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10 Essential Tools for Building Your Business

10 Essential Tools to use in building your Business Online.

Building your Online Business can seem a daunting task to the beginner as you look at all the methods you can use. That’s understandable, but don’t let it be a worry to you. The key is to pick a one or two or so tools to begin with and get comfortable with those tools before moving on to use others.

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As you grow your business and get some of the tools up and running, some of them can be automated to make them more manageable. For example; there are automation tools for Twitter to auto follow those who follow you and also send them a quick message of thanks. Use these automation tools as you can to give you time to focus on the things that require your direct involvement, such as writing blogs. Though, even writing blogs and other manual tasks can be outsourced if need be.

 

Here is a quick list of some of the more essential tools you can use in growing your online business:

1. Blog / Web Site.

There are many ways to put your business and your own knowledge out there for visitors to see, but a blog is one of the easiest and best ways to do it. You can use various blogging platforms, but WordPress is one of the most popular. It is easy to set up and has so many useful plugins that help you automate and improve your blog.

2. Twitter

Twitter is a great tool for building a list of followers who have asked to receive your information in the form of your Tweets. By building a list of followers and then sharing relevant information with them, you gain their trust and they are more receptive to checking out your services on your blog, etc.

3. Facebook

Facebook is another social media tool to use in spreading word about your business and service. Be careful to not push business to your friends. Just share helpful information in a natural way much the same as with Twitter.

4. Google Plus

Google Plus is another social media tool that is growing in popularity. It is similar to Facebook, but owned and operated by Google. It can be important to your blogging because it is owned by Google, so may actually have a bigger affect on your Google search rankings when your site is shared on Google Plus.

5. LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a more professional social media tool which can be very useful for your business. It is evolving where you can also share posts and other information with those you are linked with. In this way you can spread word about your posts and other useful information with other business professionals.

6. Email Autoresponder

Your business will need an Email Campaign to send follow up emails to your visitors who opt into your site or your products by giving their email addresses. Aweber is a popular autoresponder which makes it easy to set up your own autoresponder emails to keep your visitors connected and also offer other products or services.

7. SEO, Search Engine Optimization

To be successful with your online business you need the visitors to find your site. You need you blog or web site optimized to be found through SEO, Search Engine Optimization. Check out the link at the bottom for free training that will open you to a whole system of online business coaching which includes SEO and many other aspects of business

8. Social Bookmarking

You can use social bookmarking tools such as Digg or StumbleUpon to share your content and raise awareness of your site and posts.

9. YouTube

Youtube is is one of the most used search tools on the Internet. Using Video is a great way to get your message out to the public. Just making short 3 minute videos and posting them on Youtube and also linking back to your blog posts, can help a lot to promote your site.

10. Article Submission

Another great tool to use to grow your business is article submission. By submitting articles to online submission sites and linking back to your blog posts with similar content, you gain exposure and build back links which helps with search engine ranking.

There are other tools that can also help you grow your business, so continue to learn about any tool that may help. Continual education is a vital part of being a successful business owner. Never get stale in you knowledge of marketing and business.

Don’t let this list of tools be overwhelming. As I mentioned early own. Take one or two of these tools and get comfortable with them before moving on to others. As you learn one at a time, they become easier and more comfortable.

Don’t give up! Be consistent in your efforts! Success is achievable!

Here’s to your business success!

Jerry D Ross

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Winning the Gold – 2012 Olympics and in Business.

What’s Winning the Gold in the 2012 Olympics got to do with Your Business? A lot!

Have you been watching the Olympics and seeing those competitors give it their all in an effort to win a little gold medal? They have spent years of their lives preparing for the day that they would stand on the podium and have a gold medal put around their neck.

Missy Franklin and Matt Grevers Win Gold Medals

Missy Franklin and Matt Grevers Win Gold MedalsĀ  ( picture from http://wibx950.com)

How does winning the Gold in the Olympics relate to you and your online business? It relates in many ways. Winning the Gold Medal in the 2012 Olympics takes years of hard work. Those who compete in the Olympics are the best of the best because they have put forth the effort to be the best.

They have spent hours during their days and weeks and months when they would have rather been taking it easy. When some of their friends were home watching TV or sitting around with other friends drinking beer, they were busy working out. They were out running for miles in the rain. They were swimming lap after lap in the pool.

You have to be willing to put in the time!

These Gold Medal Winners in the Olympics put in the time working out and practicing their sport when they didn’t feel like working out or practicing. They put in the time when they wanted to be doing something else more fun or more relaxing.

You have to be willing to put in the time as well on your business when your friends are wasting their time away watching TV or just goofing off. You have to put in the time writing blogs or working on what ever method of marketing you will use. You have to put in the time when you don’t feel like putting in the time. You have to do the work when you would rather relax!

Visualize Winning!

In order to Win, athletes must visualize themselves Winning! They must constantly keep that vision in their mind as they push themselves on to greater accomplishments. You must do the same.

See Yourself You Are a Winner.

In order to Win, that is Succeed, you must start with Visions of Winning. You must visualize yourself winning. In Business, you need to see yourself succeeding and achieving your dreams. See yourself being financially free and able to give to others from your abundance.

Dream Big and see yourself in possession of those dreams. Be fired up for the goals you’ve set for yourself and keep the vision of those dreams strong in your mind. Visualize yourself being the successful business person. Visualize yourself being the business leader you want to be.

Tell Yourself You Are a Winner.

Next you need to move on from just having winning thoughts and visions to telling yourself you are winning. You must put your winning visions into words to yourself. Tell yourself everyday that you can achieve your dreams. Tell yourself that all the efforts are worth it in the long run. Tell yourself that you efforts will make you a winner and each day will bring you one day closer to your business success.

Each time you tell yourself that you are making progress and that the effort is worth it, you build self confidence and strength to carry on and achieve the gold medal of business success that you are reaching for.

Take the Actions of a Winner!

The dreams of winning and the talking about winning are of little use if you don’t put it all into Actions. You must take action on what you have learned and put forth the effort every day to achieve your goals. Just setting your goals and then telling yourself that you are going to win a gold medal in the Olympics will not even get you to the Olympics, much less win you gold.

You must take action if you are to achieve success, whether its a gold Olympic medal, or financial freedom. You must take action every day to do the things that you know will bring you closer to success. You must put in the time doing the actions that draw traffic to your sites, or build your business reputation. It takes consistent action!

Again, knowing how to achieve success; thinking thoughts of success; speaking words of success; none of these will bring success without ACTION! You must have Consistent, Appropriate Action!

Those who are achieving Gold Medals in the 2012 Olympics have applied these simple strategies to achieve the success they are achieving. You can use these same simple strategies to achieve tremendous business success!

Here’s to your Business Success!

Jerry D Ross

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