How to Overcome the Content Creation Challenge

Creating ongoing content for your blog seems to be a challenge for most online business owners at some time or another.  The easiest way to overcome this challenge is to have a plan.  I have gone through several courses myself to help me get over the content creation challenge myself.  Truly, it was simple, but profound solutions that seemed to help the best.

One common theme was to create a content grid of topics – 50 to 100 topics on your grid just to get started.  I really struggled with this.  It made me feel like I didn’t know my subject matter.  (but I really do) The bottom line was initially the grid didn’t seem to help me.  

I would look over my list of topics, that felt forced and repetitive, and I wouldn’t write a thing.  Or I would write a few sentences and quit.  Yet, many people found these grids helpful, so tried again, and again.   Read More →

Do You Kow How to Position Yourself as an Expert?

Last weekend I had the privledge of attending Connie Ragen Green’s Weekend Marketer Live Event.  It was a wonderful 3 days that gave me a deeper understanding of my business and how I would like it to grow.  As part of the event Connie, who has a loyal following, offered us all the opportunity to contribute to a product called Position Yourself as an Expert.   I was honored to able to the product and to do it in the short time frame, just 3 days.

Isn’t it wonderful when we push ourselves and find how much more we are capable of?  I know I love the satisfaction I get from pushing myself and finding I’m able to do more than I thought I could in the first place.  I have worried about many aspects of product creation, and this weekend showed me that I’m capable of creating a small information product in 3 days time.  And its not junk, it is a report I’m proud to have my name on.  It is on a topic that is dear to my heart, and yet I still sometimes find myself struggling with on occasion.

I would be thrilled if you were to pick up a copy for yourself.  I’m not the only expert featured, so you will have the opportunity to learn from several experts in their own fields.  I know you won’t be dissapointed.  Click here to get your copy of Position Yourself as an Expert.

As we become online solopreneurs, we may be positioning ourselves as an expert in a new field to us, or even just on a new platform.  This can cause doubt, but don’t let it.  I do not have professional organizing credentials, I do have great organizing instincts and am great at helping business owners develop systems.  I don’t think that I’m less capable without the credentials, in many ways I think this actually gives me an advantage, but that is just my opinion.

One of the amazing aspects of purchasing this product, is that you can become a part of the product.  This means that you can submit your own report on what makes you an expert in your field and your name will be added to the sales page and your report will become part of the product.  If you have been trying to get your name “out there” online, this is a great opportunity, don’t miss out.

If you have any questions, or would like to discuss what makes you an expert, just use the contact form here and we can set up a time to talk.  I would love to help you position yourself as an expert in your own field.

Can Happiness Help You Get Organized?

How can Happiness Help You Get Organized?

The idea of being organized makes people happy, but the truth is most people don’t get happy about the actual task of organizing (except me).  If you allow yourself to take a more positive approach you might be surprised by your results.

Science has proven that when you are happy you make better decisions and that your brain offers more creative solutions.  When you are in unhappy, angry, or just plain blue you are more likely to make poor decisions and be less creative. So the next time you think about getting organized and that feeling of dread comes over you, change your attitude before you get started. Read More →

When to Use WordPress Pages and Posts

Pages and posts seem similar when you look at your WordPress dashboard, but there are some important differences.  To create a new page or post your simply click on posts and choose ‘Add New’ or do the same for pages. Simply add your content – this is also the same for both pages and posts.

pages vs posts

As far as content goes, you can create pages and/or posts (and you will want to do both) in your WordPress blog.  There is no limit to the number of pages or posts that can be used on your site, but in most cases you will have many more posts than pages.

Since WordPress was designed as a blogging platform, it stands to reason that the emphasis would be on posts rather than pages. Read More →

Plugins For WordPress Sites Allow Your Site to Work For You

Plugins like themes can easily get people confused.  The theme is the basic look and functionality of your site.  Plugins can help your site be more user friendly and can even provide additional functionality to your site.  Plugins for your wordpress site are similar to apps for your smartphone.  They allow you to do more in one place.

A word of caution – not all themes are compatible with all plugins and not all plugins are compatible with all themes.  Most current themes and plugins do work well together, but sometimes an update to one can cause issues on your site.   Read More →

Understanding WordPress Theme Options

WordPress has the ability to be customized using themes.  There are many options of themes both free and paid options.  Themes make your site look different from other sites and also the themes can allow you different functionality.  This is one of the main reasons that WordPress became and remains so popular, the ability to make it your own quickly and easily.

I am using a paid theme here on this site, but usually start with a free themes when I start a new niche site.  A theme can be changed as your site grows, but be aware that since the theme also controls functionality your site may not work the same once a change is made.  You don’t have to be committed right now.  I do suggest that you start with a free theme to get an idea of what you do and don’t like.  Start a wish list so that when you are ready to upgrade to a paid theme (or a different free theme) you will know what you are looking for.  Unless you already know of a theme that will be perfect for you needs, then go ahead and jump on in. Read More →

WordPress Keeps Your Blog or Website Organized

WordPress is a Content Management System, currently the most popular in the world.  It allows you to create completely custom sites with great functionality options.  This allows you to have an organized website or blog right from the start. 

Why WordPress?

WordPress was created by Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little in 2003, and is currently the largest self-hosted blogging platform in the world.  There are actually millions of sites using WordPress and tens of millions of visitors.  You are reading this blog post on…you guessed it…a WordPress site.   Read More →

Overwhelm Can Keep You From Getting Organized

The internet is a wonderful place filled with lots of very smart people willing to share all that they know, some for free and others for a fee.  So, how do you keep from getting overwhelmed.

Overwhelm often plays out in one of two scenarios: Read More →

When Distractions Are Beneficial

Sometimes its okay to get distracted.  This weekend I had to take a break from my regurlarly scheduled programming, aka my to do list to finish a non priority project that I had started quite some time ago.  I love magazines, but I don’t like to read them right away.  I let them gather into a pile, then I pull out the articles or tips I want to read and have a tiny pile of what actually interests me when I’m ready to indulge in my magazine time.

But Friday afternoon, I was all ready to sit down and write my blog post and continue outline a product I’m planning.  Yet as soon as I walked into my office there was an eye sore.  My pile of magazines.  It had been building for while and it was time, I could just feel it.  It wasn’t an important project, I didn’t need to finish it right away, but I did.  And I’m so glad I did. Read More →

Clarity for Your Business Goals and Organization

If you lack clarity about your business, you are likely to be stumbling along rather than growing your business as you had planned.  Getting clarity about your business and your business goals will help you to get your business organized.

These are some clear signs that your business is not working. Read More →