15 TIPS TO KEEP YOU INSPIRED AND PRODUCTIVE WHEN YOU FEEL LIKE GIVING UP

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Some days are good days at work, and some days are downright hard. We read about the many success stories of entrepreneurs and what motivates them ,gets them to be so productive all the time. Unfortunately success does not come easily for everyone. Chances are you will soon be giving up on your venture before you can even fully experience the success you’ve been aspiring for. But you never know, tomorrow might be your lucky day! And you would have wished you hadn’t given up today.

To keep yourself motivated or inspired when the Going get’s tough. Here are our top tips.

TIP 1:  “Begin your day Early’:  Sounds cliched but it’s true and works every time. Entrepreneurs wake up early and begin their day healthy. Drink plenty of water and stay fit to help you throughout the day.

TIP 2: Plan your day:  Write down your top 5 tasks that you need to accomplish today.

TIP 3: Set achievable goals: Some entrepreneurs set high goals in the beginning of their venture which sometimes results in disappointments. Set realistic goals with proper timelines. Make use of Gantt charts to help you set smaller more achievable goals. They will then push you to achieve more once each goal is fulfilled.

TIP 4: The 50/10 rule:  It’s easy to get distracted or side tracked at work so try avoiding that by applying the 50/10 rule which is  50 minutes of work with a 10 minute break to refocus.

TIP 5: Keep your mind on the Big Picture:  When you begin your business, no doubt you have pictured yourself basking in the glory of your success after a few years. But if you haven’t gotten there within a few years, don’t give up. Keep that big picture, your dream in your mind and carry on.

TIP 6: Make sure that your work environment is comfortable– Spending a large amount of time in front of the computer can be hard so ensure that your chair is adjusted properly, and that your room is airy and well ventilated and free of distraction.

TIP 7: Change your work environment every now and then: If your work is the kind where you can take it anywhere, then move! Either to a different room at your office, your home, to a library, a nice comfortable public spot with Wi-Fi access or your backyard, anywhere where you’re comfortable because a change in scenery helps with the creative thinking.

TIP 8: Take timely breaks:  If you feel yourself becoming drowsy, low in energy or that you’ve hit a blank spot. Take a break! Get up and take a walk, run an errand maybe, get some coffee or green tea. Each break renews or refreshes you plus gets you to move a bit giving you more energy and a chance to think laterally.

TIP 9: Reflect and self- evaluate: Set aside 10 minutes at the end of your day everyday to just reflect and self evaluate. Rethink your goals, your day. Or meditate. It’s great to calm yourself and get a good night’s rest.

TIP 10: Forecast:  All good entrepreneurs plan and forecast for any glitches that they might come across. Open your minds to the ‘what-if scenario’ even try the marketing warfare strategy with your team.

TIP 11: Keep learning:  Reading, browsing, brainstorming promotes increase in knowledge, increase in capabilities and be the creative gold mine that you’re looking for!

TIP 12: focus on what makes you happy

Focus on what makes you happy Do the things you love to! They keep you happy and productive!

TIP 13: Express gratitude:  Be grateful for what you have and for how far you’ve come. It will help you become a better person and achieve higher levels.

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TIP 14: Reward yourself: For every goal achieved, reward yourself with small indulges, or a movie night out or maybe even a spa!

TIP 15: Alternate between projects:- If you find yourself bogged down on  a particular project , switch to something else (if you have the time). It might require a different skill set but it let’s you work with fresh energy and ideas.

Remember that you will fail a few times before you really make it ,especially if you’re a start up. But, It’s in those moments that you truly learn so take it in your stride and carry on.  Once the hardships are over, the business will blossom under your care and passion!

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What are your go to tips for being inspired and productive?

Write to us!

-Social Pandora

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20 tips to bringing in Traffic to your Blog and getting seen!

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Personal or otherwise, blogging is in demand. Businesses blog to drive traffic to their website, inform, educate an audience as part of their blogging strategy. But it’s not easy to gain a large set of followers right away, and we often find that the followers are mostly not from the region that you want them to be such as from specific regions like Melbourne for example.

 

The Blogosphere is a big and busy world with over 100 million blogs and growing! So how exactly do you attract visitors to your blog? If you’re a small business, we’ve got some tips for you!

 

Here is our top 20 Tips to drive traffic to your blog:

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  1. Build a large following on Twitter
  2. Link your Twitter account to your profile
  3. Increase your likes on Facebook
  4. Link your blog to Facebook
  5. Create effective and varied content–  The content should provide value to your readers. Does your blog provide answers to solutions? or answer queries? or inform them about different topics.
  6. Create a list post of your best articles: They provide variety and an opportunity for new readers to click through further on your blog. Plus it allows you to show some of our well read classic posts
  7. Write as often as you can! – Frequently blogging is the first step to building your blog’s audience. It’s because of the content you write that will keep readers coming back for more.
  8. Harness the power of comments: Commenting is a simple yet effective way to increase your blog’s traffic. Responding to comments on your blog shows that you value their opinions and draws them into a 2-way conversation. This is sure to increase the reader’s loyalty.

Leave comments on other blogs too to drive new traffic to your blog. But remember to leave meaningful comments that will get people to engage in conversations

9.Tag your posts: Adding tags to your posts will increase the traffic to your blog instantly. Search engines easily notice tags, and it makes it easier for people to find your blog.

10. Share your content on smaller networks too

11. Create a 6 second preview of your post using Vine (we got this idea from Social Media Examiner) What a great way to give viewers a teaser about what your blog post is about!

12. Build an email subscriber list

13. Include multiple locations for people to subscribe to

14. Include an RSS feed option

15. Make use of Twitter’s ‘Promoted accounts ‘ and Facebook ads to drive traffic to your blog

16. Emulate the strategies of top influential bloggers

17. Participate in LinkedIn groups and get a conversation going

18. Make use of Google+ Hangouts for all trending topics

19. Create a Slideshare overview of your post. Pam Moore (of the Marketing Nut) shows the cross- promotional opportunities between Slideshare and her Blog. We think it’s a great idea!

20. Make use of Instagram and Pinterest to promote posts.

So here’s our handy list. If you have used some or all the methods above, how have they worked for you?

 

This week, we’re asking our followers to tell us what they’d like us to write about, so write in the comments below and we’ll get cracking on it!

 

Enjoy your day at the races tomorrow! We know it’ll be a blast!

 

-Social Pandora

Create blog posts that will rock your reader’s world

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 Blogs are a great way to keep friends and family abreast with all the latest news and happenings in your life, for businesses to read new and updated information, or to learn step-by-step tutorials and even host photographs of events.  Albeit being informal and causal in tone, blogs are a wonderful tool to attract a broad audience.

And hey, if you have something informative or fun to share with the world, blogs are your source of doing it! But how do you decide what to blog about? How do you bring your audience back to you time and again?

Look no further; we’ve got a few tips and tactics for you.

We hope our insights will help you create good content for your blog as well as help you connect with other bloggers.

While interests can vary and go up to plurals, it is unwise to right about everything under the sun.

Bringing you rule no 1:Pick you area of expertise

 Choose your niche when it comes to blog posts because even if your interests vary, trying to cover everything as well as creating content for all of it is not easy. Start by focusing on your niche, and then work your way up. Most importantly, do you connect with your content? If you don’t, no one else will either.

Choose a category:

 

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Even if you’re writing a stand-alone post or as part of a series, the post should definitely fit into a blog category. This should in turn match your overall content strategy.

When you choose categories, check to see if it’s part of the company’s objectives and name it accordingly.

Word choice is extremely important:

 Clear the clutter in terms of words that will weaken your post. Keyword density is very important for SEO.

 

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Choose a good topic or post title:

This is the most crucial part of your blog because it’s the point of actually getting readers to get up and notice your post.

The difference between the almost right word & the right word is really a large matter–it’s the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning” – Mark Twain

Your title should

  • Kindle your reader’s curiosity
  • Get them thinking
  • Provide a solution

Have a Call to action

 After reading your post, your readers should have a small bulb go off above their heads; prompting them to think and apply it. This will also help create a better connection between bloggers through the exchange of ideas and information.

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 What do you really want to say?

Long posts or short posts; the blog post needs to have a direction. A good title may bring readers to your page but if the post doesn’t make sense or matter to them, you’ll have them leaving.

A good way of overcoming this is when you have identified your target audience and ‘listened’ to what they talk about or what their interests are through social media channels, you can apply that knowledge to creating content for blogs as well.

Also check if your blog’s content reflects these:

-Does your post offer a solution to your readers?

– Show them ‘how’- to do something?

-Pave a path for them to make decisions?

-Bring out an emotion from your readers?

-Does it inspire them?

 

Post Promotion

 After writing your blog, do some post promotion to increase exposure and increase your audience base.

Proof-read:

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 Errors such as spelling mistakes as well as grammatical errors are a huge barrier for engagement.

It’s better to edit and proof read your content before it’s published.

We’ve found that when the post is read a few times by various people, it helps clear the errors as well as provide perspective. We’ve also noticed that some of our writers read the post out loud to themselves. No, it isn’t crazy; it actually helps in putting yourself in the reader’s shoes and looking at it from their perspective. The bottom line?  Try out ways that will work for you to make it interesting as well ensuring that it gets done.

 

 Spice it up!

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 Add images, videos and spend time making the post look good. You will be making your posts more useful and memorable to your readers.

 

Lastly, Time your posts:

Strategic timing of posts can ensure that the right people see it at the right time.

 

These are  our 10 tactics to create great blog posts that are sure to rock your reader’s world!

Let us know if you have any more great tips to add!

-Social Pandora