If you edit your page using Leadpages editor it doesn’t automatically update your pages on your own domain, you will need to update the page on WP Dashboard overtime you made changes on your Leadpages.
Here’s 5 step on how to update your LeadPages on WP dashboard after you edited your page on LeadPages.
In this article you will learn how to create different Optin Pages for your Quiz using Thrive Quiz Builder and Active Campaign.
First is to make sure you have created different LIST on your Active Campaign for each results of your Quiz.
Inside Thrive Quiz Builder Dashboard Select the Quiz that you want to edit then Click on Manage Optin Gate.
Inside the Optin gate Editor you need to add first the DYNAMIC CONTENT Element, you will see that on the Left side panel of the Thrive Architect, and inside that DYNAMIC CONTENT Element you need to drag a LEAD GENERATION Element.
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Next is to edit your Optin Page and connect your Optin Page to your Active Campaign List.
That’s what we’ve been told by everyone from such motivational speakers as Zig Ziglar and Brian Tracy to fitness trainers. The fact is it takes a minimum of 21 days to begin forming a new habit. In reality, it can take up to 245 days for a new habit to form.
Let me tell you a story. This is the story of a man, let’s call him Joe. Joe was overweight and knew he needed to change his habits to get healthier. You see, Joe works at a job, sitting at a desk all day long. He comes home from work each night, grabs a sandwich and handful of cookies, just to tie him over until dinnertime. Then he plops down in front of his TV and stays there. After a couple of hours of mindlessly watching the tube, he calls his favorite pizza place to get a large pizza with everything delivered. Oh, and he has a bag of chips to go with that as well as a beer or two. And of course, he sits in front of the TV while he eats.
So in order to lose some weight, Joe decides he will take up running every day. He’s also filled his pantry with healthy foods. Joe does a good job following the plan for about three weeks. He hasn’t seen much progress in his weight loss yet, though. He gets discouraged and thinks, “Hey, I’ll just skip running today.” And “a pizza sure would taste good.” Soon Joe has gone back to his old ways. His new habit fizzled away after only 21 days.
We’ll come back to Joe in a bit.
Everyone has habits. You drink your coffee at certain time every day. You take the same route to work or school. You watch the same television shows each week. You eat your toast with butter and jelly every time. You do your job the same way every day.
Developing successful habits for work and business is necessary if you want your business or career to grow. Your habits directly affect how you are perceived as an employee or an expert in your field.
To be sure, not every habit is a good one and changing them takes time and persistence.
Many bad habits can affect your career. For example:
Being late for work or meetings
Making rash decisions
You want to know what it takes to change bad habits and make the good ones stick.
Well, that’s where this report helps. It digs deeper into what habits are and how they are formed. Then we get to the heart of the matter. It looks at the differences between good and bad habits. Then it goes into how you can create the good habits and how to break the bad habits. Finally, you’ll find tips for staying motivated, on track and getting back on track when you take a misstep.
What is a Habit and How is it Formed?
According to Wikipedia.com, “A habit (or wont) is a routine of behavior that is repeated regularly and tends to occur unconsciously.”
In other words, a habit is something you do repeatedly and regularly without even thinking about doing it. For example, you get up every day at the same time even without an alarm clock. You have a set routine you do each morning. In your business or job, you attack projects in the same way.
Habits are routine and sometimes mandatory. When you think of having successful habits for work or business, you think of the ones that make you productive and fit in worth growth.
The process of changing a habit into a new behavior is called habit formation. It’s very hard to break old habits and form new habits since our behavior is engrained into our neural pathways. But repetition is the key to changing a habit.
So how are they formed then?
It turns out that habits are a three-step process.
The first step is the trigger or cue telling your brain to go into automatic mode. This is the decision making part of your brain.
The second step is the routine or the behavior itself. This is where your decision-making part of the brain and the emotional or memory part of the brain work together.
The third step is the reward. It’s something you enjoy that helps your brain remember this habit in the future. Here is where the memory part of the brain takes over.
Habits are formed through performing a certain action or behavior so regularly that it becomes automatic.
The length of time it takes to break or form a new habit has been debated often. We’ve been told that a habit can be formed and sustained in 21 days. This came from a plastic surgeon, Maxwell Maltz, who published a book, “Psycho-Cybernetics” in the 60s. In it, he talked of his observations that amputees took on average only 21 days to adjust to the loss of a limb. He reasoned that the same must be true of all big changes and it must take 21 days to change a habit.
However, this isn’t totally accurate.
Don’t take my word for it though. A study by the University College London psychologist Phillippa Lally (source: Lhttp://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ejsp.674/abstract;jsessionid=98D00892F8C79349E09076AAB16F133B.f02t03) found that subjects trying to learn new habits such as eating fruit daily or exercising every day, took on average as 66 days before the behavior became automatic. In fact, it ranged from 18 days to 245 days.
Habits can be initially triggered by a goal but over time that goal fades and the habit becomes an automatic behavior.
Habits are formed in a part of the brain called the basal ganglia, which has to do with the development of emotions, pattern recognition, and memories.
Decisions, however, are from the prefrontal cortex part of the brain.
Once a behavior becomes a habit, the decision-making part of the brain stops processing new data.
So, you see, a habit is something you do without thinking about doing it. It takes anywhere from 18 days to 245 days to form a new habit, depending on the complexity of the habit. Changing a bad habit into a good one can be difficult but not impossible.
How to Identify Bad/Good Habits
Now you know what a habit is and how it’s formed, you’re probably curious on how to identify bad habits from good habits. In your personal life, you most likely already know what your bad habits are. In your work life, it might be more difficult to tell.
One way to determine if you have a bad habit that needs to be changed is to ask others. Then you can work on changing them to good habits. Good habits are often recognized when you are getting the results you want from a certain aspect of your life, for example, your business is growing.
Here are some examples of both kinds of habits.
Examples of Good Work Habit
You are a doer. You don’t procrastinate when you have deadlines looming. You are consistently finishing projects and taking on new challenges. You don’t put off doing work because of fear of failing or a lack of planning.
For example, Jane has a big presentation coming up in a month. She has set up a schedule for herself to complete each step of what needs to be done. Each day she completes what needs to be done in order to have her presentation ready. She has a good habit of following through and doing the work.
You take responsibility and ownership of your work even when something goes wrong.
For example, Adam researched the data on a project the company he works for was doing. The company began working on the project only to find the data was incorrect. Adam realized the mistake was his. He has a good habit of taking responsibility for his work.
You’re an active learner. You keep up with the latest trends and news in your niche. You get involved in projects that help you learn new skills or technology.
For example, Michelle reads the latest news and trends in her niche every day before beginning her work. She uses that knowledge to keep her business up to date and current. She volunteers to be a part of a project that is testing new technology she is excited to learn. She has the good habit of always learning
You’re organized. You keep your desk organized, you keep paperwork organized, and you have a system of doing thing.
For example, Lee is notorious for filing papers as soon as he finishes with them. He keeps his desk clean and organized and the files on his computer are kept in well-labeled files. His good habit of being organized helps him to be more efficient at his job.
Tips for developing good habits I’ve already shown you that developing a new habit can take a long time. Here are some tips to help you develop your own. 1. Focus on one habit at a time. Forming a new habit is a lot of work and takes conditioning for it to become automatic. Trying to take on too many changes at once can overwhelm you. Start with one, even a small one, before moving on to another. 2. Gradually work up to it. For example, if your goal is to be organized at work, you won’t be able to be instantly organized every day. It will take time and willpower to keep up with it every day in the beginning. There will be days you slip and leave an unorganized mess on your desk. That’s okay. Just keep at it until it becomes a habit. 3. Build the good habit into your routine of regular habits. For example if you want to start taking vitamins every day, put the bottle in your coffee cup so whenever you grab you mug for coffee in the morning you can take you vitamin as well.
4. Get an accountability buddy. In your business, you probably have someone to stay accountable to that keeps you on track. The same is true when trying to create a good habit. Trying to change on your own can be difficult but if you have someone who can do it with you or keep you motivated, you’re more likely to continue doing it.
5. Give yourself time to develop your self-discipline. I’ve mentioned before it takes time to form a new habit. On average, it can be around 66 days. That means you are going to have to build your self-discipline. One way to do this is to create visual map of what you want to achieve. So, for example, you want to be the leader in your company’s next big project. Create a visual map of what you need to do to be a leader. Include words like confident, focused, good listener, a doer. This map reminds you of why you want to form that new positive habit.
Developing good, positive habits helps you reach your goals.
But what about those bad habits? How do you recognize and change them?
Remember Joe from our story earlier? He had a few bad habits such as eating unhealthy food while watching mindless television shows and avoiding exercise. His job performance was just as bad. His desk is covered with papers and clutter. He doesn’t finish projects or take responsibility for when he does something wrong.
Ignoring your bad habits might seem like the way to avoid them but eventually these habits catch up to you. Your bad habits will hold you back from moving forward.
You already know that smoking and late night ice cream binges are bad habits. These aren’t the only kind of bad habits though. They can include a variety of emotional, cognitive and behavior consequences.
Here are some bad habit examples
You don’t learn from your mistakes. You continue to make the same unhealthy or inefficient choices repeatedly.
For example, Elizabeth has been trying to lose some weight. She goes to the gym every day. The problem is she doesn’t change her eating habits. She still has a doughnut and soda for breakfast every day and snacks on sugary sweets. Each time she starts a new routine at the gym, she doesn’t make the necessary changes to her diet.
You resent other’s people’s success. You’re jealous that they seem to have what you don’t. You don’t look at how hard they worked to get there.
You resent other’s people’s success. You’re jealous that they seem to have what you don’t. You don’t look at how hard they worked to get there.
For example, Bob works with a fellow marketer. His friend just received a promotion and the lead in a big account. Bob feels he should have been chosen. He didn’t always turn in his marketing ideas on time, but so what? He did the work, eventually. Why shouldn’t he be the one to get the promotion?
You procrastinate. You put things off until the last minute then end up doing a poor job.
For example, Betty is a writer. She loves her job, but always thinks she can put off her research and writing until later. She waits until the day before her article is due before she begins researching. She ends up staying up late finishing her article. It’s filled with errors and is never her best work.
You’re afraid to take risks. You don’t step up or speak up because you’re afraid of what others will think of you or you might fail.
For example, John wants to open a business selling dog collars. He loves creating them and has a lot of ideas. The problem is that he’s afraid no one will buy them, even though he gets compliments on them. John is afraid to ask others for help in getting started. Instead, he continues to go to a job he hates and makes his dog collars as a hobby.
Tips for breaking bad habits
As you might guess, breaking a bad habit is going to be as difficult as creating a good one.
Here are some tips to help you along the way.
Become aware of when you are doing the bad habit. Figure out when and why you are biting your nails or cracking your knuckles. Increase your awareness of what you’re doing.
Write down when and why you are doing it and how it makes you feel. This helps you establish a baseline and then you can analyze and recognize why you are doing it. Create a list of the pros and cons of the behavior.
Switch it out. Once you know why and when you’re committing the habit, find a temporary or permanent replacement habit for it. So if you’re trying to stop biting your nails chew gum instead. You can also try meditation to break a bad habit.
Choose the approach that works for you. Some people can quit a behavior all at once while others need to quit gradually.
Avoid the people, places, and situations that trigger the bad habit as much as you can.
Replace the bad behavior with a positive behavior until it becomes a habit.
Give yourself a reward whenever you engage in a good habit over an old, bad habit.
Have others hold you accountable. Consider asking your colleagues, family, or friends to help you break a bad habit.
Undoubtedly, recognizing and changing a habit requires persistence, consistency, and time. Once you’ve recognized what you want to change and why you are one step closer to changing it.
Tips for changing your habits
Let’s face it. Any kind of behavior change requires motivation. Sometimes you get off track and need to find a way to get back on track. Here are some tips to help you stay motivated and get back on track.
Keep at it. If you get off track, get back at it as soon as you realize you are slipping.
Give yourself a reward for each small step you make towards changing a habit.
Commit to it for 30 days. If that seems too hard, commit to a week at a time.
Get a buddy to join you and keep you accountable. They can motivate you and keep you on track.
Mark it on your calendar. This works well for habits like exercising.
Create a ritual. For example, if you want to floss your teeth every day, put the floss next to your toothbrush.
Start small and focus on one habit at a time.
Be specific on what you want to change.
Create an action plan for what you need to do to change a habit. Re-read this plan when you don’t feel motivated or you get off track.
Make a list of what you want to accomplish each day towards your habit change.
Keep a journal of your thoughts and progress. This lets you see how well you are doing.
If you get off track, look for a different way to approach your habit change. For example, you’re trying to become better organized. You’ve been trying to keep your office tidy every day but can’t keep up. Instead try doing your desk one day, the files another and so on.
Not feeling motivated? Listen to an inspirational song or speaker that inspires you.
Stay motivated by revisiting your motivational collage or vision map. It includes pictures of your goal and the reason you want to get there.
The bottom line is you will have days when you don’t feel motivated to change your habit. You may hit a snag or get side tracked and go back to the old way. That’s okay. Just recognize what’s happened and why and then get back at your goal of creating a positive change.
What is the next step? Do you remember Joe from the beginning of our story? He wants to change his bad habit of eating unhealthy foods and start exercising.
Here’s his story after implementing the tips he found here.
Joe gets up an hour before work now. He takes a brisk walk around his neighborhood. He keeps track of how often and how far he walks. He writes in a journal every day with how it makes him feel and he’s beginning to feel better. Now that he walks every day and it’s becoming a habit, he’s started changing his eating habit as well. Now when he arrives home every day, he grabs a piece of fruit to tie him over until dinner. He then spends time with his family, plays with his kids or catches up on motivational reading. Dinnertime is a healthy meal that includes a protein, vegetables, and a salad.
His coworkers are seeing an improvement in his work as well. He now gets his projects done on time and takes responsibility for his work.
Can you imagine how great it would feel if you could change all those old, bad habits into positive good habits quickly?
There is no magic wand or quick-change button. Changing bad habits and creating new ones takes motivation on your part. You will have to self-motivate to do what it takes to make the changes you want. But in the end, it will be worth it.
No Tech Genius Required: Your Guide to Photo Editing with Photoshop
Unless you’re a graphic designer, it’s likely that when you hear the word “Photoshop” your heart starts pumping fast and your brain shuts down from fear of being overwhelmed. While the software is extensive, it’s really not that hard to use. In fact, you don’t have to know how to use everything to get started with photo editing. Just focus on what you want to do at the time instead of all the things the software can do. Performing minor photo editing with Photoshop is simple. Just follow along.
When you open Photoshop, you will see a window that looks like the one below except without the cute bee.
Within the opening screen are the following choices across the top.
Highlight any of the choices to see the rest of your options with your mouse pointer. There are many options that open up when you activate the dropdown menu. In addition, for each action you take on the dropdown menu, even more options will open up in the center of the screen, as well as the right, left and bottom.
How to Open a Picture with Photoshop
The first thing you need to know is how to do is open a picture inside Photoshop for editing. You can do this in three ways.
1. Highlight the Image and then right click the mouse
When you right click on the image, you’ll be given a choice of options. Choose to open the image with Photoshop.
2. Click File, then Open on the top menu
You can use “New”, “Open” or “Open Recent” and you’ll activate various choices from there. Click file, and then look at the drop down to choose your next action.
If you choose New you’re saying that you’re starting a brand new project without an image to start with. It will give you a popup in the middle of the screen that will let you choose how large your work area is and your new project name, among other choices.
Your work area is kind of like a canvas where you bring in other elements like images, typesetting, colors and so forth to make your design interesting. The below is an example of what the settings above give you. The image if printed would be the width, height, and resolution as described, with a background color that you chose. The red arrow is pointed to the area you’d click to change the color above.
When you start a new project it will look similar to the above depending on if you choose a transparent background or not and other factors. The image above is without a transparent background.
If you choose Open, a window will pop up allowing you to find an image in your files on your computer or other storage device.
If you choose another option, a different window will pop up. It’s up to you, but the end result is the same. You’ll bring a picture into the window for editing and enhancing. To choose an image, highlight it with your mouse and then click open on the bottom right.
3. Open Recent
When you open up Photoshop after you’ve worked on a project you’ll see the words “Open Recent” with a list of images or projects under it. If you have already been working and want to resume working on an image use this option.
To demonstrate this, the Bumblebee picture has been opened by clicking the bumblebee.jpg because it was on the list.
Now you can begin to alter the picture according to what you want to do. You can add borders, crop the image, enlarge the image, and improve resolution and more. The most important things that you need to learn to do are cropping, resizing, rotating, and adding text to an image.
Cropping an Image
To crop an image means to cut a certain part of the picture out. To do this we’ll use a picture of a couple.
With this image we want to take the man out of the picture so that the woman can use her face in her Facebook profile picture.
Open the image into the editing space. Then click the cropping tool on the left
When you click the cropping tool, place your mouse over the image, you’ll see that the cropping tool has been selected.
Using the mouse, left click and drag the cropping tool over the image that you want to see. Everything inside the square will stay; everything outside it will go away.
The part you want to crop will be highlighted in the squares. You can drag each side in or out to perfect the area. The part that stays dark is the part outside of the crop area.
Once the squares are exactly where you want them to be, with the picture you want in the center of the area, click the crop icon again, then when the window pops up click crop.
Now your picture will be cropped.
Save the new picture under a different name than the original picture you brought in to crop. You have many choices of how to save the image. It’s always good to save it as a Photoshop image first because you might find a mistake later that you want to be able to fix easily. You will also want to save a second copy for the place you are going to use it. In this case, save it as a JPG due to the fact that this is the best type of file to use on Facebook as a profile image.
Resizing an Image
Another important thing to be able to do with your images is to resize them. There are many reasons why you may need to resize an image. For example if you want to make sure the image is the right size to use in a banner advertisement, a social media profile picture, a book cover or to have printed out you’ll need to understand resizing. In addition, your camera settings may be set to take very large pictures but you may want a smaller size to send via email to friends or family.
Tip: First, find out what the best size of the image is for what you want to use it for, and then make it that size using the Photoshop software. For example, some photos may need to be no larger than 250 pixels square. Others may need to be 9 x 5 inch. For this demonstration we’ll use an image of a painting.
To find out what size this painting is right now, simply click on “image” on the top drop down menu, and then click “image size”.
Now you can see, not only what size the image is, but you can change the sizes from this window that pops up.
You can adjust the dimensions using inches, percentages, pixels and more measurements by using the drop down options. To keep the aspect ratio so the picture isn’t distorted, click the little link icon between the width and height so they are attached. Depending on what you’re going to do with the image you can also adjust the resolution.
For use in print you need a higher resolution than for use online. When you’re done, click “ok”. Remember to save the image when you’re done under a different name than the name the original image started with. This ensures that you keep your original image.
Adding Text to an Image
A very basic skill that you need to know is how to add text to an image. The reasons you might need text on an image is for things like creating a meme, a book cover, or a caption.
Adding text to an image is just a matter of turning on the text tool. Let’s start with an image that we can easily add text to. This is a picture of a chalkboard that has nothing on the board.
First we’ll open the picture into the editing area so that we can click on the text tool. Text is also a new layer in your image. If you want to be able to edit the text again later save as a Photoshop file in addition to saving it as the type of file you want to use. For example if you are using it as a social media share such as a meme, then you will want to save it as a JPG image.
Once the image is opened in the editing window, click on the text tool to activate it.
When you click on the text tool, you’ll now be able to add a text layer to your image. You can control the style of text, as well as the color of the text. First, you need to use the mouse to drag a text box into your image.
Once you have a text box created you can use your keyboard to put text right into the box. If you happen to have an art graphics drawing tablet you can do a lot of this freehand with a pen which is easier than using the mouse or your laptop’s touch pad.
You can freely edit and perfect it by making one or more text boxes to make the words fit correctly on the image. As long as you keep the different layers you can always go back and edit. When you are satisfied save your new image with a new name in the format that you need for the purpose you’re using it.
The possibilities are truly endless with Photoshop and adding text to images. You can get as fancy and as complicated as you want to, but simple is often best. Simple will keep you from getting frustrated. And simple is often very effective.
Rotating an Image
Another useful thing to know is how to rotate an image. You may need to rotate images for different orientations when you put many images together to make a composition such as when making a banner, or when creating a meme for use on social media.
You can rotate entire images as well as various elements within an image such as text, as long as the elements are on their own layers. Below, the text on the chalkboard will be rotated. First, highlight the text layer on the right hand side by clicking the layer.
When the layer is highlighted it activates so that you can edit that layer. Then click “edit”, “transform” and “rotate”.
Once you click “rotate” you can use the mouse to left click and drag the text box so that it moves in the direction you want it to. Drag it where you want it and adjust it to perfection. Then you’ll have rotated text, which can sometimes look more interesting than perfectly straight text.
To get rid of the text box, click the text icon. A window will pop up asking if you want to apply the transformation.
Once you click apply the transformation will be complete.
Be sure to save the image in Photoshop, and in the format required for the place you want to use it. You can use JPG files for online use anyplace. If you want the image to have a transparent background you may need to save it as a PNG.
Knowing how to resize, crop, rotate and add text to an image will enable you to do a lot of the basic image tweaks quickly without having to pay a graphics designer. This doesn’t mean that you can’t still have a graphic designer, but for quick things like profile pictures, Facebook covers, images for your blogs, memes to share on social media, you can do a lot for yourself.
To put all these skills together, let’s make a Facebook Cover.
Set up your new project
The first thing you need to know is what size your finished product should be. Facebook cover images need to be, as of this writing, 851 by 315 pixels. Keep in mind that the profile picture in the lower left side of the cover photo will cover up some of the picture. That picture takes up about 2.5 pixels from the left to the right, and from the bottom about the same.
Click File > New Project – Then fill out all the information asked for in the dialog window that appears.
Click OK at the top right.
Your canvas is now open so you can begin putting what you want on it for your Facebook Cover.
You may want to add a new layer as a place holder so that you avoid covering up important information with your profile picture.
Click File > Browse in Bridge – This will open up a new window where you can browse your computer as well as other places for the image. Find the image you want to use and drag it to your canvas.
Simply point to the image you want and drag it to your original canvas. It will automatically make a new layer that you can manipulate. In this case we’re choosing the profile image spacer which will be deleted later but is to avoid adding words and objects that will be covered by the profile image.
Now you can move on with the rest of your cover design.
2. Choose images
Using Bridge again, like in the example above, to find and of the images you’d like to put on the background of your Facebook Cover. In this case, we are going to add text first then bring some images in to enhance the text.
3. Choose a quote
You can choose a quote or words to put on your Facebook page cover. If you choose a quote be sure to accredit the person who said the quote. To add words, click the text icon and add a text box to where you want the words.
Then type the words you want in the text box. Save as you go so that you can move on to the next thing you want to accomplish.
4. Put it all together
You want to make it look good, add more images, more text, rotate the text, or add other elements that you want on your Facebook cover image. When you add more to the image you may need to highlight a particular layer, and arrange the layer differently. On the tool bar the order of operations is, click the layer you want, then click Layer > Arrange > Bring to Front (or back).
Activate the placer image and then delete it.
5. Save it
Then save as a Photoshop image and as the type of image you want to upload for your Facebook cover which in this case is a JPG file.
Now you can upload it to your FB Profile. Your image will not be in the way of the design or the words and it will look great.
Now it’s your turn. With just these few skills you can do a lot. You can make Facebook covers like above, flat book and product images, memes for social media, and images for blog posts to make your blog posts stand out.
As a business owner, you want the best for your business but sometimes the budget can get in the way. Never fear, because today there are countless online tools, apps and solutions that you can use to run your online business. Let’s not waste any time going into the 100 free tools for your online business.
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15) Google Drive — This is where you can save documents, backups, and files. Everyone has some free space for each Google account created. It’s unlikely you’ll ever use all your free space so you may as well use what you’ve been given. If you are currently signed into Google, the link will take you to your Google Drive.
16) Google Sites — Need to create a fast website to share with others? Look no further than Google Sites to help you with your endeavor. Pick from a variety of templates, or start with a blank one. Follow the steps given and you’ll have your site up before you know it.
17) Google Hangouts — There is a lot to learn about Google Hangouts, you can do them privately, on air, and a multitude of ways that boggle the mind. You can use them in so many ways for your business that there isn’t room in this report to list them. Check it out for yourself.
18) Google Analytics — They say that nothing is ever done until the paperwork is done. In online business, nothing is done without reviewing the metrics. The best way to do so is still free.
19) Google Sketch Up — If you need 3D modeling for any reason then Google Sketch Up is for your business. There is a free version which is awesome, as well as a pro version that’s way less expensive than other like 3D modeling programs.
20) Google Alerts — Everyone needs to monitor their online reputation and one way to do so is with Google Alerts. You can also use it to monitor any topic, name, person, place, or event being discussed across the Internet
21) Dropbox.com — If you need offsite storage solutions, and you really do, then Dropbox should be one of the first ones you try, especially since it’s free. What’s more is that you get more space for each person you invite to use the service.
22) OpenOffice.org — This free productivity suite is an excellent way to get any word-processing type activities completed without having to buy an expensive program.
23) Apptivo.com — You can get started with this online project management system using the free version which allows for unlimited users, up to 40 standard apps, still has online support, and the ability to send invoices even with a mobile app. It also integrates with Google Apps. When you have more income you can upgrade relatively inexpensively.
24) Freshbooks.com — This is an online invoicing and time tracking software, it is not really an accounting tool, but you can use it in conjunction with other tools and as long as you have less than 3 clients this one is free.
25) Nutcache.com — Invoicing and time management is now fun and free. This free service works in many languages, is safe and secure, and is definitely free. If you are one of the first ones to sign up for this time tracking and invoicing service you will never pay.
26) Wave Accounting — This amazing accounting suite offers everything you need to keep track of your income 100% free. It’s also super easy to use. It offers invoicing and more. All free.
27) Expensify.com — If you need to create expense reportsin your line of work, this couldn’t be more simple and useful. Keep track of expenses and receipts in an organized manner. This software integrates with other solutions.
28) PayPal.com — It’s free to get started withPayPal and you only pay a percentage of income as you receive it. This is a great way to accept payment for services or products that you sell.
29) Square Up — This is a mobile payment processing app that you use on your smart phone. It’s free to get started as you only pay a percentage of sales. If you want to sell online, or in a store, or anywhere Square works.
30) Appointlet.com — You can use this appointment manager free for an unlimited number of monthly appointments and 1 service. You won’t be able to brand yet, but you can get started organizing your meetings and calendar. It works with Google Calendar.
31) Doodle.com — A group scheduling app that enables you to send a group invite that allows everyone to collaborate on when the meeting will take place. This helps avoid the back and forth emails that can get everyone confused.
32) Survey Monkey — Want to ask your customers questions and get organized answers that are easy to collect, interpret and use? Then Survey Monkey is a great solution. You can use a limited version for free with up to 10 questions and 100 responses.
33) Evernote — This software works with all your devices to keep track of everything you want to keep track of it, be it notes for a project, recipes for dinner, a grocery list, whatever it is, you can organize all your files and find them easily and remember everything.
34) Boomerang — Want to write an email now but send it later? You can do that with Boomerang for Gmail.com. It gives you a “send later” button in your Gmail and you can tell it when to send an email. The basic plan is free and there are upgrades available.
35) Trello.com – Trello is a great way to remember ideas, collect supplies, and get your thought process in order. Organizing anything you want to do is easy with Trello. You can track all your to-dos in one place, and they have a mobile version.
36) Mural.ly — Need a vision board to help you brainstorm so you can visually see what you need to do? For a basic plan costing nothing you can get this drag and drop collaboration board today. For people who work better with a visual plan this is a great way to be more productive.
37) Cooapp.com –– If you need help keeping your team on the same page then this app can work for you. It keeps track of the work stream, separates out “water cooler” talk, and even has built in time tracking, agenda management and more.
38) ProjectLibre.org — This open source project management application and software touts itself a replacement for Microsoft Project and it’s completely free. You can choose to use the cloud-based version and have professionals install it for you and set it up for a price, but if you understand the technical aspects you can use this free.
40) KeePass.info — Can’t remember passwords? Neither can anyone else. With KeePass, you only need to remember one password. Yes, it’s free too. Amazing and very useful for someone who has many different passwords they’re trying to remember.
41) Quackit.com — Need a little help with HTML so you can tinker with the code on your website or blog? This site can help you with everything from creating linkable button images to tables.
43) Tweepz.com — Want to see who is Tweeting on any topic, location or skill set? Try using Tweepz. You can get inspiration if you’re lacking sufficient information about any topic. It’s also a great way to find movers and shakers to follow on Twitter.
44) Social Mention — Use this tool to find out who is mentioning you on the social media. You can follow the buzz about any topic which can also help you come up with content for your niche.
45) Tweet Alarm — Want to be notified when someone tweets about you, your niche, or a special interest? Well, right now you can do that for free with Tweet Alarm. This can save you a lot of time using Twitter for researching topics.
46) Pin Alerts — Like Tweet Alarm this is a way to be notified when someone pins something from your website. It’s a great way to keep track of whether your Pinterest marketing is working
50) Tregia.com — Want to know what another website is doing to get so many visitors and be so successful. You can use this free tool to analyze any website that you want to. It’s not cheating, it’s smart business to check out your competition. You can also use it to get tips to make your own website better.
51) Nutshellmail.com — It’s important to monitor the buzz about your business and your competition, now you can do it in your email. Nutshellmail, sends you an email on the schedule you check that visually shows you the activity in your social media accounts.
52) Populr — You can open a free account and publish unlimited pages, collaborations and more. Create one page sites, sales pages, point up to three domains to it, and more quickly and it can all be done for free.
53) Streak.com — This is a great app that lets you organize your emails inside your Gmail.com so you can keep track of potential deals better. It also offers email scheduling and more. If you need your inbox more organized so you don’t lose out on any deals, then Streak is for you.
54) FreeCRM.com — You can use the free version which offers no support, and has banner advertising on it, however you can have five users and 2500 contacts, plus it has good basic features. It’s a great way to get started with customer relationship management.
55) Zoho CRM — Use a limited account with all the features you need to get started with a great customer relationship management tool. Upgrading isn’t hard or expensive and the tool really works.
56) Opecrx.org – In every way you can imagine, this powerful free toolcan help you manage your customers. It offers a true professional CRM suit with truly limitless possibilities. If you can follow the considerable directions and understand more than the average person about the technical aspects this is a bargain.
57) Gravatar.com — This is a great service to sign up for, and it’s free. You simply sign up and enter all your email addresses, with corresponding headshots of yourself. When you sign onto blogs that use Gravatar.com you’ll always have the right picture of yourself.
58) HelloSign.com — Doing business online still requires documents to be signed. Stop worrying about doing it in the mail, and you don’t have to pay for an expensive software or service to ensure documents are legally signed. Starting out you can get three signatures a month, and premium versions are available.
59) EchoSign.com — This is also free, and works with Adobe documents. You can get everything signed fast, online, on your mobile device, and never have to print out a thing. You can sign up to five contracts per month (free).
60) MailChimp.com — Need tosend out a newsletter but don’t have the funds right now to pay? With Mailchimp.com you can have up to 2000 newsletter subscribers before you have to pay a dime. Some people claim you cannot use MailChimp for affiliate links but the truth is, you can as long as they’re not on their substantial blacklist. Upgrades aren’t that expensive either.
61) HARO – Do you want to be a source, or need a source? You can sign up free with HARO which stands for Help a Reporter Out.
62) Skype.com — Even with all the other applications come out, Skypeis still a winner when it comes to offering free clear, phone quality one-on-one talking ability over the Internet. You can’t beat it.
63) Free Conference Call – This free service allows you to arrange group phone meetings fast and easy.
64) Youtube.com — You need to set up a business account on YouTube.com so that you can share your videos easily with your audience. It’s not only free, but if you play your cards right, it can be an additional moneymaker.
65) Linkedin.com — If you don’t have a Linkedin.com account yet, you must set one up. The basic version is free and there is no reason why you need the advanced version, ever. You can do anything you need to do with the freeLinkedin.com business social networking application.
66) Facebook.com — A true marvel when it comes to what you can do with it for free, Facebook is a must have for any start up business owner who wants to get the word out about their business. Starting a page or a group for your business on Facebook is necessary today.
67) Twitter.com — The popular micro social media network is free, and will always be free for anyone to sign up and use for business or personal uses.
69) WordPress.com — A free blogging site run by the popular WordPress. Remember this is different from self-hosted WordPress but it’s a good way to start as you can always buy a domain and move it to your own hosting later.
70) Blogger.com — This is another tool from Google which enables users to create a blog quickly. They even make it possible for you to earn money through Google AdSense.
71) Sociopal.com — Sign up for free to get your business on Facebook, Twitter and start a blog at the same time. In addition, you can get help with marketing. What could be more simple?
73) Greenshot –Try this free tool to take screenshots of particular areas on your desktop. For instance you may need to capture the full screen then edit and annotate to highlight and help teach someone a process, Greenshot works easily for this purpose.
74) Gimp.org — This free open source graphics software is almost as good as big name versions and it’s totally free. People say if you can use Photoshop you can use Gimp for the same actions. It won’t hurt to try it, since it’s free and you are always going to need graphics for your business.
75) Pixlr.com — It’s hard to believe this gem is free, but it is. You can edit photos in a number of ways and make them really stand out without understanding complicated graphics software.
76) Canva.com — Another, free application that works great to create banners, presentations, and other types of graphics for you to use across the web on your blog or social media. You’ll be asking yourself the entire time you’re using this, is it really free? Why, yes, yes it is free.
77) ChartGizmo.com — This is a free software application that enables you to create awesome charts and diagramsfrom your data. Plus, even though it’s free there is a nice manual to teach you how to use it.
78) Creative Docs — You can download this software and use it free to create awesome documents with a kick. It works with Windows and is a free download. You can create polygons, Bezier curves, different styles and more to make your documents, flyers and posters pop.
79) Draw.io — This is a software program that allows you to create diagrams and save them to your computer, Dropbox or Google Drive automatically. If you need visual representation of any type of content you can create it easily and intuitively with Draw.io.
80) FlowChart.com — Currently in Beta, so it’s free to use to create awesome flow charts. Everyone needs a flowchart occasionally, and this is a great way to create one for your business.
81) Tableau Public — Want to visualize your information in a new way? Tableau public allows you to create visual representations of your data for free. Create interactive graphs, and make it easier for your audience to interact with your data.
82) Fring.com — Need to have chats with customers, or your team on the go? This is a great way to do it. You get free talk, text and video calls with this mobile application.
83) Weebly.com— If you need a website you can get a basic site up and running, fast. Then upgrade later. The website builder is an easy to use drag and drop builder. You sign up free and then choose the focus of your site, a brochure site, a blog or a store. Then, choose a theme and get started. It’s simple and fast to get online. Once you start earning money, you can easily upgrade to a site with your own domain for as little as 3 dollars a month.
84) WordPress.org — This is afree open source website builder. To use it, you will need to pay for a domain name, as well as hosting. You can get inexpensive hosting through Mom Webs, and they’ll actually throw in a free domain name for you and load your first instance of WordPress too.
85) Google Publisher Plugin For WordPress — Is a custom plug in created for and by Google to support webmasters using AdSense and other Webmaster Tools. It’s still in Beta Release and it’s a good time to try it since it’s free. Although, it’s likely to remain free. It’s Google.
86) WP-Drafts For Friends — This WordPress plugin allows you to set a time where people can see a preview of your draft posts with a special link even if they’re not users of your site. This is a great way to enable people to give you some tips before you publish it to the world, or give special people a sneak peak.
87) AGV Antivirus — This is a free antivirus software that you can use to protect your computer from receiving infected files. It works with many web browsers and the free version works fine for most people.
88) Microsoft Security Essentials — If you have a Windows based computer then this is a greatfree antivirus tool for you to use. It works really good, is completely free, and there is no need for other antivirus software when you use it.
89) All In One WP Security & Fire Wall — You need to keep your WordPress site safe from intruders and this will do the job.
90) Audacity — A free open source, recording software that you can use for editing sound, recording, and podcasting. It works across operating system platforms and works exceptionally well. This is a good choice for any business owner who wants to add podcasting to their content mix.
91) Odiogo — This is a great way to put a voice to your blog posts, making every single blog post on your website just like a podcast. Works great with TypePad, Blogger, WordPress and others.
92) Sparkol.com Videoscribe — This is a great way to do fast explainer videos. You’ve seen them, with the hand writing the words. The free version can be used forever, and while it has less to offer than the upgraded paid version, you can get by just fine with the free version for a long time.
93) AnyMeeting.com — This is a great program as long as you don’t mind a few advertisements. They’re not intrusive so it’s a good option when you want a full featured online web meeting / webinar application and don’t have the money up front.
94) Managemeet.com — This is a great tool to use if you need to have business meetings, collaborate with others and want to do it face-to-face without the travel involved. It’s free to use as long as you don’t plan to save the meeting or charge for attendance.
98) WP e-Commerce — This is a free shopping cart pluginfor your WordPress website. It’s very easy to install and figure out how to use it to make an attractive store right on your WordPress site and take payments via PayPal.
99) 1FreeCart.com — This is a free shopping cart, that also has a free affiliate program application with it. The free version does have ads on it, but you can always upgrade later.
100) PayGear.com — This is a full featured shopping cart, with affiliate marketing tools, that you can get free. You are only charged a percentage of sales. You can even upgrade later to a paid plan so that your fees never get too high if your sales should take off.
101) MembersGear.com — This is a free membership software package that you can download and use in conjunction with PayGear. You never pay unless you make a sale. They do offer paid upgrades including an inexpensive plugin to help the membership software work with WordPress.
102) Cafe Press — Want to sell premiums from your website like T-shirts, hats, mugs and so forth? You can set up your store free with CafePress.com. It even has a built-in option to offer an affiliate program.
103) WebStore.com — If you ever wanted to sell on eBay.com but didn’t want to pay the high fees you can now sell at Webstore.com and avoid those fees. It’s a little “wild-wild-west” but it does work.
104) VistaPrint.com — You can get free business cardsfrom VistaPrint. You might wonder how this is helpful when you run an online business, but it is very help. You never know when you’ll run into someone that you want to do business with. Having the card will help you break the ice.
As you can see there is a wide variety of free software, education, code, and more that can help with setting up a website, email marketing, affiliate marketing, podcasting, blogging, selling products, hosting webinars, using social media, and anything you need to do for and with your business. When you are starting a business on a shoestring, an Internet business is the best kind to start due to all the free applications and tools that are available. What are you waiting for?
If you’re starting an online business or already running one, you may already be aware of the ease of getting caught up surfing the web all day.
It’s easy to start the day with positive, productive intentions but it’s also easy to get sidetracked and start clicking links which lead all over the web. This makes it hard to get any work done once you make a habit of being distracted.
So how can you get back on track and make sure that you produce the quality and quantity of work you need to have a successful business?
Well, here’s a great system for making sure that you get everything you need done and have time to spare every day.
1) Before you even turn the computer on or sit at it, get a piece of paper and write out your intentions of the day. You need to be detailed and write everything that you want to get done including steps and what you will need to get the job done. Be complete.
2) Turn the computer on and disable the Internet. Now take your list and put a star next to each item that can be done without Internet access. This is a powerful way to make sure you don’t get distracted.
You may be saying, “I run an Internet business, how can I do it without the Internet”?
That’s a good question but think hard about what the Internet is required for. Much of running an Internet based business is composing content and writing e-mails. You can use a text program to compose all of your text without Internet access.
Also, say you want to search for JV partners and write them e-mails. First write the e-mail you will be sending to potential JV partners, THEN get online and find their e-mails and e-mail them.
3) Set e-mail checking for twice daily and never more. E-mail can cripple your time, it’s easy to sit there checking e-mail every 30 seconds looking for an expected message or sales notification but that’s going to kill your efficiency.
You don’t want to check your e-mail right when you get online. Do everything in step #1 and #2 first and then check your e-mail for the first time. Then set one additional time, preferably at the end of the day to check messages and reply to anything important.
You don’t need to have your e-mail program open 24 hours a day and run to the computer when you hear a message bell.
4) When the workday is over, turn the computer off and clear your mind. Spend time with your family and clear your head. You don’t want to spend 19 hours a day online and neglect your family. Not to mention that you’ll start having eye site problems if you stay on for prolonged periods of time.
When you run a website, you take a lot of time and effort to get traffic to that website. You’ve got to do many things to get people to come visit, and you want to make the most of the traffic that you receive. In order to make sure that you get repeat traffic to your website, you need to offer a free subscription to a newsletter, and then make that newsletter viral.
Making your newsletter viral is a means of increasing traffic to your website and increasing your potential customer base. When an e-mail or newsletter becomes viral, it is passed along from person to person (like a virus). Your message (and your URL) is spread to many different people and you’ll experience increased interest in your website. The first step is getting people to subscribe to your newsletter.
If your potential customer gets to your website and isn’t yet convinced to buy, they’ll move away from your page and forget about you. However, if you offer them a chance to subscribe to your newsletter when they immediately arrive, you’ll capture their name and e-mail address. They can be marketed to later through your newsletter. And that newsletter can be an important part of your viral marketing process.
Getting people to subscribe is fairly easy. Provide them with clear action statements on the first part of your web page. State “Subscribe to our Free Newsletter” or “Sign up Here to receive our Free Newsletter.” Point out where and how they can sign up by placing an opt in box directly on your homepage.
One important thing to keep in mind is that many sites offer a free newsletter. To achieve the greatest success you need to really “sell your free newsletter”. Now I don’t mean sell it for money that would make it a paid newsletter not a free newsletter. What I mean is sell your prospect on why they absolutely must subscribe to your newsletter.
When asking your prospective reader to subscribe you are asking them to invest some of their valuable time in listening to you. You need to sell them on why they should listen to you. Use the same time and care in selling your free newsletter as you would your $1000 products and you will get quality opt ins, which will turn into repeat traffic.
Once you’ve got your visitors names and e-mail addresses, the key part of your viral marketing campaign can begin. Start by adding a “pass it on” suggestion at the bottom of every newsletter. Encourage your readers to share the articles with friends and associates. These “second generation” readers will be lead to your site where they too can sign up for your newsletter.
Make sure you offer a compelling and interesting newsletter each week (or bimonthly). Make it interesting and directly related to your niche. Your newsletter should contain valuable information to the reader, and not just sales copy. If your readers get bogged down with too much “buy my product” talk, they’ll unsubscribe very quickly or just keep deleting your messages. Your name and product will be associated with poor quality and high pitch tactics which will not win you any friends.
Offer your readers articles, quizzes and how to advice related to the niche. Make it something that they look forward to receiving each week or every other week. You should work to create a friendly and approachable tone in your e-mail. You want to build a long-term relationship with your readers through your newsletter. Stay conversational and friendly. This will associate your website and your name with trustworthiness. This makes your readers more likely to pass your messages along.
If you aren’t an expert in your niche, do the research you need to make yourself into one. Providing valuable information on your topic is the best way to increase trust and make your newsletter viral. Seek out interesting information and advice that your readers will want to know. The Internet is a big place with a lot of information. Do the hard work for them, and bring them the valuable knowledge that they need related to your topic.
Your information should be good, timely and relevant. Dig beyond the surface and find sources that aren’t available to everyone. If you can provide unique information on the topic, your readers will be sure to forward your newsletter along to other interested parties.
All of the work that goes into making a newsletter viral will pay off in more traffic (and more subscribers) to your website.
Do lots of research on your niche topic to make yourself a valuable expert in your field, and then give, give, give to your readers and watch your traffic and newsletter subscription base grow.