The One Type Of Blog Post That Will Transform Your Blog Immediately

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The One Type Of Blog Post The Will Transform Your Blog Immediately

This is a guest contribution from Joe Elliott.

How hard can it be when you start a new blog, you create crazy amounts of content and then you need to start generating traffic?

You bust your butt off to get 20 posts so that you can say you are good to go.

You reach out to influencers only to meet their trashcan. You even submit a ton of pitches for a guest post… again only to get an instant delete!

It sucks!

The truth is this is the old school way of doing this blogging game. Content is still king but your job nowadays is to create content that can generate traffic easily on its own.

Today I am going to share with you the exact strategy I use to create a traffic generating expert roundup post. I will show you the best outreach tips I have to ensure your contributors say yes.

Once this post is live and doing its job you have the social proof I mentioned before and you will get your first few visitors with ease!

Are you ready?

Find A Proven Content Idea That Will Drive Your Audience Wild!

Every topic in your niche that your audience would be interested in has been covered. Having said that, you can still create a better resource that has your very own unique take on the topic.

When you first start a blog you want to create content that has been a success on other blogs. If it has done well before then there is no reason why it can’t take off again.

That is if you do the topic justice!

An expert roundup post that is based on a killer topic will blow your readers mind easily. This post type is stuffed with legendary tips, it’s bursting with value.

So how can you find these topics that have proven their worth?

The One Type Of Blog Post The Will Transform Your Blog Immediately

First head over to Google and search for a broad topic in your niche. This will show you the content that has managed to make the first page of Google. It’s the best content on Google.

The One Type Of Blog Post The Will Transform Your Blog Immediately

Now take each post on the front page of the search results and enter them into Buzzsumo. This will show you the most shared content from this website.

As you go through each you should see similar topics on multiple blogs. When you see the same topic a few times you are onto a good thing.

That’s your PROVEN topic!

Now all that’s left to do is to turn this into a question.

Head over to Quora and type in your hot topic, now pick a question that your audience is looking for and that get’s some traction (how many upvotes does it have). This rocks because the influencers will want to be featured because it’s a popular topic and your audience are happy because it’s a popular question.

Create A List Of Influencers That Are Desperate To Share Your Expert Roundup Post

Now you have that killer question it is time to create a spreadsheet to input all your influencer buddies into.

The spreadsheet should have a column for their name, blog name, their URL, email and social media accounts. I also add a column for me to write accepted or leave blank. It pays to be organized!

I always start by entering the details for people I know first because you have a track record with them they will be more likely to get involved. Just make sure that they are relevant to the topic. Nobody wants to know what Sports player thinks about SEO, really.

Big celebrity bloggers, these are the ones that every marketer knows, like Darren Rowse, Neil Patel, Amy Porterfield, Pat Flynn etc…

They will be the hardest people to get a hold of because of the sheer amount of email they get daily. Some even have a VA which makes it even harder to get to their inboxes. The best way to get straight to these people is to find someone who knows them and ask them for a connection.

If they fit the bill for your roundup then you should start trying to get on their radar about 6 months out.

The One Type Of Blog Post The Will Transform Your Blog Immediately

Big Audience Bloggers are the bloggers who could still transform your blog because of their big audience. They may still not be at Neil Patel level but they have some decent influence.

You now have a better chance of getting your email read but if you have not taken the time to get on their radar they won’t reply. If you form a relationship with these people most will help you with your expert roundup post.

Credibility Building Bloggers, these are the bloggers that know their stuff but are still building their audience. They have some influence and have connections with the big dogs! You will find these bloggers by looking at other roundups. If they have featured one of the big guys you should definitely consider them because that shows there is a connection there!

The little guys, we all gotta start somewhere. These dudes will promote your post like mad because they want to show that they have been featured amongst the big dogs.

Always consider these dudes –  if they make it before you, well it’s another connection!

So get started by filling out your spreadsheet with all the bloggers you want to feature in your post.

I would always aim for at least a hundred. Not all will get back but it should get you at least 20 if you crack the next bit…

Nail Your Outreach For An Awesome Roundup Post

Now that you have got a big list of bloggers to reach out to it is time to craft a killer outreach email to get their answer. Check out this article by Jason Quey where he shares his best strategy to get in touch with any kind of influencer.

Most newbies screw this bit up because they feel the need to make their email request all about them or they do not get on the radar well enough!

Hard fact, nobody is going to help you if your number one topic is yourself. If you met someone on the street for the first time and asked for $10, what would their response be?

If you do a good deed for someone, however, you are more than likely to get more in return. Work on forming a relationship!

Start by reaching out to the big dogs these bloggers will take a bit more time to get them on your side. The best way to get on their radar is to start commenting on their blogs, or reaching out to them on social media…

This is how I got in contact with Jaime Masters at the Eventual Millionaire. I followed up by sending her a personal email thanking her for all her hard work and started connecting from there!

The One Type Of Blog Post The Will Transform Your Blog Immediately

The first tip for a successful outreach email is to put the name of the influencer in the subject. You would be surprised how many people use templates and don’t address the influencers by their name at any point in their outreach.

Epic Fail!

This is just rude! When people see their name in the subject they will be more drawn to the email.

Your number on way to get an expert to contribute is to keep the question super easy…

What is your number one tip for new bloggers to start getting traffic?

This is good because it tells the expert who the audience is and the topic getting traffic. It is an easy to answer the question. One tip is plenty because won’t have to write an essay!

Bad Example…

What are the strategies you use to build a blog, list and make money?

This could be a book and you have not stated who the target audience for the post is!

Now the other reason I told you to get the big bloggers first is so that you can drop some social proof into the email. This will help your outreach efforts immensely.

I have got Darren Rowse, Neil Patel, and Yaro Starak’s answers, can I add yours to my list?

When other bloggers see these names they will see that you are working hard to make it a success. This is perfect and will help your efforts to get others involved.

Go The Extra Mile And Let Your Experts Shine

You should be chuffed with your progress, now it is time to put it all together. No matter what keyword you are targeting this post is for the experts to showcase their skills and experience. You have to let them shine.

Create a killer headline that encourages people to click through to your post. I do three things to make sure my headline stands out.

  1. Have the main keyword to tell Google and your readers what the post is about,
  2. Share the benefit the reader can expect from reading the post,
  3. Add some power words that make it impossible to say no. Sarah Peterson has done an awesome job compiling a list of power words on SumoMe.

Lastly, I will ask people what they think. You could ask the experts or create a survey in Facebook groups. Your goal is to make sure it kicks butts but you’re not on your own unless you choose to be.

Now to create an intro that captures and hooks your readers in, if you can get them here surely you can keep them through the post. My intros tend to follow a structure but the main thing is to tell the reader what they can expect from your post…

  1. Introduce the problem that the post will cover,
  2. Tell them that your post is going to solve this very problem,
  3. Introduce the experts and away we go…

List your experts with their Name, website, short bio and their answer. Now again we want to let them shine so do not be afraid to head over to their website and grab screenshot examples, you can even create your own examples so you have unique pictures.

You could have a link to their most popular post (you can find this using Buzzsumo). Go the extra mile and your experts will see that you care and that it’s not just about you!

Lastly end the post by thanking all your experts for their time. Give a quick summary and ask your readers the question.

This will keep the communication going in the comments, more engagement for your blog!

Don’t Be Lazy: Promote Your Post Too

I see a lot of people using these posts to get some exposure for themselves but they leave it all up to the experts. Yes you will get a lot of free promotion, but you have also got a lot of free content, you should thank the experts by getting them maximum exposure.

The first thing that is so simple to implement is Click to Tweet buttons. These make it easy for your readers to share the content. You can download this free plugin for WordPress which makes the job a breeze.

If you want though you can head to ClickToTweet.com and set up a basic link, this gives you a link to add to your roundup where it makes sense.

The One Type Of Blog Post The Will Transform Your Blog Immediately

The next thing to do is to create some social media graphics using Canva or any tool of your choice. Showcase one or two experts in these images. Now schedule tweets, Facebook posts, Google+ posts and even Pinterest Pins with these pictures and tag your experts in them.

The next thing I do is schedule an email out to my list, doing the social media stuff first helps to create some shares and sometimes even comments. This is social proof for your own subscribers to see when they get there.

Now there should be a bit of traction, so I will reach out to the experts and let them know it’s live. Make it easy for them to share by including a click to tweet link in the email. You still don’t need to ask them for anything.

Let them decide, most will share anyway because they are featured in the post.

Now before I go I want you to go to your favorite industry publication and find the editor and the most common contributors. Start connecting with these people and make sure the link to your site is easy to find.

If you are using Wisestamp the journalists will see your link in your signature if you email them. If on Twitter they will see your link on your profile. Just be helpful don’t ask them for anything, just mingle. If you play your cards right you could get some major exposure from them!

It’s Over To You

This kind of post can be the most powerful, if you’re not lazy and deliver value to your experts as well as your readers. If you are struggling to get traction or you have a new blog then this type of post is perfect for you.

It might seem like a lot of work but really if you’re not spending time, how can you expect results. Noah Kagen said this in a webinar of his I attended…

The One Type Of Blog Post The Will Transform Your Blog Immediately

This is so true and I think it is something you should keep in mind, not just for roundups but for any post you create!

Have you created an expert roundup post? What were your results like? Let me know in the comments!

Joe Elliott is the founder of One Man Wiki, his blog that shares tips to help you kickstart your blog. If you are a new or struggling blogger his tips will show you how to get traction in no time at all. Take his exclusive free course that will show you how to leverage the power of influencers so you can skyrocket your traffic and subscribers.

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5 Habits of Real Hustlers Who’ve Created History

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What’s up with this hustle epidemic? Almost every video I watch or every post I see on Instagram are full of hustle words and tough promises. But, how many people actually hustle? How many of them walk their talk?

I think many people should chill and stop labeling themselves as the biggest hustlers in the game while drinking Corona on the beach and enjoying spring break. Hustle is nothing but the synonym of hard work, the real dedication and willingness to eat dirt.  

Since smart is the new sexy and we all have a chance to succeed, I have for you 5 habits of people who aren’t scared to get their hands dirty and understand the true meaning behind hustle:

1. They don’t forget where they came from

People who work hard and work their way up never forget about their beginnings when nobody  took them seriously. Because of their humble personality and constant improvement, they are moving to the top and reaching their goals.

Hustlers don’t look down on people because they are up. They remember where they came from and feel grateful for it. They understand that their past was shaping them and allowed them to become who they are today. It is the benefit of not having it all.  

“Humility, that low, sweet root, from which all heavenly virtues shoot” – Thomas Moore

2. They create a habit of sacrifice

Some people think that sacrifice takes about 6 months to a year to get where they want to be and then they can just relax and enjoy benefits. They don’t understand that hard work and progress are for life if they want to keep their results.

I agree that once people reach a certain point in their success, they have more freedom and opportunities, but some level of sacrifice is always required. Wealthy people aren’t wealthy because they have a lot of money, they are wealthy because they know how to work with money and sacrifice materialistic stuff to build something bigger.

The pain from sacrifice isn’t so intense for hustlers because he or she knows where they are going. Their vision and purpose are greater than any short term pleasure.

3. They learn every day

People who hustle understand that knowledge is their biggest power. You can lack money, you can lack resources, but if you have knowledge and belief in place, nothing can stop you.

If you want to turn yourself into a true hustler, self-education needs to become your second language. Read, listen and then put your knowledge into practice. Absorb any information which can move you closer to your goals.

4. They take risks

Many people get intimidated by risk. In fact, the word itself sounds scary, which is exactly why we should benefit from it. Sometimes you need to take a chance to move forward and learn something new. You can lose, but you can win too.

People who have their blood made of hustle, understand risk and fear are a part of the process. On the one hand, they are smart and logical when it comes to making decisions because they don’t want to mess up their hard work. On the other hand, they know that they must risk every once in a while to take the game to the next level.

“Take risks: If you win, you will be happy. If you lose, you will be wise.”

5. They encourage others and support their dreams

Hustling is a hard work and sacrifice, it is also one of the most fulfilling activities because it creates progress and makes us grow. True hustlers understand all the benefits of going after their dreams, and they support others to get on the board as well.

You can often get support from people who work hard because they know how much it takes and how important is overall. Hustlers genuinely want others to succeed.  Every true hustler has a true heart.

How do you hustle every day? Leave a comment below!

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Dot Com Dining In Costa Rica

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Yesterday, I showed you the fun activities we did at the MOBE Leaders Retreat in Costa Rica. Today, I want to show you the food! Because I love food.

While Costa Rica isn’t the first country that comes to mind when one think of great culinary adventures, the place does offer something for every taste. I ate more lobsters in Costa Rica than any other place. I lost track of how many lobsters I had. At every restaurant we went to, the lobster was always the most expensive dish on the menu.

Rule #1: When Matt Lloyd is paying for it, always order the most expensive dish.

The MOBE Leaders Retreat is free to any MOBE affiliates who made $100,000 or more in commissions. It’s really not that hard to do if you follow the system. Since joining MOBE, I have made $2.8 million from it.

Can I Really Do This Business?

One of the most common questions I get from people who are thinking about joining MOBE is, “Will all of this work for me?” and “Can I really do this business?”

The answer is, regardless of your age, background, where you’re from, or your experience level, you can do this business. You can start your own online business, and be successful at it. Despite everyone having the ability to succeed at this, few do. Why? A wise man once said:

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re probably right…”

The best way to get started is by applying for my Ultimate Dot Com Lifestyle coaching program. This is a 21 step system I created with MOBE to help you make your first $1,250, $3,300, $5,500, and even $10,000 online. You’ll also be given a one on one coach who will work with you, and answer any questions you may have.

How To Make 6-Figure Monthly Online Income! Download John Chow’s New eBook!

How Self-Motivation Can Be Easier When You Find Your True Calling

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Whenever a new year starts, we often make our own new year’s resolution. But how long can you keep it? One week? One month? Six months? Entire year?

Well… You know it by heart.

You want to be healthy but you can’t resist to junk food. You want to get in shape but you are too lazy to sweat. You want to save some money but you continue to spend money on meaningless things. You want to get promoted but you don’t even want to go to work.

Are we just too weak to stay motivated?

Maybe yes. Maybe not.

You are just fulfilling the obligations or expectations imposed by others

When we talk about self-motivation, we talk about ‘self’. It is not about someone else. It is ALL ABOUT YOU. If you are just trying to fulfill the obligations or expectations imposed by others, you will never be able to stick to it. If your parents want you to earn more money and you try to follow, it’s not likely you will have the motivation to do it till the end as you barely know why you should do this.

You are not sure what you want to do

A vague and unspecific new year’s resolution always die in silence. Not having a clear goal is often the reason why we lack motivation. If you say you want to earn more money, you can’t just say it. Things don’t happen like magic. Without a clear direction, you will feel like running on an endless track. You will easily give up in the middle as you never see the sign which guides you to the finishing line.

You are not ready for a change

‘Let’s leave it for tomorrow.’ That’s the most typical line from a person who lacks motivation. Perhaps sometimes we are too optimistic, thinking that things are not that bad and everything can wait until tomorrow. You might want to lose weight for years but you might only start exercising when you find yourself dying of diabetes. People always only feel the strong need to change when they’re at the edge of a cliff.

And you can’t just let it be

Some even lack the motivation to learn to motivate themselves. But, please, don’t give up.

Self-motivation is an important skill that all of us need to master. At work, being able to motivate yourself and others makes things work better. When you encounter a massive and overwhelming task, you should be able to motivate yourself instead of procrastinating, which makes you harder to overcome inertia.

In your personal life, self-motivation is important as well. Think of the countless time when you lack motivation to go to gym or to save more. How do you feel about these? Perhaps a feeling of failure and frustration. You often feel bad. But if you can motivate yourself and achieve something, you will feel the pride and delight.

Find out what motivates you

Here, the most direct way to motivate yourself is to first find out what motivates you. It sounds straightforward but sometimes it might take a second thought to figure out your motivation.

There are two kinds of motivation: [1]

Intrinsic: To perform an action or task based on the expected or perceived satisfaction of performing the action or task. Intrinsic motivators include having fun, being interested and personal challenge.

Extrinsic: To perform an action or task in order to attain some sort of reward, including money, power and good marks or grades.

If you find your motive is extrinsic, try to immerse it into your goal. Let’s say your goal is to get in shape, try to think of what kinds of reward you can get during the journey or after you achieve your goal. For example, you might be able to turn it into your career to make money.

Scott Geller’s 4C model

Scott Geller, an Alumni Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech, introduces the 4C’s of self-motivation to help people motivate themselves. They are: competence, consequences, choice, and community.

Competence

Ask yourself two questions first:

  • Do you believe you can do it?
  • Will it work?

If the answer to both question is YES, then you would feel competent and are more likely to be self-motivated.

It feels like common sense but it’s based on research about self-efficacy. If you don’t believe you can do it and you don’t believe it will work, there’s no point in doing. You can still try but in the next minute you would probably say, ‘See? I’ve told you it doesn’t work’. Then you give up. It doesn’t matter whether you can really do it. What matters is you have to believe it. That’s what keeps you going.

Consequences

Here comes another question, ask yourself:

  • Is it worth it?

From the day you were born, everything you did was because you wanted something from doing it. Babies cry as they want food while children work hard on study as they want good grades.

When you believe you are doing worthwhile work, you are more determined to do it. If you want to get in shape, you calculate the pros and cons. You might feel tired after doing workout but what you can gain might be a good shape and a good health. You compare the pros and cons to see if it’s worthwhile. Once you believe that it’s worthwhile, you would focus more on the pros instead of the cons.

Choice

When you have a sense of autonomy, you are more inspired to do the task at hand.

Think of the time when you were kids. Everyday you wake up in the morning and rush to school. How do you think about ‘going to school’? ‘I have got to go to class’? Or ‘I get to go to class’? For the former one, it’s a requirement; for the latter one, it’s a opportunity. Although most of us have successfully graduated from school, probably not many not us find motivation in school because we think we have no other options.

So, if you want to do something, do it for yourself. It is nearly impossible for you to feel motivated if that’s only a requirement for you. If you want to be healthy, don’t think it is only because your doctor tells you to do so. Instead, try to relate whatever that motivates you and say that it’s my choice to be healthy.

Community

Social support is critical. People who perceive a sense of connection with other people feel motivated and happier.

The power of a man is limited. And everyone has weaknesses. When things get tough, it’s always good to have someone to remind us and to encourage us. If you get tired and lack motivation, you need someone to remind you the reason why you start at first. Sometimes you also need someone to help you believe in yourself. And most of all, we need to learn from each other.

To know more about the psychology of self-motivation, take a look at the TED talk by Scott Geller here:

Learn from book to motivate yourself

Motivate Yourself: Get the Life You Want, Find Purpose and Achieve Fulfilment is a book written by Andro Donovan. It offers practical strategies to improve your productivity, such as how to quieten that negative inner voice that inhibits your personal growth and how to motivate those around you with productivity at the center of everything you do. The exercises introduced help you to move past your self-doubt and propel yourself into living your dream.

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You May Find You Don’t Really Understand Yourself Well After Playing This

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Johari Window is a psychological model that helps us to understand more about ourselves and hence to improve ourselves more effectively. “Johari” is a combination of the first names of the two psychologists Joe and Harry.

It is also referred to as a “disclosure/feedback model of self awareness”. Originally it was developed for studying group relations. Later it has been found that this model can actually benefit every individuals like their work and also relationships.

Open Area (Quadrant 1)

This area contains things you know about yourself that are visible to others as well.

Blind area (Quadrant 2)

Things in this area represent what others think or know about you, but you yourself don’t realize.

Hidden area (Quadrant 3)

Things in this area are only known to you but not others. It may be that you’re keeping them private and hiding them from others.

Unknown area (Quadrant 4)

This area is for things that are either about you that no one is aware of, or that are not applicable to you.

Do the exercise to see how your Johari Window is like

First choose the adjectives that you think describe yourself well from the list below:

Then ask your loved ones to choose adjectives they think suit you.

If you find any common adjectives both you and your friends chose, put them into the grid “Open Area”. For what you chose but your loved ones didn’t, put them into “Hidden Area”. For what your loved ones chose but you didn’t, put them into “Blind Area”.

If the results is like the below one where the Open Area is the largest one and the Blind Area is so small, congratulations!

But if it’s the opposite which means the blind area or the hidden area is much larger than the open area, alert!

When the blind area is significantly larger than the other ones, it means feedback is seldom taken or seldom taken seriously. That’s why you don’t know a lot about what people around you know.

When the hidden area is larger, it means you reveal too much about yourself, including the dark sides and your strengths.

The ultimate goal: Enlarge open area

When the open area is large enough, your self-awareness is high and people know you well too.

For individuals, this makes us know more about our strength and weaknesses which can boost our personal growth.

As a team, when the group’s open area is large, which implies the presence of open communication, overall productivity is improved too.

So how to enlarge it? Psychologists suggest that the size of open area largely depends on our self-esteem and also our communication skills. When we have high self-esteem we would dare to disclose more about ourselves. When we acquire active listening skills, we would learn more from people’s feedback.

For more detailed guide to improve these aspects, refer to:

Signs Of Low Self-Esteem And The Root Causes You Might Not Know

The Skill That Most People Don’t Have: Active Listening

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Having Excellent Problem Solving Skills Can Make You More Successful, These Are Steps You Should Follow

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Have you noticed that some of the problems you are experiencing either in interpersonal relationships or work, seem to be recurring?

For example, a person who has had some unpleasant arguments with their co-workers in the past, can expect to go through similar struggles moving forward, no matter if they are in a completely different work environment. And the underlying theme of different arguments is the same – that person has a problem to establish a functional communication with their co-workers.

This is just one example, but many of us tend to repeat the problems and some of us eventually start feeling hopeless, thinking it is just our flawed character and there is nothing we could do about it.

Actually, the reason certain problems keep repeating is because we are not using an efficient problem solving technique. Luckily, we can become better problem solvers and therefore, lessen the number of problems we face.

Your life can be seriously affected if you have poor problem solving ability

Whether we’re happy or successful are largely determined by our problem solving ability. If you just leave problems being unsolved, you may suffer in the following ways:

  • There are countless complicated and ambiguous problems in interpersonal interaction. If we’re not efficient problem solvers, we can hardly clear misunderstanding in communication and get close with people around us.
  • Workplace is where we learn how to tackle different kinds of unexpected problems. If we don’t keep looking for new solutions, our work performance will worsen and we will easily feel frustrated when problems pile up.
  • It is common for us to attribute poor mental health to unpleasant personal experience or genetic factors. But the inability to tackle problems in life can harm our mental health. According to a 1983 study, scientists found that people with weaker ability to deal with interpersonal issues are more prone to depression.[1]

So what are the causes of poor problem solving?

Problem solving is just like other skills we need to master in life. To be good at it, we need to practice it with the right approach. Unfortunately, many of us may not realize the common mistakes we make when solving problems. Here are some examples:

Mistaking symptoms for the real causes of problems

Most of us tend to spend a lot of energy to deal with the symptoms of problems without realizing the real causes. To identify the root causes of a problem, we need to challenge the first conclusion that pops up in our mind and keep asking the right questions until we can see beyond the phenomenon of the problem.

Looking for quick fixes instead of the most effective solutions

It is our tendency to look for quick fixes of problems. This leads us to believe in our intuitive without looking into the causal relationship behind the problem. And that’s why we seldom get to the core of problems and adopts the ineffective solutions.

Relying too much on our knowledge

Finally, we become ineffective problem solvers because of our over-reliance on our knowledge. It is a common misconception that the more we know, the more capable we are to tackle problems. But the fact is mere knowledge doesn’t enable us to become effective problem solvers. What we also need is logical thinking skills, the ability to think critically and creativity.

How to be better at problem solving

In order to become better problem solvers, we need to follow these 4 steps whenever we deal with any problem in life:

1. Defining the real problem

The first and most important step is to identify the root cause of the problem. One of the most effective approach is 5 whys invented by Sakichi Toyoda in the 1930s.[2] Totaya suggests that by asking “why” for 5 times can help us better identify the core problem.

For example, your problem might be that your business website is not getting enough traffic.

  1. Why is the traffic declining? Content on the website is not engaging to readers.
  2. Why is our content not engaging to readers? Our content doesn’t fit readers’ needs and interests.
  3. Why can’t our content fit readers’ needs and interests? We don’t have much understanding of our readers.
  4. Why don’t we have much understanding of our readers? We haven’t conducted any research in this area.
  5. Why haven’t we conducted any research to understand our readers? We have no resources for research.

The solution – allocating more resources on the research to understand our readers.

Please note that we only apply vertical thinking to delve deep in one possible problem, which is unattractive content in this case. If you think there is another possible reason for declining traffic, you should do another set of 5 whys. By doing this, we can train up our logical thinking skills and so what we see from a problem does not stay at the superficial level.

2. Generating alternatives

After we define the root problem, it is time to find possible solutions. Here’s where we can use the lateral instead of learned, vertical thinking.[3] That means, rather than spending all of our energy and time on transforming one initial idea into a perfect solution, we should rather think of at least ten possible ones and write them down first.

By doing so, we won’t draw the conclusion too early or limit our choice to the first few ideas that pop up in our minds, Instead, we postpone our decision making and make use of our creativity to generate potentially better options. Although it takes us more time in this stage, we’re more likely to come up with better solutions later on.

3. Evaluating and selecting alternatives

After generating possible solutions, it is time to select the best one. To make sure we make the right decision, we should list the pros and cons of each option and then compare them on the basis of cost and benefit. In this way, you are more able to make rational choice instead of being deceived by your unreliable biased judgement.

4. Implementing solutions

Although you have gone through 3 stages and take many factors into consideration to pick the best solution, you shouldn’t have the false hope that you solution is going to to be perfect. But it’d be good to implement your solution first and then keep evaluating its effectiveness and make adjustments afterwards. Then you have a clearer direction in mind of how to tackle your problem strategically.

Recommended Reading Materials

By now, you are equipped with the efficient problem solving techniques. But if you want to learn more to further improve your problem solving skills, here are two great books you can read for more insights:

Thinking, Fast and Slow

This book gives a magnificent insight into two types of thinking going on in our brains, and what conditions each. By giving us background to our behavior, the book helps us become better at understanding our programmed ways of dealing with problems so that we can hopefully find a more effective, unbiased ones.

Problem Solving 101: A Simple Book for Smart People

It is a practical, illustrated guide that teaches us critical thinking and resourcefulness in problem solving.

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Rock Bottom Is Where Your Life Truly Begins

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This week for me has been one of the toughest ever. Again I’m faced with a decision that is so tough I have been frozen in time. I can’t do anything else but think about this decision and wonder where the road will lead. It’s the first time I have had no idea what the answer is.

For a proclaimed self-help leader I should know it all right? I should understand what to do and what the right decision is to make. But I don’t! You’ve probably faced a similar predicament, or you may even be facing this challenge right now.

I’m here to tell you that it’s not over. Once you make this tough decision, you will hit rock bottom for a little while. Don’t worry though because no one stays in that dark, eerie hole forever.

From this frightening place is one of the greatest miracles you will ever experience; the miracle of beginning your life again from rock bottom. This process is like watching an eagle fly again after it’s injured its wings.

“The worst thing you can do is stay at rock bottom and not be the person you were created to be”

You’re here for a reason and so am I. We may not know what that reason is, but we have to continue to search and not give up.

Giving up is for suckers, and you’re not one of those. You may be flat on your face and have no strategy yet. That’s okay because the world is full of strategies. What you need is to agree that it’s time to make a new decision! Time to truly begin your life once and for all and be reborn again!

Here are 6 reasons why rock bottom is where your life begins:

 

1. At the bottom, you let go of everything

When you hit rock bottom, you let go of everything. You start again with nothing and get rid of all the stuff in your life that doesn’t make sense. It’s easy to become misguided and allow people around you to suck you into things that matter to them, but not to you.

For me, I have to let go of a fair bit of baggage in the coming weeks, and it’s all part of the process. This allows me to metaphorically refill my cup of life with new things that will be better than ever before.

We hold onto things in our life because we sometimes can’t bring ourselves to give them up. We think that we will feel a sense of loss, so we resist giving up what we love even though we sometimes know we have to. No one wants to be at rock bottom yet we all have to go there now and then.

It’s the way you think during this difficult time that will determine if you bounce back again. You get to write the words to the next chapter of your life, and the success you will or won’t have is dependent on your mindset. Feeling sorry for yourself is not going to help anybody including you.

 

2. Pain will make you take action

Unless you hit rock bottom, you are unlikely to have enough pain in your life to deal with your problems. Pain motivates you so much when you look at it from a distance. To climb back to the top of the mountain again you need pain to get you there.

Light-in-the-darkPain is the momentum and the motivation you’ve probably needed for most of your life. Fearing and dwelling on the moment of your rock bottom struggles will not make you happy again. It’s highly possible to come back from this difficult position quickly, but you have to embrace your pain to do so.

Don’t settle for second place and let that pain help you rise from the ashes again. All of the people that doubted you and hated you when you were at the top may be pointing at you and laughing. Who cares about them. Put on your boots, go outside, and go stamp in the mud rather than hiding from it.

 

3. Struggle is where it starts

The comfort zone of pizza, beer, TV shows and lack of taking action towards your dream is what’s got you to rock this new position of rock bottom in the first place. You’ve been blessed with struggle as a way for you to think differently about your problems and come up with an innovative solution.

Innovate YourselfThe word innovation is not just for the fancy corporate’s to throw against the wall ten times an hour; it’s entirely possible to innovate on yourself. We can’t fix things that we can’t see, though. Being at rock bottom makes all of your problems, faults, and unhappiness come under the spotlight.

At rock bottom, you gain a new sense of clarity, and you develop the vision to see your life better than it is right now. Let’s face it, at rock bottom, all it takes is someone to smile at you and your life is already better than it was.

Asking yourself the question “Not again, why me” is not going to help your situation. I know I sometimes feel like rock bottom seems to get attracted to me more than anyone else but the facts are I embrace it and become aware of it.

Everyone else I know hides it and doesn’t want to even admit where they are at. This way of living is the true deception.

“Don’t lie to yourself and others; accept the struggle, get back on the horse cowboy, and go shoot some empty glass bottles again like you were five years old”

 

4. You need to be reset just like the economy

Every 7-10 years we go through what has become very well known to us all: a recession. The news stations shout out this phrase like Armageddon is approaching, like we’re all going to die. A recession is nothing more than a reset switch that affects the financial markets.

The stock market and real estate markets can’t go up and up forever. Every few years we need everything to go to hell so we can reset. Rock bottom in your life is no different. When you hit rock bottom, you are mostly just hitting the reset switch on everything you’re currently are experiencing.

Your mind more than anything needs this. If you have a recurring thought in your head like I do, that is stopping you from functioning, then you need to get it out of your head. Rock bottom is the tool we were given to reset ourselves just like our computer.

Rock bottom is a reset of all of your values, beliefs and current goals. It’s a chance to come up with a new vision for your life and find a new network of people to tap into. Nothing in nature stands still, and just like the Peace Lilly sitting next to me as I type these words, we must continue to grow. Civilization must continue to grow.

 

5. At the top, you forget so much

Being at the top of your game can make you forget pretty quickly how you got there. The best part is not being at the top; it’s the journey that you take to get there. It’s the journey where all the lessons are learned, and the momentum occurs.

What better way than to start a new journey beginning with this whole rock bottom period of your life. When you are surrounded by nothing but success you can become self-absorbed in your own BS and sense of worth. You can think you are Superman when really you are a nobody just like me.

For as long as I can remember, every time I’ve reached the top, I’ve forgotten the people that helped me get there and the hard work it took. This time I’m committed to appreciating even the worst bits, like this feeling of rock bottom that I have right now.

This is my second visit to rock bottom in six months to so I’m becoming a bit of an expert…haha. I’m not sure that is a good thing, but I’ll wear it as a badge of honor none the less.

 

6. Your gratitude increases 10X

The final point you need to comprehend about rock bottom is that it’s where your gratitude increases ten times if not, more. When you’ve hit the lowest point, any ounce of good feelings or positive input from people around you feels like you’ve just won one hundred million dollars.

Gratitude Is PowerSuddenly, that friend buying you lunch or that SMS from a work colleague makes you feel unstoppable. As you relearn how to be grateful for the little things again, you give yourself a valuable weapon in this battle we call life.

That’s because life is a battle and it’s not easy for any of us including me. It’s not meant to be a walk in the park, but it can be so much better when you appreciate all that is around you. The only sure fire way to come back from the point of rock bottom is to notice and reinforce your beliefs around gratitude.

There’s nothing better on a day of being at rock bottom than going for a walk in the park or sipping your favorite tea or coffee concoction. You realize that it’s not so much the big wins in your life, but all the small wins that lead up to the ultimate triumph that matter the most. Have you been to rock bottom? What was it like?

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How To Engage Your Audience with Social News Posts

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How do you attract visitors to your website? How do you grow your tribe? How do you convert casual followers into diehard fans? Many traffic sources exist, of course, and they all have their respective pros and cons. Search engine traffic can be good for that first-time hit, but how are you going to convince those people to stick around? Email traffic can be great, but you’ve got to get people to subscribe in the first place.

Even though algorithm updates continue to mess with our organic reach, social media continues to be an important branding tool for blogs and other websites alike. Even if a person doesn’t necessarily click through on a link to your blog post, you want them to “like” you on Facebook and follow you on Twitter. You want them to be aware of your brand and you want them to be a fan of yours.

But how do you do that?

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A recent survey conducted by Pew Research Center revealed that almost two-thirds of American adults get their news from social media and about a third of that demographic does so “often.” You can check that link for more in-depth stats and analysis.

Looking at Facebook alone though, 67% of US adults actively use the social network and 66% of users are getting their news from Facebook. Put those numbers together and about 44% of the total US adult population is getting news from Facebook. That’s huge.

Have you ever noticed the “trending news” section on Twitter or Facebook? Do you browse around on Reddit to see what people are talking about? You’re definitely not alone. Between those three sites, a huge number of users are anxious and eager to read about the latest news. And this is where you can capitalize.

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This is profoundly important for a couple of intrinsically related reasons. News posts are timely and if you catch a trending topic, you could gain more organic reach as a natural result. News posts also tend to attract more likes, comments, shares and other engagement, because people are more interested in topics that are immediately relevant.

When Bernie Sanders announced that he is endorsing Hillary Clinton for her bid to become US President, John shared the NBC News video on Facebook. And it got comments from both the left and the right. It’s relevant. It’s timely. It’s on point and big news like this will also elicit a more powerful emotional response.

That emotional response results in more likes, more comments, more shares. This is one way you can engage your followers without necessarily creating brand new content on your blog. It’ll just continue to grow your audience and your tribe through those social channels.

A common mistake that many marketers take with their social media profiles is that they use them solely for promotional purposes. Here is a new course I’m offering. Here’s a new book I published. Here is the next live event where you can hear me speak. Those are all valuable, to be sure, but sharing tangentially related content can further grow your audience and reach new users.

And when you can tap into thousands or even millions of people with just a few quick key strokes, you wield an incredible power to succeed and profit. That’s newsworthy.

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Clever Tricks To Have A Conversation That Never Ends

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I don’t know what to say…

We all understand what it feels like to be tongue-tied. We’ve all had that experience. Perhaps it was a friend who got too excited about The Game of Thrones—a show that’s got so viral but which you’ve never watched a second of. Or it could be a co-worker who kept talking about his recent trip to Berlin, and you just couldn’t think of anything interesting to say because you’ve never even been to Europe before.

You may feel bad about yourself. But the good news is: the solution to this is simple.

You don’t have to say something great

The truth is, on any given day, we have so many conversations with so many different people about so many different things, most people don’t even remember what they’ve said![1] What’s more, a lot of the conversations aren’t supposed to be meaningful in the first place. Which is why it’s okay to not know what to say, because, most likely, it doesn’t matter what you say, or if you say anything at all. The other person will probably forget it soon enough.

So, why do we talk so much if our conversations aren’t important? The reason is that we like to feel connected with one another, and chatting with people helps us understand each other. The purpose of having a conversation is, purely and simply, to keep the conversation going. You really don’t have to trouble yourself to come up with interesting or clever responses.

For example, if your friend keeps bothering you with his favorite TV show, but you have absolutely no idea what to say about it, just say that you like to watch TV too but aren’t following the show he’s talking about (and maybe mention your own favorite show). You’re not trying to write a critique of TV shows, so it doesn’t matter if you have any insightful comments to contribute. Be comfortable chattering about nothing, and be happy that you’re spending time with a friend!

Associate with other topics

Another trick is to associate.[2] Look to the current conversation for inspiration, and talk about something else instead. It can be something that you find interesting or know about, but it doesn’t have to be related to what you’ve been talking about. Use your imagination. Digress. And move on.

For instance, if your co-worker is sharing his travel experience in Berlin and you don’t know how to respond, try talking about something vaguely related. You can say something like: Berlin does sound amazing! I heard you can’t go to Berlin and not eat currywurst. But, hmm, it’s just sausage to me. By the way, do you know about that cool new hotdog stand right around the corner? …

Show your interest and ask for more

You can also try letting the other person do the talking. For instance, when someone talks to you about Gothic architecture but you know nothing about it, try replying with an enthusiastic ‘Interesting!’.[3] Ask for further details using open-ended questions,[4] e.g. What do you think about the Physics Building at our university then? It looks pretty old-school to me, but I’m not sure how it compares to the Gothic style of the Cologne Cathedral…

This not only shows that you respect the other person, but also that you’re enjoying chatting with them. People will usually be happy that you’re interested in what they’re saying, and will want to share more with you. Remember, you goal here is just to keep the conversation going.

Don’t be afraid to reveal some of your stories

But if you really struggle with all of the above and end up in awkward silence, don’t panic: you can always share a little something about yourself.[5] You don’t have to worry about being judged or anything. As long as you don’t dig too deep or brag about yourself too much, people are usually willing to listen to you and are interested in what you say. Sharing some detail about yourself makes the other person feel that you trust them, and will make the conversation more pleasant for the both of you.

For example, open up about your pet, or the last time you cooked, or anything random. Then perhaps say one more detail about it, e.g. what colour is your pet fish, how much time it took you to chop all the vegetables, etc. Who knows, maybe they can relate to that, and will share with you their stories too!

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AddThis Premium Tip – Target New Visitors with a Specific Call-to-Action

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For those of you not aware, AddThis.com is a premium plug-ins for WordPress and adds social share buttons to your blog. Social share buttons are a great way to encourage people to “tweet” or “Like” content, quickly getting it across to others on social platforms. This plug-ins is completely automated and can easily be configured from the backend after installation. It provides statistics and you can add/remove social networks with the click of a button. However, social sharing is only good if you get people to clearly promote your content. For example, what good is this plug-in if people aren’t making use of them on your blog?

AddThis.com recently published an awesome post on how to target new visitors through clear call-to-actions. They tested the process and found it’s a great way to NOT only get new subscribers, but also get them to join your social page and share your content.

Let’s get started…

Step 1 – Gain Subscribers

The AddThis.com team recommends the best initial approach is to get people to sign up for your newsletter. Having them sign up is a great way to build loyalty and remarket to them several times, ensuring you convert at a later time. Many people make the mistake of paying to market their blog and NOT capturing their email address. This is a waste of marketing dollars and you’ll have a harder time getting them back to your blog. Next,

AddThis.com provides you awesome tools to engage users getting them to sign up. For example, making use of their Welcome Bar and/or Marketing Overlay is a great way to create a custom message outlining your offer quickly. In the next step, you’ll learn why this “Welcome Bar” is important and how it can be used to increase subscribers by 20%.

Here are some cool features of the Welcome Bar…

  • Display after certain # of page views
  • Customize color
  • Customize message
  • Program bar to reappear after a certain time frame

Step 2 – Offer a Deal

Many bloggers will agree one of the best ways to get people on your email list is by offering them something for FREE. It’s very difficult to find a quality product for FREE and visitors are often tricked into paying for something that’s been promised for FREE. Here’s how you can take advantage of this opportunity while implementing the “Welcome Bar”.

First, start by figuring out what you’re trying to achieve. For example, if you’re an ecommerce website, then you might want to offer a discount coupon. Next, as a blogger, you might want to give a FREE eBook away that provides awesome value, etc. Some of the best eBooks I’ve seen offered have taken 2-3 months to create but when offered in exchange for an email address, they generated close to 5,000 subscribers in “1” month. Next, if you offer custom products for different types of people interested in niches ranging from health, technology, wealth, etc., then using the AddThis.com welcome bar with the their range of targetable tools, you can customize for different audiences. Here’s a quick list of their tools.

Step 3 – Marketing Overlay

Many people find it hard to get people to start following them on social networks. Visitors arrive on your website and if they don’t subscribe to your newsletter or social media profile, it’s going to be very tough to get them back to your website. Introducing Marketing Overlay by AddThis.com and this cool feature has streamlined while improved the efficiency of getting people to follow you. It’s works like this…

First, you can target visitors with a custom message or call-to-action depending on where they come from. Next, choose what you’re trying to accomplish by setting a custom message or social command. For example, if you want to promote a link, get people to subscribe to your social accounts, etc. When you choose your option, you’ll be able to select the source of traffic. In this setting, you can select things like…

  • Social source
  • New visitors
  • Return visitors
  • Referring domain
  • And many more

Here, you can target different types of people and even get them to join your social groups. These tools have been configured automatically for optimal results by various tests performed by the AddThis.com team. The goal here is to be able to market top them several times through a solid email campaign or social platforms. By using Marketing Overlay, you’ll be able to quickly test and target different people. Each call to action has been configured for different traffic sources and interests. Make use of their tools now and let them tell you what works from years of research they’ve done on their own.

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