The Month of August is for Great Triumphs

August was named in honor of the first Roman Emperor because it was a month of great triumphs. Make the month of August the month you conquer your challenges.

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Going along with that frame of mind, Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither is our online empire. We do need to be aware though that online things happen quickly. In fact I think things happen online quicker than anywhere else.

You only have so many minutes if not seconds to make an impact on a potential customer when they visit your website. So one great triumph you can make in August is to review your website. One thing I would suggest is have someone review your website with you that way you can see your website through their eye’s and you can watch where they stumble or maybe not take the actions you thought they would.

Here is a short list of things you might check on your own website to see if you need to make improvements.

  • Is your branding present and does it give a clear message about who your business is?
  • Does your headline entice the visitor to read more as well as let them know what’s in it for them?
  • Make sure you have clear benefits for the visitor.
  • Always give the visitor something to do. Meaning if you are selling something give them opportunities to buy through out the page. If you are going for the opt-in, push for it. Same if you are a service company push the phone number or contact info. In other words don’t make them hunt for the option you want them to take.
  • Make sure your links look like links and your buttons are clear and concise with wording to take action.

That is just a few things you can do to improve actions and conversions on your website. By making just a few changes each week or even once a month you can conquer the these challenges on your website.

There are many things to conquer in our lives and to many to cover in one blog post so I just may make a series of being triumphant in August so check back and see what else may be in store for August on my site.

In the mean time if you would like a website critique or just have some questions you would like answered with your online business check out my Inner Circle Membership at http://FDInnerCircle.com

Mid Year Goals

July 1st will mark the mid-point of the year which has me thinking, what goals do I want to reach before the year expires?

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Are the goals I set on the first of the year still goals I truly want to achieve still? Also are their goals on that list that are no longer relevant?

I think it is a wise idea to take a break mid-year and re evaluate what you would like to achieve for the remainder of the year.

Make sure to list goals and then reorganize on the items you want to achieve MOST.

What are some of the things you do mid-year?

Are any of them goal related and if so what do you do to get the most done in the remainder of the year?

Go ahead and comment below. I’d love to see what works for you.

WordPress Performance Tip

With so many sites these days utilizing WordPress software it is a good idea to keep up with maintenance and performance testing.

In this short video I review a plugin that will help determine which plugins are effecting site performance.

If you like this video and would like to see more videos like this check out my site. http://fdinnercircle.com

The Way You Start Matters

As I approach the next milestone in my life, (The Big 50) I started thinking what would I have done different to get where I am today.

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Then it dawned on me, what difference would it make now? I’m already to this point and honestly I have to say, I don’t think I would want to be anywhere else than where I am right now, today.

Sure, there are “life lessons” I wish I had not faced, stupid things I wish I would have thought first about and decisions I regret making. But I cannot change those things no matter how hard I try and it does me know good to waste time figuring it out.

I thought again for a brief second and said well maybe it would help others not make the same mistakes I did. But what are the chances of someone running into the same things I did? Or going the same route to get to the point where I am now?

So then I pondered, what would I like to change about where I am now? That, is something I can change moving forward. After all, I’m not at 50 yet and even then I think I have some time before I even start down the other side of the hill as they say.

Some things I thought about where personal things I want to continue improving like health and fitness, things I want to learn yet and things I’ve always wanted to try but have not pushed myself to do so.

There are also things in business such as, realizing the hard fact I can’t help everyone. I only have so many hours in the day and I do them and myself more harm by over committing my time.

I think one thing that will help that moving forward is determining the size of the project or task BEFORE saying yes!

I know I led in with “The Way You Start Matters” and it does, and that’s what I’m getting too. When we are “young” we don’t know where to start we just do it and we make mistakes and move on.

But thinking now, the biggest thing that will make a difference is how I start each new day. Focusing on the positive, that today I get to try something new; enjoy where I am; and try to make a difference so that TODAY is even better than the day before.

To do this I won’t have to change much I already start the day with reading some of the Bible, read a few quotes, check my favorite word games to see if it’s my turn and then look at what I have on my to do list for that day.

What I will change, is to take a moment, complete and cross of one small thing on my to do list that “I want” to achieve for that day before checking mail, support desks and attacking fires that have a risen.

By doing this I start the day in a way “I” like, learn a few things and be fresh for the day. This also helps me not start the day in a panic with “oh what did I not get finished yesterday” or “what hacks, support tickets, or fires are already awaiting me” and putting me in a “I have to hurry get these done so that maybe I can get to something on my goal list” frame of mind.

Yeah, I know it’s only a small thing but I think it will help me feel like I accomplished one thing starting the day. I can feel great that I did it and then get to things I need to do in a better frame of mind and in the long run get more done.

So the way you start your day maybe different then how I start my day but it does make a difference starting it on a positive note than in a panic or focusing on negative things that can put you in a frame of mind in which you just want to burry your head under the covers and not come out and play. ;)

I’m curious what do you do to start your day on a positive note? Add your comments below, thanks.

Are You Using Your Tools Effectively?

I was recently working on a woodworking project that I like to do for fun in my spare time. (Yes shocking, as it may seem, I do find that from time to time.) I realized that I needed some replacement blades and staples to complete this project.

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I headed off to our nearest hardware store knowing the sizes I needed, but after arriving I come to find out those sizes wasn’t typical sizes.

The sales person tried their best to help me find a fit. He asked what brand they were and I couldn’t recall I just knew it was not any that I seen there on the shelves. It was then we realized the issue was that I had purchased the tools from a discount store and that was the only place I could get the needed replacement parts.

On the drive to the OTHER side of town I got to thinking a little bit, did I really save anything in the long run if I have go out of my way to get refill or replacement parts? And how long will those discount tools be available to get those needed refills?

I think we run into the same thing with our businesses. We try to “save” by getting free tools or cheaper alternatives only to find out a similar situation that it maybe limited in some way maybe not in what the application or service does but maybe we have to go out of the way because of lack of documentation or support to figure out how to do it.

This also made me think about how well did I know my tools, thinks like the specifications, what size it will take, ways to best utilize them, will they work for all of the applications I need to use them and do I even know all of the ways it could be used.

Maybe if I knew that I could actually use it for more than what I really bought it for and in the long run, that in fact is my savings, by not needing another tool.

Again, this applies to our businesses are you utilizing your website, email service etc in all of the ways you possibly can? Maybe with a little research and/or training you could greatly enhance what they do AND increase your business revenue.

In rethinking the situation I now know in the future I will be hesitant about buying discounted products unless I know they are compatible with what I’m doing or needing. I will also look at other ways I might be able to utilize that tool to possibly increase my return on investment.

I hope that maybe you too will consider these things when purchasing tools for your business. And also consider looking into ways to educate yourself about the tools you may already have.

Also, if you have questions about the applications you are using for your business I can help in my “Inner Circle” membership you can ask specific questions for challenges you are facing and I will reply to your problem with a solution and in many cases a how to video. The Inner Circle also gets access to all of my training courses and so much more. You can check it out at http://fdinnercircle.com