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Neil Patel: Marketing Master Profile

Marketing Master Profile for Neil Patel.  What’s This? Neil Patel has been one of my favorite online marketing mentors for a long time.  I read his blog posts religiously from both Neilpatel.com and Quicksprout.com.  It’s entirely fitting that his is the first Marketing Master Profile I publish and that his is also #1 and #2 among the Top 15 Marketing … Read More ›

11 Instant Traffic Hacks to Build Your Business (#5 is our favorite)

You’ve just launched a new blog or other website and you’re wondering what it’s going to take to get some traffic.  The answer is simple: You’ve got to promote your content on other websites! Don’t wait for traffic to discover you because it may never happen.  You’ve got to go where the traffic is and try to divert some of … Read More ›

Warning! Are Small Business Failure Stories Getting You Down?

Do Small Business Failure Stories Get You Down? Serendipity, Venture Capital, and Do Only the Paranoid Survive? Sometimes my blog posts are motivated entirely by serendipity, and this morning that’s exactly what happened with this post.  I read a couple of small business failure stories, and they didn’t get me down at all.  They made me want to respond. I … Read More ›

Effective Facebook Group Moderation [And Other Online Communities]

Most Facebook Groups and other online communities put guidelines in place and use moderators to ensure the community is a healthy place.  Effective Facebook Group Moderation adds value in the following ways: It discourages the Internet Trolls who can quickly spoil things for the rest.  I’ve quit more than one online forum just because the trolling gets so objectionable the pain isn’t … Read More ›

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[Advice for Awesome Business Names]: Random Name Generators to Numerology

Early in the history of any new business comes the naming decision.  You’ll need a name as soon as you create a website or blog.  Naming a new business is something many entrepreneurs obsess over. They’re right–the business name is important.  You want to choose a name that will be good forever.  Changing names is a messy business that’s expensive … Read More ›

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100 Days of Productivity From a Simple Goal Setting Worksheet?

100 Days of Productivity?  What would you say if you could guarantee your next 100 days would be super productive for your business because you used a simple goal setting worksheet to decide what to do during those 100 Days? What if you were sure you could get everything done within the time frame? What if you knew exactly how … Read More ›

Start With an Audience Not a Product If You Want to Win

Find your Audience first… Many Entrepreneurs identify too much with their product or idea.  They want to go from a product idea to a plan for success.  But that’s not the best way and if you insist on following that approach, it can often lead into a long blind alley. Here’s a question I saw on Quora recently: I want … Read More ›

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Better Than Mailchimp? [ Learn When to Upgrade ]

Don’t get me wrong–I love Mailchimp and I used it for years as my main email provider.  I looked at a lot of packages when I started, things like Constant Contact and AWeber, but nothing beat the simplicity and core features of Mailchimp. And then I outgrew it. Note:  If you’re at the very beginning of your online marketing journey, … Read More ›

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Bush League Tactic #1: Hustle Harder

If you’ve spent any time at all looking for help starting or growing your small business, you will have come across the “Hustle Harder” crowd.  They’re going to tell you they or some other prominent success story got ahead by giving up absolutely everything, becoming a total workaholic, and grinding out 100+ hour work weeks. Invariably these guys are Young … Read More ›