How To Write A Blog Post

how to write a blog post - wine and captionsThis is how to write a blog post, according to me: First I start with stream of consciousness writing and see where that leads me, I ultimately make sure I have enough words, I edit my blog post several times, I come up with 2 or 3 links to other blog posts that have their own information, and then I try to find a picture that relates, usually a picture I have taken or one of my family after I get their permission.

Stream of Consciousness Writing

How do I describe what stream of consciousness writing is?  Well, I just write stuff.  Good or bad, right or wrong, I just put down my thoughts as I think them.  Often the best writing is done as you think of stuff, and if not you will edit later.  Write and write and write, if you think about flying a kite, write about flying a kite.  If the weather is good and you wish you were outside, write about it.  Get those flying thoughts down.

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How To Come Up With A Product Idea

product idea - shock top dallas, txSo you want to make money from your own business?  If you are in business, you are mainly selling a product for a profit.  A product could be a physical product, a digital product such as software, an intellectual product such as information, a service, or any number of other things where you exchange something you have for cash.  How do you come up with a product idea?

For somebody in tuned, opportunities pass by every day.  Mainly you are looking for a problem to be solved, that can be solved by your product.  Here are some ideas on where to start.

Something You Know

You can start with your own special knowledge or skills.  What do you do now for a job?  Are there opportunities for improvement that a product or service could help?  Could you use your skill to service your own customers?  Think about any opportunities you come up with and make sure that your product idea can be sold for a profit.

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Help Others Expecting Nothing In Return – SplashPlan.com Lesson

help others - splashplan.comI thought it was about time to write a little about SplashPlan.com, which is our system to help network marketers.  How does it help?  Well, it is free to sign up.  You get free leads by promoting your SplashPlan.com site.  You get free training.  And you can earn a little affiliate money while you are building your network marketing business.  In this lesson I will explain why it is so important to help others and expect nothing in return.

People That Join Belong To Other Network Marketing Companies

When you sign up and start promoting your SplashPlan.com link, something like SplashPlan.com/yoursite, you will get leads that are people that belong to other network marketing companies.  Your job is not to recruit them to your program, your job is to help them be as successful as possible with their program on SplashPlan.com.  While this may seem counter productive, you want to be seen by others as being helpful and unselfish, so you help others without expecting anything in return.

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Ideas For Success In A Network Marketing Business

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The Big Texan

I was thinking of making the title “How To Succeed In Business” because perhaps these tips could be applied to any business and not just in network marketing (or MLM).  Business is business right?  The following are my ideas for success in a network marketing business, that probably could be applied to any business.

Have Your Own Brand

The first step to succeeding in business is to have your own brand.  If you are Joe, the XYZ distributor, you are promoting the XYZ company.  Create your own brand… perhaps Joe Smith, Network Marketing Coach, or Joe Smith Company; something to differentiate yourself from all the other distributors in your company.

Add Value

If you are just “You can buy from me too”, you are adding no value.  You must add some sort of value.  For instance, a while back we made great looking baskets and sold them as a product.  By reorganizing the product the way we did, we added value to the product.

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Get Rich By Creating Value

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“Goldeagle”. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons

Wow, I just gave you the secret to riches.  Create value.  But what does this mean?

I was thinking about how to provide people with the tools they need to be successful at making money on the internet.  Sure you can build a website, you can sell products for profit, you can create an online tool, but if you are not creating value… you will not find any real success.  And by success, I mean money, riches, or wealth.

So what is value and how do you create it?  Value is something that means more to somebody else then it takes to produce the something.  For instance, if I have a way to save a company $50,000 on their energy bill, I can charge for the information right?  Yes, the value is the way, or information, to save $50,000 on energy.  Probably worth less than $50,000 and more than $1, but there is a value that can be placed on it.  The only problem is that everybody knows these ideas and many people have written about them, so the value of the information is much lower.

That is the typical problem in network marketing.  You want the easy sell or easy sponsor, so you think it is enough just to tell people you do XYZ network marketing company.   Perhaps if you were the only XYZ network marketing distributor this would work, but you are not.  What value do you provide that nobody else does?

There are ways to provide value in network marketing.  Probably the best one today is your unique perspective on finding leads, staying organized, or creating a group to depth.  People are hungry for information on doing the business so if you have something that works for you, you can let other people know.  Can you sell your information product?  Only if it is truly unique, complete, and entertaining.

Could you just give away your starter kit or offer a money-back guarantee to provide value?  Giving away the kit is a bad idea, because it encourages people to join and do nothing.  A money-back guarantee is good, but easy to emulate.  Tools to be successful in your business are going to be your best avenue for value.

Your value to your multi-level marketing company can be producing sales, no doubt.  How do you produce sales?  Many online avenues for selling are strongly discouraged by MLM companies, and many others do not produce results large enough to support a person.

You can produce network marketing results by either creating a new market or competing with your fellow distributors.  Competing tends to be a bad way of doing business.  We always want competitive advantage where we can get it, but creating a new market will produce much better results than snatching market share away from others.  How do you create a new market?  Reach people that are not being reached, and produce value within that market.  People already need and want what you are selling, but nobody has presented it in a way they understand.  Be the person that does.

How do you create value?