September 18th, 2014

Announcement: Huge Profits Tiny List with Connie Ragen Green

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Making huge profits with a small list is possible! My name is Connie Ragen Green, and I’ve been making a full time living online since 2006. I have successfully built a five figure a month income with a very small list. In fact, I was earning six figures a year long before I had one thousand people on my list, and I can teach you how I did this by following some simple marketing strategies based on affiliate marketing, product creation, and joint ventures. I am now a list relationship coach, helping others to build a relationship with the people on their lists in order to increase their online income.

The mission of this site is to teach you how to monetize your list, no matter how small it is. I will share what has worked for me, and welcome your comments and suggestions for what other information you would like for me to share with you.

Even though it is important to be continually growing your list, you certainly do not need a huge list in order to make an excellent living with your online business. Thanks for being here, and be sure to sign up on the right to receive an email notification when I write a new post twice each week. Feel free to leave a comment on any post that resonates with you, and share your own experiences about making big money with a tiny list. I have completed my first book, Huge Profits With A Tiny List: 50 Ways To Use Relationship Marketing To Increase Your Bottom Line, and it is now available. Click on the picture of the book on the right to get your copy today, or visit Amazon.com directly to see what else I have available.

My latest books are now available. The titles include Huge Profits With Affiliate Marketing: How To Build An Online Empire By Recommending What You Love and The Inner Game of Internet Marketing, co-written with author Geoff Hoff. Click on the link on the right, or visit my author page on Amazon or Barnes & Noble to order your copy today.

Finally, The Weekend Marketer, is available! I spent almost a year creating this book and online course based on the principles and CRGreen Cover 03 SM 187x300 Huge Profits Tiny List with Connie Ragen Greenstrategies I used to make the jump from working as a classroom teacher and real estate appraiser to coming online full time in 2006. You can do the same thing, and I’m here to assist you. No matter where you are right now, the Weekend Marketer™ book and program will help you to achieve the success you want and deserve.

It is my hope that you will join me on your journey of turning your ideas, interests, and passions into a lucrative online business. The first Weekend Marketer Live Workshop was in October in Las Vegas, and was so well received that I’ll be hosting the next one there the weekend of October 11-13, 2014. I hope you will be able to join us then.

September 19th, 2014

Get Organized Online

1 Slippery slope 300x212 Get Organized OnlineGet Organized Online to Grow Your Business

Are you always on a slippery slope when it comes to staying organized in your business? You aren’t alone. Cleaning up chaos and restoring order to your business is all about finding the right tools and methods that work with you, your clients, your contractors—and your unique type of business. Help is on the way, and I’m sharing seven of my best tips with you here.

Apply as many of these 7 ideas as you can to help you stop yourself from sliding down the slippery slope towards overwhelm. If you are willing to commit to making an effort to get organized online, your bottom line will thank you.

  1. Create a Company Manual.In fact, create two—a master manual for yourself, and one with personal information missing for your VA or project manager.Your company manual should act as a complete package, should anything happen to you, so that whoever is cleaning up your business affairs can find everything they need, including your RoboForm or LastPass master password, site URLS, contractors to be paid, instructions, business documents—and the password to your computer!
  2. Manage Your Taxes Now!Did you have to pay taxes last year? Is your business already bringing in more income? Then estimate and project your next year’s taxes—and start putting a portion of each month’s income into your business bank account or a business savings account for taxes; or set up a tax payment option directly in your online banking and pay a portion every month.At tax time, you won’t have to pay—and if you do, it will be minimal. (And maybe you’ll get a refund!)
  3. Use Mobile Apps to Help You Get Organized Online.Is half your life lived on your smart phone? If your answer is ‘YES!’, consider using mobile apps to help you stay organized.You can download:
    • To-do lists
    • Schedulers
    • Expense tracking apps
    • Dictation and recording apps
    • Social media scheduling and tracking apps

    Plus all those personal apps that free up more time for your business are excellent as well.

  4. Organize and Straighten Up Your Office.Once you have de-cluttered your physical workspace, fit maintaining it into your daily routine. File everything the moment you use it and take note of where clutter tends to build up again.organize 300x223 Get Organized OnlineClutter is a sign that something is not working for you. So analyze what you are missing and do something about it. It might be a bigger in-tray, or a different place to put your pencil holder or a bulletin board instead of a wall calendar—but whatever gives you problems, don’t wait till clutter builds up again. Fix it straight away, make sure it works—and get back to keeping your office clean; an inspirational, organized, pleasant place to work.
  5. Outsource Jobs Around the House.Don’t just outsource your online business tasks: Do the same for your physical space and offline responsibilities too.Pay the children to walk the dog. Invest in a cleaning service—and have them dust, polish and vacuum your office too. Ask your husband to split the cooking with you.
  6. What’s Your Learning Style?Often when a method doesn’t work, it’s because it was recommended by someone with a different learning style than you. If you’re a tactile, visual learner, making online, text-based to-do lists is likely to have you abandoning this tactic in less than a week: Use visual apps that take advantage of shapes, graphics and color. Make paper lists and highlight the priorities in bright color.Similarly, if you are an auditory learner, record your to-do list daily. If you are always on your mobile, use an app.It’s all about fitting your method to your preferences—and lifestyle.
  7. Find Better Ways to Store Your Stuff.This tip may seem obvious, but it’s amazing how often we manage to put up with things like awkwardly placed under-desk storage cabinets or shelves that are too short for our magazine holders.Take a look at your office storage. Is it working for you? Do you need more? Less? Just something different?As soon as you can, schedule a trip to places like Home Depot, Ikea, Walmart, and even Target where you can check out different storage options and reinvent your office.

 

September 10th, 2014

Publishing on Kindle – 5 Reasons This Makes Sense

Publishing on Kindle

publishing on kindle 300x255 Publishing on Kindle   5 Reasons This Makes SenseBecoming a Kindle author will help you in much greater ways than just by the income you will earn. I currently have more than a dozen titles of my own published on Kindle, and these have helped me grow my business exponentially over the past several years. Being a published author has always carried with it perks that some were locked out of. But now with Kindle Direct Publishing, you too can take part in what most authors have always known publishing can do for them.

Here are some reasons you’ll want to add publishing on Kindle to your online business marketing mix:

  1. Become an Authority in Your Niche – Having enough material for a Kindle Book or a series of Kindle books makes you into an instant authority figure within your niche. Creating a well put together, well researched and designed Kindle book will raise your authority status faster than most other means.
  2. Establish Deeper Relationships – A book can be a more cohesive way to tell your story, to get the word out about something you’re passionate about that is more than a sound bite. A Kindle book can be as long as it needs to be to explain to your reader about who you are, what you do, why you do it and what’s in it for them.
  3. Get Known outside Your Current Circle – Due to the way Amazon promotes books, you can find some of your audience via Kindle who have never heard of you otherwise. It’s yet another way to promote your products and services that should not be passed up. Just like you wouldn’t pass up being on any social media that exists where your audience goes, you should not pass up being on Kindle where your audience is looking for eBooks and information about your niche.
  4. Get Recognition and Awards – Some people don’t realize that if you publish a Kindle book and make great sales, and enter some contests you can also win publishing awards just like people do with the big publishers. This type of recognition can get you more response than you might think.
  5. Build a Strong Community – Being a published author can help you build your community larger than before and turn the community you have into raving fans. By cross promoting your online real estate, like your blog to your book readers, you will introduce them to your work in a new way. By telling your blog visitors about your eBooks, you’ll get new respect.

You’ll be able to reach more people than you ever thought possible via your Kindle Books. If you use the Kindle Select program your book can be loaned and you’ll still earn money, so that makes it even more likely that you’re going to be discovered. Many speakers, coaches and service providers use their books to prove expertise that they otherwise would not have been able to establish with traditional publishing. Take a look at some of the books I have been publishing on Kindle and in paperback here.

 

September 9th, 2014

Book Font Combinations

book font combinations 300x225 Book Font CombinationsFinding the best book font combinations for your printed books can be a challenge, but may be well worth the time and effort to find the ones that work best for you. A recent post by book publishing expert Teresa Miller discusses this topic in her recent post, where she also shares a list of top fonts and combinations from Douglas Bonneville.

Teresa says that one her personal “go-to” combinations is the first one on Bonneville’s  list: Helvetica (bold) for chapter titles and Garamond for body content.

I have written all of my print books (nine to date) using the Georgia font throughout. Now I can see that I have limited myself with this choice and intend to be more creative with my next book (due out in October, 2014).

Which fonts are you using in your printed writing, and why do you prefer those to the more traditional font combinations?

Teresa Miller was a guest on my podcast series recently and you can listen to that interview here.

September 5th, 2014

Podcast: Google Hangouts on Air with Zane Miller

zane miller 300x225 Podcast: Google Hangouts on Air with Zane MillerGoogle Hangouts on Air expert Zane Miller describes a Google Hangout as having your own television show and studio right in the comfort of your own home. In my recent interview for the podcast series Zane and I discussed the many way to monetize your Hangouts and why everyone should give them a try.

Personally, I was intimidated by the technology of Hangouts when they were first offered by Google. Then I joined a few other people’s Hangouts and learned a few things that were helpful. Learning from Zane makes it all much easier.

Zane takes us on a virtual tour of how to get started, why Hangouts are so important, how to incorporate them into our online business, and when to monetize your Google Hangouts for maximum results. Check out Zane’s training on using Google Hangouts more effectively here.

I’m sure you will enjoy this podcast immensely, as we teach and explain the ins and out of this new technology. You may listen through the webcast right here on this site or…

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August 30th, 2014

What’s Next For You in Your Body of Work?

body of work 200x300 Whats Next For You in Your Body of Work?I’ve been reading Pamela Slim’s latest book, Body of Work: Finding the Thread That Ties Your Story Together, and it has made me think more about what I am doing in my own life and business. In her latest blog post Pamela asks her readers what’s next in their body of work.

Here is an excerpt from her post that rings true with me:

“We have so much more in common than we think– people in every work mode want to know that the work they do matters, they want to enjoy what they do, and they want to know that they will remain highly employable, no matter the economic climate. My heart sings when I get to help individuals, organizations and communities work together to create positive, productive and sustainable economic growth. So that is my next challenge!”

As I look back over my own Body of Work, almost nine years in the making since leaving my life as a classroom teacher and real estate broker/residential appraiser behind, I think about what I have accomplished. Some is tangible, like the fifteen hundred blog posts I’ve written on my two main sites, the ten books I have published, the events I have spoken at, the Workshops I have hosted, the Retreats I hold in Santa Barbara, and the thousands of people whose lives I have touched and whom have touched mine as well.

The real victory for me is the intangible; the way I have been able to change my mindset and belief system to know anything is possible if we want if badly enough, the feeling of accomplishment I have when one of my students excels, and the way I have been able to step up to help a variety of charities around the world. I’ve come so far, yet I feel in many ways that I am just beginning my journey.

What’s next for you, in your unique body of work?

August 28th, 2014

Using Dropbox Effectively

Dropbox 300x154 Using Dropbox EffectivelyDropbox is a service that allows you to store your content in the Cloud. I started out with the free version, which you may access here, and when I realized how simple it made my business I upgraded to the paid version. In a recent post at their blog, the good people at Dropbox explained how they have added a new feature in case your computer falls into the wrong hands. Here is an excerpt from that post:

“Remote wipe lets you delete your Dropbox files from a lost or stolen device while keeping them safely backed up in Dropbox. For example, if you’ve ever left your laptop on a plane, you’re not just worried about the laptop — you’re worried about the stuff that’s on it.”

You can also share folders with others through your Dropbox account, giving them their own unique password. This is an excellent feature if you work virtually and have several people assisting you on a variety of projects as I do. In addition, I have pictures, videos, audios, and all of my written documents backed up and saved with Dropbox. There are so many more features I’m not going into detail with here, and once you give it a try you will not know how you ever lived without it!

August 24th, 2014

Do You Have an Email Marketing Strategy?

email 300x300 Do You Have an Email Marketing Strategy?Having an email marketing strategy certainly makes sense in an ever-changing online marketing world. I like to believe my email marketing is working well for my business goals, but after reading a post on email marketing strategy from Lynette Chandler I realize I still have a lot to learn.

In this article Lynette shares her insights into this topic, including a site she uses call Customer.io. It’s like the go-between with your website and your email system. They call it behavioral emails. If you want to take your business to the next level, consider making some small changes that could bring huge results.

What do you think about changing your own email marketing strategy?

Listen to my podcast interview with Lynette Chandler here.

August 23rd, 2014

Great About Page Examples

about me 300x200 Great About Page ExamplesLooking for some great ‘About Page’ examples?

Your ‘About Page’  is the most crucial page on your blog or website. It seems like everyone has an opinion about what should be included, and I was asked by Nicole Dean to give my opinion in one of her recent posts. You’ll enjoy reading what she and the others think about this, as well as seeing other great ‘About Page’ examples.

I said in that post:

My best tip for an effective and memorable ‘About’ page is to always think of it as a work in progress.
I truly believe this because we are all works in progress in our lives and in our businesses and our sites should reflect this. Leave a comment here with a link to your ‘About Page’ so we can have a look.

Listen to my podcast interview with Nicole Dean here.

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August 21st, 2014

Writing Your Ebook As An Affiliate Marketer

ebook 300x225 Writing Your Ebook As An Affiliate MarketerWriting your eBook as an affiliate marketer works extremely well for niche topics and Amazon products. It seems like people have forgotten just how powerful an eBook can be, and that you can sell them for much more than similar content would sell for as a book on Kindle. As far as using this type of content to drive affiliate sales, it is one of the most effective and underutilized techniques available to us for our online businesses.

I wrote a guest post for Jim Edwards where I discussed a step by step affiliate domination system for niche topics. If you go through this article you will see that I have developed some specific methods that are not being taught anywhere else. With the exception of Squidoo, which is currently in the process of merging with HubPages you will find that everything I teach is up to date and continues to work well in today’s world.

You may also want to listen to the podcast interview I did with Jim Edwards by clicking here.