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written by John Chow on December 18, 2014

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Did you know that the majority of people take advice from people who are not quality to give it?

You want to become a millionaire. Instead of asking a millionaire on how to become a millionaire, most often than not, you’ll ask someone who has less net worth than you. I’ve seen this happen a thousand time. And people wonder why they’re not getting ahead in the world.

The following Driving with John Chow video shows you how to avoid getting bad advice. The major takeaway is this: make sure you get advice from people who are qualified to give it.

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written by John Rampton on December 17, 2014

$48,209.70 in 6 months. Learn How!

One of the biggest markets in business is B2B, or business who create products and services for other businesses. After all, working where there is definitely money to be spent is one of the safest ways to work, and you cannot blame many smart entrepreneurs for going the tech route. These businesses aim to help other business owners increase their success through tech based solutions, and succeed at doing so time and time again.

Tech Startups to Help your Business Grow

Even problems other companies have solved can always be innovated on, especially given the abundance of new technology. These seven startups are really working to help businesses grow, and will be integral in the future for many to continue to succeed.

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  1. SquarespacePublishing web content and operating online is a necessity in today’s business world. However, managing an online presence is not easy, and many business owners cannot afford to hire out. That is where Squarespace comes in, having just announced the newest version of their full suite program, Squarespace 7. The user friendly design makes giving annotations, changing content, and managing your business online easy and quick, saving you time when time is money.
  2. DelightedIf you have ever wondered what your customers really think about your business (which you should have!), then Delighted is a startup you need to take notice of. By collecting and analyzing in depth feedback from customers, Delighted provides better quality reviews than many other platforms, giving business owners a clearer picture of their standing with customers and a clear route ahead on where to improve. Even if a customer chooses not to leave in depth feedback, the easy to create customer surveys will provide you with exactly what you want to know for less hassle.
  3. FroontHave you ever had the perfect idea for a website design, but not the means to create it? Of course you have. Froont is a business that provides an easy to use platform to design websites sans writing code, and the best part is is that you can easily share them with employees and partners. The designs that can be created on the platform are sleek and professional, and best of all, they are open source. It is perfect for those who want to get feedback on their website, or would like to clone a site from a pre-existing site designed on Froont, and in an increasingly sharing emphasized world, this is simply indispensable for business owners.
  4. Hostt.comHosting can be one of the biggest pains in the butts in the world.  Hostt is a Silicon Valley startup that makes hosting your website very easy at a cost that’s affordable to everyone… Free.  They make it very easy to signup and have 24/7 support.  They are currently expanding outside the US to everywhere around the world.
  5. AppSeeAnalytics services are absolutely necessary to monitor how people are interacting with your business online. However, AppSee takes it one step further and is able to give business owners in detail analytics about how customers are behaving on their app and how they are using it. In addition to affording you the opportunity to optimize your app for your customer’s behavior trends, it also allows you the opportunity to better your sales potential with them by the same token. AppSee is currently only available for iOS, but an Android version is coming in the future.
  6. NimblFor businesses that have physical locations and deal in cash, running out of change in the middle of the day can be a death sentence to making sales. This is especially true when your business is still small and you cannot afford to spare someone to run out and grab more money – however, with Nimbl, you do not have to. You can order a cash delivery to your business’s door and someone will be there shortly, taking that burden off of your mind. In addition to this, if your business operates in cash only, you could refer your customers to use Nimbl instead of going out to find an ATM where you might possibly lose them to a competitor. Convenience is truly where success lies for many businesses, and Nimbl personifies that.
  7. AppboyHaving automated marketing takes a lot of the pressure off of your shoulders. However, having good automated marketing is another thing entirely, but that is what Appboy delivers. With tools that monitor user engagement with mobile apps, Appboy is able to take the guesswork and trial out of your hands and give you the best results possible. With a 210% growth rate for the businesses, it is easy to see that Appboy delivers, and is definitely a good tool for business owners.

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written by John Chow on December 17, 2014

On this episode of Driving with John Chow, I expand on a post I wrote back in November about what Albert Einstein taught me about success.

In that post, I talked about how Einstein may have came up with the theory of relativity, but he also believed in the theory of simplicity. Any intelligent fool can make things more complex. It takes a touch of genius ­and a lot of courage­ to go in the other direction. If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.

This Driving with John Chow uses another analogy to drive the point home that if you want to make money online, then keep it simple stupid!

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written by Michael Kwan on December 16, 2014

When I first started out writing content on the Internet, I didn’t even know that it was a possibility for the average person to make some decent coin that way. When I first started out, I had a really basic mailing list consisting of mostly friends and family and I would manually send out my articles to them. When I did finally get around to having an actual website, it was powered by Geocities and it had one of those strange categorized URL structures where my website was effectively located on a subfolder of a subfolder of a subfolder under the Geocities domain.

At the time–this was in the late 1990s and into the early 2000s–there really was no such thing as search engine optimization for me, because the thought never even occurred to me. However, when this hobby started translating into a possible career, I was far more familiar with what it meant to run a blog and I started learning about SEO. While some of those basics may still apply, many of the “best practices” of the time have since been thrown out of the window.

A short while ago, Neil Patel of Quick Sprout posted an infographic describing the difference between what SEO used to be and what SEO is now. We’re not even looking at that long of a time frame, as much of “what SEO used to be” was really only a few short years ago.

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If you thought you knew what you were doing with both internal and external search engine optimization tactics, you might want to rethink your strategy. The old approach is outdated and it could actually be doing you more harm than good.

Some of the key takeaways from Neil’s post include:

  • Keyword research is far less important than good content creation and effective social media marketing. Google is paying far more attention to “social signals” and they’re looking for more active engagement with your site’s content. If more people are liking and sharing your post, particularly through Google+, you have a better chance of getting ranked than if you were to target the “right” keywords.
  • Keyword intent has taken over singular keywords. Even when you are engaging in your keyword research, it’s more important to look at long tail searches (which account for 70% of search traffic) and keyword intent. This means that if you want to rank for “make money online,” you don’t necessarily want to target a specific keyword density using that exact match. It’s better to write for real readers and use natural language.
  • Content marketing is “highly integrated” with a company’s SEO strategy. This is a big reason why keeping a company blog and really engaging with your audience are so important.
  • Spammy backlinks don’t work anymore. Google has gotten a lot smarter about detecting “artificial” backlinks, which had previously done a great job at bolstering a site’s rankings. In fact, Google will punish you if it thinks you’re buying these links on garbage sites through a service like Fiverr. Instead, focus on building quality backlinks from more legitimate web properties.

If nothing else, the real take-home message here also extends to just about everything else you do online: adapt or die. The Internet will continue to change with each passing day and the onus falls on you to adapt to the new situation. Don’t get stuck in a routine that’ll just get outdated anyway.

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written by John Chow on December 16, 2014

What if you could grow your business every time you published a blog post?

What if every new blog post could easily increase your email list and drive more sales — all while sharing valuable, potentially game-changing content with your audience?

Tomorrow, our Conversion Educator, Tim Paige, is hosting a 100% new live training to show you how it’s done. Go check this out right now.

[LIVE] The Four Fastest Ways to Boost Revenue (and Leads) with Your Business Blog

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Inside this live training, you’ll discover. . .

  • Four Surprising Tactics to Scale Your Business Blog in 2015: Over the last year, we have discovered four tactics to grow your audience via your business blog. We’ll show you how to implement all four of these new, proven tactics this week so you can start seeing results before New Years.
  • How to Turn Your Blog Homepage into a Lead-Gen Machine: There’s a very specific homepage that industry bloggers are using right now to generate more leads — even on days when they do NOT publish a new blog post. We’ll show you how you can borrow this exact page so you can turn your own blog into a lead-gen machine.
  • The New Industry Standard in Blogging (as of 2014): Starting this past year, companies like Buffer and Shopify now use a very specific tactic to grow their email lists in individual blog posts. We’ll show you how it’s done, and how you can set up this exact same strategy on each blog post in minutes.

This is all happening during tomorrow’s live training at 2 pm Eastern (11 am Pacific). We hope you’ll consider joining us.

Click below to register for this one-time-only training. GoToWebinar only allows 1,000 people to join us for this webinar. Seats are already filling up. Click below to register right now to claim your spot. I’ll see you at tomorrow’s webinar.

[LIVE] The Four Fastest Ways to Boost Revenue (and Leads) with Your Business Blog

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