Ready for some fun?
I made this Photo A Day Challenge for my private FB Group, but thought it might be nice to share with you, too.
What It Is:
One photo every day in December posted on Instagram. Follow the prompt per Day (See below) and be sure and tag it #BlissDecember so we can all see and like it.
You can't do it wrong and it's meant to be something fun, not stressful, The schedule is as follows:
Start planning your pictures now and I look forward to seeing your take on each days theme next week!
#PhotoADAY #Bliss #BlissChallenge #Fun #Relax
These days, any serious business owner has a website or blog to help market their business. A website with your own domain name (URL) establishes a professional online presence and offers a central hub for all of your online and offline marketing efforts. However, if you have not updated your website recently or posted fresh content to it, it is past time to enhance your online presence. You must update your content if you want to improve your chances of succeeding in any niche.
Where to Start:
If your website is more than a few years old, chances are it might not be mobile-friendly. Almost everyone used their smartphone or tablet to surf and shop, this should be your first enhancement.
Second, do you have a blog? A blog is a fun and interesting way to present fresh niche-related content on a regular basis. Write the content, or commission it, upload it, and set the publication date. Your blog will be updated regularly without you having to work on it every day and new content means more people returning day after day to your site.
If you are working in a small company or are a solo entrepreneur, you might be thinking that you have no idea how to do either of these task or have no budget to hire anyone.
There are two ways to accomplish this. The first is to set up a free blog at Weebly. This basic version of the program is mobile-friendly and will show you just how easy Weebly is to use.
Set up the blogging “block” (it’s as simple as sliding a picture onto a sheet of paper) and you are ready to start blogging. You then use the built in calendar to set the publish date for your blog posts. Easy-peasy!
The full version of Weebly includes other key items that can really help your niche business take off. The first are themes and the second are plugins. But you can still make a great starter site for free!
If you are ready to invest in a full blown site themes set the overall appearance and functionality of the site. Themes change the appearance of your website, such as a text-based blog versus a photo blog. There are many free professional-looking themes available too.
Plugins are little mini-programs that add a range of functions and tools to your pages and site. These can range from social media links that will let you promote your site on all your accounts and allow your customers to promote your site as well to a number of exciting niche options that will make your site a magnet for customers, such as:
- A forum or discussion board
- Top niche products lists with links to buy
- An article directory
- A membership site, free or paid
- A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) portal
Plus much, much more.
If your site is not getting the kind of traffic you want or enough repeat visitors, update your site/blog, add functionality, and see what a difference it can make to your profits.
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Feeling sad, or out of sorts, maybe a bit blue? Variations of mood at different points during your life are common and natural. Depression occurs when these feelings become a persistent state of being rather than a passing mood.
Clinical depression can eventually affect a person's physical health and ability to perform regular daily activities. A depressed person may eventually experience suicidal thoughts and exhibit self-destructive tendencies if their depression remains untreated.
Symptoms of depression can be mild to extreme and physical as well as mental:
Depression can occur for a variety of reasons. Some cases of depression are caused by nutritional deficiencies, others cases of depression are the result of environmental factors, such as lack of sunlight in the case of seasonal pattern depression.
When a person visits their doctor or therapist and receives a diagnosis of depression, the medical practitioner attempts to prescribe the best remedy for their patient’s type of depression.
Remedies may be as simple as making lifestyle changes or dietary adjustments. In extreme cases of depression, prescription medications may be required to alleviate the condition.
It is important to follow your doctor’s orders and this is not intended as medical advice, but if you want to be proactive in your treatment, you may want to try using various natural remedies. Some of these will be more helpful than others, depending on the cause of your depression, but you may find that can help improve your condition on a day-to-day basis.
Your Options In Natural Remedies For Depression
Many people live with mild to severe depression without seeking medical assistance. People in depressive states no longer need to suffer with the illness. Fortunately, many options for the treatment of depression exist.
Depression can be managed and in some cases completely alleviated. Early diagnosis and treatment of depression lessens the condition’s overall impact on a person’s physical health and relationships.
Call the NDMDA (National Depressive Manic-Depressive Association) Depression Hotline - Support Group (800) 826-3632 for help and seek medical attention. You do not have to suffer.
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Business Tip Tuesdays continues with understanding and crafting compelling subject lines.
The first thing you need to get right when it comes to email marketing is the subject line. If you can’t get your subscribers to open your emails, it really doesn’t matter how good the actual email content is.
It’s easy to spend a lot of time crafting a great message and then just slap a subject line on it at the end. We rush to meet a deadline and too often the subject line suffers. Think about your own overflowing inbox, what makes you open one email over another? Be mindful of what emails you choose to open, what caught your attention or made you excited? What motived you to open one sales email vs another? Also spend some time writing out your own subject lines and see what type of headline gets you good open rates. Feeling overwhelmed just thinking about all the variables? I have compiled a few tips to inspire you, keep reading to learn more.
Keep It Short
You want your readers to see the entire subject line before they click it. You also want to make it easy for people to scan through their emails. Try to get your point across in 50 characters or less. Pay attention to how your subject lines look on your own devices.
Another great idea is to keep a swipe file of subject lines that grabbed your attention. Even if the emails are on a very different topic, you can adapt them for your own needs.
Avoid “Spammy” Words
Stay away from using any words we all associate with spam emails. Words like “sale”, “discount”, “coupon”, “free”, “limited time offer” and even “reminder” are over used and even if they don’t trigger a spam filter and actually make it to your reader’s inbox, chances are high they’ll get ignored.
Instead, start by using the emails you’re saving in your swipe file and then go back and see what subject lines got the best open rates. Try to analyze why they worked well for your market. Not everything will work well in every niche. Find the types of subject lines that get your readers to open your emails and tweak from there.
While personalizing emails with someone’s first name has been overused in some markets, it still works well for many of us. Give it try and see if it works for you. Don’t overdo it, but use it when you really need them to open the email.
Depending on what data you collect when your readers sign up, you can personalize other things like their location for example. Seeing the name of your state or even city in an email subject line is sure to get your attention.
Pique Their Curiosity
We are all curious by nature, and it’s hard to ignore subject lines that sound intriguing or only tell part of the story. Using “…” at the end of your subject line will also work.
The idea here is simple. You want them to click and open the email to find out what the heck you’re talking about or how the story ends.
The best way to see what works with your customer base and niche is by experimenting and tracking your results. But by implanting these few tips you should see a larger open rate as you experiment.
Good luck and I’d like to see your results. What works for your niche? What failed miserably?
Leave me a comment below.
The newest planner is now live on Amazon!
Often when working with clients I recommend journaling and other introspective work. This process is easier, (and therefore more effective), if you have an easy format and prompts to follow. That's how this newest book was born.
The Best Life planner works with the Bliss Coaching system or as a standalone product. Anyone can benefit from daily journaling and becoming more mindful of all the "good" in their lives. The planner is over 340 pages, with room to write your daily thoughts or appointments as well as designated space to write daily with mindful prompts. By taking the time to focus on the good in your life, you are shifting your thinking and can easily move back into a state of balance and harmony.
Studies show there’s a strong connection between happiness and mindfulness. Journaling brings you into that state of mindfulness; past frustrations and future anxieties lose their edge in the present moment. Journaling also assits you in gathering your thoughts and calling the mind to attention, from passivity to actively engaging with your thought
If you are feeling stressed or having anxiety, writing and focusing on positive thoughts in your life can help you calm down. I have also included a few new coloring pages in this planner to help you slow down and shift your focus, as well.
Do you know your life’s purpose? If not, how would your life change if you did? Would life be easier? I find it is and I think it would also be more straight forward for you, too. #LifeWin
When you know your purpose making decisions becomes easier. You know what you are doing so you are less likely to second guess yourself or become distracted by other people’s whims. Life flows and there is a new ease to everything. Life becomes fun and satisfying again.
Want to know more? I am beginning a new 30 Day Challenge today on finding your purpose. There is still time to get in and grow with us.
Read more and sign up here: 30 Day Challenge
If you have any questions or want to know more, email me!
"My zone of genius is around mentoring, guiding and coaching inspired, creative, conscious and spiritual entrepreneurs and individuals to connect with their deepest desires and values so they can rise with grace. I believe in treating the "whole person" and with simple energetic shifts they can reach their highest potential and serve from a place of inner peace and fulfillment."
“If I am not good to myself, how can I expect anyone else to be good to me?”
― Maya Angelou
"Every day is a new beginning, choose wisely."
-Sarah Parker Thomas
“We are all a work in progress.
And the possibilities are endless.”
Sarah Parker Thomas