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I know what it is like to really suck… to totally be hurting financially. To be a financial ruin. It’s not fun.
But there is a flip side. I learned plenty from my screw-ups! …and I share some key insights you’ll enjoy about entrepreneurship in this video.
If you’re a coach or you would like to be a coach, you’re in the right place. My partner (Hani Mourra) and I have setup a new blog that is specifically designed to help coaches build their businesses online using a blog. It’s called Blogging for Coaches.
This blog is for coaches. It’s for life coaches, health coaches, wellness coaches, business coaches, marketing coaches and sales coaches.
The purpose of this blog is to share strategies, techniques and information that will help coaches market their business online using blogs and blogging. By blogging you can help your business generate more leads and get new coaching clients.
I’ve been wanting to get this project off the ground for quite a while now. I originally came up with the idea more than a year ago. As I shared the idea with Hani we started to get really excited about the possibilities of this project. This helped us crystallize our vision and sculpt the foundation for Blogging for Coaches.
As you’ll remember from when I wrote on the Law of Gender, every seed planted has an incubation period. Blogging for Coaches is one of those seeds and it’s finally come into physical form.
What You Will Learn at Blogging for Coaches
I’m happy to share it openly with coaches who want to build their coaching business online using blogs and blogging. At our new blog, you’ll learn: Click here to read more…
February 2, 2010 | 6 Comments
Everyone knows it. The money is in the list. The problem is never knowing what to do – it’s knowing how to do it. Although building an email list is a huge area and covers a broad range of topics, there are a few things you can do today to start building your list.
Here are 5 Tips to Quickly Build An Email List of 1,000+ Leads:
#1. Give Something Away
You’ve probably heard the saying before that, “givers gain.” Well that saying is 100% true when it comes to building your list. The best thing you can do to generate leads is by giving something away. When I say give something away, I’m referring to a free electronic report, an ebook, a video series or whatever is easiest for you to create.
You see what you’re really doing here is an exchange. Your giving your ideal prospect valuable information in exchange for their email. Do this often and frequent enough and you’ll start to quickly build your first 1,000+ leads. This is the same formula I used to build an email database of 2,400 people over the course of a year.
#2. Don’t Be Everything to Everyone
You don’t want to be everything to everyone. When you’re creating your free offer focus on a niche. When you focus on a niche you become the expert in that area. Not only will this help you build a list of targeted leads, but it will also help you eliminate your competition.
You don’t want to offer an ebook called 7 Tips to be More Successful because it’s too vague. You’re trying to be everything to everyone. Focus your efforts into a niche. Maybe create an ebook called 7 Tips to be More Successful as a Blogger. That’s more specific.
Here’s an interview I did with a fellow personal development blogger. In this interview we talk about everything from blogging, marketing using keywords, how to get past the plateaus and keep moving forward and how to move towards a stable income model using your blog.
You can download the podcast and listen to the interview here: Interview With Up and Coming Bloggers: Steve Martile at Freedom Education Click here to read more…
It’s funny, but if you’re patient, persistent and looking in the right places, you can pretty much find anything you want online for free. And today just happens to be no different. In this article I’ll show you 6 ways to increase your search engine rankings and get more traffic from Google.
Search engine traffic (also known as organic traffic) is good traffic. It’s good traffic because in most cases the people who came to your site typed in those specific keywords in the search engines. And if those keywords match what you have to sell, then you know your traffic is targeted – meaning you’re in a better position to sell more of what you have.
In the past 6 months my search engine traffic has been consistently increasing. Here’s a snapshot:
The other real benefit to organic traffic (regardless if it’s from AOL Search, Google, Netscape Search, Yahoo Search, etc) is what I call “residual traffic.” Once your blog starts to get ranked for those keywords, you can follow the same process over and over again to start more and more traffic.
That’s what I love about organic traffic. It’s sort of like doing the work once and getting paid over and over again. Who doesn’t want more of that?
So it being close to Christmas, I thought I’d send you an early Christmas gift. Here are 6 ways to get more traffic from the Google:
Get More Traffic Technique #1: Focus on a Keyword Phrase (not a Single Keyword)
Focus on keyword phrases with multiple keywords instead of just one keyword. I learned this the hard way when I started out blogging. The reason it’s more helpful to use a keyword phrase instead of a single keyword is because there is less competition.
Here’s a straight forward example. If you search for the word “guitar” in Google and look at the search results, you’ll find 167,000,000 competing websites. Just do a quick search for the word “guitar” in Google and look for the Results tab near the right and you’ll see what I mean.
This time take the keyword phrase, “lead guitar lessons” and search for it using Google. When you look at the search results, you’ll find 14,000,000 competing websites. Still a lot of competition, but much lower than the previous single keyword search.
The lesson? Use keyword phrases (otherwise known as long tail keywords) to increase your chances of ranking well with Google. You’ll have fewer sites competing with you and a much better chance of increasing your search engine ranking.
Get More Traffic Technique #2: Use Relevant Keywords in the Right Places
Once you know what keywords you want to use, start putting them in the right places. Here are a few places to start using your keywords:
- Heading Tag – Also known as the title tag for your article or page. According to Google, your heading tag is one of the highest ranked positions for keywords. Make sure to use the right keywords in your heading or title.
- Sub-Heading Tag – Probably the second most important location to use your keywords. It’s also a nice way to break up the text in your article by using sub-headings with this tag. WordPress has a built in sub-heading tag that you can use, but not all blogging platforms are the same.
- Alt Tags – Also known as the alternative description. You can use the alt tag feature in images and insert your keywords there. This doesn’t show up in your blog post or page but it’s a really nice way to increase the relevancy of your article or web page.
- Body Text – This might be more obvious to some people. You want to use your keywords as often as possible in the body of the articles you write. This will help you increase your keyword density and rank better with Google. Keep in mind that you don’t want to repeat your keyword phrase too often and lower the quality of your readers experience. My rule of thumb when using keywords in the body text is to write for the reader first and the search engine second.
Get More Traffic Technique #3: Build Your Keywords into Single Pages Click here to read more…
October 14, 2009 | 2 Comments
It’s normal to have a bad day, right? Well sure. But what if you have a bad week or a bad month?
I’ve been blogging for just over a year. And if there is one thing that I’ve learned is that you’ve got to be consistent. You’ve got to be consistently putting in an effort to build your blog. It won’t build itself.
So what about those bad days?
I’ve had them and they’re no good. You want to bounce back quickly. Get out of that rut. The quicker the better. So you can get back to blogging, life and other things.
And it all begins with the proper mindset.
Here are 3 Mind Power Techniques to Become a Better Blogger:
Mind Power Technique #1: Overcome Writers Block With A Physical Change
When you’re writing and you get stuck, do this. Get up, walk around and sit in a different spot. See your screen from a different point of view. Sit in a different location and gain a new perspective.
Sound to hokey?
You see one thing that’s true for anyone is that a change in your mindset will change your physiology – your body posture, facial expressions, etc. When you think new thoughts, the chemicals in your brain change. But what many people don’t know is that the opposite is also true. A change in your physiology will also change the chemistry in your mind.
This the same reason why some writers will use exercise as a way to gain new insights and spark their creativity. A change in there physical state creates a change in their internal state. Body movement is an effective brain stimulator.
So get your body moving. Get up and go for a walk, get some exercise or just change locations to trigger that inner change – the place where you get all of those great ideas.
Mind Power Technique #2: Track Your Progress
I think over the past 3 months, 70% of the blog carnivals I submit to have either quit or stopped publishing. Which tells me one thing, that more than 7 out of 10 people will quit blogging within 3 months of starting. Don’t let that be you.
Keep your momentum going by using this mind power technique #2: track your progress.
Let me explain.
Recently, I spoke to a sales representative from iperceptions – a survey company that provides statistics and data for websites. What they do is survey people who navigate your website or blog. As part of their surveying process they tested different methods and found something really interesting.
What they did was add a status bar at the bottom of each survey page. That way users could see their progress as they went through the survey. When they did this, the survey completion rates increased by an astounding 67%!
Basically, this is what happened. When users new how well they were doing, they kept going. But if they didn’t have any signs of progress, they quit the survey altogether.
How can you use this technique with your blog?
Start tracking the traffic of your blog by creating a blog traffic diary. I learned this technique from Yaro Starak @ Entrepreneurs-Journey.com. He’s got some great content on his blog and I give his Blog Mastermind Training two thumbs up as well.
A blog diary is basically a way to track the unique visitors and pageviews for your blog. I thought it would be a good idea to track my Newsletter subscribers as well. Here’s a snap shot of my traffic and newsletter subscribers each month from November 08 to May 09.
What I found from following this process is that I instinctively became more proactive. I started to think ahead about how I could improve my traffic. If I saw that my unique visitors were down one month, then I would brainstorm ways to improve my performance: either by creating better content or putting more effort into my marketing.
I’ve been pretty active with my blog diary. I still keep it up to date because it’s such a great tool. I’ve pretty much shared what has worked for me and what has not worked over the past year. You can see my blog traffic diary here: Freedom Education Blog Diary.
Mind Power Technique #3: Use Comparison To Give Yourself A Boost Click here to read more…
Cybernetic Transposition is a series of processes created by Stuart Lichtman to help you achieve your goals with your unconscious mind. Cybernetic Transposition helps you take one success and build on that success in other areas of your life.
Stuart Lichtman is a former engineering graduate of M.I.T. In his early research and discoveries he came across what he now refers to as Cybernetic Transposition. Personally I’ve never met Stuart, but I have exchanged a few emails with him.
Here is Stuart’s definition of Cybernetic Transposition (CT):
“Putting yourself consciously in charge by creating effective communication between your unconscious and conscious minds, by consciously transposing successes from any part of your life into other ones where you consciously want to produce success, resolving self-defeating unconscious habit patterns to ones that support you and by creating effective conscious communication with the part of you that knows what’s right for you.”
CT is a 3-Step Process for whole-brain harmonizing. Here is an overview of the 3-Step Process:
- Create a Target
- Prioritize Your Target
- Resolve any Unconscious Habit Patterns
Stuart teaches two versions of the CT processes: the Basic and Super Achievement. Each version follows the same 3 step process, except for a few differences.
The first difference is that the super achievement process uses explicit visualization so that you maintain a sustained focus. This is something that Wallace Wattles emphasized when he said:
“…fix your attention upon your mental picture of riches – to the exclusion of all that may tend to dim or obscure your vision.”
In a sense Wattles is saying to focus on one mental picture so that you eliminate all other distractions. You do this by visualizing and working with your unconscious mind.
The second biggest difference is that the super achievement process helps you change self-defeating habit patterns into self-supportive ones. He does this with his Base Reframing and Super Achievement Clearing Processes.
Stuart Lichtman’s Basic vs Super Achievement Process
After working with the Basic and Super Achievement Processes I can tell you from direct experience that the biggest difference I’ve noticed is the level of difficulty in achieving your goal. One process works with moderate goals and the other process works with almost impossible goals.
Let me explain.
Let’s say you want to set a financial goal for your business next month. Your best month to date has been $1,000. You decide to set a goal to earn $2,500 by the end of next month, 30 days from now.
If that goal feels almost impossible to you then you would rate this at a level 10 in difficulty – think of it as climbing Mount Everest, extremely difficult. On the other hand if you found this goal to be something you could do very easily, then you would rate it much lower, say at a level 1. Either way you choose a rating based on how difficult you feel this goal would be to achieve.
Once you know what level of difficulty your goal is to achieve, you then choose the process that works best for that level. For example, if you rated your goal at a level 5 in difficulty then you would follow the basic achievement process. And if you rated your goal at a level 10 then you would use the super achievement process.
Why have two processes for different levels of difficulty?
Think of it this way. If you set a goal that is closer to a level 10 in difficulty (a Mount Everest type of goal) then you’re more likely to encounter greater “blockers” and self-limiting beliefs. On the other hand if you set a goal that is a level 5 or less in difficulty, you’ll have fewer self-limiting beliefs and blockers show up to prevent you from achieving that goal.
The Biggest Lesson I Learned from Cybernetic Transposition Click here to read more…
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Monique’s Training is a 16 week program that teaches you how to achieve your goals using your unconscious mind. Monique does this by teaching her clients Cybernetic Transposition; a goal setting processes developed by Stuart Lichtman.
Cybernetic Transposition (CT) is taught in Stuart’s book, How to Get Lots of Money for Anything Fast! I’ll be the first one to admit that these processes are difficult to learn from the book. I failed three times before reaching my basic achievement goal.
I know these processes work, but I personally think they are much more effective when taught by someone like Monique; someone who can hold your hand throughout the goal achievement process and make sure you build on past successes to achieve greater results.
Monique’s real strength is in her intuitive ability to help others set the right goals and achieve them using Stuart’s Super Achievement Process. She is an absolutely brilliant coach and even though we’ve only worked together for the past two months I have absolute confidence in her ability to help you set and achieve your goals.
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If you love your job, then you can skip this. If you don’t, you won’t want to miss what I have to say.
We tend to get into patterns of habit. These habits get reinforced in our ways of being, doing and having. If you’re not completely in love with what you do for your job or career then ask yourself this question. It’s a question I wish I would have asked myself much sooner than I did.
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August 18, 2009 | 10 Comments
Listen in to an interview between myself and Monique Gallagher, Cybernetics Transposition Mastery Coach. Monique has an interesting approach to the very complex science of Cybernetics Transposition created by Stuart Lichtman. In this interview, Monique shares some effective strategies that will help you gain insight as to what may be holding you back and what tools can help you achieve bigger things in your life.
Here’s the podcast:
Download MP3 (50.47 Minutes, 58.1 MB)
Here is what you’ll learn from Monique in this interview:
- The reason and source of all self-sabotage
- 3 ways to recognize self-sabotage when working with a coach
- 2 processes to resolve self-sabotaging “blockers”
- what Monique calls “cell level memories” and how to eliminate them
I’ve also include a link to a special process that Monique uses to help her clients eliminate self-sabotage. The process is called Free Form Associative writing and you can download the pdf here.
See this link to learn more about the powerful processes of Cybernetics Transpostion and Monique Gallagher’s True Self Calls.