Monthly Archives: August 2014

Generosity – Is It Something You’re Born With?

generosityGenerosity is something you’re born with, I honestly believe. It has nothing at all to do with how much money you have, how well connected you are, or whether or not you believe that giving to others is optional. It does have everything to do with knowing that sharing your time, money, knowledge, and resources with others, especially if they have done the same thing for you is the right thing to do on a regular basis.

Here is something I began notice as my business began to grow and I was surrounded my more and more successful people:
People who are more successful are generally more generous to those around them.

It turns out I am not the only person to feel this way. Seth Godin discusses something he refers to as the Generosity Boomerang. It goes like this:

“Success makes you happy. Happiness permits you to be generous.
In fact, it actually works like this:
Generosity makes you happy. Happy people are more likely to be successful.”

Godin goes on to say in another post that we seek to be around people in our life who are open, generous, and connected.

“Open to new ideas, leaning forward, exploring the edges, impatient with the status quo… In a hurry to make something worth making.
Generous when given the opportunity (or restless to find the opportunity when not).”

When I spend time with people who do not seem to have a generous bone in their body I am always tempted to start a discussion on the topic with them. Many are just getting started with their businesses and would argue that they simply can’t afford to be generous right now, but fully intend to when they are earning more money.

Generosity is all about gratitude, and understanding that when we are grateful for what we already have in our lives we are given even more.

Just as I believed I could not volunteer for charities and other organizations back when I was a classroom teacher and also in real estate, this is just wrong thinking. You always have enough time and money to serve others, both those you know and whom are helping you and those you may never meet because they live half way around the world. Generosity is a trait worth developing, if you were not born with it.

What do you think about generosity – is it a trait we are born with, or must it be developed?


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What’s Next For You in Your Body of Work?

body of work 200x300 Whats Next For You in Your Body of Work?I’ve been reading Pamela Slim’s latest book, Body of Work: Finding the Threat That Ties Your Story Together, and it has made me think more about what I am doing in my own life and business. In her latest blog post Pamela asks her readers what’s next in their body of work.

Here is an excerpt from her post that rings true with me:

“We have so much more in common than we think– people in every work mode want to know that the work they do matters, they want to enjoy what they do, and they want to know that they will remain highly employable, no matter the economic climate. My heart sings when I get to help individuals, organizations and communities work together to create positive, productive and sustainable economic growth. So that is my next challenge!”

As I look back over my own Body of Work, almost nine years in the making since leaving my life as a classroom teacher and real estate broker/residential appraiser behind, I think about what I have accomplished. Some is tangible, like the fifteen hundred blog posts I’ve written on my two main sites, the ten books I have published, the events I have spoken at, the Workshops I have hosted, the Retreats I hold in Santa Barbara, and the thousands of people whose lives I have touched and whom have touched mine as well.

The real victory for me is the intangible; the way I have been able to change my mindset and belief system to know anything is possible if we want if badly enough, the feeling of accomplishment I have when one of my students excels, and the way I have been able to step up to help a variety of charities around the world. I’ve come so far, yet I feel in many ways that I am just beginning my journey.

What’s next for you, in your unique body of work?

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Best Free Podcasts

Both of my podcasts were selected as those worthy of being called the ‘Best Free Podcatsts’ available on iTunes. Have you subscribed to these on the list?

Best Free Podcasts for Online Business Entrepreneurs

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Best Free Podcasts for Online Business Entrepreneurs

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This is a crowdsourced list of favorite podcasts that talk about internet business topics. Please vote for your favorite below! If you have a favorite podcast and it's not on this list, please add it. Just make sure to choose a good picture and write a helpful description if you would like your suggestion to be added to the list. Thank you!

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    Solopreneur Podcast on Solo Smarts

    Solopreneur Podcast on Solo Smarts

    Kelly McCausey's podcast for Solopreneurs.

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    Pat Flynn’s Smart Passive Income Podcast

    Pat Flynn's Smart Passive Income Podcast

    Smart Ways to Live a Passive Income Lifestyle On the Internet with

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    Ms. Ileane Speaks Podcast hosted by Ileane Smith

    Ms. Ileane Speaks Podcast hosted by Ileane Smith

    Blogging, Podcasting, Social Media and YouTube tutorials

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    Social Media Marketing Podcast | Business How To | Tactics & Strategy by Michael Stelzner

    Social Media Marketing Podcast | Business How To | Tactics & Strategy by Michael Stelzner

    Social Media Examiner's Michael Stelzner helps your business navigate the social jungle with success stories and expert interviews from leading social media pros. Discover how successful businesses employ social media, learn new strategies and tactics, and gain actionable tips to improve your social media marketing. Find show show notes at

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    Nicole Dean’s Online Success Podcast

    Nicole Dean's Online Success Podcast

    While Nicole doesn't podcast regularly, this is a fun one to listen to. The guests have a great time when they are on. Listen to Willie Crawford, Carrie Wilkerson, Dan Thies, and more.

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    Connie Ragen Green’s Podcast

    Connie Ragen Green's Podcast

    Get Started Online | Connie Ragen Green – Build A Profitable Online Business

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    Mark Mason’s Late Light Podcast

    Mark Mason's Late Light Podcast

    On the Mason World Late Night Internet Marketing Podcast you can expect to hear practical internet marketing advice that you can apply to your own internet business, great interviews with successful and interesting marketers, and tidbits of great information delivered in an easy to understand format. My goal is to have the best internet marketing podcast on the internet and to do that by delivering excellent content that people really want to hear.

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    Podcasts ” Huge Profits, Tiny List

    Podcasts " Huge Profits, Tiny List

    Connie Ragen Green Teaches List Relationship Marketing.

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    Freedom Ocean Podcast

    Freedom Ocean Podcast

    with James Schramko and Tim Reid.

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    The Foolish Adventure Show

    The Foolish Adventure Show

    Breaking the rules to create a fulfilling online business! Join Tim Conley and 5,000+ Adventurers each week as we dive into the tips, tactics, and techniques you need to build your own Six Figure Internet Income.

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    The EntreLeadership Podcast –

    The EntreLeadership Podcast -

    Lessons from Dave Ramsey on business, team building and leadership. Hosted by Chris LoCurto. Each episode features teaching from Dave along with guest interviews with some of today's top leaders, such as Tony Hsieh, Simon Sinek and Dan Cathy.

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    Web Domination Podcast – by Dan Norris

    Web Domination Podcast - by Dan Norris

    Web Domination is a weekly podcast by Dan Norris the founder of Web Control Room where he interviews web entrepreneurs from around the world.

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    Podcast – Amy Porterfield

    Podcast - Amy Porterfield

    Today's episode of the Online Marketing Made Easy Podcast, is all about selling with social media, and today's special guest is Laura Roeder, founder of LKR Social Media. I invited Laura on the show because she is a master at selling with social media. She does it in a way that's incredibly inviting and her …

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    Podcast – Internet Business Mastery | Get Paid to Live Your Purpose

    Podcast - Internet Business Mastery | Get Paid to Live Your Purpose

    The Internet Business Mastery Podcast has Given Me Lots of Confidence to Begin Building My Own Internet Business.

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    Woman in Leadership Success Show with Host Stacie Walker

    Woman in Leadership Success Show with Host Stacie Walker

    Stacie Walker and her guest experts empower listeners with long term success in life and business, combining inspiration, motivation, and all sorts of practical advice. She also reveals success secrets to help you build a profitable and thriving business.

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    Social Media Hangout Time

    Social Media Hangout Time

    Janet E Johnson and Kimmy, The Social Media Puppet (a.k.a. Lisa Saline), both long-time social media trainers and educators are interviewing experts in the industry. Learn how to grow your business through Social Media the FUN way.

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    Podcasts – Entrepreneur On Fire Business Podcasts

    Podcasts - Entrepreneur On Fire Business Podcasts

    EntrepreneurOnFire: Awarded Best in iTunes 2013 IGNITE! EntrepreneurOnFire has featured Entrepreneurs such as Seth Godin, Gary Vaynerchuk, Barbara Corcoran, Tim Ferriss, Brian Tracy, and over 700 inspiring Entrepreneurs.

    EntrepreneurOnFire is all about inspiring YOU to take YOUR entrepreneurial leap. We know that by hearing the failures, AH-HA moments, and successes of others, you can begin to craft your dream and take inspired ACTION!

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    Subscribe to the Tropical MBA Podcast

    Subscribe to the Tropical MBA Podcast

    Millions of downloads and counting! The Tropical MBA podcast has been downloaded in over 100 countries worldwide. Here's how to subscribe: The story of the show… Every Thursday morning, 8AM EST, we do our best to produce a show that highlights the strategies and stories from entrepreneurs who are making the location independent lifestyle a reality.

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    Radio Archives – Copyblogger

    Radio Archives - Copyblogger

    The Lede is a regular, short-form broadcast hosted by Copyblogger Media's Director of Content Jerod Morris. It features a rotating lineup of Copyblogger staff, including Chief Copywriter Demian Farnworth, plus special guests to answer your questions about copywriting, content marketing, email marketing, conversion optimization, and much more.

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    5by5 | Back to Work

    5by5 | Back to Work

    Merlin Mann and Dan Benjamin on productivity, communication, work, barriers, constraints, tools, and more.

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    Mad Marketing by Marcus Sheridan, The Sales Lion by Marcus Sheridan

    Mad Marketing by Marcus Sheridan, The Sales Lion by Marcus Sheridan

    The Mad Marketing podcast is where real questions about marketing are asked and real answers are given, by someone that's actually living it, breathing it, and doing it. Presented by Marcus Sheridan of

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    Trafcom News Podcast by Donna Papacosta

    Trafcom News Podcast by Donna Papacosta

    A show about communicating with clients, prospects and employees – in person, in print and online. Listen to this podcast if you CARE about communicating!

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    This Is Your Life Weekly Podcast

    This Is Your Life Weekly Podcast

    This Is Your Life is a weekly podcast dedicated to intentional leadership. My goal is to help you live with more passion, work with greater focus, and lead with extraordinary influence. I post the podcast on Wednesday morning of each week. If you subscribe, you will automatically get every episode for free.

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    The Daily Boost: Daily Motivation | Life Skills | Job Motivation | Goal Setting | Health and Wellness

    The Daily Boost: Daily Motivation | Life Skills | Job Motivation | Goal Setting | Health and Wellness

    eed Motivation? The best daily motivation is The Daily Boost! Find what makes you happy! Reduce your stress! Get inspired! Master the life skills you need to balance your life and enjoy more success. Specializing in daily motivation to help you stay motivated, Scott Smith host

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Using Dropbox Effectively

Dropbox 300x154 Using Dropbox EffectivelyDropbox is a service that allows you to store your content in the Cloud. I started out with the free version, which you may access here, and when I realized how simple it made my business I upgraded to the paid version. In a recent post at their blog, the good people at Dropbox explained how they have added a new feature in case your computer falls into the wrong hands. Here is an excerpt from that post:

“Remote wipe lets you delete your Dropbox files from a lost or stolen device while keeping them safely backed up in Dropbox. For example, if you’ve ever left your laptop on a plane, you’re not just worried about the laptop — you’re worried about the stuff that’s on it.”

You can also share folders with others through your Dropbox account, giving them their own unique password. This is an excellent feature if you work virtually and have several people assisting you on a variety of projects as I do. In addition, I have pictures, videos, audios, and all of my written documents backed up and saved with Dropbox. There are so many more features I’m not going into detail with here, and once you give it a try you will not know how you ever lived without it!

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Marketing Your Book Online

marketing your book onlineMarketing Your Book Online

If you’re looking for ways to market your book online, look no further than your blog. By this I mean your hosted WordPress blog, one that you own and control. A recent post from author and book coach Judy Cullins reinforces this idea. Here is an excerpt from what she shared with her readers after being asked if blog posts should be related to our business website:

Yes! Your blog posts serve an important purpose in your book and business marketing. They should serve and bring only your target audience to your site where you offer your books, products, and services. Why would you want lookie loos, who have no interest in your topic to come to your site? They won’t stay awhile and they won’t buy for sure.

She goes on to say that we should stay on topic and keep each blog post focused in a specific niche. I agree completely with this strategy, which continues to work for me and my clients. Your blog can help you to reach people from around the world who may directly or indirectly lead you to achieve even greater results.

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Getting Traffic to Your Blog

getting traffic to your blogI was reading Marlon Sanders recent post on getting traffic to your blog and wanted to share that with you. The image on the left is his infographic on this that he so kindly gave me permission to share. In it he explains the three primary sources of driving targeted traffic to your website or blog. These include:

  • Organic traffic from the search engines – Marlon says that Google Webmasters is your best friend, and also have steady and consistent content (such as I am doing here with blog curation).
  • Paid traffic – This includes pay-per-click from Google Adwords or Bing, Facebook and other services, as well as something known as Retargeting.
  • Traffic from your affiliate program – start with a simple product and build it up over time.

I love to see increasing numbers of people visiting my sites each month because I’ve made the effort to share my content and ideas, as well as sharing excellent information from others.

Marlon has a 5 Day Fast Start Course that I am finding extremely helpful. If I’d had access to this type of training when I was just getting started online, my journey would have been a much different and more lucrative one. Let me know when you pick it up and I’ll schedule a thirty minute laser focused call with you within a week to ten days.

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SEO Tips for Beginners

SEO tips for beginnersSEO Tips for Beginners

When I first came online in 2006 I started learning about something called SEO, which stands for ‘search engine optimization’. It was a fascinating topic to me at that time, and I began setting up simple websites and blogs and then optimizing them for specific keywords and phrases.

Then Google changed everything and I went from fascination to frustration over night. My sites tanked in the search engine rankings and I began my pursuit of knowledge in this area. There was not much available in the ‘SEO tips for beginners’ category initially, and then it seemed like every day a new WSO was offered that promised to get you ranked on page one of Google once again.

My recommendation is to find people who are knowledgeable on this topic and learn from them over time. One person is Art Remmet. I was just reading his post on website dual identities and wanted to share it with you. He shares information on what is referred to as the ‘Canonical issue’. Here is an excerpt from his post:

A bit of history behind this whole canonical issue is that when the Internet was just getting started, websites were placed in the “www” folder on the webserver. This created the www. Subdomain. As the Internet has evolved, webmasters were not consistent with this practice and at times placed the website files in the root directory.

I believe you will find his site easy to navigate and understand. Please leave a comment to let me know if you have further questions.

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Do You Have an Email Marketing Strategy?

email 300x300 Do You Have an Email Marketing Strategy?Having an email marketing strategy certainly makes sense in an ever-changing online marketing world. I like to believe my email marketing is working well for my business goals, but after reading a post on email marketing strategy from Lynette Chandler I realize I still have a lot to learn.

In this article Lynette shares her insights into this topic, including a site she uses call It’s like the go-between with your website and your email system. They call it behavioral emails. If you want to take your business to the next level, consider making some small changes that could bring huge results.

What do you think about changing your own email marketing strategy?

Listen to my podcast interview with Lynette Chandler here.

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Great About Page Examples

about me 300x200 Great About Page ExamplesLooking for some great ‘About Page’ examples?

Your ‘About Page’  is the most crucial page on your blog or website. It seems like everyone has an opinion about what should be included, and I was asked by Nicole Dean to give my opinion in one of her recent posts. You’ll enjoy reading what she and the others think about this as well.

I said in that post:

My best tip for an effective and memorable ‘About’ page is to always think of it as a work in progress.
I truly believe this because we are all works in progress in our lives and in our businesses and our sites should reflect this. Leave a comment here with a link to your ‘About Page’ so we can have a look.
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