Why do we hate unsolicited email so much? Have you ever asked yourself that? Could it be we have been programmed to do so? With all the hype over the Canadian Anti-spam Law and Trojan emails in the news, we are always on the alert when an email sneaks its way into our inbox from a sender we don't recognize. But, is it really all SPAM?
I have managed email marketing for clients for over 7 years. I see unsubscribe messages that make my toes curl. And the vitriol embedded in the rejection just seems to be getting more intense as time goes by. As with social media, when we can communicate incognito, we tend to use language we wouldn't if it were face to face. What I find very interesting is that often some of the most ungracious unsubscribe reasons given are offered by people who do their own email marketing. READ MORE
How many times have you let opportunities pass you by? How often have you been blinded to the opportunities in your path? What are the excuses you tell yourself when you let the opportunity escape rather than grabbing hold of the brass ring? Often people wait and wait for the right opportunity and when it comes along packaged just a bit differently than they envisioned it, they let it go only to realize later it was exactly what they had wanted all along. Maybe it’s that new job, or that move to the city you’ve always dreamed of. Perhaps it’s leaving a relationship that isn’t working out to venture forward to meet the partner of your dreams. Perhaps it’s leaving your 9 to 5 job to go off and start a company on your own. Whatever it is, what are the fears that hold you back?
There are many kinds of fear and not all fear is bad. READ MORE
The statement “If at first you don’t succeed try, try again” holds true for every successful person you see in every walk of life. Henry Ford, Walt Disney, Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Oprah Winfrey, Donald Trump, Steve Jobs, Steven Spielberg, J. K. Rowling, The Beatles, Michael Jordan—the list goes on and on. These are just a few of the many famous names who were anything but overnight successes.
Almost everyone who is successful has experienced their share of failures and setbacks. When you’re striving for a dream with all your heart and soul, setbacks are inevitable. So the question is not whether or not you will have setbacks but what will you do with them? Will you allow them to take you down or will you learn from them and use them as the stepping stone to a huge comeback? The choice is yours. READ MORE
I turned 40 a week ago. If you've turned 40 already, you get it, it's a big deal. Generally for women it can either be a time of despair at the aging process, or for most of the women I know, a time to celebrate coming into one's self, knowing and being happy with who you are, and taking on a new chapter in your career and personal life.
I found myself in a predicament a few months back as I was planning my birthday festivities. I was enjoying one of the most rewarding years of my career and planning to expand in a new territory of services. I was feeling whole in every aspect of my personal life and enjoying a schedule that balanced my family's needs and my aspiring goals.
You know life is not passing you by, unless… you let it.
Are you feeling out of touch with your life? Do you feel invisible? Are you becoming your mother? Do you and your significant other argue a great deal of the time? Do you feel abandoned by your friends? Are you bored with your career? Do your kids ignore you and seem to be so ungrateful and unloving?
There has been a big shift in Google’s logarithm in recent month's that you should know about.
And that is guest blogging and especially blog post listing (listing the same blog article on article sites) no longer has the link power it did before.
Quite frankly, Google is all but ignoring it now.
And that is why some of you have seen a drop in or no progress from it.
Also, this is why getting your Google Authorship set up on your blogs is so important, if you have a lot of content out there, you want Google to recognize the content on your own website as yours, otherwise it may be ignored like your other duplicate articles.
I wouldn’t say completely throw it out – but here are some guidelines I would follow: READ MORE
The month of February is when we turn our attention to love, passion and romance. We make sure that our special someone knows how much we love them and we shower them with gifts of wine, dinner and chocolates. We romance them and watch the passion soar. But did you know love, passion and romance are not just important elements in your personal relationships? These three elements hold the key to true success in business as well.
I am sure you have heard how important it is to love what you do. This is not foreign to any of us. The more we love what we do the less it feels like work and the more enjoyment we gain from our jobs. But oddly enough there are so many people who hate what they do and are just going to work to get the paycheck. It is impossible to find true happiness in your work without the love. It is like a loveless relationship. There is no nourishment for the soul and little by little you die inside. There is no way you can kindle the passion and romance without having love present. So first and foremost you have to love what you do or at least some element of what you do. READ MORE
The holiday season is over and 2015 is no longer just knocking at the door-it is here. Now is the time when we look back at what we've accomplished during the past year. We reflect on the goals we set for ourselves last January and that we achieved, as well as the goals that somehow fell by the wayside-and we ask ourselves why? Most importantly, it's the time when we begin to set our new goals for the upcoming year.
The desire for self-improvement runs rampant during the holidays. After attending all the holiday parties and eating all the goodies, getting together for one too many lunches/dinners with friends, family and colleagues we decide a diet and fitness program needs to be set. Or maybe we assess where we are on our career paths compared to where we found our friends to be. Do we like where we are or do we need to step up our game? READ MORE
The answer is: No. In fact, some people who appear thin may still have a high body fat percentage. This is what we call being “skinny fat”.
When a person is skinny fat, the greatest danger is visceral fat. Although everyone needs some fat to cushion internal organs and to provide a reservoir of stored energy, a sedentary lifestyle combined with overeating and the aging process itself are the main contributing factors for visceral fat accumulation. This type of body fat builds up around internal organs and secretes dangerous inflammatory toxins. Too much visceral fat also raises risk of chronic diseases (1).
Body composition is the ratio of fat to lean body mass and is commonly used to indicate disease risk and overall health status. READ MORE
And so you have a dream. But many things seem to be stopping you. If you have struggled yourself through trials and challenges and think that the road to success is a never-ending difficult road to take, then you are actually facing roadblocks to success. Roadblocks are hindrances, obstructions and blockages; and they take many forms. Sometimes it’s hard to identify them, and sometimes, you create them.
What are the common roadblocks to success? 1. Useless worry. STOP worrying too much! You have too many what-if’s: what if I fail, what if it doesn’t work out, what if this or that happens. You will never get things done unless you try. And remember, success is a series of multiple failures. It will not be sweet success if not for failure. Don’t be afraid to fail. The most successful people went through different kinds of failure. READ MORE
Ever have to go to a Dinner Party directly from work? It is quite difficult to select an outfit that will be appropriate for both day and night. There are plenty of options though; you just have to be creative. For example, think about wearing a sophisticated dress with a suit jacket for work. Then take the jacket off, add some jewelry and boots and you have a new look. Below I paired a sharp black and red dress with a blazer and heels for the daytime hours. Then for evening wear, I removed the jacket and added boots and a knitted sweater. You could even add a thicker belt to make the dress “pop” more. READ MORE
I have a business website, so why do I need a blog? If you are thinking of starting a small business, or are currently running one, hopefully by now you realize that to succeed, you must have a website! If you disagree in any way, let me shake you back into reality and tell you, you’re wrong.
The internet is where the majority of people shop, conduct business, reach out to potential clients, spread the good news of their products world-wide in a split-second, and the only way a business can compete and grow today.
Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for 10 years, you already know that. Here is something, however, that you may not be aware of.
If you don’t have a blog, you might as well not have a website…