Why is it that some people seem to succeed very easily and others seem to struggle? Do you know how to be sure that you can be a success in whatever field you chose? Setting Goals for Success

There are certain steps that are required to reach your desired level of success. The first thing required is for you to write out your goals. Now you have to look at a realistic way that you can achieve these goals. Break the goal down into manageable sections with realistic time frames to match. These rules basically apply to anything that you want to achieve in your life. You have to believe that want you want to accomplish is achievable. Your belief in yourself is paramount.

Your original goal maybe you want to lose 30 pounds. To lose this weight you have to change what you are doing at present especially in regards to what you are eating. You set yourself a time frame to achieve this. Let’s choose a period of 6 months. That means you have to lose 5 pound per month. As there are 26 weeks in 6 months your weight loss required is just over a pound per week. Now we have to take action and focus on what we want and be determined to succeed.

There is one easy way to accelerate the weight loss and that is to introduce an exercise regime into your daily life. Not only will exercise increase the weight loss but it is good for your health.

Every goal has to have some form of benefit. In the example above, you are going to be a lot healthier and feel more confident in how you look. So knowing the benefits will aid in your being successful.

So if you want to learn internet marketing, I would suggest that you write down your goals and be very realistic in what you want to achieve and by when. The best advice I could give you is to get yourself a good mentor. You would be better to pay a mentor than just buy everything that you are offered online. There are thousands of people who buy programs, software, books, courses etc who never even open them. So if you think success is eluding you, it may be that you have not written down your goals and you are not following a plan.

To YOUR success

Sue McDonald

 

One way to make your blog different to others is to include pictures or images. These images you capture on your computer are known as screen captures or screen shots. There are several free and paid programs that will allow you to get these images. There are three I have used Screenhunter, Jing and Windows Microsoft.

My favorite screen capture is Screenhunter.

capturing an image
I think there is a newer version available. To use this program, it is simply a matter of pressing “Capture Now” and then you see an x and y axis and move (where these lines cross to the top left of the area you want to capture) and move your mouse down to cover the area. Then left click and you will have you image. Then just click “Stand By” to close Screenhunter. If you want to capture a full screen, click the little radio button and then capture now.

One tip that you will need to know when you click “Stand By” it closes down but the next time you click on the short cut, it will move on the task bar to the right of any programs or documents you have open.

The second one is Jing. There is a free and paid version of Jing. I actually prefer this to create videos. There is an instructional video available on Jing showing how to use the program.

I believe that everyone would be familiar with the Windows Microsoft. With Windows Microsoft you capture an image and then you paste it in the document where you want it to go. You can either capture a single image or the full screen. To capture the image use the PRTSC or PRTSCN key. This varies from keyboard to keyboard but it is usually around the same area.

capture an image

To choose between an image or full screen follow these instructions.

Press the print screen key and a capture box will appear and then highlight the area you require and you will capture the highlighted area. Then just copy and paste and put the image where you want it.

There are other programs available but I like Screenhunter.

Create A Powerful Article Marketing Campaign

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Create a  Powerful Article Marketing CampaignCreate a powerful article marketing campaign and gain more from your articles and your marketing efforts.

Do not flood article indexes with numerous copies of a single article. There are countless article indexes to use with your article marketing strategy. It can be tempting to use the same article multiple times to many indexes. Search engines are also aware of this technique and will penalize your article with a lower ranking. Although Google allows duplicate copy, the penalty is that the article will only be ranked once.

Your article content must provide information that is pertinent to your keywords. There should be a connection between everything in your article, links and keywords. Search engines can tell when an article isn’t what they are indexing.

Your skill level is what determines your success you enjoy a marketer. This typically results in lower quality work. Don’t try to do something if you can do it correctly.

You have to use SEO and other marketing as a whole if you expect to be a great article marketer. Be certain to learn about SEO to boost your article rankings higher. You can’t just throw up articles and expect them to do well. You need a direct approach and a goal in mind.

A desired product will make people want to read articles about it.

You can promote one article through another article. Include links to earlier articles if they are relevant to the subject matter. This is an acceptable practice providing that you give advice or provide helpful information. Do not be shy about praising all of your customers. Always read the terms of service of each article directory because different directories can have different TOS.

Don’t put too many keywords into your headline. Article marketing is a fine balance between keywords and keywords. Headlines should be intriguing to your readers’ attention. Make sure the headline is something a person would like to read and that your article by creating an interesting headline.

Use the top article directories. Then change your article and submit it somewhere else.

Make sure you use the relevant keywords in your article but only allow for about 3-5% density. This will also pertain to your headlines and also your meta descriptions.

One article marketing strategy that you should definitely utilize is publishing collections of your past articles. Collect them and publish them in an eBook. Use the eBook as a no-cost resource that you can give to customers when they sign up for your email newsletters.

You must know how to publicize your articles. To receive more traffic, you should submit each of your marketing articles to multiple directories.

Don’t talk about yourself in your articles. A good piece will do it for you.

Always check to ensure that your articles are formatted to standard. Always read what the formatting requirements are for each service or directory prior to submitting your article.

A good article marketing tip is to research your keywords thoroughly. Keywords drive traffic and using the right ones will get you more readers.

Hopefully, you will be able to put the aforementioned suggestions to good use. Your focus should be on at least keeping up with the competition by continually working on your marketing strategy. You may even be able to gain the edge over your competition. Let me know if this information is helpful to you.

To YOUR success

 

Most people are looking for ways to improve their lives in many different ways. Some are looking at personal development while others want to get further education and gain a better career. If you need to improve your skills why not do a course. If you are an internet marketer and need help, you might like to try the List Driven Profits Workshop.Improve your Life

Choose one aspect that you want to improve and put your effort into that. You stand a better chance of making real progress by focusing on a single issue, even if there are others you also want to address. Also, by limiting your focus to one, you allow the change to adjust your personality and become a part of your character. Old habits are hard to break unless you do so slowly and deliberately or replace them with a new habit.

Do not shop because you are bored. Replace shopping with a hobby or a sport. Shopping for comfort can quickly become very expensive, and the bills will add to your stress. Same thing applies to food – do not just eat because you are bored. This will only cause you unhappiness if you start putting on weight.

The key to personal development is being good to your body. Listen to the signals your body sends you: tiredness, hunger, pain or discomfort. Respond right away to them, for the sake of your health. Once you do this, your body will be better able to aid you for the long term. If you disregard your body’s intelligence, you might find in the future that it will not be able to take care of you.

A healthy and positive attitude is the foundation of personal growth. If you do not have a good attitude you will never get as far as you could have. Focus on a positive outlook instead, knowing that this will work for you, and not against you, in achieving your goals.

You have to take action now and do not procrastinate. You can have lots of ideas but make a plan what you want to achieve and put that plan into action. Everything depends on you but that does not mean that you cannot ask for help. Always ask and there will always be someone prepared to help if they can see you are putting in the effort.

Picture how your life is right now and where you want it to be in the future. See your shortcomings. This attitude will help you get started on your journey to improve yourself. If you are unable to recognize this need, you will not be effective in developing yourself to your highest potential.

A useful personal development tip is that you always cherish the things you believe are most valuable. Therefore, see to it that you value the best things in all aspects of your life.

Try to make the most of your time at work and get more done. Take breaks regularly to stay focused on what you need to work on. This may seem wrong, but the truth is that more breaks give you a chance to relax and recharge yourself; when you return to the work at hand, you can be more focused and get many things accomplished.

If you experience anxiety in social situations, ask a friend to join you at the movie theater. Movies are wonderful ways to socialize without feeling like you have to carry on a conversation. This will also help you get used to crowds.

Even when you’re unhappy with your life, it can be hard to find the motivation to change. I have given you some suggestions that can assist you in getting started, but do keep in mind that your dedicated effort is still required. Put some of these ideas into practice and you will see a major shift in your life.

To YOUR success

Sue McDonald

 

Writing Your First BlogNow is the time to write your first blog. A blog is simply a web log or like an entry in your journal. Your first thoughts are probably what would interest people enough to keep them coming back to your site. What is the title of your first blog and what are you going to write?

If you are brand new to blogging then it is really simple. Basically, I want you to tell your story. I want you to tell what you have done till now and what are your dreams and aspirations all about. Tell everything about the struggles and any success you have had to date and how you plan to be successful online.

You may think that this would not be interesting to others but people are interested in your personal story. People want to know if you have been successful how they can do what you do. Through telling your story, you may prevent other people from going through the problems that you may have encountered. People love to model themselves on successful people.

It does not matter what niche you are in, the theory of blogging is still the same. When you write something that is interesting to others, they will return to your site over and over again. To enable you to communicate with your visitors, you should have an opt-in box on your page where your visitors can sign in for a free gift. By doing this you are able to collect their email addresses. This allows you to contact them and send them relevant information by email.

So start and write your content for your blog. Make it interesting and informative. Let people know how you are progressing with all that you are learning.

Here are some SEO tips when you are writing your blog. Have your main keyword in your blog title and include this keyword within the first twenty-five words. If you have five keywords use them throughout the blog but do not allow the density to be above two to three percent. This means these keywords appear only two or three times every hundred words. Always write your blog where you can spell check it.

If you want to include a picture – feel free to do so but only use royalty free photographs. Ensure that the picture is relevant to your blog. Has this been helpful information for you – leave me a comment and let me know.

To YOUR success

Sue McDonald

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Installing WordPress is very easy with any hosting company who has cpanel. Let’s go back to Hostgator and I will show you how it is done.
Install WordPress using Cpanel

This is what your cpanel or control panel looks like. Now scroll down towards the bottom of the page till you see Software/Services.
Installing WordPress using Cpanel

Now what we are looking for is “Fantastico De Luxe”, and there it is on the second line. Fantastico allows you to add many scripts/programs to your website, but all we want to add is WordPress . Click on the icon Fantastico. You will then be taken to this page.
installing wordpress

Click on WordPress and proceed to the next screen.
installing wordpress using cpanel (4)

Here you just click on New Installation and it will all be done for you automatically. Click on the down arrow beside “Install on domain” and choose the domain where you and to install WordPress.
installing wordpress using cpanel (5)

Click on “Install WordPress.” When it is installed you will be allowed access to your WordPress site. You will have to sign in using your Admin access codes. When you do this you will be taken to the dashboard. Record this information on your computer using Roboform.

Congratulations you have installed WordPress. Now the next step is to write some content for your blog and in the next post I will give you some ideas.

To YOUR success

Sue McDonald

 

 

 

After picking a niche and getting the perfect domain name, you need to get hosting and an auto-responder. As my main hosting company and auto-responder, I have chosen the one company Global NPN to perform both functions. I still have hosting with Hostgator and my auto-responder with Aweber but I am moving everything to Global NPN.

Do You Have Access to the Best Hosting and AutoresponderSo let me review each of the above. Hostgator is a very popular hosting site that offers you a “baby plan” where you can have unlimited domains. Now although this company says you have unlimited disk space and unlimited bandwidth, please read this blog on some of the major hosting companies. I signed up with them when I first came online and I am charged $9.95US per month.

The first auto-responder I signed up to was Aweber. The first month costs you $1 and these are their charges after your first month.

Up to 500               $19
500 – 2500             $29
2501 – 5000          $49
5001 – 10000        $69
10001 – 25000      $149

Now let’s look at Global NPN which has been around since 2005 and has a proven track record. Global NPN is more than a hosting company and an auto responder. It has all the tools you will ever require to run a successful business. It also has tracking tools and if you have ever paid for tracking you will know how expensive some companies are. So I did not renew the tracking I had which was costing me $97 per year. I intend to do away with of Aweber and Hostgator.

So if you have purchased you domain name and you now go to your hosting company to synchronize your hosting company and your domain registrar. What we have to do is link the two together.

To be able to do this, you need your DNS (Domain Name Server) information from your hosting service.

Your hosting company will have sent you a welcome email and inside you can find this information. If you did not get an email contact the company and ask for it. The information you have been provided should have something like NS1 and NS2 at the beginning. NS simply stands for Name Server.

The next step is to go to the company where you purchased your domain.

Click on the domain name and you should be able to “edit” the name server. You have to enter both name servers. Don’t forget to click on the save button before closing. Once you have entered this information it could take up to 48hours for your domain to be ready.

So being perfectly honest I have to recommend Global NPN because it is much more cost effective as well as all the tools it provides. You can have up to 25,000 subscribers before the price increases.

So take a look at Global NPN for yourself and leave me a comment and let me know what you think.

Tomorrow I will tell you how to upload WordPress using Cpanel.

To YOUR success

Sue McDonald

 

Select the Perfect Domain NameHow do you select the perfect domain name? The name has to have four important components.
1. It must be easy to remember
2. It has to describe your business
3. It must be easy to spell
4. Must contain your main keyword

Whether you are going to use WordPress or build your site online, you have to register your domain name. If you do not want to register a domain, you could be setting yourself up to fail. There are free platforms were you can add content but you will never own that content. At any time, free platforms can close down your blog or post.

When you were deciding on your niche, you carried out some keyword research. Now using the main keyword you have chosen, write down five to ten possible domain names. Remember the most commercially viable domain always ends in dot com. When you have written them down, read each name out aloud.

Start eliminating the ones that are too hard to say or too hard to remember. You can reduce your list to three names that all adhere to the above criteria. I always buy my domains from Namecheap and always check for the coupon code before buying. Never use the same company where you buy your domain to host your domain.

Now is the time to go to a domain registrar and see if any of the domain names you have chosen are available. Start with the one that you believe will truly fit your business.  Always double check that you have spelt the name correctly before you hit the buy button.

Your domain name is the doorway to your business. Like with the doorway to your home, you want to make it welcoming for any visitors. Visitors are the life blood of your business.

Now that you have your domain name you have to get hosting. I have found the perfect place for hosting at Global NPN. Not only can you host your domain there but it contains all the tools, including an autoresponder, which you will ever need for your online business. Why not take a look and see what it provides for a monthly fee.

Has this information been helpful to you?

To YOUR success

Sue McDonald

Choosing a Profitable Niche

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Choosing a profitable niche is one way to sell a product or service online. If you are brand new to the internet and want to make money, there are several ways that this can be achieved. There are several ways to choose your niche but most people will tell you to pick something you know a lot about or you are passionate about. That may be true but if your passion is about something that would not be interesting to others, then you will have to choose something else.

Choosing a Profitable nicheNow when you first start your online business, you have to decide what niche you are going to be working in. There are several very popular niches and if you are just starting out, you may or may not want to try them. Three of the most popular are:
Internet Marketing
Health and Fitness
Weight Loss

Now being popular does not mean that you would not be successful in that niche. You would have to find a sub-niche or a micro niche. If you were going to look at health and fitness and you were passionate about yoga, as an example – you may pick a sub niche like “Staying Fit and Healthy Practicing Yoga.”

There are some really easy ways to ascertain if your passion or interest can be profitable.

1. See if there are already products being sold in that niche – just go to Google and type in your keywords. This will show you how many sites there are when you type in that particular keyword.

2. Check at Amazon and see if there is a magazine and or a book about it. There may be several magazines about your chosen niche.

3. Next head over to Clickbank and see if there are any books about it there.

4. Go to the Dummies book site and see if there is a book in the Dummies Group.

5. Now also use the Google keyword tool to check how many people are searching for that niche keyword.

If you have established that it is a profitable niche, then your next step is to register your domain name.

Let me know if you have found some of these suggestions helpful.

To YOUR success

Sue McDonald

How Do You Increase Productivity Through Better Use Of Your Time?

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Have you ever thought how do you increase productivity through better use of your time? Your time is one of the most valuable assets you have. When I say your time is valuable, I am not referring to the monetary value but to how valuable it is to use time wisely.

It is something that you should consider very seriously. Time is one commodity that cannot be replaced or replenished. Unlike when you pantry or refrigerator are empty, you simply restock them.How valuable is your time

However we cannot get back the time that has passed. We have to learn to make the most use of the time that is available to us. That does not mean we do not allocate our time to include work time, family time, relaxation time and sleep time.

Every person is an individual and therefore there are times in our lives when we have to prioritize and some other area in our lives may suffer as a result. If you are a person who has a heavy workload at work make sure you talk to the family about it and let them know it is only for a limited period.

You can achieve maximum productivity as long as you manage your time to the best of your ability. To manage your time to the best of your ability, you must be organized. This is especially true when you are working online. Open a file or a folder for each individual project you are working on. This is a great way to save time because it is very easy to find all the related material together.

One important tip I should give you here is to keep focused on one project at a time. If you try more than one thing at a time, you tend to become distracted.

Another time saver online is to record all user names and passwords. As the weeks and months go by, when working online you will join more sites and it is a total waste of time if you forget either the user name or password that enable you to sign in.

I would suggest that you use RoboForm to enable you to keep user names and passwords secure. You can store your logins either on your desktop or laptop or a flash drive and it available also for a Mac.

Get into the habit at the end of the day write out your plans for the next day. If you haven’t done this make sure that you write down your plans at the start of a new day and as you complete each task, draw a line through it.

Being organized is the key to being a success. Leave me a comment and let me know if you are making the best use of your time.

To YOUR success

Sue McDonald