YOU Alone Are Responsible for Your Success or Failure!

Stop blaming others for the sorry state you find yourself in. You either have a result or you have an excuse to why you didn’t get the result you wanted. Here is a massive secret for you that the rich and wealthy all know and understand… We get the results and if we don’t we keep going until we do!

If you go and talk to anyone who is successful and I don’t care what they have been successful in, they will all have a story of some type of hurdle they had to overcome. Sometimes these hurdles are massive and it is amazing how they got past them. But they did and they got the results they needed. They were successful and are now enjoying that success.

People who are wealthy are successful and if you want to be rich, successful and powerful then you need to do the 2 following things.

1. You have to start to take responsibility for everything. This is the only way you can change anything. If the housing market goes down and you lose your shirt. Don’t cry into your beer and say “the market is bad, it was out of my control. What could I do? All the property prices went down… ” Don’t choose this attitude because it will not help you in anyway. It is better to have the attitude of, O.K I have lost out big time. But what could I have done better? What mistakes did I make and how can I learn from them? By having this attitude you can make changes and you can turn things around.

2. Secondly you need to focus. You need laser like focus. You need a plan of action. Not just a quick plan, but a well thought out plan of action. You then need to follow that plan and make changes to it as you progress, keeping in mind the end goal, which you have set yourself. Having a plan and a goal will help you keep that focus and the only way you will ever be successful in any thing is to have focused, on going effort.

So there you have it, some of the secrets to my success. Not all of them of course! You don’t get that information quite as easily as that. But I think that if you take the 2 points I have made in this article, and implement them, then you will be well on your way to improving your current situation.

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A Guide to Bank Stress Testing

The economic collapse of 2008 showed how closely connected worldwide financial institutions have become. Affected entities included too big to fail financial houses, all the way down to your local bank.

The combination of the failure of the mortgage backed securities market coupled with a liquidity crisis, nearly brought the worldwide financial system to its knees. This failure cast light on the risk to the world of finance. Because of government sponsored bailouts, the solvency of large institutions came under scrutiny.

Banks are more responsible for ensuring they have enough capital on hand to absorb problems in the credit market. However, the Federal Reserve wants proof and they use stress testing to obtain it.

Stress testing is now mandated by law, and the operative legislation is the Dodd-Frank Act. Dodd-Frank mandates stress testing for all institutions with at least $10 billion in assets. As a practical matter this now applies to nineteen of the largest US financial houses, including Chase and Morgan Stanley.

A stress test is a balance sheet assessment that looks to an institution’s insolvency under hypothetical unfavorable economic conditions. One example supposed a 21% drop in housing prices, a 50% drop in equity prices, and an unemployment rate of 13%. These conditions are unlikely but may be possible, and are similar to what some would call an economic apocalypse.

While many subject to the stress test passed, for others it was very close, or a small amount failed. Needless to say, confidence was shaken among those who choose to invest in the financial industry, despite the many bailouts and increased scrutiny.

What does this mean for your local bank? Community institutions are exempt from stress testing, but that does not mean they have no responsibility. The Comptroller of the Currency has issued guidelines for institutions with less than 10 billion in assets. Among the areas that are being looked at are commercial real estate borrowing and commercial transactions.

Because of the connection between domestic banks and European banks, stress tests are now mandated for overseas institutions. Stress tests are planned for 124 banks across 22 countries.

For your local bank, a regulator will be looking at toxic assets. These are assets that the regulator may believe to be illiquid and inflated in value. These will primarily deal with loans, and will look at the risk associated with those loans. Next, the regulator will look at uninsured mortgage backed securities. The regulator will discount the value of these assets.

These potential losses are totaled and factored into the adverse scenario, and they will be offset against the institution’s ability to earn its way back to health. If passed, business goes on as usual. If failed, the regulator may require additional capital to be raised. If the capital cannot be raised, closure will be the final step.

In order to get a sense of whether your local banking establishment is in trouble, look at the kinds of loans it makes. If it is in the habit of making a lot of unsecured loans, you might have reason to feel uncomfortable.

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Your Guide To Choosing A Bank

If you are moving to another country to live, work and play, it can be both an exciting and nerve-wracking experience. On one hand, you will be able to open yourself up to various opportunities and experiences, all of which you can use to improve yourself. And on the converse side of the coin, you have to deal with a variety of things which may not be totally familiar to you.

Whether you are moving by yourself or with your spouse and/or whole family, you will have a lot of items to tick off your to-do list, including personal banking. Banks in most countries are at par with international standards, following major reforms enforced since the nineties.

The banking system in the country can be characterised as modern and liberal, with several key players including local and foreign banks.

If you are looking for the best credit card, you will be glad to know that your search will not be a difficult one as there are numerous bank branches strategically located in various towns and cities in the countries. And although providing cash remains as the most preferred mode of payment, establishments accept credit and debit card payments.

Internet banking is also offered by local and foreign banks, giving customers greater ease in viewing and managing their bank accounts. Consumers can choose among three basic types of bank accounts: current, savings and deposit accounts. Some banks may offer services which are aligned with the Islamic Sharia.

If you are keen on opening a bank account in the country you are moving in, there are two ways to proceed. First, you can open a bank account upon your arrival in the country. You will need to prepare and present official documentation which will include your passport, residence certificate and visa. It would also be beneficial if you bring with you copies of recent bank statements from your previous bank as well as a recommendation letter.

Alternatively, you can open a bank account before you leave for your new home. Most expats open an international bank account before heading out for the country. This gives them numerous benefits including more banking and payment options to choose from. Before making the final choice of bank to open an account with, it is important to be aware of the bank charges for the services and financial products you might use. This will vary from one bank to another. Click here for more tips.

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How to Choose Between Banks

When you open an account at one of the banks in your area, or any bank for that matter, you are forming a long-term relationship. It is not often that people change their minds about their financial institution once they open an account. As long as you are receiving the services that you desire, you are prone to stick with that financial institution. If you choose to do business with a certain bank, make sure that you are happy with the customer service. Ask about fees associated with various accounts. Depending on your needs, you may need a checking account, savings account, or both. Find out how lost credit cards, overdrafts, and debit card purchases are handled.

Create a List

Create a list of things that you want from one of the reputable banks in your area. Then you can decide on a financial institution based on your banking needs.

Services Offered

Most banks offer a wide range of services. Services can include retirement savings, investment options, and online bill payment.

Other services offered generally include:

- Online Banking
- Mobile Banking
- Text/Web/Apps
- External Funds Transfer
- ATM/Debit Cards
- Telephone
- Wire Transfers
- Electronic Statements
- Cash Management
- Merchant Credit Card

These days, you will usually have access to funds at your local branch, online, and through ATM withdrawals. Most banks also offer loan services for mortgages and secured credit.

Doing Business Online

Online banking has made it possible for customers to check their balances and receive monthly statements. Most banks offer free online services, and you can feel secure doing business over the Internet. You can access your funds 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You will have access to your existing E-statements. You can transfer money between each of your accounts, make your loan payments, and see an overview of your transactions.

Mobile Capabilities

When you are traveling, what better way to complete transactions at your financial institution than by mobile banking. As long as you have a smart phone or other mobile device, you can conduct business transactions. You can even receive your account balances via text messaging. It is a quick way to check on your account without a physical visit to the bank.

Mobile connection allows you to receive current and available balances, review previous transactions, and see existing balances on all of your accounts. All you have to do is text a brief command from your mobile phone, and the information will be quickly delivered to your device.

Cash Management

Business owners can manage their money through cash management services offered by many banks. As a business owner, you will have control over your daily finances, be allowed to create multiple account users, and also have the ability to initiate ACH deposits.

When selecting a financial establishment, choose wisely by considering what important banking features and amenities you can and can’t live without.

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High Ticket Affiliate Marketing

I started learning about affiliate marketing several years ago. I had bought a digital product in the form of an eBook from eBay. It seemed like a good business model straight away since the sales were automated, and the product could be downloaded instantly. I looked to do the same thing and created a few of my own eBooks to sell online. However, I struggled for a number of reasons.

But the thought of an automated business system never went away. I continued to look into the idea and this led me to the business model of affiliate marketing.

Affiliate marketing is a form of referral based marketing which rewards the affiliate for a sale made on someone else’s website. Anyone can learn how to become an affiliate marketer. What drew me to affiliate marketing was the potential to work for myself from my laptop, without the need to actually handle products or even speak to any customers!

It was also the sheer scale of potential to earn income from digital sales worldwide.

In the first instance, after I created an eBook myself, I couldn’t get anyone to see my content. I figured people would just buy from a website once I had thrown it into the ‘cyberspace’ of the internet world. I suspect many people make this same incorrect assumption.

The truth was a little hard to bear after a number of failed attempts to promote digital products online. However, my first success came after selling a website building program I had used. I created a free blog from a site called hubpages.com. I wrote about the product and created a product review. This is a simple strategy which many affiliate marketers use to make money on the internet. It works if they can get their content seen by the right audience.

My first sale only made me $40 though but at the time it was huge for me. It was a breakthrough which spurred me on to keep going. For me, it wasn’t just $40. It was the future of my earning potential and the ability to earn from the internet without a boss or a crummy job; something which I was desperate to escape having to do!

Nothing much happened after I made my initial sale. I went from one strategy to another and kept getting distracted by shiny objects which promised more money for less work! It wasn’t until I discovered high ticket affiliate programs that thing really stepped up a gear for me.

Within a few months of joining a high ticket program, I was able to make two high ticket sales after advertising on Facebook. It was absolutely amazing and I thought I’d made it! I rested on my laurels though and because I didn’t have a steady income at the time, I pulled the money out, not even thinking about continuing the marketing.

After that I spent all my time focused on content marketing for a while. Content marketing is a pretty slow strategy but I did get some results from it. It was much, much slower though than the paid marketing I had done previously.

Until I had gained some more confidence in what I was doing, I hadn’t put more money into paid marketing strategies again. When I eventually did, I had another major success. High ticket programs can give you huge commissions, depending on how you position yourself in a business system. Products valued up to $20,000+ can earn you 40% commissions on a single sale.

I had a range of these products within my sales funnel but I didn’t have the right mindset or knowledge to trust the journey I was on! I was too scared to spend money on advertising for quite some time. When this changed, so did my business – dramatically for the better.

The power of subscription products also suddenly came into my awareness. Although I had this sales funnel, I didn’t understand it for a long time. It is ‘geared’ to pay you in multiple ways. Subscriptions are just one strategy which can pay you again and again for work done previously.

With subscription products, you sell something once, and it pays you an income – potentially for life. Even a small subscription commission month in month out, can be far better than the odd sale here and there of a much more valuable product. Over time, and as your number of memberships grows, your income grows too.

Multi-tier sales are another feature of the best high ticket affiliate programs. With multi-tier, you can earn commissions based on the sales of your referrals. This means that if you sell membership products of a certain business system, your members sales count as your own and you get a percentage of the commission.

Up-sells are another component of a good high ticket sales funnel. A good sales funnel will have a range of products which you can earn commissions on. You don’t need to sell every product personally because an in-house sales team will do this for you. Simply refer people into your sales funnel and let the funnel do the work.

As an affiliate marketer, your main focus is on marketing. With the right business model, you can earn in multiple ways for having referred customers to useful products and services which will be of value to them.

My journey to find the high ticket affiliate programs was a long one filled with a lot of failures! I tried selling smaller valued products in a variety of different ways. I used organic content marketing strategies and paid strategies to market products. But it wasn’t until I discovered the right business model that things changed for me.

With a good business model you can have more confidence in your marketing strategies. With the right training and mindset, you can accomplish a lot more in a shorter time period.

So, if you want to be an affiliate marketer, I would recommend looking at high ticket affiliate marketing. It is still a business and like any business it takes hard work and motivation to keep going and to make it work. But it takes the same amount of work to fail many times if you face in the wrong direction from the start!

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The Power of Content Marketing

WHAT IS CONTENT MARKETING?

Content marketing is described as a strategic approach to marketing that focuses on the creation and distribution of valuable, consistent and relevant content to attract a certain refined audience for profits in the consumer market.

Most leading brands hire people with courses in content marketing to improve the branding of the product or service being marketed in the public domain and also benefits enterprises by increasing sales, cost saving and getting more and better consumers with higher loyalty.

THE NECESSITY OF CONTENT MARKETING

Marketing has revolutionized today due to the digitization of almost everything around us. Mass media is targeted to reach the specific audience for which the product or service has been catered for. Quality content is extremely essential for successful marketing along with a well-defined plan or strategy.

Different forms of content marketing like social media marketing, search engines publishing quality and consistent content, successful PR strategies, inbound marketing etc. are dependent on a proper content strategy that helps deliver the perfect content for a curated or mass audience.

Today, everything is digital. Marketing for almost anything, be it political, retail products or services, food or academic books etc., Everything is effectively and almost freely marketed via social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc. Most of these social media websites and search engines pop up relevant ads according to the searches we make across the Internet.

STATEGY FOR CONTENT MARKETING

Content marketing must be smart so as to capture the attention of the target audience for the service or product. Targeting the youth on social media, the elderly via television and radio advertisements are some of the strategies for smart content marketing.

The content must be designed in such a way so as to target the right audience in their mindset. Map the content for the product or service and then try to use the right type of content for the problem by mapping the buying cycle of people who have the specified problem and would be willing to venture into the product or invest in the service.

VARITIES OF CONTENT

Different types of content are available suitable for different marketing strategies like vlogs, videos, advertisements, billboards, surveys, email newsletters, posts on social media pages like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter etc., Polls, podcasts, quizzes, outreach programs, photographs, predictions, news etc.

Each option has its own benefits and can be used according to the demand of the situation. The single main goal of marketing is to increase business revenue and there are numerous ways to achieve that.

Content marketing requires creative brainstorming from professionals who can analyze the minds and thinking of the consumer to decide which approach is best to capture their attention. Interactive and creative content will definitely help make a product or service successful.

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5 Result Oriented Tips To Make Money Writing Job Succesful

People across the globe are turning their fortunes by undertaking make money writing jobs. Presently, these jobs are available in numerous formats. Depending upon your experience, expertise and knowledge, you can earn enough to sustain your lifestyle. In fact, many are choosing this as a nice career options as it offers great money and freedom to write on your niche topic. Here, you get an opportunity to write on different topics for different lengths.

Adhere to these 5 tips if you wish to be in this field:

Tip 1

Display Your Ability And Talent

If you wish to earn the appreciation of your readers, it is better to exhibit your true ability and latent. You can accomplish this simply by adopting an unique writing approach. For instance, you can imbibe the writings with your personal happenings in life. Likewise, you can go about injecting some element of humor in your writings. This flexibility is definitely a bonus as traditional forms do not give you this privilege.

Tip 2

Choose Your Niche Topic Judiciously

Remember – not all writers succeed in this field. This is partly because they make an unwise decision while selecting the niche topic. Depending upon what you choose, the length of your write-ups will vary. For instance, if you are writing in a technology blog, the post ought to be of 300-350 words. Similarly, if it is a non-technology blog, it can vary from 500-1000 words. This is why selecting your niche wisely can make or break your fortunes. It is the length of the posts that determine the quantum of hours you have to devote in make money writing projects.

Tip 3

Make The Best of Your Abilities

Today, writers are writing posts /articles for their individual blogs as well as on behalf of other website owners. In case of later option, you can earn by ‘selling’ articles written by you. let us not forget, there are thousands of websites in the cyberspace. Website owners are on constant look out for writers who can writer fresh content on their behalf. This clearly means if you have the abilities in you, earning large sum of money is quite possible.

Tip 4

Network With Others

There is a cut-throat competition in the online content industry. In order to outwit their rival competitors, web owners are ready to pay more for fresh content. They prefer so as it helps their websites to earn top ranking in search engines. Therefore, if you create a better network it enhances your chances to market your writing product. Networking helps to spread word about you. When you get any opportunity, just grab it and make the most of it.

Tip 5

Have Patience

If you are a beginner in this field, you can expect great pay. However, with time you become more experienced and established. This will give you an upper hand when it comes to bargaining power for the price. In fact a lot of writers are earning fulltime having spent few years in this field as a part-timer. Needless to say, it does take some time to establish this reputation and goodwill in make money writing field. You can easily achieve it provided you have loads of patience.

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Top 7 Tips To Access The World of WordPress Store Owners

1. How to Reach WordPress Store Owners?

So you want to reach the world of WordPress owners of stores. You can reach owners on WordPress fairly quickly by typing the words WordPress Store on the search engine within WordPress itself. You then get a drop-down list of all the stores available on WordPress.

Once you get the drop down list, you can then find your particular niche of stores that you want to target and attract and begin to build a system to become very attractive to these particular entrepreneurs.

2. Attract Store Owners

Becoming attractive to online shop owners on WordPress will require research. To connect with only those people that own stores will mean being able to provide store-owners with something they will need.

Knowing what the most important objective is to them will go a long way towards keeping you within their circle and attracting more like-minded clients. Posting news articles and the latest updates on pertinent topics for store-owners such as articles like Generate Online Sales Faster will go a long way.

3. The Main Objective

No matter what age, location or demographic they belong to, most owners have one thing in mind and that is to generate sales. Getting their products moving out the virtual door is the main goal. This is, after all, what will generate cash and keep business running with the passage of time.

Knowing that this is the objective of store owners will help you zero-in on what you can provide them.

Having a product or service that will get products of WordPress store owners moving out the virtual door is what will get you more clients.

4. Get The Word Out

To reach WordPress owners of stores, you can connect to your niche’s online influencers and begin to get the word out to store owners about a product, feature, app or service you plan to offer. It is not unlike reaching actual customers. The difference is that your customers or potential clients happens to be entrepreneurs on WordPress.

It helps to think of it as having a regular marketing strategy for normal customers except that the particular audience you have in mind happens to be people that own a WordPress store.

Building a relationship with these professional store owners can be done using the outreach possible by influencers. Subscribe to blogs, follow them on social media accounts and be specific about your target store-owner. You can also comment on blog posts, respond to updates on Facebook and even tweet back on Twitter.

The point is that you need to get into their circle of influence and within their radar to get noticed and build credibility as a service or product provider.

5. Blogging Helps

To attract the store-owning clientele on WordPress, it helps to have a blog. Posts like Top Ten Tips for WordPress Store Owners will be sure to catch their attention. You can even include tweets and posts you have done on other sites to gain credibility even further.

6. Build A Relationship

Most WordPress store owners are in it for the long run. For the most part, each store owner would have carefully put together a social media integrated strategy to advertise and promote their site and products. They will usually have more than a few traffic-generating techniques that they are putting into action.

As a way to attract entrepreneurss, you will need to put something similar into play. Plan a strategy of integrated marketing and traffic generation. The difference is that your particular traffic happens to be those people that own a store on WordPress.

Building a long term relationship will mean consistently keeping in touch, providing services and seller-products they are interested in and new methods of attracting customers that they will want to jump on. Being ahead of the game really is the key. Remember, their sole purpose of existence is to get products moving out of their store.

If you can prove that you can consistently help them generate sales with what you provide, you can be sure to build a long-term relationship with each store owner you connect with.

7. Welcome Feedback

In every area of virtual existence, improvement comes from being open to feedback and tweaking your services to suit the needs of your clients. This includes store owners on WordPress. Find out what they like and what they don’t.

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Abilities of the Best Virtual Assistant

Helping you with the administrative tasks is not the only job of being a Virtual Assistant. An Online Personal Assistant can help you assist your business in various ways; one is helping you manage your people. Lots of VA are most skilled and technology savvy. They can be a great factor in increasing your efficiency in running your business.

Reliability
One of the abilities of the best Virtual Assistant is Reliability. It is the most important one, and it seems to be the most common. Clients outsource you and expect you to be always available to be their online personal assistant. Your clients trusted you and expected you to finish your task on time. You need to let the client know whats going on the assigned task, instituting how and when you should update them when they outsource you and also before you begin each new task. Being reliable and professional is necessary for this industry. Reliability is having good communication and keeping your clients updated.

Time Management
Another ability is using their time more effectively and practicing good time management skills. Most of the Virtual Assistant work in long hours and that is why it’s important to plan your tasks well. You’ll probably have numerous things to do in a day so plan ahead (leaving time for unplanned things to drop in) and schedule tasks for when you’re at your most efficient. Providing a calendar to all your assignments will surely help you.

Good Communication
Having good communication skills is one ability that will satisfy your client. A Virtual Assistant must inform the client how there is progressing, so it is very important to establish how and when to update them also when each new task had begun. If unforeseen circumstances cause a delay in your work, you email your client before your deadline passes to let them know when they can expect your tasks and why.
Online Personal Assistant are asked to do various things they have never done before and sometimes to do everything. To become an effective virtual assistant, you need to be resourceful and find the data yourself. Providing solutions and solving problems for clients is the whole point of becoming a virtual assistant. Be honest with your client about the extent of your abilities, and you will do well. You’re not supposed to know everything, but the best virtual assistant will inform clients when he never encountered a task before and reassured the client that he would be satisfied to find out what needs to be completed and get back to the client with the right answers.
The Online Personal Assistant should keep on learning and to be on top of trends and changes in both his industry and in the world of technology. He should have keen investigative skills. If his client wants him to use a new application to communicate with him, then he should quickly learn how it works.

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Why Content Is King-Top 4 Reasons

Content is King–it’s a well-known fact. It’s the content that mainly decides if your message will eventually reach your prospects, and if your services/products will find buyers and users in the market.

In short, the very existence and success of your brand, and making it more exciting, depends on the content supporting it.

If the content is relevant, of a high quality, and peppered with the right keywords, at the right places, it will help your business find its feet and flourish.

No wonder, Content is called King even while there’s a high demand for effective and result-oriented content writers.

Why Content is King and what makes its use so vital?

Content matters for many reasons even as its clever use is critical.

Content Helps You:

1. Draw Visitors

Nowadays, most people surf to find what they could be interested in, and so offering information–through crisp and easy-to-understand language on the Internet–is the surest manner of drawing the targeted traffic to your business website.

In case you pepper your text with the words or phrases that the common users may use to get information through the search engines–like Google and Bing–your website will figure in the search results, with high rankings, perhaps, on the first pages.

2. Build Trust

Content helps build trust with your prospects. It may not be easy to sell your products or services sitting hundreds of miles away from your prospects.

The problem becomes acute when your prospects don’t even know you, and have no idea how good (or bad) your products and services are.

But quality and well-written content, gives you a chance to overcome this hurdle, and connect and build trust with your would-be buyers and prospects.

It helps you show your guests who you are, how you care, and why you care. Content helps you show to your site visitors that they are special and matter for you.

The result: your prospects begin to trust you even as this shows in the success and growth of your business.

3. Exhibit Your Expertise

When you offer high-quality content that’s related to the subject of your site, you not just draw your targeted prospects, you also show your proficiency in the field to those who matter for your business.

You inform your visitors that you are expert on the issue and know it inside out.

Your guests will obviously listen to you to improve their life, and follow your advice by using your services and buying your products.

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