Job Seekers – Networking and the Value of Connections

The facts of networking and the value of connectionsWhen you receive networking invites, do you respond? You do not necessarily need to accept every invite, but evaluate the invites to see how they may build and expand your network. Eventually if your goal is to build your network, which it should be; you must accept invitations.An effective network requires contacts, connections, friends, followers, or whatever; regardless of what the nomenclature is: you must build your network. There is no such thing as too large a network; it is just that as your network grows you may need to categorize your contacts to ensure that you are allocating your time appropriately. If you are familiar with the Pareto Rule, also known as the 80/20 Rule; it is an appropriate theory to apply to your network. If you are unfamiliar; in short this rule states that 80% of your opportunities come from 20% of your contacts. To be effective in applying this rule you must know your network.The value of your network is in your connections and that is something you cannot forget.Do not let your invitations just sit and languish!One part of networking that never ceases to amaze me is the comment that I have heard countless times – about having a “bunch of invites” and not knowing what to do with them. I think that is shameful. There is no excuse for not responding. If you know the person and you have no “good” reason for not accepting the invite; accept it.Additionally, sending a note of appreciation is in order and adds value from your side of the relationship. I am guessing that these same people, that let invites languish, will expect their network to work for them when they are in need. My response would be to tell them to go fly a kite.Not accepting or even responding to a networking invite is an insult; additionally it could be a deterrent to the person extending additional invites and their networking future. Networking is a stretch for some people and when their attempts appear to be rebuffed; they can become discouraged in their networking.When you ignore invites you are not taking care of your network and you obviously do not appreciate your network. You never know which connection will be “the” connection that leads to your next opportunity.Your network is a priceless assetAs you give value to your network; the value of your network increases. Your network is potentially one of your most valuable career and business assets. Regardless of your reason for networking; your network can hold the keys to your success. Your network potentially will lead you to new and exciting opportunities for career and business growth; if you treat it properly.The connections in your network are of value not only to you, but to your connections and their connections. Just as your second and third level connections offer you the best opportunities; your connections are the second and third level connections for those connected to you. I cannot emphasize enough that one of the primary values you can offer to others is growing your network. As Malcolm Gladwell says in “The Tipping Point” being a connector provides value to your network.Sharing information or participating in and starting discussions is another key way to provide value to your network. It is surprising how many people feel that they compromise their opportunities when they give away valuable information. In fact, instead of compromising their value they are establishing themselves as an expert in their field and demonstrating what they have to offer.I have been in situations where people that were attempting to establish themselves as the expert actually gave out disinformation or misleading information because they believed that giving valuable or correct information cut into their potential billings. If you want to be an expert networker and demonstrate value to your network; you must give to receive.You can be an awesome expert but if you do not have a network or you are too afraid to share; no one will know just how great you are. You must be constantly working to build your network and extend your value.To learn more about growing your network read my other articles and check out my website below.

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Increase Your List With 3 a Step Blog Promotion Upgrade

You’ve got an amazing blog, with viral content, and high traffic, but your list is empty… What’s the deal?

A few weeks ago, I started working with an amazing client whose blog posts were bringing in more and more readers with each post, new readers. Readers who had not been to her blog previously, and each one became more popular than the last. But still, she had no marketing list.

After a few days I asked her how she was connecting with her new audience…

She didn’t know how to connect, so I offered a few suggestions.

Include links in the content to other relevant articles. By adding internal links on every blog post, she’s bringing every reader deeper into her site. Each time they click deeper she’s more likely to capture their name and email – because they’re finding value. Every time they find additional value, they look deeper. More links? Of course, but some of those links should lead to sign-in pages where they can download “White Papers” or blog posts rearranged into.PDF printable documents they can save to their own computers for reading later. To get those, they’ll need to leave you a name and email – join your list.

Send them to a lead page, where the only option is to sign in, subscribe, or add their name and email to your list. Of course, you’ll want to include something for their effort to sign in, but that’s easy enough with all those valuable blog posts. Tag three or five together, and work them into an eBook, they can download. What could be easier than that, to get a few more people on your list. Be sure those blog posts offer particular value, and link to the original post in your eBook.

Upgrade your about me page to include a subscriber box, for access to some of your personal favorite “White Papers” or “Reports”. In case you haven’t noticed I need to share this little secret. About 85% of your spam comments will be on the about page, if there is access to add a comment. Why? Because people want to know about you, so they read your page. That page is more popular than any other single page on your website, so utilize that little fact to your benefit. Tell your readers what your favorite content is, and offer to send it over in one little compact file if they subscribe to your list.

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How To Make Money On Your List

This month we’re going to start a four month series on how to build your own business using a lead magnet, a squeeze page and Facebook.

First we’ll start with creating the perfect leads that targets your audience and makes them sign onto your list.

Then we’re going to cover exactly how to build a squeeze page or landing page that gets those visitors to say, “YES! Add me to your list NOW!”

In our third installment we’re going to cover how to get as much traffic as you want from Facebook.

Once you have learned all three of these skills, you can literally go into any market and create a list building machine in just days.

Better still, you can take it one step further and build a complete product funnel behind your lead magnet, offering a tripwire (low ticket) offer, followed by your main offer, followed by a big ticket item.

In fact we are going to cover all of that in month 4 of this series.

First, we better reveal what a lead magnet is. You know those freebies you get for subscribing to a list? Those are lead magnets.

They’re something offered as a free gift or enticement in exchange for an email address. And they’re the easiest, fastest way to build a list of target subscribers.

Remember this: The goal of any lead magnet is to convert traffic into leads.

While it’s true you can throw just about anything together and call it a lead magnet, it’s also true that the better (and more targeted) the lead magnet is, the easier it will be to build a profitable list.

A lead magnet doesn’t make money by itself. Yet working as your front line ambassador, they can be extremely lucrative.

As you know, there are three ways to grow a business:

· Increase the number of customers

· Increase the average transaction value per customer

· Increase the number of transactions per customer

With the right lead magnet, you can increase the number of prospects and customers you have joining your list.

And with a well-targeted niche, you can also increase the average transaction value and even the number of transactions per customer, by attracting the very best customers for your particular business.

As you go through the following sections, always think of your leads as an irresistible bribe that will offer real value to your prospects.

Your leads has to be so good, your prospects will ‘buy’ it with their email address.

It should be relevant to your niche and your offers.

It should be ultra-specific in what it gives to the user.

It should be priceless, in that the prospect can’t easily Google the information and find it for themselves, or even buy it someplace else.

And it should be easily consumed, because you want the prospect to consume it immediately after they download it.

We’ll go through each of these in turn in a moment.

The point to remember right now is this: Your lead magnet is perhaps the single most important piece of your entire marketing system.

The right leads will bring you a never ending stream of new prospects and soon-to-be customers.

The wrong leads will bring either the wrong prospects for your offers, or no prospects at all.

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The Significance of Pure Air Inside Your Home

Have you ever climbed up mountains? If so, what do you do when you reach the top? Most people open their arms, close their eyes, and take a deep breath. That is the special thing about clean and fresh air. You feel like taking a pause and inhaling fresh air. Over the past year, we have faced several waves of coronavirus. These days, we have been warned about another wave of this virus. Therefore, the importance of clean air has been increasing day by day. In this article, we are going to find out why air quality is important when it comes to our indoor environment.

The impact of pollution on your indoor air

No matter where you go, you will have to face the consequences of poor quality. Even if you are alone in your home, you will still be prone to polluted air. Every year, more than 1 million people lose their life because of air pollution.

According to some reports, India is among the top 10 countries in the world with the worst air quality. The effect of polluted air is more evident as people spend over 90% of their time inside their homes. Another research study found that residents are at a greater risk of covid-19.

As a matter of fact, indoor air pollution has become an international concern. We can say that pollution levels inside and in closed spaces are up to five times higher. Since most pollutants are not visible to the naked eye, you may not be able to aware of the dangers of dirty air.

Indoor air pollutants may be generated by common household items, such as cleaning agents, cooking fuel, furniture polish, pet dander, and paint. Apart from this, domestic appliances such as refrigerators and heaters may also be the common source.

Since homes are not airtight, air pollutants can easily get in. For example, smog, smoke, mold spores, and dust can get into your house through your windows or doors. Air conditioners can be used to cool down your rooms. But the downside is that they can also boost the movement of pollutants across your house.

What can you do to purify your indoor air?

Basically, air purifiers are simple devices that receive dirty air and put it out after passing it through powerful filters. Nowadays, you can choose from hundreds of air purification units available in the market. They are based on a wide range of technologies. They are available in different sizes to cover rooms of different sizes.

Nowadays, most types of air purifiers depend on HEPA technology. Initially, this technology was introduced in the 40s in order to capture pollutants from the air. Although these filters have been used for the filtration of particulate matter, they may not be that effective when it comes to eliminating volatile organic compounds.

Therefore, if you are worried about your health, we suggest that you invest in a type of device that comes with a HEPA filter. With these units, filtering your indoor air will be a piece of cake. Therefore, you can count on these devices to and ensure clean air inside your house.

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Why Worry About Board Up Services?

Your home or business has been damaged by fire, flooding, or some other natural disaster. There are definitely areas that are exposed, and you’re waiting on your insurance to get started with the restoration process. What do you need to do while you’re waiting to get an answer about everything?

Emergency board up services are something that you may want to consider for the “in between” time. Why would you go through the time and money to get these additional services before you even start the restoration process? Here are some of the benefits of it.

Prevent Theft

One reason to consider board up services is because you don’t want robbers and thieves thinking that they have an easy target to go after. If you leave parts of your home or business open and vulnerable, it’s going to be simple for those people to waltz in there and take whatever they want that is still intact after your disaster. Boarding up your doors and windows, along with any gaps in the walls, can deter potential thieves and keep whatever is left at your property as safe as possible.

Prevent Rain, Snow, and Wind from Damaging the Property Further

All year long, rain and snowstorms can be a bit of an issue if your home or business is left open to the elements. In those cases, it’s going to be in your best interest to connect with emergency board up services as soon as you can. The last thing you need is for your restoration company to get into your home or business to find additional water, or to have to dig out several inches of snow before they start working. It can also prevent wind from going through your home or business, which also prevents additional damage from occurring during that waiting period.

Stop Animals from Getting Inside

Lastly, board up services can easily prevent animals from coming into your home or business. Many animal species are incredibly smart and opportunistic, and they may see your currently empty building as a great place for them to set up a den or shelter. But, if your home or business is boarded up, they will have fewer ways to get inside. Smaller animals may still find nooks and crannies where they can get in, so you’ll need to keep an eye out for them when you move back in. But, at least squirrels and mice are easier and safer to deal with than say, a raccoon, bear, or deer.

If you get professionals to board up your property, you can rest easy and know your home or business is safe, and that’s the bottom line. Many companies that sort out restoration services will also do everything that they can in order to board up and protect your home or business until they can start the restoration process. You just need to get in touch with them and let them know what sort of help you’ll need to take care of everything related to your home or business

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