10 Powerful Twitter Tools The Pros Use + a Bonus

There are a lot of Twitter tools out there and when you’re new to social media, you just don’t know what to use. If you want to manage your Twitter account the right way, you want to be using the best tools. In this article I’ve put together 10 tools that I’ve seen my Twitter mentors using.

(update: if you just want to download the bonus scroll to the bottom)

Plus I’ve also added a bonus that will help you hack twitter and get the best results with little effort.

Bit.lyBit.ly

bitly helps you collect, organize, shorten and share links. We are currently reinventing how people discover and share content on the web. When you sign up for bit.ly you can see all the stats in your dashboard from all your tweets, you can manage multiple accounts also. As an added bonus, you can even create your own custom short domain to match your brand.

Some of the online celebrities using bit.ly are: Darren Rowse, Mari Smith, and Joast de Valk.

Paper.li

paper.li

Paper.li is a content curation service. It enables people to publish newspapers based on topics they like and treat their readers to fresh news, daily.

It’s a great tool to drive traffic to those site that are mentioned on the paper.li (like your followers or people you follow), and in most cases they’ll be thankful you’ve shared their tweets.
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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

One Way We Can Improve Creativity

creativity through travel

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As I was working on one of my affiliate marketing projects, creativity was lacking this morning. Instead of searching on Google “ways to be creative” I decided to do some deep research on this topic.

All the time, I hear it; people saying…oh, if only I was as creative as you, or I would have never thought of something like that. Right? You’ve heard those people before, and that’s fine. I don’t expect everyone to be a genius or know about everything, but I do believe we all have the ability to do whatever we want.

So, anyway a few things that relate to the lifestyle design topic came across my screen. I found a post on spyrestudios, this was the title:

5 Reasons Travel Can Improve Your Design Work

These are the five reasons, but I still think you should read their post by clicking the link, if you want to get the points a lot better.

  1. You have more effective and focused work sessions
  2. You constantly get fresh inspiration
  3. You keep yourself easily motivated and excited
  4. You meet new designers and clients
  5. You keep your setup nice and clean

I’m sure there are more than five, but these five reasons made good sense to me. But, can going to new places, meeting new people and living a whole new lifestyle improve our creativity?According to that post, it does.

Here’s just one part that I found interesting:

“Rather, travel can indirectly improve your design work by improving yourself. When you become better/happier/more excited, your work becomes better as well. It’s like fuel for your brilliant work, and traveling constantly refuels you”

But that post wasn’t enough for me, so I kept looking for answers and I found the ideas of it, in action. I regularly visit TED.com just because I can never get enough of the brilliant minds that talk there, so here’s what I found.

Stefan is known all over the world for his design work for famous artist. But the cool thing about him is how he runs his business. Every seven years he takes a year long trip and closes his shop. He visits some new place and doesn’t take any work from his clients. I found the video quite interesting and funny too.

At one point he talks about how Google, 3M and other companies give their employees time off for personal use and how most of their creative work has come from employees own personal time creating what they want. example: 3M produced sticky notes, and Google created gmail out of employees free time, but don’t quote me on that.

So yea, it’s no surprise that Travel can create some amazing results and so can time off. If you use the time off to travel you might come up with new ideas and maybe the next Facebook or just that cool affiliate site that knocks people’s socks off and your competitors out of the water.

You say you can’t travel? Then join the travel hacking cartel and start earning free miles.

Have you been struggling with creativity lately? What other hacks do you know that get your creative juices going? Oh and for those who do travel, has travel inspired you in any way to produce anything? Let us know in the comments.

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4 Ways to Light a Fire Under Your Blogging Butt

“Fall seven times, stand up eight.”  ~Japanese Proverb

In 2010, I began blogging at wilsonusman.com with no set goals in mind. If you look back at the posts from the beginning, they are not pieces to be proud of. But what really mattered was that I was excited about having a blog and the ability to connect with like-minded people.

But obviously, like happens to most of us, all the fire I had at first started to burn off. Eventually I started realizing that what I was writing about was rehash stuff other well known bloggers had talked about, with more specifics. I didn’t have the authority to be talking about how to do this and do that; at least in those day I didn’t.

Quickly I learned that earning money blogging wan’t going to be that easy either. I believed that within months I’d have more than my sister and girlfriend reading my blog posts.

It wasn’t until I realized later that the main issue started way before I began blogging here (keep reading). Many times, thoughts crossed my mind about “Stop blogging and just focus on the niche-sites,” but that quote kept me going.

You might think that the lack of income from the blog was what caused me to lose that fire that was burning, but actually it wasn’t.

If you’ve lost the motivation for blogging that you had the first day you put up the shittiest blog post with the best excitiment in the world, I’m going to show you what helped me. These aren’t new ideas, they’re just ideas worth sharing with you, and since Dan Pink is one of my favorite authors I figured why not.

After reading his book. Drive, I’ve learned the science of what motivates you and me. I think I’ve watched this video more than 20 times, it’s that good.

Keep Doing and Learning New Things

The one thing I love about blogging is exactly this, you’re always learning something new, sometimes–too much. When you’re new, you need to learn to buy your domain name, get hosting, and later install your CMS/WordPress. And yea get a theme, install plugins, and on and on…but the more we practice each part it become a piece of cake for some of us.

These challenges at first are what keeps us going at first. It’s what kept me interested and up until midnight figuring out how to do it.

What milestones have you set lately for your blog?

  • How many guest posts have you written?
  • Did you connect with any people on Facebook or Twitter today? (I mean REALLY had a conversation!)
  • How many hours, days, weeks did you put into that last post?
  • Example: Are you working on that eBook you promised? (This one is my own)

Put a challenge on your blog, or set an hour to write a long list of challenges that you can make for the month of February.

Find Your Audience and Connect with them

The way that Dan Pink made me understand this is, we humans like to belong to something. It’s actually one of the strongest desires of us, humans. Why do you think Facebook, Twitter and all those social networking sites have become so successful?

We spend millions on xbox live memberships and we go to sports events because it’s what we desire.

I’m aware that I don’t get a huge amount of comments or get mentioned around the web like other successful well know bloggers yet, but I keep up with people with similar interest on my community, you can too. Use Twitter or send someone you think you share similar opinions an email and make a friend.

If you just wait for them to contact you and say hi, you’ll be waiting all your life. By staying in contact with these folks you can begin conversations that inspire you to go and write an awesome post. I see all the time bloggers saying things like “wow, awesome chat with X gonna write a post on this”

Don’t set Huge Goals

Don’t believe me? Set a goal to make a million bucks in the next month, okay I’ll be fair, how about in the next year? If you’re like me, you would not know where the heck to even start right? Let me ask you this…what number comes before 2? Got it yet? Okay it’s 1.

My point is you need to focus on the main things first. How about if I said make a goal of making an extra $5 online by next month. I bet you could figure that out. You just go to eBay and sell an air guitar. Okay that’s too easy, don’t set goals too small.

You hear of people making six-figures with a click of a button with their huge list of subscribers. It very easy to get discouraged when you set similar goals and shit doesn’t happen. Don’t make this mistake.

Check out how you may change your behaviors to achieve what  you want by clicking behavior wizard.

Find the Barriers and Pebbles in Your Way

So none of the latter are your problem? This is last tip that could light up a fire under your arse so big, you’ll have third degree burns on your arse. (Warning:don’t try this at home)

Somewhere I once read that to stop a problem you need to get to the bottom of it. This might not be the easiest tip to apply because you can easily misjudge the real reason of why you might not be as motivated. But you don’t lose nothing by testing out reason why the problem might be.

At first, I thought the reasons for losing the motivation was the lack of money coming in, but the reality was that I wasn’t being part of the community and I wasn’t challenging myself.

Typical problems I had as a blogger:

  • Writer’s block
  • Experience in topic
  • The time they put into their work
  • How much money they’re making vs. time spent (ROI)

If you find the problem you then can develop a solution. There’s a solution for everything.

Say you don’t have many friends on twitter. Okay simple, just go ahead and @reply some people on twitter that are in your same niche. I don’t know, ask them a question, ask for help, or just say hi and complement them on their site; be genuine though.

Until you’re sure that there’s not the solution to get a fire under your butt the size of a California fire burning again to get your blog back to those first days, don’t give up. If there’s nothing you believe that can be done, it’s time to move on to better, bigger things.

What are you going to do today?

It’s the beginning of another new year, and it’s all stretched out in front of us. The question in my mind is what are you going to do today? Not tomorrow or next week or next month. It’s one of the things that really makes us lose focus on TODAY. If you’re thinking about what you did and didn’t do last year – forget about it, there’s nothing you can do today but learn from the mistakes and successes. Worrying about tomorrow isn’t going to help you accomplish anything, and thinking about it is going to be a waste of time.

If you want 2011 to be the best year you’ve ever had you’re going to have to remember the question above: what are you going to DO today? You noticed I capitalized DO; that’s right! Notice it doesn’t say think, feel, eat, or any other word. On one of my favorite blogs I read, I took some serious advice on his manifesto 18 months 2 blogs six figures that says

“Ruthlessly focus your efforts on things that work, and stop spending precious time on things that don’t.”

Any time not spent doing what your main focus is is going to be time wasted. The longer we loaf around, the longer it will take for us to have those results we want so bad. It’s not easy, I know, because as I write this post, I get that random text, I get the urge to go do something else, that lizard brain tells me “you can do it later, you don’t have to do it now,” someone calls to ask a favor, and countless other distractions. I understand how tough it can be and I’ve researched some solutions that might help you and me.

If you know what really matters, here’s a simple three step process to focusing on what matters and getting it done today:

  1. Make it extremely important – By this I mean put it on the top of your list of things to do; this task is something that you can’t go to bed before you finish. Sid Sivara says to “Clear important, but unnecessary items off your schedule for a day – and let them go. Every day that you spend on tasks that don’t matter is a day you can never recover – and that, to me, is an emergency.”
  2. One thing at a time – Some people seem to think that multi-tasking is a good thing, when in reality it isn’t. If you don’t eat and talk at the same time or read and drive also, why do something so dangerous as multi-task? My advice is to put all the effort and attention on one place at a time.
  3. Do it early – This one is the most crucial advice and I agree 100%. Make it a priority first thing in the morning to focus on the important tasks, and do the less important stuff later.

With all the distractions in the world, and on the web especially, it’s hard to keep focus on today. But if you’re determined and you have a deep desire and purpose to get somewhere with whatever it is you’re trying to do, you’ll figure out how to keep a sharp focus.

Once again I ask you what are you going to DO today?