Perseverance, persistence, positivity – the 3 P’s of success equal prosperity in the end. Do you have what it takes to keep on running a blog or blogs until success knocks at your door? Why give up? If you give up then you will never know what it takes to be successful.
I know we all have down times because I’ve been there. Sometimes they last a little bit longer than others, but my words to you are never ever give up. If it’s not working then maybe you need to do it a little bit differently. I remember one business I tried years ago was always successful for people and those who couldn’t do it were usually put off by being shy or not doing what others had done to make it work. I was one of those people. I was horribly shy and I didn’t try to make it work. Had I done what they were doing it would have worked for me just like every one else.
And that leads to perseverance. If you keep on going until you reach your goals then you will have achieved them. You might need to rework them or change a few of the steps if it is an unproven method, but as long as you are positively headed in the right direction then you are probably doing the right steps. Just keep at it. Don’t let those goals escape your vision.
I know I’ve had my ups and downs, but if you go off track a little bit all you need to do is step right back on it and your small or home business will be back on track in no time at all. You just need to keep your eyes on that reward whatever it might be and the feeling of positive success.
I learned the hard way. I allowed life to take it’s negative toll on me and that was wrong. It affected every part of my life until I stopped thinking in negative terms. Now, I understand right now things might be a little slower than normal because money isn’t pouring out of the economy, but wait until it does pick back up! Who are the people wanting to get back into the game going to remember? Those who brought them down or those who built them up?
You don’t have to love everything to be positive and you can still have an opinion on certain issues you feel strongly about, but you don’t need to harp on them all the time. I used to just plow my intensely negative feelings about the current president all over twitter and facebook and then one day after my account was hacked I realized that was probably why it was hacked. It was a cause and action. Did this stop me from being political? No way. But I am making an effort to talk up the ideas I like instead of bashing those of the opponent. It’s a tough change, but bad habits are difficult to break.
I’m also very persistent with my goals. I never let they stray. They might change here and there because sometimes one path isn’t working, but they stay pretty regular. I know what I want in 5 years and I know that I’m going to get it. I have it all written down and I will soon put it all on paper and read it daily. That is how to stay persistent about your efforts and goals. Just do what it takes and stay positive about it.
My son has the entrepreneur itch! He is a gamer, a youtuber, and of course a student. He just realized how many people make money on youtube and he is a bit excited about his new adventure that he has been conjuring up.
Now Mr. Personality has created a channel where he is going to start recording his games and giving hints and tips in gaming. I told him he needs to make it
unique, but it will still be a great training tool for him when he starts to become a serious networker. I’m a bit excited for him as I know that social networking can make you money if you have fun at what you’re doing and you are dedicated.
Do you teach your kids that entrepreneurship is the way to prosperity? I sure hope you do. While an educate IS good for their future, it is also important to teach them that owning their own business can be way more profitable than working for someone else. Of course, teach them that no matter what they need to do what works for their families in the long run and if that means taking on a job and career while building a great business then so be it. My son wants to be a Marine and a business man. I’m sure he will be great at both.
If you’re already using Aweber or GetResponse then you’re probably not aware there is a free autoresponder available for your blog. Today I had the opportunity to see the ARGWA Free Autoresponder in action and I was pretty impressed with the capabilities.
ARGWA is easy to install and setup. It’s a plugin for WordPress so all you really need to do is to use the plugin installer and then setup the software. It took me about 10 minutes to set it up and test it.
There is a free version and a retail version. At the time of this writing, the price of the retail version was $67.00. Obviously, the retail version has more features than the free version that I haven’t been able to check out and the retail version does not include the “power by ARGWA Free Autoresponder” on your list sign up form.
The pros of owning your own email autoresponder is that no one can take away your email list. I learned the hard way. I absolutely love Aweber, however, if you have an emergency and your can’t make your payment then Aweber will remove your list completely and you will be forced to make a new account. In the beginning I didn’t have a lot of cash to run my site yet I was able to sign up a lot of people. LIST GONE.
The bad part about owning your own autoresponder is that you have the potential of getting your domain and/or IP blacklisted if you send out too much email. Also, if your database gets corrupted you could lose that list so back it up daily. Using a source like feedburner is okay for collecting emails, but there is really no automation with feedburner unless you make some special blog and incorporate an rss feed with the blog. It sounds like more of a hassle because the blog is out there on the Internet for everyone to see. Feedburner also has the capability of removing all your emails without your permission and backing it up can be somewhat of a hassle.
By installing and using ARGWA, you can keep your own list and use it as an autoresponder that is not seen by the public website. It has an option to join the list on the blog sign up page so your members can easily optin without having to get the RSS feed as well.
Unfortunately, I didn’t see an affiliate program like Aweber uses. It would be nice to be able to resell ARGWA to my potential clients like I can with Aweber or GetReponse. Perhaps the developer of ARGWA could make the product available throughas well as PayPal so Internet Marketers can make a small cut. :)
With those issues aside, I give ARGWA very high marks. I’ve been impressed with it on other blogs that I run and I might be installing it here soon if the $67 is a site license and not a 1 domain license. I’ll keep you updated and I will have a demo soon.
Both Blogger and WordPress are great for personal blogs or for backup blogs, but I would never put my live material on either of these blogs. The biggest reason is because both of these companies have the right to stop your blog from showing at any time. Since they own the server and the only assets you have is the content and your login, you’re pretty much screwed if they decide to take down your blog.
Both sites do take down blogs. It does happen, I’ve seen it. Last summer Blogger announced it would remove the adult sites using affiliate programs. Some people didn’t listen and their blogs were removed out from under their eyes up until this day. What’s kind of blogs are next? Name what could be offensive to someone such as politics, jokes, etc and you have a blog that will soon disappear because of politically correct or religious people. Boom! Gone.
This is one reason why I would never recommend a blog hosted by either WordPress or Blogger. Now, using WordPress as a blogging platform that is hosted on your own server is fine. Just make sure you keep up with the updates and the extra security of plugins. Blogger doesn’t have this option so you’re stuck with using it as a backup or a link building blog.
Both blogger.com and wordpress.com are great for level 3 link building sites and simple personal journaling. What I mean by level 3 are sites that give your domain relevance on the web. I don’t necessarily mean spam blogs, although some consider this blog spamming. If you have some blogs with related content on either wordpress.org or blogger.com consider putting links to your main site on these blogs. Find other sites to add your links to as well. Link to each other. Make it a free for all! But never ever put your main content on these blogs because they are destined to disappear.
Host your own blog on a service likeor . makes it real easy to setup and just keep it running. is more for people who want a lot of power behind scripts and such, although I think HostGator does have bigger plans for VPS servers.
I use blogger blogs all the time for fun blogs. I also use it for link building. It works. Just make sure not to make your blogger or wordpress.com blog too spammy or the posts will be deleted at some point.
I want to talk to you today about your mailing list. If you are in the business of affiliate marketing and blogging, and I’m assuming you are because you are interested in this information, there are certain rules that you need to follow in order for your email to not become illegal.
Yes, I said ILLEGAL. In 2003 Congress passed the CAN-SPAM Act. This law regulates all commercial email messages whether they be affiliate marketing, products for sale, or even porn.
If you do not follow the laws the Federal Trade Commission can fine you up to $16,000 for EACH email message that does not follow the rules. If you send a lot of mail this can become quite costly.
- Your Email headers, domain names, and subject lines must not be deceptive. For example, sending a message that sounds like you’re sending it to a friend in hopes this person will open your link is illegal. Make sure everything is accurate.
- Disclose and clearly state how recipients can opt-out or unsubscribe from your message.You must disclose if your message is an advertisement.
- You must include a valid postal address in the mail body.
- Honor the unsubscribe requests within 10 business days.
- Make sure your 3rd party service such as AWeber or GetResponse follow the rules as well.
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It’s not difficult to add your Twitter timeline to Blogger. In fact, it’s as easy as it is to add it to WordPress. Watch this video:
You can easily add widgets from twitter to your html or wordpress blog without a lot of programming or plugins. It’s easy, just login to your twitter account and click on settings. Next, in the menu select widgets and then “create new” and add the information you would like to share. After clicking on “create widget” a field with the code will appear. Copy the content of this field then add it to your blog as a text widget or to any html. Now people can follow you and see what your tweets are about or any tweets with a hashtag that you would like them to follow.
Neat? I think it is.
So many of us make new year resolutions about our lives that we forget about our small businesses. The beginning of the year is a good time to reflect what you did right or wrong in your business and try to do better the next year. The SBC for Canada About page talks about how important it is to drop old habit and begin new ones that work in their New Year’s Resolutions for Small Business Success article.
If you continue to do what isn’t working then you will continue to fail. There isn’t a magic fairy who flies around tagging small businesses and giving them luck. Successful businesses adapt or redo their business and marketing plans to do what works for them. If you do not learn from history then history will repeat itself and you will not make more money.
Reviewing your business plan will stop all of this from happening. When you refresh your memory of what your original goal was in the first place and rework your steps to meet that goal knowing what worked and what didn’t the year before, then you can continue on your path to success in 2014.
We’re all using SwagBucks by now, right? At least I hope you would be using a search engine that makes you money for simply search and doing what you do every day. I bet that some of you even use that search engine in the upper right corner of your browser and you haven’t even changed it yet to support SwagBucks. Here’s how to do it to make sure you get the most out of your search:
- Click on the little icon representing your search engine. Right now it is most likely set to google or yahoo.
- Click on Manage Search Engines
- Click on Get More Search Engines
- Type SwagBucks in the Add Ons search window
- Click on Add to Firefox.
Once this is added, and you shouldn’t need to restart your browser, move it to the top of the list so it is your default search. Do this by following these steps:
- Click on the little search engine icon/logo in the search bar.
- Select Manage Search Engines.
- SwagBucks will be at the bottom. Scroll down and click on it.
- Click on Move Up until it moves all the way to the top of the list.
Remember, you must be logged into SwagBucks every time you use the search tool to get credit. I’m usually always logged in, but be sure to check.
Yes, it’s Thanksgiving again and like most Internet marketing moms I am thawing the turkey while writing up blog posts and doing some social networking. So how do I keep track of the 30 minutes when I need to change my turkey thawing water? I use the Free Countdown Timer the I downloaded from CNET. I can run multiple countdowns on this clock which is so helpful for cooking while I’m working. I can have all the oven timers go off at different times without worrying about burning anything.
Not only is it helpful with cooking, it is also helpful when timing web seminars on Google Hangouts and other web seminar meetings. It’s great for timing web video recordings and mp3′s. It’s good for timing contests during your seminars and managing your time while doing the seminar.
Imagine dividing your seminar topics into 4 different topics with a beginning, middle, and end helping you navigate when to switch topics and sections into your webinar. I run it on my second monitor while working in my webinar so I know when to change topics. I can also time cooking dinner during the seminars because hey, isn’t that what all of us Internet marketing moms do?
Download it and see if it works for you. I know it did for me.