Income and Statistics

The Inside Guide: April 2017

These are really the posts for my fellow bloggers and writers out there trying to establish themselves. Not many people start displaying their statistics from day one. 

In these little reports, I hope to outline what I’m doing to try and turn nothing into something, and what works and what doesn’t. The internet is a big place, and being heard is extremely difficult.
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Marketing

Facebook: Does it Market?

A. This is not a scientific paper or study.
B. Like a scientific paper, this does have a conclusion at the bottom that contains everything you need to know 😉

Over the past month I dipped my feet into the pool of Facebook advertising. This isn’t the “Guide to creating the perfect Facebook advertisement” post. This is the “I’m just starting out and want to experiment with Facebook advertising” post.
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Kings of Content

Kings of Content: GoPro

The Story

The action created the camera.

Nick Woodman, GoPro CEO, started with a boom to bust online gaming service that ended with the dot-com crash in the early 2000’s. After taking a big hit, he decided to take a hiatus on business activities and go on an extended surfing trip to Southeast Asia with his wife. Somewhere along the way he started using a Kodak disposable camera attached to his wrist with a broken surfboard leash and some rubber bands for the purposes of catching those great waves in photos.
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Lifestyle

10 Signs You Would Love Creating Content Online

When I was a wee lad, one of my favorite playtime activities was building with Legos; specifically building Lego spaceships. If you’ve seen the Lego Movie…. SPACESHIP!!

The concept of a “spaceship” gave every project direction, which made it easy to start. The building allowed me to continuously express my creativity with every design, while repeatedly experiencing the gratification of completing a new project. Now I’m creating online posts that allow me to express creatively, and continuously complete mini projects. Same concept; different medium.

Whether it’s writing, video creation, or podcasts, content creation is extremely fun and can be a very lucrative hobby. It’s something you can easily start on the side outside of your current job.

Here are some signs that might suggest you should look into putting some of your own content on the internet. If you have any other fun examples, share them in the comments 🙂
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Marketing

Starting From Scratch: How Do You Reach People?

Ever try to start an online business or website and you just can’t figure out how to get people to notice it? Your domain is one in a billion, but you know its doable. At times it can just seem impossible, and it certainly won’t be easy. But one thing is for certain:

In the world of the internet, just because you build it, does not mean that they will come.

You have to reach for people, and you have to reach far. It won’t happen organically; especially not at first. I’m writing about this because I’m in the thick of it myself. I believe it is important to have a marketing strategy from the start so you can build a plan, set goals, and reduce the stress of waiting for people to come visit your site.

As always, let me know if I’ve missed anything in the comments, and share your startup  marketing success tips to help inspire us who are trying to figure it out 🙂
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Lifestyle

The Cure for a Bad Job: A Practical Guide

Not everyone is ready to make some kind of radical change in their life. You need your income, and you don’t quite know exactly what you want your life career to be. Nobody gets their dream job on the first try. So how can you deal with that job that you really just don’t like?

Sure, you can do very practical things like staying social, setting goals, trying to accept a new perspective and be content, or drawing sticky note animations. But these are band aid so solutions. They help you endure, but what we have here is a cure.
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Lifestyle

Kiss Your Desk Goodbye: 5 Whys and 5 Hows

Have you been sentenced to desk? If you take a step back and look at how the wheels of society turn, there are just a bunch of things that don’t quite make sense. Occupying a desk for 8+ hours a day is on that list for me. There are tons of necessary jobs that keep the wheel of society turning, and some jobs require obligation to a schedule. But if you have that itch to live outside the box, escape that rinse and repeat lifestyle, and get away from that boring desk – here are some reasons and ways to do just that.
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Marketing

The Value First Approach

What is content marketing and why should you be interested in it?

In short, because you are a consumer of content. Think about that.. You consume content, your friends consume content, and the rest of the world consumes content. It’s where people are, and where people are is where a marketer wants to be.

Do you think GoPro sponsors thousands of extreme athletes to make videos solely for the purpose of entertaining you? Content marketing is about providing content to communicate with customers without the sales pitch. The idea is to provide value and reach people who would be interested in your brand, form rapport with that audience, and then, when they encounter your brand again, they see it in a positive light and want to support you.
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Income and Statistics

The Inside Guide: March 2017 Stats

Getting Out of the Friend Zone

When you first start something, the first people to support you are the ones closest to you. It’s super important and awesome when you’re supported by the people around you. I’m so thankful for the support of my family and friends. Something to remember though, is that those people may not be your target audience. Getting those people on board is a great place to start, but don’t get too caught up in trying to do so, or the accomplishment of doing so. They are biased toward you. This is something that I want to work on in the next month; reaching beyond my reach. I want to focus on getting out there, and getting this content in front of people who can benefit from it.

FOCUS FOCUS FOCUS

The struggle is real. I’ve hit this so many times on this blog, but it will never lose its importance. I’ve hit so many points in the past 2 months where I consider other things I could be doing that would lead to success, and riding the motivational roller coaster. At the end of the day, I just need to step back and focus on making this idea successful. The potential is there, and it’s my job to see it through. Persistence and ambition are key. 
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