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Just found this old video while cleaning up my youtube account, its quite funny how bad it is, what do you think?

I had a great start, going over everything you need to be a beginner in internet marketing, and how to setup your first domain/webhosting, and had plans for more videos.

My english is really bad 😛

But I know why I was discouraged to continue, since the video wasnt active because of the 10 minute limit on youtube back then, now I got unlimited time on youtube, so its great 🙂

So whats your thoughts on it?

Be more productive with this small technique!

So you are struggling with beeing productive? Well, I thought I Would share a quick tip to one technique I usually use. Gets a lot done. Watch and enjoy!

I hope you enjoyed the Video, whats your #1 productivity tip? Please comment about it.

How to increase your blog traffic by 600%

Wow, thats a bold title. But you want to know how right? Thats what I thought also. So I wanted to share some results from one of my blog in a case study type of post. Have been holding it back until my blog got accepted into various blog directories that autoupdate on new posts.

But before we go further, ask yourself: Why do you want to increase your blog traffic? If you can answer that with a specific goal, then you can continue, or it will not be worth your time.

Blog traffic overview, showing percent of increase in traffic.

Look at this wonderful chart I put together. On the left side there is the percent going up from ZERO to 700%. It indicates how much blog traffic I got. So 100% is the last 7 days average traffic before I implemented this tactic.

Day 1 on the timeline going to the right, I posted a new blogpost about something in the niche that was newsworthy. Some new thing had been released into the market, and people wanted to know as much as they could about it. So I posted a short but to the point guide to that item. The traffic increased a bit, but Google was a little slow on picking up my site about it.

The next day I posted a review of the item, how it worked for me and what I could see as benefits. As you can see on the chart, the traffic increased a bit more. But know I saw the analytics I have on the blog started to increase rapidly, I was onto something. Or as it really was, Google snapped up my news and ranked me high for various terms regarding the new item.

Day 3, I posted a follow up of all the bad things that this item could cause. But also linked to my other blogposts and a guide to how you could survive without the new item. Google still holds all my posts about the item high in the search results, like in the number 1 and number 2 spots. So that day, my blog hit over 600% increase in traffic from the baseline of the 7 days before this newsposts. Pretty good?

On the next day, I thought I had covered this new item the most I could. So I didn’t post anything. As you can see, the blogtraffic has still an increase over the normal period with around 300% more traffic. And it continued like that from that period of time.

So how do you increase YOUR blog traffic with over 600%?

You have to put up Google Alerts, you find it here: http://www.google.no/alerts

In Google Alerts you can setup alerts for different keywords about your niche that is new on Google. So when you get alerted about something, its probably a trending topic. So it is worth writing about to get your share of the visitors.

Step 1: Research the topic that is trending in Google Alerts or in a news media about your niche

Step 2: Write a detailed post about the item, SEO optimize it and spread it as man places you can.

Step 3: Write a review of the thing that your first post is about, it requires you to test it. Find the benefits, pros and cons about the item/thing.

Step 4: Follow up on the thing/item you have written about. Read other people experiences around the web, collect it and put it into a new blogpost.

Step 5: Cross link your blog posts so people find out all your research and writing about it.

Thats it. If people are interested in it, they want to find the resource with most information about it. Google and other search engines know about that, so they will rank you higher. Hard work, write good and detailed, make your own pictures and reviews and link to other great resources in your blogposts.

Please share your insights in the comment section beneath about your results with using this strategy if you test this out on your own blog.

Improving my blog – 7 Insights you can use NOW

First off, thanks for visiting my brand new blog. That’s what I think of it. The design is different, plugins have made it a better experience for you. And I am really happy for the blog and the future of it.

So what have I done to it?

1. Theme

I changed from the theme called Max Magazine by Sami Ch. It’s probably a good theme, but my modifications in the past made it look ugly and not good. I didn’t like it anymore, in addition to that I haven’t worked for the past few months, CSS didn’t load and the images on the front page didn’t show up.

Back to basics. What’s new with the Twenty Twelve theme from the WordPress team? It looks good, had to update the theme to get it to the latest version, no hassle just plain and simple update.

But I didn’t like it the standard way. I wanted to put in a new header, change the placement of the menu and some appearance.

2. Header

Made a new logo as you can see on the top, name of the blog and some icons to represent what I want to write about. Did it with a logo creation software I use and modified it further in Photoshop to get the whole header good looking. Not 100% satisfied with it, but maybe time will tell me what to do with it.

Untitled-4.jpg

Had to crop it to 960 x 250 pixels in Photoshop before I uploaded it. After I saw it on the blog, it didn’t look good. Lots of whitespace around it, and far away from the top. It was also placed under the menu. Not good.

MENU

To move the menu beneath the header you have to change a theme file.

You need to find this part of code in the Twenty Twelve theme file header.php:

<?php $header_image = get_header_image();

                               if ( ! empty( $header_image ) ) : ?>

                                               <a href=”<?php echo esc_url( home_url( ‘/’ ) ); ?>”><img src=”<?php echo esc_url( $header_image ); ?>” class=”header-image” width=”<?php echo get_custom_header()->width; ?>” height=”<?php echo get_custom_header()->height; ?>” alt=”” /></a>

                               <?php endif; ?>

And move it right above the part “<nav id=”site-navigation” class=”main-navigation” role=”navigation”>

Then the menu and header switched places. All good, but what about all that whitespace around it?

In some themes you have a special CSS field under Appearance in WordPress. Here you can put custom CSS settings, that override the theme settings, since it is loaded after everything else.

My custom CSS settings look like this now:

img.header-image {

                margin-left: -40px;

                margin-top: -24px;

                width: 1040px;

                max-width: none;

}

h1 {

                color: #ff8b02;

                font-weight: bold;

}

a {

                color: #ff8b02;

}

body {

                font-family: “Calibri”, Verdana, serif;

}

The img.header-image is for the header. Set a margin left to -40 pixels, margin to the top by -24 pixels and a width of 1040 pixels. Making it fit perfectly in the content area. But then the image was blurry, because of the 960 pixels it recommended. So I had to go back to Photoshop and get a new one like the header is today. So it’s now 1040 x 114 pixels. Perfect match.

Then I added a new color to h1 tags and links, to go away from the standard blue to more of an orange color, just to stand out of the crowd.

But still there was a gap between the content area and browsers top. I found out that in the style.css file of the theme there was a setting I could change.

This part here:

body .site {

                               padding: 0 40px;

                               padding: 0 2.857142857rem;

                               margin-top: 0px;

                               margin-top: 0rem;

                               margin-bottom: 48px;

                               margin-bottom: 3.428571429rem;

                               box-shadow: 0 2px 6px rgba(100, 100, 100, 0.3);

                }

I changed margin top to ZERO pixels and the same for the margin top rem to zero. Then the gap was gone.

The design of the blog is starting to be as I wanted it in the first place.

3. Picture of me

matsofmatsholmvik.com

Lots of bloggers like to post pictures of themselves. It’s not because they like themselves so much, but more that you can relate to them and see who is behind all these words and pictures.

I found a normal looking picture of myself from a holiday in Christmas. Used Photoshop to crop it, make a black line around it, stronger colors and added some friendly text on it. Doesn’t it look nice on the sidebar?

You can add images to the sidebar by going into the Widgets part in WordPress admin, and there should be a widget to add images in the sidebar.

4. More sidebar

My sidebar had an outdated Twitter plugin to collect my tweets and that was almost it. So I added some stuff to make the site more alive and interesting to your readers. Like adding my top posts, a search field, recent comments and my own little tag cloud so you can see what I write most about. I hope it will be useful to you.

5. Updates – damn those updates

I will recommend everyone to check on their blogs to see if there is some updates to WordPress, themes and plugins. Most of them are updated regularly and will prevent your site from crashing or be hacked. So do it today, go update. I had about 17 plugins to be updated, along with my themes and WordPress. But it went smooth, but in case something go wrong when you do it, remember to backup everything before you start. I once had to manually put in every post after a crash in the early days of WordPress, which is not fun.

6. Plugins

I missed some parts of the blog that I have on my Norwegian blogs. So I compared the plugins, and found some I had forgotten.

WordPress RelatedPosts – to get some related posts showing under the post you are reading

WPtouch – to get your blog to look good on mobile devices

ShareThis – To add sharing buttons to social media under your posts, and on the right side of the browser.

Google XML Sitemap – more about this in the nest section.

As you can see, these plugins make the site overall a much better experience to visitors, like you.

7. Sitemap

Since I found out that I had forgotten to add Google XML Sitemap, I wondered if posts even got added to the search engines. I published a post earlier today, which was in Google about 30 seconds later, which is pretty good. So no worries about that.

I made the correct changes to the plugin, so my sitemaps for pages, posts and categories was created.

Then I headed over to Bing Webmaster tools and Google Webmaster tools. I had to add my site to both places, since I hadn’t done it before. Verified my pages, so they know I own them. Then started to add all my sitemaps to them to get indexed.

I also created a Sitemap link in the footer of the page to notify other search engines about it if they want it. You can do this in the Appearance -> Editor and find the file footer.php. In the file find the part in the theme Twenty Twelve where it says “</div><!– .site-info –>” and add this text right above it “ | <a href=”http://www.matsholmvik.com/sitemapindex.xml”>Sitemap</a>“. But remember to change the href link to your sites Sitemap.

Done for today

I hope you got some insights in what can be done with your site. If there is some parts that lacks explaining, just hit me up with a comment and I will try to help you. Have a great day!

12 months of coaching with Brendon? $65,000 of bonuses? now THAT is how you do this!

You have to see this. Brendon Burchard just opened Experts Academy registration, and he stacked on $65,000 worth of bonus marketing training. Now that’s how you wow your customers! Check it out:

http://www.expertsacademy.com

Why should you care? Because your life’s story, professional experience, and unique message to the world is VALUABLE beyond your imagination.

You can make an extraordinary difference (and a fortune) sharing your advice with the world.

Who you are and what you know can be leveraged, packaged, and monetized through books, speeeches, seminars, coaching, or online marketing.

No one can teach you HOW to do that better than Brendon Burchard.

His Experts Academy Elite Online course teaches you step-by-step how to start, get paid, and build a real brand that lasts and inspires.

Brendon and his students have New York Times bestselling books, popular blogs, high-dollar speaking fees, sold out seminars, waiting lists of coaching clients, and millions of dollars in sales online. Learn what they know here:

http://www.expertsacademy.com/

Check it out today. Don’t wait another year to get your information out there in a BIG way and get paid for it.

Talk soon!

AWESOME $10m Case Study for you – must watch

You have to see this.

It’s the remarkable story of an unknown motivator who started from scratch (in bankruptcy) and became a multi-millionaire sharing his advice and inspiration with the world.

It’s a case study that I believe PROVES that content creators, authors, speakers, coaches, and online thought leaders don’t have to be BROKE.

The free download even shows a a step-by-step plan you can model for sharing and MONETIZING your advice and content online.

Download the case study here:

http://www.expertsacademy.com/

Definitely something to model for your brand.

Talk soon!

Getting amazing customers even before you have a product

It´s a hard time doing business. At least thats what the media dictates to you. But is it really? There a millionaires and billionaires created every day, out of thin air.

Just look at Facebook.

But how can you create a business which is creating great value for your customers, before you even got the product? Discover it soon…

Because all business is based upon something that is very simple, but few actually get it. Even great marketers fail at this. Still wondering?

Well you have to get into the mind of the customers. Deep into it, to understand something, the basics which drive us every day.

The NEED and WANTS. Thats where you are going to make a lot of money if you just get a grasp on it. Because WANTS is an iPhone 5 right now, because its hot. You don´t need it if you got an iPhone 4S but thats just what you want, if you dont got the cash for it you will drop it.

But if you have a NEED, then you will do anything to get it rigth NOW.

So if you get of the pc for a little bit. Pick up a phone and call several people in an industry you want to deliver some value to, and just interview them about their day at work, you will get great info about a need. Ask them about their day, what they do from they get into the office until they pack up and go home. Take lots of notes and make them rate their pain level of each activity and the time consumed to do this activity.

After you got the list. Look at the top pain points they got. Are this something you could solve for them? Using less resources, time and money than they do today? Then Create it! NOW! Go do it! Stop reading!

Because if you create something that can save someone pain, time and money. They will buy it.

What pains do you experience in your daily life? What is the worst things you got to do at your job?

Where can I write online?

There is a lot of people wanting to know where can I write Online. The biggest category of people wondering about this is either searching for tools/writing programs that can be used while online in your browser, the second half is wondering where they can publish or get paid to write for others online. This is what we will be covering here in this blog post.

Where can I write online without the need of installing something?

To be able to write your article, blog post or school or work related writing you will at least need a webbrowser to connect to some internet services providing the writing capabilities you are searching for.

My recommendation here is to use Googles Docs to write online: https://docs.google.com/

With Google Docs you get to have a basic+ writing tool with storage space on the web, allowing you to sign in anywhere in the world to get a hold of your documents.

Where can I write online to get my work out there?

When people want to get their work out there in the world, you have a lot of options. Because the web consist only of information. A lot of it is written, but more and more is turning into videos.

The possibilities are to write for a website, an online magazine, for bloggers as a guest blogger, blogging yourself or writing for article directories. This is just some of the options you have.

I have done some writing for http://ezinearticles.com/ which is one of the largest article databases in the world. Here you can write about almost anything. Your work will be reviewed to not be a duplicate and that your spelling and grammar is correct. It’s a great place to get some people to recognize your work. It’s spread around the web, with a resource box that you can use to link back to your own webpage and they will be able to watch your profile on the site.

 

Where can I write online to get paid?

This is the dream for some people. You can actually sit in your home, writing for other people anywhere in the world. And there is a lot of demand for this service. If you specialize in writing about anything and write in a good way that gets people interested and engaged in your writing you can charge a lot for your work. Because most of the work in English is outsourced to low paid workers, but they also get a lower standard of the work delivered.

I write online on http://fiverr.com/ to get my name out there, on https://www.odesk.com/ to get a platform where people can easily order more work and I have setup my own page where I deliver Norwegian content here http://matsholmvik.com/products/artikler/

Fiverr is a great place since there is a lot of workers and a lot of people wanting to get things done. Articles and blog posts are very popular in addition to translating work from one language to another. So if your main language is something else than English/American I encourage you to try to setup a gig there to get some work to start with.

Odesk is more of a freelancer place to get work done in almost any category. Writers are also needed here and you can setup a profile and start getting clients or applying for work available on the job board there. You usually get a better price for your work here than on Fiverr.

The best thing is to setup your own page as I showed you above. Always thank your client for the order and when you deliver try to get a testimonial that you can use on your site. This will build up your reputation to even get more work. It’s just a basic page with what I can do, testimonials and a PayPal button to get paid. Easy to do.

I hope you got some answers to what you were looking for, and if you got any questions just get back to me in the comment section down under.

Discoverys on a Sunday

Today I had a really slow day. Just playing with my new Macbook Air 2011 and coming up with some things I needed, and something you maybe need to make easier use of your mac.

1. Rip DVDs with RipIT

I had the need to get rid of some CD/DVDs, so I though I would just put them on the harddrive. I was looking for an easy to use ripping software, what I found is RipIt, which is a software from a little company that sells it for about $20. Its really easy to use, and makes a copy of the entire DVD not any loss in quality to the movie. After you install it, a little window shows up, put in your DVD and click on rip it! Thats it! Cant be easier than this.

(Illustration of RipIt before you put in a CD/DVD)

2. Putty for Mac OS? Does it exist?

I needed to get into a server with SSH. I first thought about Putty that I use in windows to accomplish tasks through SSH. Then I found out that the Terminal in Mac OS can be used for this task. Just type in “Terminal” in  Spotlight, click on it when it shows up, and write the following to connect to the server with SSH: ssh -X username@address. Then you put in your password and is ready to do what you want.

3. Mind mapping

I use MindMeister on my iPad but wanted to test some new mind mapping software to use on my Mac. I found this site: http://mac.appstorm.net/roundups/graphics-roundups/9-mind-mapping-tools-for-mac/ I explains a little about some different types and I tested the free one called FreeMind and MindNode2, of those to I got stuck using MindNode2 as it is easier to a Mac user than the other one, it blends more in and gives a cleaner look, FreeMind has some limitations that makes it unusable to me. Test the ones out at the page above to find your favorite.

I hope you enjoy my findings this sunday evening. If you got some great tips yourself on how to easy your life on the Mac, share it below in the comments and take care!