Have You Made a Decision or a Commitment?

commmitmentA Story of 3 Frogs on a Log

A lot of people know this one, but here is goes anyway:

3 Frogs were sitting on a log in a pond. One frog decided to jump off. How many Frogs are still sitting on the log?

All of them. One simply decided to jump into the water, it never actually took the necessary action to do so.

Talk is Cheap

I speak with folks all of the time that tell me that they have decided to really do this or that and while their voices sound sincere and full of determination they don’t realize for a second that I very seldom rely on what is said, more often than not I will watch their actions to figure out if they are committed or not.

A lot of people don’t know this, some of you do, but I market a network marketing opportunity. What? Haven’t been hit over the head with one of my strategic, hard sell marketing lines??? Ah, no you haven’t. As a matter of fact, chances are that you don’t have a clue as to which network marketing company I’m involved with at all. The reason? I haven’t invited you.

Successful People Take Action

While this may sound a bit pompous and even snobbish, I don’t tell everyone about my network marketing opportunity because I am not looking for folks that tell me how much that they want to make money, I don’t want “everyone” in my business rather, I look for people that send me emails and give me phone calls about my other “lead in” opportunities. I look for those that take the initiative and actions that show me that they are committed to really getting the information they need to become successful.

Sometimes I will not answer my phones and just see who calls back. Seem a bit ridiculous? It may be, but I can tell you this. When I do offer up my opportunity to folks, I KNOW without a doubt that they will give their all. Not everyone signs up, no problem, but those that do will not make a simple decision to get involved with my company, but they will commit to building their business as well – and they do.

Are You Going After Your Dreams or Is Your Show On?

So what type of person are you? Have you made a decision to succeed or have you made a commitment to your success? There is a huge difference and not only how you look at things or are perceived by me, but a difference in your behavior. A little tip for you here, making a commitment means that you get off of the TV and free up your schedule from any other activities that are “time wasters” and use that time to free yourself from the chains of economic slavery.

So, have you made your decision today or have you made a commitment to your success?

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A Real Marketing System For the Average Person?

I’ve been on a mission. A mission to create a system that anyone, and I mean anyone, can use to start making money online. Today I sort of had an ah-ha moment and started tinkering around with the idea of setting up marketing tools on my training site that would allow people access to these tools to generate traffic and actually start making some money.

One of the best ideas I have come up with is to create an automatic video that will allow people an opportunity to start making money right away just by promoting the link for this particular video. You could post it straight to a hosting site like YouTube or you could post it on a blog – even a free blog – and send people to the video and to the blog.

If you are like me, you have several places to generate traffic from and you could post the video every as well. The bottom line is that people don’t have to have all that much knowledge or experience to start generating leads and even customers right away!

Maybe I’m just a little crazy, why don’t you check it out for yourself!

CLICK HERE TO GET STARTED MAKING MONEY TODAY!

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Start Branding Yourself As An Expert Starting Today!

branding yourself

Mark Graham

Boost Your Career With Personal Branding

If there is one thing, one piece of advice I would offer up to anyone wanting to start their online career that would be to start branding yourself as an expert right away. While I am not necessarily saying that you have to set up a website – a blog in particular – where the URL is your name, I am telling you that you need to start putting together a campaign to promote yourself as a professional from day 1.

Why is Branding Yourself So Important?

You know, not that long ago I wasn’t a big proponent of branding yourself, but I was WAY off of the mark with that one. Branding myself as an expert in the internet marketing world has opened up many more opportunities in a few different areas of my marketing career.

I now have the opportunity to really teach people to make some money online and some folks actually are taking the information I provide them and are running with it, some for the first time ever. I have also had the opportunity to create a system for Network Marketers that I may not have had without branding myself as an expert first.

So How Do You Brand Yourself?

Branding yourself as a mentor or expert within a specific niche is not that difficult and if done correctly you will be doing this as you build your own business opportunity up.

Article marketing is one of my favorite methods of generating traffic to my site, but it’s also a favorite of mine for starting the process of creating an image that I am “the” guy when it comes to a specific topic within my niche.

For example, I talk about making money online anywhere and this can involve my ZNZ referral programs, the online payday system, the network marketing industry, affiliate marketing or even generating an income from adsense. The best way for folks within those specific niches is to read my articles on different techniques that I use to market, generate leads and sales.

Video marketing can take your branding efforts to the next level because now folks can see you and perhaps even relate to you through your own words. Making videos has been one of the most effective methods for me to generate traffic and start a following that just about anything else out there. My subscribers to my channel are growing and in the next few weeks those numbers are going to skyrocket as I unveil new training on the network marketing industry.

Using a Blog to Brand Yourself an Expert

Everyone now a days has a blog and if you don’t have one you need to get one. You can use your blog to convey information and communicate with your associates as well as utilize your blog to promote your product(s) and yourself.

I will tell you now that if you have a hard time as a self-promoter you need to get past it. As your brand grows others will start spreading the word that you are an expert and that folks should listen to you.

Don’t Lie

No matter what, do not lie. I’m not a big fan of the whole “fake it till you make it” thing. While I understand what this does mean, I would recommend that you start from the beginning. Start telling people your story, start talking about your company, the products and how they are helping you or have helped you in the past in some unexpected way. Above all else, DO NOT LIE!

People can always tell if someone is being genuine or not. Leaders do not lie, when they do not know they do not try to b.s. their way through it. If someone asks you a question that you do not know the answer to be honest, no one knows everything. If you do not know the answer tell them as much, but add, “I have a marketing friend that I can ask – let me do that and I will get back with you.” Of course, make sure you follow up too!

The New Guru In Town

Before long people will start calling you up and asking for your opinion on this or that. People will consider you a guru or at the very minimum an expert. As your knowledge increases, as your content builds and as you get more and more information out there you WILL become an expert and the information you give folks will be Gospel. At that point, you will be the new guru on the block!

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How to REALLY Succeed Online

Finding Online Success

So you want to know how to really succeed online? This post is for all of you newbie, bright-eyed marketers that believe there is some magic formula, some secret software that the rest of us use, to make money online. Yep, that’s right, I’m on one of my freakin’ rants again, but this one is absolutely true too!

Succeed Online With Effective Marketing

First step in succeeding online is that you realize that these programs and bells and whistle type products that will solve world hunger are not the most important commodity. You have to recognize that it doesn’t matter how good, or even how bad a product is, that it is YOUR ability to market that product that makes the difference.

You can take the best product out there right now and someone that knows exactly how to market and promote can take a crummy product and make a ton more than you, just because they know how.

Yep, if you know how to promote and market your program, product or service then you are going to make money, you are going to add members to your team, you are going to win at this online game.

Get Rid of the Negativity

IF, however, you don’t learn how to effectively market your stuff then the reverse is true and you will lose money like crazy. You will be one of those idiots that sits around and talks about how no one really succeeds online, that all the money making programs out there are nothing but scams and whine and whimper. The problem with that crap is that if you are successful in convincing others of this b.s. then you can do some real damage to someone that could truly use an online program to earn a living.

Brand Yourself an Expert

Second, you need to start marketing yourself. You need to be “the expert,” the one that people look to when they want some information on how to start promoting their opportunity. Hint here: Don’t come across as a new and inexperienced marketer. That’s not to say that when you are asked a question that you do not know the answer to you throw out a lot of b.s. Seriously, if you don’t know, you don’t know, but you can find out. Then you call the next person up or someone that YOU respect and ask them. Find the answer and follow up with the answer – gives you a lot more credibility!

Develop a Strong Work Ethic

So how do you market yourself and effectively market your opportunity? It’s a little thing I like to call work. You create blogs and write articles for you blog and the article directories, you produce videos, you create web 2.0 properties such as squidoo lenses, you write ebooks, make power point presentations. You post on craigslist – not with that same old worn out referral or affiliate link, but a link to your latest video telling people why they need to work with YOU – the expert!

Thought this all would be easy? Think again. Simple, yes, easy, no. The question really is, “Is this worth it?” That answer, for me, is very simple – Hell yes it’s worth it! I love this, I have a passion for it. I love to create material and I love to help others see the light so to speak and get them on the right track.

Is everyone going to succeed? No, they aren’t – for many different reasons, but the main reason is because they are not “coachable” and they give up when things get tough. This business is not for wimps, this business is for those that have a dream and commit to achieving that dream.

Just in case you missed it, that is how you really succeed online.

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My Post Penguin Free Blog, Linking Strategies and On Page SEO

post penguin seoPost Penguin SEO May Be Easier Than Ever

OK guys, I’m back and I’m sort of giggling all the way to the bank right now. Ever since the dreaded Penguin update came out I’ve been steadily working at creating some new and different blogs. Initially, I thought that creating the blogs and getting the links properly built up and getting the “new” worn off of the sites was going to take a few weeks or maybe even a couple of months…but…

…I’ve been able to rank on the first page of Google for key phrases within minutes of creating and publishing blog posts. The weird thing? Well, the weird thing is that I’ve been able to rank – in one case within 45 minutes or less – with a FREE blog from blogger.com – hmm, Google keeping it in the family I guess.

Ranking Well With Free Blogs

So what is my method for creating these free blogs and more importantly, ranking well with them? While I must admit that I am still testing the different marketing strategies and techniques – I’m refining what I’ve always done – I can tell you that what I am finding so far is that exact match URL’s are skyrocketing to the top of the Google SERP’s.

Obviously, Google is back to rewarding those of us with exact matched domains names.

Titles and Other Areas to Focus Your SEO Efforts

Another area I am really seeing some big time search engine love is with titles. I am primarily referring to titles of blogs as well as titles of blog posts. I started a free blog the other day – znzonesuccess.blogspot.com – and wrote an article titled “The ZNZ One Program” and it is residing on the first page results.

Now you folks that have been paying attention to my videos and to what it is that I specifically do after each and every post, know some of the methods that I use to rank well on the first page of Google. It seems that I went a little overboard with this particular blog, but that’s OK too – I’ll have this blog ranking well again in a few weeks or months, but it will be back.

So what am I doing now with these simple and free blogs from blogger to rank them so well? First, let’s look at the “on-page” SEO.

I am not using SEOpressor any longer. While I think this was excellent software, I’m trying to tone down the highly optimization of my sites and opting more for a more “gentle” optimizing of the site and pages. As mentioned above, you want to make sure that you titles – both of your blog and your posts – contain the keyword or key phrase you are looking to rank for.

Create a Natural Flow

The next thing you need to be looking at is the density of your keyword within the body of the article. I still believe this needs to be around 2%, but with that said, it is very important that you do not give up the natural flow of writing to make sure that your keyword is in the body of the text or even within the sub-titles – the h1, h2 and h3 tags. I would even put some additional subheadings that DO NOT contain the key phrase.

Images still seem to give you some link juice, but don’t have 3 or four images that all point back to your key phrase in the alt text. Mix it up. Make sure that one or two are optimized, but that’s about it.

Slow and Steady Link Building

In terms of backlinks and link building, I would probably start off slower here than anything else I have done. This site was highly optimized for “znz one,” “znz big cash” and “online payday system” and it ranks of the 2nd and 3rd pages now where it once resided in the #1 position for all three key phrases. This, I believe, was primarily due to the speed at which these links were developed rather than the location from where the links came from.

While you want to make sure that your links are coming from legitimate websites, I believe that a natural flow is more important as well as a mixture of websites. You want a high percentage of your links coming from the social media and community sites rather than all of them coming from blog directories.

My linking strategy now is to make sure that my linking comes in a more natural looking way – less than 30 or so a day – from many different locations. For example, I use ping.fm for social bookmarking and have several social sites attached to this tool. I am also still using socialmonkee.com with good results, but I am making sure that the hundred links or so that I get from them (I have a premium account) come over at least a ten day period.

Still Using Article Submission Tools

I still use – and get very good results by the way – my Unique Article Wizard, which is a blog directory, but I limit the amount of blogs my articles are posted on to ten or fifteen per day. I opt for a slow “trickle” of links rather than blasting out 30 or 50 (or more) per day.

Manually I am posting more on high PR sites like ezinearticles.com, articlesnatch (no follow links), and others. I am also building squidoo lenses for that whole PR 7 link juice.

So Far, So Good

These methods, along with writing actively on my blogs, seem to be working very well. Within days I was able to rank my new sites (something I haven’t been able to do in a long time) on the first page of the Google SERP’s. These sites are optimized for specific key phrases like “znz one info” and “znz one success” or “the znz one program” and they have done pretty well very quickly.

Below I have a video showing folks the 3 must do actions after writing my blog post. Pretty much the same strategy as before, but without much else. Just using these simple strategies allowed me to rank very quickly – within minutes in one case – and very well (in the top 5).

No Guarantees

Look, I’m not guaranteeing anything at all at this point, but what I can tell you is that I have used and am using these techniques and am finding very good results so for. Admittedly I haven’t gone after more competitive key phrases, that will be documented in my next efforts, but I have seen a spike in my income.

While my opt ins have decreased slightly, because I am more focused on generating highly targeted leads – my conversion rates have doubled. Hmm, might want to start working on the whole conversion thing a little bit more!

No Exact Formula

I don’t know if anyone will ever be able to tell us marketers exactly what to do to rank well every single time for every single key phrase – Google sure doesn’t want people to crack this code of theirs – but I can tell you that with a little bit of experimentation we are able to find and develop techniques, methods and strategies that will help us rank better and ultimately drive a lot of traffic to our programs and websites.

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