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Giveaway Alert! The ABC’s of Growing Online

By | Practical Business Strategies | 11 Comments

Today we’re going to do a group exercise and I’m going to give away some cash.  I’m inviting each of you to post a comment identifying and explaining one principle that can help to grow our blog or our online presence in general. The first principle must begin with the letter A and be presented by the first person to leave a comment.  The second principle must begin with the letter B and be given by…

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If Your Business Model Is Broken…Fix It.

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What is it that makes your products or services better than someone else’s services? The hard question is this: If you can teach others to make money online or in your industry, why are you struggling to make money through that means? I’m certainly not asking that to be unkind, but only to challenge us to think about the hard questions. To be honest, many of you need to change your online business model. If…

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Getting To Know Your Target Audience

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When I began this website, I had little understanding of the concept of target audiences. In the early history of this website, I was having a conversation with a friend who at that time was involved in online marketing. As we spoke, I asked him what I could do to be more successful here (and online in general). His response was to ask me who my target audience was. I responded by saying that I…

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5 Steps to Boost Your Online Productivity

By | Practical Business Strategies | 44 Comments

Most bloggers, or rather, most people are plagued with a seeming lack of adequate time to accomplish all the tasks with which they are bombarded.  Of course, the ideal and most practical solution would be that we all stop eating and sleeping. The time saved from these activities alone would add something like 6 to 10 hours per day giving us all more than enough time to get everything done. It would be something like…

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Are You Looking for Solutions or Handouts?

By | Practical Business Strategies | 23 Comments

Nearly ten years ago, when I was fresh out of high school, I drove myself down to Kentucky and enrolled in college. Of course, as you already know, that stage where you step out on your own is often filled with a pretty drastic learning curve, and I’m not just talking about the material you learn in school. For the first time ever, I was responsible for creating an income, balancing a budget, and making…

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The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Blogging

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The world is full of idiots. You’re an idiot. Sorry but it’s true. But don’t worry, I’m an idiot too and unlike you…I’m willing to admit it. I would go so far as too say that everyone (including me) slip in and out of idiocy every day without ever noticing the transition. No matter how smart you are, there are far too many things going on for us to be smart all the time. Statistically,…

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Just Be Yourself…And Why That’s Baloney

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As you surf around the web, you’ll be continually bombarded with folks working to teach young writer’s to find their own voice, to be unique, to stand out from the crowd, and to do their own thing…even if only because they’re being told to do it. I’ve even heard a handful of very inspirational quotes that are used to promote this popular idea of being yourself. He who trims himself to suit everyone will soon whittle himself…

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The Long, Difficult Journey to Where I Am Now

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As the warm, summer sun looked down on the park and I sat watching the brilliant colors of red, white, and blue rippling on the tall silver flagpole in front of me, I began to think back on the exciting journey that has been my life. It was only four short years ago in February of 2007 that I proudly stood before the beauty of Old Glory and pledged to defend our constitution from all…

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How To Be A Credible Online Authority

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One of the things that I’ve grown to dislike is the concept of the self-proclaimed authority. Those who pretend to be the all-knowing gurus of their respective fields are quickly boring me with their nonsensical drivel. Now don’t mistake what I’m saying. You should be striving to become an online authority. You should be working to build your credibility. These are the qualities that lead to trust, to sales, and to profits. But launching a…

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