As I mentioned in yesterdays' announcement, Radiant Freedom got hacked recently.
Today I should be posting part 3 of my series on website design, but unfortunately a hacker stole that away from you when he hacked my site and prevented me from accessing it for hours. I am currently working on cleaning up the site and making sure nothing was damaged. If anyone has any problems logging in be sure to use the password recovery feature.
In Part 1 of The Anatomy of a Good Website, I went over the basics of your website's structure and navigation. There are still three areas yet to go over. In today's post I'll cover Design. This is a big topic and needs a whole post just to do it justice.
This is where you decide on what your website's going to look like.
As a web developer, it's about time I gave you some tips about how to develop a good, well-designed website. I'll go over the basic principles of a good website, and also what can cause a bad design. I'll then give you some examples of both good and bad designs for websites.
There are 5 main things to keep in mind when designing a website:
All the other things I’ve posted over the past months all come down to one thing, what you think, how you act, and what you do. You choose to fail, by choosing the wrong focus, not following up with clients/leads, not closing the deal, not setting goals, listening to the wrong advice and all the other things you “know you should do” but don’t.
Truer words were never spoken, or in this case written. These words were taken right out of Napoleon Hill's much-quoted book Think and Grow Rich.
How many times have you seen or been a participant of this scenario? Person A says something like, "I have this great opportunity for you!" "Oh yeah! What is it?" is the gist of what Person B says. Then after Person A has described the nature of the opportunity, person B says something like "but that's impossible!" or "that would never work!" or something to that effect.
So you've got your business running, you're an entrepreneur! Yet is your business really profiting like it should? All too often it isn't. Why? Is it a bad industry? Are you not good enough? No. The issue is often that people don't focus on what actually makes them money.
Here's how much time a typical small business owner will end up spending on the three main types of activities of a business:
The follow up is where most sales are made, yet this is the area that most business owners and sales people fall short on. It's also much easier to sell to an existing client then to find a new client. So the follow up really is where the money is made.
Some things to consider in choosing when and how you want to follow up:
So many new business owners try to build a business with no clear target in mind. Their activities invariably end up scattered and unfocussed. They end up working hard but not really getting anywhere, spinning their wheels on a treadmill, busy but unproductive.
How could this be? Simple. They never set a target before they got going, they just jumped right in and started working, never knowing what they were working towards.
Understanding how to identify who your potential customers are is one of the most important skills any entrepreneur can have. In the world of online marketing this is just as true as in off line marketing. If you don't understand who will be most likely to buy your product or service, and who you want to be promoting it to, you will be fighting an uphill battle to get customers.
One thing I see in many new entrepreneurs, especially in the world of Internet Marketing and Multilevel Marketing, is a lack of understanding of what money really is how it works and how to manage it effectively.
Today I'll clear up a few things about money, starting with what it really is and moving on to a few basics about how to manage it.
I've done things in my past that I regret. We all have. I've also wasted my time and energy regretting those things, rather then spending it on doing better today and creating a better tomorrow where I do fewer of those things I'll later regret. You see, the thing about regretting what you did in the past can not possibly do anything but bring you down and make it more likely for you to continue doing things you will regret, you see, there's this funny thing about the past -- you can not change it. So regretting it can not solve the problems of what you have already done.
"The thought manifests as the word;
The word manifests as the deed;
The deed develops into habit;
And habit hardens into character;
So watch the thought and its ways with care,
And let it spring from love
Born out of concern for all beings…
As the shadow follows the body,
As we think, so we become."
This is why it is so important to steer your thoughts towards how I can achieve my dreams, how I can make this world a better place for everyone, and how I can help others to achieve their dreams.
"Indolence is a delightful but distressing state; we must be doing something to be happy." - Mahatma Gandhi
Words of wisdom from a very wise man. When idle I have found that I am never as happy as I am when I'm busy with many valuable things to do. That doesn't mean don't set aside time from play and relaxation, those are important, but those should the the break from the hustle of a busy life, not the everyday state of your life.
“I found Rome a city of bricks and left it a city of marble.”
- Augustus Caesar
A number of years ago, I was a shy college student looking for an internship as part of the requirements for my Co-operative education diploma. After months of searching, I finally found it! I was hired to work as a business to business (B2B) telemarketer, selling creative design services for this company. Yeah, right, how could I possibly do that?! I thought to myself. Lucky for me Matt, the guy who hired me did believe I could do it.