Posts by Brandonacox 71
September 18, 2017
I live in Bentonville, Arkansas, where Walmart just made big news this week with the announcement that they're building a new headquarters just a little east of where the current buildings sit.It's a big deal because it changes the face of the town. Their slight shift eastward will affect retail, real estate, and traffic all over the area. Jobs will be created in the process and the economy will only grow, barring the unexpected.You have a headquarters, too. Or at least you should, if you don't
September 12, 2017
If everybody jumped off the Empire State Building... after a while it wouldn't hurt so bad! We're taught a piece of conventional wisdom from a rather young age that I've come to see as quite flawed, at least when it comes to entrepreneurship:Don't do what everybody else is doing.There are just too many blogs around. Why would the market support another one?Everybody's trying to speak into this space. Why would my voice matter?The big guys are all doing this so well. Could I really compete?But h
August 28, 2017
If you're starting or running an online business, you're definitely going to be marketed to by lots of smart people with amazing tools and helpful resources.I'm one of those guys. I have a resource page - a few of them, actually. I send emails almost daily recommending blog posts, educational opportunities, and software packages.I'm also a consumer of resources. I've paid for plenty of stuff. And I believe, if you're a serious entrepreneur, you should pay for some things.You should buy wisdom a
August 24, 2017
I sent an email out early that, six hours later, has an open rate of 4.7% (my normal is over 30%). Furthermore, it's very likely I will be deleting over 2,700 emails from my list next week.WHY IN THE WORLD WOULD I DO THAT?Because email is personal. And email is about engagement, not mass.If 2,700 people are on my list, but never open, never click, probably don't want to read what I'm sending, and actually cost money in terms of my list management platform subscription, then it's better for me a
August 22, 2017
Technology changes rapidly. We've moved from 56k modems to artificial intelligence in a decade and a half. Trends shift around a lot, too. Youtube is kind of hot, as is Facebook Video and Snapchat, but message boards? Not so much. Or at least launching new boards as a central strategy is a waste of time right now. Even the rules of the marketing trade change a lot. I remember when the Federal Trade Commission first passed down the decision that all affiliate offers needed to be disclosed if the
July 27, 2017
Six months here as a Premium member. Cool. The first time I came across Wealthy Affiliate, I was quite skeptical. I'm a pastor, so "wealth" is a tricky issue for me. I don't believe money is the end goal. Money can be a means of making a difference.It can bring financial peace, but only when we handle it wisely.It can give us a sense of security, but only when we understand the emotional side of it.It can help us make a difference, but only when we hold it loosely and give it freely to those in
July 19, 2017
I don't like wasps. I'm not too good with heights, although flying in an airplane never seems to bother me. And I sometimes worry that in the event of a zombie apocalypse, in the shape I'm in, I'm toast. But the fear that holds me back the most in life... is the fear of YOU.Or to put it another way, it's the fear of people. If you're like me - and a majority of the people reading this will be - you don't like confrontation. You draw back from criticism. And you instinctively avoid uncomfortable
July 13, 2017
If you're not careful, you'll wind up spending a LOT of time on things that bring in little in the way of results. It's always better to value your time and trade it in for the results your time is worth.Let me give you an example in the world of digital marketing. You can spend a LOT of time surfing through classified ads for more systems that probably won't work for your business plans. You'll earn very little income doing it, but you'll feel like you've tried hard. You've just traded a lot o
June 30, 2017
That graph represents my Amazon Associates earnings for this month. The gray is clicks, the green is commissions.On the left side, I had promoted a bunch of ebooks that were on sale for $1.99-ish. A lot of people clicked. A lot of people bought them. The payoff was small, but there were a good number of sales.In the middle of the graph, everything dropped because we went on vacation and I didn't worry about anything on the beach, so I stayed away from business.On the right side of the graph, I
June 07, 2017
Teachability might be one of the most overlooked virtues in leadership and business today. When you stop learning, you stop growing, and when you stop growing, so do the ventures you're leading. In other words, your personal development is always in front of your business development. And one of the most significant ways we grow is by leaning on the support of others.I just got off the phone with a coaching client. We've just started working together. He's excited. He's got a lot going for him.