Making a New Start

The traditional time for “resolutions” is New Year’s Day.  But I don’t intend to wait.

I am in the process of re-envisioning myself and my future.  As part of that process, I am re-designing and re-imagining this blog.

This change of focus will allow me to prepare for the publishing of my first novel sometime in the spring of 2019.  In that regard I have taken a number of steps to insure that I get this done.

  1. I am writing 6 days a week, with Sunday off.  This is quantified as a minimum of 1,200 words a day.  If I go over on any particular day, so much the better, but this doesn’t change the requirement for the following day.  Setting this habit and following through is important if I am to be in integrity with myself.
  2. I am starting to communicate with potential fans right now, before the book is completed, to build my potential audience in such a way that it will allow me to launch the book with some reasonable potential for success.
  3. I have set up a “beta readers” group in facebook to allow me the luxury of feedback in the early stages of the book.
  4. I will be re-establishing my YouTube channel with regular updates to my followers.
  5. I am not allowing myself to weasel out.  By making my intentions public, I am adding an extra layer of accountablity.
  6. I am documenting my journey, what is working, what isn’t and any “aha” moments I may experience as I go.

It is my hope that my readers, here and also of my impending novel, will benefit in some way from experiencing this journey with me and that in some way it may enlighten, uplift and/or inspire those who visit here.

blog-769737_1280There was a time, when I first started on the internet that we would go to a business to get web design clients and 90% of the business owners didn’t even have a computer on the premises, much less an email address.  We were told that the internet was just a fad (after all, Bill Gates actually said so back then).  It was a hard sell.  We were the pioneers and had the arrows in our backs to show for it.

Then came the stage where everyone knew they needed a website, but they really didn’t know why and even the web designers of the time were essentially clueless.  Websites were built, but they were essentially electronic billboards with little if any interaction between the website and the visitor.

Along came the opt-in form and email marketing was born.  This led also to the inundation of spam on the net, because people were making scads of money selling information to email marketers as a shortcut to the proper way of doing it.  (We will cover email marketing in a future class.)

In the meantime, RSS was born (Really Simple Syndication) which allowed people to subscribe to content put into blogging format (blog is actually e-speak for “web-log”).  A new way of communicating with a set group of people and gathering your tribe or fans together.

These days, blogging is ubiquitous online on pretty much any topic you can imagine.  I challenge you to find a topic that is not being covered by any kind of blog.  If you do, put the topic title into the SEOBook Keyword Tool and I believe you will find that absolutely no one is searching for it.  If you do find a topic that is not being covered by a blog and it is a popular search term, jump on it.  You have found a gold mine.

In this class we will talk about search engines, what they want and why blogging is their favorite content.  The whole purpose of this series of internet marketing classes is to teach you how to become the 500 lbs gorilla on the internet and blogging is a key factor.  Over time you will discover why establishing a content-rich blog with targeted keywords and engaging content can become the hub of your marketing no matter what your industry, product, service, affiliate program or network marketing company.  This is basic.  This is key.

So here is the recording of Class 4.  You may want to listen to it more than once.

 

Here is he homework slide.  The homework in this slide will guarantee you will never ever have to wonder what to write about in your blog or in any other place you post online.

class 4 homework

And here is the slide from the Writer’s Unblocking Kit.

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stock-exchange-680583_1280Want your blog to get noticed?  This week it’s all about the tools.  Do you have a tool folder in your internet bookmarks?  If you don’t, I would like to suggest that you start one.  I use my tools folder a lot every week.  I have lots of different kinds of tools for networking, social media, promotion, traffic, etc.  Today, you might want to add a trending sub-folder to your tools folder in your browser’s bookmarks.

Trending tools allow you to find out what’s new and hot under discussion on the internet.  Pretty much every thing that is sold or discussed online is tracked in one way or another.  Using trending topics as part of your posts in social media, on your website and in your blog can put a spotlight on you at exactly the right time.

I expect I will end up doing a class on this, but this post may tide you over for now and will be a helpful addition to your “writer’s unblocking kit”  you will hear more about in class number 4.  Knowing what is going on out there in cyberspace and what people are looking for is very helpful and may give you that elusive, mythical beast – the viral post or video.

Including exact wording lifted from a viral post or video in the title or in a bullet point in a post will attract eyeballs you may have never gotten a chance at.  When using the ideas and wording you get from trending posts, you might want to consider the following:

  • Stay on topic: The search engines have algorithms that recognize a title that has nothing to do with the topic of your post and you don’t make friends of new readers that way.  If they come there thinking the post is about Harry Potter and it is about How to Compost, you aren’t making any friends and they won’t come back.
  • Tie it in.  Somewhat similar to the last post, make sure the content in your post has an actual correlation to the title you used to beckon them in.
  • Do trending searches within your topic.  It will save you wasted motion sifting through celebrity posts and sports when your topic is How to Train Your Dog.
  • Remember that list of keywords?  Put them into the search parameters to see what shakes out.
  • Always keep your ideal client/customer/recruit in mind as you do these searches.  What are they looking for?  Get into their headspace.

So where can you look to find out what is trending in your industry?  Lucky for you I made a handy dandy little list to make it easier for you.

hero_evernoteOne of my absolute favorite cross-platform apps is Evernote.  This handy dandy notebook app is so incredibly versatile and I promise you, you will find it not only useful, but once you start using it, you will find more and more amazing ways to use it to become more productive.

Step one is to install it on all of your devices, your computer, your phone and any tablets you may own.  Once you have done this, you have now linked all of your devices in a way that will seem like magic.

Did you ever get an idea for your business while having a conversation, watching a presentation or just sitting on a plane or any situation where you are away from your computer?  Enter Evernote.  Whether you have wifi in that area or not, Evernote is there on your phone or tablet waiting for you to take notes.  But WAIT…THERE’S MORE!!!!  You can record your voice on this lovely little app or a conversation to replay later.  You can take a photo via Evernote using your phone’s cam and add notes to it.  This is great while shopping.  If I see something that interests me in a store, but I am not there for that purchase at the moment, I use Evernote to take a photo and add a note as to which store, the price and even what aisle I found it in.  I can even email my notes to someone else in real time.

Now here’s the cool part.  When I do all of this on my phone or my tablet, the next time I get on my computer, all of the notes, photos or recordings are right there on my computer.  I didn’t have to download it or sync it or any of those things.  Evernote automagically updates all changes you have made in documents and you have instant access to anything you have created in it on any device you have it installed on.

Here are some of the things I do with Evernote:

  • Write down business ideas as they occur to me when I am away from home
  • Create blog posts
  • Notes for talks and presentations
  • To do lists
  • Notes from client conferences when I am on the road
  • Take a photo of a business card while networking and add notes about what we discussed
  • Brainstorm

I would love to hear from you about how you use Evernote.  Feel free to comment below.

To get your free Evernote account, Go HERE.  To add it to your mobile devices, you can get it free from the App Store.

 

There is a big emphasis on SEO (Search Engine Optimization) out there on the internet.  People are paying thousands of dollars to get someone to create SEO for their websites to somehow get themselves to the front page of Google or other search engines.

May I offer a somewhat radical and controversial opinion about that?  The premise of SEO is that you can somehow trick the major search engines into putting you into a desired ranking spot and that is what you need to do to get your site found on the internet by your tribe.  One of the large purposes of this series of classes is to dispute that premise that assumes that te best way to get your website found online is to get found on the search engines.   Experience has taught me that “it ain’t necessarily so.”

Class number 2 in our series “Internet Marketing Education With The Web Woman” is foundational.  In this class I will teach you an ongoing principle and a vital task that you will need for the rest of the time you work online.

What if, instead of trying to trick the search engines into helping you, instead you created internet properties that attracted the search engines and other powerful entities to you?  What if you could somehow magnetically attract your ideal customer to you with every post you make, with every product description you create, with every social media article you write, with every video you post on YouTube and other video sharing platforms?

That is where this series of internet marketing classes is taking you.   This class will give you the first step towards a unique marketing journey, but you need to do the homework.  Here you go:

 

Here is the slide with your homework assignments on it. To join the private internet marketing mastermind group, please friend me on Facebook and private message me to add you to the group.

class 2 homework

 

To support this free class and defray my expenses in continuing it, click here. 

In everything we do there is a starting point.  As we progress, none of us are on the exact same level or have the exact same playing field or goals.  In internet marketing this concept holds true.  When we market online, promoting our business and building our brand, we are all at a different place.

I often have people say to me, “Bonnie, you are so smart.” when what they really mean is that I know a lot about the internet and how to market your business online.   But it wasn’t always that way.  At one point, in 1996, I discovered the internet.   I had been looking for a way to promote my videography business, so my ears were open and my radar was on.

But, I’ll tell you how green I was.  When I signed up with my internet service provider, I got home and dialed up the number on my computer’s router and nothing happened.  I tried several things, but nothing seemed to work.  Finally I called up the service provider and told them that the disk they gave me wasn’t working.  The customer service person asked me, “So what browser are you using?”  My reply?  “What’s a browser?”  That is where I started.

Everyone starts somewhere.  This class is about beginnings.  Some of you already have a website, some of you have been marketing for awhile.  Some of you are brand new and you know you want to make money online, but you have no clue.  So this class is about taking inventory.  I hope you enjoy it.

A note about Homework.  Homework is not for me, the teacher.  Homework is about you, the student.  I promise you that if you do every single homework assignment, you will build a strong foundation for your online marketing efforts.

class 1 homework

To join the Mastermind Group, Internet Marketing Education With The Web Woman, friend me on Facebook and private message me a request to join the group.   To do a donation for the class, click here.

 

bonnieI put up my first web page back in 1996. I have been making my living online ever since.

Probably the most rewarding thing I have done over the years is teaching new online marketers how to do internet marketing properly. There are a lot of “gurus” out there willing to teach you “the secrets” of online marketing for a very large price. They parcel out their wisdom guardedly with the understanding that once they have trained you, you become their competition.

This page is a little different. There is nothing withheld. Every free class I teach is solid information, updated as needed (because the internet changes sometimes from one moment to the next). You won’t find any fluff or hype here.

This is about you learning a step-by-step approach to marketing online.

  • No pie-in-the-sky promises
  • No “set it and forget it”
  • No “put your business on autopilot
  • No big ticket hype
  • Just solid information that will bring the people to your site who want what you have

I will be posting every class recording with the accompanying homework (yes, I said homework) slide to help you stay on track and move forward.  If you “friend” me on Facebook and then private message me, I will be happy to add you to our private group that supports these classes.