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Web Coach Tip: Find a Mentor or Business Coach

November 22, 2009 Leave a comment

business coach mentorThe smartest move in business I ever made was hiring a business coach. Why? Because I had an insider expert on my side to give me guidance. Someone who knew the ropes and what the heck was going on.

Finding a mentor or coach is one of the most important choices you can make because, ultimately, you become friends, and confidants. Your mentor is invested in you and is there for the long haul. They’re there to help you set goals and hold you accountable.

You see, I only knew the technical side of building a business – I didn’t fully understand:

  • What to do first
  • how to create an action plan
  • how to manage my time

Then, I wasn’t sure:

  • who my ideal clients were?
  • what my clients wanted?
  • how to even get clients!

Then, I had to think about what tools and resources were available to me? Then came the FLOOD of questions!

  • How do I build my mailing list? Why do I need one?
  • What is an ezine?
  • Do people use direct mail?
  • What do I sell? How do I create information products?
  • How do I take payments?
  • Multiple streams of income… what does that mean?

Sheeesh! But if I *really* wanted to be successful, I also needed to learn about:

  • Coaching, and how to mentor and teach others.
  • Events, how to plan, prep and faciliate seminars and classes.
  • Team? Would I need others? How do I get people to help me?
  • Leverage, taking everything that I know and using it to my best advantage.
  • Relationship marketing. Social Media and new technology yet to be discovered.

All of this can be enough to intimidate anyone into tossing in the towel on their dreams. You must find a mentor, or an advisor to help you figure out all the details and create a formula that works for you!

How to get the most from your mentor/coach

  • Have your notes, and questions ready before hand. Come to meetings prepared.
  • Record the meeting if possible.
  • Stay on task. Try not to stray off topic.

Once I began to work with a coach, I no longer felt alone or isolated. Someone was actually listening and focusing on ME. He gave me advice, ideas, comments and views on my opportunities. That support is priceless.

If one-on-one coaching is too pricey for you, you might want to check out The Web Coach INSIDER at TheWebCoach.net

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3 LOW COST Action Steps for Beginners

November 11, 2009 Leave a comment

Really quick, here’s 3 action steps for you:

  1. Start writing! 300-500 words is fine. At bottom of article is your “resource box,” be sure to put your 10 second commercial with a link to your NEW BLOG. (see #2) Post your articles to ezinearticles.com, blog, newsletter, read aloud to make a podcast, and Youtube video, post on facebook and twitter.
  2. Go to WordPress.com and sign up for a free blog. Doesn’t have to be anything fancy. If you get stuck – call me 419 775-7424
  3. Grap a copy of Get Clients NOW! By CJ Hayden – create your own 28-day program and work it! 🙂

This is a really quick and inexpensive way to get yourself online.

7 Powerful Success Tips For Your Website in 2010

August 31, 2009 3 comments

iStock_000007102572XSmallWebsite needs change over the years.  In order to succeed and stay up-to-date with trends, you’ll want to read and implement these 7 powerful success tips for your website in 2010 .

  1. Your copy is most important. I imagine this will never change – it’s definitely worth your time to learn how to write your own persuasive and powerful sales copy or hire a copywriter. Take a look at two greats like: Dan Kennedy and David Ogilvy. Both are accomplished authors – go buy their stuff and absorb it all.
  2. Ease of use – for heavens sake, don’t make me think! I don’t want to guess or look very hard for information on your website. If you don’t understand what I mean, go read “Don’t Make Me Think” by Steve Krug. Take notes.
  3. Your social media contact info – Yes, I’m going to stalk you. Of course your website positions you as an upstanding person, but I want to know the *REAL* you. How do you interact with friends and customers? What do people post on your Facebook wall?
  4. Testimonials – candid, unrehearsed and off-the-cuff testimonials can only build your credibility. When you do good work – get a testy!
  5. Single point-of-entry – make it easy to do business with you. One simple way to be introduced to your world of products and services is thru a single point-of-entry. Woo me, seduce me, and make me fall in love and spend my money!
  6. Are you a Go-giver? Nothing is more attractive or sexy than a person who gives freely and unconditionally. Yeah, really. Have you read “The Go-Giver?” by Bob Burg and John David Mann?
  7. BLOG – I want to know how you think. If you’re not blogging by now – get started. I want to do business with a person of character and integrity. Your blog can tell me exactly what kind of person you are.

What are Your thoughts?

Categories: Articles, DIY, Web design

Web Coach Tip – Why WordPress? Step-By-Step Instructions to Set Up Your Own WordPress Website

Creating a client attracting, professional website does not have to cost you thousands of dollars nor do you need to have a lot of technical expertise.

Matter of fact, if you know the right tools and are a bit savvy with your computer and internet, you can do it for LESS than a couple hundred bucks.

The minimum tools you’ll need to get started are:

  • your domain and hosting with a MySQL database
  • a theme (what you call a template in the WordPress world)
  • free ftp software.  (Or Dreamweaver if you prefer)
  • a little bit of time and patience

When you purchase your domain and hosting together, most of the time a MySQL database is included in the package.

Your site is being built on a WordPress platform, a free web-based blogging tool.

Why WordPress? Because:

  1. It’s open source. Which means thousands of people are continuously updating and making it better for the greater good of mankind.
  2. YOU will be able to update your site from anywhere.  It’s web-based, you only need an internet connection and a browser to access your site.
  3. Creating new pages, uploading images, and video only takes a couple clicks and you’re done.
  4. Writing and formatting your copy is just like editing a word document.  Easy peasy.
  5. Plugins and Widgets!  These two nifty elements will add personality and function.

Before you begin, find a notebook to keep track of your passwords.  In my online client area, I create a file called “Access – Passwords n’such”, that way we can both update and have access to passwords.  Examples of passwords we keep track of are email, shopping cart, hosting, ftp, database, WordPress, audio, Facebook, Twitter etc.

Assuming you have already purchased a domain and hosting, begin by accessing your hosting companies control panel (cpanel).  There will will see common areas like “Website, Email, Domain, E-Commerce, Scripting & add-ons, Marketing Services, and Account info.”  This info may be different, as all hosting companies cpanel’s are different.

You can start with the database setup first:

  1. click on “manage MySQL Database” or “Create MySQL Database”
  2. Create a “Database Name”:
  3. Create a Database Login
  4. Create a Password:

All done.  And you wrote all of your database info down, right?  Of course you did!

Next, you’ll move to the “Scripting & Add-ons” or “Install Central” section.  There you’ll find WordPress and a bunch of other goodies.  We’re only concerned with WordPress right now.

Click on install WordPress and enter your database name, username and password when prompted.

As WordPress is installing, you’ll need to think of an administrative username, password and give an email address since you’ll be the admin of the site.  You’re almost done!

When WordPress is completely installed, you can access by typing in http://yourdomain.com/wp-admin.php and enter you’re admin username and password.

Wasn’t so bad now, was it? 🙂

Now it’s YOUR turn:

  • Do you have your domain and hosting purchased?
  • Have you looked at WordPress Themes yet?
  • Have you blocked out time to achieve your goals?

Donna Payne is the Chief Web Goddess of The Web Coach.net; a web development, coaching and marketing firm, and is known as the gal to call when you are feeling overwhelmed. Learn Money & Time Saving Techniques that everyone should know when working with a web designer or building a website yourself. Download your FREE “Quick-Start Web Workbook” and accompanying MP3 at http://thewebcoach.net Know PAYNE – Know GAIN!
Follow me on Twitter @TheWebCoach and lets connect on Facebook!

Web Coach Tip: Why WordPress? Step-By-Step Instructions to Set Up Your Own WordPress Website.

March 28, 2009 Leave a comment

wpCreating a client attracting, professional website does not have to cost you thousands of dollars nor do you need to have a lot of technical expertise.

Matter of fact, if you know the right tools and are a bit savvy with your computer and internet, you can do it for LESS than a couple hundred bucks.

The minimum tools you’ll need to get started are:

  • your domain and hosting with a MySQL database
  • a theme (what you call a template in the WordPress world)
  • free ftp software.  (Or Dreamweaver if you prefer)
  • a little bit of time and patience

When you purchase your domain and hosting together, most of the time a MySQL database is included in the package.

Your site is being built on a WordPress platform, a free web-based blogging tool.

Why WordPress? Because:

  1. It’s open source. Which means thousands of people are continuously updating and making it better for the greater good of mankind.
  2. YOU will be able to update your site from anywhere.  It’s web-based, you only need an internet connection and a browser to access your site.
  3. Creating new pages, uploading images, and video only takes a couple clicks and you’re done.
  4. Writing and formatting your copy is just like editing a word document.  Easy peasy.
  5. Plugins and Widgets!  These two nifty elements will add personality and function.

Before you begin, find a notebook to keep track of your passwords.  In my online client area, I create a file called “Access – Passwords n’such”, that way we can both update and have access to passwords.  Examples of passwords we keep track of are email, shopping cart, hosting, ftp, database, WordPress, audio, Facebook, Twitter etc.

Assuming you have already purchased a domain and hosting, begin by accessing your hosting companies control panel (cpanel).  There will will see common areas like “Website, Email, Domain, E-Commerce, Scripting & add-ons, Marketing Services, and Account info.”  This info may be different, as all hosting companies cpanel’s are different.

You canl start with the database setup first:

  1. click on “manage MySQL Database” or “Create MySQL Database”
  2. Create a “Database Name”:
  3. Create a Database Login
  4. Create a Password:

All done.  And you wrote all of your database info down, right?  Of course you did!

Next, you’ll move to the “Scripting & Add-ons” or “Install Central” section.  There you’ll find WordPress and a bunch of other goodies.  We’re only concerned with WordPress right now.

Click on install WordPress and enter your database name, username and password when prompted.

As WordPress is installing, you’ll need to think of an administrative username, password and give an email address since you’ll be the admin of the site.  You’re almost done!

When WordPress is completely installed, you can access by typing in http://yourdomain.com/wp-admin.php and enter you’re admin username and password.

Wasn’t so bad now, was it? 🙂

Now it’s YOUR turn:

  • Do you have your domain and hosting purchased?
  • Have you looked at WordPress Themes yet?
  • Have you blocked out time to achieve your goals?

Donna Payne is the Chief Web Goddess of The Web Coach.net; a web development, coaching and marketing firm, and is known as the gal to call when you are feeling overwhelmed. Learn Money & Time Saving Techniques that everyone should know when working with a web designer or building a website yourself. Download your FREE “Quick-Start Web Workbook” and accompanying MP3 at http://thewebcoach.net. Know PAYNE – Know GAIN!
Follow me on Twitter @TheWebCoach and lets connect on
Facebook!