Facebook Status Updates Made Easy!

Tackle It “Tool” Tuesday –  You want today to be all about tackling a project or a task you dread…  Most people mastering or “corralling” their Social Media, Facebook interactions is a project they dread... finding the right tools to assist in this is today’s focus for me!

Don’t Let Facebook Status Updates Get The Best Of Your Time!

I have touched on it a bit in another post but I have found a tool that I highly recommend to any business owner LARGE, SMALL, INDEPENDENT, NETOWRKMARKTING you name it!  This tool is called Status Set Go!

Facebook Schedule Your Status and GO!

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Tackle It “Tool” Tuesday ~ Tools and Resources, Do You Have Too Many or Not Enough?

Tackle It “Tool” Tuesday – today in our Weekly Productivity Program we focus on tackling a task or a project we have been putting off – sometimes this happens to be a resource we purchased to use in our business or a tool of some sort to help with marketing, social media, organization and we are excited we have it but totally avoid jumping in to use it.  Take today to focus on one of those and figure it out so you can start using resources and tools you have bought.

Are you a collector of resources & tools?

There are many times we as business owners, internet marketers – network marketers – brick and mortar store owners, attend seminars or trainings.  We learn not only what other business owners that are in the same line of business we are in use but what the trainers are teaching about and it sounds SOOOO cool and we are not using it that we “gotta have it”, right?  I know I have collected my share.  How about you?

Did you buy that trainer’s resource book or set of CD’s because it was going to walk you through this “system” or teach you a new approach, a must have resource?  How about the ones that are “coaching platforms” that walk you through the resources without the speaker/trainer being involved like a membership platform?  Or you read about this new tool for email marketing or social media management and you had to have it!

It is very easy to – get caught up in what these speakers/trainers are saying and the resources/training tools they are offering.  It is even easier to read about resources/tools on the internet watch a video and decide you have to have that now. No blame at all – we all have done it and still do it to some extent today.

We tend to feel if I have the right resource/tool my business will soar!

WRONG! It is not if you HAVE the right resource or tool it is if you USE the right resource/tool!

It is important as business owners ANY type of business owner that you keep that in perspective when you are purchasing training tools/resources or business tools/resources that you must USE them.  Being a “collector” will not explode your business.

How do you go into “Resource & Tool” Collector Recovery??

You start today… make a list of all of the resources and tools you have and can find.  On the list separate them in categories like training materials and training programs vs actual resources you can implement and use the tool.  Then clean up the list and create new lists – with the ones that you have a monthly billing associated with them at the top of the list and to dollar amount you are paying monthly with the ones you own outright on the bottom of the list.  Next to each resource/tool write a brief description of what it is and what you can learn or use it for.

Once the list is created – review it.  What of the monthly “paying” items are you currently using – hi light them green because you are actually using them! Great job!  What of the monthly “paying” tools/resources are you NOT using and have or have not touched – hi light them orange (closest hi lighter to red).  Now go down to the items that you own that  do not have any billing associated with them – if you have read or used that tool/resource again hi light those green and the ones that are still in the box they came in or have not even been reviewed, used, touched or put into motion hi light them orange.

Review your list – is it more green or more orange?  Mine some time back was definitely more ORANGE!  I loved collecting those resources and tools. I was addicted to it not unlike collecting all those stickers and bonding agents that were so cool for scrap booking, oh don’t get my husband started on my stamp collection too – they were tools I had to have!

Once I took the time to go through all of the business materials/tools/resources I had and organize them this way it was clear to see what types of tools/resources I would not ever use.  I could evaluate what kinds of resources/tools “spoke” to me and I enjoyed reading or using and what kinds I actually was intimidated by and avoided trying to use them.

From this list I sat down and created two more lists from the orange hi lighted ones – items I would share or give away to other business owners notating what I was going to do with a S for Share and a GA for Give Away and tools/resources I wanted to try and use.  I then numbered the tools/resources I wanted to use in the order I was going to commit to learning them/reading them/putting them into motion. It was cool!

For the ones I listed as “share or give away”, first I spoke to my inner circle people to see if they wanted any of these tools/resources and got a commitment from them they would either use it or give it back – when all of those were distributed, I then took what I had to my networking meetings and shared – gave them away there with the same requirement that they would commit to using them of give them back – what was left from there I donated to the local library!

It was awesome to feel the weight of those “oh I need to still read this, or start this, or learn this too” all cleaned out and narrowed down to what I would actually use and read!

Evaluation of your resource and tool collection also makes it clear…

By reviewing your initial hi-lighted list you can see a pattern of types of resources and tools that really speak to you and you take advantage of and those kinds you don’t.  By reviewing the list you commit to learning or reading that tool or resource you can also see what kinds of tools and resources you feel are important.  This allows you now to be a smarter shopper when you are at seminars and training events – is what the speaker trainer offering a fit for you?  I am sure it is a great product but does that type of tool/resource fit with what you will use and implement? Be sure it will and your purchases will go a lot further in helping to explode your business!

Resources and Tools are a MUST for business owners and successful people!

Don’t stop getting your resources and tools – just be sure to USE them!  All successful business owners from Trump through your local successful business owner all use, read and rely on resources/tools and training materials. They are avid readers and dedicate time set aside for not only using tools and resources but for personal development – how about you?  They have grown by the knowledge they have taken in over the years and it is something as BUSY solo-preneurs  we too have to be in the habit of taking and setting that time aside for this as well.  BUT remember it is only valuable when you implement what you are learning!


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Tackle It “Tool” Tuesday ~ Take today to tackle using a tool to increase your reach of your business.  You choose – Social Media, email marketing, website tools – something you can start today that will help increase not only visibility & traffic to your website but in the long run your database and revenue.

Let’s Talk Traffic…Increase it with submitting your site to directories…

Everyone knows the biggest website challenge is to increase the traffic to your site which in turns increases your search engine ratings which in turn increases your visibility viral and should increase your conversion ratings. Your conversion ratings will still depend on your content and copy but most of the battle is getting the masses to find you.

The best way to increase your website traffic is to submit your website to the different search engine directories requesting that they index your website.  The different search engine directories ask that you manually submit your website for indexing to help maintain and control the spam levels they are hit with.  Manually submitting your website does not guarantee the search engine will pick it up and index your site on the first submission but they do prefer you use this method.

Submitting your website to the directories is easy but can be time consuming with visiting them and then monitoring to see if you have been “indexed”.  BUT it is easy and if you have a website it is a must!  Below is a list of the top directories you should start with:

Google – Google is the largest search directory. They have made it very easy to submit your website –  Submit to Google  (type in your url and a message they ask you to and submit)

Yahoo! – Yahoo is still very strong and has millions of users – It is very easy to submit your site here as well – Submit to Yahoo!

Bing – The New MSN directory is strong and you should submit your site here too – They have made their submission process easy as well – Submit to BING

The website I used to find directories to submit my websites to is Free Web Submission – there is a list of 50 directories you can submit your URL to.  I hand chose the ones I wanted to use based on their Google Ranking and their Alexa rankings – you can see the information right on this site.  Though submitting this way, manually, has taken several hours and I am not done yet, it was a great way to start at least with the top directories.

A Tool to help with submitting your site!

Traffic Bug http://www.traffic-bug.com/863.html

This is a tool I was introduced to by a good friend of mine and top internet marketer – Traffic Bug takes on the heavy lifting of submitting your website to hundreds of directories once you have filled in the needed website information.  They give you an 11 day free trial and start working immediately once you have given all of the requested information.

The best way to use Traffic Bug for your submitting is to be sure you have all of your website info at a hands reach so you can fill it all out the day you sign up and you do not miss one day of the free trial working for you.  They have perfected the balance of submitting so you are looked at negatively for using a program for submitting and they protect their users from spam sent from directories.

A key tip – set up a free email address a head of time too – each search engine you submit to requests a verification – this way your regular inbox does not get slammed with these emails. Just be sure to be checking it daily so you can verify those requests and again you do not waste one day of the free trial.

I recommend using Traffic Bug and get your website submitted to the different directories, social media bookmarks, rss direcotries, search engines – but at the very  least manually submit your site to Google, Yahoo! and Bing.

There is a tool you can check your indexing and submission levels it is called SEO Quake, it is a firefox plug-in – once you have set it up then when you open a website you can see the Google rank, Pages indexed to Google, Yahoo and the Alexa ranking as well..  If you want to turn it off you can click the little icon in the lower right corner of your webpage so it does not interfere with other things you are doing like writing your blog (some times the rankings would appear in my individual posting area so I had to turn it off when I was doing that).

Have Fun and Start Submitting Your Website Today!


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Finish It Friday ~ Reflect on the Week, Did You Meet Your Goals?

Finish it Friday is a day we consider an immediate reward day – when you have completed all of the scheduled/planned tasks that were set as the goal that week you are done working for the day!  You are free to relax and have time to spend on yourself.

Being clear on scheduled goals in your tracking system is a MUST!

Do you have a tracking system?  Are you scheduling in an appropriate amount of work? Are you taking on too much? Do you have a plan each week?  Do you set personal rewards?

Creating goals each week of things that need to get completed is a must – it is your framework, your path, your structure for the week – without setting them and having plan you are working without structure and not being as productive as you can be.

As solo-preneurs we tend to be flying by the seat of our pants more than not.  We feel like our business is running US instead of the other way around.  We tend to feel defeated more often.  All of this comes from lack of a plan or structure.

Get clear on what your “doable” work load is – plan your goal accordingly.

You need to take time to evaluate how things are going – what is working and what is not and make adjustments.  Be realistic when you set out to accomplish tasks and in setting your goals for the week.  Create a plan set your goals and see how that works – if there is something that did not work out so well – evaluate and adjust.  Don’t lower your goals of how much work you want to complete in a week but grow into them.  Know how much you want to be completing by a certain time and take steps to create the habits to achieve those goals by learning new habits and making new routines.

Goals in regards to your accomplishments should not be killers…

As we grow as business owners naturally our goals will grow as well.  You will take on more and more tasks, even if you are delegating them you will be project managing them.  Do not set yourself up with s many tasks and projects and having to do it all NOW that you kill yourself and you do not enjoy what you are doing.

Remember GOALS are not “finish lines” they are mile markers.

You should set three kinds of goals for yourself –

  • amount of work planned for the week to be completed (always changing and being reset for new tasks)
  • where you want your business to be (I call it, what do you want to be when you grow up) (to be evaluated annually to be sure your goals have not changed)
  • what you want revenue wise from this business (this goal is your guideline NOT your stopping point)

Write your goals down – it gives them more POWER in your way of working and a foundation in your WHY!

All of the experts AND successful individuals out there will tell you to write your goals out – this is why for the weekly tasks and projects I suggest you haved a great tracking system – it forces you to even write those down – giving you more control and power over your time and your business.


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Thriving Thursday ~ How to Keep Organized Tracking Prospects and Potential Clients

Thriving Thursday, today’s focus is on wrapping things up for the week!  Today you should be in a “groove” after completing so much on Work It Wednesday – Keep It Up!  Move through your list doing the follow up on the items you were working on Monday & Tuesday, if there is any needed.  Do not start new projects that are not on your list already – schedule them for next week and out. Stay on track for Finish It Friday and get as much done on your list so you can reward yourself with not only time “off” but what ever reward you had chosen for yourself this week!

What?  You have so many prospects you don’t know what to do?  You have so many potential customers/clients you loose track of them?

One of the tasks that can be stressful in Network Marketing/Direct Sales or in Small Business is the follow up with prospects, potential clients/customers.  Along with setting up a Tickler file to track your projects and tasks you need to set up a Prospect/Client/Customer tracker!  Tracking conversations and contacts with Prospects/Clients/Customers can be a business saver along with a business growth must.

Potential Prospects/Clients/Customers will base decisions on how organized you are and how well you follow up.  Then will be deciding to do business with you in one way or not based on your follow up and follow through.  Though it is AWESOME to have a lot of potential Prospects/Clients/Customers to follow up with, you don’t want to overwhelm yourself and lose some or start to build a reputation for not being on top of things.

What would a Potential Prospects/Clients/Customers Tracker look like?

Setting up a potential Prospects/Clients/Customers tracker should be done in the same fashion as your Tickler File.  It should be binder based so it is mobile for sure.  Depending on the amount of Prospects/Clients/Customers you have to follow up with will determine the size of the binder.  I like to start with a 1 1/2″ binder, colorful of course.  Create a FUN front cover, maybe your “team name” or an “inspirational quote” or event “your goals (size of business by when and a pic of your why)”

Now that you have your Potential Prospects/Clients/Customers tracker binder ready to fill it up you will need lined paper – just regular writing paper, a “pen pouch”, two pens – two pencils – a highlighter.  You could also use alphabet dividers but not a must.

With all of these materials together you have your Potential Prospects/Clients/Customers ready to use!

How do I use my Potential Prospects/Clients/Customers Tracker?

Now that your potential Prospects/Clients/Customers tracker materials are all in one place you need to start using

it!  To use it you want to label one sheet for each potential Prospect/Client/Customer you are currently in “discussions” with.

  • Prospect: just sent or spoke about your “opportunity” with them and set up the next follow up meeting. Someone you are currently in active discussions with and have another meeting with.
  • Clients: someone you have sent a proposal to and there are still follow ups to do with them
  • Customers: someone who is coming to you for a project and you have details to still finish up (some retail businesses might have to adjust who they consider for this type of follow up – me I think everyone)

Now that your potential Prospects/Clients/Customers all have an individual sheet – what information do you want on there to start?

  • Name
  • Contact Email
  • Contact Phone
  • Business Name if applicable
  • What you are speaking to them about (a brief description)

Now alphabetize your potential Prospects/Clients/Customers sheets and put them into the binder (here is where you would you the alphabet dividers if you choose to get them).

Once your sheets are set up you are ready to work with them!  As you speak with one of your potential Prospects/Clients/Customers find “their sheet”, you will make notes on “their sheet” and be sure to date the conversation.  You can make notes on what you promised to do in follow up and highlight it so it brings attention to your next actions.

How do you manage your calendar?  If it is on the computer and access with your smart phone then immediately upon getting off the phone or out of the meeting with your potential Prospect/Client/Customer – schedule your follow up/next step.

At the end of the day or in the moment if there was time, review your next action or promise to your potential Prospect/Client/Customer and get it scheduled in your Tickler file or delegate it, what ever is needed.  If you delegate it note on the sheet next to the action item – who you delegated it to and when so you are continuing to have that tracking and you don’t have to rely on your memory.

Using this potential Prospects/Clients/Customers Tracking system will help you stay organized, take away overwhelm, and put you on a path of success.  No one likes to lose potential Prospects/Clients/Customers to lack of follow up or follow through and if you are using a tracking system you will be covered.

By using a simple tool like this, you not only have something to assist you in tracking potential Prospects/Clients/Customers but for Network Marketers, you are showing any prospects how easy it is and it is a tool set up you can share with your down-line.

If you are a Network Marketer that is just starting out, don’t wait to start a system like this – the sooner you create the habit the better your follow up and follow through will be with potential prospects.  If you are a Network Marketer that has been building a team – don’t be afraid to start something new!  You can never afford to lose a potential prospect in your line of work… it will take some time to get used to but you will love it when you master it.  You can also set your down-line up on the potential Prospects/Clients/Customers tracking so it is easier for you to help them prospect as well.  Get the right tools and be an inspiration!

“Success in this industry is not in finding the right person, but in becoming the right person.” 
Dr. Forrest Shaklee, Founder of Shaklee

Tracking your potential Prospects/Clients/Customers does not have to be a headache or a business looser – find a system and stick with it for at a minimum 6 months before you decide if it works for you… good luck and much success!


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Tackle It “Tool” Tuesday ~ How to grade your SEO for a blog post.

Tackle It “Tool” Tuesday ~ Tackle It Tuesday is a day where in the Weekly Productivity Program we focus on tackling the task that we avoid the most or at least dread doing.  For a lot of people that is blogging and writing their blog posts… some reasons are:

  • it takes too much time – you can write blog posts as little as 250 words and if you are blogging on a topic that is your passion that is EASY!
  • it is too hard – if you are using a wordpress based website, you cannot go wrong.  They have the easiest and best interface for users!
  • it is too hard to create a blog – NOPE you can have a professional one put together for you for FREE (click here to check it out) and then it is only $9.95 per month after the first thirty days to pay for your hosting and have support, this is a no brainer!
  • everyone says it has to be SEO ready, what is SEO and I have no idea how to do that!  This one we are going to talk about the best tool ever!

SEO is

Search engine optimization (SEO) is the process of improving the visibility of a website or a web page in search engines via the “natural” or un-paid (“organic” or “algorithmic”) search results. In general, the earlier (or higher ranked on the search results page), and more frequently a site appears in the search results list, the more visitors it will receive from the search engine’s users. SEO may target different kinds of search, including image search, local search, video search, academic search,news search and industry-specific vertical search engines.

I have been introduced to a tool that I LOVE – it is called Measure My SEO and it is a plug-in for your wordpress blog site that will measure your SEO post score while you are writing it so you can make changes accordingly.  It is such a simple guideline that ANYONE can use it and improve their post writing!

Measure My SEO – a tool to help all levels of bloggers!

This SEO tool makes writing your post easier and takes out the guessing of if you are doing it “right”.  I have tested it for several months and have found my blog posts appearing in Google, Yahoo, and Bing searches organically and on page one or page two.

There is a lot to learn about SEO and optimizing your entire blog site and we will cover more and more tips as we go – but this tool that is here and focuses on the SEO of the content in your single blog post is a GREAT place to start.  It teaches you ways to look at what you are writing.  It helps guide you into structure and format.  It has been a blessing for me and my blog post writing for sure!

Check out what MeasureMySeo looks like in the back-end of your blog:

SEO
Post Check List

You have a small area below where you write your post to fill in your keyword you would like to be focused on, you put in your title, you fill in the description and then list your keywords from the entire post –  not just the one you are focusing on and that is what it uses the check list to compare to. They give you some instructions and some hints for when you are writing your post – this is really a great tool.

With this SEO tool, I no longer forget to tag my posts properly.  I no longer forget to put the correct “alt text” in for my images and I also remember to mix up my delivery of fonts and other formatting to make it more SEO friendly! A Total “SEO” Thumbs Up from our team!

AWESOME!  You deserve to watch the shore video on MeasureMySEO and they can explain how easy it is, I did and it rocked my world!

Happy Blogging!


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