The Definitive Guide to Building a Personal Website

This page is going to help you create something better than just a resume. Most experts will tell you that your resume is your #1 networking tool, I’m no expert but I can tell you from experience it isn’t. It’s having a personal website.

A resume is pretty boring if you ask me. Put yourself in an experts position, looking through hundreds if not thousands of white one-page, Times New Roman, Arial, or Calibri font type, and 10-12 font size, no pictures, no personality. C’mon where’s the personality?

How is that suppose to make you different than the rest of the candidates?

Another problem I found with having a resume, was how fixed and out of date it becomes when you submit it to a recruiter. If you wanted to make changes to that resume you gave to someone, then you’d have to send them a new one.

This adds more reasons to building a personal website.

If you’re a student or professional (or unemployed), then you’d need one to show prospective employers how good you are and what you can do, so that they might hire you.

A personal website is the contrary to that resume. Say goodbye to your old resume, and say hello to your new website. Once you’ve successfully finished you’ll realize the opportunities you might have missed.

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The Importance of a Company Having their Own Website or Blog

business-bloggingYour website is crucial. I think everyone and specially every company should have a website or a blog.

When you run a business you need a way to get leads someway. Now with social media, blogging, SEO and email marketing(none are affiliate links) you can collect leads for your business.

But your website is where it all counts. Using all these online tools you can direct more people to your website. And that’s what your goal should be, because your site is where a consumer can turn into a customer.

It’s obvious that just having a website going to bring you tons of leads. There’s more to it.

But the point I’m trying to make in this post is that having a presence online is important, here’s why:

  • Scalability: Having a website can double the number of consumers your company can influence.

For example: Say you have a shoe store. How many people can you help at a time? Maybe a couple right? But if you have a website, you can serve as many as you can.

Then if they want to pay for the product they don’t have to wait in line to pay for it. If the company has Facebook connected to it, they can see if any of their friends have purchased anything from the company, and if they have they can ask them any questions. Do you believe in social media now?

  • People expect you to: In these times not having a website is like the biggest mistake. When you’re researching a product you want to buy what’s the first thing you usually do today? I’m going to guess, you “Google it”.

Before we’d ask a friend or anyone we knew, but now with search engines, Facebook, Twitter we can pretty much the world. Right now small businesses are just beginning to embrace Facebook and Twitter, but don’t be surprised when it turns into a must.

  • It just converts!: This is what it’s all about. When you have a website, you obviously want to educate, engage, and entertain in some cases your visitors, but it really is more about conversion than anything when you have a business.

You might ask, well if I have a Facebook page do I really need a website? Yes, yes you do! Your website is your home, you own it and you can do whatever you please with it. If you want to design your website a certain way you can.

There are some non-believers still out there, but soon they’ll realize how important it is to use these new tools to have a more efficient business. The clock is ticking, and soon it might be to late for them, because by then those who’ve taken advantage of the web have won over their possible customers.

How important is your website to your business? If you don’t have a website or blog, I’m curious to know why not. Leave a comment.

5 Ways To Get Retweeted

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I recently downloaded a great report about twitter and how to get more retweets, which I highly recommend. The reason I liked it so much was because Dan actually went and did the research and figured out the science of getting more retweet.

Like a lot of us marketers online, I’m sure you too wouldn’t mind getting more retweets than you get right now. I admit it I would. The reason why is quite simple. We all want more traffic to our blog, subscribers, and to all the cool thing you have to share with other people.

The biggest reason for business owners to want more retweets is more leads and customers. If you’re a blogger or you have business online and you’re on twitter, but you’re not getting the traffic that you want, keep on reading.

5 Ways to Get More Retweets

  • Have a link in the tweet. Dan explains in the report that retweets compared to random tweets contain 3 times more links. A tweet showing a link has a better chance of being retweeted than if it doesn’t.
  • Keep the tweets short. By leaving free space it allows people to add something, a message or something he might want to say to his followers, explaining why he liked it, which might persuade others to feel the same and retweet it.
  • Please ReTweet. It’s proven that your tweet will get 50% more time retweeted if it contains a “please retweet” or “please rt” than if it doesn’t. Who would of thought asking would get you what you want. More retweets.
  • Make sure it is interesting and relevant to your followers.
  • Don’t talked to much about yourself. If you just chat and tweet about going to the bathroom or something mundane, you’re not going to get retweeted.

Finally don’t forget to be social, actively engage your followers, build meaningful relationships and your retweets will jump through the roof for sure.

Oh and don’t forget to Retweet this post. Share some ways that help you get more retweets.

Passive Panda Just Posted a Valuable Post Again (Go Get It!)

I just had to share this with you guys, I went over to one of my favorite sites–PassivePanda.com and found a sweet post, well it’s more than just a post.

In the post there’s a link you’ll have to share if you get the resources he’s basically giving out for free, if you share the link. C’mon guys it’s just a tweet, and it might even help you make more moneyyyyyyyyyy!

Okay that’s enough of me, don’t waste time reading stuff here now, just go get it.

Here’s the link to his website Passive Panda

Dick Fosbury didn’t follow the failure formula, will you?

I’m going to make this post short and sweet, just to give you a little motivation to start changing the rules in your life.

I was just skimming through The 4-Hour Workweek again for the 30th time and found this small piece of wisdom as I usually do when I re-read a book. In the Rules That Change the Rules chapter Tim starts by talking about how he became a Kickboxing champion by looking for “unexploited opportunities”.

Although he didn’t make a lot of people happy, he did it legitimately without cheating. He did the uncommon and he succeeded. This made me think about how we try to follow the rules and do what everyone wants us to do. We try to satisfy everyone hoping to succeed at whatever it is we’re doing.

“I can’t give you a surefire formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure: try to please everybody all the time.” -Herbert Bayard Swope

The rules have been challenged in sports and in life, it’s up to us to find the opportunities to challenge the status quo. Remember you’re not going to get many happy looks, but what would you rather have? The get good grades-go to college-get a good job-retire lifestyle or something more exciting than that.

Here’s a good question from The 4-Hour Workweek that has helped me start living a better life the way I’ve always wanted to. Answer this yourself:

How has being “realistic” or “responsible” kept you from the life you want?

Look at what you’re doing NOW and ask, “If I did the opposite what could happen?” How will my life be in 10-20 years if I keep doing what I’m doing?