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Technology tips when starting your own business

Technology

Website Design

Internet technology is one of the biggest challenges small business owners face. Part of the reason is how quickly it changes but more importantly it’s because of the misinformation propaganda machine out there confusing things – ON PURPOSE.
Nowadays, the Internet is the undisputed go-to place for information. Even if you don’t engage in e-commerce, a company website is a must-have. This vital tool allows users to establish your authenticity, services, contact details and background, leading to potential business and referrals. Remember that the formatting of your website will also provide insight for visitors. Will you be seen as professional and cutting edge, or outdated and messy? There is a wide pool of resources available when it comes to website design, so surf the Internet and peruse the providers that are within your budget. Also be sure to choose a domain that is relevant to your business name and services or products.

We assist our clients to do this ON THEIR OWN without reliance on unscrupulous web designers whose business model is predicated on making money FROM you rather than FOR you. Contact us if you want to get online for FREE and never hire another IT geek to solve “technical problems”…

Search Engine Optimisation

You may or may not have heard of this little thing called SEO. If you have, it was probably flung around in a conversation along with the words Google, ranking and page results. Broadly speaking, SEO involves a number of on-site and off-site strategies that are used to boost your ranking in Google’s search results. It focuses on improving the user experience through top-quality website structuring and content, as well as considerations for Google’s indexing system. As online shopping continues to take leaps and bounds and the world relies more and more on online searches, the difference between appearing on the first and fourth page of Google’s results can be immense.

If you want the quickest, easiest path to online lead generation, click on the hyperlink and you’ll see how our clients are dominating their online presence.

Cloud Storage System

When IT specialists refer to the cloud, they are really referring to data that is hosted on the Internet. Cloud computing signifies the use of a large number of super-powered computers and servers that can be accessed by users in any location with access to the Internet. The benefit of cloud computing systems is that programs or applications can all be run remotely, reducing installation costs and licensing fees of local or in-house servers.

For some professions, where confidential and highly-sensitive documents are commonly handled, the potential hazards of hacking and lost information tend to overshadow the benefits offered. In response to this dilemma, companies such as Your Digital File have used cutting edge technology to develop a cloud storage system with a level of security that surpasses what is available on the market, meaning that everyone can take advantage of the cloud.

Social Media

Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn; the list goes on and on. While businesses cannot afford to ignore the power of social media, there are so many platforms that it can be difficult to keep abreast of all them. We advocate a totally different approach to online marketing. Have a look at the numerous posts in this blog to see how radically different our recommendations are.

What sort of technology do you use in your business? Have you experienced success or failure? Share your stories by commenting below.

This is a guest post – if you would like to submit a post, please contact us for the terms and pricing.

Online Lead generation

Last week, I blogged twice about how small business owners are generating new leads for free.

The first blog post explained step-by-step how to leverage things you find online to create SEO optimised content. The second blog post demonstrated how, once you adopt an exponential mindset, you can get more new leads for free.

But here’s the thing about blogs, the Internet and free stuff – MOST people read it, get a quick boost of enthusiasm and then go right back to their old (bad) habits.

Not The Graffiti Eaters!

They understand the power of online marketing and organic traffic generation strategies.

Have a look at their recent blog post on why you can’t chew gum in Singapore. It’s a brilliant example of SEO optimised blogging we teach in our 3-hour blogging webinar for small businesses.

The only real difference between people who are successful online and those who aren’t is that successful people do things that work – AND – do them systematically.

Everyone else just sits around “expecting something to happen” magically.

Singapore - no flushingIf you’re a plumber, you jump on this bandwagon and blog about this…!

Can you see how easy it can be to join the thread of an idea and make your blog posts just a little more interesting?

It starts with a thought, followed by a tried and tested system…

But nothing happens unless you do something…

Get New Leads For Free!

Yesterday, I blogged about how online lead generation was quick and easy, with a LIVE example. Today is a follow up with two parts.

The first part is how Lynn Gilmartin had a fabulous experience floating and video blogged about it. Inner Outer Health is a client of ours and its owner, Lena Yammine was gobsmacked when she saw the video as was I. You have to take a look at the video, it’s so natural, authentic and genuine – Lena could not have paid for a better testimonial!

Lynn Gilmartin - Floatation TankClick on the image or on the hyperlink to see Lynn Gilmartin’s video on her Floatation Tank Experience.

The lesson here is that we tech our clients Exponential Marketing Strategies that are based on high-integrity, long-term value creation principles that once adopted, become exponential due to the sheer force of the Law Of Attraction. Paying it forward reaps dividends for months, years and decades to come.

One of the problems with modern life and technology is that “some” people forget we are still HUMAN and still act and react as humans do…

A testimonial like the one Lynn created for Lena is literally PRICELESS.

I am sure, after visiting Lynn’s website she totally gets it. I mean c’mon – read about her amazing journey… WOW!

Isn’t it amazing how “some” people get this stuff and others struggle?

The reason for my blog post today is to SHOW you how you can get new leads by adding value and leveraging the Internet as a HUMAN CHANNEL, to communicate with your audience. As you do that, you WILL reap the benefits, one click, one client at a time.

If you want to learn how you can start to attract more ideal clients like Lynn to YOUR business – have a look at a bundle we put together for you to help you generate more online leads effortlessly.

Once you do that, you’ll fully grasp the value of the FREE BONUS that resides on the next page…

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Lead generation the easy way

Today’s blog post is special. I know you hear that a lot, but bear with me and determine for yourself if what I  reveal below is valuable, maybe even priceless for you.

In today’s world, we know you have to be online to get new leads and you have to have a preeminent presence NOT to lose the sales that are on their way to you. I know it sounds harsh, but if your website sucks, prospects are going to avoid you, simple as that. Prospects who were considering purchasing from you will now buy from your competitor.

That’s pretty obvious, but so is lead generation – but then again is it really?

The fundamental building block of online lead generation is Search Engine Optimisation (SEO). The problem is how to do it EFFECTIVELY and EFFICIENTLY.

Effectiveness comes from doing the right things and efficiency from spending the least amount of time, effort and/or cost doing it.

So what’s so special about today’s post then?

Glad you’re still reading and interested.

First of all, I want you to click on this link —> it’s a Funny Puppy Video. Go have a look and then come back here…

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Top Common Blogging Writing Mistakes

Blogging is increasingly important, especially for small businesses who want to generate new leads. We cover why and how to do it at our Blogging for Business workshop that we also have recorded as a “How to blog webinar“. One of the things we cover is the top mistakes to avoid, including this colourful infographic that summarises the most common writing mistakes.

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Have Fun Growing Your Business Exponentially

This is a fun strategy… to grow your business exponentially.

Step #1: Get a video created that captures people’s attention and gets your primary message across. Sorry, my preferred site for these videos is a secret I keep for my clients. A video like this should cost less than $100 – MUCH LESS.

Step #2: Upload the video to YouTube and make sure to optimise the video to achieve the maximum SEO benefit and total views. Sorry, again those are special tips for clients only!

Step #3: Embed the video into your blog.

Step #4: Email your clients to watch the video on your blog – NOT YouTube directly.

By embedding the video into your blog, you will get people to remain on your blog (website) longer which will improve your SEO rankings.

It’s important that you syncronise your YouTube and blogging strategies for maximum results. I explain all of this and more in my Internet Lead Generation Toolkit.

 

Internet Traffic Tip

Getting to the top of Google’s search listings is not hard, if you know what to do.

Here is one quick and easy way to get there.

  1. Use the Google Keyword tool to find a relevant four-word phrase in your industry that has several thousand searches per month. The more specific the phrase, the better.
  2. Create a short video (Maximum 2-3 minutes) with a call to action to go to your website. As we have discussed, you are better to send people to a landing page and not your home page.
  3. Upload the video to your YouTube channel. We teach how to optimise your video editing the title, description, tags, etc. contact us if you want to learn how to do this.
  4. View your video in a couple of different browsers. View them from start to finish, this is important!
  5. Embed the video in your blog and view the video on that page.

This gets you to the top of Google, but the trick is to STAY THERE. That requires on-going tips, tools and techniques that are beyond what we can offer on a blog. Click on the hyperlinks if  you want to learn business blogging strategies, how to turn browsers into buyers or generate more leads via the Internet.

If you aren’t leveraging these strategies, you’re either spending way too much time, money and/or effort. What we teach are the fastest, easiest and least expensive strategies to get free organic traffic to your website and/or blog.

The challenge is not to cheat and use black hat strategies that will get you knocked off the search engine listings.

BEWARE of the SEO service providers who “guarantee” listing results. They might GET you there, but staying there and NOT being penalised by Google is another matter. Trying to “undo” their tactics could cost you hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars. In one extreme case, the website was banned from Google which essentially killed the business “overnight”. A frightful thought.

The 3 things that should be in your monthly SEO agency report

Internet HTTP imageWhen we track down an SEO agency that finally fits the bill, conveys the right message and checks out against a pile of references they’ve thrown our way, the battle is won and we can now get on with the challenges of being a business without the online clap-trap, right?

Well, not really.

Leaving your online presence and eventual income charts in the sticky hands of an SEO agency is risky, even in the best of circumstances and relationships; SEO is an industry that changes quickly, with an average of two algorithm changes being processed by Google every day.

While they stay on top of things and fling us through reports, our eyes should scan the page and critically measure their performance, based on the three following indicators.

Are You Coming or Going? Traffic Comparisons

“So, (your name), as you can see here, your traffic numbers have improved substantially over the last few months, doubling last year’s figures!”

“But we didn’t have analytics tracking installed last year…”

Sound familiar?

*Crickets*

SEO professionals are trained, semantic artists, often finding the positive spin in a report and embellishing the details. Whilst shopping around, make sure you carefully select an ethical company like Search Factory to represent and hone your online interests.

If you’ve already taken the leap and plunged into a dotted line fiasco, ask to see a traffic comparison in an easy to understand format over the last month against the preceding month, the last three months, fluctuations over six months and comparisons to the previous year (if you have data dating back that far).

If they dance around these figures and neglect to provide you with meaningful information, something shady may be going on and your money may be invested better elsewhere.

Up, Up and Gone Away? Climbing the Rankings

When was the last time you set eyes on a keyword report that didn’t bore you to tears and lead you to tear your hair out with confused frustration?

Agencies can be fond of over-feeding clients information they don’t need to process, hoping to distract their focus from a complete lack of results across the board.

Make sure your report includes an easy to understand table of keyword rankings (and know which keywords you’d like to be ranking for!), complete with increased or decreased search volume, converting keywords and dead keywords.

A competent specialist will guide you through what everything means, pulling parts together into one cohesive picture that doesn’t make you want to throw your computer out the window.

If your agency doesn’t have time (or make time) to sit down with you and drill into keyword reporting, you need to question whether you are really their priority; there’s nothing worse than being taken for a ride and paying a premium mark-up for the pleasure.

Backlinks? What Backlinks?

Upon opening an SEO report, a range of indicators should automatically be indexed or at least apparent as the pages roll on.

If your reports lack any evidence of back-linking, from process to mention, pick up the phone and demand more information.

Chances are, your nominated SEO company has completely neglected a very important facet of ramping up sustained rankings. Think of the Internet as a mega-city; you have ghettos and caravan parks, middle class dwellings and specialists, expensive neighbourhoods and affluent areas – link building allows SEO agencies to tap into this embedded social hierarchy and put your brand in touch with the right people, managing not only your online reputation, but audience perception through association.

The absence of these negotiations is not only preventing your company from climbing a very competitive exposure ladder, it may work against you in the future, as you struggle to play catch up to competitors who have made smart choices in link building activities and grown a strong following or a database of highly ranked websites.

Don’t shoot yourself in the foot before you get started!

Everybody has an opinion. So what about the rest of us? What do you think SEO agencies should include on reports, or do you have a horror story to share with me? Thoughts, ideas, anecdotes are welcome!

About the author of this blog post

Jessica Hannah is a part of the team at Search Factory, a leading Brisbane SEO agency.

Search Engine Optimisation

As a reader or subscriber to this blog, you know that we approach Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) a little differently, which is why our clients get such incredible results. As Google keeps changing and updating its algorithm (search criteria), it becomes harder and harder for small business to keep up — Unless you do things that are not affected by the updates.

That is the key to Exponential Mindset Thinking – doing those things that make all the difference. Easier said than done.

That being said, I was on my Linked In Home Page and these suggestions (based on my keywords in my Linked In Profile) illustrate how metadata parsing and sorting works. If you check yours out, you’ll get a sense of whether or not your profile reflects your SEO preferences.

This is one of the many tips and techniques we teach our clients to triangulate if their positioning is on or off “target”.

Linked In - Preferences

If your Linked In preferences (suggestions they make for you, based on your profile) are not representative of what you want, you are sub-optimising your SEO or Social Media Marketing. You can click on the hyperlinks for products that can help you or just contact us and we’ll help you get the best bang for your buck by stopping doing what doesn’t work.

Most small businesses waste more money than they make with their SEO and Social Media Marketing initiatives.

How to get more web visitors to buy

Once you have traffic to your website or blog, the next hurdle to overcome is turning website browsers into buyers. Easier said than done – unless you learn WHAT and HOW to do it, then it’s actually quite easy.

Almost as easy as flipping a coin and hoping for the best!

Conversion, Lead Generation, Web Leads

Exponential Marketing Comic 2

This is the second in a series of comics, the first installment was about missed opportunities. This one’s about making the most of the opportunities that present themselves.

Online Lead Generation, Business Coaching, Business Mentoring

For some comics and cartoons might appear to be juvenile, silly or even immature, but the reality is that humour gives us the chance to laugh at ourselves within a safe context. It allows us the opportunity, in this case to reassess what we want and why we want it — and ultimately IF we want “it”.

These are deep, profound questions that humour does not dismiss but rather lightens the load for us.

The throw away phrase is that “life is too short to be too serious”. I agree. I also agree that with humour, we have another dimension for self-awareness and self-discovery.

It’s one of my foundational principles of my coaching and mentoring philosophy.

If nothing else, enjoy the comics, otherwise contact us when you’re ready. We’ll show you how you can have fun growing your business.

Exponential Marketing Comic 1

Today is the first instalment of a cartoon series…

Cartoon, Comic Strip, Business Growth

Online Programs Available:
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Internet Lead Generation Toolkit

Attention Business Owners – Stop Wasting Time With Facebook

Don’t just listen to what I have been saying for years, BRW Magazine’s recent headline speaks for itself…

Online Sales Lead Generation

Click on the image to find out what your best Internet Marketing Options are.

1 Percent Improvement: Google Search

As a reader or subscriber to this blog, you heard me profess the benefits of the 1 Percent Improvement Doctrine, how little things can add up to make a big difference. Today’s post was submitted by Ray Keefe of Successful Endeavours in Melbourne, Australia and is yet another example that if you improve what you do and how you do it by 1 percent every day, your personal productivity will soar.*

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* If you would like to know how our clients are adhering to these and other exponential strategies, contact us at your convenience. We here to help you grow your business as fast as you would like.

Hummingbird Google Update

This is a major update and will affect 90% of web searches. The key points are:

  • Regularly updated sites will do even better (eg with blogs)
  • Fundamental rethink in how Google ranks and judges content
  • Longer phrases and queries will improve rankings for sites with a good strategy for this
  • Reduced importance of backlinks and more of a focus on unique, fresh, relevant content

The final point is part of the work being done to reduce link farms effects on ranking.

For more details click on the hyperlink to check out Smart Company’s summary of the Hummingbird Google Update.

This blog post was supplied by Ray Keefe of Successful Endeavours in Melbourne, Australia. As a Platinum Program Member who now gets more than 2 out of every 3 new clients via organic searches on the Internet, he knows first-hand the SEO power of blogging and Internet Lead Generation Strategies for small businesses.

Contact us if you would like to learn how to get more clients leveraging FREE Internet Strategies that work for small businesses.

 

Privacy Pirates

Privacy Pirates: How The War For Your Personal Identity Will Escalate In 2013 And What You Need To Do Now To Protect Yourself

At my Internet workshops, I give  participants a sneak peek into what the war between Google, Facebook, Apple and Amazon mean to you and your business.

It’s one of the key principles I’ve been advocating to my elite VIP and Platinum Program Members for the past 3 to 5 years.

The Internet is undergoing an incredible transformation that has alarmed privacy and personal liberty advocates around the world.

Without delving into conspiracy theories and cynical skepticism, I discuss what you should do to protect yourself, your company and your family.

I share what the experts are saying because this is no longer ‘science fiction’. It’s real and it’s here now. Contact us if you’d like a copy of our Privacy Pirates Report.

Internet Wars, Facebook Fallacy, Google Apple War, Google Facebook War

Link building, it’s not what you think it is

I have a word that defines what today’s blog post is all about. Antimimeticisomorphism. Simply stated, it means doing out-of-the-ordinary things that create extra-ordinary results with the least amount of effort and lowest cost. It necessarily includes doing things that create indirect benefits.

Links, SEO, Link RegistryLet me give you an example. There is a website registry for Australian Blogs. For a nominal sum, you can get a link with a keyword optimised listing. If you don’t understand Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), you’re going to look at how many clicks it produces and if the number isn’t very high you might think the link isn’t worth the investment…

But here’s the think MOST people don’t understand about the value of links: It’s not the number of clicks that it generates that’s important – it’s what it contributes to your SEO indexing. For example, if you have an Australian Blog, then you want the search engines to INDEX it. Which they will… But it will remain at the BOTTOM of the index unless there is a link that raises its SEO status. What better link than anAustralian Blog  registry link?

Even if NO ONE clicks through the link – the BENEFIT can still be huge.

But if you look at the wrong Google Analytics statistics (Click Throughs instead of overall traffic increase), you will make a poor decision.

This is just one example of some of the common mistakes people make when they don’t understand the basics.

If you would like to learn more about legitimate Internet Marketing Strategies, have a look at our online courses and webinars listed below.

They are moderately priced and exceptionally valuable if only to assist you avoid the most common and costly mistakes.

Online Internet Course #1: Internet Sales Lead Generation Toolkit

Online Internet Course #2: Business Blogging Webinar

Online Internet Course #3: How to Turn Website Visitors From Browsers To Buyers

 

Facebook pages for small business removed after unspecified complaint

Facebook Business Pages, Facebook Ransom, Facebook TacticsAs a reader and/or subscriber to this Internet Marketing Blog, you know I am not a fan of social media. Even though this is not a “I told you so” blog post, it is a forewarning.

I cover issues like this with my clients – at events and workshops like the Exponential Internet Marketing Bootcamp where I have the time and tools to explain, in detail, why I have such distinct views and approaches that produce such extra-ordinary results.

Recently, Facebook has been getting quite a bit of press because as small businesses have embraced the use of social media marketing to increase their sales, it turns out what worked before doesn’t always agree with Facebook.

This can lead to complaints to Facebook. By whom or about what is not always clear.

The result can be that your Facebook business page is removed by Facebook with no explanation or discussion.

Sometimes you may have simply overstepped the boundaries of what is acceptable promotion on Facebook. But many are starting to wonder if the reasons aren’t more commercial (financial) in nature. If you’ve seen the latest episode of the TV Drama The Good Wife, you’ll get as sense of what’s at stake and how they are doing this behind-the-scenes.

However what is clear is that Facebook sees an opportunity to charge business for something that was once free.

If you were a client of ours, you would have avoided this issue altogether. Sometimes AVOIDING a costly mistake is as valuable as doing something “right”.

Contact us if you want to improve your online lead generation without the hype, smoke and mirrors that social media and web designers want you to believe.

After all, they NEED you to believe in what they sell – they need to make money FROM you – not FOR you. Give that some thought!

NEWS FLASH: Twitter cuts off service to LinkedIn

Twitter, Linked In, Social Media, Social Platforms, Tweets, TweetingTwitter, the micro-blogging site, has cut off tweets on the professional social network LinkedIn, ending a two-year partnership.

Twitter is a website that lets users broadcast 140-character status updates, or tweets, in real time. The micro-blogging service has had a partnership with LinkedIn since 2009.

“If you had previously synced your LinkedIn and Twitter accounts, and selected the option to share Tweets on LinkedIn, those Tweets generated from Twitter will no longer appear on LinkedIn. There will be no other changes to your LinkedIn experience,” Ryan Roslansky, LinkedIn head of content, said in a recent blog post.

Want to know what to do about it? We cover all of this and more in our Business Blogging For Sales Lead Generation Webinar and Internet Marketing Bootcamp.

How to pick a good password

Decades ago only spies and systems administrators were the only ones who really had to worry about passwords. But today, you have to enter a password to do the most basic things like turning on your computer or smartphone, downloading a song or buying a book online.

It’s no wonder many people use a single, simple password for everything. But that can be a catastrophic mistake.

You need a good password – one that no one can easily guess:

Password security, Safe Password, Secure Password

HOW TO CREATE A GOOD / SAFE PASSWORD

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