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Building Your Blog Influence – Networking With Bloggers On Google Plus

Google Plus and Google Authorship are increasingly important for bloggers. I invite you to connect with me and 254 597 fellow bloggers on Google Plus.

We, Pauline Cabrera and Ralf Skirr [that’s me], came up with a new concept of combining Google Plus' Shared Circles with a Google Plus Community for Bloggers.

We'll network and […]

Building Your Blog Influence – Networking With Bloggers On Google Plus

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Grow Your Business with Triberr: #5 Guest Blogging

Welcome to Segment Five of the Grow Your Business Online with Triberr eSeries!

This is the fifth segment of the Triberr eSeries. If you haven't read the previous segments, you can find the first four installments here:

Networking on Triberr Massive Triberr reach Increasing Credibility and Customer Base Mentors and Leaders in Your Niche!

Today’s […]

Grow Your Business Online with Triberr eSeries – #5 How Guest Blogging Can Get You Noticed and Rock Your Online Biz!

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Motivational Alchemy – The Cure When Motivation Doesn’t Work

I admire Tony Robbins. And many of his colleagues.

But when I use their motivational strategies, the farthest I get is … to the swimming pool.

That shouldn’t surprise you; it’s the most common complaint about motivational trainers.

You’re motivated while you listen to them, the moment you’re supposed to get to work, the elusive […]

Motivational Alchemy – The Cure When Motivation Doesn’t Work

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How To Gain Visibility On The Web And Beyond – Part 3

Today we’ll boldly go where Amazon, Apple, Google, and Microsoft are going. In part 1 we focused on presenting your business on your web site and your other web presences. In part 2 we expanded to sites and presences of your business contacts.

Those were easy tasks, requiring little time and little technical expertise.

All […]

How To Gain Visibility On The Web And Beyond – Part 3

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How To Gain Visibility On The Web And Beyond – Part 2

Today’s tip is not your everyday online marketing advice, and you should not follow it mindlessly.

It might spark some new ideas, but it’s best to evaluate each idea for what it adds to your business.

Yesterday I talked about updating and aligning your most important online presences, including your business web site, and your […]

How To Gain Visibility On The Web And Beyond – Part 2

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How To Gain Visibility On The Web And Beyond – Part 1

SEO traffic will dwindle even more than it already did, and in yesterday’s Google Prophecy I wrote the new goal [replacing soon to be futile SEO goals] is gaining broad visibility on the web and beyond.

Let’s do this step by step.

First look at your online presence

your business website additional sites showcasing you […]

How To Gain Visibility On The Web And Beyond – Part 1

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The Google Prophecy

Businesses rely on SEO to fill their sites with visitors, and their sales funnel with leads.

The common belief is that SEO has become harder, especially after Panda and Penguin, but that you can still make it to the top of SERPs , simply by working harder.

Every time Google makes SEO harder, you work […]

The Google Prophecy

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Blog Blackout – How To Secure Your WordPress Blog Against Brute Force Attacks

This is not a technical blog. But today it was down for quite some time because hackers started a brute force attack.

So here’s, in light of today’s events, a series of tips how to secure your WordPress blog.

What is a brute force attack?

Hackers try to login to your blog by submitting the […]

Blog Blackout – How To Secure Your WordPress Blog Against Brute Force Attacks

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Building Your Tribe – More Questions Than Answers

5 1/2 weeks ago I started to blog. I didn’t have a plan what I was getting into. I didn’t have any idea how well received my blog would be in short time.

I’m not blogging as a marketing feat, but to conquer boredom that had crept into my 12 year old business. To replace […]

Building Your Tribe – More Questions Than Answers

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No Onions Here, Just Straight Up Tears. [VIDEO]

Living in Thailand most of the year, this commercial from phone provider TrueMove H got my attention.

At a loss of words, I swiped the title from YouTube comments.

He’s running one of the many small businesses you’ll find in Thailand.

Begs the question:

“What could we change in our business to give […]

No Onions Here, Just Straight Up Tears. [VIDEO]

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How Fast Can You Go – A Simple Tip To Increase Productivity 30% In 1 Day

210 words. In the spirit of productivity, today’s tip is short and to the point.

A very common productivity tip is to block a certain amount of time for a given task or project.

For example, you’d block 3 hours of your work day to continue writing your e-book.

While it works, it doesn’t prevent […]

How Fast Can You Go – A Simple Tip To Increase Productivity 30% In 1 Day

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The #1 Reason Why Your Marketing Fails

Today I’m inviting you to re-think your business strategy.

I’m not offering a small change, but a radical one. One that you are likely to dismiss at first sight.

But what if a changed strategy would give you easier access to clients, more referrals, and higher profits?

Sounds interesting?

Then give yourself a chance to […]

The #1 Reason Why Your Marketing Fails

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How To Make Your Business Future Proof

Lamenting the speed of change has been en vogue since before I entered the business world.

That was back in the 1980ies.

Rapid change is a given. Disruptive change is a given.

What can you do to keep up, to avoid risk of extinction?

Here are 5 strategies any business, small or big, can use.

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How To Make Your Business Future Proof

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How To Find Your Blog Voice

Becoming a better writer means becoming a better person.

This is my 31st post and it marks the completion of my first month of blogging.

I’ve written about priming your creativity in ‚How To Write A New Blog Post Every Day.‘ Today we’ll explore the peculiar metaphor of finding your blogging voice.

„Finding your […]

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Should You Put Prices On Your Web Site?

Whether your web site reveals your pricing or not will make a huge difference in how many inquiries you get, and what kind of people will contact you.

Most business owners reject the idea of publishing prices on their web site.

There are two reasons for not publishing prices I hear most often:

I don’t […]

Should You Put Prices On Your Web Site?

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The Only Two Social Media Goals You Should Ever Work On

When it comes to marketing, overwhelm is the #1 problem for small and medium sized businesses.

Big businesses have their own marketing departments, big budgets, and a lineup of marketing agencies working for them. Small businesses don’t.

It’s simply not doable anymore to create and distribute all the media, and to engage on all the […]

The Only Two Social Media Goals You Should Ever Work On

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How To Achieve Life Goals For Mortals

Out of the blue my NLP trainer lashed out at me. It felt like a slap in the face.

“You’re thinking you’re immortal!”

I didn’t get it. I was pissed.

That was 15 years ago. Now I see others who aren’t getting it.

Many people have a long term goal. A life goal. Or a […]

How To Achieve Life Goals For Mortals

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The Easy Way To Success

When we’re dissatisfied with our progress, we tend to make big resolutions.

We decide to finally make the quantum leap.

From this moment on, we’ll change everything.

We’ll work harder. Focus more. Stay true to our goals.

Only, it almost never works for us mere mortals.

The motivational gurus telling us [the truth] about their […]

The Easy Way To Success

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What’s The Difference Between Coaching And Consulting?

Have you considered hiring a business coach or consultant? Getting help could be the best thing you’ve ever done to grow your business.

Be careful who you hire and where you put your money.

Business coaching is this year’s major trend in the business opportunities market. Every marketer and their grandmas [and probably their dogs, […]

What’s The Difference Between Coaching And Consulting?

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7 Warning Signs You’re Suffering From Entrepreneurial ADHD

Have you been running an online business for some time but you’re not getting anywhere?

You might suffer from what I call ‘Entrepreneurial ADHD.’

It’s not a medical condition, it’s a psychological one. One that makes you create a business that doesn’t work.

I speak from experience. I’ve wasted years of my life dabbling in […]

7 Warning Signs You’re Suffering From Entrepreneurial ADHD

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Why Your Vision Fails

My visions failed me.

I first read that I must [!] have a big vision for my life or business in 1987.

Guru after guru keeps repeating the need for a vision. It’s a standard prescription.

Yet, they never worked for me. And it seems I’m not an exception in this.

Big visions aren’t working […]

Why Your Vision Fails

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How To Get Whatever You Wish From Your Business

There’s a million opportunities to start a business. There’s a another million opportunities to go on with your business.

The problem: jumping from opportunity to opportunity won’t get you anywhere. Waiting won’t get you anywhere. Not making choices [i.e. not excluding the majority of opportunities] won’t get you anywhere.

This Is Why The Genie Grants […]

How To Get Whatever You Wish From Your Business

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5 Ways To Increase Revenue And Profit

180 words with the power to consistently boost your profits

1. Increase Price

Raising your prices is the easiest and fastest way to increase revenue. Dan Kennedy says the key to getting higher fees is being able to keep a straight face while quoting the fee.

2. Add More New Customers

You do this by […]

5 Ways To Increase Revenue And Profit

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This Will Make You Rich – Even If You’re Clueless!

One can make good money by selling the ‘business opportunity dream’ to the hopefuls.

Yet, today I wonder what their ‘dreams’ really are. I saw this sales letter (not the first of its kind) saying:

“Using this product you can build a successful business even if you’re completely clueless.”

Clueless, in my mind’s thesaurus, means […]

This Will Make You Rich – Even If You’re Clueless!

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Dedication Is A Game Changer

Start the video before you read the article. It’ll make your day.

 

Dedication Is A Game Changer

It takes dedication to play and record the same arrangement 14 times. Playing 4 instruments. Arranging 3 movie and TV soundtracks, to create something new. Learning to play the instruments in the first place.

Jason Yang […]

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Persuasion vs. Inspiration – A New Paradigm For Getting Clients

You want to add new customers to your business. But selling is hard. Selling is unpopular.

Most people think of selling with an outdated frame of mind. They’re stuck in thinking that has its roots more than 100 years ago.

The old thinking asks:

How do you make someone [anyone] buy from you?

The […]

Persuasion vs. Inspiration – A New Paradigm For Getting Clients

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The Two Most Disruptive Changes In Internet Marketing

The recent years brought 2 significant changes to the internet, affecting internet marketing for small and medium sized businesses on a scale that is overlooked by most consultants.

Professionalization Disruptive Internet Marketing Trend # 1

People keep calling the internet “a level playing field” where the little guy has the same chances for success as […]

The Two Most Disruptive Changes In Internet Marketing

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„It’s Not My Fault,“ Said The Entrepreneur.

I got an email this week, from an entrepreneur.

“An SEO company that no longer works for us posted articles using my name and that contain links to our web site.

They did this without our authorization and now we need to remove this article from your site.”

Really?

What he should have written is:

[…]

„It’s Not My Fault,“ Said The Entrepreneur.

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The Essential But Rarely Talked About Secret To Success

These guys made my day while I was having a late breakfast at Starbucks earlier today. They’re flip-flopping their way through Bangkok’s electricity wires, either adding new wires, or removing old ones.

The guy on the left, sitting on nothing but wires, would take a short break every now and then and send a bright […]

The Essential But Rarely Talked About Secret To Success

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The Marketing Matrix – Your 90 Second Marketing Plan

Did you ever feel it can be hard to stay focused in your daily marketing activities?

Marketing is more fragmented than ever, and often I find myself spending time on things that may not be worth it.

For example, how much time did you spend yesterday on expanding your business web site, compared to time […]

The Marketing Matrix – Your 90 Second Marketing Plan

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What To Do When Your Project Gets Stuck

Sometimes we keep working and working, but a project just isn’t going anywhere.

Some details aren’t working out the way we want them.

Days and weeks go by quickly.

The solution could be simple, if we were willing to let go of our [irrational] intention to create perfection.

This article was first published at […]

What To Do When Your Project Gets Stuck

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How To Add Proven Sales Power To Your Marketing Material

It’s easy to get lost in your own head when creating your marketing material and messages.

We write brochures and web copy about what we think is [or even SHOULD BE] important to the client. We promote the products and services most that we think the client is most interested in. We create lead funnels […]

How To Add Proven Sales Power To Your Marketing Material

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Are You Making This Costly Mistake On Your Business Web Site?

Here’s a short tip helping you to identify one of the most costly web site mistakes.

Take a look at the current articles on your business web site.

Are they interesting for your prospects and customers? For people who are looking for a new vendor in your industry? Or is your web site actually more […]

Are You Making This Costly Mistake On Your Business Web Site?

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Add THIS To Your Business To Attract Better Customers And Command Higher Fees

What if you could discover something lacking in your business that – once added- would immediately increase your profits?

Would you be interested?

It’s a way of analyzing your biz that you’ve probably never seen before.

Yesterday I talked about the nonsense of being a ‘clueless’ business owner. I talked about competence and confidence in […]

Add THIS To Your Business To Attract Better Customers And Command Higher Fees

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Make A Difference – By Donating Idle Computer Time

How would you like being able to make a difference – with a one-time investment of 10 minutes?

No money asked, ever! Just 10 minutes of your time, once.

The next time you step away from your desk for a quick latte at your local coffee bar, your computer can get to work….

doing calculations […]

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You’re Fired! Breaking Free From Terrible Clients

Today’s the last day I worked for Nadja B.

Have you fired a client lately? Sometimes you should!

I fired her.

Told her, she needs to find another agency, and moved her web site to an external web host.

“The client’s always right,” you say?

I don’t think so.

It’s not your purpose to take […]

You’re Fired! Breaking Free From Terrible Clients

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The Two Building Blocks Of Your Business

The core of each business are two building blocks. Improve on these blocks and you’ll grow your business.

Building Block #1: Your Offers

You can’t start a business unless you have a service or product to offer. It sounds obvious, and in the offline world you’ll have a hard time finding someone starting a business […]

The Two Building Blocks Of Your Business

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How To Write A New Blog Post Every Day

7 days. 7 posts.

Wow, it’s been a full week now at the new RalfSkirr.com. And, looking at my blog posts, it’s been a morbid week.

[I always wanted to be a horror author. Maybe that’s why I took the chance to bury clients, unicorns, and SEO.]

How do you go from posting 7 posts […]

How To Write A New Blog Post Every Day

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Return To Accountable Marketing

Two days ago I issued a death-certificate for SEO. Yesterday I killed a unicorn and pronounced social media marketing dead.

Why? What’s wrong with SEO and SMM?

What’s wrong is that business owners fell in love with SEO and SMM for all the wrong reasons.

The SEO hallucination

Client: „Can you seo my web site […]

Return To Accountable Marketing

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Social Media Marketing Is Dead, Too.

One of my Facebook friends has been posting several updates a day to her Facebook business page for more than 2 years. Almost every single day, as far as I scrolled back in time.

Her consistency is adorable, you’d guess she’s having great results from her Facebook marketing.

Yet, during 4 1/2 years since the […]

Social Media Marketing Is Dead, Too.

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Don’t Shoot Your Clients

A target is “a person, object, or place selected as the aim of an attack.” [According to professor Google.]

Targets were first used in archery, before they became the center of military thinking and sniper vocabulary.

So, how’s your target {group|market|audience} doing?

Have they survived your attack?

And what will be left of your clients […]

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SEO Is Dead. Really, Now.

For the average small business SEO isn’t a viable marketing option anymore. It has been one of the cheapest ways to bring leads to your web site for about 10 years.

For those who didn’t take advantage, the window of opportunity has closed.

Vanished.

Poof.

Gone forever.

Google wants to END SEARCH by directly showing […]

SEO Is Dead. Really, Now.

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How To Outlive Everyone [Including Your Competitors]

Looking at your biz 26 years from now – which of the boats above will be yours?

26 years ago I started my entrepreneurial journey.

My first ‚self-employment‘ generated a 3 figure revenue over its lifetime. [After deducting expenses … a pathetic loss.] Working with a fraudulent network marketing company left me $ 40,000 in […]

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Why Lifestyle Entrepreneurs Fail

Hundreds of thousands of people buy products how to build their lifestyle business, how to work from home, or how to live the laptop lifestyle.

Yet, it’s common knowledge that most don’t even get started. Or, if they get started, never arrive at the finish line. They’re stuck in place like the petrified man in […]

Why Lifestyle Entrepreneurs Fail

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Re-Inventing Yourself, Re-Inventing Your Business

Creating a new site for your business is a chance to re-think what your business stands for.

Take a look at your current web site.

How are you presenting yourself and your biz? What are you selling? Who do you talk to?

Is this still who you want to be, what you want to do, […]

Re-Inventing Yourself, Re-Inventing Your Business

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How To Revive Your Dead Blog – A Blogging Case Study

If my blog were a guy instead of bits & bytes, he would have been declared dead years ago.

Properly buried, with an extra 3 spadefuls of sand to make sure he doesn’t come back.

It’s not his fault, of course, it’s mine, the blogger’s fault.

Bloggers kill their blogs

by not feeding them their […]

How to revive your dead Blog.

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How To Master Your Social Media Accounts In 30 Minutes A Day

Have you ever scratched your head how busy entrepreneurs manage to keep several social media profiles alive?

How they seem to be online 24/7, posting updates, engaging with followers, and still find time to run their business?

And, the most important question of all: How can you do this with your […]

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Close Encounter With Klout Experts

Have you heard about Klout Experts? It’s a new feature on the controversial influence scoring platform, Klout.

It’s the first Klout ‘useful-for-everybody’ feature providing an actual value to people (how cool is that!), and I believe it will be big.

I’m a sucker for everything new (technical term: early adopter), so I was eagerly waiting for […]

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SEO Cartoon: The Terrifying BS-Emitter

SEO Trek – Our quest to boldy go where Google is going! In this episode our crew encounters a terrifying space anomaly. It defies the laws of physics and grammar!

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DealGuardian Open For Customers

Just a quick note to let you know that DealGuardian.com has opened the doors one day earlier than planned for purchases from customers.

Customers can start buying, and sellers can start testing the sales process, and get an idea of what the DealGuardian customer experience will look like.

DealGuardian is still in beta, so at […]

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