Saturday, November 28, 2009

Can you really make money with a blog?

Daren Rouse of Problogger.net has the best explanation of how to use social media sites to increase readership of a blog. He uses Chris Brogan's idea of creating social media outposts to support a blog. His ideas seem easy to follow:
1. Social media sites may gain and lose popularity.
2. Own the blog url instead of using a hosting site.
3. Find other related blogs and interact with them.

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Use the charts in the video to help determine how to support your blog with your social media sites.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Goal Setting to Create SUCCESS

Success is an individual determination based on personal defintion of the attributes that make up a person's wants and needs. In order to achieve the results desired a system of goals and activities to reach the goals needs to be determined.

Huh?


1. What have you done lately?
2. What do you like?
3. What do you want?
4. What do you need to get there?

Let's first look at what you've done previously. Know your sales results for 2009 and 2008 if you can. Past results will help determine the source of your business. Realizing what your successes already are will help you see what already works and at what frequency. For example, if you pull a lever and every three times a treat comes down a chute then you can begin to expect a 1 in 3 success rate. Whereas if you pull a different lever and you get a treat 1 in 10 times, you either need to pull that lever at a faster rate to keep up with the success rate of the first lever, change the machine to increase the rate of return for that lever, expect a lower rate of return, or leave it alone and focus on the other lever. Knowing success rates is important to understanding your business.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

I never have enough time to post

Don't get started thinking about the list of thngs you need to get done before the end of the day. If you are like me, the list starts with the items that were carried over from yesterday's list. Take a deep breath, and let that go. We are all busy, very busy.

Here's a few ideas that may help:
1. Keep a posting list. I keep a Word document minimized on my computer that I use to copy url's (websites), ideas, and other information that I consider important that I find throughout the day.
2. Grab 2 or 3 ideas everyday and summarize or complete the thought.
3. Aggregate your posts. Sites like socialoomph.com, ping.fm, or even tweetdeck help get the posts out to multple sites at once. Some of these sites will even schedule your posts to go out at specific times.

Minimize your work efforts by maximizing your activity. Try these few easy tips to help you post more frequently and effectively while reducing the amount of time you spend online.