Last week I had the pleasure of attending the Vancouver Business Network meetup for the first time and met millionaire blogger John Chow, also for the first time. John was last week's keynote speaker and he revealed a ton of valuable information on how to power up any business' online sales.
For those of you not familiar with John, he's been a blogger for over 15 years or so, and has been doing internet marketing for almost as long. John is a dynamic person who's found a way to build up his blogging into a million dollar a year business while only working a few hours a day!
Last week I talked about the general definition of a sales funnel. This week I'll delve into the 5 parts of any sales funnel: Prospects, Contacts, Leads, Finalists, and Clients.
First off all, why have all these steps?
Well, the goal of each step is basically to do what's called “qualify” the person on your list. Is this person a buyer, or a time waster? Does this person actually need what you have to offer? Does this person have the money to buy it, even if he/she does need it?
We're in the middle of the Information Age, yet I've been noticing a rather nasty trend online lately, Home pages that have no information on them. Nothing to tell me who runs this site and why I should care. I'll see a lot of different things on there, but nothing informative. In fact, I just did 3 random searches on Google and picked sites at random to see if I'd find even one that did any kind of "who we are, what we do and why you should do business with us" type of statement. Not even one. Here are the sites I found and the searches I did:
Today I thought I'd do another review of websites. This time we'll be looking at 2 of my favorite sites, Cesar's Way and the Vancouver Canucks. I'll follow a similar format to my last website reviews and give a paragraph about my overall experience, followed by rating it out of 10 in the key areas of good website design I outlined in an earlier post, my 4 part series called The Anatomy of Good Website Design.
Today I'll be reviewing the design of the websites of local 3 post secondary schools, Langara College, Douglas College, and Simon Fraser University (SFU). I'll be rating each site out of 10 based on the characteristics of a good website design I previously highlighted in my 4 part series, The Anatomy of Good Website Design and how well each site meets those standards.
I am back. After a few months of silence, I'm resuming blogging activities with weekly posts on Mondays and will continue this moving forward.
In today's post, I'll be looking at a fellow blogger's blog, that of the Dot Com Mogul himself, John Chow. My overall impression is definitely good.
One of the biggest things that holds people back is quite surprising – yes, it's the fear of being successful! This is really quite shocking, since pretty much everybody wants some form of success or other, yet for so many, there is this overriding fear of being successful that causes them to self-destruct their attempts as success.
I have suffered from this fear myself and personally know how destructive it is to achieving my dreams.
If you don't believe anyone could be afraid of success, just watch this video and see what John Chow has to say on the subject.
This is another of the essential traits you need to become successful. Without discipline, you will not be able to stay focused on your ultimate goal, nor will you put in the effort needed to develop your skills or reach your goals and dreams – your success.
So what is discipline?
The most relevant definitions on Dictionary.com are: “activity, exercise, or a regimen that develops or improves a skill; training... the rigor or training effect of experience, adversity, etc.”
I while ago, I came across this great video by Eric Thomas about focus, motivation and a whole lot more. This was the first time I'd ever seen a video of Eric Thomas speak, and he thoroughly amazed me with his energy, power and attitude. It's the attitude of a habitual winner. Today I decided it's time to share it with you.
Focus & Motivation by Eric Thomas:
First off, I'd like to extend a warm hello to all my followers and subscribers. I haven't been as active on my blog this past week as I was throughout December, that one hickup with the hackers aside, but now that the new year has rolled around, things have gotten busier here. I'm now starting on projects for both new and returning clients and won't have as much time to write my blog articles as I would like.
Today I will give you my next installment in the Characteristics of Successful People series – Determination.
What is Determination?
By now those who have been following this series know what's coming next, a dictionary definition of determination, and if you guessed it, you're right, here it is:
“the quality of being resolute; firmness of purpose... a fixed purpose or intention.” – dictionary.com
This one thing is the biggest key to your success in all areas of life. It's your own personal integrity. Without integrity, you're pretty much sunk.
So What is Integrity?
In a nutshell, it's being true to yourself, in knowing what you know, and that you know it. It's in having to courage to speak up about what you know. It's also looking and observing and making what you actually observe be what you know.
What Results Then From a Lack of Integrity?
Last Friday I wrote about Courage, so it's only fitting that I now write about a very similar characteristic today – Confidence.
So what's the difference between courage and confidence?
Well, as I mentioned in my last article about Confidence, it's about doing things without fear, or in spite of fear.
This characteristic is so important, for without it, you will be paralyzed by fear and unable to take any productive action.
So, what is courage?
According to dictionary.com courage is defined as “the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear.”
I'd like to introduce my latest guest blogger as promised earlier, Chris Rondpre.
There is really only one difference between success and failure – that would be consideration, specifically yours.
You can make lots of money, choose whatever you want to be and do. Most of us would consider this to be a successful way to live, including me. However, some mistakes can be far more valuable to you depending on your consideration of these experiences.
Happy New Year everyone! 2014 is coming to a close and 2015 is on the way!
Last year has been quite the roller coaster ride for me. I launched my own online business, bought an ad that produced a big, fat 0, got scammed, then launched my first website as a professional designer. I got my own blog running, then got shut down temporarily by a hacker, then got better security and got the hackers out and was able to share with you how to protect yourself from similar disasters.