Monday Tip – 3 Tips For Working Smarter

how to work smarterAbout 18months ago I wrote a post about the 5 things that made Internet Marketing easier,  you’ll see part of the original post below this post but I thought it might be time to do an update as a lot has changed over the past year and a half especially as one of the tips was to outsource all your backlinking..Doh! (not a good idea at the moment)

 1. Outsource The Things You Don’t Want To Do and the Things That Take Time.

Fiverr can be an amazing time saver, In the past few weeks I have had people create headers and intros for videos for me, I could have spent time and done those myself but they would probably have taken over an hour each,  instead for $5 I had people do a much better job than I would have done.

I also know the power of social media and know that I should be making much better use of Facebook, G+ and Pinterest but it takes time to learn to do it effectively, i’ve drastically reduced the time it takes to “get traction” by hiring a Social Media Manager to do a lot of the stuff that takes time and to keep me on track with the stuff that matters. It doesn’t matter how important the task is if you don’t like to do it you’ll try to avoid doing it so you need to get someone who can help you to take action.

I hate the whole process of getting JV partners, I know that I need them to help get the word out about my products but I’ll find 101 things that are more important , like cleaning the fluff out of my microphone. Once that starts to happen too often I know it’s time to hire a JV manager , it’s not the easiest task finding a good one but it’s worth persevering with.

Apart from fiver I tend to now rely on personal recommendations, I used to recommend odesk for hiring staff but the quality of applicants seems to have hit an all time low so now I ask people I know if they know anyone, if you needed a plumber at home what would you do , ask a friend to recommend someone or just get the guy with the nicest looking ad?

(If you know a reliable good quality experienced JV manager contact me!)

 

2. Use Tools, Plugins and a Process That Makes Promotion Easier

Since Google decided to change the rules on a regular basis getting backlinks can cause more problems than it solves, if you focus on the right keywords then you can often rank without too much back linking. The other path you can take is to use social media to attract people to your posts. There are several plugins and tools that will help you automate the process in general this is what I do to each post I write wether it is on this blog of one of my niche blogs.

Automatically send each post to Twitter

Share each post on Facebook, Linkedin and Google plus

Syndicate each new post to several other niche related blogs with a link back to this blog

Inform all my subscribers of each new post via an email, I’ll sometimes add a few extra tips or Information into the emails.

Find related blogs that us the comment luv plugin and comment on them with good quality incisive comments

Ask people to Like and share the blog posts…..  <=== thank you to all of you that do it!

Thats pretty much all I do and it’s it’s usually enough to get my posts noticed and traffic to them. Occasionally i’ll throw in something  a little different like the like and reveal plugin I used for the fact of the week last week.

 

3. Isolate Yourself When You Need to Work

I am writing this in my office with the door closed, a DO NOT DISTURB Sign on the door  the only thing open on my iMac is Text Edit (the mac version of notepad) and all i have next to me are the notes i scribbled in my note book while I was planning this post. When I planned the post I was sat outside with no phone or other distractions.

Despite the best intentions we can all get distracted by email, Skype , phone calls,  Civilization V  (love the new Gods and Kings expansion pack!) and Golf…  I had plans to record 5 videos last week and got a series of phone calls, which all said “Mark do you want to play golf today” well it would have been rude not to wouldn’t it!  So none of them got recorded but I played golf Saturday, monday , wednesday, friday and Saturday..basically I played golf more than Tiger Woods last week!  I am lucky to the extent that I can pretty much set my own schedule but that in itself can be a problem as it give me too much latitude and I can find excuses not to work.

However when it comes down to the time I need to work I have no qualms in isolating myself and creating what I call a sterile environment which just contains everything I need to work and nothing more, I’ll even go as far as turning off my ADSL router . If I need a stock image or something online I’ll make a note on a piece of paper and add a place holder. I do have plans that when the new iMacs are released I will get one then turn this one into a machine with just the tools I need to write and create products, nothing more, a totally distraction free Workstation

This week I have planned what I need to do and I know when I am working, when I am doing my day to day admin and when I am recharging my batteries. If it’s not on the list it’s not happening.

Below is The original post from 18 months ago, you may still find some useful tips

Please share or comment on this post if you found it useful!… Thank you

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 It’s often the little things that make life easier so here are some tips to help make each day easier and give you more time to work on what you want to work on.

1. Use a password management tool. I use Lastpass which is free and I can access my sites from anywhere, no searching around for those elusive passwords and no need to use easy to remember passwords making your site security much easier.  http://lastpass.com

2. Create a “Site build” folder on your PC so you can upload all your regularly used plugins themes and settings when you build a site. If you create it what the same file structure as you wordpress blogs you can upload it all with 1 click of a mouse.

3. Use a site management tool to upgrade all you sites at once, I hate having to go to all of my sites every time WordPress do an upgrade or an updated plugin is released. I use WordPress Mass Updater to update all my sites at one. This can literally save me hours.

4. Focus on the Sites that make you Money this is an old one that I’ve mentioned many times before and is a bit more longterm that the other 4 tips. If you have a site that makes $3 a day in adsense or one that makes $30 from clickbank sales 5 days each month work on the Clickbank site. Doing so will generate more cash for you that you can then invest in promoting the less profitable sites.

5. Outsource your backlinking, seriously life it too short to spend hours getting hundreds of backlinks when there are so many places and ways to get good quality backlinks. Good backlinking tools are usually expensive so instead of spending $150 to buy the tool find someone with the tool already to do the backlinks for you.

Sites like Fiverr and the Warrior Forum are full of people offering backlinks cheaply, whether you want high PR links .edu links profile links, links on a private blog network, blog comments or any of the other myriad ways of getting backlinks there will be someone willing to do the work for and provide you with the reports cheaply.

I know that I get far more links when I pay someone else to do it than if I try to do it myself.

Comments

  1. says

    Some useful and handy tips Mike..!!
    I would recommend you to try Managewp…You might love it..!!
    Also do you have any personal and recommended for link building service or freelancer?
    Harsh Agrawal recently posted..KnownHost Review : Fully Managed VPS for WordPressMy Profile

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    Mark
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    Mike? Who’s Mike? :)

    I wouldn’t recommend outsourcing any link building at the moment unless you can be sure it’s quality links with a variety of anchor text

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    Some good tips there, I know it can be hard not to work on a site that you love even though it doesn’t make any money but it is definitely the best idea.

    Turning off the router works best when I am writing, I also have to turn off my phone as I get email notifications on that.

    My top tip for this week is to finish one thing before diving into another. It is my hardest thing to do but I am working on it.

    Paul
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    Mark
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    Someone asked me last week why hadn’t I set up my phone to receive email notifications… I showed him the 140 – 200 emails i get every day!

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  3. says

    Hey MARK :o)

    Hmmm JV managers… if you find one I’d love to share the resource with you… seriously rubbish at that stuff.

    Weirdly I find busy cafes a great place to work, I can sit for hours and bash out a lot of content… On the other hand I spent 3 days in Seville last week in an awesome hotel with quiet courtyards getting lots done.

    Love the idea about getting a dumb terminal tho… any excuse to get a new mac.

    Later

    Tim
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    Mark
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    And then when you do find someone to promote your stuff they go and play golf all week and don’t add it to their sites… I haven’t forgotten!

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  4. says

    Hey Mark,

    Great post liked the bit about fluff in the mic lol ! Anyway just want to thank you for some of the best IM post around and if i had to pick something that i need to work on its getting stuff outsourced its not `quite` as easy as it first seemed !

    Also Mark when i first started in IM 4 years ago nearly the first course i ever bought was… WordPress Goldmine !!!

    You know i`ve not looked at it for years and went to have a look today but its all changed into a monthly sub … do i have to start to pay monthly or can i access it being as i`m an original member just asking ???

    Think i bought thought this emial address if your interested.. mlm-progress@hotmail.co.uk

    thanks Jim
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    JIM, if you have your original forum login details they will still work. There were 2 early versions of WPG the $27 version which didn’t have the forum access and the $67 which had forum access.

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    jim Reply:

    Aha ok Mark i see no i didn`t have any forum access i think that must of come later is it still worth heading over to WPG anythibng new since 2 years lol ?

    By the way whats the login page i cannot find it anywhere ?

    Jim
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    Yes it is worth it busier than ever.. the login is the same as it always was..
    http://wpgoldmine.com/Forum :)

  5. says

    Hi Mark,

    True enough, Odesk isn’t ideal to find quality outsourcing at a glance. Difficult to find an objective review (seems to be getting a trend as well with many respectable IM marketers to review with little testing :-( ).

    Outsourcing is great, yet finding the right (wo)man for the job so far becomes also time consuming, if one day you find yourself a good headhunter, please share :)

    Yes, one computer/mac to work and one to play makes a difference :-)

    Regards to Mike, he must be out golfing again… :-p

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    I actually know a really really really good head hunter, might have to get him to train his wife to work in the IM niche

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    FYI, a click on WP Mass Updater gives the following message:
    This product is no longer available on DigiResults.

    Anyways, CPanel hosted WP blogs (softaculous) + 1 outsourcer can get your 100 WP’s updated for only a few $ :)

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    Mark
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    I spoke to dave who created it and he’s sent me a new improved version he’s sent me to test.. I’ll test it and do a post about it….

    You are the 5 th or 6th person who said that and I didn’t even think that anyone would check out the old link ;)

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    Stef Reply:

    Apart from simply checking out links, sometimes readers even buy from them ;)

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    Mark
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    Lol I know..told you i was crap at marketing… Going to fix this right now!

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    Great comments about productivity and distractions.

    I’ve just discovered going onto iTunes, clicking “Radio” and choosing “Ambient”…you can get some nice soothing sounds of nature, spa music, etc for serious concentration. Also, sometimes you fall asleep and wake up on the floor, but mostly it helps!

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    Mark
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    enough with the hippy dippy stuff.. late 70’s punk is where it’s at..

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    Erik
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    I’d like to hear your opinions on this. I like the following (in no particular order): The Damned, Buzzcocks, Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Ramones, The Misfits (yes, they were from the 70s originally). Also liked the Dead Kennedys and Minor Threat a lot too (although I can’t remember if they were started in the 70s or 80s… probably started in the late 70s without record releases until the 80s).

    Could definitely live without the second wave of Engish punk (i.e. The Exploited, Crass, GBH, etc.)

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    Mark
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    Erik, Got my 3 favorite bands in there.. Damned , clash and the buzzcokcs

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    I outsource everything! All my site creation is done for me and I focus on social media and customer service. Those are the things I like doing.

    I couldn’t imagine sitting around all day building links or writing content for my niche sites…I’d rather pay for it.
    Mike From Maine recently posted..Authority sites Vs. Niche Sites – Which are better?My Profile

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    Mike love the post on you blog.. highly recommend people follow your link and spend a while reading..

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  9. says

    Good points. I would love to stop at the last little thing .. “Outsource your backlinks”. I have tried that several times (mostly on Fiverr) with mixed results so now I’m thinking about investing in some backlinking tools. Would you recommend some? Is there anything really good, smart and safe? :)
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