Jan 28, 2015

5 Tips On How To Organize Your Business Paperwork

5 Tips On How To Organize Your Business Paperwork

What are you doing to organize your business paperwork?

It is a well known fact that as soon as you start a business, you will receive a mountain of correspondence from various federal and provincial agencies and not to mention an assortment of advertising mail which may or may not be of interest or value to you.

If you organize your home-office properly from the very beginning, the paper work won't bog you down and you won't feel overwhelmed.

Too many people let their papers pile up or leave mail unopened for days and weeks at a time. Finally, when they do go through it in a hurry, not much attention is placed on the important information that comes through. Organization is an essential ingredient to a successful business operation.

Check out the following "5 Tips On How To Organize Your Business Paperwork:"

1. Filing cabinet

There is nothing better then keeping your paperwork organized with a file cabinet. Get yourself a four-drawer filing cabinet which will allow lots of room for files. Buy suspension frames for each drawer and legal-sized hanging files and file folders. Add tabs to the file folders for easy visible identification. You should place the files you use most into the top drawer. Establish the following hanging folders for the following:

  • Federal papers
  • Licensing agencies
  • Cash expense file for business expenses
  • Sales invoice
  • Advertising file
  • Bank statements
  • Business start-up costs
  • Correspondence
  • Financial for monthly accounting papers
  • Contacts and follow-up

You may add to this list as each business has different requirements and as your business grows. This system will keep you well organized.

2. Invest in a shredder

If you own a business, a shredder is must. Important documents should not be thrown away without it being shredded first. Not only is this important but necessary for those private documentations you no longer need but also want to protect.

3. Sort Mail

Each day as soon as your mail arrives, open it. Make piles for accounts to be paid, checks to be deposited, advertising, and other important items. Tackle one pile at a time by sorting what should stay and what shouldn't.

4. Rinse and repeat

Each week the key to keep on top of the mountains of paperwork is to dispense with it as soon as possible. Gather what is needed and then throw out what isn't. Rinse and repeat this task by keeping a weekly routine to achieve this goal.

5. Start a priority list

A priority list will help motivate you to take action. A priority list can help you put things in order. Take an eight column pad and list all the things to do on the left-hand side. Across the top, make columns for the dateline date. Go down your list and allocate a check mark to note the priority for each task. Cross them off the list as you accomplish each job.

If you're on mobile, there are many smartphones which have applications you can download to achieve this task. I currently use SNote on my smartphone to jot down my notes and prioritize certain things that need to get done for my business.

The objective is to stay on top of organizing your business paperwork so that you can concentrate on running a successful business.

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Jan 11, 2015

15 High Ranking Directories to Submit Your Articles

15 High Ranking Directories to Submit Your Articles

Article directories can help you get your articles ranked high in search engines and attract traffic back to your blog/site. Quality content, searchable keywords, great article headlines and popular article submission directories are essential to your article success.

Below, I've listed 15 high ranking directories to submit your articles:

1. EzineArticles.com

2. SelfGrowth.com

3. ArticlesBase.com

4. GoArticles.com

5. ArticleCity.com

6. ArticleDashboard.com

7. Buzzle.com

8. Technorati.com

9. Article-host.com

10. Amazines.com

11. ArticleSubmit.com

12. ExpertArticles.com

13. Wahm-Articles.com

14. GoArticles.com

15. How To Make Money Online By Writing Articles And Posting Them Into Article Directories

There you have it! Submit your quality written work to the above 15 High Ranking Directories today and watch your blog/site traffic increase.

Have you submitted your articles to the above high ranking article directories? Please let us know in the comments section below. Thank you!

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Dec 28, 2014

How to Get Links to Your Website

How to Get Links to Your Website

As a website owner, I'm sure you want links that add value to your website(s). You want links that compliment the niche of your websites' brand. The concept of link building is to utilize it effectively so that you will always get a flow of traffic back to your site. The following are effective ways to get links:

Blog Commenting

Blog commenting is one of easiest ways to get links to your website. Search for blogs that are related to your niche and comment on them. It is important to only leave comments on blogs that are do-follow, otherwise the link will not count. Your comments should add value to the discussion. Don't say something like “Great Post”, webmasters will consider that as spam and will delete it.

Article Submission

Article marketing is also a great way to build links to your website. Write a few articles and submit them to various article directories. Remember and insert your website link into the bio section located under every article. Become a smarter article marketer and check out the Scribe Content Library.

Testimonials

Many websites will feature a testimonial section, if a product is involved. Offer testimonials on your own website and whenever you come across a site that has a testimonial page, make sure to get listed. Fill out their testimonial page with your websites URL to the site or product owner. Positive testimonials work best and is a great way to get a visit back to your site.

RSS Aggregate

There are many RSS aggregate sites that allow you to submit your RSS feed. Submitting your RSS feed will come across a variety of websites instantaneously. This is one of the fastest ways to generate hundreds of back links to your website.

Create a Short Report

You can create a short report, or even a compilation of articles, using a PDF format. You can then submit it to sites that will display PDF's such as Squibd, a social publishing site. Also, keep in touch with other bloggers at Blogger Outreach.

Blog

Creating a blog on your website and writing quality content is a great way to get back links. If your content offers value, many others will link to your article as a point of reference. If you find yourself with writer's block from time to time, check out HireWriters.com - where you can hire talented native English speaking writers to create articles for your website.

Guest Post

Many blogs and websites need new content on a regular basis. If you enjoy writing, many of them will utilize guest posts to create content. You will write a quality article for them and they will post it on their site. In return, the article will have one or two links to your own website.

You can also monetize your own written work as there are people waiting to buy information. Someone wants to buy your knowledge in every niche, in every area of interest and for every target market. Shouldn’t you get something ready for them to buy?

Social Media

Utilizing social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest can quickly increase the amount of links coming into your site. You only need to get a few re-tweets to quickly see an increase in traffic and links to your site.

There are a number of additional techniques that can be used to build links to your website. The goal is to find effective methods that will help your website grow.

What other techniques do you use to get links to your own website/blog? Please share by leaving your comments below.

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Dec 11, 2014

10 Actionable Ways to Make Money by Blogging

10 Actionable Ways to Make Money by Blogging

If you are deciding on managing a blog or already have a blog and are not making any money, the following '10 Actionable Ways to Make Money by Blogging' is for you.

At its most basic level, a blog is simply a way for you to get information and also provide the type of information your readers are seeking. Of course, it is one of the easier ways for you to do so and once you have the blog established, you can upload your articles with the click of a button.

First, you want to provide your readers with quality based articles that will help them in some way. Then, once you've established a loyal tribe of followers and subscribers, offer them additional brands that add value to your blog via campaigns. One way to do this is through sponsored posts.

Sponsored Posts Opportunities

A sponsored post is also known as a promoted post. They are on social media and blogs. There are so many different ways to get opportunities for sponsored posts and so many different ways that you can do it.

Once you have your blog set up, you need to decide what you're going to blog about. Make sure that you focus on one particular subject as this is one of the biggest secrets of how to make money blogging.

Become An Influencer

The following media companies are great to start out with. I use some of them myself. If you find something that compliments your blog's theme and adds value, check them out and become an influencer for those companies.

1. Influenster

- Gain access to digital coupons from everyday brands just for being active on social media. Influensters who connect their social accounts to amass a high Impact score tend to unlock the most exclusive VoxPerks! Make sure to be on the lookout for activities to get even better deals on select VoxPerks before you redeem them.

2. Weavemade

- Weave was founded by a blogger, with the influencer publisher in mind. With the goal to move away from monotony and allow for creativity, Weave gives influencers a hands on experience with brands from purchase to post.

3. Sverve

- Monetize your influence. You work hard to build your online presence, Sverve works hard to help you monetize it. Hundreds of brands use Sverve to connect with you to get their message to your followers. 4. Massivesway

- Massive Sway brings you smart social media opportunities that will ultimately support you on your road to success.

5. Markerly

- Join Markerly choice and work with top brands.

6. Social Fabric

- Are you looking to be in the business of blogging? Are you looking to connect with great brands? Learn how to monetize your blog? Grow your audience? Then you’ve come to the right place.

7. TapInfluence

- Are you a blogger who loves sharing your stories and experiences with your readers? Are you passionate about creating and sharing visual content on Pinterest, Twitter, or Instagram? Do you have a gift for making videos on YouTube or Vine? Are you a champion for brands you love? If you answered yes to any of those, you’re in the right place.

8. Blueprint Social

- Are you interested in becoming an approved blogger? They would love to have you! They are seeking blogs of all shapes and sizes, bloggers who: Are passionate about creating, whether in the niche of home decor, crafts, design or recipes, love connecting with companies and trying their products, enjoy sharing their experiences with their audiences.

9. Join shareasale.com, earn cash!

- ShareASale has been in business for 14 years, exclusively as an affiliate marketing network. They encourage you to browse around the website and learn more, but if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to them!

10. Nothing beats selling your own stuff

- Your blog readers would rather learn from you and buy from you than to buy something from someone they don’t know. If you have a product and or a service that you know will benefit someone, feature it on your blog. If done right, the payoff is BIG since you will be able to set your own price. Just remember to provide your expertise. Readers, customers are getting more and more savvy, they want real information that is actionable coming from someone they already trust and are learning from, YOU.

Are you using sponsored posts on your blog? Please share by leaving your comments below. Thank you!

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Dec 8, 2014

5 Marketing Tips to Spotlight on Your Business

5 Marketing Tips to Spotlight on Your Business

The 5 marketing tips to spotlight on your business begins first and foremost with an online presence. If you have an online presence then you're one step ahead of the game. It is especially valuable, when on your business site, you offer quality based information that will benefit your visitors.

Managing an online business whether it be via a blog and/or website is important for that added marketing exposure we all as business owners need. Below, check out the 5 tips you can use today.

1. Start a blog/website

- If you don't have a blog or a website, set one up at https://wordpress.org/. Then, start writing interesting content that is related to your business. Make sure the information you provide introduces you and your brand's niche.

2. Market & distribute your content

- Use free distribution services such as prweb.com, thefreelibrary.com and i-newswire.com to spread the word about your online business site. Generate buzz and create the type of spotlight your business deserves.

3. Target your email list

- What better way to market and spotlight your business then from your own email list? Once you've gathered information such as name and email address about your customers preferences, keep them posted of all your business news, tips, products/services launches on a weekly or monthly basis. Your email list consist of opt-in subscribers who are interested in what you have to offer. This is a marketing opportunity you want to include from the very beginning of establishing your business site. If you need help with setting up an email marketing acct, visit Aweber and get started today on generating your email list.

4. Make your business site(s) social

- Join free social networking sites like delicious.com/, digg.com, squidoo.com, yelp.com, facebook.com, LinkedIn.com and twitter.com. Pick and choose which of these social sites will benefit your business. Tap into this very important exchange of connection by networking your brand and interacting with other successful business owners who can also add value to your business.

- Let's not forget about offline marketing too. If you have a high profile location, use signage or banners on your property to spotlight your business brand. Make sure you check with your municipality's signage rules. Always include your website address on all your marketing materials. The goal is to get noticed. Download my FREE ebook on "How to Rock Your Business With a Blog" for additional tips!

5. Start your own group

- In addition to the above marketing tips, start your own group. Starting your own community group is helpful and allows you to spotlight your business and communicate your offers and messages to an online fan base. Check out ning.com or hoop.la to start your own community/forum.

What are other marketing tips you've used to spotlight on your business? Tell us by leaving your comment below. Thanks!

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Dec 1, 2014

4 Tips on Reorganizing Your Website Link Structure

4 Tips on Reorganizing Your Website Link Structure

If you haven't been getting the web results that you desire, then it could be that Google and other major search engines are having trouble crawling your site. By "crawling your site," it means they have a difficult time indexing the content that is on your web page. Below are "4 Tips on Reorganizing Your Website Link Structure."

1. Link Structure

One of the most common problems for this is poor website link structure. Just what is link structure? Well, this facet of web technology is simply the way that you handle internal linking on your site.

There are a variety of ways that you can link, but by far the most effective way is to use text links to get your point across.

Search engines are very good at crawling text, and you should use it to enhance the internal linkage on your website. But what does that mean for reorganization?

2. Reorganization

Reorganization means that you need to be using descriptive text for your links.

It isn't a good idea for instance, to say "Click Here" and use it as your hyperlink. This is very general and gives the search engine crawlers no idea whatsoever as to what your referring too.

You could have the greatest content and website in the world, but if crawlers have a difficult time identifying what your site is about, then you are out of luck when it comes to building organic traffic.

3. Organic Traffic

So how do you build organic traffic through link structure and ensure the happiness of your visitors? Quite simply you should make each and every page of your website navigable. That means your user can find your home page or other topics that may be of interest on your site with ease.

One way to do this is by including text links that are specific and descriptive on each page. Ideally, you want to build an audience that comes back to you as an authority figure.

You want to keep your audience intrigued by providing a treasure chest of information on your site. You want them to know that your information is dynamic and stands out from the all the rest. Information that offers new helpful tips all of the time is key to gaining organic traffic.

4. Fresh, Consistency, Effectiveness

Fresh, consistent content and effective link structure adds value to your website.

Link structure is not the only way to run a successful website, but it is integral to all other efforts and organization that you may have in place.

So, If you are not getting the results that you want, then you need to establish a strong connection with the search engine crawlers.

Review your link structure and reevaluate the way your internal links are set up. It may take a while for you to accomplish this (if you have many pages like I do), but with all things in life it can be done if you put your mind to it! ;-)

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