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Have You Written an Article Yet?
Writing articles has many benefits. There are a number of things you can do with them.

I mostly write them for my websites. But you can also submit them to various article sites. For instance:

GoArticles.com
Ezau.com
EzineArticles.com
Web-Source.net

And there are others. Just do a search on Google for “article submit”.

This can do a few things for you:
1. Bring a little traffic from the Article Websites
2. It could help boost your PageRank with Google. This is done by providing a link back to your website in your signature.
3. It can also establish your expertise in a certain area. The more people see your articles the better. It can contribute to your reputation online.
4. And if you use them on your website as well, it provides great content for your website which also pleases the Search Engines.
There are probably more benefits. But as you can see it’s a great idea to do it.
This was recommended to me by Sean Mize who has been doing this for a long time.
I hope this post helped you and inspires!




How Much Transparency Is Too Much?

We’ve talked before about storytelling and authenticity, and how being your true self is your most powerful branding tactic. But just how open and honest should you be when it comes to sharing your story?

Pat Flynn and Jon Lee Dumas are notorious for their transparency, even going so far as to post monthly income statements. You might argue that when you’re making the kind of bank they do (6+ figures each month) it’s easy to share—perhaps even inspirational to your audience. But it might also be off-putting to some, since talking about money is often seen as vulgar. In this case, though, it works to attract the exact audience they are after. Others will find other mentors, and that is, after all, the point of marketing.

Transparency comes in other forms as well. Struggles with alcoholism, depression, cancer and other health concerns are commonly shared. Stories of marriage and relationship triumphs (and tragedies) are told. Even spats between competing businesses aren’t off limits for some marketers.

That doesn’t mean, though, that you have to be frank and honest about all areas of your life and business. With a little forethought and planning, you can keep certain aspects of your story private.

Watch Your Social Media Profiles

Here’s where a lot of business owners falter, especially when it comes to Facebook. You have your personal profile, to which you invite friends and family, and your business page, where you talk, well, business.

But there will inevitably be some overlap. Colleagues will slowly filter into your personal timeline, and you into theirs. Pretty soon, your business people are hearing all about your latest bout with the flu and that snarky thing your mother in law said yesterday. Too much? Maybe.

When it comes to your social media sharing, it’s important to pay close attention to not only what you say, but who you’re saying it to. Using privacy settings, contact lists, and even limiting who you “friend” can help maintain your privacy while still being transparent about your business offerings.

Remember, the Internet is Forever