I’ve discovered over the years just how important blogging consistently is to increasing readership and being found by search engines. I’ve also learned from firsthand experience that it’s not unusual to run out of new, interesting and timely ideas to keep blog posts interesting.

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Here are eleven fun and easy ideas to keep visitors returning to read new posts and recommending your blog to friends and clients.

1. Post a one to two minute video your readers will enjoy watching and find useful. It can be something like a book review, a how-to or an “aha” you’ve discovered while building your business.

2. Share with your readers what their choosing to do business with you and your company means to you professionally. The key is to let your customers and readers know how much you appreciate them. Use audio or video to make it more personal.

3. Conduct a 30 Day Challenge for your readers. Challenge them with an activity each day for 30 days. Ask them to leave comments and share their results.

4. Share some of your favorite YouTube videos – embed them within your post. Write a short review (a couple sentences) for each. Explain why you chose the video and why you wanted to share.

5. Plan your blog content ahead of time. Have a theme for the month and begin collecting ideas. Schedule blocks of writing time during the month so you’ll have plenty of time to create your posts.

6. Use your blog to make announcements. Are you launching a product, hosting or attending an event, winning an award, or making changes in your business? You can upload a video or audio to make your announcement more creative.

7. Ask your readers a question. They answer the question in the comments section of the post. Example: Share your biggest time management challenge for the upcoming week. Use the answers as a jumping off point for writing a post showing how to solve the challenge.

8. Recommend an article you enjoyed. Write your post as a review by sharing why you enjoyed it and what you learned from reading the article. Also include your own ideas/thoughts on the subject.

9. Begin an “educational” series. One day a week or month publish a post tackling a topic of interest to your readers. Run the topic and posts as a series over a period of time. The key is to educate your readers on a topic that will highlight what you do/offer and to give them valuable information they can use in their lives/business. You never know, your series could turn into a book you self-publish as a Kindle.

10. Discuss what’s new in your industry. Share the latest trends, insights, events, controversies, your thoughts, etc. Ask your readers to leave comments and/or ask questions to start conversations.

11. Share relevant facts and statistics about your industry or products. Compelling statistics can motivate your readers to take action.

What do you think, do you have some fresh and creative ideas to keep both you and your readers coming back to read and enjoy your blog?
 
 
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Join Sharon Michaels on Wednesday July 8, 2015 as she shares five ways to grow your business using the power of Social Media. If you’re not using Social Media effectively, you are missing a huge marketing opportunity.

Register today to discover how savvy women business owners use Social Media to grow their businesses without spending a lot of time or having to become Social Media experts.


 
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Published in 1937, Think and Grow Rich has become a “must read” book for those of us who are determined to succeed and thrive personally and professionally. 15 million copies have been sold and for good reason, it delivers solid and sound advice for achieving success. It is a consistently recommended classic for good reason!

I’ve read my copy of Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill so many times, the binding is literally falling apart. Why do I keep going back and reading it again and again? I quickly realized that every time I read it, I come away with some new “aha” about myself and about my ability to achieve greater financial success.

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Needing a new copy, although I’m keeping my old one for sentimental reasons, I picked Think and Grow Rich: The Landmark Bestseller – Revised and Updated for the 21st Century. It was revised and expanded by Dr. Arthur R. Pell and that’s the version of Think and Grow Rich I’m reviewing in this article.

If you’ve read the original version, you know it was filled with outdated words and phrases. This edition by Dr. Pell was published in 2005 and is updated with modern language. I found it was much easier to stay focused on Napoleon Hills’ principles and concepts because the outdated language wasn’t distracting me.

If you haven’t yet read this book you’ll find it to be a step-by-step guide for harnessing the power of your mind. If you have read it before, it may be time to read it again. What does this have to do with your business? Everything! Your mind will either support your successes or hold you back from achieving your goals. The best part is, you control the thoughts that control how you do business day-to-day.

In fact, Chapter 1 is all about “The Power of Thought.” This book was written during the Great Depression – during uneasy economic times not unlike what many of us are experiencing today. Napoleon Hill wrote Think and Grow Rich to show us how to pull ourselves out of depression and create abundance and prosperity in our lives. The power of this book is as great today as it was in 1937 – it gives us sixteen chapters of practical how-to’s for ending poverty consciousness and creating greater prosperity and abundance both personally and professionally.

Yes, we can think and act ourselves prosperous. The mind is a powerful money making tool, when it is used properly. This book has been recommended for so many years because the advice is sound, practical and when applied, it works.

The goal of Think and Grow Rich is to get us thinking about and taking action to make more money in our careers and our businesses. How are you thinking about success? Do you honestly believe, without a doubt, that you can get rich? What are you doing each day to attract greater prosperity into your life?

The chapter that stands out in my mind is the “The Power of the Master Mind.” I read that chapter and organized my own Master Mind group of like-minded entrepreneurial women. After several years, we are still master minding weekly. Yes, this book is powerful if you commit to putting it into action! The key to getting the most out of Think and Grow Rich is to not only read the words of wisdom but to use them in your life.

I challenge you to read all sixteen chapters and to apply what you are reading to your life. Make notes as you are reading, highlight important sentences and make a commitment to apply what the author is suggesting. Remember that change won’t happen over night, it takes time. Thinking and growing rich begins one positive step at a time.

Disclosure: I purchased this book to read and review. All reviews are solely mine.
 
 
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Let’s have a little fun this July and an excuse to celebrate with a couple of well-known holidays and some interesting “days” we can turn into fun events. Get ready to write a few fun blog and Facebook posts, light up Twitter with a few smiles and create some interesting pictures for your Pinterest Pins.

For fun I’ve listed a bunch of holidays and special days in July, some we all know and some are just silly.

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Here’s what I propose you do: Think about how you can use these July holidays and special days to motivate and have fun with your team. Invite your customers to join in the celebration by offering special sales and events.

When you have a few minutes, leave us a comment here on the blog or go to our Facebook Group Page Women Who Want To Successfully Work For Themselves.com Facebook Group and share a photo or tell us how you used one or more of these “holidays” to have some fun in your business.
 
 
Special days during the month of July
1 – Canada Day
1 – International Joke Day
2 – World UFO Day
3 – Stay Out of the Sun Day
4 – Independence Day – United States
4 – National Country Music Day
6 – Fried Chicken Day
7 – National Strawberry Sundae Day
8 – Video Games Day
9 – Sugar Cookie Day
10 – Teddy Bear Picnic Day
11 – Cheer-Up the Lonely Day
12 – Pecan Pie Day
15 – Cow Appreciation Day
16 – Fresh Spinach Day
17 – Get to Know Your Customer Day
19 – National Ice Cream Day (Third Sunday of the month)
21 – National Junk Food Day
22- Hammock Day
23 – National Hot Dog Day
24 – Amelia Earhart Day
24 – Cousins Day
26 – Aunt and Uncle Day
26 – Parents Day (Fourth Sunday in July)
28 – National Chocolate Milk Day
30 – Father-in-Law Day
31 – Hug a Mutt Day

What do you think? Do these give you a few ideas to have some fun thinking up interesting blog posts, party themes, customer appreciation activities or team events?

Happy July and have fun!!!
 
 
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Let me share a story: There once was an ambitious, smart and hard working woman who would almost achieve her goals, but stop just before her goals became reality. This didn’t just happen once, it kept happening over and over. For years she didn’t realize she was doing this. Then suddenly she began seeing a pattern of taking three steps forward toward success and without realizing it, take two steps back.

Why do I tell this story? Because for years that was me. I’d dance the sabotage shuffle – three steps toward achieving success and unconsciously start taking those two steps back. I was sabotaging my success!

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Using my own life experiences and working with professional women for over twenty-five years as a coach and speaker, I’ve come to realize that success boils down to giving ourselves permission to succeed. I’ve also found many of us are making success a day-to-day struggle.

Here are five examples of how we often make success a struggle:
1. Perfectionism – “If I can’t do it perfectly, I don’t deserve to be called successful.”
2. Being judged – “I’m afraid of being judged by others as being good enough.”
3. Being liked – “I don’t want to ‘rock the boat,’ because someone might not like the results.”
4. People pleaser – “I believe it is very important others are pleased with my behavior and decisions.”
5. Others are more important – “I’ve learned to put others first, even if it is not the best thing for me or my career.”

Can you relate to any of these?

Many women in business are unconsciously making success an emotional struggle. We are playing negative “mind games” with ourselves, our goals and our careers. Over the years, these five unconscious behaviors begin to deflate our hopes and dreams of success. These behaviors also chip away at our self-esteem and undermine the ability to achieve our goals.

Why should we stop making success a struggle and give ourselves permission to go for and enjoy success? Because giving ourselves permission to succeed leads to:
1. Healthy self-esteem – accepting and appreciating ourselves as worthy and deserving.
2. Self-confidence – accepting and appreciating ourselves as competent and knowledgeable.
3. Self-sufficiency – trusting in our judgment and knowing we can make wise decisions.

Let me ask you this: What are you doing each day to reinforce the positives about yourself as a worthy, deserving and successful woman? What are you doing to give yourself “permission” to succeed and enjoy your accomplishments and successes?

Here are a few things you can begin right now:
1. Keep a success journal. Record your successes and the things you’ve accomplished during the day. Acknowledging the positives, helps to reinforce the positives.
2. Network and associate with other positive successful women. Listen and observe how other successful women talk about and are enjoying their successes.
3. Visualize and affirm your successes. Make time each day to sit and quietly affirm your competency and your ability to achieve goals.

Success begins on the inside and works its way out into your life. Believe without a doubt that you are worthy and deserving of success, and you’ll start to enjoy your successes.
 
 
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