Facebook – How to motivate visitors to click on your links

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In my research,  I found a fantastic blog and website “Wishpond.com“. It is manna for the hungry 🙂

This site is just a fantastic source of information on how to drive free traffic to your social media pages and I have already downloaded two of their free eBooks on Content Marketing and Contests & Promotions on Facebook.

Fresh from Wishpond blog is an article on 8 sure ways to drive link clicks on your Facebook posts.

In short, the 8 ways are:

  1. Give a preview with a “See the whole thing: [Link]” Call-to-Action
  2. “Our Contest is on! Enter to win [Blank]: [Link]”
  3. “Want [Blank]? Check out [Blank]: [Link]”
  4. “Learn how to [Do Something]: [Link]”
  5. “Need to [Solve a problem]? Here is an easy way to do it: [Link]”
  6. “First-Time/Behind-the-scenes/Exclusive” [Blank]: [Link]
  7. “Check out this great [Food/Beverage/Item]! Click here for the Recipe: [Link]
  8. **Bonus  – Drive more clicks with links to Facebook page tabs

Reading the entire post completely opened my eyes to what was possible on Facebook and especially on how to use Facebook in a constructive manner to drive traffic to a page and obtain leads without needing to spam groups or my own timeline…

I really want to succeed online without having to resort to online pollution!

I actually don’t even read the posts which come from the groups I am part of anymore. It is a real turn off to see all these “get-rich-quick” schemes which do not bring any added value. I might be a bit old fashioned (that’s probably my age lol :-)) but I am certain that I can achieve my goals while still being able to keep my ethical values. I want to be able to build a strong following and a list of people who can relate to me and not people who are going to unsubscribe from my list as fast as possible because they feel pressurize to part with their money.

Maybe I am still full of illusions… Let me know how you feel on ethic in affiliate marketing, I would be interested to get your feedback.

Well Folks, that’s all for today, I am looking forward to write another post for you very soon.

Running the Rat Race and letting your life pass by…

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I have read an article on “Big Think” last week titled “We’re all too Busy… Missing amazing opportunities” which came back to my mind when I read the post by my friend Jennifer Ebermann on “Enjoying the Present moment – the Story of the snail” that she posted yesterday.

It comes back to what I had been writing a few days ago about one of my day at work, doing things which are not fulfilling and especially doing things automatically without thinking about it. We just let our life pass by…

I have woken up and this is why I have decided to look for alternative ways to earn a living. I want fulfillment in my life and I want to be able to choose when and where I am going to work.

So here are a few excerpts from the Big Think’s article but you should read the whole thing as it is full of good advices:

Move from Being Busy In the Present to Being Strategic About the Future

As change accelerates and the pressure to keep up intensifies, the natural tendency is to try to speed up with it—to be busier. But rather than try to speed up even more, you need to slow down, stop, and think. Put aside all your current problems for a moment. Make the decision to devote a little time, on a regular basis, to looking at the Hard Trends and predictable opportunities that will happen in the near future.

Juggle Your Time Wisely

You’re juggling a lot of balls these days. You have your work ball, spouse ball, family ball, community ball, and many others. Fortunately, the work ball is made of rubber so if you drop it, it will bounce back. Many of the other balls are made of various thicknesses of glass. However, you can’t tell how thick the glass is until you drop it and see if it shatters. Therefore, you need to be careful.

So take a look at all the things you’re juggling. There are some things that are precious that you never want to drop. Identify those. Many people do drop those balls and that’s why there are divorces, kids you can’t relate to, and all kinds of family problems. So which balls do you never want to drop?

A good idea is to make a list of the balls you’re juggling and order them in terms of relevancy, from most relevant to least. Include everything, such as publications you read, clubs or groups you belong to, specific tasks you do at work and at home, etc. Which are the most relevant? Maybe there are things you read that are really wasting your time. Perhaps you commit time to groups that are no longer meaningful or profitable for you. Maybe you do tasks that someone else can and should do.

After you do this, will you still be busy? Yes, but it’ll be the right kind of busy. When you can be both anticipatory and strategic in all areas of your life, you can be busy based on opportunities, not based on the latest crisis you need to address. Only then will the busy pace of life feel worth it, and your personal and professional life will prosper.

I think it is so important to be able to live the present, life is too short and I really do not want to have any regrets when I’ll be too old to do much about it.

So my advice would be, live your life to the full and enjoy each moment given to you on this earth.

Best Headlines are not for SEO

My friend Vicki Berry has just done that very useful video on how to measure if a headline is going to have an impact on your reader or not. I thought it would be worth sharing it in my blog because it is a tool I will definitely use in the future.

Vicki is one of the first person I have been in contact with when I started looking for opportunities to make money online. She introduced me to network marketing, which I had not considered before, and since then has been shouldering and motivating me in that field. But she is not only a very experienced network marketer, she is also a pro on blogging and on online marketing. You should check her blog out on MLM Dream Savers.

I am really grateful to Vicki Berry to have helped me manœuvre through the internet marketing pitfalls and to still be here for me when I need it. Thank you Vicki 🙂

I hope that this tool will be as useful to you as it will be for me.

This was just a short one from me Folks but until next time 🙂

Marketing Tip: 5 ways to put your Email Call To Action to work

I have subscribed, on LinkedIn, to several streams of information and one of them is “Marketing”. I get lots of really interesting articles and one of them caught my attention because it is something I would definitely use in an email campaign.

This article comes from “Marketing Land” and is very comprehensive.

In resumé, the five ways to put your Email Call to Action to work are:

  1. Image can cost you sale: too heavy to load or being disabled by the email recipient
  2. Focus on Value and Direction: always focus on the next step
  3. Repeat your call to action (CTA): use a P.S
  4. Use urgency: give deadlines
  5. Test unique formats

If you are interested in the subject, I really advise you to read this article from “Marketing Land” as it is full of seriously good tips.

’till next time, bye for now.

Versatile Blogger Award – My nominations

I was really humbled by my nomination to the “Versatile Blogger Award” by my friend Jennifer Ebermann. Jennifer has a fantastic blog “Mindful Leadership & Intercultural Communication” where she shares her knowledge on intercultural communication and on mindfulness. She is a great leader and Coach and I am convinced she has a great future ahead of her as a person of influence.

I was so humbled by this nomination because I have seriously started blogging only about 10 days ago and I am slightly amazed by the number of people who liked what I am writing about. As of today I have 101 likes! For me it is already a great achievement!

So If you also want to participate in the “Versatile Blogger Award”, here are the rules:

  • Thank the person who gave you the award.
  • Include a link to their blog.
  • Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly
  • Nominate those bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award.
  • Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself

My nominations for the “Versatile Blogger Award” are:

And here are the 7 things you should know about me:

  • I love my two dogs “Patch” and “Beni”, I’m actually crazy about them and my husband might sometimes feel left out 🙂
    Beni on Sofa Patch in fountain
  • I get attacked on a regular basis by my Bengal cat “Bavu”, he loves to jump, all claws out, on my back when I’m brushing my teeth…Bavu the nasty cat
  • I love travelling and discovering new cultures
  • I am a bit obsessed with looking for alternative ways of earning a living and achieve financial Independence
  • My husband has introduced me to DIY and house renovation and now I have the bug. We already renovated two houses in England and are now trying to renovate our farm house in Switzerland (but that’s another story :-))
  • I am always mothering everyone and I have to learn to let go and let people take their responsibilities
  • I often need reassurance in new things I am doing, wanting proof that it’s good.

Well, this post is a bit different from the other ones I did up to now but I really think that this “Versatile Blogger Award” is a fantastic way to share the blogs we like.

5 Social Media Rules every entrepreneur should know

This is another very educating post from “Entrepreneur Magazine” but slightly frustrating for me. I’ll explain: One of the most important rule is “quality content”, as in blogging, but how can I know that I’m having a good or interesting content when I write my blog? All I can do at the moment is sharing my journey and the things I read which I find helpful in learning my new skills but is it worth my reader’s time?

Here I go again with my insecurities, as would Jay Kubassek say, it’s my little parrot or monkey talking over my shoulder, letting me know that I cannot string two sentences together and that I don’t have anything interesting to write about! I should just gag the little devil and keep on believing in myself!

So to come back to these five rules, here they are :

  1. Produce Quality Content
  2. Be open and engaging
  3. Focus on a specific Niche
  4. Use Social Media to build your business and vice-versa
  5. Embrace each Social Network’s unique culture

So, I am pretty confident on about two of them but the rest is still a work in progress… My two strong ones are number 2 and 5 but for the other one I still have a lot to learn.

From the very beginning when I started this adventure, I decided that I was going to be myself and definitely not try to act or play a game. I know that one of my strong point is my easiness at being with people and in interacting with them so I guess that the rule about being open and engaging fits me pretty well :-). And regarding the fifth rule, it is not very difficult as, at the moment, I am only using Facebook lol!

I told myself I had to go on Twitter but I am actually scared… Stupid isn’t it? I don’t want to spend hours each days on social media and maintaining contacts and contents on Facebook is already taking enough of my time. The most important for me at the moment is to get these blogging skills under my belt before I start twitting away 🙂

In conclusion, I can only recommend that you read this article from “Entrepreneur Magazine” it is really interesting and it definitely gave me some extra knowledge to add to my bag of tricks.

Well, that’s all for now Folks and do not hesitate to comment or give me any suggestions, it is always appreciated.