Archive for October, 2011

The Proper Use Of Domain Names

I buy a lot of domain names! Some I choose to keep and others I let expire, but I do buy a lot of them. If you’re serious about Internet marketing you have to.

Whether you’re an affiliate marketer, you make your own lead-producing web pages, or you work with marketing systems that provide you with their own product or webinar sites, having your own domain name gives you credibility and an air of legitimacy that you just can’t get from an affiliate URL link.

There is a big difference between marketing a short, clear, easily readable domain name that contains two or three words, and marketing a kilometric, unpronounceable hieroglyphic that happens to have a fortuitous “.com” at the end.

If you’ve been involved in the internet business industry for any amount of time, you have no doubt received countless emails from well-intentioned folks who are marketing all kinds of programs, services and products, (I know I have, and still do on a daily basis). Nothing makes me cringe harder than when I read a well-written, enticing promotional email from someone telling me to click on one of these kilometric, indecipherable URL’s. It’s very off-putting and unprofessional!

I should say that most people that come into this industry don’t set out to be unprofessional, (of course), but they do allow their enthusiasm to get the best of them before they have had a chance to learn anything, and this is the kind of stuff that happens. I’ve been there…Hence this article! };-)

The right thing to do when you are promoting an affiliate link is to come up with a domain name that reflects the benefits provided by the product or service that you are marketing.

For example, say you are marketing an automated business system that does most of the hard work of attracting leads and selling itself to them, but the URL your company gives you looks like this:

http://www.millionairemarketingmachine.net/members/armyvet101/default.php.

The last thing you want to do is go out and start marketing that monstrosity!

What you actually want to do is get a domain name that you can forward to that web page in order to conceal the ugly and generic URL you’ve been given. You can come up with something like http://www.learnhowtomakemoney.net, which looks much better and makes more sense to the brain as it tries to decipher the images it receives.

And something else you should do is include one or some of the keywords pertinent to your offer in that domain name, so that when it gets indexed by the search engines you’ll have a better chance at achieving a decent position in their result pages.

Buying domain names and using them to your benefit is actually a really easy process, which I will cover in a separate article. For right now just know that, for the sake of your credibility as an Internet marketer, the indecipherable affiliate URL your company gives you should never really see the light of day!

Rest In Peace, Steve Jobs!

Here is one of Steve’s quotes that I really love:

“No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life.

It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking.

Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

… “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?”

– Steve Jobs, 1955-2011

 

Do you invest your time wisely, or do you waste it foolishly?

Time is the most precious commodity we have. It is the greatest equalizer. If you don’t admit this and start treating time with the respect it deserves, you will lose, and you will only have yourself to blame. Whether you’re rich or poor, healthy or sick, male or female, tall or short, ugly or good-looking, you only have 24 hours per day either way, and the fact is that you should always try to use them wisely.

We usually waste our time and energy mostly worrying and thinking about abstract things like how nice it would be to make more money or live a better life. And when we do this, we usually forget about the most important thing – employing the time that life has given us wisely. A wise man will always tell you: “You can always make more money, but you can never buy more time”.

How many times are you truly aware of the ways you spend your time? How do you choose to invest your time? The word “investment” is accurately used here, because the way we choose to spend our time is a true investment in ourselves and in our own lives. The sad reality is that you will never find the true value of time if you base it on the way most people around you act and talk.

People usually spend hours and hours in front of the TV, or they waste a lot of time surfing the Web with no productive purpose whatsoever. Some of us even try to steal more time at the expense of much needed hours of sleep. Sometimes people decide to go to sleep later and wake up earlier in the morning, so they’ll have “more time” to do things. Then they try to fix the situation by smoking a bunch of cigarettes and drinking a pint of coffee so they can stay awake. I don’t know about you, but to me that definitely doesn’t seem the right way to go about managing one’s time effectively.

There is a proper time for everything. The truth of the matter is that you will never start experiencing success or prosperity until you have disciplined and organized yourself enough to follow a daily regime that allows for enough time to get quality rest, and enough time to do quality work. Without that ability to exercise self-discipline and enact some self-organization, success and prosperity will keep eluding you regardless of whatever else you do.

Everyone is always saying things like: “I’m just counting the hours to go home” or “I wish it were Friday” on a Monday, and so on. These are just signs that those people are chronic time-wasters. Are you one of them? If you are, shake it off and snap out of it!

Organize your time efficiently, and make the conscious choice to engage primarily in activities that bring some immediate or long-term benefit to your business and your life. If the choice in front of you is to watch the latest Adam Sandler movie or spend a couple of hours optimizing your marketing blog, which one do you think you should take?

Whenever you catch yourself wasting time aimlessly, think about the Roman saying: ”Carpe Diem” – Seize the Day! It has great meaning for our everyday life! Or better said, (in a way that better fits our modern day lifestyles), “Organize your day”! Make it a point to analyze the way in which you choose to either invest or waste your time. And never forget that you can’t possibly know what tomorrow is going to put in front of you, so “Carpe Diem!”

Get Better At Time Management: Avoid Procrastination!

When it comes to time management, one of the most important things you can ever learn is how to avoid procrastination. Procrastination is one of the biggest reasons for loss of time. Do you ever feel like you work but get nothing done, plan to clean but never really finish anything, or start projects and never complete them? Chances are high that, just like me, you have a problem with procrastination.

The good news is that by acquiring proper time management skills and habits, you can overcome the problem of procrastination. Once you do, you can make these skills and habits work for you in all areas of your life: work, home, personal and more. You will then find that you are more successful in everything you do and you will also have more time for doing the things you enjoy.

When it comes to time management and avoiding procrastination, one of the first things you need to do is plan your day. When you have a schedule to follow it makes it much easier to make sure you’re staying on task and accomplishing things as you should be.

One common reason why people procrastinate is because they are working on a task that just seems too big or too daunting to complete on their own. This can be overwhelming, and it is difficult for the mind to figure out how to process the information. This is why you will typically put it off and avoid doing it. One way to resolve this is to break the task down into smaller pieces so that it doesn’t seem so difficult.

Another way to avoid procrastination is to set deadlines for yourself. You should set these earlier than the actual deadlines you have for work or other projects. This gives you some “wiggle-room” as they say, in case something comes up or there is an emergency of some type.

Another time management technique for avoiding procrastination is to reward yourself when you meet your goals and stick to your schedule. This can give you the motivation you need to stay on task. With all of these tips combined, you can stop procrastinating and start doing the things that are important to you. Your stress will be greatly reduced and you will feel better about life!

Create Prosperity By Thinking Positively!

Increasing prosperity in our lives can be accomplished by having the right frame of mind. The truth is, our thoughts are very powerful. They are capable of influencing every aspect of our daily lives, from our physical health to our social behaviors. I’m sure you’ve heard the adage, “As you think, so shall you be.” If we want to improve our lives, we must first improve our thoughts.

Harnessing the power of thought in a positive way has the ability to create great change in our lives, including our financial well-being and prosperity. But how? How do we take something as intangible as thoughts, and manifest them into a physical reality?

We must first understand that being prosperous is much, MUCH more than just having a lot of money. Prosperity is a mindset, a way of interacting in our lives, and a way of thinking. Mastering this train of thought is not easy, but it is simple enough if we keep working on it consistently.

Following are some ideas to help you improve your thoughts, and ultimately attract more prosperity into your life:

Be grateful for the blessings in your life right now. Take a few minutes each day to express heartfelt gratitude for the good things in your life. Even more powerful, write a few of these blessings down each day. This helps to put your focus in the right direction — on abundance, not lack.

Use positive affirmations to begin training yourself to think positively. Think to yourself “I am” statements such as “I am worthy of all that is good.” It sounds corny and somewhat stupid, but I’ve tried it and it works. Write these statements down on a journal every day and repeat them nightly before you go to bed. Over time, doing this will implant these thoughts into your subconscious mind, and you will begin to naturally believe them.

Creative visualization can help you achieve prosperity by determining what it is you wish to achieve, and then thoroughly creating that image in your mind. This works in the same way that mental affirmations do. Our subconscious will fill with images of prosperity, and eventually these subconscious “truths” will manifest in the physical. “See” yourself as being prosperous, and you will become so.

Encourage yourself with the belief that you can achieve great things. This could also be one of your affirmations, but expand on it. If you know you can earn a certain salary, tell yourself you can earn more. Allow yourself to believe all things are possible, and you will gain the confidence needed to reach higher than you ever imagined you could. If you believe you can do it, you are more likely to take the risks associated with people who are highly successful. Prosperity and success go hand in hand, so take risks and aim higher.

Start a savings account. As strange as it sounds, think about this: Like Attracts Like. Even if you can only afford to put a few dollars into your account every month, it will begin to build up and attract more money.

Finally, believe you are already wealthy. The creative ability of our thoughts is such that we lend more power and energy to whatever we consistently focus on. Focusing on lack will create more lack. Focusing on wealth and prosperity will create . . . guess what?

Remember that this is a process. You likely won’t change your circumstances in one day. But over time, with consistent focus, your thoughts will begin to attract what you want. Once you master this power of thought, there are truly no limits to the prosperity you can bring to your life!