Weekend Reading for Online Entrepreneurs – January 20, 2017


In this weekly post I curate the best of the content I found and reviewed for online entrepreneurs. As a free gift, check out my 5-step personal productivity system that helps you find two hours a day to build your future!

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Develop Your Expertise

The articles in this category are about self-improvement and learning.

The 5 Productive Morning Routines Of Highly Effective People

http://blog.trello.com/best-productive-morning-routinesWhile a great morning moment can feel pretty magical, there’s more to the perfectly productive day than mystical forces at work. A morning routine that leads to productivity is in fact a science that you can implement in your own life.

But is there a right way to have a productive morning? After analyzing the advice and routines of six top productivity experts, it became clear that there are a few important elements that many successful people include as part of their day to have a productive morning. The 5 Productive Morning Routines Of Highly Effective People

January is productivity month here at StrongStart.fm. This article outlines some morning routine habits and examples. I covered this in depth in the morning routine step of my 5-step productivity system. The full system is available via the images at the top and bottom of this post.

A good morning routines is the key to a productive day! Also, stay tuned for the imminent launch of the StrongStart.fm podcast where the first few episode are a deep dive on personal productivity.

What is a Workflow? A Simple Guide to Getting Started

https://www.process.st/what-is-a-workflow/Workflows are the way people get work done, and can be illustrated as series of steps that need to be completed sequentially in a diagram or checklist.

Think of it literally as work flowing from one stage to the next, whether that’s through a colleague, tool, or another process. You can execute a full workflow alone (like writing, editing and publishing a blog post), or it can involve multiple people (like invoicing a client).

Here’s a simple example of a workflow where multiple people are involved: What is a Workflow? A Simple Guide to Getting Started

Sometimes you luck out and stumble into a perfect solution you didn't know existed. A big focus of mine right now is documenting and outsourcing as many tasks in my business as I can so that I can quadruple the amount of quality content I can create. I'm about to launch a podcast, soon after a live streaming show, and more. I was about to start documenting all of my processes in Evernote when I discovered this site called Process.st.

Their solution is all about creating rich, interactive checklists and workflows with the ability to assign those to people on your team and track progress. This is exactly what I need for my virtual assistant and other contractors and services I use. Process.st just launched a major upgrade to their service. This article provides and overview of workflows in general and how their solution helps you create them.

How to Become a Podcasting Superhero With These Simple Tweaks

In a world where there is so much information and noise on the internet, standing out with great content becomes harder and harder.

But why play in a crowded sandbox when you can have your own?

Podcasting is what written blog posts were over a decade ago. According to Edison research, your written content is competing with 500 million active blogs. In contrast, there are only 250,000 active podcasts. How to Become a Podcasting Superhero With These Simple Tweaks

This is an interesting article covering “why to podcast?” I've been deep into the podcast realm over the last few weeks as I'm getting ready to launch my own podcast. I have 5 episodes recorded and edited and will be launching in the next week or so.

Build Your Platform

The articles in this category cover your personal and business brand, your online presence.

21 Insanely Effective Ways To Increase Website Traffic! [Part I]

Have you been trying various methods to get website traffic, and are not seeing the results you hope for or expected?

You are in luck! We are detailing 21 highly efficient methods of increasing website traffic, and the tangible steps you will need to implement them (along with any specific hints and tips). This article is the first part of a series, so if you feel we have missed any big ones out, email and let us know. In this introductory part, we are looking at eleven highly effective ways to drive traffic to your website. We will have the other ten (and maybe a few more) on the second part soon.

Establishing your audience and knowing how to speak to their problems, needs, wants, and desires is a crucial element to starting a robust content marketing strategy and getting website traffic. However, by itself, you are not going to get any visitors to your website. 21 Insanely Effective Ways To Increase Website Traffic! [Part I]

This post provides a list of tactics for driving more traffic to your site. The way I used these articles is to add them to a running list I maintain in Evernote then over time try to add more and more of them to my standard blog post marketing process. Trying to do or add too many of these at the same time usually results in doing most of them poorly.

The Proven Guide to Using Live Video to Build Your Personal Brand

2015 was a banner year for video and, in my opinion, a big year for video marketing—something that ramped up through 2016. We saw a lot of brands jumping on the video bandwagon as Snapchat gained steam, Instagram unleashed live video, Twitter released video auto-play, and Facebook introduced video ads and, of course, native live… The Proven Guide to Using Live Video to Build Your Personal Brand

This post covers how to use live streaming for building your personal brand. This is another channel I'm about to launch for my business so I've been doing a lot of research on that. From that research I have created a Definitive Guide to Facebook Live and a 2 hour course called Learn Facebook Live.

My content covers the planning and technical side while this blog post covers the types of content and show formats you can create.

8+ Tools to Find Related Keywords for Your Content

Integrating SEO with your content is essential to writing smart copy that attracts more eyeballs. Before you craft your content, look at terms related to your topic.

Here are eight tools to help. Continue reading →… 8+ Tools to Find Related Keywords for Your Content

Everyone knows the impact good SEO can have on traffic to our sites. How many of us though have a consistent strategy around SEO and a defined set of keywords we are always optimizing for? Of course we would all like to rank high for single-word, super-popular keywords in our niche but that is extremely difficult and costly in most cases.

That is where medium- and long-tail keywords come in. These are keywords/phrases that tend to be a little more specific but with a smaller audience than the primary keyword. It's the difference between “freelancing” and “start a freelance writing business”. You have a much better chance of ranking for the latter than the former. That raises the question though of how to I find popular medium- and long-tail keywords/phrases and that what the article above covers: tools to find related keywords.

4 Ways to Build Facebook Lookalike Audiences to Expand Your Targeting

http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/4-ways-to-build-facebook-lookalike-audiences-to-expand-targeting/For example, if you’re an ecommerce business running a discount code lead magnet, create a website custom audience of people who have triggered a lead event action by opting in for the discount code. Then use that audience as the source for your… 4 Ways to Build Facebook Lookalike Audiences to Expand Your Targeting

This is a fantastic article about creating Facebook lookalike audiences. Lookalike audiences are those that you ask Facebook to create based on an audience you already have. They use all of their data to find people that are similar to the people already on your source audience. In theory those lookalikes should “behave-alike”, meaning if your source list is people who joined your email list, the lookalike audience is more likely to join your list than a random list of everyone. The email list or customer list lookalikes are fairly obvious, but this article outlines a few more you can created.

These audiences are crucial for those of us that don't have tons of traffic or customers yet. It helps us amplify small lists of subscribers, customers, etc. by having Facebook find folks likely to be interested in our content.

Grow Your Business

The articles in this category cover online business topics such structure, legal, accounting, and so on.

32 Value Propositions that are Impossible to Resist (Updated)

Do you want more customers to choose you over your competition? Smart marketers use a value proposition to show prospects why their company is better than the competition. In this guide, we’ll share 32 value propositions that are impossible to resist. Regardless of your product or service, you almost certainly have competition. So what makes… 32 Value Propositions that are Impossible to Resist (Updated)

I struggle with copywriting after 20 years of writing dry, safe, consulting deliverables for large enterprises… So I collect lists like this in a large swipe file in Evernote so that I can refer to them when writing headlines, ad copy, and so on. This one was interesting because it covers value proposition statements as opposed to headlines or other more tactical copy.

7 Trends That Will Change Social Media in 2017

https://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/social-media-predictions-2017It’s the start of another year, which means you’re probably back in the office after vacation, hard at work on your New Year’s resolution. And if you’re a marketer, you may also be fine-tuning your strategic plan for success in 2017. We have a variety of resources for getting your marketing plan organized for the upcoming year — between the 2017 marketing strategy kit, the social media content calendar, and the blog editorial calendar, we’ve got your content marketing strategy covered…. 7 Trends That Will Change Social Media in 2017

There were a raft of 2017 prediction articles over the last few weeks but this one resonated with me. Especially the first two: continued rise in live video and increased use of messaging apps by brands. The latter is something I'm going to spend some time on next month as I'm seeing a lot of the leading brands really focus on this and I am on a mission to add interactivity across all of my channels (note the chat box on the lower right of this site)

The Complete Guide to Facebook Ads Manager: How to Create, Manage, Analyze Your Facebook Ads

https://blog.bufferapp.com/facebook-ads-managerNinety-one percent of marketers invested in Facebook advertising last year. And it’s easy to understand why when you look at the data: more than 1.18 billion people use Facebook every day, and on average, each person spends more than 50 minutes a day across Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram. That’s a lot of attention! And no matter who your audience… The Complete Guide to Facebook Ads Manager: How to Create, Manage, Analyze Your Facebook Ads

This is a nice post by the Buffer team on using Facebook Ads Manager. There is a lot of content out there on this but I like to include some of these detailed guides because they provide most of what you need to know.

That's it for this week! Let me know in comments if you found any other interesting content this week!

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