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From Podcast Host to Full-Blown Personal Brand Entrepreneur, with Colin Gray

The Podcast Host, Colin Gray, joins the show as he shares how he’s developed his podcast into a long-standing business based around his personal brand. Chris and Colin also talk about the CEO mindset, marketing strategies for your podcast, and what he has planned for The Podcast Host in the future. On this episode of Youpreneur FM, we shine the spotlight once again on the topic of podcasting, specifically on how to build, monetize, and grow your personal brand around … Read Entire Story

Essential Tools for Content Marketers

No it’s not cheating, trust me. These handy tools will make your life easier and your content stronger. Ever heard of mental block? For content marketers it’s that moment when you can’t even think of a topic let alone begin writing the content. Then there’s the frustration of submitting work and noticing a typo or worse still, word repetition.  Enter the content marketer’s toolbox – a set of go-to sites and resources that will put the good stuff back into your content. Say goodbye to troublesome typos and neglected deadlines; these handy tools have got your Read Entire Story

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Overcoming the Fear of Being Heard

By Karly Nimmo. In my work with hundreds of podcasters, and potential podcasters (this also applies to bloggers, entrepreneurs, small business owners and anyone putting themselves out there) I see one key thing get in the way over and over again… Our good old mate, FEAR. Let’s talk about fear, because it has the capability to paralyse and stop the vast majority from ever leaving the discomfort of their comfort zone.  And, that seems such a shame.  I see so many amazing people, with incredible messages, products and services to share, who are stuck in fear. Fear shows up in a number of ways and in varying parts of our journey.  When… Read Entire Story

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How to Deal With a Big Spending Spouse

Sometimes there can be problems in a relationship with money. It can be that one partner spends a lot of money and the other ones tries to save as hard as they can and does not save. The one that does not spend money may be trying to save to pay off debts, bills, or Read Entire Story

How to Choose the Best Bank

Many people stick with the same bank for their whole lives. They feel that it is important to have a bank that they can trust and therefore do not want to move unless they either feel that their bank has started to provide a poor service or that another bank offers a very good deal. Read Entire Story

How to Host a Party on the Cheap

If you love to throw a party but have a small budget then you may feel somewhat constricted. You may even be tempted to not go ahead with the party because of the costs. However, there are ways that you can still run a party, which looks and feel great but without spending a fortune. Read Entire Story

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Producer’s Pick: 5 Call to Action Podcast Episodes to Put in Your Queue

Our five fav episodes of the Call to Action podcast — so you don’t have to sort through ’em all. Image via Shutterstock. Hey everyone! I’m Stephanie Saretsky, Unbounce’s Multimedia Producer. I’m also the host of the Call to Action podcast. It’s our weekly marketing podcast that has been running for just over a year and a half, and has featured some of the brightest minds in the marketing field. If you’re new to the show and want to start listening but aren’t sure where to start, then I’ve got you covered. And… Read Entire Story

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Why Comparison Shoppers Aren’t Converting for You (and How to Fix It)

The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence, right? That’s the mentality of comparison shoppers. If they look hard and long enough, they will find a better value. If they don’t look around, they’ll miss out on greener grasses. Today, the term “comparison shopper” describes the majority of consumers, especially those online. If you’re running an eCommerce or SaaS company, you absolutely must be optimizing for comparison shoppers. How Many People Are Comparison Shopping, Really? Consumers 25-34 lead the way in mobile usage in-store, according to Omnico Group. They use their phones to compare prices, read reviews… Read Entire Story

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Jason Nemer – Inside the Magic of AcroYoga

“If I had to prescribe two things to improve health and happiness in the world, it’s movement and play.” – Jason Nemer My guest on this episode of the podcast is Jason Nemer (@jasonnemer), co-founder of AcroYoga. Jason is an incredible character, who travels the world with next to nothing. He introduced me to my latest obsession — AcroYoga. Along with Gymnastic Strength Training, I’ve been doing AcroYoga — and I think about doing it all the time. AcroYoga is closer to partner acrobatics: Cirque du Soleil routine meets sensual-but-not-sexual contact. Even if you have no interest in doing AcroYoga yourself, there are many takeaways and recommendations … Read Entire Story

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Don’t Settle For Inferior Auto Insurance – Read These Tips!

Plenty of insurance commercials state that by switching to their company, you will save so much a year in terms of dollars or percent. But in doing so, you may be sacrificing quality service. You don’t always have to find a new auto insurance provider just to cut costs. We have several tips to help […] Read Entire Story

Do You Need a Property Manager?

There are many decisions that you will need to make when investing in real estate. One of those decisions, for those handling rental properties is whether or not you need a property manager. Property managers have many uses and are a great idea for those who have many properties to handle and wish to have […] Read Entire Story

Don’t Spend too Much on Electricity!

Modern era has really provided us the luxuries and comforts that our ancestors can never even imagine. For every task to be done there is a different kind of device available that can perform it efficiently and readily. But of course cost is attached to each and everything in life so these appliances do not […] Read Entire Story

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The Closer 8/24/16 – Commodity Corner

Looking for deeper insight on global markets and economics?  In tonight’s Closer sent to Bespoke clients, we focus on commodities with charts and analysis of the weekly DoE/EIA petroleum market report. We also review recent total returns for various commodity indices and positioning in the crude market. The Closer is one of our most popular reports, and you can sign up for a trial below to see it and everything else Bespoke publishes free for the next two weeks! Click here to start your no-obligation free Bespoke Read Entire Story

4 Ways Freebies Can Help Your Business

Amazon gives a complimentary 30-day trial for their Prime service. A gym gives one-week passes to prospective new members at no charge. The grocery store leaves out food samples for… Read more » (c) Noobpreneur.com Read Entire Story

The Pros and Cons of Buying a ‘Fulfillment by Amazon’ Business

FBA businesses are the hot new trend, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s right for you. Read Entire Story

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Alternative lender LendUp gets funding for credit cards

Alternative lenders see fundingThis story was delivered to BI Intelligence “Payments Briefing” subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here. US-based alternative lender LendUp, a company focused on providing online- and mobile-based credit products to underserved populations, raised $47.5 million in an equity deal, according to The Wall Street Journal. The new funding, which reportedly brings the firm’s valuation to $500 million, will be used to expand the firm’s L-Card subprime credit card product line. L-Card users, who may pay up to $60 per year in annual fees, will be able to borrow between $300 and $1,000, with a 19-29% interest rate. That … Read Entire Story

How to Protect yourself and your Brand against Financial Difficulties

We live in difficult economic times, where business confidence and spending continues to plummet against the backdrop of Brexit and economic uncertainty. This has the potential to create a harsh economic landscape for firms, particularly start-ups or SMEs with limited resources and resistance to austerity.  3 ways through which you can protect yourself against Financial Hardship Fortunately, since the Great Recession far greater assistance has been made available to businesses that encounter financial difficulty, regardless of their niche, size … Read Entire Story

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Google plans to shut down non-Chrome access to Chrome apps (GOOG, GOOGL)

Flickr/Isaac BowenThis story was delivered to BI Intelligence Apps and Platforms Briefing subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here. Google announced last Friday that it plans to stop supporting Chrome apps on Windows, Mac, and Linux over the next two years. Beginning in late 2016, new Chrome apps will be available only to users on Chrome OS. This means that app developers will need to begin shifting their apps to web interfaces, where they’ll continue to run as apps but load in … Read Entire Story

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Uncovering The Problem with Personalization in B2B Marketing #UFX2016

B2B marketers around the globe are all experiencing the same pain. That consistent pain is how to reach, engage, qualify and convert audiences into paying customers. We’ve all become acutely aware that more content isn’t always better. But now, we’re faced with an even harsher reality about B2B marketing which is that we somehow have to find a way to not only reach the right decision makers, but also figure out how to get them all on the same page. Pat Spenner of CEB provided some amazing insights … Read Entire Story

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6 Ways Marketers Can Optimize Their LinkedIn Profile

With more than 450 million members worldwide, LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network–and it’s growing every second. In fact, LinkedIn reports that people are signing up for the platform at a rate of two members per second. For many of us marketers, LinkedIn’s continued growth is no surprise. Not only is LinkedIn the place to showcase your own talents and experience, but it also holds incredible networking and marketing opportunities for promoting our clients and our own brand or agency to the masses. From bolstering professional… Read Entire Story

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Digital Marketing Spotlight: Amy Lamparske, Head of Social Media at 3M

One of the great benefits of social media is the dual effect of creating access to people of influence while helping individuals with expertise and points of view become influential themselves. One of my connections that serves as a great example of this is Amy Lamparske, Head of Global Social Media at 3M. Local events and blogging undoubtedly created mutual awareness, but I didn’t meet Amy in person until she was Director, Digital Marketing at Walmart and then again when she was Director, Digital and Social Media at General Mills. In her current role at 3M, I’ve been able to see Amy’s thought leadership in action in situations ranging from being a keynote speaker at the first Brandwatch user… Read Entire Story

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Anatomy of a DDoS Attack [Infographic]

As a cloud security provider, Incapsula has spent a lot of time answering questions about why organizations are attacked. Who is attacking them? And what’s at stake? What they have discovered during these past period of time is that there’s an entire DDoS ecosystem of criminals, arms dealers and victims. The infographic below shows you how a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack comes in many forms depending on the cyber criminal’s end goal. It may be a brute force barrage or an application layer injection attack, slowing down your computer or making it difficult to complete your online purchase. If… Read Entire Story

Google’s Statements About SEO, Snapchat Content Ideas, Content Audit 101, Speedlink 34:2016

Hi everyone, hope you all had a great and productive week! When Google says jump, it’s hard not to jump. Often we take the words of Google representatives as edict and law, but it’s important to understand subtleties and to allow for clarification with time. In Rand’s video Whiteboard Friday below, he discusses some angles to consider that will help you stay grounded when the “Big G” makes a statement about SEO. When and How to Listen to… Read Entire Story

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5 Yoga Affiliate Programs for Tranquility and Wealth

I’m back with this week’s Niche of the Week. This time, I found something that I am definitely interested in! In fact, I’m into it right now. And it’s surprising for me to see that this topic falls under the spirituality niche, when it is more popular these days as a weight-loss method and way of promoting general wellness. Yes, I'm talking about yoga — and yoga affiliate programs. Can you lose weight, find your center, and rake in cash all at the same time? Know the Yoga Community Since yoga is a way of life, you can bet there is an online community of yogis and yoginis. But how big a community are we … Read Entire Story

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SPI 228: Taking Care of Yourself as an Entrepreneur with Jeff McMahon

The post SPI 228: Taking Care of Yourself as an Entrepreneur with Jeff McMahon from The Smart Passive Income Blog. Read Entire Story

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Common Lawsuits You Need To Protect Your Business Against

Running a business can be a legal minefield. Companies of all sizes can find themselves dealing with lawsuits if they’re not careful. In fact, small businesses are most at risk, as sometimes lack of experience can lead to breaking laws they weren’t aware of. It’s important to keep educated about any legal issues that may affect your business. The first step to legally protecting your business is ensuring you aren’t violating any business laws. Here are some of the most common business lawsuits you should be weary of. Picture source Trademark Lawsuits Trademarks are … Read Entire Story

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5 Surprising Ways To Rapidly Increase Online Course Sales

By now you’ve probably heard about someone who created an online course, started selling it, and made a living doing it. The question is, how can you do it effectively? And profitably? Well… Over the last 5 years, I built Social Triggers from scratch into a multi-million dollar online business. And as you know, much of this revenue was was generated by creating and selling online courses. Needless to say, I learned a things about how to… Read Entire Story

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Facebook CHANGES! They plan to ruin your reach AGAIN (but I have 3 ways to fix it)

So, the New York Times just reported that Facebook intends to change their algorithm… AGAIN. This time Facebook plans to emphasize updates from friends and family over other things like “business pages.” And I have a HUGE smile on my face. Why? Over the next few days people will complain about their decision. Especially when they see their traffic and reach disappear over night. And if you rely heavily on your Facebook page, I would be PETRIFIED. But me? I didn’t… Read Entire Story

This one little “social mistake” can make people hate you (don’t do it…)

Imagine you’re at a meetup, and you’re having a conversation about something that just happened in the news. While making your point, you mispronounce a word… and someone interjects, “Well, actually, you’re supposed to say it like this…” And there you are. You’re in the middle of a group of 5 people, and this person just corrected a word you said. Sure, it has nothing to do with the point you’re making, but they went on to say, “Sorry about interrupting. Just wanted to make sure you knew the right way to say that word so you didn’t sound dumb.” How would you feel? On one hand, it’s nice to … Read Entire Story

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Join Our Tweetchat on Thursday 8/25, 12pm Pacific for a Chance to Win Prizes

Join our Tweetchat this Thursday at 12:00 pm Pacific for lively conversation and a chance to win one of two $10 Amazon GCs! Use #WBChat to participate. This week’s topic: Finances and Relationships! Learn about financial red flags to watch out for when dating, money discussions you should… Read Entire Story

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9 Tips to Help You Get the Most From Your Investments

Investing, whether it’s a significant part of your current income, a side hobby or part of your retirement plan, can be a complicated process. There are countless options for investing: stocks, bonds and materials just to name a few. It seems there are even more methods and strategies about investing. If you’re just starting out investing or even if you have some experience, there is always something new to learn. Here are a few tips to help you survive the complicated investment world.1. DiversifyNot only should your portfolio show diversity in the companies and stocks themselves, but you should invest in several entirely different sectors as well. This is an important strategy for every investor. … Read Entire Story

Could Happy Hour Help You Better Manage Debt?

Millennial-focused lender SoFi offers its members a long list of crazy perks. Should traditional lenders — and borrowers — take note? First off, it’s important to understand that social hour is in SoFi’s DNA. After all, the alternative lender’s name is shorthand for "social… Read Entire Story

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Is this a good business idea? Avoid these 10 mistakes in choosing a business idea.

Choosing a business idea is probably the thing we help our members with most. It’s understandable. You don’t want to put a bunch of time and effort into building a business, only to realize later on that there was a major flaw in the idea that will forever stunt your company’s growth. Of course you’re worried about your business idea. You should be. Ideas matter. If you’re going to dedicate years of your life to your business, you … Read Entire Story

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NEW: Rank Beyond 10 Blue Links with SERP Feature Tracking in Moz Pro

Posted by Dr-PeteFrom Featured Snippets to In-depth Articles to Knowledge Panels, Google SERP features have remade the search marketing landscape. After three years of planning and many months of work, I’m thrilled to announce the launch of advanced SERP feature tracking in Moz Pro, available immediately to all customers! Using the most comprehensive data set on the market, Moz Pro now provides advanced analysis of the 16 features listed below: Try it now under the [Rankings] tab within any campaign (see screenshot below), or read on for a walk-through of the new features. New to Moz Pro? Take a free 30-day trial! Stage 1: AwarenessAt MozCon 2013, … Read Entire Story

How Much Money Should I Have Saved Up Before I Quit My Job? (FS176)

Before people start a business they usually have a decision to make: am I going to quit my job and work full time on this, or am I going to work on this on the side? Both have pros and cons, both are frustrating for different reasons. This is a topic to be careful about. Some experts and gurus out there would have you believe you need to just put it all out there, believe in yourself and take a big leap of faith. That’s the model that worked for them so they tell you… Read Entire Story