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Stop, and take just a second. Look around and ask yourself, “Is this the quality of life I expected for myself, that I was hoping for?” If the answer is “No”, then my simple question is “why not?” “What are you doing to change your life?”

Most people who’ve been asked what they’re doing to change their lives say something along the lines of, “it’s no use because…..” and then they make some kind of petty, lame excuse.

But it really doesn’t have to be that way.

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The first step to getting out of a rut is to stop making excuses and take responsibility for the quality of your life. You can change your life today. How do I know? Because others have done it and I’ve done it. Of course, there’ll always be obstacles, but nothing you can’t overcome.

The only requirement is that you have the desire to change. Mark Twain famously said, “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight; it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” If your “want to” is strong enough, you can do almost anything you set your mind to doing.

The second step to getting out of a rut is stepping out and, as the Nike commercial says, “Just do it”. There is no time like now to change your course. You may not succeed on your first attempt, but you have to keep trying. Success comes with persistence.

 

Coffee Cup with the Saying "Today is gonna be a good day" "Michael Jordan said it best, “I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” Don’t worry about making mistakes. In the words of Albert Einstein, “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”

So step out. Take a chance. Forget your past mistakes. Forget your failures. Forget everything except what you’re doing now and just do it.

How to Build Your Own Website in 5 Easy Steps – Part 2

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Okay, you have your website name and it’s registered to you at namecheap.com. Now, let’s move on to Step 2, acquiring space on a web hosting server.

A web host is a service that allows individuals and organizations to make their website accessible on the World Wide Web. Web hosts are companies that provide leased space on a server for use by clients, typically in a data center.

In order for others to see the website you build on your computer, it must be hosted somewhere. There are many different web hosts. Some are free, others offer standard hosting, and still, others offer dedicated or virtual hosting.

Which to choose?

Free sounds like a pretty good deal. But, choosing a free website is one of the most common mistakes made by beginning website builders.

WordPress.com — that’s the .com version, not WordPress.org — and Blogspot at Blogger.com are two of the more popular free sites. But, the important thing to remember is that you will never own the site and you have to operate under the rules set up by the site administrators. For instance, you can’t monetize a basic WordPress.com site and to get the right to do fancy things with your site you’ll have to pay more than a web host would cost you.

Oh, and this is just as true of Facebook websites. You don’t own them, you have to operate by their rules and Facebook does shut websites down, sometimes for being too popular.

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Almost every web host gives you access to WordPress.org — again, that’s .org not .com. WordPress.org gives you access to thousands of themes and tens of thousands of plugins not available to WordPress.com websites. And once you pay your monthly hosting expense, everything about WordPress.org is free

I’ve been building websites since 1996 and I have experience with several different web hosts. Currently, I’m using A2 Hosting. The service is good, uptime is good and customer support is excellent.

Now, let me give you a couple of things to watch out for:

First, Ignore the numerous “Best Hosting Company” lists you’ll find online. These sites are nothing but sham sites designed to generate commissions…and web hosts pay some darn fine commissions. The lists are generated based on which host has the best deal going.

Second, Avoid sites owned by Endurance International Group (EIG) like the plague. EIG has bought up numerous sites — large and small — over the past few years. Once great sites — such as HostGator — have become slow, with major downtime and you’ll wait forever to get customer service…and you will need customer service.

For a good read on how bad EIG web hosting is, check this article at Review Hell . This site pulls no punches and if you go with an EIG owned site after reading this page, don’t say you weren’t warned.

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As for A2 Hosting, it isn’t owned by EIG, and that immediately is good for points in its favor. Wait times for customer service are short whether it’s on the phone or online chat and even email has a quick turnaround. Plus, the tech support people on the phone are all native English speakers Many hosts have started outsourcing their customer support and that’s a definite negative.

When you are purchasing commercial hosting make sure that they have a record of being up at least 99.8% of the time. If you need functionality like a shopping cart or autoresponder, make sure that the web host offers these services.

Coming up, what we’ve been working toward…going live…publishing your website on the Internet.


By the way, if you click on some of the links on these pages and decide to use the respective services, I’ll be paid a small commission. It won’t cost you any more and it helps me to pay the costs of producing this website. If you’d rather visit the services I recommend, just Google the names and use the search results.

How to Build Your Own Website in 5 Easy Steps – Part 1

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So you have decided to make your stand on the World Wide Web…not as a surfer but as an entrepreneur. Well, good for you! Every day people start websites with the hope of making some extra online cash.

Building your own website isn’t as difficult as you might think. Sure, it’s challenging at the beginning, but once you get it, you’ll reap the rewards.

Done correctly, it won’t be long before you are able to generate a good income. But first, you need to know how to build it. You’ll need to put in the work and time, especially at the beginning. You’ll need to learn how to attract targeted traffic to your site and then turn that traffic into paying customers.

So let’s get going!
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The first thing you’ll need is to come up with a name — a URL address — for your website. If you have an existing business, you’ll likely want to use that name. If, however, this is a new venture, try to come up with a name for your website that reflects what you’ll be selling or offering in the way of services. This helps to target traffic to your website.

To find out if the name you want is available, go to namecheap.com and enter the name you want to be followed by a dot (period) and com. You should try first for a .com TLD or Top Level Domain. If .com isn’t available you can try for another TLD — such as .org — but a .com domain is always best.

Let’s do an example. Say your business name is The Dog Groomer. So you look for the URL www.doggroomer.com. As you might expect, it isn’t available. So, get creative. Maybe your first name is Gertrude, so you could check gertrudethedoggroomer.com. The name is available, but it’s a little long. How about groomergertie.com.

So, the name you want is available, go ahead and buy it from Namecheap. It isn’t — despite the name — the least expensive domain registry service but, in my opinion, it offers the best service at the best price.

Coming in Part 2, we’ll talk about website hosting, how you get your site onto the Internet.

7 Reasons You Should Should Ignore High School English

Typwriter with typed word "copywriting"

The word "grammar" in a dictionaryOne of the things most frequently said about copywriting is that you should “write like a real people speak.” More plainly, you should write in a conversational tone – like you are chatting with someone, or writing an email to a friend.

That means there are grammatical rules that should go out the window to make your copy read and perform better. (Isn’t that great).

Some of the no-nos from your high school English class that work particularly well when writing copy include:

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Developing a Can Do Mindset as an Older Entrepreneur

Quote "People Don't Quit Working Because They Get old"

It’s a pretty easy task for Baby Boomers to develop a negative mindset that keeps them from being part of the world, getting things done and generally enjoying life. They think they’re too tired, too old or just don’t have what it takes to have an active life.

Brain Lifting DumbbellsSometimes it’s easier for Boomers to just veg out rather than making a difference. They’re afraid to try. True, it’s a fast-changing world and new skills are often necessary to do almost anything. But, that’s as true for young people as well as old.

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Finding Your Perfect Niche in Five Simple Steps

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Keyboard with Key Reading Earn MoneyGet rich quick schemes are exactly that—schemes. Do you really believe you can expect to be earning five-figures within a couple of weeks just because some self-proclaimed Internet guru says you will if you simply buy the ebook he’s selling? Earning a successful place on the Internet takes time and effort. There are no shortcuts. If you want to make it online, you’ll have to go through the hardships.

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You Can Easily Boost Your Social Media Shares

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No doubt, social media is a cheap and easy way to get your products or services out there, while building your brand.

Gone are the days when a small business had to have a monstrous advertising budget for the newspaper, the Yellow Pages, leaflets, and radio. Now, an article or video posted to your Facebook or Pinterest page provides almost everything you need. Online is the future, so make it your present.

The key to all of this online success is the number of shares a post gets. Large companies with a large following may get hundreds of thousands of shares and comments, others aren’t always so lucky.

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Here’s How to be a Successful Affiliate Marketer

Jigsaw Puzzle Pieces Reading Affiliate Marketing

It’s really pretty simple, Affiliate Marketing. When you sign up to promote someone else’s product or service for a commission, you’re an affiliate marketer. As an affiliate marketer (let’s just say “affiliate”), you usually don’t need any special training and your start-up costs are minimal.

Your task as an affiliate is to send traffic to the product owner’s sales page, allowing THEM to convert the prospect into a buyer. The more targeted you are with your promotion, the higher your conversion.

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Why You Should Consider the Benefits of Podcasting?

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If you’ve been thinking about making a podcast but haven’t quite made a decision, maybe you’re trying to come up with a good reason to actually make it. There are several excellent reasons to make podcasts, from advancing your business, to earning money. Podcasts are already popular with the people who listen to them, so the audience is there. So, before you give up on the idea of producing a podcast, consider these reasons for making one.

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