It’s all in the Name

I was first exposed to the world of Internet marketing back in the late 90’s. I’m talking about real marketing done on the Internet, not selling an eBook filled with affiliate links that are sure to spam your inbox as soon as you bite and give them your address. No, I mean real marketing techniques taken online. Since the late 90’s, a lot has changed. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is no longer on prime time (shame) and this company with…

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How you can use interns to grow your business – Part 1

Introduction Internships can be a double edge sword. On one hand, they provide both the intern and the employer an opportunity for growth; on the other hand, they can fall short of expectations and take away from the businesses overall productivity. The purpose of this article is to help you avoid many of the pitfalls business owners and entrepreneurs encounter with their internship programs. Of course, each business is different, and therefore the needs of the businesses internship…

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How do I get recommendations on LinkedIn?

LinkedIn is a great resource for getting recommendations from current and past coworkers, clients, and vendors. These recommendations are also called testimonials in other fields. It’s been said that there’s nothing better than a personal recommendation or referral and LinkedIn makes this process easy. Step 1: Log into your LinkedIn account and click the “Profile” link at the top of the screen. Step 2: On your business card, near your picture,…

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Solving Problems with Questions

Problems. We’ve all got them, but let’s face it; some of us have more than others. Our problems can consume both our personal and professional lives, seemingly crippling our days as we focus on what’s going wrong. These problems can stop a productive team dead in its tracks. As business owners and executives, it’s common to hear questions such as: “How am I going to survive in this economy?” “How can I sell when no one understands…

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Married

“Are you ready?” My Dad asked me. “Yes” I quickly replied. I knew it was right. I wasn’t nervous as everything in me knew this was right. I could feel it at my core. Then it happened. Yup, you have to plan for everything when you decide to get married in the mountains. There’s the distance to travel, the bears, the worry that your friends and family won’t be able to handle the altitude, and of course, the mountain weather.

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Challenge 1 – A Complaint Free World

1% Better Everyday 21 Days to a Better You and a Better World Challenge 1 – A Complaint Free World I’ve done a lot of challenges over my career as a business owner, coach, and fitness pro, but there is one challenge that really jumps out to me – the 21 day challenge to not complain, criticize, or gossip. Now, I realize that some of you are thinking:  I don’t complain. I really don’t criticize people and I…

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Rapportive – Be Informed and Be Connected

A review of Rapportive – a Gmail extension that allows you to view your contacts social profiles and activities right in your email. There’s no question that staying connected is as important as ever. Some say that it’s more important. But with Twitter feeds, LinkedIn updates, Facebook status, and basic email, how can you possibly stay on top of things? One way is Rapportive (http://rapportive.com/). I was turned onto Rapportive by Richard Baxtor…

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Nerds and MozCon 2013

“Nerds!“ – I woke up in a cold sweat. Ogre? Really? It’s 3:45 AM and I woke up to the thought of Ogre from Revenge of the Nerds yelling at the top of his lungs from his frat house at my friend Todd and I as we walked through the door to MozCon 2013. Can this be happening? Well, no. But I do think of Ogre when I tell people how excited I am to be attending this years MozCon…

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Your Filter – The Best of the Web 2

Monitoring the Web for great information, so you don’t have to! There’s nothing like a vacation in the summer – take it from a Virgin Summer is here, the weather is great, and for the founder of Virgin, it’s time to take a vacation, but not a vacation from big ideas. In this short piece, Richard Branson talks about the importance of taking time away from your phone to enjoy a vacation. He goes on to point out that…

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Twins Aren’t Always Good – Dealing with Duplicate Content

Double your pleasure, double your fun!… just don’t double your content. Duplicate content on the Internet is a problem. Duplicate content on your website is a major problem. Far too often I sit across from a potential client asking me why they are not getting found in the first 50 results (first five pages) of Google. This is a great question and as with all true Internet search engine marketing questions, there are many factors, but there’s one that I…

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