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Procrastination: The Enemy of Productivity

  Procrastination can have many manifestations but ultimately it impacts heavily on your productivity.  Some authors suggest that procrastination is putting off important tasks in favor of less important tasks or doing tasks you enjoy rather than tasks that will lead you to your goal. There are many reasons why we procrastinate.  In my personal productivity […]

How to Overcome Writer’s Block to Improve Your Productivity

  Writer’s block is the curse of all writers, whether writing online or offline.  Even the great novelists report that at times they experienced writer’s block.   In an earlier blog post, I offered suggestions on how to achieve your daily blogging goal.  That blog post on daily blogging focused mainly on creating productive habits and […]

7 Ways Focus Improves Your Productivity

  I’ve been reflecting on how focus has helped me to improve productivity with respect to blogging.  Over the last 3 months, I have written 80 blog posts for my Small Business Odyssey blog (from 400 to 1000+ words each), while in the previous three months I wrote only one blog post.  This improved productivity […]

Sometimes You Have to Stop to Move Forward: A Montville Break

  Over the weekend, I spent two days in a cabin in Montville, a mountain village on the Blackall Range in Queensland, Australia.   It was great to take in the mountain air and the glorious vistas and to stroll through Montville village, an arts and craft centre that I featured in one of my Squidoo […]

Google+: Why Small Business Must Get Involved with Google Plus

Google Plus is Google’s new social network launched in June 2011.  Google+ will be an integral element in small business marketing into the future.  It will not only enable you to build your personal profile but also build your business brand online.   Google Plus membership has already reached 62 Million and is growing at the rate of 625, […]

Leverage Your Blogging: Create a Small Business Ezine

One of the easiest ways to leverage your blogging, is to create your own small business ezine.   An ezine is basically an email newsletter where you share articles, news and blog posts with members of your mailing list (customer list).  This approach to small business marketing serves multiple purposes and achieves leverage on a number […]

Blogging Hints: Sets and Sevens

 Blogging hints help you to establish and maintain your blogging frequency.  The idea of writing in ‘sets’ or ‘sevens’ is designed to help you build and maintain momentum.  Daily blogging, for example, is very much about gaining momentum. The concept behind these two approaches is to plan ahead so that you can write a number […]

How to Develop the Habit of Daily Blogging

  Over the past 30 days I have been blogging daily (with the odd exception due to work/travel commitments).   To blog daily takes a concerted effort and systematic planning.  However, the benefits of daily blogging are well worth the effort.  Persistence pays in small business marketing. It is possible to work up to a daily […]

How Often Should You Blog?

The question of the desired frequency of blogging often comes up in the context of small business marketing.   In my experience, the more often I create blog posts, the more visitors I receive and the more income I earn. Google values currency of information and will give more weight in search results to a site […]

What If You Don’t Like the Search Queries Results You Are Getting?

In a previous post, I discussed how to register with Google’s Webmaster Tools and how to identify the results for search queries that bring people to your website.   The search queries results may not be what you were expecting and may, in fact, be quite disappointing.  So why would this be, given all the hard […]