Shorties but Goodies | Especially if Are Still at Home

Shorties but Goodies | Especially if Are Still at Home

Stay Home… for me?

Because I don’t want to lose you, please keep in mind that the end of the stay-at-home orders doesn’t mean the pandemic is over.

It means they currently have room for you in the ICU.

So, stay home and work on your business.

How to Build a Real Business Right Now

This is for everyone who has procrastinated on building an at home business and suddenly finds they have the time and the inclination to do it…

…but the thought of creating products, building funnels and recruiting affiliates is just too much.

Step 1: Pick a small, hot niche. Weight loss for women is too big.

Weight loss for women over 50 who work from home and hate dieting and workouts might be good.

Step 2: Write your compelling story. This is YOUR story of why YOU are in this niche.

For example, when you were 55 you were diagnosed with diabetes and the doctor said you were going to die in 5 years if you didn’t change your ways. Because you were working from home and had NO motivation to workout or eat right, this stuff was HARD, but here’s what you did… and now look how far you’ve come!

Your story can also be someone else’s story – your parent, partner, sibling, best friend, whatever. But you need a compelling story of why you are spending your time in this niche. It will connect you to readers in a way nothing else can.

Step 3: Create great content to give away for FREE. In fact, give away ALL of your content. Use it to get subscribers, to engage people on social media, to get them on your blog and other people’s blogs and so forth. Give it all away. This way you have ZERO pressure to create products and funnels but you are still perceived as being the expert.

Step 4: Sell affiliate programs. Find the programs that deliver excellent value and perfectly suit your readers. These are the programs you can recommend 1000% percent to your list because you know they do what they way they do. Then use the ‘know, like and trust’ you’ve been building with your audience to promote these programs.

Step 5: Have fun with what you’re doing. If it isn’t fun then you’re not doing it right.

I don’t mean ‘Friday night get drunk’ fun, I mean the exhilarating satisfaction of putting out another piece of content that gets raves, helps someone and so forth. Find your reasons to keep doing this and review those reasons often to stay motivated and keep your content interesting and exciting.

Step 6: Optional
– create your own courses, coaching and so forth. Do this if and when you want to. If things are going well, I venture that in 6 to 12 months you will be itching to make your own product. By then you will have enough experience in your niche to know what people want, what can sell and how you will sell it. You could also purchase PLR courses which you can change and modify, and make your own, prior to creating your own course. (This method will also give you lots of ideas.)

Painting an Awesome Product Picture

The next time you’re describing your product or service to your customer, remember this example of how to paint a pretty picture of what your customer is getting:

When you store something online, where is it? In the cloud, of course. Cloud storage, cloud computing, cloud everything.

Clouds. How wonderful! And how untrue.

There is no storage place high in the fluffy white and blue sky.

It’s actually a bunch of old computer racks in a dusty warehouse in a back alley of some rundown industrial area in a country far, far away. Now that doesn’t paint a pretty picture at all, does it?

But the clouds? Now THAT you can charge money for.

Gaining the Invisible Edge

Some online marketers just naturally do far better than others. Why is that?

They get heard, they are remembered from one week to the next, they are followed socially online and they sell stuff. A LOT of stuff.

So the question is, how do they stand out from everyone else in their niche? How do they keep from looking like everyone else, and thus becoming nearly invisible like everyone else? I’ve been watching, and here are three things I’ve noticed that they all have in common and how to apply them in your own marketing.

To stand out…

1: Say something no one else is saying, but then again, don’t be a contrarian just for the sake of being a contrarian.

What is every other marketer doing or saying? And what is the opposite of that? See if you can legitimately take a firm stand in the other direction from everyone else. Make your case with studies, data, experience and anything else you have on hand. Guaranteed you’ll get noticed.

2: Differentiate your content through your personal stories. Don’t be afraid to open up. Share everything that is relevant.

Your stories are yours and yours alone. They make you who you are, and they also make you real, compelling and interesting. Use stories to illustrate your points and show the real you to earn the trust of your readers.

3: Always remember that your website, your products, your content and your message isn’t about you. I know it seems like it is, and I appear to be contradicting what I just said about being different and telling your own stories. But everything in your marketing – even your personal story – is about your customers.

When creating anything, always think of your customer sitting right in front of you. This is the person you are speaking to and the entire reason for your business to even exist.

2 Quick Questions:

If you have a 10-year goal but you only have 6 months to reach it, what would you do?

And how would you do it?


Did you know that chronic stress shrinks your brain?

Or that chronic fear compromises your immune system?

Dealing with stress and fear for entrepreneurs and online marketers is every bit as important as exercise, sleep and proper diet.

What’s in a Pandemic Name?

The next time you name a website or product, you might want to think about the co-founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates.

Bill and Melinda Gates have spent years helping to eradicate diseases in Africa. The man knows a thing or two about pandemics and about marketing.

In 2015, he gave a Ted Talk in which he told the world that the next pandemic was coming. Few people paid attention.

Fast forward to April 23rd, 2020, and Bill Gates posts an entry in his blog entitled, “The First Modern Pandemic.”

Buried near the bottom of that post – and quoted widely in the media – is a sentence in which he gives a name to this pandemic.

Before I reveal the name, let me ask you this: If you, as a marketer, were charged with ensuring people remain highly aware that another pandemic can occur at any time and that they we need to be READY for it the next time it happens, what would you do?

Would you write long blog posts and articles telling people to remember we need to be ready next time? Create YouTube videos with the same message? Send out a mailer to everyone on the planet?

Remember, Bill Gates tried the video method in 2015 with his Ted Talk. That video received millions views, and yet very little was done to get ready.

Bill Gates has apparently learned from this, and now he’s given a name to this pandemic that tells us in the clearest form possible that this is the FIRST of MORE pandemics to come.

Yes, there was a major clue in that last sentence.

Bill Gates wrote, “Melinda and I grew up learning that World War II was the defining moment of our parents’ generation. In a similar way, the COVID-19 pandemic – the first modern pandemic – will define this era. No one who lives through Pandemic I will ever forget it. And it is impossible to overstate the pain that people are feeling now and will continue to feel for years to come.”

Pandemic I.

We are living in Pandemic I.

I cannot think of a clearer, more articulate or succinct way to tell the world that this is just the first pandemic chapter. If people in the “Great War” had known at the time that a day would come when it was instead called, “World War I,” would they have done more to avoid the second world war? I’d like to think so.

Naming your product or website might not make the difference in whether people are ready for the next life-threatening event. But it can make a huge difference in how people perceive your product, what emotions and thoughts it brings forth, and ultimately whether they buy it.

To read Bill Gate’s entire essay, go here:

Kindle’s Clue on Retaining Subscribers

Amazon’s Kindle has a program called Kindle Unlimited. For $9.95 a month, you can ‘rent’ 10 Kindle books at a time. It used to be a better deal than it is now, because fewer books are available on Kindle Unlimited, but it’s still a pretty good deal if you read a lot and you don’t want to keep copies of the books you read.

Personally, I tend to buy my Kindle books so that I have access to them in the future, which is why I decided to unsubscribe from Kindle Unlimited today.

But… I didn’t unsubscribe. Amazon convinced me to remain a member, at least for another month.

How did Amazon do it?

When I clicked the unsubscribe button, it took me to a ‘special offer’ page.

The offer was for one free month of Kindle Unlimited, after which time they would again charge me the $9.95 a month.

I took the offer.

And they retained a subscriber. True, they make no money on me this month. But I’ve been procrastinating about unsubscribing, so they’re taking the gamble that true to nature, I will continue to procrastinate and remain a member for a while longer.

Do you have a subscription program? What do you offer subscribers when they want to cancel? If you’re not offering some sort of special deal, you are losing out.

You could make the same offer Kindle gave me, or you could give a special rate, such as 12 months membership for the price of 6 months.

You might even entice them with what you have planned for the membership in the coming weeks and months without offering any discount whatsoever.

Don’t let your paying membership subscribers go without some sort of offer to keep them. They are far too valuable to you and you worked too hard to get them.

3 Quick Zoom Tips

While people are getting better at Zoom meetings, there are still a few things we can do to improve the experience for everyone:

1: Don’t use your built-in microphone and speaker. They’re designed to pick up as much information as they can, which will include background noises and voices. Instead, use a wired headset, preferably with a boom mic, because it will pick up just what is in front of the mic.

2: When you are speaking, look a little to the side of your screen. When we look directly at the screen or camera, we get easily distracted by the faces and find it more difficult to formulate what we’re trying to say.

3: Be a little more dramatic and expressive. Theater actors are aware that they have to play to the back row seats, meaning they need bigger facial expressions and gestures to get their point across than if they were playing to an audience of one.

When we’re on Zoom, things like subtle eye cues, nods and chuckles might not be noticed. To give feedback to the speaker that they can see and hear, you’ll want to grin instead of smile, give a thumbs up instead of nodding and laugh instead of chuckling.

Subtlety does not come across well in online meetings, so play things up a bit and become a little more dramatic and expressive to let others know you’re paying attention and not checking your email or zoning out.

The Gene Wilder Secret to Success

Gene Wilder was a movie star, director and arguably one of the funniest people who ever lived.

During an interview, he gave this account of his start in comedy:

“I was 8 or 9 years old when my mother had a heart attack. When she came home, the doctor said, ‘Don’t ever get into an argument with your mother because you might kill her.’”

No pressure there, right?

“And the second thing he said was, ‘Try to make her laugh.’”

“I had never consciously tried to make anyone laugh in my life, but I did from then on. And I knew I was a success when she peed in her pants.”

Gene’s takeaway from the doctor was that his mother’s life depended on him being funny.

And obviously he loved his mother very much. His total commitment from that day forward to learning what was funny and how to make others laugh led to an extremely successful and lucrative career.

What are you totally committed to? What would you be willing to do if it meant saving the person you love most?

If you put this kind of commitment into your work, there’s no way you can fail.


The Latest News, Resources | For Affiliate Marketing

The Latest News, Resources | For Affiliate Marketing

Businesses are in Dire Need of Marketing Help

A hot business right now is helping brick and mortar businesses to survive and even thrive during this time.

As an online marketing expert, you have the knowledge to help them with their online presence.

And you can use a company such as SharpNet Solutions’ white label digital marketing to fulfill your orders for services like SEO, PPC, Social Media, Content and Website Design.

They’ll provide training if you need it and they will communicate with your clients as if they are your employees.

They’ll even jump on the call to help you close the sale.

How COVID-19 Has Changed Social Media Engagement

You can use this information to update your strategy and get a sense of how audiences’ priorities and interests have changed during this global pandemic.

Google Blocks 18 Million Coronavirus Emails Daily

On any given day, Google blocks up to 100 million phishing emails. Lately, as much as 20% of these have been related to coronavirus.

Google Reviews Slowly Being Released from Quarantine

Late last month, business owners, marketers and SEOs alike noticed that for some reason, Google had temporarily disabled new local reviews as well as the ability for businesses to post review responses. Those reviews and responses are now being released.


AccessAlly offers a built-in recurring subscription plugin that allows your WordPress website to process ongoing payments for memberships and online courses.

Zoom Alternatives

As video conferencing platforms stumble, Google Meet aims to capitalize.

YouTube Custom Video Tool Now Available for Free

Video creation is fast, easy and free with YouTube Video Builder.

Google’s New Podcasts Manager Tool Offers Deeper Data on Listener Behavior

It’s one step closer to the podcast analytics advertisers have been waiting for.

17 Ways PPC Can Help Your Business Survive Economic Crisis

Here are nimble, measurable, and cost-effective ways to market in challenging times.

4 Reliable Tips for Quickly Moving Inventory Online

Fortunately, there are a number of ways for brick-and-mortar stores to simplify this difficult process.

5 Ways Brands Can Reinvent Their Digital Marketing Strategy

Surefire methods any business can adapt to help them thrive during this time.

Advertisers Signal Glimmers of Optimism

Despite numerous unknowns and continued challenges, many agencies and advertisers have shifted gears for the next phase.

The Fastest Growing Product Searches

New Google ‘Rising Retail Categories’ tool exposes fast-growing product searches.

This is the first time Google says it has provided this kind of data to the public.

Facebook Releases 64-page Guide…

…for brands to connect and engage with audiences during coronavirus.

The African Alibaba?

You’re probably familiar with Alibaba and its sister sites, Taobao and Tmall. This is where you go to find products from millions of different merchants that you can then sell at a mark-up to customers through your own website or places like Amazon and eBay. brings African merchants together with buyers in much the same way.

And because WaysToCap and their African trading partners are somewhat newer on the international trading scene, it can be easier to find good deals that will yield plenty of profit.

Podcasting Interview Cheat Sheets

This free PDF from Paul Hollins reveals several insider tips to doing interviews on your podcast as well as giving you two pages of interview questions for your guests.

Frequent podcast questions it answers include:

  • What kind of questions should I ask?
  • What if I ask something STUPID?
  • What if I RUN OUT of questions?
  • What is the ideal duration for an interview?
  • What should you ask your interview subject to provide ahead of time?
  • And how do you wrap up the interview without sounding awkward?

The two pages of questions to get you started are absolute gold and should be in every podcasters’ bag of tricks.

How Ecommerce Companies Can Continue Engaging New Customers

Even amid a global economic downturn, there are still opportunities to woo new buyers.

How Do You Compare? 2020 Email Marketing Statistics Compilation

Dave Chaffey of Smart Insights published an in-depth study on email marketing, gathering information from several email-service providers.

The average open rate, across all industries, varies from 14.79 percent (Constant Contact) to 21.33 percent (MailChimp).

The average click-through rate ranges between 2.98 percent (Get Response) to 6.99 percent (Constant Contact).

See what else he found after analyzing hundreds of millions of sends:


Podcasting Primer – How to Earn Trust, Scale Intimacy and Profit

Podcasting Primer – How to Earn Trust, Scale Intimacy and Profit

Part 1

Earning trust on the internet has never been more important than it is today. Without trust, you cannot get followers, subscribers and customers.

And yet pervasive skepticism coupled with short attention spans rule the online world. Where you once could write a 3000 word article and win people’s attention, these days it can take a more personal touch to connect with strangers and turn them into fans.

And podcasting allows you to do exactly that.

With podcasting, you speak directly to your prospect. Your personality can shine through in your voice in a way that is impossible with the written word.

You don’t need to be some fancy speaker, either. You just need to be yourself, to relax, to have a good time and to give plenty of value to your listeners.

Podcasting is easier than creating great looking videos. And your listeners can consume your podcasts while they are doing other things like driving, walking or doing chores.

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But Do I Really Need a Podcast?

You already have a website, a blog and a social media presence. You might even have a YouTube channel chock-full of your own videos, too. Do you really need a podcast, too?

That depends.

A podcast is a great alternative to video because people can listen to it on the go or while they’re doing something else.

Podcasts can increase your traffic. For example, when you interview someone on your podcast, they’re likely to tell their readers and followers about the podcast, thereby sending you traffic.

Having a podcast can work wonders for building a better relationship with your audience. When they can hear you, they get to know you and like you. They feel more engaged with you and the topic and think of you as being an expert they can trust.

Podcasts can be easier to create than written material or videos. To write an hour’s worth of content can take several hours, whereas recording an hour-long podcast takes an hour plus whatever time you spend getting a guest or outlining your topic.

In short, podcasts help to build your audience, your brand, authority and trust, all without the same effort and ability that writing requires.

What’s Your ‘Why’?

Before you start a podcast, we need to get a couple of things clear, and the first one is figuring out why you even want a podcast.

Is it to get more customers and sales?

Is it to establish yourself as an authority in your niche?

Is it to build relationships with other authorities in your niche?

Is it just for fun, like a hobby you’re passionate about?

While you may have several reasons for podcasting, it’s important to know what they are, because when you know why you’re podcasting, it will be much easier to stay motivated to keep your podcast going.

Who is Your Listener?

Who is the ideal person listening to your podcast? Until you know who you’re targeting and why you’re doing the show, you’ll have a difficult time growing an audience.

Creating a listener avatar is a good way to decide on exactly who you are targeting.

For example, if you’re a dietitian, perhaps your avatar is a 42-year-old woman with two children and a career who spends 50 hours a week working and commuting while still taking care of the kids and the home. She’s 25 pounds overweight, tired, doesn’t get enough sleep and worries that her health is deteriorating.

If your topic is investments, your avatar might be a 35-year-old professional who makes six figures but isn’t putting anything away for retirement yet because she spends her money as soon as she makes it. She realizes she needs to do something now, but she doesn’t know where to start or who to listen to.

Once you have your avatar, you’ll be able to keep your podcast focused and on track, creating engaging content perfectly suited to your audience.

Can You List Your First 15 Episodes?

One of your major goals when doing a podcast has to be providing value to the listeners. Are you entertaining them? Informing them? Both? Or something else?

Your listeners need a reason to listen. They won’t tune in to hear someone ramble about their day or their childhood unless it’s entertaining in some way, or highly informative.

But they will tune in to hear how they can achieve a goal of theirs or solve a problem.

And you need to have enough subject matter to talk about as well. If you can spill all of your secrets on how to lose weight in one or two episodes, then you don’t have a podcast. But if you can bring on guests to talk about other aspects of health, then perhaps you do.

Write down your first 15 potential podcast topics.

Have you got them? Now write down your next 50.

You might want to use the internet to brainstorm. These topics can change later, but the point is to see if you’ll have enough material to sustain a podcast beyond the first few episodes.

Now look at your list.

Are these the sort of topics you can see yourself discussing over the coming weeks and months without getting bored or burning yourself out? If not, you might consider getting a new niche and perhaps even a new audience.

Naming Your Podcast

You’ve got three main choices when choosing your podcast name.

You can choose a clever or catchy name such as 99% Invisible, Fresh Air or The Moth. Names like these don’t tell you what the show is about, but you can always add a tagline to help clarify the topic.

Your second option is using a descriptive name such as Football Weekly or Money Matters. This lets people know up front if they might be interested in your show, and it can make it easier to reach your target audience.

Your third option is using your own name. Unless you are already famous, if you choose to use your name, then you’ll want to add a descriptive tagline.

How Long Will Your Podcasts Be?

There’s no right answer for this, other than to make your podcast long enough to convey the information and short enough to never be boring.

Some podcasts are consistently 20 minutes long while others are an hour. If you can fit all of your information into 20 minutes, there’s no need to stretch it longer.

But if you’ve got so much great info that it takes an hour, don’t chop it down to 20 minutes just because that’s what some other pod caster does.

You might survey your audience after a few months to see what they think of the length of your podcasts. And it’s good to be somewhat consistent, so that you listeners have an idea of what to expect.

How Often Will You Podcast?

People tend to plan according to days of the week. Thus, is you’re able to put out one podcast each Tuesday, for example, then listeners will know when to expect your next episode.

The best schedule is the most frequent one that you can stick to and that you have enough content to fill.

Another option is to podcast in bursts based on themes. You choose a theme for a series of podcasts – driving website traffic, for example – and then you create these podcasts within a few days and air one a week.

This is a great way to get plenty of podcasts done quickly before moving on to something else. You might create a dozen podcasts in January on one topic, release one per week, and not make any new podcasts until late March to get ready for an April to June release.

You can also do seasonal podcasting based on the time of year. Perhaps you start in September, take a break over the holidays, pick it up again in January, and finish in May, much like an American school year.

Naming Episode Titles

Spend as much time naming your episodes as you would name a blog post or a book. A great title will always get you more listeners. Make it clear what people will learn on your episode, and remember that iTunes allows searching by episode name, so be sure to use your main keyword in the title.

And never, ever get lazy and simply name your episodes, “Episode 1, Episode 2 etc.” No one is going to listen to a podcast to figure out what it’s about.

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Choosing Your Podcast Format

You can choose one format to use every time or mix it up and do any or even all of these formats – it’s up to you.

Going solo – this is the monologue show, and it’s you and only you. You don’t need to rely on anyone else when you go solo and it builds your authority and credibility in your subject.

The downside is it that’s it’s just you, without any help or input from someone else. Can you talk non-stop for 10 minutes or more every time you do a show? If so, you might try this method out. To dispel the feeling that you’re talking to yourself, imagine your listener is sitting across from you when you record.

Co-hosted – team up with a colleague to chat about hot topics and give great info. The benefits of having a co-host are many. You can discuss, debate, build on each other’s thoughts and create a great listening experience. This can work especially well if you hold different viewpoints or strengths but still respect each other’s opinions.

Co-hosting means you’ve got to agree on topics, find times to record when you are both available, be respectful of each other, and decide in advance who owns the podcasts and how you will split any income from the podcasts.

The Interview Show – this is an awesome format because you get to interview people in your industry about what they’re doing, what they think and what new ideas they have, as well as discussing their thoughts on the latest developments and hearing their stories.

This is also a great way to build your audience because when followers of your guests listen to the show, they may subscribe.

The challenges are that you need to find and book guests to your shows, as well as getting good at conducting interviews. Interviewing is not as easy as you might think, and it does take some skill to do your research, ask the right questions, listen carefully to the answers and compose follow up questions on the spot.

Roundtables – you’re the host with several guests and one topic. It’s probably best to get several one-on-one interviews under your belt before attempting this format.

The positive is you get opinions and information from several sources at once on one topic. The negative is that it can be difficult to differentiate who is speaking on a podcast when there are several people.

Plus, you have to find a time when everyone is available for the podcast, which can be difficult.

Creating Your Cover Art

Your cover art is the first impression most people will have of your podcast. Think of any podcast app you’ve perused – what did you notice first? Most likely it was the cover art, followed closely by the podcast title.

The cover art is usually also the image someone sees when you share your show on social media.

If at all possible, podcast artwork should:

  • Stand out
  • Visually communicate the podcast subject
  • Be designed in a variety of sizes to look good everywhere
  • Limit word use to fit on small images
  • Avoid overused images like microphones and headsets

Here is an excellent overview from Buzzsprout on designing your podcast artwork:

If you have money to spend, then 99designs is perhaps the best place to get your artwork done. Multiple designers will offer their designs based upon your concept. You then pick the ones you like and have them refined even further. Cost: $199-$1,399

A cheaper alternative is Podcast Designs. You tell them what you want and they’ll do the mock-up for you, complete with changes. Cost: $85-$185

If you’re really on a budget, head over to Fiverr. Search through the portfolios to find the right designer, and expect to pay more than just $5 to get it done right.

One last note: You might hold off on investing money on your cover art until you have at least a couple of shows completed, because it’s entirely possible your podcast will turn out to be something other than what you first imagined.

Recording Your Podcast

It’s important not to get hung up on equipment and software in the beginning. Think of your first few podcasts as practice, see what works for you and then upgrade from there.

Hopefully you already have a computer. Add a USB microphone with great sound quality for about $50, and you’ve got all the equipment you need to get started.

Software options abound. Ideally your software should both record and edit. Audacity is a favorite choice that provides quality, free-of-charge audio editing capabilities.

Or you might use Alitu: The Podcast Maker, which is a web app that automates audio cleanup, adds music and acts as your publishing host.

Other options include Ecamm for recording Skype, Zoom for video conferencing, and Squadcast which records each person on the podcast live on their own computer.

It’s Your First Podcast – What Should You Say?

Here are two tricks for always having something to say:

First, practice.

Practice in the shower. And while getting dressed. And while driving, while walking and while pacing around your house. The point is to start talking about your topic as though you were recording and just get used to the feel of podcasting.

If you’ll be conducting an interview, practice on your spouse or friend. Practice even with an imaginary guest. The more you practice, the more comfortable you will be when it comes time to record. Remember when you’re doing the interview to really listen to the guest. Some of your best questions will be things you would never think to ask if you weren’t listening closely to what they’re saying.

Second, get really good at research and outlining.

If you’re doing a solo podcast, research the latest news on your topic and make notes. Then using what you just learned along with the knowledge you already have, make an outline for yourself.

Notice I said “outline” and not “script.” Writing out what you will say word for word will take too much time and it will result in an unsatisfactory product. It’s best to work from a well-crafted outline and speak from your head and heart.

If you’re doing an interview, research both your topic and your guest and write down plenty of questions. Choose your best questions, place them approximately in the order you plan to ask them, and send the list to your guest.

This will give them time to prepare their answers and do any research they need to perform well on your show.

How Do You Get Guests?

This is the biggest question of nearly all new pod casters doing interviews.

And like many things, it does involve a Catch-22. When you are brand new to podcasting, it can be a little difficult to get guests because you don’t have a track record and you might not have an audience. But this is when you really NEED guests, so you’ll have to get them one way or the other.

Once you are well-established with a good reputation and large audience, it will be easy to convince people to be your guests but you probably won’t need to, because they will come to you and ask to be on your show.

Here’s where to find your very first guests for your first podcasts:

Your contact list. Who do you know that would make a good guest for your podcast? It might be a colleague, a friend with the right expertise, or even the colleague of a mutual friend. It’s always easiest to start with the people already within your social circle and work out from there.

Friends of friends. You’re going to use your inner circle not only to find your first guests, but to also get introductions to potential guests within their circles as well.

If every time you ask someone to be your guest, you also ask them who else they would recommend, you may never run out of guests.

Put out the call. Send out an email to your list asking for experts. Put the same call out on social media.

And at the end of every podcast, ask your listeners if they have some specialized knowledge that is a good fit for your podcast and give them an email address to write to if they do.

But what if these things don’t work? What if you don’t know anyone with the right expertise for your podcast? Then your first step might be to record a couple of solo podcasts yourself, just to get started. Then when you approach potential interview guests, you can refer them to the podcasts you’ve already done.

Here are a few tips for where to find guests when you don’t know them yet:

Don’t try to book Bill Gates or Jeff Bezos on Day 1.

When choosing who to ask to be on your show, start small. Look for people in your niche who are new and looking to make their own mark. They will be much more likely to take a chance and say yes to you than someone who is already famous or well-established.

Plus, just like you, they probably need the experience.

Attend industry events.

If you attend industry events, you’ll find these can be a goldmine for finding new podcast guests. Socialize and network, collecting cards and finding out what each person has on their plate.

For example, if they’re getting ready to launch a new product or website, you’ve just discovered their motivation for being your podcast guest.

Search for book launches.

Watch Amazon for upcoming books in your niche. Simply search for your topic, and then change the search from “relevance” to “publication date.” These authors want book publicity and are often available for podcast interviews.

Raid your competition – twice.

Search for podcasts in your niche and make a list of the pod casters and their guests that you would like to book on your show. This is an awesome method to use, since you already know these are people open to being on a podcast and you can hear what they sound like before you ever approach them. And don’t forget to ask some pod casters about being a guest on their show as well.

Find the bloggers in your niche.

Look not only for the people who run the blogs, but also their guest bloggers, too, to find podcast guests.

Use podcasting guest services.

These are matchmaking services where pod casters can connect with potential guests. Simply search for “podcast guest service” to find a whole list of them.


Help a Reporter Out is a website that connects experts with reporters. In this case, you are the reporter looking for experts. This is an awesome site chock-full of experts on just about any topic you can think of, and it can be a source of podcasts guests who are well versed on how to give a great interview.

More Tips for Getting Great Guests:

Set the Stage: When you decide to approach someone, read their blog and leave valuable comments as well as connecting with them on social media. This way when you approach them, they’ll be familiar with your name and the request won’t sound like it comes from a total stranger.

Be Real: Be honest about your audience size. A potential guest want to hear you have a massive audience, but if you don’t, be honest. Let them know if you do have an audience elsewhere that you can send to your podcast, such as through an email list and social media.

Offer the Link: Mention that you’ll link to their website, landing page, sales page or wherever they choose. This will help them with search engine optimization and possibly help to build their list and make sales.

Discuss Promotion: Tell them how you will promote the podcast on which they appear, now and in the future. Will you use social media? Will you run any paid ads? Will you promote the podcast to your lists?

Send Reminders: Your podcast guests are busy. Send a reminder one week before your scheduled interview (if applicable) and again 24 hours prior. If you have a list of questions, send those three days before you do the show.

Be Thankful: Thank them for considering your podcast, thank them when they agree to be a guest, thank them when you send the questions and reminders, thank them before the interview starts, thank them when you finish the interview, thank them when you send the link… you get the idea.

What do you say when contacting a potential podcast guest?

When you approach someone to ask if they will be your podcast guest, give them the following information:

  • Mention a blog post, podcast, book or video they created that you read or watched. Let them know what you thought of it (all positive) and what you especially liked. They need to know that you’re inviting them on your show because you like their stuff and see the value they bring, not because they are one of 300 random people you’re spamming.
  • Tell them about your podcast – the name of the podcast, the purpose of the podcast and who your audience is.
  • If you’ve interviewed experts in the past, mention them. Name dropping can be highly effective here. If you have relevant credentials, mention those too, in moderation.
  • Mention any graphics you will create to be shared on social media, and the link they will receive.
  • Tell them how long the interview lasts (20 to 30 minutes is good) and that it’s audio only. If you’ve already done some shows, give them the URL so they can check it out. If not, give them the URL to a page that describes your podcast and talks about yourself as well.

Once You Post the Show

When the show is posted online, send your guest the link to the show so they can check it out. Do NOT ask them to promote it for you – it’s just bad form to ask. They were already nice enough to do the show, and whether they share it with their list or social media is up to them (most of them will share it, often multiple times.)

If they share the podcast link, THANK them for that, too.

Send them a gift. Yes, I mean send them an actual gift. I don’t know what that is because it will depend on the guest. But in the course of your research and conversations you will learn something about what they like. It could be a new book on their favorite topic, for example, which will cost you about $20 and Amazon will ship it for you.

The gift is important because it makes you stand apart from nearly every other pod caster out there and will leave them with a very positive feeling about you.

That combined with how well you treated them and how great the interview went will assure you can get them back as a guest again when the time is right.

And they might even send someone else your way to be your guest, too. You never know who they know.

Podcasting is such a large and important topic that we’re going to continue this next time when we cover…

Making Calls to Action within Your Podcast

Music, Introduction and Editing Your Podcast

Where to List Your Podcast

And most importantly…

Monetizing and Profiting from Your Podcast



11 Tips for Retaining Customers for Life

11 Tips for Retaining Customers for Life

You already know that it’s far easier to sell to a customer you already have, than it is to get a new customer.

Then again, it can sometimes be easier to get a new customer than to retain the old ones, depending upon the mistakes you’re making. But if you can avoid the mistakes and do things right the first time, your job will be that much easier and customers will stick with you through thick and thin.

Here’s how to hook those customers you’ve worked so hard to win over, so they become loyal fans and die-hard buyers for life.

1: Get Their Email Addresses

I’m sure you’re already doing this, right? But just in case you’re not, capture your customers’ email addresses through any means possible, including bribes (known as lead magnets.)

Then stay in touch via email, keeping them updated on new products, showing them how to get the most out of the products they’ve purchased, sending special tips and gifts and discounts, and basically staying in their level of awareness until they are ready to make their next purchase.

2: Share Their Values

Being generic milk toast is not going to cut it these days. You’ve got to have a personality in your marketing as well as sharing your values to attract customers who feel the same way or look at the world through the same lens as you do.

According to one study, 64% of respondents said they continue to patronize the same businesses in part because of shared values. Tell them what you stand for and let your fans come forth and follow you and your brand.

3: Use Social Proof

Always, always, always be collecting customer testimonials and stories from your customers of how your products have improved their lives.

Social proof is perhaps the very best way for new prospects to learn about your products and services because it breaks down sales barriers and almost instantly takes you from unknown to trusted expert.

4: Provide Awesome Customer Service

This one is so basic that we shouldn’t need to say it. Then again, maybe we better. When a paying customer writes to you with a question, complaint or even suggestion, ANSWER them. It doesn’t much matter if it’s you or your virtual assistant, so long as they hear back from you and get awesome service.

Is there a problem? Fix it. It doesn’t matter if the problem happened because of the customer’s mistake; fix it anyway.

Make it easy for customers to get in touch with you with a clearly displayed email address, phone number and social media account. Wow them by going above and beyond. And never, ever get into a conflict of any kind on social media with a disgruntled customer.

Fix the problem beyond the customer’s expectation and you’ll never have to worry about legitimate negative word-of-mouth.

5: Be Transparent

Is the product not going to ship on time? Is there a problem or some sort of bad news? Did you get sick and can’t do the live training?

Be transparent and tell your customers what’s happening. Everyone knows that stuff happens, and by keeping your customers in the loop you’ll also be keeping your customers happy.

6: Create a Tribe

More than just a random jumble of customers, you want to create a tribe with a real sense of community. Apple’s products are not necessarily better than others, but because of the sense of being a part of the tribe, they enjoy extremely loyal followers who will stand in lines for hours to pay princely sums for products with the Apple name.

Ask your customers to share stories, testimonials and pictures of themselves using your products. Give your tribe a name, as well as a name for members of the tribe.

Encourage your customers to act as your own brand ambassadors on social media and let them feel like they are part of a community of like-minded people.

7: Exceed All Expectations

You’ve heard the term, “Under promise, over deliver.” Strive to always exceed expectations. If you’re selling an info product, include a special unadvertised bonus. If you’re answering a customer service email, reply back in 2 hours instead of the stated 24 hours. If you’re offering a service, offer more service than you advertised.

Find small but meaningful ways to exceed the expectations of your customers and they’ll be happy to buy from you again and even tell their story on social media.

8: Be Painfully Honest

I say ‘painfully,’ because sometimes this hurts. But if you made a mistake, own up to it immediately and then correct it.

If you’re called out on social media for making a mistake, don’t get sensitive about it. Own up to the mistake by taking full responsibility and correct it immediately.

Does your product have a shortcoming? Admit it and then find a way to fix it.

“It’s been pointed out to me that I forgot to cover ‘how to set up your payment system’ in the course. For everyone who has sent me a message about this, you’re right. I totally forgot to cover this crucial step of the process, and that’s why I’m recording a brand new video that answers all your questions about taking payments in your new business. Thank you everyone for letting me know about this omission. I’ll be sending the video out to you tomorrow morning, so please watch for it.”

See how easy that is?

9: Be the Expert

You can be a sales person or you can be an expert. Frankly, being an expert will get you many more sales than simply being the sales person.

Let’s say someone wants to purchase a course on how to successfully publish on Kindle. If you’re simply putting your sales letter out there for your course, you’ll get a few sales.

But if you’re also teaching and answering questions through blog posts, social media posts and webinars, people will get a chance to see that you really are the expert.

Now making sales to both new and established customers gets a whole lot easier.

10: Make Your Content Interesting

You might be able to grab the first sale by simply stating facts, but to keep customers interested and reading your content and buying more of your products, you’re going to have to be interesting, too.

Think of dating – anyone might be enamored of you on the first date (or the first sale.) But if they realize you’re boring, they’re soon going to tire of you and move on.

However, if you’re interesting, they’ll want to keep seeing you (and buying your products.)

11: Establish an Insider’s Club

This is a simple concept that can dramatically increase sales to existing customers.

Once someone makes a purchase, they are now in your insider’s club. From that day forward, they get discounts on every product you offer. It could be as small as 10% or perhaps as high as 50% or more – it’s up to you.

The benefits here are:

First, they feel like they are part of the ‘in’ group or tribe, and they stay tuned to your emails and offers because of it.

Second, knowing they’ll get a discount on future products can incentivize them to make that first purchase.

Third, they’re more likely to purchase from you than from an affiliate.

Fourth, you can offer your new products to your insider’s club members first to get testimonials which you’ll use when you launch to the general public.

Fifth, those insider’s often make great affiliates and brand advocates.

All 11 of these tips are dynamite for customer retention, but did you notice the last one? It’s especially potent and done correctly, it can grow your business exponentially with only a very little bit of extra work on your part.


The Million Dollar Notebook | Worth a Look

The Million Dollar Notebook | Worth a Look

I was reading a classic the other day – The One-Minute Entrepreneur.

This is a distillation of the first couple of chapters, including the very same notebook idea that so many self-made people have used to build their fortunes.

There once was a young man in high school who found himself in jail, accused of having illegal drugs. This student wasn’t a bad person by any means. He had friends, decent grades, a girlfriend who loved him and a place on the football team.

But he was caught hanging out with the wrong crowd, and now he sat in a jail cell, realizing his choices weren’t necessarily the best ones he could have made.

When his father bailed him out the next morning, the young man explained what happened and said he was sorry. His father, a wise man, didn’t get angry. Instead, he offered this advice to his son:

“At any given time, you are becoming the average of the five people with whom you are most closely associated. Don’t ever underestimate the importance of whom you choose to be with.”

And so the boy took a long hard look at his closest friends and decided that he needed to spend more time with some of them, and far less time with others.

I wonder if this is true online as well. Perhaps if we pay attention to the websites we visit, the blog posts we read and the videos we watch, we gain the knowledge of the sites we visit the most.

Perhaps we would be best served by spending the vast majority of our online time visiting sites that belong to the people we’d most like to emulate.

And of course we can become friends with people who are already achieving the things we want to achieve, too.

Did you know there are studies that show if you spend time with people who are heavier than you, that you will gain weight? And the converse is true as well.

Then it makes sense that if we spend time with people who are better at building online businesses and making money than we are, we will grow in that direction as well.

Back to our story…

Then the boy’s coach offered his advice as well:

“Keep a notebook and take a minute now and then to write down the important things that happen and the major lessons you learn. Write down the things that you discover, the thoughts you have about important decisions you make and your ideas as they come to you. Distill the most important items down to their essence so that you can read them over and over again.”

The young man did exactly that through the rest of high school and college. Because his dream was to run a million-dollar internet business and one day sell it for 7 figures, he wrote down everything related to business, online marketing and motivating online visitors to become a part of his tribe.

Then just before his graduation, when he had filled 3 notebooks full of important lessons and ideas, he went to a motivational seminar. Electrified by the speakers, he asked one of them if they could talk.

After a few pleasantries, he asked the speaker if it was true that it’s not what you know, but WHO you know that counts.

“That cliché has been around for a long time,” said the speaker. “Who you know can be important, but what matters is who knows YOU and what they think of you – your confidence, your professionalism and your belief in what you are selling. Because we are all selling all the time, whether it’s an actual product, an idea or ourselves.”

And isn’t that true online as well? You can know everybody online, but it won’t matter if they don’t know you. But if your best prospects and your customers know you, like you and trust you, then can be successful beyond your wildest imagination.

To recap:

  • Associate with people you admire and can learn from.
  • Keep a notebook of the wisdom you read, hear, and learn, and distill that learning into its essence for easy retainment and utilization in life.
  • It’s not who you know that counts, it’s who knows you and what they think of you.

This young man went on to build a multi-million dollar business using these three concepts, along with an idea he wrote down in his notebook during his junior year of college.

A few more tips from the book (buy the book to get All the tips – these are just a tiny fraction)

  • You can get what you want in life if you help other people get what they want. – Zig Ziglar
  • What is right is more important than who is right.
  • To create a successful business, you must first master the basics.
  • Always visualize your desired outcome ahead of time.
  • In online marketing and every other business, you are constantly on stage – so act like it.


Vimeo vs. YouTube – What’s the Difference?

Vimeo vs. YouTube – What’s the Difference?

Vimeo is YouTube’s closest competitor, but it’s not a YouTube clone. Because there are very real differences between the two, you might find that Vimeo is sometimes the better choice for your videos.

Prestige – When someone says, “YouTube video,” what do you think of?

And when someone else says, “Vimeo video,” what do you think of now?

Anything and everything is on YouTube. There are no quality filters to speak of which is why anything and everything is uploaded there, including junk.

But Vimeo is strict about what it allows to be posted.

This is good and bad for you. While you can’t post just anything on Vimeo, what you can post will automatically be considered higher quality and more prestigious than if you posted it on YouTube.

Staff Pick Potential – Vimeo loves high-quality and one of the ways they show it is to select certain videos to receive the Staff Pick badge of honor. Entire video careers have been launched after being discovered by curators on Vimeo.

Technical Quality
– YouTube processes 500 hours of footage every single minute. Is it any wonder why they have to prioritize compression speed over compression quality?

But because Vimeo has stricter guidelines for acceptable videos, its processing load is far lighter which means the quality is far better.

Try uploading the same video to both YouTube and Vimeo at the same resolution, and then see which version looks better.

Better Audiences
– because Vimeo is picky about what can be uploaded to their site, it attracts a more sophisticated and engaged audience than YouTube.

Youtubers are notorious for short attention spans, whereas Vimeo viewers will watch entire films of slower, more thoughtful content.

Even the comments are better on Vimeo, with more mature, insightful thoughts being left for the video creator.

Features – Vimeo has some practical advantages over YouTube as well. For example:

Replace video but keep URL: If you update a video on YouTube, you lose all of your likes, comments and stats. But on Vimeo, you can upload a new video while keeping the same URL, the same comments, stats and likes, and without breaking any embeds on third-party sites.

Passwords – Vimeo lets you set passwords on any video, so that only people with the password can view it. YouTube does not have this feature.

Membership videos – You can set which domain(s) are allowed to embed your videos on a per-video basis. This way you can hide your videos from the public and only allow access on a particular site, such as a membership site.

Branding the web player – Embedded YouTube videos always look the same and they always end with a myriad of suggestions you did not choose. But Vimeo lets you alter the appearance of the web player with your own logo and branding, making it look fantastic on your website.

Pay-per-view – with Vimeo on Demand, viewers pay to watch your videos. You keep 90% of the revenue and there are no ads.

You pay for no ads – While YouTube is funded by ads, Vimeo has several video plans to choose from, starting at free and going up to $75 a month.

Between YouTube and Vimeo, which is the right choice for you? That depends on your goals. If you want to crank out videos quickly to reach as many people as possible, YouTube is likely your choice.

If you want to embed to a membership site, charge for quality content, restrict who sees your videos or focus on short films, documentaries and interviews, then Vimeo might be your answer.

With YouTube you can get more views, and with Vimeo you can get more engagement. You decide which one works for you, or better still, use both as needed.




7 Ways to Maximize Your Zoom Meetings | Easy Steps and Tricks

7 Ways to Maximize Your Zoom Meetings

Zoom gives you the capability to hold face-to-face meetings, show what’s on your screen to everyone else on the call, pass control from one person to another and record the call as a video.

But did you know Zoom is capable of even more than that?

Here I’ve created a list of 7 things you can do on Zoom to get you started.

Create recurring meetings with saved settings and one URL

Okay, you knew about this one, right? When you schedule a meeting, tell Zoom if the meeting is weekly, monthly, etc. You can lock in the settings to have them in place every time the meeting takes place.

But what if your group regularly meets but not at regular times? Choose the option called “No Fixed Time.” You’ll be able to use the same settings and same URL with the same group, no matter when you get together.

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Automatically schedule meetings and let people know about them

You can connect your scheduling app (such as Zapier) with Zoom and your calendar.

Then when someone books an appointment in your scheduling app, it automatically creates a new Zoom meeting and adds it to your calendar.

Do you have a team? Use a chat app like Slack to share the meeting details with your team via the chat app.

Know who attended

To get a report after the meeting is finished listing everyone who attended, go to Zoom Account Management > Reports Section > Usage Reports > Meeting and then select the report type and date range.

This only works is you’re the meeting host, you’ve enabled Usage Reports or you’re an account administrator or owner. And you also need a paid plan.

Record the call as a video

Did some people miss the call? Or would you like a record of the meeting?

To record, choose if you want to use local (store yourself) or cloud option. Cloud option is for paying members only and allows people to stream the video in their web browser when it’s ready.

To record, it pays to optimize your settings beforehand. If you’re doing broadcast-style where only the host appears, set Zoom to record only the host’s audio and video. If it’s a collaborative meeting, be sure Zoom is recording everyone.

Screen share with collaborative annotation

Screen sharing allows the host to display what’s on their screen to everyone else on the call, and annotation tools let anyone or everyone on the call draw and highlight what’s on the screen.

If you’re not the host and you want to annotate, select ‘view option’ from the top of the Zoom window and then choose ‘annotate.’ A toolbar will appear with your options for texting, drawing, making arrows and so forth.

The host can click ‘save’ on the toolbar to capture the completed image with annotations as a screenshot.

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Keyboard shortcuts

“I” is invite. Press Alt + I (Windows) or Cmd + I (macOS) to jump to the invite window. Grab the link to the meeting or send invites to others via email.

“M” is mute everyone but you. Press Alt + M (Windows) or Cmd + Ctrl + M (macOS) when you’re the meeting host and want to mute everyone else.

“S” is share. Press Alt + Shift + S (Windows) or Cmd + Shift + S (macOS) to share your screen.

“R” is record. Press Alt + R (Windows) or Cmd + Shift + R (macOS) to record, and Press Alt + P (Windows) or Cmd + Shift + P (macOS) to pause or resume recording.

“A” is to mute and un/mute your own audio. Press Alt + A (Windows) or Cmd + Shift + A (macOS).

“V” is to turn video off and on. Press Alt + V (Windows) or Cmd + Shift + V (macOS).

To enable shortcuts outside of Zoom, go to Settings > Keyboard Shortcuts and select ‘enable global shortcut.’ This will allow you to use the keyboard shortcuts regardless of what window you’re in.

Touch Up Your Appearance

If you want to improve your appearance, go to settings > video and check ‘touch up my appearance.’ Zoom will soften the focus on your camera, making you look 10 years younger. Okay, maybe not 10 years but it’s worth trying.

And while you’re at it, you can also change your background. If you don’t want others to see your messy house, or maybe you’d like to pretend you’re on a tropical island, just go to settings > virtual background and choose your background.

One note about backgrounds – if you make sudden moves, have a pet race into the frame or something else of a sudden nature, the background may break for just a moment. It will resolve shortly, but the point is don’t count of the fake background always being there to cover your real background.


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How to Double Your Course Sign-ups | Simple Technique

How to Double Your Course Sign-ups | Simple Technique

This will work for most any information product that you deliver over time.

For example, if you’re having a course with weekly classes, a training program in which you release one video every so often, or anything that is not released all at once, here is how to double your sign-ups.

Let’s say you’re offering a course with weekly live training for $97. You promote your course and get as many paid sign-ups as you can. You might give this option a Sunday night deadline.

If you want, you can extend the deadline by one day.

Then on Tuesday, send an email to everyone on your list telling them how they can try your course for FREE. They sign up for $0 up front, and a $97 payment on Friday. They come to the first session on Wednesday evening, and at the end of the session you tell them how to cancel payment if that’s what they want.

Send this email out two or more times on Tuesday and again on Wednesday. You should see plenty of takers for this offer, especially if you built lots of value during your promotions the previous week.

Be sure to give tremendous value on Wednesday evening AND give them plenty of teasers about what they will learn in the coming weeks. You’ve got to do both of these things well, but if you do, you should see very few cancellations.

And that’s it! You’re getting as many paid in full sales up front as you can, and then going back to everyone who did not purchase and letting them sign up for $0 to join your first training.

I’ve seen paid sales double using this simple technique.


Suffering from Pandemic Blues? Try This

Suffering from Pandemic Blues? Try This

We’re living in one of those movies where a virus threatens humanity, some leaders don’t pay attention to the scientists and everything looks hopeless while the protagonists race to save lives and find a cure despite the politicians best efforts to be total idiots.

Then the heroes save the day, all is well and we can leave the movie theater relieved it was ‘just a movie’.

Except that now we are trapped on the movie screen, the director is gone and there is no one to yell, “CUT!”

This stuff is REAL.

And it’s scary.

But do you know WHY it’s scary?

Because that’s what we’ve been told and that’s what we’ve decided to think and feel about it.

You’ve maybe heard this story before…

A farmer’s horse ran away. Upon hearing the news, his neighbors came to visit. “Such bad luck,” they said sympathetically.

“Maybe,” the farmer replied.

The next morning the horse returned, bringing with it three other wild horses. “How wonderful,” the neighbors exclaimed.

“Maybe,” replied the old man.

The following day, his son tried to ride one of the untamed horses, was thrown, and broke his leg. The neighbors again came to offer their sympathy for what they called his “misfortune.”

“Maybe,” answered the farmer.

The day after, military officials came to the village to draft young men into the army. Seeing that the son’s leg was broken, they passed him by. The neighbors congratulated the farmer on how well things had turned out.

“Maybe,” said the farmer.

The farmer is detached from current events in a way that allows him to reserve judgment and see how things play out. He doesn’t emotionally invest in what is happening, but rather he observes it and moves on with his life.

If he had broken down and sobbed when the horse ran away, would it have brought the horse back? If he had been filled with anguish that his son’s leg was broken, would it have mended the leg?

If you are sad, depressed or angry over the pandemic, will that bring an end to it? Is there any emotion or state of mind you can use to make the pandemic vanish? Of course not.

The pandemic is here. It’s real. It’s happening. We cannot change any of that.

But what we can change is how we think about it and how we view it.

We can change the reality we live in with a simple shift of our thinking.

“That’s crazy! It’s stupid, nutty, impractical, short-sighted… do you SEE what’s HAPPENING in the world?”

I do. And I understand the emotions, too, because I’ve felt all of them.

But no matter what I think or feel, the pandemic will still be here.

And so I have a choice – the same choice you have – of how I will respond and what reality I will live in.

I could choose to focus on fear, being highly emotional and overwhelmed as I binge watch the news and hang on the edge of panic.

I could be unfocused, uncertain what to do and playing a wait and see game.

Or I can be strategy-focused on using this time as a massive growth opportunity for myself and the planet.

In my chosen reality, the pandemic is happening. I am social distancing and taking all precautions. But I am also looking at this as a time of renewal and rebirth, a time to choose my priorities and plan my future and take massive action in my own life.

I am choosing the reality I want to live in right now. We all choose our realities every day of our adult lives. My reality is that we are going through a new time that will result positive changes and a better world.

No birth labor is easy, but the result is worth the difficulty.

Just as I get to choose how I view my world, you also get to choose the reality you live in.

And you get to choose it every single moment of every single day.

Pandemic Readers’ Unprecedented Demand

What is it that readers are searching for like crazy right now?

Hint: It’s not toilet paper.

It’s not the latest novel or diet book, either.

According to National Geographic, demand for this right now is unlike anything they’ve seen before.

Upworthy has seen an unprecedented level of growth for this in the past four weeks, with 65% growth in followers on Instagram and 47% increase in on-site page views in March.

We are, of course, talking about good news.

Desire for uplifting stories and news has seen unprecedented levels.

At the end of March, actor John Krasinksi introduced his weekly show, “Some Good News” on YouTube and within a week had over 1.5 million subscribers and 25 million views.

The Washington Post and The New York Times have both increased their good news stories to meet unprecedented demand.

While a good movie or book can distract people from the pandemic, what people want more than distraction is a genuine sense of hopefulness. They want to see people coming together and helping each other, as well as any glimmer of positivity from what’s happening such as pollution levels decreasing.

Can you spread some good news among your readers? You might find it becomes the most popular section on your website and your most shared content on social media.

Businesses That Are Booming During Covid-19

Here’s a list of businesses that are doing exceptionally well during this pandemic:

Nearly anything and everything healthcare related

Natural supplements

Nearly anything food related except some restaurants – grocers, farmers’ markets, produce stands, convenience stores

Restaurants that deliver or offer takeout

Food cultivation such as plants, seeds, farming

Organizations providing social services

Media of every type – newspapers, television, radio and internet

Hardware stores – people are fixing things at home and doing projects they’ve been putting off

Shipping and mailing services as well as delivery services

Distance learning – including and especially online courses of every type

Business that supply or support working from home (think Zoom)

Survivalist info, kits, food, tools, water filters, camping gear

Pandemic supplies – obvious items like masks and hand sanitizer are selling like crazy online

Toilet paper – both in stores and purchased online

First aid supplies

Gun supplies and security services – got to protect that TP, right?

Therapy and life coaching

Home activities for kids to keep their parents sane

Almost anything pet-related – pets still need food and care, plus people are spending more time with pets and are looking for toys, training, etc.

Stocks and currency trading – people need help to make sense of what’s happening in the markets and what to do next

Marketing advice and help for struggling small businesses that are trying to survive

Online businesses, especially those that supply the physical products people want, and those that are teaching new skills like how to build an online income.


Upside Down World – Finding New Clarity

While the world as we know it is completely different than it was just a couple of months ago, this might be a good time to notice priorities.

Things that may have seemed crucial on January 1st
might not make any sense at all now. And things you were neglecting might be what’s truly important after all.

This is an awesome time to get clear on what you want and what you want to achieve, both this month and in the coming year.

Spend some time each day just sitting quietly with a pad and pen and write down ideas as they come.

Notice which 20% of your efforts result in 80% of your positive outcomes and do more of that.

Get clear on what you want, where you want to go, and how you will get there.

Upside Down World – Lean into the Times

Now is the time to adjust your offers to suit the world situation. Don’t go forward with marketing as it always has been. Acknowledge what your customers are going through and help to ease their burden.

Do you offer a plan for people to start their own businesses? Offer them a much-needed discount to gain entry.

Do you offer a software as a service? Upgrade them for free for the next 3 months or 6 months.

Do you offer a service? Tailor that service to address the problems your customers are experiencing right now.

By meeting your customers where they are right now, you’ll come across as compassionate and caring – two things everyone needs right now.