Do Affirmations Really Work?

By Guest Blogger Kat Nicholls

Can saying positive statements really impact the way we think and behave? Here we look into the science behind it all, and the steps you can take if you want to dip your toe into the world of affirmations

“I am enough.” “I love myself exactly as I am.” As I speak these words to myself in the mirror, I truly believe them. Yes, I feel a tiny bit silly, but the important thing is I believe them. Positive affirmations have a bad rep, prompting sceptical eye-rolls and disgruntled sighs. But is there actually something to them?

I spoke with Nicola Rae-Wickham, creative mentor and NLP practitioner, to find out more about affirmations and how we can use them to actually create change in our lives.

What are affirmations?

According to Nicola, we make affirmations all the time, but they’re usually negative ones like: “I can’t” or “I’m not good enough”. I’m sure we can all relate to that voice of our inner critic ringing in our ears.

In his book, Putting the Power of Your Subconscious Mind to Work, Dr Joseph Murphy explains that our subconscious mind processes negative thoughts just like goals. If we’re constantly thinking to ourselves “I never have enough money,” then our subconscious will perceive it as a goal to never have enough money.

However, as Nicola explains: “Positive affirmations are statements we repeat that empower and support us.”

How do they work?

To understand more about how affirmations work, we must first look at the way the brain takes in information. “Our minds take in a great deal of information all the time,” Nicola says. “Millions of pieces of information per second, and it simply cannot handle all that comes its way. So it has a filter system.”

This filter system is called the reticular activating system (RAS) and if we didn’t have it, well, let’s just say our minds would quickly become overwhelmed. Nicola says this system distorts, deletes and generalises the information we receive through a number of different ways, including memories, values, beliefs and language. Elaborating, she says: “Language is one of the ways our mind is influenced and we can use it to help us get the results we want. It is this information that impacts our behaviour.”

By repeating positive affirmations, we are essentially telling ourselves that what we’re saying is important to us. “Affirmations present your mind with an alternative narrative which seeps in on both an unconscious and conscious level.”

According to Nicola, this repetition actually impacts us on a physiological level. This is why you’ll hear people telling you affirmations work best if you use them repeatedly.

“There is a myth that you can simply say an affirmation and it will somehow work its magic, but affirmations don’t work unless you do,” Nicola emphasises. “You need to repeat the affirmation in your mind, out loud or in writing regularly, and you have to try to evoke the feeling as you do it.”

This is an important point; as powerful as affirmations can be, they aren’t magic. If you’re trying to change a deep-seated negative belief like “I’m not worthy of love”, you may need support from a counsellor to uproot the belief. When you’ve done this deeper work, you’re more likely to believe the positive affirmations you’re telling yourself.

Deciding to let affirmations in

“I see positive affirmations like mini decisions – a decision to change the way you speak to yourself, a decision to focus on empowering self-talk, and a decision to reclaim your self-worth,” Nicola says.

This decision can have profound effects. I remember vividly making the same decision several years ago after recovering from anorexia and self-harm. This decision (along with therapy and years of self-exploration) is why I’m able to look at myself in the mirror today and say “I love myself exactly as I am” without flinching.

Nicola explains that affirmations allow you to turn your inner critic into an inner cheerleader, and I think that’s something we can all get on board with.


Make affirmations work for you:

  1. Make a list of any negative or limiting beliefs you have and see if you can spot any themes. Are they centred around your appearance? Your worthiness? Your financial situation? Turn this into one statement (such as, “I’m unworthy”) and ask yourself how helpful this statement is.
  2. Write down a counter statement. This could be as simple as “I am worthy,” or as elaborate as “I am worthy of love and all the amazing things life has to offer.” See which type of statement resonates most with you.
  3. Use this as your positive affirmation. Set yourself a goal of saying it out loud to yourself a couple of times a day. How about in the mirror before you brush your teeth in the morning and evening? When you say it, change your posture, stand confidently, and really try to embody the statement.
  4. Persevere! It’s likely that you’ll feel a little uncomfortable at first, but if you keep practising, it’ll start to come naturally.

If you find it very difficult or feel upset when saying the positive affirmation, take a step back and ask yourself if you would benefit from support. Counsellors and coaches can work with you to overcome stumbling blocks and move past limiting beliefs.

How to Get Your Business Unstuck FAST

Once an online marketer gets to a certain income level, that marketer almost invariably gets stuck. They can’t seem to make any more money, even when they pour more and more of their time into their business. Why? Because they are working IN their business rather than ON their business.

That’s why it’s so important to begin outsourcing as soon as you can afford to, which is actually a whole lot sooner than you probably think. If you believe you need to be bringing in a hefty six-figure sum before you can get yourself some help, think again.

The fact is, the sooner you begin outsourcing some of the more mundane and time-consuming facets of your business, the sooner you can begin growing your business in a truly substantial way.

You’ve only got a fixed number of hours in the week. Do you spend them doing:

A: The tasks you don’t like to do
B: The tasks you don’t mind doing, but they could easily be done by someone else
C: The tasks that you’re brilliant at doing and that you enjoy performing
D: Planning and strategizing to take your business to the next level

Obviously you want to delegate A and B as fast as possible so you can focus on C and D.

Are you doing your own support? Are you answering your own emails and phone? Is it taking your entire morning just to do support, answer emails and so forth?

Next question: Exactly how much do you earn each time you work your own support desk or answer your own emails and phone? What’s that? Nothing? Maybe it’s time you hired someone to do it for you.

In fact, if you do it correctly, hiring someone to perform your support tasks for you can pay off from day one.

That’s because it frees you up to do the things that MAKE YOU MONEY.

Ah-hah! Imagine that – devoting nearly ALL of your working time to those tasks that make money, rather than doing support.

In the military there are two distinct areas of operation: Front line and support. The front line wins the battles while the support does just that – support those who are out there winning the battles.

In sports, you’ve got offense and defense. The defense is crucial for stopping the other team from scoring, but they generally DON’T SCORE any points themselves. The offense does that. If you’re spending all of your time on defense (answering emails) then you’re not devoting any time to offense (making sales.)

Here’s how to hand the bulk of your email tasks off to your new assistant: If you don’t already have a private email address, create one. This is the address you give to JV partners, fellow marketers, and your mother. The people who matter most to your business and your personal life.

Once a day you check this address and answer these emails personally.

Everything else – EVERYTHING else – goes to your support address or support desk where your support person checks it daily or even several times a day.

This includes payments, autoresponder emails, hosting emails, questions from customers, complaints, testimonials, affiliate requests, etc.

Your support person has access to your accounts, too. Your hosting account, autoresponder account, PayPal account, etc. I know – it seems like a big leap of faith to give access to your PayPal account to someone else, but no worries. You can limit the PayPal functions your support person has access to. For example, they can issue refunds but not withdraw funds.

Your support person or team is basically going to run the day to day operation of your business for you.

When training your support staff, you can write out step by step procedures on how to do things, record videos or audios, or simply have them contact you when something comes up they haven’t handled before. In other words, there is a learning curve. But after the first week, you shouldn’t have to spend much more time on training, especially if you’ve got the right person for the job.

You can also have your support person or team do all those other things you don’t like to do such as analyze stats, clean email lists, install websites, social media, etc. Whatever it is that you prefer to hand off, go ahead and do it.

If you hire someone for 2 hours a day, that frees up 2 hours of your own time. If you pay them $12 an hour, that’s $480 a month – quite possibly more than you currently pay for programs and how-to info.

And it’s 40 hours per month that you’ve just gained. Imagine if you use that 40 hours each month to create and market a new product – that’s 12 new products in a year. If each product were to make you just $3,000 initially, and then just another $500 a month – well, you do the math.

If you’re still hesitating, then think about this: If you strike a deal with your support person to pay them monthly, then you’ve got 30 days to use your new-found time to make more than enough money to cover them for the first month.

30 days and 40 newfound hours. But that’s not even the biggest benefit of bringing someone in to help you with your business.

The biggest benefit of all is what it will do for your mindset, because suddenly you ARE a business person. There’s no more wondering if you’re just dabbling in a hobby. This stuff is REAL and you are now responsible for someone else’s income. This is the motivator that will kick you out of bed each morning and ensure you have a productive, successful day.

Use one of the freelance sites to find someone. Yes, it’s going to feel like a big step, because it is. A big step in the right direction, that is. Because the rewards are going to prove that it was totally worth it to take this next, logical step in your business evolution.

6 Reasons To Become A Life Coach

By Guest Blogger Heather Mathews

If you want to create financial independence using a business model that helps others tap into and leverage the greatest strengths within, then check this out…

6 Reasons To Become A Life Coach

With Life Coaches these days earning $250k to $1MM+ per year, it’s not surprising that people want to become a life coach, but it’s certainly not for everyone.

Firstly, in case you aren’t sure what a Life Coach is, it’s a person who guides other people through a structured personal development path, designed to help them live their best life possible.

It focusses in particular on areas to do with health, wealth, relationships and mindset and even delves into other areas of personal growth as well.

Reason #1: Personal Growth

Many people become life coaches because they actually want to ‘see behind the curtain’ and learn these principles for themselves, not just to make money as a ‘coach’ but to actually grow from the experience as training to be a life coach.

Reason #2: You Love To Help Others

Some people have no intention of ‘selling their services’ even when they graduate.

They just want to become a life coach because they have friends and/or family members whom they want to be able to give BETTER advice to in the future.

They see themselves as an important mentor and role model in their lives and they enjoy going through the life coaching training process in order to become even better at this.

Reason #3: Make High Wages Doing Something You Love

There is a lot of money being made by Life Coaches these days, particularly ones who go through appropriate training programs (such as the Life Coaching Certified one run by Dr. Steve G Jones).

But money in of itself isn’t really a great reason to do something. You have to love doing it, and many people feel like it’s the right path for them because they actually LOVE helping other people to become better versions of themselves.

If you see yourself as a mentor or someone who would like to be an inspiration to other people, then becoming a Certified Life Coach might be a great path for you to consider going down.

Update: Dr. Steve G Jones is currently running a limited time special where his Life Coaching Certified program is currently on special for over 90% off! This expires shortly.

Reason #4: Time, Freedom and Flexibility

Being a Life Coach means that you have a lot of flexibility with your hours. It also means that you can work from home, over the phone, or Skype, or in-person if that’s what you prefer.

This flexibility is a great perk and some people even travel on vacation while doing Life Coaching part-time!

Reason #5: The Chance To Be Your Own Boss

You may have dreamed of running your own business, putting your own creativity and efforts into building something that you love.

Life Coaching can be perfect for that, and at the same time, you know that your efforts go into building YOUR business and not someone else’s.

Reason #6: Working In A Business That Is Aligned With Your Values

Coaches experience immense peace and satisfaction from their work because they live in balance with their values.

Your values may include making a larger contribution to the world, helping others to achieve their hopes and dreams, or living your true life purpose.

This is the REAL Reason Why You Should Leave Blog Comments

You’ve probably heard that commenting on other people’s blogs is a good thing to do. But do you know why it’s so important?

Yes, it can get you traffic. People see your blog comment, like it, and click on your name to go to your website. But that’s not the biggest reason to comment on blogs.

Leaving blog comments might also give you backlinks, which could potentially increase your standing in the natural search results. But again, this isn’t the biggest reason to leave comments on other people’s blog posts.

Leaving blog comments also gets you seen by others in your niche. Leave enough great comments and people might start to remember you and your brand.

But again, that’s not the biggest benefit to leaving well-thought-out, interesting blog comments.

The biggest benefit? Whether you realize it or not, consistent blog commenting builds relationships with other bloggers.

Think about it – you go to Joe’s blog once a week and leave a well-thought-out comment on Joe’s latest post. Joe keeps noticing you, and pretty soon the two of you are building a relationship that can eventually lead to:

  • Guest posts
  • Product endorsements
  • Joint ventures
  • Introductions to other movers in your niche
  • And so forth…

Here’s how to be effective at blog commenting:

  • Post on blogs in your particular nicheRead the entire post thoroughly before commenting
  • Share your specific thoughts and opinions
  • Don’t be general or vague. “Nice post” doesn’t cut it
  • Use a great avatar – a photo of your smiling face is usually best
  • Use your real name, not “Mary6504”
  • Never be rude and never be mean
  • Be genuine and thought-provoking – Add value to the conversation
  • Use Google Alerts to be alerted to new posts so you can be one of the first to comment – more readers will see your comment this way
  • Subscribe to RSS feeds and to email lists of your favorite bloggers – again, this helps to alert you when someone makes a new post
  • If you’re not the first to leave a blog comment, then scan the other comments to make sure you’re not repeating a thought or comment
  • Use personal stories where applicable
  • Quote the post itself in your comment – for example, “When you said ____ it gave me a great idea”
  • It’s okay to disagree if you do it in a way that totally respects the blogger’s opinions and thoughts
  • Ask questions of the blog owner. This will get you more engagement and shows you’re interested in their opinion – very effective for relationship building.
  • Always double proofread your comment for spelling and punctuation before submitting

And remember to be patient – you don’t develop a relationship with a blogger over one blog comment. Continue to come back and comment on new posts and you will gradually build real relationships with these bloggers.

5 Things Gratitude Can Do For You

By Guest Blogger Heather Mathews

You’d be amazed at how two little words can change so much.

Saying ‘thank you’ to someone, even to yourself, can give you so much more than if you rant about something that annoys you or when you criticize.

The benefits of expressing gratitude will not only affect you, but it will also ripple through time infinitely.

This isn’t one of those things you say that seems to lose its meaning the more you say them.

Practicing gratitude every day will definitely make you and those around you, better people.

Below are just some of the things that gratitude can do for you.

#1. Increases self-esteem

When you count your blessings in life, when you’re thankful for the things you have, the people who surround you, you’re more able to make yourself believe that life is indeed good.

When life is good, you begin to see yourself as worthy of that life. You’re less likely to get bogged down by your insecurities because you feel that you are good enough.

If a person is grateful for what he has, he becomes more confident that he has something worthwhile to offer the world in return.

#2. Improves relationships

We often hear people say that all they want is a little appreciation, a little acknowledgment from their partners.

That before they’re criticized for the things they failed to do, they wish their significant others take notice of the things they did well.

Expressing gratitude for the littlest things that your partner does will make them want to do more things for you. Of course, it shouldn’t be a manipulation tactic, but the effect of having your efforts acknowledged really makes a difference in one’s attitude towards making them.

Even in conflict resolution, saying “Thank you for letting me know that you felt this way…” is better than starting it with “Why didn’t you tell me you were feeling like this?” before proceeding to discuss the problem at hand. Opening with the positive will direct the conversation towards a more open discussion as opposed to coming out as an attack.

#3. Helps you sleep better

Personally, I think the way you sleep at night says a lot about you. It gives you an insight into what you’re feeling at that moment and what’s going on in your head.

If you find yourself battling your way to a good night’s sleep, you’re probably worried about something, and unless you find what it is and see it in a more positive light, you’ll lose more than just sleep in the long run.

Positive thoughts will help soothe your mind and make you feel relaxed. That will translate to how you will feel the next day. You’ll end up more productive and more confident.

#4. Makes you fun

Hanging out with a negative person, someone who always has something bad to say about the world tends to make the small annoyances of life seem like the big things.

On the other hand, if you’re with someone who’s just the right amount of positive, who reminds you to see a flat tire as a way to spend time with your companion, or to laugh at that stain on your white shirt, it puts a lot of things in perspective.

You become a beacon of light for someone else.

#5. Makes you a better boss, employee, teammate

At work, just as in your relationship, acknowledging someone’s efforts will give them confidence and boost their morale.

If you’re a boss, your people hang on to your every word. They believe in you. If you show them that you believe in them too and that you’re impressed at even the littlest tasks they perform well, they will strive harder to not disappoint you in the bigger things.

As an employee, when you thank your boss for mentoring you, for showing you the correct way of doing something when you make a mistake, you acknowledge their status and make them feel like a good leader. This will make them feel like they’re doing a good job handling you and will make them feel more open to your suggestions later on.

As a part of a team, when each of you commends each other’s efforts into making a project good, it strengthens the feeling of camaraderie and builds a stronger foundation for the company to stand on. Solid groups will yield better results in the workplace.

Online Marketing Business Hot Topic Q&A

There are a number of hot topics and common questions being asked in the top internet marketing forums right now. Instead of answering each of these people individually, I thought I’d write this post to share my responses and insights on these subjects with you and other aspiring internet marketing professionals.

Q. What’s the best tip you can give to do better in business and in life?

A. You’re going to be surprised by the answer: Journal. That’s right, keep a journal and write in it every day. Write down your ideas, what you learn, what you want to implement in your business, your goals, your thoughts… everything. Just write it down. This will allow you to do the following:

  • Work through issues, emotions, hurts and so forth that might be holding you back
  • Clarify your goals
  • Remember what you’re learned so you can use it
  • Solidify your ideas
  • Get all of this stuff out of your head so you can think more clearly

Sure, it may sound new age and just a little bit woo-woo if you’ve never done it, but try journaling every day for one month and then decide – I think you’ll begin to see a difference in your life and in your business.

And by the way, your journal is one place that neatness does not count. Feel free to make it as messy and as fun as you like – it’s your journal.

Q. I have a list of buyers and need to make some serious cash fast. I don’t have time to create a product – what should I do?

A. Offer a status experience that comes with bragging rights and personalized attention – something created just for a few of your best customers. For example, offer a 3 or 4 figure-a-month coaching program custom-tailored to their individual needs in which you spend one-on-one time with each person. They’re not only getting results – they’re getting your personal time and attention. They’re getting status.

It’s a lot like getting a backstage pass at a concert to spend time with the band – it’s an experience they can long remember and brag about. And in the case of coaching, it can produce real results for them as well. Plus, you can set it all up in one day – all you need is the sales page and a series of emails to send to your list to get started.

Q. I’m worried that I don’t know everything I need to know to successfully start and run my business. How do I learn these things?

A. By starting. It might be a comfort to you to know that Amazon, Facebook, Apple, Google, and many, many other success stories were started by people who were figuring it all out as they went. They didn’t have all the answers before they started, and in fact, they still don’t.

In hindsight, these entrepreneurs and in fact MOST entrepreneurs don’t know what they’re doing in its entirety, but they do know the value in starting. Because once you start, you’ll discover which questions are the important ones you need to get answered. And you’ll also find that some of the details you were obsessing about don’t even matter. It’s only by undertaking the journey that you will discover the opportunities and roadblocks in your path. And as you come across each one, you can decide then and there what to do about it.

Q. What’s a good method for getting a quick cash influx if I’m an affiliate marketer?

A. Obviously promoting a product that pays out immediately is a good idea, especially if you’re promoting it to your list. But if this isn’t enough, you can always send traffic directly to a high converting offer.

In other words, instead of sending traffic to your squeeze page (which hopefully, you’re already doing) you can divert that traffic straight to an offer to make more immediate money. You won’t get the leads, but you will make more immediate sales.

Only do this until you’ve got the cash you need and then return to sending traffic to your squeeze page first so you can capture and nurture the leads.

Q. How do I get my subject lines to stand out from the hundreds of other emails my prospects are receiving?

A. Believe it or not, the answer is Wingdings. Remember those little symbols?

Arrows, stars, mailboxes, smiley faces – Wingdings 1, 2 and 3 were the hit of the ’90s and largely forgotten in recent years. Until now. Because now you can put them in subject lines to make them pop out at your readers.

Of course, this isn’t a magic bullet – you still want to have a great subject line. But the addition of a Wingding (also known now as Emoji’s) can’t hurt, and in fact, it increased the open rate in every test run by Portent.

Twitter Tricks that Increase Your Influence

Twitter can be one of the best tools in your marketing arsenal when you know how to leverage this social network to your maximum advantage. That’s why I’ve compiled some of the best tips and tricks for building your lists of followers and converting those people into sales. First, we’ll start with the tips which serve as a great review for seasoned users as well as an awesome guide to those new to Twitter. And then we’ll then move on to the more advanced tricks where you can really turn up the volume on your marketing.

Twitter Tips

Have a killer bio. Make it benefit-oriented for the reader. Give a clear indication of what they can discover from following you. Add in a touch of humor, show that you’re human, add a bit of intrigue, and target it to the exact person you want to attract. Yes, it’s a tall order for a short bio, so work on it and then don’t be afraid to tweak it as you think of better ways to word what you want to say.

Tweet consistently – as in every day and even several times a day. Use a social media tool to schedule great content and even retweets to be dispersed at the best times throughout the day.

Make your tweets short enough that other people can retweet them, adding a short comment of their own. Generally, 250 characters or less is good.

Reposting is cool if your content is great. In fact, it’s not only cool, it’s unfair to followers if you only post it once. What if they missed it?

Respond to everyone. Whether they’re retweeting you, mentioning you or favoriting your tweet, be sure to respond back. Think of it this way: If someone standing next to you at a party said to the group, “You’ve got to hear what this person just said,” and points to you – or if they ask you a question – wouldn’t you respond back? Of course, you would. And imagine how they would feel if you just ignored them. Ouch.

Tip your hat often and liberally. When you link to someone’s content or share something from someone else, add an @AccountName mention. People love to get credit for their own stuff, and they should get credit for it, too.

Let everyone see your tweet – unless you don’t want them to. If you place a mention at the beginning of your tweet, only you, the person receiving your tweet and anyone who happens to follow both accounts will see the tweets in their streams. This is useful if you want to keep your exchange private, but not if you want everyone else to see the tweet, too.

Get your Twitter emails down to a manageable amount. Go to Twitter’s email notifications center and you’ll see that Twitter has over 20 different email settings you can turn on or off. Customize these settings to suit you so that you stay in the loop but don’t get overwhelmed.

Don’t try to read every Tweet, because you can’t. And even if you could, it takes too much time. Instead, carefully choose whose tweets you want to read. Then create a Twitter list of just these accounts.

In the beginning, follow a lot of people to maximize the growth of your own followers. Later – if you want – you can use one of the many tools available to weed out those who no longer use Twitter, don’t follow you back, don’t engage, etc.

Twitter Tricks

Whether you’re a new or a seasoned Twitter user, odds are there are at least a few Twitter tricks here you don’t know about yet.

Get every Tweet you ever made. Maybe you want to see what you were doing on March 10th, 2009. Or you want to glean all the great tips you’ve given throughout the years and put them in a book. Whatever your reason, you can get ALL of your tweets since the beginning of Twitter by following the instructions here: help.twitter.com/en/managing-your-account/how-to-download-your-twitter-archive

Use Twitter advanced search to find ANYTHING. Twitter advanced search is a powerful tool for finding tweets on any topic or tweets to or from particular people. Plus you can search geographically, search for certain time periods, search for a key term coupled with a URL, search for particular attitudes on a topic and more. Here’s a list of search operators and how to use them: support.twitter.com/articles/71577-using-advanced-search

Use hashtags. A lot. When someone searches for a particular hashtag, your tweet will show up regardless of whether or not they follow you. Tweets with hashtags get more engagement, more new followers and put you more in the spotlight while improving your reputation. Those little hashtags pack a powerful punch.

Like shortcuts? Twitter has a BUNCH of them to save you time. For example, click ‘n’ for the new tweet, ‘f’ for favorite, ‘r’ for reply and ‘t’ for a retweet. To get the full list, type ‘?’ into Twitter.

Tweet during the workday on Eastern time, Monday through Thursday for the greatest engagement.

If you’re using Twitter for business, schedule it into your day. Be sure to check Twitter once or twice each day to respond to conversations.

Find out what lists you’re on. From your lists page, click on “member of.” You might get some interesting info from seeing the types of lists you’re on, as well as insight into how people perceive you.

Subscribe to lists. You can only subscribe to public lists, not private. Go to the person’s profile, click ‘lists,’ and choose what list you’d like to subscribe to. This is a great way to get info on a particular niche, as well as getting yourself acquainted with players in the field.

Use Favorites your favorite way. Favorites is a versatile tool. You can favorite because you like something, because you want to bookmark something for later or because you want to end a conversation. Some use it as an endorsement, such as when they want to privately back one side of a Twitter debate. Others favorite because they don’t want to spam their followers with a lot of tweets.

Use Favorites to entice someone to follow you. If you follow someone on Twitter and want to express approval for a tweet they sent while making them aware of your own presence, sometimes hitting the favorite button is the way to go.

Find your best followers. Using Social Rank (socialrank.com), you can find out which of your followers are the most engaged, which are the most valuable and which are overall the best. Social Rank looks at things like influence, follower count, content and engagement when making this determination, so you’ve got real info backing the choices and not just your gut instinct. From there you can choose which followers are a priority to build relationships with.

One more thing: Do you think Twitter is just for the young? Think again. The fastest-growing demographic on Twitter is the 55-64 year age bracket. In fact, this demographic has grown 79% since 2012. So if you’re marketing to this group, Twitter can reach them.

Another amazing fact: 25% of smartphone owners ages 18-44 say they can’t recall the last time their smartphone wasn’t next to them. In fact, 63% of smartphone owners keep their phone with them for all but an hour of their waking day. This gives you potential access to your prospects at all times of the day, every day of the week.

Bottom line: As with most marketing strategies, your best bet is to ALWAYS get prospects to your squeeze page and onto your list as fast as possible. Social media can be fickle – you may or may not get a particular message to your followers. But once you’ve got them on your list, they’re yours to market to anytime you like.

5 Tips to Save More Money

By Guest Blogger Heather Mathews

We all want to save more money, who doesn’t?

But it has always been a problem for the majority.

Of course, instead of having the money sleep inside a suitcase under your bed, you would rather have it in the bank.

But the bank’s interest rates are also low that you can not count on it to make you rich, even if you live twice as long.

So, how do you grow your savings?

Let me tell you a story to answer that question.

Meet Lyle

Lyle is a 23-year old ordinary woman. She had just finished her education and looking forward to her bright and long future.

Yes, her future is bright, especially if you will consider that she just got her first job.

It sounds exciting if you will think about it. But behind the scenes…

She accidentally got pregnant. And she has no savings.

And her family was heavily disappointed about her pregnancy. She grew up in a place where it is discouraged. She basically has no one to help her.

The father of the child is also missing.

It’s only her, and her baby.

She must work it out.

She must figure out a way to give birth, and raise, a healthy, lovely baby.

But what can she do? She is 23.

The world is starting to close in on her. Sometimes she just wishes she would just disappear. But she loves the baby so much.

Lucky for her…

One of her supervisors at work helped her to budget her money.

Even when she is earning average wage…

She worked it out. And this is how she did it:

  1. Save, before you spend.

“Do not save what is left after spending, but spend what is left after saving.” – Warren Buffett

When Lyle gets her paychecks…

…instead of using everything as her allowance, she saves a little bit and then spends the rest.

What mostly happens to us is we get our paycheck…

…we spend it on our food, bills, and other necessities, (or even unnecessary stuff) …

…and we are left with nothing to save.

That’s why Lyle did it in reverse. Before budgeting her allowance, she gets 10-20% from her paycheck and saves it in the bank

She is now left with 80-90% of her paycheck. This is now her allowance and she can spend it however she likes.

  1. Live Simply

“We buy things we don’t need with money we don’t have to impress people we don’t like.” ― Dave Ramsey, The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness

Because Lyle was limited to 80-90% of her paycheck, she can not spend as much as she can if she will use 100% of it.

And because of that, she is kind of forced (in a good way) to live simply.

She is now avoiding buying unnecessary things on impulse. She is also weighing her needs vs. her wants more.

Instead of having her meals delivered to her…

Lyle is now learning how to do groceries and cook her own food…

And that is also good for her baby.

She also stopped paying for her Netflix Subscription…

And she unsubscribed to her mobile network’s postpaid plan and went prepaid instead.

To make the long story short, she lived simply. Cutting everything unnecessary for her happiness, health, and the health of her baby.

  1. Grow Your Income

Because she’s only living on 80-90% of her current income, and save 10-20% from it…

Sooner or later it won’t be enough to feed her and her baby.

She figured out that she needed more money. And it was a bad idea to stop saving after she delivers the baby just so she can spend more for the two of them…

That is why she worked out a way to earn more. And that’s what she did.

As her income grows, she is still keeping 10-20% from it to save and spends the rest.

If she didn’t grow her income, she will be forever limited by her current situation. That is not ideal since there will be two of them soon. And it was wise of her to find a way to grow her income…

Which increases the rate of her savings, and allowed her to increase her allowance too…

Which will be great for herself and for her baby.

  1. Focus on the Effort

As her savings grew month by month…

She started to love the feeling of seeing those numbers go up. It was satisfying for her. And it boosted her confidence and belief in herself that she can save money.

And that was important because now that she is handling it better than before…

…she is also letting go of her financial stress…

And a stress-free mommy would result in a healthier baby.

But it was not like that at first. Her income was average. And she was not used to living simply. Initially, she thought that she would not be able to live off 80-90% of her salary…

…but she got through that.

Instead of focusing on the results, she focused on her efforts. And of course, she is 101% motivated because she has this baby that is dependent on her.

By doing that, she felt accomplished even by the small numbers she saw at the beginning. And that pushed her through to continue saving.

After a while, her savings account speaks for itself. And she had grown to be a financially wise mom. She never stopped saving even after she delivered the baby.

  1. Remember Your Why

Lyle had the reason to push through hardships to save more money.

The thought of not having this baby delivered healthy is too painful for her heart.

That gave her the strength to go on.

What’s yours?

It might be too painful for you to see your bank account so thin, even after paying the bills alone.

It might be too painful for you to not be able to feed your family the food that they like because you’re out of budget.

Whatever your pain is, you can use that to be more motivated to save. And that will push you through the tough times. Just like Lyle did.

2 Sane Methods that Get Readers to Stop Ignoring Your Emails (+ 1 Crazy Method…)

Standing apart from the crowd of other emails in your prospects’ inbox isn’t easy. There are gimmicky ways to do it – write subject lines that shock, use lots of funny characters in the subject line, use the latest “hot” subject line [for the past year this has been “Hey”] and so forth. But how do you get your recipients to become avid readers of your emails?

Sane Method #1 – Tell stories. There is a marketer who appears in my inbox about once a day. Gmail highlights this email because Gmail knows I read his emails. Why? Because he entertains me with stories. I know when I click his email I’m going to get swept up into another world. And even if it’s just his world and just for a minute, it’s a great escape to my otherwise sometimes monotonous day. And yes, I buy his products, too.

There’s an added bonus to telling stories besides the fact that your emails get opened and read, and it’s this: Telling stories is fun. Instead of selling, selling, and more selling, you’re now entertaining. You can embellish, you can be flamboyant, you can add your own personal touch, you can get creative and you can have a blast doing it.

Suddenly your day is just a little more exciting because every moment you’re watching for the next story to fall into your life. Even a routine trip to the store can become an exciting adventure. The newspaper holds new meaning and the websites you visit are a treasure trove of possible stories you can share.

Sane Method #2 – Be a coach. Think of your readers as your students. Love your subject and stick to your subject. Only build your list with people who want info on your particular subject, then teach them all you can about it. When it comes to recommending products, tell them the good and the bad. Give them lots of detail. Be their coach first and foremost and they will hang on your every word.

This method works especially well if you love your topic. If you find yourself spending hours on the Internet learning about this topic, hitting all the forums and websites, finding the best products and so forth, then this method is for you. Every new site you visit is an adventure because you are continually on the lookout for more information you can share with your students. And selling becomes easy because again, you are simply sharing your knowledge with your students.

The [Not-so] Crazy Method – Hide clues in your emails that lead to prizes. I haven’t yet tried this method but I’ve been tempted. What if every email you send out holds a clue to a valuable prize? Collect all the clues and you find the prize online. There’s little doubt this method will get your emails opened, but will they be read? In the right niche, yes. Imagine doing this in a gaming niche – what a killer technique. The viral effect alone could be huge.

So tell me – is this last method crazy, or a millionaire-maker? I don’t know of anyone who’s doing it – yet. But no doubt someone will. And in the right hands, it could be powerful, indeed.

How to Make Lifetime Commissions Online

Did you know there are actually 4 types of residual commissions? Let’s explore them…

Automatic recurring commissions – these are likely the ones you’re most familiar with. You promote a membership program and you get paid monthly for as long as that customer retains the membership you sold.

Cookie commissions – when you sell a product, a cookie is placed on that customer’s computer. Then anything else that customer purchases from the seller is linked to you, and you get a commission. But if the cookie is deleted, or if the customer changes computers, then you will no longer receive commissions on their purchases.

Lifetime commissions – this works like a cookie commission, only instead of a cookie, the product seller uses the customer’s email address to track sales. Thus, as long as the email address remains the same, you can receive commissions on all sales from this customer for years.

Second-tier commissions – this is when you refer other affiliates to the merchant. Sort of like a multi-level program, you get a small commission for the sales your referral affiliate makes.

Now then: If you make a traditional affiliate sale, you get paid and that’s it.

If you make a monthly membership type of sale, you get paid until the customer cancels which means you usually get paid for several months. Not bad.

But if you promote products with either cookie or lifetime commissions, you can get paid for years on anything else they buy from that vendor in addition to the original sale.

Imagine a product seller with a fleet of 30 or 40 products. You promote just one of their products, and 20 of your customers buy that product. Now over the course of the next few months and years, this product seller promotes other products to these 20 customers, resulting in a further 80 sales over time. Normally you wouldn’t make a dime on these sales, but in this case, you make the full commission on each and every one.

So next month you get unexpected commissions, and the month after that, and five years from now, too.

Nice.

And it’s all because you promoted products with lifetime referrals or cookies.

So where can you find these products?

One method is simply to keep your eyes peeled. Not all selling platforms allow for lifetime referrals, so by looking at those that do, you can find the product sellers who will pay you for every product they sell to your customers, not just the ones you promote.

Next, use a search directory, such as www.affiliatescout.com. When doing your search, choose “lifetime commissions” under “features” without any other search parameters and you’ll find hundreds of results. Go back and narrow your parameters to find the exact programs your audience might be interested in.

Most of all, anytime someone asks you to be their affiliate, ASK if they pay lifetime commissions. Sometimes they’ll have two programs, one in which they only pay commissions on the first product sold, and a second, secret program they reserve for their heavy hitter affiliates in which they do pay lifetime commissions. It never hurts to ask.

Bottom line: If you can make recurring or even lifetime commissions from your promotional efforts, why not go for it? You do the work once, and you get paid over and over again. You can’t beat that.

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