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5 Ways You’re Subconsciously Sabotaging Your Online Success




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You’re an entrepreneur with big dreams and goals.  You work long hours and most weekends but despite all the effort and hustle, you’re struggling to hit 4 figures let alone 5 figures in income.  

The way you see it, you’re doing everything right. You’re a consistent blogger, you network, you’ve read heaps of business and marketing books and taken online classes. So what’s up? Why isn’t your inbox overflowing with enquiries from people eager to work with you?

Here are 5 sneaky ways you may be subconsciously sabotaging your online success:

1. Your email signature is not quite right

You use an email signature because you want to look professional and trustworthy.  But you’ve forgotten to include your contact information. In fact, not only have you neglected to include contact details, your email signature consists of only your name and logo. No website link. No link to your latest blog post and no link to your social media accounts.

Make sure your email signature includes the following:

  • Your first and last name
  • Your company name and website URL
  • Your company logo
  • Your contact details
  • Links to your social media accounts
  • Link to your latest blog post

2. You neglect to include share buttons

As someone who has to regularly curate content for my clients, I find nothing more irritating than coming to the end of a great post and not finding share buttons. I know I’m not alone on this.

Here’s the thing, chances are you’ve slaved over your blog posts to make sure your ideal audience will find your content original, educational and useful. So why not make it easy for readers to spread the love? Including social share buttons increases the likelihood of getting fresh eyeballs on your content.

Here’s what you can do:

  • Include social media share buttons in your posts
  • Try out Social Warfare or SumoMe if you’re on WordPress.  

“Content is king, but marketing is queen, and runs the household.” – Gary Vaynerchuk 

3. You don’t use images

Text is only one part of a great blog.  Just like an enticing headline is vital to a blog post’s success, so are images.  Every post should include a featured image.  This image is the one that will appear at the top of the post and on social media when it gets shared.  

Use an easy-to-use tool like Canva (there is a free version) to create eye-catching images.  

Here’s what you can do:

  • Include at least one image in every blog post
  • Include your post’s headline in the image

4. You’re hiding in the crowd

Successful people don’t blend in with the crowd.  They stand out.  If you’re staying small and safe by offering up more of the same (content, products, features) then you’re not going to rise above your competitors.  To stand out, dare to be different.

Doug Pick’s, founder and president of Hearos Earplugs, formula for success is to see where the masses are headed and go the other way. He asked himself:  “If the trend is to go downstream, what if I go upstream?”

This of course, demands real effort and vision on your part.  It means considering all possibilities and looking for gaps in the market.

Here’s what you can do:

  • Refuse to blend in.
  • Be authentic.
  • Share your own perspective.
  • Adopt a contrarian mindset.

“As an actor, I think sort of relish the chance to take a leap and sort of put yourself out there…you just have to be willing to embarrass yourself, because otherwise you are not going to really reveal anything that you have. So I think it’s exciting.” – Daniel Radcliffe

5. You’re not building a community

The surest way to build trust and likeability online is to develop an online community.  You should be doing this on social media. Focus on growing those channels where your target audience hangs out.  For example if your ideal client is mostly on Facebook and Twitter then make sure you are active in both.  

Building an online community will do two things for your brand: Help nurture relationships with your audience and differentiate you from your competitors. Invest a minimum of thirty minutes a day to create and share content that will delight your audience and spark discussion.  

Here’s what you can do:

  • Be consistent with your posts.
  • Respond to messages and comments.
  • Follow back and engage.

Take a closer look at your email, blog and social media and see where you can implement these points to improve your chances of success.

Which one of these tips are you going to focus more on today? Leave your thoughts below!

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Yolanda McAdam is a social media and online marketing strategist and experienced business coach. She helps small business owners attract a consistent flow of ideal clients and buyers and grow their businesses with the help of social media and BS-free strategies, processes, and tools.

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How Your Friends Determine Whether You Succeed or Not




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Can anyone do without having friends? We all have our friends, we share ideas with them, talk together, have fun, and fight. Yes, that’s the baseline of friendship. But, do you know that aside from you, your friends can determine whether you achieve success or not?

There are two things in friendship which are the ability to ”love” and the ability to “influence”. This means you are loved and you are influenced. How do your friends affect your success in life? How are they one of the biggest deciding factors of your success? Let’s find out.

What type of friends do you keep? 

First, what type of friends do you keep? Who do you call your best friend? There are two different kinds of friends, good friends, and bad ones. A lot of people have lost their pathway to success and some have also found their road to success all because of the friends they keep, the people they mingle with. 

Who is your best friend? Answer carefully. Having a best friend means you find each other compatible and understanding. Analyze who your best friend is. If your best friend has not motivated you to do something positive, if who you call your bestie has never given you positive advice, lastly if your best friend has never informed and advised you on your shortcomings, then you don’t have a best friend.

This quote tells us “birds of the same feather flock together”. Countless people have changed from their good nature into a bad one all because of friends. One thing to note is, “negative people move with negative aura”. If your best friend is filled with negativity inside-out then you will surely be affected by his/her negative aura.

They influence your success with positivity or negativity 

The friends you keep can either influence you with positivity or negativity because your friends have the power to change your kind of person completely. 

This is how your friends influence you:

  1. They influence you indirectly with what they do
  2. They influence you directly by teaching and giving you advice 

Yes, that is how they influence you. For instance, you watch a movie and you like the way the actor walks. The question is if you truly like the way the actor walks, won’t you try to imitate the actor? Of course, you will.

Just the way you imitate the actor is the same way your friends can influence you with their character. However, the funny part is, they don’t have to teach you to do things like them. You just find yourself imitating and copying them gradually.

An important question to ask is, are you imitating a good friend or a bad one? If you imitate a good friend then you will be good, but if you imitate a bad person, you will surely become a bad person.

Everyone wants to succeed, a good friend will always teach, enlighten, and motivate you for success. A bad friend will only motivate you to do evil things (smoking, drinking, fight, envy,).

And you should know that things like that are a great enemy of success and even of God. So, if you have these bad elements in your life, how will you achieve success? There is no way!

And also, they can teach and advise you directly. But, what do your friends teach you? When you ask them for advice do they inspire you positively or teach you the bad stuff.? A lot of people have regretted lifelong decisions just by listening to the advice of friends. 

The company you keep has the power to influence and change you. Never forget that a positive influence will teach, motivate, and brush you up for success. While a negative influence will inspire you to become a bad person, change your good nature, and leave you with regrets in the end.

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The 3 Step Process to Building a Profitable Pitch




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As a communication coach, one of the top questions entrepreneurs ask me is how to deliver a winning pitch to potential investors. They want to know if there’s a magic formula to get an investor to say yes and buy into their dream and their business. (more…)

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The 4 Pillars of Wealth and Abundance




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Have you ever wondered what the formula for a wealthy and abundant life is? Many people have. Lots has been written about the subject of wealth creation and living an abundant life. It was a breaking point in my journey and pursuit of success when I found out that there is a clear path to achieve success in life. Thanks to those who have shared their journey, we can clearly see and follow the principles of prosperity. (more…)

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Here Are 4 Reasons Why You Should Have a Podcast, Youtube Channel or Online Show




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Confidence comes from a place of strong understanding of self. After close to three years on radio, I’ve grown from a shy introvert to a shy introvert with an extrovert persona. When the mic is turned on, I can channel a version of myself that some say is attractive, strong, and of course, confident but it wasn’t always this way.

What I want to share with you is what I discovered on this journey into broadcast that you can apply to your life, your ventures, and your personal development. This doesn’t require any fancy gear. It does require a leap of faith on your part because once you go down the road of media; it can change your life.

1. Perceived Expertise

When you go to a doctor, you expect their knowledge will guide them to a solution to your problems. When you have a show, you become your listeners’ doctor. For all the multiple thousands, maybe millions, of YouTube channels, podcasts, and user-created content in the world, each person that gets behind a mic takes a position on their passion, their opinions, and their themes.

They challenge the status quo for the benefit of their listeners in hopes to entertain and educate. With consistency on your side, those fans place you on a platform and give you permission to influence them.

2. Global Acknowledgement

One of the benefits to increasing confidence is when you receive thank you notes from people you may never meet. The feeling of enriching someone’s life from halfway around the globe, provides validation you’re enhancing someone else’s life with your wisdom and your wit.

The very first time I was told I was making a difference in someone’s life in a country other than my own, I felt like I caused massive impact that transcends my circle of influence. When you experience just how much you can cause impact and it comes back to you, it’ll change your worldview.

“Be grateful for what you have and stop complaining – it bores everybody else, does you no good, and doesn’t solve any problems.” – Zig Ziglar

3. Backed By Numbers

One of the most exciting ways to measure success is to quantify your growth. It’s not enough to just broadcast. Having subscribers and downloads helps to know, numerically, how well you’re doing. Word of caution. This can be a way to set yourself up for distress because of number envy but if you understand what the numbers mean; you can control the narrative of the numbers.

The major number that makes most people smile is 10,000. I’d advise it to be 1. Here’s why. As you grow in your industry, so does your reach. If you learned that the one person that subscribed totally changed for the better because of you, wouldn’t that be worth the effort?

4. Effective Communication

While it’s not talked about much, having a show is documentation. You create a dynamic account of your life, your industry, and the pulse on what’s important simply by having a show. When you find a channel to improve your communication skills, you demand attention and people will listen to you. You become more trusted as a leader and people will follow you once they believe you can lead them to their wants and needs.

“To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.” – Tony Robbins

These insights have helped many people become leaders and, ultimately, move others to their best selves. It’s worked for me and I hope it works for you. At the end of the day, it’s all about showing up and showing out.

Have you ever thought about having a radio show? If so, what would you talk about? Let us below!

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