Learn How to Make New Years Resolutions Your Marketing Goal

New Years is the time for resolutions. Countless people make decisions to better themselves, to improve their lives, and to become different people.

What does this have to do with marketing? Quite literally everything. Learn just what New Years has to do with Internet marketing!

Crafting the PERFECT Blog Posting Plan for 2016

It’s been a while since I’ve started Frankly Making Money. I’ve actually learned a lot in the process, especially when it comes to the interactions I’ve had with you, my dear readers.

One of the most important things I’ve learned pertains to creating a blogging schedule. I feel I touched upon this in my post about Running Your Blog With Just 12 Hours a Week, but now I really want to explore the topic of creating a comprehensive blogging agenda for 2015.

I’m going to explain what my plan is, and how you can create your own successful blogging plan without too much effort.

 

1. Commit to a Frequency

Consistency is something that’s required for blogs. You need to (try to) post at a set frequency, that way your readers know to keep coming back to you for updates.

Crafting the Perfect Blogging Plan

Crafting the Perfect Blogging Plan

If you’re hosting your own blog, you might want to very carefully consider a few things to decide upon what frequency you should blog.

A business that focuses on something like plumbing may only need four or five blog posts a month to cover seasonal issues and some rudimentary explanations about topics like drains and sewer replacement.

A blog run by a business in a fast-paced field like information technology may want to post 4-5 blog posts a day. This will enable them to keep up with the latest changes in technology while drawing in more readers from search engines as they become an authority source.

Ultimately, it only matters that you pick a blogging frequency that fits your blog and that you stick to it.

 

2. Dedicate Time to Researching

Research is something that I feel a lot of articles pertaining to blog planning in 2015 fail to address correctly. They only skim over it and say that you should be accurate on the information you provide your readers, but I feel like this is inadequate.

You should always dedicate time to research, as this allows you to include the most updated information available about your given blog topic.

In doing so, you’ll be doing an amazing service to your readers by providing them with information that may be hard to find elsewhere. Do this enough, and your blog may even get picked up by sources like Google News, which could be an amazing boost in both traffic and readership for your blog.

 

3. Pick Your Topics

Knowing what to talk about has been key to drive traffic to my blog. It’s not just about picking topics that I’ve found relate to the main theme of my blog, but those that reinforce other posts I’ve written and current events that are related to those topics.

For example, I recently covered the Google Panda 4.0 Update. This coincided with the previous SEO-related posts I’ve written about, which made it possible for me to interlink them within the post.

Inspirational Quotes About Proving Yourself

I’ve done similar with my posts about Facebook marketing and everything else.

You should try to replicate this.

For example, say you have a blog about something like vacuum cleaners. You could expand what you talk about in your blog to posts about keeping your home clean, reducing the dust in your house and even the benefits of having an efficient vacuum cleaner.

Knowing what topics to write about comes down to knowing what your audience wants to read the most. If you’re just developing a following, then it should be topics that bring the type of readers you want to have in to you.

 

4. Take Some Time to Beautify Your Posts

Blogging isn’t just about getting information out there, – it’s about ensuring that your readers stay hooked on your every word.Marketing that Stops Working Puts You in Trouble

A wall of text will likely leave them confused and uninterested in what you have to say. That’s why it’s important to take the time to beautify your posts with images, infographics, videos and everything else that you can find.

Having the right multimedia to support your posts should be a part of your planning process.

 

5. Craft Intriguing Headlines

While it’s a relatively minor nuance compared to having amazing content, creating the right title will draw in the right audience.

This is especially true when it comes to publishing your blog on social networks, social bookmarking sites or even just things like the WordPress.com Reader. Your title will be the thing that gives your readers a thousand words about your post before they even take the time to read it.

If you’re struggling with headlines, then I recommend that you take a look over at my two-part post about them. Start with Blog Titles: Part One.

 

6. Take the Time to Respond to Your Community

The amount of research and effort you put into your posts should be the hallmark of just how important quality posts are, but you’re still missing one very important part of the blog equation: your readers.

You-Need-Certain-Qualities-to-Make-Your-Own-Business-SuccessfulIt’s important to schedule some time into your blog planning to respond to your readers and to foster a sense of community. This is the only way to create a readership that will repeatedly come back to your blog to enjoy the things that you have to say.

In your planning, you should check at least once or twice a week, if not daily, for new comments to your posts. You want to take the time to address any questions and concerns your readers have about your information while responding to any compliments that you might receive.

 

Building the Perfect Blog Posting Agenda for 2015

I’ve laid out all the steps that I take when I work on this blog in an attempt to help you do better with your own. My advice applies to personal blogs and business blogs, so make sure to take it all to heart

Is there something else special that you do when you create your blog plans? Let me hear about them in the comments!

3 Internet Marketing Motivation Tips You Need to Follow to Succeed

In the many years I’ve taken on Internet marketing as a full-time profession, I’ve studied and gathered information from blogs, podcasts, joint venture partners, forums and more. In all these places, I’ve noticed one major, overarching problem that has kept people from succeeding as an Internet marketer: a lack of proper motivation.

Today, I’m going to go over some Internet marketing motivation tips that will help you drive yourself to success.

The one thing I do want to warn you about is that once you achieve success for the first time, you will likely want to achieve it again and again. So, be prepared for that.

Internet Marketing Motivation Tip #1 – Don’t Stress

It's easy to lose yourself while trying to think of success.

It’s easy to lose yourself while trying to think of success.

Over-stressing yourself causes you to reach a point of desperation, which is a place you don’t want to be. You can’t think rationally, and, despite your best efforts, you end up buying into e-books and Internet marketing courses that are a waste of your time.

Take a walk. Stand up. Do a bit of exercise. Your business will still be there when you get back, and you might find a solution to your problems by not thinking about them.

Internet Marketing Motivation Tip #2 – Do What You Love

Someone once told me that a job can be defined as something you do to make money, but a career is something that you love doing. Internet marketing has to be a career.

Focus on solving problems, helping people to know something new or just to provide a better solution to an already existing problem.

Internet Marketing Motivation Tip #3 – Get to Know Your Target Audience Before you Spend Money

One thing “gurus” won’t tell you is that Internet marketing, or business in general, is like taking a series of gambles. You never know what campaigns or actions will be successful.

The one thing you can do is to only take smart bets. One way to do this is through learning what your target audience wants, which is why it’s important to understand them before you spend a single cent in advertising or even investing in a brand new website.

Ask yourself the obvious question: Why would someone want this product? Who wants my product? How big is my market? Will my market be viable in three to six months? Is my product something people will want in their everyday life? Is it a novelty?

The good part about this step is that you can do most of your research for free. Social media, keyword research tools and more exist to make learning what your target audience wants even easier than before.

Entrepreneurial Success Through Following These Internet Marketing Motivation Tips

Achieving success is anything but easy. You’re building your own Internet marketing business from the ground up, which means that there’s plenty of room for failure.

But you also have an exceedingly large potential for success. Take hold of it by motivating yourself to work every day. Make smart decisions while maintaining a certain level of persistence to one day see Internet marketing success.

5 Ways You Can Motivate Yourself to Work Better as an Entrepreneur

It’s Monday. It’s the day of the week that everyone dreads, because you have to wake up, get out of bed, and go back to doing work.

That is, unless you’re an entrepreneur. If you are, then it’s just another day.

Regardless of what group you fall in to, a little extra motivation never hurt. From changing your outlook to making your day just a few shades brighter, finding the right reasons to aim for success can help your entire day go smoother.

How to Motivate Yourself

Succeeding at Business Involves Motivating Yourself to SuccedJust a few days ago, I wrote a post about what I consider to be the hardest part of your own business. The idea that you need to be able to motivate yourself came to mind, and that’s what I’m going to throw up for discussion in today’s post.

Let’s explore some of the ways that you can change your very outlook on what you do during the day. It doesn’t matter if you apply these to a 9-to-5 job or your own startup, these reasons for motivation should help you redouble your efforts in all the right ways.

1. Think About Why You’re Doing What You Do

You’ve got a laundry list of reasons as to why you work: You might have a mortgage. You certainly have utility bills. You might want to repay that student loan to improve your credit. You might even want to be in a position where you can start building your credit so that you can get utilities in your name or apply for a mortgage.

You might just want to provide food for yourself and your family.

Consider every reason that you work.

2. What Have Successful People Said?

Inspirational Quotes About Proving YourselfPeople blessed with success in their lives generally didn’t get that way by some miracle. They worked hard, kept the right attitude and achieved their goals.

That means they likely know the right things to say. Listen to them and take in some inspirational quotes.

If you want something more light-hearted, then you can look for humorous business quotes. Here’s one to get you started:

There’s no secret about success. Did you ever know a successful man who didn’t tell you about it? Kin Hubbard

3. Take Some Pride in Your Work

What you create has unique qualities that only you can give to it. That ‘it’ can be your business decisions, your products, your words and anything else that comes from you.

There’s no reason that you shouldn’t pride yourself in what you do. After all, you’re the only one capable of providing it in your unique way.

4. Dream Big(ger)

Dreaming About Business SuccessWhile it’s important not to get stuck in the clouds, it does help to dream big sometimes.

The one caveat is that you need to be careful what you dream about. When you’re busy working, don’t think about things like a new boat, bigger house or new swimming pool.

Think bigger.

Think about how what you do could one day change the world for the better.

5. Carve Your Goals into Small Steps

Motivation Requires Small StepsThe biggest mistake you can make as an entrepreneur or as a normal employee is to make goals that are too large for you to understand. This includes things like “I want to make $1 million.”

Instead, carve your goals into something more manageable. For example, start out by making $10 every week for a month. Once you’re at that goal, then you can begin to slowly move up to $20 a week, etc.

You can apply this to your job as an employee, just think about improving your department’s productivity, sales or another aspect that might get you noticed.

Motivating Yourself Starts With You

You don’t want to ever rely on other people to motivate you. While they can propel you forward, eventually you run the risk of those supportive voices turning into nagging wails.

That’s why it’s best to find your own reasons for motivating yourself. You’ll work harder once you find them, which in turn means that you’ll race towards success with that much more intensity.

Can You Really Make Money Using Facebook?

Theodore Isaac Rubin, a famous American psychiatrist and author once wrote:

Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best.

I think that this accurately describes why most people try making money on Facebook only to subsequently fail. They may even give it multiple attempts only to achieve what seems to be the same result.

That leaves most people thinking that Facebook marketing is just another ploy to steal your money from you by marketing gurus. While this is likely the case for many of the half-baked products out there, is it true for Facebook marketing in general? Can you make money on Facebook? Can you even earn enough to make it your sole source of income?

You know who I am and just how much I’ve dabbled in just about every form of Internet marketing out there. I’m going to answer the biggest question concerning Facebook that Internet marketers and businesses alike want to know: Can You Really Make Money Using Facebook?

The Viability of Facebook Marketing Explored

Can You Really Make Money using Facebook?Facebook is a social network whose population number 800 million and continues to grow in droves each day. Imagine how easy it should be to market to these individuals, especially with all the fresh consumers that get introduced each day.

The problem is that most people can’t do it. Why? They’re failing when it comes to one of the most basic principles of marketing:

You need to understand your audience.

You need to know what drives them, who they are, what they want to see, and what they classify as valuable. This requires that you test, think and use that thing on your shoulders with as much efficiency and guile as you can muster.

Turning a Profit on Social Networks like Facebook

It’s entirely possible to turn a profit using no more than hard work, a few clever takes on age-old strategies and some perceptive insights into what your potential customers really want. Many people have supplemented their income in this way. Others have become successful enough to quit their day job completely so that they can market multiple products on social networks 24/7.

While you can make money on Facebook, I would advise you that you start small. As the previous section mentioned, it’s imperative that you understand what your followers and fans want before you begin trying to sell them something.

What You Can Do to Market Yourself on Facebook

Fighting to be a Successful MarketerThere are countless ways to market on Facebook. Let’s take a look at just a few of the methods I can think of off the top of my head without a great deal of effort:

  • Direct messaging
  • Status updates
  • Facebook Fan Page and Group invites
  • App Development and Invites

The point that I want to get across with this list is that you likely already know the basic methods of communication needed to be successful with Facebook. The only thing that’s stopping you is the lack of a proper business strategy, which is the foundation for anything when it comes to marketing.

If you feel like you’re lost or that you’re missing a few of those essential tidbits of knowledge, then I would wholeheartedly recommend that you glance over my review of the Facebook Wealth Formula 2.0 that I did some time ago. While the name of the actual product may have changed, it’s still a vital resource for starting Internet marketers when it come sto getting their feet wet with the largest social network on the planet.