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Internet Marketing 101 and the Cincinnati Gorilla

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Stock image of a gorilla from Pixabay

If you haven’t heard about the tragic killing of an endangered Gorilla in the Cincinnati zoo last week, then you may have just returned from an internet-free zone on a deserted island. (Or at least not been on social media recently.) The event was tragic, and no matter how it turned out, it likely would have ended in tragedy. I’m not here to lay out my opinions on whether or not the Gorilla had to be killed or whether or not the mother of the child who fell into the exhibit is at fault.

What I am here to discuss is how this relates to internet marketing, the way stuff goes viral on Facebook and Twitter and how this can contribute to your business building efforts. I know, you are probably thinking that it’s got NOTHING to do with it! Well a discussion I had this morning, on a Facebook post, with someone totally created my thoughts on this.

Here’s how it went. Someone wrote an article that shows the father of the child has a criminal past. Exactly HOW is that relevant? 100% not relevant! But it accomplished getting at least one other article written about that article, calling out the reporter as a racist because of the family being African American.

Now I don’t know that reporter from Adam, so I have no way of knowing if that reporter is a racist; nor does the author of article number 2, I presume.

What I do find incredible, is that even though article number 1 has absolutely zero to do with the situation at hand of who was or was not at fault for the killing of that majestic creature, it has gone viral. Why? Because it has a piece of information that was not available elsewhere. It touched on two things that are more or less hot topics in our current culture (parenting skills and endangered animals) and threw into the mix what we all seem to love best…plain old fashioned gossip about the people involved. I mean, the court of social media had already tried and convicted the mother, now they can justify themselves by seeing what a “bad guy” the dad is too. And it just so happened that the family in question is black.

Article number 2 picked up on that little detail and capitalized on it by simply throwing the extremely hot topic of racism into the mix. Author 2 “called out” the “racism” in article number 1. Whether that racism is real or not is apparently irrelevant. (The irony being that the publisher of article number 1 is not even an American company.)

The results, folks, is every internet marketer’s dream come true. And we all know that controversy sells just as well as “relevant” information.

Those of us who have been in this game long enough, know that one way or another, money is made by traffic to your website. Some of us make money from the clients that find their way to our website. But newspaper-type businesses make money from the advertisements on the website. The more people who view and/or click on those advertisements, the more money they make.

So how does a British newspaper, most likely the last one into the game, make a few extra bucks off a story that had surely had every possible angle already beaten into the virtual ground before the main media even picked it up? You find something unique. And that just happened to be that the dad of the child who fell into the gorilla cage has a not-so-pretty history. Never mind that he is now a law-abiding family man. Never mind that he wasn’t even at the zoo. What matters to the reporter and to the company that she works for, is that it’s something unique.

Would it have mattered if the family happened to be white? I doubt it. Gossip is gossip no matter who it’s about. Just look at the other articles on that website. Plenty of nasty gossip, and most of its about white people. We all say gossip is a disgusting thing, but we still eat it up and contribute to it.

Let me summarize:

  • Article 1’s author did some extra digging and “broke” a story around the world, irrelevant as it may be, that people apparently are eating up. It’s pure gossip.
  • The second article, created a buzz in the US on a hot topic that nobody had likely even thought of in relation to this parenting vs endangered animal story.
  • Article number 1 has 70K shares. Article 2 has 22K shares. Together that’s nearly 100,000 shares and likely millions of comments and clicks to the articles between all those posts.
  • Article 2 creates a quality link to article 1, and watch those Google spiders go. SEO baby! Plus, both articles are linked in those 100K shares that I mentioned above.
  • Both articles are now making some serious bank from the advertisements on the sides of those stories. Just because someone didn’t notice as their child slipped into the gorilla cage.

So what can we learn from all of this if we step back and look at the situation without emotion? Find a story that is “all the talk”. Find a unique angle to that story. Write about that unique angle, even if its controversial or of questionable ethics. (But please listen to your heart and your gut before you do that!) Link to other well-done and popular articles. Get your story out there on social media. Run ads if you have to at first. Just get people talking about your perspective. And watch the readers pour in.

In case you haven’t noticed, I am actually doing the same thing that the reporters did. Finding a unique twist on that story. I mean, really? A gorilla and a child can turn into an article on internet marketing and SEO? LOL That’s how it’s done folks!

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What’s your morning routine?

I have always believed in the old mantra “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man (or woman!) healthy, wealthy and wise.” Its been what I repeatedly told myself when, a few years ago, I decided that rising at 3 or 4 am would be the smart thing to do. And I did it for some time. During that year or so I didn’t have the best morning routine, other than getting up early, but I did it and it really increased my business exponentially.

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And then I got lazy. I got tired. I got unfocused. I even got depressed. And during all of that, things really went haywire for me. What had started to become a booming business, suddenly became something that overwhelmed me, contributed to the exhaustion, which contributed to the depression, which contributed to the overwhelm…and around it went. And my clients started to disappear. Which didn’t help matters any either!

Last summer I started sleeping in. I did, however, find the motivation to make a major change in my life that really helped my depression and exhaustion, but it threw my routine (and money-situation) into a virtual tilt-a-whirl and took me some time to climb out of.

Fast forward to the late winter and early spring of this year (2016). I gradually renewed my determination to success in every area. I began a slow climb out of a major financial mess that I allowed to happen around me. (You know, this IS going to be a passage in one of those “back when I didn’t have two nickels to rub together…” stories, eventually. lol) I began to focus in on where my business was heading, how to be at the top of my business game, how to improve not only my business but myself.

And that includes focused training and reading. I took a course on premium packages for selling business services. I am taking a digital marketing certification course. I’ve read…alot…both normal reading and audio books. And we aren’t talking novels either.


In the last month things feel like they are starting to come together. I have been reading 6 Months to 6 Figures* by Peter Voogd. I fully intend to read it again, with pen and paper nearby, and slowly work through the exercises included. As it is, when I’m reading now (like at the park, a sporting event or sitting in a waiting room) I have to work through them just in my head. I started reading this book in late February, and at first wasn’t making much time to push through it. But when I did, it was a great read.

Its not just about making money. Its about changing your life. Its about building your business by reworking every aspect of your mindset and routine. Its about creating that freedom lifestyle that we all so deeply desire.

Here’s where the irony of it comes in…

Early last week I saw a post on Facebook by my friend Sunshine Boatright about the #5amClub. I thought, “ha…I do that!” although its been more like 6 am lately and only that because my little boy has to catch the bus a little after 7. I had to laugh at myself after realizing that it didn’t mean “get up before dawn and piddle around the house doing nothing of any real importance, and maybe check email and Facebook.” haha! I followed the hashtag through and figured out what the #5amClub actually is! (This video explains it best…)

So, now the funny part…back to that book I’ve been reading for a while. Turns out the author OFTEN quotes Robin Sharma…that’s the dude in the video above… and while he may not have originated the idea of the #5amClub, he sure has brought it into popular practice among the success-minded, entrepreneurial warriors of the world.

See how that circle came around? Gotta love it.

So what’s your morning routine? Are you a part of the #5amClub? If not, give it a try for a week or so. Or better yet, commit to it for 2 months! Get up, shake it off, drink some water, exercise (as much or as little as your current fitness level will allow), read something useful, delve into a training course you’ve been putting off and absolutely plan your day. If you are a Christian, I urge you to spend that post-workout time in the Word. (The workout time wakes you up and helps you to focus, that’s why I say do it after it.)

You can listen to music during your workout, or listen to a podcast or audio book. Some mornings I do Zumba to inspriational or Christian music, and other days I walk or do yoga-like stuff while listening to a spoken message of some kind.

Oh…and don’t forget to drink your water! That’s almost as important as the rest of it! If you want coffee, great, but please don’t start your day with it. Water is the lifeblood of your body and it is what truly will wake you up. At least a glass or two first thing! (Learned that bit of info from my friend JP Temple! Check out his work!)

I’ll keep you up to date on my #5amClub progress. I’d love to hear from you about yours! Leave a comment below. And if you are looking for support, you can find it in several of the links I left above.

 

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LeadPages new Drag & Drop Builder…I like it!

I build landing pages…opt in pages, sales pages, webinar registration pages…you name it, that’s a major part of my business! I create them for myself and mostly for my clients. Anyone who has thought about building a landing page of any kind has likely heard of LeadPages. If you have used it and wanted some creative license with your new page, you likely found yourself quite frustrated with the cookie-cutter limitations that it had.

Well, now the game has changed! I just had the opportunity to try out their new drag & drop builder for the first time. Its got a couple of limitations I have noticed, but overall its a HUGE improvement! I can now happily recommend LeadPages to my clients who have heard they should use it.

What I didn’t like:

  1. Integration with WebinarJam did not seem to carry through to the drag & drop. (The integrations on drag & drop are very limited compared to the regular templates.) This specific page I was working on required that integration, so I had to turn around and return to the basic template (and the frustrations that go with it…boo!). I think if you have the LeadLinks upgrade that might be a work-around. This client did not.
  2. There are a limited number of templates to begin your build with. While not essential, its nice to have their proven templates as a guide. I didn’t have trouble finding an opt in page, but there are no thank you pages with the drag & drop option.
  3. Everything seems to have really slowed down. Maybe it was just me, or maybe it was just today, however it seemed to be a server load issue…but I had to refresh loading pages a few times because they just kept loading and loading and loading. I’m sure this is temporary!

So far that’s my only complaint. And I expect that integration issues is something that will be resolved before too long. Plus, I’m sure the d&d templates are being added to frequently.

For a straight forward opt in page going to one of the more common integrations, such as Aweber or Go To Webinar, or with a simple link, the new LeadPages Drag & Drop page builder is quite nearly perfection met.

Have you used LeadPages Drag & Drop feature? What did you think abou tit?

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Zootopia … I’m in awe of this movie

ZootopiaJust took my 9 year old to see Disney’s new movie Zootopia. And we saw it in 3D, which is the best way to see it. Such an incredibly beautiful movie, both visually and in deep meaning. I have heard so many raving reviews of it, but I still wasn’t really looking forward to it. (I prefer to watch movies in the comfort of my home.) I even tried to get my husband and son to go without me. I’m so glad they made me go! This movie was one of the best uses of $20 in my life. Heck, I probably would have been satisfied if I had spent $100 on it! No joke.

POTENTIAL SPOILER ALERT: I’ll try not to throw out too many spoilers here, but you may want to stop now and just go watch it before reading on. Really…go now! Ok…you’ve been warned! 😉

And no, I’m not getting any kind of reward for posting this, other than the pleasure of having you read it and maybe a little SEO boost or something. Disney isn’t paying me, I’m not getting any kick-backs and your local theater won’t send me any money when they give them your admission fee. 🙂 I wish they would! 

So this movie is about a cute little bunny (who gets deeply offended when non-bunnies call her cute, by the way). When she is just a baby bunny she gets the dream to become a police officer. Others laugh at her, tell her that bunnies can’t be cops, etc. Even her parents try to bring her back to reality. There’s NEVER been a rabbit police officer, after all! Her response? “Well, I’ll just have to be the first then!”

(That’s the really great message from this movie…always pursue your dreams, refuse to give up, and don’t let anyone else convince you that you can’t achieve what you set your mind to. Even if nobody else “in your category” has ever done it. You be the first!)

Fast forward several years, and Judy (the bunny) has just reached her dream and has indeed become the first bunny cop ever. In a police force full of lions, tigers, bears and even elephants, she does indeed seem to be way out of her league. The chief of police, who did not want her on the force, makes her the meter maid. And that makes her mad, but she simply decides to be the best darn meter maid ever! She easily reaches her goal by noon, and then sets out to prove her value as an officer of the law in other…unapproved…ways.

She has a run in with a funny, cool but sly fox who is very good at running a hustle. (Honestly, my impression was that Nick, the fox, was a clever entrepreneur, except for his rather unethical, barely-legal methods.) The two become reluctant friends and partners in crime-fighting as they pursue a mystery of over a dozen citizens missing without a trace. These citizens just happen to be predatory type animals, such as bears, otters and tigers.

As they crack the case, they deal with issues that are present in this utopian human-like animal kingdom. Issues that are not unlike issues in our own human world. Issues that we humans would probably call racism, or sometimes classism. Issues that are hidden, or so socially acceptable that nobody questions them: Bunnies can’t amount to more than carrot farmers. Foxes can’t be trusted and are always trying to hustle you. Lions, tigers and bears just might turn on you because, after all, they have predatory DNA despite looking civilized. Sound familiar at all?

Some of the non-predatory animals have decided to prove to the world that those predators cannot be trusted. With a 9-1 ratio, the non-predators can rule the world, they say, if they can only convince all the other non-predators to be scared of the predators…and convincing them takes nothing more than a few carefully staged acts of violence and good media coverage. Hmm…

Its so deep it makes me cry.

Ok…I started to share how it ends…but then I deleted it. You are better off just going to see it yourself. And see it in 3D if you can. Don’t have children to take? Ah heck…go anyway! It’s truly that good!

Already seen it? Tell me your thoughts!!

And remember…don’t ever let anyone decide your fate for you, don’t allow them to tell you that you can’t do what you dream of doing, and never let any excuses keep you from succeeding in your life. You are who you choose to be. If you don’t pursue your dreams…its because you chose not to.

 

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Are your landing pages Google compliant?

Landing pages, sales pages, opt in pages…whatever you want to call them and whatever their purpose, they are a vital part of any online business these days. And often you are connecting them to an ad, hoping to boost the conversion of whatever product or event you are selling or giving away.

And this is sometimes where the trouble begins.

Sitting down to check how well your ads are doing and finding that not only has your ad not been approved, but that you have been axed as an account, can certainly make you feel a little like this:

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So avoid it. Follow the rules from the start.

As someone who has gotten my entire ad account banned from Facebook (and reinstated, thank goodness!), I at first found the requirements rather vague and rather ridiculous.

But they are there for a reason, and its a very good reason! They simply are trying to protect the consumer.

Should they be a little more forgiving the folks who are new to the ad business? Of course they should! I have no idea why they aren’t. Seems like shooting yourself in the foot to ban someone who is trying to give you money. But, for whatever reason, it is what it is.

The good folks at Digital Marketer just put out an article that lays out everything your landing pages need to be compliant with Google Ads. Now, maybe you aren’t running a Google Ad…this still applies. Their logic is that Google Ads is the strictist ad system out there and if you comply with Google, you will comply with the others by default. Plus the others, like Facebook, might update their requirements to closer fit Google’s any day now. Better to not be caught off guard!

Stop tailoring different landing pages to different ad networks based on compliance. Pick the strictest one and develop all your pages with that as the baseline.

Not only will this save you time and help you better organize your landing pages, it protects you when less strict networks, e.g., Facebook, decide to change their terms!

Google is hands down the stricter of the ad networks…  source: Digital Marketer

A couple of the more surprising compliance items include:

  • Put your logo in the header and make it clickable. WHAT??? That goes against everything we have been taught! They’ve got some good reasoning though. And Google wants it.
  • Footer navigation that includes About Us, Privacy, Terms and Contact Us. The logic here being that not only should you make your privacy and terms easily readable, but you should also be able to prove you are a real site.
  • Detailed opt in expectations. No, “we promise not to send you spam” does not cut it. According to the guidelines, you need to actually make it clear that you are going to be not only sending them what they opted in for, but that you are going to be sending your newsletter and other offers to them as well. To me, this seems like a no-brainer that OF COURSE you will be doing that. Unfortunately there are lots of folks who just don’t get it.
  • And that includes having a link to your privacy policy under each opt in button, not just at the bottom of your page.

Check out the original article, The 9-Point Google Compliant Landing Page Checklist, here. It is well worth reading several times and digesting every tidbit. These are 9 points you do not want to miss if you are going to be promoting your landing page with ads, plus detailed examples of “done well” and “not so well” with pictures like this one:

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And they even share what they have done wrong on THEIR OWN landing pages!

Plus they are giving you a handy printable checklist to keep for future reference.

Click here to read it all. Seriously…devour this information. You will thank me for sharing I’m sure! 🙂

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What do high school wrestling and Leap Day have in common with your business

Friday and Saturday I sat through many hours of high school wrestling. My son and several of his wrestling teammates had made it to the state championship tournament. I will admit, and hopefully this doesn’t make me a bad sports mom, but I do not like wrestling one little bit.So, most of the tournament when my son was not competing I spent reading on my Kindle.But some of the time I sat just watching people. You can learn a lot from watching people, especially high school athletes focused on winning. And it reminded me of entrepreneurs.

Some of the kids, mainly the ones who would not compete again on that day, were goofing around as teenagers do. Play-wrestling, doing cartwheels on the wrestling mats during breaks, looking at their smart phones, or just plain old horseplaying with their buddies. Others were intensely focused on their goals. These were the ones with a straight face, a determined expression, ear buds in and attached to their smart phone with some kind of motivating music playing, keeping their muscles warmed up by stretching, jogging or jumping up and down. They seemed oblivious to all the commotion going on around them. Even when they were competing, they seemed not to notice the screams of support and even the occasional boos (directed towards a referee who made an unpopular decision) coming from the stands. Their focus was on one thing and one thing only…overcoming their competition, finding the weakness, figuring out that one move that could set them apart as the champion. (The only time I noticed any of them look away during a match was when they looked toward their coach for some direction.)

And I saw some serious business lessons in all of this. In our normal day, every single entrepreneur out there who is determined to succeed is focusing on their goal, studying their competition, learning the best techniques, keeping their skills sharp and their business muscles warm, ready to jump in when we see an angle that will get us to the next level of business success. And there may be a lot of commotion around us, but we’ve each figured out our ways to focus. For some of us, its music playing loudly in our ears; for others its the crash of waves against the beach nearby; for yet others its total silence that their private office brings. No matter what your thing is that helps you to focus, I know you’ve got it.

If you know what I mean, then I bet you are among the ones who will succeed. You might not win the championship today, or even next week. But you will reach your goals, whatever they may be.

Today is Leap Day. That crazy day that comes around only once every 4 years to catch up the calendar and that gets a lot of laughs when people give a 20 year old a 5th birthday party. But yesterday I realized that today is really a lot more than that! Someone asked a question on Facebook and it really made me think:

Where do you want to be in your life and business when the next Leap Day rolls around? That’s 4 long years. And so much can change in 4 years, its hard to think about sometimes!

So my message to you today is to take some time, reflect on your goals, how will those goals translate into Leap Day 2020? (Wow, 2020!?!) Will you still be in the same boat you are in now, or will your focus and determination take you far beyond what you can even fathom right now.

At the same time, remember that there is more to life than planning for the future. My high school wrestler will be 21 years old when Leap Day comes again. My little boy will be a teenager. And my grandbabies will be in preschool and kindergarten. (And there will likely be more of them!) Between now and then are the important moments that you can never get back no matter how much success you focus on. So hug your babies, enjoy the love of your life, and watch more sunsets or sunrises. Pause, breathe, and enjoy your life as it is now, not just as you hope it will be 4 years from now. That will make the times you focus even better too.

Happy Leap Day!

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Did you win the Powerball? If not, read on…

Did your Powerball numbers win? Did you even play?

If not, then you know the only “easy” way to your desired wealth is through planning, using the proper tools and having the right strategy. Oh, and can’t forget hard work! (It can be fun, but its not always easy, sorry.) That financial success you desire IS out there…

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Resources to get your biz heading straight in 2016

If you did fall into the Powerball madness, don’t be ashamed. I did too. We threw our hats in the ring yesterday and bought 2 tickets, hoping to wake up this morning as billionaires. Well, reality is that not even one of our numbers matched! lol So I guess I’ll get back to planning for success the “old fashioned way”. First up on this 14th day of January is continuing to plan out my business strategy for this new year, learning new skills and strategy, and constantly improving on my current offerings.

If you are working on your business plans for this year, then you should check out this great package from CoachGlue. It’s an amazing bundle of biz + marketing planners.

This bundle includes these 7 planners:

  • Cash Calendar: Your 12 Month Marketing + Profit Plan
  • How to Discover Your Purpose So You Can Love Your Business and Your Life
  • Planning Your Best Year Ever
  • Product Creation Planner
  • Weekly Social Media Planner
  • Google Hangouts Planner
  • Weekly Newsletter Planner

Coach Glue Planners

The best part of this is that even if you don’t need it for your business plans, you can still use it for your clients! Its rebrandable and you can use these planners (or parts of them) in webinars, workshops, as free offers, and more! They would really add a nice touch to your mastermind program!

Check it out!

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Giving the WordPress Desktop Version a whirl!

I am hoping that I am in love! In love with the brand new desktop app for WordPress! I just read about it on the TechCrunch blog, downloaded it and am using it now to type this.

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It was very simple to install, and after logging in it’s already linked to all of the blogs/websites that are connected to my WordPress account. Sweet! So I can go into any of them and type up a blog post or write page content without having to go to the URL on my browser and access it.

Looks like if you want to do some fancy stuff you will have to access the site directly, but for the normal user this is ideal!

One dislike I have at this point, however, is that it seems to have a bit of a drag to the typing. I type fast, around 100 wpm (with some mistakes…lol), and I have had to slow down while typing this because it keeps transposing my letters. Now like I typed them wrong, but like it bounced back and put letters before others I already typed. For example: When typing the words “content without” earlier I caught that it had typed “contnt withoute”. It took the e and put all the other letters in front of it. 🙁 But that’s probably just a little glitch that most people who type normal speed would never encounter and I’m sure it will be worked out soon.

Overall, so far, I’m loving this! You should give it a try.

Download it from the WordPress website at Desktop.WordPress.com. Follow the prompts and then log in with your WordPress.com id. If you have a hosted website, make sure JetPack is installed and connected to your WordPress.com account. Your website will show up under “My Sites” if it is. If not, you will have to set that up. (Need help?)

If you have multiple sites you will need to select the one you are writing for under “My Sites”. You will then see all of your posts and pages and can make edits to them as needed.

After publishing: It showed up on my site immediately! You should also set your featured image, your tags, etc, which are shown on the left sidebar area when you are writing.

Easy peasy! Let me know how you like it!

Email list building

Want to build a big e-mail list? This is a fun way to learn how!

Every year for the last few years, summer has been extra fun and profitable because of a great FREE program teaching massive list building skills. My friend PJ Van Hulle has been hosting List-a-Palooza for a while and it has become something I really look forward to!

List-A-Palooza 90 Day List Building Challenge

Each week through the summer (till the end of August!), she has a couple of guest speakers teaching an important aspect or new method to building and maintaining your list. Then there is a day set aside specifically for networking with the other thousands of people learning along with you. Most of these include opportunities to share your free opt in and also opportunities to grow your social media following…which very well could result in more $$ for you! (Yes, I have gotten a few clients from my List-a-Palooza contacts!)

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And there is the list building challenge built into the whole process. If you start out with a list of 1,000, it is not unheard of to build your list to perhaps 10,000 by the end of the challenge if you diligently follow the advice. Getting up to 1000 obviously is one of the hardest steps…but even that is easier with the tips you will learn.

So if you are ready to take your list building up to the next level, hop on over to List-a-palooza before the next session starts! (Tuesdays and Thursdays, with power hour on Wednesday) Click here to sign up for List-a-Palooza now! It’s totally FREE to participate in the live calls, the list-building challenge and the power hours!

Don’t worry…even though List-a-Palooza has been in full swing for a few weeks now, you don’t have to miss a thing because PJ has graciously offered a way to catch up or simply listen to all of the presentations at your own pace and preferred times. Watch for the upgrade package after you register for the free List-a-Palooza!

And remember, when you are ready to take the step in your list building challenge of hosting your own telesummit or giveaway, we’ve got you covered with smooth, efficient management of it! Our largest managed summit to date resulted in over 4000 new opt ins for a happy client!

Let’s Get ANTI-social! Remove distractions so you can get in your zone.

The 15 Day Freedom Blog Challenge for today is to block distractions! Wow, that’s a hard one. Let’s see…my biggest distractions are the husband, the kid, and the dog. I don’t think there’s an app for any of those distractions! LOL

I already use noise-cancelling headphones to get in my zone with Spotify. I spend my days working hard while jamming away to Lecrae, Toby Mac or the Newsboys usually. That helps to block out most of the distractions around me that I can’t otherwise control.

The dog needing to go outside is ok, because that forces me to take a break now and then. When he gets in a “let’s bark at everything” mood the headphones again save the day.

So the one big distraction for me that CAN be controlled beyond that is Facebook. I don’t know how many times I am truly in the zone and all of a sudden I realize I have just wasted 20 minutes on Facebook. Then I’ll stop and ask myself WHY was I even there? Sometimes I remember, sometimes I don’t. Usually its because I wanted to share something cool, or often because I needed to go to Facebook for a client, either to send a message or to log in as them or post something to their business page. Instead I spot the top item on my newsfeed, and I like it or comment on it or scroll down… well you know the rest of that story!

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Hmm…so I can probably find a way to prevent myself going to Facebook at all. Heck, I could do like some folks and just delete my whole account. Lol But that’s not a very good solution when you work online, network with business people ON Facebook and manage dozens of FB business pages like I do! So I guess I should just schedule it all for specific times.

In Natalie’s day 4 video today she mentioned a couple of apps that will block access to social media sites for a set period of time that you decide. I am going to check those out.

1st up is MacFreedom, which works on Windows and Android as well as a Mac. Looks like it blocks ALL of the internet. Well, that’s not going to work for me at all. So their site says Anti-Social does the same thing but only blocks out social media sites. That may just work!

What distractions keep you from being productive during the day? Even if you are like me and have managed to block out most of the distractions, there is likely still something. What is it and what are you going to do about it?