The Power Of Discipline

The Power of Discipline

When our ancestors started thinking about life and tried to understand how to make the best out of it plenty of virtues arose from their thinking. Each virtue could make you a better individual towards society while feeling great about yourself. The virtue that stuck with me the most from all the manuscripts found is Discipline.

The Power of Discipline

The Power of Discipline

Discipline is a fascinating subject in my opinion and it can be used in anything you do. Most people use it in health and fitness in order to have a healthy lifestyle by going to the gym and eating healthier foods. Others use it at work. Projects always have a specific deadline that you need to have in mind. If you don’t meet it then your boss might even fire you! Of course there are a lot of examples like these but you get the idea.

For Bloggers or any other content creators like YouTubers, Authors or Photographers for example, discipline is crucial. If you want your followers to keep following your journey and even promote it to others you have to be consistent. You have to keep posting content every 2-3 times a week or daily depending on what you do. Thus in order to stay consistent the secret ingredient is discipline. It’s what will remind you and push you to get up and create something instead of sitting all day long watching pointless TV shows.

The Power of Discipline

The Power of Discipline

On the other hand there are going to be some of those days when you cannot be bothered to do anything. Every now and then this is totally understandable. We are human beings and we cannot be perfect in everything. Either you are feeling too lazy that day or you are really exhausted from yesterday’s chores. Rest and relax that day to charge your batteries but make sure you don’t fall into the trap of resting the next day too. 2 or even more days in a row will create a bad habit because you will like the idea of not doing anything.

The Power of Discipline

The Power of Discipline

Now let’s talk about some practical tips to help you to be disciplined with your writing.

First of all in order to have discipline in writing you need to write about something you are passionate about. Otherwise you won’t care in the first place and will not be bothered at all. When you decide your niche create an actionable schedule for yourself. Base that schedule of yours on how much you can write and how often you can post. It’s your blog and you can do whatever you want anyway. Therefore why not use that to your advantage? However, even though it’s your blog and you don’t have anyone ordering you around, mark on a calendar specific dates as deadlines for your blog posts. Having that pressure will boost your willingness to write.

The next step is removing any distractions because they are the ultimate enemies of discipline. They can seduce you to stop what you are doing and just chill while browsing posts which you might not even care about. In addition to the previous paragraph about the resting days if it’s possible on those days you are resting try to write a few lines or even better a few paragraphs. The result is the last thing you need to worry about. Even if the whole document you have created is not good enough in the end you still wrote something. That will force you to keep the momentum going and stick to the promise you have made to yourself and to your readers. Last but not least symbols or reminders can help you a lot with motivation. It can be posters of other role models of yours, some awards which you have received because of your hard work or a piece of paper with future goals you might have about your blog.

The Power of Discipline

The Power of Discipline

Discipline is probably the best virtue/skill everyone needs to work on. It can help you be the best version of yourself, create more content and be proud of yourself along the way. Don’t neglect it, use the practical tips above to help you out and have the end goal in mind to stay disciplined.

This is a guest post written by Vasilis Stefanou, who is an author, men’s coach and CEO of the www.thelifeupgrades.com. In the website he helps people improve their way of life in every aspect of it. When he isn’t creating content for the website he likes to study, hang out with friends or exercise.

Are You An Experienced Marketer Who Sometimes Behaves Like A Noob?

Do You Act Like A Noob Sometimes?

Do You Act Like A Noob Sometimes?

Are you an experienced marketer who sometimes behaves like a noob?

For those of you who don’t know what a ‘noob’ is it’s someone new to internet marketing!  Also known as a ‘newbie’.

I have been online since 2008 and have had my own domain since 2009 (I started with a free blog!).  I have been internet marketing online for most of that time and find that every now and again I do something that makes me feel like a real noob!  I almost don’t understand why I do these things, it’s just every once in a while, and I forget a really elementary step when I’m performing a task.

For example, sometimes when I am writing a blog post I simply forget to include tags!  Such an elementary step and I know it has to be done, but it simply goes out of my head!

I have a theory about why it happens.

I believe it happens because we become so very habitual in our tasks that we no longer think about exactly what we are doing, leaving the door wide open to forget a simple step.  And that one simple step means the whole process is thrown into chaos and we have to trace back through everything to find the missing link!

Have you ever driven a car somewhere you go all the time and found when you arrive you forget completing a part of the journey?

Because it is habitual we don’t THINK when we are doing these things.

I know when I’m driving it’s more than likely because I am thinking about something else while I drive.  But when I am doing online work I can’t possibly be thinking about anything else because I am so painfully non-techy I have to concentrate and make a concerted effort to get things right.  So that makes it even more frustrating when I miss something out! Trawling through everything from the beginning is draining and I severely chastise myself when I do something incredibly stupid!

So do you sometimes make newbie mistakes in your online business?  How do you feel if you do?

Enjoy the journey!

Why You Should Use Deep Links In Your Blog Posts

Deep Links

Deep Links

When we look at why we should use deep links in our blog posts we should first be clear about exactly what they are.

A deep link is basically an internal link in your post.  So you might be writing an update on an old post so you can link to that older post, you might be writing about something you have mentioned before, you can link to that post and so on.  I’m sure you get the picture.

So why are deep links important?

Well, having internal links does a couple of powerful things for you and your blog.  Firstly it will keep your readers on your blog for longer as they will click through to read the post you mention to get more information on what you are talking about.  Secondly it helps you to capitalize on search engine optimization.  You will have keywords that will link these posts, they will form a network of related articles that will be better seen by the search engines.

And what is the best way to include a deep link?

Deep links are better when they are natural, not manufactured or put in just because you think you should.  If you are writing about SEO you won’t link to an article about making videos just because in one sentence it mentions SEO.  Unless you were specifically writing about SEO for videos and then you can link back to that previous post.  So always make it relevant to the topic you are writing about.

Remember your keywords are important.  Look for related keywords in your linked posts because this is the tie that keeps the posts together and creates the linked network.

If you want to know more about deep links and why they are good for your blog go and check The Seven Commandments of Internal Links because it really sums the whole topic up nicely.

How hard do you try to put deep links into your posts?  Or external links, do you look for related posts when you are writing?

Enjoy the journey!

Launch Jacking – Is It Ethical?

SEO

SEO

The term ‘launch jacking’ has only just come to my attention.  As most of you know I am about to launch a product, you can read about it here:  ‘And We Have Lift Off‘, and Keith and I have been working hard to recruit JV partners, these are people who will promote the product for us in return for a commission on any sales.

To be honest I’d never even heard of launch jacking, but then I’ve never actually launched a product before!  We have just found several sites set up with reviews of our product, one is even offering a free copy to download.  The only copies that have gone out so far are review copies to people who gave us a testimonial or trusted friends and colleagues, so I think we were both shocked to see this particular thread.

What is launch jacking?

Anyway, back to launch jacking.  What exactly is it?  Well, marketers look out for any products that are launching in about a month or so and they create a review site, buying a domain name and optmising the site for keywords.  The whole process is geared up to put their site at the top of search engine lists so they make a ton of sales from the off.

Sadly some are much more sneaky than that.  They are sometimes known to use the product as bait and re-direct the viewer to another site selling a different product, most likely either their own product or one they get a better return for.  Others create a sign up box so they can market to the people who visit the product review.

If they have positioned themselves at the top of page one for searches they are in a prime position to get the lions share of sales using their affiliate link.

So, is launch jacking ethical?  What do you think?

Enjoy the journey!

Calling All Guest Writers

Guest Blogging

Guest Blogging

Guest blogging has been hailed as a great way to get traffic to your own blog.  It is also a way to get your name known and create an air of authority in the blogging sphere.  Ryan Biddulph has written a great post with tips on how to become a guest blogger.  You can read his post here.

I have written guest posts for a great number of blogs in my time, but I have never had a guest post on my own blog.

There are a number of reasons for that.  Mainly I just love writing so much I want all the space myself!  But also I have always been a little worried about who exactly I should invite to write for my blog.  I have had one or two people who have approached me in the past and asked if they can write a post for my blog, but I find that unsolicited request quite hard.  It’s been easy to say thanks but no thanks!

So, I have made a monumental decision!  I have decided to ask for some guest posts that will be included here on my blog, mandyallen.com, over the next 3 months.  I will still write posts but every other week starting on June 5th and running until the end of August I will publish one post by a guest writer.

I already have 3 people lined up with posts ready to go out and wonder if you would like to write a post for my blog.

Of course there will be a few rules around the post.  I am looking for posts that are between 600 and 1,000 words, so much longer than my own short offerings.  One of the reasons for this is that I want the posts to stand out from my own so it’s very clear that they are from different writers.  Also I want to give the writers an opportunity to really get their teeth into the topic they are writing about.

And that brings me to the second item, the topic.  I would like writers to produce something in the fields of either blogging or blog creation, so this might be something helpful to new bloggers, or to write about life, so it could be personal development, spirituality, general ‘life’s journey’ posts.   Unique entries only please, and do include some images.

And there’s a bonus for each writer I publish.   I will create a pdf book from your blog post so you can use it as a giveaway or free gift for your subscribers.

Obviously I can’t guarantee your post will be published at this stage, but if you are interested in submitting something for me to consider please get in touch, or leave me a comment saying so below.

Enjoy the journey!

How Do You Re-use Your Content?

Re-use Your Content

Re-use Your Content

All over the internet you will find articles and blog posts on re-purposing content.  It’s a great way to get everything you do used in the best way possible.  It allows you to get your writing out in front of many more eyes than just leaving it in one place for ever.

So how do you re-use your content?  For me I try to look at different ways of presenting what I have written.  So I might make a video for my YouTube channel, they are always very similar to my blog posts, short and sweet!  You can see an example by clicking this link here: How To Add Categories To Your Blog Posts.

This video was made following a blog post I wrote as a guest blogger, which is something I also do from time to time.  Often I find people will ask questions in the comments and I find it easy to create quick videos to help people to learn a bit more about blogging and how to do simple tasks on their blogs.

Another way I will re-purpose content is to create articles from the posts.  Sometimes I extend them to meet the word requirements of the article directory, other times I might add two or three related posts together to create the article.  I am an Ezine Expert Author.

One of the things I have just done to help me to re-use my blog content is I have bought a piece of software that will enable me to take my blog posts and automatically turn them into a pdf so I can use it as a giveaway.  Although I usually write short posts the software allows you to add more than one post into the book, so I can choose related posts and put them all inside with barely any effort at all.

So how do you re-use your content?

Enjoy the journey!

Are You Successful?

Success!

Are You Successful?

Of course when asked the question ‘Are You Successful?’ you need to understand what the question means and how success is measured both by you and the person asking.  For example if someone asked me if I was successful I would most definitely say yes, but they may be talking about a variety of different aspects of my life, and they may measure success completely differently to me.  I feel I am a successful blogger, having worked hard at it for a long time to build up recognition and a community of readers and commenters.  But their measure of success as a blogger might mean they want to know how much money I make from blogging.  The reality is I don’t make any income from blogging itself.  I use my blog as a portal for my other interests that involve selling products to make an income.  As you can see on the right hand top there is a sign up box.  Anyone who signs up will get regular emails from me, some of those emails will contain help and advice, others will be product reviews with an affiliate sales link which I will earn an income from.  The graphics on the blog are all affiliate buttons and if someone clicks them and buys the product I will earn a commission.

So success is measured differently by different people and you must understand both what is behind the question and how you yourself measure success.  They say the world is divided into the ‘haves’ and the ‘have nots’.  I am a ‘haves’.  I have confidence, I have skills, I have good friends and a lovely family, I have opportunities.  I do not have a big house, lots of money or a flashy car, but this does not make me a ‘have not’.  I have never thought success in life is about material wealth.  I’m alive and I survive – I am a have and I am successful!

Enjoy the journey!

Facebook Live Is Live!

Facebook Live VideoSome people have only just got Facebook live activated, it seems they phased it in slowly over time.  I was watching a training video recently and the creator was using Facebook live on their android device but said not everyone had it then.  I believe everyone has got it now.

I have just started exploring Facebook live and creating live broadcasts with it.  I have to say I absolutely love it and believe it to be a great tool for your internet marketing business.

It is versatile and can be used anytime anywhere and you can interact with your viewers during the video, which is great.  It’s really simple to use too.  If you have an android device just click your Facebook app to open it up and click in the box that allows you to create a post.  When you are in that box it brings up a list of things you can do to create a post, and ‘live’ is one of the options.  Click on that and it asks you to describe your video.  Write a short description then when you click to start recording it counts down from 3 to give you time to get into position!  I realised with the first video I did that when it gets to the end of the counter I need to wait a couple more seconds before speaking as the first part of my speech was cut off!  You’ll get the hang of it, it’s all about trying it out!

If you want to take a look at my initial efforts pop over to my Facebook page and take a look.  Just click the blue coloured link there and it will take you right there.  Or you can hit my Facebook button on the right side bar, it goes to the same place!

Try out Facebook live, it’s really good fun, and let me know when you post a video, I’ll head over and take a look!!

Enjoy the journey!

And We Have Lift Off!

Outsource Explosion Launch Date

Outsource Explosion Launch Date

In my recent post, Build Your Bridges And Your Ship Will Come In, I talked about how I had been online since 2009 and had formed many great relationships with other marketers who have stayed around.  Of course there are an awful lot more people I formed close bonds with who are no longer online, and that is one of the sad facts about online marketing.  For some it simply doesn’t all happen quickly enough.

In the post I talked about two partnerships I have formed recently with marketers I have known for a long time and Keith Purkiss and I have just announced our launch date for Outsource Explosion and released our jv partners page, which you can take a look at here.

We have worked really hard to get this together and it focuses on training on how to outsource, following our own personal examples of outsourcing and Keith’s proven methods to get the best results from outsourcing.

A lot of people have tried outsourcing, some without much success, and we hope to help all of those people, and those who have not tried, to get it right and benefit from the power of outsourcing.

As always there are a number of ‘layers’ to the product, and in the mega bundle we even provide our own proven outsource workers so people can go directly to those who we know work well, providing quality products at a great price.

We are currently looking for partners to promote our product for the 6th June launch and would be really chuffed if any of you have a list and would like to mail out to them with the launch campaign.  You need to go to the JV Page Here and sign up so you can get an affiliate link and all the JV tools.

This product will be a great help to both new marketers and seasoned marketers alike.

Enjoy the journey!

Too Busy For Social Media?

Social Media can boost your business.

Social Media can boost your business.

Social Media for business can be hard to get to grips with.  I use it for social things, which is what is was created for.  But I don’t really use it for business, which is what it has been used successfully for by others.  I just find there are more things to do in the day which do not involve me being on social media, so when I do get on it I just want to chill out and use it for social things.

I admire people who can build social media time into their working hours and not be lured into the social side of it, instead using the time for purely business related stuff.  When I get on it all I want to do is catch up with friends, read a bit of light hearted stuff and generally play around.

I recently was given the opportunity to review a product about using social media to boost your business.  It’s called Smartt Social Media.  People often talk about the power of social media but unless you know HOW to use it effectively for your business you won’t get the great results that really are possible.

I was impressed with the depth that Smartt Social Media goes into to share the different social media platforms and how they can best be used.  I learnt a lot about them that I didn’t know, having always used them for, well, social stuff, rather than business.  It’s a whole different ball game!

So if you feel you are behind with social media and you want to catch up and propel your business forwards then go and grab a copy of Smartt Social Media now!  Just click the link HERE!

Enjoy the journey!