5 Working Methods to Drastically Scale and Automate Your Business

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When you think of John Chow, you might think of many different things. A “millionaire blogger” is probably the most common one — however, anyone can become rich and anyone can be a blogger. What makes John different from other bloggers and content creators in the world today, is that he has become a king of automation!

In short… John doesn’t want to work harder than he has to. Just like everyone else, John wants to make as much money as possible, in the smallest amount of time and work possible.

On the flip side, the good news is that automation and making money while you sleep is now more possible than ever before!

To help with this process, I’ve laid out five different methods to help every content creator, blogger, affiliate marketer and brand start making more money while also limiting their workload and expense of time.

Marketing Automation as a Solution

With more businesses and brand focusing their efforts on getting ahead of the competition, they are all quickly realizing the only way this is possible, is through the use of automation. This is even more true for bloggers, businesses, and brands that don’t have a team built around them or the necessary funds to compete against multi-million dollar companies.

This is something GetResponse has quickly discovered, as they’ve completely shifted their business model from just focusing on email marketing, to now being an all-in-one solution to help automate your marketing. Now the focus is on complete set up and automation… giving the end user the ability to collect an email address or track a website visitor, while also pushing them through different landing pages, funnels and pathways depending on their interests and actions.

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In short, this means marketing methods and services like landing pages, email, webinars and everything in between are now available in one affordable platform versus what most site owners and bloggers are currently doing — which is having a different provider for each mentioned service.

In this case, it’s not just about having the right tools to market and manage your audience… you also need a way to connect them all together and track performance in the process.

Create an Online Video Course

Something bloggers and content creators know all too well, is that online content is one of the most effective ways to put something out there and benefit from it for several months or even years to come. Even if you follow the best content creation tips out there, you are still left with just content.

A perfect example of this would be if you were to write an in-depth user guide, send some backlinks to it and eventually get it to rank at the top of Google for targeted keywords. This is the correct way to focus on content creation, then effectively promoting it and getting it to rank. Creating content in itself is no longer a working method.

With this same concept in mind, one way to make your content work even better for you is to offer an online video course or something that you can up-sell to your audience after they’ve visited your site. Basically something of more value than the text content you are currently offering.

A great example of this can be seen through my online blogging course on Udemy. At the time of creation, it took several days to produce the high-quality video course and there was no upfront investment to know the product would sell. However, I know my audience and that the demand for such a product is there. Now sales and marketing of the product are now on auto-pilot for the most part.

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To implement something like this into your own blog, take a look at your best content and see how you could make it even better with a short online video course. Something quick and simple (but still of great value) could result in a few hundred dollars (or even thousands) per month after you put in the work to create it!

No matter what direction you take, think about how you can create something one time and then keep earning from it time and time again.

Use Facebook Groups to Build a Community

Several years ago I realized the true potential of social networks and massive audiences on individual platforms when I created a social resource site that went on to generate over a million dollars in less than a year. Again, with most of the methods in this guide, it was all about finding an audience and targeting to their needs.

Since then, social media has just exploded and the opportunities within it are just amazing. One such opportunity is through Facebook Groups, which makes it extremely easy to create open or private groups for anything you can possibly think of. Best of all, Facebook is basically providing the audience for you.

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With over a billion active users on Facebook, it shouldn’t be hard for anyone to create an open or private group on Facebook focused on content from their site or something they are interested in. The goal here is to create a loyal community that could eventually run itself (though members updating it with new content) and maybe even make you some money in the process.

Then, to take this one step further, bring a massive monetization cycle to the group by offering private consulting and coaching through a Private Group on Facebook. With a solid foundation and loyal following in place, it’s quite possible to convert a decent amount of these “free” members into “paid” customers — even if it’s as simple as starting a new private group and doing a once-a-week mastermind call for everyone in the group.

While this isn’t 100% automated, it can definitely scale your earnings to that next level with upper-level Private Mastermind Groups.

Start a Powerful AutoResponder Series

Of all the massive driving forces behind the all powerful John Chow, his autoresponder and mailing list is what keeps everything going at full speed.

Here’s a quick example of how powerful and lucrative a mailing list and autoresponder can really be — while also being completely on auto-pilot at the same time. You’ve likely seen the pop-up window below several times when you visit this site. Now let’s crunch some numbers and see how effective it can really be.

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Let’s say John has 50 weekly emails stored within his autoresponder series (one mailing per week). Then he has just 100 new subscribers joining his list daily.

That comes out to 36,500 new subscribers per year… collectively receiving nearly 1.9 million emails per year — all on auto-pilot!

Hypothetically, with a low target of just .10 in earnings per email sent out on average (which is possible)… John could be earning over $200,000 per year just from his autoresponder and mailing list — all generated for free and on auto-pilot simply because of the content he has created over the years!

If you still aren’t convinced with the power and efficiency of an autoresponder and mailing list, check out these 37 email marketing stats to convince you otherwise! Start a mailing list and autoresponder today!

Invest in Original Shareable Content

The fifth method for improving traffic and revenue across your online business is to invest in quality content that will keep working for you for the next several months to come — specifically shareable content. Text content is great… but there is an overwhelming supply of it, and most people won’t even read through most of it.

Shareable content comes in many shapes and forms, but infographics are a cost effective solution that works extremely well. At the same time, infographics are perfect for outreach, social sharing and increasing backlinks to your site. You can see a recent infographic I created for my site, in this social media sizes post — while viewing it, think about how boring it would have been to analyze and read through if it was just straight text!

Big name sites like Huffington Post not only love to feature such content on their sites, they even have a whole infographic section just for them. Imagine the value in getting that type of content placed on their site, and how it can keep delivering new traffic to your site for weeks and months to come.

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To keep your marketing juices flowing, be sure to check out this expert round up where 21 branding experts share their best infographic marketing tips.

However, the process of effectively using infographics isn’t simply a ‘set it and forget it’ method. There is some initial work that is required in the beginning, which includes creation of the infographic, adding it to your site (along with an article and embed code), reaching out to sites within your industry and also sharing it on social media.

Once all of this has taken place, the infographic will then likely continue to be shared across social media and get picked up by various sites — as long as it’s of the superior value and quality. Don’t forget to keep sharing infographics through your own social media outlets as well, while also using hashtags to reach new audiences.

Automate Your Online Business by Implementing these Methods Today

To summarize everything mentioned here… there is one last thing that makes John stand out from the other 7 billion people in the world that aren’t making millions of dollars per year — he took action!

I know many of you are going to end up reading this article and think it’s great and that these methods could really impact your blog, brand or business for the better… but I’m sure 99% of you will never take action. Unfortunately, that’s just how it works.

So my last call to action towards you is to be that 1% that actually takes action!

Click Here To Download John Chow’s New eBook, The Ultimate Online Profit Model!

Five Myths that can Harm your Credit Score

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The average U.S. household carries $5,700 in credit card balance, according to 2016 data by the Federal Reserve. Unfortunately, a few myths persist that misinform consumers when it comes to sound financial practices and these misperceptions can have a negative impact on your credit report. It’s important to have a good profile with the three major reporting agencies because a low credit score can increase your borrowing costs, prevent you from accessing loans, and even diminish employment opportunities.

Here are five myths when it comes to personal credit.

Myth No. 1: Closing your accounts will improve your score.

This is a common myth. Nearly one-third (31 percent) of Americans surveyed think that closing unused cards is good for credit according to an Oct. 2016 Capital One Credit Confidence Study. It can actually hurt your score by lowering your overall credit availability. What improves your score is paying down your balance and meeting your current obligations. Moreover, make sure you have a low credit utilization ratio. A high ratio can inform potential creditors that you may be over your head in loans.

You aren’t born with a credit score. You have to build it and maintain it. It measures your financial dependability.

The whole purpose of paying your cards properly is to show potential and/or future lenders that you’re a low-risk borrower who makes payments on time. Doing so can give you access to a low-interest mortgage or car loan. Your credit-based transactions form part of your records with the credit reporting agencies. If you only pay with cash, you won’t have any payment history to show. Cash payments do not leave electronic proof of reliability as a borrower or consumer.

Myth No. 2: Paying a delinquent loan will remove it from your report.

A late or missing payment, a delinquent loan, accounts in collection, and bankruptcies aren’t removed from your credit report even if you pay or settle such accounts. In other words, negative marks will remain on your credit profile for seven years. Also, some bankruptcies stay on your report for up to ten years.

It’s more important to not fall behind in the first place than it is to fix a delinquent account. Adverse information sticks to your report for a long time, so stay current with your bills and avoid items getting reported to the credit bureaus.

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Myth No. 3: Settling your phone bill will increase your score.

Wireless is either neutral or bad when it comes to personal finances. Paying your cellphone bill on time won’t build up your credit profile, but a delinquent payment will show up as a negative item. More than half (53 percent) of U.S. respondents incorrectly believe that paying their cellphone bill builds their credit score, according to Capital One’s study.

If you go on vacation, pay your cellphone company ahead of time. You should exercise caution whenever you have a dispute with your provider. An inaccurate statement or a bill that incorrectly charges you for unwanted services could lead to a lengthy resolution process. During the dispute process, it’s possible that your payment could be classified as late.

If you have a dispute, consider paying your bill upfront and ask for a refund if the amount owed ends up being less. Alternatively, work out a plan with your wireless provider so you can avoid having a delinquent payment show up on your credit report.

Myth No. 4: A “hard” inquiry won’t affect your score.

Yes it can. An inquiry involving card applications, credit checks, and employment background inquiries can cause a temporary dip in your score. However, “soft” inquiries such as monitoring your credit score won’t have an adverse impact. About 27 percent of Americans incorrectly think that checking their credit report will reduce their score, according to the same Credit Confidence Study.

There are monitoring tools and mobile apps, such as CreditWise, that allow you to check your score. There are websites that let you check your score for free once a year with Equifax, Experian, and Transunion.

Myth No. 5: A debit card can increase your score.

No it won’t. A debit or check card such as those you use at groceries and gas stations are issued by your bank or credit union but they do not impact your credit report. They simply give you access to cash that you already keep in your checking or savings account. These plastic cards do not represent a credit card balance or consumer loan.

A good credit report isn’t affected by how much money you have deposited into your bank. A credit score doesn’t measure how much paper currency you have stored. “Only by signing up for a credit card and proving that you can use it responsibly will you improve your credit score simply by paying for things,” writes Lauren Gensler at Forbes. However, if you bounce checks or have a negative balance at your bank it can be reported to credit bureaus.

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5 Facebook Advertising Features You Probably Didn’t Know Existed

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re probably aware that Facebook ads are one of the best marketing tools available to bloggers and business owners.

But whether you’re a complete newbie to Facebook ads or if you’ve been using them for a while, there’s probably still a heap of features that you didn’t even know existed. From cropping images to free stock photos there’s a lot that you can do within the Facebook Ads Manager that will save you time. And if you’re using video (which you should be) then the Ads Manager offers a lot of dynamic options to really make the most of the effort you’ve put into your videos.

So here’s 5 ‘Secret’ features that you should look for in Ads Manager when you’re running your next campaign.

Secret Feature No.1 – Breakdown

If you’re like most other people that have dabbled in FB ads, you’ve probably uttered the words “my ads didn’t work” at some point in your life. And that might be true. But did you know that there’s a heap of information attached to all your ads, which will give you an idea of WHY they didn’t work? And you can then use that information to make improvements for your next ads.

Go to Ads Manager then on the top right of your ad results you’ll see a button saying ‘Breakdown’. Click on that and you’ll see a dropdown with lots of different options to choose from.

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Some of the ones that I pay attention to are:

  • Age – You can see which age groups performed the best and if it matches your idea of who your ideal client was. If a certain age group outperformed the others then you might want to only target that age group with your next ads. Conversely, if you really want to target a certain age group and they weren’t clicking on your ad then you might decide to try a different image or different ad copy to try and get them to engage.
  • Placement – A placement is where someone sees your ad e.g. mobile, desktop, Instagram. You can see what it cost you to get a click or a conversion from each placement and which one performed best.
  • Country – If you’ve grouped lots of countries into the same Ad Set then you can see where your money was spent and which country performed best. You can use that information next time you advertise and might decide to separate out the countries into different Ad Sets or even to leave out some countries altogether if they didn’t perform well
  • Day of the week – Go to ‘By Time > Day’. Use this to see if there’s any days that perform much better than other days. With one of my clients we realised that they never get any meaningful engagement over the weekend, so we chose to switch ads off on a Saturday & Sunday. But once Monday morning comes along we switch the ads back on because things kick back in again.

Secret Feature No.2 – Free Stock Images

Stuck on what image to use for your ad and don’t want to have to pay for a stock photo? No drama, Shutterstock has got you covered. They’ve made thousands of images available for use for free. Just head into Ads Manager, click on the green ‘Create Ad’ button in the top right, and when you get to the Ad level where you need to add an image just click on ‘Free Stock Images’: 

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You then just type a keyword into the search bar that is related to whatever you’re advertising. Choose up to 6 images that you like and they’ll be added to your ad for split-testing.

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There’s a couple of important things you need to know about this option:

  1. You still have to adhere to Facebook’s guidelines on having text on the image. Which means if you choose an image with a lot of text on it then your ad will be penalised by Facebook. There’s more info on the guidelines here.
  2. The image may not be the correct size for the type of ad you want to run. Which means your image may end up being cut off and looking a bit odd. (There’s more info on the correct image size for each ad here.

So that brings us onto the next hidden feature that you may not know about…

Secret Feature No. 3 – Crop Image

There’s specific image sizes that you need to use for different types of ads. The correct image sizes can be found HERE.

By using the correct image size it will ensure that your ad looks good on all the different placements that it might be seen (mobile, desktop, Instagram, right hand column). If you’re creating the images yourself you can use Canva, PicMonkey or Photoshop to resize your images to the correct size. But sometimes you’re in a rush or using the free stock images. So that’s when you want to use the ‘Crop Image’ feature.

When creating the ad within Ads Manager you’ll need to choose your image first and then you’ll click the ‘Crop Image’ icon in the bottom of the image.

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Then you can move the grid around to make your image look good within the dimensions.

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Just remember that some images will just not fit in the ad dimensions, so you may have to try a few images to get it looking good.

Secret Feature No.4 – Create a Slideshow of Images

Now you might have a few images you want to use in your ad, or you might think that just using one image is not exciting enough. But creating a video might just seem a bit too much work, or not something you’re good at. Well, Facebook makes it super easy to create a slideshow of your images, which plays just like a video in the ad. Just click on ‘Slideshow’ at the Ad level then ‘Create Slideshow’ down the bottom.

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You then click on ‘Add Photos’ to choose your images. You also have a few options about how you want the video to look:

  • Aspect ratio – Original, Square, Rectangle or Vertical
  • How long each image is on the screen
  • Whether you want any transition between the images 

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You can also add some music to your slideshow, using either the royalty-free music available in Facebook or uploading your own. Just remember, if you’re uploading music you must have the right to use it. (You can find out more info on copyright here).

Then you’re done! It’s a really easy way to add a bit of movement into your ads and to capture the attention of anyone that sees it.

 

Secret Feature No.5 – Create an Audience of People That Have Viewed Your Videos

If you hadn’t heard the newsflash, video is so hot right now. Facebook wants to be the place to be for viewing videos. So if you’re willing to take the time to create some catchy vids or to put yourself out there on camera, you’ll be rewarded with better organic reach and engagement.

However, there’s another reason that you should be seriously considering using videos for your business. And that’s the fact that you can create an audience of people that have viewed your video and then show them an ad for something else.

Think about it… if someone has taken the time to watch your video, they already know who you are. So if they then see an ad telling them about your shop/service/product then they’re more likely to click on it.

You can create the ‘Video Views’ audience after you’ve posted some video content on your Facebook page or run a video ad. To create the audience go into your Ads Manager and then click on Audiences > Create Audience > Custom Audience > Engagement on Facebook > Video 

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You can then create audiences based on the amount of your video that people have watched.

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You need to know that Facebook classes a video view as anyone that has watched at least 3 seconds of your video. Which means that someone scrolling through their newsfeed may have seen your video for 3 seconds but wasn’t actually paying any attention to it. So the total video views is not really indicative of people that have actually taken the time to stop on your video. So I often like to use 25% or above to create my audiences.

You then choose the videos that you want to use to create your audience, click on ‘Confirm’ in the bottom right, name it and then ‘Create Audience’

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You can then select this audience from the ‘Custom Audiences’ dropdown in the Ad Set level when choosing your targeting.

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So there you have 5 awesome features in Facebook’s Ads Manager that you probably didn’t know existed.

Which of these features are you going to try next time you run an ad? Leave a comment and let me know.

Angela Ponsford is one half of Dotti Media and is a self-confessed Facebook Ads nerd. She loves geeking out over clients’ Facebook Ad campaigns and figuring out how to get them the best results. Angela also works with clients doing one-on-one Facebook Ads coaching, runs Facebook & Instagram workshops and is the co-creator of ‘Get InstaSavvy’, an online Instagram course. When she’s not on Facebook you can find her on the roller derby track as her alter ego, Slingshot Polkadot. She lives just outside Byron Bay with her husband and twin daughters.

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5 Wonderful Natural Gems To Explore in Southeast Asia

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So you want to go out in the world and travel? If you are a fan of simply going out and seeing some natural wonders instead of the sometimes over-hyped cities in the western world, then maybe you should consider traveling to Asia and seeing what this amazing continent has to offer. The reality is, we all got caught up so much in traveling to Europe or the States that we forget about Asia.

Even as just a small part of the whole continent, the Southeast has a lot of exciting natural wonders you can visit and spend weeks exploring. Not only is the Southeast quite rich in various attractions, but the whole continent, in general, is quite cheap. All of the expenses you would have for a typical holiday in the western part of the world are halved in Asia and your biggest expense is the plane ticket needed to get there.

On top of that, the regulations for visiting Southeast Asia are quite lax and most countries don’t require visas to visit them. This means no waiting period, just hop on a plane and go to whatever place seems attractive to you in Southeast Asia. While we are at it, let’s see what amazing choices there are for visiting nature’s works of art in this part of the world.

1. Chiang Mai, Thailand

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Since the airport in Bangkok has the most flights from everywhere around the world, Thailand is a good place to start your trip. Although Chiang Mai is a city located in the north of Thailand, its cultural heritage and epic sights around it simply need to be mentioned.

The city of Chiang Mai has a lot of culture, amazing food markets, relaxed atmosphere, polite locals, old temples and pretty landscapes. It was able to become “the spot” for backpack travelers and digital nomads in the past couple of years.

Chiang Mai offers some of the best street food in whole Thailand and it is very cheap with the cost-per-dish being around one dollar. You can find hotel accommodation for just 3 dollars per night and get a place to stay with the locals for an even cheaper price while learning more about their culture and enjoying their hospitality.

Once you’ve settled in, go jungle trekking as Chiang Mai is the start for many routes. Go to the Elephant Nature Park, go zip lining through its surrounding mountains or tour the amazing temples you can find all around Chiang Mai. Set aside some extra time when visiting Chiang Mai as you will love it and want to spend more time here.

2. Sapa, Vietnam

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You can get to Sapa through two separate means of transport, by bus and a train ride. You can grab a train from Hanoi to the station called Lao Cai. When you arrive there, take a taxi or a shuttle bus to Sapa. The road from Lao Cai to Sapa costs around 3 dollars and it can get a bit shaky.

The Sapa valley is full of beautiful sights and this city is the main base for all trekking that goes around here. Apart from having amazing nature around the whole valley, there are also many traditional small villages and various hill tribes you can visit while trekking.

Sapa is also well-known for its marketplaces where you can buy a lot of souvenirs including the handcrafted items people from the tribes around the city come to sell at Sapa marketplaces.

3. Taman Negara

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Taman Negara is a large rainforest and one of the oldest of its kind. Thousands of tourists visit this national park every year to see all of the beauties that it has to offer. The best way to get to Taman Negara is to go through the Tembeling river with a boat.

Through the river, you can reach the small village called Kuala Tahan, which is the base for all of the adventures you can have in this national park. If you do this through tour companies, make sure that they explain all the details to you and make sure that they don’t simply drop you off in Kuala Tahan, and leave you there to manage the rest of the tour on your own.

One of the most famous canopy walkways is located in Taman Negara as it is the longest in the world. The whole track is well signposted and just after 45m, it offers tourists amazing views of the whole rainforest. Experiencing it costs less than a dollar. What’s even better is the fact that you can find all the information you want on the wildlife and birds you see from these treetops.

4. Mount Kinabalu

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One of the tallest mountains of Southeast Asia is called Mount Kinabalu and its 4095 meters tall. This mountain stretches across north Borneo and it’s the highest peak between the island of New Guinea and the Himalayas. A person with good physical conditioning can climb this mountain easily, as there are no difficult slopes and there are many routes and roads that lead to the top of the mountain.

There is also no need for any climbing equipment, but just in case, there are a lot of guides who will go with you and help you avoid any problems. The climbing experience is amazing and even those people who’ve done this a lot say that it’s fun to climb Mount Kinabalu. The easiest way to get here is to catch a minibus from the capital of Borneo Kota Kinabalu.

The whole area around the mountain is also a national park and there are many tourist guides who can show you around and help you experience the complete beauty of this place.

5. Komodo National Park

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The Komodo National Park is located in Indonesia, a country further to the south. This island is located between two islands called Flores and Lombok. To get to the Komodo National Park, you will first have to go to Bali and from there, catch a plane or a boat.

You can catch a flight from the airport in Bali to Labuan Bajo which is one the Flores Island. This is the leading base for exploring the national park. From this place, you can take some great diving tours and enjoy the marina located there.

At Labuan Bajo, you can also get a charter boat and go on a cruise around all of the Komodo islands and go snorkeling or discover some interesting things about the archipelago. You can also go sightseeing from Bali. Here, you can get on board on a liveaboard and go on an amazing diving cruise around Komodo marine and Lombok Island.

When in Labuan Bajo, go discovering the whole island with a bus or hire a driver guide that can take you around all the gems this island has to offer. Everyone who visits this national park is, of course, there to see the Komodo dragons. These are the largest lizards on the planet, and they can only be found here so, if you are nearby, take this amazing opportunity.

The best locations for seeing them are on the Komodo and Rinca islands. They are dangerous and they have attacked people in the past, but they are usually quite slow and don’t move a lot. But still, always have a guide present and listen to their instructions.

No matter which of these places you visit, make sure that you get to know the locals living there and talk to them. You can learn amazing things and they can show you what these places have to offer to the tiniest detail. If you can visit Southeast Asia, I guarantee you that you will have a memorable holiday with a lot of great experiences.

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Embracing a Positive Mindset

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Have you ever had one of those days where from the moment you rolled out of bed, nothing seemed to go your way? You then immediately thought, “Its going to be a crappy day!”  Since you get exactly what you wish for, you face one setback after another, and it all takes on a snowball effect as one problem rolls into the next. It’s like you have a cloud of gloom following you for the remainder of the day until your head hits the pillow at night.

Sometimes when disappointments come our way, it is because we expect them to. It’s kind of like our belief system is displaced. You expect turmoil, so that is exactly what you get. We become so used to a negative mindset that the vicious cycle of discouragement becomes familiar to us after a while.

There is so much negativity in the world from the moment when we wake up, turn on TV, and get on social media. And do you know what? It is all out of our control!  The problems of the world do not have to rest on our shoulders. But we tend to let them have an effect on us, and we sometimes play the blame game and fault situations or other people for the way we feel.

When a simple downfall hits you head on, you have a choice to let the negative energy continue or the choice to stop it in its track. Just like you would flip a light switch, you need to switch on your positive thinking or switch off the negative thinking.

Once you realize that you have control over your feelings, you can nurture it into a positive mindset and keep the power going. You have to consciously remove the lack of optimism that squashes your right to be happy and put yourself in better frame of mind knowing that you can overcome obstacles that come your way. You can construct a consistent, peaceful frame of mind with conscious effort. It starts with knowing that you deserve to be happy and acknowledging that you are responsible for your own happiness on a daily basis. In other words, you need to cultivate that warm and fuzzy feeling within yourself and embrace it.

Three Surefire Ways to Incorporate a Positive Frame of Mind on a Daily Basis

1. Embrace it.

Make a shift in your mind that you are ready for a positive change. Have gratitude for all of the good that you have going for you. Make a list on a daily basis of what was special about your day. Start a journal that will help you chart your goals and achievements. Reward yourself for taking baby steps towards a more optimistic energy.

2. Learn it.

Read positive quotes or inspirational stories. There are many self-help books and CDs available to educate and inspire you. Surround yourself with people who support you, and put a smile on your face instead of draining your energy. Be aware of your breathing and posture. Smile more because it will make you feel better from the inside out. Connect with others who have a more forward-looking outlook on life because it will reflect your way.

3. Believe it.

Visualize in your mind, the end result of you in a more positive state of being. Raise your expectations of what you can achieve. Stop any negative thoughts in their tracks, and replace each one with a more beneficial belief pattern. Believe in yourself and also in something greater than life itself.

And remember: it may take a bit of practice, but we all have the power to change our thoughts and behavior. You need to make it a conscious decision on a daily basis to embrace the “I can” attitude. With a bit of discipline, better days will override the bad days. Expect good ones!

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PB164: 3 MORE Tips Productivity Tips to Help You Build Healthy Habits

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3 MORE Tips to Help You Increase Your Productivity

In today’s episode, I want to continue on from the previous episode and share 3 more thoughts on how to become more productive and build healthy habits around your blogging and in your life.

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While normally our episodes are designed as stand alone episodes this one really does build upon the last one, so I would encourage you to listen to that one first if you haven’t done so, yet.

In it I talked about:

  • Starting with your why and building goals around it
  • The power of saying ‘it’s just what I do’ and ‘normalising’ the habits you’re trying to build through making appointments with yourself
  • Building Systems rather than thinking just about building ‘good habits’

Today I want to extend upon these ideas and talk about how I got my own weekly system or routine to the point it’s currently at – because it didn’t just happen!

Today I’ll share:

  • The power of ‘leveling up’ your habits
  • My approach to when you can’t keep your schedule up
  • And how I stay sane as someone who doesn’t like systems – but has one!

So if you’re someone who struggles with managing your time or have tried to build good habits but have failed to stay on track – this episode is just for you.

In Today’s Episode 3 MORE Tips Productivity Tips to Help You Build Healthy Habits

  • Start with Small Things and ‘Level Up’
  • Never Miss 2 in a Row
  • Create Space to play

 

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Hi there, it’s Darren Rowse from ProBlogger. Welcome to Episode 164 of the ProBlogger podcast. I’m the guy behind problogger.com, a blog, a podcast, an event, a job board, and a series of ebooks all designed to help you to grow your blog and to achieve your dreams as a blogger. You can learn more about ProBlogger and see all our latest episode and the tutorials that we publish every couple of days on ProBlogger at problogger.com.

In today’s episode, I want to continue on from the previous episode and share three more thoughts on how to become a more productive blogger and how to build healthy habits that help you to achieve your blogging goals, but also goals in other areas of your life as well.

Normally, our episodes are designed to be stand alone, you can just listen to one and then move on. This one today definitely builds upon the last one. If you haven’t listened to Episode 163, I do encourage you to go back and listen to that one first because everything I say today builds upon that.

In that previous episode for those of you who need a recap, because it’s been a few days, I talked about starting with your why and building your goals around that why. I talked about the power of saying, “It’s just what I do,” and normalizing the habits that you’re trying to build through making appointments with yourself. Lastly in the last episode, I talked about building systems rather than just thinking about building good habits.

Today, I want to extend upon those ideas and I want to talk about how I got my own weekly system or routine to the point it’s currently at because it didn’t just happen. Today, I’m going to talk about the power of levelling up your habits. I’m going to talk about my approach when you can’t quite keep that schedule up for different reasons. Lastly, I want to talk about how I stay sane as someone who doesn’t like systems but is living my life by one. If you’re someone who struggles with managing your time and you try to build those good habits in the past but have failed to stay on track, this episode is just for you.

Continuing on from that last episode, today I want to start by talking about starting with small things and levelling up. Most of the good habits and elements of the system that I’ve built for my week started off not as you see them today, but they started off really quite small. There have been a few times where I’ve started big. For example, deciding to walk 10,000 steps a day, that was a pretty big thing. Most of the time, my habits, the things that I do, have started off by being quite small to start with, and I’ve evolved them, I’ve levelled them up.

As I mentioned in the last episode, I talked about my health journey in that particular one. I want to go back to that. Made a series of small changes to help me get where I’m currently at today in my health journey. It started actually even before I started walking with my diet. As many of you know, I use the five two diet, it’s intermittent fasting for a period of time. I don’t practice it anymore because I actually lost too much weight on it and it was starting to waste away but it was a really good starting point for me to get some of those extra kilos off.

For me, that was the starting point, actually doing that. I worked on that for a few weeks, a few months, and then I decided to start to level things up because I knew I was addressing my diet but I wasn’t addressing my exercise. That’s the time that I started to walk, and that was 10,000 steps a day.

That was pretty much as far as I went for six or seven months with my health journey. Getting the diet under control and getting the walking. The reason I did that, I just didn’t level up too quickly after that. I wanted those things to become normal for me. I wanted to normalize that as I talked about in the last episode.

After six months of walking, I decided that the next thing for me to level up was to get a stand up desk and to spend more of my days standing rather than sitting. You will probably have read lots of articles on the why of that so I’m not going to go into great depth. Again, this was something I started really small. I bought the desk, I brought it home, I set it up, and I decided that I would spend the first hour of every working day standing up, that was all. I would sit for the rest of the day. It was a small step.

I went after a while, after I got used to that. It does take a little while to get used to. I decided to do an hour in the morning and an hour in the afternoon, then gradually I moved it to a whole morning and an hour late in the afternoon. Gradually, I’ve been able to move to a point where I spend most of my day standing now. Again, it wasn’t something I just decided to do straight away, I worked my way up.

The next element was to add in some gym work and to get a personal trainer. I go two days a week to my personal trainer. That’s getting to the point where that’s starting to be normal for me. I’ve been doing that for six months now. I’m now considering my next level up. Going to a gym by myself to do a bit more cardio work because most of the work I’m doing at the PT is strength work.

For me, it’s been a really gradual thing. It’s taken me two years to get to the point that I’m at. I’m gradually levelling up. I don’t know where this all going to end in this health journey for me. If you had asked me two years ago to walk 10,000 steps a day, to stand up most of the day at my desk, to go to the PT twice a week, to go to the gym on other days, I don’t think  I would have done any of it. It would have been too much for me. Small steps, normalize that behavior, then level up. I think the same thing applies in the work that you’re the doing, the habits that you’re trying to build in your blogging. Really, I guess that’s what this part is, what this podcast is about.

Your goal might be to eventually be writing everyday but to suddenly go from no post a day to a daily post, that might be too much for you. You might need to do one post a week, you might do two, you might do three, you might gradually level things up. The same with your social media, the same with running a podcast, there’s different ways to go about it. Sometimes to get to that end result that you want, you need to take a small step and then to level up.

Levelling up is the first thing I want to talk about today. The next one is kind of a little rule, another little mantra that I have. The mantra is never miss two in a row. Let me explain because kind of is a bit cryptic. The reality is that that schedule that you see, I cannot keep it up every single day. There are things that get in the way of that. The reality is for 10,000 steps a day, my walking, I can’t do that everyday. I travel, I’m getting on a plane next Tuesday to go to a conference in Orlando. I’m going to sit on planes for 36 hours to get to that conference. That period, I’m not going to be able to do 10,000 steps unless I have a long layover in an airport where I can walk around. I’ve done that plenty of times in the past.

There are sometimes some ways to weave in the walk around some of these things. Travelling, going on a holiday, getting sick, family commitments, these things all get in the way. Sometimes I can weave them in like walking around an airport, I remember doing that once at Singapore airport, going for a really long walk. I also don’t want my schedule to rule my life. I give myself permission from time to time to have time away from my routine.

The little rule that I do have is that I try not to miss two in a row. This means different things for the different habits. For example, my walking, if I miss a day, I try not to miss the next day. That’s my rule. I try to walk at least every second day. My goal is to walk everyday but sometimes things happen.

Earlier in the year we’ve been to Thailand as a family for holiday. It was tough to get my 10,000 steps in a day there. We were in a resort, it wasn’t a very big resort, it didn’t lend itself to long walk, hated the weather, lots of rain, it was hot, and plus I was on holiday so I gave myself some days off but I still managed to go every second day.

With my personal trainer, means that when I’m travelling I can’t go. I’m going to be away for a whole week next week but what I’ve decided to do is to find a gym locally that I can go to once while I’m away. I’m not going to do my normal two sessions a week, I’m going to do one, I’m going to miss one. Giving myself permission to do that.

With creating content on my blog, I may not be able to keep up the normal routine while I’m away at the conference but I’m going to try and reach my goal every second day. Write half the post that I would normally write, I would create half of the podcast.

For me, the key I guess here is to try and find ways to keep the practice of what I’m doing going, to keep those muscles working even if it’s not at the frequency that I am aiming for. I guess what I’m trying to do is to keep it normal. It’s just what I do, I create content, I walk, I go to the gym, I do these things, these are normal. For me, where I get into trouble is where I have extended breaks away from things. I try and find ways to keep things going. Whether that’s not missing two in a row, maybe there’s some other way to do that for you.

That works for me, the state I’m in at the moment. I will say when I first started walking 10,000 steps a day, I didn’t want to miss a day. That’s where I did walk around Singapore airport and did my 10,000 steps anyway. Sometimes in the early days or building habits, sometimes you get excited and you want to keep pushing through, and that’s totally fine. I became a bit obsessed, I wanted to keep my unbroken record of days of getting 10,000 steps going and that was part of my motivation in the early days. You don’t have to build a system that rules your life. The system is there to help you achieve your goals, sometimes you need to be a bit gracious with yourself.

The last that I want to talk about in this little mini series that I’m doing is to create space to play. The first version of my weekly routine was wall to wall activity. I packed every minute from 8:00AM to 10:00PM full of activity, trying to be productive all through the day. I realized that that was going to kill me. Really, as much as I was getting a lot done, it wasn’t something I could sustain.

As I mentioned in the last episode, my myers-brigg personality type is to be a P on that I’m part of the spectrum there. I’m naturally very spontaneous, impulsive. Sometimes where I’ve got space to play, that’s where I get my best ideas. For me to not leave time to be spontaneous and impulsive squashes some of those good ideas out of my life. It also squashes up space that I get energy. I know I get energy when I have a space to dream, to think, and to play with ideas.

If you look at my schedule today, you’ll see that I’ve now created space in my schedule to play. Some of that happens at the end of the day, some of that happens on the weekends, but I also put aside Monday afternoons for this exact reason. For me, every day is different how I use my playtime. Sometimes it’s reading a novel, sometimes it’s watching something on Netflix, other times it’s going to a movie, or going to a café, or having a date with Vanessa, or having a sleep. Other days it ends up being a working kind of thing where I write something that is a bit more playful or something that’s more of a passion project.

For me, I really need that time to play. That may just be my personality type but I suspect most of us need that time as well. To schedule time for rest, for play, for dreaming, for imagining, that blue sky thinking is a really important thing as well. If you want to be productive, I think it’s really important to build those things in as well.

They’re my six things I’ve kind of gone through over the last couple of episodes. I would love to hear what you’ve got to say as well. My six things were to start with your goals and your why. Number two was the power of normalizing things, it’s just what I do, scheduling the things that you want to build into good habits. Number three was to think about systems, not just the habits, and actually schedule the important things that you want to build into your life. Number four was to start with small things and then to level up. Number five was to never miss two in a row, might be three. And number six was to create space to play.

I would love to hear your thoughts on these. Do one them resonate with you? Do you disagree with one? Or is there something else you would into the mix?

You can tweet me at @problogger, or leave a comment at my Facebook page at facebook.com/problogger. Love to hear what you think about this, what has helped you, and what you’re going to do as a result of this as well. Love to chat with you more on this particular topic. It’s one that I’m constantly learning on as well, so do be in touch.

I’ll chat with you in a couple of days time in Episode 165 where I’ve got an amazing interview to share with you from one of the most popular speak is that we have ever had at the ProBlogger event. Tune into that in a couple of days time.

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Win A Networking Pass To Affiliate Summit West 2017

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The Affiliate Summit West (ASW) happens January 15-17, 2017 at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, and I got $2,490 worth of Networking Passes to give away! That sounds like a lot of passes, but it works out to only ten (Affiliate Summit is not a cheap show). Winning a pass means you save yourself $249!

The Networking Plus gives you admission to Affiliate Meet Market, Exhibit Hall, Meet Market, RevShare Roundup, Keynotes, Ask the Experts Roundtable, First-Time Orientation, and the Networking Lounge. You can also upgrade to a VIP Pass by paying the difference in price.

How To Enter To Win An ASW Networking Pass

aswTo enter, all you have to do is explain in the comments why you should be awarded a Networking Pass to the Affiliate Summit. The better your comment, the higher your chances of winning.

Please only enter if you actually plan on going. You also need to be 21 or older. If you are selected, you must attend. The pass is not transferable and cannot be resold because it will have your name on it. I am only giving away the passes. I am not paying for your travel or hotel. However, the winners will get a T-shirt that says, “I’m with John Chow, Bitch!” It’s guarantee to get you into all the parties.

IMPORTANT – please note the following:
You must notify the recipients that they cannot be transferred, and the pass codes become invalid in the event the conference sells out. Also, anybody registering for a complimentary pass who neither checks in at the conference or cancels will be ineligible for future complimentary passes.

If you are new to Internet marketing, attending the Affiliate Summit can be a life-changing event. Many of the biggest names in the industry got their start at this show. If you’re serious about making money online, you can not afford to miss this show. Watch the video below to see some of the highlights from last year’s show.

The winners of the passes will be announced on Sunday, November 6. This should give you enough time to book your air and hotel if you need it. Good luck and enter now!

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Adult Life Is Full Of Irony, But You Can Choose To Live It At Your Own Pace

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When we were kids, we couldn’t wait to reach the adulthood where all the things seemed awesome, like not having to wait for pocket money, or go to bed early. However, when we finally reached that desired age, we see that it’s not always so awesome and that there are much more responsibilities than we thought. You earn your money, but don’t have time to spend it. You go to bed late because of being busy, but you want to sleep early.

A talented artist Shenanigansen from Massachusetts brilliantly illustrates everyday struggles of growing up. Yet, all those seemingly serious problems and dilemmas can be overcome if you decide to consider them from a different point of view. Yes, there are some situations that seem like an ironic twist, but in every such situation there is a lesson to learn which can help you at some point in your life.

1. Approach every situation as a new lesson

Whatever life throws at you, don’t beat up yourself thinking there’s no way out. Every situation can either bring something positive, and even if it’s something you would rather not go through and just give up, hang on, you will definitely learn a valuable lesson.

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2. Start you mornings by doing things you love

Don’t start your day thinking about the problems, rather think about what you can do to make yourself feel better, and solutions will come to you. Play your favorite music while drinking coffee, or read a few pages of your favorite book, maybe do some exercise, and you will feel packed with positive emotions and energy.

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3. Find people you have common interests with

It might seem harder to make friends as an adult. Yet, you are now at the age when you know what things interest you. Therefore, try to make friends who share your interests. Attend concerts of your favorite musicians, go to book clubs, go to dancing classes; there will sure be someone you can become close friends with.

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4. Happiness is just a corner away

Happiness is not some big unachievable abstraction. It shouldn’t feel as a struggle, but rather an enjoyable process. Start with finding joy and happiness in small things, such as drinking coffee with friends, watching your favorite TV show, buying a new book. When you start appreciating small things, bigger reasons for happiness will surely come.

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5. Take at least 15 minutes each day to unwind

Stressing out brings you no good, that’s why it is a good thing to take 15 minutes each day to unwind – meditate, take a longer bath with candles and a glass of wine, or simply lie down and relax your body.

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6. Take care of your body

Stop making excuses for not taking care of your health. There’s no time like the present. Take care about what you eat, and you will start to feel better and have more energy.

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7. Motivation can bring you a long way

Even if you are doing something you don’t like, and you feel like it would be better to just quit and run away, motivate yourself by doing something you really like, but only after you’ve finished your task. There’s no better feeling when you finish something you were putting off for a long time.

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8. Be the best version of yourself

Don’t make yourself feel bad by comparing yourself to other people, we are all unique and you should try to do the best of your abilities, otherwise, you will never be satisfied.

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9. Talk about what troubles you

It is always easier when you share your worries with someone else. They might have been in a similar situation and can provide you with a great advice from their own experience, or just be there to support you through the rough patch.

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10. Every problem has a solution

The sooner you deal with what’s troubling you, the better you will feel, and will overcome obstacles in the future more easily.

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11. Problems = challenges

You can place the blame for your problems on someone/something else, but they are only problems if you treat them that way. Start looking at problems as chances for personal growth.

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12. Don’t be a slave to material things

It’s OK to treat yourself to some new piece of clothing or a fresh new gadget, but don’t let this desire for material go too deep. Learn to appreciate and be grateful for all non-material things, such as good health, love, family and friendship bonds.

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13. Everything is not what it looks like online

It may seem that your friends have a perfect life on social media. However, bear in mind that reality is often different and try spending less time online and more time enjoying life outside social media.

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14. Love yourself

Write down all the positive traits you like about yourself; you can also ask your friends or family to do the same, and every time you feel down, just read it, and you will immediately feel better.

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15. Don’t run away from responsibilities

Responsibilities will catch up with you no matter how fast you run – the sooner you face them, the better you will feel.

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The 2nd Ugly Truth of Internet Marketing

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On this episode of Driving with John Chow, I reveal the second ugly truth of Internet marketing. Part of the four ugly truths of Internet marketing, these are true statements, but people don’t want to hear it or believe it. That doesn’t change the fact that it’s true.

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Community Discussion: How Much Video Do You Do?

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We are hearing it from all sides – video is the new black. It’s where most of your audience are spending their time, and it’s one of the most successful (if not currently the most successful) content online.

Technology evangelist Brian Fanzo tells us that video is the future. If you’re not producing video on your blog and social channels, you are missing out.

However, through conversations with other bloggers (aka people who started a blog to write, not necessarily to be an online influencer jumping on each new trend to stay current), I’ve noticed that people aren’t experimenting with video if that’s not their passion and that’s not what they started blogging to do.

So it seems bloggers are divided. Yes video gets eyeballs but if you don’t love it and it’s not what your current audience wants, do you bother with it at all?

I’m interested in what the audience here at ProBlogger does, and is considering doing in the future. Will you be leveraging video for traffic? Do you already? Are you a vlogger? Do you shy away from the camera and prefer your words to do the talking? I’d love to know where you’re at in the comments.

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