Yearly Archives: 2009

Resolutions vs. Goals

The time is upon us again to write New Year’s Resolutions, for our personal lives as well as for our businesses. But are resolutions the best way to go? Or should we be writing realistic, implementable goals instead? In the past, I’ve written resolutions, and they always seemed to be a bit pie-in-the-sky. The kind of things it’d be great if I accomplished, but it’s not likely that it will happen. Partially, that’s because I’d write my desired outcomes (e.g., lose weight, eat more fruits and vegetables, exercise more, keep my office organized… sound familiar?), and that’s where I would…

Easy (eZ) Way to Add Video to Your Webpages or Blog

If you aren’t using videos on your opt-in pages because it was just too difficult to get them to work, have we got something to show you! Using videos is an awesome way to really get your point across. We use Camtasia a lot to create videos of our computer screen to show you how to do things online. We’ve been uploading these to our website, or for our public videos, hosting them on YouTube, and then playing them from our blogs or webpages. While there are lots of reasons to have your videos hosted on public sites like YouTube,…

Easy (eZ) Way to Add Audio to Your Webpages or Blog

If you aren’t using audios on your opt-in pages, sales pages and pretty much everywhere online, you are missing out! There’s a reason you see audios cropping up everywhere on the web – that’s because they work. Visitors and customers like them, they provide a tiny glimpse into who you are (remember the ‘know, like and trust’ factor) because instead of just reading words, now they can also hear your voice. And online marketers should like them for the same reasons! And also, because they are so easy to create and very, very simple to use. We recently switched from…

What Are YOU Thankful For This Thanksgiving Week?

There is just something about appreciation that lifts the soul and enriches life, and Thanksgiving is a time designed for just that – giving thanks. Our list of things to appreciate goes from the mundane to the gigantic and awe-inspiring. We give thanks for big things in our lives, like family, friends, good health… As well as the smaller things that bring joy to our lives each day, like… The new awesome hoppy beer Mynders discovered and brought home the other day. It’s really, really good. (Titan IPA, for those of you who need to know, from Great Divide Brewing…

Use KompoZer to Quickly Edit Web Pages on Your Site

There are times when you really want a fast edit. You don’t want to download your page to your computer, edit it and upload it again. You just want to log on and do your edits. Quick, fast, efficient. I was messing around with my KompoZer html editor the other day, and discovered a feature I hadn’t known about. It has an ftp program built in, so you can log on to your site from KompoZer, open a page right there, edit, and re-publish. Fun! I love discovering features I didn’t know about – it’s kind of like getting an…

Blog or Website — What Should You Choose?

While there is still a lot to say for traditional (and nontraditional) websites, blogging seems to be where it’s at today. And there are lots of reasons why this is so. Here are some things I love about blogs and blogging. Ease of Use I’ve had websites and I’ve had blogs. And for now, I’m loving my blogs. Blogs are easy to set up, and very easy to manage. Blog posts don’t have to be long, and they can include audio, video, posts from other blogs. You name it and you can probably do it with a blog! Search Engines…

Internet Business Lifestyle: Doing Business from the Road

One of the biggest reasons people want to have an online business is to have the lifestyle. Much like when you ask people what they would do if they won the lottery (one of the top answers is always “travel more”), when we ask people how their life will change with a successful online business, one of the most common answers is “I’ll travel more with my family.” The dream of travel, freedom, and the magic of being on the road is a strong one for many budding entrepreneurs. And we agree! In fact, I’m writing this from our Lance…

Fun Domain Name Creation Tool

Sometimes it can be tough to figure out a new domain name for your blog, website or landing page. You can spend hours sitting at your computer, typing in variations on a theme. Here’s a new tool for creating domain names that will save you tons of time, and you’ll find better domain names. It’s called BustAName and it’s fun and easy to use. You’ll want to enter your main keywords in the tool and then let it go. Amazing! Here’s a short 6 minute video showing you how to start using it to create a new domain name. Enjoy!

Overcoming Product Development Procrastination

If you have an online business, chances are you are working on a new product to offer to your market. It might be your first product — or maybe your 21st. It really doesn’t matter how many products you have created already. Each new offering is a bit like starting over at the beginning. Maybe you want it to be perfect, and you are looking for that last piece of information to add before you call it done. Or perhaps you are a perfectionist, and you keep going back and tweaking that ‘last little bit’ … The procrastination challenge is…