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Affiliate Recruitment Tactics

Affiliate Recruitment Tactics

Affiliate Recruitment Tactics

When you sell products online, a great way to get the word out about your offerings is to have an army of people behind you. These people will represent your brand, refer your brand, and encourage people to buy your brand.

You can end up with loyal customers, who will eventually do that for free. But if you want to hurry it along incentivizing people by recruiting affiliates who will make a percentage of sales to help you promote is the best way to accomplish that.

What Are Affiliates?

An affiliate is someone who is a salesperson for you. The great thing about an affiliate is that you do not have to pay them unless they make a sale.

The way it works is that by using specialized software, that keeps track of sales for each individual affiliate, the affiliate posts links to your sales pages, and when a sale is made via their link, they get the percentage promised for that individual sale.

For example, if you’re selling a 250-dollar product such as an information product, the seller (affiliate) will make commissions, which you’ve set up in your affiliate software to pay. Percentages range from 5 percent to even 100 percent depending on the goals of the campaign and the type of product you’re selling.

If you are selling something that causes you to use personal time, you may want to lower the percentage. If you’re selling something that is a digital product that has already used time, you can give a larger percentage.

So, in short, an affiliate is a salesperson who earns a percentage of the price from every single sale that they make using their special link.

Why You Need Affiliates

The best way to make a profit on anything is to sell a lot of it and being that you’re only one person you can only tell so many people about your offerings.

But imagine if you could double, triple, or quadruple yourself by getting other people to spread the word about your offerings? Wouldn’t you do it? The cost of having an affiliate program is minimal.

It’s also less expensive than other types of marketing such as placing ads, and what’s most important, if you plan it right, it really works.

  • Increase Your Reach – If you know there are other audience members out there who have not heard of your products and services finding affiliates to help promote your products to their audience will definitely increase your reach and enable you to help more people.
  • Make More Money with Less Effort – While it may seem expensive to pay for a sale when you’re dealing with digital products, remember that your costs do not go up with each additional sale, as they do with physical products. You can give a larger percentage of the price and still end up making more money, with less effort on your part.
  • Grow Your List – Encouraging affiliates to promote you not only increases sales but once someone buys from you, they’re now part of your audience and are on your list. Now that they’re on your list, you can market directly to them the rest of the items in your funnel.
  • Build Relationships – Once your affiliate program gets momentum, you’re going to notice some true movers and shakers. These people make the most sales and the most noise about your products. When you notice that, reach out to that affiliate and offer them a special deal such doing a joint webinar, or offering them a larger percentage of sales to encourage them to do even better. You can become quite close to your affiliate people and even get ideas for new products from them if you’re open to it.
  • Grow Bigger Than You – You’re only one person, working from your home office, or your kitchen table. But with affiliates, you can grow a literal army of salespeople to promote your products and services making your job one of management and creation rather than just sales. Eventually, you can grow a business that earns multiple six figures for yourself and others.

These reasons are great reasons to find affiliates to promote your products. The main point to take away is that you can sell more products with other people doing the work for you than you can sell on your own.

While giving out a percentage of profits might seem painful at first, it’s really one of the least expensive options to improve sales.

How To Find Affiliates

Now that you know you want an affiliate program, you need to find affiliates. Finding affiliates is a combination of simply asking people and letting interested parties know about your program.

In addition, you can encourage people to be an affiliate by offering excellent products, top-notch customer service, and a by offering generous commission.

  • Direct Contact – Find competitors and others who market to your audience who do not offer exact products or services as you and approach them directly. Work first to build relationships with these people in online groups, via joint ventures, events, and more and you’ll be certain to get a percentage of these people to sign up for your affiliate program and promote your products and services.
  • Customers – Your best affiliates can come from people who have purchased from you. Definitely run an email series for your customers to encourage them to earn money by recommending your products to their friends and family. This is a great way to end up with a true fan as an affiliate.
  • Colleagues – Even if you work from home, you are likely part of a group of like-minded individuals online and / or offline. Ensure that you let these people know that you have an affiliate program so that they can choose to join if they want to. You can also if you’ve used the right type of software, give special commission amounts to people you know.
  • Movers & Shakers – You’ve seen them on Twitter, Facebook groups, and probably on numerous webinars and other places. These big earners shake things up. Work toward building a relationship with them, then make it super simple for them to promote by giving them a free copy, graphics, and more. Offer to set it all up for them so that all they have to do is collect the money when they make sales.
  • Conferences – You can also meet potential affiliates at live events and conferences. Whether you’re a speaker or an attendee, you may meet people who need to offer your products to their audience. Make it worth their while to promote you, by also promoting them.
  • Print Publications – You can place ads in relevant print publicans such as work at home magazines and other magazines devoted to people who are interested in this type of income opportunity.
  • Social Media – If you join groups and friend people online, ensure that you also connect with potential affiliates. Take the time to get to know them. When it’s appropriate, let them know about your affiliate program. You can use social media also to talk about how excited you are about your affiliate program. The more enthusiastic you are about the program, the more they will want to join to earn money.
  • Blogging – Use your blog part of the time, to speak to potential affiliates. Your blog provides your audience with solutions to their problems. But, once you have an affiliate program, you can also mention how you want to help as many people as possible and your readers can help by becoming an affiliate.
  • Forums/Groups – Any groups you’re part of, online or offline, can be great places to find affiliates. The best thing to do is to build relationships with people you think would like and promote your products. Offer to do things for them, make your program so inviting that they can’t resist.
  • Online Ads – Another way to attract affiliates is to advertise the program and its benefits. You can use Facebook, Twitter, or even Ad Words to market the program. This works very well, if you have a good product funnel, offer excellent commissions, and a wide range of products for your niche.
  • Your Website – Don’t forget that your website is the hub of your business. Keep reminder info and an affiliate program link in a prominent place on your site. This can be short and link to further information about the program details.
  • Word-of-Mouth – People like to talk, so if you do a good job taking care of your affiliates plus offering really great products then super affiliates will notice you and talk about you. Plus, when they start promoting your products, other people in their circle will notice and join too.
  • Cold Calls – If you know people already that promote other people’s products and you’re sure that your product fits in with their niche, go ahead and drop them an email, or even get them on the phone. Be ready to explain what is so great about your product and how it benefits their audience. Plus, explain how you’re going to make it super easy for them to be part of your program.
  • Hire an Affiliate Manager – Even if you’re just starting your program, hiring an affiliate manager can help you grow your affiliate program faster. Hire someone who is familiar with your niche, who has connections to promote to super affiliates and who understands the software you use.
  • Directories – There are directories, such as affilitesseeking.com, where you can list your affiliate program. They do require a link back, but it’s free. More than likely, you won’t find as many affiliates this way since building relationships is very important. However, it does help direct potential affiliates to your opportunity.
  • Affiliate Networks – Another great way to find affiliates is to list your products in affiliate networks such as Clickbank.com or JVZOO.com. Marketers who are looking for a product to promote often go there to search for products. Make sure you offer a great program, and a lucrative commission. Include tools to make promoting easy. These could be articles, graphics, emails, etc.

Finding and recruiting affiliates is only part of starting an affiliate program. Now you need to make your affiliate offer worthy, appealing and timely. Plus, the more unique your offer is, the more affiliates you’ll recruit.

Making Affiliate Worthy Offers

If you really want to get the best affiliates, then you need to make affiliate worthy offers. Make smart affiliates want to promote everything you have because they know that you provide a great product, good customer service, and amazing creatives for them to use to market your programs.

In order to attract the right affiliates, it’s important to share certain types of stats with them so that they know what to expect with your program.

Keep in mind, you will not have any stats to show, but as time progresses, you will. As soon as you have this information, start sharing it.

Important Stats, Information & Figures To Share

Some statistics are more important to share than others. If you just consider what’s important to you about your affiliate program it’ll be easy to see what you need to share.

  • Conversion Rate: They like to know how often a visitor to the sales page converts to a buyer.
  • Commissions: They want to know how much they’ll make per product and whether or not there is potential to make more due to your deep funnel.
  • Upsell: Let them know if you offer an upsell or not and what the commission is on that as well as the conversion rate for that too.
  • Recurring Commissions: If any of your products offer
  • Incentives: Let them know what type of enticements you offer for successful sales.
  • Product Reviews: Do you allow affiliates to review your product free? Hint: Once you have stand out affiliates it’ll pay off to let them have a free copy.
  • Visitor Value: Let them know the target market for the product and the value it offers.
  • Training: While affiliates aren’t your employees and aren’t on your staff, you can still offer a lot of training to help them make more money promoting your products.
  • Collateral: Ensure that you have plenty of professional graphics, copy, and information that enable your affiliates to promote your product.
  • Program Description: Ensure that you’re very succinct and inclusive in the description for your program.

Anything you can let them know at a glance is important to share. You can offer more in-depth information as well, but the information right up front should include what they need to know to figure out if your product is what they want to promote to their audience.

Keeping Affiliates Happy

Once you recruit affiliates, it’s also important to keep them happy. Happy affiliates will be more likely to promote your products.

They may even tell other people about you too.

That’s why developing relationships, communicating, and following up with your affiliates is so important.

Developing Relationships

In business one of the most important things you’re going to do aside from creating amazing products that your audience needs, is building mutually beneficial relationships with other people.

In order to build relationships with affiliates, you need to understand them as a separate audience. They have different needs from the people that buy or get your products.

To help you build your affiliate relationships, here are a few things you want to do.

  • Communicate – Use email, webinars, teleseminars, and other forms of communication with your affiliates. Some of them will prefer email and others will like the one-on-one feel of webinars. When you keep your affiliates abreast of new products to come, changes in old products, sales, and other information they’re going to be that much more likely to stick with you and promote you because of the trust that you develop.
  • Listen – Communication is a two-way street. Therefore, it’s imperative that you also open the lines of communication in reverse. Ask them questions, conduct surveys, and connect one on one with your highest sellers. For example, you can have a trigger number of sales that elevates your affiliates to your affiliate inner circle where you can help them with all kinds of things.
  • Ask for Feedback – When you send out new products to your affiliates, ask for feedback so you can make the product better before launch. You don’t have to send it to everyone who signs up for your program. Choose a few affiliates for feedback, based on your knowledge of them and their reputation in the business.
  • Show Your Personality – People do business with those that they like, know and trust. The more you can connect with your affiliates and find ways to show your character, the more you can enhance this effect. Add a little personal information in your emails, webinars, and live videos, and live events. Seeing and hearing you can make a huge impression.
  • Be a Helpful Resource – When you really want to have a real relationship with someone, you seek to be helpful. Even if the assistance has nothing to do with your business, being helpful and pointing people in the right direction will go far in helping you solidify your relationships.
  • While you may not be able to pay as close attention as you’d like to each individual affiliate, you can use the information and tools at your disposal to build relationships that will stand the test of time and encourage even more sales if you’re open to it. Use email automation, set up training series, host live webinars to talk about your new products and to get ideas, and otherwise be open to new ways to connect with your affiliates.
  • Keeping Track of People you talk To — When you are seeking to impress people, one way to do that is to remember who you’ve talked to and what you talked about. A good way to do this is to use some sort of customer relationship software or help ticket software. This is true even if you aren’t really providing customer service to your affiliates due to a product they bought. The help desk software will keep track of all your conversations so that you can easily stick to your promises.
  • Hosting Contests – A good way to kick off some relationship building is to plan and host a contest for your affiliates. Give away some iPads, cash, and depending upon your price range, perhaps a free trip. The more outrageous you can be with your contest the more attention it’ll get.
  • Do What Needs to Be Done – Affiliate’s needs depend on their audience too. Suppose an affiliate contacts you and asks you to do a live webinar with them. It is to be played “live” multiple times. This is a good promotional item to offer your top affiliates. It will help you develop relationships as you get to know each other as you work together on the webinar and get other people involved.

Finally, the most important thing of all is to follow up. Even if affiliates contact you infrequently, make sure that you do contact them. Connect, encourage, and connect more. Always deliver top-notch services, products, and tools.

Affiliate Software & Tools

A variety of tools and software can be used to recruit affiliates. Consider all the things you need to do – keep track of people, your products, affiliates’ commissions, and payouts. You also need to be able to give them marketing materials easily. Try these tools and you’ll do great.

  • Website Building Software – The best website building software right now, hands down, is self-hosted WordPress. You can learn a lot about WordPress by going to their website at WordPress.org. Look for premium WordPress themes or use a free one if you like.
  • Website Hosting – There are many different website hosts, but you need a good host that offers security, safety, and great customer service. Some good choices are A2 Hosting and Siteground.
  • Landing Pages – While you can use your regular WordPress installation to make a perfectly legitimate landing page if you want the bells and whistles consider getting good software like Convertri, OptimizePress or any other specific landing page software. It will make it a lot easier for you.
  • File Storage & Delivery – The best file storage and delivery software is Amazon S3. It’s very inexpensive and you only pay for what you use. It enables you to deliver your products easily and quickly.
  • Email Marketing Software – There are some standard programs, as well as newer options that look great. Try Active Campaign, Aweber, or GetResponse. It depends on what you think you need.
  • Affiliate Shopping Cart Software – Different programs have various features, but a few have everything you need. Try Amember.com if you want to be in complete charge of your products and affiliates. Try one of the networks like JVZOO.com if you don’t want to host or run the software yourself.
  • File Sharing & Storage – Even though you may use Amazon S3 for product delivery, Dropbox will work great as well to deliver information to others on a smaller scale and to keep track of your work.
  • Automation – If you want to connect your apps together and create some amazing automation, Zapier.com is great software to try.
  • Paying People – Right now PayPal.com is the standard. However, there are other options like Stripe.com. Most shoppers on the net are used to using PayPal now. PayPal lets you set up “mass pay” so that you can pay more than one affiliate at a time by uploading a spreadsheet.
  • Communication – There are many ways to communicate information to your affiliates. You can invite them to a private Facebook group, or you can create a sign in using software like Amember.com. This software has an affiliate area, which can house messages, graphics, and other promotional materials. Keep in mind a central place works better than using regular email.
  • Help Desk – There is also software that you can set up that both your customers and your affiliates can use to get help. Software like Manage Engine’s Service Desk Plus is one such option.
  • Graphics – You’re going to need plenty of graphics to help promote your products and make affiliates happy. Try using Canva to help you. What’s great is that if you get Canva for Work you can save your branding and upload new fonts. Alternatively, look at Stencil or Snappa.
  • Promotions – You will want to use different types of software to promote your business such as HootSuite to help you automate much of the work promoting on social media.
  • People – While people aren’t often thought of as tools, they are. They’re part of your resources that you need to consider. Think of hiring an affiliate manager who understands software and how everything works so that you can focus on product creation.

Finding tools that will help you run your affiliate program will give you more time to create products that your affiliates can promote. Much of the work that you put in up front will pay off later when your affiliate program seems to run itself and you’re raking in the money.

What To Do Now

The best things to do are to figure out what affiliate software to use, get it setup, and then build relationships. Build relations with your own audience and with potential super affiliates.

Make your affiliate program the best you can. Offer great commissions, excellent marketing resources, and deliver an amazing product to become successful.

You can also start by using one of the affiliate networks instead, such as Clickbank.net and JVZOO.com. But consider building your own affiliate program using software that helps you build relationships with a self-hosted program or software.

The reason is that you own that, someone else owns the networks. But they are a good place to begin while you build up your affiliate army.

Follow these affiliate marketing tips, and you’ll be on the way to becoming a successful affiliate marketer in no time. And if you want to know more about affiliate marketing check out the featured resource below for a free report; download, read it and take action 😊

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Use Obstacles As Opportunities

Use Obstacles As Opportunities

Use Obstacles As Opportunities

At some point in everyone’s life, they will come across obstacles. Many people are not prepared for these obstacles, and it causes them to stumble. But when you discover that obstacles can be opportunities, then you will be better prepared to handle them.

Many people are plagued with alcohol addiction. Some will come to terms with it and seek out help for their situation. It is not easy for them, but when they are on the road to recovery they can use their experience to help others.

Sometimes it can be as simple as being there for those who are still struggling. Other times, these people will hold seminars about their experiences in the hope that others will see they are not alone.

When we come across obstacles, we are often tempted to wish they would just go away. This seldom works as we usually need to take action to overcome obstacles.

Simply ignoring your problems thinking they will somehow manage to solve themselves will only make your situation worse. The good news is, in many cases, when you come up with a plan for your obstacles you will find they can be overcome.

Of course, one of the hardest things to overcome an obstacle is to realise it exists at all, and then actually planning to take action to overcome it.

 You will be amazed at how many people settle for these obstacles and do nothing about them; perhaps they use them as an excuse for the way their lives are headed.

But realise that you don’t have to tackle them alone; in fact, you are always better off doing this as part of a team.

Join groups where people have dealt with the same obstacles you are dealing with. They can offer suggestions or point you to the right programs or solutions.

What you don’t want to do is to join these groups in the hope they will solve your problems for you. These groups can also help you make new friends and even establish future connections or professional endeavors.

Another opportunity in obstacles is the strength that you obtain during the process of solving them. You will learn a lot about yourself during this trying time. It may be worth you documenting what you are going through and this could form the basis for a book that could be used to help others.

You can bet that there are others in a similar situation to yours, s if you have found a way to overcome a particular obstacle, don’t you think that others would want that information too?

As long as you are genuine, in most cases, there is nothing wrong with making some money based on your experiences. Just make sure that you don’t hurt others as a result.

When you find other people who are looking for a solution, you have the opportunity for a business or venture.

People are willing to pay to solve a problem or at least reduce its impact.

When you solve that problem for them, they often tell others who are experiencing the same problem, so the venture feeds on itself. This makes your solution an easy sell.

Talking of obstacles, do you think that age is an obstacle nowadays? It may have been in the past but what about now? Well, let’s take a look at that…

Is Your Age An Obstacle?

Kids spend a good part of their childhood wanting to be older. They are proud of reaching certain milestones like age 10 and then age 16, etc. Parents try to encourage them not to rush their lives as they know life goes much quicker and seemingly so the older you get.

And there is an obstacle for people who are under 25. It’s harder to get a loan without someone cosigning, and insurance on automobiles is quite expensive for this age group. Rental car companies usually don’t even rent to them until they reach 25 years of age.

But, eventually, they reach the age where they don’t have restrictions anymore. That is until they start approaching their 50’s. It seems companies don’t want to hang onto these aging employees. This is because they can find someone younger for much cheaper.

While companies are not supposed to discriminate based on age, it’s quite easy to find other reasons not to hire these people.

This is narrow-minded on the part of companies. Many of these aging employees hold years of experience and knowledge. While generally, their younger counterparts are cheaper, it will take them years to gain the experience and knowledge of the older employees.

Managers who only look at the bottom line and don’t take these other factors into account are short sighted, and this is unfortunately commonplace in many businesses today.

Another problem is people are living longer and many are not willing to retire at age 65, or whatever limit is set by governments. They have a lot to offer and they like the challenge of working. It is supposedly healthier for their minds to keep active as well.

Some companies will offer early retirement packages to people of a certain age. While these packages are not as lucrative as they used to be, it is still generally a wise idea to take them when offered. If you don’t it is likely you will be cut eventually anyway, with no package to rely on.

In many instances, this early retirement policy causes gaps in the business, and they end up hiring the same employees back as consultants. This may seem like a waste but it’s important to remember that consultants don’t add to the headcount and can be let go at a moment’s notice.

One solution is to keep on a group of aging employees as trainers and mentors. They have much to offer in the way of knowledge transfer and they can be a great benefit to the company when new hires are added to the payroll. They can help new employees get up to speed quickly by showing them the ropes as they have already been there and done it!

Whatever you want in life will require discipline to achieve and overcoming obstacles is a small part of this. But if you want to know more about harnessing the power of self-discipline, then check out the featured resource below for a free detailed report; download, read it and take action 🙂

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How To Avoid Buying Low-Quality Digital Products

How To Avoid Buying Low-Quality Digital Products

How To Avoid Buying Low-Quality Digital Products

Any online marketer (regardless of experience) will often say that one of the biggest mistakes they’ve made is spending money on digital products which are hyped up – but just don’t work.

In fact, the ‘make money online’ scene is awash with so many low-quality info products and rehashed courses that one could almost consider it the norm.

The average decent person just getting started in the business struggles to come to terms with the fact that many unscrupulous marketers will sell products that are built on false promises and untested theory.

And if you are a beginner just finding your foot in the online business world, the power of FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) and Shiny Object Syndrome are really difficult things to ignore, but these things can (and will) cost you time and money.

And let’s be completely blunt; these sellers have NO qualms lying to get a sale. They don’t care about you or your business, that’s the sad fact of it.

Many business owners develop a business with a genuine desire to help their customers, but the ‘make money online’ internet marketers are a definite exception to this.

Just wrapping one’s head around this fact is a monumental feat. But yes, many marketers will take your money and take you for a ride – but only if you let them.

Not all are bad, but you must do your due diligence to avoid those that are unscrupulous and selling you vapourware. Find the good marketers and stick with them, and generally stay away from marketplaces like JVZoo, WarriorPlus and Clickbank because the vast majority of products sold there are low quality and the platforms are not doing a very good job of policing what is being sold on their platforms.

So, if you wish to steer clear of these scams and save your money, here are a few pointers to take note of BEFORE you buy any digital products/training.

Do Your Research On The Vendor

This is the MOST important point of the lot. Join a few Facebook groups dedicated to online marketing and ask around there. Very often, you’ll find people mentioning bad experiences they may have had with the vendor.

You’ll also want to see what other products the vendor has created.

  • Do all their sales pages look similar with hyped up claims?
  • Are the domains for their previous products still in existence?
  • What’s their ranking in the marketplace?
  • Are there negative reviews for their products?

It’s important to remember that just because other marketers are hyping up the vendor’s product that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s good.

Very often, the vendor’s friends will be promoting the product and telling you what you want to hear… or they may be part of a ‘back-scratching cabal’ where everyone praises everyone else in the group just to appear legit.

You need to be sharper than that. Do your research on the vendor thoroughly.

Analyze The Sales Page

The next step will be to take a logical, unemotional approach to the sales page. Very often, sales copy is designed to play on your emotions – to hook you in with the promise of quick and easy money – without any work on your part.

You’re told about ‘push button profits’ and ‘million-dollar loopholes’… and you end up believing that it’s really possible for you to be making 5 figures a month within 2 weeks.

Really?

Do you really believe that?

Doesn’t that sound too good to be true?

Yes, it does… and it is.

Almost all of these hyped up products do not work

If it was possible, why would these vendors be sharing their loopholes with you?

They’d be laughing all the way to the bank. Not trying to get you to buy their products. Do not be misled by their fancy sales pages and sugar-coated sales copy. The brighter the picture, the darker the negative.

Making money online is hard work – and anyone who tells you otherwise has something to sell you.

Look Out For Blatant Signs

When you’re on a sales page, go ahead and try closing the page. If you see a pop-up box suddenly appear and it’s offering you a discount of a few dollars, that’s a sure sign that the product is best avoided.

This is not generosity on the vendor’s part. It’s a last ditch attempt to hook you in. Don’t eagerly grab the product just because you got $3 off and think you got a deal.

You didn’t. You really didn’t. You got scammed.

If you stopped for a second to think about it, you’d realize that people who didn’t try closing the page wouldn’t have gotten the discount and would have paid more for the product.

Does that seem legitimate to you? After all, you could have been one of them.

If that doesn’t sit right with you… then do you think the product will be any better than the disreputable tactics on the sales page?

Sure, there are attention-grabbing income stats on the sales page – but whose stats are these and where are they coming from?

You may see a bunch of smiling faces on the sales page, supposedly of satisfied customers – but why do they all look like stock photos? Who are these people anyway?

So many questions… so few answers.

See, it’s these questions that you should be asking yourself before you buy any product. You need to be a cynic par excellence.

This is NOT one area where you want to be overly optimistic. Scan the sales page like a hawk. Ask around about the vendor.

Exercise due diligence before buying. You could spend years and thousands of dollars spinning your wheels and going nowhere – trapped in a vicious cycle of buying products that are all foam and no beer.

Or you could stop buying products on a whim and proceed cautiously. There’s no need to kiss so many frogs to find a prince.

There are many good products out there that will help you in your online marketing. You just need to ask around for recommendations. If you follow the pointers in this article, you’ll most probably make an informed decision.

Caveat emptor.

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7 Habits To Avoid When Dealing With Anxiety

7 Habits To Avoid When Dealing With Anxiety

7 Habits To Avoid When Dealing With Anxiety

At the rate things are going, one might be led to believe that the world we live in is becoming crazier by the day. With vaccine mandates, toxic politicians, never-ending problems, creeping inflation, etc. trying to escape stress is becoming a Herculean task.

If we allow stress to get the better of us and let feelings of fear creep into our minds and fester, we’ll end up become anxious and even paranoid. At its core, anxiety is a fear of misfortune, danger or impending worst-case scenarios. It’s just fear of what may happen in future.

The best way to avoid anxiety will be to ensure that you have good habits in your life which help to manage your stress and anxiety levels. Very often, what you do NOT do is just as important as what you actually do.

Below you’ll find 7 habits to avoid if you’re prone to anxiety and/or the odd panic attack. Cut them out of your life and you’ll find that your anxiety symptoms dissipate and disappear in no time at all.

Get Off Social Media

Avoid social media at all costs, if you’re constantly upset or fearful of the news and debates taking place on platforms like Facebook.

What was once supposed to be for fun and entertainment has become a breeding ground for vitriolic debates, overly sensitive people and generally bad news or fake news making the rounds.

Taking a 30–60-day break from social media will do wonders for your mind and soul and will help you to avoid that incapacitating anxiety attack.

Stop Hanging Out With Toxic People

Some people can find a problem for every solution. These toxic people will always leave you aggravated, fearful or feeling negative. The longer you stay around them, the more upset and anxious you’ll become.

While the self-help books will tell you to be the bigger person, sooner or later you need to ask yourself if always being the bigger person means that you’re hanging around with ‘small’ people.

Upgrade your social circle. Hang out with those who are positive and make you feel good. You’ll be less anxious and also much happier.

I know this can be difficult to do, especially if you have toxic family members, but you really do need to surround yourself with people who will build you up rather than bring you down.

Stop Watching The News

The media can be summarized into one word – agendas. That’s it. No longer is the news about informing people of current events.

These days, the news is used to make people fearful of pandemics, political issues, crime rates, and a myriad of other talking points designed to stir up fear and panic – to achieve ulterior motives.

It’s easy to be anxious if you’re watching the news all the time. This is one of the worst habits to have. Cut out the news and focus on being the best possible you that you can be.

You will find that many of the most successful people don’t watch the news. Yes, there will be those that tell you that you need to stay informed, but they appear to be unaware that they are getting a skewed vision of the world through the lens of that particular organisation, and they all have their own worldviews to promote.

Avoid Consuming Stimulants

Stimulants such as caffeine, sugar, alcohol, cigarettes, energy drinks, etc. may make you feel good temporarily, but they’re harmful to your health in the long run.

Reduce your consumption of them… and for habits like smoking, it’s best to eliminate them totally. The ingredients and substances in most stimulants have been shown to cause anxiety directly or indirectly.

The quick high simply isn’t worth the low you will be feeling for hours afterwards!

Sedentary Lifestyle

Leading a sedentary lifestyle makes people feel lethargic, depressed and weak. Our bodies were made to move – even if you think you don’t have the time or mood to exercise.

Spend 15-30 minutes a day exercising. Your body will release endorphins that make you feel happier. You can’t be anxious and happy at the same time. This is one of the biggest benefits of exercise.

Furthermore, your stamina will increase and so will your strength. You’ll be less tired all the time and you’ll feel much better about your life.

Not Getting Enough Sleep

Do NOT burn the candles at both ends all the time. Society has made it seem that material success and wealth are the be-all and end-all of life.

But if you’re in a constant state of anxiety because you’re sacrificing sleep just to work, not only will you be more tired, irritable and high-strung, but your productivity will suffer too.

Get 7-8 hours of sleep daily. Give your mind and body a rest. It’s one of the best things you can do to reduce anxiety.

Stop Comparing Yourself With Others

Comparing yourself with others will almost always make you feel worse about yourself. If you think someone else is better off than you, you’ll be dissatisfied with your own life and envious of them.

If you think you’re better than others, generally, you’ll be feeling insecure deep down inside, and your thoughts are a reflection of you not feeling good enough.

Either way, it’s not a good prognosis.

The goal is to always compare yourself with the previous you… and strive to do better. Always aim to beat your personal bests, but don’t beat yourself up to do it. Make measurable progress in reasonable time.

You’ll find happiness when you’re not comparing yourself with others. Don’t run if no one is chasing you.

In Conclusion

Apply the pointers in this article and your anxiety levels will drop. You may also wish to spend time meditating, finding ways to destress (E.g. gratitude journaling, watching comedies, praying, etc.) and try to stay optimistic.

Find what works for you and do it consistently. Always remember that life is to be lived… and not controlled. Surf the waves of life taking each wave as it comes rather than trying to control the tides.

The latter will only lead to anxiety. Let it go.

“Our anxiety does not come from thinking about the future, but from wanting to control it.”

– Kahlil Gibran

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Content Creation: Batching Your Tasks

Content Creation: Batching Your Tasks

Content Creation: Batching Your Tasks

Content creation is hard work, especially when it comes to written content. It doesn’t matter whether you’re writing the content yourself, or someone else is doing it for you. Ultimately, someone has to sit down and put pen to paper… or words to screen.

If you approach content creation in a linear fashion, it will take you much longer because you’ll constantly be switching between tasks.

For example, writing and editing are 2 different processes. If you edit as you write, your creative process will be jarred, and you’ll not achieve a state of ‘flow’ which is what most writers strive for.


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The best way to stay organized and speed up content creation will be to batch your tasks. Below you’ll find 7 tasks to batch.

Why Is Batching So Effective?

Batching is basically grouping similar tasks and doing them all at one go. It’s almost as if you’re in an assembly line at a factory repeating the same task over and over.

This will not only increase your speed, but you’ll find it easier to focus on the task too. You won’t need to constantly go back and forth between tasks.

While it may seem like you’re not making progress, because nothing seems to be getting completed when you’re in the process – when it’s time to create the content, everything will already be done, and you just need to start writing.

That’s when the speed truly builds up and you’ll make up for lost time and more. Now let’s see how to batch your tasks.

Decide On Your Task For The Day

Content creation generally revolves around 5 tasks:

  • Researching
  • Outlining
  • Writing
  • Editing
  • Publishing

You do NOT want to do them all in one day. So what you’ll do is decide what task you’ll do for the day. Ideally, you’ll want to complete all the work associated for a specific task before moving on to the next one.

For example, you might decide to spend Monday and Tuesday doing research. Wednesday may be for outlining. And from Thursday to Saturday, you’ll write like a maniac.

On Saturday, you’ll edit and proofread what you wrote… and on Sunday, you’ll publish the content.

This is just a general idea. Decide for yourself what you’ll do each day and only focus on that task.

Work In Pre-Determined Time Blocks

The next step will be to decide WHEN you’ll do the work. You don’t want to adopt a haphazard approach to content creation – or you’ll never get the job done.

Decide on a time block when you’ll begin and end the task. For example, you may decide to do your research from 9am to 11am. That’s fine. Just make sure you stick to it.

Many people find it especially difficult to write. Like author, Steven Pressfield said, “It’s not the writing part that’s hard. What’s hard is sitting down to write.”

The best way to overcome this problem will be to sit down at your desk at the specified time, whether you like it or not… and give yourself just 2 minutes to write. Anyone can do that.

You’ll realize that once you start, most of the time you’ll keep going. Use this technique and you’ll trick your mind into being less resistant to the task at hand.

Do Your Research

In step #3, you’ll do ALL the research you’ll need for you to write later on.

This is especially important for non-fiction. Keep your research notes organized so that you can refer to them easily.

Remember to create a customer avatar of your ideal prospect; this way you can write all your content in a way that is incredibly appealing to him or her and you will be much more likely to get them to take a particular action (you are adding a call-to-action in your content, right?).

Outline Your Content

Having an outline will increase your writing speed exponentially. Of course, your outlines will be based on the research you’ve done.

Make a list of the points you’ll cover and so on. Even if you’re typing on a computer, having your outlines written on paper in front you is recommended.

In this way, you can glance at your outline as you type rather than switching between tabs and so on.

Write Like A Maniac

This is where the pedal hits the metal, and the rubber meets the road. Once your outlines are all ready, start writing your content.

There’s a saying – “Write drunk. Edit sober.”

So when you write, just let your thoughts and words flow. Don’t be overly concerned about typos, etc. The goal is to get the content written.

Even if you’re creating content for infographics, social media posts, sales copy, etc. this principle will apply. Write first… and churn out ALL the content that you need to complete!

Take Time To Edit

Once all your content is done, it’s time to edit the content and fix the errors such as spelling/grammar mistakes, sentence construction issues, typos, etc.

Batching this task will mean completing all your editing for the content you’ve created before moving on to the final task.

This may seem an onerous task, but it can have a significant impact on the final piece of content, so can’t be overlooked.

Publish Your Content

This is the most fun part of the lot. You’ll either be publishing the content on your blog or turning it into a digital product to sell. You might have other plans for it, but the principle stays the same.

Publish your content when it’s all completed. A common mistake beginners make is to create 1 piece of content, do all the steps above… publish it… and then run off to repeat the process with the next piece of content.

Can you even imagine how tiring and time consuming that will be?

By now you’ll realize that while batching your tasks seems to be a more delayed approach, it’s actually faster when you look at the big picture.

Adopt the pointers in this article and you’ll be a lean, mean, content creating machine.

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