A Proven 5-Step Outline for Creating Gangbuster Content

Reader, Mark B, asks:

“Do you have a structure that you always follow when you write? If so, would you mind sharing it?”

Yes, I do indeed have a “structure,” my young copywriting padawan.
And here’s the best part:

It’s so simple that you can start using the same structure today, and start making sales.

Plus, it’s got nothing to do with being an amazing writer or anything like that.

So let’s look at how you can use the same structure that I use so you can create some great content designed to sell your products.

Quick note:

You can use the same structure for your emails, blog posts, or social media posts.

Okay, so, I’m all about simplicity.

I always try to keep things as simple as possible. Both for myself but also for the clients I coach. So, while I do have a structure, I always follow when I write, it’s not very sexy, and it’s definitely not very “advanced.” But, it works, and that’s all I’m focused on.

I’ll show you the general structure first, and then I’ll explain it in a little more detail.

However, it’s more of a rough outline than an actual structure.

But this is the exact outline I *always* start out with before I write anything:

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1) Story

2) Hook

3) CTA

4) Subject Line

5) Body

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I told you, it’s not very sexy.

And it definitely won’t produce likes on Facebook.

But it works.

So here’s the gist of it:

First, think about the story you want to tell. It can be anything from a time you ran a half-marathon without practice… or something about a book you read… or it can be an episode of Friends… (by the way, all three of those examples are stories I’ve used myself)… the point is, it doesn’t really matter. You should just think about fun stories that happened to you, and then write a few words to help you remember what happened.

Second, think about how you can tie that particular story into whatever it is you’re selling. For example, a couple of weeks ago, I wrote an email about Jean-Claude Van Damme. I then tied that story into how you don’t need to be *great* at writing highly converting emails. You do, however, need to be world-class in helping your clients transform their lives. Again, notice, it’s all about keeping things simple. I’m tell a story about JCVD and tying his accomplishments into the product I’m selling.

Third, write whatever CTA you want to focus on. For example, book a Strategy Session, download something, buy your product, etc.

Fourth, brainstorm 1-3 ideas for subject lines to get you started (once I’m finished writing my email, I come back to the subject line and give it a final polish).

Fifth and final step: Now, you’re ready to start writing your post.

That’s it.

Not particularly sexy, that’s for sure.

But this simple outline makes it *very* simple for you to write something that 1) People will love to read, and 2) Without sounding spammy or salesy even if you’re selling something.

If you want to discover how to 2x your sales and get more clients for your business, my free online training session is a great place to start.

You’ll learn how to use the old-school principle of “Infotainment” to write emails that people LOVE to read. Including: How to write stories so compelling they immediately draw customers in – even if you’re not a professional writer… and much more.

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Starting An Internet Marketing Business Online

Are you looking to start an internet marketing business online? If so, you need to know exactly what you’re getting yourself into. Don’t think you can just enter into this industry and expect to start making millions of dollars within the next 6 months. I get requests from people all the time telling me that they want to be making $5,000 per month within 3 months. And these are people who have never sold a thing online!

One thing that you need to know is that when starting an internet marketing business online, you “kind of” have the world at your feet. There’s plenty of places to advertise, there’s plenty of ways to get free traffic to your site, there’s plenty of business owners looking to learn how to do effective marketing online, and etc. So you can be kind of spoiled once you get your hands on some training materials.

But understand that you are operating in a HIGH competition arena. A smart thing that you could do is to offer internet marketing services to local small businesses in your area. Most offline small business owners don’t have a clue about how to market their business online. But in the online world, people have training thrown at them all the time.

So I guess the best question to ask yourself is: “How am I different?” Right?? You don’t want to be a “me-too” person when marketing your products and services online. This applies if you choose to be a coach, consultant, or sell products such as books, CD’s, DVD’s, or even magazines. So how are you different? How will you separate yourself from the pack and differentiate yourself from everyone else online who are making the same claims as you?

It’s something you need to think about when launching your own internet marketing business online. Where most people get tripped up at is when, they read someone’s free eBook about internet marketing, and then go and buy a large resell rights package that is ALL ABOUT internet marketing.

Each product in the package contains something about internet marketing. More often than not, the resell rights bundle may contain products about:

Email marketing
Forum marketing
YouTube marketing
General internet marketing
Consumer buying behavior
Copywriting
Etc (the list goes on and on)
And most of these people spend YEARS trying to figure out a way to sell these products – if not sell them as a bundle. OR if not resell the same offer that they bought to receive these items. After years of failure, they usually leave feeling depressed, broke, and convinced that making money online is impossible… if not a scam. And this is just not true.

All of these kinds of products are supposed to teach people about niche marketing. Especially a general product about internet marketing. The real pros who sell internet marketing products successfully sell them primarily for a good reason: THEY SELL THEM FOR VERY HIGH PRICES.

They sell one course about internet marketing at $200. Then they backend sell you for another similar course at $500. Then they sell you another similar course with huge bonuses for $1000. Then they sell their 3-day seminar and invite you to attend… for the price of $2000. THEN they convince you to sign up for their monthly newsletter or membership website, and charge you $50/month to join.

How rich do you think you would be if you were to successfully get people to buy your products at these price ranges?

Meanwhile, you’re being convinced that selling $19 eBooks will save you from your day job. This is just not the case. To make $100,000 by selling $19 eBooks, you would have to sell 5000 eBooks per year. That comes out to 416 eBooks per month. Which means you would have to sell 104 eBooks per week. Which thus means you would have to sell 14 eBooks per day.

How are you going to sell 13 eBooks per day and you’re struggling to make even a dime of profit selling a $5 eBook on eBay? You have to learn a lot about internet marketing if you want to make a lot of money in this business. ESPECIALLY if you’re selling information about “internet marketing”. If you’re not a guru and have been selling other niche products successfully online, don’t enter into this broad arena.

The gurus who are selling “internet marketing” products successfully have a plan that have worked well for them over the years. EVEN IF they lose money on the first sale of getting that first customer, they know how to recoup their lost, and then still profit on the next sale that they make from that customer.

They know their numbers. They know their sales conversion rate, their cost per lead, cost per sale, and their average long term value of a customer. Let me ask you a question:

If you knew that for every 1 customer you acquired, that you were going to make an average of $5000 over the lifetime of that customer spending money with you… would you care if you lost $5 just to acquire them in the first place? Of course you wouldn’t care.

But I’m sure you would care if you were spending $5 to acquire them, and then not selling to them again to recoup your profits. That would mean that for every customer you get, you would be losing $5 per sale… forever. You have to market to these customers over and over again to recoup a frontend loss. This is called “backend marketing”.

If you want to get started online in the internet marketing business, you have to bring your A-game and have a mathematical plan of how you’re going to make money. There’s a lot to learn, but once you gain an understanding of how marketing online works (and how marketing in general works)… you’ll be well on your way to success in your business.

If you’re going to buy a resell rights bundle package, at least READ the information in the products you acquired so that you can know how to sell them successfully. Don’t be a hopeless cause.

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Implementing Blog Marketing Online

Blog marketing online is a huge thing. Almost every major site online is based as a blog, or has an active and engaging blog attached to it. So why not you? Why aren’t you using a blog as part of your overall online marketing strategy? This is a pivotal question, because there a lot of people who are using a blog SOLELY as their primary way to make money online. So implementing blog marketing online is something that is absolutely vital to your success.

Now some people view blogs as tools that only the entertainment industry and professional chefs use to interact with fans and followers. But that’s not true. You can use blogs for all kinds of reasons, and some of these reasons are what I’m going to talk about today. Never underestimate the power that a blog has to boost sales, boost readership and engagement, and to build your brand.

Here’s 1 simple reason that people choose to implement blog marketing online:

1) Creating a professional blog is EASIER than a website

Do you know HTML? CSS? Javascript? PHP? All of these things are coding languages used by web developers to create websites. With blogs, you can bypass these with simple “themes” that come complete and ready to go. For example, the most popular blogging platform called WordPress has themes that you can customize, and make it look like you paid someone $100’s of dollars to do.

With themes, you simply upload it to your WordPress dashboard, and edit it as you see fit. There are TONS of free and paid ones out there. But you can easily download more for free from within your WordPress control panel. With the option of themes, creating a blog is easier than ever. No more do you have to struggle to learn coding or paying people high fees to get a website done. And you don’t even have to deal with website building software either.

Here’s another reason people implement blog marketing online:

2) It’s great for monetization

“Monetization” simply means how you’re going to make money with your blog, site, product, etc. On a blog, there are a lot of ways that you can monetize it. You can host Google AdSense ads on your blog, you can promote affiliate products (or your own products) on your blog, you can promote your affiliate program on your blog, you can create t-shirts and make them for sale on your blog, and you can even charge people to advertise on your blog. It’s really that simple.

Because I offer services and products, my favorite way to make money with my blog is by promoting my affiliate program on there. This way I can encourage users who are looking to make money to view my advice in my blog posts – and feel confident that my consulting services are even better than the knowledge that I dispense on my blog. Then they go, and become an affiliate of mine, and I get free promotion for my consulting services.

You can do the same also if you sell a product or service – or – you can take a totally different route and promote affiliate items. You can sign up for a CPA program (cost per action), and make money whenever someone clicks on a link or banner on your blog. The options are endless, and the world is your’s when it comes to blog marketing online.

Here’s another reason people use blogs:

3) Video blogs

Video blogs are very popular. These are the kinds of blogs that major entertainment companies and even small-time chefs use to get popular. If you’re a chef, instead of writing about a recipe or how to make something, simply create a video and upload it to your blog, so people can see you actually making it. It will further help you to build the bond with your subscribers and frequent visitors.

If you’re a viewer of a cooking video, wouldn’t you rather see how many ingredients and the proportion of the ingredients to use instead of reading about it? For some people, they just enjoy watching food being cooked. And should the day ever come for them to make the same exact recipe for themselves, they want to know the exact sizes and amounts to put into a pot before they run off and totally make a disaster of the dish.

Video blogs are very popular. But there’s another reason why you should do blog marketing online.

4) Content syndication

It’s one thing to write a blog post, but it’s totally another thing to write a blog post and have it shared and distributed around the internet. Plus, writing articles and uploading them onto a custom website in an organized fashion is hard. When you upload content onto a regular website, you have to worry about URL structure, how it fits on the page, how it fits around ads or Google AdSense content, how to draft a snippet of it, and etc. It can be a hassle.

But with a blog, all of this is taken cared of for you. Great link structure is created and preserved, you can edit your blog posts with ease, you can design your blog post easily around ads, photos, and other links on your site, and more. Plus, you can make it easy for people to syndicate your content easily – and subscribe to your blog – with just 1 simple click. Doing blog marketing online certainly has its benefits.

A blog can be a powerful tool when it comes to boosting your sales and profits. Hopefully now you don’t view blogs as a 1-dimensional tool. It’s definitely multi-dimensional, and how vast you grow it is based solely on your creativity and marketing ingenuity.

Also, be sure to realize that blogs are a great way to build your brand and presence within a niche. As time passes, your blog can become an “authority site” within your niche. People will know all about you and who you are, and you could possibly be contacted for partnerships, interviews, or even deals with top leaders in your niche. All of this can happen when you do blog marketing online, so start doing it today.

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7 Benefits of Outsourcing to a Data Entry Service Provider

Nowadays, data has a lot of importance for any organization or business. The digitization of data through manual data entry can help improve operational efficiencies. Although every company or business knows the importance of data to support their business operations, not all of these businesses have enough resources to buy manpower for this purpose. In this article, we are going to take a look at some benefits of outsourcing data entry assignments.

1. Time-saving

Often, every business has primary and secondary processes. The use of an in-house team to take care of these unimportant processes may increase the cost of business operations. In other words, it will involve hiring executives with fast typing skills.

On the other hand, if you outsource data entry assignments, you can have these repetitive tasks done by a service provider. This can help you reduce unnecessary expense and you can focus on more important business activities.

2. Advanced Technology

Most outsourcing service providers have advanced systems in place in order to provide quality services in a timely fashion. If you outsource your data entry projects, it will not only save you a lot of money but it will also eliminate the need to maintain the required infrastructure. Plus, you will enjoy great results every time.

The money you have saved can be spent on other things you need for your business. This can help you expand your business without spending a lot of additional money.

3. Smart Partnerships

Outsourcing firms can provide customer services. The reason is that they can easily scale up in order to meet the needs of their customers. If you work with a reputable service provider, you can easily grow your business without spending a lot of money on expensive hardware and software systems. In other words, this smart partnership between you and the service provider is a win-win deal for both parties.

4. Better Talent

Typically, outsourcing service providers have a team of talented professionals that you can depend on. An in-house team of talented professionals will cost you much more than outsourcing your assignments to remote workers. The reason is that you will have to hire these professionals on a permanent basis, and you will have to pay them on a monthly basis regardless of the number of projects you get.

5. Lower Operational Costs

We all know that outsourcing offers a lot of cost benefits for organizations across the globe. By outsourcing your data entry assignments, you can get the work done at a fraction of the cost of having an in-house team. In other words, you can enjoy a much lower operational cost. We know that operational costs are not easy to maintain for any business.

6. Improved Productivity

Outsourcing service providers always meet deadlines. Therefore, you can enjoy improved productivity without investing in inexpensive hardware or human resources. All of this can help you achieve higher operational productivity. And with the increase in productivity, you can make more sales and enjoy huge revenues.

7. Competitive Advantage

As a business owner, if you want to stay ahead of the competition, you have to make strategic decisions in order to ensure your business operations give you the best productivity. By outsourcing, you can get quick access to talented professionals to enjoy a lot of benefits, such as lower cost, higher productivity and quicker performance. All of this can help you to get a competitive advantage over your competitors.

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Keywords And Content, Best Strategies For SEO

The Importance Of Keywords In Your Online Business

There is no denying the importance of keywords used in any content that is placed on the Web. Keywords allow you and everyone else who uses the Web the ability to find what you are looking for. If you need just one bit of information, you likely would spend countless hours in research trying to find it if it was not for keywords.

As an Internet marketing professional, how do keywords relate to your own business? Usually, if you are using the Web as a marketing tool in any way, keywords are an important component.

We also compare it to the importance of quality content. Is it possible to have great content and still have great keywords in your final copy? It is possible, and in fact, it is necessary to do this if you wish to have a successful website or blog. Before getting into these details, let’s start at the beginning.

WHAT ARE KEYWORDS AND WHERE TO USE THEM-

What are keywords? These are words individuals will type into a search box when they are looking for something online. For example, let us say you are looking to purchase a table. You get online, go to the search box, and type in the word “table” into the search box. The search engines start looking for websites that relate to your search. Within seconds, there is a long list or results in front of you (called the search engine results page) that you can choose from.

Now, on the flip side of the coin, if you owned a website selling tables, you would want to attract this person to your website. To do so, you need to have your website displayed on the search engine results page. To do this, you need to have the most appropriate keywords on your website. So, for example, you need to have the world “table” used properly on your website for the search engine results to actually see your website as valuable to this search.

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Using keywords will help you prove your value to the search engines. The key is to know what helps you to rank well and what may not help you. Less than a decade ago, people took advantage of the keywords. Pages and pages of websites had virtually nothing but keywords on them. The problem is, when a website is packed with just keywords, it is likely not to be packed with information.

Here is an example to consider: John designs a website to attract visitors who he hopes will visit the affiliate pages he is linking to. So, he plans to put lots of keywords on his page. That way, his website will rank well, right?

There are two problems with this process. First, there is little chance that anyone who comes to such a page will feel it valuable enough to stick around and click onto affiliate links.

Second, Google and other search engines have made significant changes to their complex algorithms. Websites that have too many keywords on them will be ranked lower in the search engine results pages.

The key is to know what the actual best percentages are. Of course, Google is not going to tell you just how many keywords to use. They do offer a lot of in-depth information that you can use, though. It is this information that you want to rely on to get the results you are looking for. Google is not the bad guy: They want to provide individuals who use their search engines with the best websites online to solve their inquiries.

WHERE TO USE KEYWORDS –

Where should you use keywords? Keywords should be found in virtually anything you place online. Here are some places to use them.

 Place them into each article on your website.  Place them on your home page and sales pages.  Place keywords in your blog posts.  Use keywords in your product descriptions.  Use keywords on your website and in your blog tags and headings.  Use them on contact pages, FAQ pages, and just about any page on your website.

Doing this is essential to getting a high page ranking in the search engine result pages. Yet, you do not have to make this a complex process. In fact, it is often best to put keywords in the back of your mind while writing content for your website. Write what really matters and then come back to keywords later.

CONTENT IS KING –

One of the earliest phrases used still stands true. “Content is king” when it comes to Internet marketing. If you are putting up a page on your website, you want the person who visits your website to say, “Wow, this is great. I’m bookmarking this page to come back here often.”

The best way to do this is to include quality information on each of the pages of content you provide to your readers. In a few minutes, we will go through the process of providing quality content. Before doing so, consider what would happen if you did not have good information on your website.

1. You use keywords on your pages, but fill them with fluff content. Your reader gets to your page and thinks, “this does not help me,” and moves on.

2. The reader gets to your website and finds errors. You can no longer be trusted and they leave your site.

3. The affiliate programs you are working to earn money from visit your website. They find it poorly designed with little information. They decide that you are not a good fit for their company. They no longer offer you membership in the affiliate program.

4. You get no inbound links to your website. Inbound links are those which are pointing to your website. Google finds these to be valuable when ranking websites. If another website (or several of them) find your website to be a good resource, they definitely will rank your website higher. But, other websites will not do this if your content is poor in quality.

5. You make little to no money at your website since it is poorly ranked and is not attracting any repeat visitors.

Content for your website needs to be well-written and organized. It needs to be informative and useful to anyone who will visit and read it.

BEST STRATEGIES KEYWORDS AND CONTENT

Now that you have the basics about keyword usage and the importance of content, how do you bring the two things together so that your website will prosper?

There is no direct formula for doing so, but you can find some real results if you implement a number of known methods to help you. Google itself often provides a great deal of suggestions in terms of keyword usage. In your balancing act for quality content and keyword ranking, keep the following strategies in mind.

GO WITH QUALITY CONTENT FIRST

First things first, write quality content for your website. Nothing else will be as important to the success of your business has having quality content on it. There are several ways you can do this successfully.

1. Use factual information You want individuals to come to your website knowing that what you have to say is real and valuable to them. Therefore, each page should contain factual information. Before you post a blog post or an article, verify the information you are going to present. For example, going back to the example about the table search, be sure that you are providing factual information on the wood type, size, history or other topic.

2. Make it interesting Coming to a website filled with lines and lines of information that is boring is going to be so dull people will leave. Without spending too much time in the process, add some statistics. Use descriptive language that paints the picture for the reader, “these mahogany tables are designed in the style used by Ancient Romans… ”

3. Become a resource One of the best ways to ensure you have quality information on your website is to make your website the one-stop shop for all information on that niche. For the reader, a website that contains all of the information they need is going to be highly valuable. You may provide information about the history of tables, how to use tables… tips for staining them… and so on, for example. These items help you to become the resource these individuals need to have.

4. Be the expert For those who play a role in your website (and this is a very good thing) be sure that people who visit your website know that you are the expert in the field. You should stand out as being the authority. You do this when you provide valuable content to them. Do the hard research and find those interesting subjects to talk about. Answer questions. Relate to your customer base.

When you put these items together, the end result is very simple. You have a website that is packed with great content that people can naturally benefit from reading.

Chances are also good that you also have a website that is filled with quality keywords. After all, if you are writing about your topic and exploring all areas of it, you likely are using the most important words related to it. Still, you should still do some research and get better quality keywords into your work.

USING KEYWORDS PROPERLY –

There is no better way to rank your quality content in the search engines than to use keywords properly. It is often the case that website owners see this as a step they can skip. Instead of doing the research to find the right keywords for their websites, they think they already know what they are. This is often not the case.

FINDING THE RIGHT KEYWORDS –

Finding the right keywords is a process that often involves researching using any of the free keyword search tools available. You can also use Google’s service to help you to do this.

Once you use these services, you are likely to get a list of keywords associated with your primarily keyword. In our case, the keyword we plugged in is the word “tables.” As you are creating your table website, you have likely used a number of words that describe this product. But, did you include all of the most important words?

—–>”Jaaxy is the industry’s only keyword and research platform that was developed by affiliate marketers FOR affiliate marketers” Check Out Jaaxy Here <------ The top keywords, those used most often by users who are searching for the topic you have, should be included on your website. They do not have to be the only words that you use, though. These first words are heavily used and should be used at least somewhat in your website's content where it is appropriate to do so. For example, with the word "table," the top five keywords used included:  Tables  Pub Table  Pedestal Table  Dining Table  Glass Table These words are going to be mentioned on your website because they are commonly used words for your niche. What about those other keywords in the list? If you look down the list, you will see other words that could relate to your website. They look good, but fewer people are using them to find information online. Often, it is best to include some of these too. The reason for doing so is very simple. Most other website owners who are targeting keywords for their websites are using those top-tier words as well. There is a lot of competition out there for those words. Therefore, even with a great website, there are likely others fighting right along with you. Since the other words have less competition, you are more likely to rank well in the search page results for those keywords. In the table example, the words "pedestal dining table," "modern dining table," Glass coffee table," and "square tables" got far fewer hits than those top-tier keywords. The lower competition still makes them valuable. Use a combination of those top-tier words and those that are far more specific if they relate to your website. This unique combination will ultimately give you better results in the long term. WHERE TO USE KEYWORDS - Now that you know which keywords you should have on your website, the next step is to consider the placement of keywords on your website. As mentioned earlier, there are various locations on your website that you can use keywords. Use all of these locations for keywords. Within each of those documents, you need to place keywords in the right locations. There are several things to keep in mind in the case of blogs and articles/web content. The following guidelines can help you to place keywords into these mediums appropriately. 1. Place keywords in the title of each page or article The best way to place keywords in the title is in the following format. "KEYWORD GOES HERE: Interesting Content Goes Here." An example for the table website might be, "Pedestal Dining Table: 3 Tips for Buying the Right Dining Table." This shows the search engines the importance of this word. 2. Within the first 90 characters of the first paragraph, be sure your keyword appears again Also, it is important to note that you can use a mixture of keywords, but do consider having one or two primary keywords per article. Primary keywords should be located in these locations. Again, this early positioning helps to show the importance of the keyword to that page. 3. Use keywords in each of the paragraphs that you write on each page Do not overdo it, though. For example, you do not want your primary keyword to show up more than one or two times in each paragraph, depending on their length. 4. Break up text using subheadings Use secondary keywords in your subheadings. These will be positioned between paragraphs. Not every paragraph needs them, but sections of the article can be divided this way for easy reading benefits and keyword boosts. 5. Use keywords in the HTML for your website too This includes using them in each individual blog post/article that you post. This also helps with page ranking. Use a combination of keywords in each of your articles, but do not put too many into them. If that sounds confusing, it is because there is no hard and fast rule. What you want to do is to divide up the pages on your website or in your blog posts so that over the course of all of the pages, you use all the keywords you would like to use. Do not try to put all of your keywords for your website into every article you write. It won't work and will deflate the quality of each page considerably. For example, one blog post may include the keyword "dining table"; in that article, words like "dining room table" and "square table" may be included, but not many more than that. KEYWORD DENSITY - Keyword density is the amount of keywords on any one page in comparison to the number of words on this page. A few years back, it was common for the "less than expert" Internet marketers to try and work in high keyword density numbers. More keywords sounded horrible, but many thought that this would boost their search engine results pages significantly. The problem is that this does not work. It hurts your page ranking and causes you to have awkward sounding content on your website. Content is king, though, remember, and therefore, you need to make changes to this significantly. The question is, then, how much density should you go for? This is really up to you to decide since each page will be different, but most experts agree that you want a density that is under 5 percent. In most cases, only 2 to 3 percent keyword density is best. To compute keyword density, you simply need to take the number of times that the keyword appears in the page's text and divide that by the number of words on the page. For example, if the word "dining table" appears 8 times in our 400-word blog post, you would divide 8 by 400 words and get 0.02 or 2 percent. Do take the time to do this for your articles. You do want to ensure that there are plenty of keywords but not too many. If you would rather not waste your time on calculating density, there are free and paid software programs available online that will calculate the density for you. These are helpful when they are accurate. You do not have to be 100 percent accurate here. KEEP IN MIND -  Quality content is vitally important to the success of your website. Write your content to be quality content first.  Go back and insert keywords as they fit into the content you have written.  Do base topics and blog posts around keywords that are important. For example, choose a top ten list of tips for repairing dining room tables... this makes keyword usage easier and more effective. Plus, the reader gets it.  Do no obsess about keywords. You do not have to have a lot of them on the website to see results. Choose a good mix and include them in each article, but only as they fit with your topic appropriately. Finally, take the time to stay up-to-date on the changes that search engine companies make to their methods. This will ultimately enable your website to grow and stretch as the times change. It is very rare that you have to redo the entire site. Plus, if you do not want to do the work of all this "fixing," you can hire someone to do it for you.

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Learn The Skills To Make Money Online

=> Identify the Skill

Whether it’s medical transcription or graphic design, copywriting or web design, the most important first step is to identify the skill you want to learn.

This seems obvious, but is actually an absolutely crucial point. Most people who try to make a living from home tend to jump from skill to skill, learning a little about everything but mastering nothing.

They’re looking for something that seems easy. The truth is that there is a learning curve to just about any skill you’d want to learn. The most important first step is to pick one skill and commit to learning it.

=> Find Forums and Books

Identify the top forums and books in your industry. In general, every group or community will have their most commonly recommended books. Buy all these books and start studying your skill in depth.

Furthermore, start reading the forums. At first, don’t participate. Just read. Look over what kinds of problems others are facing and what solutions they’re finding.

Sort the forum by the threads with the most replies. These are usually the most helpful threads. Read through those post by post.

=> Learn by Doing

Instead of learning something theoretically, you’ll absorb the material much better if you’re actually implementing what you learn.

For example, if you’re learning graphic design, instead of reading a whole design book from front to back, recreate some of the examples.

In fact, many of the best books will have exercises, homework and challenges that go along with them. Do all of these assignments and keep your learning active rather than passive.

=> Create a Learning Schedule for Yourself

Create a learning schedule for yourself that consists of at least 2 hours per day, 5 days a week of work or study. Ideally, you should put in 4 hours a day, but that may not be realistic for most people.

Set a few goals for yourself. For example, if you’re learning graphic design, you might set the goals of:

Week 1: Understand all the tools in Photoshop’s toolbar.

Week 2: Photo correct three family photos, including color adjustments and wrinkle removal.

Week 3: Create three different kinds of special effects.

Week 4: Do an impressive movie poster for an imaginary movie.

Having a learning schedule will help motivate and guide you. It’ll help you learn with purpose, rather than aimlessness.

If you follow these tips, you’ll very quickly go from novice to advanced-intermediate. You’ll know enough about the skill to start getting paid moderate amounts of money. From there, you can develop expert level skills while you’re getting paid. It’s not hard to learn a marketable skill – with some resourcefulness and discipline, you can get it done in just 30 days!

Once you have learned the skill you desire, I highly recommend you join Wealthy Affiliate, they have by far the best step by step training to help you turn your skill into a very profitable online business. I will drop a link below.

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5 Reasons to Use a Cloud Server for Your Business

The majority of traditional companies invest in expensive in-house servers for their file sharing, email and applications. These solutions feature physical servers and a number of virtual machines. For the management of the servers, they need to spend a lot of money in the beginning. The cost includes the purchase of equipment and IT staff, just to name a few. But cloud servers offer many advantages. Let’s talk about 5 reasons to use a cloud server instead.

The downside of an in-house system is that it comes with high initial. Plus, you need to order a replacement as soon as the old system stops working. Not all of small businesses can afford to buy a new unit. Cloud servers, on the other hand, are much cost-effective. Without further ado, let’s read about 5 reasons to use the alternative.

1. No Upfront Cash

The first reason to go for a cloud server is to save tons of money. Unlike a conventional system, cloud machines don’t require you to invest in high-end machines. All you need to do is pay a small fee at the end of each month, and you will be good to go for the entire month.

2. No Cooling Required

Since you don’t need to manage all the equipment in-house, you can use a server that an experienced provider can control. Therefore, you don’t need to install air conditioners to cool down the servers and the related equipment.

For small businesses, this is a huge advantage as they can invest that budget on other projects to expand their business.

3. Software Updates

Another great advantage of cloud servers is that the software they run receives updates on a regular basis. You don’t need to pay for buying the software updates as this will be taken care of by the service provider. This can save you a lot of time and effort.

Opting for the updates is based on the computing needs of your business. So, this is another reason to go for this alternative instead of in-house equipment.

4. No Surprise Costs

This is another huge advantage of these systems. You can easily predict the costs of IT support. You don’t need to worry about the server outages. Although the cloud service comes with its own costs, you can enjoy cost savings over the long haul. That’s the reason many companies don’t manage in-house hardware anymore.

5. Easily Scalable Solution

Cloud servers offer a scalable solution to meet the changing needs of a small or large business. On the other hand, these systems require a fast, stable internet connection. As long as you have a fast connection, you can get the most out of these servers. Also, you can buy more bandwidth and other system resources by paying a small monthly fee.

Long story short, these are some of the reasons to choose a cloud server instead of an on-site system for your small business. You can try out these systems if you don’t want to manage in-house systems. Hope this helps.

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Learn The Skills To Make Money Online

=> Identify the Skill

Whether it’s medical transcription or graphic design, copywriting or web design, the most important first step is to identify the skill you want to learn.

This seems obvious, but is actually an absolutely crucial point. Most people who try to make a living from home tend to jump from skill to skill, learning a little about everything but mastering nothing.

They’re looking for something that seems easy. The truth is that there is a learning curve to just about any skill you’d want to learn. The most important first step is to pick one skill and commit to learning it.

=> Find Forums and Books

Identify the top forums and books in your industry. In general, every group or community will have their most commonly recommended books. Buy all these books and start studying your skill in depth.

Furthermore, start reading the forums. At first, don’t participate. Just read. Look over what kinds of problems others are facing and what solutions they’re finding.

Sort the forum by the threads with the most replies. These are usually the most helpful threads. Read through those post by post.

=> Learn by Doing

Instead of learning something theoretically, you’ll absorb the material much better if you’re actually implementing what you learn.

For example, if you’re learning graphic design, instead of reading a whole design book from front to back, recreate some of the examples.

In fact, many of the best books will have exercises, homework and challenges that go along with them. Do all of these assignments and keep your learning active rather than passive.

=> Create a Learning Schedule for Yourself

Create a learning schedule for yourself that consists of at least 2 hours per day, 5 days a week of work or study. Ideally, you should put in 4 hours a day, but that may not be realistic for most people.

Set a few goals for yourself. For example, if you’re learning graphic design, you might set the goals of:

Week 1: Understand all the tools in Photoshop’s toolbar.

Week 2: Photo correct three family photos, including color adjustments and wrinkle removal.

Week 3: Create three different kinds of special effects.

Week 4: Do an impressive movie poster for an imaginary movie.

Having a learning schedule will help motivate and guide you. It’ll help you learn with purpose, rather than aimlessness.

If you follow these tips, you’ll very quickly go from novice to advanced-intermediate. You’ll know enough about the skill to start getting paid moderate amounts of money. From there, you can develop expert level skills while you’re getting paid. It’s not hard to learn a marketable skill – with some resourcefulness and discipline, you can get it done in just 30 days!

Once you have learned the skill you desire, I highly recommend you join Wealthy Affiliate, they have by far the best step by step training to help you turn your skill into a very profitable online business. I will drop a link below.

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Virtual Communication: Staying Professional While Working Remotely

Be Mindful of Your Background

Piles of laundry or personal photos may be fine when you’re having a video chat with friends, but for professional interactions, you need to curate a more polished background. I have been on calls where I see clothes hanging in the background or closet doors open. Treat your background as you would your work space in your office. Take some time to consider where you will be making calls from, and do a test run in advance to make sure nothing unexpected is creeping into the frame. Can’t find an appropriate space in your home? Many programs, including Zoom, allow you to use a picture as a virtual background.

Keep Your Information Private

If you’ll be sharing your screen at any point, take care that your personal computer activity isn’t on display for all to see. Have your slidedeck open in the background and ready to be uploaded to share. Whenever possible, share the specific application that you want your audience to see (e.g., a PowerPoint presentation or Word document) rather than sharing your full desktop. If you are sharing an internet browser, be sure to close all unnecessary tabs beforehand. You should also be aware that if you search in the address bar of your browser, auto-complete may reveal previous searches to your audience. To avoid this, clear your history, or navigate to sites before sharing your screen.

Minimize Distractions

Family members or pets can be a major distraction if they wander into your frame while you’re speaking. If you can, make your call from a room with a closed door, and put a sign outside beforehand reminding people that you will be on a call at a certain time. If you’re unable to isolate yourself, try to make calls with your back to a wall so that no one needs to walk behind you as they cross the room. If you have a furry friend who just can’t resist cuddling you while you work, put them in a closed room or distract them with a toy or long-lasting treat before you begin. Of course, working from home has it’s challenges and consider the audience on the call. Many won’t mind the occasional child or the pet – but many will mind the pet barking.

The virtual platform is here to stay. We will be continuing to conduce business in the new “hybrid era.” Be sure you move forward professionally in this new chapter.

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Virtual Communication: Landing the Job Remotely

Use Body Language to Make an Impression

Nonverbal communication is a great tool to help you stand out from the crowd. Too often people don’t realize that body language makes up 55% of the initial impression one makes. This is certainly essential during the interview process. Smile and use gestures when speaking to appear enthusiastic and pleasant. When listening, nod thoughtfully to show you are engaged. If the interview is conducted on the telephone be equally mindful of providing feedback such as “uh-huh” and “I understand,” when the other person is speaking. Finally, don’t forget to sit up straight; slouching will make you seem unprofessional, sloppy, and overly casual. Sitting talk and walking tall will exude confidence (even if you aren’t feeling very confident).

Preparation is Key

In addition to the homework you should do before any job interview (i.e., researching the company culture, preparing answers to common interview questions), you should also think about how to answer questions related to working remotely. For example: Have you ever worked remotely before? How will you engage with your team virtually? What do you feel are the greatest challenges about working from home and how will you overcome them? Be able to answer unexpected questions in a confident matter will go far towards you landing the job. Be sure to minimize the “insecure” words such as “um, uh, like and you know” that may indicate that you are not feeling very secure. Research has shown that using too many of these filler words will make you sound insecure and lacking confidence.

Punctuality Still Matters

Keeping your interviewer waiting is the easiest way to make a bad impression. Aim to be seated at your computer at least ten minutes before your interview is scheduled so that you have time to check your technology and compose yourself. “Arrive” at the interview (i.e., click the link) about one to two minutes before the scheduled start time. Also be sure to download the application if you have never used it before. Do this ahead of time.

Pausing is More Important Than Ever

When answering interview questions, insert short, strategic pauses into your speech. Pausing can help slow you down and keep your message clear and easy to understand. This is especially important in remote communication, since lags and audio overlap can make speech harder to understand. Pausing also helps to project an image of confidence and professionalism, and gives your interviewer time to digest your message as you speak.

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