7 Easy Tips For A Better Work At Home Experience

The portability of a laptop computer can contribute to a good work from home experience.

Working from home is not for everyone, but I have done just that for more than twenty years. So if you fall into that category, (any work at home moms out there?) or you are looking for work from home ideas, read on.

People who work from home need to be focused and disciplined (work from home moms already know this). There are tons of distractions that will vie for your attention. When you office at home, you will need to get out of the “at home” mindset and get into the “I am working my business” mindset.

It helps to have some good business tools, and an arrangement that allows you to be Read the rest of this entry

Irfanview is an image-editing program that is easy to use, and free to download.

Irfanview is an image-editing program that is easy to use, and free to download.

Many marketers own either Adobe Photo Shop or a similar program called PaintShop Pro. But those programs were too expensive for me when I got started, and the learning curve would have held me back.

So instead, I found a very useful program called Irfanview, and thank heavens, it was (and still is), free.

Yet it had most of the editing features that I needed on a regular basis, and it was so easy to use that I have just kept on using it.

Avoid The High Cost Of Image Editing Programs

I have been using Irfanview for so many years now, I don’t even remember when I Read the rest of this entry

Use WiseStamp to create email signatures that promote you.

Use WiseStamp to create email signatures that promote you.

WiseStamp is a great tool to easily create a good-looking signature for use with emails sent from Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail and AOL.

Once created, this signature can be added to outgoing emails with just a click.

How cool is that?

Free Email Accounts Have Big Benefits

Many internet marketers use free email accounts for a variety of reasons. I like using Gmail because it is owned by Google and I want Google to like me and my stuff. Rather than using the email account at my website, I choose to use Gmail so I can also have Read the rest of this entry

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A great headline can snag readers for your blog, article, video or social media posts. The problem is that most of us don’t know how to write great headlines.

Mastery will come with learning and practice. In the meantime I will share a great little website where you can enter a few phrases and churn out great headlines to use – for free!

Years ago I downloaded Maurice Smith’s Headline Generator and used it quite a bit. I did quite a bit of searching to see if it was still Read the rest of this entry

What Did You Learn From the ALS Video Challenge?

The ALS Video Challenge has generated more than $100 million in three months.

The ALS Video Challenge has generated more than $100 million in three months.

For the last three months (and hopefully longer), the internet has been full of short videos where folks pour ice cold water over themselves to draw attention to fund-raising for the ALS Association. ALS is short for, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.”

People made short videos as they poured iced water over themselves. Then they challenged others to do the same and to make a donation. The idea quickly went viral, and in three months this crazy idea raised over a 100 million dollars for the organization. And it’s not over yet.

As I succumbed and did my own video, I thought about how clever this was. So what can internet marketers learn from this imaginative use of video? Read the rest of this entry

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Zemanta Editorial Assistant adds links to related articles and much more.

In my last blog post here, I introduced you to Zemanta Editorial Assistant, a WordPress plug-in that can help you put images and outgoing links into your posts. I explained what it does and how it can benefit your website. If you missed it, you can review it here, along with a demo video.

Once you have installed the Zemanta Editorial Assistant plug-in into your WordPress blog, you are set up to easily add valuable outgoing links to your articles. Other Zemanta users will notice you and start linking to your articles as well. Read the rest of this entry

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Adding a “Related Articles” section to your blog can bring backlinks and traffic.

At the end of many good blog posts you will see an area called, “Related Articles,” or “Related Posts.” In that section, the blogger will have posted links to other blog website pages that have similar content. Each link will also have a thumbnail image and short description with it.

See the video demo below.

Adding a Related Articles section to a blog can benefit both the blogger and the author of the content to which it is linked. The author of the “related article” benefits from the backlink and possibility of traffic that can derive from it. The blogger benefits by creating more value for the reader, as well as creating an outgoing link to a reputable source. Read the rest of this entry

Call To Action

Leaving out a call to action can cost you money. Tell your viewers what you want them to do.

People who blog with text, or with video, for network marketing help, will often make the same mistake. They leave out the most essential part of the post – the call to action. Take some of the following suggestions so that you get more sales, sign ups and subscribers.

A good call to action is highly specific, and very relevant to your particular readers. It is a request that the viewer take a specific action, such as viewing a video, going to your squeeze page, or signing up for your newsletter.  You must perfect the art of creating a good call to action in order to generate more leads for your business.

Use Anchor Text

You can use anchor text for your call to action so that the viewer can accomplish what you want with just a click. If you can include one of your keywords in the anchor text, that is great.  Either way, just write exactly what you want the viewer to do and make the entire phrase a hyperlink. Read the rest of this entry

Facebook Debugger

Facebook Debugger can help you identify a host of errors. It helped me figure out why my blog posts were not displaying correctly when shared in Facebook.

It is frustrating when you write a great blog post, complete with the perfect images, and yet when it appears on Facebook, it looks terrible. Why didn’t Facebook bring in the appropriate image from your webpage? How can you explain to that nice person who shared your post on Facebook, that the wrong image came with it?

You can benefit from knowing about the Facebook Debugger tool. It is the best tool to use to see how any URL on your site will appear in Facebook. And it is very simple to use.

All you need do is enter the URL of your webpage into the field provided at the Facebook Debugger page. You must first be logged into your Facebook account.

The tool will scrape the webpage for the open graph tags that are used to decide what information should be displayed. Should Facebook be displaying old graphic images from Read the rest of this entry

blog check list

Having a blog check list is important. Asking these questions can save you from many mistakes.

I know that after all that effort you put into writing your most recent post, all you want to do is publish that rascal and go relax. Yet if you spend just a few minutes with a blog checklist, it can give you big rewards. Here are just a few things to check.

Did You Proofread And Read For Clarity After Writing Your Post?

I know that it seems like common sense to read over your blog post and be sure everything is spelled correctly, but I can assure you that many bloggers skip this step. The result is writing that is filled with simple errors.

The mistakes I see most often are with writers who mix up:
– your and you’re
– their, they’re and there

A very frequent mistake is committed by the writer who writes “of” instead of using the Read the rest of this entry

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