Is Your Well Running Dry?

”I just graduated college with $100,000 in debt”, yeah people clap celebrate and even hug you. 🎉

“I just got a loan for $400,000 to buy my first home”, yeah people clap celebrate and even hug you. 🏡

“I just got a loan for $40,000 for a new car”, yeah people clap celebrate and even hug you. 🚗

That’s $540,000 in total debt most people are living in(add a few hundred thousand for those living in Southern California), but they are feeling good about it because they are being celebrated for it.

Now, go tell those same people you spent a few hundred dollars to start your own business…

“Whoa, are you sure?”
“What are you going to do if it doesn’t work?”
“Umm.. I don’t think those things really work”
“Do you think you can get your money back?”

Picture a bucket full of crabs with no lid… the crabs never escape the bucket. The moment a crab tries to get out of the bucket, the other crabs pull it back down.

Pay attention to who you are surrounding yourself with and who is speaking into your life.

Are you Living Your Ideal Life?

What IF? Imagine a Business (Part Time) or Full Time where by redirecting your spending –
Is your cost of doing business?

Meaning – no additional money needed other than money you already spend in this area of your life.

You move product in “personal consumption” you don’t sell product?

The model is a network of consumers who are invested in these products for life and We (You) are the customer and the coach.

Believing in Yourself is the Most Powerful Tool you need

This is a Democracy in its finest form – Team Business

Listen to my story about this Lifestyle –

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Ways to Increase Your Income

Looking for ways to boost your income? Maybe you are struggling to pay the bills, or you would like to meet your financial goals more quickly.

There are short-term income solutions… like getting a second, or maybe even a third job.

However if you know that you need more money and a long-term solution to your problem, you may want to consider a ‘side hustle’ and use your passions to help you earn money over the long-haul.  With the right ‘side hustle’ you might find yourself replacing the income source you currently count on, and building residual income.

A Side Hustle

A side hustle is any type of employment undertaken in addition to one’s full-time job. A side hustle is generally independent contractor work that provides a supplemental income.

One way to increase your income is to pursue a side hustle that you enjoy. This will likely start out as something that you do part-time while you are still working at your original job. However, if you are smart about it, you may be able to grow  a side hustle into something that brings in full-time income.

Create a Residual Income Stream

I am talking about residual income streams that work all the time, even when you’re asleep.

When it comes to residual income, you have to build a team of people interested in what you have to offer and then work with them, helping them build their own businesses… all the while generating residual income for you.

Make Money with Your Hobbies

My hobbies have for years revolved around health and wellness. To that end, years ago I studied, and obtained, my nutrition and fitness coach certifications.

Then I put my health and wellness passion – to good use. I started building a network marketing business promoting health and wellness.

I have been earning a living in network marketing for over 10 years. During that time I have built a brand, amassed an audience,  and generated residual income. Simply put I shared my passion (and hobbies) for health and wellness with family, friends and my social media audience.

If you are interested in learning more about how I turned my side hustle into full time compensation, and residual income, schedule call and we’ll chat.

Side Hustle Your Way To Extra Income

Who couldn’t use a little bit more money? Whether you are a stay at home mom, starting a kids college fund, trying to pay off student loans, saving for a down payment on a house, trying to pay down debt, or just putting some money away for a rainy day, a little bit of extra cash can go a long way. You need a side hustle

Maybe you have a job but you dream about being your own boss… running your own business. A side hustle from home can be a game changer that’ll make a difference in your cash flow while giving you the freedom you have always wanted.

No matter where you live or what you do for a living, one of the benefits of the internet is the ability to make money, anytime, anywhere.

Think of it this way – you have the world at your fingertips and all you have to do is tap into an unlimited number of potential clients on social media, and BOOM! – your side hustle is producing an income. And you are earning that extra income you need, moving in the direction of a full-time, work from home, legitimate business!

How to Build a Successful Side Hustle

So you have decided to get started with your own side hustle from home but you don’t know where to start. Here are a list of steps to follow for you to start developing a successful side hustle today:

Don’t go into this endeavor blind – you need a personal development plan.

“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.”  Tony Robbins

Are ready to stop drifting along doing whatever comes to your attention, and you are ready to have more control over your life – then you need a precise plan.

The power of a precise plan lies in the fact that, if you plan, you are able to focus all of your activities in the right direction. The result – more control over your life!

A Personal Development plan is a detailed coordination of a complex operation where you develop strategies and implement tactics that result in a prosperous future. Think of it as an attack plan for your life!  READ MORE

Know what your goals are and why you want to accomplish them.

“If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy and inspires your hopes.”  Andrew Carnegie

So what’s your plan? If you’re like most of us you have some goals in mind, but let’s go one step further and put together some SMART goals.

SMART goals will give you a game plan that makes it much easier to make decisions and helps keep you on track.

Just the process of writing down SMART goals will go a long way, but defining the reasons for accomplishing those goals makes all the difference in accomplishing them. READ MORE

Schedule time for your side hustle

“He who every morning plans the transactions of that day and follows that plan carries a thread that will guide him through the labyrinth of the most busy life.” Victor Hugo

It’s time to remove any self-sabotage or self-limitation you have around “not having enough time,” or today not being “the right time” to start a business or manage your current business properly.

There are only three ways to spend time: thoughts, conversations and actions. Regardless of the type of business you own, your work will be composed of those three items.

As an entrepreneur, you may be frequently interrupted or pulled in different directions. While you cannot eliminate interruptions, you do get a say on how much time you will spend on them and how much time you will spend on the thoughts, conversations and actions that will lead you to success. *entrepreneur.com  READ MORE

Set up Business Systems

“Systems run the business, and people run the systems” Michael Gerber

Once you have been working a week or two, you should have a lot of connections and a lot of follow ups. And next week you should have more connections and more follow-ups.

Let’s talk about purpose management. It’s very, very important when you are managing your business that you are ‘keeping the main – thing the main thing’. Right now we’re focusing on our income producing activities.

For example, when you are setting up your calendar and scheduling time for:

  • Income producing activities and highlight in green.
  • Time with family for meals and everyday activities and highlight in blue.
  • Fun time with family and friends, or just time for yourself should be highlighted in yellow
  • Other things we have to do in life (doctors appointments, grocery shopping, banking, etc.) should highlighted in orange

I don’t believe in time management, but I do very strongly believe in Purpose Management… manage your life with purpose, include work, family and fun – it will set you FREE! READ MORE

Learn the Art of Connecting with People

“The goal is to provide inspiring information that moves people to action.”- Guy Kawasaki

Connecting with people is about understanding their motivations, and providing VALUE whenever, and wherever possible. However, we cannot simply ‘give’ endlessly. We have to build our lives (and our relationships) connections that reciprocate.

Most of us are looking for deep connections with:

  1. People we can trust implicitly
  2. People we can rely on
  3. People who sincerely appreciate us for who we are

When you sincerely connect with your own soul, who you are and what your purpose is… other people see that and want to connect with you. READ MORE

Learn the Art of Social Media Engagement

“Lead people with what they want. – Lead with what they’ve already said. – Lead people from where they’re at. – Lead them with the things that concern them.” – Sandi Krakowski

Once you know the target audience you want to reach on social media, what social networks they are active on, and the social networks you will use to reach your target audience, here are 9 social media basics to help you get your social media presence off to a good start.

  • Complete Your Profile
  • Ensure Consistent Branding
  • Share Content Regularly
  • Respond Quickly To Comments & Questions
  • Share Content Your Customers Value
  • Link To Your Website
  • Use Images & Videos
  • Prepare to Pay for advertising
  • Persevere – Don’t Quit

Real progress or growth with social media is a slow, steady and sometimes painful process. This is especially true when you are just getting started with social media. Like most anything of value, social media requires time, attention and especially perseverance to produce results. READ MORE

Conclusion

A side hustle can bring in that extra money you need each month. You will also develop new skills, build a personal brand, achieve financial freedom and live on your own terms. And with some more money in your pocket, there’s nothing stopping you from making your dreams come true.

How To Get Inbound Links: 7 Strategies That Actually Work

Is your website suffering from link deficiency?

You’ve probably heard how important backlinks are for SEO (roughly 40% of Google’s ranking factors). But getting inbound links ain’t easy. Rather than going out and building links on external websites, Google’s Matt Cutts says we should earn links through creative content.

And since part of creating “good” content is making your pages/posts stand out, I only found it appropriate to use a set of brilliant colored pencils to light this page up with some personality. I actually borrowed this idea from an article on Search Engine Journal (only they cheated and used a cute puppy). Either way, making your content visual, useful, and easy to navigate is WHY people will link to it. People don’t link to anything – you need to do something different.

1. Create Educational Content

This is the type of content people actually WANT to link to, they’re not just going to come by themselves. I specialize in SEO for WordPress so most people are looking for help configuring the Yoast SEO Plugin, or how to make a WordPress site load faster. These are some main topics people want to learn and I have spent WEEKS writing these tutorials. They’re the ones I put front and center in my navigation menu and the ones I link to most on my site. If you have a high value keyword but only a mediocre post about it, you should try improving that content.

What happens when you take a mediocre post and invest multiple days turning it into the best tutorial online? My Yoast tutorial went from 5 visits/day to 100 visits/day (all from SEO) within 24 hours of republishing it with the new content. Now it has over 190 comments and a TON of links from people who have found it through Google. Of course it’s been ranking on the first page for it’s keyword (Yoast SEO Settings) for years because I’ve invested hours and hours into the content. When Matt Cutts says to “create good content” that’s exactly what he means.

WordPress Speed Optimization Guide

You need to identify key topics and write the ‘ultimate guide’ on each one. Yes it can take an entire week to write just one article, but that’s exactly what it takes if you want an extra 100 visits/day through a single post. Good content WILL pay off especially since Google has started penalizing websites with low quality content. 90% of my links are to my SEO tutorials.

Creating articles targeting high value keywords (educational topics) helps you:

  • Establish long-term, high traffic posts
  • Get links through SEO traffic it generates
  • Be viewed as an authority in your industry
  • Get tons of comments/conversations on those posts
  • Acquire some of the most loyal followers through education

2. Spruce Up Your Content

Visual content is 40x more likely to get shared (source) and while nice graphics are obviously important, don’t limit your content to text and graphics. Embed a Twitter status if you’re quoting someone, use a 2 column layout to list pros and cons, embed a video, or use an HTML table of contents like you see in the top of this post to help people navigate to specific topics.

I personally like using 2 column layouts in many of my blog posts. I also know my content body is 680 pixels (width) which means if I’m using a 2 column layout with photos, each photo would be 330(w) if you count the 20 pixels of space between each column. Knowing your dimensionshelps you resize images to look better and makes them load faster. Just a quick tip for you 🙂

680 Pixel Width Rectangle

Although it’s specific to WordPress, my tutorial on how to spruce up content in WordPress has a LOT of ideas for diversifying your content. This includes how to add an HTML table of contents, embed a Youtube video without Youtube’s branding, embed social media statuses, style fonts, and other ideas. Here are just a few ways you can make your content more visual…

Content Ideas

  • Add an HTML table of content to help with navigation
  • Design infographics using canva.com or hire a freelancer
  • Embedded videos, ideally your own if it’s a high value topic
  • Take screenshots (I do a LOT of this since I blog about WordPress)
  • Use Advanced Twitter Search to find tweets to embed on your posts
  • Style links (and their hover color) in your posts so they’re easy to see
  • Use tables, 2 column layouts, buttons, lists, bold items, and other styling options
  • Adding a photo/bio in your blog sidebar so people know who is writing the article

3. Add Videos

People love videos (and love linking to them too), but few website owners actually do this. Creating your own videos if definitely preferred if you have the time, but even finding a helpful video on Youtube adds a ton of value to your content, like what Matt Cutts says about links…

Listen, I’m an introverted dude who was completely uncomfortable creating SEO tutorials (I still cringe when I hear myself talk). But guess what? I have over 200,000 views between all my Youtube videos and have gotten links, clients, and affiliate sales through these videos. When I write a super important article on my site (like my tutorial on optimizing content for keywords) I will create a video and embed it on that tutorial. Videos not only attract links because people love them, but by embedding videos on your site you are also improving engagement with your content (average time on page) which Google uses to determine your rankings.

Higher rankings, more links, more subscribers, and more sales from people who saw your videos. That’s like a win-win-win-win! Suck it up, get a camera, and start creating some videos.

4. Design Infographics (In 10 Minutes)

What else do people like linking to? Infographics. Read this article by HubSpot which says visual content is 40x more likely to get shared. You can create these yourself using a free infographic maker like canva.com or hire a freelance infographic designer for around $100-$400 depending on the graphics, how detailed your directions are, and the freelancer’s rate.

This infographic literally took me 10 minutes to create…

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I’m still trying to keep up with my videos, but you should be investing time in either videos or infographics – ideally both if you have the time/money. I urge you to create a couple videos or infographics and see what happens. I bet traffic to your post will double, and so will your links.

5. Post Long Content

One of the BIGGEST mistakes I see is people throwing up short content (usually mostly text) and wondering why it doesn’t rank. If you want to be on the first page of Google and people to link to you, your content needs to be better (and more thorough) than everyone else behind you. Longer content ranks higher in search engines and posts with 3000+ words is ideal. If you’re using WordPress, the Yoast SEO Plugin counts number of words for you in the content analysis tab, otherwise you can paste your full article in a Google Doc and do a word count.

When I revisit old posts to improve the content, I try add at least 500 words. You can plan out key topics (subheadings), add a table of contents in the beginning with those subheadings, then add additional sections to the article. Do your research and Google the keyword, see what other people are writing about, then include topics you think would make your article better.

6. Improve Your Design

People link to websites that look good. This does NOT have to cost a lot of money. For $40/hour you can hire a skilled overseas developer on freelancer.com who can help you design or redesign your site. I’ve been working with the same WordPress developer (Pronaya) for 5 years who is only $40/hour and helped me build over 25 websites when I was running a small WordPress design business. You can hire him by signing up for a freelancer account and searching for user BDkamol. I’ve invested $20,000 in him over 5 years because he’s that good.

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Even if it means migrating your to a WordPress theme from StudioPress (super nice mobile responsive themes), I did this and it this has payed off HUGE for me. My old site wasn’t responsive so I migrated to StudioPress and while I can’t directly correlate it with link growth, it looks WAY better, loads in under 1 second, and is more SEO-friendly. Generally the nicer your website is (and the easier it is for people to find things) to more people will link to you.

7. Do More Content Marketing

Once you’ve creating an AMAZING piece of content around a high value keyword and published it, you need to get some eyeballs on it. Here are a few easy ways you can do that…

  • Send out a newsletter
  • Post it on your social networks
  • Join Facebook groups and share it when appropriate
  • Email bloggers in your industry who it would interest
  • Mention people in the actual article (they could likely link to it)
  • Publish interviews and quotes from Twitter to include more people
  • Hold contests, prizes, and discounts in return for sharing your content
  • Create a Youtube video about the topic and leave a link in the description

Avoid Hiring A “Link Builder”

You can hire an overseas link building freelancer on websites like freelancer.com and upwork.com but I would NOT do it since this can get you a Google penalty. I dabbled with some (very high rated) link building freelancers and they did get me ranked higher for WordPress SEO consulting and other services. But sure enough, within a couple months I got hit with a Google penalty and my traffic cut in half. It took me several months (and a lot of hard work) to recover from this penalty so do yourself a favor and avoid doing this together.

Besides, Matt Cutts says we should be earning links, not building them.

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The few “link building” methods that actually work:

That’s all I got! If you have any questions about how to get inbound links to your website, drop me a line in the comments (glad to help). Just remember, people naturally want to link to good content so that is the single most important thing you can do to speed up your link growth.

Source: onlinemediamasters.com ~ By:  TOM DUPUIS ~ Image: pixabay.com