Archive for Just Thinkin’
Thanksgiving is a time for reflection and the expression of gratitude for the blessings I’ve received this past year.
One reason it has been a remarkable year, is because of all the fine folks I have met on the Internet through my business.
By participating in several blog challenges and following interesting people on twitter, I’ve come to appreciate all the wonderful people there are though out the world, who are so willing to share and help others.
I have benefited from much generosity.
As my expression of gratitude… I would like to share a Thanksgiving gift with you.
I have designed a Thanksgiving place setting card that you can download, print and share with your family and friends on Thanksgiving day.
At our dinner table, I plan to place a card by each place setting.
This Thanksgiving printable was inspired by a poem by Grace Noll Crowell (1877 – 1967) One of her most famous poems is named, “Because I Have Been Given Much.” Music was set to this poem and has been included in the hymnals of many denominations.
Simply click on the link below for your free Thanksgiving printable.
Thanks to all those who have been supportive in reading, commenting and retweeting my blog.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
P.S. You are more than welcome to share this Thanksgiving printable with family and friends.Please comment below...
Establishing Online credibility begins the moment someone enters your web site. Just as in the off line world, it may take time to build trust in the relationship so folks feel comfortable about doing business with you.
Internet credibility is important to me… and you lose credibility with me when you…….
Don’t Use Your Name
I’m turned off by people who don’t reveal their name. I don’t mind if they also use a “handle”… but their personal name takes priority with me.
When I first came on line, I was encouraged to brand myself with a catchy little “handle.” It was “the thing” at the time. Fortunately, I used my personal name along with my “handle” to establish my identity. Hopefully, both have been established.
Darren Rowse, also known as ProBlogger, has successfully established both his name and his handle. Because both names are well known, his other niche sites benefit from using just his personal name.
No way am I going to follow your blog, sign into an opt-in box or purchase something from you if your name is “Bunny Love,” or “Web Hawk.” (In fact… I’ll never buy anything from “Bunny Love” because I don’t take you seriously.)
Don’t Have A Photo Of Yourself
I’m surprised how many well known bloggers don’t have a photo of themselves on their blogs. There’s an absence of that personal touch. I always feel a little bereft when I go to a site and can’t see a smiling face.
Seeing a photo of you helps create a feeling of trust and I bond with you better. I don’t feel that you’re hiding something. After all… aren’t you trying to build an open relationship with me?
Remembering a name is not my greatest asset. But, seeing a photo of you… rather than your pet or an icon… will help me recognize you again when your photo appears on twitter, or other social media. I perk up and pay attention. Your photo on a opt-in page and sales page also helps me remember you better.
If You’re Not Transparent and Available
If I have a problem or want to ask a question, it’s disheartening to have to search all over to find out how you can be contacted. I shouldn’t have to jump through hoops in order to get a problem resolved.
I can’t imagine an offline retail business selling a product and then having their support personal in the basement behind 5 lock doors with a phone that doesn’t work.
In other words… don’t make it hard for me to contact you. I promise I won’t bug you… just answer my question and I’ll be on my way. So… if there is no easy and reliable way to reach you… you’ll never see a dime of my money.
If You’re Not Honest
There is so much online nonsense going. What makes folks think they can get by with not being honest? I’m sure there are a few shysters that have slipped through the cracks… but news travels fast… and eventually they’re gone.
If you say that your product is going to be taken down at a certain time and I see it even one day after the deadline… it will be the last time I buy. You’re credibility is broken.
If you charge me $97.00 for a product… and then reduce the price or I see it at as bonus later on… purchasing from you again will be non-existent.
If your claims are over the top, the “Buy Now” button will never be clicked. Don’t insult my intelligence by claiming I can make a million dollars in 30 days if I purchase your $600.00 within the next 10 minutes.
If You’re Rude
Several years ago, I purchase a product and the download link didn’t work. I had to follow a very lengthy trail to locate the seller… in fact it took me several days of research. So, when I finally found a working e-mail, I expressed how difficult it had been to get this issue resolved.
I did get a download link… but also a note that told me to go to “H….” I have noticed that this individual is no longer in business. Hmmmmm I wonder why?
Please don’t make me an example of “what not to do” on one of your Webinars…. especially when the other participants know who you’re talking about.
Also, after I’ve spent money with you, been in one of your membership sites, don’t ignore me or treat me rudely when I approach you at a seminar.
(Oh… there you go… running to catch up with your Guru buddies who are on their way to lunch…. leaving me behind with my mouth open and my purse shut.)
Online Credibility Is Easy
I actually think internet credibility is easy. Just treat others as you would like to be treated. Hmmmm.. Where have I heard that before?
Online Promotion and Marketing!
P.S. Well… there’s my little rant for today. Actually, I’ve found most Internet Marketers to be wonderful honest people. But, for those who are not… I find it easy to take charge. I can stop following them…opt out of their list, and ignore the “Click Here” button.
P.P.S. Let me know what triggers your “Online Credibility Button” by making a comment below.Any other ideas?
A few weeks ago, it was necessary for me to go out to our retreat in the Uintah mountains. I was lining up workers to make a few repairs and preparing for our family reunion.
It was so nice to be out away from the hustle and bustle of the city and my closed in office space.
I took my computer along so I could get a little work done in between moving the hose around to water… taking brief trips to the “mall” (our name for the Hanna Country Store,) and visiting with a cousin.
The view from our trailer over looks one of the most beautiful valleys in the world. Farm houses, lush green alfalfa fields with magnificent mountains on the other side of the valley. (A distance of about 10 miles.)
So… where am I going with this?
Space…. I was amazed at what quiet solitude and looking out over the valley did for my head. I found that the “fog” lifted from my thinking. I was surprise to find how clear my mind was. I was able to get a few blog posts and numerous articles written in a short amount of time.
I understand that runners will often get the same “fog” lifting results when they are out on their morning runs. Quite solitude… and looking out and about clears their head.
A lot can be said for quiet meditation time. But, getting out, taking a break, looking far out and about, and giving yourself some quiet space may just be the thing to clear the “fog.” Especially when you’ve been at the computer all day. It just may increase your productivity too.
At least… it worked for me.
P.S. In fact… I’m going out again to our mountain retreat in about a week… for a little more quiet time and space. Heavens knows what I may end up getting accomplished.
Let us know what you do to clear the cobwebs from your mind. Love to hear from you!Do YOU have any ideas on this? Please comment.
And take this hand that
Reaches out to you….
…..If I can lift you today,
You will look back
And grab the hands of a thousand more.
That is the way
The Great Spirit would have it!
Howard Rainer, Native American Poet
Several years ago, I saw an original Ascent that was sculpted by a local artist, Gary L Price. It was far beyond my financial means to purchase it… but, I’ve never forgotten it… nor its message.
I’ve been a thinkin’…. Am I motivated by “passion” or “purpose?”
First off…. let’s look at the definitions of Passion and Purpose… and compare!
Passion: Strong and barely controllable emotion. A thing arousing enthusiasm.
Purpose: The reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists A person’s sense of resolve or determination.
So many online marketing Gurus espouse the virtues of “passion.” The say, “Find what you’re passionate about… what you love… and build a niche around that passion.” Hmmm! What if your passion is “collecting golf balls.” For some reason… I don’t think a niche in “collecting golf balls” is sustainable for long term income.
In fact.. I think a lot of online newbies get caught in a “passion” trap. No one ever tells them that no one is going to be googling “collecting golf balls.” (Actually 240 people do…. but you get what I mean.)
If passion is the foundation for an online business…I think a lot of folks are out of luck. Passion can come and go.
Last week, I attended a business seminar. The speaker spoke about “purpose.” What he said, makes much more sense. We should be building our businesses based on a “Purpose.” What do we see for ourselves long after our business is gone? Purpose… not passion becomes the driving force for getting up in the morning and preforming our business tasks.
My former boss had a vision… “purpose.” He wanted to earn enough money so he could purchase land and build a Boy Scout Training Center. It was that “purpose” that drove him in his craft business to become a millionaire… by several times.
By the time he was 47, he had succeeded. Not only did he purchase land and build a Boy Scout Training Center… but he travels to Africa several times a year to fund and physically help build schools to education poor children.
Not that he wasn’t passionate about his business… he was.
He loved the craft and gift industries. He was good at what he did and became a leader in his business circle. Now and again, he drops into his former business (that he sold) just to feel the excitement of new product development. However, his passion for crafts and gifts is not what drove him… it was his purpose that kept him motivated.
So… with all this in mind… I think a lot of online marketers could become motivated or passionate about many niches… as long as the niche gave them enough long term sustainable income to help them reach their purpose.
The trick is… finding ones own personal purpose.
P.S. I think we need to turn the terminology around… and encourage our clients to find their “Purpose”… then everything else will take care of itself.
What Do You Think?What are you going to do with this information right now?