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Write without getting distracted.

Write without getting distracted

Sometimes, it’s hard enough to write your thoughts down in a blog post, let alone write one that’s both interesting and engaging but on top of that, being able to write without getting distracted can prove very difficult. Picture of girl distracted from writing

It’s not easy coming up with new topics, for me it’s often the hardest part and to come up with one on a regular basis if not every day is something which needs discipline and creativity. That creativity can easily be diminished by everyday distractions, like email, social media (Facebook and Twitter) and web surfing, they all take up time and effort even before you have started typing your first word.

 

Once you have decided on your subject and actually start typing it takes a while for the creative juices to get flowing and a barrier to this can be distractions yet again. Formatting, bright screens, spell checking and worst of all the dreaded grammatically green underline!! So how can you write without getting distracted?

What I am trying

One way to help overcome some of these distractions is to use a distraction free writing tool. It consists of a black screen and light green text. Once you have started typing you don’t worry about formatting, spelling or grammatically errors you just concentrate on the content. Forget all about everything else and just let your creative juices flow from your fingers, don’t give a thought to what it looks like as you type just keep pounding those keys and let it all out. When you have finished and worn yourself out you can go and have a cup of tea do something else for a while and then come back and edit and format your post.

 

Focus Writer screen shot

Distraction free writing tools

The one I am trying out at the moment is FocusWriter is free and can be easily be googled for a download link, or try googling ‘distraction free writing’ . This is early days for me but so far it does seem to help me get what’s going through my head out and onto the screen. So if you are struggling it’s worth giving it a try.

How can I remember all those passwords?

How do you remember all those passwords?

Over the last few years as I have been working more and more online and I have slowly become bogged down by the incredible amount of passwords I have to remember. If I wrote them in a little black book I would have to type them into my browser every time I needed to enter a password protected site. If I allowed my browser to remember the password this could open me up to be compromised if I got hacked.Password Protection man holding key to safe

It would not be to bad for the unimportant sites but even things like forums can have a devastating effect on your online reputation, if someone hacks your password and starts to make malicious comments on all the forums or the social media sites you frequent. This can also open you up to litigation, being ban etc…

Does this problem sound familiar? I expect I am not the only one to suffer from password overload. Not only do I have loads of password to remember they recommend you change them on a regular basis. It’s bad enough remembering passwords without having to change them all the time.

Well, I solved my problem and have been using a great piece of software for nearly a year now and I only have to remember one master password. Once I am logged in and using my browser I can just go to a drop down list and select the website I want click it and hey presto it takes me to the site and signs me in automatically.

My browser will do that anyway!!  Yes, this is true but it is not rocket science to go into your browser and reveal the password for all to see. Through options you can go to passwords and by clicking a button reveal all your passwords no problem, in Firefox at least. Not a very good idea if you value your security and sometime leave your computer unattended.

Shield of password protectionI am using RoboForm, which is a password management and web form filling program that automates password entering and form filling.  This is a really great piece of software and saves me so much time.

RoboForm Everywhere in my opinion is the best choice; I get one license for all my computers and devices. The RoboForm Everywhere license allows you to use RoboForm software on all your PC’s, Macs, and other mobile devices. It also includes automatic synchronization of all your RoboForm data, so you enter it on one of your computers or devices and when logging in later on another device, you can sync it all the new information will be available on the new device. It works great on my ipad, particularly as it does not have a password memory built in.

Use RoboForm Everywhere if any of the following apply to you…

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Winners Inner Circle UpDate

The Winners Inner Circle POSTPONED

You may of noticed I have removed my last blog post reference The Winners inner Circle. Unfortunate due to reason beyond their control the launch of the Winners Inner Circle has had to be Postponed, it will be launching in the future but for now it has been postponed.

Their will still be a newsletter and you can sign up here but for now sadly health reason preclude the launch.

When it is ready to launch I’ll post the news on here.

Thanks.

Social Media is it like a Spiders Web?

Is Social Media Driving You Crazy?

The Social Media community is extremely fast moving, don’t you think?

Social Media large group of people depicting a social network It is actually turning out to be more difficult to stay up to date with it all.

Our private social media space can be difficult to manage and are we really meant to have all these friends? When I started out in social media  I just wanted to preserve contact with  friends and family, I tracked some old friends to find out how they were, and posted only the most appealing photographs of myself.

Social Media after Friends and Family

When I moved on from friends and family and befriended people virtually, this presented and new era of social networking for me. How do you keep track of them all? Some you actually choose to befriend but others just sort of appear in your network, you don’t know where they come from or what they expect but there they are. You click the wrong button and you end up befriending the world and suddenly your page  is cluttered with stuff you don’t really want to know about. Then what do you do, you don’t want to hurt their feelings by de-friending or deleting them. The problem is that there are those who spend all day Tweeting or posting to Facebook the most benign  dross and often, if you have a couple of these it takes you a while to scroll down past all these comments and pick out the comments you actually want to read. It can drive you crazy but I suppose  it’s just part of the social scene.Social media Rage man jumping up and down on hid laptop in anger.

It must be especially tough if you a have teenage son or daughter who don’t actually want to be your friend on Facebook because it would mean they have to  think before they post. Besides you would both get the feeling someone is looking over your shoulder when you are posting, best avoid the situation I think. I am also sure they seriously don’t want to hear about your every day musings, and you undoubtedly don’t want to know about theirs! It is a balance of wanting to protect them and letting them learn about life on their own, but not an easy area of social media, for either party. I suppose you have to bring them up to have good judgement, a good moral compass and to be honest with them about the real world, before it introduces itself to them, when you are not there to protect them. Then you just have to trust them and their judgement.

Using Facebook for both business and personal use can be a challenge? Yes, you may create lists and post distinct messages to particular lists, but initially you will need a week spare to sort all your friends and business acquaintances, into separate lists. Then what if one slips onto the incorrect listing or what if you inadvertently publish about your drunken evening out on your business list? Especially when a friend of yours tags you within a photo of that identical drunken evening!

Then there’s LinkedIn? Yes, it is the professional network, and absolutely everyone is considerably more careful about their posts. Everyone’s profile suggests that they are serous and they are the next Richard Branson, but then a feeds tweet arrives to their profile, sharing their favourite tipple or saying how  they are exhausted and don’t want to go to work and face the individual idiots they’ve got to sit alongside each and every day! Opps! not looking forward to going to work on Monday 🙂

Social Media Growth can be Confusing too.

With today’s Social Media, we are associated to more people than ever as our social network expands, but with this ever growing network of contacts comes greater confusion and it is vital to know which sites you have connected too and which sites are contacted to each other. It is very important to know this in order to avoid potentially embarrassing social media faux pas. Many people today seem to delight in sharing the most intimate details of their everyday life, but if you are social for business purposes you must be careful about everything you say? Your colleagues or possible customers simply don’t want or need to know everything and nowadays you always have to be mindful of litigation.

Yes, it really is possible to send tweets to Facebook, auto submit your Pintrest pictures to Facebook, inform your Twitter followers when you submit a new post to your blog, auto post your YouTube video to your Facebook business web page, have your Twitter and Facebook stream posted into Google Plus, and a whole lot more. It can all be very confusing and if handled badly it can give you a headache. If you are in business you must have a presence out there and if it is just personal you just want to keep it simple and know what’s happening in all you network of friends.

If you want to unravel the confusion and make your social media life simpler, get the right apps, icons and widgets in place so your personal and business  community can find you everywhere. A good place to start would be the Social Media Spiders Web   (Affiliate Link where on joining you will find step by step videos which show you how to set up, optimize, integrate and automate your Social Marketing.  You will also discover tips and techniques to build your community, find engaging content, and become a Social Media authority in your niche.

I recently joined and its already saving me loads of time building my network. I have made a short video myself which will give you a better idea of what Social media Spiders Web is about.

 If you have any questions or want more info please leave a comment and I’ll be glad to help.

 

 

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Why you Should Change Your WordPress Username.

 

Attempt to Hack my WordPress Site?

I received an e-mail from one of my WordPress Plugins- Better WP Security warning me an IP address had been locked out of my website.

A host, 1xx.86.1xx.xx(you can check the host at http://ip-adress.com/ip_tracer/1xx.86.1xx.xx has been locked out of the WordPress site at http://www.gordontrimby.com until Friday, January 25th, 2013 at 6:13:28 am UTC due to too many attempts to open a file that does not exist. You may login to the site to manually release the lock if necessary.

I then check the plugins security logs and it showed someone had tried to sign in to my WordPress site using the username admin. Luckily the username for my site is not admin which is the default username and if you don’t put your own in when you setup your website it will automatically use admin as your username.

So if your username is admin, I suggest you change your wordpress username  as soon as possible, if someone is trying to hack into your website you are gifting them half the information they need and so making there job a lot easier.

I have no idea why someone would want to try and hack into my website, I have xx’d out some of the IP address just in case it was a genuine mistake but I do know it did originated from Putian in China. This has made me realise that taking a few steps to improve security on my site has paid dividends. I have done a quick video to show you how you can change your username should yours be admin, because if you look under users in WordPress and go to edit your username it says you can not change your user name. In fact there is a way around this as you can see in the video.

Imagine what could happen to your site if someone had unfettered access to it.

  1. They could lock you out, so you can not access or modify your own site.
  2. They could write anything they want and it could be attributed to you by all your hard earned readers.
  3. They could carry out actions which could cause you legal problems and embarrassment etc.
  4. It short they could destroy your site,  it’s reputation. and yours, especially if you have not checked in on your site for a few days.

A worrying thought, I am sure after you contact your hosting company and they recover your access and change the security settings your readers would be understanding of the situation but it’s probably best to avoid the situation altogether. Anyway as a first step your can at least change you username, watch the video and it will show you how I changed one of mine. Be careful when you do it though.

How to Change Your WordPress Username

It’s early days for me in producing my own videos but videos are  fast becoming the normal in blogging and marketing,  it is  new  ground for me  and it is quite a challenge so I hope you will bear with me while I am polishing my skills, such as they are… I hope you you found the  ‘Change Your WordPress Username’   video  informative and helpful.

I need to look into website security a bit more and I intend to do a bit of research to enable me to protect my WordPress Websites in the future. I will of course share the results. If you have anything to add which maybe useful or have any other suggestion please feel free to leave a comment.

 


Learn to Succeed in Internet Marketing

Goal- Learn to Succeed in Internet Marketing.

Internet MarketingTo learn to succeed in Internet Marketing I need to understand what it actual is. In a previous blog post I separated marketing out into two areas. Here is what they mean to me:-

Internet Marketing- is running a website or other online method to market and sell  products, software, training or in fact any product online, basically you sell things online. This is really a broad term used to define the selling of anything online. For me Internet Marketing is going to evolve into producing my own product, probably an eBook.

Affiliate Marketing- is really just a sub set of this. In my case I am viewing them as two different subjects. It is another way to earn an income online. In brief it means to market other peoples/companies products, marketing them and providing a gateway/link to their sales pages or online shops.  If the person who follows your gateway/link actually likes the product and buys it you earn a commission. This commission is usually handled and paid to you monthly by a Market provider like Clickbank or Commission Junction to name two, there are many more.

 

When it comes to Internet Marketing I have a couple of ideas but I am going to have to carry out quite a lot of research first. There is quite a lot involved, here are a few thoughts on the process :-

  1. Come up with an idea
  2. Research it to make sure it is in a sellable niche i.e. there is a big enough audience for you to sell enough eBooks to make it worth your time and effort.
  3. Use keyword research to identify that your idea is viable.
  4. Research the content
  5. Start writing first draft.
  6. Order or produce the graphics required.
  7. Produce any Videos to enhance the book.
  8. Start developing a marketing strategy.
  9. Edit and assembly eBook final Draft.
  10. Format and protect eBook.
  11. Write Sales pages and marketing material.
  12. Instigate marketing campaign.
  13. Start Pre launch.
  14. Launch eBook.
  15. Consider updates and follow on products.

This is just a quick list and as you can see it involves quite a lot of work. This is the main recipe for but not the main ingredient. The most important ingredient is:-

Your eBook has to be good, it has to be original, interesting, compelling and provide the information and answers your reader is looking for. In other words, fulfil the reason for its production.

If this is the most important ingredient in producing an eBook, the next most important is the actually making some money from the time and effort you put into producing it. Where writing a great eBook is vital, it is the marketing which will actually decide whether the eBook will be successful or not.

Learn to Succeed in Internet Marketing

Image you have just written the best eBook ever written and you put it up on your blog to sell it at say $ 20. Now you have about 30 visitors a day to your blog (not including spammers and bots) of which 3/4 are returning visitor. So in reality  about 225 people my see your eBook advertised a month and see the download link.  Of this maybe at best 10% will click and look further, read a description of the eBook and from there maybe 1 or 2 people will actually buy the book. After 2 month most people who return to your site have seen the eBook and decided not to buy it so your sales drop off to zero and you have sold a total of maybe 4 or 5 eBooks. A grand total of $ 80 to $100, for probably about a 100 hours’ work= 80c to 1$ an hour!!!

Remember it is the greatest eBook ever written. Although this lesson is a bit abstract, the lesson here is that if no one knows about it they cannot buy it. This is why the Marketing is fundamental to producing a Successful eBook.

As you can see there are a lot of steps to take and a lot to learn before I can actually start producing my first eBook, this is going to take some time. In order for me to learn to succeed in internet marketing I have already signed up to one of John Thornhills mentorship programs. While I am working through this I will also be Affiliate Marketing, which is a very good hands on way to learn the different methods of internet/online marketing. I’ll be covering this side of things in my next blog…

First Affiliate Marketing Video

First Basic Promo Video.

In my attempt to make my first Affiliate Marketing Video  I entered a unique contest The Biggest Bonus Ever Competition, promoting a product called EasyVideoSuite, it is coming out on Tuesday 15th January. Basically, for doing different promotional things you get points and at the end of the contest your name goes into the hat and each point is worth one chance to win some great prizes. So everyone who enters gets a chance.

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How Does the Contest Work?

For example if you produce a video and upload it to You Tube and you get 100 points. So today I took it on myself to have a go at producing a video, I have never really done it before so it was a fast learning curve.  I doubt I’ll be walking up the red carpet any time soon though. When I understand the process better I will write a blog on it because it was not really that difficult technically. It is the artistic side which I am going to have to work on….

When this product actually comes out,  it will make producing and uploading your own videos very easy. Read the rest of this entry

Identifying and Planning my online Goal

Identifying and Planning my online Goal

I have recently spent some time identifying and planning my online goal. My ultimate goal is to start an online business where I can work from home. I  needed to identify what would be required to achieve my goal. Initially I identified my top-level goals and found they all seem to overlap in some way but also compliment each other.

These are my 4 major online goals.

  1.   Learn to write interesting articles and successful blogs.
  2.   Master Website creation and management.
  3.   Learn to succeed in internet marketing.
  4.   Learn to succeed in Affiliate marketing.

 

There are a lot of sub goals underneath each one but essentially these are my prime areas of interest Read the rest of this entry

Planning for the Future

The Year Ahead, What Now?

Just before Christmas I talked about organising myself and I suggested I should “Plan the blog, blog the plan”. Well tried it and followed it. It made a big difference to my week, I managed to stay focused on what I was doing and stick to the plan.

Reflection over Christmas

Internet Marketing PLan

Devise a Cunning Plan!

Over the Christmas period I have been giving the New Year a lot of thought and trying to decide on the way ahead. At the moment I feel a bit overwhelmed by all the new information mulling around. Quite frankly, there is a lot of it and I only have a vague understanding of most of it. I am confused to put it bluntly and until I work out how to proceed I am going to be going around in circles for the foreseeable future.

 Guess What!

So guess what, “I need a plan”, no great revelation it’s what I have been talking about all the time, even chipped away at it a bit. What I really need is not just any plan; Read the rest of this entry

Plan the blog blog the plan.

What a difference a week makes.

In my last post I mentioned how I could not concentrate and that I felt bogged down and heavy headed.  I was trying to do to much and learn everything about internet marketing at the same time and quite frankly was fast running out of steam. That’s when I came up with the cunning plan of actually having a plan. A planned schedule for the week that is, in the hope it would help me focus and break down tasks into small bite sized chunks.

Well Monday morning, after taking my little girl to school and checking my essential emails; I sat down and planned out my week. I listed all the things I wanted to get done this week. There was so much on the list that I soon realised  half of the things on the list where not essential my immediate progress. Things like trying to watch and read all the videos and ebooks on internet marketing that I had amassed.  I seemed to think I could plough way through them and I would find all the knowledge I needed. Yes there is a lot of good information in these videos Read the rest of this entry

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