7 Harsh Realities of Self-Publishing as a Side Hustle

Guest post by Ryan Hanley.

It’s easy to romanticize self-publishing.

Indeed, self-publishing is an amazing experience for sure, but romantic, it is not.

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I’d like to share with you a few realities of self-publishing learned while producing my first book, Content Warfare: How to find your audience, tell your story and win the battle for attention online.

Writing Content Warfare was my side hustle. I have a full-time job. I’m the managing editor of Agency Nation, a digital publication for the insurance industry. Not to mention maintaining my own podcast and blog.

Self-publishing is a side hustle for many first-time authors. But as a first-time author, there are aspects of self-publishing you haven’t experienced yet. [Read more…]

3 Top Tips for Instant Online Visibility for Any Business Start Up

Guest post by Naomi Dinsmore

Have you recently launched your business start up website but have little to no visitors at all?

Did you spend time choosing your website colours? Or writing blog posts? Or even spent hundreds of pounds on a big-shot website designer?

3 Top Tips for Instant Online Visibility for Any Business Start Up

But now you have launched no one is looking?

You have no readers?

Your website is quiet and you are starting to doubt yourself?

Should I just quit? Am I a failure? Why did I ever bother?

Well I have good news for you. [Read more…]

Use Hangouts On Air to Build Your Platform

As humans we have an inherent drive to connect. The moment we connect, you have my attention.

Use Hangouts On Air to Build Your Platform

As an online entrepreneur, you want the attention of your audience – the people you know, and those you don’t know, yet. So the natural question is, “how do I position myself so I can connect in the best way with the most people?”

When I’m asked that question, I promptly answer, “Video!”  Live video, specifically. And, it’s never been easier to broadcast a live, online video show.

Now, you’re thinking, “I’m an entrepreneur, not an actor or talk show host. Why in the world would I want to do live video???”

Let’s start with the fact live video helps you create intimacy faster than any other medium and accelerates engagement with your audience. Not only that, it will create trust and connection with the very people you want to develop as fans who will buy your products and services. And, that is how you build your platform… [Read more…]

Winning Business Strategies for Entrepreneurial Adventurers with Ande Lyons

Winning Business Strategies for Entrepreneurial Adventurers with Ande LyonsIn this episode of Adventures in Visibility, I’m pleased to welcome Ande Lyons, one of the most genuinely enthusiastic people I’ve met. Her positive vibe and attitude make me smile every time I see a post, a picture or a comment from her in my social stream.

Ande brings that same mindset and positivity to her clients as she helps entrepreneurial adventurers navigate business start up and the strategies and skills required for business success. And that’s where this Adventure in Visibility takes us … on a journey to explore the winning strategies you need to cultivate to create a successful online presence and business. [Read more…]

How Do I Start Building My Platform? #AskDenise

How Do I Start Building My Platform? #AskDenise

Over the last ten days or so, I’ve had conversations around the same question at least three times. With a friend, on a hangout with Jason Wiser, and in the 30 Day Online Visibility Challenge program … how do I start building my platform, a.k.a. audience?

Platform, audience, tribe, community, followers… without them, it’s nearly impossible to stand out and get your message heard.  Committing the time and effort to building your platform increases your visibility…guaranteed.  [Read more…]

The Art of Managing Your Social Content | Adventures in Visibility

Peg Fitzpatrick and Guy Kawasaki on Adventures in VisibilityThis Adventure in Visibility is a celebration of the launch of The Art of Social Media: Power Tips for Power Users, co-authored by Guy Kawasaki and Peg Fitzpatrick

The book covers a wide range of social media strategies, tactics and power tips. For this Adventure in Visibility we honed in on how to manage your social content so you get optimal visibility. [Read more…]

2014 Year in Review – Top 11 Blog Posts

Yes, I gave in. Last night I was scanning my blog post stats from the past year and couldn’t help but create at list of the top 11 blog posts of 2014.

Why 11 and not 10? I like the odd number and it may stand out in the sea of Top 10 posts!

Posts are ranked based on average number of page views as well as total number of social shares. I’ve used List.ly to organize and display the list so it is easy to scan and looks pleasing to your eyes. [Read more…]

Essential Strategies to Boost Your Visibility in 2015 | Adventures in Visibility

Essential Strategies to Boost Your Visibility in 2015In this episode of Adventures in Visibility, I’m pleased to welcome Stephan Hovnanian joined by Laurie Laizure, to discuss strategies and tactics to help you boost your visibility online and offline in 2015. 

We look at what marketing strategies are working and what you need to consider as we move into 2015. If you want to be found by your ideal client, you need to online. But with myriad choices, what are the most effective strategies and tactics to put in place and focus on?

You’ll find out from these two successful business owners who both know a thing or two about building a business on the Web. [Read more…]

30 Day Online Visibility Challenge | How to Win A Copy of Seth Godin’s New Book!

Is 2015 the Year of Better Visibility and more business opportunities for you? If so, please read on… (scroll down to get the book give-away info!)

No matter how much visibility you have now, it could be better, right? This is something I feel quite urgent about, especially when I talk to entrepreneurs who are struggling to get on the radar of more people they can serve. Usually they’re not sure what to do so they don’t do much of anything. If that describes how you feel, the truth is that if you don’t address your visibility needs sooner rather than later, it’s going to continue to be a long, tough, uphill slog. 

But, it doesn’t have to be. [Read more…]

Best TED Talks for (New) Bloggers to Get Motivated

TED talksRunning a blog can be a very rewarding experience. But it can also be a highly draining one, and everything from maintaining consistency to the cost prior to monetizing one can be enough to push bloggers into quitting. The worst part about this is that had they gone just a little while longer, they could have found real success doing something they love.

If you are finding yourself lagging in motivation, you might want to check out these ten best TED Talks by professionals and creative minds. They can really give you that boost of inspiration you need to keep working at what you are doing. [Read more…]