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You Must Use a List to Get Things Done.

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build you listOn this mornings webinar with Janet and Don Legere the main topic was using a list to get things done and keep you on track to obtain your goals. You do have goals don’t you? How do you know where you are going if you don’t have certain goals. It’s like taking a trip without a road map. You can’t start out on any journey without some sort of plan on how you’re going to get there.

In this instance we are going to talk about building your list for an online business. You would set a goal to be making a certain amount of money per month in a set amount of time. Then you set down and figure out just what you need to get to that goal. Maybe you need a certain amount of people in your main business to reach that goal. After you know that you then know how many people you would need to get per month to reach that goal.

So you start with a master list where you will list everything you would need to do to reach that goal. They could be things such as

  • Start your own blog
  • Join traffic exchanges
  • Join safelists
  • Get an autoresponder
  • Join Facebook
  • Join Twitter

And anything else you would need to do you help you build a list of people so you could get the people you need in your main business.

After you have your master list then you would need to have a daily list where you would have the steps you need to do to get to the main goal. So you set smaller goals every thirty days which is how many people you need to get on your list to get the number of people into your program. This daily list is very important as it keeps you on track and working toward your goal.

On the daily list you are going to put down small things you need to do to get you to the larger goal. Things such as

  • Sign up for a safelist
  • Setup a profile in that safelist
  • Setup web hosting
  • Do a  blog post
  • Sent to safelists
  • Surf traffic exchanges

So you list the things that you need to do to keep you going in the right direction. And if you don’t get everything done on your list for that day you carry it over to the next day. But if you find you are carrying over too many things you should stop and maybe cut down you list size or if your carrying over the same thing everyday then you should stop and look at that item to see if it’s something that really needs to be done and if it’s that important then you should do that then next day as the very first thing you do.

I know there are some things that we just don’t like to do and it’s very easy to put those off. But one thing I’ve found is that is I do that thing first and get it out of the way then I feel a  sense of accomplishment and the rest of the day isn’t such a drag.

So in summary here’s what needs to be done to help you reach that goal. First make a master list which lists all the major things that need to be done to have an online business and build a list. And then on a daily basis you need to sit down and figure out what little things need to be done to move that plan forward. You should make the list as the last thing you do before you quit for the day. That way the next day when you start out you know what needs to be done and you can check off each item as it’s done which will make you feel good and you can see what you have accomplished that day. OK off to check off Post to my Blog on my daily list.

How to Use Your Gravatar as Your Favicon

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jerry gravatarNow that you have a gravatar on your blog wouldn’t it be great if you could use that image as your favicon? What’s a favicon you ask. It’s that little image at the right of the url in the address bar above. And if people bookmark you site it also shows up on their bookmark list. That how you get you brand out there for the more people see your picture the more they will come to know you and that’s how you brand yourself. Well below is how you do it.

How to use your Gravatar as a favicon on your WordPress blog

First, edit the following function by adding your email adress on line 3, then paste it on your functions.php file.

function GravatarAsFavicon() {
	//We need to establish the hashed value of your email address
	$GetTheHash = md5(strtolower(trim('you@yourdomain.com')));
	echo 'http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/' . $GetTheHash . '?s=16';
}

Once done, open the header.php file of your theme and paste this:

<link rel="shortcut icon" href="<?php GravatarAsFavicon(); ?>" />
<link rel="apple-touch-icon" href="<?php GravatarAsFavicon(); ?>">

Thanks to Adam Whitcroft for the cool tip!

Now if you need any help with this just let me know and I’ll help you get this neat little thing on your blog also.

How to Add a Gravatar to Your Blog

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jerry gravatarAs I go through setting up my blog I thought it would be good to tell you how to do certain things when setting up a blog so you will know how to do it when you go to setup your own blog.

What is a gravatar you might ask? It’s that little picture that shows up at the bottom of the posts by your name as poster. Anyway on themes that have them which this one does. It’s the canvas theme from WooThemes which I get from a great program I belong to call Profit Marketing. I like this theme for the way it shows quoted information that I get from other web sites. I always give credit to the web site that I get the information from which is a good idea so that way you not really copying the information and using it without telling people where it came from. I don’t think most people will care as it gives them a link back to their web site.

To add your own gravatar you have to go to https://en.gravatar.com/ and sign up with the email address that’s the one you use for your blog. After you have signed up at this site you can then add the picture you want to use for your gravatar and after you upload it you have to select the image you want to use with that email address. You can add other email accounts to have different gravatars for different email accounts.

Then once the gravatar is associated with that email address it will show up on your blog. Now isn’t that cool. And when you post on certain places that have gravatars it will show up there also. Great way to start branding yourself.

Welcome

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Men on beachWelcome to my new blog where I will post things about my life and business. And give some tips on using wordpress and other things of a techie nature. If you have any questions that you want to know about techie stuff just ask and I will find the answer if I don’t know it.

There are so many things you can do with wordpress that you need to keep up to date on all the different things going on. I will try to look at some of the more interesting things and write about them so you don’t have to spend a lot of time searching to find them. If there’s something you want to know about or need help with just ask.