These Tools Will Promote Your Products While You Sleep

When you first launched your product, you probably noticed that a lot of the time is spent out in the field making 1:1 connections with your audience.

Once you start to grow, it’s harder to maintain these 1:1 relationships with everyone. At this point, it’s time to delegate some of the repetitive tasks to one of these tools.

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What will you learn?

Today you will learn how to:

Schedule and automate sharing of social updates on Facebook, Twitter, G+ and Pinterest;Schedule and automatically publish your blog posts;Encourage your customers to spread the word about your products by giving them a discount for sharing your product on Twitter and Facebook;Make dozens of influencers in your niche tweet about your new product launch (at the same time and automatically);Make multiple web-based services play nice together using IFTTT.

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1. Buffer

Buffer is a tool that helps you schedule posts for publishing on social media.

With Buffer, you can write all your posts at one time (like Monday) and Buffer will spread them out throughout the week, so you don’t have to do this every day.

It will also shorten all the links you choose to include in your social media updates, making it possible to track clicks and reader engagement with your content.

And finally, Buffer has it’s own toolDaily that helps you to choose content to share with your audience, in case you are not sure what to add to your social sharing queue.

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2. CoSchedule

CoSchedule is a social media and blog editorial calendar for WordPress. It makes planning your blog post publication schedule and it’s accompanying social media updates so much easier. And it displays all the past and future posts in a handy calendar format.

Some advanced features include re-sharing old blog posts, collaborating with multiple team members, and assigning tasks. This can be useful if you want to let your designer or editor know that you need some new featured image for your post or need your post to be proofread.

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3. Sellfy Social Discounts

Social discounts have been proven to be highly effective tool in both attracting more customers, improving brand awareness and building your audience. Once you have social discounts enabled, your buyers will receive a discount every time they spread the word about your product on social networks.

It’s also a much better way to give your products away of free, if you’re willing to build your audience like this. Every user will have to provide his email address where the download link will be sent. This makes it possible to market premium products to this email list later on.

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4. Thunderclap

Thunderclap is a tool that helps you to reinforce your message by saying it together with your friends. When you join Thunderclap, you and others will share the same message at the same time.

This makes sharing the news about your product launch so much easier, spreading it like wildfire through Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr at the very same time. Your product is now impossible to ignore.

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5. IFTTT

“IFTTT is a web-based service that allows users to create chains of simple conditional statements, called “recipes”, which are triggered based on changes to other web services such as Gmail, Facebook, Instagram, and Craigslist.”

IFTTT (If This Then That) is a service that allows you to connect a number of online tools and services together. This way, every time something happens in service A, the recipe is triggered and IFTTT performs your specified task in service B.

It’s quite useful if you want to automatically add a user that has favourited or mentioned you to a Twitter list. Or post a tweet every time a new sale is made. Some people use it to spy on their competitors, you can do it too, if that’s your thing.

Over to You

No amount of marketing automation will ever replace the power of human interaction. You should always keep in touch with your audience and never solely rely on the automatic tools, or risk being labeled as spammer. But in the right hands, these tools can be a powerful addition to any creator’s marketing toolbox.

Did you find any of these tips helpful? Do you have experience with these tools? Do you know some other tools that can help creators automate their promotion efforts? Let me know in the comments section below.

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THE POWER OF NEGATIVE THINKING

By Stefan Pylarinos

Can negative thinking be useful at times?

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I believe that negative thinking, or “practical pessimism” as I call it, can be beneficial in our lives.  It can allow us to plan for the rainy days and be prepared at all times.

So negative thinking can be used in a useful and practical way, however, you don’t want to overly indulge in negativity by any means.  I’m talking about using negative thinking intelligently and to your advantage.

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In business and in life, you need to protect yourself.  You need to be aware that things can go wrong and plan for them ahead of time.  Challenges and struggles in the future are inevitable, we can’t avoid them – it’s coming.

Watch the video below to learn more about the power of negative thinking.

HOW TO FIND YOUR PASSION IN LIFE

By Stefan Pylarinos

DISCOVER YOUR PASSION IN LIFE WITH THESE SIMPLE STEPS.

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Struggling to find your passion in life?

Don’t worry, you’re not alone.  Most people have no idea what their passion or calling is and are still trying to discover it.

I’ve been blessed to have found my passion in life at a relatively early age. When I was around 21, I knew what I wanted to do in life.  I knew the essence of it was to learn and to give.  The vehicle for my passion just so happened to be Project Life Mastery.

If you’re struggling to find your passion in life, then I have a few steps and ideas that will help you discover it.  Give them a try!

Here are 5 tips to help you learn how to find your passion in life.

1. Keep An Open Mind

It’s important to always stay open-minded at all times, as you never know what could lead you to finding your passion.

2. Experiment And Try As Many Things As Possible

The more things you try and experiment with, the higher chances you’ll have to finding what you really love.

3. What Did You Love To Do When You Were A Kid?

Ask yourself, “What did you love to do when you were 12 years old?”  Often times, you’ll be able to find your passion in life based on certain things you used to love to do when you were younger, but might have lost touch with.

4. What Would You Do If Money Wasn’t An Issue?

If you didn’t get paid for it, what would you be doing?  I believe your passion in life is essentially a “hobby that you get paid for”.  Take money out of the equation though, what would it be?

5. Develop Yourself Through Self-Improvement

The more you improve yourself and get to know yourself, the more it will lead you to finding your passion in life.  Keep reading books, attending seminars, going to retreats, hiring coaches, and you’ll be amazed how you’ll soon discover your passion in life.

Ultimately, to learn how to find your passion in life, it requires patience.  Keep on the path of discovery and self-improvement.  Continue seeking it and you will find it.

I’ve found one of the most important things you can do is to continue asking questions.  Be curious and keep asking yourself, “What am I passionate about?” and you’ll be amazed with the answers.

Don’t be picky either.  Often times, being a perfectionist can hold people back from finding their passion in life.  In a video blog I did on how to find your purpose in life, I spoke about how you want to just DECIDE WHAT IT IS.  Don’t make finding your passion a big, unattainable thing – make it achievable.

Keep in mind, your passions always change.  What you might find you’re passionate about today, might become boring for you tomorrow.  Be adaptable and be willing to evolve your passion.

When trying to discover how to find your passion in life, be prepared for it to change and evolve as you grow and evolve.

Also, sometimes what you’re doing can turn into your passion.  I’ve noticed that happen with myself. Sometimes you’re on a path to doing something everyday and the more you do it, the more passionate you become about it.  You start to love it, enjoy it, and get addicted to it.

That’s why you also have to give things time.  And again, always ask yourself “How can I be more passionate about what I’m doing right now?”

How To Surround Yourself With Successful People

By Stefan Pylarinos

LEARN HOW TO SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE.

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Are you surrounding yourself with people that are more successful than you?

As the saying goes, “Who you spend time with is who you become.”

The peers that you surround yourself with are influencing who you are right now and who you’re going to be in the future.  I’ve even heard people go so far to say that your income is in direct reflection of the 5 individuals you most consistently spend time with.

All I know is that by surround myself with people that are more successful than myself, I’ve been able to grow massively.

It’s always uncomfortable being around others that are much smarter than you, however it helps you to raise up to that level.  It challenges you and inspires you to grow.

In this video blog, I share a little bit about my experience of how to surround yourself with successful people and how to take your life to the next level.

Here’s 3 tips on how to surround yourself with successful people.

1. Put yourself in places where they’re hanging out.

I’ve met many people that are more successful than myself just by putting myself in the right places.  This means going to seminars, attending meet up groups or events where they might be.  Often times, there are individuals that are VERY successful at these places and you can meet them just through friendly networking.

2. Focus on GIVING value, not TAKING value.

Successful people are busy and don’t have much time available.  They also have a lot of people that want their time and attention.  If you approach them trying to “take”, they’ll just ignore you and sense that right away.  Instead, find a way to GIVE VALUE to them.  This could be just promoting what they’re doing, supporting them in some way, and helping them achieve their goals.  If you can make a difference to their life or business, then you’ll be on their radar and they’ll notice you.  You might even find them reaching out to you!

3. Hire a coach, mentor, or join a mastermind group.

Most of the successful people that I’ve been able to surround myself with are coaches, mentors, or mastermind groups that I’ve paid to be apart of.  Don’t be afraid to invest money to get these peoples time and attention.  Remember, they know the value of their time and likely won’t help you for free because they’re just so busy.  So find people that are more successful than you and see if they offer coaching.  Often times, you can develop a friendship with your coach or with the people that you’re in a mastermind group with.

What are some affiliate networks you can join?

By Amy Lynn Andrews

What are some affiliate networks you can join?

There are lots of affiliate networks available and most are easy peasy to join (just follow the prompts). Different affiliate networks provide different products so you’ll want to hunt around to find the one(s) that are the best fit for you.

Here are some affiliate networks I am a part of, along with a sampling of the types of products, services or campaigns they offer:

1. ShareASale

A large network offering such things like Genesis Theme for WordPress (my favorite!! and if you use Genesis, you might as well make that link in your footer an affiliate link, right?).

Sign up for ShareASale here.

2. Escalate Network

Another network similar to Logical Media (good for families) offering many of the same things.

Sign up with Escalate Network here.

3. Commission Junction

This is a HUGE affiliate network with a bazillion affiliate programs such as Moo Cards (super cute business cards) and Bluehost & HostGator (web hosting).

Sign up as an affiliate with Commission Junction here.

4. Amazon Associates

Who doesn’t love Amazon and the fact that you can get almost anything there? (Plus, it’s a handy place to spend all thoseSwagbucks gift cards!) Of course, they have much more than books like a Kindle, or even computers like Macs (be still my heart), Pirate’s Booty (we’ve been known to buy these by the case) and textbooks (stop here before the college bookstore!).

Sign up with Amazon Associates here.

*There are affiliate links in this post.

4 ways to find affiliate products or services to promote

By Amy Lynn Andrews

When you’re looking for things to promote, be creative. Every product or service you use and love might very well be affiliate-worthy. Check it out. Here are some ways to find out whether or not there’s an affiliate program attached to the good stuff you talk about and use:

1. Think of a product or service you already like and go to the website of said product.  See if you can find a link (often in the footer) that says “Affiliates,” “Affiliate Program,” “Referral Program” or something similar. Follow the links to sign up. For example, when I decided to write my post How to Start a Blog or Website (in 15 Minutes or Less), I simply searched for the info about Bluehost’s affiliate program on their site.

2. Think of a product or service you already like and google it with terms like “[product] affiliate program.” If your first search doesn’t turn up anything, try again. Don’t give up too easily. Sometimes there are slight variances in word usage or terms. Follow the links to sign up.

3. Take note of the affiliate products other bloggers in your niche are using. Look at their sites. Read their posts. What’s in their sidebar? What are they linking to? If you see a product or service they talk about that jogs your memory and you can ethically promote it too, find affiliate information by the methods described above.

4. One of the best and most efficient ways to find things to promote is to join an affiliate network and browse through their available campaigns. In fact, many companies offer their affiliate program via an affiliate network, so oftentimes as you are searching for possible products to promote, you will have to join an affiliate network anyway. This will often work to your advantage since you’ll have access to a lot more products all in one fell swoop.

What is affiliate marketing? What is an affiliate?

By Amy Lynn Andrews

What is affiliate marketing? What is an affiliate?

This is how affiliate marketing works:

1. You have a blog or website (here are my steps to get yours up and running in 15 minutes or less).

2. You know of a product or service you can confidently recommend to your readers. You will first partner with the company that sells this product or service.

3. You will market (i.e. tell others about) this product or service for the company that offers it. In this way, you are an affiliate (sometimes referred to as an internet or affiliate marketer).

4. For example, let’s say on your blog or website, you alert your readers to the great product Company Z offers, either by writing a post about it or placing a button or banner ad somewhere on your site. You link to the product’s website in your post and/or button/banner ad. However, you don’t just use any link, you use your affiliate link which contains your special and unique ID. (We talk about how you get this link in a minute.)

5. A reader clicks on the text link (in your post) or the button/banner ad in your sidebar. They are taken to Company Z’s website and they decide to purchase that product or service.

6. Company Z can see that their new customer (i.e. your reader) was referred by YOU because that uniquely-coded link that tells them so.

7. Because Company Z is grateful to you for the referral, they reward you with a commission.