituality to feel safe.

Belonging and Love

When it comes to love and a sense of belonging, children look to their parents for this need to be satisfied.

However, as adults, it is so different and complex. Yes, you have parents at home but when you move out on your own you have friends that you depend on to feel accepted.

I constantly feel sorry for teenagers and young adults who constantly depend on friends to satisfy this need.

We live in an age of social media where people pretend to be something else online compared to reality. Who can they trust?

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Self Esteem

Everyone goes through a period of wanting to find themselves or taking their rightful place in this world.

To feel respected as a human being is normal as well as demanding the freedom to be who you want to be.

You can probably relate to this feeling of wanting to be recognised for your accomplishments and achievements.

No one likes living in the shadow of another human being which is a great way to look at self-esteem.

Self-Actualisation

As a human, once you get a taste of freedom and recognition then comes this need to fulfil your purpose.

Abraham Maslow describes this level as not only success but the ability to be a master at something.

It is the reason I encourage you as my reader to find your passion. It is difficult to master something without being passionate about it.

Maslow goes on to state that it is at this level that the person has a need for strength, competence, self-confidence, mastery, independence and freedom.

How to Start the Journey to Get Motivated

The first thing that is needed to help anyone get motivated is for them to look at Maslow’s pyramid and determine where they are right now.

In other words, there is no point trying to get motivated to achieve your purpose when your physiological needs are not met.

It does involve a lot of introspection and self-seeking to decide what needs to happen for you to become motivated at each level.

A man with a wife and children will work very hard to put food on the table and a roof over their heads.

Once there is excess money he would save for a home, for college education and for retirement.

It is only after these things are ‘secure’ then he may seek to buy a boat or a holiday home or even freedom and independence.

Yes, there are some people who will have their priorities mixed up. They want to buy a fancy pair of shoes while their children go hungry but that is not humane.

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My Secrets to Being Highly Self-Motivated

Many years ago my ability to get motivated was not focused on one area. I was all over the place because I wanted to do so much.

One day I realised that it would be better to put all of my energy into a single project. As well as to see it to completion before moving on to something else.

I also realised that my ‘why’ needed to be big enough to stay the course of any project.

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s quote goes like this, “if your dreams don’t scare you, they are not big enough” it is the one phrase that made me realise that my ‘why’ was not big enough.

“If your dreams don’t scare you, they are not big enough”

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Prior to seeing this quote my why were my children and my family. However, their needs were not big or scary enough to scare me.

After seeing this quote my why became so big and scary I don’t know how I can accomplish it. You can read my story here.

I’m awake every day excited to get stuff done, do you believe that? I am so motivated and I have been like this for the last 3-4 years.

Practical Steps to Stay Motivated

When my mother died in 2015 I lost my interest in blogging. This went on for about a year because I wanted to do so much for her but she was no more.

Here are some practical things that you can do to wake up excited every single day no matter what happens in life.

  1. Find your big, scary why
  2. Work on a long term project that aligns with your purpose
  3. Experience some wins every month
  4. Slay big obstacles as fast as possible
  5. Read The One Thing by Gary Keller
  6. Have a quote to help you with challenges

My quote of the century whenever I face challenges is this one by Albert E.N. Gray, The common denominator of success.

“The secret of success of every man who has ever been successful lies in the fact that he formed a habit of doing things that failures don’t like to do”.

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If you and I form a habit of doing those things that nobody else wants to do. There is a great chance that we will become successful.

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A Clever Motivation Hack

If you are a regular reader of my blog you will know that I encourage my readers to stop watching TV. I admonish them instead to do something creative.

One thing I discovered over the years is that I am unable to watch tutorial videos that are an hour-long without getting sleepy.

As a blogger, you will know that investing in your education is essential to your success. That education can be in the form of long videos.

Any time I am attending a webinar or tutorial that is an hour-long this is what I do. I head over to the kitchen and grab a bowl of warm freshly popped popcorn.

Years ago when I watched TV or movies my brain associated popcorn with a pleasurable experience.

For me, popcorn is associated with tutorials, webinars and studying for an exam. Yes, each time I need to study for an exam I get me some popcorn.

Before, in my subconscious, I think of those things as a chore. Now the moment I add popcorn I totally enjoy the experience.

For you, it could be potato chips, tortillas, M&Ms, chocolates, etc. You just need to be aware that sweet items will give you a sugar rush as well as a crash.

Time Management Keeps You Motivated

I have noticed that I absolutely enjoy my day and journey more when I schedule everything. It helps me to achieve goals.

Every evening before heading off to bed I do a reflection of my day and here are the three reasons why I do it.

  1. I check to see if I am making progress
  2. I need to know what I have to do tomorrow
  3. It helps me wake up ready to achieve those goals

When you decide to become a blogger or start your own business. There will not be anyone breathing down your neck doing micromanagement.

You will be 100% accountable for your goals and progress over a 12 month period. So, how will you keep track of your goals?

I personally prefer to manage my goals daily and sometimes hourly if my list for the day is full.

It is the reason why I absolutely enjoyed Gary’s book called The One Thing where he encourages his readers to ask the following:

“What is the one thing I can do today for my business such that by doing it everything else would be easier or even unnecessary.”

Gary Keller

Rather than having a big long to-do list I have a list of big things. It contains the stuff that I need to accomplish that will make everything else easier or unnecessary.

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9 Steps to Get Motivated

Now that you understand the different levels of human motivation based on Maslow’s hierarchy of needs let’s look at 9 steps to get motivated.

  1. Surround yourself with positive successful people
  2. Do the things that you love
  3. Find a way to enjoy the things that are not so enjoyable (like eating your favourite snack while doing it)
  4. Know where you are right now on the pyramid
  5. It may make sense to complete levels 1-4 before attempting level 5.
  6. Get really clear about what needs to happen to achieve your goals
  7. Schedule your productive time
  8. Make time for loved ones
  9. Listen to a podcast that will motivate you
  10. Read a great book or two as they really help with self-improvement. My favourite two books for motivation and getting stuff done are:

I cannot explain how much reading great books can help put life into perspective and boost your desire to succeed in life.

Conclusion

I was so concerned about writing about the topic of motivation. As I don’t see myself as an expert but as someone on a mission to do things every single day.

The inspiration also came after reading about that guy who just decided to give up all his hard work of blogging.

You may be wondering why I did not send him a direct message or comment on the Facebook group so let me tell you why.

He needed to be motivated enough to continue that big dream. I did not want him to keep coming to me for motivation to stay in the game.

For me, to get motivated to start a blog and to stay motivated to continue came from a deep place. A place that is so deep that I am virtually unshakeable.

What about you, why did you get motivated to start a blog and what are you doing to stay motivated along the way?

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Rank #6: 100+ Epic Blogging Resources + Tools For Blogging and Small Business

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Are you looking for the best blogging resources and tools to start or keep your business or blog successful?

Ever wondered what successful bloggers are using to continue being successful year after year?

Do you need to find ways to work smarter rather than harder and still get great results for your blog or business?

If you are one of my regular readers you know that I am always interested in time management and productivity.

The reason for this is that life is too short to spend all your time blogging or in business.

You see many small business owners and bloggers struggle with spending too much time on their blog.

They wonder if there is a way they can complete a task quicker, cheaper and smarter compared to their current scenario.

Truth be told, I am always on the lookout to complete all of my tasks using smarter technology or using a group or tribal approach.

In this post, I will cover over 100 blogging and small business resources that you can use to be a smarter small business owner.

Disclosure: Please note that this post may contain affiliate links. This means that if you buy one of my recommended products I get paid a commission for sharing the link at no additional cost to you.  I only recommend products that I have tried myself and have experienced success.

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Blogging + Small Business Resource

Before I jump into that big list, let me spend some time clarifying what I classify as a blog or small business resource.

Any piece of advice, software, technology or group that can help you with the following:

  1. Starting a blog or business
  2. Finding a niche
  3. Finding your passion
  4. Improving your mindset
  5. Getting you motivated
  6. Content ideas
  7. Content creation
  8. Podcasting
  9. Marketing assistance
  10. Website traffic
  11. Email marketing
  12. Time management + productivity
  13. Blog monetization

As you can see there are so many aspects to starting and maintaining a small business or a blog.

It is true that one person does not know everything so by sharing what I have learned over the last 10 years I hope it will help you too.

At the end of this post, I will be asking you to share your wisdom so that others can benefit from what you know.

Are you ready? Let’s dive into these blogging resources.

Find Your Purpose

Everything that you and I do in this life has a reason behind it. You eat when you are hungry, bathe to smell clean, procreate to keep the world going.

It takes a while for many of us to develop a desire to find our true purpose in life. You will notice that empty feeling when life has no meaning.

Watch over my shoulder as I spend time showing you how I spent time mapping out my passion and purpose in the following videos:

Find Your Passion Demo

Map out your purpose

The tool I use in the second video is Xmind. It has been such a great resource for me for 12 months.

My rate of content creation (I create a lot of content) became too much for the free version so I needed to move on to something else.

Mindset

Many people will argue that you need to look at mindset first before finding your passion.

Depending on your needs and where you are emotionally and mentally you can decide to do mindset first.

If you are wondering if this is really something that you need then I can tell you that as an entrepreneur you need this.

It is the one thing that determines if you will succeed or fail. Here are 7 resources that I revisit every year to keep me successful.

1. Simon Sinek – How great leaders inspire action

Just when you thought you understood why people buy products and services think again. Click on the image to watch the video.

Just in case it does not respond here is another link to Simon’s video.

2. The Traveler’s Gift by Andy Andrews

One of the best books to help you go from the rock bottom of life. It literally shows you that it is possible to be having the worst time of your life and you can still come out on top.

Grab your copy of The Traveler’s Gift here.

3. Carol Dweck – Growth Mindset

You just got to love the whole idea of having a growth mindset. It really goes to show you that anyone can experience success in life by just changing their mindset.

Click here to access Carol’s TedTalk.

4. Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki

Understanding the way money works is one of the secrets to becoming successful. One of the few books that really help me to understand this concept is Rich Dad, Poor Dad.

I suggest that you can give it a read and get a better understanding of entrepreneurship as well. Grab your copy here.

5. Angela Lee Duckworth – Grit

One of the key reasons why I wake up excited almost every day is because I developed this thing called grit.

I remember seeing this video for the first time and thinking if Angela was talking about me.

Many people will give a load of excuses why they did not pass their test or why they did not study or even why they have not started a blog or business.

People like you and I who have grit will just put our heads down and get stuff done while others will look on in wonder, watch the video here.

6. Things Rich People Do

I know I spent time in an entire blog post and podcast outlining all those things that rich people do already.

However, if you did not get a chance to look at it then head over there now and take a look at things rich people do that others ignore.

7. Get Motivated + Stay Motivated

This topic was only recently covered in a blog post and podcast where I gave 9 ways to get motivated.

I also gave 7 ways to stay motivated because it is equally important to stay motivated when you get motivated.

Entrepreneurship

It is important to realise that the drive to become an entrepreneur is not for everyone.

If you are thinking of going on the entrepreneurship journey you need to know that it will not be easy.

The process of becoming an entrepreneur also involves a journey of self-development and self-improvement.

To help you on this journey here are three resources that outline the different types of entrepreneurs.

  1. Become an entrepreneur
  2. Intrapreneur
  3. Ultrapreneur

The good news is that you can remain as an employee and still use your entrepreneurial skills at your employment.

Start a Blog or Business

Now that you have a better understanding of what is possible, what you need to make it happen as well as your passion let’s look at how you can get there.

It is possible that you don’t have $20,000 lying around in a bank account somewhere and you are strapped for cash.

The good news is that you can start a business with very little resources depending on what you want to do.

I have a resource available that shows you 25 ways to start a business with little to no money over a weekend. Take advantage of this information as it includes step by step guides as well.

If you prefer to just start a blog which is the path to least resistance then enrol in my start a blog in 10 days or less course.

Here is a list of resources that you can use to help you with blogging success:

  1. Grab a blog business plan
  2. Build self-confidence
  3. Awesome blog niche ideas
  4. Amazing blog name ideas
  5. Choosing a domain name
  6. WordPress hosting tips
  7. Launch your blog like a pro
  8. Great food blog topics
  9. Popular lifestyle blog topics
  10. Build a brand
  11. Create a brand board

There are so many blogging resources available for starting a blog or a business that it is nearly impossible to get it wrong.

Monetise Your Blog From Day One

This topic is a little bit controversial because many professional bloggers argue that you should wait until you get website traffic to insert affiliate links.

Another set of pro bloggers believe that it should be done from day one because you will not have the time to go back and insert all those links on 50-100 posts.

I can tell you from experience that it is so very true that when you get to 50 blog posts the thought of editing existing content is frightening.

So, my advice to you is to monetise your blog from day one. There are so many ways to accomplish this feat.

Here are 5 popular ways that top bloggers use:

  1. Sponsored posts
  2. Affiliate marketing
  3. Courses + ebooks
  4. Ad networks
  5. Services + consulting

If you spent time creating your very own blog business plan then you would already know how you will be monetising a blog.

Just in case you need inspiration here are 30+ ways to monetise your blog here. In the event that you need an alternative to Adsense here are 30+ other ways.

Are you looking for inspiration from other bloggers? Grab this blog income report where bloggers across several niches are making money blogging.

Email Marketing

Another element that you need to set up from day one is your email marketing services.

A key way to get paid by blogging is via email marketing. I am not going to leave you stranded as I have resources for this as well.

Generally speaking, email marketing is a great way for you to grow your blog audience as you can communicate with them directly after they join your list.

Here are a few blogging resources about email marketing for you.

  1. 5 free email marketing services
  2. Convertkit vs Mailchimp
  3. Collect leads using Thrive leads plugin

After you have this all set up you may want to consider taking things to an advanced stage by building a sales funnel.

If you were not aware of it a sales funnel can help you get paid by blogging so it is something you should consider here.

Website Traffic

At this point, you are probably thinking that I am forgetting a crucial element of the entire blogging equation.

If you are wondering how to get your blog noticed then this is the section that covers many aspects of website traffic.

One of the keys to a successful blog is spending some time conducting research on the needs of your audience.

Keyword Research

Research on the needs of your audience can be done via keyword research. Here are some blogging resources and tools that can help.

  1. Uber Suggest
  2. Answer the public
  3. Keysearch
  4. Keywords Everywhere

These 4 tools will give you an insight into what your audience is searching for as well as what possible challenges they are facing.

Get Your Blog to Show In Google

While doing your keyword research you may find it handy to get your head around the concept on how to get your blog to show in Google.

This is also known as search engine optimisation. If this is a new concept to you don’t worry because I’ve got your back.

Here are 4 blogging resources that will help you to get your blog to show in Google:

  1. SEO for beginners
  2. SEO for Mommy bloggers
  3. Yoast SEO tutorial
  4. Rank higher in Google using these

You may feel overwhelmed at first but just know that it is normal to feel this way when you are about to learn something new.

Pinterest Marketing

A great place for newbie bloggers and small business owners to get website traffic is using Pinterest marketing.

If you are new to marketing on Pinterest then don’t worry I have a number of resources available to kick-start your progress.

Without further delay here are 7 blogging resources around Pinterest marketing for you:

  1. Pinterest tips for beginners
  2. All you need to know about Pinterest SEO
  3. Understanding the difference between Pinterest vs Facebook
  4. Quick hacks to joining Pinterest Group Boards
  5. Getting the most from your Pinterest Business Account
  6. My best Pinterest course reviews
  7. A Pinterest marketing success story

As you can see there is a lot to learn about marketing on Pinterest so you may want to bookmark this post or pin it to your favourite Pinterest board.

More Blog Traffic Tips

Now that you have mastered the entry-level stuff when it comes to website traffic let’s spend some time looking at advanced level tips and tricks.

I am also going to include a few stories from other bloggers so you can see what they did to get website traffic success.

  1. Secrets to increase blog traffic
  2. Organic traffic case study
  3. Keys to getting your blog noticed
  4. How one blogger got blog traffic even with anxiety
  5. Simple ways to grow your blog traffic

Depending on your niche it can take some time to get to 10,000 page views a month or you can get to 100,000 page views a month in no time.

Your choice of blog type will determine how fast your blog will grow. Essentially, there are 6 different types of blogs in terms of traffic growth.

I created a case study showing you the 4 fastest growing blog types which you can download here.

It is now time to move on and look at the actual content for your website or blog.

Content Ideas

Ever wondered about the type of content to write and when to write it? Well, I have great news for you.

There is no need to reinvent the wheel when it comes to finding content for your blog.

If you think it has all been written before think again. There are many blog posts written about resources for bloggers and small business owners.

However, they are not going to be presented like this one. Everyone is different and the content resonates with each reader differently.

Some readers will like the way I write others will not and that is okay. Here is a list of blogging resources to help you with ideas to generate content.

Buzzsumo

If you want to know what content is popular and on which social media platform then Buzzsumo is your best friend.

For example, if you are a food blogger and you want to know what’s trending with pizza just look it up.

I thought it was strange to see so little engagement on Pinterest for Pizza so I decided to do a search on meal planning instead and surprise!

Pinterest Smart Feed

To get an idea about what is popular and trending on Pinterest the best place to look is the smart feed.

At the time of writing this post, here is what I can see in the smart feed and in the trends.

Pinterest Smart Feed
Trending Ideas on Pinterest

Pinterest Topics

There are two separate areas on Pinterest where you can find out what is popular by category and topic.

Let me pull back the curtain and show you what I mean for a few minutes. Go to pinterest.com/categories and you will see the following:

If your small business or blog is not in any of these categories, you will feel a little bit left out.

However, I have good news for you. Type in the following into to search bar up top. Pinterest.com/topics/your-topic-here.

You will come to a page that looks similar to this one. In this example, I did Pinterest.com/topics/meal-planning.

The most important thing to note here is that you get to see how many people actually follow your desired niche topic.

You also get to see all the topics that are related to your niche.

There is so much more that I can outline here but I already wrote an entire blog post here about blog post ideas.

You can also take a look at how you can find even more content ideas via untapped niche markets.

Content Creation

Now that you have a huge list of ideas about the topics you want to write the next challenge you will have is planning your content.

I do have a number of resources that will help you get the most out of your content creation.

Here are you few blogging resources that will help you look like a pro in no time at all.

Evernote

Everyone has a different approach to writing content. Some people prefer to write an outline and write a draft in WordPress or using a 3rd party tool like Evernote.

It appears that I have exhausted all the storage space on 3rd party applications like Evernote and Xmind.

Here is a screenshot of how I organise my content creation using Evernote.

Airstory

Airstory is very similar to Evernote except it really helps with quotes and citations. It has this cool Chrome extension that allows you to save your research as you go.

Below you can see an example of Airstory in action. I am so glad that it is free to use.

Now that you have a place to create comfortably let me give you some blogging resources to help you become successful.

  1. A blog content planner is an essential tool and it’s free
  2. Grab these blog writing tips from a fellow blogger
  3. Nothing beats a good daily blog checklist
  4. Blog consistently even on a part-time schedule
  5. Reduce writer’s block using this
  6. Using a weekly blog planner makes sense

Grammarly

As a creative, you may struggle with getting the grammar and spelling correct all the time.

I have the same challenge so I use Grammarly all the time to keep my content on point. One day I will consider hiring an editor.

Headlines

You may already be aware of this but it is important to have great, clickable headlines that drive traffic to your content.

As a small business owner you are not necessarily a rock star copywriter so creating awesome headlines may not come naturally.

This is why depending on other tools can help you generate headlines that get the click. Here are 4 amazing tools that can help.

  1. Co-schedule headline analyzer
  2. AMA Headline Analyzer
  3. Sumo headline generator
  4. Portent Title Maker

I use them all at one point or another depending on the type of headline that I need.

Landing Pages

Speaking of headlines you may also need a landing page creation tool so that you can easily present your offers.

Every blog post needs to have a call to action (CTA). Some CTAs may require a separate landing page.

To easily build landing pages there are many options available on the market. However, here are my top 5.

  1. Elementor
  2. ThriveArchitect
  3. Leadpages
  4. Clickfunnels
  5. Kartra

As a rule of thumb, the higher the price for the landing page software it means that the conversion rates tend to be better.

These industry experts have tested their landing page templates so they know what works in terms of location of fonts, colours and even down to the opt-in fields and buttons.

Video

Before you publish your blog post you may want to consider adding engaging media like a video to your post.

If you are looking for software to create your video then I have a few awesome resources that you can use for over-the-shoulder videos or just talking head.

  1. Quicktime (Mac)
  2. FilmicPro
  3. Ecamm Recorder
  4. Skype
  5. Zoom
  6. Filmora
  7. Loom
  8. Auphonic (levels the sound)

To record talking head videos using your smartphone you may want to consider using a Rode smartLav+ Lavalier mic to improve the quality of the sound.

Image Creation

As a marketer, you understand the importance of using images to communicate your message and increase conversions.

I have been using image creation software for a while now and I continue to experiment with it as new offers come along.

Here are my top 5 suggestions right now.

  1. Canva
  2. PromoRepublic
  3. Pic Monkey
  4. Design Wizard
  5. Photoshop

Sometimes you need to experiment with 2-3 applications to get the perfect image or to get the perfect message.

As I mentioned to my readers many times in the past, I am not a graphic designer but I make it work for me.

Stock Images

One of the blogging resources that every small business owner needs access to is good quality images.

I don’t think I have ever used so many images in my life. For every blog post, I can easily use up to 5 images in one go.

Yes, some of the image creation tools do come with access to quality images but you will not be able to use those in the blog post only for social marketing.

So, what are you going to do? Well, here are a few places where you can get stock images (free + paid).

  1. Stock Up
  2. Ivory Mix
  3. Styled Stock Society
  4. 123RF
  5. Adobe Stock
  6. Envato

It is so difficult to find great quality photos for free that have not been used by 100 other people so purchasing a subscription makes a lot of sense.

Marketing

After creating your marketing images and you click the publish or schedule button. It is time to set up a campaign or plan your marketing for a week or a month.

To help you do this effectively there are a number of tools available depending on the time that you have available.

Here are my top recommendations including social media channels.

  1. Buffer (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter)
  2. Planoly (Instagram)
  3. TailwindApp (Pinterest)
  4. ViralContentBee (LinkedIn, Pinterest, Twitter)
  5. Airtable (to do marketing strategy)
  6. RecurPost (to remarket old posts)

When you get to 100+ blog posts it is impossible for you to keep going back and market your old blog posts but RecurPost can assist in this area.

WordPress Blogging Resources

Did you know that 34% of websites globally are built on WordPress? This means that there are so many resources available for WordPress users.

In 2018, Google rolled out a major update that penalised many sites for low mobile PSI scores.

This means if you saw a huge dip in your Google search traffic and you tried everything but your mobile PSI scores were in the red then listen up.

A few things you may consider changing are your WordPress theme, Caching plugin, Website host as well as a plugin to handle embedded video.

Here are a number of plugins that I use to speed up my site as well as for security and spam.

Speed Up Site

  1. Cloudflare
  2. WPRocket
  3. WP Youtube Lyte
  4. WPDisable
  5. Shortpixel Image Optimizer
  6. Simple Author Box
  7. Social Pug

Blog Security + Backup

  1. Wordfence
  2. Updraft Plus

AntiSpam

  1. Antispam by CleanTalk

SSL Cert Activation + SEO

  1. Really Simple SSL
  2. Yoast SEO

It is important to have your website or blog running at its best in order to get great ranking in the Google search engines.

Work From Anywhere

If it is your ultimate goal to work and travel from anywhere and you need to see and hear about experiences from other people then check out these three resources.

  1. 7 digital nomading secrets
  2. 20-year veteran digital nomad
  3. 100+ location independent entrepreneur tips

Now you can use these resources to get to your dream of working while travelling and make it a firm reality.

Time Management + Productivity

It is very easy to become overwhelmed as a small business owner. So, it is important to plan and schedule everything.

If you are planning to outsource some of your daily or weekly tasks then you may want to consider using project management tools.

Here are a few that I recommend highly.

  1. Trello
  2. Asana
  3. Airtable
  4. 17 Hats
  5. Dubsado
  6. Acuity Scheduling

Dubsado and 17 Hats come with the ability for you to invoice clients if you are running a consulting business.

With so many blogging resources available it is almost difficult for you to run out of ideas for your small business.

Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing has two sides to their coin. You can become an affiliate marketer for someone else’s products.

You can also set up an affiliate program so that other people can promote your products.

In an effort to monetise your blog from day one you may want to consider looking at two affiliate market places.

  1. Shareasale
  2. Clickbank

You will discover that it is more profitable for you to consider high paying affiliate programs as well as recurring commission affiliate programs to get a lucrative commission payment.

If you want to set up your own affiliate marketing program then there are a few options available to you.

  1. SendOwl
  2. Gumroad
  3. Katra
  4. Thinkific

The first two are great for ebooks and simple memberships. However, Katra and Thinkific are better for full-blown courses and complex programs.

Analytics

One of the best ways to check your progress over time is to use tools to set up tracking.

If you don’t track it then it is nearly impossible to tweak your content for improvements.

Here are three tools that are great for keeping an eye on your website traffic.

  1. Finteza
  2. SEMRush
  3. Google Analytics

Google Analytics and Finteza are free but SEMRush comes with a paid and free version.

Conclusion

Starting a small business or a blog can be a daunting task especially if you have no idea about the best blogging resources or tools that you can use.

I have been in your shoes and I can tell you that it can be quite expensive when you choose the wrong solution.

I want you to avoid expensive blogging mistakes by taking advantage of these recommendations so that you can reduce errors in your business.

Over to you what tools or resources have you used that you would like to share with me or your fellow small business owners.

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Rank #7: 17 Deadly Blogging Mistakes to Avoid on Your Blog

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Are you immune to blogging mistakes? Wouldn’t it be nice to have a blogging kit outlining all the things to do and to avoid?

It is not your fault that you made so many mistakes when starting or while running your blog.

Especially when big companies like Wix, Blogger and Weebly thrive when innocent bloggers create content using their free platform.

While having a blogging kit is the ultimate dream for beginners, advanced and intermediate bloggers the online business world changes so rapidly.

When I started online 10 years ago there weren’t as many bloggers as there are now and the path to success appeared to be riddled with potholes.

Now, there seem to be a plethora of blogging kits available and each one seem to have gaps or missing modules.

In fact, you may realise this but the more you learn it seems that there is still so much that you don’t know.

The truth is that when it comes to blogging there isn’t a single path to success simply because there are several different blog types and niches.

Many bloggers continue to get frustrated because they initially thought that there is a one size fits all solution to creating an online business.

However, the path to success for each blogger is different because of their audience and ultimate goals.

In this post, I will outline at least 17 blogging mistakes that bloggers at every level should avoid.

Disclosure: Please note that this post may contain affiliate links which means that if you buy one of my recommended products I get paid a commission for sharing the link at no additional cost to you.  I only recommend products that I have tried myself and have experienced success.

The Transformation

Rather than focusing heavily on a list of things not to do, I wanted to start off by highlighting the most important reason for starting a blog in the first place.

You may or may not be aware of this but your blog is there to help your readers transform into a better version of themselves.

Maybe your blog is about how to get over the fear of spiders (Arachnophobia). So, you help your readers see spiders as awesome creatures who get rid of bugs.

Below is an example of what the journey of your reader should look like if you plan to accomplish your goal as a blogger.

If this is all new to you don’t worry at least you now have an idea of what you need to do to help your readers become successful.

Let’s spend some time looking at those blogging mistakes so that you can ensure that you can avoid them as well.

1. Refuse to Implement SEO

Search engine optimisation (SEO) seems to be feared as much as people fear spiders and I can see why to a certain extent.

However, because your blog is your business then getting website traffic on autopilot is the lifeblood of any going concern.

Therefore, implementing SEO from day one should be an important element of your blogging journey. If you are new to SEO then grab this SEO for beginners resource.

Maybe it is time for me to develop a course called, “How to get over your fear of SEO”. What do you think?

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2. Using Free Blogging Platforms

When I first started online many years ago I used Weebly to develop one of my blogs. I also used Blogger and Wix at some point as well.

I can tell you that those are great for when you are just testing the waters. However, the moment you decide that you are ready to take things seriously then go for a self-hosted solution.

The popular ones on offer are WordPress.org and Squarespace. At first, self-hosting was scary for me but I was soon able to create a website in minutes.

Just like anything else in life, it may seem overwhelming at first to use a self-hosted platform but it is so worth it.

If you are looking for time and freedom then don’t let free blogging platforms ruin your future.

3. Choosing the Wrong Webhost

I have to admit that if you are new to blogging it can be difficult to decide on the best WordPress hosting provider.

Do you know what? I have tried many hosting companies which is good news for you because you can learn from my mistakes.

So many pro bloggers advise newbies to go with Bluehost or Hostgator but my experience with them was not as pleasant 8-10 years ago.

My recommendation would be to check out Siteground and when you outgrow their package then look at BigScoots. I wrote a post on the best WordPress hosting here.

4. Publishing Low-Quality Content

I was guilty of this offence at one point but thankfully I quickly self-corrected. If you hate writing as much as I did then I understand your dilemma.

You just want to write something quickly, get something transcribed or even outsource this writing to someone else.

Why do you need to spend 2-4 hours writing and editing a blog post anyway? Well, for one it will save you a lot of embarrassment in the future.

Another reason is that you are writing to help your readers. Low-quality content does not really add value to the life of your reader anyway so why bother.

5. Implementing a Slow Theme

Do you have any idea how lucky you are? You are blogging at a time when Google is fussy about page speeds.

This was not a thing 5-10 years ago so I had to put up with what was available in the market place.

Now theme creators are putting their best foot forward and creating super-fast amazing themes that are easy to implement and customise.

One of the fastest themes available is GeneratePress and I can tell you it made a huge change to the speed of my site.

I am really annoyed that it costs $50 because I spent a minimum of $69 on slower themes over the last 5 years and this is only $50!!

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6. Creating a Blog Without Passion

Okay, so I am also guilty of this one big time and I classify it as the biggest blogging mistake. If there is one blogging mistake that you need to avoid at all costs this is it.

Thousands of potential bloggers search in Google every day looking for the most profitable blog niches.

Instead of focusing on what they are passionate about. Yes, you can have 2-3 niches that interest you but start with your number one first.

I created over 100 blogs and I can tell you from experience that you get bored after a while when that blog is not your passion.

7. Giving up on Blogging too Soon

Haha!! This one definitely made me laugh a lot. Because I am also guilty in this area. Blogging is a journey of transformation for you and your reader.

I mentioned in a previous blog post about my feelings when I read about other people literally throwing away years of hard work.

Why do people give up anyway? Well, because they realise that they are not passionate about the topic.

Another reason is that they are not generating an income or they got into blogging for the wrong reason.

If they are not transforming the lives of their readers then there is no fulfilment or feeling of success.

8. Lack of Investment in Blogging Education

This is probably one of the few blogging mistakes that I am not guilty of because I enjoy learning.

However, many bloggers prefer to read all the information that is available for free rather than invest in a course.

Yes, at times you need to save up or cut back on other luxuries to invest in blogging education to see a transformation in your online business.

After investing over $10,000 in online business education, I have to admit not all of the education is the best that is available.

9. Not Completing or Implementing the Training

Spending money on blogging education is only good if you do the training and implement what you learn.

I see it all the time when I enrol in courses and the members there say that they purchase the course a year ago and did not go through it.

It is true that there are times when life gets in the way but it is so vital to dive in and learn then implement the teachings.

Remember that you are here to fulfil a purpose and the longer you take to get there is the more that you are robbing the world of your talent.

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10. Spending Insufficient Time on Marketing

When you first start a blog you cannot expect people to find you instantly unless you are a celebrity or already have a big online presence.

Marketing your blog in the first year is going to feel like rolling a large snowball uphill.

The reason why marketing feels that way is that you need to build momentum, awareness and authority. Grab these 50+ ways to market your business.

If you studied Physics in school you know that the snowball will get to the top of that hill and will come down on the other side with such a force.

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11. No Email List

I know the way it feels when you start a blog or you have been blogging for a while and you have a few readers.

You are basically thinking that it is pointless to have an email list or ask anyone to join your community (you and what tribe, haha!).

That is just your mind tricking you into believing that you are too new or too small to have an email list.

The only person who knows that you only have a tribe of one is you so get rid of that self-talk and start offering valuable freebies to your readers.

12. Refusing to Monetise Your Blog

Yes, you don’t have a lot of website traffic and you only get 10 readers a month so does that mean you cannot sell anything?

How many sales will it take to boost your confidence? It just takes one sale so why not monetise the blog.

If you wait until you have 50-100 blog posts it is going to take a lot of time, energy and motivation to go back and monetise those posts.

Time is money so use it wisely and monetise your blog from day one.

13. Comparing Yourself to Others

I am guilty of this one as well. When was the last time you compared yourself to another blogger?

Yesterday, last week, last month or maybe 6 months ago. It happens because you and I are human.

The sad reality is that the blogger you compare yourself with is often in a different niche and/or have different goals or passions.

Stop wasting your time, keep your head down and don’t compare. It is okay to take notes and adopt good practices.

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14. Inconsistent Blogging

Depending on your blogging goals you will come to realise that one of the keys to growing your blog is publishing content regularly.

It is a way to get first-time readers to come back for more valuable content again and again.

If you publish inconsistently then they will not know when next to return for fresh content.

Publishing fresh content regularly also helps with traffic from the search engines. If you need a resource to help you to blog consistently go here.

15. Difficult to Read Blog Posts

This may seem strange but I still see well-established bloggers make this deadly blogging mistake.

I will come across an amazing post and click-through to find text designed to be read with the help of a magnifying glass and a sharpie to trace while I read.

Maybe their readers are Superman, Wonderwoman and a lot of superheroes. It is hard to understand why the text needs to be so small and faint on the page.

I beg you from the bottom of my heart, have some consideration for real people like me. I am slowly losing my 20-20 vision and I don’t have superpowers either.

Stick to font sizes of 16-18 so that normal humans including those who have challenges with their vision can see what is written easily.

16. Taking Eternity to Create Your Products + Services

Okay, this one combined with the next point is very related. Are you one of those bloggers who has been planning to create a product for a while?

You have found every excuse on the planet as to why you have not done it yet. The timing isn’t right, you need to outsource the graphics.

A member of your family has not been well for some time. You are moving to a new house, you are waiting for inspiration, you are not ready yet.

Can you please stop robbing the universe of your talent and create the product or service already?

17. Lacking Confidence After 12 Months of Launching Your Blog

Are you still suffering from Imposter Syndrome after 12 months? Do you have challenges believing in yourself?

What will it take for you to realise and appreciate your successes so far and that you can do it?

At what point does someone stop being new to blogging? Is it at a point decided by you or the blogging industry?

Well, if it has been 12 months since you created your blog and you are hesitant when it comes to confidence in your ability then listen up.

You have done an amazing job of blogging so far even if you are only 6 months in the game so stop the self-sabotaging and realise that you can do this thing.

Conclusion

None of us was born perfect bloggers when we came out of our Mother’s womb but we all have the ability to learn and grow.

You learn differently from others around you and so do I. Some of the biggest blogging mistakes are made when we fail to implement what is taught.

This decade and century are so amazing because you can learn and implement at the flick of a switch or the click of a button.

I cannot imagine what it was like living 100 years ago compared to now. It must have been painstakingly difficult.

Remember it is all about the transformation journey for you and your reader. Focus on this aspect and everything will fall into place.

Over to you, what blogging mistakes have you seen that is quite popular in Blog land? Or what has been your biggest blogging mistakes?

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Rank #8: The Ultimate SEO Checklist That Actually Increases Website Traffic

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“Successful SEO is not about tricking Google. It’s about partnering with Google to provide the best search results for Google’s users.”

Phil Frost

Have you ever wished you had a comprehensive SEO checklist that you can use for creating and publishing blog posts daily, weekly or monthly?

Did you ever find yourself in a situation where you came across an older blog post or 10 that is missing a number of key SEO elements?

You literally checked off everything in your head before clicking the publish or schedule button. However, weeks later you discovered that the meta description field is empty. (haha!!)

Maybe you are looking forward to the results of an epic blog post or 3 to rank only to realise that you forgot to update the keyword in title and description.

The truth is as a blogger you are not perfect at all, in fact, you are too busy spinning 9 plates at once to be able to focus on one for too long.

I have been in your shoes and I can tell you that it is not your fault that you have so much to do as an entrepreneur.

Some small business owners continue to feel lost when it comes to SEO as they believe that they are not doing everything that is required to get awesome results.

After reading this post you will be able to comfortably and confidently ensure that you create SEO friendly articles going forward.

The goal is that you will get the results your blog needs so that you can finally show up in Google for your chosen topic.

The Anatomy of an SEO Checklist

So, what is an SEO checklist anyway and why should you care? Well, a good SEO checklist is one that does the following:

  1. Outlines all the required data that Google needs
  2. Gives you best practices for the sake of your readers
  3. Helps you to grow your blog or articles in terms of readers and conversions

Essentially, a good checklist should not only give you the boring technical things that your post or article needs.

It should also include elements that help your reader to stay longer on your content and even take action.

At the end of the day, your content is not on display as a fashion show. It is there to achieve business goals.

Your content is also there to solve the problem or possible problems your reader has so that they can recommend your resource to a friend.

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Before Doing SEO Research

So many experts start their SEO checklist focusing on SEO specific research but I prefer to start where the action is happening.

Depending on your end goal the best place to start is by looking at what is trending or what is normally popular at the time of your content planning

Of course, it is super important to write evergreen content because you put all this hard work into a post so it makes sense for it to last a lifetime.

Google Trends

A great place to look is Google Trends to see if there is a predictable season based around a specific niche.

In the example above, I did a search for “back to school” in Google Trends. As you can see it happens every year like clockwork.

The back to school niche is a dependable option except that it is very seasonal which could be good and bad.

I think that this example is super hilarious. I did a search for ‘meal planning’ in Google Trends and you can see it hits a peak every year in January.

At first, I found it very strange. Then I remembered this thing people do by the name of New Year’s Resolutions.

Do you contribute to this spike in January every year?

Buzzsumo

If you want to know more specifically where people are looking for meal planning resources or where has great engagement then you need Buzzsumo.

As you can see from this diagram it gives you what kind of topics are popular and on which platforms.

So, in this example, you can see that low carb, sugar detox, instant pot and keto diet seem to be quite popular on Pinterest and Facebook.

Trending on Pinterest

Next, head over to Pinterest (if your audience is there) to see what is currently trending on that platform.

As you can see, at the time of writing, the top 8 trends on Pinterest are funny texts, back to school, life quotes, living room ideas, Harry Potter memes, wallpaper iPhone, engagement rings and baby shower.

It is possible that none of these relates to your niche at all or you can possibly tweak one to complement your niche nicely.

Trending on Twitter

Head on over to Twitter (if your audience is based here) and see what is happening there.

What you can see in the screenshot is that there seem to be at least three common hashtags every Tuesday morning. Namely, #tuesdaymorning, #tuesdaythoughts and #tuesdaymotivation.

You can find clever ways to take advantage of these trends in your business.

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SEO Research

Now that you have a feel for what’s happening around you as well as where you can comfortably ride the wave.

It is time to look at keyword research using a few popular tools which are mostly free.

Keywords Everywhere

Install Keywords Everywhere (KE) in your Chrome Browser and start doing some research.

I did a search for low carb and these are the results from the KE tool.

Here you can see a great list of related keywords as well as the volume and competition.

In this screenshot, you can see more granular results in terms of what are people concerned about. For example ‘carbs in parsnips’.

Twitter Example

I did a search for the #lowcarb hashtag on Twitter and this is what I found in the feed. There may be people looking for Hba1c right now in Google.

You can probably tell that I absolutely enjoy researching topics, trends and keyphrases.

Let’s check out another free tool.

Uber Suggest

There is a saying, “you get what you pay for”. I believe this to be so true when it comes to using keyword research tools.

Uber Suggest is not 100% reliable but it can be used to give you a feel for what is happening on a niche topic.

Here is the keyword overview for low carb and below are a great list of keyword ideas.

It would appear that there is a lot of opportunities when it comes to writing content about low carb fruits and vegetables.

Finally here is a list of low carb topics that other people have written in the low carb niche as well as the level of engagement for each post on Pinterest and Facebook.

If you were thinking of getting into the low carb niche but you were unsure of what content to write this should help you by leaps and bounds.

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On-Page SEO Checklist

After writing out your blog post or article here is a list of things for you to consider before hitting publish or schedule.

Primary keyphrase

If your topic was about low carb then it is important to choose a primary phrase that is not very competitive.

The search difficulty (SD) should be below 30 if you want to get quick results. Also, you will eventually rank for the more difficult keyphrase.

Secondary keyphrases

Choose a handful of phrases that will easily complement the primary keyphrase and add value to your article.

In the screenshot above, you can see that I did a search for low carb vegetables and there are quite a few high volume suggestions with search difficulty (SD) below 30.

Quality Content

An important thing to consider is if you have done your best to create a heart-stopping, eye-popping article that would grab your reader’s attention.

Is there anything else that you can do to 10X the user experience when they read your article?

Answer all Questions

So, when your reader clicks through to your post they have a lot of questions floating around in their head as they engage with your content.

The trick is for you to anticipate what those questions might be and answer them as comprehensively as possible.

Yoast SEO Plugin

A great add-on to help you alongside this SEO checklist is the Yoast SEO plugin if you are using WordPress.org for your blog.

It is such a great way to keep your on-page efforts on track. I have a resource that goes through the Yoast SEO plugin tutorial here.

Dark Text on White Background

As a rule of thumb, if you want to maintain a great user experience it would be best to use dark text on a white background.

The moment your reader needs to struggle to see or read your text then you have lost them.

Link to External Reputable Websites

You may get emails every week from people looking for you to add a link to your content in exchange for a freebie.

I get a lot of them but I no longer respond since they are not adding value to my blog or readers.

Ensure that your blog post links are going to well-known sites, like Wikipedia, as opposed to websites that you never heard about.

Place 1-3 Sentences Together

For easy reading and to give your readers some momentum it is recommended that you have lots of white spaces between lines or groups of lines.

If you look at this blog post, you will notice that my sentences all seem airy and spacious.

Link to Existing Content (internal)

When you get to a point of having over 100 blog posts you start forgetting your first 50 or so blog posts.

It means that you also forget to link to them as well or even mention them in your latest blog posts.

One of the secrets to getting your existing blog posts to show up in Google is to keep linking to them so your readers can visit them.

Outline Problem (first paragraph)

If you are a regular reader of mine you know that I talk a lot about problem solving and transformation.

The purpose of your blog apart from content marketing is to help your reader to solve a problem.

So, it makes sense to highlight that problem in the first or at least second paragraph of your blog post.

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Use Font Size of 16-18 Pixels

To give your reader the best experience possible in terms of engaging with your content it is important to consider the size of your text on the page.

I know that I only mentioned this recently but I need to include it in this SEO Checklist because getting a reader to your site is already hard work.

Keep your reader on your post for at least 3 minutes by ensuring that the text size or font size is between 16-18 pixels.

Link Existing Content to New Post

I am guilty of this one only on a few occasions but I discovered a quick way to find places where I can create an internal link.

Simply go to the posts page of your WordPress blog and do a search for your primary and secondary key phrases.

Feel free to do a partial search as well. You can change a phrase from ‘carb’ to ‘low carb’ quite easily.

Fully Understand User Intent

One of the secrets to getting readers to gobble up your content is to ensure that you fully understand the user intent.

A big reason why you have high bounce rates (readers stay less than 30 seconds on your content) is that the content is not relevant.

Spend some time looking at the other results for your chosen keyphrase and ensure that you know the kind of answers a reader is expecting to see on the page.

Give More Solutions

Another cool tip is to try and give more solutions in your blog post compared to your competition.

If your competitor is giving 7 suggestions on their low carb food list then you should think of giving your readers 10.

The whole point is that you want to be unique compared to your competition.

Use Paragraphs with SEO Optimise Sub-titles

When writing your blog post or article ensure that you include as many small paragraphs as possible.

Each paragraph will help your reader to find the information they are looking for easily and it will also improve the user experience.

It is a great opportunity to use your primary or secondary key phrases as the title of those paragraphs as they help with ranking your content.

Write a Click-Worthy Meta Description

One of the things that will help you get higher rankings apart from low bounce rates is an envious click-through rate.

Let me explain what this means so you don’t feel overwhelmed. Your meta-description should be so enticing that readers cannot help but click to read more.

Anything higher than 1% is okay but a click-through rate of 30% is not uncommon if you do a good job of that summary. It is like writing an advert.

Include the Key phrase in the Meta Description

Remember to include your primary key phrase in your meta description. Yes, Google would rank you and show your content for other key phrases as well.

It is still important to indicate to Google what your primary key phrase is by placing in the meta description.

Formulate a Click-Worthy Title

Now, there is a big difference between click-bait and click-worthy. When you click over to a post and find the content to be disappointing and misleading that is click-bait.

However, when the content delivers what the title mentions and a lot more then that is click-worthy.

Using the following tools can help you develop click-worthy titles:

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Use the Primary Key phrase in Title

It is easy to get so excited about generating your click-worthy title that you can easily forget to include your primary key phrase.

Your first few attempts are going to seem awkward. However, after a few weeks or months, you will soon notice that you would have become a pro at creating amazing titles that don’t sound clunky.

Word Count

This has to be one of the most contested topics among bloggers. Over 10 years ago the minimum accepted word count was 100.

Now, the minimum is between 350 and 500 words. However, what is your end goal? Is it just to get content published or to get ranked and readers?

In a recent study by Brian Dean of Backlino, after analysing over 900 million blogs, it was found that long-form content gets more backlinks than short articles.

Long-Form Content – Backlinko

He went on to show that 2,000 words seem to be the accepted average if you want your post to get loads of social shares.

Primary Key phrase in URL

Remember that it is important to include your primary key phrase in the URL as it also indicates to Google what your post is about.

It is important to ensure that your permalink structure is set up correctly initially as shown in the diagram below.

Once that is done then head over to the permalink section on the edit screen of your WordPress post and update it.

Keep it as short and succinct as possible.

Optimise Your Images

It is essential to optimise the name of your images before placing them on your article or blog.

Instead of giving the image a random name like 3nhign.jpg or png you can label it using either the primary or secondary key phrase when it makes sense.

Also, give each image an alt tag that makes sense. The alt tag means an alternative text which helps robots, spiders and humans to identify what it is in case there is a slow connection.

Include a Call to Action

Depending on the goal of your blog post you may find that it makes sense to include a call to action (CTA) at the end.

Yes, the goal of every blog post apart from content marketing is to solve a problem for the reader.

Solving that problem may include giving them something like an SEO Checklist that they can download and use on a regular basis.

Market Your Blog Post

After your post goes live remember to give it the initial boost of eyeballs by sharing it on social media platforms.

These social signals will let Google know that your post is considered important and worthwhile.

Likes and shares are like votes of confidence.

Revisit and Optimise

After 4-8 weeks take a look and see how your post is performing against your goals. Are you getting sign-ups?

Is your post ranking on the first 5 pages of the Google search engines? If it is on the 2nd page what can you do to nudge it to page one?

Check to see if it is also ranking for other key phrases that you did not consider at the time of ranking and include those.

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Depending on the search difficulty of the keyword you may want to consider doing some guest posting and Youtube videos to get backlinks to your blog post.

If you are not a fan of guest posting or guest blogging then I suggest that you try and rank for key phrases that have search difficulty of less than 30.

Doing this will make it easier to get rankings for more difficult key phrases.

Conclusion

As you can see the process for creating an SEO friendly article sounds a lot harder than it is in real life.

In fact, after you optimise a blog post for SEO a few times it can become very straight-forward except you will still need an SEO checklist because of the sheer volume of things.

You may notice that I have not included a number of advanced techniques because I did not want this to be an overwhelming experience for you.

At the end of the day, you can use this as an SEO checklist template to get every single blog post ready and ripe for ranking every single time.

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Rank #9: The Big Reason Why You Failed to Set and Achieve Goals This Year

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Do you want to crush or achieve goals that you set out at the start of this year? Did you remember to convert your dreams by setting goals for the future?

“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.”

Tony Robbins

You may have noticed this, many people all around you are vigilantly looking to achieve success.

They may be looking for success at college, at work, in their careers, at physical fitness or even in their marriage.

It is not uncommon to hear people say that they are working on achieving their goals.

There are some who talk about frustration, pain, failure or difficulty in getting results.

Many people struggle with achieving their goals due to several reasons, obstacles or unforeseen circumstances.

The truth is that it is possible for you to turn your dreams into reality if you make it a priority.

This applies to all aspects of life, from personal character goals all the way through to business-related and career goals.

In this post, I will go through the process of setting goals as well as how to achieve them giving you three real-life examples.

What is the Benefit of Setting Goals?

“Your goals are the road maps that guide you and show you what is possible for your life.”

Les Brown

Just in case you are brand new to the idea of goals and setting goals, let us spend some time looking at those first.

A goal is basically a result someone is trying to achieve. For example, you may want to bake a red velvet cake, get an ‘A’ in your exam, lose weight or even become a more patient person.

Knowing your goal is the first step in wanting to achieve it. If you don’t have a goal then it is a bit difficult to expect results.

Now that you know your goal the next step is to set it all up. The only way to achieve a goal is to set it.

So, the key benefit of setting a goal is that you make a plan to achieve it or get your desired result.

The process of goal achievement needs planning. Depending on the size of your goal you may need a little time or a lot of time.

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Turn Dreams Into Goals

“A dream written down with a date becomes a goal. A goal broken down into steps becomes a plan. A plan backed by action makes your dreams come true.”

Greg Reid

You have to appreciate the quote from Greg Reid which gives you a concise way of how to go about setting goals.

Personally, I like the fact that he starts at the level of a dream. Simply because you have more motivation to achieve a goal if it is a dream.

Let me explain what I mean by this. When you are working a 9 to 5 job, in most cases, you are spending time trying to accomplish someone else’s dream.

However, when you are working on a project that you initiated because of a big dream it does not feel like work anymore.

Martin Luther King’s Jr. famous speech from August 28th, 1963, “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed”.

The reason why he got so much support for his dream is that it was also the dream of so many people in America at the time.

Have you ever wondered what would happen if he did not take a public stand and make that speech?

Planning Goals

“I think goals should never be easy, they should force you to work, even if they are uncomfortable at the time.”

Michael Phelps

Now that you have a dream and you have written it down with a date it is time to make a plan around it to get the results.

A simple example of this is to make a red velvet cake. You know that you need to get the ingredients.

Also, you need a cake tin and somewhere to bake the cake like an oven. Ensuring that you have people to eat that cake is important as well. Lol!!

One important element is time. If you only have 10 minutes of spare time and it takes an hour to prepare, bake and cool the cake then it does not make sense to start making it.

It is possible that you are baking the cake for someone’s birthday or even a cake sale at your child’s school or in the office.

A key element in deciding to take action is to imagine in your head how you will feel when you achieve your goal as well as if you don’t achieve your goal.

Without applying emotion to the equation your goal will feel like a task or even a chore. There will be no motivation to take action.

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Steps to Goal Setting

Using SMART goals to assist with your goal setting activities is one of the best ways to actually make goals manageable.

The acronym SMART can be broken down as follows:

  1. Specific
  2. Measurable
  3. Achievable
  4. Realistic
  5. Timely

The reason why this makes sense is that it prevents you from setting yourself up for failure.

It helps you to keep your plan for your dreams realistic because it gives you a timeframe that is achievable and you can see the tasks broken into steps.

Specific

Your goal needs to be very specific in terms of what you want to achieve personally or in life.

For example, “I want to bake a cake” is very generic. However, “I want to bake a red velvet cake to serve at Christmas dinner” is more specific.

Another example could be, “I want to lose weight” again to generic. Replacing that with, “I want to lose 2lbs by September 30th and fit into my favourite jeans”

Measurable

As the name suggests, measurable means that it needs to have a quantity attached to it.

So, wanting to lose 2lbs around the waist, thighs and hips to fit into your favourite jeans is a good way of being specific and measurable.

Achievable

There are two aspects to achievable. The first is looking to see if on average other people have lost 2lbs in 6 weeks.

The other aspect is knowing if you have been able to lose 2lbs in 6 weeks. This is because what works for others may not necessarily work for you.

If this has worked for you in the past then most likely it is achievable again.

Realistic

This may sound exactly like achievable but it is not, here’s why. Realistic refers to the fact that your current situation may prevent you from getting results.

For example, if you are unemployed and your dream is to buy a house then it would take you a lot longer to achieve that goal compared to if you had access to funding.

So, the reality is that it may take you 7 years to buy a house if you are unemployed compared to 2 years if you are earning a salary.

This is because you may need to build up your personal credit rating as well as your savings balance.

In other words, you need to be realistic in terms of what is achievable in terms of the resources and time that you have available.

Timely

Giving yourself sufficient time to achieve those goals is super important as it will prevent you from failing on several attempts.

For example, if you never baked a cake in your life and you wait until the night before to make that red velvet cake, it is possible that so many things can go wrong.

It is a good idea to practice doing it on two occasions before the actual date in order to achieve the best results.

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A Weight Loss Goal Example

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”

Zig Ziglar

About three months ago I decided that I wanted to quit eating sugars like cakes, biscuits, juices, ice cream and sweets.

Each time I went to the supermarket I would say that this is the last pack of biscuits and then I will not buy anymore.

As you can tell that was not a very SMART goal as I did not sit down and make a plan and there was no real motivation behind it.

When I realised that I was failing miserably at my no sugar goal I decided to add two things to it.

Firstly, I wanted to be able to hike better by not having shortness of breath when I went up steep inclines or hills.

In case you did not know, sugar can cause the build-up of plaque in your arteries which can lead to shortness of breath, increase blood pressure and coronary heart disease.

I also, added a look good incentive to the plan. I wanted to be able to fit into my size 10 jeans.

To add some emotion to the plan. I imagined what it would be like to fit into my jeans. I also visualised what it would be like to climb hills without shortness of breath.

Believe it or not, within 6 weeks I stopped eating sweets, dropped a dress size, fit into my jeans and climbed hills without shortness of breath.

Do you know what? There are loads of biscuits in the house and I will not touch it. Personally, I find it easier to achieve my goals when those items are around because I practice saying no every day.

A Budgeting Goal Example

“Goals allow you to control the direction of change in your favour.”

Brian Tracy

Many months ago I needed to develop a strict budget so that I can invest more wisely in my business education.

I kept putting it off and giving every excuse on planet earth as to why I don’t really need a budget.

To help me get the best results from the budgeting I started finding ways to eat cheaper and prepare meals in a more efficient manner.

One clever thing I did is looking at the cost of acquiring my groceries. At the time, the nearest supermarket was about 1.5 kilometres away.

The cost of acquisition was $5.00 return by public transport. So, I tried to do shopping every two weeks instead of every week.

I looked at ways to reduce my blogging bills as well as household bills significantly so that I am at a needs only level.

Similar to my previous example, I added some emotional pain as well as gain to the goal-setting plan.

Seeing myself spending less time cooking really helped. Also, picturing myself experiencing the results from my blogging education gave me motivation.

Now, I cook food in large batches and freeze them in small portions that last a few days.

Also, I plan my expenditure in advance so that I know what my monthly budget is going to be. Of course, kids don’t get that but I push back as much as I can.

My savings are now at $2,000.00 a year which is great. It only happened because I set a goal to reduce expenses significantly.

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Blog Topic Planning Goal Example

“Set realistic goals, keep re-evaluating, and be consistent.”

Venus Williams

When I first started this blog I decided that I wanted to produce a blog post and podcast episode every week.

It means that I would need to have a new topic ready every single week, for 52 weeks of the year.

Sometimes I publish two posts a week but more regularly it is just one as you can see from previous posts.

The difficulty with this routine is planning in such a way that I am not scrambling to write another post 24 hours before it is due.

I have to admit that it is not always easy but over time I have trained my brain to start thinking of the next topic 7-10 days in advance.

Luckily, I have had the opportunity of having 4-5 topics or posts ready and the only issue was deciding which one to publish when.

This is another goal that I struggled with during the early days of this blog but I have learned to achieve it every single week.

Each time I would visit the place of pain in my head of what it would feel like if I don’t publish a blog post on time.

Picturing myself feeling disappointed for not achieving my weekly goal has really helped me to just keep going.

Every single week I am surprised that I achieved my blog topic goal and I do a little celebration.

One Reason Why You Don’t Achieve Your Goals

If you go back to my first example where I dropped a dress size in 6 weeks you will notice something interesting.

I mentally conditioned myself to accept the fact that it will be my last pack of biscuits but each time I just went back to the same old routine.

However, the moment I gave myself other reasons both positive and negative I found the motivation to let go of that old habit.

There is something that I did not mention previously and that is over 5 years ago I gave up sugars for a year or two and I dropped 2 dress sizes.

In other words, I knew that this will work for me because I already attempted it successfully in the past.

If you saw my bucket list on 50 things to do before 50 you will know that there are other reasons for me wanting to give up sugars.

The bottom line is that you really need to attach emotion to your goals if you genuinely want to achieve them.

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Ways to Achieve Goals

I have so many experiences where I set and achieved goals every day of the week that it will make this blog post too long for your reading pleasure.

Instead, let me outline in summary what I have learned about the best way to set and achieve goals for success.

Here are some things you will expect:

  1. You will be resistant to change
  2. It does take a new level of motivation
  3. Give yourself 3 reasons to do it
  4. Failure is part of the process
  5. Adding emotion really helps

These are the steps to set the goal:

  1. Write down the dream
  2. Does the dream align with your passion and purpose?
  3. Is your ‘Why’ big enough to overcome obstacles?
  4. Start with the end in mind
  5. Turn the dream into a plan
  6. Take the plan and break it into smaller chunks
  7. Convert the chunks into manageable tasks

Daily action plan:

  1. Assign dates to your tasks
  2. Do the work that is required to achieve the tasks
  3. Invest in the needed education where there are knowledge gaps
  4. Evaluate your performance against the dates
  5. Revisit the goals, chunks and tasks regularly
  6. Celebrate your wins

The secret to success is working on your goals every day in an effort to cross things off your list.

Personally, it helps me to evaluate my progress every evening so that I can see how I am progressing against tasks and chunks.

Conclusion

As you can see, setting and achieving goals takes time but it is totally doable especially if it is something you are passionate about.

It does take some planning, evaluating and re-calculating of your efforts. Investing emotionally in the project can help you overcome huge obstacles.

The bigger the project the more time and planning that needs to go into it to make it successful.

Working on someone else’s dream may not motivate you enough to get the results needed by the organisation.

Get the necessary coaching that you need to overcome obstacles and remember to invest in the education you need to up-level your performance.

Over to you, what has been your experience in setting goals and achieving them?

“We don’t aim high enough with our goals. We all have more in us, and we are all capable of aiming higher.”

Jesse Itzler

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Do you want to create an online course but cannot decide between Teachable vs Thinkific?

Maybe you are confused about what both platforms have to offer and which one will be better suited to you and your business.

One of the most exciting things for you to do as an entrepreneur is to create your own online course.

You may have lots of questions swirling around in your head about the course layout, will people buy it or where to get reviews.

The truth is that launching an online course can be a struggle for many entrepreneurs.

One main area of concern is how to deliver the course effectively to give your users the best experience.

It is possible that you dislike the sound of your voice so you wish that there was a way to sound better when presenting the material.

In this post, I will help you understand the differences between Teachable and Thinkific so that you can make the best decision with confidence.

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What is an Online Learning Platform

In case you landed on this post out of curiosity and you have no idea what I am talking about let me back up a bit.

Online learning platforms are places where you can go and take a course online safely and securely without hassle.

They are also known at third level establishments or enterprise organisations as Learning Management Systems or LMS.

However, as an entrepreneur or small business owner, you may not require the heavy certifications or security checks needed by enterprise-level establishments.

This is where platforms like Teachable and Thinkific come in handy. They give anyone the opportunity to create a course in days compared to months with an LMS.

Let’s spend some time looking at each platform in more detail.

Teachable History

The idea behind Teachable came about in 2013 when one of the creators was looking for a platform to host his course.

At the time he had only two options which were those heavy, clunky, enterprise-level LMS or putting a number of plugins together using WordPress.

According to a 2016 video, the vision behind Teachable is to give Teachers more value. By giving them an economic incentive to create their courses online.

Don’t you just love it when a company has the right vision for the future? I hope the folks at Teachable keep focused on this vision.

They are now one of the top online platforms for entrepreneurs to create and launch courses quickly.

Their claim to fame is that their platform is beautiful to create courses and memberships but don’t take my word for it, see for yourself.

Teachable Pricing

The good news is that Teachable offers 4 pricing options including a free-forever plan (with limited functions).

Some of the drawbacks in the free plan is that you are limited to 10 students, transaction fees for paid courses, no coupon codes and no integrations.

The ability to communicate with your students or integrate with your email marketing software is not available on the free plan.

For the paid plans the processing fees are what you need to be aware of so that you can make the best decision.

On the bright side, you don’t need to worry about setting up payment gateways. Neither worry about tax and VAT charges as they take care of that for you.

Creating Your First Course on Teachable

Now that you know what is involved from a financial point of view it is time to look at the user experience.

Is it daunting? Can you really have your course up and running in days instead of months?

Last year I decided to take the plunge and create my first free course on the Teachable platform.

It took me about a week and the hardest part of creating that course was recording the screen share videos and the post-production.

Because I have been through that process I can now say that the experience was well worth it.

How to Set Up Your First Course – Teachable

You log in to Teachable or create your account via the Teachable login screen.

Head over to the menu and click on create a course and complete the details for your course.

To make the experience as painless as possible ensure that you have your course title, subtitle and author name ready to go.

It is also a good idea to have categories, a bio, a friendly URL and a thumbnail image all set to use in the general information section.

In the pages section, you will see the sales page, checkout and thank you pages which you can edit to suit your needs.

You may find writing a sales page quite daunting but you can start off with a free course. I did and I have over 10 students enrolled.

Curriculum

One of the hardest sections when creating your course is the actual curriculum. If you have the content and layout ready then Teachable makes it easy.

All you need to do is upload your videos, pdf files, text and audio files. Also, upload a thumbnail for your videos if you want and click publish.

Remember to label each lecture with a name that makes sense or inspires curiosity. You decide which is best.

You even have the opportunity to preview the entire course before publishing the entire course which is great.

One of my favourite features on Teachable has to be the way they layout their courses.

Especially if your lecture has video, pdf and text. It is just beautiful the way it is displayed.

I think the preview of the pdf document is so perfect. It just makes everything look so much more attractive and valuable.

Pricing + Bundles + Back Office

After completing your curriculum all that is left to do is to decide on the price. Also, if you want to bundle this course with another course.

I set up my payment details already last year and all that is required is your Paypal email address.

For your entire school, you will need to give it a name and a description as well as a hero image.

My school consist of 5 courses. I started with one last year but now I have 5 courses with four of them live.

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At the flick of a switch, you can enable VAT or taxes. On the free plan, your funds are held for 30 days to allow for student refunds.

As mentioned at the start we are looking at Teachable vs Thinkific so let’s spend some time reviewing the Thinkific program.

Thinkific

Founded in 2012, the founder Greg found himself in a situation similar to the folks at Teachable.

He was teaching a weekend LSAT course but he struggled when he tried to improve the experience of his audience.

Together with three others, they set out to create an online platform for course creators. The main goal was to get better results for their students.

They currently have 70 employees across 15 countries and 55% of the leadership team is made up of women. Yippee!!

According to their website, they have answered over 200,000 questions from customers.

I put it to the test and sent in a support ticket a few days ago and yep they actually do answer questions in a short time. Haha!!

Thinkific Subscription Plans

They have 4 different subscription levels available including a free forever plan which is limited to 3 courses but you do get unlimited students.

You do get instant access to your funds on the free plan. However, coupons, drip feature and the ability to email students is not available at this level.

Although the pricing for Teachable and Thinkific look very similar there are a few differences to keep in mind.

The basic Teachable plan is slightly cheaper at $39 a month. It comes with the added burden of 5% transaction fees as well as back-office fees.

However, Thinkific basic subscription starts at $49 a month and there are no transaction fees.

I currently have access to the Thinkific Growth Plan. So, you may see screenshots of some advanced features when compared to the basic plan.

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Creating Your First Course on Thinkific

I must say that after my experience on Teachable when I started creating my first course on Thinkific I was slightly lost.

They take you through this wizard that gives you this enterprise-level template to work with to create your course.

After a while, I discovered what was happening and deleted all the extra bits that I did not need. I was able to publish my first course in 1-2 hours.

The advantage I had this time is that I already had all the content ready to go when I signed up with Thinkific.

The layout, videos, texts and pdf were in a folder on my hard drive and I was able to upload the stuff easily.

In my opinion, video uploads faster on Teachable compared to Thinkific. They both have a bulk upload feature available.

How to Set Up Your First Course – Thinkific

Head on over to Thinkific.com and create a new account.

Once you are in you will see a dashboard that looks like the screenshot below. Compared to Teachable it can seem a bit cluttered or have a corporate feel.

At the top left, you will see ‘manage learning content’. You click on that and you will have the option to click on courses.

Go ahead and click on ‘courses’ and you will now see a screen that looks like this where you can create a course.

Click on ‘+ new course’ and you will see these 7 options depending on your level of membership.

As you can see they seem to offer a more comprehensive set of options when it comes to course creation.

I am dying to give the digital download as well as the Webinar replay a try. Dabbling with technology is what I enjoy.

Choose the Blank Course Option

Many of the options come with predefined templates so if you have experience creating courses then go experiment. Haha!!

However, if you are new to course creation or if you have your curriculum ready to go then choose the ‘blank’ option and give your course a name.

You then have the option of using the bulk import feature to upload your course content, especially videos.

Here is a peek at the bulk importer where you can decide where the uploaded files will go.

You can also choose to add each section (chapter) and lesson one at a time as shown below.

As I am writing this, I just got an email from Greg the CEO of Thinkific. I wonder what he wants? It may just be an automated email, should I respond? Lol!!

Creating Your Curriculum

When your lesson includes text and video you need to choose the text option. However, if the lesson is video only then choose the ‘video’ option.

Once you have created a few chapters and lessons you can then upload a few videos just to get a feel as to what it looks like. See my example below:

My least favourite feature about Thinkific that I believe can do with a lot of improvement is the layout of the text with a video and pdf.

I mean there are worse things in the world but to be fair there must be a more acceptable way to display this content. What do you think?

Site Builder

On the menu, you will see the site builder option. It gives you the opportunity to customise the look and feel of your school or site.

You will like this section because it will give you the ability to customise every page, add on pages and even sections on each page.

Of course, it is super important to maintain your brand on this platform as well. So, you will have the ability to add your logo, favicon, font and brand colours.

There is a theme library available that allows you to choose predefined themes to include layouts and fonts.

You will have loads of time after you launch and market your course to play around with this section if that interests you.

Market + Sell

There is this cool feature for promoting your courses called sales widgets. It allows you to create promotional widgets for your site.

You can also give this to affiliates to promote your courses as well. It may be better to use something like Ad Inserter to automatically place this on your WordPress blog.

Discussions

An interesting feature in Thinkific is the ability to host discussions among students and course creator which I think is interesting.

It may be something that can be monitored but I am not totally sure as I have not enrolled any test students yet.

If you are looking for a way to communicate with students outside of Facebook groups this might be it.

Surveys – A Course Creators Dream or Nightmare

Probably the most important element of the Thinkific platform is the ability to survey your students.

This feature is included which is cool. If you have more than one course and the questions are generic you can simply click the duplicate button.

This brings me to the end of my Thinkific review for now. Did anything impress you at all?

Teachable vs Thinkific

So, now you can look at a summary of all the information and compare both platforms side by side to see who you will choose.

Below is a Teachable vs Thinkific side by side comparison so you can easily see the features at a glance and make a decision.

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If I had to choose a course platform all over again as a new course creator I would get practice from the free plan on Teachable for about a year.

I would then make the switch over to Thinkific once I got results from my 1st year as a course creator.

Conclusion

Creating a course can be an experience of growth as well as learning from failures which in my opinion is good news.

You learn just as much from success as well as failures so don’t be afraid to take that step.

A good idea is that you can start by offering free courses at first then move to paid, low-cost ones after.

The most important thing is to grow and you can only grow by experience. It seems that the older you get the more cautious you become.

Thinkific vs Teachable; based on this tutorial and review which one will you choose?

What has been your experience with creating courses? Which is your preferred course platform?

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Aug 19 2019
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