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7 Blog Hacks for Business Success 2010

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  1. People don’t like to donate unless they get something out of it, but even if it’s a tiny, a stupid, useless virtual thing we love to buy it (like collecting)
  2. give regular updates, if you’re dead nobody will watch you
  3. humour, the whole thing is funny, a funny person
  4. pictures, media (quick glance rather than video)
  5. re: commissions, never say “I need the money” nor be pitiful
  6. provide good stuff, people will talk / share
  7. people buy subscriptions where there are no ads

(from my mentor who is a veteran internet geek that does media art)

I wanted to add my own view of 2010:

  • mini, that is mobile friendly
  • provide timely bits of info

To this end I will be making this site cell phone smart.

As soon as I finish it, I’m going to give a review on The Complete Syndication Revelation.

Domain Transfer

easy domain transferIt’s easy to do a domain transfer.

You just make sure that your domain name is past the 2-month holding time, then…

  1. unlock it (see the “lock” icon?) at domain name provider (GoDaddy)
  2. go to host c-panel, domain manager (BlueHost)
  3. get EPP authorization code, from domain manager (GoDaddy) via email
  4. paste into the field at the host (BlueHost)
  5. get admin contact verification code (GoDaddy) via email
  6. change name servers given by the host (from BlueHost to GoDaddy)
  7. agree to terms of service at host
  8. add transfer to shopping cart and pay ($10)

Basically you have 3 windows open:

  • email account that your domain name provider knows
  • hosting account
  • domain name provider

Read the screen. Relax…it really is easy. Have fun with it. Pretty much it happens instantly, all the email, cutting and pasting of the codes and that.

You’re done.

Recording Software, Set Up Recording Area

Audio product interview (Mike Stewart’s Audio Recording For Information Publishers–coming soon)

Debating the professional vs. consumer quality audio files, I really wonder.

I like the idea of informal very much, but toying with the idea of actually hearing what’s being said.

Most podcasts, or audio files are not made into words to read, and who has time to listen more than once or twice? Wouldn’t you rather hear it right the first time?

Anyway, it’s not that hard to set up a recording space: just turn off the fan and phone, close the windows and door. That’s pretty good.

A really good microphone that sounds clear on replay and takes care of the “popping” noise of talking. When I get one, I’ll review that one–research first and let you know. And on how to look after it, too.

Marketing Advice by Dean Hunt

My review: Only Deano would do something like this. Gotta love him. Help children in India.

Full-on videos (5-6 minutes with the main points), Personality Marketers and Social Marketers, those with a little character and personality in what they do will be big in 2010.

He’s right about transparency, I think. I mean super-professional “can’t touch me-I’m-a-corporation-now-so-security-will-keep-you-out” are boring me half to death. What about you?

You might just as well sign up for Ustream while you’re there.

File Management 1: The Most Boring Task

File management on your computer is all about cleaning up.

And knowing where files are. And dealing. In business, you just got to.

Just want to scream and run away from it? Be brave. More like gardening actually.

Here are 3 steps to start with:

  1. deal with your email, start with account number one
  2. hard drive, start with computer number one
  3. backup, all systems

Today I’m only talking about email. If you don’t get on top of it, it will get on top of you and weigh you down.

How many accounts do you have? I’m not going to suggest shutting them down, any more than I would take a favourite Teddy Bear from a fully alert child!

Start with the worst, oldest one. Ugh. Say to yourself: I have to do this, or else.

Count how many folders you are organizing your emails in…you have made folders, haven’t you? Anyway, think of it as a series of file cabinets and drawers.

You’re familiar with the idea of a desktop, right? Okay, think: classic movie where the rich guy has almost nothing on his desk. It’s a temporary workspace, nothing more. Would you stack huge amounts of junk on there if you were the rich guy in the movie? No. Only the poor sod in an hidden office has all the file folders and stuff piled up on his desk.

Stay with me here: this is such a big topic, I’m going to break it down into little pieces. Over time.

Alright, now we start with the hated email…

Count how many file folders you have. If it’s over 50 that’s far too many. Bet you didn’t think you had that many, hey? Ask yourself how many folders (cabinets) you can comfortably live with…20–sound about right?

Now, you may know that by “deleting” you’re not really getting rid of anything instantly, you’re simply putting it away in a room that you may to go to in the next while. But it’s there just in case. Then you can choose to keep it forever by moving it to a file folder (call it “Temp”), and there may come a time when this room will be dealt with, too.

Okay, now that you’re relaxed…everything is alright, everything is fine

Look at the list of folders of your email. Never mind the 250 loose emails in your inbox…we’ll get to those.

Some of them will loosely fit into a category. It’s like one big cabinet will be for, say, Marketing.

Now you’ve got a bunch of folders (drawers) for various Marketers that you like, or you want to look at later. They really don’t need their own drawer each (they can share with other Marketers), and I’ll tell you why:

The secret is the box with a magnifying glass that says: search your email (not search the web). See?

Now if you have a filing cabinet drawer for each of these marketers, it doesn’t make sense. Think of the “search you email” box as your secretary. You need something, you ask her to go look for it…even if it’s misfiled under something else she will find it (she’s good!) as long as you give her something to go on.

The reason is this: the long list of file folders don’t need to be out, they can be out of sight and anytime you want to look at them you just pull open the drawer. That way your mind doesn’t feel cluttered and you have a virtual room with 10 or 20 file cabinets (good) instead of 50+, which is crazy.

And now that you’ve come with me this far…forget email communications. Here is an exciting social media video to relax your mind…(remember to subscribe to this series, opt in…because you love me)

Your Voice On The Internet

TrainingYour voice is your fortune. High, low…fast, slow…accented or not…male, female: your voice is unique. People’s fascination for individual voices runs deep, hits emotional chords and has the power to inform. Why not use your own voice for online business success?

You may be interested to know that my career in using my own voice started in long-distance switchboard operating and the ability to brand to that voice started back then. Businessmen had account cards that they would use by calling the operator to place business calls. It was then, I was pleasantly surprised to find, that the regulars would instantly know me by the second call placed, even if a week or more later. Such is the unique signature of the voice.

If all voices were the same the world would be plain and flat, so yours is needed to enrich the landscape!

So when I discovered Generator Software, I had to get it. You build audio teaching content clicking buttons to splice it together AND get your own voice in there in certain sections. It’s cool.

This fit perfectly with my interest in autodialers to reach a personal or a self-generated list. For those of you who haven’t yet learned the art of “taking” back your telephone, what I’m about to say may not appeal. Keeping in touch by telephone is a viable option for the list you have built yourself, used in conjunction with other tools, just to mix it up a bit.

Fortunately, you can be on distribution lists that you opt in for (my child’s school, the library, updates from Jerusalem). In fact, I was thinking to do it for my family because it’s better than email…and we live in different time zones. In business you can use super simple software to get your message out without downloading, or upkeep of the expensive equipment click here.

Besides an autodialer, there is online educational audio content. For some, whose background is in education, you will know about learning styles and the fact that students must be exposed to content 7 times before it really goes in. Multiple kinds of information immersion is necessary:

  1. audio
  2. visual
  3. text
  4. tactile

…and in combination.

Familiar = relaxed

Humour = relaxed

And a “relaxed” state leads to easy retention. Most people need review, and somehow it’s all so fresh and refreshing to see the tools necessary to online success in repeat sequences. So if you’re looking to add educational marketing material to what you already have see Monthly Products  to create your own. The quality is quite high because of the recommendation to use high end microphone plugged into your computer.

In particular you may find the recommendation for Internet Marketing Explained useful for training purposes click here.

Internet Law Compliance

light hearted

light hearted

Did you, by chance, attend “THE DAY THE WORLD CHANGES” tonight? That was a recommendation by email by David Garfinkel, copywriter.

It was a pretty good webinar where Joel Comm and Attorney Kevin Houchin talked about their Site Compliant FTC Toolkit.

They were talking about the new rules issued October 5, 2009 by the FTC, which will be effective December 1, 2009.

So coming up real soon in a few weeks.

Here’s my light-hearted review:

Will affect everyone using testimonials and endorsements in marketing and sales in ANY form of advertising, not just online! (even sandwich boards)

Not enough to be truthful in marketing and will protect consumers in the United States, both individuals and businesses. Actually shipments can be stopped, accounts frozen, fines laid. (severe embarrassment)

Going from truthful to transparent. (will some ads disappear?)

Testimonials, especially, will be scrutinized, and you must disclose material connections (eg. tell that you are getting a commission from an affiliate product). On websites, social sites, email, sales pages… (lets get real people)

If an endorsement is made and it is not totally obvious that the expert is benefiting from the advertisement then you must more or less hit people over the head with it. Big names making a TV endorsement may be exempt. (we should know this by now)

I guess because the internet is still so new, we need to be told for each and every affiliate product that the person is making a commission. Probably because there are so many new surfers coming online every minute.

There’s two kinds of testimonies:

1) Aspirational–this is when you are promised all kinds of money, like Mr. Big Bucks. Or you’ll lose 100 lbs and get a new life.

2) Generally accepted–this is what Mr. Normal makes: zero, maybe a bit more. Or you lose 2 lbs and gain 4 lbs.

You cannot hide behind “Results may vary” or “Results not typical” stuff like that.

Testimonials must continually reflect engagement (not sure how that’s going to pan out). Means you may have to keep getting new people who have actually bought whatever it is, be still using it. Can’t just get one golden case and keep using that forever. You have to actually keep tabs on that person. (what if you already learned the marketing or lost the weight?)

And it will ESPECIALLY be products that go into your body and information that goes into your mind. (wonder how many people work at the FTC?)

Must stick to generally expected performance results. And must be a real user. (will fake ads using models disappear? And the completely made up lying-through-their-teeth ads go away?)

“Material connections” will have to be disclosed. That means the affiliate relationship will have to be spelled out.

You marketers may be liable for what your affiliate companies are saying and doing, even outside of your sphere of use of the product. (kind of reminds me of the contracts we sign when are hired at company, you sign your life away!)

So…

1. Be compliant

2. Stay compliant

3. Show your proactive intent to be and remain compliant

Gosh.

Testimonials may need to be more formalized. Experts will be held to a higher accountability.

Then Joel and Kevin flog their 230-page conversational searchable PDF  document, with a very cool badge, and membership site.

The crest-looking badge is very nice and comes in a choice of four colours with your reference number embedded. Actually I like it so much I think my blog should be a gargantuan shield-looking badge and nothing else.

Anyway, if you buy a book on your own and give a review out of the goodness of your heart then that’s okay.

What I thought was funny was that the badge gives you a commission if someone clicks on it and buys it, too! Same ‘ol same ‘ol.

Tell you truth, I love sales people. We should call them “Buying Technicians” and give them a raise. Give everybody a raise. Are lawyers really sales guys?

The Federal Trade Commission has a website, and here it is click here (I do not get a commission for this).

My recommendation: be smart, not scared

And for gosh sakes click on one of my links, you won’t allow me a cut unless you keep clicking links all over the place and get out your credit card. Make sure you’re getting a good deal.

If you have discipline you can get anything for free. But then what will you do with your money? Money’s not worth anything unless it keeps moving.

Really, if you’re a poor old granny put that money into butter and beef and the bus. Or charity, like I do.

Google Wonder Wheel

Start with self, add spokes

Start with self, add spokes

This is me, as a hub with no spokes…so in the coming weeks lets see what I can do to get connections. Anyway, if you play around with it, it’s freaky and “alive” as you click on each new ball of information. It shows trust and authority. Ciaran Doyle says he uses it to get ideas. Try with any words you’re interested in. Fun!

Make an ordinary search on Google. Look for the words on the page just under the colourful word Google, click “show options”, the left column slides out with a list, about two thirds of the way down, click “Wonder Wheel”.

Lots of connections

Lots of Connections!!

this is good, see the legs?

this is good, see the legs?

DRA, Distributors’ Rights Association

Online Business Resource

Online Business Resource

Website of Distributor Rights Association (non-profit) Distributors’ Rights Association You can listen on live radio & on the internet. Peter Arnold is a former Executive Director (Canada), voluntary. It is the only company that has published a manual that sets out the global standards for independent contractors and companies within the MLM and direct sales industry.

The DRA is now broadcasting Live through Radio and Live through the internet every Saturday morning 9am Eastern, 8am Central, 7am Mountain, 6am Pacific time.

They’re educational, and the guests could be attorneys, CEOs, top distributors and other professionals.

Basically, increased membership brings increased clout with MLM companies (that have policies and procedures, terms and conditions that can be 30 pages long, protecting themselves not you).

I might have passed it by, but it comes recommended by Ann Sieg, for whom I have respect. There is a constantly updated Law Library.

Multi-level Marketing Watchdog MLM Watchdog this is a link on the DRA website.

Don’t kill me

And now for something completely different….

You should read this if you want to learn how you can avoid paying for privacy for your domain names, and lose your refunds, like I did: don’t add the privacy setting because if you buy your domain names at GoDaddy, then transfer hosting over to BlueHost it won’t happen unless you take off the privacy setting.

Now install WordPress at your BlueHost account, that’s good.

The reason being that putting all your eggs in one basket is a bad idea. And if anything goes wrong then you’re better off that 3 sides want you. So to recap:

  1. domain names–GoDaddy
  2. hosting–BlueHost
  3. blog–WordPress


WordPress because google loves WordPress. Don’t go crazy with widgets! Now look at the tutorials for WordPress.

You want to look at the tutorial on BlueHost for ftp to set that up. btw the tutorials are slow and quiet, easy. I bought the 2-year package with unlimited hosting, because bots can see that it’s for 2 years and like it better than one year.

Remember you need iContact for your autoresponder. That’s $10 per month. Get a template to make your landing page using KompoZer, and put the code from iContact. Make a little video to:

  • tell who you are
  • tell what you have
  • tell benefits
  • tell to fill name and email in opt-in box

Upload then get the “embed” code from YouTube, look at the html of the landing page (a tab in KompoZer) then replace the code.

Do you love bunnies?

Oh, internet, don’t kill my blog…will access my WordPress dashboard tomorrow.

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