Thursday, June 30, 2011
Mashable.com put out an awesome article yesterday that listed 5 ways the advertising industry is preparing for a digital future. I shared it with all of my Twitter and Facebook friends and I had to blog about it. Here is the direct link to the article if you'd like to read it: http://mashable.com/2011/06/28/ad-industry-digital/
There is no denying that everything has gone digital and company's have to take notice of how social networking is effecting their marketing campaigns. We are in the future. Everything is done in real time and people aren't afraid to tell you what they think and how they feel. This means you really have to bring it these days when it comes to advertising. The old methods are out the door!
I liked and learned from all of the content in the article, which also includes a video with every way the advertising industry is preparing for a digital future mentioned. There was one video in particular that I felt I should share; where Chris Schreiber, director of marketing at social video advertising company, Sharethrough, spoke about how advertising companies are looking to bring in new talent. And with the digital focus these days the industry is calling for "intervention" in advertising and noting that "inventors are modern storytellers". The part I liked most was when he talked about the responsibility that advertisers have to advertise good stuff. To be exact, he said, "We have a responsibility to not sell shit to people."
I totally agree! As an affiliate marketer, I think it's only right that advertisers market products and companies that we they truly believe in. We should be true to ourselves and to the people that we are advertising to. It's more than just a paycheck. People have to be able to trust you as an advertiser. Especially if you're an affiliate marketer! That is, if you want to make any real money in this industry!
I also love how Chris spoke about the advertising industry being somewhat of a dream to people who are truly generous individuals. That's essentially what advertising is... it's sharing information with others in a clever and creative way. Chris said that he couldn't believe that people actually get paid for this stuff! I feel the exact same way! And I'm sure I'm not the only one...
With all of that said... I highly recommend this article to anyone in advertising and marketing! Below is the video of Chris speaking at the
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
I just read an awesome and inspiring article on CNN Tech about how the homeless are turning to social media as a way to seek out shelter and support. And guess what!? They are finding it! In a world where they seem to have no voice, they are making a lot of noise and being heard in the social media arena.
This is yet another reason why I love the internet; especially the social media scene. We are all able to connect with so many different real people around the world with the click of a mouse.
If the homeless are able to utilize twitter and facebook to create a new life for themselves, then we can and definitely should all be using these media outlets and countless others on the world wide web to grow our businesses.
If you would like to read the article that I read, you can check it out here:
To your continued success in building your business and making money online~
Monique Bradford ~The WifeyMommyPreneur
Friday, June 24, 2011
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How Much Cash Can You Make Taking Surveys?
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- You’ll be getting plenty of paid surveys to do no matter where you live.
- Most surveys don’t take that long to complete (15-30 minutes of your time) and you get paid within a week by either by checks or having your money sent directly to your Paypal account.
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My "2 Cent" =)
Be sure you consider enough persistence in completing forms. Surveys aren’t always enjoyable. Many of them may be boring and exhilarating to finish. That’s the reasons companies actually pay you to complete their survey forms. Your opinions are very important to major companies and survey scientists.
The majority of people that start down the enticing road of Internet marketing give up soon after their first promotion. An extraordinary amount of effort for little profit sees many retire from the game almost immediately. Both affiliate marketing and online product marketing may first appear as easy ways to make money, but people soon realize that the web is not an easily tapped goldmine. Internet marketing requires commitment and hard work and can quickly become overwhelming.
The marketing processes involved span way beyond creating a web page or writing an eBook. As a vendor there are a broad range of marketing methods that can be followed, with few of them ever resulting in success. And as an affiliate, even the seemingly basic sifting through of products you might potentially choose to promote, presents a challenging task. From building a list of potential customers that trust your word, to launching a new product to market, being diligent enough to understand the multiple disciplines of online marketing is the downfall of many. However, for those with the staying power, Internet marketing is a great way to establish a lucrative online business.
For those of you just getting started with Internet marketing you will no doubt hear the following phrase many more times, and if you’ve been Internet marketing for some time you are about to hear it again: testing is critical! Internet marketers say this all the time because there are so many different marketing mediums available to be utilized in the marketing process, that it can be quite tempting to flitter back and forth trying out each one in part. Once a person doesn’t experience instant success with one, they tend to quickly switch to a new strategy, and then to another, and so on. The problem with doing this is that it means not fully realizing the potential of each marketing method. By constantly switching between strategies you aren’t giving one particular strategy a chance to flourish. Therefore it is vitally important that you test, test, and test some more with each process, strategy and theory, so you can rule out what doesn’t work and rule in what does.
By doing this you will be able to select the most valuable parts of each strategy and start to build a bulletproof strategy of your own. It is important to recognize early on is that there is no “one size fits all” in Internet marketing, and that the same strategies don’t work for every niche, or even necessarily in the same niche. What works for you might not work for someone else, and vice versa. So decipher what works for you through a continual process of trial and error. Develop a system of your own. It will take some time but will be well worth it in the end. And who knows, one day you might be able to sell your system online as a top-selling product!
Trying multiple marketing methods and only putting limited input into each will only bring frustration. Instead, focus all your energy on one or two marketing approaches. Master them and make sure you have exhausted their capabilities before moving on or adding a new approach to your armory. Don’t keep dipping your fingers in and out of a bucketful of ideas hoping that one will suddenly come to fruition.
Think long-term not short-term. Invest wisely in the short term in order to make money in the long term. And by this I mean investing in the help of some educational programs/books and the advice and help of mentor(s) to help you learn faster and get to your destination of success quicker. If you can master one or two approaches, you will be well on your way toward a successful business. If you learn only parts of a number of different strategies you will remain a “jack of all trades but master of none.”
Internet marketing can take its toll on you psychologically, especially when you have tried out a variety of marketing methods, invested financially and put in a lot of time and effort for little or no reward. But this psychological battle presents a critical stage in your development and success. This is the very point at which many who made it past the first promotion and into further learning stages give up. A knack for perseverance is so very important in Internet marketing and indeed in starting any business. Don’t give up at the third hurdle. Stick by your guns and persevere with strategies that feel comfortable and complement your strengths and ability.
Four Solid Bits of Advice to Help You Succeed in Internet Marketing
Advice #1: Find a Mentor
Whether in business, self-development or Internet marketing, growth can be rapidly moved forward by finding a mentor. Mentoring helps you develop at a faster rate, helping you learn faster, develop skills more adeptly and avoid making the same mistakes over and over again. A mentor, like a good teacher, will help you understand exactly what you need to learn, how to learn it and the best time for you to execute the knowledge.
I seek mentors in my life because I know it’s the fastest way to learn. Not only has mentoring helped me to get to where I am today in Internet marketing, but it also continues to be very important to me in other areas of my life. By having a mentor for each important aspect of my self-development, I learn faster and succeed faster. Since starting out on my own journey as an Internet marketer I myself have become a mentor to others. It has truly been a pleasure watching those I have helped grow from online newbie to successful online entrepreneur.
Advice #2: Don’t Work on too Many Projects at Once by Yourself
A huge mistake beginners make is thinking they need to do everything alone. Focus your energy on the most vital areas of your business; the areas that encourage growth and will help you reach your goals faster. If you work on too many projects at once you will find your progress is slow and hindered by many barriers. You can’t be an expert in every discipline, so outsource work where you can. Set aside a budget for delegating work to third parties that prevent you from paying attention to more important areas of your business. Taking on more and more work yourself will see you bogged down unnecessarily in tasks that will significantly slow your progress. Outsourcing will also allow you to have more valuable time away from your computer.
Advice #3: Utilize Free Resources
When a person first decides to get involved with Internet marketing, he or she will be exposed to numerous different online money making products. These products appear as very attractive prospects, and it isn’t uncommon for people to get excited and buy into multiple products in a short space of time. The truth is, almost every marketing method you will read about is potentially a profitable one, but mastering one takes considerable time. Don’t splash out on multiple expensive products. Instead, choose one or two referred to you by your mentor(s). Learn them and utilize them to their full potential before moving onto another area.
In addition to this, make use of as much free information as you can. There is a huge amount of great reference material online that can be found in books, eBooks, video and on blogs. It is often difficult to sift through conflicting information and ideas online, but again, ask your mentor and trusted associates for help in directing you toward informative blogs, forums and other reliable free resources.
Advice #4 Maintain Persistence
You never know when the breakthrough will come, it could be next week, it might even be tomorrow, or it could take six more months. If things are getting on top of you then take a step back from your business and re-think your strategy. Ask yourself, “Am I focusing my energy, time and investment on areas conducive to leading me to my goal?” “Are there things I am avoiding, ignoring or only doing half heartedly that could better position me for success?”
Your success in business is dependent on your mental attitude, your strategy and your devotion to learning and developing yourself on a daily basis. Commit to your goal of becoming a successful Internet marketer and be persistent in your endeavours. Take these words of advice into consideration and go for it. I hope that they help you to become successful in your online venture.
Written by Guest Author: Nikki Young
About the Author
Nikki Young has been active in Internet Marketing for 4 years. During this time she has built up a successful online business, which includes the selling of her cookbook series within ClickBank. www.paleocookbook.com.
Saturday, June 18, 2011
I'm woke up early this morning. I stepped out onto the back patio with my cup of Joe and listened to the wonderful sounds of nature. The birds chirping, the roosters crowing and all of the neighbors dogs barking. I gave praise to God as I took it all in.
I have had a wild, yet prosperous year so far. My family and I decided to trade in the fast city life in Los Angeles, California for quiet country living further up in Northern California. I absolutely love it! We are living in our dream home and are able to enjoy a much more peaceful life outside of the city and yet still be able to go down below when business calls.
You're probably wondering why I named this blog post "Tink - Fiddle And Fix"... Well, because we just moved into our new home, our washer and dryer hasn't arrived yet. I have been wanting to wash clothes and this morning a solution to my problem popped into my head. Now, I could always use my girlfriends washer and dryer; she's just right around the corner. But me being so darn independent; I like to do things on my own.
Because I used to run a lingerie business, I still have my clothes racks. I figure that I'll take it waaaay back and wash my clothes by hand and then, set up my rack outside in my new huge backyard, put my clothes on hangers and hang them to dry. You may be thinking, "That is just way too much work!" But to me it's absolutely genius and a great way to spend my Saturday! I came up with a solution to my problem. I'll have clean clothes and I'll also get to show my daughter, yet again, that there is more than one way to skin a cat! =)
With all of that said, just like Tinkerbell, I found a way to fiddle and fix my clothes situation. We are all born to be creative and a good friend once told me, "Creativity is born of a spark." Don't let your creative genius go to waste. If you have a problem, there is always a solution. Don't focus on your problem, just know that it will be resolved. Tune in to your inner "Tink" and "Fiddle and Fix" your situation.
Wishing you all a blessed and prosperous life!
Monique Bradford~ The WifeyMommyPreneur
P.S. As I was on my way to get my clothes rack this morning, I happened to step over a "Tinkerbell, Fiddle and Fix" sticker that my daughter left on the floor. The picture of Tinkerbell at the beginning of this post is the exactly the same as the sticker. I couldn't help but title this blog post, "Tink - Fiddle And Fix." It just felt so right. =)
Friday, June 17, 2011
Ok, you’ve gotta hear this woman’s story…
My friend and colleague, Katie Freiling, has just revealed her true story for how she went from being $30k in debt, shy, and insecure… to now making over $575k a year online by building a personal brand around her passions!
She’s packaged up her story and her entire success formula in this free video series called the: “CASH IN ON YOU Personal Branding Formula”. You’ve gotta see this:
You’ll learn about why personal branding is the smartest, most long-term solution to creating true wealth online… and how you can take action on this cutting-edge formula to create your own profitable online brand by sharing YOUR passions and gifts with the world TODAY!
So if you’re an entrepreneur who wants not only sustainable, long-term income, but also happiness and true fulfillment… this is seriously one of the most important videos you can watch online.
So check it out now:
Don’t miss it! This woman is the REAL deal!
Yours in Success,
Monique Bradford~ The WifeyMommyPreneur
P.S. Katie is also giving away what she’s calling, “The Wealth Activation” mp3. It’ll activate your true wealth potential in just 20 mins! You’re gonna love this…
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And I’ll see you there! :)
Reporters leverage the content of the experts and in most cases people start off as reporters because they haven't established expertise. Experts enjoy the perks of preeminence, higher conversion rates because of perceived value, it's easier to get publicity, people are more likely to seek you out rather than you having to seek others out, joint ventures come easier, etc. Experts in most cases simply make more money and attract more attention.
Most Bloggers Are Reporters
The thing with expertise is that it requires something - experience. No person becomes an expert without doing things and learning. Bloggers usually start out without expertise and as a result begin their blogging journey by talking about everything going on in their niche (reporting) and by interviewing and talking about other experts (reporting again).
There's nothing wrong with reporting of course and for many people it's a necessity at first until you build up some expertise. Unfortunately the ratios are pretty skewed when it comes to reporters and experts - there are a lot more reporters than there are experts, hence reporters tend to struggle to gain attention and when they do, they often just enhance the reputation of the expert they are reporting on.
Don't Replicate Your Teacher
If you have ever spent some time browsing products in the learn Internet marketing niche you will notice a pattern. Many people first study Internet marketing from a "guru" (for lack of a better term). The guru teaches how he or she is able to make money online, and very often the view that the student gleams is that in order to make money online you have to teach others how to make money online.
The end result of this process is a huge army of amateurs attempting to replicate what their teacher does in the same industry - the Internet marketing industry - not realizing that without expert status based on a proven record and all the perks that come with it, it's next to impossible to succeed.
Even people, who enjoy marginal success, say for example growing an email list of 1,000 people, then go out and launch a product about how to grow an email list of 1,000 people. Now I have no problems with that, I think it's fine to teach beginners and leverage whatever achievements you have, the problem is that people gravitate to the same niche - Internet marketing - and rarely have any key points of differentiation.
How many products out there do you know of that all claim to teach the same things - email marketing, SEO, pay per click, affiliate marketing, and all the sub-niches that fall under the category of Internet marketing. It's a saturated market, yet when you see your teachers and other gurus making money teaching others how to make money (and let's face it - making money as a subject is one of the most compelling) - your natural inclination is to follow in their footsteps.
If the key is to become an expert and you haven't spent the last 5-10 years making money online, I suggest you look for another niche to establish expertise in.
Report on Your Process, Not Others
The secret to progress from reporter to expert is not to focus on other experts and instead report on your own journey. When you are learning how to do something and implementing things day by day, or studying other people's work, you need to take your process and what you do as a result of what you learn, and use it as content for your blog.
It's okay to talk about experts when you learn something from them, but always relate it to what you are doing. If you learn a technique from an expert it's fine to state you learned it from them (and affiliate link to their product too!) but you should then take that technique, apply it to what you are doing and then report back YOUR results, not there's. Frame things using your opinion - your stories - and don't regurgitate what the expert said. The key is differentiation and personality, not replication.
Expertise comes from doing things most people don't do and then talking about it. If you do this often enough you wake up one day as an expert, possibly without even realizing how it happened, simply because you were so good at reporting what you did.
You Are Already An Expert
Most people fail to become experts (or perceived as experts) because they don't leverage what they already know. Every person who lives a life learns things as they go, takes action every day and knows something about something. The reason why they never become an expert is because they choose not to (which is fine for some, not everyone wants to be an expert), but if your goal is to blog your way to expertise and leave the world of reporting behind you have to start teaching and doing so by leveraging real experience.
Experience can come from what you do today and what you have done previously; you just need to take enough steps to demonstrate what you already know and what you are presently learning along your journey. I know so many people in my life, who are experts simply by virtue of the life they have lived, yet they are so insecure about what they know, they never commit their knowledge to words for fear of, well fear.
Blogs and the Web in general, are amazing resources when you leverage them as a communication tool to spread your expertise because of the sheer scope of people they can reach. If all you ever do is talk to people in person and share your experience using limited communication mediums, you haven't much hope of becoming an expert. Take what you know and show other people through blogging, and you might be surprised how people change their perception of you in time.
Reporting Is A Stepping Stone
If your previous experience and expertise is from an area you want to leave behind or you are starting from scratch, then reporting is the path you must walk, at least for the short term.
Reporting is a lot of fun. Interviewing experts, talking about what other people are doing and just being part of a community is not a bad way to blog. In many cases people make a career of reporting (journalism is about just that), but if you truly want success and exponential results, at some point you will have to stand up and proclaim yourself as someone unusually good at something and then proceed to demonstrate it over and over again.
Have patience and focus on what you do to learn and then translate that experience into lessons for others, and remember, it's okay to be a big fish in a small pond, that's all most experts really are.
This article was by Yaro Starak, a professional blogger and my blog mentor. He is the leader of the Blog Mastermind mentoring program designed to teach bloggers how to earn a full time income blogging part time.
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Wednesday, June 15, 2011
So many people fantasize about working from home. We envision ourselves sitting at our desk, kitchen table or even laying in bed pecking away at our laptop; answering e-mails and phone calls that are pouring in from our customers and prospects. We also see ourselves having more time to spend with our family and friends. We can just taste the coffee that we'll be drinking at Starbucks with our girlfriends, feel the romance in the air as we go out on a lunch date with the hubby and hear the childrens laughter while we do arts and crafts or take them to the park in the afternoon. Oh the freedom and bliss! It's the most perfect life.
The reality of it is... working from home can be totally chaotic! Especially if you have small children at home, a loving husband that is also an entrepreneur and friends that call and say, "I'm on my way. Let's do lunch." You may just find yourself running around in circles like a chicken with your head cut off. Ideas for your business are flying around in your head, while your daughter is wanting something specific for lunch, your husband is asking you to check out the cut he just made on the video editing job he's working on, the kitchen sink is starting to look like you haven't washed dishes in a week and the dogs need to go out to pee. Well, I don't know how it is in your home, but I have spent many a days as a scatter brained work-at-home entrepreneur. Truth is, I was hardly getting any work done at all. Well, definitely not enough to get the results I was looking for. That is until I learned the power of getting organized.
If you are courageous enough to start your own business and blessed to be able to work from home full time, being organized it a MUST! And if you didn't know, now you know. Take it from me... Start getting organized now and you will accomplish your goals much faster and your dream will become a reality.
I just read an awesome article on www.redbookmag.com. I shared it with my twitter family. I encourage anyone looking for ways to actually get things done when working from home to read it. Here is the link: Work At Home And Get Things Done. It can happen!
Wishing you all a prosperous and fulfilled life~
Monique Bradford~ The WifeyMommyPreneur