Social Media Marketing-The 5 Stages As A Newby

There are really more than 5 stages of social media marketing and every one is different, but I wanted to get down to basics, and what I am actually talking about is more about a mindset and the stages many of us go through as we grow.

social media marketing focusSome people skip the stages completely some people come in at different stages and skip others. Now there are also those who just have it down from the get go and others that try to spam their way through and wonder why nothing is working. This is for the average Joe and will probably be where most of us fit in. Even if you have been marketing for some time, you probably passed through these stages at one time.

1.  STAGE 1

This is the stage where you have started a business, you have no idea what to do and so you waste a whole lot of time doing busy work. Preparing, planning and getting posts ready. They are telling to talk to people but you are mostly getting distracted by other people’s posts. You may make a comment here and there and get into a chat with a few people which usually ends up dropping off because your not sure what to say to make the conversation flow. The day seems to fly by.


Your getting better, posting better content to your pages. Posting ads to some of the groups and then you wait. You get some responses and you reply. Still a lot of busy work. Action but definitely not massive action. You’re still using mainly the chat to talk to prospects. You step up your actions, but the results are still poor. You are starting to understand social media marketing better. You also realize your friends list is your main audience and yours if looking a bit thin so you start to add more friends.

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Your friends list is growing nicely and you know that you need to start building a rapport with people but until now you have not really done much of it due to fear. So you start to push yourself and you start talking to a few more people that you have never talked to before. Posting more comments on their posts. Getting a bit more active in the groups.  Things are coming together you start thinking about this FB live stuff. You are beginning to understand what massive action really means but probably still not doing it. You begin to utilize FB voice recorder and FB calls to talk to prospects. It’s getting easier though.


You start to get really active and you actually start to have fun talking to people. People are actively liking and commenting on your posts now. You don’t worry so much about those that respond negatively and it rarely happens anyways. Your friends list and therefore, your audience, is growing nicely. More people are asking about your business and group ads. You are posting helpful videos and things to help others who also market online or tips about how to navigate around the platform. You are now helping other people who are where you were at Stage 1.

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People see you as a leader. They are asking for help in areas you seem knowledgeable in. They are also asking what you do without being prompted by an ad. You’re building your team and teaching them to do what you are doing. Now you are proactive, not just reactive. You keep up the pace but tweak it as you see fit and notice you now have even more free time than when you were less productive. You have a system and it’s working! You are a social media marketing master!

I would suggest is that you try to skip past Stage 1 and start working at Stage 2. Adding friends, chatting and posting better content. The most important thing is to be consistent in your efforts and actions. Be honest with yourself about how much work you really are doing. Find an accountability partner so that you both can encourage each other into action. The key to social media marketing is in the name be “social”.

10 Success Tips For Your Home Business

It is a new year and you have made a promise to yourself that it will also be a new you! Gone is the procrastinator, the indecisiveness, the bad attitude, the weight and/or the (fill in the blank). This is YOUR year. This can be the best year of your life! You just have to do it and here are some success tips to help you.

It does not matter what “it” is, you can do it. If “it” is a home based business then you will find some awesome tips to help keep you on track and successful in 2017!  

Success Tips

home business1. Set aside a specific place exclusively for work- That does not mean you cannot work from anywhere else but this will help keep you focused and away from distractions. It’s your home business and you can actually deduct certain aspects from your taxes if you have a separate area you work out of most of the time. 


2. Create long term and short term goals- Long term goals are those goals that help you see where you want to be in the future. What you want to have completed in 1, 5, 10, even 20 years from now. The short term goals are the easier to reach goals that a. keep you on track b. keep you motivated and c. are the stepping stones to the long-term goals. 


3. Create a daily work schedule- Creating a schedule will keep you on track with the tasks you know you need to do because you can check or cross off items as you complete them. This keeps you on track and gives you that sense of accomplishment you need to keep yourself going.


4. Increase your tech skills- Outsourcing is good when the job takes too much time, but when you can do the simple things yourself, it will actually save you a lot of time, and money, waiting for someone else to do them for you.


5. Be Extroverted- If you work remotely, you already know you need to step it up and talk to your potential customers. Even if you are doing it you probably need to increase your efforts in this area.

Success Can Be Yours

6. Commit- If you have a team, participate, if there are meetings, attend them (live or otherwise), if there is training, do it.success tips If you don’t commit, success is unlikely. If there are steps that your team is taking to prepare, plan or build their business and you have not done them yet then  you are not committed. One of the 1st reasons a person will fail at their business is that they are not committed to making it work and most often they don’t even know it. Commit to succeed.


7. Know that you will succeed- If you are only hoping, then you need to have more faith in your abilities. Everyone can succeed. If you are not seeing it then you probably need to be doing more. If you are already doing too much and it’s driving you crazy you’re probably a bit off track. You need to be doing more of the right things. Reading motivational books can help. Visit for some ideas and more success tips.


8. Network- Make friends everywhere you go. The more friends you make, the more you have, the larger your audience. If you promote on social media the people that follow you are the main people that see your posts. When you “friend” someone and they accept, Facebook is set up so that they automatically follow you and your posts. So you have a built in prospect list as you “friend” others.

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9. Create a new zero level of activity- This is not mine, but I loved it when I heard it. Sometimes we don’t feel like working. some days you may just want to hide under covers.  On those days use a zero level list. Create a list of things you will do no matter what. Never settle for doing nothing because you just don’t feel like it. It could be a blog, vlog, Facebook ads or a live video. Make a list of 5 things that are easy for you to do but that will help to keep your business and you on track.


10focus on success tips. Focus on the prize- Which is success in your own business, freedom, money to pay your bills and live the lifestyle you want to live, as well as the ability to help others in many different ways. Most people would love to help others but they are always chasing their own tail to catch up themselves. You don’t have to be that person if you stay focused and stay active. Keep moving forward.


Jim Rohn said “Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day” and it is so true. So you want to get focused, get committed and get busy and stay that way consistently.

If you want to be successful you should always be on the lookout for success tips online. There is a plethora of information and helpful people online. Never stop learning, whether you are looking for success tips or giving them out. There is something to learn from just about everyone you come into contact with. Keep your focus and your eyes wide open!




Business Phone Number- Using Google Voice

Looking for a business phone number then a Google Voice may be perfect for you. It gives you a phone number that you can use to basically mask your cell or home phone number. This is a great option for a small business or home business. I like it because if you ever have a problem with spammers calling you and it gets out of hand, you can simply change your Google Voice number and keep your cell, business or landline number because no one ever had it. Privacy is another reason. Some people don’t want their main phone numbers all over the internet, so this is perfect.

For a small business it is a quick and easy way to set up a professional line with voicemail without all the fees and costs normally associated with a business phone system. If you need a lot of features this is not for you, but if you what you need is a simple secondary number for your small business without giving out your home or cell number this is perfect.

It’s a basic solution to solve a very basic problem. The features that are included are as follows.


  • Voicemail transcription
  • One number
  • Personalized greetings
  • International calling
  • SMS to email
  • Share voicemails
  • Block callers
  • Screen callers
  • Mobile app
  • Conference calls
  • Number Porting
 If you are like a lot of people and have been afraid to add your phone number to your webpages this is the perfect solution for you.  It’s free to use, easy to set up, easy to change. Once you set up your new business phone number you can then set up your own voicemail.

It is really easy to set up and in the following video I show you exactly how to do that. You need a Gmail account. I think most people have one, but if you do not they are really easy to set up. Just go to and follow the steps to create one then watch the video



Video Marketing-How To Add Video To Your Pages

By now you have probably heard it a million times, video marketing video marketingis the wave of the future. If you are online you should be making some type of videos. You can give tips, talk about your business, tell a funny story, do a Q & A on your products or business, or even teach something. No matter where you are in marketing it is likely that you have something to offer. For every experienced marketer there are many more just starting out every day. Video Marketing will get you more exposure because people love video.


Video marketing provides the vehicle to get your message out there.

A lot of you may not believe you have anything to teach a new person but you do. There was a time when you were brand new. You did not know how to blog, or post images, or write content and maybe you are still learning. There are plenty of people just starting in their business that don’t know how to copy and paste. If you are excited about your products, talk about them. If you have results from your weight loss shakes or you learned something from another marketer and you found value in it, it is likely someone else will as well. Get on a video and tell people that you just heard about an awesome way to do something that you did not know how to do before, then show them how to do it in your video.

So once you shoot your video you need an easy way to add video to your pages? Here is a short video that helps you do just that. You will learn how to not only add video but utilize some basic customization features that Youtube offers. This video is a great example of something that a more experienced marketer already knows but it will bring value to someone who is just starting out.



How To Change The Header To Add An Image In Blogger

If you have WordPress blog you are probably familiar with how customizable it is but when working with Blogger, you may not know that you can customize the templates and headers to suit your needs. I have listed the instructions below. If you need help with WordPress let me know.

Before you change the code make sure to back up the current template in case you accidentally do something wrong then you can upload the backed up template easily. Do this, especially is you are new to code.

Click Backup/Remove



Then click Download and save the file where can find it if needed. That’s it. You don’t need to upload it again unless you make a mistake.


This is not difficult if you take it step by step.

Step 1. Log in to your blogger account and this will take you to the dashboard.
Step 2. Click on the blog that you want to edit


Step 3. Click on Template then you can edit or change the template from here.










Step 4. Click on Edit HTML








Step 5. Click anywhere in the box and hit the control (ctrl) and the F key at the same time to open a search box within the code. Make sure you do not delete anything and only open a box like you see below.







Step 6. Search for the following term:

<b:section class=’header’ id=’header’ maxwidgets=’1′ showaddelement=’no’>

This code tells your blog how many widgets you can add and the default is ‘1’. Change this to add more widgets like a header image. You can start with 2 or 3 you don’t want to go crazy. Next, you want to change the ‘no’ to ‘yes’.

In order for this to work you will probably also have to locate the code that looks like:

<b:widget id=’Header1′ locked=’true’ title=’Header (Header)’ type=’Header’/>

and change the locked attribute from ‘true’ to ‘false’. That should do it. Save the template and go to the layout tab.

You can remove and replace the  current header or rearrange them there if you like.



Starting a Home Based Business

working from homeIf you’re starting a home based business, this is an extremely exciting time for you. You probably have all kinds of ideas about what you’re going to do and how you’re going to do it. Once you start to dig it,  it may get a bit scary if it’s an online business.

All the things to think about and accomplish before you even thinking about actually selling something.  Domains, keywords, hosting, products, layouts, getting traffic to your sites. It’s a lot of work but it can be rewarding and if you take it a step at a time it wont be so daunting.

Your going to definitely need a domain name but you want to put a little thought into it. Eventually with a a little work, you want your site to be found on Google, Bing and Yahoo and you want it to be found under keywords that make sense for the products or services you are offering.

You could get to page one on the search engines for a keyword, but it wont do you much good if you’re offering personalized t-shirts and your website shows up under cat treats.

Make sure what you put out there in the way of your blog posts, advertising and any other media you use is geared toward your offerings.

Before you get there though you need a good targeted domain name that makes sense and that it is a keyword that people are actually searching for.  You can use “Google’s Keyword Planner“. You will need a Gmail account, which is easy enough to set up so get one if you don’t have one.

Once you’re in the keyword planner, you can search different keywords related to your business and see how many searches they each get a month and you can get an idea of how much competition your will have. The competition listed is actually the competition for paid ads but you still get an idea of what you are working with for the organic search results as well.

You will also want to check to see what kind of results pull up when you search the keywords yourself on Google especially. If you are offering vitamins and you see a lot of major sites on page one, the chances of beating them out are pretty slim, so go for keywords that work for your products or services but that don’t have as many sites on them that dominate the internet and will be a little easier to rank.