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Forests can be seen as the empires of nature. Some of these forests extend for hundreds of thousands of square miles while others exceed 1 million square miles. Forests also provide a bulk of the Earth’s oxygen, and if all forests were lost, we would lose a big percentage of oxygen on the planet.

These forests that provide Earth with most of its oxygen and are filled with countless trees all started off with an acorn. Some forests have a few hundred trees while others have tens of thousands of trees, but no matter how many trees are in a forest, it all started with an acorn.

Your success and glory, just like a forest, starts off with an acorn. It may take some time for you to find your first acorn, but when you find the acorn, you will have something small that could potentially turn into a giant oak tree.

 

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Social media has become a well established way to build an audience. After many years of sticking around, growing, and transform one business at a time, social media is no fad. It’s here to stick around and continue to make it easy for us to connect with loved ones, business connections, big brands, celebrities, and anyone else in the world who is on social media. These 16 facts will expose new insights into social media as well as how you can use it to optimize your presence on the web.

1. 53% of people on Twitter recommend products in their tweets.

2. 93% of shoppers’ buying decisions are influenced by social media.

3. Only 14% of people trust advertisements.

4. The average person has a seven second attention span which is great for the six second Vine.

5. The fastest growing demographic on Twitter is the 55-64 year age bracket.

6. For Facebook and Google Plus, the 45 to 54 year age bracket is the fastest growing bracket of the bunch.

7. 23% of Facebook users check their Facebook accounts at least five times every day.

8. 189 million Facebook users only use a mobile device to access the social network.

9. 80% of all pins are repins.

10. People are spending 1 of every 7 minutes on Facebook online.

11. Over 5 million photos on Instagram are uploaded every day.

12. YouTube has over 1 billion unique visitors every month.

13. 57% on Pinterest discuss about food related topics.

14. 71% of users access social media from a mobile device.

15. Google Plus has 359 million monthly active users.

16. Pinterest has over 20 million monthly active users.

All of these statistics provide valuable insights to which social networks are growing rapidly, how big each of them are, what people talk about, and how customers use social media. One of the facts to look at is that people only have seven second attention spans (by the way, a goldfish has an eight second attention span). When creating products and content, it is important to remember that you only have seven seconds to grab someone’s attention before they lose their interest in your product or content. My guess is that as Vine becomes more popular, the average person’s attention span will fall under six seconds. I think that there will be a point where the average attention span for a human is just four seconds, and that is a scary world to think about. That means it is more important than ever to grab someone’s attention in a shorter amount of time.

 

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There are hundreds of millions of users on Instagram who, combined, like a grand total of over 1 billion pictures every day. Although there are many pictures getting more likes as the days go by, there are many people who have not built large audiences on Instagram. In order to get more likes for your Instagram pictures, it is essential for you to grow your audience, and here are five ways to make that happen:

  1. Post a new picture on Instagram more than once a day. People need to see you on Instagram often so they have a reason to continue following you and liking your pictures.
  2. Post pictures that people would want to like. Only post the types of pictures on Instagram that you would be happy and proud to post under your name. If the picture is blurry then forget about it.
  3. Share your Instagram pictures on your other social networks. Why not utilize the audiences you have already built? Promoting your pictures to your other audiences will allow you to build your presence on Instagram.
  4. Allow people to follow your Instagram account on your blog. Promoting your Instagram account on your blog will allow more people to see it. The ideal button would be a button that allows people to follow you on Instagram without leaving your blog.
  5. Use hashtags. Hashtags allow you to spread on Instagram because people who search for those hashtags on Instagram’s search engine will find your pictures.

Those are the five ways to get more Instagram followers. What are your thoughts on the list? Do you have a 6th method to getting more Instagram followers? Please share your thoughts and advice below.

 

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The only two things that separates a newbie blogger from an expert blogger is time and knowledge. Bloggers who have been keeping at it for a few years and have an abundance of knowledge about blogging have more successful blogs than the bloggers who just started. It is great for new bloggers to write blog post after blog post, but it is essential for new bloggers to learn as much as they can about blogging. That is why if you are a new blogger, you definitely need to continue reading through this blog post, and if you have been blogging for a while, it is possible for an old dog to learn new tricks. Here are the five pillars of successful blogging:

  1. Write one blog post every day. The more you write, the better you get, and writing every day will give you discipline you need to take blogging to the next level. Writing one blog post every day at the same time will also make more of your readers expect you to publish a blog post at a certain time. That means if you publish a blog post at 9 am Eastern, some of the people on the East coast will be refreshing their email at 8:59 am until your blog post shows up.
  2. Have your blog optimized for subscribers. It’s great to get more visitors, but it is critical to turn those visitors into subscribers. You need to be using the right mailing provider and have plugins on your blog that get attention and email addresses.
  3. Have a product. In order to be successful with a blog, you need to monetize it…and not with ads or affiliate marketing. Although those are two great ways to bring in some income, having your own product allows you to get a bigger chunk of the commission, and the more products you create, the more math stacks in your favor towards your goals. It is mathematically easier for 10 books to bring in $100,000 every year than it is for 1 book to bring in the same amount of revenue.
  4. Grow your social networks. The presence you have on your social networks is powerful. The bigger your audience is (assuming you did not buy followers), the more people you will be able to interact with. Social media is a great place to interact with your readers and engage with them.
  5. Love what you write about. Without this, you will not succeed as a blogger, and there are no questions about it. You need to love what you do to the point where you would continue to enjoy writing about the same topic for many years. Some bloggers have been at it for over 10 years without a loss in enthusiasm.

Those are the five pillars to a successful blog. What are your thoughts on the list, and how have these pillars impacted your blogging? Do you have a 6th pillar that you go by. Please share your thoughts below.

 

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One of the most important traits of successful people in the ability to accomplish goals. Unfortunately, goal accomplishment is also a trait that most people lack. For most people, expectations get created, but they never get reached. The reason many people do not accomplish their goals is because they never take the time to set themselves up for success.

Before doing anything else, these people need to identify their goals. That is the first step, and believe it or not, it is a step that many people do not think about, or they do it wrong. First off, your goals need to be clear. If you want to make more money online, you can make $0.05 and have a fulfilled goal. Instead, be specific. How much money do you want to make, and when do you want to achieve this goal?

After that, you need to create the framework you will use to accomplish the goal. This second step is all about planning. You need to identify what days you are going to work on your goals as well as what you will do on those days.

The third and final step, by far the most important, is implementation. Without applying the third step, then the other first two steps were in vain. If you create a plan but never implement it, then what really was the point?

By accomplishing goals with this three step formula, you will increase the likelihood of you accomplishing your goals. What are your thoughts on the list, and how do you do with accomplishing your own goals? Please share your thoughts below.

 

Today marks a sad day in American history that no blogger is happy to write about and no one is happy to talk about, especially New Yorkers like myself. The atrocities committed on this day 13 years ago will never be forgotten. Hours after the atrocity, the only two choices America had were to give up to terrorism or bounce back. Almost as expected, the second choice was chosen, but the only reason America was able to bounce back was because of its unity.

Unfortunately, it is not possible to undo the events that happened. The only thing we can do is live in a world affected by those events and react accordingly. America reacted by uniting together and waging war against the terrorists. This brought everyone in America together, and that helped out.

It is fair to say that the world is still filled with chaos. It is entirely predictable that bad things will continue to happen. This year has been filled with devastating news stories such as what is going on in Ukraine, Ferguson, and the other places in the world where conflict continues. The atrocity committed to James Foley does not make our world look any better either. I am sad to say that there have been too many dreaded events in 2014 for me to include in one blog post.

The kind of chaos that we experience in business and personal lives is absolutely minuscule compared to the dreaded event that happened 13 years ago and all of the dreaded events that are happening in the world right now. Regardless of what kind of chaos is involved, whether it be personal or continental, the only way to rise above the chaos is to be united.

There are some things we cannot do alone, and that is entirely okay. Always be willing to ask for help, for a shoulder to lean on, or for support. In addition, always be willing to do the same things when someone else is in need just like the first responders.

Americans leaned on each other and united together on this day to fight against terrorism. Instead of their views of the nation getting crippled, Americans became more proud of their country and what the country stands for.

United together, we will always remember this day and who it affected as well as who it continues to indirectly affect to this day.

 

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In February 2014, my blog got over 5,000 visitors which resulted in a little over 9,000 views. It was the first time my blog got fewer visitors in a particular month than it got the month before since March 2013. At the time, I was unsure of this blog’s future because a blog of mine that was getting hundreds of daily visitors also went through this trend and did not quite recover. I did more research so this blog could avoid the other blog’s fate, and this research led to me learning more about getting blog traffic.

My traffic consistently increased month by month, and the statistics show no signs of decline. In July 2014, this blog got over 17,500 visitors which resulted in over 26,500 views. In the short span of five months, I was successfully able to triple my traffic. Now, I no longer do research to see how my blog can survive. I do research do see how I can make my blog thrive more than it already is. Throughout the journey, I have learned five core lessons that you need to takeaway from this blog post.

  1. If you want it, you can get it. Although I had no plans on tripling my blog’s traffic in five months, I wanted to get 20,000 views in one month. That evolved into getting 26,500 views in one month. Right when I saw the potential at the end of July, I gave myself the goal of tripling my traffic yet again in the next five months. That means my goal for December 2014 would be get over 52,500 visitors resulting in 79,500 views for the month. I want it, and I know I can get it. I’m going to need help though. *Pauses and gives a wink*
  2. Social media is everything. If you are not using social media to promote your blog, then you are not using it properly. Social media has attributed to an overwhelming majority of this blog’s success. Social media traffic even resulted in this blog’s search engine traffic rising dramatically. In July 2014, traffic from social media and the search engines contributed to about 70% of this blog’s traffic. A large portion of the other 30% came as a result of people writing about me or sharing my blog posts because they heard about me through social media.
  3. Be patient. Blogging takes a very long time before you start to see the traffic. There are some experts who say that if you are not seeing a lot of blog traffic in 6-12 months, then blogging is not for you. It took over six months for me to get over 200 views in a month and over a year to get over 4,000 views in a month. It takes time to grow a strong presence on the web.
  4. Make sure you do something that you love. The only reason I was able to reach this point, and the only reason I will continue to excel is because I love what I do. There are other components such as me knowing some things about how social media works and the 100,000 Twitter followers I have, but I started off with zero knowledge on social media and 0 Twitter followers.
  5. Always look for more ways to grow. Right when I optimized my social media presence, my SEO traffic also went up. Since my success on Twitter, I still invest a majority of my time on Twitter, but now I am starting to give more attention to Facebook, Pinterest, and YouTube.

I take #5 deep into heart because it forces me to never settle. I always look for more avenues of growth for traffic, revenue, and other things as well. Pinterest and YouTube have really been picking it up lately. I just passed 14,000 Pinterest followers, and I’m aiming for over 20,000 Pinterest followers before the end of the year which now seems much easier than it was before. My YouTube channel is approaching 20,000 channel views, and my goal is to bump it up to 30,000 views and exceed 400 channel subscribers before the end of 2014. I am also paying more attention to my Facebook Page, and my goal for that is to have over 1,000 likes before the end of 2014.

That’s the social media side, but there is also another side of blog traffic that I have not paid equal attention to, until now. I did not take growing an email list seriously. I offer the free prize and make the subscription box easy to see, but with only 0.3% of my visitors subscribing, I am taking further action to dramatically boost the number. Now I am finding more ways to grow my email list, and my goal is to be at 5,000 subscribers before the end of the year. With the amount of traffic my blog gets, it can be done. I would just need 5% of all of my blog visitors to subscribe to my blog from now until the end of the year to make it happen. With the new plugins I have added to me blog bringing in numerous subscribers, I have been getting much closer to this goal as the days pass by.

What are some of the lessons you have learned from your own blogging experiences?

 

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There are numerous tips to get more followers as well as 100 Amazing Pinterest Tips that will show you how to really optimize Pinterest. If you do not have the time to read those two articles, you can do one simple thing to get more followers on Pinterest (you can tell it’s simple by how long this blog post is)

Being active is a big way to get more followers on Pinterest. When you are active on Pinterest, you need to be pinning the kinds of pins on Pinterest that would get more repins.

Being active is a very simple way to get more Pinterest followers. If you want to learn how to optimize your Pinterest pins and get more repins, you can subscribe to this blog (if you have not done so already) and receive the free How To Master Pinterest Video Tutorial.

 

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When people say they went somewhere or something spectacular, some of those people will feel obligated to prove to their friends that something happened by showing a picture. Proving our point has become one of the major desires for any human being. When it comes to buying products from the experts, potential customers have a stronger desire to see social proof. They want to see how big your social media profile became before buying your products. The proof of a successful product that people want is no longer just in the pudding. It’s also in the social proof. Here are five reasons why social proof is so important.

  1. Social proof can prove that your methods work. The person who has 10 million YouTube channel views is more qualified to teach people about going viral on YouTube than the person who has 1,000 YouTube channel views.
  2. Big numbers help out in decision making. You need to grow a bigger presence on your social networks so you are able to grow bigger numbers. Most people are more likely to follow the social media expert with 100,000 followers than the social media expert with 1,000 followers. Most people are more likely to view the YouTube videos with tens of thousands of views than the ones with a few hundred views.
  3. You become more credible. The experts in their niches who have hundreds of thousands of followers look more credible than the people who have a few hundred followers.
  4. You look popular. Big social media presences are associated with popularity. This is one of the reasons why we believe (correctly) that celebrities are popular. They have millions of followers to show for it. However, many people buy fake followers to make themselves look popular. This does not result in popularity, and it’s easy to get caught.
  5. You look successful. Think about #3 and #4. A bigger social media presence would make someone look more credible and popular. Those are two of the many essential components of a successful person crushing their niche. Many people have great respect for those who are successful in society.

Social proof is not just an ego exercise. Instead, it is a way to tell people that you know how to master the system, become successful, and then your knowledge will become more valuable. Do you have Reason #6 for why social proof is valuable?

 

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There are millions of self-published authors out there, but a majority of those self-published authors have not made it big yet. Most self-published authors want to get out there but find it difficult to get more book sales and generate a full-time income with their content. If you are a self-published author, you need to ask yourself these seven questions to see if you have the potential to make a full-time income by writing your own books.

  1. How will you market your books? You need to know the answer for this one. Without a clear marketing strategy, it’s not going to work. Just because you may not have a clear marketing strategy now does not mean it is the end. You can come up with an effective marketing strategy so you are constantly able to write new books and
  2. What niche do you want to be known for? You need to have this identified before you even think about writing your next book. Writing books on an array of topics will make it less likely for you to get returning customers.
  3. Are you willing to write 10 books without bringing in thousands of dollars every month? Many self-published reached their fortunes a few years after they started. You will have to be patient and consistently write books in order to generate the type of income that you want to generate.
  4. Are you willing to write one book every month? The more frequently you write books, the more sales you will be able to generate. The other benefit is that new and returning customers alike have more options to choose from.
  5. Are you willing to put in more content into your books while making them more valuable? You need to provide the type of books that beat the competition. Providing more value is a great way to do that
  6. Are you going to grow your presence on your blog and social networks? You want to grow as big of a presence as you possible can. The bigger your presence
  7. Do you have the dedication? In order to be a successful self-published author, you need to have the desire to write content and share it with the world. If you are only writing books because you heard that writing books is a great way to make more money on the web, then you will not be able to write the books associated with valuable content.

After you ask yourself those seven questions, you will be able to identify how likely you are to thrive as a self-published author. If you did this assessment and still feel confident about your success as a self-published author, then you are closer to making those dreams happen. What are your thoughts on the questions? Do you have any tips for aspiring self-published authors? Please share your thoughts and advice below.

 

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There are many tips about growing a better presence on the web, getting more blog traffic, and growing your email list. Some of these bloggers have optimized these tips to see their blogs grow dramatically while others are learning from the experts. In the midst of common blogging tips that get mentioned time and time again, there are some blogging tips that get forgotten about.

  1. Focus on your bounce rate. A lower bounce rate indicates that more visitors are staying on your blog for a longer period of time. If you get people to stay on your blog for a longer period of time, more of those visitors will become subscribers and paying customers.
  2. Your blog’s loading speed is important. If your blog takes too long to load (which can mean more than 10 seconds), people will become impatient. All websites and blogs are able to load within a few seconds, but there is a difference between the blog that gets loaded in five seconds and the blog that gets loaded in 10 seconds.
  3. Always respond to other people’s comments on your blog. You need to interact with your readers so they have a reason to leave more comments. As your blog posts get more relevant comments, that will indicate more activity and popularity. This activity and popularity will encourage some of your visitors who have not left a comment yet to suddenly leave one.
  4. You need to create categories for your blog posts. Categories make it easier for your visitors to find blog post content based on specific topics. Instead of digging through blog post after blog post for blog posts about Twitter, you can go into the Twitter category for this blog. This allows people to easily find specific content they are looking for.
  5. Your blog must be easy to use. People will stay on your blog longer if it is easy to use. Make sure you have a powerful menu on your blog that is easy to use, and make it easy for people to find valuable blog posts.

Those are the five tips that most people forget about. What were your thoughts on the tips? Do you have any additional blogging tips that you feel many people forget about? Please share your thoughts and advice below.

 

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We all have strange pet peeves. For a very long time, I did not like wearing green shirts.  I do not know why, but I just did not like wearing that color. I resented the thoughts of wearing green pants, shorts, or socks. I resented the idea so much that I never even gave it a try.

Then, I went to TJ Maxx because since I still grow, I still have the experience of sizing out of clothing. At the same time, I was starting to really take my YouTube presence seriously and wanted to buy different collared T-shirts so I would look more professional in my YouTube videos. Sure enough, TJ Maxx had low prices, and I do not remember how many collared T-shirts I ended up with, but it was somewhere in between 5-10 collared T-shirts. I’ll go with seven just to be as close to the middle as possible.

Sure enough, one of the collared T-shirts was green. The T-shirt looked nice, but I did not like the color. Since TJ Maxx’s prices are low, and there is a refund policy, it was agreed upon that the green collared T-shirt would be purchased along with the other ones, and if I did not like the collared T-shirt, I could return it.

Then, I tried on the collared T-shirt, and I enjoyed it. Now I have a collared long sleeve shirt that is also green. It is amazing to think I did not like green clothing a few months ago, but now I enjoyed wearing those green shirts.

We are quick to assume that ideas will not work and that certain things were never meant to be. However, some people reach totally different conclusions just by giving it a try instead of assuming how it would work. Just as Sam tried the green eggs and ham in Dr. Seuss’ classic book, I tried the green shirts. Now I like to wear them.