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TV-G 21 Celebrities Give Their Motivational Quotes for Work Success https://www.successunscrambled.com/motivational-quotes-for-work/ Mon, 16 Sep 2019 01:47:26 +0000 https://www.successunscrambled.com/?p=12849 https://www.successunscrambled.com/motivational-quotes-for-work/#comments https://www.successunscrambled.com/motivational-quotes-for-work/feed/ 24 Have you ever used motivational quotes for work to help you achieve a goal or task? Do you remember which one worked best? Thomas Edison said that success or genius is 90% perspiration and 10% inspiration. Does this ring true for you? In contrast, the Pareto Principle states that for many events about 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. Is it possible to work smarter rather than harder so that 20% of the work you do will consistently bring us 80% results? The path to success is riddled with memories of failure before figuring out how to overcome obstacles. Many entrepreneurs struggle to achieve their goals every single day, week, month, quarter and year. The truth is that if it was possible to remove all the setbacks, failures, obstacles, mental and emotional struggles from your life what is left may surprise you. Instead of the process lasting 3, 5 or 10 years it may only take 6-12 months however the personal growth and maturity would be lacking. In this post, you will learn why motivational quotes are important for work. Also, you will experience 21 motivational quotes for work from celebrities. Why Motivational Quotes? For the first time in life, I want to take a step back to get a better understanding as to why motivational quotes work so well. I never considered it an oddity because it just seems to be something that has been in existence for a long time. In an article on Fast Company by Gwen Moran, she with Psychologist and motivation expert Jonathan Fader revealed that not everyone is inspired by motivational quotes. This came as a big surprise to me as I always assumed that people are inspired by quotes across the board. Jonathan goes on to give a reason why quotes are so powerful to those that find them meaningful. The coaching factor which applies to someone who has a mentor or a coach using a motivational quote to get them to perform. Ward Farnsworth, dean of the University of Texas School of Law, talks about the power of language. He believes that people have an appetite for language that is expressed in a good way. Especially when the wording is written in a memorable way. Scott Sobel, the founder of Media & Communication Strategies Inc., talks about the Primal Aspect. Words from leaders hold more dignity because as humans we believe that these leaders are accomplished so we should listen to them. Motivation Quotes Boosts Performance Do you think that motivational quotes have a direct impact on your performance? Let's take a look at what we can learn from research. Professor of Sport Psychology at Sheffield Hallam University, Ian Maynard says that top tennis players apply this strategy (reading motivational quotes) to regain focus. He goes on to say that most athletes worry about winning or losing, however, the one thing that they can control is their performance. Vin Chaitanya Ganta in Motivation in the Workplace to Improve Employee Performance says that "Employee motivation has always been a central problem for leaders and managers." "Unmotivated employees are likely to spend little or no effort in their jobs, avoid the workplace as much as possible, exit the organisation if given the opportunity and produce low quality." In his book, Drive, Daniel Pink talks about motivation 3.0 which involves the use of intrinsic motivation to get employees to achieve goals. One of the key sources of intrinsic motivation is the personal pursuit of knowledge. Motivational quotes are like tiny nuggets of knowledge that causes a thirst for excellence. Let's spend some time looking at these tiny nuggets of knowledge that will help as a source of intrinsic motivation. Grab The Goal Setting Planner This planner is great for you even if… Have you ever used motivational quotes for work to help you achieve a goal or task? Do you remember which one worked best?

Thomas Edison said that success or genius is 90% perspiration and 10% inspiration. Does this ring true for you?

In contrast, the Pareto Principle states that for many events about 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes.

Is it possible to work smarter rather than harder so that 20% of the work you do will consistently bring us 80% results?

The path to success is riddled with memories of failure before figuring out how to overcome obstacles.

Many entrepreneurs struggle to achieve their goals every single day, week, month, quarter and year.

The truth is that if it was possible to remove all the setbacks, failures, obstacles, mental and emotional struggles from your life what is left may surprise you.

Instead of the process lasting 3, 5 or 10 years it may only take 6-12 months however the personal growth and maturity would be lacking.

In this post, you will learn why motivational quotes are important for work. Also, you will experience 21 motivational quotes for work from celebrities.

Motivational Quotes for Work

Why Motivational Quotes?

For the first time in life, I want to take a step back to get a better understanding as to why motivational quotes work so well.

I never considered it an oddity because it just seems to be something that has been in existence for a long time.

In an article on Fast Company by Gwen Moran, she with Psychologist and motivation expert Jonathan Fader revealed that not everyone is inspired by motivational quotes.

This came as a big surprise to me as I always assumed that people are inspired by quotes across the board.

Jonathan goes on to give a reason why quotes are so powerful to those that find them meaningful.

The coaching factor which applies to someone who has a mentor or a coach using a motivational quote to get them to perform.

Ward Farnsworth, dean of the University of Texas School of Law, talks about the power of language.

He believes that people have an appetite for language that is expressed in a good way. Especially when the wording is written in a memorable way.

Scott Sobel, the founder of Media & Communication Strategies Inc., talks about the Primal Aspect.

Words from leaders hold more dignity because as humans we believe that these leaders are accomplished so we should listen to them.

Motivation Quotes Boosts Performance

Do you think that motivational quotes have a direct impact on your performance? Let’s take a look at what we can learn from research.

Professor of Sport Psychology at Sheffield Hallam University, Ian Maynard says that top tennis players apply this strategy (reading motivational quotes) to regain focus.

He goes on to say that most athletes worry about winning or losing, however, the one thing that they can control is their performance.

Vin Chaitanya Ganta in Motivation in the Workplace to Improve Employee Performance says that “Employee motivation has always been a central problem for leaders and managers.”

“Unmotivated employees are likely to spend little or no effort in their jobs, avoid the workplace as much as possible, exit the organisation if given the opportunity and produce low quality.”

In his book, Drive, Daniel Pink talks about motivation 3.0 which involves the use of intrinsic motivation to get employees to achieve goals.

One of the key sources of intrinsic motivation is the personal pursuit of knowledge. Motivational quotes are like tiny nuggets of knowledge that causes a thirst for excellence.

Let’s spend some time looking at these tiny nuggets of knowledge that will help as a source of intrinsic motivation.

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1. No Secrets to Success

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure.” Colin Powell

Colin Powell is a man that is speaking from experience and you can see this based on the roles where he served in politics and the army.

He is an American politician and is the retired four-star general of the US Army. He is also the author of 7 books including ‘It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership.’

His most famous role was serving as the 65th Secretary State General under US President George W. Bush from 2001 – 2005.

2. Success Isn’t Always About Greatness

“Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come.” Dwayne Johnson

Also known as ‘The Rock’, Dwayne is an actor, producer and former wrestler. He was wrestling professionally for 8 years before becoming an actor.

If you look at his early career, he was involved in college football but he only got as far as being signed with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League.

When he did not get very far with football he decided to get into wrestling where he signed his first contract in 1996.

3. There is No Substitute for Hard Work

“There is no substitute for hard work. Never give up, Never Stop Believing, Never Stop Fighting.” Hope Hicks

A Public Relations Consultant, Hope served as the White House Communications Director from August 2018 to March 2018.

She was also the White House Director of Strategic Communications from January to September of 2017.

Prior to this Hope was a model for various publications and magazines. At one point she posed for a Ralph Lauren campaign with her older sister Mary Grace.

4. Through Hard Work and Perseverance

“Through hard work, perseverance and a faith in God, you can live your dreams.” Ben Carson

Looking back at the story of this Neurosurgeon, Ben Carson, it is amazing to follow his story through the years and admire his heart.

He serves as the United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development since 2017. Before this, he was the Director of Paediatric Neurosurgery at the John Hopkins Hospital from 1984 to 2013.

In 2008, he received the highest civilian award in the US called the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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  • You Get Distracted by a Bazillion Things

5. A Lot of Hard Work

“A lot of hard work is hidden behind nice things.” Ralph Lauren

Where do I start? He is a fashion designer, philanthropist and business executive. Ralph Lauren stepped down from his role as CEO in 2015.

He remains as the Executive Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of the Ralph Lauren Corporation.

I had the opportunity to purchase clothing from his collection in 2001 and 2002. They are still good and wash quite well considering their age.

6. Three Great Essentials

“The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are; hard work, stick-to-itiveness and common sense.” Thomas A. Edison

One of America’s greatest inventors and businessmen, his inventions included devices in fields such as electric power generation, mass communication, sound recording and motion pictures.

The one invention that continues to have a real practical impact on the world is the electric light bulb.

He also established the first industrial research laboratory. He held 1,093 US patents in his name.

7. I’ve Had to Learn to Fight

“I’ve had to learn to fight all my life – got to learn to keep smiling. If you smile things work out.” Serena Williams

As a child growing up I never had a keen interest in tennis except for the few occasions when McEnroe broke his tennis racket out of rage.

That is until the Williams sisters entered as professional tennis players. Serena is a professional tennis player and was formerly the world’s number 1.

She was ranked world number 1 tennis player from 2002 until 2017. So far she has won over US$90 million in prize money for all of her professional career.

8. Your Most Important Work

“Your most important work is always ahead of you, never behind you.” Stephen Covey

Known for his most popular book ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’ Stephen was an educator, author, businessman and keynote speaker.

Times magazine has named him as one of the 25 most influential people. He was a professor at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University.

Although he was interested in sports at a young age an accident made him change his focus to academics.

He has an MBA from Harvard Business School at Harvard University and he was awarded 10 honorary doctorates.

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9. Nobody Ever Drowned

“Nobody ever drowned in his own sweat.” Ann Landers

Her real name was Esther Pauline ‘Eppie’ Lederer and she was an advice columnist and eventually became a media celebrity.

She had a column called ‘Ask Ann Landers’ that started in 1955 and ran for 47 years. The total readership of the column was 90 million people.

One of the things she did was raise the profile of medical charities. This led President Carter in 1977 to appoint her as an advisor to the Cancer Board for 6 years.

10. You Don’t Have to Be Somebody

“You don’t have to be somebody different to be important. You’re important in your own right.” Michelle Obama

Being married to the 44th President of the United States of America could be one of the toughest jobs on the planet.

However, Michelle Obama took her responsibility in stride. As a lawyer, writer and university administrator she had her fingers in many pies.

She campaigned for poverty awareness, nutrition, physical activity and healthy eating in schools while being the First Lady between 2009 and 2017.

11. We May Encounter Many Defeats

“We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.” Maya Angelou

As a civil rights activist, poet, singer and memoirist Maya had what can only be described as a very full and rewarding life.

She wrote a series of 7 autobiographies. Her first one is called, ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’. It covers the period of her life during childhood and up to the age of 17.

Maya had the privilege of working with Martin Lurther King Jr and Malcolm X. She recited her poem, ‘On the Pulse of the Morning’, at the first inauguration of President Bill Clinton.

12. It is the Ultimate Luxury

“It is the ultimate luxury to combine passion and contribution. It’s also a very clear path to happiness.” Sheryl Sandberg

As a technology executive, author and billionaire Sheryl could have every reason not to be interested in the welfare of others.

However, in 2012 she was named on Times 100 annual list as one of the most influential people in the world.

Being the COO of Facebook can mean a lot of pressure for one person especially following the antitrust issues with Cambridge Analytica.

Sheryl founded the non-profit organisation called ‘Lean In’ that offers women ongoing inspiration and support to help them achieve their goals.

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  • You Get Distracted by a Bazillion Things

13. Set Realistic Goals

“Set realistic goals, keep re-evaluating and be consistent.” Venus Williams

As a professional tennis player, Venus was ranked number 1 three times by the Women’s Tennis Association.

She won 14 Grand Slam women’s doubles titles with her sister Serena Williams and reached 16 Grand Slam finals.

Her total prize money from all her winnings has reached over $US41 million and she has won 4 Olympic Gold Medals in tennis.

14. What You Get by Achieving Your Goals

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” Zig Ziglar

Author, salesman and motivational speaker, Hilary Hinton ‘Zig’ Ziglar was the 10th of twelve children.

He had every excuse on the planet to settle for less since his father died while he was still young and his younger sister died only two days after his father.

However, refusing to let circumstances decide his fate he became one of the key speakers for the National Association of Sales Education.

He was also a major sales trainer for Mary Kay Cosmetics and he was the author of 30 books. His first book, ‘See You At The Top’ got rejected 39 times before it was published in 1975.

15. Your Goals Are the Road Maps

“Your goals are the road maps that guide you and show you what is possible for your life.” Les Brown

Motivational speaker, author, radio DJ and former television host are the key titles associated with Leslie Calvin ‘Les’ Brown.

He was a member of the Ohio House of Representatives from 1977 to 1983 after leaving his job as a DJ at the radio station.

His struggles while young included being declared educable mentally retarded while still in grade school but he was determined to achieve his goals.

16. I Don’t Stop When I’m Tired

“I don’t stop when I’m tired, I stop when I’m done.” Marilyn Monroe

She was an actress, model and singer. At birth, her name was Norma Jeane Mortenson but her early life before the age of 16 was spent in several foster homes.

To escape being placed in an orphanage she married her 21-year-old neighbour’s son, Jim when she was just 16.

In 1945, she signed her first contract with the Blue Book Model Agency. Although she was born a brunette Marilyn straightened her hair and dyed it blonde to make herself more employable.

Her first few months were dedicated to acting, singing and dancing classes. All this eventually paid off with the box office hit, ‘The Seven Year Itch’.

A top-billed actress for only 10 years, Marilyn’s films were able to gross $US200 million in her short film career.

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  • You Get Distracted by a Bazillion Things

17. The Greatest Discovery of All Time

“The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.” Oprah Winfrey

As a philanthropist, actress, talk show host, media executive and television producer Oprah was not always this successful.

She was born into poverty, molested during childhood and became pregnant at the tender age of 14.

Oprah landed a job while still in high school and became co-anchor of the local evening news by the age 19.

Best known for the Oprah Winfrey Show, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Barack Obama in 2013.

She has received honorary doctorate degrees from Harvard and Duke. She has also been labelled as the first black multi-billionaire.

18. No One Has a Right

“No one has the right to consume happiness without producing it.” Helen Keller

Helen was a lecturer, author, political activist and the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.

She campaigned for women’s suffrage, socialism, labour rights, antimilitarism and travelled to 25 different countries giving motivational speeches about the conditions of deaf people.

The illness that left her both deaf and blind occurred when she was only 19 months old. She has 12 published books and had speech therapy to help the public understand her voice better.

19. Everyone Has Inside of Him

“Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!” Anne Frank

The first time I encountered Anne Frank’s writings was while reading the book, ‘The Traveler’s Gift’ by Andy Andrews.

I got goosebumps and could not believe how one so young can have such profound knowledge. Anne was born in Germany from a Dutch-Jewish background.

Her name at birth was Annelies Marie Frank and she was a diarist. If you never encountered her before she is one of the most discussed victims of the Holocaust.

She because famous after her death when her writings were published in the book, ‘The Diary of a Young Girl’. There were two versions of her diary.

The book documents her life while in hiding in Amsterdam from the German army between 1942 to 1944 because she lost her German citizenship in 1941.

20. There Are Basically Two Types of People

“There are basically two types of people. People who accomplish things and people who claim to have accomplished things. The first group is less crowded.” Mark Twain

Personally, I find his quotes are some of the most hilarious of all time. You can feel the wit and charisma in almost everything he wrote.

His name at birth was Samuel Langhorne Clemens but he is better known by his pen name Mark Twain.

Samuel was a writer, publisher, entrepreneur, lecturer, humorist and called the father of American literature.

Two of his famous books are, ‘The Adventures of Tom Sawyer’ and ‘The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’.

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  • You Get Distracted by a Bazillion Things

21. A Person Who Never

“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” Albert Einstein

A German-born theoretical physicist, Albert Einstein developed the theory of relativity and is best known for his mass-energy equivalence formula, E=mc2

He received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921 for the law of the photoelectric effect as it relates to the quantum theory.

During his career, he published over 300 scientific papers and received several other awards for his work including the gold medal of the Royal Astronomical Science.

Recap

As a way to summarise all that we have learned from these 21 celebrities here is a list so that you can view it at a glance.

  1. No secrets to success
  2. Success is not always about greatness
  3. There is no substitute for hard work
  4. Through hard work and perseverance, you can live your dreams
  5. A lot of hard work hidden behind nice things
  6. Three great essentials
  7. I’ve had to learn to fight
  8. Your most important work
  9. Nobody ever drowned in sweat
  10. You don’t have to be somebody
  11. We encounter many defeats
  12. It is the ultimate luxury
  13. Set realistic goals
  14. What you get by achieving goals
  15. Your goals are the road maps
  16. I don’t stop when I am tired
  17. The greatest discovery of all time
  18. No one has a right
  19. Everyone has inside of him
  20. There are basically two kinds of people
  21. A person who never made a mistake

What an amazing list of motivational quotes for work or to help you achieve goals every day of the week as well as for special projects.

Conclusion

Creating this took a lot longer than I expected because I am one of those people in the population who get inspired by motivational quotes.

You will notice that there are so many other popular quotes by celebrities that I have not included as I wanted to make this piece of work as succinct as possible.

A lot of time was spent choosing female influencers in the majority since this resource was created to inspire women on their journey.

Looking through the list it is so difficult to choose one that is the best above all others because depending on your journey or obstacle at that moment you will need a quote that is relevant.

What about you, did you find these quotes inspiring at all and did you make a connection with any of the authors?

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Have you ever used motivational quotes for work to help you achieve a goal or task? Do you remember which one worked best? Thomas Edison said that success or genius is 90% perspiration and 10% inspiration. Does this ring true for you? Have you ever used motivational quotes for work to help you achieve a goal or task? Do you remember which one worked best?



Thomas Edison said that success or genius is 90% perspiration and 10% inspiration. Does this ring true for you?



In contrast, the Pareto Principle states that for many events about 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes.



Is it possible to work smarter rather than harder so that 20% of the work you do will consistently bring us 80% results?



The path to success is riddled with memories of failure before figuring out how to overcome obstacles.



Many entrepreneurs struggle to achieve their goals every single day, week, month, quarter and year.



The truth is that if it was possible to remove all the setbacks, failures, obstacles, mental and emotional struggles from your life what is left may surprise you.



Instead of the process lasting 3, 5 or 10 years it may only take 6-12 months however the personal growth and maturity would be lacking.



In this post, you will learn why motivational quotes are important for work. Also, you will experience 21 motivational quotes for work from celebrities.







Why Motivational Quotes?



For the first time in life, I want to take a step back to get a better understanding as to why motivational quotes work so well.



I never considered it an oddity because it just seems to be something that has been in existence for a long time.



In an article on Fast Company by Gwen Moran, she with Psychologist and motivation expert Jonathan Fader revealed that not everyone is inspired by motivational quotes.



This came as a big surprise to me as I always assumed that people are inspired by quotes across the board.



Jonathan goes on to give a reason why quotes are so powerful to those that find them meaningful.



The coaching factor which applies to someone who has a mentor or a coach using a motivational quote to get them to perform.



Ward Farnsworth, dean of the University of Texas School of Law, talks about the power of language.



He believes that people have an appetite for language that is expressed in a good way. Especially when the wording is written in a memorable way.



Scott Sobel, the founder of Media & Communication Strategies Inc., talks about the Primal Aspect.



Words from leaders hold more dignity because as humans we believe that these leaders are accomplished so we should listen to them.



Motivation Quotes Boosts Performance



Do you think that motivational quotes have a direct impact on your performance? Let's take a look at what we can learn from research.



Professor of Sport Psychology at Sheffield Hallam University, Ian Maynard says that top tennis players apply this strategy (reading motivational quotes) to regain focus.



He goes on to say that most athletes worry about winning or losing, however, the one thing that they can control is their performance.



Vin Chaitanya Ganta in Motivation in the Workplace to Improve Employee Performance says that "Employee motivation has always been a central problem for leaders and managers."


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15 Productive Things You Can Do Instead of TV https://www.successunscrambled.com/instead-of-tv/ Mon, 09 Sep 2019 04:08:42 +0000 https://www.successunscrambled.com/?p=12692 https://www.successunscrambled.com/instead-of-tv/#comments https://www.successunscrambled.com/instead-of-tv/feed/ 28 Are you bored and looking for something productive to do instead of TV? Need some spare time ideas? Watching TV has been and continues to be a favourite past time for many households. Let's look at the statistics around this activity. In 2017, the average US consumer spent 238 minutes daily watching TV. However, in the UK, the average is 19 hours of TV every week. It appears that the older you get the more time is spent watching TV because the average American over 65 spends 4 hours and 20 minutes on average watching TV every day. Here is a recent study by Neilsen and Statista that shows the average number for older adults is closer to 7 hours a day. If the average time spent watching TV by US adults is 4 hours and 27 minutes a day it works out at 1,869 minutes a week. This equates to over 31 hours a week. Wait, that is a whole day and 7 hours spent watching TV every single week. In this post, we will look at a few things, what could be harmful with this activity over the long term and what you can do to be more productive. Disclosure: Please note that this post may contain affiliate links which means that if you buy one of my recommended products I get paid a commission for sharing the link at no additional cost to you.  I only recommend products that I have tried myself and have experienced success. The Effects of TV on the Brain and Body If the only challenge around watching TV was a matter of a loss of time alone then it would not be such a big problem. However, according to a study conducted across 3,662 adults over 6 years, it was discovered that people who watch 3.5 hours of TV every day had a decline in verbal memory. This decrease in verbal reasoning was as much as between 8 to 10 per cent according to Daisy Fancourt, PhD at University College London. A study by Harvard Health found that prolonged TV viewing is associated with cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and premature death. Strangely enough, watching 20 hours or more of TV was found to reduce sperm count by close to 50% in males aged 18-22 in a different study by Harvard Public Health. The most disturbing of all is the fact that too much TV also reduces the rate of colon cancer survival based on an article in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Changing a Habit is Hard You might be thinking at this point that it is so hard to give up on TV. The fact is that you are totally correct. Firstly, watching TV has been classed as a hidden addiction according to a study and findings in the National Center for Biotechnology. In fact, it goes on to talk about the prevention and treatment of this addiction. One such treatment is for individuals to keep a diary of time spent watching TV. Other types of treatments include socialising in places where there's no access to a TV. Also, developing non-TV hobbies is mentioned as being important. A health psychology researcher, Phillippa Lally, and her team conducted research and discovered that it takes approximately 66 days to form a new habit. Are you willing to switch off the TV for 3 months so that you can form a new healthy and productive habit? If you are wondering what you can do instead of TV then let's look at a list of possibilities. Instead of TV Activities for Adults As a parent, I learned a long time ago that in order to help children to give up unhealthy or bad habits it makes sense to replace them. Instead of telling your child to stop drawing on the walls you sit with them and show them how drawing on paper is more fun. The same concept applies to us as adults. The moment we stop doing one thing there is a need to fill that gap. You may already have a list of things that you can do instead of TV. However, here are spare-time activities if you are stuck. 1. Baking + Cooking You have always wanted to learn to bake cakes, cookies or extravagant casseroles but you never seem to have the time. Are you bored and looking for something productive to do instead of TV? Need some spare time ideas?

Watching TV has been and continues to be a favourite past time for many households. Let’s look at the statistics around this activity.

In 2017, the average US consumer spent 238 minutes daily watching TV. However, in the UK, the average is 19 hours of TV every week.

It appears that the older you get the more time is spent watching TV because the average American over 65 spends 4 hours and 20 minutes on average watching TV every day.

Here is a recent study by Neilsen and Statista that shows the average number for older adults is closer to 7 hours a day.

TV consumption by age group

If the average time spent watching TV by US adults is 4 hours and 27 minutes a day it works out at 1,869 minutes a week.

This equates to over 31 hours a week. Wait, that is a whole day and 7 hours spent watching TV every single week.

In this post, we will look at a few things, what could be harmful with this activity over the long term and what you can do to be more productive.

Disclosure: Please note that this post may contain affiliate links which means that if you buy one of my recommended products I get paid a commission for sharing the link at no additional cost to you.  I only recommend products that I have tried myself and have experienced success.

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The Effects of TV on the Brain and Body

If the only challenge around watching TV was a matter of a loss of time alone then it would not be such a big problem.

However, according to a study conducted across 3,662 adults over 6 years, it was discovered that people who watch 3.5 hours of TV every day had a decline in verbal memory.

This decrease in verbal reasoning was as much as between 8 to 10 per cent according to Daisy Fancourt, PhD at University College London.

A study by Harvard Health found that prolonged TV viewing is associated with cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and premature death.

Strangely enough, watching 20 hours or more of TV was found to reduce sperm count by close to 50% in males aged 18-22 in a different study by Harvard Public Health.

The most disturbing of all is the fact that too much TV also reduces the rate of colon cancer survival based on an article in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Changing a Habit is Hard

You might be thinking at this point that it is so hard to give up on TV. The fact is that you are totally correct.

Firstly, watching TV has been classed as a hidden addiction according to a study and findings in the National Center for Biotechnology.

In fact, it goes on to talk about the prevention and treatment of this addiction. One such treatment is for individuals to keep a diary of time spent watching TV.

Other types of treatments include socialising in places where there’s no access to a TV. Also, developing non-TV hobbies is mentioned as being important.

A health psychology researcher, Phillippa Lally, and her team conducted research and discovered that it takes approximately 66 days to form a new habit.

Are you willing to switch off the TV for 3 months so that you can form a new healthy and productive habit?

If you are wondering what you can do instead of TV then let’s look at a list of possibilities.

Instead of TV Activities for Adults

As a parent, I learned a long time ago that in order to help children to give up unhealthy or bad habits it makes sense to replace them.

Instead of telling your child to stop drawing on the walls you sit with them and show them how drawing on paper is more fun.

The same concept applies to us as adults. The moment we stop doing one thing there is a need to fill that gap.

You may already have a list of things that you can do instead of TV. However, here are spare-time activities if you are stuck.

1. Baking + Cooking

You have always wanted to learn to bake cakes, cookies or extravagant casseroles but you never seem to have the time.

Instead of TV grab your favourite recipe book or hop on to YouTube and focus on finding specific recipes.

If using YouTube fuels your TV habits then stick to your favourite food blogger or even a recipe app on your tablet.

These two are also great non-tv activities for couples.

2. Science Experiments

A great spare-time activity, if you are scientifically inclined, is doing experiments. There are so many hobby shops selling kits that are suitable for adults.

Of course, you need to ensure that you don’t take these experiments so far as to blow up the house.

So, if you are looking for things to do with no tv or Internet this could be a good one as the instructions come in the box.

You can even get together with friends with similar interest and make it a competition or even start your own YouTube channel.

3. Learn to Play an Instrument

This one may not be the first thing that comes to mind but it is such a productive hobby. I have been to so many places where there is a need for a musician.

Is it me or is the world more interested in instantly listening to music rather than becoming a creator?

I never thought that I would have the ability to play the guitar but I have started learning thanks to my daughter.

Believe it or not, I also performed a piece for my neighbour this past weekend. Sorry, there are no photos or videos to prove it. 🤣

4. Start a Bullet Journal

This may not sound like a very productive idea at first but bullet journaling is something that has become quite popular over the last few years.

A big secret as to why you should start a bullet journal is that you can track your life as well as your goals.

Do you have any goals that you may have wanted to achieve over the last 3-5 years but you failed?

If the answer is yes then you need to also check out my resource on how to set and achieve goals.

5. Create a Bucketlist

One of my favourite things to do is make plans for the future and check those items off the list. This is a good substitute for watching TV.

Recently, I wrote about 50 things to do before 50 and I am already surprised about how much progress I have made.

Have you ever thought about making a realistic bucket list? Did you manage to achieve many things on your list?

Check out my crazy 50th birthday bucket list here for some inspiration and motivation.

6. Plan a Menu for 30 Days

You probably think that I have gone crazy but hear me out as I explain this idea. A great way to get more time in your life is through planning.

I am always trying to find ways to save time at home and one way I did it is by creating meal plans for long periods of time.

My supermarket has a list of items every week that is on special offer which is accessible online. I would plan meals based on those offers.

Purchased these items in bulk and make an extra batch and freeze it. The week that there offers are not attractive or you are stretched for time use food from the freezer.

This will save you so much time and you also save tons of cash because you don’t need to order a takeaway meal.

7. Volunteer in Your Neighbourhood

Do you know the people in your neighbourhood? In every community across the world, there are always groups of people.

In my neighbourhood, there is a local magazine to let you know what’s happening. They have support groups for the elderly.

There is also a group for separated and divorced people and one for hikers. If you are stuck just turn up at your local community centre to learn more.

So, if you are still wondering what to do instead of watching TV, think about how you can help your neighbourhood.

8. Improve a Skill

We all have talents that were developed as a child with some new ones that came into being as a teenager.

Recently I was speaking to a friend who is a nurse and she is also a talented artist. She told me that she is too busy doing her makeup to find time to draw.

This does require a bit of self-evaluation and emotional struggles. What are those talents that you can take to another level?

9. Start a Business

Have you ever dreamt of starting a business but you were too scared? Now is a good time to revisit that dream.

You are probably thinking that starting a business is too hard. It is possible that you don’t have $20,000 lying in a bank account somewhere.

Did you know that it is possible to get started in business with very small investment?

Check out my resource that shows you how to start a business with no money in a weekend here.

10. Plan Your Retirement

At what age will you retire? Maybe you are thinking that you are way too young to consider or plan for retirement.

Did you know that 87% of the elderly living in poverty are women? I found out about this in Kim Kiyosaki’s book, It’s Rising Time.

Kim goes on to say that many women refuse to get actively involved in their financial planning for the following reasons.

  1. They have little knowledge
  2. Find the topic confusing and overwhelming
  3. They have no time

Many years ago I decided that I did not want to be part of that statistic and I started educating myself financially.

You should do the same. It does sound and even look scary at first but it can be a lot of fun.

This definitely falls into the category of things to do with no TV.

11. Become a Creative

Two years ago if you asked me to create a graphic for something I would be totally stuck.

I am not an artist at all but I decided that I needed to learn if I wanted to be a marketer.

Fast forward two years and I have created images, ebooks, cheat sheets and checklists.

You may not think that it would be possible for you but trust me. It was not easy for me but it is so worth it.

My daughter is an artist and she always says, “Better takes time”.

12. Start a Blog

Have you ever wanted to become a writer or put those thoughts from your head on paper?

It has become so easy for anyone to start a blog because the Internet has levelled the playing field.

Although a blog can lead to a business it is a less scary way to get into business and it is a brilliant career for introverts.

Check out this free resource that walks you through starting a blog in 10 days or less.

13. Meet Old Friends

When was the last time you met with friends from high school, college or old jobs? Many of us are so busy that we have no time to socialise.

If you decide to start a bullet journal this could be one of your goals for the year. High School Reunions can be quite intimidating.

However, you can meet with friends for a snack or meal and avoid those high-pressure environments altogether.

The Meet-Up website also has so many groups with special interest that you can even meet new friends this way.

14. A New Group Sport

Another cool way to re-ignite those old relationships is by getting involved in a group sport like the following.

  1. Tennis
  2. Badminton
  3. Golf
  4. Canoeing
  5. Rowing

You will be ‘killing two birds with one stone’ (not literally I love birds). You will not only kick the TV habit but also improve your health and build strong friendships.

Remember that running, cycling, walking and hiking can also be done in groups of two or more.

15. Round the World Trip

Have you ever wanted to travel the world in 52 weeks? Any idea why you have not done it yet?

Many of us have these big dreams to do amazing things but we fail to execute these plans for one reason only. Lack of planning.

Planning is what makes things happen. Yes, travelling around the world cost money so start saving and mapping your route.

Stop using the kids as an excuse because as soon as they get big enough and move out you’ll find another reason why you can’t travel the world.

I was looking at the new and improved Skyscanner over the weekend and you can find flights at ridiculously low prices.

They have this new feature called ‘Mashup’ which is so cool. Now is a great time to start planning your dream trip.

Conclusion

You and I are given approximately 70 years of life on this earth. That equates to 3,640 weeks or 25,550 days.

If you watch 31 hours of TV every week from the age of 25 it would mean that your TV is stealing 2,340 days of your life.

In fact, 2,340 days is equal to 334 weeks or 28 months of your life. Are you really going to let 28 months of your life be dedicated to watching TV?

After all, we already spend 204,400 hours of our life in bed every night sleeping over a 70 year period.

It makes more sense to use the time you have left wisely to accomplish your purpose or develop meaningful friendships.

What is your favourite productive thing to do instead of TV?

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Are you bored and looking for something productive to do instead of TV? Need some spare time ideas? Watching TV has been and continues to be a favourite past time for many households. Let's look at the statistics around this activity. In 2017, Are you bored and looking for something productive to do instead of TV? Need some spare time ideas?



Watching TV has been and continues to be a favourite past time for many households. Let's look at the statistics around this activity.



In 2017, the average US consumer spent 238 minutes daily watching TV. However, in the UK, the average is 19 hours of TV every week.



It appears that the older you get the more time is spent watching TV because the average American over 65 spends 4 hours and 20 minutes on average watching TV every day.



Here is a recent study by Neilsen and Statista that shows the average number for older adults is closer to 7 hours a day.







If the average time spent watching TV by US adults is 4 hours and 27 minutes a day it works out at 1,869 minutes a week.



This equates to over 31 hours a week. Wait, that is a whole day and 7 hours spent watching TV every single week.



In this post, we will look at a few things, what could be harmful with this activity over the long term and what you can do to be more productive.



Disclosure: Please note that this post may contain affiliate links which means that if you buy one of my recommended products I get paid a commission for sharing the link at no additional cost to you.  I only recommend products that I have tried myself and have experienced success.







The Effects of TV on the Brain and Body



If the only challenge around watching TV was a matter of a loss of time alone then it would not be such a big problem.



However, according to a study conducted across 3,662 adults over 6 years, it was discovered that people who watch 3.5 hours of TV every day had a decline in verbal memory.



This decrease in verbal reasoning was as much as between 8 to 10 per cent according to Daisy Fancourt, PhD at University College London.



A study by Harvard Health found that prolonged TV viewing is associated with cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and premature death.



Strangely enough, watching 20 hours or more of TV was found to reduce sperm count by close to 50% in males aged 18-22 in a different study by Harvard Public Health.



The most disturbing of all is the fact that too much TV also reduces the rate of colon cancer survival based on an article in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.



Changing a Habit is Hard



You might be thinking at this point that it is so hard to give up on TV. The fact is that you are totally correct.



Firstly, watching TV has been classed as a hidden addiction according to a study and findings in the National Center for Biotechnology.



In fact, it goes on to talk about the prevention and treatment of this addiction.]]>
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How to Increase Website Traffic by 573% in 7 Months https://www.successunscrambled.com/increase-website-traffic/ Mon, 02 Sep 2019 01:28:02 +0000 https://www.successunscrambled.com/?p=12572 https://www.successunscrambled.com/increase-website-traffic/#comments https://www.successunscrambled.com/increase-website-traffic/feed/ 26 Ever wished that you could increase website traffic by 100%? What do you think needs to happen for you to achieve this goal? As a part-time blogger, you probably have less time available to make a blog promotion strategy. Tell me if any of these options sound slightly familiar or if you can relate to them at all. You have spent countless hours watching YouTube videos from many well-meaning 'traffic experts' who would give you lots of free secrets. Searching Google for answers to several of your questions has become your second favourite activity every week. Your hard-drive is crammed with 1,000s of freebies, checklists and cheat sheets. These freebies promised to help you become more efficient and productive. The truth is many bloggers struggle just like you because there is so much information available for free. In this post, I am going to give you 11 key things I did to increase my website traffic by over 500% in just 7 months. Disclosure: Please note that this post may contain affiliate links. This means that if you buy one of my recommended products I get paid a commission for sharing the link at no additional cost to you.  I only recommend products that I have tried myself and have experienced success. Why Website Traffic Is Important? For many bloggers and small business owners selling their products and/or services online is vital to their success. In order to get sales, they need leads. These leads will eventually convert into buyers at some stage during the buying cycle. To get leads they first need to have potential buyers in the form of readers to come to their website or blog. However, the biggest skill is knowing what needs to happen to attract readers or potential buyers to their website. At this point, you are probably wondering how you can develop this skill. You want to really understand where and how to find potential customers. Readers and website traffic are one and the same. So, if you want to increase your website traffic here are a few things that will help. 1. Get Really Clear On Your Ideal Client One of the first things that you need to do if you want to attract your perfect potential client is to know them really well. Do you know who your potential client is? If your answer to this question is everyone then you really need to dig deeper. Here is an example of a list of things you need to know about your ideal client in detail. AgeGenderWhere do they live? (country, city)Do they live in a house or an apartment?What are their daily, weekly, monthly or annual challenges?Outline their biggest needs?The kind of problems they are trying to solve personally, financiallyTheir deepest desires and dreams for them and their family, what are they?In terms of their biggest fears, what are they? (not spiders, emotional ones🤣)The stuff that annoys them, what are they?Where do they spend the most time online?List the kind of items they spend their money on when they get paid?What type of podcasts do they listen to?Which software and/or apps do they use? If you have a good handle on these items then you can move on to the next step on how to increase website traffic or even increase readers to your blog. 2. Write on Popular Blog Topics If you have chosen to use content marketing as a way to get the word out about your blog or business then this step is important. Not all blog topics are created equal. So, it is important to make a plan and outline the top 20-50 popular topics in your niche. Finding these popular topics every week does take time and patience to get it done. It is a skill that is developed over time. As a part-time blogger, you don't have many hours available every week to spend time doing a lot of research. In fact, you are wishing that there is a 'done for you' service available. One where you can purchase this at a reasonable price. It will save you hours of research every week. Ever wished that you could increase website traffic by 100%? What do you think needs to happen for you to achieve this goal?

As a part-time blogger, you probably have less time available to make a blog promotion strategy.

Tell me if any of these options sound slightly familiar or if you can relate to them at all.

You have spent countless hours watching YouTube videos from many well-meaning ‘traffic experts’ who would give you lots of free secrets.

Searching Google for answers to several of your questions has become your second favourite activity every week.

Your hard-drive is crammed with 1,000s of freebies, checklists and cheat sheets. These freebies promised to help you become more efficient and productive.

The truth is many bloggers struggle just like you because there is so much information available for free.

In this post, I am going to give you 11 key things I did to increase my website traffic by over 500% in just 7 months.

Disclosure: Please note that this post may contain affiliate links. This means that if you buy one of my recommended products I get paid a commission for sharing the link at no additional cost to you.  I only recommend products that I have tried myself and have experienced success.

Increase website traffic

Why Website Traffic Is Important?

For many bloggers and small business owners selling their products and/or services online is vital to their success.

In order to get sales, they need leads. These leads will eventually convert into buyers at some stage during the buying cycle.

To get leads they first need to have potential buyers in the form of readers to come to their website or blog.

However, the biggest skill is knowing what needs to happen to attract readers or potential buyers to their website.

At this point, you are probably wondering how you can develop this skill. You want to really understand where and how to find potential customers.

Readers and website traffic are one and the same. So, if you want to increase your website traffic here are a few things that will help.

1. Get Really Clear On Your Ideal Client

One of the first things that you need to do if you want to attract your perfect potential client is to know them really well.

Do you know who your potential client is? If your answer to this question is everyone then you really need to dig deeper.

Here is an example of a list of things you need to know about your ideal client in detail.

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Where do they live? (country, city)
  • Do they live in a house or an apartment?
  • What are their daily, weekly, monthly or annual challenges?
  • Outline their biggest needs?
  • The kind of problems they are trying to solve personally, financially
  • Their deepest desires and dreams for them and their family, what are they?
  • In terms of their biggest fears, what are they? (not spiders, emotional ones🤣)
  • The stuff that annoys them, what are they?
  • Where do they spend the most time online?
  • List the kind of items they spend their money on when they get paid?
  • What type of podcasts do they listen to?
  • Which software and/or apps do they use?

If you have a good handle on these items then you can move on to the next step on how to increase website traffic or even increase readers to your blog.

2. Write on Popular Blog Topics

If you have chosen to use content marketing as a way to get the word out about your blog or business then this step is important.

Not all blog topics are created equal. So, it is important to make a plan and outline the top 20-50 popular topics in your niche.

Finding these popular topics every week does take time and patience to get it done. It is a skill that is developed over time.

As a part-time blogger, you don’t have many hours available every week to spend time doing a lot of research.

In fact, you are wishing that there is a ‘done for you’ service available. One where you can purchase this at a reasonable price.

It will save you hours of research every week. Plus you will be able to map out 12 weeks of content and spend more time being creative.

If you are interested in a ‘done for you’ solution then I may have something for you. Just read until the end of this post.

3. Blog Consistently

Finding a big list of popular blog topics will give you instant pro-blogger status. This is because you will go from freaking out to flourishing.

The ability to blog consistently is every part-time blogger’s dream because it will help you to reach your goals faster.

After you get that big list of topics you will need to develop a schedule for creating content and promoting it.

Bearing in mind that you will discover that you need to spend more time promoting compared to the time spent creating content.

Here is an example of a blogging schedule that you can use as a guide. The question is do you have a content promotion plan?

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If only there was a ‘done for you’ content promotion plan that is more or less plug and play that you can easily implement.

There is a chance that I may also have a ‘done for you’ content promotion plan so read until the end of this post.

4. Update Old Posts

One of the smartest ways to increase website traffic is by updating the existing content on your blog or website.

According to Search Engine Journal, Google has this Freshness Algorithm that they use to determine the ranking of your content.

This means that ideally, you need to keep the content on your blog as fresh as possible to increase your chances of appearing on page one.

Another key factor is that if a blog post that you wrote over 12 months ago is not getting the traction you wanted you can give it new life by updating it.

There is no need to re-write the entire post from scratch at all. You can simply update a few paragraphs, the title, the keyword and meta description and click the update button.

It may also mean that you need to add a few more paragraphs to an existing blog post in order to improve the comprehensiveness of your answer.

I did this with two of my top ranking blog posts because when I looked in Google Search Console I noticed that visitors wanted more detailed answers to their questions.

So, those two posts went from 1,700 and 1,900 words to over 2,400 words as I needed to include more information in those blog posts.

5. Guest Posting

Just reading this title may cause you to cringe and I can tell you that I had a major mental obstacle when it was time to do guest posting.

I made several excuses why I did not think it was a great idea and I even filled up my calendar with things that I perceived as being more important.

After writing my first guest post I was hooked and did 4-5 in a row with one pending to get done.

The benefit of doing this is that you will get exposure to your blog from other people’s audience.

Yes, you will also get a very coveted backlink to your blog which is great for your domain authority.

What really helped me was doing extensive research so that I was able to write 5-6 guest posts in a single week.

Many blogs request that your post should be unique and should not be about something that was written before.

They prefer if you come up with a unique angle on a similar topic as well.

6. Changed WordPress Theme

This may not seem like such a big deal but let me give you a bit of context. After changing from my old theme to the new one my daily traffic doubled.

I know it sounds ridiculous, how can changing a theme increase website traffic so drastically.

My old theme was slowing my site down so much and I was not aware of it. At the time I was using the Newspaper theme.

It was so professional looking and it offered so many amazing features but it had a negative effect on mobile devices.

In case you are not aware of it, Google favours blogs that are mobile-friendly or ones that scores at least 50 on their page speed index.

page speed insights for homepage on mobile

If you have not done this yet, head over to the page speed insights tool and see where your blog currently ranks for mobile speeds.

The new theme is great. Feel free to check out at GeneratePress here.

7. Swapped Caching Plugin

You probably looked at the title and your brain switched off altogether. There is no need to get all dizzy on me.

A caching plugin simply stores the information on your site in a temporary place locally so that it does not have to make that long trek to your website server.

This helps because it serves up your most frequently used pages or posts quickly when a reader requests them.

Think about it like a restaurant that has a special meal or dessert of the day. They make a big batch of that special so they don’t have to make it from scratch each time.

When someone comes in and orders the lunch or dinner special then they get it served to them in 5-10 minutes.

However, if someone orders from the a la carte menu the chef will need to cut up the ingredients and cook it all from scratch.

The caching plugin serves the same function. It serves up the 20 most frequently requested pages because they are stored in a temporary local memory via the plugin.

Anyway, I changed over to WP Rocket which helped to make my popular pages and posts load faster.

8. Moved to a New WordPress Host

In the last 7 months, I also moved to a new WordPress host because my old host could not do anything to increase the speed of my blog.

I did ask what else they can do and they could not offer any other way to improve the speed.

So, I was looking around for a few weeks and one of my mentors recommended BigScoots.

I had a discussion with them using their online chat facility before I made the move because their standard plans did not fit my required storage size.

What I really like about BigScoots is that they are very knowledgeable when it comes to WordPress.

I do not need to log a lot of tickets but when I do the issue is resolved almost immediately.

Yes, they did have an outage since I moved but they were quick to send a message to their customers about the issue.

Feel free to take a look at BigScoots here.

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9. Switched Image Optimizer

One of the reasons I had difficulty moving to BigScoots is because my blog is full of images that were not being fully optimized.

At the time I was using a plugin that promised to optimise my images better than any available plugin.

So, as you probably guessed I decided to run a test on four different plugins that all promised that they offer the best image optimization in the industry for WordPress.

The three plugins in this race were:

  1. EWWW Image Optimizer
  2. WP Smush
  3. ShortPixel
  4. Imagify

Test Each Image Plugin

Unfortunately, the only way to test each plugin is to install it and run it on your entire WordPress blog.

After installing it I needed to look at the results in terms of the percentage of the image optimised.

I also needed to check the page load speed using the Google Page Speed Insights to see if it improved.

This all sounds extremely tedious and long but I needed it because my site uses a whole lot of images for those tutorial and review posts.

In the end, ShortPixel worn above all the other plugins. I decided to pay for the one time 30,000 credits to optimise all my existing images.

If you need to optimise your images then grab some ShortPixel credits here.

10. Re-Engineered Pinterest Pins

A clever thing that I did is to take a look at my old posts, especially the ones that had pins that never gained traction on Pinterest.

Each Pinterest pin image was analysed for colour, image, font and message. In terms of the message, I would ask a simple question.

How can I say it simpler? What can I say that will ensure that the message appealed to a wider audience.

Is there a way not to use jargon even if it meant not using the keywords? When the answer is yes I would try to find the simplest phrase possible.

After finding the simple phrase I will create a new pin and take into account all the other factors like colour, image and font.

In many cases, the new pin just took off without the need to re-pin it several times or too many group boards.

Sometimes the simplest things in life are the ones that have the biggest impact when it comes to marketing.

11. Frequent Pinning in Tailwind Tribes

Another great strategy that worked well for me is pinning to Tailwind Tribes more regularly.

If you never heard of Tailwind before or you just need to know more about it you can check out my Tailwind App Review here.

About 8-9 months ago I noticed that whenever I submitted a new post to Tailwind Tribes there was a higher chance of it being re-pinned compared to my own or group boards.

In other words, the new post will show up in my Pinterest activity feed within 24-48 hours after pinning it to Tailwind Tribes.

When I pinned it to group boards or my own boards it takes much longer to get re-shared or re-pinned across the Pinterest platform.

As a result, I incorporated this new habit into my Pinterest strategy which helped me to increase website traffic by 537% in only 7 short months.

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Blog Traffic Samurai

Rather than spending time writing a 10,000-word article with a step by step guide. I outlined exactly what you need to do to increase website traffic by 537% in a course format.

I know that not everyone is on the same level when it comes to understanding instructions.

So, to help you to get the results that you need for your blog I developed a simple course called Blog Topic Samurai.

Blog Topic Samurai - Thinkific - laptop

You may have guessed that it is super focused on popular topics. You get over 52 weeks of ‘done for you’ blog topics across 10 different niches.

These are the most popular topics by niche and it comes with an actual traffic score for each topic that helps you drive traffic to your website.

Course Curriculum Outline

Here is a brief look at what’s included in the curriculum as standard so that you know what to expect.

Blog Topic Samurai - Curriculum

What’s the Cost?

52-Week Blog topic list – Valued at $97.00
30-Day Content Promotion Plan – Valued at $97.00
Ultimate Blog Planner video walkthrough – Valued at $47.00
The Lazy Blogger’s Guide to Video Marketing – Valued at $67.00
Get Established Bloggers to Promote Your Content – $67.00
The total value of $375.00


Conclusion

Look I know that trying to increase website traffic can be a big struggle for many people and this will work for you even if you…

  1. Are behind on everything
  2. Suffer from Mom guilt frequently
  3. Have a hard time staying focused
  4. Get distracted with a bazillion things
  5. Are feeling overwhelmed or clueless
  6. Don’t know where to start

It is not your fault that you may not have achieved the goals you had in mind at the start of your blogging journey.

This course will help you get traffic to your website without the need to have a PhD in marketing.

You can make up for the lost time by grabbing this done for you system that will help you get into a good blogging routine for the next 12 months.

If you want to increase website traffic through Google be sure to grab this handy SEO checklist as well.

See you on the inside…

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Ever wished that you could increase website traffic by 100%? What do you think needs to happen for you to achieve this goal? As a part-time blogger, you probably have less time available to make a blog promotion strategy. Ever wished that you could increase website traffic by 100%? What do you think needs to happen for you to achieve this goal?



As a part-time blogger, you probably have less time available to make a blog promotion strategy.



Tell me if any of these options sound slightly familiar or if you can relate to them at all.



You have spent countless hours watching YouTube videos from many well-meaning 'traffic experts' who would give you lots of free secrets.



Searching Google for answers to several of your questions has become your second favourite activity every week.



Your hard-drive is crammed with 1,000s of freebies, checklists and cheat sheets. These freebies promised to help you become more efficient and productive.



The truth is many bloggers struggle just like you because there is so much information available for free.



In this post, I am going to give you 11 key things I did to increase my website traffic by over 500% in just 7 months.



Disclosure: Please note that this post may contain affiliate links. This means that if you buy one of my recommended products I get paid a commission for sharing the link at no additional cost to you.  I only recommend products that I have tried myself and have experienced success.







Why Website Traffic Is Important?



For many bloggers and small business owners selling their products and/or services online is vital to their success.



In order to get sales, they need leads. These leads will eventually convert into buyers at some stage during the buying cycle.



To get leads they first need to have potential buyers in the form of readers to come to their website or blog.



However, the biggest skill is knowing what needs to happen to attract readers or potential buyers to their website.



At this point, you are probably wondering how you can develop this skill. You want to really understand where and how to find potential customers.



Readers and website traffic are one and the same. So, if you want to increase your website traffic here are a few things that will help.



1. Get Really Clear On Your Ideal Client



One of the first things that you need to do if you want to attract your perfect potential client is to know them really well.



Do you know who your potential client is? If your answer to this question is everyone then you really need to dig deeper.



Here is an example of a list of things you need to know about your ideal client in detail.



* Age* Gender* Where do they live? (country, city)* Do they live in a house or an apartment?* What are their daily, weekly, monthly or annual challenges?* Outline their biggest needs?* The kind of problems they are trying to solve personally, financially* Their deepest desires and dreams for them and their family, what are they?* In terms of their biggest fears, what are they? (not spiders, emotional ones)* The stuff that annoys them, what are they?* Where do they spend the most time online?* List the kind of items they spend their money on when they get paid?* What type of podcasts do they listen to?* Which software and/or apps do they use?



If you have a good handle on these items then you can move on to the next step on how to increase website traffic or even increase readers to your blog.



2. Write on Popular Blog Topics



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Techy Gift Ideas for Bloggers Wanting a Stress-Free Holiday Season https://www.successunscrambled.com/gift-ideas-for-bloggers/ Mon, 26 Aug 2019 00:53:03 +0000 https://www.successunscrambled.com/?p=12276 https://www.successunscrambled.com/gift-ideas-for-bloggers/#comments https://www.successunscrambled.com/gift-ideas-for-bloggers/feed/ 32 Are you looking for techy gift ideas for bloggers? The kind of gifts that will make the holiday period stress-free with so many people at home? Whether you celebrate Christmas, Easter, New Years, Mother's Day, Thanksgiving or Independence Day it is best to be prepared for a full house. Maybe you can relate to this but have you ever received a gift small or big that just does not make sense? It is almost like the person did not spend a lot of time thinking about you the individual and just purchased the gift as an afterthought. If you are like me you probably don't like doing this to anyone whether a colleague, boss, friend or family member. You listen to cues all year long knowing what they would like for their birthday, special occasion or the holidays. This can be especially true for someone who is blogs part-time for full-time because they require technology to make things work. They are always stretched for time. So, getting them something that keeps them productive or makes them more efficient is a definite plus. In this post, you will be able to see 9 gift ideas for bloggers that will keep them and their families ready, productive and stress-free. Disclosure: Please note that this post may contain affiliate links. This means that if you buy one of my recommended products I get paid a commission for sharing the link at no additional cost to you.  I only recommend products that I have tried myself and have experienced success. Egoelife LB-BBPHF18 Unisex Messenger Bag One of the things we all need as bloggers is a bag to carry all our stuff around. Of course, mom bloggers may also need a different type of bag for the kids. I saw this messenger bag on Amazon and I instantly thought 'hands-free'. Nothing is more annoying than to have a bag that is a burden. Many purses and bags for ladies have straps that constantly fall off the shoulder which is just annoying. This bag is unisex and it comes complete with pockets for your smartphone and notebook. It can hold tablets and laptops with 13-inch or 14-inch screens which is just music to the ears. Best of all the strap is adjustable and detachable and is 5 feet in length if this is a big requirement for you. In terms of material, it is made of canvas and leather and comes in two colours, black and coffee (his and hers). Pick up your bag from Amazon today while supplies last. Laptop Desk Stand for PC and Macbook Whether you are a food blogger or you just like working on your laptop from the comfort of your home office this laptop desk stand is nice. It is much better for ergonomics because it raises the laptop 6.1 inches off the desk which means you can decide to stand while working to stretch your legs. Being a food bloggers means that you need to stand and make recipes and this is very possible using a laptop desk stand. This laptop stand is made from a single piece of metal and weighs 4.4 pounds so it is not a flimsy or cheap option. It comes with a cable organiser and is compatible with Macbook Pro 13-inch, Apple Macbook, Mackbook Air. As well as other laptops that are less than 9.4 inches in depth. The available colours are black and silver which you can pick up here. Netgear Nighthawk Smart WiFi Router (R7000) There is nothing more annoying than experiencing wifi problems just when you have an important blog post to publish or video to upload. Depending on the design of the home that you live in there may be different levels. So, you may get wifi problems in certain bedrooms. Where I live there are many neighbours who use the same company. So, depending on the time of year the congestion on the broadband network is high because everyone is home. One clever way to handle this potential challenge is to have a smart wifi router that is highspeed. Did I mention the fact that it comes with parental control? This may be the year that you are planning to get a smartphone or ... Are you looking for techy gift ideas for bloggers? The kind of gifts that will make the holiday period stress-free with so many people at home?

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Easter, New Years, Mother’s Day, Thanksgiving or Independence Day it is best to be prepared for a full house.

Maybe you can relate to this but have you ever received a gift small or big that just does not make sense?

It is almost like the person did not spend a lot of time thinking about you the individual and just purchased the gift as an afterthought.

If you are like me you probably don’t like doing this to anyone whether a colleague, boss, friend or family member.

You listen to cues all year long knowing what they would like for their birthday, special occasion or the holidays.

This can be especially true for someone who is blogs part-time for full-time because they require technology to make things work.

They are always stretched for time. So, getting them something that keeps them productive or makes them more efficient is a definite plus.

In this post, you will be able to see 9 gift ideas for bloggers that will keep them and their families ready, productive and stress-free.

Disclosure: Please note that this post may contain affiliate links. This means that if you buy one of my recommended products I get paid a commission for sharing the link at no additional cost to you.  I only recommend products that I have tried myself and have experienced success.

Egoelife LB-BBPHF18 Unisex Messenger Bag

One of the things we all need as bloggers is a bag to carry all our stuff around. Of course, mom bloggers may also need a different type of bag for the kids.

I saw this messenger bag on Amazon and I instantly thought ‘hands-free’. Nothing is more annoying than to have a bag that is a burden.

Many purses and bags for ladies have straps that constantly fall off the shoulder which is just annoying.

This bag is unisex and it comes complete with pockets for your smartphone and notebook.

It can hold tablets and laptops with 13-inch or 14-inch screens which is just music to the ears.

Best of all the strap is adjustable and detachable and is 5 feet in length if this is a big requirement for you.

In terms of material, it is made of canvas and leather and comes in two colours, black and coffee (his and hers).

Pick up your bag from Amazon today while supplies last.

Laptop Desk Stand for PC and Macbook

Whether you are a food blogger or you just like working on your laptop from the comfort of your home office this laptop desk stand is nice.

It is much better for ergonomics because it raises the laptop 6.1 inches off the desk which means you can decide to stand while working to stretch your legs.

Being a food bloggers means that you need to stand and make recipes and this is very possible using a laptop desk stand.

This laptop stand is made from a single piece of metal and weighs 4.4 pounds so it is not a flimsy or cheap option.

It comes with a cable organiser and is compatible with Macbook Pro 13-inch, Apple Macbook, Mackbook Air. As well as other laptops that are less than 9.4 inches in depth.

The available colours are black and silver which you can pick up here.

Netgear Nighthawk Smart WiFi Router (R7000)

There is nothing more annoying than experiencing wifi problems just when you have an important blog post to publish or video to upload.

Depending on the design of the home that you live in there may be different levels. So, you may get wifi problems in certain bedrooms.

Where I live there are many neighbours who use the same company. So, depending on the time of year the congestion on the broadband network is high because everyone is home.

One clever way to handle this potential challenge is to have a smart wifi router that is highspeed.

Did I mention the fact that it comes with parental control? This may be the year that you are planning to get a smartphone or tablet for your teenager which makes you nervous.

The parental control feature comes in the form of an app that only takes 5 minutes to set up.

You get one-month free-trial, after that, you pay $4.99 a month for peace of mind. It is easy to pause and view internet access remotely.

The added benefit is that it offers seamless wifi access for up to 30 devices. In case you think that it is a lot of devices, remember most people will have two devices connected at the same time.

It has a range of 1,800 sq.ft. and even comes with its very own firewall called Armour Advanced Threat Protection. So, no need to buy more anti-virus software.

The good news is that it works with Alexa so you can add voice control. What a great gift idea for bloggers.

Echo Dot (3rd Gen) – Smart speaker with Alexa

Speaking of Alexa do you have one in every room yet? Who would have thought that Alexa would have been such an essential part of life?

You can enhance your hands-free experience to a new level by having a device that can save you a lot of time.

It is especially good if you dislike climbing up and downstairs. Simply because you forgot to turn on the heating plug-in a device or any excuse really.

The beauty of the echo dot speaker is that they come with fabric design and they can fit into small spaces.

Instantly get surround sound in your bedroom or living area by pairing two echo dot speakers together.

Just in case you have not used Alexa before it is good for ordering takeaway, getting news updates, finding out the latest weather forecast.

You can use her for locking doors, adjusting thermostats, turning on lights and playing music.

Easily connect every room in your house and make announcements or call your kids for dinner.

Secure one for every room using this link.

UtechSmart Triple Display USB Type C Adapter

If you decide to get Alexa you may come to realise that you are quickly running out of sockets or ports at home.

Don’t worry, I have you covered with this triple display USB type C adapter from UtechSmart.

During the holidays you will come to realise that you are suddenly short on USB ports or HDMI sockets. This can be challenging and annoying.

Maybe you recently got a new laptop or device that comes with the new USB type C port and nothing fits together anymore.

Now is a good time to get ready for these tech challenges before it happens. It comes with the following ports.

  1. Gigabit RJ45 port
  2. 4K HDMI ports x 2
  3. USB 3.0 ports x 2
  4. USB 2.0 ports x 2
  5. VGA port
  6. SD/TF Card Slot
  7. PD USB C port
  8. Micro SD card slot

It has blazing fast speeds so that you can download movies quicker and charge phones faster.

Get ready for the holidays by grabbing two here.

TP-Link Deco Whole Home Mesh WiFi System

Will there be a big family event at your crib? Do you need wifi for dozens of devices?

Maybe you are planning on a big family reunion in the next few months which means that you will be having lots of people over.

There will be siblings and their children, cousins and their children even aunts, uncles and close friends.

They are all tech-savvy so you expect that they will be showing up not only for some good food but with their latest and greatest tech gadgets.

From wifi dependent cameras to the top of the range smartphones and everything in between.

Keep family and friends happy with a wifi system that not only covers a range of 5,500 sq.ft. (with the 3 pack) but can connect up to 100 devices and is as reliable as you.

The TP-Link Deco Whole Home Mesh Wifi System does just that and it comes with parental controls and anti-virus built-in as standard.

The good news is that this system also connects with Alexa which means that you will have voice control.

Instead of spending time figuring out the tech you can now give your valuable time catching up on family gossip and remembering the good old days.

Ensure that your family reunion is a blast by picking up your pack here.

Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones

As a blogger, you know how important it is to not only invest in yourself but to consume your online courses.

Absorb every word from those online videos and webinars using the latest and dependable headphones.

If you are like me, you probably take notes during the online training. Most likely you also like to stand up or stretch your legs a bit.

A set of wireless on-ear headphones is just what you need to remain mobile. So you can grab a refill of popcorn for those long training sessions.

The Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones comes with up to 40-hours of battery life and is suitable for everyday use.

Are you the type that forgets to charge your headphones, no problem. These sleek headphones can be charged for 5 minutes to get 3 hours of battery life.

You can take calls, control music and even activate Siri using the multifunction on-ear controls.

Time is precious so get the most out of your training time so that you can implement what you learned and achieve goals quicker.

Grab your pair of wireless headphones here.

Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS, 38mm)

When it comes to saving time one of the best gift ideas for bloggers is a watch that syncs with your other devices.

Rather than having to log around a heavy smartphone in your hand. Just throw the phone in your backpack so you are hands-free everywhere you go.

You can now keep up-to-date with what is happening and never miss a notification again using this smartwatch.

The Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS, 38mm) comes with 18 hours of battery life and is swim-proof. So that you can complete your morning routine without missing a beat.

No longer will you suffer from a fear of missing out because you will know what is happening by just glancing at your watch.

Need to leave your heavy phone at home on a regular basis? Then take a look at the Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular, 38mm) instead.

You will have the ability to make and receive calls without the need for your phone to be nearby.

Both watches are available in two different sizes and finishes. You also have the ability to change the wristband to match each occasion.

Grab the GPS only here or the GPS + Cellular via this link.

Rode NT-USB Versatile Studio-Quality USB Cardioid Condenser Microphone

Are you thinking of starting a podcast? Maybe you are already a podcaster like me and you want to upgrade to a pro microphone.

Well, look no further because when it comes to audio recording technology there are very few companies that can compete with Rode.

The Rode NT-USB Cardioid Condenser Microphone comes as standard with a premium pop-filter, tripod desk-stand and carry-pouch.

It connects to your computer or laptop via the USB port. It also comes with a 6m USB cable so no need to have the microphone close to the computer.

You will be happy to know that it is fully compatible with Windows and Mac as well as the Apple iPad (USB connection adapter required).

Ideal if you have a dedicated space for recording podcasts or if there aren’t too many noisy items in your recording room as the mic is quite sensitive.

Rode Podcaster USB Dynamic Microphone

Looking for something more upmarket? Check out the Rode Podcaster USB Dynamic Microphone.

It is more suitable if you prefer to get the radio voice effect when recording a podcast. You would need to be quite stationary while recording.

However, if you are like me and you tend to wiggle and move a lot when recording a podcast then the Rode NT-USB Cardioid Condenser Microphone would be more suitable.

Bear in mind that while the Rode NT-USB Microphone comes with all accessories as standard the Rode Podcaster does not.

You would need to purchase all the additional accessories (like a pop-filter, studio boom arm and shock mount) separately.

Grab the Rode NT-USB Microphone here and the Rode Podcaster via this link.

Conclusion

Just when you thought that you could not find a present for that blogger who has everything you now have 9 options to chose from.

As long as there is a market there will always be items by suppliers to meet that demand.

The beauty is that many of these gift ideas for bloggers are plug and play so no need to have a PhD to get them up and running.

You will notice that the messenger bag is just the right size as it does not allow you to carry everything and the kitchen sink.

What is your favourite item from this list? Can you think of anyone on your list who can benefit from a few of these items? Share it with your friends.

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If you are hoping to have a well organised holiday season where you can plan everything in advance why not start a bullet journal to plan your weeks?

Are you thinking of creating your very own podcast soon? Take a look at this start a podcast resource with step by step instructions.

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Are you looking for techy gift ideas for bloggers? The kind of gifts that will make the holiday period stress-free with so many people at home? Whether you celebrate Christmas, Easter, New Years, Mother's Day, Are you looking for techy gift ideas for bloggers? The kind of gifts that will make the holiday period stress-free with so many people at home?



Whether you celebrate Christmas, Easter, New Years, Mother's Day, Thanksgiving or Independence Day it is best to be prepared for a full house.



Maybe you can relate to this but have you ever received a gift small or big that just does not make sense?



It is almost like the person did not spend a lot of time thinking about you the individual and just purchased the gift as an afterthought.



If you are like me you probably don't like doing this to anyone whether a colleague, boss, friend or family member.



You listen to cues all year long knowing what they would like for their birthday, special occasion or the holidays.



This can be especially true for someone who is blogs part-time for full-time because they require technology to make things work.



They are always stretched for time. So, getting them something that keeps them productive or makes them more efficient is a definite plus.



In this post, you will be able to see 9 gift ideas for bloggers that will keep them and their families ready, productive and stress-free.



Disclosure: Please note that this post may contain affiliate links. This means that if you buy one of my recommended products I get paid a commission for sharing the link at no additional cost to you.  I only recommend products that I have tried myself and have experienced success.



Egoelife LB-BBPHF18 Unisex Messenger Bag



One of the things we all need as bloggers is a bag to carry all our stuff around. Of course, mom bloggers may also need a different type of bag for the kids.



I saw this messenger bag on Amazon and I instantly thought 'hands-free'. Nothing is more annoying than to have a bag that is a burden.



Many purses and bags for ladies have straps that constantly fall off the shoulder which is just annoying.







This bag is unisex and it comes complete with pockets for your smartphone and notebook.



It can hold tablets and laptops with 13-inch or 14-inch screens which is just music to the ears.



Best of all the strap is adjustable and detachable and is 5 feet in length if this is a big requirement for you.



In terms of material, it is made of canvas and leather and comes in two colours, black and coffee (his and hers).



Pick up your bag from Amazon today while supplies last.



Laptop Desk Stand for PC and Macbook



Whether you are a food blogger or you just like working on your laptop from the comfort of your home office this laptop desk stand is nice.



It is much better for ergonomics because it raises the laptop 6.1 inches off the desk which means you can decide to stand while working to stretch your legs.



Being a food bloggers means that you need to stand and make recipes and this is very possible using a laptop desk stand.



This laptop stand is made from a single piece of metal and weighs 4.4 pounds so it is not a flimsy or cheap option.



https://www.successunscrambled.com/?p=12103 https://www.successunscrambled.com/teachable-vs-thinkific/#comments https://www.successunscrambled.com/teachable-vs-thinkific/feed/ 24 Do you want to create an online course but cannot decide between Teachable vs Thinkific? Maybe you are confused about what both platforms have to offer and which one will be better suited to you and your business. One of the most exciting things for you to do as an entrepreneur is to create your own online course. You may have lots of questions swirling around in your head about the course layout, will people buy it or where to get reviews. The truth is that launching an online course can be a struggle for many entrepreneurs. One main area of concern is how to deliver the course effectively to give your users the best experience. It is possible that you dislike the sound of your voice so you wish that there was a way to sound better when presenting the material. In this post, I will help you understand the differences between Teachable and Thinkific so that you can make the best decision with confidence. Disclosure: Please note that this post may contain affiliate links which means that if you buy one of my recommended products I get paid a commission for sharing the link at no additional cost to you.  I only recommend products that I have tried myself and have experienced success. What is an Online Learning Platform In case you landed on this post out of curiosity and you have no idea what I am talking about let me back up a bit. Online learning platforms are places where you can go and take a course online safely and securely without hassle. They are also known at third level establishments or enterprise organisations as Learning Management Systems or LMS. However, as an entrepreneur or small business owner, you may not require the heavy certifications or security checks needed by enterprise-level establishments. This is where platforms like Teachable and Thinkific come in handy. They give anyone the opportunity to create a course in days compared to months with an LMS. Let's spend some time looking at each platform in more detail. Teachable History The idea behind Teachable came about in 2013 when one of the creators was looking for a platform to host his course. At the time he had only two options which were those heavy, clunky, enterprise-level LMS or putting a number of plugins together using WordPress. According to a 2016 video, the vision behind Teachable is to give Teachers more value. By giving them an economic incentive to create their courses online. Don't you just love it when a company has the right vision for the future? I hope the folks at Teachable keep focused on this vision. They are now one of the top online platforms for entrepreneurs to create and launch courses quickly. Their claim to fame is that their platform is beautiful to create courses and memberships but don't take my word for it, see for yourself. Teachable Pricing The good news is that Teachable offers 4 pricing options including a free-forever plan (with limited functions). Some of the drawbacks in the free plan is that you are limited to 10 students, transaction fees for paid courses, no coupon codes and no integrations. The ability to communicate with your students or integrate with your email marketing software is not available on the free plan. For the paid plans the processing fees are what you need to be aware of so that you can make the best decision. On the bright side, you don't need to worry about setting up payment gateways. Neither worry about tax and VAT charges as they take care of that for you. Creating Your First Course on Teachable Now that you know what is involved from a financial point of view it is time to look at the user experience. Is it daunting? Can you really have your course up and running in days instead of months? Last year I decided to take the plunge and create my first free course on the Teachable platform. It took me about a week and the hardest part of creating that course was recording the scr... Do you want to create an online course but cannot decide between Teachable vs Thinkific?

Maybe you are confused about what both platforms have to offer and which one will be better suited to you and your business.

One of the most exciting things for you to do as an entrepreneur is to create your own online course.

You may have lots of questions swirling around in your head about the course layout, will people buy it or where to get reviews.

The truth is that launching an online course can be a struggle for many entrepreneurs.

One main area of concern is how to deliver the course effectively to give your users the best experience.

It is possible that you dislike the sound of your voice so you wish that there was a way to sound better when presenting the material.

In this post, I will help you understand the differences between Teachable and Thinkific so that you can make the best decision with confidence.

Disclosure: Please note that this post may contain affiliate links which means that if you buy one of my recommended products I get paid a commission for sharing the link at no additional cost to you.  I only recommend products that I have tried myself and have experienced success.

teachable vs thinkific

What is an Online Learning Platform

In case you landed on this post out of curiosity and you have no idea what I am talking about let me back up a bit.

Online learning platforms are places where you can go and take a course online safely and securely without hassle.

They are also known at third level establishments or enterprise organisations as Learning Management Systems or LMS.

However, as an entrepreneur or small business owner, you may not require the heavy certifications or security checks needed by enterprise-level establishments.

This is where platforms like Teachable and Thinkific come in handy. They give anyone the opportunity to create a course in days compared to months with an LMS.

Let’s spend some time looking at each platform in more detail.

Teachable History

The idea behind Teachable came about in 2013 when one of the creators was looking for a platform to host his course.

At the time he had only two options which were those heavy, clunky, enterprise-level LMS or putting a number of plugins together using WordPress.

According to a 2016 video, the vision behind Teachable is to give Teachers more value. By giving them an economic incentive to create their courses online.

Don’t you just love it when a company has the right vision for the future? I hope the folks at Teachable keep focused on this vision.

They are now one of the top online platforms for entrepreneurs to create and launch courses quickly.

Their claim to fame is that their platform is beautiful to create courses and memberships but don’t take my word for it, see for yourself.

Teachable Pricing

The good news is that Teachable offers 4 pricing options including a free-forever plan (with limited functions).

Teachable Pricing

Some of the drawbacks in the free plan is that you are limited to 10 students, transaction fees for paid courses, no coupon codes and no integrations.

The ability to communicate with your students or integrate with your email marketing software is not available on the free plan.

For the paid plans the processing fees are what you need to be aware of so that you can make the best decision.

Teachable processing fees

On the bright side, you don’t need to worry about setting up payment gateways. Neither worry about tax and VAT charges as they take care of that for you.

Creating Your First Course on Teachable

Now that you know what is involved from a financial point of view it is time to look at the user experience.

Is it daunting? Can you really have your course up and running in days instead of months?

Last year I decided to take the plunge and create my first free course on the Teachable platform.

It took me about a week and the hardest part of creating that course was recording the screen share videos and the post-production.

Because I have been through that process I can now say that the experience was well worth it.

How to Set Up Your First Course – Teachable

You log in to Teachable or create your account via the Teachable login screen.

Teachable Admin log in screen

Head over to the menu and click on create a course and complete the details for your course.

Teachable menu

To make the experience as painless as possible ensure that you have your course title, subtitle and author name ready to go.

Create course Teachable

It is also a good idea to have categories, a bio, a friendly URL and a thumbnail image all set to use in the general information section.

In the pages section, you will see the sales page, checkout and thank you pages which you can edit to suit your needs.

You may find writing a sales page quite daunting but you can start off with a free course. I did and I have over 10 students enrolled.

Teachable Pages

Curriculum

One of the hardest sections when creating your course is the actual curriculum. If you have the content and layout ready then Teachable makes it easy.

All you need to do is upload your videos, pdf files, text and audio files. Also, upload a thumbnail for your videos if you want and click publish.

Remember to label each lecture with a name that makes sense or inspires curiosity. You decide which is best.

Teachable Curriculum

You even have the opportunity to preview the entire course before publishing the entire course which is great.

One of my favourite features on Teachable has to be the way they layout their courses.

Especially if your lecture has video, pdf and text. It is just beautiful the way it is displayed.

Teachable course layout

I think the preview of the pdf document is so perfect. It just makes everything look so much more attractive and valuable.

Pricing + Bundles + Back Office

After completing your curriculum all that is left to do is to decide on the price. Also, if you want to bundle this course with another course.

I set up my payment details already last year and all that is required is your Paypal email address.

For your entire school, you will need to give it a name and a description as well as a hero image.

My school consist of 5 courses. I started with one last year but now I have 5 courses with four of them live.

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At the flick of a switch, you can enable VAT or taxes. On the free plan, your funds are held for 30 days to allow for student refunds.

As mentioned at the start we are looking at Teachable vs Thinkific so let’s spend some time reviewing the Thinkific program.

Thinkific

Founded in 2012, the founder Greg found himself in a situation similar to the folks at Teachable.

He was teaching a weekend LSAT course but he struggled when he tried to improve the experience of his audience.

Together with three others, they set out to create an online platform for course creators. The main goal was to get better results for their students.

They currently have 70 employees across 15 countries and 55% of the leadership team is made up of women. Yippee!!

According to their website, they have answered over 200,000 questions from customers.

I put it to the test and sent in a support ticket a few days ago and yep they actually do answer questions in a short time. Haha!!

Thinkific Subscription Plans

They have 4 different subscription levels available including a free forever plan which is limited to 3 courses but you do get unlimited students.

You do get instant access to your funds on the free plan. However, coupons, drip feature and the ability to email students is not available at this level.

Thinkific Subscription

Although the pricing for Teachable and Thinkific look very similar there are a few differences to keep in mind.

The basic Teachable plan is slightly cheaper at $39 a month. It comes with the added burden of 5% transaction fees as well as back-office fees.

However, Thinkific basic subscription starts at $49 a month and there are no transaction fees.

I currently have access to the Thinkific Growth Plan. So, you may see screenshots of some advanced features when compared to the basic plan.

As my valued reader, feel free to test drive the Thinkific Growth Plan here for a whole month.

Creating Your First Course on Thinkific

I must say that after my experience on Teachable when I started creating my first course on Thinkific I was slightly lost.

They take you through this wizard that gives you this enterprise-level template to work with to create your course.

After a while, I discovered what was happening and deleted all the extra bits that I did not need. I was able to publish my first course in 1-2 hours.

The advantage I had this time is that I already had all the content ready to go when I signed up with Thinkific.

The layout, videos, texts and pdf were in a folder on my hard drive and I was able to upload the stuff easily.

In my opinion, video uploads faster on Teachable compared to Thinkific. They both have a bulk upload feature available.

How to Set Up Your First Course – Thinkific

Head on over to Thinkific.com and create a new account.

Thinkific create an account

Once you are in you will see a dashboard that looks like the screenshot below. Compared to Teachable it can seem a bit cluttered or have a corporate feel.

Thinkific Dashboard

At the top left, you will see ‘manage learning content’. You click on that and you will have the option to click on courses.

Thinkific Courses menu

Go ahead and click on ‘courses’ and you will now see a screen that looks like this where you can create a course.

Thinkific Create a course

Click on ‘+ new course’ and you will see these 7 options depending on your level of membership.

Thinkific course options - 1
Thinkific course options - 2

As you can see they seem to offer a more comprehensive set of options when it comes to course creation.

I am dying to give the digital download as well as the Webinar replay a try. Dabbling with technology is what I enjoy.

Choose the Blank Course Option

Many of the options come with predefined templates so if you have experience creating courses then go experiment. Haha!!

However, if you are new to course creation or if you have your curriculum ready to go then choose the ‘blank’ option and give your course a name.

Give your course a name

You then have the option of using the bulk import feature to upload your course content, especially videos.

Curriculum layout - Thinkific

Here is a peek at the bulk importer where you can decide where the uploaded files will go.

Bulk import - Thinkific

You can also choose to add each section (chapter) and lesson one at a time as shown below.

Add a chapter and lesson - Thinkific

As I am writing this, I just got an email from Greg the CEO of Thinkific. I wonder what he wants? It may just be an automated email, should I respond? Lol!!

Creating Your Curriculum

When your lesson includes text and video you need to choose the text option. However, if the lesson is video only then choose the ‘video’ option.

Add a chapter and lesson - Thinkific

Once you have created a few chapters and lessons you can then upload a few videos just to get a feel as to what it looks like. See my example below:

Thinkific - Chapter + Lessons example

My least favourite feature about Thinkific that I believe can do with a lot of improvement is the layout of the text with a video and pdf.

Thinkific course layout

I mean there are worse things in the world but to be fair there must be a more acceptable way to display this content. What do you think?

Site Builder

On the menu, you will see the site builder option. It gives you the opportunity to customise the look and feel of your school or site.

Thinkific Site Builder

You will like this section because it will give you the ability to customise every page, add on pages and even sections on each page.

Customise pages and sections - Thinkific

Of course, it is super important to maintain your brand on this platform as well. So, you will have the ability to add your logo, favicon, font and brand colours.

Branding options - Thinkific

There is a theme library available that allows you to choose predefined themes to include layouts and fonts.

Theme library - Thinkific

You will have loads of time after you launch and market your course to play around with this section if that interests you.

Market + Sell

There is this cool feature for promoting your courses called sales widgets. It allows you to create promotional widgets for your site.

Sales Widget - Thinkific

You can also give this to affiliates to promote your courses as well. It may be better to use something like Ad Inserter to automatically place this on your WordPress blog.

Discussions

An interesting feature in Thinkific is the ability to host discussions among students and course creator which I think is interesting.

It may be something that can be monitored but I am not totally sure as I have not enrolled any test students yet.

Discussions - Thinkific

If you are looking for a way to communicate with students outside of Facebook groups this might be it.

Surveys – A Course Creators Dream or Nightmare

Probably the most important element of the Thinkific platform is the ability to survey your students.

This feature is included which is cool. If you have more than one course and the questions are generic you can simply click the duplicate button.

Surveys - Student view - Thinkific
Surveys - Admin view - Thinkific

This brings me to the end of my Thinkific review for now. Did anything impress you at all?

Teachable vs Thinkific

So, now you can look at a summary of all the information and compare both platforms side by side to see who you will choose.

Below is a Teachable vs Thinkific side by side comparison so you can easily see the features at a glance and make a decision.

Teachable

A course platform focused on great design and experience
$ 39 /month
  • Unlimited students
  • Coupon Codes
  • 30-day delay on payments
  • Email integrations
  • Drip content
  • Integrated affiliate marketing
  • 2 x admin level users
  • 5% transaction fees
  • Custom Domain

Thinkific

A comprehensive online platform focused on results
$ 49 /month
  • Unlimited courses + students
  • Coupons
  • Instant access to funds
  • Email students
  • Drip content
  • Affiliate reporting
  • Email integrations
  • Discussion forums
  • No transaction fees
  • Custom Domain
  • Student Surveys

If I had to choose a course platform all over again as a new course creator I would get practice from the free plan on Teachable for about a year.

I would then make the switch over to Thinkific once I got results from my 1st year as a course creator.

Conclusion

Creating a course can be an experience of growth as well as learning from failures which in my opinion is good news.

You learn just as much from success as well as failures so don’t be afraid to take that step.

A good idea is that you can start by offering free courses at first then move to paid, low-cost ones after.

The most important thing is to grow and you can only grow by experience. It seems that the older you get the more cautious you become.

Thinkific vs Teachable; based on this tutorial and review which one will you choose?

What has been your experience with creating courses? Which is your preferred course platform?

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]]> Do you want to create an online course but cannot decide between Teachable vs Thinkific? Maybe you are confused about what both platforms have to offer and which one will be better suited to you and your business. Do you want to create an online course but cannot decide between Teachable vs Thinkific?



Maybe you are confused about what both platforms have to offer and which one will be better suited to you and your business.



One of the most exciting things for you to do as an entrepreneur is to create your own online course.



You may have lots of questions swirling around in your head about the course layout, will people buy it or where to get reviews.



The truth is that launching an online course can be a struggle for many entrepreneurs.



One main area of concern is how to deliver the course effectively to give your users the best experience.



It is possible that you dislike the sound of your voice so you wish that there was a way to sound better when presenting the material.



In this post, I will help you understand the differences between Teachable and Thinkific so that you can make the best decision with confidence.



Disclosure: Please note that this post may contain affiliate links which means that if you buy one of my recommended products I get paid a commission for sharing the link at no additional cost to you.  I only recommend products that I have tried myself and have experienced success.







What is an Online Learning Platform



In case you landed on this post out of curiosity and you have no idea what I am talking about let me back up a bit.



Online learning platforms are places where you can go and take a course online safely and securely without hassle.



They are also known at third level establishments or enterprise organisations as Learning Management Systems or LMS.



However, as an entrepreneur or small business owner, you may not require the heavy certifications or security checks needed by enterprise-level establishments.



This is where platforms like Teachable and Thinkific come in handy. They give anyone the opportunity to create a course in days compared to months with an LMS.



Let's spend some time looking at each platform in more detail.



Teachable History



The idea behind Teachable came about in 2013 when one of the creators was looking for a platform to host his course.



At the time he had only two options which were those heavy, clunky, enterprise-level LMS or putting a number of plugins together using WordPress.



According to a 2016 video, the vision behind Teachable is to give Teachers more value. By giving them an economic incentive to create their courses online.



Don't you just love it when a company has the right vision for the future? I hope the folks at Teachable keep focused on this vision.



They are now one of the top online platforms for entrepreneurs to create and launch courses quickly.



Their claim to fame is that their platform is beautiful to create courses and memberships but don't take my word for it, see for yourself.



Teachable Pricing



The good news is that Teachable offers 4 pricing options including a free-forever plan (with limited functions).







Some of the drawbacks in the free plan is that you are limited to 10 students, transaction fees for paid courses, no coupon codes and no integrations.



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The Big Reason Why You Failed to Set and Achieve Goals This Year https://www.successunscrambled.com/achieve-goals/ Mon, 12 Aug 2019 01:26:39 +0000 https://www.successunscrambled.com/?p=11880 https://www.successunscrambled.com/achieve-goals/#comments https://www.successunscrambled.com/achieve-goals/feed/ 24 Do you want to crush or achieve goals that you set out at the start of this year? Did you remember to convert your dreams by setting goals for the future? "Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible."Tony Robbins You may have noticed this, many people all around you are vigilantly looking to achieve success. They may be looking for success at college, at work, in their careers, at physical fitness or even in their marriage. It is not uncommon to hear people say that they are working on achieving their goals. There are some who talk about frustration, pain, failure or difficulty in getting results. Many people struggle with achieving their goals due to several reasons, obstacles or unforeseen circumstances. The truth is that it is possible for you to turn your dreams into reality if you make it a priority. This applies to all aspects of life, from personal character goals all the way through to business-related and career goals. In this post, I will go through the process of setting goals as well as how to achieve them giving you three real-life examples. What is the Benefit of Setting Goals? "Your goals are the road maps that guide you and show you what is possible for your life."Les Brown Just in case you are brand new to the idea of goals and setting goals, let us spend some time looking at those first. A goal is basically a result someone is trying to achieve. For example, you may want to bake a red velvet cake, get an 'A' in your exam, lose weight or even become a more patient person. Knowing your goal is the first step in wanting to achieve it. If you don't have a goal then it is a bit difficult to expect results. Now that you know your goal the next step is to set it all up. The only way to achieve a goal is to set it. So, the key benefit of setting a goal is that you make a plan to achieve it or get your desired result. The process of goal achievement needs planning. Depending on the size of your goal you may need a little time or a lot of time. Grab The Goal Setting Planner This planner is great for you even if… You Suffer From Mom Guilt You May Behind on Everything You Are Feeling All Over the Place Focus on One Goal at a Time You Have a Hard Time Staying Focused You Get Distracted by a Bazillion Things Name Email Grab The Planner Turn Dreams Into Goals "A dream written down with a date becomes a goal. A goal broken down into steps becomes a plan. A plan backed by action makes your dreams come true."Greg Reid You have to appreciate the quote from Greg Reid which gives you a concise way of how to go about setting goals. I believe that motivational quotes for work are great for giving you clues about how to achieve your goals in the long run. Personally, I like the fact that he starts at the level of a dream. Simply because you have more motivation to achieve a goal if it is a dream. Let me explain what I mean by this. When you are working a 9 to 5 job, in most cases, you are spending time trying to accomplish someone else's dream. However, when you are working on a project that you initiated because of a big dream it does not feel like work anymo... Do you want to crush or achieve goals that you set out at the start of this year? Did you remember to convert your dreams by setting goals for the future?

“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.”

Tony Robbins

You may have noticed this, many people all around you are vigilantly looking to achieve success.

They may be looking for success at college, at work, in their careers, at physical fitness or even in their marriage.

It is not uncommon to hear people say that they are working on achieving their goals.

There are some who talk about frustration, pain, failure or difficulty in getting results.

Many people struggle with achieving their goals due to several reasons, obstacles or unforeseen circumstances.

The truth is that it is possible for you to turn your dreams into reality if you make it a priority.

This applies to all aspects of life, from personal character goals all the way through to business-related and career goals.

In this post, I will go through the process of setting goals as well as how to achieve them giving you three real-life examples.

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What is the Benefit of Setting Goals?

“Your goals are the road maps that guide you and show you what is possible for your life.”

Les Brown

Just in case you are brand new to the idea of goals and setting goals, let us spend some time looking at those first.

A goal is basically a result someone is trying to achieve. For example, you may want to bake a red velvet cake, get an ‘A’ in your exam, lose weight or even become a more patient person.

Knowing your goal is the first step in wanting to achieve it. If you don’t have a goal then it is a bit difficult to expect results.

Now that you know your goal the next step is to set it all up. The only way to achieve a goal is to set it.

So, the key benefit of setting a goal is that you make a plan to achieve it or get your desired result.

The process of goal achievement needs planning. Depending on the size of your goal you may need a little time or a lot of time.

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Turn Dreams Into Goals

“A dream written down with a date becomes a goal. A goal broken down into steps becomes a plan. A plan backed by action makes your dreams come true.”

Greg Reid

You have to appreciate the quote from Greg Reid which gives you a concise way of how to go about setting goals.

I believe that motivational quotes for work are great for giving you clues about how to achieve your goals in the long run.

Personally, I like the fact that he starts at the level of a dream. Simply because you have more motivation to achieve a goal if it is a dream.

Let me explain what I mean by this. When you are working a 9 to 5 job, in most cases, you are spending time trying to accomplish someone else’s dream.

However, when you are working on a project that you initiated because of a big dream it does not feel like work anymore.

Martin Luther King’s Jr. famous speech from August 28th, 1963, “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed”.

The reason why he got so much support for his dream is that it was also the dream of so many people in America at the time.

Have you ever wondered what would happen if he did not take a public stand and make that speech?

Planning Goals

“I think goals should never be easy, they should force you to work, even if they are uncomfortable at the time.”

Michael Phelps

Now that you have a dream and you have written it down with a date it is time to make a plan around it to get the results.

A simple example of this is to make a red velvet cake. You know that you need to get the ingredients.

Also, you need a cake tin and somewhere to bake the cake like an oven. Ensuring that you have people to eat that cake is important as well. Lol!!

One important element is time. If you only have 10 minutes of spare time and it takes an hour to prepare, bake and cool the cake then it does not make sense to start making it.

It is possible that you are baking the cake for someone’s birthday or even a cake sale at your child’s school or in the office.

A key element in deciding to take action is to imagine in your head how you will feel when you achieve your goal as well as if you don’t achieve your goal.

Without applying emotion to the equation your goal will feel like a task or even a chore. There will be no motivation to take action.

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Steps to Goal Setting

Using SMART goals to assist with your goal setting activities is one of the best ways to actually make goals manageable.

The acronym SMART can be broken down as follows:

  1. Specific
  2. Measurable
  3. Achievable
  4. Realistic
  5. Timely

The reason why this makes sense is that it prevents you from setting yourself up for failure.

It helps you to keep your plan for your dreams realistic because it gives you a timeframe that is achievable and you can see the tasks broken into steps.

Specific

Your goal needs to be very specific in terms of what you want to achieve personally or in life.

For example, “I want to bake a cake” is very generic. However, “I want to bake a red velvet cake to serve at Christmas dinner” is more specific.

Another example could be, “I want to lose weight” again to generic. Replacing that with, “I want to lose 2lbs by September 30th and fit into my favourite jeans”

Measurable

As the name suggests, measurable means that it needs to have a quantity attached to it.

So, wanting to lose 2lbs around the waist, thighs and hips to fit into your favourite jeans is a good way of being specific and measurable.

Achievable

There are two aspects to achievable. The first is looking to see if on average other people have lost 2lbs in 6 weeks.

The other aspect is knowing if you have been able to lose 2lbs in 6 weeks. This is because what works for others may not necessarily work for you.

If this has worked for you in the past then most likely it is achievable again.

Realistic

This may sound exactly like achievable but it is not, here’s why. Realistic refers to the fact that your current situation may prevent you from getting results.

For example, if you are unemployed and your dream is to buy a house then it would take you a lot longer to achieve that goal compared to if you had access to funding.

So, the reality is that it may take you 7 years to buy a house if you are unemployed compared to 2 years if you are earning a salary.

This is because you may need to build up your personal credit rating as well as your savings balance.

In other words, you need to be realistic in terms of what is achievable in terms of the resources and time that you have available.

Timely

Giving yourself sufficient time to achieve those goals is super important as it will prevent you from failing on several attempts.

For example, if you never baked a cake in your life and you wait until the night before to make that red velvet cake, it is possible that so many things can go wrong.

It is a good idea to practice doing it on two occasions before the actual date in order to achieve the best results.

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A Weight Loss Goal Example

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”

Zig Ziglar

About three months ago I decided that I wanted to quit eating sugars like cakes, biscuits, juices, ice cream and sweets.

Each time I went to the supermarket I would say that this is the last pack of biscuits and then I will not buy anymore.

As you can tell that was not a very SMART goal as I did not sit down and make a plan and there was no real motivation behind it.

When I realised that I was failing miserably at my no sugar goal I decided to add two things to it.

Firstly, I wanted to be able to hike better by not having shortness of breath when I went up steep inclines or hills.

In case you did not know, sugar can cause the build-up of plaque in your arteries which can lead to shortness of breath, increase blood pressure and coronary heart disease.

I also, added a look good incentive to the plan. I wanted to be able to fit into my size 10 jeans.

To add some emotion to the plan. I imagined what it would be like to fit into my jeans. I also visualised what it would be like to climb hills without shortness of breath.

Believe it or not, within 6 weeks I stopped eating sweets, dropped a dress size, fit into my jeans and climbed hills without shortness of breath.

Do you know what? There are loads of biscuits in the house and I will not touch it. Personally, I find it easier to achieve my goals when those items are around because I practice saying no every day.

A Budgeting Goal Example

“Goals allow you to control the direction of change in your favour.”

Brian Tracy

Many months ago I needed to develop a strict budget so that I can invest more wisely in my business education.

I kept putting it off and giving every excuse on planet earth as to why I don’t really need a budget.

To help me get the best results from the budgeting I started finding ways to eat cheaper and prepare meals in a more efficient manner.

One clever thing I did is looking at the cost of acquiring my groceries. At the time, the nearest supermarket was about 1.5 kilometres away.

The cost of acquisition was $5.00 return by public transport. So, I tried to do shopping every two weeks instead of every week.

I looked at ways to reduce my blogging bills as well as household bills significantly so that I am at a needs only level.

Similar to my previous example, I added some emotional pain as well as gain to the goal-setting plan.

Seeing myself spending less time cooking really helped. Also, picturing myself experiencing the results from my blogging education gave me motivation.

Now, I cook food in large batches and freeze them in small portions that last a few days.

Also, I plan my expenditure in advance so that I know what my monthly budget is going to be. Of course, kids don’t get that but I push back as much as I can.

My savings are now at $2,000.00 a year which is great. It only happened because I set a goal to reduce expenses significantly.

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Blog Topic Planning Goal Example

“Set realistic goals, keep re-evaluating, and be consistent.”

Venus Williams

When I first started this blog I decided that I wanted to produce a blog post and podcast episode every week.

It means that I would need to have a new topic ready every single week, for 52 weeks of the year.

Sometimes I publish two posts a week but more regularly it is just one as you can see from previous posts.

The difficulty with this routine is planning in such a way that I am not scrambling to write another post 24 hours before it is due.

I have to admit that it is not always easy but over time I have trained my brain to start thinking of the next topic 7-10 days in advance.

Luckily, I have had the opportunity of having 4-5 topics or posts ready and the only issue was deciding which one to publish when.

This is another goal that I struggled with during the early days of this blog but I have learned to achieve it every single week.

Each time I would visit the place of pain in my head of what it would feel like if I don’t publish a blog post on time.

Picturing myself feeling disappointed for not achieving my weekly goal has really helped me to just keep going.

Every single week I am surprised that I achieved my blog topic goal and I do a little celebration.

One Reason Why You Don’t Achieve Your Goals

If you go back to my first example where I dropped a dress size in 6 weeks you will notice something interesting.

I mentally conditioned myself to accept the fact that it will be my last pack of biscuits but each time I just went back to the same old routine.

However, the moment I gave myself other reasons both positive and negative I found the motivation to let go of that old habit.

There is something that I did not mention previously and that is over 5 years ago I gave up sugars for a year or two and I dropped 2 dress sizes.

In other words, I knew that this will work for me because I already attempted it successfully in the past.

If you saw my bucket list on 50 things to do before 50 you will know that there are other reasons for me wanting to give up sugars.

The bottom line is that you really need to attach emotion to your goals if you genuinely want to achieve them.

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Ways to Achieve Goals

I have so many experiences where I set and achieved goals every day of the week that it will make this blog post too long for your reading pleasure.

Instead, let me outline in summary what I have learned about the best way to set and achieve goals for success.

Here are some things you will expect:

  1. You will be resistant to change
  2. It does take a new level of motivation
  3. Give yourself 3 reasons to do it
  4. Failure is part of the process
  5. Adding emotion really helps

These are the steps to set the goal:

  1. Write down the dream
  2. Does the dream align with your passion and purpose?
  3. Is your ‘Why’ big enough to overcome obstacles?
  4. Start with the end in mind
  5. Turn the dream into a plan
  6. Take the plan and break it into smaller chunks
  7. Convert the chunks into manageable tasks

Daily action plan:

  1. Assign dates to your tasks
  2. Do the work that is required to achieve the tasks
  3. Invest in the needed education where there are knowledge gaps
  4. Evaluate your performance against the dates
  5. Revisit the goals, chunks and tasks regularly
  6. Celebrate your wins

The secret to success is working on your goals every day in an effort to cross things off your list.

Personally, it helps me to evaluate my progress every evening so that I can see how I am progressing against tasks and chunks.

Conclusion

As you can see, setting and achieving goals takes time but it is totally doable especially if it is something you are passionate about.

It does take some planning, evaluating and re-calculating of your efforts. Investing emotionally in the project can help you overcome huge obstacles.

The bigger the project the more time and planning that needs to go into it to make it successful.

Working on someone else’s dream may not motivate you enough to get the results needed by the organisation.

Get the necessary coaching that you need to overcome obstacles and remember to invest in the education you need to up-level your performance.

Over to you, what has been your experience in setting goals and achieving them?

“We don’t aim high enough with our goals. We all have more in us, and we are all capable of aiming higher.”

Jesse Itzler

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Do you want to crush or achieve goals that you set out at the start of this year? Did you remember to convert your dreams by setting goals for the future? "Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible."Tony Robbins Do you want to crush or achieve goals that you set out at the start of this year? Did you remember to convert your dreams by setting goals for the future?



"Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible."Tony Robbins



You may have noticed this, many people all around you are vigilantly looking to achieve success.



They may be looking for success at college, at work, in their careers, at physical fitness or even in their marriage.



It is not uncommon to hear people say that they are working on achieving their goals.



There are some who talk about frustration, pain, failure or difficulty in getting results.



Many people struggle with achieving their goals due to several reasons, obstacles or unforeseen circumstances.



The truth is that it is possible for you to turn your dreams into reality if you make it a priority.



This applies to all aspects of life, from personal character goals all the way through to business-related and career goals.



In this post, I will go through the process of setting goals as well as how to achieve them giving you three real-life examples.







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"Your goals are the road maps that guide you and show you what is possible for your life."Les Brown



Just in case you are brand new to the idea of goals and setting goals, let us spend some time looking at those first.



A goal is basically a result someone is trying to achieve. For example, you may want to bake a red velvet cake, get an 'A' in your exam, lose weight or even become a more patient person.



Knowing your goal is the first step in wanting to achieve it. If you don't have a goal then it is a bit difficult to expect results.



Now that you know your goal the next step is to set it all up. The only way to achieve a goal is to set it.



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The Ultimate SEO Checklist That Actually Increases Website Traffic https://www.successunscrambled.com/seo-checklist/ Mon, 05 Aug 2019 02:50:18 +0000 https://www.successunscrambled.com/?p=11623 https://www.successunscrambled.com/seo-checklist/#comments https://www.successunscrambled.com/seo-checklist/feed/ 40 "Successful SEO is not about tricking Google. It's about partnering with Google to provide the best search results for Google's users."Phil Frost Have you ever wished you had a comprehensive SEO checklist that you can use for creating and publishing blog posts daily, weekly or monthly? Did you ever find yourself in a situation where you came across an older blog post or 10 that is missing a number of key SEO elements? You literally checked off everything in your head before clicking the publish or schedule button. However, weeks later you discovered that the meta description field is empty. (haha!!) Maybe you are looking forward to the results of an epic blog post or 3 to rank only to realise that you forgot to update the keyword in title and description. The truth is as a blogger you are not perfect at all, in fact, you are too busy spinning 9 plates at once to be able to focus on one for too long. I have been in your shoes and I can tell you that it is not your fault that you have so much to do as an entrepreneur. Some small business owners continue to feel lost when it comes to SEO as they believe that they are not doing everything that is required to get awesome results. After reading this post you will be able to comfortably and confidently ensure that you create SEO friendly articles going forward. The goal is that you will get the results your blog needs so that you can finally show up in Google for your chosen topic. The Anatomy of an SEO Checklist So, what is an SEO checklist anyway and why should you care? Well, a good SEO checklist is one that does the following: Outlines all the required data that Google needsGives you best practices for the sake of your readersHelps you to grow your blog or articles in terms of readers and conversions Essentially, a good checklist should not only give you the boring technical things that your post or article needs. It should also include elements that help your reader to stay longer on your content and even take action. At the end of the day, your content is not on display as a fashion show. It is there to achieve business goals. Your content is also there to solve the problem or possible problems your reader has so that they can recommend your resource to a friend. Need Blog Readers.. But Website Traffic is Hard It Takes Too Long You Don't Have Budget You Work Full-time You Don't Have Time It's Too Expensive SEO is too Technical Name Email Learn more Before Doing SEO Research So many experts start their SEO checklist focusing on SEO specific research but I prefer to start where the action is happening. Depending on your end goal the best place to start is by looking at what is trending or what is normally popular at the time of your content planning Of course, it is super important to write evergreen content because you put all this hard work into a post so it makes sense for it to last a lifetime. Google Trends A great place to look is Google Trends to see if there is a predictable season based around a specific niche. In the example above, I did a search for "back to school" in Google Trends.

“Successful SEO is not about tricking Google. It’s about partnering with Google to provide the best search results for Google’s users.”

Phil Frost

Have you ever wished you had a comprehensive SEO checklist that you can use for creating and publishing blog posts daily, weekly or monthly?

Did you ever find yourself in a situation where you came across an older blog post or 10 that is missing a number of key SEO elements?

You literally checked off everything in your head before clicking the publish or schedule button. However, weeks later you discovered that the meta description field is empty. (haha!!)

Maybe you are looking forward to the results of an epic blog post or 3 to rank only to realise that you forgot to update the keyword in title and description.

The truth is as a blogger you are not perfect at all, in fact, you are too busy spinning 9 plates at once to be able to focus on one for too long.

I have been in your shoes and I can tell you that it is not your fault that you have so much to do as an entrepreneur.

Some small business owners continue to feel lost when it comes to SEO as they believe that they are not doing everything that is required to get awesome results.

After reading this post you will be able to comfortably and confidently ensure that you create SEO friendly articles going forward.

The goal is that you will get the results your blog needs so that you can finally show up in Google for your chosen topic.

SEO Checklist

The Anatomy of an SEO Checklist

So, what is an SEO checklist anyway and why should you care? Well, a good SEO checklist is one that does the following:

  1. Outlines all the required data that Google needs
  2. Gives you best practices for the sake of your readers
  3. Helps you to grow your blog or articles in terms of readers and conversions

Essentially, a good checklist should not only give you the boring technical things that your post or article needs.

It should also include elements that help your reader to stay longer on your content and even take action.

At the end of the day, your content is not on display as a fashion show. It is there to achieve business goals.

Your content is also there to solve the problem or possible problems your reader has so that they can recommend your resource to a friend.

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Before Doing SEO Research

So many experts start their SEO checklist focusing on SEO specific research but I prefer to start where the action is happening.

Depending on your end goal the best place to start is by looking at what is trending or what is normally popular at the time of your content planning

Of course, it is super important to write evergreen content because you put all this hard work into a post so it makes sense for it to last a lifetime.

Google Trends

A great place to look is Google Trends to see if there is a predictable season based around a specific niche.

Back to school - Google Trends

In the example above, I did a search for “back to school” in Google Trends. As you can see it happens every year like clockwork.

The back to school niche is a dependable option except that it is very seasonal which could be good and bad.

Meal planning - Google Trends

I think that this example is super hilarious. I did a search for ‘meal planning’ in Google Trends and you can see it hits a peak every year in January.

At first, I found it very strange. Then I remembered this thing people do by the name of New Year’s Resolutions.

Do you contribute to this spike in January every year?

Buzzsumo

If you want to know more specifically where people are looking for meal planning resources or where has great engagement then you need Buzzsumo.

meal planning results on Buzzsumo

As you can see from this diagram it gives you what kind of topics are popular and on which platforms.

So, in this example, you can see that low carb, sugar detox, instant pot and keto diet seem to be quite popular on Pinterest and Facebook.

Trending on Pinterest

Next, head over to Pinterest (if your audience is there) to see what is currently trending on that platform.

Trending ideas - Pinterest

As you can see, at the time of writing, the top 8 trends on Pinterest are funny texts, back to school, life quotes, living room ideas, Harry Potter memes, wallpaper iPhone, engagement rings and baby shower.

It is possible that none of these relates to your niche at all or you can possibly tweak one to complement your niche nicely.

Trending on Twitter

Head on over to Twitter (if your audience is based here) and see what is happening there.

Trending on Twitter

What you can see in the screenshot is that there seem to be at least three common hashtags every Tuesday morning. Namely, #tuesdaymorning, #tuesdaythoughts and #tuesdaymotivation.

You can find clever ways to take advantage of these trends in your business.

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SEO Research

Now that you have a feel for what’s happening around you as well as where you can comfortably ride the wave.

It is time to look at keyword research using a few popular tools which are mostly free.

Keywords Everywhere

Install Keywords Everywhere (KE) in your Chrome Browser and start doing some research.

I did a search for low carb and these are the results from the KE tool.

low carb - related keywords - KE

Here you can see a great list of related keywords as well as the volume and competition.

low carb - people also searched for - KE

In this screenshot, you can see more granular results in terms of what are people concerned about. For example ‘carbs in parsnips’.

Twitter Example

I did a search for the #lowcarb hashtag on Twitter and this is what I found in the feed. There may be people looking for Hba1c right now in Google.

Lowcarb on Twitter

You can probably tell that I absolutely enjoy researching topics, trends and keyphrases.

Let’s check out another free tool.

Uber Suggest

There is a saying, “you get what you pay for”. I believe this to be so true when it comes to using keyword research tools.

Uber Suggest is not 100% reliable but it can be used to give you a feel for what is happening on a niche topic.

low carb - keyword overview

Here is the keyword overview for low carb and below are a great list of keyword ideas.

low carb - keyword ideas

It would appear that there is a lot of opportunities when it comes to writing content about low carb fruits and vegetables.

Finally here is a list of low carb topics that other people have written in the low carb niche as well as the level of engagement for each post on Pinterest and Facebook.

low carb - content ideas

If you were thinking of getting into the low carb niche but you were unsure of what content to write this should help you by leaps and bounds.

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On-Page SEO Checklist

After writing out your blog post or article here is a list of things for you to consider before hitting publish or schedule.

Primary keyphrase

If your topic was about low carb then it is important to choose a primary phrase that is not very competitive.

The search difficulty (SD) should be below 30 if you want to get quick results. Also, you will eventually rank for the more difficult keyphrase.

Secondary keyphrases

Choose a handful of phrases that will easily complement the primary keyphrase and add value to your article.

low carb vegetables - US

In the screenshot above, you can see that I did a search for low carb vegetables and there are quite a few high volume suggestions with search difficulty (SD) below 30.

Quality Content

An important thing to consider is if you have done your best to create a heart-stopping, eye-popping article that would grab your reader’s attention.

Is there anything else that you can do to 10X the user experience when they read your article?

Answer all Questions

So, when your reader clicks through to your post they have a lot of questions floating around in their head as they engage with your content.

The trick is for you to anticipate what those questions might be and answer them as comprehensively as possible.

Yoast SEO Plugin

A great add-on to help you alongside this SEO checklist is the Yoast SEO plugin if you are using WordPress.org for your blog.

It is such a great way to keep your on-page efforts on track. I have a resource that goes through the Yoast SEO plugin tutorial here.

Dark Text on White Background

As a rule of thumb, if you want to maintain a great user experience it would be best to use dark text on a white background.

The moment your reader needs to struggle to see or read your text then you have lost them.

Link to External Reputable Websites

You may get emails every week from people looking for you to add a link to your content in exchange for a freebie.

I get a lot of them but I no longer respond since they are not adding value to my blog or readers.

Ensure that your blog post links are going to well-known sites, like Wikipedia, as opposed to websites that you never heard about.

Place 1-3 Sentences Together

For easy reading and to give your readers some momentum it is recommended that you have lots of white spaces between lines or groups of lines.

If you look at this blog post, you will notice that my sentences all seem airy and spacious.

Link to Existing Content (internal)

When you get to a point of having over 100 blog posts you start forgetting your first 50 or so blog posts.

It means that you also forget to link to them as well or even mention them in your latest blog posts.

One of the secrets to getting your existing blog posts to show up in Google is to keep linking to them so your readers can visit them.

Outline Problem (first paragraph)

If you are a regular reader of mine you know that I talk a lot about problem solving and transformation.

The purpose of your blog apart from content marketing is to help your reader to solve a problem.

So, it makes sense to highlight that problem in the first or at least second paragraph of your blog post.

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Use Font Size of 16-18 Pixels

To give your reader the best experience possible in terms of engaging with your content it is important to consider the size of your text on the page.

I know that I only mentioned this recently but I need to include it in this SEO Checklist because getting a reader to your site is already hard work.

Keep your reader on your post for at least 3 minutes by ensuring that the text size or font size is between 16-18 pixels.

Link Existing Content to New Post

I am guilty of this one only on a few occasions but I discovered a quick way to find places where I can create an internal link.

Simply go to the posts page of your WordPress blog and do a search for your primary and secondary key phrases.

posts page search bar

Feel free to do a partial search as well. You can change a phrase from ‘carb’ to ‘low carb’ quite easily.

Fully Understand User Intent

One of the secrets to getting readers to gobble up your content is to ensure that you fully understand the user intent.

A big reason why you have high bounce rates (readers stay less than 30 seconds on your content) is that the content is not relevant.

Spend some time looking at the other results for your chosen keyphrase and ensure that you know the kind of answers a reader is expecting to see on the page.

Give More Solutions

Another cool tip is to try and give more solutions in your blog post compared to your competition.

If your competitor is giving 7 suggestions on their low carb food list then you should think of giving your readers 10.

The whole point is that you want to be unique compared to your competition.

Use Paragraphs with SEO Optimise Sub-titles

When writing your blog post or article ensure that you include as many small paragraphs as possible.

Each paragraph will help your reader to find the information they are looking for easily and it will also improve the user experience.

It is a great opportunity to use your primary or secondary key phrases as the title of those paragraphs as they help with ranking your content.

Write a Click-Worthy Meta Description

One of the things that will help you get higher rankings apart from low bounce rates is an envious click-through rate.

Let me explain what this means so you don’t feel overwhelmed. Your meta-description should be so enticing that readers cannot help but click to read more.

Anything higher than 1% is okay but a click-through rate of 30% is not uncommon if you do a good job of that summary. It is like writing an advert.

Include the Key phrase in the Meta Description

Remember to include your primary key phrase in your meta description. Yes, Google would rank you and show your content for other key phrases as well.

It is still important to indicate to Google what your primary key phrase is by placing in the meta description.

Formulate a Click-Worthy Title

Now, there is a big difference between click-bait and click-worthy. When you click over to a post and find the content to be disappointing and misleading that is click-bait.

However, when the content delivers what the title mentions and a lot more then that is click-worthy.

Using the following tools can help you develop click-worthy titles:

  1. AMA Headline Analyzer
  2. Co-Schedule Headline Analyzer
  3. Portent Headline Generator
  4. Sumo Headline Generator
  5. Sharethrough Headlines
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Use the Primary Key phrase in Title

It is easy to get so excited about generating your click-worthy title that you can easily forget to include your primary key phrase.

Your first few attempts are going to seem awkward. However, after a few weeks or months, you will soon notice that you would have become a pro at creating amazing titles that don’t sound clunky.

Word Count

This has to be one of the most contested topics among bloggers. Over 10 years ago the minimum accepted word count was 100.

Now, the minimum is between 350 and 500 words. However, what is your end goal? Is it just to get content published or to get ranked and readers?

In a recent study by Brian Dean of Backlino, after analysing over 900 million blogs, it was found that long-form content gets more backlinks than short articles.

long-form content - Backlinko
Long-Form Content – Backlinko

He went on to show that 2,000 words seem to be the accepted average if you want your post to get loads of social shares.

Primary Key phrase in URL

Remember that it is important to include your primary key phrase in the URL as it also indicates to Google what your post is about.

It is important to ensure that your permalink structure is set up correctly initially as shown in the diagram below.

permalinks as postname

Once that is done then head over to the permalink section on the edit screen of your WordPress post and update it.

Keep it as short and succinct as possible.

edit permalink

Optimise Your Images

It is essential to optimise the name of your images before placing them on your article or blog.

Instead of giving the image a random name like 3nhign.jpg or png you can label it using either the primary or secondary key phrase when it makes sense.

example of alt tag

Also, give each image an alt tag that makes sense. The alt tag means an alternative text which helps robots, spiders and humans to identify what it is in case there is a slow connection.

Include a Call to Action

Depending on the goal of your blog post you may find that it makes sense to include a call to action (CTA) at the end.

Yes, the goal of every blog post apart from content marketing is to solve a problem for the reader.

Solving that problem may include giving them something like an SEO Checklist that they can download and use on a regular basis.

Market Your Blog Post

After your post goes live remember to give it the initial boost of eyeballs by sharing it on social media platforms.

These social signals will let Google know that your post is considered important and worthwhile.

Likes and shares are like votes of confidence.

Revisit and Optimise

After 4-8 weeks take a look and see how your post is performing against your goals. Are you getting sign-ups?

Is your post ranking on the first 5 pages of the Google search engines? If it is on the 2nd page what can you do to nudge it to page one?

Check to see if it is also ranking for other key phrases that you did not consider at the time of ranking and include those.

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Off-Page SEO Checklist

Depending on the search difficulty of the keyword you may want to consider doing some guest posting and Youtube videos to get backlinks to your blog post.

If you are not a fan of guest posting or guest blogging then I suggest that you try and rank for key phrases that have search difficulty of less than 30.

Doing this will make it easier to get rankings for more difficult key phrases.

Conclusion

As you can see the process for creating an SEO friendly article sounds a lot harder than it is in real life.

In fact, after you optimise a blog post for SEO a few times it can become very straight-forward except you will still need an SEO checklist because of the sheer volume of things.

You may notice that I have not included a number of advanced techniques because I did not want this to be an overwhelming experience for you.

At the end of the day, you can use this as an SEO checklist template to get every single blog post ready and ripe for ranking every single time.

Over to you, what has been your experience with SEO checklists?

The Ultimate SEO Checklist Your Blog Can't Live Without

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"Successful SEO is not about tricking Google. It's about partnering with Google to provide the best search results for Google's users."Phil Frost Have you ever wished you had a comprehensive SEO checklist that you can use for creating and publishing... "Successful SEO is not about tricking Google. It's about partnering with Google to provide the best search results for Google's users."Phil Frost



Have you ever wished you had a comprehensive SEO checklist that you can use for creating and publishing blog posts daily, weekly or monthly?



Did you ever find yourself in a situation where you came across an older blog post or 10 that is missing a number of key SEO elements?



You literally checked off everything in your head before clicking the publish or schedule button. However, weeks later you discovered that the meta description field is empty. (haha!!)



Maybe you are looking forward to the results of an epic blog post or 3 to rank only to realise that you forgot to update the keyword in title and description.



The truth is as a blogger you are not perfect at all, in fact, you are too busy spinning 9 plates at once to be able to focus on one for too long.



I have been in your shoes and I can tell you that it is not your fault that you have so much to do as an entrepreneur.



Some small business owners continue to feel lost when it comes to SEO as they believe that they are not doing everything that is required to get awesome results.



After reading this post you will be able to comfortably and confidently ensure that you create SEO friendly articles going forward.



The goal is that you will get the results your blog needs so that you can finally show up in Google for your chosen topic.







The Anatomy of an SEO Checklist



So, what is an SEO checklist anyway and why should you care? Well, a good SEO checklist is one that does the following:



* Outlines all the required data that Google needs* Gives you best practices for the sake of your readers* Helps you to grow your blog or articles in terms of readers and conversions



Essentially, a good checklist should not only give you the boring technical things that your post or article needs.



It should also include elements that help your reader to stay longer on your content and even take action.



At the end of the day, your content is not on display as a fashion show. It is there to achieve business goals.



Your content is also there to solve the problem or possible problems your reader has so that they can recommend your resource to a friend.


























Need Blog Readers.. But







Website Traffic is Hard




It Takes Too Long




You Don't Have Budget




You Work Full-time




You Don't Have Time




It's Too Expensive




SEO is too Technical












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17 Deadly Blogging Mistakes to Avoid on Your Blog https://www.successunscrambled.com/blogging-mistakes-to-avoid/ Mon, 29 Jul 2019 01:04:27 +0000 https://www.successunscrambled.com/?p=11539 https://www.successunscrambled.com/blogging-mistakes-to-avoid/#comments https://www.successunscrambled.com/blogging-mistakes-to-avoid/feed/ 36 Are you immune to blogging mistakes? Wouldn't it be nice to have a blogging kit outlining all the things to do and to avoid? It is not your fault that you made so many mistakes when starting or while running your blog. Especially when big companies like Wix, Blogger and Weebly thrive when innocent bloggers create content using their free platform. While having a blogging kit is the ultimate dream for beginners, advanced and intermediate bloggers the online business world changes so rapidly. When I started online 10 years ago there weren't as many bloggers as there are now and the path to success appeared to be riddled with potholes. Now, there seem to be a plethora of blogging kits available and each one seem to have gaps or missing modules. In fact, you may realise this but the more you learn it seems that there is still so much that you don't know. The truth is that when it comes to blogging there isn't a single path to success simply because there are several different blog types and niches. Many bloggers continue to get frustrated because they initially thought that there is a one size fits all solution to creating an online business. However, the path to success for each blogger is different because of their audience and ultimate goals. In this post, I will outline at least 17 blogging mistakes that bloggers at every level should avoid. Disclosure: Please note that this post may contain affiliate links which means that if you buy one of my recommended products I get paid a commission for sharing the link at no additional cost to you.  I only recommend products that I have tried myself and have experienced success. The Transformation Rather than focusing heavily on a list of things not to do, I wanted to start off by highlighting the most important reason for starting a blog in the first place. You may or may not be aware of this but your blog is there to help your readers transform into a better version of themselves. Maybe your blog is about how to get over the fear of spiders (Arachnophobia). So, you help your readers see spiders as awesome creatures who get rid of bugs. Below is an example of what the journey of your reader should look like if you plan to accomplish your goal as a blogger. If this is all new to you don't worry at least you now have an idea of what you need to do to help your readers become successful. Let's spend some time looking at those blogging mistakes so that you can ensure that you can avoid them as well. 1. Refuse to Implement SEO Search engine optimisation (SEO) seems to be feared as much as people fear spiders and I can see why to a certain extent. However, because your blog is your business then getting website traffic on autopilot is the lifeblood of any going concern. Therefore, implementing SEO from day one should be an important element of your blogging journey. If you are new to SEO then grab this SEO for beginners resource. Maybe it is time for me to develop a course called, "How to get over your fear of SEO". What do you think? Need Blog Readers.. But Website Traffic is Hard It Takes Too Long You Don't Have Budget You Work Full-time You Don't Have Time It's Too Expensive SEO is too Technical Name Email Are you immune to blogging mistakes? Wouldn’t it be nice to have a blogging kit outlining all the things to do and to avoid?

It is not your fault that you made so many mistakes when starting or while running your blog.

Especially when big companies like Wix, Blogger and Weebly thrive when innocent bloggers create content using their free platform.

While having a blogging kit is the ultimate dream for beginners, advanced and intermediate bloggers the online business world changes so rapidly.

When I started online 10 years ago there weren’t as many bloggers as there are now and the path to success appeared to be riddled with potholes.

Now, there seem to be a plethora of blogging kits available and each one seem to have gaps or missing modules.

In fact, you may realise this but the more you learn it seems that there is still so much that you don’t know.

The truth is that when it comes to blogging there isn’t a single path to success simply because there are several different blog types and niches.

Many bloggers continue to get frustrated because they initially thought that there is a one size fits all solution to creating an online business.

However, the path to success for each blogger is different because of their audience and ultimate goals.

In this post, I will outline at least 17 blogging mistakes that bloggers at every level should avoid.

Disclosure: Please note that this post may contain affiliate links which means that if you buy one of my recommended products I get paid a commission for sharing the link at no additional cost to you.  I only recommend products that I have tried myself and have experienced success.

Blogging Mistakes

The Transformation

Rather than focusing heavily on a list of things not to do, I wanted to start off by highlighting the most important reason for starting a blog in the first place.

You may or may not be aware of this but your blog is there to help your readers transform into a better version of themselves.

Maybe your blog is about how to get over the fear of spiders (Arachnophobia). So, you help your readers see spiders as awesome creatures who get rid of bugs.

Below is an example of what the journey of your reader should look like if you plan to accomplish your goal as a blogger.

The Transformation Journey - 3

If this is all new to you don’t worry at least you now have an idea of what you need to do to help your readers become successful.

Let’s spend some time looking at those blogging mistakes so that you can ensure that you can avoid them as well.

1. Refuse to Implement SEO

Search engine optimisation (SEO) seems to be feared as much as people fear spiders and I can see why to a certain extent.

However, because your blog is your business then getting website traffic on autopilot is the lifeblood of any going concern.

Therefore, implementing SEO from day one should be an important element of your blogging journey. If you are new to SEO then grab this SEO for beginners resource.

Maybe it is time for me to develop a course called, “How to get over your fear of SEO”. What do you think?

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Need Blog Readers.. But

  • Website Traffic is Hard
  • It Takes Too Long
  • You Don't Have Budget
  • You Work Full-time
  • You Don't Have Time
  • It's Too Expensive
  • SEO is too Technical

2. Using Free Blogging Platforms

When I first started online many years ago I used Weebly to develop one of my blogs. I also used Blogger and Wix at some point as well.

I can tell you that those are great for when you are just testing the waters. However, the moment you decide that you are ready to take things seriously then go for a self-hosted solution.

The popular ones on offer are WordPress.org and Squarespace. At first, self-hosting was scary for me but I was soon able to create a website in minutes.

Just like anything else in life, it may seem overwhelming at first to use a self-hosted platform but it is so worth it.

If you are looking for time and freedom then don’t let free blogging platforms ruin your future.

3. Choosing the Wrong Webhost

I have to admit that if you are new to blogging it can be difficult to decide on the best WordPress hosting provider.

Do you know what? I have tried many hosting companies which is good news for you because you can learn from my mistakes.

So many pro bloggers advise newbies to go with Bluehost or Hostgator but my experience with them was not as pleasant 8-10 years ago.

My recommendation would be to check out Siteground and when you outgrow their package then look at BigScoots. I wrote a post on the best WordPress hosting here.

4. Publishing Low-Quality Content

I was guilty of this offence at one point but thankfully I quickly self-corrected. If you hate writing as much as I did then I understand your dilemma.

You just want to write something quickly, get something transcribed or even outsource this writing to someone else.

Why do you need to spend 2-4 hours writing and editing a blog post anyway? Well, for one it will save you a lot of embarrassment in the future.

Another reason is that you are writing to help your readers. Low-quality content does not really add value to the life of your reader anyway so why bother.

5. Implementing a Slow Theme

Do you have any idea how lucky you are? You are blogging at a time when Google is fussy about page speeds.

This was not a thing 5-10 years ago so I had to put up with what was available in the market place.

Now theme creators are putting their best foot forward and creating super-fast amazing themes that are easy to implement and customise.

One of the fastest themes available is GeneratePress and I can tell you it made a huge change to the speed of my site.

I am really annoyed that it costs $50 because I spent a minimum of $69 on slower themes over the last 5 years and this is only $50!!

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Need Blog Readers.. But

  • Website Traffic is Hard
  • It Takes Too Long
  • You Don't Have Budget
  • You Work Full-time
  • You Don't Have Time
  • It's Too Expensive
  • SEO is too Technical

6. Creating a Blog Without Passion

Okay, so I am also guilty of this one big time and I classify it as the biggest blogging mistake. If there is one blogging mistake that you need to avoid at all costs this is it.

Thousands of potential bloggers search in Google every day looking for the most profitable blog niches.

Instead of focusing on what they are passionate about. Yes, you can have 2-3 niches that interest you but start with your number one first.

I created over 100 blogs and I can tell you from experience that you get bored after a while when that blog is not your passion.

7. Giving up on Blogging too Soon

Haha!! This one definitely made me laugh a lot. Because I am also guilty in this area. Blogging is a journey of transformation for you and your reader.

I mentioned in a previous blog post about my feelings when I read about other people literally throwing away years of hard work.

Why do people give up anyway? Well, because they realise that they are not passionate about the topic.

Another reason is that they are not generating an income or they got into blogging for the wrong reason.

If they are not transforming the lives of their readers then there is no fulfilment or feeling of success.

8. Lack of Investment in Blogging Education

This is probably one of the few blogging mistakes that I am not guilty of because I enjoy learning.

However, many bloggers prefer to read all the information that is available for free rather than invest in a course.

Yes, at times you need to save up or cut back on other luxuries to invest in blogging education to see a transformation in your online business.

After investing over $10,000 in online business education, I have to admit not all of the education is the best that is available.

9. Not Completing or Implementing the Training

Spending money on blogging education is only good if you do the training and implement what you learn.

I see it all the time when I enrol in courses and the members there say that they purchase the course a year ago and did not go through it.

It is true that there are times when life gets in the way but it is so vital to dive in and learn then implement the teachings.

Remember that you are here to fulfil a purpose and the longer you take to get there is the more that you are robbing the world of your talent.

Promotion Ninja on laptop

Need Blog Readers.. But

  • Website Traffic is Hard
  • It Takes Too Long
  • You Don't Have Budget
  • You Work Full-time
  • You Don't Have Time
  • It's Too Expensive
  • SEO is too Technical

10. Spending Insufficient Time on Marketing

When you first start a blog you cannot expect people to find you instantly unless you are a celebrity or already have a big online presence.

Marketing your blog in the first year is going to feel like rolling a large snowball uphill.

The reason why marketing feels that way is that you need to build momentum, awareness and authority. Grab these 50+ ways to market your business.

If you studied Physics in school you know that the snowball will get to the top of that hill and will come down on the other side with such a force.

So, just keep marketing until you get to the top of that hill. If you need a structured approach to getting website traffic, grab the free Traffic Boost MasterClass.

11. No Email List

I know the way it feels when you start a blog or you have been blogging for a while and you have a few readers.

You are basically thinking that it is pointless to have an email list or ask anyone to join your community (you and what tribe, haha!).

That is just your mind tricking you into believing that you are too new or too small to have an email list.

The only person who knows that you only have a tribe of one is you so get rid of that self-talk and start offering valuable freebies to your readers.

12. Refusing to Monetise Your Blog

Yes, you don’t have a lot of website traffic and you only get 10 readers a month so does that mean you cannot sell anything?

How many sales will it take to boost your confidence? It just takes one sale so why not monetise the blog.

If you wait until you have 50-100 blog posts it is going to take a lot of time, energy and motivation to go back and monetise those posts.

Time is money so use it wisely and monetise your blog from day one.

13. Comparing Yourself to Others

I am guilty of this one as well. When was the last time you compared yourself to another blogger?

Yesterday, last week, last month or maybe 6 months ago. It happens because you and I are human.

The sad reality is that the blogger you compare yourself with is often in a different niche and/or have different goals or passions.

Stop wasting your time, keep your head down and don’t compare. It is okay to take notes and adopt good practices.

Promotion Ninja on laptop

Need Blog Readers.. But

  • Website Traffic is Hard
  • It Takes Too Long
  • You Don't Have Budget
  • You Work Full-time
  • You Don't Have Time
  • It's Too Expensive
  • SEO is too Technical

14. Inconsistent Blogging

Depending on your blogging goals you will come to realise that one of the keys to growing your blog is publishing content regularly.

It is a way to get first-time readers to come back for more valuable content again and again.

If you publish inconsistently then they will not know when next to return for fresh content.

Publishing fresh content regularly also helps with traffic from the search engines. If you need a resource to help you to blog consistently go here.

15. Difficult to Read Blog Posts

This may seem strange but I still see well-established bloggers make this deadly blogging mistake.

I will come across an amazing post and click-through to find text designed to be read with the help of a magnifying glass and a sharpie to trace while I read.

Maybe their readers are Superman, Wonderwoman and a lot of superheroes. It is hard to understand why the text needs to be so small and faint on the page.

I beg you from the bottom of my heart, have some consideration for real people like me. I am slowly losing my 20-20 vision and I don’t have superpowers either.

Stick to font sizes of 16-18 so that normal humans including those who have challenges with their vision can see what is written easily.

16. Taking Eternity to Create Your Products + Services

Okay, this one combined with the next point is very related. Are you one of those bloggers who has been planning to create a product for a while?

You have found every excuse on the planet as to why you have not done it yet. The timing isn’t right, you need to outsource the graphics.

A member of your family has not been well for some time. You are moving to a new house, you are waiting for inspiration, you are not ready yet.

Can you please stop robbing the universe of your talent and create the product or service already?

17. Lacking Confidence After 12 Months of Launching Your Blog

Are you still suffering from Imposter Syndrome after 12 months? Do you have challenges believing in yourself?

What will it take for you to realise and appreciate your successes so far and that you can do it?

At what point does someone stop being new to blogging? Is it at a point decided by you or the blogging industry?

Well, if it has been 12 months since you created your blog and you are hesitant when it comes to confidence in your ability then listen up.

You have done an amazing job of blogging so far even if you are only 6 months in the game so stop the self-sabotaging and realise that you can do this thing.

Conclusion

None of us was born perfect bloggers when we came out of our Mother’s womb but we all have the ability to learn and grow.

You learn differently from others around you and so do I. Some of the biggest blogging mistakes are made when we fail to implement what is taught.

This decade and century are so amazing because you can learn and implement at the flick of a switch or the click of a button.

I cannot imagine what it was like living 100 years ago compared to now. It must have been painstakingly difficult.

Remember it is all about the transformation journey for you and your reader. Focus on this aspect and everything will fall into place.

Over to you, what blogging mistakes have you seen that is quite popular in Blog land? Or what has been your biggest blogging mistakes?

15 Deadly Blogging Mistakes to Avoid

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Are you immune to blogging mistakes? Wouldn't it be nice to have a blogging kit outlining all the things to do and to avoid? It is not your fault that you made so many mistakes when starting or while running your blog. Are you immune to blogging mistakes? Wouldn't it be nice to have a blogging kit outlining all the things to do and to avoid?



It is not your fault that you made so many mistakes when starting or while running your blog.



Especially when big companies like Wix, Blogger and Weebly thrive when innocent bloggers create content using their free platform.



While having a blogging kit is the ultimate dream for beginners, advanced and intermediate bloggers the online business world changes so rapidly.



When I started online 10 years ago there weren't as many bloggers as there are now and the path to success appeared to be riddled with potholes.



Now, there seem to be a plethora of blogging kits available and each one seem to have gaps or missing modules.



In fact, you may realise this but the more you learn it seems that there is still so much that you don't know.



The truth is that when it comes to blogging there isn't a single path to success simply because there are several different blog types and niches.



Many bloggers continue to get frustrated because they initially thought that there is a one size fits all solution to creating an online business.



However, the path to success for each blogger is different because of their audience and ultimate goals.



In this post, I will outline at least 17 blogging mistakes that bloggers at every level should avoid.



Disclosure: Please note that this post may contain affiliate links which means that if you buy one of my recommended products I get paid a commission for sharing the link at no additional cost to you.  I only recommend products that I have tried myself and have experienced success.







The Transformation



Rather than focusing heavily on a list of things not to do, I wanted to start off by highlighting the most important reason for starting a blog in the first place.



You may or may not be aware of this but your blog is there to help your readers transform into a better version of themselves.



Maybe your blog is about how to get over the fear of spiders (Arachnophobia). So, you help your readers see spiders as awesome creatures who get rid of bugs.



Below is an example of what the journey of your reader should look like if you plan to accomplish your goal as a blogger.







If this is all new to you don't worry at least you now have an idea of what you need to do to help your readers become successful.



Let's spend some time looking at those blogging mistakes so that you can ensure that you can avoid them as well.



1. Refuse to Implement SEO



Search engine optimisation (SEO) seems to be feared as much as people fear spiders and I can see why to a certain extent.



However, because your blog is your business then getting website traffic on autopilot is the lifeblood of any going concern.



Therefore, implementing SEO from day one should be an important element of your blogging journey. If you are new to SEO then grab this SEO for beginners resource.



Maybe it is time for me to develop a course called, "How to get over your fear of SEO". What do you think?


















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100+ Epic Blogging Resources + Tools For Blogging and Small Business https://www.successunscrambled.com/blogging-resources/ Mon, 22 Jul 2019 02:01:38 +0000 https://www.successunscrambled.com/?p=11321 https://www.successunscrambled.com/blogging-resources/#comments https://www.successunscrambled.com/blogging-resources/feed/ 34 Are you looking for the best blogging resources and tools to start or keep your business or blog successful? Ever wondered what successful bloggers are using to continue being successful year after year? Do you need to find ways to work smarter rather than harder and still get great results for your blog or business? If you are one of my regular readers you know that I am always interested in time management and productivity. The reason for this is that life is too short to spend all your time blogging or in business. You see many small business owners and bloggers struggle with spending too much time on their blog. They wonder if there is a way they can complete a task quicker, cheaper and smarter compared to their current scenario. Truth be told, I am always on the lookout to complete all of my tasks using smarter technology or using a group or tribal approach. In this post, I will cover over 100 blogging and small business resources that you can use to be a smarter small business owner. Disclosure: Please note that this post may contain affiliate links. This means that if you buy one of my recommended products I get paid a commission for sharing the link at no additional cost to you.  I only recommend products that I have tried myself and have experienced success. photo by Sarah Pflug Blogging + Small Business Resource Before I jump into that big list, let me spend some time clarifying what I classify as a blog or small business resource. Any piece of advice, software, technology or group that can help you with the following: Starting a blog or businessFinding a nicheFinding your passionImproving your mindsetGetting you motivatedContent ideasContent creationPodcastingMarketing assistanceWebsite trafficEmail marketingTime management + productivityBlog monetization As you can see there are so many aspects to starting and maintaining a small business or a blog. It is true that one person does not know everything so by sharing what I have learned over the last 10 years I hope it will help you too. At the end of this post, I will be asking you to share your wisdom so that others can benefit from what you know. Are you ready? Let's dive into these blogging resources. Find Your Purpose Everything that you and I do in this life has a reason behind it. You eat when you are hungry, bathe to smell clean, procreate to keep the world going. It takes a while for many of us to develop a desire to find our true purpose in life. You will notice that empty feeling when life has no meaning. Watch over my shoulder as I spend time showing you how I spent time mapping out my passion and purpose in the following videos: Find Your Passion Demo Map out your purpose The tool I use in the second video is Xmind. It has been such a great resource for me for 12 months. My rate of content creation (I create a lot of content) became too much for the free version so I needed to move on to something else. Mindset Many people will argue that you need to look at mindset first before finding your passion. Depending on your needs and where you are emotionally and mentally you can decide to do mindset first. If you are wondering if this is really something that you need then I can tell you that as an entrepreneur you need this. It is the one thing that determines if you will succeed or fail. Here are 7 resources that I revisit every year to keep me successful. 1. Simon Sinek - How great leaders inspire action Just when you thought you understood why people buy products and services think again. Click on the image to watch the video. Just in case it does not respond here is another link to Simon's video. 2. The Traveler's Gift by Andy Andrews One of the best books to help you go from the rock bottom of life. It literally shows you that it is possible to be having the worst time of your life and you can still come out on top. Are you looking for the best blogging resources and tools to start or keep your business or blog successful?

Ever wondered what successful bloggers are using to continue being successful year after year?

Do you need to find ways to work smarter rather than harder and still get great results for your blog or business?

If you are one of my regular readers you know that I am always interested in time management and productivity.

The reason for this is that life is too short to spend all your time blogging or in business.

You see many small business owners and bloggers struggle with spending too much time on their blog.

They wonder if there is a way they can complete a task quicker, cheaper and smarter compared to their current scenario.

Truth be told, I am always on the lookout to complete all of my tasks using smarter technology or using a group or tribal approach.

In this post, I will cover over 100 blogging and small business resources that you can use to be a smarter small business owner.

Disclosure: Please note that this post may contain affiliate links. This means that if you buy one of my recommended products I get paid a commission for sharing the link at no additional cost to you.  I only recommend products that I have tried myself and have experienced success.

Blogging resources + tools
photo by Sarah Pflug

Blogging + Small Business Resource

Before I jump into that big list, let me spend some time clarifying what I classify as a blog or small business resource.

Any piece of advice, software, technology or group that can help you with the following:

  1. Starting a blog or business
  2. Finding a niche
  3. Finding your passion
  4. Improving your mindset
  5. Getting you motivated
  6. Content ideas
  7. Content creation
  8. Podcasting
  9. Marketing assistance
  10. Website traffic
  11. Email marketing
  12. Time management + productivity
  13. Blog monetization

As you can see there are so many aspects to starting and maintaining a small business or a blog.

It is true that one person does not know everything so by sharing what I have learned over the last 10 years I hope it will help you too.

At the end of this post, I will be asking you to share your wisdom so that others can benefit from what you know.

Are you ready? Let’s dive into these blogging resources.

Find Your Purpose

Everything that you and I do in this life has a reason behind it. You eat when you are hungry, bathe to smell clean, procreate to keep the world going.

It takes a while for many of us to develop a desire to find our true purpose in life. You will notice that empty feeling when life has no meaning.

Watch over my shoulder as I spend time showing you how I spent time mapping out my passion and purpose in the following videos:

Find Your Passion Demo

Find your passion

Map out your purpose

Map out your purpose

The tool I use in the second video is Xmind. It has been such a great resource for me for 12 months.

My rate of content creation (I create a lot of content) became too much for the free version so I needed to move on to something else.

Mindset

Many people will argue that you need to look at mindset first before finding your passion.

Depending on your needs and where you are emotionally and mentally you can decide to do mindset first.

If you are wondering if this is really something that you need then I can tell you that as an entrepreneur you need this.

It is the one thing that determines if you will succeed or fail. Here are 7 resources that I revisit every year to keep me successful.

1. Simon Sinek – How great leaders inspire action

Simon Sinek - how great leaders inspire action

Just when you thought you understood why people buy products and services think again. Click on the image to watch the video.

Just in case it does not respond here is another link to Simon’s video.

2. The Traveler’s Gift by Andy Andrews

One of the best books to help you go from the rock bottom of life. It literally shows you that it is possible to be having the worst time of your life and you can still come out on top.

Grab your copy of The Traveler’s Gift here.

3. Carol Dweck – Growth Mindset

The power of believing that you can improve

You just got to love the whole idea of having a growth mindset. It really goes to show you that anyone can experience success in life by just changing their mindset.

Click here to access Carol’s TedTalk.

4. Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki

Understanding the way money works is one of the secrets to becoming successful. One of the few books that really help me to understand this concept is Rich Dad, Poor Dad.

I suggest that you can give it a read and get a better understanding of entrepreneurship as well. Grab your copy here.

5. Angela Lee Duckworth – Grit

The power of passion and perseverance

One of the key reasons why I wake up excited almost every day is because I developed this thing called grit.

I remember seeing this video for the first time and thinking if Angela was talking about me.

Many people will give a load of excuses why they did not pass their test or why they did not study or even why they have not started a blog or business.

People like you and I who have grit will just put our heads down and get stuff done while others will look on in wonder, watch the video here.

6. Things Rich People Do

I know I spent time in an entire blog post and podcast outlining all those things that rich people do already.

However, if you did not get a chance to look at it then head over there now and take a look at things rich people do that others ignore.

7. Get Motivated + Stay Motivated

This topic was only recently covered in a blog post and podcast where I gave 9 ways to get motivated.

I also gave 7 ways to stay motivated because it is equally important to stay motivated when you get motivated.

Entrepreneurship

It is important to realise that the drive to become an entrepreneur is not for everyone.

If you are thinking of going on the entrepreneurship journey you need to know that it will not be easy.

The process of becoming an entrepreneur also involves a journey of self-development and self-improvement.

To help you on this journey here are three resources that outline the different types of entrepreneurs.

  1. Become an entrepreneur
  2. Intrapreneur
  3. Ultrapreneur

The good news is that you can remain as an employee and still use your entrepreneurial skills at your employment.

Start a Blog or Business

Now that you have a better understanding of what is possible, what you need to make it happen as well as your passion let’s look at how you can get there.

It is possible that you don’t have $20,000 lying around in a bank account somewhere and you are strapped for cash.

The good news is that you can start a business with very little resources depending on what you want to do.

I have a resource available that shows you 25 ways to start a business with little to no money over a weekend. Take advantage of this information as it includes step by step guides as well.

If you prefer to just start a blog which is the path to least resistance then enrol in my start a blog in 10 days or less course.

Here is a list of resources that you can use to help you with blogging success:

  1. Grab a blog business plan
  2. Build self-confidence
  3. Awesome blog niche ideas
  4. Amazing blog name ideas
  5. Choosing a domain name
  6. WordPress hosting tips
  7. Launch your blog like a pro
  8. Great food blog topics
  9. Popular lifestyle blog topics
  10. Build a brand
  11. Create a brand board

There are so many blogging resources available for starting a blog or a business that it is nearly impossible to get it wrong.

Monetise Your Blog From Day One

This topic is a little bit controversial because many professional bloggers argue that you should wait until you get website traffic to insert affiliate links.

Another set of pro bloggers believe that it should be done from day one because you will not have the time to go back and insert all those links on 50-100 posts.

I can tell you from experience that it is so very true that when you get to 50 blog posts the thought of editing existing content is frightening.

So, my advice to you is to monetise your blog from day one. There are so many ways to accomplish this feat.

Here are 5 popular ways that top bloggers use:

  1. Sponsored posts
  2. Affiliate marketing
  3. Courses + ebooks
  4. Ad networks
  5. Services + consulting

If you spent time creating your very own blog business plan then you would already know how you will be monetising a blog.

Just in case you need inspiration here are 30+ ways to monetise your blog here. In the event that you need an alternative to Adsense here are 30+ other ways.

Are you looking for inspiration from other bloggers? Grab this blog income report where bloggers across several niches are making money blogging.

Email Marketing

Another element that you need to set up from day one is your email marketing services.

A key way to get paid by blogging is via email marketing. I am not going to leave you stranded as I have resources for this as well.

Generally speaking, email marketing is a great way for you to grow your blog audience as you can communicate with them directly after they join your list.

Here are a few blogging resources about email marketing for you.

  1. 5 free email marketing services
  2. Convertkit vs Mailchimp
  3. Collect leads using Thrive leads plugin

After you have this all set up you may want to consider taking things to an advanced stage by building a sales funnel.

If you were not aware of it a sales funnel can help you get paid by blogging so it is something you should consider here.

Website Traffic

At this point, you are probably thinking that I am forgetting a crucial element of the entire blogging equation.

If you are wondering how to get your blog noticed then this is the section that covers many aspects of website traffic.

One of the keys to a successful blog is spending some time conducting research on the needs of your audience.

Keyword Research

Research on the needs of your audience can be done via keyword research. Here are some blogging resources and tools that can help.

  1. Uber Suggest
  2. Answer the public
  3. Keysearch
  4. Keywords Everywhere

These 4 tools will give you an insight into what your audience is searching for as well as what possible challenges they are facing.

Get Your Blog to Show In Google

While doing your keyword research you may find it handy to get your head around the concept on how to get your blog to show in Google.

This is also known as search engine optimisation. If this is a new concept to you don’t worry because I’ve got your back.

Here are 4 blogging resources that will help you to get your blog to show in Google:

  1. SEO for beginners
  2. SEO for Mommy bloggers
  3. Yoast SEO tutorial
  4. Rank higher in Google using these

You may feel overwhelmed at first but just know that it is normal to feel this way when you are about to learn something new.

Pinterest Marketing

A great place for newbie bloggers and small business owners to get website traffic is using Pinterest marketing.

If you are new to marketing on Pinterest then don’t worry I have a number of resources available to kick-start your progress.

Without further delay here are 7 blogging resources around Pinterest marketing for you:

  1. Pinterest tips for beginners
  2. All you need to know about Pinterest SEO
  3. Understanding the difference between Pinterest vs Facebook
  4. Quick hacks to joining Pinterest Group Boards
  5. Getting the most from your Pinterest Business Account
  6. My best Pinterest course reviews
  7. A Pinterest marketing success story

As you can see there is a lot to learn about marketing on Pinterest so you may want to bookmark this post or pin it to your favourite Pinterest board.

More Blog Traffic Tips

Now that you have mastered the entry-level stuff when it comes to website traffic let’s spend some time looking at advanced level tips and tricks.

I am also going to include a few stories from other bloggers so you can see what they did to get website traffic success.

  1. Secrets to increase blog traffic
  2. Organic traffic case study
  3. Keys to getting your blog noticed
  4. How one blogger got blog traffic even with anxiety
  5. Simple ways to grow your blog traffic

Depending on your niche it can take some time to get to 10,000 page views a month or you can get to 100,000 page views a month in no time.

Your choice of blog type will determine how fast your blog will grow. Essentially, there are 6 different types of blogs in terms of traffic growth.

I created a case study showing you the 4 fastest growing blog types which you can download here.

It is now time to move on and look at the actual content for your website or blog.

Content Ideas

Ever wondered about the type of content to write and when to write it? Well, I have great news for you.

There is no need to reinvent the wheel when it comes to finding content for your blog.

If you think it has all been written before think again. There are many blog posts written about resources for bloggers and small business owners.

However, they are not going to be presented like this one. Everyone is different and the content resonates with each reader differently.

Some readers will like the way I write others will not and that is okay. Here is a list of blogging resources to help you with ideas to generate content.

Buzzsumo

If you want to know what content is popular and on which social media platform then Buzzsumo is your best friend.

For example, if you are a food blogger and you want to know what’s trending with pizza just look it up.

pizza results on Buzzsumo

I thought it was strange to see so little engagement on Pinterest for Pizza so I decided to do a search on meal planning instead and surprise!

meal planning results on Buzzsumo

Pinterest Smart Feed

To get an idea about what is popular and trending on Pinterest the best place to look is the smart feed.

At the time of writing this post, here is what I can see in the smart feed and in the trends.

Pinterest smart feed
Pinterest Smart Feed
trending on Pinterest
Trending Ideas on Pinterest

Pinterest Topics

There are two separate areas on Pinterest where you can find out what is popular by category and topic.

Let me pull back the curtain and show you what I mean for a few minutes. Go to pinterest.com/categories and you will see the following:

Pinterest categories

If your small business or blog is not in any of these categories, you will feel a little bit left out.

However, I have good news for you. Type in the following into to search bar up top. Pinterest.com/topics/your-topic-here.

You will come to a page that looks similar to this one. In this example, I did Pinterest.com/topics/meal-planning.

Pinterest by topics

The most important thing to note here is that you get to see how many people actually follow your desired niche topic.

You also get to see all the topics that are related to your niche.

There is so much more that I can outline here but I already wrote an entire blog post here about blog post ideas.

You can also take a look at how you can find even more content ideas via untapped niche markets.

Content Creation

Now that you have a huge list of ideas about the topics you want to write the next challenge you will have is planning your content.

I do have a number of resources that will help you get the most out of your content creation.

Here are you few blogging resources that will help you look like a pro in no time at all.

Evernote

Everyone has a different approach to writing content. Some people prefer to write an outline and write a draft in WordPress or using a 3rd party tool like Evernote.

It appears that I have exhausted all the storage space on 3rd party applications like Evernote and Xmind.

Here is a screenshot of how I organise my content creation using Evernote.

Evernote example

Airstory

Airstory is very similar to Evernote except it really helps with quotes and citations. It has this cool Chrome extension that allows you to save your research as you go.

Below you can see an example of Airstory in action. I am so glad that it is free to use.

Airstory example

Now that you have a place to create comfortably let me give you some blogging resources to help you become successful.

  1. A blog content planner is an essential tool and it’s free
  2. Grab these blog writing tips from a fellow blogger
  3. Nothing beats a good daily blog checklist
  4. Blog consistently even on a part-time schedule
  5. Reduce writer’s block using this
  6. Using a weekly blog planner makes sense

Grammarly

As a creative, you may struggle with getting the grammar and spelling correct all the time.

I have the same challenge so I use Grammarly all the time to keep my content on point. One day I will consider hiring an editor.

Headlines

You may already be aware of this but it is important to have great, clickable headlines that drive traffic to your content.

As a small business owner you are not necessarily a rock star copywriter so creating awesome headlines may not come naturally.

This is why depending on other tools can help you generate headlines that get the click. Here are 4 amazing tools that can help.

  1. Co-schedule headline analyzer
  2. AMA Headline Analyzer
  3. Sumo headline generator
  4. Portent Title Maker

I use them all at one point or another depending on the type of headline that I need.

Landing Pages

Speaking of headlines you may also need a landing page creation tool so that you can easily present your offers.

Every blog post needs to have a call to action (CTA). Some CTAs may require a separate landing page.

To easily build landing pages there are many options available on the market. However, here are my top 5.

  1. Elementor
  2. ThriveArchitect
  3. Leadpages
  4. Clickfunnels
  5. Kartra

As a rule of thumb, the higher the price for the landing page software it means that the conversion rates tend to be better.

These industry experts have tested their landing page templates so they know what works in terms of location of fonts, colours and even down to the opt-in fields and buttons.

Video

Before you publish your blog post you may want to consider adding engaging media like a video to your post.

If you are looking for software to create your video then I have a few awesome resources that you can use for over-the-shoulder videos or just talking head.

  1. Quicktime (Mac)
  2. FilmicPro
  3. Ecamm Recorder
  4. Skype
  5. Zoom
  6. Filmora
  7. Loom
  8. Auphonic (levels the sound)

To record talking head videos using your smartphone you may want to consider using a Rode smartLav+ Lavalier mic to improve the quality of the sound.

Image Creation

As a marketer, you understand the importance of using images to communicate your message and increase conversions.

I have been using image creation software for a while now and I continue to experiment with it as new offers come along.

Here are my top 5 suggestions right now.

  1. Canva
  2. PromoRepublic
  3. Pic Monkey
  4. Design Wizard
  5. Photoshop

Sometimes you need to experiment with 2-3 applications to get the perfect image or to get the perfect message.

As I mentioned to my readers many times in the past, I am not a graphic designer but I make it work for me.

Stock Images

One of the blogging resources that every small business owner needs access to is good quality images.

I don’t think I have ever used so many images in my life. For every blog post, I can easily use up to 5 images in one go.

Yes, some of the image creation tools do come with access to quality images but you will not be able to use those in the blog post only for social marketing.

So, what are you going to do? Well, here are a few places where you can get stock images (free + paid).

  1. Stock Up
  2. Ivory Mix
  3. Styled Stock Society
  4. 123RF
  5. Adobe Stock
  6. Envato

It is so difficult to find great quality photos for free that have not been used by 100 other people so purchasing a subscription makes a lot of sense.

Marketing

After creating your marketing images and you click the publish or schedule button. It is time to set up a campaign or plan your marketing for a week or a month.

To help you do this effectively there are a number of tools available depending on the time that you have available.

Here are my top recommendations including social media channels.

  1. Buffer (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter)
  2. Planoly (Instagram)
  3. TailwindApp (Pinterest)
  4. ViralContentBee (LinkedIn, Pinterest, Twitter)
  5. Airtable (to do marketing strategy)
  6. RecurPost (to remarket old posts)

When you get to 100+ blog posts it is impossible for you to keep going back and market your old blog posts but RecurPost can assist in this area.

WordPress Blogging Resources

Did you know that 34% of websites globally are built on WordPress? This means that there are so many resources available for WordPress users.

In 2018, Google rolled out a major update that penalised many sites for low mobile PSI scores.

This means if you saw a huge dip in your Google search traffic and you tried everything but your mobile PSI scores were in the red then listen up.

A few things you may consider changing are your WordPress theme, Caching plugin, Website host as well as a plugin to handle embedded video.

Here are a number of plugins that I use to speed up my site as well as for security and spam.

Speed Up Site

  1. Cloudflare
  2. WPRocket
  3. WP Youtube Lyte
  4. WPDisable
  5. Shortpixel Image Optimizer
  6. Simple Author Box
  7. Social Pug

Blog Security + Backup

  1. Wordfence
  2. Updraft Plus

AntiSpam

  1. Antispam by CleanTalk

SSL Cert Activation + SEO

  1. Really Simple SSL
  2. Yoast SEO

It is important to have your website or blog running at its best in order to get great ranking in the Google search engines.

Work From Anywhere

If it is your ultimate goal to work and travel from anywhere and you need to see and hear about experiences from other people then check out these three resources.

  1. 7 digital nomading secrets
  2. 20-year veteran digital nomad
  3. 100+ location independent entrepreneur tips

Now you can use these resources to get to your dream of working while travelling and make it a firm reality.

Time Management + Productivity

It is very easy to become overwhelmed as a small business owner. So, it is important to plan and schedule everything.

If you are planning to outsource some of your daily or weekly tasks then you may want to consider using project management tools.

Here are a few that I recommend highly.

  1. Trello
  2. Asana
  3. Airtable
  4. 17 Hats
  5. Dubsado
  6. Acuity Scheduling

Dubsado and 17 Hats come with the ability for you to invoice clients if you are running a consulting business.

With so many blogging resources available it is almost difficult for you to run out of ideas for your small business.

Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing has two sides to their coin. You can become an affiliate marketer for someone else’s products.

You can also set up an affiliate program so that other people can promote your products.

In an effort to monetise your blog from day one you may want to consider looking at two affiliate market places.

  1. Shareasale
  2. Clickbank

You will discover that it is more profitable for you to consider high paying affiliate programs as well as recurring commission affiliate programs to get a lucrative commission payment.

If you want to set up your own affiliate marketing program then there are a few options available to you.

  1. SendOwl
  2. Gumroad
  3. Katra
  4. Thinkific

The first two are great for ebooks and simple memberships. However, Katra and Thinkific are better for full-blown courses and complex programs.

Analytics

One of the best ways to check your progress over time is to use tools to set up tracking.

If you don’t track it then it is nearly impossible to tweak your content for improvements.

Here are three tools that are great for keeping an eye on your website traffic.

  1. Finteza
  2. SEMRush
  3. Google Analytics

Google Analytics and Finteza are free but SEMRush comes with a paid and free version.

Conclusion

Starting a small business or a blog can be a daunting task especially if you have no idea about the best blogging resources or tools that you can use.

I have been in your shoes and I can tell you that it can be quite expensive when you choose the wrong solution.

I want you to avoid expensive blogging mistakes by taking advantage of these recommendations so that you can reduce errors in your business.

Over to you what tools or resources have you used that you would like to share with me or your fellow small business owners.

100+ Epic Blogging Resources + Tools

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Are you looking for the best blogging resources and tools to start or keep your business or blog successful? Ever wondered what successful bloggers are using to continue being successful year after year? Are you looking for the best blogging resources and tools to start or keep your business or blog successful?



Ever wondered what successful bloggers are using to continue being successful year after year?



Do you need to find ways to work smarter rather than harder and still get great results for your blog or business?



If you are one of my regular readers you know that I am always interested in time management and productivity.



The reason for this is that life is too short to spend all your time blogging or in business.



You see many small business owners and bloggers struggle with spending too much time on their blog.



They wonder if there is a way they can complete a task quicker, cheaper and smarter compared to their current scenario.



Truth be told, I am always on the lookout to complete all of my tasks using smarter technology or using a group or tribal approach.



In this post, I will cover over 100 blogging and small business resources that you can use to be a smarter small business owner.



Disclosure: Please note that this post may contain affiliate links. This means that if you buy one of my recommended products I get paid a commission for sharing the link at no additional cost to you.  I only recommend products that I have tried myself and have experienced success.



photo by Sarah Pflug



Blogging + Small Business Resource



Before I jump into that big list, let me spend some time clarifying what I classify as a blog or small business resource.



Any piece of advice, software, technology or group that can help you with the following:



* Starting a blog or business* Finding a niche* Finding your passion* Improving your mindset* Getting you motivated* Content ideas* Content creation* Podcasting* Marketing assistance* Website traffic* Email marketing* Time management + productivity* Blog monetization



As you can see there are so many aspects to starting and maintaining a small business or a blog.



It is true that one person does not know everything so by sharing what I have learned over the last 10 years I hope it will help you too.



At the end of this post, I will be asking you to share your wisdom so that others can benefit from what you know.



Are you ready? Let's dive into these blogging resources.



Find Your Purpose



Everything that you and I do in this life has a reason behind it. You eat when you are hungry, bathe to smell clean, procreate to keep the world going.



It takes a while for many of us to develop a desire to find our true purpose in life. You will notice that empty feeling when life has no meaning.



Watch over my shoulder as I spend time showing you how I spent time mapping out my passion and purpose in the following videos:



Find Your Passion Demo







Map out your purpose







The tool I use in the second video is Xmind. It has been such a great resource for me for 12 months.



My rate of content creation (I create a lot of content) became too much for the free version so I needed to move on to something else.



Mindset



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9 Ways to Get Motivated and Skyrocket Your Success https://www.successunscrambled.com/how-to-get-motivated/ Mon, 15 Jul 2019 00:34:14 +0000 https://www.successunscrambled.com/?p=11161 https://www.successunscrambled.com/how-to-get-motivated/#comments https://www.successunscrambled.com/how-to-get-motivated/feed/ 43 Are you looking for ways to get motivated to accomplish your goals? Have you found yourself in a rut lately? This past week I saw a post in a bloggers group on Facebook where one blogger announced that he was shutting down all his blogs. When I saw this I felt compelled to jump in and stop him from taking such drastic action. It appears that his decision was financially motivated but I cannot conclude for sure since I did not have a direct conversation with him. Have you ever felt like throwing in the towel and giving up on your blogging dreams? Maybe you questioned if it is even worth it in the end. Many bloggers struggle with finding ways to get motivated to start a blog in the first place. Others struggle with coming up with ideas to stay motivated so that they can continue blogging on a regular basis. I was shocked this week to learn that having a fear of success is a real thing for many people but I will cover that in another post. Finding and staying motivated is such a struggle for so many people that I want to share what I do to win on both fronts as well as a few secret hacks. Disclosure: Please note that this post may contain affiliate links. This means that if you buy one of my recommended products I get paid a commission for sharing the link at no additional cost to you.  I only recommend products that I have tried myself and have experienced success. What is Motivation and Why You Need It Well, I never thought that I would need to define the term motivation. However, I think it is necessary after seeing the phrase, "where can I buy motivation" in a Google result. According to Wikipedia, motivation is "the reason for people's actions, willingness and goals". So, in simple terms, it is the reason why you or I do what we do every single day of our lives. I never really saw motivation in such a simplistic way so I was at first really surprised at the simplicity of the definition. The reason why you need motivation is that it helps you to get stuff done like waking up at a certain time every day. Without it, you will not set goals for you or your loved ones. In fact, it is the only reason why you will lift a finger to do anything at all. It is not possible to go into a shop to purchase motivation but you can certainly hire a coach to help you work on your mindset. photo by Jose Silva What are the Levels of Motivation There are so many factors that motivate anyone to take action or achieve a goal so let's spend some time looking at motivators. Depending on your age, your situation, resources you will take certain actions. I have always been so self-motivated that I find it strange explaining this concept. Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs In order to fully understand motivation, we need to spend time looking at Maslow's Hierarchy of needs. In 1943, Abraham Maslow wrote a paper entitled, A Theory of Human Motivation in which he classified the universal needs of society. The study shows how humans intrinsically partake in behavioural motivation. He coined five categories as follows: PhysiologicalSafetyBelonging and loveSelf-esteemSelf-actualisation I still remember seeing this for the first time in school. As well as having that 'aha' moment because it was then when I understood why people behaved the way they did. It is safe to break these down further and see them as internally motivated as well as externally motivated factors. Grab The Goal Setting Planner This planner is great for you even if… You Suffer From Mom Guilt You May Behind on Everything You Are Feeling All Over the Place Are you looking for ways to get motivated to accomplish your goals? Have you found yourself in a rut lately?

This past week I saw a post in a bloggers group on Facebook where one blogger announced that he was shutting down all his blogs.

When I saw this I felt compelled to jump in and stop him from taking such drastic action.

It appears that his decision was financially motivated but I cannot conclude for sure since I did not have a direct conversation with him.

Have you ever felt like throwing in the towel and giving up on your blogging dreams? Maybe you questioned if it is even worth it in the end.

Many bloggers struggle with finding ways to get motivated to start a blog in the first place.

Others struggle with coming up with ideas to stay motivated so that they can continue blogging on a regular basis.

I was shocked this week to learn that having a fear of success is a real thing for many people but I will cover that in another post.

Finding and staying motivated is such a struggle for so many people that I want to share what I do to win on both fronts as well as a few secret hacks.

Disclosure: Please note that this post may contain affiliate links. This means that if you buy one of my recommended products I get paid a commission for sharing the link at no additional cost to you.  I only recommend products that I have tried myself and have experienced success.

What is Motivation and Why You Need It

Well, I never thought that I would need to define the term motivation. However, I think it is necessary after seeing the phrase, “where can I buy motivation” in a Google result.

According to Wikipedia, motivation is “the reason for people’s actions, willingness and goals”.

So, in simple terms, it is the reason why you or I do what we do every single day of our lives.

I never really saw motivation in such a simplistic way so I was at first really surprised at the simplicity of the definition.

The reason why you need motivation is that it helps you to get stuff done like waking up at a certain time every day.

Without it, you will not set goals for you or your loved ones. In fact, it is the only reason why you will lift a finger to do anything at all.

It is not possible to go into a shop to purchase motivation but you can certainly hire a coach to help you work on your mindset.

woman-in-motivational-office
photo by Jose Silva

What are the Levels of Motivation

There are so many factors that motivate anyone to take action or achieve a goal so let’s spend some time looking at motivators.

Depending on your age, your situation, resources you will take certain actions. I have always been so self-motivated that I find it strange explaining this concept.

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

In order to fully understand motivation, we need to spend time looking at Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs.

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

In 1943, Abraham Maslow wrote a paper entitled, A Theory of Human Motivation in which he classified the universal needs of society.

The study shows how humans intrinsically partake in behavioural motivation. He coined five categories as follows:

  1. Physiological
  2. Safety
  3. Belonging and love
  4. Self-esteem
  5. Self-actualisation

I still remember seeing this for the first time in school. As well as having that ‘aha’ moment because it was then when I understood why people behaved the way they did.

It is safe to break these down further and see them as internally motivated as well as externally motivated factors.

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  • You May Behind on Everything
  • You Are Feeling All Over the Place
  • Focus on One Goal at a Time
  • You Have a Hard Time Staying Focused
  • You Get Distracted by a Bazillion Things

Internally Motivated

There is a reason why physiological is at the bottom of the pyramid. As you can see it covers the most basic of needs in humans.

For example, a newborn baby has no clue about self-actualisation so it cries whenever it is hungry or uncomfortable.

As adults, we eat our meals on a regular basis, at least in the western world, that we forget how painful it is to be hungry.

This is the reason why it makes no sense to try and sell a designer bag or other luxury item to anyone that is hungry.

That person’s first motivation is to get rid of their hunger pains. Followed by all their other needs for clothing shelter and warmth before telling them about other things.

It is also the big reason why someone with basic needs has no interest in love or Valentine’s day.

Meet their physiological needs first before trying to help them with other aspects of their lives.

At this point, I need to pause and ask you if you desire to achieve your goals are as strong as hunger pains?

If they are then your motivation to achieve your goals will be relentless.

Externally Motivated

The other four levels on the pyramid have a heavy reliance on external factors. Let’s take a closer look at them.

Safety

Depending on your age it would take different things to make you feel safe. For example, before turning 18 children look to their parents for safety.

However, after becoming an adult a person would look to other things. For example, college, a job, an apartment, money in the bank or spirituality to feel safe.

Belonging and Love

When it comes to love and a sense of belonging, children look to their parents for this need to be satisfied.

However, as adults, it is so different and complex. Yes, you have parents at home but when you move out on your own you have friends that you depend on to feel accepted.

I constantly feel sorry for teenagers and young adults who constantly depend on friends to satisfy this need.

We live in an age of social media where people pretend to be something else online compared to reality. Who can they trust?

Goal Setting Planner Printable

Grab The Goal Setting Planner

This planner is great for you even if…

  • You Suffer From Mom Guilt
  • You May Behind on Everything
  • You Are Feeling All Over the Place
  • Focus on One Goal at a Time
  • You Have a Hard Time Staying Focused
  • You Get Distracted by a Bazillion Things

Self Esteem

Everyone goes through a period of wanting to find themselves or taking their rightful place in this world.

To feel respected as a human being is normal as well as demanding the freedom to be who you want to be.

You can probably relate to this feeling of wanting to be recognised for your accomplishments and achievements.

No one likes living in the shadow of another human being which is a great way to look at self-esteem.

Self-Actualisation

As a human, once you get a taste of freedom and recognition then comes this need to fulfil your purpose.

Abraham Maslow describes this level as not only success but the ability to be a master at something.

It is the reason I encourage you as my reader to find your passion. It is difficult to master something without being passionate about it.

Maslow goes on to state that it is at this level that the person has a need for strength, competence, self-confidence, mastery, independence and freedom.

How to Start the Journey to Get Motivated

The first thing that is needed to help anyone get motivated is for them to look at Maslow’s pyramid and determine where they are right now.

In other words, there is no point trying to get motivated to achieve your purpose when your physiological needs are not met.

It does involve a lot of introspection and self-seeking to decide what needs to happen for you to become motivated at each level.

A man with a wife and children will work very hard to put food on the table and a roof over their heads.

Once there is excess money he would save for a home, for college education and for retirement.

It is only after these things are ‘secure’ then he may seek to buy a boat or a holiday home or even freedom and independence.

Yes, there are some people who will have their priorities mixed up. They want to buy a fancy pair of shoes while their children go hungry but that is not humane.

Goal Setting Planner Printable

Grab The Goal Setting Planner

This planner is great for you even if…

  • You Suffer From Mom Guilt
  • You May Behind on Everything
  • You Are Feeling All Over the Place
  • Focus on One Goal at a Time
  • You Have a Hard Time Staying Focused
  • You Get Distracted by a Bazillion Things

My Secrets to Being Highly Self-Motivated

Many years ago my ability to get motivated was not focused on one area. I was all over the place because I wanted to do so much.

One day I realised that it would be better to put all of my energy into a single project. As well as to see it to completion before moving on to something else.

I also realised that my ‘why’ needed to be big enough to stay the course of any project.

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s quote goes like this, “if your dreams don’t scare you, they are not big enough” it is the one phrase that made me realise that my ‘why’ was not big enough.

“If your dreams don’t scare you, they are not big enough”

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Prior to seeing this quote my why were my children and my family. However, their needs were not big or scary enough to scare me.

After seeing this motivational quote for work my ‘why’ became so big and scary I don’t know how I can accomplish it. You can read my story here.

I’m awake every day excited to get stuff done, do you believe that? I am so motivated and I have been like this for the last 3-4 years.

Practical Steps to Stay Motivated

When my mother died in 2015 I lost my interest in blogging. This went on for about a year because I wanted to do so much for her but she was no more.

Here are some practical things that you can do to wake up excited every single day no matter what happens in life.

  1. Find your big, scary why
  2. Work on a long term project that aligns with your purpose
  3. Experience some wins every month
  4. Slay big obstacles as fast as possible
  5. Read The One Thing by Gary Keller
  6. Have a quote to help you with challenges

My quote of the century whenever I face challenges is this one by Albert E.N. Gray, The common denominator of success.

“The secret of success of every man who has ever been successful lies in the fact that he formed a habit of doing things that failures don’t like to do”.


"The secret of success of every man who has ever been successful lies in the fact that he formed a habit of doing things that failures don't like to do". Albert E.N. Gray
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If you and I form a habit of doing those things that nobody else wants to do. There is a great chance that we will become successful.

Goal Setting Planner Printable

Grab The Goal Setting Planner

This planner is great for you even if…

  • You Suffer From Mom Guilt
  • You May Behind on Everything
  • You Are Feeling All Over the Place
  • Focus on One Goal at a Time
  • You Have a Hard Time Staying Focused
  • You Get Distracted by a Bazillion Things

A Clever Motivation Hack

If you are a regular reader of my blog you will know that I encourage my readers to stop watching TV. I admonish them instead to do something creative.

One thing I discovered over the years is that I am unable to watch tutorial videos that are an hour-long without getting sleepy.

As a blogger, you will know that investing in your education is essential to your success. That education can be in the form of long videos.

Any time I am attending a webinar or tutorial that is an hour-long this is what I do. I head over to the kitchen and grab a bowl of warm freshly popped popcorn.

Years ago when I watched TV or movies my brain associated popcorn with a pleasurable experience.

For me, popcorn is associated with tutorials, webinars and studying for an exam. Yes, each time I need to study for an exam I get me some popcorn.

Before, in my subconscious, I think of those things as a chore. Now the moment I add popcorn I totally enjoy the experience.

For you, it could be potato chips, tortillas, M&Ms, chocolates, etc. You just need to be aware that sweet items will give you a sugar rush as well as a crash.

Time Management Keeps You Motivated

I have noticed that I absolutely enjoy my day and journey more when I schedule everything. It helps me to achieve goals.

Every evening before heading off to bed I do a reflection of my day and here are the three reasons why I do it.

  1. I check to see if I am making progress
  2. I need to know what I have to do tomorrow
  3. It helps me wake up ready to achieve those goals

When you decide to become a blogger or start your own business. There will not be anyone breathing down your neck doing micromanagement.

You will be 100% accountable for your goals and progress over a 12 month period. So, how will you keep track of your goals?

I personally prefer to manage my goals daily and sometimes hourly if my list for the day is full.

It is the reason why I absolutely enjoyed Gary’s book called The One Thing where he encourages his readers to ask the following:

“What is the one thing I can do today for my business such that by doing it everything else would be easier or even unnecessary.”

Gary Keller

Rather than having a big long to-do list I have a list of big things. It contains the stuff that I need to accomplish that will make everything else easier or unnecessary.

Goal Setting Planner Printable

Grab The Goal Setting Planner

This planner is great for you even if…

  • You Suffer From Mom Guilt
  • You May Behind on Everything
  • You Are Feeling All Over the Place
  • Focus on One Goal at a Time
  • You Have a Hard Time Staying Focused
  • You Get Distracted by a Bazillion Things

9 Steps to Get Motivated

Now that you understand the different levels of human motivation based on Maslow’s hierarchy of needs let’s look at 9 steps to get motivated.

  1. Surround yourself with positive successful people
  2. Do the things that you love
  3. Find a way to enjoy the things that are not so enjoyable (like eating your favourite snack while doing it)
  4. Know where you are right now on the pyramid
  5. It may make sense to complete levels 1-4 before attempting level 5.
  6. Get really clear about what needs to happen to achieve your goals
  7. Schedule your productive time
  8. Make time for loved ones
  9. Listen to a podcast that will motivate you
  10. Read a great book or two as they really help with self-improvement. My favourite two books for motivation and getting stuff done are:

I cannot explain how much reading great books can help put life into perspective and boost your desire to succeed in life.

Conclusion

I was so concerned about writing about the topic of motivation. As I don’t see myself as an expert but as someone on a mission to do things every single day.

The inspiration also came after reading about that guy who just decided to give up all his hard work of blogging.

You may be wondering why I did not send him a direct message or comment on the Facebook group so let me tell you why.

He needed to be motivated enough to continue that big dream. I did not want him to keep coming to me for motivation to stay in the game.

For me, to get motivated to start a blog and to stay motivated to continue came from a deep place. A place that is so deep that I am virtually unshakeable.

What about you, why did you get motivated to start a blog and what are you doing to stay motivated along the way?

Get Motivated + Stay Motivated

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Are you looking for ways to get motivated to accomplish your goals? Have you found yourself in a rut lately? This past week I saw a post in a bloggers group on Facebook where one blogger announced that he was shutting down all his blogs. Are you looking for ways to get motivated to accomplish your goals? Have you found yourself in a rut lately?



This past week I saw a post in a bloggers group on Facebook where one blogger announced that he was shutting down all his blogs.



When I saw this I felt compelled to jump in and stop him from taking such drastic action.



It appears that his decision was financially motivated but I cannot conclude for sure since I did not have a direct conversation with him.



Have you ever felt like throwing in the towel and giving up on your blogging dreams? Maybe you questioned if it is even worth it in the end.



Many bloggers struggle with finding ways to get motivated to start a blog in the first place.



Others struggle with coming up with ideas to stay motivated so that they can continue blogging on a regular basis.



I was shocked this week to learn that having a fear of success is a real thing for many people but I will cover that in another post.



Finding and staying motivated is such a struggle for so many people that I want to share what I do to win on both fronts as well as a few secret hacks.



Disclosure: Please note that this post may contain affiliate links. This means that if you buy one of my recommended products I get paid a commission for sharing the link at no additional cost to you.  I only recommend products that I have tried myself and have experienced success.



What is Motivation and Why You Need It



Well, I never thought that I would need to define the term motivation. However, I think it is necessary after seeing the phrase, "where can I buy motivation" in a Google result.



According to Wikipedia, motivation is "the reason for people's actions, willingness and goals".



So, in simple terms, it is the reason why you or I do what we do every single day of our lives.



I never really saw motivation in such a simplistic way so I was at first really surprised at the simplicity of the definition.



The reason why you need motivation is that it helps you to get stuff done like waking up at a certain time every day.



Without it, you will not set goals for you or your loved ones. In fact, it is the only reason why you will lift a finger to do anything at all.



It is not possible to go into a shop to purchase motivation but you can certainly hire a coach to help you work on your mindset.



photo by Jose Silva



What are the Levels of Motivation



There are so many factors that motivate anyone to take action or achieve a goal so let's spend some time looking at motivators.



Depending on your age, your situation, resources you will take certain actions. I have always been so self-motivated that I find it strange explaining this concept.



Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs



In order to fully understand motivation, we need to spend time looking at Maslow's Hierarchy of needs.







In 1943, Abraham Maslow wrote a paper entitled, A Theory of Human Motivation in which he classified the universal needs of society.



The study shows how humans intrinsically partake in behavioural motivation. He coined five categories as follows:



* Physiological* Safety* Belonging and love* Self-esteem* Self-actualisation
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